al Shabaka, July 13, 2017

gaza political humanitarian crisis


Though the Strip uses four different sources of energy, it receives a mere 30 percent of its energy needs. On June 12, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government cut electricity supplies even further, leaving two million people with only four daily hours of power. On June 20, Israel responded to Abbas’s request that power be cut even further, and slashed electricity to only two hours daily. With such punitive measures from the PA, along with its recent cut of Gaza employees’ salaries by between 30 and 70 percent, Abbas is hoping that the Strip’s bone-tired population will revolt against Hamas.

Haaretz, Aug 23, 2017


the early retirement announcement is a means of pressuring Hamas.

Jews for Justice for Palestinians, June 29, 2017

Dr Huyehia: “The depressing thing is that the parents themselves have given up; they have lost all hope to save their children. It’s terrible.” Photo shows a young girl who has been diagnosed with cancer and her mother at al-Rantisi children’s hospital in Gaza City, Gaza, April 6, 2017. Photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

Gaza’s children suffer as Hamas, PA continue conflict

Five Israeli doctors discuss their recent visit to Gaza, where disease is rampant, medication is disappearing and medical patients have given up hope.

trans. Sandy Bloom, Al Monitor
June 29, 2017

Dr. Ra’ad Haj Yehia, a member of the Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHRI) organization, returned on June 26 from the Gaza Strip.

Ma'an News Agency, June 14, 2017


BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) -- In the wake of a decision by Israel to approve a request by the Palestinian Authority (PA) to drastically reduce electricity supplies to the Gaza Strip, an Israeli human rights organization has raised the alarm over what it described as the worst medication crisis facing the besieged coastal enclave in years, with the main victims of the crisis being cystic fibrosis patients, cancer patients, and infants with developmental deficits.

The Electronic Intifada, 20 June 2017

A flooded quarter in northern Gaza’s Jabaliya refugee camp, February 2017. Gaza’s beleaguered sewage system is overwhelmed during heavy rains, causing flooding and forcing families to evacuate from their homes.

Anne Paq ActiveStills

Hiba al-Ashi has to keep the windows of her apartment closed. It is the only way to avoid the foul odors from the polluted sea.