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Bursting at the seams with potential

The textile industry has historically been one of the most important sectors of Gaza’s economy. Starting at the end of 2014, there was a narrow opening for the renewed sale of Gaza-made goods in the West Bank and then Israel and the sector began to recover. Unfortunately, blocks on permits and other restrictions are obstructing further progress. 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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Building in ruins

Israel’s decision to prevent the transfer of construction materials to Gaza’s private sector, and severely restrict materials for international projects, is entering its ninth month. The ban has further harmed Gaza’s economy and may have a serious impact on the entire region. Continue reading

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Gisha, raining on the parade since 2005

The news releases put out by the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) are always a paragon of optimistic writing and the latest is no exception. Unemployment is declining, export is on the rise. The optimism is contagious but only if you’re not very familiar with the data. Continue reading

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It’s the export, stupid!

Three days ago two truckloads of strawberries exited Gaza and passed through Israel on their way to Europe. They were the first truckloads of export allowed out of the Strip in over six months, part of a program funded by … Continue reading

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Doing the math – 1.6 million people, zero export

At the time when preparations for the flotilla are underway, we wish to focus on the situation in Gaza and on the fact that Israel continues to prohibit export of goods from the Strip. Continue reading

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How to lift the closure of Gaza in three easy steps

Following Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister’s declaration last week, Gisha proposes three steps to end the closure while protecting security interests. Continue reading

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Gaza youth fire (words) in all directions

About three weeks ago, quietly and with no advertising, a new Facebook group opened, called “Gaza Youth Breaks Out”, featuring their “Gaza’s youth manifesto for change”, a brave, frank and direct call for human rights, freedom, normal life and peace. Before we could say “end the closure of Gaza” the group already had 8,365 “likes”… Continue reading

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Lately there ain't been much work on account of the economy

Recently, it has been suggested that Gaza’s economy shows signs of recovery. Yet, a closer look at the reality behind the numbers reveals a picture of limited economic activity, mostly fueled by external aid… Continue reading

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Women breaking barriers

Agence France Presse (AFP) news agency recently published a report about two sisters from the Gaza Strip, aged 13 and 16, who went to work in the fishing industry to support their family following their father’s illness. The report drew much interest and was translated and published on several Arabic language websites. True, it is out of the ordinary for two girls in a conservative society to find themselves in a field, or sea, as it were, usually reserved for men, but considering the difficult situation in Gaza– 39.3% unemployment in the second quarter of 2010, with the number of people living in abject poverty rising in the last two years from 100,000 to 300,000 according to the UN Office… Continue reading

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