Tag: siege

  • International Civilian Aid Flotilla to Break the Siege 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 hundreds of international human rights observers to challenge the ongoing illegal Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip. This is an emergency mission as the situation…


  • In the Shadow of the Holocaust

    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, Hannah Arendt wrote an open letter that began, ‘Among the most disturbing political phenomena of our times is the emergence in the newly created state…


  • Three Views of Bernie Sanders and the Palestine-Israel Conflict

    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 Sanders’ refusal of a ceasefire, are intended to provide needed context for the war. We do not agree with all the views and opinions expressed.…


  • Visualizing Gaza and Palestine

     


  • Cat Cafe to De-Stress Residents Opens in Gaza Strip

    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 of the global cat cafe trend, a cat cafe has opened up in the besieged Gaza Strip, allowing visitors to enjoy their beverages while hanging…


  • Freedom Flotilla 2023 Canadian Boat to Gaza

            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 rights for Palestinians, especially for the Palestinians of Gaza who are mostly children and refugees, have greeted Handala at events in Liverpool, Cardiff, Bristol and…


  • UN World Food Programme to suspend aid to Palestinians

    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, in Gaza City, May 7, 2023. (REUTERS/Mohammed Salem) Nidal Al-Mughrabi, Reuters, May 7, 2023 GAZA, May 7 (Reuters) – The World Food Programme (WFP) will…


  • A brave humanitarian: Tom Hurndall remembered 20 years on

    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 to rescue a small child in Gaza. Tom lay in a coma for eight months, until his passing on 13 January 2004. Tom is an…


  • Zoom: Dilemmas of Rebuilding Gaza

    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: Writings Born of Fire in 2023. In our first webinar in January, Dr. Sara Roy and Salem Al Qudwa will discuss development and rebuilding in…


  • End-of-Year Appeal: Help with Rafah Family Home

    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 Rafah, where we previously installed a playground.  This house is one of 20 that the U.S. organization Rebuilding Alliance has selected for their new Gaza Family…


  • Tragedy in Gaza after 21 people die in fire

    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 in hazardous conditions. MOURNERS ATTEND THE FUNERAL OF 21 PALESTINIANS WHO DIED IN A FIRE THAT BROKE OUT IN AN APARTMENT IN JABALYA REFUGEE CAMP…


  • Light in Gaza Speaking Tour in Milwaukee

    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 Mezeid, two of the Light in Gaza authors now on tour in the U.S. Light in Gaza: Writings Born of Fire brings together sixteen essays and…


  • Zoom Nov 17: Architect Salem Alqudwa on Housing in Gaza

    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 for families in dire need: Click here to join the Zoom Call


  • Investigate war crimes during August offensive on Gaza

    © 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 International said today in a new research briefing. Using ph​otographs of weapons fragments, satellite imagery analysis and testimony from dozens of interviews, the organization reconstructed…


  • Gaza: The Longest Siege in Modern History

    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 cleansed from their ancestral lands. In 1967, it was militarily occupied by Israeli forces, its inhabitants suffering from a plethora of colonial domination techniques and…


  • Israeli Apartheid: A Breakdown

    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 Baddar is Director of Communications for the Institute for Middle East Understanding, and past Deputy Director of the Arab American Institute.


  • Update: Back-To-School Backpacks For Rafah Kids

    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) to provide back-to-school backpacks to 2000 poor children in Gaza, including Rafah and Rafah camp which suffered significant damage and casualties in the latest Israeli…


  • Daniel Levy: Apartheid Label Must Be a Wakeup Call

    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 would like to thank the Council and the Chinese presidency in particular for allowing me to share some thoughts with you today. The events of…


  • Watch now: United for Justice Across Palestine

    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 Palestinian scholar Nour Joudah. “At a bare minimum, reclaim your tax dollars in the U.S. You have a homelessness epidemic going on; invest in housing.”…


  • National Nurses United condemns Gaza bombardment

    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 that killed dozens—including at least 15 children. “As nurses, we are grateful that a cease-fire between militants in Gaza and the Israeli Government has been…


  • Gaza is Not a Breaking News Cycle

    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 bombardments and airstrikes killing 45 Palestinians and injuring more than 360, so far. With the announcement of yet another precarious ceasefire, the international community’s attention…


