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  • April 24, 2024 From the Flotilla today: We have completed all technical and crewing requirements in order to launch the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza on Friday April 26, 2024. Our […]

  • Format News and Press Release   Posted 26 Apr 2024  Originally published 26 Apr 2024  Origin View original GENEVA (26 April 2024) – UN experts today demanded safe passage for the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, […]

  • View this post on Instagram A post shared by Freedom Flotilla Coalition (@gazafreedomflotilla) Why the Flotilla? A video with Ismail of the Mavi Marmara Association and a view of the Freedom […]

  • Students for Justice in Palestine — UW-Madison will present a panel of university students and community members who have family living in Gaza. They will be sharing the current lived […]

  • Peace activists aim to sail through the military blockade of Gaza. BY SAURAV SARKAR  APRIL 18, 2024 Hundreds of civilians from more than thirty countries will be sailing into the Israeli […]

  • #BreakTheSiege and #EndTheBlockade Apr 14, 2024 İSTANBUL Retired U.S. Army Colonel & former U.S. diplomat Ann Wright introduces our upcoming Freedom Flotilla Coalition emergency mission to #BreakTheSiege and #EndTheBlockade of Gaza. […]

  • zohar, Freedom Flotilla Coalition, April 4, 2024 Media Release The international Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) will sail in mid April with multiple vessels, carrying 5500 tons of humanitarian aid and […]

  • How the politics of memory in Europe obscures what we see in Israel and Gaza today   How two definitions of antisemitsm differ Masha Gessen, December 9, 2023 “In 1948, […]

  • The three articles below, Bernie Sanders essay in the New York Times, the letter from Sanders’ former staffers urging a peaceful resolution to the war, and Norman Finkelstein’s response to […]

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  • Owner hopes playing with felines will offer therapy to those scarred from the strip’s devastating wars and other hardships Mehr Jan, American Muslim Today, Aug 21, 2023 Following the popularity […]

  •         Dear friends and supporters,   The Freedom Flotilla vessel Handala, sailing against the blockade of Gaza, has been visiting English and Welsh ports this month. Supporters of human […]

  • Palestinians attend a gathering outside UN offices to protest a decision by World Food Program to suspend aid of around 200,000 people in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, […]

  • Tom Hurndall, Youth Of Sumud Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights, 11th April 2023 Tom Hurndall was 21-years-old when, twenty years ago today, he was shot in the head while trying […]

  • A Conversation between Sara Roy and Salem Al Qudwa Thursday, January 12, 11 a.m. CT AFSC will host regular webinar conversations with Palestinian writers from our anthology Light in Gaza: […]

  • Dear Friends of MRSCP, We hope you will consider contributing to our year-end fundraising drive to renovate and repair a family home located in the Tal al Sultan neighborhood of […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Sometimes there is a moment of hope.  Please join me this Thursday at 4:30 pm CT to hear how we are redefining development housing in Gaza starting with 20 homes […]

  • © MOHAMMED ABED/AFP via Getty Images Amnesty International, October 25, 2022 The International Criminal Court (ICC) must investigate unlawful attacks committed during Israel’s August 2022 assault on the Gaza Strip as war crimes, Amnesty […]

  • Video recorded October 3, 2022 In 1948, the tiny Gaza Strip was cut off from the rest of historic Palestine, absorbing a huge number of Palestinian refugees who were ethnically […]

  • Israel applies an oppressive, separate, and unequal regime on Palestinians. There is only one word for this: Apartheid. Omar Baddar, Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU), Oct 14, 2020 Omar […]

  • 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) […]

  • Daniel Levy, President of the U.S./Middle East Project Meeting of the United Nations Security Council, Thursday, August 25, 2022 “The Situation in the Middle East Including the Palestinian Question” I […]

  • United for Justice Across Palestine: Defund Israel’s Bombs, Blockade, and Bulldozers Featuring Walaa Sabah from We Are Not Numbers, Sahar Francis from Addameer, and Palestinian journalist Mariam Barghouti. Moderated by […]

  • 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 […]

  • Pain and sorrow is an endless story for Palestinians in Gaza… pic.twitter.com/A7sXc8PHxq — Sarah Hassan (@Sarah_Hassan94) August 8, 2022

