We are collecting stories from Palestinians whose lives are affected by the current conflict. We will continue to add more voices as our staff and partners in the region are able to collect and share more.
Since 1948, AFSC has worked with Palestinians and Israelis to achieve a just and lasting peace. Today, through our staff and partners, we work with young people in Palestine as well as in Israel, countering militarism and focusing on ways communities can meet pressing humanitarian, social, and educational needs.
As the situation in Gaza and Israel unfolds, we will bring you AFSC's latest statements, resources, and stories from the people affected by the conflict.
“Equal Rights for All” is the message delivered to the Des Moines offices of Senators Charles Grassley and Tom Harkin by a hastily-gathered group of Iowans responding to Israel’s latest attacks on the Israeli-closed city of Gaza. As of November 16, Israel has unleashed more than 100 missiles on the people locked inside Gaza, and Israeli troops are being moved toward the city.
The attack, code named “Pillar of Defense”, began 14 November with the assassination of Hamas’ Gaza Military Commander Ahmed Jabari and coordinated attacks on 20 alleged Hamas targets throughout Gaza. These attacks have been followed by the continued shelling and bombardment of Gaza from the air, land, and sea. Gaza is home to 1.6 million Palestinians of whom fifty per cent are children under the age of 18.
Portsmouth-based film-maker Tom Jackson has completed a new documentary, “Eyewitness Gaza,” which depicts life in Gaza through the photography of Skip Schiel. The film will have its New Hampshire debut in Dover.
AFSC staff of the Palestine Youth Program in Gaza have sent the following message to express their grief at the abduction and killing in Gaza on 14 April 2011 of Vittorio Arrigoni, an Italian citizen and member of the International Solidarity Movement.
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