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On the Politics of Victory and Defeat: How Gaza Dethroned the King of Israel

On the Politics of Victory and Defeat: How Gaza Dethroned the King of Israel

How did Benjamin Netanyahu manage to serve as Israel’s longest-serving Prime Minister? With a total of 15 years in office, Netanyahu surpassed the 12-year leadership of Israel’s founding father, David Ben Gurion. The answer to this question will become particularly critical for future Israeli leaders who hope to emulate Netanyahu’s legacy, now that his historic leadership is likely to end.[Read More…]

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Reading Between Blinken’s Li(n)es

Reading Between Blinken’s Li(n)es

Losses on both sides were profound — U.S. secretary of state Antony Blinken, May 25 press conference with Israel’s prime minister Netanyahu in Israel, AlJazeera. (All of the following li(n)es were uttered during the same press conference.) Yes. Losses were profound. But not on both sides. On one side, among Palestinians, of whom 253 were killed, including 66 children, and[Read More…]

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‘Mowing the Grass’ No More: How Palestinian Resistance Altered the Equation

‘Mowing the Grass’ No More: How Palestinian Resistance Altered the Equation

The ceasefire on May 21 has, for now, brought the Israeli war on Gaza to an end. However, this ceasefire is not permanent and constant Israeli provocations anywhere in Palestine could reignite the bloody cycle all over again. Moreover, the Israeli siege on Gaza remains in place, as well as the Israeli military occupation and the rooted system of apartheid[Read More…]

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Mourners pray over the bodies of Palestinians killed in overnight Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City on 16 May. Atia DarwishAPA images

UN Human Rights Council to probe Israel-Gaza conflict as potential ‘war crimes’

The U.N. Human Right Council has passed a resolution aimed to intensify scrutiny of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians, after the U.N. rights chief said Israeli forces may have committed war crimes in their war with Hamas. The 11-day conflict killed at least 248 in Gaza, including 66 children and 39 women. In Israel, 12 people also died, including two children,[Read More…]

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The Omar al-Mukhtar neighborhood of Gaza City after it was pounded by Israeli airstrikes, 12 May. Mohammed ZaanounActiveStills

11 Day War

The cycle continues. Israel initiated further repression through the expulsion of four families in Sheik Jarrah and storming the Al Aqsa mosque during Ramadan, as if nearly 75 years of the most sustained, brutal state oppression in modern history wasn’t enough. In turn, Hamas threatened retaliation for Sheik Jarrah and Israeli police storming the mosque, but Israel did not relent.[Read More…]

by 28/05/2021 Comments are Disabled Palestine
Building housing the offices of Associated Press and other media collapses after Israeli airstrike, Gaza City

Israel’s Pyrrhic victory in Gaza, Netanyahu is real winner

“The public opinion in the US has also been steadily becoming favourable to the Palestinians…But although Americans are warming to the Palestinians, they still favour Israel by wide margins…Western politicians obviously believe that the Palestinians should accept apartheid quietly, and should have the good grace silently to wither away… “Even if the Israeli military objective is realised, it can only[Read More…]

by 25/05/2021 Comments are Disabled Palestine
So what happens after the violence ends? Who won and who lost Israel vs Palestinians?

So what happens after the violence ends? Who won and who lost Israel vs Palestinians?

Self-defence, blood lust, ethnic cleansing, disproportionate response, mowing the lawn, genocide, death from the sky. Whatever way you wish to describe the unparalleled violence unleashed on Gaza is up to you. I describe it as shooting or in this case bombing Palestinians in a barrel. Let’s have a brief resume of what’s happened. The district of Sheikh Jarrah is in[Read More…]

by 22/05/2021 Comments are Disabled Palestine
The Omar al-Mukhtar neighborhood of Gaza City after it was pounded by Israeli airstrikes, 12 May. Mohammed ZaanounActiveStills

Ceasefire ends Israeli terror in Gaza — for now

A ceasefire ending 11 days of intense violence in Gaza was announced late Thursday, taking effect in the early hours of Friday. Israeli airstrikes and Palestinian rocket fire from Gaza continued in the hours after the ceasefire was announced and before the time it was due to take effect. But after the clock counted down to ceasefire time, celebrations erupted from Gaza[Read More…]

by 21/05/2021 Comments are Disabled Palestine
The Al Jalaa Tower housing Al Jazeera and The Associated Press offices collapses after being hit by Israeli missile in Gaza City [Mohammed Salem/Reuters]