  • Gaza Is Palestine

    As salaamu alaykum. The Gaza Is Palestine campaign, led by us and Adalah Justice Project, is an effort to build upon the historic global movement that took on new life […]

  • B’Tselem, 08 May 2022 For 11 days, Israel relentlessly bombarded the Gaza Strip, one of the most crowded places on earth, killing 232 Palestinians. Almost a quarter of those killed […]

  • We Are Not Numbers, February 25, 2022 Enjoy our tour in the historical sites in Gaza city. Meet Abo Hanfi A-Sawwaf, Abu-Zuhair, Om-Anwar Al-Kassab; and see Omary Mosque, Al-Thahab (Gold) […]

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Dear friends and supporters, We have some major news! Finally, after 10 years, the Israeli government has settled our compensation claim for its seizure of our boat and its cargo. […]

  • Join the US Boats to Gaza webinar with documentary filmmaker Fida Qishta, who has just returned from several months in Gaza. Fida will speak about the current conditions in Gaza […]

  • The Peoples’ Inquiry, sponsored by Adalah Justice Project and MPower Change, is an opportunity for the U.S. public to hear the accounts of Palestinians from Gaza on the massacres carried […]

  • Egypt should reverse this unproductive & ultimately harmful decision. Isolating Gaza won’t lead to lasting peace. I sent a letter w/ 52 of my colleagues urging @SecBlinken to work w/ […]

  • SumOfUs, June 28, 2021 Last month, during the eleven-day assault by Israeli military on the Gaza Strip, 256 Palestinians, including 66 children, died. And last week, thousands of right-wing nationalists […]

  • 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 […]

  • Palestinian factions threaten to target capital Tel Aviv in response Smoke rises from buildings as Israeli fighter jets continue to pound a Palestinian building called "Hanady" at Al-Rimal neighbourhood in […]

  • 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 […]

  • Deterioration of Living Condition For 4860 Fishermen and Workers in Associated Professions Ref: 45/2021 Date: 26 April 2021 Time: 10:30 GMT On Monday, 26 April 2021, Israeli authorities closed Gaza […]

  • Wisconsin Democrat Rep. Mark Pocan tells Americans for Peace Now that Israeli policies funded by U.S. tax dollars form an obstacle to realizing the two-state solution Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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. […]

  • Ref: 85/2020, 02 September 2020 Three siblings from al-Nuseirat refugee camp, Central Gaza Strip, died after fire broke out in their house caused by a lit candle used for light […]

  • 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 […]

  • “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 […]

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  • Myths about Gaza

      4/27/20   Since the Coronavirus crisis began, IfNotNow has focused most of our movement’s resources on supporting the millions of Palestinian people trapped in Gaza, a densely populated strip […]

  • 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 […]

  • Register for this Webinar Here This webinar is part of a series of virtual events to raise funds for the Let’s Get Free 2020 Program. We are requesting a donation […]

  • 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 […]

  • Social Justice Event Collective, March 5, 2020 Please join us for a film webinar on March 28th, 2020 at 1:00 PM Eastern Time for the screening of Gaza Fights for […]

  • 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 […]

  • This event with Tarek Abuata has been cancelled by coronavirus precautions. You can still listen to an interview with Tarek from Gaza on WORT 89.9 FM’s A Public Affair with […]

  • 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 […]

  • Hani and his uncle and daughter in front of an UNRWA school in the Gaza Strip UNRWA USA, February 7, 2020 Hani Almadhoun is UNRWA USA’s new Director of Philanthropy. […]

  • Strangers in Our Homeland

    MK Aida Touma-Sliman, January 15th, 2019. Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk via Flickr Aida Touma-Sliman, JewishCurrents, February 6, 2020 LAST WEEK, Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu announced a deal that is intended to […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Twelve-year-old Mohammed Al-Najar was shot in his eye by Israeli soldiers [Getty] Tareq Hajjaj and Pam Bailey, The New Arab — Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, 20 December, 2019 To date, Gaza's Ministry […]

  • Canadian Boat to Gaza, December 20, 2019 Freedom Flotilla sailors and participants are sometimes asked: Why do you keep sailing toward Gaza only to be captured? Why not give the […]

  • 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 […]

  • Dreams in the Crosshairs

    We Are Not Numbers video being shown in Washington, DC When Israeli snipers target people participating in or even located near Gaza’s Great Return March, it’s not just their bodies […]

