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Hamas has agreed to a ceasefire, says senior Palestinian official (Updated)

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Update (7/16/14): Yesterday we reported Hamas had accepted a ceasefire with Israel based on a source within the PLO. As of right now a ceasefire has not gone into effect and The Guardian is reporting that Hamas has officially rejected the Egyptian cease fire proposal. While we stand behind the reporting of what were told, […]

State Dept puts American seal of approval on latest Israeli-initiated round of violence

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Since the publication of Amnesty International’s damning report on IDF practices in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Israel has responded by ramping up its killing of Palestinians. Entitled Trigger Happy: Israel’s Use of Excessive Force in the West Bank, the report thoroughly documents the IDF’s violations of international human rights law, and calls on the international community to cease […]

Notes from the cells

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Nine women are sitting in the backroom of the Egyptian border control waiting the twelve hours before we will be deported. We had come to Cairo to join a delegation of 100 women from around the world invited to meet the women in Gaza in solidarity on International Women’s Day. Each of us was snatched […]

Remembering Dr. Eyad el Sarraj, 1943-2013

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Dr. Eyad el Sarraj, who died on December 17 at the age of 70 and is being buried today in the Gaza Strip, was intimately acquainted with trauma and what cycles of violence do to the human psyche and society. The founder of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme in 1990, he made helping people […]

Gaza forum showcases youth creativity despite crippling blockade

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Gaza proves its creativity everyday. The besieged region has never bowed down to the confines of a brain-sapping blockade complete with crippling closures, meager resources and traumatic experiences of war. Many Gaza youths transcend all of these odds with their dreams, where the stars of hope light up their minds. But how could the youth […]

A day in the sun for Gaza, or more of the same?

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With the news that the UN General Assembly has voted 138-9 to accept Palestine as a “non-member observer state,” fireworks erupted and horns honked in Gaza. Finally, Palestinians were feeling as if they were having their day in the sun. First, Israel ended its latest attack – which some believe should be re-named “Operation Pillar […]

4 myths about the Israeli attack on Gaza

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 As Israel continues to pound the Gaza Strip, and factions within the beleaguered territory retaliate as best they can, there are many myths and stereotypes dominating mainstream media coverage, and many conversations. Here are a few of the most common misunderstandings: Myth: Hamas started the round of fighting that led to Israel’s “Operation Pillar of […]

Pakistan: A land of competing narratives

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After an interminable 48 hours of traveling, I am at home, and looking back at my trip to Pakistan with a bit more distance and perspective. If there is a unifying theme as my thoughts crystallize it is this: There is always more than one narrative, and it is incumbent upon us to seek them […]

March 15 one year later in Gaza: Has the fire gone cold?

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One year ago this week, Gaza erupted into one of the most exciting demonstrations of youth “power” I had ever had the joy to witness. The “Arab Spring” was in full swing, and this time, they believed, was “their turn.” Youth, and in many cases, their families, poured into the streets, chanting, singing songs and […]

This is the face of war

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 (Reposted from Pam in Progress) As I write this, Israel is bombing with intensity; 10 are dead already and casualties are reportedly filling the ERs. Resistance fighters are retaliating. On this, my last day in Gaza, I am confined to the home of a friend’s relatives — most likely until early in the morning…We are […]

Let there be light: Life in Gaza without electricity

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Cross-posted from Pam Bailey’s blog, Pam In Progress (view for photos) There are so many basic things most of us take for granted….like, electricity. But in Gaza — especially these days — it’s a precious commodity. Power (of the electrical kind) has been rationed to some extent ever since I started visiting Gaza in 2009. As […]

NGO ‘industry': a boon or bane in Gaza?

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Erez Crossing, from Electronic Intifada Yesterday was the Islamic holy day, and in Gaza, that means a big meal after the mid-day call to prayer. Among my “circle,” everyone — Palestinian and international friends alike — gathers at the home of the Abusalamas, a moderate-to-liberal family that has “adopted” me since my six-month stay in […]

Borders of the mental and physical kind

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This post first appeared on Pam Bailey’s blog, Pam in Progress: When you think about dreams unfulfilled, so often it is borders that stop us in our tracks, or force detours or delays. Borders can be mental, existing only in our heads, but as powerful as if they were enforced by barbed wire and guns. […]

Tribute to a Palestinian ‘Gandhi’ — Mahmoud Abu Rahma of Al Mezan

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Mahmoud Abu Rahma, who was attacked last week The unrecognized heroes of Palestine are the human rights investigators.  Their job is to investigate and expose the atrocities committed against their people, no matter who the perpetrator — Israeli or Palestinian. Nine times out of 10, they are stymied, stonewalled at every step. Or — worse. […]

What next after the latest frustrated flotilla?

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 The latest flotilla to try reach the coast of Gaza has been turned back — ships impounded and passengers deported — just like every other one since December 2008 (right before the launch of Israel’s massive attack). And although the effort was covered by some of the so-called “mainstream” media (ranging from CNN to The […]

Voices that are resisting

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Children in Gaza greeting the convoy. (Photo: Stay Human Convoy) We are getting to know Gaza In the north-eastern zone of the city, Palestinian youths tell us stories about those infamous days in December 2008, when the Israeli army began its Operation ‘Cast Lead’. The landscape in front of us bears witness to the devastation […]

In the name of Vittorio Arrigoni, the ‘Stay Human’ convoy has entered Gaza

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After leaving Cairo this morning at dawn, the 80 activists of the ‘Restiamo Umani’ convoy have entered Gaza at 4pm after crossing five Egyptian check-points. The convoy, whose goal is to return to the place where Vittorio Arrigoni has spent his life, wrote a first report – posted on www.vik2gaza.org – “We are going to […]

The Egyptian intifada and what it may mean for Israel/Palestine

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The Egyptian uprising against the Mubarak regime is historic and important in its own right. But it may also lead to significant changes in the region that could be positive for the Palestinian cause. Israel is worried about a reliable ally being toppled next door. The Mubarak dictatorship is a core pillar of the U.S./Israeli […]

One family in Gaza

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One Family in Gaza from Jen Marlowe on Vimeo. Just months after the Israeli assault that killed 1,390 Palestinians, I visited Gaza. Among dozens of painful stories I heard, one family stood out. I spent several days with Kamal and Wafaa Awajah, playing with their children, sleeping in the tent they were living in, and […]

Beit Hanoun demonstration commemorates 2 years since the Gaza attacks as victims’ families mourn

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Poster at the Beit Hanoun protest featuring Ismail, Haia and Lama Hamdan. (Photo: ISM) A demonstration commemorating the beginning of “Operation Cast Lead” was held Tuesday in the Gazan city of Beit Hanoun. Families of victims were in attendance, as were 5 International Solidarity Movement activists. Two years have passed since the Israeli attacks on […]

Gaza Two Years Later: In wars

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In wars, you know… fear, You know what is it like to feel that the very next moment you’d be no more… torn… and your blood is a headline a number added…to the many who died… In wars, you feel that a smile is of thousands of tears A smile becomes a need In wars, […]

An Open Letter from Gaza: Two years after the massacre, a demand for justice

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The following letter was released today by Gazan civil society institutions. We the Palestinians of the Besieged Gaza Strip, on this day, two years on from Israel’s genocidal attack on our families, our houses, our roads, our factories and our schools, are saying enough inaction, enough discussion, enough waiting – the time is now to […]