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.

Why Palestinians Risk Their Lives to Protest Near the Gaza-Israel Fence News Roundup
F. Brinley Bruton and Wajjeh Abu Zarifa, NBC News

Why Palestinians Risk Their Lives to Protest Near the Gaza-Israel Fence

“We want to live a dignified life but we are losing hope,” one demonstrator who was shot by Israeli troops told NBC News.

on June 25, 2018
Join the al-Lahham Family for Iftar in Gaza Photo Essays
Mohammed Zaanoun, IMEU

Join the al-Lahham Family for Iftar in Gaza

Ramadan is a sacred time of year for devout Muslims. The holy month began days after the Israeli military killed 62 protesters in Gaza’s Great Return March. Despite the sorrow over the killings, and despite the ongoing suffering Palestinians in Gaza experience due to the Israeli-imposed blockade, four hours daily of electricity, lack of drinking water, and chronic unemployment — families in Gaza still mark Ramadan with devotion, and with dignity.

on June 14, 2018
Bernie Sanders’ Criticism Of Israel Is Radical. And He’s Taking It Mainstream Op-Eds & Analysis
Peter Beinart, Forward

Bernie Sanders’ Criticism Of Israel Is Radical. And He’s Taking It Mainstream

Not many in the media are noticing, which is understandable given the burden of keeping up with Donald Trump, but in the shadow of Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu, Bernie Sanders is dramatically challenging Beltway discourse on Israel

on June 11, 2018
Anthony Bourdain Shone a Different Light on the Middle East News Roundup
Angela Dewan, Tamara Qiblawi and Gianluca Mezzofiore, CNN

Anthony Bourdain Shone a Different Light on the Middle East

Anthony Bourdain brought cuisines from around the world to viewers who might never otherwise have contemplated them. But his shows were always about so much more than that.

on June 8, 2018
Israel Lets Jews Protest the Occupation. It Doesn’t Let Palestinians. Op-Eds & Analysis
Mairav Zonszein, The Washington Post

Israel Lets Jews Protest the Occupation. It Doesn’t Let Palestinians.

The images and video of Israeli soldiers shooting live ammunition into masses of mostly unarmed Palestinians on the other side of the Gaza border fence over the past several weeks horrified observers around the world. Starting March 30, Israeli troops suppressing protests in Gaza killed 118 people...

on May 31, 2018
A Letter to Gigi Hadid from Palestinian Youth News Roundup
Teen Vogue

A Letter to Gigi Hadid from Palestinian Youth

A group of Palestinian youth has come together to write a letter to Gigi Hadid, expressing support for her after she was criticized for posting, "I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. For me, this is not about religion or one against the other – it’s about the greed.

on May 30, 2018
How Are Palestinians Celebrating Ramadan? In Gaza, It Is As If It ‘Has Not Yet Come’ News Roundup
Tom O'Connor, Newsweek

How Are Palestinians Celebrating Ramadan? In Gaza, It Is As If It ‘Has Not Yet Come’

Palestinians in Gaza are celebrating one of the holiest occasions in Islam just days after they suffered through their bloodiest day in years amid more than six weeks of ongoing protests against Israel and the U.S.

on May 21, 2018
How Does It Feel To Be A Palestinian Growing Up In Gaza? News Roundup
Lulu Garcia-Navarro, NPR

How Does It Feel To Be A Palestinian Growing Up In Gaza?

Nearly 2 million Palestinians are confined to living in Gaza. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Adnan Abu Hasna from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency about the current situation in Gaza.

on May 20, 2018
Israel’s Massacre of Palestinian Civilians Should Spark Horror—and Action Op-Eds & Analysis
Ian S. Lustick, The Nation

Israel’s Massacre of Palestinian Civilians Should Spark Horror—and Action

The barrier enclosing the two million Palestinians “living” in the Gaza Strip is not a border between two countries, as the media have insistently called it. It is a wall erected by Israel to make the suffering of those living inside the Gaza ghetto as invisible as possible to those living outside it.

on May 18, 2018