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Grant us mercy: Testimonies from Gaza

Note: Here are three testimonies of people who are experiencing the current bombardment on Gaza. - Lucy

Testimony from Mrs. Naji H. Al Jamel, a social worker at the Union of Health Work Committees in Gaza, a few minutes before her house was shelled and destroyed in the Jabalia Refugee Camp

My husband and I were woken by our neighbors’ screaming. I was confused but knew that something had happened. I hurried with my husband to find out more. The neighbors told us that our house was going to be bombed. We had to leave immediately.

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Boy with bicycle in Gaza

Boy with bicycle in Gaza

While bombs fall on Gaza: Resisting militarism in Israel

Note: Sahar Vardi is the Coordinator of the Israel Program in AFSC's office in East Jerusalem. She is a refuser and has been working actively to oppose the occupation of Palestinian territory and the militarization of Israeli society for years. Her post below are her reflections about the context of Israeli culture and its focus on militarism as an obstacle to peace. She asks that the international community put pressure on the Israeli government to end the occupation and the human rights abuses of Palestinians. - Lucy

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Israeli artillery attack on Gaza

Israeli artillery attack on Gaza

I refuse: A young Israeli resists

Udi Segal, a 19 year old Israeli, refused his mandatory military service on July 28 and was sentenced to 20 days in prison. Especially now, as Israel's ongoing attack on Gaza has claimed the lives of over 1,000 people, Udi's refusal to serve in an occupying force is an important act of resistance.

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Udi Segal, a 19 year old Israeli, refused his mandatory military service on July 28 and was sentenced to 20 days in prison. Especially now, as Israel's ongoing attack on Gaza has claimed the lives of over 1,000 people, Udi's refusal to serve in an occupying force is an important act of resistance.

Unforgettable days: Fleeing the destruction of Shuja’iyah

Note: I met Firas Ramalawi in May; he handled security for the AFSC staff delegation visit and was a bright, kind guide for us all.

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Gazans flee Shuja’iyah by Basel Yazouri

Gazans flee Shuja’iyah by Basel Yazouri

Gazans flee Shuja’iyah by Basel Yazouri

Suffocating indoors under the rain of Israel’s bombs

Note: I met Ayah Bashir in Gaza in May. She is a program participant in AFSC’s Palestinian Youth: Together for Change program and has worked nonviolently for peace for years. She supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement and has worked with agricultural committees in Gaza. I have been hearing from her almost daily with reports of bombing and friends who have died.

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Girl in Gaza

Girl in Gaza

Girl in Gaza

An evening in Bil’in: Some “implications” of non-violent, popular resistance

“If you've come here to help me, you're wasting your time. But if you've come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” ― Australian Aboriginal Elder Lilla Watson

Bil’in  is a traditional Palestinian farming village in the West Bank of about 1,000 acres that is home to 1,900 people.  When I first entered the village on our recent delegation to the region I was struck by two things. 

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Bil'in land and Separation Wall

The Separation Wall running through Bil'in.

Iyad Burnat speaking in front of the Separation Wall

Iyad Burnat speaking in front of the Separation Wall

Occupation is violent and unpredictable

Note: Sandra Tamari’s recent post on Acting in Faith spoke of the terrible price parents in the Occupied West Bank have paid for years with little or no protest from the international community as their children have been killed and arrested, usually with no one being held accountable.  It makes clear that occupation is brutal and that that violence is felt every day. 

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A symbol of the occupation

A symbol of the occupation

Dismantling oppression: A cry for justice

Sandra Tamari, a Palestinian Quaker activist, offers her reflections on the abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers, the abduction and burning alive of a young Palestinian, the collective punishment and mass arrests of Palestinians by Israel, and the continued siege and renewed attacks on Gaza. 

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Sandra Tamari, a Palestinian Quaker activist, offers her reflections on the abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers, the abduction and burning alive of a young Palestinian, the collective punishment and mass arrests of Palestinians by Israel, and the continued siege and renewed attacks on Gaza. 

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Children at a Nakba day protest in May, 2014

Children at a Nakba day protest in May, 2014

Children at a Nakba day protest in May, 2014

Patterns of Displacement and Dispossession: Vignettes from a visit to Israel and Palestine

This post is the fourth in a series of Acting in Faith entries by members of a May AFSC staff delegation to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. Mike Merryman-Lotze is program director of AFSC's Israel-Palestine program and served as one of two hosts for the delegation.

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This post is the fourth in a series of Acting in Faith entries by members of a May AFSC staff delegation to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory. Mike Merryman-Lotze is program director of AFSC's Israel-Palestine program and served as one of two hosts for the delegation.

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Throwing hearts, the separation wall

Throwing hearts, the separation wall

Throwing hearts, the separation wall

"Tell America we want to be free": Gaza, then and now

This post is one of a series of reflections from 10 AFSC staff members who went on a delegation to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory in May 2014. The trip left a huge impression and gave our staff much inspiration to continue to work for justice and peace in the region.

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This post is one of a series of reflections from 10 AFSC staff members who went on a delegation to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory in May 2014. The trip left a huge impression and gave our staff much inspiration to continue to work for justice and peace in the region.

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Child walking in Gaza

Child walking in Gaza.

AFSC staff delegation at Al Azhar University in Gaza

AFSC staff delegation at Al Azhar University in Gaza.

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