Author Archives: Malaka Mohammed

About Malaka Mohammed

Malaka Mohammed, 22, is a Palestinian freelance writer living in Gaza. Follow her on Twitter @MalakaMohammed and on her blog at

From Sheffield to Palestine, by bicycle

Sara Moon first went to Israel on a socialist Zionist trip and fell so in love with the place she almost didn’t go home to England. Then she went to university and met a Palestinian refugee and began to understand that her own right to return was at the cost of people who had been forced off the land. As Moon sets out on bicycle for Palestine, her friend Malaka Mohammed tells her story

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Being pessimistic is not a solution

This is the author’s third diary of her life in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England.

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Two months away from home

This is the author’s second diary of her life in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. Her first is Palestine to Sheffield: One month away from home.

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Palestine to Sheffield: One month away from home

Malaka Mohammed is a graduate in English Literature and Education from the Islamic University of Gaza and is now studying for a Master’s degree in Global Politics and International Law at the University of Sheffield in the UK. She will documenting her experience in Sheffield in monthly posts for Mondoweiss.

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‘Maybe it’s better not to dream,’ says Gaza student stopped at border

Two students who dreamed of leaving Gaza for education in the UK and Dubai have been blocked by the quixotic border regulations of the world’s largest open-air prison

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A report on the 23 hunger strikers in Israeli prisons

Samer Issawi is to go free after a historic hunger strike. But there are now 23 other Palestinian prisoners jailed by Israel on hunger strike, and five of them (pictured above) are Jordanian. Several are in administrative detention, which violates the strict standards allowed an occupying power. One is afflicted with a skin disease caused by his cell being only a few meters away from a trash dump. Other hunger strikers have lost the ability to walk and are in wheelchairs

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9-year-old dies in Gaza, without fulfilling ‘human rights’ dream, to see imprisoned father

Tariq Assakani saw his father 6 years ago when he was 3. Never since. His father is in an Israeli prison and Tariq died in an accident yesterday

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Down with Veolia: The University of Sheffield Palestine Society celebrates university’s decision to drop Veolia

“So proud of my University and especially the Palestine Society which I have had the pleasure of being a part of over the last few years. Today marks a huge achievement in the student BDS campaign and hopefully more Universities … Continue reading

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My first journey abroad, part II

[Ed. note: This is the followup of My first journey abroad] I spent the whole of the fifteen days and nights alone. I did not go back to my habitation. This was my first time away from my land, my … Continue reading

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My first journey abroad

Malaka Mohammed writes about her first time leaving Gaza.

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Samer Issawi is like an olive tree; his head reaches the sky and nobody can uproot him

The detainee’s minister in the PA, Issa Qaraqe’, says that the Palestinian hunger striker Samer Issawi is living his last hours inside the Israeli prison hospitals after 195 days on hunger strike for freedom.

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A message from Samer Issawi on the 164th day of his hunger strike

A letter from Samer Issawi, who has been on hunger strike for over 164 days now, was submitted through one of the lawyer’s who visited him on Sunday, January 1st, 2013.

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‘Save Samer, he is dying’: Samer Issawi and the plight of Palestinian hunger strikers

Malaka Mohammed talks with Samer Issawi’s family after he has been on hunger strike for 152 days. Mohammed also gives updates on other Palestinian hunger strikers Jafar Azzidine, Tarek Qa’adan, and Yousef Yassin.

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Veolia withdraws bid for North London waste contract under boycott pressure

Veolia serves the illegal settlers in the occupied territories, and boycott pressure has now evidently caused it to miss out on a London contract

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A speechless girl in Gaza

Malaka Mohammed writes about the first day of the Israeli assault on Gaza.

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