Photo Essays

Palestinians in Gaza Build Makeshift Homes While Shortage of Building Materials Continues
Jehad Saftawi, IMEU

Palestinians in Gaza Build Makeshift Homes While Shortage of Building Materials Continues

The damage Israel inflicted on Gaza during its 50-day attack last summer left thousands of Palestinians in desperate need of aid and home reconstruction. The process of rebuilding has been heavily impeded by the blockade, which prevents most types of building materials such as cement and steel from entering the strip. This shortage has caused many to resort to making repairs and building new homes with the limited supplies that are available.

on January 28, 2015
Little Evidence of Reconstruction Visible in One of Gaza’s Most Damaged Neighborhoods
Jehad Saftawi, IMEU

Little Evidence of Reconstruction Visible in One of Gaza’s Most Damaged Neighborhoods

Shojae'a, which is one of the largest neighborhoods in Gaza, was also one of the most intensely bombed during Israel’s summer offensive. Before the attacks, more than 250,000 Palestinians lived there. Now, months later, few voices can be heard in the streets. Some of those whose properties were partly destroyed in Israel's bombings returned to live in what remained of their homes.

on January 20, 2015
Christmas in Bethlehem
IMEU

Christmas in Bethlehem

The streets of Bethlehem are filled with people, lights, and decorations every season around the Christmas holiday. While the Israeli occupation severely limits Palestinian movement to, from, and within the city believed to be Jesus' birthplace, thousands of Palestinians and visitors from around the world gather and celebrate with a great assortment of daily festivities.

on December 27, 2014
Gaza Paramedics Recall Efforts to Rescue Civilians After Israel’s Attacks
Jehad Saftawi, IMEU

Gaza Paramedics Recall Efforts to Rescue Civilians After Israel’s Attacks

Khuza’a, a village in Khan Younis, was one of the many villages attacked during Israel’s ground invasion and aerial bombardment of Gaza in July and bore witness to horrific incidents of brutality. Two paramedics with the Palestine Red Crescent Society branch in Khan Younis share what they experienced during the few hours they were allowed to work in the village.

on December 12, 2014
Testimony from Gaza: Witness to a War Crime
Jehad Saftawi, IMEU

Testimony from Gaza: Witness to a War Crime

Omar Mohammed Shaheen, a father of four, describes what it was like returning to his neighborhood in Beit Lahiya, Gaza after taking shelter in an UNRWA school during Israel’s latest assault.

on September 26, 2014
Three Brothers Slowly Recover from Shrapnel Burns, Unaware of Their Mother’s Death
Jehad Saftawi, IMEU

Three Brothers Slowly Recover from Shrapnel Burns, Unaware of Their Mother’s Death

Sadness and shock were all I could feel when I entered the hospital room of the three Wahdan children, all seriously injured by an Israeli airstrike. The Wahdan family was one of the many that fled from border areas in Gaza in search of safer shelter only to be followed by Israeli warplanes.

on August 14, 2014
Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural
Art Forces, the Estria Foundation, and NorCal Friends of Sabeel

Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural

The Oakland Palestine Solidarity Mural is a monumental work of public art located in Uptown Oakland on 26th Street between Telegraph and Broadway. The mural pays homage to the history of Bay Area public art and expresses solidarity with Palestinians.

on August 13, 2014
The Destruction of Sha’af, Gaza
Jehad Saftawi, IMEU

The Destruction of Sha’af, Gaza

"After nights of watching the shelling of eastern Gaza City from my apartment window, I was able to visit one of the most heavily bombed areas on August 5 during the ceasefire. I was shocked by the scenes of destruction in Sha'af."

on August 11, 2014
Palestinians Find Their Gaza Neighborhood Barely Recognizable After Israel’s Attacks
Jehad Saftawi, IMEU

Palestinians Find Their Gaza Neighborhood Barely Recognizable After Israel’s Attacks

During the brief ceasefire on July 26, I traveled to Shoja'ea, a neighborhood in Gaza that was heavily bombarded by Israel a few days prior, resulting in close to 90 deaths in just one day. Dozens of houses and streets were destroyed. It looked like everything there was a target — humans, animals, and every stone.

on July 29, 2014