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“My faith sees me through!”

Muhammad’s eyes reflect the suffering of a father, who despite his pain and the brutal reality, which surrounds him, is doing his best to remain strong and support his family. Muhammad Sharif Sulayman Abu Daqqa (56) is a Palestinian refugee from Yaffa who currently lives in Khan Yunis. He is married and has 6 daughters and one son. Muhammad was severely wounded during the last week of Offensive Cast Lead, executed by the Israeli military forces between December 27, 2008 and January 18, 2009 in the Gaza Strip. Muhammad owns a poultry shop. He says that he does not belong to any of the organizations...

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“They confiscated my only source of livelihood”

Khader Merwan Al Seidi |(26) Khader Merwan Al Seidi (26) is one of Gaza's fishermen and a victim of the repeated military attacks carried out by  Israeli forces against fishermen in the Gaza Sea. Khader is the breadwinner for a family of 14 members. He is married with a one-year-old child, and resides with his extended family in a house in Shati refugee camp. The camp, located along the Gaza shore, is home to most of Gaza’s fishermen, for whom the sea is their main source of livelihood. On 13 August 2013, Khader left his home early in the morning,...

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“I will keep trying to see my daughter until the day I die”

Fatma's wrinkled face reveals the sorrow of a mother who has not seen her daughter for eleven years. Fatma Khalil Mubarak (78) lives in Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip. Her daughter, Lamees Ahmad Mubarak (44), has been living in Hebron in the West Bank since she got married in 1988. The last time Fatma saw her daughter was in 2002. Since then, Lamees has been trying to visit her family in Gaza, but she has been denied access every time she applied for a visitor permit to travel via Beit Hanoun (“Erez”) crossing. Beit Hanoun crossing is the only access point for people from...

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“My hope is that my children will one day be allowed to visit their father”

  Nidaa’ Al-Aqra’a (12), Ra’ed Al-Aqra’a (10) and Nara Al-Aqra’a (8), children of Nahed Al-Aqra’a Ghadir Anwar Al-Aqra’a, a 34 year old mother of four children, Nidaa’ (12), Nisma (15), Ra’ed (10) and Nara (8), lives with her children in the Al Sheikh Redwan neighbourhood of Gaza City. Her husband, Nahed Al-Aqra’a (42), was arrested on 20 July 2007 by the Israeli military, is incarcerated in Ramle Prison Hospital in central Israel, and since that date has been denied any prison visits by his wife or children.   Since being arrested in 2007 none of Nahed’s family members from Gaza have been allowed to visit him....

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“Israeli-imposed restrictions punish the people of Gaza”

Mr Mahmoud Ahmad Shawa, Chairman of the Petroleum and Gas Owners Association of the Gaza Strip   Israel’s policy of hindering economic development in the Gaza Strip through control of commercial border crossings into the region has come to crisis point recently. Gaza is not only suffering a closure against construction materials and fuel but in the last few months has also been a victim of a chronic cooking gas shortage. The deterioration and breakdown of cooking gas supply in Gaza is compounding an already severe shortage of energy facilitates in the form of gas, electricity and fuel. The problem has manifested itself...

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“It’s as if we are living on another planet”

Dr Kamalian Sha’ath, President of the Islamic University of Gaza, is one of many dedicated academics providing higher education in the Gaza Strip. The Islamic University was one of the sources for the report ‘ Academia Undermined: Israeli Restrictions on Foreign National Academics in Palestinian Higher Education Institutions Field Research by Ruhan Nagra’ published by the ‘Right to Enter’ organisation. This report highlights that the closure on Gaza is not only on raw materials and freedom of movement but also an academic blockade, and that the prospects of academic enlightenment are under equal threat in the West Bank. The report focuses on one university in Gaza; the...

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