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


  • Israeli Incursions into Gaza Are the Rule, Not the Exception

    Israeli troops have crossed into Gaza over 70 times this year alone, according to the UN. And those are only the incursions we know about. File photo of Israeli troops deployed along the Gaza border. (Miriam Alster/Flash90) Henriette Chacar, +972 Magazine, November 14, 2018 [Editor’s note: In accordance with our legal obligation, this article was…


  • Gaza: Fears of further bloodshed as Israel adopts ‘zero tolerance’ policy

    Amnesty International, 19 October 2018 Fears of escalating bloodshed are rising ahead of planned protests in Gaza later today after Israeli authorities announced a “zero tolerance” policy towards demonstrations along the Israel/Gaza fence, said Amnesty International. The organization is calling on the Israeli government to rein in its armed forces, which have routinely used unnecessary…


  • Pocan and Moore on Gaza Humanitarian Aid


  • Serious Escalation of Lethal Force in Eastern Gaza Strip

    Israeli Forces Kill 7 Civilians, Including a Child 224 Others, Including 42 Children, 3 Women, 3 Journalists and a Paramedic, Are Wounded The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), Ref: 111/2018, October 12, 2018 On Friday afternoon, 12 October 2018, using excessive force against the peaceful protesters in the eastern Gaza Strip for the 29th…


  • Gaza’s economy is not ‘falling.’ It was pushed.

    Palestinian laborers protest against the continued Israeli siege and the spread of unemployment in Gaza City on May 1, 2018. (Photo: Ashram Amra/APA Images) Marilyn Garson, Mondoweiss, September 27, 2018 The economic and social situation in Gaza that has been declining for over a decade, has deteriorated exponentially in recent months. . . The situation…


  • 24th Friday of the Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege of the Gaza Strip

    Israeli Forces Kill 1 Child and Wound 137 Civilians, including 26 Children, 4 Paramedics and 1 Journalist Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), September 7, 2018, Ref: 97/2018 On Friday afternoon, 07 September 2018, using excessive force against the peaceful protesters in the eastern Gaza Strip for the 24th Friday in a row, Israeli forces…


  • Medical Personnel Under Fire

    3 paramedics killed and 103 medical staff injured The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) has launched a video titled: “Medical Personnel Under Fire”. The video sheds lights on the serious violations committed against Palestinian medical personnel while rescuing the casualties of the peaceful March of Return. The video shows that Israeli forces used excessive…


  • Israeli Authorities Ban Fuel and Gas into the Gaza Strip

    Tightening Closure For 3rd Time in Less Than Month Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), August 2, 2018 Ref: 80/2018 The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the Israeli authorities decisions to tighten the closure imposed on the Gaza Strip, completely close the sole commercial crossing “Karm Abu Salem” and ban the entry…


  • Debunking Four Myths Surrounding the Palestinian Protests

    The justifications given for the deaths of Palestinian protesters just don’t add up Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip, June 1, 2018. Israeli tear gas canisters fall toward Palestinian protesters and medics during clashes with Israeli security forces along the Israel-Gaza border. Photo courtesy dpa picture alliance/Alamy Stock Photo. Muhammad Shehada and Jamie Stern-Weiner, VICE, Jun 12…


  • Bernie Sanders’ Criticism Of Israel Is Radical. And He’s Taking It Mainstream

    Aiden Pink, Information Clearing House, June 13, 2018 Not many in the media are noticing, which is understandable given the burden of keeping up with Donald Trump, but in the shadow of Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu, Bernie Sanders is dramatically challenging Beltway discourse on Israel. In 2020, when Sanders likely runs for president, and journalists…


  • Gaza hospitals and clinics are overwhelmed

    Gaza Needs Your Help DONATE NOW! I am far from Gaza right now, in the UK, but I am speaking with my friends, my family and my medical colleagues there every day. I know doctors and nurses are working night and day to treat the people injured in the recent massacres. The aftermath of this…


