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Cosmetic dreams

Basma Abu Mustafa realized her dreams when she started a business that both supports her family and inspires other young people. But she can’t reach her full potential under closure. “I’d always wanted to be a physician here, in the … Continue reading

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A love too far away

The “coronavirus closure” imposed by Israel on travel to and from Gaza, now in its 12th month, has entangled countless people in an insurmountable bureaucratic maze. One example is A., a resident of Gaza who has tried to travel back … Continue reading

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Back to the West Bank

Recently, the Jerusalem District Court accepted a petition filed by Gisha and instructed the state to approve a request by K., a woman living in Gaza, to return to the West Bank along with her three young children. K. had … Continue reading

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Same storm, different boats

Dear friends, I am writing to wish those celebrating happy holidays and hopefully a happier New Year to us all. I recently saw something online that said: We are not all in the same boat. We are in the same … Continue reading

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“Holidays are sad days”

Huda Wahidi, 46, is a Palestinian who was born in Israel. Twenty-six years ago, she married her husband, a resident of Gaza, and moved to the Strip to live with him. Wahidi has had difficulties maintaining continuous contact with her … Continue reading

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Israel’s Disproportionate and Cynical ‘Coronavirus Lockdown’ on Gaza

In effect, this is a sweeping, disproportionate and cynical decision because it’s exploiting a plethora of circumstances to exacerbate a long-term policy that has branded Gaza a tainted territory, a penal colony, an isolated enclave. Continue reading

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Marking another holiday in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic

At first glance, it might seem like the coronavirus pandemic spared the Gaza Strip. With just 76 verified cases, one death, and no documented community spread, the Gaza Strip indeed might be considered lucky. It might even seem like the closure, enforced by Israel and Egypt, which normally strangles the population, has for once been advantageous. Schools stayed shuttered after closing in March like much of the rest of the world, but the beaches and restaurants are now open, and families and others can gather for the holiday. Continue reading

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Ramadan in the days of social distancing

Every year, about ten days before the holy month of Ramadan commences, the entrance and front windows of the Istanbul Café in Gaza, situated along the beach promenade, are adorned with festive decorations. This year, two days before the month … Continue reading

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Gaza teaches us about isolation

Over the coming days and weeks, Jews, Christians and Muslims will be marking Passover, Easter and Ramadan respectively. Holidays that are traditionally celebrated over elaborate meals with several generations around the table, will be marked in social isolation as the … Continue reading

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“Only women will solve this”

Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day. At Gisha, we have the privilege of being in contact with women living in the Gaza Strip – from high-tech entrepreneurs to business owners, mothers, farmers and herders, and civil society activists. Over … Continue reading

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