New Gisha study about civil society organizations launched in Gaza with representatives of the organizations in attendance

April 20, 2016. This morning, Gisha’s latest study, Split Apart, was launched in the Gaza Strip. The study is based on a series of focus groups held with 32 representatives of civil society organizations in Gaza working in five different sectors: women’s organizations, cultural organizations, human rights organizations, humanitarian organizations that provide physical and mental health services, with a focus on people with special needs, and professional development organizations. The study focuses on the difficulties created by Israeli-imposed restrictions on movement, and in particular, the separation between the two parts of the Palestinian territory. It presents, in the participants’ own words, the unfulfilled potential of their skills and outlines the impact these difficulties have on Palestinian civil society as a whole.

Gisha’s Gaza field coordinator, Mohammed Azaiza, presented the report to the parties attending the event together with Iyad Krunz, the focus group leader who facilitated the study. Krunz spoke to the representatives of the organizations about the methodology he used to design and analyze the study, and shared his conclusions with the audience. The event was attended by many representatives of the organizations that took part in the focus groups. They were also presented with other reports written by Gisha about the effects of the separation policy on life in Gaza.