“Roof Knocking” in Gaza and the Myth of the Benevolent Drone

In its deadly attacks in densely populated Gaza, the Israeli Defense Force is employing a technique they call “roof knocking.” First drones fire small missiles without warheads on a residential building, intended only to shake the building before armed missiles destroy it minutes later. The IDF calls these “warning shots” and they are often preceded by telephone calls to some[Read More…]

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Palestinians recover the body of Yousif Abu Hussein after he was killed in an Israeli airstrike on his Gaza City home on 19 May. Bashar TalebAPA images

Israel has killed 14 families in their Gaza homes

Israeli warplanes and artillery attacks killed several more Palestinians in Gaza and destroyed more than a dozen residential buildings late Tuesday and Wednesday. A journalist, child and woman were among those who died as a result of Israeli strikes, according to Al Mezan, a human rights group in Gaza. The slain journalist, Yousif Abu Hussein, may have been deliberately targeted,[Read More…]

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Palestinians mourn members of the Abu Hatab family during their funeral in Gaza City on 15 May.   Ashraf Amra APA images

Latest Gaza Massacre Exposes Apartheid Israel’s Ongoing Palestinian Genocide

Palestinian protests over the war criminal eviction of Palestinian families from the culturally significant Shaikh Jarrah part of Occupied East Jerusalem led to Israeli soldiers violating the Al Aqsa Mosque compound (the third most holy site in Islam) on Friday 7 May 2021, a highly significant day for Muslims in the week marking the end of Ramadan. In response to[Read More…]

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RAFAH REFUGEE CAMP, GAZA STRIP - MAY 15:  Palestinian refugee Mohamad Mahmoud Al-Arja, 80, from the Rafah refugee camp, holds up a key allegedly from his house in Beer AI-saba, now located in Israeli, during a rally May 15, 2007 the in Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza strip. Palestinians are marking May 15, as Nakba Day or Catastrophe Day, as the 59th anniversary of the al-Nakba, the day the Israeli state was created in 1948.  (Photo by Getty Images)

Palestine, to whom does it Belong?

Palestine is considered sacred to all three religions that trace their roots to (Prophet) Abraham; Judaism, Christianity and Islam. For the Jews, this is the place where the temple of (Prophet) Solomon stood, for the Christians this is the place where the Messiah, Jesus Christ was born, preached and was crucified. For the Muslims this is the place from where[Read More…]

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The sad saga continues: occupation and oppression of Palestinians

The sad saga continues: occupation and oppression of Palestinians

Here we go again with yet another deadly and devastating Israeli military attack on Gaza that has captured the world’s attention. However, this current crisis is notably different in scope from the numerous previous major Israeli war crimes against Gaza. This time there was already ongoing Palestinian resistance to Israeli provocations and violence in occupied East Jerusalem including the egregious[Read More…]

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The Democratic Party’s Big Mistake ─ Support for Israel

The Democratic Party’s Big Mistake ─ Support for Israel

Those who fear the end of democracy take no heed to a fundamental cause of the threat – Israel. President Biden has an opportunity to separate the Democratic Party from the worldwide chauvinists, who believe in their superiority and that might makes right. Followers of Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer found guilty of murdering George Floyd, are chauvinists. No[Read More…]

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Palestinians recover the body of a Palestinian buried in the rubble of a home destroyed in an Israeli strike in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, on 13 May. Atia DarwishAPA images

Israel’s attack on Palestine: Imperialist Designs

From 6th May 2021 while Hamas, a radical Palestinian group has launched missiles on Israelis on the issue related to Al Aqsa mosque, the Israel has launched close to a full scale attack on Palestinians. In this conflict the causalities and destruction has been more on Palestinian side, death of nearly 200 people including 60 children, while on Israeli side[Read More…]

by 19/05/2021 Comments are Disabled Palestine
Mourners pray over the bodies of Palestinians killed in overnight Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City on 16 May. Atia DarwishAPA images

Gaza – US and the West Supports Israel’s Crimes Against Humanity – Understanding the Never-Ending Conflict

“I said we would exact a very heavy price from Hamas and other terror groups, and we are doing so and will continue to do so with great force,” Netanyahu said in a fiery video address. Israel’s PM Netanyahu is a war criminal and should be held accountable for war crimes throughout his PM-ship of Israel, according to the 1945 /[Read More…]

