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Ramadan Reflection Day #25: Yesterday I Met One of the Children of Gaza
Imam Khalid Latif

Ramadan Reflection Day #25: Yesterday I Met One of the Children of Gaza

Where conventional media for the most part has failed, the people of the world have shared parts of the story that many of us would not ever see if not for social media. For some of us, it was the first time we ever saw something like this. The death, the destruction, the lack of humanity - the images all hit hard.

about 3 days ago
FAQ: Misperceptions about the Conflict in Gaza
IMEU

FAQ: Misperceptions about the Conflict in Gaza

The IMEU offers the following expert FAQ about Operation Protective Edge and the conflict in Gaza, featuring human rights attorney Diana Buttu, former legal consultant to the Palestinian Legislative Council George Bisharat, and director of Al-Shabaka Nadia Hijab.

about 3 days ago
Where are the voices of Gaza’s victims?
Deanna Othman, Chicago Sun-Times

Where are the voices of Gaza’s victims?

Since July 8, Gaza is constantly on my mind. Thoughts of bombings and F-16s have clouded every other thought in my brain. Images of bloody children, homes turned into rubble and plumes of smoke in the Gazan sky have inundated my Facebook and Twitter feeds. The sounds of political pundits pontificating on Israel’s right to defend itself and Hamas rockets chatter relentlessly on my television screen.

about 4 days ago
Darkness Falls on Gaza
Mohammed Omer, The New York Times

Darkness Falls on Gaza

Ramadan, when night descends, is usually a joyous time. Friends and family gather to break their fast at the iftar meal. Not this year. Nights are the worst. That is when the bombing escalates. Nowhere is safe. Not a mosque. Not a church. Not a school, or even a hospital. All are potential targets.

about 4 days ago
Four Little Boys and the Price of Play in Gaza
Dave Zirin, The Nation

Four Little Boys and the Price of Play in Gaza

When the Palestinian national team secured entry into the 2015 Asia Cup, winning the right to play in an international tournament for the first time in its eighty-six-year history, crowds gathered by the hundreds to dance, play music and watch the triumph of their national team on large movie-sized television screens on the beaches on Gaza.

about 5 days ago
My Grandmother In Gaza: Bury Me Under the Mulberry Tree, Not In the Cemetery
Ghada Ageel, AlterNet

My Grandmother In Gaza: Bury Me Under the Mulberry Tree, Not In the Cemetery

I speak to friends and family in Gaza every day. The stories they tell tear at my soul. I ask myself if President Barack Obama, at the pinnacle of power, hears the same harrowing accounts in his morning briefs from the NSA, CIA and other agencies. Reason says no. No report can tell of the terror Palestinians are enduring – particularly now with the ground war apparently getting underway – and the heartbreak they have lived for more than 66 years.

about 6 days ago
“I am living in a horror movie”: What it’s like to raise a family in Gaza
Rania Elhilou, Salon

“I am living in a horror movie”: What it’s like to raise a family in Gaza

I can hear explosions as I write this. They are so close, the furniture rattles and the lamps shake. There’s talk of a ceasefire, but it doesn’t feel like it here. I am living in a horror movie. I keep thinking about the fact that Gaza was already in a terrible state before these bombings. Unemployment was high, food aid was common, people were living in poverty. So you can imagine how much worse it is now.

about 6 days ago
Deprivation in Gaza Strip
Sara Roy, The Boston Globe

Deprivation in Gaza Strip

Gaza’s present anguish did not emerge in a vacuum nor in response to a single terrible event as the Israeli government would have us believe. Instead, it emanates from a context of ongoing occupation and repression that has transformed Gaza — the center of Palestinian nationalism and resistance to Israeli occupation — into one of the most impoverished, imprisoned areas of the world.

about 1 week ago
It’s Déjà Vu in Gaza All Over Again
Alice Speri, Vice

It’s Déjà Vu in Gaza All Over Again

If the harrowing images and stories coming out of Gaza in recent days feel like déjà vu, it’s because many people believe they have seen them before. Over the years, Palestinians have come to predict and expect escalations of violence in the overcrowded, besieged Gaza strip at eerily regular intervals.

about 1 week ago