Stories from Gaza

Said Al-Raee and Wafa Kafarna work for NRC in Gaza. Photo: NRC

Several of Norwegian Refugee Council's (NRC) Palestinian employees in Gaza are affected by the war. Some have become displaced themselves. Read the Said and Wafa’s stories here. Said Al-Raee, NRC Monitoring and Evaluation Officer: I have been working for humanitarian organizations in different countries for 7 years now. To be honest, I have never understood the feeling of … [Read more...]

Racist Societies: Israel and the U.S.

Palestinians hug each other after seeing their homes destroyed, during a 12-hour cease-fire in Gaza City's Shijaiyah neighborhood, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

The Pain of Marginalization By Robert Fantina One wonders how the racism that is so much a part of U.S. and Israeli society towards the Palestinians can have such strength. Racism against African-Americans in both countries is strong (witness the frequent shootings of black youths by whites in the United States, and the very high acquittal rates of those perpetrators, … [Read more...]

Israeli forces use Palestinian child as human shield in Gaza

Ahmad Abu Raida was only 16 when Israeli soldiers repeatedly used him as a human shield for five days in Khuza'a, southern Gaza.

Israeli soldiers repeatedly used Ahmad Abu Raida, 17, as a human shield for five days while he was held hostage during Israel’s ground invasion of the Gaza Strip. Ahmad, from Khuza'a, near the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis, was just 16 years old when he was taken from his family on July 23. He was forced at gunpoint to search for tunnels for five days, during which … [Read more...]

The spirit of humanity shines bright in Palestine

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By James W. Rawley, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Today marks World Humanitarian Day, an annual occasion dedicated by the United Nations General Assembly to raising public awareness of the millions of people who risk their lives in order to provide food, water and other assistance to people in desperate need in conflicts, in natural disasters and other … [Read more...]