  • Donate for Gaza Now

    I know you’re horrified by the news from Gaza—the slaughter of unarmed protesters who are simply demanding freedom; the deliberate targeting of medical staff and journalists; The murder and maiming of women, children and so many young men. Families in Gaza desperately need medical aid and food. With your help now, MECA can provide them:…


  • Standing with my Muslim neighbors in the wake of Jerusalem and Gaza

    Rabbi Laurie Zimmerman, The Cap Times, May 17, 2018 Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the opening ceremony of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, May 14, 2018, left, and on the same day, Palestinians in Gaza City carry the body of Mousab Abu Leila, who was killed during a protest at…


  • Madison-Rafah Sister City Project/Jewish Voice for Peace-Madison Banner Drop

    Members of Madison-Rafah Sister City Project and Jewish Voice for Peace-Madison did a banner drop today over University Avenue in Madison, Wisconsin . . . at evening rush hour . . . in solidarity with the people of Gaza. Thanks to all the honking support!


  • These Members of Congress Are Trying to Visit Gaza — Israel Should Let Them Do So

    Representatives Mark Pocan, Dan Kildee, and Hank Johnson Jr. were denied the opportunity to witness conditions on the ground firsthand John Nichols, The Nation, 5/14/18 A Palestinian demonstrator shouts during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border on May 14, 2018. (Reuters / Ibraheem Abu Mustafa) The Trump administration’s response to the killings of dozens of…


  • Gaza: Do Palestinian Lives Matter?

    A Palestinian child holds a sign on Land Day. Samir El-Omari and Barbara Olson, Madison365, May 11, 2018 For the past six weeks, Gaza has been in the news as residents have been protesting near the barbed wire fence and free-fire “no-go” zone that traps them under Israel’s siege and blockade of the impoverished territory.…


  • Free Gaza!

    Poster by Donna Wallbaum Venue and Installation by Kathy and Kevin Walsh


  • Judith Laitman and Tsela Barr: On Israel’s 70th anniversary, we remember the Nakba

    In this Wednesday, April 4, 2018, file photo, Palestinian protesters wave flags in front of Israeli soldiers on Gaza’s border with Israel near Beit Lahiya. (ADEL HANA, ASSOCIATED PRESS) Judith Laitman and Tsela Barr, Jewish Voice for Peace – Madison Chapter, May 3, 2018 This month, Jews around the world are celebrating the 70th anniversary…


  • Anna Baltzer on the Danger of Neutrality

    04 Nov 2017 | The Danger of Neutrality | Anna Baltzer | TEDxOcala USCPR Director of Organizing and Advocacy, Anna Baltzer, explains in this TEDx talk how neutrality is a dangerous trap — and an illusion. Taking a side, not impartiality, is what really helps resolve conflicts. NUSAYBA HAMMAD, Communications Director, US Campaign for Palestinian…


  • Why I March in Gaza

    Palestinian demonstrators on a sand plateau during clashes with Israeli forces last Friday east of Gaza City. Residents of Gaza are mounting a series of protests called the Great Return March. (Mohammed Abed/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images) Fadi Abu Shammalah, New York Times, April 27, 2018 KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip — Early in the morning…


  • The Palestinian women at the forefront of Gaza’s protests

    In socially conservative Gaza, women have been leading the Great Return March movement, uniting all Palestinians. Mersiha Gadzo & Anas Jnena, 20 Apr 2018 ‘I loved the sense of unity we all felt when both young men and women helped each other during the march protest,’ said Taghreed al-Barawi, seen in the photo [Mohammed Salem/Reuters]…


  • “Apartheid, Rogue, Terrorist State”: Glenn Greenwald on Israel

    Democracy Now! April 9, 2018 On Saturday, hundreds of mourners gathered in Gaza for the funeral of Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja, who was fatally shot by the Israeli army while covering a fresh round of deadly protests along the Israel-Gaza border. Photos show the 30-year-old journalist was wearing a flak jacket clearly marked ”PRESS” at…


