Mysterious policy seeks meaningful explanation for long-term commitment

It was just this week that we discovered that the National Security Council’s plan for easing the closure was never raised for discussion in the cabinet, and now we learn of another instance of a policy that never came up for public debate. Continue reading

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The slipshod affair

Even before the Gaza flotilla and the incident involving the Marmara in May 2010, Israel’s National Security Council (NSC) had already suggested that the closure of the Gaza Strip be eased. There was no public debate then – what about now? Continue reading

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Petitioner #5

The court instructed the state to reconsider its refusal to allow four women students from Gaza to travel to their studies in the West Bank. What about petitioner #5? Continue reading

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Falling between the cracks in the paperwork: What a single form can reveal

Describing the influence of bureaucracy isn’t easy, but it’s clear that clerks and forms affect the lives of thousands. Here we take a closer look at just one form to see what can be learned from it. Continue reading

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If looks could kill

had a carnation for every time someone told me that “now that food gets in, things are ok in Gaza” and that the restrictions still in place post June 2010 “aren’t as ridiculous as those that were put on chocolate and children’s toys before then”, I could get out of the human rights business and go make a nice living selling carnations. Continue reading

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Export from Gaza: Frequently asked questions.

Over the past few days, the question of whether sale of goods from Gaza will be allowed has seemed more relevant than ever following the reported rise in tomato prices (Hebrew); the response of the Israeli Vegetable Growers Association that it does not oppose the marketing of tomatoes from the Gaza Strip in Israel, and; the end of the season for agricultural export from the Gaza Strip to Europe. We decided to try and provide some answer to the main questions on the topic. Continue reading

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Ralph Nader claims Gaza is a Gulag. Is that useful?

Nader, who ran for president in the US several times, has written an error-laden op-ed. Does the hyperbole really help residents of Gaza? Continue reading

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Interview: Could There Be 'Safe Passage' Tomorrow?

At a time when restrictions on access between Gaza and the West Bank are becoming more entrenched, a group of researchers and diplomats attempt to find a solution for a safe passage to facilitate travel between the two areas. What would this ‘safe passage’ look like? How much would it cost? Is the Israeli government considering it? Continue reading

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In Gaza, it is sometimes better to be sick

Female hairdressers and students are denied permits to exit the Gaza Strip because they are not “exceptional humanitarian cases”. Male merchants do not have this problem. Continue reading

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Working for change, not just on Women's Day

Suhair Sakka, a senior official in the Palestinian Union of Agricultural Work Committees in the Gaza Strip, is trying to help women in Gaza to enter the job market. This is no easy feat in a place with 30.3 percent unemployment, but the past two years have already seen the launch of many as five cooperatives run by women, and there are more to come. ‬ Continue reading

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