Rahf Hallaq receives her award at the Gaza AFSC office.

Winning Essay "The Party"

“There’s going to be a party tonight!” It’s 12 a.m. The entire house had gone to sleep and I’m sitting lazily on my desk studying, trying my best to ignore the infuriating buzz of the drones roaming above my head...

Nadya Siyam receives award at AFSC office in Gaza.

Winning Essay "30 Minutes... A Thousand Times Over"

"At times of war you become extra alarmed. You become a navigator as you try to predict how far each bombing is from your house and who of your beloved lives near the area you’ve predicted. And when you’re done with your calculations, you pray you were wrong..."

Gaza writer Tarneem Hammad receives award at the Gaza AFSC office.

Winning Essay "Dear Blockade"

"Dear Blockade, I was 14 when I first met you. You never asked me to be friends, you just took over my life. You grew as I grew. I'm writing to you because you're a part of my life..."

Congratulations to the Essay Winners

We were thrilled to receive 41 submissions to our Gaza Unlocked essay contest "My Life Under Blockade."  The essays were a powerful tribute to the bright and talented youth in Gaza...

Biased Media Coverage of Gaza Protests

Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), a national media watch group challenging media bias since 1986, published this week an article by Gregory Shupak on the recent coverage of Gaza in the press.

A Day in Gaza

During my visit to Israel and Palestine earlier this month I was able to spend five and a half hours in Gaza.  I intended to spend several days visiting AFSC’s staff and partners in Gaza but the Israeli military didn’t approve the permits I required to enter Gaza until the day before I was scheduled to return to the United States.

My Life Under Blockade Essay Contest

Call for Submissions: The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is pleased to announce the “My Life Under Blockade Essay Contest.

Farmer in Gaza washes his fava bean field after the spraying. Photo by Muhammad Sa’id, B’Tselem, 23 Jan. 2017

Complicit Companies in Gaza Blockade

Our AFSC colleagues working on Economic Activism recently released an important update on our Investigate site regarding companies that are complicit in the blockade of Gaza.

Tea for Return

On September 7, 2018, Palestinian activists invited anti-Zionist Israeli activists to have tea and protest in solidarity with the Great March of Return. Since the Gaza siege fence and occupying military forces stood between them, they instead joined the demonstration from the eastern side with Palestinian flags and spoke with the Palestinian protestors by phone.

Is the March of Return Over?

For more than 100 days, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip emerged from the shadows of occupation and blockade. Thousands of Palestinians, women and men, old and young, partisans and independent, marched to the barbed-wire fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel and raised their voices. Despite living under blockade and witnessing brutal wars, a majority of the protestors maintained the peaceful and nonviolent nature of the March of Return.

Take your Gaza Unlocked tote bag and head to the beach with some summer reading!

Summer Reads

Headed to the beach this summer? Long car trip or airplane ride? Print out these articles to learn more about the situation in Gaza.

Checkpoint at Erez crossing (Oxfam photo).

Podcast: Understanding Gaza

In episode three of Palestine Now & Then, Jehad Abusalim interviews Toufic Haddad, a Palestinian writer and author of many works that analyze the Palestinian struggle in the larger context of geopolitical trends and history. 

Photo from Independent story on Fatima Abu Shedeg and her dreams to be an Olympic swimmer.

Swimmer's Olympic Dreams

The Independent ran a story a few days ago by their Middle East correspondent Bel Trew about a Palestinian girl in Gaza, 13 year old Fatima Abu Shedeg, who dreams of going to the Olympics in 2020.

US Special Representative Jason Greenblatt, Ambassador David Friedman, and Jared Kushner meet with Netanyahu.

US Mendacity on Gaza

On July 19th the Washington Post gave US Special Representative Jason Greenblatt, Jared Kushner, and Ambassador to Israel David Friedman room to write about Gaza. Their article is one of the clearest examples of why the US cannot lead peace negotiations between Palestinian and Israelis and how dishonesty is a hallmark of US Israel-Palestine policy under the Trump Administration.

Episcopal Church Convention Supports Palestinian rights

Last week the Episcopal Church held its tri-annual General Convention in Austin, Texas. The Episcopal Church is a mainline Christian denomination with three million members in the United States and is the U.S.-based member church of the worldwide Anglican Communion.