Category Archives: economic development

The UN Was Right – Gaza Is Unlivable

What was warned about has come to pass. The spread of the virus is forcing us to confront the dire reality in Gaza. Continue reading

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Israel’s Disproportionate and Cynical ‘Coronavirus Lockdown’ on Gaza

In effect, this is a sweeping, disproportionate and cynical decision because it’s exploiting a plethora of circumstances to exacerbate a long-term policy that has branded Gaza a tainted territory, a penal colony, an isolated enclave. Continue reading

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Marking another holiday in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic

At first glance, it might seem like the coronavirus pandemic spared the Gaza Strip. With just 76 verified cases, one death, and no documented community spread, the Gaza Strip indeed might be considered lucky. It might even seem like the closure, enforced by Israel and Egypt, which normally strangles the population, has for once been advantageous. Schools stayed shuttered after closing in March like much of the rest of the world, but the beaches and restaurants are now open, and families and others can gather for the holiday. Continue reading

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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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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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Tires barred from entering Gaza for 19 months and counting

Israel has barred entrance of tires to the Gaza Strip since April 2018, in a sweeping and punitive response to burning of tires at the Great March of Return demonstrations, which began late March 2018. According to recent media reports, … Continue reading

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COGAT’s threat

In what is now part of its social media commonplace, a post published yesterday on the Arabic Facebook page of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) repeats a false, but familiar, trope: The Gaza Strip has enjoyed … Continue reading

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Cookie crackdown continues

In court, attorneys for the state claimed that, in theory, Israel it doesn’t oppose exit of processed foods manufactured in Gaza to markets in the West Bank and abroad. So why won’t it accept an application from a company trying … Continue reading

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The Ones Who Got Away

Gaza celebrates Eid Al Fitr in the absence of thousands of young people who traveled out of Gaza via Rafah Crossing in search of a better future. Continue reading

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What is missing isn’t funding, it’s political will

This Tuesday (April 30), the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) will convene in Brussels to discuss the dire situation in the Gaza Strip. In the past year, the humanitarian situation in Gaza has been further exacerbated by cuts to US … Continue reading

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