Category Archives: Human rights

Lost in Translation

After a long legal battle, COGAT was forced to translate documents to Arabic for the benefit of Palestinians, but produced meaningless texts Continue reading

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Making it official: Arabic isn’t just relevant today

For the first time in its history, Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, is marking Arabic Language Day – something certainly worth marking, yet the pomp and ceremony may be a little exaggerated Continue reading

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Let’s talk about transparency

Those who choose to support us do so because of who we are; we don’t change because of who they are Continue reading

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The good news: The cabinet talked about the policy on Gaza. The bad news: No change is in sight

After years of mounting evidence that the Israeli Security Cabinet had not properly deliberated its Gaza policy, suddenly it appears it has. The only trouble is that there’s no sign of change on the ground. Continue reading

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(Re)-introducing the functional approach to occupation

The International Committee of the Red Cross has officially adopted the position known as “the functional approach” to the question of occupation. We’ll use it as an opportunity to re-examine the functional approach and explain how it’s connected to Israel’s policies in Gaza Continue reading

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Marking Human Rights Day in a home without a roof

Ayman Abu Odeh’s dilemma, whether to move to an inadequate, temporary housing unit, or hold on to what’s left of his family’s three-story building symbolizes the state of human rights in Gaza Continue reading

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Catching the right wave

Young surfers are a rare sight on Gaza’s long and beautiful coastline. One American organization hopes to change that and is sending Ibrahim Arafat from Gaza all the way to Hawaii to receive training on opening and running a community center for surfing. Six months later, Israel allows the surfer to exit Gaza. Continue reading

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International Women’s Day – Everywhere but Gaza

A delegation of women invited to Europe to speak about the plight of women living in armed conflict was not able to travel because, as a result of the conflict, their request to exit Gaza was denied. The irony might have been appreciated if it weren’t so infuriating. Continue reading

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Gaza Access and Movement: 2014 Summary

The last year was one of the most difficult that Palestinian residents of Gaza have seen. Were there also flickers of hope for a fundamental change to the closure policy? The year in summary. Continue reading

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Former defense minister gives the reason for the closure: “Inertia”

In a talk given at an Institute for National Security Studies conference, former deputy prime minister, Dan Meridor, recounted what happened when he asked once what exactly was behind the closure policy. Continue reading

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