Tag Archives: West Bank

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

Posted in Seperation Policy | 4 Comments

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

Posted in Movement of goods out of Gaza | 6 Comments

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

Posted in Looking Forward | 2 Comments

The tax system

Israel continues to control taxation in the Gaza Strip, which forms part of a single customs envelope along with Israel and the West Bank. This means that Israel sets the customs and Value Added Tax rates collected for goods and … Continue reading

Posted in scale of control | 3 Comments

Control of civilian infrastructure

Israel controls the supply of infrastructure upon which the Gaza Strip is reliant. Gaza’s electricity system, as developed since 1967, is largely based on power supplied from Israel through 11 high voltage transmission lines1.  A power station was built in … Continue reading

Posted in scale of control | 1 Comment

Control over the Palestinian Authority and movement between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank

Following Hamas’ takeover of internal control in Gaza in June 2007, the Palestinian Authority’s influence over Gaza has significantly diminished, and most of the routine administration of the government and public services, such as the education system, policing, sanitation and … Continue reading

Posted in scale of control | 4 Comments

Q&A on the Palmer report

The Palmer Commission, appointed by the UN secretary-general to investigate the events surrounding the Gaza flotilla in 2010, is expected to publish its report tomorrow. According to media reports, the commission is likely to find that Israel was within its rights to stop the vessels on their approach to Gaza, but will criticize the excessive use of force during the operation. Below, Gisha offers responses to several questions regarding legal status of the flotilla, the closure, and the connection between the two Continue reading

Posted in Flotilla | 6 Comments

The defense minister goes green with a new recycling program in Gaza

To mark the month of Ramadan, Defense Minister Ehud Barak has approved a series of gestures toward Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. At first glance, these gestures appear to be good news, but further examination reveals that most of them … Continue reading

Posted in Adress updates | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Movement of people out of Gaza | 23 Comments

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

Posted in Movement of people out of Gaza | 5 Comments