November 7, 2018. Kerem Shalom Crossing was closed to transport of goods, other than fuel, on Monday and part of Tuesday, November 5-6. Gaza truck drivers and trucking companies staged a protest against the Palestinian Authority’s decision to impose a 30-shekel (ILS) tax on each truck passing through the crossing. These charges come on top of fees that transporters already pay to crossing operators on the Israeli and Palestinian sides of the crossing, which reach up to 1,200 ILS per truck. Palestinian Authority officials denied entry to the drivers until the new fees were paid.
November 1, 2018. The supply of electricity available to Gaza residents has increased significantly as a result of the Qatari government’s donation of 60 million USD for fuel, which is being used to operate additional turbines at Gaza’s sole power plant. On October 24, a second of the four turbines at the plant was run; on October 28, for the first time since January 2017, a third turbine was also activated. The United Nations is purchasing the Qatari-funded fuel from Israel and coordinating its entrance into Gaza via Kerem Shalom Crossing.
Thursday, October 25, 2018: On Tuesday (October 23), the Israeli Ministry of Transportation announced that its plan to restrict movement of trucks on the roads leading to Kerem Shalom Crossing between the Gaza Strip and Israel during the morning and afternoon rush hours will be enforced starting December 2. The Transportation Ministry’s plan to restrict the movement of trucks to and from Gaza’s sole commercial crossing with Israel was formulated two years ago, in response to safety hazards posed to local residents by truck traffic on the western Negev roads.
Israel’s Supreme Court orders state to enable patients from Gaza to reach medical treatment, cancels policy preventing access to treatment due to alleged family ties to 'Hamas members'
July 17, 2018. Thirteen human rights and civil society organizations call on Israeli government to open Kerem Shalom Crossing and immediately rescind sanctions against residents of the Gaza Strip.
July 12, 2018. On Monday, in a sweeping measure of collective punishment that calls to mind the days of outright economic warfare on Gaza’s civilian population, Israel announced that it will place severe restrictions on the entry of goods through Kerem Shalom, Gaza’s main crossing for movement of goods in and out of the Strip. The exit of goods from Gaza destined for the West Bank, Israel or abroad has been banned altogether.
Tuesday, May 23, 2018. Last weekend, Egypt announced that Rafah Crossing would remain open for the duration of the month of Ramadan. The crossing has been open for travel to and from Gaza since May 12, with 4,388 exits from Gaza and 527 entries over the course of the first ten days (May 12 to 21). An additional 622 people seeking to exit Gaza were denied passage for various reasons and turned back by the Egyptian crossing authorities.
What precipitated the current wave of protests in Gaza?
May 3, 2018. To promote a better understanding of the situation in Gaza, one that goes beyond the provocative, but reductive explanations making headlines in recent weeks, we have compiled key elements of Gisha’s research and professional analysis so as to provide answers to some frequently asked questions about the Gaza Strip.
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April 15, 2018. Rafah Crossing, between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, closed last night after being open for three days for movement of people in both directions. During this time, 2,593 people exited Gaza to Egypt, and 441 entered the Strip. Egyptian authorities denied exit of 213 Palestinians from Gaza, without explanation. Since the beginning of 2018, Rafah Crossing has only been open for travel out of Gaza on eight days, during which a total of 5,490 people left the Strip; entrance was allowed on 13 days, during which a total of 2,645 people entered Gaza from Egypt.
April 12, 2018. The fatal shooting of protestors near the fence separating Israel and the Gaza Strip over the last few weeks has rightfully elicited harsh reactions from around the globe. Israeli politicians and officials meanwhile depict recent events as a sudden threat on Israel’s borders, initiated by Hamas.
March 27, 2018. Operations at Erez Crossing to Israel and Rafah Crossing to Egypt were disrupted over the course of last week, further limiting movement to and from Gaza, which is severely restricted to begin with.
February 2018. A new report by Gisha presents analysis of ten central judgments concerning the rights of Gaza residents handed down by the Israeli court system in the decade since Israel tightened its closure on the Strip.
In the ten years that have passed since Israel tightened its closure on the Gaza Strip, Israeli courts have heard hundreds of petitions filed by Gaza residents and human rights organizations.
January 15, 2018. A new factsheet by Gisha – 2017: Tightening of the Closure, provides a round-up of measures imposed by Israel in 2017 further limiting movement of people to and from Gaza via Erez Crossing. The list includes new or intensified measures, introduced with little to no justification provided as to their purpose and, it appears, no consideration of the impact they would have on the lives of Gaza’s residents.
November 1, 2017. Important steps were taken today in Gaza, marking the commencement of the implementation of the Palestinian reconciliation agreement. With exclusive control of Gaza’s crossings on the Palestinian side being passed to the Palestinian Authority, many of the excuses long used to justify the violation of Gaza residents’ right to freedom of movement are being emptied of their content, which may bring new hope for progress.
October 26, 2017. Power supply lines from Egypt to Gaza have been shut down since Friday due to security incidents in the Sinai Peninsula, leading to a further reduction in Gaza’s already severely limited supply of electricity.
EXIT OF GOODS
￼Since November 2014, Israel has allowed limited sale of Gaza-grown and produced goods in the West Bank. Since March 2015, Israel has also allowed an even smaller number of products from Gaza to be sold in Israel. From 2007-2014, only export abroad had been permitted. The monthly average number of truckloads of goods exiting Gaza to all destinations in the first half of 2017 was about 25 percent of the monthly average in 2007, before the closure was imposed.