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March 4, 2021

Basma Abu Mustafa realized her dreams when she started a business that both supports her family and inspires other young people. But she can’t reach her full potential under closure.…

February 14, 2021

The “coronavirus closure” imposed by Israel on travel to and from Gaza, now in its 12th month, has entangled countless people in an insurmountable bureaucratic maze. One example is A.,…

January 31, 2021

Recently, the Jerusalem District Court accepted a petition filed by Gisha and instructed the state to approve a request by K., a woman living in Gaza, to return to the…

General/ January 12, 2021

B’Tselem’s new report “This is Apartheid,” asks Israelis to confront a painful reality that Palestinians have lived and described for decades. Those who think it’s easier to look away or…

January 6, 2021

Israel is obligated to protect the health and safety of all people living under its control, including by ensuring that the vaccine is available in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. This will necessarily require close cooperation with Palestinian authorities and the international community, but their involvement does not absolve Israel from its ultimate responsibility toward Palestinians living under occupation. Where needed, Israel must contribute to covering the cost of the vaccine and its distribution, unconditionally.

December 23, 2020

Dear friends, I am writing to wish those celebrating happy holidays and hopefully a happier New Year to us all. I recently saw something online that said: We are not…

December 16, 2020

Huda Wahidi, 46, is a Palestinian who was born in Israel. Twenty-six years ago, she married her husband, a resident of Gaza, and moved to the Strip to live with…

Control over Gaza/ December 9, 2020

To mark International Human Rights Day, Gisha is proud to release a gender analysis of Israel’s permit regime in Gaza. Israel's official policy on travel by Palestinians to and from the Strip is detailed in the "Status of Authorizations," a document produced by Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT). The criteria listed in the document and its numerous ancillary procedures dictate the few and narrow circumstances in which Palestinians are eligible to apply for a travel permit from Israel.

November 15, 2020

In early March 2020, Israel severely tightened existing restrictions on movement of people to and from Gaza against the backdrop of the coronavirus outbreak. Unlike in Israel itself and in the rest of the world, where temporary lockdowns have been eased and sometimes reinstated, for seven months Israel has continued to limit exit from Gaza to patients in need of urgent medical care and their companions, with rare exceptions. As a result, traffic at Erez Crossing has plummeted to just 3% of what it was at the beginning of 2020.