Category Archives: Gaza

Palestinian writers bring Gaza’s hardships to American audience

The Gaza Writes Back book tour has brought the lack of Palestinian freedom of movement home to American audiences in an unplanned way. Sarah Ali, a contributor to the book, was supposed to be on tour with Rawan Yaghi, Yousef Aljamal and Refaat Alareer. But she was denied a visa by Israel. Nevertheless, the tour has carried on, with the contributors giving presentations on the realities of life in Gaza and the impact of Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s attack on Gaza at the end of 2008.

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‘We ask you to show solidarity with the farmers and their families of Gaza’: Open letter to Neil Young from Gaza agricultural workers

A letter from the Gaza Union of Agricultural Work Committees Association asking Neil Young to cancel his upcoming show in Israel.

Posted in Activism, BDS, Gaza, Israel/Palestine | 31 Comments

Where is Sarah Ali?

Sarah Ali received a permit from Israel to travel from Gaza to Jerusalem to apply and interview for her U.S. visa. However, after she received her visa, Israel would not allow her to travel out of Gaza to Jordan to join her colleagues on book tour in the United States.

Posted in Gaza, Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, Occupation | 33 Comments

Both Sides: Anti-BDS concerns on campus vs. life in the occupied territories

Katie Miranda contrasts anti-BDS concerns heard on U.S. campuses versus the reality of life for Palestinians in the occupied territories.

Posted in BDS, Gaza, Israel/Palestine, Occupation, US Politics | Tagged | 94 Comments

U.S. intel analysts doubt Israeli claim that captured weapons were headed to Gaza

Remember the massive Israeli photo ops earlier this month during the grand unveiling of “advanced” weapons bound for “terrorist organizations” in Gaza? Well, Reuters is reporting some US analysts don’t think it was headed to Gaza.

Posted in Egypt, Gaza, Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, US Policy in the Middle East | 58 Comments

Detained, Deported, but not Deterred: Report from CodePink’s Int’l Women’s Day delegation to Gaza

The youngest American in CODEPINK’s International Women’s Day Delegation bound for Gaza recounts her 22 hours detained in the Egyptian airport.

Posted in Activism, Egypt, Gaza, Israel/Palestine | 9 Comments

So far in 2014, 18 Gaza Palestinians have been killed and 110 injured in Israeli attacks

IMEMC 15 Mar by Chris Carlson — A Gaza official said that the number of the Gaza Palestinians killed by Israel since early 2014, as a result of military escalation, has increased to 18.

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Why I didn’t make it to Gaza for International Women’s Day

Medea Benjamin shares her harrowing story of being detained in Egypt while on her way to mark International Women’s Day in Gaza.

Posted in Activism, Egypt, Gaza, Israel/Palestine | 50 Comments

Gaza heats up: Israel bombards coastal enclave under siege with multiple airstrikes


The Israeli air force repeatedly bombed the Gaza Strip as a response to a barrage of projectiles that Islamic Jihad fired into Israel. The latest round of fighting was started with an attack on Israeli soldiers and efforts to avenge the deaths of Palestinians killed in recent days. But the roots of the latest fighting are Israeli violations of the November 2012 truce between Hamas and Israel, and the years-long blockade and occupation crippling the Gaza Strip.

Posted in Gaza, Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, Occupation | 55 Comments

Six Palestinians killed in 24 hours by Israeli forces

Tuesday marked a day of funerals as Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza mourned six killed by Israeli forces within twenty-four hours. Three were killed in the West Bank in separate instances and three were killed in the Gaza Strip from an air strike. Above, the funeral of Saji Darwish, 18, in Beitin, a village in the West Bank.

Posted in Gaza, Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, Occupation, One state/Two states | Tagged | 23 Comments

Fadel Abu Odwan, 13, in critical condition after being shot by Israeli military in Gaza

IMEMC Sat 22 Feb by Chris Carlson — A Palestinian child, age 13, has been seriously injured, on Friday evening, as Israeli forces east of Rafah fired at him. Al Ray reports that medical sources at Abu Yousef al-Najjar Hospital in the southern Gaza Strip said Fadel Abu Odwan, 13, was shot in the pelvis, assessing his this status as critical.

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Water struggles continue in Gaza under the blockade

Life in Gaza in becoming more difficult than ever with the blockade and unavailability of essential services such as water. Water in Gaza is heavily contaminated with salt and sewage which are difficult to remove. The majority of the population in the strip depends on desalinated water purchased from private vendors at high cost ($13 for one cubic meter). Families with poor conditions can’t afford desalinated water; therefore depend on contaminated municipal water or water from private agricultural wells. This impacts people’s health, particularly children and puts their safety at risk. Water contamination causes serious diseases such as cancer, liver problems, renal failure, high blood pressure, diarrhea, and hepatitis.