  • Palestinian Journalist Fatally Shot While Covering Gaza Protest

    Daniel Estrin, NPR, April 7, 2018 Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja, 30, is evacuated after being fatally wounded by Israeli fire while covering the Palestinian demonstrations at the Israel-Gaza border on Friday. Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters Palestinian photojournalist Yaser Murtaja covered plenty of funeral processions during the 2014 war in Gaza. Now his colleagues are covering his…


  • CODEPINK | Tell Israel: Stop Shooting Peaceful Protesters!

    Right now the Israeli military is firing at peaceful protesters in Gaza. Right now Israeli tanks and snipers are firing at unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza. Fifteen have been killed already, and over 350 injured by live fire, rubber-coated steel pellets or tear gas. Organized by civil society and committed to nonviolence, Palestinians began gathering…


  • Israeli Forces Target Peaceful Demonstrations in Gaza

    Killing 9 and Wounding 709 Others, including 121 Children and 26 Women Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), March 30, 2018 On Friday afternoon, 30 March 2018, Israeli forces killed 9 Palestinian civilians and wounded 709 others, including 121 children and 26 women in the Gaza Strip, in excessive use of forces and upon a…


  • April 6, 2018: Gaza from the Inside

    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 Senior Fellow Brian Barber. Just back from a visit to Gaza, Professor Barber will concentrate in this talk on the current vexing conditions in Gaza…


  • Samira Remedial Education

    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 Children’s Alliance (MECA) and the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice to fund the Samira Remedial Education Project in Rafah. Organized by the Rafah…


  • Restoring U.S. Aid Crucial to Avoid Gaza Water Catastrophe

    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 a rising number of its residents to fall ill and the UN says scarcity and pollution of water resources are at the forefront of the…


  • Between life and death: a permit

    February 28, 2018


  • One woman tackles two of Gaza’s toughest challenges

    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 materials. And, in this conservative, patriarchal society, it’s a young, female engineer who is tackling both. Twenty-four-year-old Majd al-Mashharawi, a 2016 graduate in civil engineering,…


  • Book talk: “Gaza: An Inquest into Its Martyrdom”

    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 inhabitants are refugees, and more than half are under eighteen years of age. Since 2004, Israel has launched eight devastating “operations” against Gaza’s largely defenseless…


  • PCHR Calls upon Israeli Prosecution to Return the Body of Fisherman

    The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), February 27, 2018 Ref: 26/2018 The Israeli authorities continued to detain the corpse of fisherman Isma’il Saleh Abu Riyalah (18), who was killed by Israeli naval forces on Sunday, 25 February 2018, and refuse to hand his corpse in order to be burried in the Gaza Strip. The…


  • April 8, 2018
    Annual Rachel Corrie Commemoration

    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 Israeli military bulldozer, as she tried to prevent the demolition of a family home in Rafah. 2018 also marks the 15th anniversary of the Madison-Rafah…


  • Six Miles Out: A Day in the Life of Gaza Fishers

    On the windy evening of January 4, 2017, 33-year-old Muhammad al-Hissi of Gaza set out with 13 of his brothers, cousins and uncles to make a living the only way they know how: fishing. But he never came home. The family was spread out in three different boats, with the waves choppy and stiff, when…


  • Gaza’s health system close to collapse as electricity crisis threatens total blackout

    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 at al-Shifa hospital in Gaza, where experts say ‘dangerous overcrowding’ has become commonplace. (Sarah Helm for the Observer) Rebecca Ratcliffe, The Guardian, 3 Jan 2018…


  • Gaza Lights: Electrical Power for People Under Siege

    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 the bathroom. One mother brings home rubbing alcohol from the clinic where she works to make a small fire so her children can have light…


  • Madison’s Sister Cities

    A PUBLIC AFFAIR, WORT 89.9FM, OCTOBER 24, 2017 Today we’re talking about Madison’s Sister Cities. Host Bert Zipperer speaks with Madison businessman, activist, and former City Council member Ricardo Gonzalez. You might know him as the owner of the much-beloved The Cardinal Bar, or from his work with the Madison-Camaguey Sister City Association. Later in…


  • Last Month for Gaza Lights!

