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Lost in Translation

After a long legal battle, COGAT was forced to translate documents to Arabic for the benefit of Palestinians, but produced meaningless texts Continue reading

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Making it official: Arabic isn’t just relevant today

For the first time in its history, Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, is marking Arabic Language Day – something certainly worth marking, yet the pomp and ceremony may be a little exaggerated Continue reading

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COGAT’s PR is only in English – what’s he saying and to whom?

For over five months, the website of the Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) has been down. Information COGAT puts out is published on social media and only in English. This is what it looks like when hasbara (propaganda) replaces information an official government body is obligated to provide to the public Continue reading

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Wood is also essential for reconstruction

A man from Gaza was arrested in late August for allegedly selling construction materials to militant operatives in the Strip. Construction materials have continued to enter Gaza despite this and rightfully so. For the same reason, Israel must allow entrance of wood to the Strip Continue reading

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The Ministry of Economic Defense

We asked the security establishment for information about the procedures for transit of goods from Gaza in the West Bank. Instead of procedures, we received a complex list of considerations. Surprisingly, none of them are related to security Continue reading

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It’s Freedom of Information Week in Israel – What about at the Defense Ministry?

Seventeen years ago, the Knesset passed the Freedom of Information Act, obligating public authorities to be transparent in their operations. What seems self-evident is far from being a reality, especially when those who need the information are Palestinian Continue reading

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Is getting a timely response too much to ask?

Once in a while decisions are made that manage to surprise even us. This time, the authorities decided that they can respond to requests to travel from Gaza whenever they feel like it, even long after the requests are no longer relevant Continue reading

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Seven ways to avoid answering Freedom of Information applications

Every year, we send dozens of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) applications to state bodies. The conclusions so far: state authorities are fabulously creative when they do not want to answer. Seven short examples follow. Continue reading

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Only exceptional humanitarian cases? Actually no, not really

The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) announced late last week that he would not allow Gaza runners to participate in today’s marathon in Bethlehem. The reason? “Entry by residents of Gaza into Israel is only allowed in … Continue reading

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No going back

More than 600 residents of Gaza were unable to visit their relatives over the past week, go to conferences or buy merchandise. Why is this cause for concern? Because the decision to close the crossings in response to rocket fire signifies a return to a tactic that was supposed to have become obsolete years ago. Continue reading

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