Supporting Human Rights
2017 | Israel
Over the past ten years, restrictions on freedom of movement for Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip have steadily intensified, blocking the access to educational and economic opportunities, family visits and reunification, and preventing the passage of goods and passenger services in out of the Gaza Strip.
Since 2005 the Israeli organisation Gisha promotes human rights in the Palestinian territory. The project aims to create a solid foundation and conditions for a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by promoting the proper functioning of civilian life in Gaza, particularly access to educational and professional opportunities and the rehabilitation of the Gaza economy. It facilitates access for individuals and advocates that ensuring the basic human rights of Gaza’s residents is not a threat to Israel. Instead, facilitating recovery and bringing hope to the civilian population of Gaza is a moral and legal imperative, and also a necessary condition for a sustainable resolution to the conflict and for Israel’s security, which should not be played off against economic development in Gaza. The findings of the project address Israeli decision makers, multipliers and Palestinian residents who try to travel between Gaza and the West Bank for professional, educational or family reasons.
Multilingual analysis and advocacy materials on the economy and civilian life in Gaza will be produced and disseminated via traditional and new media channels in Israel and abroad, specifically among those able to influence Israeli policy. In addition, Gisha provides legal assistance and legal interventions on individual and principled levels and engages with military authorities and bureaucratic bodies. Hence, the project has an impact to improve the access policy and Gaza’s socio-economic recovery to promote the possibility of a peaceful resolution to the conflict.