For over 15 years, the people of Gaza have lived under an Israeli-imposed blockade that severely limits travel, trade, and everyday life for its 2 million residents.
The blockade has had a devastating impact on students of all ages in Gaza. Each year, thousands of college-age students are effectively barred from finishing their education because they are denied permission to leave Gaza to study in the West Bank or elsewhere.
No portion of Gaza’s economy has been left untouched by the blockade.
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.
Faced with rapid population growth and approximately 50% of its population under 18 years of age, Gaza is in constant need of new housing. But since imposing the blockade in 2006, Israel has blocked the importation of materials needed to construct homes, creating a housing and building crisis.
Action is needed to end the Israeli military blockade of Gaza.
Every year, the United States provides more than $3.3 billion in military financing to Israel—more than all other countries combined.
Give today to help families living in Gaza meet back-to-school needs.
AFSCs new anthology, Light in Gaza, imagines the future of Gaza beyond the cruelties of occupation and Apartheid.
Join AFSC in memorializing those killed in Gaza during the ongoing attacks by Israel while also demanding change.
The following is a list of corporations complicit in the May 2021 attacks on Gaza. If you are interested in organizing economic activism campaigns in response to the attacks, these are companies to target.
Join us in demanding that your representatives in Congress take immediate action to end Israel's attacks on Gaza and work toward a just and sustainable peace.
#Let’sTalkAboutTheHashtag Episode 5, featuring Jennifer Bing & Jehad Abusalim
By WUSC at Ontario Tech. A monthly series where the WUSC Local Committee at OTU discuss important hashtags and how they relate to WUSC's work!
On November 29, the U.N. International Day in Solidarity with the Palestinian People, we hosted an interfaith service organized by AFSC and the Chicago Faith Coalition on Middle East policy. People of all faith traditions joined from all across the country to hear words of inspiration, music and prayers to nurture hope in solidarity with Palestine.
The COVID-19 virus has begun to spread in Palestine and poses a significant risk to Palestinians living under Israeli occupation.
Download the sign and share it online on Valentine's Day, February 14th. Don't forget to use #ValentineToGaza and #GazaUnlocked.
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AFSC has partnered with an organization called Al-Wedad in Gaza, who have organized a group of young Gazans to share tweets, videos, memes, gifs and other messages over social media between 12:15pm and 2:15pm EST on Tuesday, July 18. Their goal is to give voice to people in Gaza, focusing on the impacts of the blockade on everyday life. Our goal is to help those messages be heard here in the U.S.
The fuel and electricity crisis in Gaza impacts every individual and service provider in Gaza, but none more vital than the health sector.
In June 2006, following the capture of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit by Hamas, the Israeli military bombed Gaza’s only power plant, destroying its six transformers. It took five months for the plant to resume partial production, and today the power plant still can’t function at full capacity.
Access to clean and safe water is a basic human right, but it is a right denied to Palestinians in Gaza under Israel’s occupation and blockade. Gaza has long faced a water crisis.
Overexploitation of the Coastal Aquifer on which Gaza relies—combined with contamination from chemicals, wastewater, and other pollutants—has created a situation in which 96 percent of Gaza’s water supply isn’t it for human consumption...