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A procedure so special it applies to no one

Response to Gisha’s Freedom of Information request reveals: Procedure allegedly enabling Gaza residents to relocate to the West Bank in exceptional circumstances is in fact designed for rejecting applications rather than accepting them. 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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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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How long before protocol written in gibberish is removed from an official army website?

COGAT website publishes an Arabic translation of the criteria for Palestinian travel in the occupied Palestinian territory. The protocol is the ugly face of the occupation. 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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How to get from counting calories to adding jobs

Israel may no longer be counting calories, but the restrictions that remain continue to hamper the ability of thousands of individuals to engage in dignified, productive work. Continue reading

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A Crisis of Proportions

One of the main questions that’s been floating around (no pun intended) in relation to this week’s events is whether there is a humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip or not. Is Israel letting in enough stuff? Despite several years of attempts, including a Freedom… Continue reading

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Gourmet Flotilla to Gaza

At a time when Israel’s security officials should probably be focused on this week’s extensive home front security drill, it seems that that most of their attention is being paid to the flotilla of ships on its way to the Gaza Strip, laden with humanitarian supplies. Frantic consultations between officials and the prime minister’s top military chiefs of staff have taken place, an urgent meeting of a forum of senior government… Continue reading

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