Posted in Gaza, Israel/Palestine, Occupation | 22 Comments

Gaza residents fear another Israeli military offensive

The Palestinians of Gaza fear another Israeli military offensive is imminent. Israel is flexing its military muscle and Egypt has joined the band, beating the drums of war.

Posted in Gaza, Israel/Palestine, On the ground reports | Tagged | 14 Comments

Havoc for Gaza strawberry growers amid storms and siege

Israeli restrictions on the Gaza Strip have caused severe losses for strawberry growers, whose produce goes to European markets. But the current growing season is even worse. Growers’ losses have been doubled, as a heavy winter storm hit the region in December, damaging their fields and ripe crops.

Posted in Gaza, Israel/Palestine, On the ground reports | 1 Comment

Rejecting collective punishment from Gaza to Syria

Nothing can possibly justify the Syrian regime’s policy of collective punishment against the Palestinians of Yarmouk, writes Omar Chaaban.

Posted in Activism, Gaza, Israel/Palestine, Middle East, syria | 181 Comments

Packed house in London for launch of ‘Gaza Writes Back’

There was a packed house for the London launch of Just World Books’ Gaza Writes Back, Short stories from Young Writers in Gaza, Palestine yesterday.

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The search for U.S. charities that support projects in Gaza

While searching the internet for ways a private citizen in the U.S. could support humanitarian projects in the West Bank and Gaza through charities based in the U.S., I was not surprised to find that it takes some digging to find opportunities, especially in Gaza.

Posted in Gaza, Israel/Palestine, US Politics | 12 Comments

Gaza is the only place the world forgets about (or pretends to forget about)

‘Look where the world is and where we are!’ an exclamation I very frequently heard at home, and even expressed myself at some points. Going out to this world though, makes this thought invalid. It is a world where a major concern is offering dogs a better life, healthier food and softer napkins because humans do not have problems to worry about. In this world, brains are squeezed to figure out what problems may occur in 2050, and how they can be solved because there is nothing to solve at the moment other than the fact that there aren’t comfortable couches and free Wi-Fi in shopping centres. People are not worried about water supply or power cuts, when to do the laundry or how to charge the laptop. All the basics are available, and what is sought is only to better the quality of life.

Posted in Gaza, Israel/Palestine | 34 Comments

Five Years after Cast Lead: ‘Gaza Writes Back’

The blog Arabic Literature interviews Refaat Alareer, editor of Gaza Writes Back, a book of short stories marking the five year anniversary of Cast Lead.

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Three-year-old Palestinian girl, Hala Abu Sabikha, killed in Israeli raid on Gaza

GAZA CITY (AFP) 25 Dec — A three-year-old Palestinian girl was killed in an Israeli raid on the Gaza Strip after the fatal shooting Tuesday of an Israeli near the Gaza border, in the latest uptick in Israeli-Palestinian violence.

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Remembering Dr. Eyad el Sarraj, 1943-2013

Eyad and Ali

Dr. Eyad el Sarraj died on December 17 at the age of 69 and is being buried today in the Gaza Strip. The founder of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme in 1990, he made helping people move beyond their personal and collective trauma his life’s work. Nancy Murray remembers el Sarraj and their work together writing he had the “determination to live in open, nonviolent defiance of occupation, both as an assertion of his own humanity, and in recognition of the humanity of others, Israelis as well as Palestinians.” Above, Dr. Eyad el Sarraj and his son Ali in the garden of their house, circa 2005.

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Storm-ravaged Gaza finally able to start power plant after donation from Qatar

GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 15 Dec — Israeli authorities started to pump industrial diesel donated by Qatar into the Gaza Strip on Sunday morning, a Gaza official told Ma‘an. The move is part of a temporary agreement to ease the blockade following days of record flooding that has devastated large swathes of the besieged coastal enclave.

Posted in Gaza, Israel/Palestine, Today in Palestine | 13 Comments

Freezing and canoeing in Gaza

Fidaa Abuassi writes about talking to her family in Gaza as they deal with a severe winter storm without fuel or electricity due to the siege.

Posted in Gaza, Israel/Palestine, Occupation | 78 Comments

Narrative stronger than weapons: the 23 short stories in ‘Gaza Writes Back’

Refaat Alarer, editor of a new volume of short fiction from Gaza, writes: ‘Palestine is a martyr away, a tear away, a missile away, or a whimper away. Palestine is “a story away.”

Posted in Gaza, Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, Nakba, Occupation | Tagged | 10 Comments

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.

Posted in Gaza, Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, Occupation | 2 Comments