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.

Natalie Portman Decides Against Israel Honor in Apparent Protest  News Roundup
Katie Kilkenny, Patrick Shanley, Hollywood Reporter

Natalie Portman Decides Against Israel Honor in Apparent Protest 

Natalie Portman has decided against receiving an honor in Israel and canceled her trip to accept the prize, according to the organization honoring the actress. The Genesis Prize, which honors notable individuals "who inspire others through their dedication to the Jewish community and Jewish values," has canceled its annual ceremony in Israel in June following the actress' apparent decision to not take part in the event.

about 5 days ago
Israel Celebrates Its Independence, We Mourn Our Loss Op-Eds & Analysis
Ayman Odeh, New York Times

Israel Celebrates Its Independence, We Mourn Our Loss

Seventy years ago, the world changed around my family. The establishment of the state of Israel represented self-determination for Jews, but a catastrophe — “nakba” in Arabic — for Palestinians. In the area around the Mediterranean city of Haifa, where my family has lived for six generations, only 2,000 Palestinians of a population of 70,000 remained.

about 6 days ago
In Gaza, Family Lights Candles to Mourn Son on His 14th Birthday News Roundup
Nidal al-Mughrabi, Reuters

In Gaza, Family Lights Candles to Mourn Son on His 14th Birthday

Monday should have been Hussein Madi’s 14th birthday. Instead, his family sat mourning him in a tent in Gaza. The boy was shot dead three days earlier by Israeli troops, his relatives say, the youngest of 30 Palestinians killed in an ongoing protest at the border with Israel.

about 2 weeks ago
With the Great Return March, Palestinians Are Demanding a Life of Dignity Op-Eds & Analysis
Ahmad Abu Rtemah, The Nation

With the Great Return March, Palestinians Are Demanding a Life of Dignity

Over the past eight days, tens of thousands of protesters in Gaza have breathed life into a place that is slowly being depleted of it. We have come together, chanting and singing a lullaby we’ve all longed for—“We will return”—bringing all that we have left to offer in an attempt to reclaim our right to live in freedom and justice.

about 3 weeks ago
The Bare Facts About the Gaza Demonstrators Are Correct, but the Rest of the Story Is Missing Op-Eds & Analysis
Saree Makdisi, Los Angeles Times

The Bare Facts About the Gaza Demonstrators Are Correct, but the Rest of the Story Is Missing

Media coverage of Israel's massacre of Palestinian protesters during the first weekend of multiweek demonstrations in Gaza offered textbook examples of how syntax and word choice shape, and even distort, representations of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Even if the facts are accurately stated, the ways in which sentences are constructed, and the extent to which details are contextualized, can subtly lead readers astray.

about 3 weeks ago
After the Gaza Killings, It’s Time to Crack Down on Israel Op-Eds & Analysis
Diana Buttu, Washington Post

After the Gaza Killings, It’s Time to Crack Down on Israel

Israel’s killing of 18 Palestinian protesters in Gaza last Friday was entirely predictable. It was also entirely avoidable. The victims were taking part in the annual Land Day march commemorating the 1976 killing of six Palestinians who were protesting Israel’s confiscation of thousands of acres of their land.

about 3 weeks ago
On Land Day, Israeli Forces Kill 14 Palestinians, Injure Hundreds More in Gaza News Roundup
Ma'an News Agency

On Land Day, Israeli Forces Kill 14 Palestinians, Injure Hundreds More in Gaza

Israeli forces shot dead 14 Palestinians and injured over a 1,000 more along the Gaza border on Friday, as thousands of Palestinians demonstrated in “The Great March of Return” on the 42nd anniversary of Land Day. The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza confirmed that 14 Palestinians were killed on Friday.

on March 30, 2018
Balfour Sparked a National Tragedy for the Palestinian People—with BDS, We Are Fighting Back Op-Eds & Analysis
Omar Barghouti, Nesweek

Balfour Sparked a National Tragedy for the Palestinian People—with BDS, We Are Fighting Back

When Zionist militias forced my grandmother, Rasmiyyah, and her family out of their home in Safad at gunpoint during the 1948 Nakba, the process of settler-colonialism that was propelled by the Balfour Declaration and that culminated in ethnic cleansing became more than just a national tragedy for the indigenous people of Palestine. It became personal.

on November 2, 2017
Expert Q&A re Latest Palestinian National Unity Efforts Q&As
IMEU

Expert Q&A re Latest Palestinian National Unity Efforts

Political analyst Diana Buttu weighs in on the national unity talks between the Fatah party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas.

on October 9, 2017