    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 who have given so far. Details on the campaign here: • Halfway There: Help us Send “Gaza Lights” to Rafah!, September 17, 2017 • Help…


  • Halfway There: Help us Send “Gaza Lights” to Rafah!

    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” to poor families in Rafah. If you haven’t contributed, we can really use your help to meet our goal. The electricity crisis in Gaza has…


  • Gaza Unlocked Stories: Ismael Ramlawi

    Electricity Ismael Ramlawi, 31 — American Friends Service Committee "They have power cuts four or five times every day, which means we lose at least 1 hour of production." At our factory, we produce plastic pipes for use in agricultural irrigation and construction using recycled plastic. Production depends on a regular supply of electricity. It…


  • Gaza Unlocked Stories: Firas Ramlawi

      Education Electricity Firas Ramlawi, 38 — American Friends Service Committee "Classrooms are crowded, class times are shortened, and schools don’t have resources." Take action today: Restore power to Gaza On educationBefore 2000, 90 percent of schools in Gaza ran on single shifts. Now nearly all schools run on double shifts, and a few schools have run…


  • Gaza Unlocked Issues: Electricity

    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 transformers. Under the blockade, the power plant can’t import parts to replace damaged components. Temporary fixes have allowed the plant to function at a minimal…


  • Help Us Respond to Gaza’s Electricity Crisis

      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 to Beat Heat and Israeli Blockade Bringing Gaza to Collapse). It is causing terrible suffering for ordinary people there. Without electricity sewage goes untreated into…


  • Alison Weir: Israel’s New Travel Ban

    I want to go to Palestine – a country recognized by 136 countries around the world. But your law, astoundingly, prevents me from visiting that country. You control entry and exit to the places I want to visit, even though they’re not part of your territory, or included in your exclusive democracy. Palestinian women, overseen…


  • 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 brutal Israeli assault. And things keep getting worse. Gaza now gets only about 2 hours of electricity each day. Without electricity sewage goes untreated into…


  • 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 violence and politics, while stories of how the blockade impacts everyday life remain largely untold. Gaza Unlocked gives you access to first-hand accounts from Palestinians…


  • Atfaluna Society: Help 10 Deaf, Needy Children from Gaza

    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 main sources of the beautiful Palestinian crafts, including embroidery, ceramics and wood products, that we market in order to support Palestinian livelihoods. Atfaluna sells these…


  • 2 Million Palestinians Denied due to Closure of Gaza Border Crossing

    The Palestinian Center for Human Rights, June 19, 2017 The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) follows up with concern and sorrow the deterioration of humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip due to the ongoing Israeli closure imposed on the movement of persons from and to the Gaza Strip, in addition to the additional restrictions…


  • Condemn, don’t celebrate, 50 years of occupation of Palestine

    Barbara Olson, The Cap Times, Jun 11, 2017 Palestinian workers wait to cross the Israeli checkpoint of Al-Jalameh, south of the West Bank city of Jenin, on their way to work in Israel May 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas) June 2017 marks 50 years of Israeli military occupation of Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza…


  • #ObliteratedFamilies – Foreword by Rajah Shehadeh

    During the 2014 Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip, 142 Palestinian families lost three or more members. Some of the families were wiped out entirely. The #ObliteratedFamilies project tells the stories of some of these families, their loved ones who were killed and those left behind. Don Paterson, the prize winning Scottish poet, has never…


  • #ObliteratedFamilies – Introduction by Amira Hass

    Rubble of the Maadi house During the 2014 Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip, 142 Palestinian families lost three or more members. Some of the families were wiped out entirely. The #ObliteratedFamilies project tells the stories of some of these families, their loved ones who were killed and those left behind. Behind every erased Gazan…


