The Dreams of Youth

The stories linked below provide glimpses into the lives of four young people currently living in Gaza.

Solidarity with Gaza

In July 2019, AFSC and Voices for Creative Nonviolence, with partners in Chicago and the US Boat to Gaza initiative, organized three days of action to call for an end to the blockade and military occupation of Gaza.

Israel has an obligation to ensure Palestinians have Covid-19 protection

On March 19, 2020 Mr. Michael Lynk, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, called on Israel to ensure proper steps are taken to protect the health and safety of Palestinians living in the occupied Palestinian territory and under Israeli control. 

Gaza's Undrinkable Water

Please take a moment to watch this important video on the ongoing water crisis in Gaza caused by the Israeli blockade.  This video from Rakan Abed El Rahman was published by the Middle East Eye on March 5, 2020.

Travels through Gaza

Over the last twelve years I have traversed this path into Gaza at least once each year, often more frequently, and I have watched as the rubble that remained after Israel destroyed the Erez industrial zone has disappeared into the surrounding landscape, ground down by tanks during multiple invasions and grown over by weeds.

Leaving for Life

Two years ago I interviewed Samar Zaanin in Gaza. Samar, then 24, worked as an English teacher in a United National Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) school in Gaza.

Join AFSC in DC, September 7 & 8

Join us in Washington, DC! We are looking forward to a discussion about Gaza and advocacy efforts during the upcoming gathering in Washington, DC “Preparing for 2020: Advocating for Rights, Justice & Freedom” planned for Saturday, September 7 and Sunday, September 8.

From Brooklyn to Chicago: Actions in Support of Palestinian Rights in Gaza

From Brooklyn to Chicago, supporters of Palestinian rights organized actions in solidarity with besieged Palestinians in the Gaza Strip this month. This summer marks five years since the 2014 Israeli attack on Gaza and 12 years since the imposition of the blockade on the Gaza Strip.

#Chicago4Gaza - 3 Days of Action

Marking five years since the Israeli army assaults on Gaza resulted in widespread death and destruction, Chicago activists are planning three days of action to highlight the ongoing blockade and Israeli military occupation of Gaza.

#GazaMarchTour: Media Highlights

AFSC's #GazaMarchTour, featuring Palestinian writer and peace activist Ahmed Abu Artema, came to an end in the last week of March. Yet Ahmed's tour of more than ten cities in the United States, left significant footprints in all the places he visited.

March 30 Day of Action

March 30 marks the first anniversary of the start of the Great March of Return. Please join us in action on March 30 by organizing an event in your community. 

Gaza March Tour: An Interview with Ahmed Abu Artema

Ahmed Abu Artema is the Palestinian writer, refugee, nonviolent advocate, and visionary who inspired the Great March of Return. In March, he will share his experiences with people in cities across the U.S. as part of the AFSC speaking tour “Hashtags to headlines: How the Gaza Great March of Return challenged the world.”

Ahmed Abu Artema featured in Al Jazeera documentary, "Gaza: Betweeen Fire and Sea."

Who is Ahmed Abu Artema?

Ahmed Abu Artema is a Palestinian writer and activist who believes in civil nonviolent struggle to achieve justice, freedom, and equality.