  • Pain and sorrow is an endless story for Gaza

    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 in spring 2021 — and we want you to take part. Massive global demonstrations in solidarity with Palestinians are changing the tides — and we…


  • Life in Ruins: Gaza One Year On

    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 were minors, and more than half were not taking part in the hostilities. Many were killed at home, with nowhere to run or hide. Thousands…


  • Gaza Tour from We Are Not Numbers

    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) Market, Al-Alami’s house, and Al-Hasary herb’s shop. We Are Not Numbers, a Project of Euro-Med Monitor, pairs Palestinian writers from across Palestine and the diaspora…


  • April 24 & 26, 2022
    Virtual Delegations to Gaza

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  • Due to wars and siege, Gaza infrastructure unprepared for climate disaster

    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 one should go to bed with the fear that their children might drown or float away in the middle of the night. But that was the…


  • December 12, 2021
    Online Film: To Treat Kids Like Me in Gaza

    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 find them outside the strip. Yet Israel’s convoluted, arbitrary permit process leaves them waiting in pain, often missing life-saving care. To Treat Kids Like Me…


  • Legal victory against Israeli seizure of the Tahrir

    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. On November 4, 2011, the Tahrir, funded by grassroots donations from Canada, Australia, Belgium and Denmark, along with its cargo of some $30,000 in medical…


  • October 9, 2021
    Webinar with Filmmaker Fida Qishta

    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 and show clips from footage she filmed after the latest Israeli attack on Gaza. She will also talk about her upcoming new documentary, We Are…


  • October 7, 2021
    “Gaza is Palestine” Hearing

    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 out by Israel in May 2021. It will culminate in a clear call to action for people in the U.S. to exercise personal power to…


  • Egypt Closes Rafah Border Crossing

    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/ his counterparts to ensure aid gets into Gaza through Israel & Egypt. https://t.co/pA3KbkOIeo — Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) August 22, 2021


  • Ben & Jerry’s: Stop supporting apartheid in Palestine

    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 paraded around Jerusalem shouting ‘death to Arabs’. The only way to stop the never-ending cycle of settlement expansion and violence is to make the economic…


  • How a West Bank Trip Turned This Congressman Into One of Israel’s Strongest Critics

    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 Rep. Mark Pocan. Andy Manis / AP Ben Samuels, Haaretz, Jun. 7, 2021 WASHINGTON – How does a lawmaker go from surface-level familiarity with the…


  • Israeli warplanes destroy 12-story residential building in Gaza

    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 the Gaza Strip, on May 11, 2021. The death toll in Israel’s deadly ongoing air offensive increased to 28 by Tuesday evening, including one woman…


  • July 1 & 14, 2021
    VIRTUAL DELEGATIONS TO RAFAH REFUGEE CAMP

    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 numbers in the news. The camp was established in 1949 and is now home to more than 125,304 refugees according to United Nations Relief and…


  • Israeli Authorities Close Gaza Sea and Ban Palestinian Fishing

    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 Sea completely and prevented fishermen from sailing and fishing. These Israeli measures are part of the Israeli collective punishment policy practiced against Palestinian civilians in…


  • Progressive U.S. Lawmaker: ‘We Need to Be Able to See What’s Happening in 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) at a conference in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2017. Credit: CHRISTOPHER ALUKA BERRY/REUTERS Ben Samuels, Haaretz, Apr. 22, 2021 WASHINGTON – Rep. Mark Pocan, one of…


  • Egypt ‘indefinitely’ opens Rafah border crossing with Gaza Strip

    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 border crossing’s departure area to travel from the Gaza Strip into Egypt [Said Khatib/AFP] Al Jazeera, 10 Feb 2021 For the first time in years,…


  • Rep. Mark Pocan on Gaza COVID-19 increase

    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 in Gaza. pic.twitter.com/ws9cYmdiWE — Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) October 23, 2020


  • UNRWA USA’S Virtual Gaza 5K & Art Auction

    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. From the United States to Palestine, no person should have to suffer constant distress. And while the global pandemic has caused events, travel, and even…


