Gaza

Gaza

The Gaza Strip is a narrow strip of Palestinian territory along the Mediterranean Sea. Just 25 miles long and six miles wide, the tiny coastal enclave is one of the most densely populated places on earth and is home to approximately 1.7 million people. Three quarters of Gaza’s population are refugees who were expelled from the land that became Israel in 1948, and their descendants. A December 2011 Oxfam report showed that 80% of families in Gaza live in poverty, a figure that reflects Israel’s ongoing blockade and closure of the Strip’s borders.

Fact Sheet: Rabbi Dov Lior Fact Sheets
IMEU

Fact Sheet: Rabbi Dov Lior

Dov Lior is an influential extremist Israeli settler rabbi and leading figure in the religious Zionist movement; former longtime chief rabbi of Israel’s illegal settlements in Hebron and Kiryat Arba in the occupied Palestinian West Bank, and former head of the Council of Rabbis of Judea and Samaria [the West Bank].

on September 1, 2023
Quick Facts: The Palestinian Nakba (“Catastrophe”) Fact Sheets
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Quick Facts: The Palestinian Nakba (“Catastrophe”)

The Palestinian “Nakba” (“catastrophe” in Arabic) refers to the mass expulsion of Palestinian Arabs from British Mandate Palestine during Israel’s creation (1947-49). The Nakba was not an unintended result of war. It was a deliberate and systematic act necessary for the creation of a Jewish majority state in historic Palestine, which was overwhelmingly Arab prior to 1948.

on April 5, 2023
Putting Palestinians “On a Diet”: Israel’s Siege & Blockade of Gaza Fact Sheets
IMEU

Putting Palestinians “On a Diet”: Israel’s Siege & Blockade of Gaza

Israel’s siege and blockade of Gaza are central pillars of a policy of economic warfare intended to punish the entire population of the tiny, occupied coastal strip in the hopes that Palestinians living there will blame Hamas for their predicament and reject the organization as well as any resistance to Israel’s continued control of the territory.

on August 14, 2014
Interview: Diana Buttu on Palestinian unity and the way forward
Ma'an News Agency

Interview: Diana Buttu on Palestinian unity and the way forward

Diana Buttu is a Canadian-Palestinian lawyer. From 2000-2005, she served in the PLO's Negotiations Support Unit as a legal and communications adviser.

on April 27, 2014
Israel, Gaza & International Law
IMEU

Israel, Gaza & International Law

While Hamas nominally controls most of the territory inside the tiny Gaza Strip, Gaza remains under overall Israeli military occupation according to international law. Israel continues to control virtually all entry and exit, as well as Gaza's airspace and coastline, therefore retaining "effective control," the legal definition for qualifying as an occupying power.

on November 19, 2012
Israel’s Blockade of Gaza: Is it Legal? Fact Sheets
IMEU

Israel’s Blockade of Gaza: Is it Legal?

The Israeli state comptroller recently issued a report criticizing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government's handling of the May 2010 commando raid on the Freedom Flotilla bringing humanitarian aid to Gaza, which killed nine Turkish activists, one of them a US citizen. Israeli officials maintain that the blockade and accompanying siege are legal, but human rights organizations and independent UN experts have concluded the opposite. To clarify this question, the IMEU offers the following fact sheet examining the legality of Israel's blockade.

on June 14, 2012