Decades of movement and access restrictions and 15 years of closure have caused severe damage to Gaza’s industries
In late 2021, Gisha and the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP) convened a focus group of mental health professionals working in the Strip to discuss the impact of Israel’s…
“During the Israeli bombings, I was filled with a deep, intense fear. I was afraid for my safety, my life, about the destruction in the melon and carrot plots we…
Meet the Green Girls – Aseel Alnajjar, Ghaidaa Qudaih, and Nadin Rock, three young women from Khuza'a, in the Gaza Strip, who started an independent agricultural venture in late 2020. When they graduated university and entered a job market where 80 percent of women under 30 face unemployment, the three women raised an initial sum, rented a small plot of land in the east of the Strip, and got to work.
Gaza textile factory owners Hassan Shehadeh and Rizk Al Madhoun discuss the state of the Strip’s textile sector in a clip produced by Gisha in Gaza. Since March 2020, Israel has further tightened restrictions at Erez Crossing under the guise of the pandemic, preventing travel by traders, among others. “We haven't been able to enter Israel for months to meet businesspeople and Israeli company owners, to trade ideas and close deals,” says Al Madhoun. “It harms our work.”
In September 2020, Gisha convened a group of Israeli, Palestinian and international stakeholders for the Gaza Policy Forum. The purpose of the forum was to discuss the situation in the Gaza Strip and distill recommendations for actions that would advance solutions to Gaza’s urgent needs, help improve living conditions, and safeguard human rights.
In September 2020, Gisha convened a group of Israeli, Palestinian and international stakeholders for the Gaza Policy Forum. The goal of the event was to evaluate the situation on the ground and distill policy recommendations to improve living conditions and safeguard human rights in the Strip.
In April 2018, Israel barred entrance of tires to Gaza in a sweeping and punitive response to burning of tires at demonstrations. The acute shortage has a ripple effect with far-reaching impact on Gaza's economy, as well as putting people in greater risk of injury and death. In photos: The Abu Elba and Dogmush tire shops in Gaza, by Asmaa Elkhaldi
This year, for the first time since 2014, Israel did not conduct aerial herbicide spraying over Gaza, with positive ramifications for the farming sector in the Strip. In a new video published today by human rights organizations Gisha, Adalah and Al Mezan, farmers and herders whose livelihoods depend on the lands closest to the fence with Israel attest to the potential of a season without spraying, the first in years.
Gisha Executive Director Tania Hary addressed the United Nations Security Council in New York City. Hary, who was invited to brief the Council on the situation in the Gaza Strip, stressed the heavy damage – to the economy, society, families, and well-being – caused by the sweeping access restrictions Israel imposes on Palestinians, particularly in relation to movement between Gaza and the West Bank, as part of the “separation policy”.