  • Palestinian teen killed by Israeli fire in Gaza

    The Israeli army said it detected three people near the security fence and fired at them. A cousin said the 18-year-old was on the farming land that his family owns. Al Jazeera, 22 March 2017 A Palestinian teen has been killed and two other men wounded by Israeli fire in southern Gaza, according to health…


  • Banksy’s Murals Turn Up In The Gaza Strip

    Krishnadev Calamur, NPR, February 26, 2015 Banksy’s work is now in the Gaza Strip. The artist, who uses public spaces for his often-provocative murals, posted images that he said were of art he created in the Gaza Strip, along with a two-minute video of life in the Palestinian territory, titled “Make this the year YOU…


  • Film: Gaza in Context

    Arab Studies Institute Home        Film        Research & Resources        Team        Booking/Contact  The Full 20-Minute NarrativeRead Script | Credits “I did not think it was possible to examine in 20 minutes what Gaza in Context  does with such compelling clarity: Israeli policies toward Gaza and Palestine, which are inseparable; the core problems affecting Gaza and the deliberateness of the policies that have led to Gaza’s disablement; Gaza’s centrality…


  • Palestinian Author Reflects on Life in Gaza

    Lupe Salmeron, Madison365, December 5, 2016 An audience of around 30 people gathered to hear from talented blogger and political analyst Laila El-Haddad on Nov. 29 at The Crossing. Laila El-Haddad is a talented blogger, political analyst, engaging public speaker, and parent-of-three from Gaza City. She is the author of Gaza Mom: Palestine, Politics, Parenting,…


  • Update November 25, 2016
    Laila El-Haddad on WORT

    Friday, Nov 25 WORT 89.9 FM A Public Affair 12:00 – 1:00 PM Starting at 6:00 minutes: Laila El-Haddad was the guest on WORT Radio’s noon-time call in show A Public Affair with host Esty Dinur. See The Gaza Kitchen with Laila El-Haddad in Madison for more info.


  • A letter from Gaza to the Natives of Standing Rock

    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 protests at Standing Rock, that we have much more in common than differences. When I read your history, I can see myself and my people…


  • Third Palestinian Submission to the International Criminal Court on Gaza Closure

    The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, November 22, 2016 Raji Sourani, Director of PCHR, and Issam Younis, Director of Al Mezan. Palestinian human rights organizations (Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), Al-Haq, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, and Aldameer) held today, 22 November 2016, a press conference to announce presenting the third legal submission…


  • Update November 29, 2016
    The Gaza Kitchen with Laila El-Haddad in Madison

    The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey is a cookbook and a documentary portrait of the Gaza Strip by Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt, published by Just World Books. The Crossing 1127 University Avenue Madison [Map] 4:30 pm: Gaza, From Blogging to Cooking and Everything In Between A Conversation with Laila El-Haddad based on topics…


  • Israeli Military Blocks Female Flotilla From Reaching Gaza

    Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams, October 05, 2016 Group including Nobel laureate Mairead Maguire aimed ‘to highlight the vital role women play not only in the resistance movement, but in the survival of the Palestinian people as a whole’ Map shows the path the boat took through the Mediterranean before it was stopped by the Israeli…


  • SOS Women’s Boat to Gaza – Contact Lost

    At 15:58 CEST (Central European Summer Time) on 5 October, we lost contact again with the Zaytouna-Oliva and presume that the Israeli Occupation Navy has surrounded it in International Waters (latest recorded position: Lat+31.906033 Lon+33.757630) and has forced it off its course to Gaza. On board are 13 women, including Mairead Maguire, the 1976 Nobel…


