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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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Pressing play on a paused economy

In November 2014, Israel canceled the sweeping ban on sale of Gaza-made and grown goods in the West Bank. Against this backdrop, we gathered leading figures in five manufacturing sectors in Gaza in order to hear from them about the obstacles they face on the way to realizing their potential and about their hope for a better future. 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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Dangerous seas

Last Saturday, a fisherman was killed off the coast of the Gaza Strip and two more were injured by fire from an Israeli naval ship. Although the official permitted fishing zone in Gaza is six miles, the fishermen claim that they are being shot at a distance of only four miles off the coast. Continue reading

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26 political parties, guess who’s talking about Gaza?

It’s been six months since the end of a lengthy military operation that brought about an unprecedented number of casualties and caused massive devastation and trauma. You would expect the upcoming election to make some mention of it, wouldn’t you? Continue reading

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What Gaza needs

Six months after Operation Protective Edge, Gaza’s reconstruction is advancing at an agonizingly slow pace, and access restrictions are crushing. In the spring of 2014, we began working on a new position paper, which has become more relevant than ever Continue reading

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Gaza Access and Movement: 2014 Summary

The last year was one of the most difficult that Palestinian residents of Gaza have seen. Were there also flickers of hope for a fundamental change to the closure policy? The year in summary. Continue reading

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The public’s right to know

The slow drip of information on possible changes to Gaza access policy are a reminder that we, the people of Gaza and Israel, who were under fire for 50 days, know very little about what our leaders are up to. Don’t we have a right to know what was agreed upon in Cairo that brought Operation Protective Edge to an end, and what about the other things that are up for discussion at the negotiating table? Continue reading

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What the MFA got wrong on Gaza

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a new communique entitled “Behind the Headlines: The Myth of an Israeli Siege on Gaza”. It’s worth reviewing some of their claims. Continue reading

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