  • Children Die in Home Fire During Power Outage

    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 during power outage on Tuesday, 01 September 2020; a manifestation of Gaza’s chronic electricity crisis. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) expresses its deep…


  • Israel Bans Fuel Entry to Gaza

    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 scheduled shutdown on Tuesday, 18 August 2020, on all basic services for the Gaza Strip population, especially health and sanitation services, industrial, commercial and agricultural…


  • 8-month-old baby with heart problems needed to exit Gaza

      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 wrote to me: “Please, I have an urgent appointment at a hospital in the West Bank – radiation therapy for uterine cancer.  Civilian coordination has…


  • IOF Tightens Gaza Strip Closure

    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 Strip and reduced the fishing area, in alleged response to the launch of incendiary balloons towards Israeli settlements adjacent to the Gaza Strip. The Israeli…


  • COVID-19 and Human Rights – 2013 Laureate Raji Sourani

    “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 the first two cases of COVID-19. Overpopulated and impoverished, the Gaza Strip faces particular vulnerability in the context of the pandemic. A potential large-scale outbreak…


  • Myths about Gaza — #4

    If Not Now, 4/30/20


  • Myths about Gaza — #3

    If Not Now, 4/29/20


  • Myths about Gaza — #2

    If Not Now, 4/28/20


  • Myths about Gaza — #1

    If Not Now, 4/27/20


  • 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 of land that Israel’s military blockade has turned into an open air prison. Together, we gathered 13,000 signatures on a petition demanding the Israeli government…


  • Second Appeal in the COVID-19 Crisis

    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 Israeli Jails At a time where the whole world is combating the coronavirus pandemic and States have adopted precautionary and preventive measures to defy the…


  • April 22, 2020
    Gaza in Context Webinar

    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 to join the webinar, from $0 – $50. Additional donations are welcome! Can’t attend? Donations are always welcome: DONATE HERE Eyewitness Palestine & the March…


  • Tarek Abuata: Human Rights in Palestine During the Pandemic

    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 family to Texas during the first Intifada when he was 12. After graduating from the University of Texas Law School, he worked in Ramallah researching…


  • 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 Middle East Children’s Alliance needs to raise $45,000 ASAP for a targeted prevention campaign in Gaza: Donate Finally, United Nations Relief and Works Administration (UNRWA)…


  • March 28, 2020
    Webinar: Film Gaza Fights For Freedom by Abby Martin

    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 Freedom, a film by US journalist Abby Martin. This screening is presented by Social Justice Event Collective and co-hosted by Canadian Boat to Gaza, Independent…


  • Palestinians report 1st cases of coronavirus in Gaza Strip

    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, March 22, 2020 GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Palestinian Health Ministry announced early Sunday that two residents who returned recently from Pakistan to…


  • Help Palestinians in Gaza survive Coronavirus

    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 am watching everyday people do what is necessary — in the vacuum left by our government’s failure — to help their communities. My friends are…


  • Cancelled March 29, 2020 Tribute to Rachel Corrie: Freedom is the Future

    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 host Esty Dinur on Friday, March 27 from noon to 1 pm. Call in at 256-2001 or listen live on line. Tarek Abuata grew up…


  • Coronavirus Is a Death Sentence for Palestinians Caged in Gaza

    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 against coronavirus infection, looks through a fence as he waits for Palestinians returning from abroad. Gaza’s Rafah border crossing with Egypt. March 8, 2020. (IBRAHEEM…


  • What Valentine’s Day Means in Gaza, Palestine

    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. Though he now lives in Virginia with his wife and daughters, he grew up in the Gaza Strip. Hani’s father was an UNRWA teacher in…


  • 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 determine the future of the Palestinian people, without a single Palestinian present in the room or involved in the consultation process. They unveiled the plan…


  • The U.N. once predicted Gaza would be ‘uninhabitable’ by 2020. Two million people still live there.

