Voices From Gaza

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“It’s a dream to make it to America because there is no occupation and you are free here”

It’s hard to not be molded by our experiences; we carry them around with us. Things that happen in our youth can haunt our consciousness for years. Anees Mansour, a twenty-seven year old Palestinian from Gaza, is here in America to learn about treating childhood trauma while participating in the Leadership Studies Fellowship. The Occupation of Gaza and the West Bank has a horrible effect on the lives of Palestinians, especially the youth. In 2010 a Médecins sans Frontières study claimed half of all Palestinians under the age of 12 need mental health intervention.

What are you doing here in Olympia?

I am here for training with RCF and other NGOS where I will learn about management skills and how they deal with the youth and learn about American culture and see the city Rachel was born in.

How did you meet Rachel Corrie?

It’s a strange story of how I met Rachel. She was my best foreign friend. She was walking in a street where I used to stay and she asked for help. She used my phone and called her friend and she translated that her phone was stolen. I gave her a ride to where she needed to be. After that I wanted to learn from her, I started to learn my English through her. Day by day we became close friends. She was my best friend.

Posted by on Nov 22, 2013

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Interview with Amani Inshasi– a teacher’s perspective on life in Gaza

Hi! My name is Masanobu Okada, and I am a summer intern for the Rachel Corrie Foundation. I am currently studying International Studies / Peace & Conflict Resolution at Soka University of America in California, and expect to graduate next spring. I had a chance to sit and talk with Amani Inshasi, a 25-year old English-language educator from the Gaza Strip who is working to promote human rights in the area.

She was born in Libya and brought up in the Gaza district. After getting a Bachelor of Arts degree in teaching English, Amani started working as an English tutor for local children and young adults. She has also worked as an activist to change miserable situations that Palestinians are facing by spreading their silenced voice to the international community. I was shocked to hear the truth which most people do not know and also impressed by Amani’s continuous efforts for changing a harsh situation for the better.

The following is a series of questions and responses Amani and I shared in our interview session.

Q. What made you become an English teacher?

I studied English because if we want to address the whole world, we need to speak English which is an internationally spoken language. I really want the whole world to know what is happening in my country and to tell them the truth. In this sense, I use English as a means to express our voice which has been silenced under the Israeli occupation since 1948. This is why I tried so hard to learn and decided to become an English teacher to help children address their issues in the future.

Posted by on Jul 12, 2013

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Dr. Mona ElFarra: Urgent Appeal for Solidarity from Gaza

The Israeli army continues its military attacks against the Gaza Strip. The attacks started Friday, March 10 at 5:30pm. I heard the first terrible explosion as I drove back to Gaza City from Khan Younis. There was a lot of smoke, shattered windows, and a fire in this blue car that was targeted by a missile from an Israeli drone. These offensive acts, though supposedly targeting Palestinian armed resistance men, are illegal according to international law. Every human is entitled a trial.

As usual, the entire civilian population including women and children, pays the highest price and bears the brunt of this terrible situation. Already several children have been killed, one was on his way to school when he was hit by shrapnel.

Our concern is not just the attacks but also the lack of medications and supplies. If Israel continues this operation, the number of causalities will increase. The toll is 16 dead and 30 injured until this minute.

(This article is written by Dr. Mona ElFarra, and was originally published on the blog “From Gaza, With Love“. Read the full article here…)


Posted by on Mar 22, 2012