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By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Sep 2014

September, 16, 2014
Lifta, Israel

The entrance of one of the two old schools in Lifta. Now, people come to the village to cool down and often use the schools to have a barbecue. The remnants of charcoal from a barbecue can be seen on the right.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Sep 2014

September, 16, 2014
Lifta, Israel

Marina El-Ghoul is a Palestinian from Gaza. Her family fled when she was 2 and she has been raised in the United States. She is about to go to Gaza again for the fist time to work there as an emergency responser. When she heard about the story of Lifta, she came down to the village and posed for a photograph to support the right to return. Written arabic on the wall: "Lifta is ours. We will come back".

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By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Sep 2014

September, 13, 2014
Lifta, Israel

A stone from the doorframe has been removed from one of Lifta's old houses. Regardless of the Israeli government's plan to demolish the village, Lifta is still endangered because people come to steal pieces of stone and floor tiles that are too expensive on the market.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
15 Sep 2014

September 16, 2014
Jerusalem, Israel

Jalal was born in Lifta. When he was 12, he had to leave the village with his family. He lived in the upper part of Lifta. His childhood home was demolished a long time ago to make room for an administrative building instead. He used to take his boys to Lifta, "to let them know it is their land". He says, "We have the right to be there. It is my land. It is not fair to bring other people from all over the world to my home. I want the right to return". The village of Lifta is situated in a rugged valley and is difficult to access. Therefore, Jalal cannot visit the village anymore.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
12 Sep 2014

September, 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

Young Israelis bathing in the former spring of Lifta.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
12 Sep 2014

September, 13, 2014
Lifta, Israel

In 1959, Israel considered Lifta a "national reserve". Since 1967, the Israeli army has been using the village for military exercises because the environment and rough, hilly terrain are similar to Lebanon. This also contributes to the continuing damage done to the village.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
12 Sep 2014

September, 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

A verse from a poem by Palestnian poet Mahmoud Darwish graffitied on a wall inside one of the old homes in Lifta. The verse reads, "This land deserves life."

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By Vinciane Jacquet
12 Sep 2014

September, 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

A legend says that in the 1970's, Israeli art students rushed to the village because they had heard that the government was about to give it houses away for a very cheap price in order to turn it into an artists colony. Each student chose a house and painted his or her name on the wall outside. Here then name 'Gershtein', is written in big black letters, along with the date the date (here 30.05.7), and the word 'taken' to the left of date. The national archives are not accessible regarding this issue, so it is impossible to find out if the story has some truth to it or not.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
12 Sep 2014

September, 13, 2014
Lifta, Israel

Partial view of Lifta from an old house surrounded by barbed wire. The municipal council of Jerusalem said the barbed wire is a safety precaution used to keep people from entering what is said to be the unstable structure of the house.

However, some Palestinians feel the barbed wire is used to keep people from visiting the old houses.

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"I Lost Hope" - Desperate To Leave Gaza
Gaza
By Yasser Abu Wazna
10 Sep 2014

September 10, 2014
Palestine, Gaza

Palestinians desperate to leave the Gaza strip apply for passports in the hope of emigrating. Applications to passport offices and emigration agencies have increased dramatically since the 2014 Gaza war, as many Gazans feel their situation is hopeless.

Shot list:

1: 00.00-00.47 : People applying for passports and other documents at the Gate of Ministry of Interior and Neighboring Private offices.
2: 00.48-01.31: Interview with owner of al-Aqsa office, Salim Hanyya, who talks about the demands of youth about immigration and passports.
3: 01.32-02.06 : PFPL interview insert at the PFPL Gaza office
4: 02.07-07.12 : Interview with Dr. Tholfaqar Swarjo, a PFPL political office member.
5: 07.13-07-20 : Samah Kassab interview insertions at an NGO’s office.
6: 07.21-10.30 : Interview with Samah who talks about his wish to immigrate.
7: 10.31-11.49 : Samah interview insertions
8: 11.50-16.01 : Tamer Hamam interview. Talks about his attempts to immigrate and the reasons behind this step, on a street in Gaza.
9: 16.02-16.15 : Tamer’s interview inserts on a street in Gaza.

