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The revolution is coming… one truckload at a time

A new package of measures for Gaza were announced this week by Prime Minister Netanyahu and Quartet Envoy Tony Blair. What do the measures mean in real terms for Palestinian residents of Gaza? Continue reading

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Gaza's dilemma: buildings or bread

Late last June, residents of Gaza received some long overdue good news. Israel declared a change in the closure policy: it promised to expand the operation of the active border crossings, open additional border crossings “if there is a need to further increase the capacity of the border crossings” and to allow the transfer of building materials for projects undertaken by international organizations. The Turkel Commission’s interim report published this week determined that these “easings” made the closure, which, according to the commission, was already kosher, more kosher still… 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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We don't need Wikileaks to know what the closure is

It doesn’t take a Wikileaked cable to tell us that Israel’s policy towards Gaza has been one of economic warfare for the past several years, but yesterday’s article in Haaretz spelled it out again for anyone who hasn’t been paying attention. The article quotes a cable written by officials at the US… 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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Not making the mark in economic recovery

In late July, the Tawjihi post-high school exam results were announced to the dread or delight of Gaza’s 36,594 exiting high school seniors. Over the summer vacation, these youngsters are making plans for their future like young people elsewhere. Will they attend one of Gaza’s five universities, which don’t offer badly needed degrees in environmental science, medical engineering, veterinary medicine and occupational therapy? Or will they seek to travel abroad, since travel to West Bank universities remains banned? Continue reading

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Not your average trip to the mall

The media last week heralded the opening of the first shopping mall in Gaza and immediately the blogosphere was atwitter. Some saw it as proof of the easing of the closure, which Israel had promised, and others saw it as a sign that there is no crisis in Gaza. Indeed, a two-story building converted into an air-conditioned shopping mall (restrictions on the transfer of construction… Continue reading

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Closing the gap between rhetoric and reality

As discussion of “easing” the closure of Gaza continues, restrictions on movement between Gaza and the West Bank remain tighter than ever. Last week, the Defense Ministry announced that the “easing” would in no way expand criteria for travel of people between Gaza and the… Continue reading

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A Significant Boost or a Slight Modification?

An article in yesterday’s Haaretz cites Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Brig. Gen. Eitan Dangot’s having told the Palestinian Authority that Israel will facilitate an increase the number of trucks entering Gaza by 50%. Dangot claims that in the near future, Israel will allow 150 trucks per day via Kerem Shalom and the equivalent of 120 trucks per day of aggregates via the conveyer belt at Karni, for a total of 270 trucks per… Continue reading

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