    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 was born in 2012, the same year that the United Nations released an alarm-raising report on the state of the Gaza Strip: If the prevailing…


  • Final 2019 Appeal — Clean Water for Kids

    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 project, thank you. If you have not yet contributed, please consider an end-of-year donation to help us raise the balance of the $16,000 needed to…


  • ‘Blinding the truth’: Israeli snipers target Gaza protesters in the eyes

    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 of Health reports that 50 protesters have been shot in the eye by Israeli soldiers since the demonstrations began last March leaving them permanently blind.…


  • Why We Sail, Sail, and Sail Again: Freedom Flotilla 2020

    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 funds you raise directly to the Palestinians of Gaza as aid? Our rationale for sailing and our experiences in 2018 provide some answers. Our Palestinian…


  • Gaza 2020: How easy it is for the world to delete Palestinian pain

    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 2019. She died during an Israeli air strike (AFP) David Hearst, Middle East Eye, 13 December 2019 I would like you to try an exercise.…


  • 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 from his violation of public trust to bribery and fraud. Israel’s apologists will argue that the fact that a sitting Prime Minister has been charged…


  • 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 they kill or maim, it’s their dreams. This is the story of Alaa al-Dali. Thank you to the Freedom Flotilla Coalition for its support and…


  • Polluted Water is the Leading Cause of Child Mortality in Gaza

    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 refugee camp in Gaza city, March 7 2018. (Wissam Nassar/DPA) Yaniv Kubovich, Haaretz, Oct 16, 2018 Illness caused by water pollution is a leading cause…


  • Rep. Pocan emphasizes progressive caucus’s commitment to Palestine

    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 Progressive Caucus (CPC), of which he is co-chair, is planning (depending on how Israel’s government-forming works out) to send a delegation to Palestine. “But,” he…


  • What you need to know about the bombings in Gaza

    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 Islamic Jehad in Gaza, and his wife—sparking more violence in Gaza. Shortly after the killing, Islamic Jehad fired rockets into Israel. In response, Israel has…


  • Desperate work for desperate people

    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 airplanes struck targets in Gaza. The bombings came with the usual tragic consequences: 25 Palestinains were killed, among them 14 civilians. Four Israeli civilians also…


  • IT’S TIME TO END THE ILLEGAL ISRAELI BLOCKADE OF GAZA

    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 2 million people who live in Gaza are children under the age of 15. 70% of Gazans are refugees from other parts of Palestine, forced from…


  • October 27, 2019
    DREAMING OF FREEDOM Update

    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 Aljamal, a young writer who grew up in a refugee camp in Gaza and lived through the three devastating Israeli military assaults between 2008 and…


  • Israeli Construction Workers, Soldiers Assault Left-wing Activists on Gaza Border

    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 side A construction worker tries to grab a demonstrator’s Palestinian flag along the Gaza border, Oct. 16, 2019. Almog Ben Zikri, Haaretz, Oct 17, 2019…


  • 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 with citrus orchards. Though early Zionists claimed to have pioneered the orange industry, Palestinian farmers had maintained orange groves—specifically of the sweet “Jaffa” orange that…


  • Israel pushing Palestinians to leave Gaza

    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) Maureen Clare Murphy, The Electronic Intifada, 19 August 2019 “Israel is ready to carry the costs of helping Gazans emigrate,” and would potentially use air…


  • Security forces make deadly use of crowd control weapons in Gaza

    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 216 Palestinians, 43 of them minors, and wounded thousands, the vast majority with live ammunition. However, security forces also make deadly use of crowd control…


  • After the Supreme Court Praised the Open-Fire Policy, the Military Admits: We killed Protestors for No Reason

    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 hundreds of Palestinian deaths and thousands of injuries. Official sources now admit that they were well aware that people were being killed when even the…


  • On the 69th Great March of Return

    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 March of Return, 66 Palestinian civilians were injured due to the Israeli military’s continued use of excessive force against peaceful protests along the Gaza Strip’s…


  • July 24-25, 2019
    Gaza Freedom Flotilla Comes to Madison!