Language: Arabic
Transcription:

SOUNDBITE 1: Salim Hanyya, owner of al-Aqsa office (man, Arabic):
"Here we issue passports, and the number of people who come and request for passports is not small, not less than 50 people per day. A lot of the young men who were affected by the war, they had their homes destroyed and so prefer to leave to another country. It is not a small number, the amount of people who want to leave. Everyday we meet with no less than 20-30 people."

SOUNDBITE 2: Dr. Tholfaqar Swarjo, PFPL political office member (man, Arabic)
"They made it happen and allowed them to go to Rome, as if they were giving them the green light for legal and illegal emigration. In the last few weeks we spotted what we can call a case of various types of emigration, legal and illegal. At first it was the case of a dozen people, however now it is mass emigration and well-educated people are leaving the country, claiming that they want to continue their studies abroad or they are traveling for touristic purposes. We know they will never return to Gaza. And there is the illegal emigration, through underground tunnel with the help of institutions that are taking advantage of the situation to benefit financially. This creates a political problem and benefits the Israelis who have been trying to force Palestinians to emigrate for a very long time, to relieve the demographic stress in Gaza and the West Bank.
We are studying this issue and there are special committees that are investigating the problem, and focusing on the smuggling groups. This is also a security issue and can be used in a negative way especially by Israel against the Palestinians.”
Interviewer: Why did this issue appear at this time?
“There is something we call the “outside effect”, since the Palestinian decision is in the hands of regional countries. In addition to the three attacks that happened against Gaza, their goal was to break down the spirit of the Palestinians, to bring the resistance down, and to encourage Palestinians to emigrate. There are also interior factors such as the difficult economic situation, which is hard on all the Palestinians. Even employees in the governmental sector, a lot of employees do not receive their salaries consistently, and that created a huge problem. There is also a huge segment of youth who have no one caring about their interests. They are victims of the conflict between the government of Gaza and the government of Ramallah in the past and now they are victims of the split rulership in Gaza. Having a huge number of emigrants can cause a demographic instability and will have a huge effect on the future of Gaza.
The emigration of great minds is encouraging other people to leave the country. This issue will make the Palestinians weak when face all the conspiracies that are made against them.
The most important thing is to point a finger towards those responsible for this problem. We have talked about subjective and objective factors, but in the end the main cause is the absence of a leading government, or what we call here “the shadow government”, the complete absence of a nationally agreed government, and the lack of people who are able to control the situation. Whatever is going on concerning emigration, can only happen under the nose of the government. It is impossible to go to underground tunnels or, even if they want to, travel in the sea without catching the attention of the government. This means that the government knows about what is going on and they are choosing to ignore it. So each government should be aware of its responsibilities and they should cooperate together according to the agreement of al-Shatee, and to put the interest of the Palestinians above all.”

SOUNDBITE 3: Samah Kassab, Gazan trying to emigrate, (woman, Arabic):
The war was very difficult on all of us, and Israel had attacked Gaza and the rest of Palestine before, but this time was more intense. Until now I feel that we are not completely out of the state of shock. It is true that I was not affected personally, my house was not destroyed and no harm came to my children or my family, but still everything that we were seeing was happening very close to us. Every missile we heard, I kept thinking it was going to hit my house. We saw a lot of dead people, and lots of injured.
I got in a state of depression that I have not been able to get out of yet. I cannot work. I walk in the streets of Gaza and see destruction everywhere. We live by the sea, so we used to hear every bomb. My children put their hands over their ears as they slept. All I wanted was for the war to be over without any loss of life, so I can just leave the country. I just wanted to leave and save my kids and myself. I did not want to stay and I did not want to lose anyone I care about.
All I wanted was for the war to end so I can start with the immigration process.
The problem is that emigration is very difficult for us. The border with Egypt is closed. Traveling from place to place is very hard for us. The only way that might be possible is to get Italy by sea, which is very dangerous and risky. I will have to risk my life and my children's life. I am very confused and I do not whether I should leave or stay but mostly I think I will leave, simply because the war might start again at any second.
Until this moment I am not able to regain my optimism. I am a very simple person and all I want is a safe place, which is all I am looking for. Plus, we as Palestinians do not trust our leaders, there is no clear agenda, and there is no clear political program. We were not included in the plan of our resistance, we did not participate in making this plan, it is a good thing that we resisted the occupation, but at the end we are humans, we love life and we want to live.”