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Unity at Last: The Palestinian People Have Risen

Unity at Last: The Palestinian People Have Risen

From the outset, some clarification regarding the language used to depict the ongoing violence in occupied Palestine, and also throughout Israel. This is not a ‘conflict’. Neither is it a ‘dispute’ nor ‘sectarian violence’ nor even a war in the traditional sense. It is not a conflict, because Israel is an occupying power and the Palestinian people are an occupied[Read More…]

by 18/05/2021 Comments are Disabled Palestine
Carnage in Gaza

Carnage in Gaza

There seems no end to the Zionist carnage in Gaza. On May 16, 2021, the US blocked for the third time within a week a statement at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) condemning Israeli violence against Palestinians and urging a ceasefire in Gaza. The blocked statement by the US was introduced by Norway, Tunisia, and China after an emergency Security[Read More…]

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Israeli warplanes hit the Gaza Strip early 17 May. Ashraf AmraAPA images

Gaza in the dark after Israel bombs power lines

Human rights groups are calling for an urgent investigation by the International Criminal Court as Israel’s merciless pounding of Gaza enters its second week. More than 200 Palestinians in the Strip have been killed since last Monday, including 60 children and 34 women, according to Al Mezan, a human rights group based in the territory. Three of the women were pregnant when[Read More…]

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Israel thanks Biden administration for blocking UN statement calling for ceasefire

Israel thanks Biden administration for blocking UN statement calling for ceasefire

Israel’s Defense Minister expressed gratitude to the U.S. for blocking a UN resolution calling for a ceasefire for the third time in a row. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in the western part of Gaza, according to the Jerusalem Post, while local reports suggested that an office for Palestinian Prisoners’ Affairs was targeted, as well as agricultural lands. A recent[Read More…]

by 18/05/2021 Comments are Disabled Palestine
Israel’s land-grab and its unquenchable lust for more, Palestinian resistance and the familiar cycle of violence: when would it end?

Israel’s land-grab and its unquenchable lust for more, Palestinian resistance and the familiar cycle of violence: when would it end?

Palestinian casualties of Israeli bombs that according to Mr. Netanyahu, targeted the “terrorists” in Gaza Like most Israeli/Palestinian clashes of the past, recent clash was also triggered and fomented by the Israelis. Al Jazeera reports that “Anger has been growing over the forced expulsion of Palestinian families [by the Israelis] from the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah, who[Read More…]

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How the United States Helps To Kill Palestinians

How the United States Helps To Kill Palestinians

Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies The U.S. corporate media usually report on Israeli military assaults in occupied Palestine as if the United States is an innocent neutral party to the conflict. In fact, large majorities of Americans have told pollsters for decades that they want the United States to be neutral in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But[Read More…]

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Mourners pray over the bodies of Palestinians killed in overnight Israeli airstrikes in Gaza City on 16 May. Atia DarwishAPA images

Israel kills children, doctors in horrific nighttime massacre

Israel in the early hours of Sunday night obliterated multiple generations of families when it bombed their homes in Gaza. Around 1 am, Israeli warplanes launched a savage bombing campaign lasting at least an hour, firing 50 missiles at the area surrounding al-Wihda street in Gaza City. Without warning, the bombs hit residential buildings, bringing them down on top of[Read More…]

by 17/05/2021 1 comment Palestine
Palestinians carry the body of Ibrahim al-Rantisi, a two-year-old who was killed in airstrike, Rafah, southern Gaza, 14 May. Abed DeebAPA images

They tried to bury seeds

After the darkest night, there is always a dawn We are all absolutely distraught and destroyed (as I am sure you and all people with hearts must be) with what is happening in Gaza/Palestine, which started with the attack on Al Aqsa during the night prayer on the 27th night of Ramadan, one of our holiest nights and has now[Read More…]

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Muhammad al-Hadidi comforts his infant child Omar, who survived the overnight Israeli attack that killed several members of his extended family, most of them children, at Gaza City’s al-Shifa hospital on 15 May. Atia DarwishAPA images

Israel kills Gaza families in their homes on Nakba Day

More than 17,000 Palestinians in Gaza are experiencing yet another episode of displacement as Israel escalated its attack on civilian infrastructure on Saturday, the 73rd annual commemoration of Nakba Day. At least 145 Palestinians in Gaza, including 41 children, have been killed since Israel began bombing it on Monday. Around 1,000 more have been injured. We have now documented 41 Palestinian[Read More…]

by 16/05/2021 1 comment Palestine
The Al Jalaa Tower housing Al Jazeera and The Associated Press offices collapses after being hit by Israeli missile in Gaza City [Mohammed Salem/Reuters]

