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Seeing for Myself: Gaza

Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 7:00pm

Dear Friends:

Over the past few years the Middle East Peace Education Project has presented several public forums about the conflict in Israel and Palestine. However we’ve not had an opportunity to present clearly on the impact of the Israeli war on Gaza (Dec. ’08 – Jan. ’09) because of the very limited access allowed by Israel into Gaza.

Susan Johnson, a Quaker from Philadelphia traveled to Gaza in May ’09 as part of a UN Reliefs and Works Agency (UNRWA) delegation.        

boys in gaza

Participants in the Quaker Palestine Youth Program work in the park and enjoyed planting trees and getting to know each other.

Gaza on the Ground: A Young Witness Speaks

Palestinian high school student in Gaza describes the fear and loss she suffered during the Israeli incursion.


Other Videos from the Gaza Hearings

Nonviolent Response to the Gaza Incursion

 AFSC staff member describes his experience during the Israeli incursion into Gaza and his reasons for choosing a nonviolent response.


Other Videos from the Gaza Hearings

An Israeli Military Resister Speaks Her Truth

A young Israeli woman explains why she refuses to serve in the Israeli military.


Other Videos from the Gaza Hearings

In memory of my brother: a Palestinian memorial for the victims of Gaza

Palestinian youth describes the murder of his brothers by the Israeli military during the Gaza incursion


Other Videos from the Gaza Hearings

Citizen Hearings on Impact of US Weapons on Civilians in Gaza

Vision and Framework for Citizen Hearings on Impact of US Weapons on Civilians in Gaza

Interfaith Witness for Middle East Peace is an ad hoc coalition of faith-based individuals and community groups. We view the United States as a major contributor to the militarization of the conflict and thus, by extension, the maintenance of systems of inequality between Palestinians and Israeli Jews. Curriculum Guide to Citizen Hearings is a tool to engage, educate and activate faith-based communities and secular groups to:

Citizen Hearings on Gaza

Citizen Hearings on the impact of U.S. Weapons used on civilians in Gaza.

Citizen Hearings on the impact of U.S. Weapons used on civilians in Gaza, during Israel"s operation Cast Lead. The hearings were organized by AFSC.

Undaunted spirits: 1949 relief efforts in Gaza

AFSC has a long history of work in Gaza, including relief efforts in 1949 and 1950.

AFSC in Palestine Background

In 1949, because of the experience AFSC gained in helping to resettle hundreds of thousands of refugees and displaced persons following World War II, the United Nations asked the Committee to organize relief efforts for Palestinian Arab refugees coming into the Gaza Strip. This continued until the United Nations Relief Works Agency began its operations on May 1, 1950.

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