Dates vs. Date Paste

Intissar Abu Mandil, 50, and Rasmiya Zakout, 44, are two of 41 women who founded Balah Falastin, a company based in Gaza that produces date paste (ajwa in Arabic) and date-filled cookies. In just four years, the company has grown … Continue reading

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The Last Visit

By Omnia Zoubi As some of the travel restrictions imposed over the past months begin to be eased, questions and uncertainty around the future linger, along with concern for our loved ones and longing to see family and friends. We … Continue reading

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The Annexation Government

On Sunday evening, the 35th government of Israel, which considers itself a national emergency government, will be sworn in. Though the government was purportedly formed in response to the socio-economic crisis created by the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, it … Continue reading

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Ramadan in the days of social distancing

Every year, about ten days before the holy month of Ramadan commences, the entrance and front windows of the Istanbul Café in Gaza, situated along the beach promenade, are adorned with festive decorations. This year, two days before the month … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Hudna?

By Mohammed Azaiza GAZA – Two days ago, my son asked to go down to the yard to play ball. I said no and reminded him of the danger of being infected with the coronavirus. “I know,” he said, “but today … Continue reading

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Gaza teaches us about isolation

Over the coming days and weeks, Jews, Christians and Muslims will be marking Passover, Easter and Ramadan respectively. Holidays that are traditionally celebrated over elaborate meals with several generations around the table, will be marked in social isolation as the … Continue reading

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Communication Breakdown

For two months now, Israel has imposed a blanket ban on the entry of communication equipment into Gaza, including laptop and desktop computers, cell phones, tablets, network cables, internet routers, web cameras, as well as any accessories and spare parts … Continue reading

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“Only women will solve this”

Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day. At Gisha, we have the privilege of being in contact with women living in the Gaza Strip – from high-tech entrepreneurs to business owners, mothers, farmers and herders, and civil society activists. Over … Continue reading

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Gisha’s statement on the Middle East Peace Plan

The “peace plan” presented in Washington D.C. aims to make permanent a reality of fragmentation, isolation and division in the occupied Palestinian territory. Further entrenching the dispossession of Palestinians and perpetuating the occupation are a recipe for ongoing conflict, not … Continue reading

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The UN predicted Gaza would be unlivable by 2020. They were right.

While revelers around the world are making new year’s resolutions for 2020, in the Gaza Strip, a different kind of assessment is taking place as Palestinians try to determine whether, or how, they can survive the next 10 years. In … Continue reading

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