Israel Bombs The Building That Houses AP, Al Jazeera etc In Gaza

Israel has bombed the building that houses media offices including AP, Al Jazeera , AJEnglish and other international news organisations. It was not immediately clear if there were casualties in Saturday’s attack. Live Al Jazeera video showed the 11-storey Al-Jalaa building, which also houses a number of residences and other offices, crashing to the ground after being bombed as dust[Read More…]

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A wounded Palestinian girl is being brought to Indonesian Hospital to receive medical treatment after Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip, on May 10, 2021 in Beit Lahia, Gaza. (Photo: Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Israel Is Carrying Out Mass Murder, Aided and Abetted by the US

Israel is not exercising “the right to defend itself” in the occupied Palestinian territories. It is carrying out mass murder. It is a war crime.  Nearly all the words and phrases used by the Democrats, Republicans and the talking heads on the media to describe the unrest inside Israel and the heaviest Israeli assault against the Palestinians since the 2014[Read More…]

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Palestinians carry the body of Ibrahim al-Rantisi, a two-year-old who was killed in airstrike, Rafah, southern Gaza, 14 May. Abed DeebAPA images

Israel is killing women and children in Gaza

Women and children account for nearly half of the more than 120 Palestinians killed in Gaza since Monday, according to Al-Mezan, a human rights group in the territory. This contradicts Israel’s claims that it is targeting Hamas infrastructure and making great efforts to avoid harming civilians. The death toll will likely climb higher as bodies are recovered from the rubble of the[Read More…]

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A fire rages at sunrise in Khan Yunish following an Israeli airstrike on the southern Gaza Strip on May 12, 2021. (Photo: Youssef Massoud/AFP via Getty Images)

Israeli Barbarism in Gaza

Dr. Akram Kewidar, an assistant professor at the Israa University, Gaza, has sent me videos of the Zionist carnage occurring in the Palestinian enclave. Israeli bombs are reducing entire residential buildings to dust and rubble; bodies lie mangled in pulverized cars; corpses are strewn on the streets like the remains of flattened houses. As I write these words, nearly 83[Read More…]

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Palestinians recover the body of a Palestinian buried in the rubble of a home destroyed in an Israeli strike in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, on 13 May. Atia DarwishAPA images

More than 100 killed as Israel intensifies Gaza onslaught

Israel pounded the Gaza Strip for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday, with the health ministry in the territory reporting more than 100 killed in the most severe military offensive there since 2014. Palestinian armed groups in Gaza continued to retaliate by firing projectiles towards Israel. Seven people, including a soldier and two children, have been killed in rocket strikes in Israel[Read More…]

by 14/05/2021 1 comment Palestine
Smoke rises after an Israeli missile strike rocks Gaza City on 11 May. Ali HamadAPA images

UN chief, Biden, Putin and China on Israel’s Gaza attack

UN head Antonio Guterres implored the warring parties in Israel and Gaza to halt the bloodshed, amid reports that Israeli officials rejected a ceasefire plan floated by Egypt. “Out of respect for the spirit of Eid, I appeal for an immediate de-escalation and cessation of hostilities in Gaza and Israel,” the UN secretary-general said in a tweet on Thursday night.[Read More…]

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Gaza Bombing On Christmas

Gaza Bombing On Christmas

On 25 December, 2020, Israel bombed Gaza for six continuous hours as much of the world celebrated Christmas. A children’s hospital, a rehabilitation center for people with disabilities, a mosque, as well as private residences, were damaged. A six-year-old girl and a young man were injured, and much of the targeted region lost water and electricity. A fire broke out at the location of the[Read More…]

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The Slow Death Of Gaza

The Slow Death Of Gaza

On August 31, 2020, Hamas announced that it had reached a ceasefire with Israel that would end the recent hostilities in Gaza. Since 6 August, the besieged Palestinian enclave was being bombed daily by the Israeli forces. In order to bomb Gaza, the “terror balloon” narrative has been used by the Zionist state. These so-called “terror balloons” are contraptions made from everyday materials, gas-soaked[Read More…]

