Category Archives: economic development

Top security officials admit Israel’s policy prevents economic growth in Gaza

Updates on the debate inside the security sector, the destruction of the Gaza-Egypt tunnels and the expansion of Kerem Shalom. Continue reading

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Noam Chomsky: Clarifications

Last week we posted a critique of Noam Chomsky’s article about Gaza. We received many positive responses, but also some criticism we would like to address. Continue reading

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What we want from Noam Chomsky

An article published by Noam Chomsky about his visit to Gaza made a lot of the noise on the net. What’s the problem? The facts. Continue reading

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Will we always have Paris?

Recent protests in the West Bank have awakened debate on the Paris Protocol, which regulates the economic relationship between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. What is the protocol and what does it reveal about the cooperation that exists between Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas? Continue reading

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Gisha, raining on the parade since 2005

The news releases put out by the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) are always a paragon of optimistic writing and the latest is no exception. Unemployment is declining, export is on the rise. The optimism is contagious but only if you’re not very familiar with the data. Continue reading

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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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