Three young Palestinians, each carrying a different history, a different identity card from a different landscape--but from the same land--met for the first time thanks to the AFSC’s Palestine Youth Together for Change Project (PYTC). Each of them carries the burden of living under occupation, and each wants to be liberated in body and spirit.
Sophia Deibes is the newest member of AFSC’s Palestine Youth Together for Change (PYTC) project. The 20-year old from Zababdeh village in the West Bank is a media and journalism student at Bir Zeit University in Ramallah. Her convictions about the need to bring Palestinians together across geographic and political boundaries are challenging to many of her peers, but that doesn’t stop her from sharing her views.
Shelters in a West Bank Palestinian Bedouin community.
On 11 September 2014, AFSC joined 43 other Palestinian, Israeli, and international organizations in urgently calling on world leaders to stop Israeli plans to forcibly transfer thousands of Palestinian Bedouins out of their communities in the central part of the occupied West Bank and into a designated township.
Al- Dula Home - A child stands amid the rubble of the destroyed Al Dalu family home, Gaza City December 3, 2012. Ten members of the Al Dalu family were killed, as well as two neighbors, by an Israeli air strike on their three-story home on November 18, 2012. Four of those killed were children, and four were women.
This Thursday, July 24, join AFSC and more than 50 other groups in protesting the ongoing attack on Gaza by writing to your government representatives and President Obama, organizing community actions, or otherwise making your voice heard.
The Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, where 1.7 million Palestinians live on 139 square miles. More than half of the population is constituted of refugees, who in 1948 fled or were expelled from their original homes in what is now Israel, to find themselves on an unfamiliar territory that was not originally their own.
Gaza Writes Back, edited by Refaat Alareer, is a compelling collection of short stories from fifteen young writers in Gaza, members of a generation that has suffered immensely under Israel's siege and blockade. In this video, some of the authors discuss the book.
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