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Palestinian Doctor and Architect Team Up to Rebuild Gaza’s Only School for Disabled Children
Jehad Saftawi, IMEU

Palestinian Doctor and Architect Team Up to Rebuild Gaza’s Only School for Disabled Children

Doctor and human rights activist Bassel Abu Warda and architect Mostafa Asi started the Save Gaza Project (SGP) during Israel's attacks on the Strip last summer. They plan to rebuild Gaza's only school for children with disabilities, Shams Al Amal, and create an alternative space to be used for classrooms while the original school's reconstruction is in progress.

on April 8, 2015
Volunteering Under Israeli Fire: Gaza Man Recounts Rescue Efforts During Israel’s Attacks
Jehad Saftawi, IMEU

Volunteering Under Israeli Fire: Gaza Man Recounts Rescue Efforts During Israel’s Attacks

Khan Younis was one of the areas most affected by the Israeli military offensive that claimed the lives of over 2,100 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip last summer. Ismael Ahmed Wafi, a truck driver and father from Khan Younis, worked to help rescue victims from under the rubble during the attacks and is currently assisting with cleanup efforts.

on February 24, 2015
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
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