The textile industry has historically been one of the most important sectors of Gaza's economy. Starting at the end of 2014, there was a narrow opening for the renewed sale of Gaza-made goods in the West Bank and then Israel and the sector began to recover. Unfortunately, blocks on permits and other restrictions are obstructing further progress.
Six months after Operation Protective Edge, Gaza’s reconstruction is advancing at an agonizingly slow pace, and access restrictions are crushing. In the spring of 2014, we began working on a new position paper, which has become more relevant than ever
Israel’s decision to prevent the transfer of construction materials to Gaza’s private sector, and severely restrict materials for international projects, is entering its ninth month. The ban has further harmed Gaza's economy and may have a serious impact on the entire region.
The news releases put out by the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) are always a paragon of optimistic writing and the latest is no exception. Unemployment is declining, export is on the rise. The optimism is contagious but only if you’re not very familiar with the data.
Three days ago two truckloads of strawberries exited Gaza and passed through Israel on their way to Europe. They were the first truckloads of export allowed out of the Strip…