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  • Majdi Fathi and Monika Čvorak, The Guardian, 15 Apr 2024 According to the World Food Programme, malnutrition among children in Gaza is spreading at a record pace. Hunger has claimed at […]

  • Israel strikes Iran, Gaza health ministry says Israel destroyed the Strip’s health system Israel targets Iranian bases in Isfahan with drones, while Iranian sources say air defenses intercepted the attack. […]

  • Muhammad, 11-year-old and Reham, 9-year-old, stand in front of one of the food distribution centers in Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip. (Photo: Abed Zagout/UNICEF) “Malnutrition among children is spreading […]

  • Click to Start The Palestinian Environmental NGOs Network — Friends of Earth Palestine (PENGON — FoE Palestine) is a coordinating body for Palestinian environmental NGOs in both the West Bank […]

  • PCHR, March 9, 2024 On Saturday, 9 March 2024, The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) issued a new report titled, “Israel’s measures Intended to Prevent Births within Gaza Strip.” […]

  • From 350 Wisconsin: Since long before 1953, when Line 5 was constructed without the consent of Tribal Nations in its path, the Bad River Band has been fighting for their […]

  • Mads Gilbert is an anesthesiologist, head of emergency medicine at the University Hospital of North Norway, and Professor of emergency medicine at the University of Tromsø. He visited Madison in […]

  • Starvation, disease, and winter cold threaten the survival of displaced civilians in Gaza Sana Noor Haq and Rosa Rahimi, CNN Thu, December 14, 2023 at 11:07 AM CST·13 min read […]

  • A public relations effort by the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs   Safe Skies Clean Water Wisconsin Back in March, Senator Tammy Baldwin announced a $798,000 grant so the Wisconsin Air […]

  •   Israel’s Sustained Bombing Created Massive Disease Risk Overcrowded Shelters, Dirty Water, and Breakdown of Basic Sanitation Yara M. Asi, THE CONVERSATION, 11/22/2023 After more than a month of being […]

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  • A critical update: Al Ahli Hospital received Israeli orders to evacuate before it was struck on October 17. Al Ahli Hospital had been hit previously by an Israeli missile on […]

  • Dr Ghassan Abu-Sittah, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, calls the deadly attack on al-Ahli al-Arab Hospital in Gaza a ‘war crime’ that the world saw coming Dr Ghassan Abu-Sittah, Middle […]

  • The Abu Rayya tragedy is a direct result of the blockade, as frequent power cuts have forced families in Gaza to use alternative fuel sources to fight the dark, often […]

  • A fundraiser by the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project Our goal is to raise $10,064 to renovate a family apartment in the Tal al Sultan neighborhood of Rafah, where in 2005 […]

  • Light in Gaza: Writings Born of Fire book cover. (Photo: AFSC) American Friends Service Committee, Sep 27, 2022 11/17/22 update: WORT’s Gil Halsted talks with Yousef Aljamal and Asmaa Abu […]

  • Nov 9, 2022 12 PM Central Zoom Registration Join us to learn the environmental reality in Israel/Palestine today, what is being done by the land’s indigenous protectors. and what we […]

  • 135 backpacks to Rafah by MECA on our behalf More MECA photos from Gaza     The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project is partnering with the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) […]

  • Rep. Francesca Hong addresses concerns for the arrival of F-35 jets in Truax Field, surrounded by Eken Park Resistance members. CAMERON CIESZKI/CAP TIMES One goal of this letter is to […]

  • National Nurses United, August 09, 2022 National Nurses United (NNU) mourns the loss of life over the weekend in the besieged Gaza Strip area of Palestine due to Israeli airstrikes […]

  • The Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy August 11, 2022   Good Morning, As you might have seen or heard, Israel launched yet another assault on the besieged Gaza strip, with […]

  • The Madison-Rafah Sister City Project supports these efforts by Indigenous Women to end fossil fuel projects and protect water. USA, April 27, 2022 — Today, Indigenous women leaders, joined by […]

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  • Ramadan Mubarak from our family at Playgrounds for Palestine to you and yours!  On behalf of all of us at Playgrounds for Palestine, we would like to wish you a […]

  • Palestinian residents stranded in an inundated house following torrential rains that hit Gaza City on January 16, 2022. (Photo: Mohammed Dahman/APA Images) TAREQ S. HAJJAJ, MONDOWEISS, MARCH 16, 2022 No […]