  • 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 […]

  • Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI). (Photo: AP/Lauren Victoria Burke) Helena Cobban, Mondoweiss, November 14, 2019 Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) recently told an audience in his Madison WI district that the Congressional […]

  • Palestinian children in Gaza. (Lucy Duncan/AFSC) Mike Merryman-Lotze, American Friends Service Committee, Nov 13, 2019 On Nov. 12, 2019 the Israeli military assassinated Baha Abu al-Ata, a leading member of […]

  • 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 […]

  • US Boats to Gaza is committed to human rights for Palestinians An International Coalition Of 14 Countries And Organizations Dedicated To Breaking The Illegal Israeli Blockade of Gaza 45% of the […]

  • Palestinian Youth Under Siege and Occupation with Yousef Aljamal, Gaza Writer and Activist Sunday, October 27, 2019 2-4 pm Christ Presbyterian Church, 944 E Gorham St, Madison, WI Meet Yousef […]

  • Activists, who had arranged a joint event along the two sides of the border with Gazans, were confronted by employees of a firm building a security barrier on the 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 […]

  • Relatives of Muhammad Abu Namous, one of three Palestinians killed along the Gaza-Israel boundary overnight, mourn during his funeral in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza, on 18 August. (Mariam Dagga/APA images) […]

  • B’Tselem, 06 August 2019 From the beginning of the Great March of Return protests on Land Day, 30 March 2018 until the end of June 2019, Israeli security forces killed […]

  • B’Tselem, 24 July 2019 Israel’s unlawful open-fire policy during the demonstrations along the Gaza perimeter fence – which were upheld by the Supreme Court – have so far resulted in […]

  • 66 Civilians Injured by Israeli Forces: 28 Children, 2 Journalists, and 4 Women, Including a Paramedic Palestinian Center for Human Rights – Gaza, August 2, 2019 On the 69th Great […]

  • Photos: Jim Maas/FUS Social Justice Ministry, Tsela Barr/MRSCP, and Kit Kittredge/NA Boat to Gaza Campaign Since 2008, the Freedom Flotilla movement has sent 35 ships attempting to break Israel’s illegal, […]

  • Kathy Kelly, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, July 23, 2019 “I felt shaky and uneasy all day, preparing for this talk” – Jehad Abusalim, a Palestinian from the territory of Gaza […]

  • 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 […]

  • The injured Abu Jazar brothers, with their father and mother in Gaza. Photo By Mohammed Asad Ahmad Kabariti, Mondoweiss, April 20, 2019 In a dim room in a two-story building […]

  • Palestinian Center for Human Rights, Ref: 64/2019, April 24, 2019 The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns that the Israeli authorities stationed at Beit Hanoun “Erez” Crossing arrested […]

  • “The only possible option for them is to continue knocking on the walls of their prison with the hope that the world will hear them.” Ahmed Abu Artema has organized […]

  • Israeli Forces Kill 3 Palestinian Civilians and Wound 364 Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Ref: 50/2019, March 30, 2019 On Saturday, 30 March 2019, in excessive use of force […]

  • Palestinian Center for Human Rights, March 28, 2019 On Friday 30 March 2018, the commemoration of Land Day, Palestinians launched a massive wave of peaceful weekly demonstrations known as the […]

  • 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 […]

  • Hashtag to Headlines: The Gaza Great March of Return The 2019 tribute to Rachel Corrie on March 3, 2019, with Ahmed Abu Artema and Jehad Abusalim. Photos courtesy of Amy […]

  • Maia Project Update

    Latest Maia Water Filters in Rafah (28 Feb 2019) from Josie Shields-Stromsness, Middle East Children’s Alliance [pdf-embedder url=”https://madisonrafah.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/maia-bro-for-online590.pdf” title=”maia bro for online”] Contribute online at MECAforPeace.org/Madison For more information, contact […]

  • Friday, March 1 12 noon to 1 pm The speakers for Madison’s 2019 tribute to Rachel Corrie, Ahmed Abu Artema and Jehad Abusalim, will be interviewed live on A Public […]

  •   Join us for the 2019 tribute to Rachel Corrie with Ahmed Abu Artema Writer, refugee and peace activist from Rafah   First Unitarian Society 900 University Bay Drive Madison […]