The 100-mile journey of leaving Gaza took 12 hours, six checkpoints, and interrogations so humiliating that a year later, I am still reliving the trauma. By Anas Almassri On July 31, 2018 the Palestinian Civil Affairs office called me at 10:08 a.m., while I was sitting at my desk in Gaza on what had begun as an ordinary workday morning. The caller informed me that the Israeli authorities had issued my permit to leave Gaza in order to study abroad, and that I had to depart immediately. “The [deportation] shuttle is waiting for you,” said the caller. “You must make…Read More... | 14 Comments
The medical care Ahlam Abu Musa needs isn’t available through Gaza's debilitated health system, but the Israeli army has denied all four of her exit requests. By Amjad Yaghi Ahlam Abu Musa was diagnosed with bone cancer last May. The 20-year-old from Shaboura refugee camp in Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, has since tried to obtain an exit permit to receive treatment at Al Makassed Hospital in East Jerusalem, but the Israeli army has denied her multiple requests. [tmwinpost] Ahlam sought care in hospital after hospital, but Gaza’s health system is dealing with severe shortages in supplies, and the lines of patients awaiting treatment…Read More... | 6 Comments
Photos and text by Samar Hazboun Nisreen Antone (right) lives in Gaza. She celebrated Christmas in Bethlehem this year, with her sister, whom she hadn't seen for three years. Nisreen and her family are among 590 Palestinians from Gaza who were issued permits to travel to east Jerusalem and the West Bank by COGAT, the branch of the Israeli military that administers the occupation. (Last year, the permit quota announced for Christmas was 700.) There are an estimated 400,000 Palestinian Christians worldwide: most live outside Palestine and Israel, around 123,000 are citizens of Israel, and about 50,000 live in the occupied Palestinian territories,…Read More... | 10 Comments
Egypt has kept the Rafah crossing from Gaza continuously open since May, diverging from a years-long policy. But leaving the Strip is only the first of many challenges. By Pam Bailey and Fadi O. Al-Naji GAZA CITY — Um Ibrahim tried but failed to persuade her youngest son to reverse his decision to emigrate. The Gazan mother, who asked not to use her real name, has already “lost” two of her sons: one, a physician who managed to flee to Germany, and the other, also studying to be a doctor, to Portugal and then the United States. Now, her only…Read More... | 1 Comment
In honor of Valentine's Day, three tales from Gaza of the impossible conditions for families and couples created by Israel's closure of the Strip. By Tania Hary To receive a permit to travel to and from Gaza via Erez Crossing, Israel must determine that your reason for travel is humanitarian in nature or that you meet a list of exceptional circumstances (like playing for the national football team or being a trader). Traveling to visit your mother you haven’t seen in 10 years isn’t considered to be humanitarian in nature, unless, God forbid, she’s ill with a fatal condition. [tmwinpost] Traveling…Read More... | 13 Comments
If Defense Minister Liberman, along the entire political and military echelon, know the extent to which Gaza's residents are suffering, why do they insist on using that suffering as a bargaining chip? By Rachel Beitarie Something strange happened in the middle of last week: Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman decided to give an interview to the Palestinian daily, Al-Quds, in which he spoke about the solutions to the challenges facing the Gaza Strip. In short, he proposed rehabilitating the Strip, which would include the building of a port, an airport, and industrial zones. All this in exchange for full demilitarization. [tmwinpost] "If Hamas…Read More...
This year's Palestine Cup, the biggest sporting event in the Palestinian territories, pits Hebron's Ahly al-Khalil against Shabab Khan Younis. Could reconciliation on the field pave the way for national reconciliation? By Yoni Mendel One of Jibril Rajoub's greatest achievements as the Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, if not the greatest, took place a year ago. For the first time since the Second Intifada, Rajoub renewed the tradition in which the winner of the Palestine Cup in the West Bank plays against the winner in Gaza. [tmwinpost] This occurred after Palestinian representatives in FIFA threatened to vote in favor of boycotting Israel and expelling…Read More...
Where are Jewish Israelis when Palestinians find themselves under attack? When entire villages are demolished? When health care is conditioned on providing intelligence? When people are imprisoned without even the courtesy of a conviction? By Tom Mehager For Palestinians, every day is a wave of terror. And every day Jews stand idly by. It's just that the majority of Jews view it as completely normal and logical that the state acts the way it does, or they prefer to bury their heads in the sand. I can think of three fundamental, day-to-day examples that I know firsthand and can happen…Read More...
A seventh Palestinian succumbs to his wounds following Friday's deadly clashes on the Gaza border. Further shootings and attacks into Saturday morning show few signs that the surge in violence is abating. A total of seven Palestinians have now been killed as a result of IDF fire at protests along the Gaza Strip's border fence, which took place Friday afternoon. The confrontations killed six and wounded over 130 at the scene, several of whom were in serious condition. One of those, 22-year-old Jihad Salim al-Ubeid, succumbed to his wounds overnight. [tmwinpost] Widespread demonstrations had been expected following Hamas’ call for a “day of…Read More... | 1 Comment
What kind of future is Israel offering Palestinian women when they can't even obtain permits to leave the country in search of a better life? Amira Hass published an article in Haaretz last week about the Israel government rejecting a request by a young woman from Gaza to travel to Turkey in order to get married and live there. The young woman turned to Israel's District Coordination and Liaison Office through the Palestinian Civil Affairs Committee for permission to exit through the Erez Crossing into the West Bank. From there should would first travel to Jordan before taking off for…Read More... | 13 Comments
In denying that Israel limits academic freedom in Palestine, the Israeli embassy in Washington seems to forget about the Palestinian students and academics whose movement it restricts. By Sari Bashi The Israeli embassy in Washington, D.C. recently decried as baseless "the accusation that Israel arbitrarily limits the entry of foreign nationals who seek to lecture, teach and attend conferences at Palestinian universities." The embassy appears to be responding to protests and calls by American academics to boycott Israeli academic institutions, in response to restrictions on students and scholars accessing Palestinian universities. And yet in explaining Israeli travel policy, the embassy's…Read More... | 21 Comments
A Palestinian refugee from Gaza journey's to his family's hometown in present-day Tel Aviv. Standing on what used to be the village cemetery, he feels the ghosts of the past as he must reckon with the currently reality. By Eitan Bronstein Aparicio (translated by Charles Kamen) On International Human Rights Day, he took advantage of his basic rights and returned to Salameh, which today is known as Kfar Shalem. It is the first time he has visited the place where his parents were born. His father was born in 1936 and was 12 when he, along with the rest of the…Read More... | 16 Comments
A 2008 report by Israeli NGO Physicians for Human Rights - Israel, detailing for the first time the methods Israel's domestic security services use to exploit the medical needs of Gaza Strip residents in order to extort them into becoming collaborators for Israel. In September 2014, dozens of Israeli army intelligence reservists publicly spoke out about the way that they were trained and ordered to conduct surveillance on innocent Palestinians to find ways of extorting them into becoming informants. Such information included innocent Palestinians' sexual orientation, which the Shin Bet could threaten to expose, or health problems -- their own…Read More... | 5 Comments
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