  • Maia Project Update

    For Over 11 Years The new unit providing clean water to the kids in Shuka, Rafah (MECA, 12/29/21) Help us give the gift of Clean Water to the Children of […]

  • Screening & discussion Sun, Dec 12, 2021, 1:00 PM CST With severe medicine shortages and an overstretched health care system in Gaza, children in need of medical treatments can only […]

  • A Palestinian child, wounded by Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip, receives treatment at Al-Shifa Hospital on May 19, 2021 in Gaza City, Gaza. Fatima Shbair/Getty Images Murtaza Hussain, […]

  • Wisconsin Rep. Mark Pocan tells Haaretz why he welcomes a new Israeli government, even one led by a right-winger like Naftali Bennett who has renounced the two-state solution Wisconsin Democratic […]

  • Eyewitness Palestine Join us for a Virtual Delegation to the Rafah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip with We Are Not Numbers, Palestinian youth telling the human stories behind the […]

  • Justice for All: To build a world where there is healthcare for all, we must denounce medical apartheid wherever it manifests.

  • Josie Shields-Stromsness, Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) Update for Madison Rafah Sister City Project BACKGROUND The economic situation in the Gaza Strip is deteriorating dramatically as a result of the […]

  • JEWISH VOICE FOR PEACE HEALTH ADVISORY COUNCIL, Mondoweiss, MARCH 1, 2021 February 28, 2021 Dear Dr. Fauci, We are writing to you as “fans” of your work. As health professionals, […]

  • Palestinian people are living under Israeli occupation. Israel should be giving Palestinian people the vaccines they need, just like they've given them to Israeli people. Giving vaccines to other countries […]

  • Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas agree to ‘respect and accept’ upcoming polls at Cairo talks A girl looks on through the window of a vehicle while waiting at the Rafah […]

  • As 2020 comes to a close, we are writing to ask for your end-of-year contribution to two great efforts: one for Rafah and the other right here in Dane County. […]

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  • Please thank Rep. Pocan for participating in the town hall and for being a champion for Palestinian rights. His DC office line is (202) 225-2906. The town hall was an […]

  • Over 50 progressive organizations endorse Rep. Joaquin Castro for Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC). At the end of November, Democratic House members will vote on who takes […]

  • Last month, Gaza experienced an 84% increase in COVID-19 cases. You know what would help Palestine & Israel? If @SecPompeo immediately released humanitarian aid & medical assistance for the people […]

  • Announcing the First-Ever Nationwide Virtual Gaza 5K+Digital Festival Art Auction! Everyone’s mental health is being tested as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we won’t all suffer the same. […]

  • Warning of Gaza Power Plant Shutdown Ref: 75/2020, 17 August 2020 The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) expresses its deep concern over the repercussions of the Gaza Power Plant […]

  •   Celine Jaber, Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI), August 16, 2020 Dear friends, A month ago, I checked my inbox, and my stomach sank. An older woman from Gaza […]

  • Fuel Entry Suspended and Fishing Area Reduced Ref: 72/2020, 13 August 2020 On Wednesday, 12 August 2020, Israeli authorities announced new restrictions on the movement of goods entering the Gaza […]

  • Israeli soldiers watched construction on desperately needed facility for two months before sending in the bulldozers Palestinian engineer Raed Maswade inspects the rubble of the testing centre after it was […]

  • Rebuilding Alliance GlobalGiving’s World Refugee Week Campaign is starting Monday, June 15th, at 9am Eastern / 6am Pacific time and Palestinian refugees are included in the competition this year. I’m […]

  • Watch the Recording of this Special Session Nidal Al-Azraq & Zena Agha on Water as a Public Health Issue Palestine Under COVID-19 & Policies of Occupation Thank you for joining our this […]

  • “Governments must put human rights and dignity at the centre” Raji Sourani, The Right Livelihood Foundation, May 8, 2020 On the evening of 21 March 2020, Gaza’s health ministry confirmed […]

  • Ref: 36/2020 Date: 14 April 2020 Time: 10:00 GMT   Second Appeal in COVID-19 Crisis PCHR Calls for Immediate Release of Minors, Women, Patients and Elderly among Palestinian Prisoners in […]

