Photo of the Day: May you never forget the look in her eyes

Note: Due to the sheer amount of evocative and telling photography coming out of Palestine, we have transitioned our weekly photograph features into daily photograph features and will continue uploading images on a daily basis until further notice.

Photo credit: Lefteris Pitarakis
Date taken: July 31, 2014
Location: Beit Lahya, Gaza Strip, Palestine

Five-year-old Hajar Muharram sits at a desk in a classroom in a United Nations-run school. Hajar and her family of seven fled their home in the northern Gaza Strip and have since joined hundreds of other Palestinians taking refuge in the school. Nearly 500,000 Palestinians have been displaced as a result of Israel’s major military offensive against Gaza. [Read more...]

Photo of the Day: The flag of Palestine means resilience

Note: Due to the sheer amount of evocative and telling photography coming out of Palestine, we have transitioned our weekly photograph features into daily photograph features and will continue uploading images on a daily basis until further notice.

Photo credit: Mahmud Hams
Date taken: July 28, 2014
Location: Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Palestine

A Palestinian man with the flag draped over his back assesses the damage of an Israeli air strike on a home in Shuja’iyya neighborhood of Gaza City. Shuja’iyya was the site of some of most intense shelling seen since Israel’s invasion began earlier in the month. [Read more...]

Photo of the Day: When life and death meet in the maternity ward

Note: Due to the sheer amount of evocative and telling photography coming out of Palestine, we have transitioned our weekly photograph features into daily photograph features and will continue uploading images on a daily basis until further notice.

Photo credit: Loulou d’Aki
Date taken: July 2014
Location: Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Palestine

Sahar Dalar Erifi, 31, breathes deeply as her contractions intensify. She is expected to give birth prematurely. Across the street from the Al-Shifa Hospital’s maternity ward is morgue which has seen far more activity in the past weeks. [Read more...]

Photo of the Day: A slate of names for Gaza’s many dead children

Note: Due to the sheer amount of evocative and telling photography coming out of Palestine, we have transitioned our weekly photograph features into daily photograph features and will continue uploading images on a daily basis until further notice.

Photo credit: Musa Al-Shaer
Date taken: July 28, 2014
Location: Aida Refugee Camp, West Bank, Palestine

A boy writes the names of Palestinian children killed by Israel in the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the coastal territory’s invasion, during a demonstration in the Aida Refugee Camp near Bethlehem. [Read more...]

A thing or two about “terror tunnels”

When I visited family in Gaza City in 2011, they reluctantly agreed to take me to see some of the tunnels that had been constructed in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

At the time, there were an estimated 1,200 to 1,500 tunnels criss-crossing their ways underneath Gaza’s border with Egypt. Designed to outsmart the blockade that had essentially cut the coastal territory off from the world since 2006, the tunnels instantly grew in popularity. They were seen as a source of relief. The food, construction materials, and even animals that Israel had banned from entering the Strip was finding another way in.

As Israel and the Egyptian government cooperated to keep even the most basic necessities out of the Gaza Strip, smugglers went to work. In just three to ten minutes, a runner could smuggle anything he wanted from one of the tunnel to the other. Many requests were bold — new cars, healthy sheep, a family who had waited too long at the border — and some were ridiculous — a family meal from KFC, and why not a wife — but they all got through. So is the quick-witted brilliance of the Palestinian under occupation. [Read more...]

Photo of the Day: When surviving feels so unlikely, sleep becomes the priority in Gaza

Note: Due to the sheer amount of evocative and telling photography coming out of Palestine, we have transitioned our weekly photograph features into daily photograph features and will continue uploading images on a daily basis until further notice.

Photo credit: Marco Longari
Date taken: July 21, 2014
Location: Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Palestine

Palestinians who had fled their homes from Gaza City’s Shuja’iyya neighborhood attempt to sleep on makeshift beds at a United Nations shelter with other families that have been displaced. [Read more...]

Imgur: ‘Gaza looks like actual hell on earth’

The brutality of Israel’s latest invasion on the Gaza Strip is making itself known on Imgur.

Overnight and early into the day, the popular image hosting website’s front page featured a photograph of an air strike on Gaza City. The caption reads, “New photo from Gaza today looks like actual hell on earth”.

Images of all kinds, from photographs to meme sets to animated GIFs, are uploaded to the website. “Imgurians,” members of the Imgur community, interact with the image by ‘upvoting’, ‘downvoting’, and commenting on it.

The website’s most popular images make it to the front page. According to Alexa, which provides traffic data and other information on over 30 million websites, Imgur.com is the 48th most popular website in the world. [Read more...]

The meals that go cold in Gaza

Late on Friday evening, a mother waited tensely for her son who had promised to meet with her in less than an hour. He had been on the frontline, defending the Gaza Strip against Israel’s ground incursion. She waited. He never made it home.

Earlier in the day, the young man, whose name has not yet been disclosed, found time to contact his mother. It was a very simple ritual most people would take for granted. But for between him and his mother, it worked both ways. He called to make sure she was still alive and that the house was still standing. Israeli air strikes do not discriminate, and despite his physical distance from his family, the Israeli air force shows no qualms in striking the homes of Palestinian fighters, even if the only people in the house are relatives and loved ones.

She made sure to answer. He was her blood. She needed to know that he was safe, or at least that he was alive. He was. [Read more...]

Photo of the Day: Escape to the beaches of Gaza

Note: Due to the sheer amount of evocative and telling photography coming out of Palestine, we have transitioned our weekly photograph features into daily photograph features and will continue uploading images on a daily basis until further notice.

Photo credit: Sharif Kouddous
Date taken: July 26, 2014
Location: Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Palestine

Palestinians take a trip to the beach in Gaza City during a 12-hour humanitarian ceasefire. The break came nearly three weeks into Israel’s latest offensive against the Gaza Strip. [Read more...]

UK news anchorman makes emotional plea for Gaza after visit left him ‘deeply scarred’

Jon Snow, a British journalist and television presenter for Channel 4 News, traveled to the Gaza Strip to document the tragedy that continues to unfold as more and more Palestinians die from Israeli attacks. Israel launched its latest offensive against Gaza, dubbed “Operation Protect Edge,” on July 8. Since then, at least 1,023 Palestinians have been killed, including nearly 200 children.

Snow’s coverage of the invasion has been refreshing to say the least. In a recent interview with Israeli Prime Minister spokesman Mark Regev, Snow asked hard-hitting questions about Israel’s seemingly indiscriminate targeting of Palestinian civilians. In the interest of time, Snow narrowed his focus to the shelling of Gaza’s Al-Wafa rehabilitation and geriatric hospital as well as the shelling of a beach that killed four young boys — all related — and injured a fifth.

Despite Regev’s flustered attempts to deflect Snow’s challenging questions with the usual talking points about how ‘Hamas is to blame for the outcome of Israeli strikes,’ Snow makes it clear to him and to viewers that “you [Israel] are deliberately targeting neighborhoods in which you know there are women and children. And if your sightings can’t see boys playing football in a huge, wide beach, then there’s something wrong with your equipment.” [Read more...]

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