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International Arabic Language Day In ...
Gaza, Arts and Crafts Village
By Yasser Abu Wazna
17 Dec 2015

Celebrating the UN Arabic language day, 18th December, Gaza Municipality opens a special show for Palestinian Artists in the Arts and Crafts Village. The event started in 16th to 17th of this month. Palestinian artists from Gaza show their Arabic calligraphy Art to public and media.

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Hamas Teenage Recruits 03
Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Hamas Teenage Recruits 04
Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Hamas Teenage Recruits 25
Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Hamas Teenage Recruits 05
Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Hamas Teenage Recruits 06
Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Hamas Teenage Recruits 07
Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Hamas Teenage Recruits 01
Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Hamas Teenage Recruits 08
Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Hamas Teenage Recruits 09
Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Hamas Teenage Recruits 10
Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Hamas Teenage Recruits 19
Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Hamas Teenage Recruits 11
Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Hamas Teenage Recruits 23
Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Hamas Teenage Recruits 24
Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Hamas Teenage Recruits 20
Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Hamas Teenage Recruits 12
Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Hamas Teenage Recruits 21
Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Hamas Teenage Recruits 13
Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Hamas Teenage Recruits 14
Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Hamas Teenage Recruits 15
Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Hamas Teenage Recruits 16
Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Hamas Teenage Recruits 17
Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Hamas Teenage Recruits 18
Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Hamas Teenage Recruits 22
Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
29 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Gaza Censors Books that “Harm Society”
Gaza
By Sami Ajrami
28 Jan 2015

Gaza, Palestine
January 28, 2015

Readers and researchers in Gaza Strip face a difficulty in accessing books that defy conservative Islamic norms. The director of Gaza’s municipal library Hassan Abu Ataya said that his staff avoid presenting books “that harm society” to the public. The library was founded in 1999 and contains about 25,000 books. However, it lacks basic academic references, especially in foreign languages. This lack also affects universities and often hinders the work of researchers and graduate students.
The owner of Yazigi bookstore, considered the largest in Gaza city, also said that his business provides books that abide by “our customs and traditions.” While books about Islam can be anywhere in Gaza, a customer at the bookstore said that it was very difficult to find books that discuss Marxist ideology.
Hamas is governed by the Islamist Hamas movement, which imposes conservative rules on society. In 2011, the ministry of culture banned several Arabic novels written by well-known writers, such as Egyptian novelist and essayist Alaa Aswani.

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1- Wide of street , Gaza municipal library
2- Wide of Gaza municipal library building from outside
3- Various of bookshelves inside library
4- Close up of books
5- Wide of Hassan Abu Ataya organizing bookshelf

6- SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Hassan Abu Ataya, General director of Gaza’s municipal library

“Concerning censorship on books, we examine the titles and we also classify the books according to their content. Why should we have books that might harm society? They might not be suitable for people. There is another policy. Books that contain criticism or things that might conflict with Sharia law are stored aside and could be shown only to very specialized readers.”

7- Wide of Yazji Bookstore
8- Wide of woman (Amal al-Haj) walking into Yaziji Bookstore
9- Various of woman (Amal al-Haj) inside Yaziji Bookstore

10- SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Woman) Amal al-Haj, bookshop customer
01:59 – 02:28

“I noticed that more than a third of the books in this bookstore are religious books. There is also a large section for novels and poetry. Many things that interest specialists do not exist in the bookshop. Language books are almost completely missing from this bookstore, which is the largest in Gaza. Philosophy books and other references are also missing. It is difficult to find books written by Marx or Hegel. “

11- SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man), Hatem al-Yazigi, Owner of Yazigi Bookstore
02:29 – 02:41
“There is no censorship on books, but we try to provide books that suit our customs and traditions.” 12- Various of books displayed on the street
13- Wide of Al-Sairafi Bookshop façade
14- Wide of university bookshop

15- SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man), Muhannad al-Khairi, a resident of Gaza
03:19 – 03:42
“I brought about 20 or 30 books in a suitcase, including books that critique religious thought, atheism and similar topics. An officer at the border crossing objected that I had such a book. I had a very long argument with the officer. I was only able to convince him of letting me take the book inside Gaza after I told him that I also carried religious books with me.”

16- Various of library study hall and bookshelves. NAT Sound: Call for prayer.

17- SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man), Sakher Katkat, University Students
04:08 – 04:38
“I had a research assignment about Napoleon’s life for a class in the second year of sociology. I could not find the book that I needed. I had to change the entire topic, even though I was eager to learn Napoleon’s history. I said to my professor that the information can be found online, but he refused that I take any information from the Internet. He wanted me to use that book and include all the relevant information. I said, ‘How can I get this information?’ the professor then told me to change the topic.

18- SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man), Hani Habib, University Lecturer
04:39 – 05:24

“Palestinian universities do not have libraries that meet academic requirements. University libraries lack important sources required by master and PhD students. The same applies to references in Arabic, but this lack is prominent in foreign languages, especially German or French. There are some books in English, but their number is very limited and insufficient.”

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Hamas Teenage Recruits 02
Gaza
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
28 Jan 2015

Teenagers demonstrate military skills during a ceremony for graduation from a Hamas training camp in Yarmouk stadium in Gaza. January 29, 2015. Photo by Sanaa Kamal/Transterra Media

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Bombed Houses in Gaza
Jabaliya
By Daniel Van Moll
18 Jul 2014

July 17, 2014
Jabaliya, Gaza

Civilians in the Jabaliya, Gaza inspect the ruins of their homes that were destroyed in Israeli airstrikes. The destruction of homes in Gaza has become of hallmark of Israel's latest offensive in the territory.

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Inside Gaza's Shifa Hospital
Gaza City
By Daniel Van Moll
18 Jul 2014

July 17, 2014
Gaza City

Injured children and civilians flood Gaza's Shifa hospital in desperate need of medical attention after falling victim to Israeli military action. Understaffed and under equipped, doctors rushed to save lives. Among them, Norwegian volunteer doctor Mads Gilbert treats victims alongside his Palestinian colleagues.

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Bombed Houses in Jabalya in Gaza City
By Daniel Van Moll
17 Jul 2014

A look out of a family home that has been attacked with missiles by Israeli forces in the early morning hours of July 17th, 2014 in Gaza City.

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The Central Morgue in Gaza City
By Daniel Van Moll
17 Jul 2014

The corpse of Abed Serhi who was killed by Israeli missiles while fixing antennas on a roof in Sheikh Ajneien in Gaza on July 16th, 2014. His body is being prepared for his funeral inside the central morgue in Gaza City on July 17th, 2014.

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The Central Morgue in Gaza City
By Daniel Van Moll
17 Jul 2014

The corpse of Abed Serhi who was killed by Israeli missiles while fixing antennas on a roof in Sheikh Ajneien in Gaza on July 16th, 2014 is being prepared for the funeral inside the central morgue in Gaza City on July 17th, 2014.

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The Central Morgue in Gaza City
By Daniel Van Moll
17 Jul 2014

A man in the back of a car, holding the corpse of his wife who was killed by Israeli missiles in Gaza City on the way to the funeral on July 17th, 2014.

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The Central Morgue in Gaza City
By Daniel Van Moll
17 Jul 2014

Family members picking up the corpse of a woman that was killed by Israeli missiles at the Central Morgue in Gaza City for her funeral on July 17th, 2014.

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The Central Morgue in Gaza City
By Daniel Van Moll
17 Jul 2014

Blood stains inside a carton that was used to bring body parts of fatalities from Israeli missile attacks on Gaza to the Central Morgue in Gaza City on July 17th, 2014.

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Gaza- Baker Family 10
By Daniel Van Moll
17 Jul 2014

The mother of Mohammed (11) who was among the four children killed by an Israeli airstrike on the beach of Gaza City on July 16th, 2014 being visited by women of her family on July 17th, 2014.

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Gaza- Baker Family 09
By Daniel Van Moll
17 Jul 2014

The mother of Mohammed (11) who was among the four children killed by an Israeli airstrike on the beach of Gaza City on July 16th, 2014 being visited by women of her family on July 17th, 2014.

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Gaza- Baker Family 01
By Daniel Van Moll
17 Jul 2014

The mother of Mohammed (11), who was among the four children killed by an Israeli airstrike on the beach of Gaza City on July 16th, 2014, being visited by women of her family on July 17th, 2014.

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Gaza- Baker Family 06
By Daniel Van Moll
17 Jul 2014

The mother of Mohammed (11) who was among the four children killed by an Israeli airstrike on the beach of Gaza City on July 16th, 2014 being visited by women of her family on July 17th, 2014.

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Gaza- Baker Family 05
By Daniel Van Moll
17 Jul 2014

The mother of Mohammed (11), who was among the four children killed by an Israeli airstrike on the beach of Gaza City on July 16th, 2014.