  • PHROC Welcomes the Launch of Women’s Boat to Gaza

    Al-Haq, 26 September 2016 The Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC) expresses its full supportof the Women’s Boat to Gaza, with the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, to break the Israeli closure of the Gaza Strip. PHROC calls upon the international community to support the voyage of the Boat until it reaches Gaza’s shores in an expression…


  • Zaytouna-Oliva departs for Gaza

    Amal-Hope II to follow soon Women’s Boat to Gaza, Messina, Italy, September 27, 2016 This morning at 9:50 am, women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US…


  • Zaytouna-Oliva leaves Corsica for Italy

    Women’s Boat to Gaza, September 20, 2016 Ajaccio, Corsica, France: The Women’s Boat to Gaza (Zaytouna-Oliva) left the port of Ajaccio at 09:30 this morning. It is due to arrive later this week in Messina, Sicily, Italy, where it will dock for the last time, prior to sailing to challenge the illegal blockade of Gaza.…


  • Gaza-bound flotilla sails off from Spain’s Barcelona

    International activists on two boats carrying food and medicine aim to break Israeli siege on Palestinian territory Al Jazeera, 15 Sep 2016 Two boats, Amal and Zaytouna, will have 11 women on board each [Courtesy: Rumbo a Gaza] A new flotilla of international activists has left for the Gaza Strip from the Spanish city of…


  • Barcelona Hosts Women’s Boat to Gaza for their inaugural journey

    Women’s Boat to Gaza, September 12, 2016 Barcelona, Spain – From September 12-14, the sailing vessels Amal-Hope and Zaytouna-Oliva will moor at Bosch i Alsina dock in the port of Barcelona where various events (concerts, talks, nonviolent workshops, a street parade and visits to the boats) will take place as farewell for the women leaving…


  • I’m Jewish, and I want people to boycott Israel

    The country must be held accountable for its human rights abuses. Rebecca Vilkomerson, executive director of Jewish Voice for Peace The Washington Post, June 24, 2016 In 2009, I was living in Tel Aviv during Operation Cast Lead. During that offensive, Israel killed about 1,400 Palestinians in Gaza. When small numbers of us went out…


  • Dr. Mads Gilbert Has A Prescription For Gaza


  • GoFundMe Request by Rafah Filmmaker Fida Qishta

    Fida Qishta, who visited us in Madison in 2014 and 2015 to show her powerful first film Where Should the Birds Fly, has been in film school in California. She is looking for donations to help fund her thesis film Equally Damaged. Please consider a donation via the gofundme link or check. As of today,…


  • Vote for our Gaza photo in Global Giving contest!

    Our photo (above), taken by Mohammad Mansour, was selected as a finalist in Global Giving’s 2016 Photo Contest! This picture was taken while the first pallet of Luci Lights that we sent was being distributed at the Women’s Project Center in Rafah, Gaza. If we win the competition, we will put the prize money towards…


  • Women’s Boat to Gaza

    Women’s Boat to Gaza, July 20, 2016 Gaza has been under Israeli blockade for the past decade during which Israel has also launched countless attacks against the besieged population, turning their life into a nightmare and a continuous struggle. Through Freedom Flotillas and other naval missions we have brought international attention to their suffering and…


  • Gaza: Abandoned in the Middle of Nowhere

    Sara Roy, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, June 28, 2016 During a brief pause to hostilities in July 2014, families returned to eastern Gaza, which saw some of the heaviest bombings. Photo Credit: Oxfam / Flickr Palestinians in Gaza are largely forgotten. They are an invisible people inhabiting a world without rights and possibilities. Over…


  • Gaza’s plight matters to the world

    Elizabeth Kucinich in Gaza (UNRWA USA) Elizabeth Kucinich, The Hill, June 23, 2016 This month, U.S. congressmen, including Reps. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) and Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), were refused entry into the Gaza Strip at the Erez crossing while on a fact-finding mission in Israel-Palestine. Israeli authorities, without elaboration, claimed that their application had not met…


