Tag Archives: Israel

COGAT breaks a new record: Counts containers instead of goods

It’s true that the containers that carry goods out of Gaza return back to the Strip as well, but for COGAT, they are counted as “export”. Also: how easy is it to mistake a ton for a kilogram? Continue reading

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10 facts about the connection between the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and Israel

Any arrangements reached in the framework of the ceasefire agreement must respect the rights of Palestinians to travel between Gaza and the West Bank. Ten facts about the strong connection between the areas. Continue reading

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Chomsky's response

Noam Chomsky has written a response to the post we recently published on this blog. Here is what he wrote. Continue reading

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Shattering the myth of the closure

Israel no longer restricts the entrance of food to Gaza. Why, then, do so many insist on perpetuating this myth? Continue reading

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God is in the details

Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential candidate recently stirred up controversy when he said the economic gap between Israel and the Palestinian territory derives from Jewish culture and the “hand of Providence”. His comments deserve serious consideration. Continue reading

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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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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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Who turned out the lights in Gaza this time?

Even in coastal Gaza, it’s a cold, rainy February, and the power outages last an average of 12 hours each day, since Gaza’s power plant shut down Tuesday for lack of diesel. Fuel for generators, even for hospitals, is running low, and water and sewage pumping is disrupted. Continue reading

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Six more misconceptions about Gaza (the international edition)

In the last post, we attempted to delineate some of the common misconceptions or simplifications about Gaza, which, broadly speaking, are heard most often in Israel. This week, we’d like to list a few more that usually come at us from abroad. Continue reading

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