  • Recorded on WORT 89.9 FM A Public Affair with host Esty Dinur: WORT website • SoundCloud • Facebook • Twitter Tarek Abuata grew up in Bethlehem and moved with his […]

  • Coronavirus and Gaza

    DONATE! Here are three good options for sending medical relief to Palestine and Gaza: Rebuilding Alliance has a matching grant deadline of midnight EST on Friday, March 27: Closed The […]

  • Workers wearing protective gear spray disinfectant as a precaution against the coronavirus, at the main market in Gaza City, Thursday, March 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Adel Hana) FARES AKRAM, Associated Press, […]

  • If Not Now, March 20,2020 We have an opportunity to save thousands of lives — if we act now. As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps our country and the world, I […]

  • Even a small outbreak among Gaza’s densely-packed, blockaded population would put an impossible strain on a healthcare system already teetering on the verge of collapse A man, wearing a mask […]

  • Available for a limited time! Can you help put us over the top? Dear Friends, We are happy to report that we are less than $1,500 away from funding the […]

  • The shoreline in Gaza City during strong winds on Christmas Day (Mohammed Abed-AFP-Getty Images) Hazem Balousha and Miriam Berger, The Washington Post, January 1, 2020 GAZA CITY — Jana Tawil […]

  • For Over 11 Years The new unit providing clean water to the kids in Shuka, Rafah (MECA, 12/29/21) Help us give the gift of Clean Water to the Children of […]

  • Best Photos of 2019 from MECA We are now more than halfway to providing another water filter system to a school in Rafah, Palestine. If you have contributed to this […]

  • A man holds the hand of Maria al-Gazali, a 14-month-old Palestinian baby, as her body lies on a stretcher at a hospital in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza on 5 May […]

  • Netanyahu’s Real Crimes

    Dr. James J. Zogby, Arab American Institute, NOVEMBER 23, 2019 After years of investigation and months of delay, Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit formally indicted Benjamin Netanyahu for crimes ranging […]

  • With 43 Olympic swimming pools of sewage flowing from Gaza daily, local epidemic is only a matter of time A Palestinian boy drinks water from public taps at the al-Shati […]

  • A man carries steel bars with bare hands in a yard filled with scrap metal. (Mohammed Al-Hajjar) Amjad Ayman Yaghi, The Electronic Intifada, 15 October 2019 On 5 May, Israeli […]

  • The Ecological War on Gaza

    Satellite image of herbicide concentration on the Israel-Gaza border. (Forensic Architecture report video) Rob Goyanes, Jewish Currents, September 9, 2019 FOR CENTURIES, the plains that comprise modern-day Gaza were lush […]

  • Gaza’s Little Chef

    Khuloud Rabah Sulaiman, We Are Not Numbers, May 20, 2019 “I want to be one of the best chefs in the world,” says Mahmoud Abu Nada. That, despite the fact […]

  • MECA 2018 Annual Report by Middle East Children’s Alliance on Scribd

  • Online from the Palestine Center Washington, DC 12 noon – 1 pm Central Time Listen live “Gaza is eviscerated. Apartheid is entrenched in the West Bank. Inside official Israel, the […]

  • Maia Project Update

    Latest Maia Water Filters in Rafah (28 Feb 2019) from Josie Shields-Stromsness, Middle East Children’s Alliance [pdf-embedder url=”” title=”maia bro for online”] Contribute online at For more information, contact […]

  • Palestinian Center for Human Rights Ref: 16/2019, February 7, 2019   Yesterday, 06 February 2019, a Palestinian detainee who spent 28 years in Israeli jails, Fares Mohammed Baroud (51), from […]

  • A Public Affair, November 15, 2018 On today’s episode, we take a look at the water crisis in Gaza and its effects on the inhabitants there, particularly the children. The […]

  • A new war would lead to the collapse of an already-debilitated medical infrastructure in Gaza, Palestinian health officials warn. A wounded Palestinian protester is evacuated and treated at Al-Awda Hospital […]

  • Contaminated and scarce water owing to Israel’s brutal siege and bombing of infrastructure leads to death and disease. A Palestinian woman bathes her son with water from a tank filled […]

  • Barely three percent of Gaza’s drinking water wells is fit for human consumption, and the crisis is claiming lives. Mousa Hilleh, 48, rebuilt his home after the 2014 Gaza war […]

