FAQ Category: Gaza

Reports

If the Heart Be Not Callous: On the Shooting of Unarmed Demonstrators in Gaza [B’Tselem, 2018]

“On 30 March 2018, demonstrations were held throughout the Gaza Strip along the fence separating from Israel. That day marked the beginning of a six-week protest that Gazans plan to hold until mid-May, to call for a lifting of the decade-long blockade imposed on the Strip by Israel and for fulfilling Palestinians’ right of return…Since the demonstrations began, the military has killed 32 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, 26 of them demonstrators. More than 1,000 have been injured by live fire.” Read More

Closing In: Life and Death in Gaza’s Access Restricted Areas [Gisha, 2018]  

Contrary to the illusion held by many that Israel’s presence in the Gaza Strip ended with the implementation of the Disengagement Plan in 2005, to this day Israel continues to exercise control over nearly every aspect of life in Gaza, including through its control over movement and access.” Read More

Hand on the Switch: Who’s Responsible for Gaza’s Infrastructure Crisis? [Gisha, 2017]

Gisha’s 2017 report takes an in-depth look at the grim state of Gaza’s electricity, water, sewage and communications infrastructure. The report describes how we got to this point and, for the first time, outlines the responsibility shared among the various actors at play in the Gaza Strip today. The report shares short-, medium- and long-term solutions, culled by experts, to prevent collapse, but, more importantly, to help maintain and develop critical civilian infrastructure. Read More

 

Articles

Gaza Strip June 2020, UN OCHA, June 2020

Humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip Fast facts – OCHA factsheet, UN, Date N/A

US Policy Response to Coronavirus in Gaza, Carnegie Endowment, March 2020

The Gaza Strip and COVID-19: Preparing for the Worst, Int’l.Crisis Group, April 2020

By 2020, the UN said Gaza would be unliveable. Did it turn out that way?, Guardian, December 2019

The U.N. once predicted Gaza would be ‘uninhabitable’ by 2020. Two million people still live there., Washington Post, January 2020

The UN predicted Gaza would be unlivable by 2020. They were right., +972 Magazine, December 2019

Gaza 2020: Has the Palestinian territory reached the point of no return?, Middle East Eye, December 2019

The Christian Community in Gaza: Faith Under Pressure, Just World Educational, August 2017

Life Inside the Gaza Blockade, Sojourners, July 2017

CMEP Resources

ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress: Stand with the People of Gaza

On Friday, March 30 and continuing over the weekend, 30,000 Palestinians participated in demonstrations along the Gaza fence in observance of “Land Day,”: a nonviolent act of political protest commemorating the death of six Palestinians during the general strike of 1976. In response, Israel used live fire to suppress unarmed protest resulting in 18 fatalities and at least 1,400 casualties. Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) strongly denounces the use of violence and grieves for all those who were killed and injured. Learn more and take action here

Lights for Gaza Campaign:

During Spring 2017 CMEP partnered with Rebuilding Alliance to send solar powered Luci Lights into Gaza. Individuals like you raised enough funds to send 570 Luci Lights to people in Gaza. Thank you to everyone who participated!! Learn more here.

Background: Infrastructure Crisis in Gaza 2017  

During the 2014 Gaza War, the main power plant is Gaza was damaged severely. Since then, the infrastructure crisis has grown exponentially. Exacerbated by the difficulty in purchasing Diesel due to a financial conflict between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, Gazans are impacted in three crucial areas, energy, water and communications, which stunts any hope for stability. Currently, Gazans typically only have electricity for 3-4 hours per day, leaving them in darkness for about 21 hours. Continue Reading

Gaza: Working Toward a Better Future [07/24/2017]

Gaza Field Manager for Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Bassam Nasser, speaks with CMEP’s Director of Advocacy and Government Relations, Kyle Cristofalo, about CRS’ work in Gaza providing emergency relief to the most vulnerable. Nasser also discusses his hope for a better future and steps to take to help move toward a just resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Watch 

Growing Up In Gaza [07/18/2017]

Fulbright Scholar Oday Abdaljawwad speaks with CMEP Executive Director Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon about growing up in Gaza and the unique challenges the ongoing humanitarian crisis places on children. Abdaljawwad is currently a Development and Advocacy Intern with CMEP. Watch 

Gaza: Searching for Light [03/28/2017]

In 2014 Gaza’s main power plant sustained severe damage as a result of the Gaza War. Three years later the power plant remains mostly inactive. Today, most Gazans live in the dark for as many as 21 hours every day. Learn about the current realities of life in Gaza and where there might be opportunities for hope. Watch

Hand on the Switch and Lights for Gaza [03/09/2017]

Hear Tania Hary, Executive Director of the Israeli human rights organization Gisha, and Executive Director of Churches for Middle East Peace Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, recently returned from Gaza, engage in a conversation on the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Learn about the current realities of Palestinian life in Gaza where most Gazans live in the dark for as many as  21 hours every day. Watch