  • Samira Project Children’s Counseling

    Gaza Mental Health Foundation At the request of the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA), the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project (MRSCP) has agreed to raise funds for the Samira Project in Rafah. This project was requested by the Rafah branch of the Union of Palestinian Women’s Committees. It will provide psycho-social counseling for 150 children with…


  • THE GAZA STRIP: The Humanitarian Impact of the Blockade

    United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), July 2015


  • Gaza patients stranded at Egypt’s border

    Charlotte Silver, The Electronic Intifada, 18 June 2015 Palestinians queue at the Rafah crossing on 14 June. Ashraf Amra/APA images Fahad stood on his crutches at the Rafah terminal, the border crossing between Gaza and Egypt, his right foot swaddled in bandages. He waited for his name to be called. Fahad, a 27-year-old man from…


  • ‘Gaza Is Hell’

    Desolation and destiny in a land in limbo Banksy artwork on the ruins of a building destroyed by Israeli bombardment in Beit Hanoun (Alice Su) Alice Su, The Atlantic, May 2, 2015 BEIT HANOUN, Gaza Strip—Eight months after last summer’s war between Israel and Palestinian militant groups, Gaza remains in ruins. Drive five minutes into…


  • Israel bans Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert from Gaza

    BBC News, 14 November 2014 Dr Gilbert, pictured here in 2009, has been a frequent visitor to Gaza. (Getty Images) A Norwegian doctor has been permanently banned from entering the Gaza Strip by the Israeli government. Dr Mads Gilbert says he was stopped trying to cross into Gaza in October. He called the move “totally…


  • 2014 BobFest Shame Flyer


  • Palestinians in Gaza are still waiting for the siege to end

    Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 10 September 2014 Destruction everywhere UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs A new United Nations assessment published this week lays out the massive scope of the needs facing the nearly 1.8 million Palestinians in Gaza following the “unprecedented” destruction wreaked by 51 days of Israeli bombing in July…


  • Strike near UN school in Gaza leaves 10 dead

    Palestinians evacuate a survivor of an Israeli air strike that hit the Al Ghoul family building in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. At least 40 people were inside the Al Ghoul family building in Rafah Camp when it was targeted by Israeli jet fighters, according to the Red Crescent and Gaza health…


  • An open letter for the people in Gaza

    The Lancet, Volume 384, No. 9941, p397–398, 2 August 2014


  • Judith Laitman: A Jewish grandmother’s plea to Barack Obama

    JUDITH LAITMAN, Cap Times, Jul 25, 2014 I’ve learned a few things during my more than seven decades on this planet. One of the most important is that when we are witness to evil and we do nothing about it, then we are complicit in that evil. As a Jew born in 1942, I was…


  • Under Siege: A Report from Gaza on WORT FM

    Broadcast on the WORT 89.9 FM program Third World View: Mahmoud Abu Rahma, the Communications and International Relations Director at the Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights – Gaza, and Mimi Rosenberg & Ken Nash of Building Bridges: Your Community and Labor Report Mahound Abu Rahma recently wrote in “Understanding Israel’s Actions”: “It is essential…


  • Letter to President Obama from the Wisconsin Middle East Lobby Group


  • Madland: Madison-Rafah Sister City Project ambassador impressed by local youth facilities

    Anees Mansour says he loves everything about Madison — except our winter weather. Catherine Capellaro, Isthmus, 01/30/2014 I caught up with the 27-year-old Palestinian visitor at the Madison Children’s Museum on Tuesday (when it was -17° F) as he was wrapping up a weeklong visit to Madison hosted by the Madison-Rafah Sister City Project (MRCSP).…


  • When dreams are arrested: Students stuck in Gaza at the Rafah crossing

    Esraa Yaseen, Mondoweiss, November 5, 2013 The Rafah border crossing. (Image via RafahToday.org) I was supposed to be in Egypt on Sunday October 27 to start my trip to Doha along with a distinctive group of Palestinian students. We were planning to attend the WISE conference. We spent three months preparing for it to speak…


  • How does Palestine’s economy work?

