Category Archives: Movement of people out of Gaza

Christmas, take II

COGAT didn’t bother to post a separate update notifying about its decision to change the criteria but instead chose to quietly alter the original notice posted on its website, the one that reported the “easings” in the first place Continue reading

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Who stole Christmas?

Whether they have been naughty or nice, at least two-thirds of Gaza’s approximately 1,500 Christians, including all those between the ages of 16-46 who are excluded from the gesture, won’t be able to celebrate the holiday with their family members Continue reading

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Numbers, meet context

A new report by COGAT looks at statistics one year after the Israeli government decided to “expand the civilian policy toward the Strip” and “ease” the closure. How do the numbers look in the wider context? Continue reading

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The top 10 reasons why the opening of Rafah Crossing just doesn't cut it

In no particular order of importance, we thought we’d list some of the reasons why the opening of Rafah, while significant and helpful, doesn’t meet all of Gaza’s needs for access and why, as some voices in Israel have recently suggested, it can’t serve as Gaza’s only access point… Continue reading

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A window of opportunity for Israel

As much as the expected opening of Rafah Crossing is welcome, Israel still bears an obligation to allow for movement into and out of the Gaza Strip, including between Gaza and the West Bank. Gisha believes there is now a window of opportunity for Israel to initiate a coordinated operation of the crossings. Continue reading

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How to lift the closure of Gaza in three easy steps

Following Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister’s declaration last week, Gisha proposes three steps to end the closure while protecting security interests. Continue reading

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Meanwhile in Gaza

The world is watching in awe as events unfold in Egypt, including residents of Gaza who are closely monitoring the uprising and expressing their empathy for the people of Egypt. The events taking place in Egypt, however, have a direct impact on the residents of Gaza. 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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More than 70 days of waiting

Amid rumors of tension between the Hamas government and Egypt, on Saturday, May 15, 2010, the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt was opened to the passage of people wishing to enter and exit the Gaza Strip. The border had been closed for 72 days prior to this latest opening… Continue reading

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Camped Out in Erez Crossing

The eleven-day protest of Ahmed Sabeh, released from an Israeli prison on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, and taken to the Gaza Strip – even though his home, wife and son are in Tulkarem – raises an interesting challenge to Israel’s control over the borders and population registry of the occupied Palestinian territory. Mr. Sabeh has camped out inside the Erez Crossing, refusing to enter Gaza, in protest of Israel’s refusal to allow him to return to his home in the West Bank. The Hamas government, in turn… Continue reading

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