Author Archives: Gisha

Numbers, meet context

A whole year has passed since the Israeli government decided to “expand the civilian policy toward the Strip” and “ease” the closure. Perhaps the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories was (rightly) concerned that on the first anniversary of the decision, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Gisha: Israeli flotilla inquiry cannot authorize the collective punishment of a civilian population

In response to today’s publication of the interim report of the Turkel Commission to Examine the Maritime Incident of 31 May, 2010, and its conclusion that the naval closure of the Gaza Strip, as well as the actions Israel took … Continue reading

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The question is not whether there is a humanitarian crisis in Gaza, but whether there is collective punishment

Recently, it was announced that Israel will allow limited marketing of Gaza’s goods outside of the Strip – an encouraging step. It has also been suggested (article in Hebrew), that the closure has had a limited impact on the level of … Continue reading

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Gaza’s Social Network: Gazan bloggers share the reality of the siege with the world

“People outside expect us all to be wrapped in keffiyehs … and to be stalwarts of the Palestinian cause every second of every day, and we feel we don’t want to disappoint them but we are human beings and sometimes … Continue reading

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Gazan flowers headed to market in Holland because Israel won’t allow them in the West Bank

This week the Israeli Ministry of Defense announced the “beginning of the export season” in the Gaza Strip. “The export season” entails the continuation of a short-term program, sponsored – from planting through to distribution – by the Dutch government. … Continue reading

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Israel’s answer for Gaza: If they haven’t bread, let them eat gravel

The eve of Eid al-Adha celebrated this week brought news of a shortage of flour in the Gaza Strip. For the past two weeks, traders and flour mill owners have warned of shortages of wheat in the Strip, claiming that the mills … Continue reading

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Israel finally confirms the obvious – The collective punishment of the Gaza siege is based on politics, not security

After one and a half years in which Israel at first denied their existence and then claimed that revealing them would harm “state security”, the State of Israel today released three documents that outline its policy for permitting transfer of goods into … Continue reading

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True talk on the Israeli siege of Gaza

In advance of tomorrow’s meeting of the Ad-hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) for assistance to the Palestinians, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) released a report detailing steps taken to improve Gaza’s economy pursuant to a June 20, 2010 Israeli Cabinet decision to “ease” … Continue reading

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Due to Gaza closure, 40,000 students refused from UN schools

From Gisha: UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) can’t meet enrollment demand because of ban on construction materials UNRWA needs to build 100 schools, none built since 2007 closure UNRWA schools … Continue reading

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Israel attacks the ‘gourmet’ flotilla to Gaza

At a time when Israel’s security officials should probably be focused on this week’s extensive home front security drill, it seems that that most of their attention is being paid to the flotilla of ships on its way to the Gaza … Continue reading

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