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‘Dying to Fish’: How Israeli Piracy Destroyed Gaza’s Once Thriving Fishing Industry

‘Dying to Fish’: How Israeli Piracy Destroyed Gaza’s Once Thriving Fishing Industry

On August 16, the Israeli navy declared the Gaza sea a closed military zone. A few days later, a group of Gaza fishermen decided to take their chances by fishing within a mere two or three nautical miles off the Gaza shore. No sooner had they cast their nets, Israeli navy bullets began whizzing all around them. Soon after the[Read More…]

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Netanyahu vs Gantz: Gaza Escalation as Reflection of Israel’s Political Rivalry

Netanyahu vs Gantz: Gaza Escalation as Reflection of Israel’s Political Rivalry

Only recently, the Palestinian group, Hamas, and Israel seemed close to reaching a prisoner exchange agreement, where Hamas would release several Israeli soldiers held in Gaza while Israel would set free an unspecified number of Palestinian detainees held in Israeli prisons. Instead of the much-anticipated announcement of some kind of a deal, on August 10, Israeli bombs began falling on[Read More…]

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A Palestinian boy sells lupin beans on a street in Gaza City. Ashraf Amra APA images

Making Ends Meet on Gaza’s streets

One morning in late January, Nabil al-Duhadar, 45, got up before 6 for dawn prayers and then immediately set to work. Al-Duhadar is a street vendor who sells turmos – a lupin bean snack often sold in market stalls. The snack takes preparation: the beans are soaked over 24 hours before being cooked for a couple of hours and then seasoned with[Read More…]

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Why Is The Israeli Army Finally Worried About Gaza?

Why Is The Israeli Army Finally Worried About Gaza?

  Nazareth: Last week Israeli military officials for the first time echoed what human rights groups and the United Nations have been saying for some time: that Gaza’s economy and infrastructure stand on the brink of collapse. They should know. More than 10 years ago the Israeli army tightened its grip on Gaza, enforcing a blockade on goods coming in[Read More…]

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Gaza: A Life Worth Living?

Gaza: A Life Worth Living?

Young people in Gaza are finding few prospects for a better life. Anne Paq /ActiveStills On Tuesday, 29 August, Mohannad Younis swallowed a bottle of sleeping pills and ended his life. He was only 22 and seemed to have much going for him. A budding author, he had recently completed a series of short stories and just put the finishing touches on a[Read More…]

by 11/11/2017 1 comment Palestine
Gideon Levy Criticizes The Israeli Government Ignoring The Colonial Fact

Gideon Levy Criticizes The Israeli Government Ignoring The Colonial Fact

The situation in the Gaza Strip is an infamous event that will be remembered as a landmark of the atrocities of our time, in vicious competition with so many other situations of human mistreatment. The experience the Gaza Strip is being made to suffer comes from the application of the technique that IshhakLeibPeretz attributed to Zionism, of constraining the victim[Read More…]

by 30/07/2017 1 comment Palestine
Qatar Crisis Cranks Up Pressure On Besieged Gaza

Qatar Crisis Cranks Up Pressure On Besieged Gaza

The Gaza Strip is often seen as a place apart, cut off from the rest of the world and the rest of Palestine by Israel – with the collusion to varying degrees of Egypt – which appears bent on its isolation. But while it is true that the passage of people and goods to and from Gaza is severely restricted,[Read More…]

by 19/07/2017 2 comments Palestine
Gaza: A Place Closer To Hell Than To Heaven

Gaza: A Place Closer To Hell Than To Heaven

The recent confessional “I Like Gaza”, written by Uri Avnery –Peace Activist, Journalist, founding member of the peace bloc Gush Shalom, former publisher and editor-in-chief of the news magazine Haolam Hazeh, founding member of the Knesset, founding member of the Israeli Council for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, and columnist for Internet – will break the heart of anyone who has ever anguished[Read More…]

by 09/07/2017 1 comment Palestine
Siham Abu Rashid’s family depends on the income from harvesting herbs in Gaza’s dangerous no-go zone. Abed Zagout

Pushing Gaza To Suicide: The Politics of Humiliation

  Mohammed Abed is a 28-year-old taxi driver from the village of Qarara, near the town of Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip. He has no teeth. Lack of medical care and proper dentistry work cost him all of his teeth, which rotted and decayed at a very young age. Yet, his dire financial needs prevented him from acquiring dentures.[Read More…]

by 29/06/2017 1 comment Palestine
A flooded quarter in northern Gaza’s Jabaliya refugee camp, February 2017. Gaza’s beleaguered sewage system is overwhelmed during heavy rains, causing flooding and forcing families to evacuate from their homes. Anne Paq ActiveStills