SOUNDBITE 4: Tamer Hamam, Gazan trying to emigrate (man, Arabic)
“I made a decision to immigrate and I actually started the process. I applied to several countries, and asked around about the countries that might grant me a visa. I am not thinking about applying as a refugee, I am thinking about official immigration. I am applying to Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, and I will wait and see which one works. No matter where you are in the world, in Palestine or in the safest country in the world, if you lose a relative, or your job or your home, you might be able to overcome it. What I lost is something I cannot get back: hope. I lost hope. Nothing can help you if you lose hope, even if you have money or a nice house.
Everything in this country forces you to lose hope, the political situation, the economic situation, and the security situation. There is not hope because we do not know what is going to happen, ask the strongest leader here about what is going to happen two years from now, he wouldn’t know, or about what might happen, he could not give you an answer.
The idea of immigrating was always on my mind, but I used to say no, tomorrow will be better and I should stay. However, this war has destroyed every hope we had left. It is a disaster to live without hope, and what is more depressing is the fact that you are not able to achieve any of your dreams and no one you know was able to achieve any of their dreams. No matter where you are, you will not achieve everything you want, but at least you will achieve a few things that will make you feel better about yourself. You cannot accomplish anything, none of the people around you accomplished anything, and everything around you pushes you back. As a photographer, my dream was to become international and to develop my talent, but here, the only thing you chase is daily living. You do not have the time or the luxury to think about creativity. There is no safety socially or economically. If you were lucky enough to get a job, you will remain afraid of them firing you because the company is bankrupt, or a war started and they can no longer operate.
There is no social safety because a civil war might occur anytime and people will turn against each other, because they belong to different parties. You have your brother who belongs to one party and your cousin belongs to another one, and due to that the social bonds between people are lost.
And the most disturbing thing is the issues keep occurring here. Every week you have a different crisis. Once there is a gas crisis, then an electricity crisis, and another time a wages crisis.
What we are suffering from is a slow death, which, in my opinion, is a lot harder than an instant death on the battlefield.”

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By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

The natural spring of the village is now a place where youth come to bath. Most of people who come to Lifta to enjoy the spring or the peaceful environment are Israeli. Here, a young Palestinian relaxes alone on the edge of the water.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September, 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

On a sign giving directions to the village, the Arabic writing of "Lifta" has scratched out of the sign.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

In one of the remaining houses of Lifta, a young Israeli woman comes to have a picnic. She knows nothing about the village's story. On the wall, written in Arabic is the slogan, "Lifta is ours, we will come back".

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By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

An Israeli family enjoys a picnic in Lifta. When asked, they do not know about the story of the village. Only the youngest daughter, who did not want to appear in the photograph, mentioned that it was a Palestinian village. She said that the Palestinian people had to leave in order to give their homes to Jewish people, and that they are now asking for the right to return. Baffled by the story the mother asked, "But why can't they return?".

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By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

In the village, "Palestine" written in Arabic on the leaf of a prickly pear tree.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

In 1948, Jewish people, mostly from Yemen, arrived in Lifta to live in the Palestinian village. After leaving their lives in the countries of origin, they were disappointed with what they found in Lifta; a small, remote village, with little infrastructure.

At the end of 1964, when they saw Asheknazi Jews (Jews of European descent) living in nice "luxury" houses, the Jews of Lifta protested. In 1965, the government provided them with housing in Jerusalem. They were so happy to leave the village that they blew up the roofs of every house to ensure nobody will ever return.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

Ilan Shtayer is an Israeli Jew. He is a member of the association "Save Lifta" and fights for the preservation of the village. He is also a former fighter in the Israeli army and is now a member of "Combatants for Peace", an Israeli-Palestinian organization comprised of former Israeli soldiers who demand an end to the occupation of Palestinian land.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

Before 1948, the village of Lifta had 500 houses with about 3.000 inhabitants. Half of them were in the upper part of the village, the other half in the lower part, which still remains. The upper part has already been demolished. On the left, the center, and the right of the photograph, three old houses from the former upper part of Lifta are still visible.

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By Vinciane Jacquet
06 Sep 2014

September 7, 2014
Lifta, Israel

One of the four olive presses used by the Palestinian inhabitants of Lifta. The family probably lived on the second floor.

