Following a prolonged legal battle, COGAT has finally published the “list of dual-use items.” Though this is a step in the right direction, the list itself continues to be highly problematic; the classification of thousands of items as dual-use greatly hinders economic development in Gaza.
The items Israel classifies as "dual-use"- that is, items that can be used for both civilian and military purposes - whose entrance to the Gaza Strip is restricted, is much broader than international standards dictate. In the balance between security needs and harm to civilian lives, it appears that Gaza residents don’t even figure.
Israel recently announced it would allow sale of Gaza-made furniture in its territory. Why weren’t Gaza’s furniture manufacturers pleased? Israel all but bans wood from entering the Strip. The latest farce, brought to you by the Gaza closure.
During Operation Protective Edge, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians took shelter in United Nations’ schools. Those whose homes were destroyed stayed. It’s been two-and-a-half months since the operation ended. Many people have been able to find temporary housing, many haven’t. A photo-journal.
The slow drip of information on possible changes to Gaza access policy are a reminder that we, the people of Gaza and Israel, who were under fire for 50 days, know very little about what our leaders are up to. Don’t we have a right to know what was agreed upon in Cairo that brought Operation Protective Edge to an end, and what about the other things that are up for discussion at the negotiating table?