Gaza: Life In A Septic Tank

Hiba al-Ashi has to keep the windows of her apartment closed. It is the only way to avoid the foul odors from the polluted sea. “Life has become unbearable,” said the 36-year-old mother, whose Gaza City home overlooks the Mediterranean. Every day, 100,000 cubic meters of raw sewage are discharged into the sea around Gaza. The Gaza Strip’s environmental problems have worsened in recent[Read More…]

by 22/06/2017 1 comment Palestine
A decade of siege and three successive Israeli offenses have destroyed Gaza’s economy, leaving many youth with little hope for a better life. Anne Paq ActiveStills

Trapped And Traumatized In Gaza

Samih is demoralized. Two years ago, he graduated with an engineering degree from the Islamic University of Gaza. Despite applying for many jobs, the only work he has found has been as a casual laborer. The pay has only been enough to provide him with some pocket money and let him buy cigarettes. “For a decade now, the Gaza Strip has[Read More…]

by 15/06/2017 1 comment Palestine
I Dream of Gaza

I Dream of Gaza

The narrow strip of land on the east shore of the Mediterranean Sea, inhabited by Palestinians, which is the Gaza Strip, has been under siege for a decade. The Gaza Strip is a 32 by 7 mile strip of land containing 1.8 million people – one of the densest populated areas in the world. It is bordered on the north[Read More…]

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Catastrophe Looms In Gaza

Catastrophe Looms In Gaza

Israel will reduce its electricity supply to the occupied Gaza Strip by 40 percent, turning an already dire situation into a catastrophe. Israel says the further cutback, approved by the Israeli cabinet on Sunday night, is based on a request by the Palestinian Authority. Before the cut, Gaza’s population of two million has received only four hours of electricity a day, with[Read More…]

by 14/06/2017 1 comment Palestine
Palestinian women hold banners during a protest calling for an end to intra-Palestinian political divisions that have aggravated the electricity crisis, outside the Gaza Strip’s sole functioning generating plant, 23 April. Ashraf Amra APA images

Power Crisis Hits Gaza Hospitals As Israel Tightens Siege On Sick

The humanitarian situation in Gaza is growing more dire against the dimming possibility of a reconciliation between the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority controlled by Mahmoud Abbas, and the Islamist movement Hamas, the UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process has warned. UNSCO says the friction between the competing Palestinian regimes that operate under Israeli occupation in the West Bank[Read More…]

by 12/05/2017 1 comment Palestine
A classroom at the Martyrs School in Khuzaa, which was damaged by Israeli shelling in the summer of 2014, as well as in previous assaults on Gaza, photographed in August 2015. Ashraf Amra APA images

Learning In The Line Of Fire

Wala, 16, always finds a seat away from the windows. The girl is a student at the Hayel Abdul Hamid secondary school in Beit Hanoun, a United Nations facility in the northern Gaza Strip. She has developed a phobia of sitting next to windows, afraid, she told The Electronic Intifada, of stray bullets. Her fear is well-founded. Beit Hanoun lies[Read More…]

by 09/02/2017 1 comment Palestine
Cancer patients take part in a rally to raise awareness about Breast Cancer in Gaza City on 26 October. Mohammed Asad APA images

Israel Blocks Gaza Women From Breast Cancer Treatment

Khuloud Abu Qamar spoke quietly but her words still shocked. “Israel is killing me slowly,” she said. “And it is killing my children, too.” After undergoing surgery for breast cancer last year, Abu Qamar requires further treatment which she has not been able to receive in Gaza. She has asked Israel for permission to travel. Her applications have so far[Read More…]

by 07/12/2016 1 comment Palestine
Siham Abu Rashid’s family depends on the income from harvesting herbs in Gaza’s dangerous no-go zone. Abed Zagout

Life Is Lived On The Edge Along Gaza’s Boundary

Don’t get too close, Omar Abu Khater warned. We were picking our way cautiously through the rubble of demolished farms and buildings on a recent afternoon in the al-Faraheen neighborhood of the town of Abasan al-Kabira in the southern Gaza Strip, east of Khan Younis. His caution was warranted. Just 100 meters away loomed a concrete wall, part of the[Read More…]

by 19/11/2016 1 comment Palestine
“I am from Deraa camp” reads a sign held by a girl during a demonstration outside UNRWA’s Gaza City headquarters in October 2013./ Ashraf Amra APA images