    Its legal status is contested, its land is divided and thousands of its citizens emigrate every year – so how does Palestine’s economy function? A Palestinian labourer works at a construction site of a residential project funded by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) Photograph: Said Khatib/Getty Images Mona Chalabi,…


  • Tsela Barr and Veena Brekke at East High School


  • The people of Gaza suffer

    Palestinians warm themselves by a fire inside a house, which witnesses said was damaged in an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip last week. Joyce F. Guinn, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 27, 2012 On Nov. 5, along with 20 members of an Interfaith Peace-Builders Delegation, I entered the Palestinian Rafah crossing into the…


  • December 16, 2012
    MRSCP Gaza Visit on WORT

    WORT 89.9 FM 6:00-6:30 pm MRSCP member Michele Bahl will be interviewed about the struggle of Palestinian prisoners and other issues raised in her recent trip to Gaza. For current news on this issue, see: Podcast: Israel wants to criminalize human rights defenders, says head of Palestinian prisoner’s rights group raided by army. The Electronic…


  • Tsela Barr and Michele Bahl: Recent visit to Gaza heartbreaking

    TSELA BARR AND MICHELE BAHL | members, Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, Cap Times, Nov 22, 2012 Picture this normal scene: Teenage boys are playing soccer in front of their house on a sunny day in November. Just one problem: These boys live in the Gaza Strip. Suddenly a 13-year-old drops bleeding to the ground, shot…


  • An Ongoing Terror

    Michele Bahl, Madison-Rafah Sister City Project, November 14, 2012 Yesterday we visited the Gaza Community Mental Health Program. Since the siege, which started in 2006 when Hamas won the election, there has been a medication shortage. Israel controls everything that comes into Gaza, and we were told that cancer medications are not allowed in. There…


  • VOICES OF CONSCIENCE: DELEGATION to THE GAZA STRIP

    Interfaith Peace-Builders, November 5, 2012 November 5, 2012 – Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB) is pleased to announce that our 21 member delegation to the Gaza Strip passed safely through the Rafah Crossing Monday morning and is now safely in the Gaza Strip. Interfaith Peace-Builders has sent more than 44 delegations to Palestine/Israel since 2001. This is…


  • U.S. Boat to Gaza Seized by Greek Authorities and Captain Jailed

    Passengers Determined to Free Captain and Set Sail Again U.S. to Gaza, July 2, 2011 Contacts: In Athens 30-694-266-3852 In New York Leslie Cagan, 347-581-1782 After a two hour stand off at sea, the U.S. Boat to Gaza The Audacity of Hope was seized by the Greek Coast Guard and forced to return to the…


  • Freedom Flotilla 2 and The Audacity of Hope

    Dear Members and Friends of MRSCP, Here is a special request regarding the upcoming Freedom Flotilla 2, the second effort to break the siege of Gaza by sea which will be heading to Gaza in the next few days. This time, there is a U.S. Boat, The Audacity of Hope, participating in the Flotilla. Please…


  • Egypt partly reopens Rafah border with Gaza

    Commercial traffic to pass through border points with Israel Adel Zaanoun, Agence France Presse, 28 May 2011 RAFAH, Palestinian Territories (AFP) – Egypt on Saturday reopened its Rafah border crossing with Gaza, allowing people to cross freely for the first time in four years, in a move hailed by Hamas but criticised by Israel. Among…


  • Israeli Intransigence Lets BDS Into the Mainstream

    Alex Kane, December 21, 2010 The world is fed up with Israel, with its continued colonization of the West Bank, its continued ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem, its suffocating siege of Gaza and its crackdown on nonviolent Palestinian popular resistance. This major Human Rights Watch report exposes the infrastructure of Israeli apartheid. Israeli intransigence on the…


  • UN Fact-Finding Mission Says Israelis Executed US Citizen Furkan Dogan

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