Dying Trades in the Holy Land
By dafnatal7
04 Sep 2014

A look at some of Israel's last family businesses, which are being crushed by changing times. For some of the most traditional Jewish and Arab businesses, it won't be long before their doors close for the last time. New technologies, large corporations, and the draw of the modern world mean that the next generation of consumers and the heirs to the businesses no longer have an interest in the businesses' futures.

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Gaza City
By Yasser Abu Wazna
03 Sep 2014

August 30-31, 2014
Gaza City and Beit Hanoun, Gaza

Mr. Atef el Emawai is a Palestinian refugee who fled the brutal siege of the Yarmouk camp in Damascus for the Gaza Strip. Once in Gaza he and his family soon found themselves in the middle of another war. When Israel launched the July 2014 war in Gaza, Atef's new house was destroyed and his family once again had to flee their home, this time to the still dangerous Gaza City.

Before the war in Syria, Atef had established a comfortable life in Syria for him and his family. Despite not being a Syrian citizen, Atef had married a Syrian wife and built a successful business. However, Atef lost most of his fortune when the Syrian War broke out. The violence in the Damascus suburb of Harasta forced him to relocate to the Yarmouk camp with his family. However, the ensuing violence in Yarmouk forced him and his family to flee the country all together.

Atef decided to return to his birthplace, the city of Beit Hanoun, in the Gaza Strip. For Atef, Gaza was a long sought after dream, a place of peace he had always yearned to return to.

When he arrived he established a committee to help assist the 200 Syrian refugee families living in Gaza. He also, with the assistance of his wife, established a food processing workshop in his rented house in Beit Hanoun.

However, Atef soon realized his choice to return to Gaza was a mistake when Israel launched the July 2014 war. His house and business in Beit Hanoun were demolished by Israeli forces. He and his family had to flee Beit Hanoun and had to relocate four times during the war until they settled again in Gaza City.

A man in his sixties, Atef now feels helpless and that he can no longer improve his situation. He cannot afford the university fees of Madhat, his son, or the rental of the new apartment he lives in now. Unemployment and very poor aid from the Palestinian government makes life miserable for him and his family. His wife, Mrs. Wisam says, ‘I regret I came to Gaza. I hope I can leave it.’

Translations:

(02:03)“This photo was hung on the wall, along with the photos of my mother and father. We could only find the photo of my father in law, we are very proud of it of course. God have mercy on my mother’s and father’s soul, we were not able to find their photos”. (02:21)

(02:35) “Because I do not have a refrigerator, I am going to take them to the neighbor’s house, so they would not get ruined”. (02:39)

(02:53) “It was not our free will that brought us to Gaza, Gaza was our only option, one way. We were not able to go to Lebanon, or Jordan, or Turkey, or any other place. We came here because we have relatives here, there is a home, a country. (03:13)

(03:14) “We used to live in Harasta. We fled to al-Yarmouk camp because it was safe and it had many Palestinians. Though my wife is originally Syrian, we witnessed how things escalated in the area of north Damascus, which is a part of Eastern Ghouta. Harasta and Douma are a part of Eastern Ghouta”. (03:43)

(03:44) “Many people told us that we were leaving a bad place to go to another”.(03:47)

(04:48) “We took some money from a few friends, as a loan, and we started a pastry factory. When we were in Syria we had a textile factory, it was average, but we were living comfortably off that factory. We had over 40 families working in it, and over 60-70 families during high season. Now in Gaza, we were hit really hard, this war came to kill all of our dreams of living a comforting dignified life. It destroyed those dreams by taking everything that we have built and to take us back to the point zero in this old age. We are not young people to start over again”. (04:45)

(04:46) “Concerning fear, I was more afraid in Syria, to be honest, because we did not know our enemy. I used to worry about my son going out, not only from the shelling or the bombing, but also from people, from the road blocks, kidnapping. You fear rape for the girls, so the fear there was much bigger. Death is the same, but.. here the enemy is very clear, you know that you are just like anyone else. As they say, dying with a group is easier, you know that you are just like anyone else, you could die any minute. There [Syria[ the situation was much harder because you do not know where your enemy is”. (05:31)