  • First Unitarian Society 900 University Bay Drive Madison 7:00 pm Help provide a Maia Project water filter from the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) to serve clean drinking water to […]

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  • 10 am – 6 pm Common Ground 2644 Branch Street, Middleton MRSCP will be tabling for the Maia Project at the Midwest Waterfest, A Celebration of Life – music, speakers, […]

  • Just Foreign Policy, July 19, 2018 This morning, Democracy Now had a hard-hitting report on the U.S.-Saudi war in Yemen. They combined highlights of the PBS Newshour series with an […]

  • Gil Halstead with Islam Maraqa on Access Shahir Hunaina, YouTube, November 16, 2016 My Blood is Palestinian (Dammi Falastini), translation by Sara Ba Keeping my oath, following my religion You […]

  • Josie Shields-Stromsness, Middle East Children’s Alliance, Apr 12, 2018 Fatima Brejia (more commonly known as Um Hassan) is an organic farmer, community activist, founder of a local women’s organization, and […]

  • Professor Brian Barber Friday, April 6, 12 pm CDT Live Online The Institute for Palestine Studies, in partnership with the Palestine Center, cordially invites you to a presentation by IPS […]

  • GAZA KIDS NEED YOUR HELP! Barb Olson, Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, March 9, 2018 For the third time, the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project (MRSCP) is partnering with the Middle East […]

  • This article is part of a series of stories and op-eds launched by IPS on the occasion of World Water Day on March 22. Drinking water in Gaza is causing […]

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  • We Are Not Numbers, February 23, 2018 A Gaza man with a SunBox Two of the Gaza Strip’s most pressing challenges are a blockade-induced shortage of both electricity and building […]

  • with Norman Finkelstein Monday, March 12, 2018 12:00 p.m CDT Livestream Here The Gaza Strip is among the most densely populated places in the world. More than two-thirds of its […]

  • Mark Your Calendars for Sunday Afternoon Annual Rachel Corrie Commemoration Featuring Dessert and a Program Time and place TBD 2018 marks 15 years since Rachel Corrie was killed by an […]

  • World Health Organization warns hospitals could be plunged into darkness by end of February without fresh funding to keep emergency generators running Babies born prematurely are crammed into an incubator […]

  • The Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) “Many mothers told us the same story. Their children are so scared of the dark they won’t even get up at night to use […]

  • Playgrounds for Palestine – Madison July 9, 2016 Hi everyone, I went to Hebron yesterday and helped with the installation of the playground. They were supposed to continue today but […]

  • Our campaign to provide 50 “Gaza Lights” systems to families in Rafah is into its last month. We have almost raised the $4700 cost of the project. Thanks to those […]

  • HELP US RESPOND TO GAZA’S ELECTRICITY CRISIS A big thanks to those who have helped us get past the halfway point in our campaign to supply rechargeable household “Gaza Lights” […]

  • Gaza Unlocked Issues: Electricity — American Friends Service Committee Gaza’s power system is at risk of collapse. In 2006, the Israeli military bombed Gaza’s only power plant, destroying its six […]

  •   Gaza Lights for Rafah Campaign The electricity crisis in Gaza has reached unprecedented heights, with power now reduced to 2 to 4 hours per day (see Desperate Palestinians Try […]

  • Gaza Lights Campaign

    The electricity shortage impacts every family in Gaza. Please support the Gaza Lights Campaign!   It’s been 10 years of living under siege in Gaza. Three years after the most […]

  • Gaza Unlocked

    What is Gaza Unlocked? For over a decade, two million Palestinians in Gaza have lived under a brutal military blockade imposed by Israel. Media stories about Gaza primarily focus on […]

  • We have received an appeal for help from the Atfaluna School for the Deaf in Gaza City. Atfaluna (“Our Children” in Arabic) has for many years been one of the […]

  • Rafah Children in the Samira Project at the Rachel Corrie Memorial Library. (Photo: Jeff Bright) Please Support the Samira Project for Traumatized Children The Gaza Strip, one of the poorest […]

  • Israa Suliman, WE ARE NOT NUMBERS, November 15, 2016 Dear Native Americans, Although we are of different color, religion, culture and place, I have learned, as I read about the […]

  • Keep Gaza Children Warm

    Anees Mansour, gofundme, November 5, 2016  We are about to enter the winter season in Gaza. The houses can’t handle the weather as they are not insulated properly and we […]