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.

How Israel Is Targeting Palestinian Institutions News Roundup
Ylenia Gostali, Al Jazeera English

How Israel Is Targeting Palestinian Institutions

When Israeli police showed up at the maps and survey department of the Arab Studies Society's office in Jerusalem last month, director Khalil Tufakji was surprised to receive a six-month shutdown order.

about 3 days ago
Life Behind Israel’s Checkpoints Op-Eds & Analysis
Raja Shehadeh, The New York Times

Life Behind Israel’s Checkpoints

Every conflict has its heroes. In Palestine they’re the taxi drivers. After living for half a century under occupation, I can no longer endure the anxiety of what might appear on the road, whether it is angry drivers bottlenecked...

about 3 days ago
US Ambassador David Friedman Arrives in Israel News Roundup
Al Jazeera English

US Ambassador David Friedman Arrives in Israel

David Friedman, the controversial new US ambassador to Israel, has arrived in the country to take up his post, just days before a visit by US President Donald Trump. Friedman, who presented his credentials to President Reuven Rivlin...

about 6 days ago
Palestinians Face Biggest Expulsion in Years by Settlers in Jerusalem News Roundup
Charlotte Silver, The Electronic Intifada

Palestinians Face Biggest Expulsion in Years by Settlers in Jerusalem

A private settler organization is planning “the most extensive expulsion scheme in recent years,” in the Batan al-Hawa area of Silwan in occupied East Jerusalem, the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem is warning.

about 6 days ago
Warm Start With Israel Cools as Trump Prepares Visit. What Happened? News Roundup
Ian Fisher, The New York Times

Warm Start With Israel Cools as Trump Prepares Visit. What Happened?

President Trump’s visit to Jerusalem next week has spun into a difficult diplomatic test with Israel, one of the United States’ firmest allies. Not only has Mr. Trump given Russian diplomats intelligence that officials say came from Israel, but some of his aides...

about 6 days ago
Israeli Navy Shoots Gaza Fisherman Dead News Roundup
Al Jazeera English

Israeli Navy Shoots Gaza Fisherman Dead

A Palestinian fisherman has been killed after the Israeli navy opened fire on a vessel it accused of breaching the blockade north of the Gaza Strip. Nizar Ayash, the Palestinian fishermen's union chief, said Monday's shooting and the arrest of four other crew happened in one incident, and two more arrests were made when the military boarded another Gaza boat overnight.

about 1 week ago
“Building a Common Resistance” from the US to Palestine News Roundup
Nora Barrows-Friedman, The Electronic Intifada

“Building a Common Resistance” from the US to Palestine

Pressure is mounting on the iconic UK-based band Radiohead to cancel their July gig in Tel Aviv. Dozens of artists, musicians and intellectuals have signed an open letter to Radiohead urging the band members “to think again –

about 1 week ago
Farah Nabulsi: Filmmaker Palestinian Profiles
Linda Mamoun, IMEU

Farah Nabulsi: Filmmaker

Farah Nabulsi, the daughter of a Palestinian mother and Palestinian-Egyptian father, grew up on a quiet street in London. A banker for many years with JP Morgan and then the founder of a private business, Nabulsi decided to leave the business world after a trip to Palestine in 2013. The systematized oppression and humiliation of Israel’s military occupation was something Nabulsi didn’t understand on her trips to Palestine from London as a child.

about 1 week ago
Son of Hunger-Striking Palestinian Leader Marwan Barghouti: I Haven’t Touched My Father in 15 Years News Roundup
Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

Son of Hunger-Striking Palestinian Leader Marwan Barghouti: I Haven’t Touched My Father in 15 Years

It has been almost a month since over 1,500 Palestinian prisoners have been on hunger strike inside Israeli jails. The strike, which began on April 17, was called by Marwan Barghouti to protest poor living conditions in prison and the administrative detention law, which allows Palestinians to be held without charge. Barghouti is the most high-profile Palestinian in Israeli detention.

about 1 week ago