(05:32) “I hope to go back to Syria, I do not think it is anytime soon, I do not have hope that Syria will go back. I wish of course for Syria to go back to the way it was, despite of the government, I am not talking about the regime, I am talking about the humane loving, wonderful atmosphere that used to be in the past. However, I think this matter will take too long, and based on that, I cannot return to Syria under these circumstances because, first of all, my nationality, and the fact that we are unable to go back. If you want to go back to Syria, what will you do?Simply work, a person has to work and build his life, and there is not a way to do that in this situation in Syria right now. Also to remain in Gaza, the way it is now, is also insanity”. (06:51)

(06:53) “My choice to leave Gaza is not an unlikely thing, but it is not on the table at the moment”. (07:01)

(07:02) “In the beginning of the war we moved to a house so we wouldn't be alone. It is better if we are with a group and we can run together. Then it escalated, so we spent a night in Jabalia. The house was small and packed with people. Then we went to another place and we stayed with 40 people in the same house. A Syrian family took us in, then we came to this house after 47 days.

When we first arrived to Gaza, there was this feeling of wonderment, about why we came to Gaza. People in Gaza have enough problems, and the issues they have are not easy, and even once I was saying that most Syrian refugees here have university degrees, so they said: “why did you come here? The inhabitants of Gaza are not finding jobs”. They feel that whoever comes here is taking job opportunities from the Palestinians”. (08:12)

(08:13) “We are four people, two children, and my husband and I. A small family and still we suffer. As you know, a university student has expenses for university and transportation, tuition fees”. (08:33)

(08:35) “I deeply regret coming to Gaza, I wish we had not come here”. (08:41)

(08:42) “Here are our passports. My Syrian passport, these are the stamps of entering Gaza, here is the residency [permit] of my daughter and the residency [permit] of my son. Here is my husband’s passport and it has the residency on it from Syria. These are school papers for my son and for my daughter, those papers are from Syria.

Our memories in Syria, this picture is taken in Douma garden, with Abu Salim’s family, I saw him today.

This is a bit burnt because of the fire that happened in Hanan’s house, it is from Syria. My son loves Palestine, and while he was in Syria someone got him this box that has Palestine on it for his birthday. That is the only thing he brought with him from Syria, it is the only thing for him he found in the ruins when Hanan’s house was destroyed. He brought this Qanun with him from Syria, it was not easy to carry on the plane. The room was burnt completely but it was not affected. The whole room burnt, but nothing happened to it”. (11:17)

(11:22) “This is the entrance of the house we used to live in”. (11:28)

(11:50) “Here we witnessed the first five days of the war, ever since the first day of the ground invasion, we were here, sitting two families together, from upstairs you will have a better view”. (12:06)

(12:14) “That night we spent it here at the door, I do not play cards, but I wanted to entertain them, so I told them to come up so we can play cards. We got a table and chairs and we spent the night here, the Israelis were not far away, we were sitting here and the bullets were hitting the window of the house”. (12:37)

(12:38) “This was the living room, I got this refrigerator two days prior to Ramadan, it is gone, you cannot even see it anymore. The things I told you were brought from Syria, were there, and there was our bedroom”. (13:19)

(13:28) “I had two refrigerators and a freezer because I prepare a lot of food in advance, it's all gone now”. (13:38)

(13:40) “There was the closet, there was a wall here, and here are the remains of the closet, and the remains of our things. This is what is left of our bed, this was a gift for mother’s day, the children brought it from Damascus”. (14:13)

(15:24) “A harsh and heartless enemy does not know the difference between the elderly and the young, or between men and women”. (15:34)

(15:35) “We are refugees from Syria, we lost everything in Syria, we came here and lost everything again. We do not having a stable income, I am a university student, and since my family does not have a stable income, I am trying to find work just to cover my tuition fees. Unfortunately, Gaza has an unbelievable rate of unemployment. We are trying to live, despite the siege, the destruction, the poverty and the horrible situation our population is going through, we will try to live”. (16:22)

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Palestinians in Iraq Displaced Repeat...
Erbil
By Jawdat Ahmed
28 Aug 2014

Palestinians, who fled their home country in 1948 and settled in Iraq, have been displaced again in their adopted country. The families left Palestine after the creation of the state of Israel and set up residency in Mosul. They were persecuted under the regime of Saddam Hussein and denied rights of ownership given to regular Iraqi citizens. Despite this they stayed in Mosul for years until ISIS fighters took over the city and encouraged them to fight with them under the pretense of giving the Palestinians a state (Islamic State).

