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.
Unprecedented levels of rain and snow on the Gaza Strip left thousands of Palestinians homeless, stranded, and cold this winter.
Mohammed Shbeir, 11, lives in one of the lowest regions of Gaza, near the Sheikh Radwan pool. This pool, which collects rainwater, flooded after it was unable to absorb the flow of 4.5 feet of rainfall this winter.
Approximately 750,000 Palestinians were displaced and became refugees as a result of the 1948 war which led to the founding of Israel. None of these displaced persons were ever allowed to return to the homes or communities from which they were displaced and the Palestinian refugee population has continued to grow in the time that has passed since 1948. Today there are more than 7 million Palestinian refugees scattered around the world. The reality of Palestinian forced displacement is at the core of the Palestinian experience and the Palestinian refugee issue is at the hea
Palestinians hold a Catholic mass as a weekly nonviolent witness against the Israeli separation wall in the West Bank village of Beit Jala, September 7, 2012. If completed as planned, the wall would cut off the Cremisan monastery from the Beit Jala community, blocking access to one of the Bethlehem area's last remaining green spaces, and a source of employment for area residents.
Two women stop to talk while walking through a long encaged walkway at the entrance to the checkpoint between Bethlehem and Jerusalem.
Control of Palestinian movement has been a feature of Israel's occupation of the Palestinian territory since its inception in 1967. However, over the last 14 years the draconian system of movement controls used by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territory has become increasingly institutionalized and restrictive. The permit system put in place in the early 1990s which requires that all Palestinians obtain military issued permits to move between the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem or to travel abroad is now complemented by a permanent system of roadblocks, gates, checkpoin
Over 30 people attended “The United Nations and Palestine,” a program sponsored by the AFSC’s Middle East Peace Education Project (MEPEP) and Drake University’s Middle East Peace and Prosperity Alliance (MEPPA) on Tuesday, November 19 in Drake University’s Olmsted Center.
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