    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, US-backed military blockade that has devastated Gaza and denied 2 million people — half of them children — access to food, clean water, fuel, medicine,…


  • The Ongoing Dread in Gaza: So Many Names, So Many Lives

    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 Jehad Abusalim, a Palestinian now living in the United States, grew up in Gaza. In Chicago last week, addressing activists committed to breaking the siege…


  • 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 that he lives in the blockaded Gaza Strip, is just 12 years old and suffers from leukemia. And…while he is not yet known to the…


  • The five injured Abu Jazar brothers of the Gaza protests

    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 in al-Shaboora, Rafah, the poorest refugee camp in the southern Gaza strip, five brothers of the Abu Jazar family recall the details and pains of…


  • Israeli Authorities Arrest Patient’s Husband While Returning to Gaza Strip

    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 a patient’s companion, from the Gaza Strip, while returning to the Gaza Strip. According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 12:00 on Tuesday, 23 April 2019,…


  • Ahmed Abu Artema on the Palestinian Great March of Return

    “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 the Great March of Return in protest of Israel’s blockade on Gaza. (Hosney Salah) Esty Dinur, The Progressive, April 11, 2019 Ahmed Abu Artema is…


  • First Anniversary of the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege

    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 against the peaceful protesters in the 1st anniversary of the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege, Israeli forces killed 3 Palestinian civilians, including…


  • 1st Year Anniversary of the Great March of Return

    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 Great Return March along the security fence separating Gaza from Israel. The demonstrations call for the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes…


  • March 18, 2019
    Israeli Politics Decoded with David Sheen

    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 ruling party openly promotes racial hatred towards Arabs and Africans. How popular are these belligerent policies among Israeli Jews? And how can we make sense…


  • Rachel Corrie Event at First Unitarian Society

    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 Atalla Hill.


  • Maia Project Update

    Latest Maia Water Filters in Rafah (28 Feb 2019) from Josie Shields-Stromsness, Middle East Children’s Alliance [pdf-embedder url=”http://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 • Congregation Shaarei Shamayim: Shamayim.org • First Unitarian Society/Madison: FUSMadison.org • Jewish Voice for Peace/Madison: Facebook.com/JVPMadison


  • March 1, 2019
    Hashtag to Headlines Speakers on WORT

    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 Affair with host Esty Dinur. Listen to the WORT interview on 89.9 FM or live online. Their talk at the Rachel Corrie tribute will be…


  • March 3, 2019
    Hashtag to Headlines: How the Gaza Great March of Return Challenged the World

      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 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Ahmed Abu Artema wrote a Facebook post on January 7, 2018 from his home in Rafah, Gaza that echoed an…


  • Members of ‘Gaza’ documentary crew trapped as film premieres at Sundance

    Fady Hanona and Ali Aby Yaseen desperately trying to make it to the U.S. premiere Fady Hanouna has been trying to get to the Sundance Film Festival from his home in Gaza. (Courtesy Fady Hanouna) Ashleigh Stewart and Kaleem Aftab, The National, January 28, 2019 Two “honest, hard-working family men” from Gaza have helped bring…


  • Palestinian artist brings Japanese origami to Gaza

    In this January 16, 2019 photo Palestinian artist Ahmed Humaid, 29, works on one of his origami sculptures in his house in Nusseirat refugee camp, central Gaza Strip. Origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, is an unlikely pursuit for an artist living in the Gaza Strip, which has been largely cut off from the…


  • On the 39th Friday

    The Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege Israeli Forces Kill 3 and Wound 115 Other Civilians Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Ref: 138/2018, 21 December 2018 On Friday evening, 21 December 2018, Israeli forces Killed 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child and a person with a mobility impairment, and wounded 115 other civilians,…


  • Winning Essay “Dear Blockade”

    Gaza writer Tarneem Hammad receives award at the Gaza AFSC office. Gaza Unlocked Blog Team, American Friends Service Committee, December 3, 2018 Tarneem Hammad, 24, was born in Saudi Arabia, but now lives in Gaza and is an English literature graduate from Al-Azhar University. For part-time work, she is an English language trainer. Tarneem loves…


  • Solidarity Shields Human Rights Workers from Bombs

    Chris Morrill, Grassroots International, November 20, 2018 al-Amal Hotel, destroyed by Israeli airstrikes, November 13, 2018. (Photo by PCHR Field Workers) On Tuesday November 13, Israeli airstrikes in Gaza killed two Palestinian civilians and wounded 20 others. The airstrikes destroyed a number of buildings and followed a botched raid by Israeli special forces. Some are…


  • November 20, 2018
    Madison’s Clean Water for the Children of Gaza Day