Browsing All Posts filed under »Gaza Diary«

“En zolang zij nog staande blijven en zeggen ‘we leven nog’, moeten wij naast ze staan.”

August 4, 2014


Op zondag 27 juli protesteerden meer dan 10.000 mensen tegen de aanvallen op de Gazastrook en voor de naleving van internationaal recht, tegen de illegale Israelische bezetting van de Palestijnse gebieden en voor vrijheid en gelijkheid. Zie hier een indrukwekkende video van het protest. Tijdens de demonstratie gaf ik de volgende toespraak:   Goedenmiddag allemaal. […]

In de ban van water

August 4, 2012


Je kunt er niet omheen in de Gazastrook: de watercrisis. Ieder gezin heeft te kampen met een groot tekort aan water voor consumptie en het huishouden. Internationale organisaties zoals de WHO en VN luiden de noodklok over de vervuiling van het water: als er niet snel actie ondernomen wordt, is de verontreiniging van Gaza’s grondwater […]

PHOTOS: Gaza variety

May 14, 2012


“How do you see Gaza?” is a question you often get as a foreigner living in Gaza. It is the variety and contrasts within the Gaza Strip, and Palestine as a whole, that make it impossible to catch my observations in a few phrases. This week, Gaza showed its happiness, hope, heritage, steadfastness, strength, beauty, […]

On 5 May: 5 hours between liberation and oppression

May 6, 2012


Yesterday, 5 May, my country -the Netherlands- celebrated Liberation Day, the annual commemorating of the end of the Nazi occupation and second World War. Across the country cities hosted music concerts, veteran marches and literary events. For most of the Dutch however, concepts of freedom and peace are as normal as having breakfast or talking […]

PHOTOS: solidarity with Palestinian prisoners

May 3, 2012


Since Palestinian Prisoners’ Day on 17 April 2012, at least 2,000 Palestinian prisoners have been on hunger strike, demanding their basic rights: family visits, human treatment, education, and an end to the use of solitary confinement and administrative detention (being held without charges or trial). Two prisoners, Bilal Diab and Thaer Nalahleh, have been on […]

The right to a goodbye

March 25, 2012


It is Sunday morning 18 March, the beginning of a new week. Colleagues trickle into the office, share coffee and stories from the weekend. One of our colleagues arrives looking sad and pale. He has very bad news; his 25-year old nephew Mahmoud[1] was admitted to the hospital over the weekend, suffering from complications of […]

Gaza: a week in photos

March 15, 2012


Last Friday, an Israeli drone missile hit a car driving in a densely populated residential neighourhood in Gaza City, killing PRC leader Zuhair Qaisa and his son in law, Mahmoud Ahmad Hunein. This assassination sparked five days of rocket salvos from the Gaza Strip, which was used by Israel as a pretext for more airstrikes, […]