In September 2023, AFSC hosted an online conversation with AFSC staff in Gaza, Serena Awad and Firas Ramlawi, with special guest Issam Younis, Director General of Al Mezan Center for Human Rights in Gaza. Mr. Younis describes the permit regime in Gaza and how it impacts Palestinian fragmentation and exacerbates the "human-made" humanitarian crisis. AFSC staff share their work delivering humanitarian relief to families caring for elderly family members in Gaza. Listen to the recording here.
The document is a study guide designed to help generate discussions about the blockade of Gaza and the writings included in AFSC's book - Light in Gaza: Writings Born of Fire. This guide can be used by individuals or groups as you read the book and consider the contributions by the anthology authors.
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Israel has controlled the movement of people and goods into and out of Gaza for decades, but since the imposition of the blockade in 2006, restrictions have been severely tightened.
The Israeli-controlled Erez Crossing, located on the northern edge of the Israeli-built wall around Gaza, is the only crossing through which civilians can travel between Gaza and Israel. At the start of the Second Intifada, or Palestinian uprising, in 2000, around 26,000 people were allowed to leave Gaza each day via the Erez crossing.