After they refused, the Palestinians fled Mosul to the Khazer refugee camp in the Kalak region, 50km east of Erbil, on the Iraqi-Syrian border, along with other refugees from northern Iraq. However ISIS forces kept advancing, taking over more towns in the region, which lead to the Kurdish Peshmerga evacuating the refugees from the area. They moved the Palestinians to the Baharka camp near Erbil, where they are sheltering for now.

Ibrahim, Palestinian father (man, Arabic):

“At first let me tell you that we are Palestinians, and we have been suffering continuously from 1948 until now. We have been persecuted and treated unjustly since then. Even during the rule of Saddam Hussein, Palestinians used to suffer as well. We weren't allowed to have Iraqi nationality, we couldn't own a house, and we couldn't own anything under our names. Even when Hussein was overthrown and the new regime took control we still suffered. To Arabs in general, Palestinians are terrorists. Anywhere we go, we are always treated in a negative way, once we show our IDs that say that we are Palestinian, the way they treat us changes.

The day the fighters came into Mosul, you can call them whatever you want “ISIS” or “IS” or anything, they already had information that we are Palestinian. They came to us asking us to fight with them, under the pretext that we are oppressed, and that they will help us have our own state. Of course we couldn't allow our children to join the fighting, or else they will be considered terrorists and will probably end up dead, but we had no other choice, no one can argue with them. If we had we would be treated as apostates. They told us we have two days to make our children join the fighting. Even if they can't fight, they will train them and give them salaries. We, the decision makers in the community, held a meeting and decided to flee the area the next day to the Khazer camp.

Our situation is not safe, if the next day Mosul is freed [from ISIS], the government will tell us to go back, but when we are in Mosul, our lives are in danger. Since we are Palestinian, the Iraqi government will treat us as terrorists. If we go to Mosul today, ISIS will punish us because we didn't fight on their side. Either way, our situation in Iraq is dangerous, we thank God we're in Kurdistan now, but our future is unknown. We demand the UNHCR to settle us in another country, because our future here is unstable.”

Ali, Palestinian father (man, Arabic):

“We ask the UN and the Human rights associations to look after us, and take us out of the country. We suffered a lot since we came here. Ever since I was born in this country, I didn't know peace or stability; we have no rights at all. We demand the UN to take us out of Iraq.

We came to this refugee camp without a thing, not even a dollar. We decided to look for a job in order to survive. We are living all together, 8 families supporting and helping each other.

The state of Palestine has provided nothing for us since 1948. We always wished the Palestinian president and the government would look out for us. The only thing we got from any Palestinian official was the official form to get into Erbil easily and that was given by the Palestinian ambassador, here in Iraq.”

Shot list:

00:00 - 01:26 Various shots of Khazer refugee camp and Peshmerga forces
01:27 - 02:16 Various shots of Baharka refugee camp and cutaways of the Palestinian families
08:52 - 10:15 (End) Various shots of Baharka refugee camp and refugees

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Gaza's Orphans Begin New Lives
Gaza
By Andrea DiCenzo
25 Aug 2014

August 28, 2014
Gaza, Palestine

Palestinian children orphaned in the 2014 Gaza war begin new lives in the care of extended family and orphanages. While the physical wounds many of them sustained during the 50 day war are healing, their psychological wounds are just beginning to show. Gaza's dismal, blockaded, and underfunded mental health system cannot cope with massive amount of children in need of psychosocial care. Most children will receive no specialized treatment for their deep psychological wounds.

Many children orphaned in the war are now beginning new lives in the care of extended family members. However, as Islam forbids adoption, those who do not have extended family to go to are now under the care of orphanages and will remain so until they are adults.

These photos profile three young girls who lost their parents in the 2014 Gaza conflict and are now looking for a new start as their caretakers help rebuild their shattered lives.

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Gaza: Assessing the Damage
Gaza
By Andrea DiCenzo
25 Aug 2014

After what was possibly the most destructive war in Gaza in recent history, residents of the besieged coastal enclave finally have a chance to assess the damage done to their homes and properties. For the thousands left homeless by the hostilities, life is now a painstaking process of rebuilding the little that remains of their possessions.

