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- May 2010
The following list is approximate and partial, and it changes from time to time. It is based on information from Palestinian traders and businesspersons, international organizations, and the Palestinian Coordination Committee, all of whom “deduce” what is permitted and what is banned based on their experience requesting permission to bring goods into Gaza and the answers they receive from the Israeli authorities (approved or denied). It is not possible to verify this list with the Israeli authorities because they refuse to disclose information regarding the restrictions on transferring goods into Gaza. It should be noted that Israel permits some of the “prohibited” items into Gaza (for example: paper, biscuits, and chocolate), on the condition that they are for the use of international organizations, while requests from private merchants to purchase them are denied. For more information, see: Gisha, Restrictions on the Transfer of Goods into Gaza: Obstruction and Obfuscation, January 2010 (available at: www.gisha.org).
Prohibited Items* Permitted Items sage flour cardamom sugar cumin sweetener coriander rice ginger salt jam cooking oil halva semolina vinegar yeast nutmeg pasta chocolate chickpeas fruit preserves beans seeds and nuts kidney beans biscuits and sweets lentils potato chips peas gas for soft drinks Burgul wheat dried fruit corn fresh meat lupini beans plaster powdered milk tar dairy products wood for construction margarine cement hummus paste iron frozen meat, fish, and vegetables glucose vitamins and oil for animal feed industrial salt empty bags for flour plastic/glass/metal containers medicine and medical equipment industrial margarine diapers tarpaulin sheets for huts feminine hygiene products fabric (for clothing) toilet paper flavor and smell enhancers baby wipes fishing rods shampoo & conditioner various fishing nets soap & liquid soap buoys toothpaste ropes for fishing laundry detergent nylon nets for greenhouses fabric softener hatcheries and spare parts for hatcheries dish soap spare parts for tractors glass cleaner dairies for cowsheds floor cleaning fluid irrigation pipe systems cleaning liquid for bathroom use ropes to tie greenhouses chlorine planters for saplings insecticide for household use heaters for chicken farms coffee musical instruments tea size A4 paper salami meat writing implements canned meat notebooks canned fish newspapers sponges for cleaning dishes toys sponges for washing razors mopping rags sewing machines and spare parts cleaning rags heaters all canned food except canned fruit horses za’atar spice donkeys black pepper goats sesame cattle powdered chicken stock chicks blankets matches candles brooms mops dustpans trash cans aniseed chamomile cinnamon wastewater purification powder glass – 200 trucks water coolers + heaters mineral water Tahini (sesame paste) hair brushes hair combs shoes clothes wood (for doors and window frames) aluminum soft plastic bags fruit vegetables hay fertilized eggs pesticides for agriculture soil for agriculture particles for soil dilution chemical fertilizer plastic buckets plastic crates for fruits and vegetables plastic chicken cage egg cartons cartons for transporting chicks fiberglass and plastic trays for planting various kinds of agricultural seeds eggs (for eating) greenhouse nylon various kinds of veterinary medications and products wheat barley animal feed
*Some of these items are permitted if they are for the use of international organizations.