Category Archives: General

What you need to know when you read about Gaza

For the last few weeks, media reports citing different sources have pointed to Israel “easing” or loosening some of the restrictions it imposes on residents of the Gaza Strip as part of the Egyptian-brokered talks between Israel and Hamas. Measures … Continue reading

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The Great March of Return: One year later

March 30, Land Day, will mark one year since the first Great March of Return protests took place along the fence separating Israel from the Gaza Strip. In the passing year, the Israeli army has responded to protestors using live … Continue reading

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What’s COGAT’s excuse this time?

An olive oil producer from the Gaza Strip wants to sell his olive oil in the West Bank. It probably sounds like a pretty straightforward request, but all goods entering the West Bank require Israel’s approval and Israel rejected the … Continue reading

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Being a woman in Gaza

Over the past two years, I got to know dozens of extraordinary women from the Gaza Strip; entrepreneurial, creative, socially committed women who managed to build impressive careers despite the many difficulties and obstacles that life and the Israeli siege … Continue reading

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The honor of helping those who help

A few years ago, the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) took to social media to boast about the annual visit of a delegation of medical specialists from the USA, which it had proudly let in to Gaza, … Continue reading

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Gaza farmers fear another season of herbicide spraying by Israel

It is once again that time of year when farmers who cultivate land near Gaza’s perimeter fence nervously glance up at the sky, tensing up at any sound of a motor. Twice a year, Israel sends planes to spray chemical … Continue reading

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A crack in the concrete ceiling

Majd Al Mashharawi, 24, is a young entrepreneur from the Gaza Strip. Among other innovations, she is the inventor of Green Cake, the environmentally friendly brick that can be used as an alternative to cement, which Israel limits from entering … Continue reading

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U.S. decision to end funds to UNRWA: yet another blow to dire living conditions in Gaza

The U.S. decision to end funding to the UN agency dealing with Palestinian refugees threatens to further undermine well-being in the Strip amidst already dismal living conditions. Continue reading

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Not Always Coca Cola

When a Coca Cola bottling factory opened in Gaza in 2016, it was regarded as a rare source of hope for the Strip, promising to boost economic activity and provide over 200 jobs to Gaza residents. But even the world-famous megacorporation is not immune to the realities of Israel’s sanctions at Kerem Shalom. Continue reading

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Watching the World Cup in Gaza

The communications company Jawwal recently installed a large screen on one of Gaza’s busiest streets, near the seafront, where residents gather to spend their leisure time. When Gisha’s field coordinator, Mohammed Azaiza, arrived at the spot about half an hour before the Brazil-Belgium match was due to begin, most of the seats were already taken. People from all walks of life attended the event; many were sitting on the sidewalk. Continue reading

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