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.

New AFSC Podcast

In July, Jehad Abusalim of the midwest branch of AFSC in Chicago began recording a weekly podcast entitled Palestine Now & Then. The show focuses on Palestinian culture, history, and politics, discussing the lives and experiences of modern Palestinians in the context of the similarities and differences with past generations.

Photo Credit: Gaza Sky Geeks

Coding in Gaza

A recent article from The Guardian highlights the creative ways in which Gazans create opportunities and engage youth in the face of blockade. Gaza Sky Geeks, a “tech hub and co-working space”, trains youth in coding and modern online business practices.

Farmers in Gaza: Risking life to survive

Since at least 2007 Israel has imposed a military no-go zone along the boundary between Israel and Gaza which extends up to one and a half kilometers into Gaza.  Anyone entering this no-go zone can be shot by the Israeli military.  

Cover of new report by Hamushim and the Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel.

Gaza: A Lab and Showroom

This week the "Hamushim" a joint program of AFSC and the Coalition of Women for Peace in Israel published a new report titled "A Lab and a Showroom" on the Israeli military's use of new weapons against protesters in Gaza. 

Gaza's Remarkable Women

Two weeks before her twentieth birthday, Asmaa Tayeh wrote, “I have spent my life so far in a prison called Gaza, which is in Palestine. I call it a prison because if you committed a crime and were sentenced to prison for 20 years, you would be unable to do anything except eat, drink, sleep and maybe study–achieving nothing. And that’s all that’s possible here...” (This article was first published in garnet news)

Shorouq Hajjar - Being human means serving others

On June 1st, 2018 Palestinian medic Razan Najjar was shot and killed by Israeli snipers while providing assistance to Palestinians injured during nonviolent Palestinian protests near the Gaza fence in Khan Younis.  Razan was wearing a uniform that clearly identified her as a medic when she was shot.

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