Uprooted From Syria, Stranded In Gaza

Nassar al-Adeeni has vivid memories of how an uprising began in Syria more than five years ago. At least 15 children were captured and tortured in Deraa, the city where he lived, after graffiti critical of the Damascus government was found on a school wall. The authorities’ “barbaric deeds were the main factors behind how the uprising spread quickly,” Nassar[Read More…]

by 13/11/2016 1 comment Palestine
Women’s Boat To Gaza Ready To Break Blockade

Women’s Boat To Gaza Ready To Break Blockade

“If somebody falls overboard, all you see is their head. It’s about the size of a coconut.” With those words, Captain Madeleine Habib ensured the attention of her passengers, all now digesting the image of the vastness of the sea enveloping a human body. Habib, a Tasmanian-Egyptian and an experienced captain with Greenpeace and Doctors Without Borders, was delivering the[Read More…]

by 29/09/2016 1 comment Palestine
Review: Samah Sabawi’s‘Tales Of A City By The Sea’

Review: Samah Sabawi’s‘Tales Of A City By The Sea’

How do you talk about a situation so heavily overlaid with the politics of pain that to even mention the word ‘Gaza’ creates division? Reactions that teeter between fear and resistance, ignorance and involvement, suspicion and commitment. How do we face the reality that it is civilians, especially children, women and the elderly who suffer most in protracted situations of[Read More…]

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Palestinians wait for permission to enter Egypt at the Rafah border crossing in the southern Gaza Strip, on December 3, 2015. Egypt is due to re-open its Rafah border crossing with the Palestinian coastal enclave for two days. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib

My Daughter Sends Joy To Gaza

It has been a long time since my family has had reason to celebrate. For nine years my wife Faten and I have been intermittently separated from our school-age children as we traveled back and forth between our home in Gaza and Cairo as Faten needed brain surgery and radiotherapy treatment unavailable here. Palestinians in Gaza are not able to[Read More…]

by 27/07/2016 1 comment Palestine
Life Turned Upside Down In Gaza

Life Turned Upside Down In Gaza

Inas Abu Muhadi cannot understand that she will never see her dad again. She remembers that her dad had a scooter. And each time she hears one, she expects to see her dad arriving home. The young girl’s father passed away from natural causes in July 2013. “Our life turned upside down after that day,” said her mother, Rajaa Abu[Read More…]

by 17/07/2016 1 comment Palestine
A Palestinian fighter from the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Hamas movement, stands inside an underground tunnel in Gaza August 18, 2014. A rare tour that Hamas granted to a Reuters reporter, photographer and cameraman appeared to be an attempt to dispute Israel's claim that it had demolished all of the Islamist group's border infiltration tunnels in the Gaza war. Picture taken August 18, 2014. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem

Gaza Tunnels Seen As Vital Tool Of Resistance

It was a warm night in Jabaliya, northeast of Gaza City. Abu Zein and his wife were fast asleep when what the couple first thought was an earthquake shook their bed so hard, its legs buckled. They immediately jumped up and ran out of the home they had only recently moved into after getting married. But outside was quiet. No[Read More…]

by 28/06/2016 Comments are Disabled Palestine
Turkey-Israel Deal Leaves Gaza Siege Intact

Turkey-Israel Deal Leaves Gaza Siege Intact

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip expressed anger and dismay on Monday about the deal normalizing relations between Israel and Turkey that leaves them under a suffocating siege. An Israeli human rights group that monitors the decade-old Israeli blockade of Gaza has also confirmed that the deal does not end Israel’s tight control over the territory that has greatly exacerbated the[Read More…]

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Palestinian fishermen display their catch in Gaza’s seaport in April 2016. (Ashraf Amra /  APA images)

Gaza Fishermen Suffocated At sea

A group of Gaza fishermen were working an early morning shift when the Israeli navy opened fire. Rajab Abu Riyala and his brother Khaled were shot during that 31 May incident. A bullet had to be removed from Rajab’s knee as a result. They were among five fishermen arrested on two vessels by Israel. All were brought to Ashdod, a[Read More…]

by 26/06/2016 Comments are Disabled Palestine