Marking another holiday in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic

At first glance, it might seem like the coronavirus pandemic spared the Gaza Strip. With just 76 verified cases, one death, and no documented community spread, the Gaza Strip indeed might be considered lucky. It might even seem like the closure, enforced by Israel and Egypt, which normally strangles the population, has for once been advantageous. Schools stayed shuttered after closing in March like much of the rest of the world, but the beaches and restaurants are now open, and families and others can gather for the holiday. Continue reading

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The obstacle course to becoming a doctor

A few years ago, when Razan (real name withheld) finished five years of medical school at the prestigious Cairo University, she returned home to the Gaza Strip. After completing her year of practical training in hospitals in Gaza, she planned to take the Palestinian Medical Board exam and receive her license to practice medicine in the Palestinian health care system. The board exams are held twice a year in Ramallah. Continue reading

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Israel Will Continue Its Campaign of Dividing and Conquering Palestinians, Annexation or Not

Adam Hemo was just three-and-a-half years old when a petition was filed in his name to the Israeli High Court. The petition asked the court to grant Adam permission to move to the West Bank from Gaza with his mother and four older siblings. Continue reading

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Alaa goes home

Last week, Alaa, a young Palestinian woman and resident of the United States, exited the Gaza Strip on her way back to the US, concluding an eight-month-long wait for an exit permit. For eight months, Alaa was separated from her … Continue reading

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Dates vs. Date Paste

Intissar Abu Mandil, 50, and Rasmiya Zakout, 44, are two of 41 women who founded Balah Falastin, a company based in Gaza that produces date paste (ajwa in Arabic) and date-filled cookies. In just four years, the company has grown … Continue reading

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The Last Visit

By Omnia Zoubi As some of the travel restrictions imposed over the past months begin to be eased, questions and uncertainty around the future linger, along with concern for our loved ones and longing to see family and friends. We … Continue reading

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The Annexation Government

On Sunday evening, the 35th government of Israel, which considers itself a national emergency government, will be sworn in. Though the government was purportedly formed in response to the socio-economic crisis created by the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, it … Continue reading

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Ramadan in the days of social distancing

Every year, about ten days before the holy month of Ramadan commences, the entrance and front windows of the Istanbul Café in Gaza, situated along the beach promenade, are adorned with festive decorations. This year, two days before the month … Continue reading

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Coronavirus Hudna?

By Mohammed Azaiza GAZA – Two days ago, my son asked to go down to the yard to play ball. I said no and reminded him of the danger of being infected with the coronavirus. “I know,” he said, “but today … Continue reading

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Gaza teaches us about isolation

Over the coming days and weeks, Jews, Christians and Muslims will be marking Passover, Easter and Ramadan respectively. Holidays that are traditionally celebrated over elaborate meals with several generations around the table, will be marked in social isolation as the … Continue reading

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