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20 years lost: Gaza family loses home
Gaza City
By Sanaa Kamal , Zaher ghoul
18 Aug 2014

Having bought land in 1994, the Beik family spent 20 years constructing their dream home in Al Nafaq street, in Gaza city. In July 2014, during Israel's Operation Protective Edge, a missile struck the house and destroyed it. No one was injured, but 20 years of hard work was lost in one missile attack. After only 3 years living in the house, 28 people from 3 generations were made homeless and now live together in a small 300 sqm house.

This video shows the Beik family in their new found shelter and follows them to their old home, where they inspect the damage and come face to face with a shattered dream and 20 lost years of hard work.

Translation:

I was shocked, I did not expect the destruction to be this severe. They told me that a part of the house was destroyed, they did not tell the severity of the situation because they wanted to spare our feelings. However, when I saw it, I did not imagine it too be like this, It was a huge shock for me.

Interviewer: How did you spend last night?

I spent it sitting all night with my children on my lap, scared because of the shelling and the destruction. Also, the night before, the bombing was very close to our area, so the children were really scared. [They are] not only my children, but my nephews too, we were all gathered together in one house.

Interviewer: What did you tell the children the noise was?

What could i tell them? I told them it is the neighbors making noise to calm them down. My children are very young, they do not know what a missile means or a plane means. My son is 3 years old and he comes and tells me, "mom there is a missile." He does not understand. he does not understand the danger of a missile, so I want to switch the terms that he is using. I tell him, no it is the neighbor, he threw a rock against the wall and we will no longer speak to this neighbor. What else could i possibly do?

Where is safety? My family's house is where we felt safe and secure, now it is gone, where should we go? My family do not know where to go, how are we going to follow them? We are all homeless.

May God help us, what did my parents do to deserve this? All their life they worked so hard to raise us and build this house. They starved themselves to build this house and feel safe.

I stopped thinking, what would I think about? A house we have been building since 1994, that we spent our lives collecting money for, gets destroyed in seconds. Even if they want to make it up for us, what could they possibly do to make up for all we put in this house?

There is a huge difference between this kitchen and my kitchen in that house. I built that kitchen in an american style, filled it with new machines, my fridge is new, everything is new. When I first came here, my relatives started bringing things for the kitchen each one brought something, just to be able to live here. I do not even have an oven, I do not own anything in this kitchen, all the stuff belong to my relatives, they put them here. There is a huge difference between my new, well organized kitchen, the kitchen that I made according to what I want, I prepared everything I like in that kitchen so I can live comfortably in this period of time when I grow old, and now we are homeless, accepting charity from people.

Instead of going into a nice bedroom, now we are sleeping here, and those mattresses we got them from the Red Cross.

On the day of the incident we were at the evening prayer, my husband and all my children went to the mosque and only the eldest one stayed here with us. He said he will stay and pray at home because the situation was already compacted and bombing was happening outside. My daughters and daughters in law were terrified of the bombing, so he said, "let me stay here, in case anything happens near us, we would feel safe because there is a man in the house."

Before we finished the evening prayer, we heard a bomb sound. We did not know where the sound came from, near our house there is a gym, so we thought it came from there. We stopped praying and we went to see where the sound came from, we did not know that the sound was in our house. It was a missile dropped from a drone, we went out to see, we thought it was in the gym, people started saying no it is in the al-Beik house. So I went out with my son and the daughters started screaming out of fear and terror. So I went out with my eldest son to look. The house was two parts, so I went to check the other part and I saw smoke and nobody was able to see. It was also dark because there was no electricity, which made it much scarier for us. We had a small lightbulb, and then my son came and told me, "mother the missile hit our house take the women and the children and go down quickly." We told him we do not have anything with us, he told us to hurry.

We took the women and the children and we went running down the stairs barefoot. I was dressed the same way I am dressed now, we were running and I have knee problems, so it was very hard for me to run down the stairs. God helped me to go down quickly and got out. One of my daughters has a nerve decease, she is simple minded, does not understand everything. So when we had to run I grabbed her and pulled her and told her to go down quickly, but she was insisting on getting her shoes. I told her leave the shoes, just go down. She left me, but I thought she had went down with the rest. When we went down, we started knocking on doors to hide in someone's house, but no one opened, everyone was afraid and locked up in their homes. Eventually someone opened for us and when we went in we started checking up on everyone. One of my daughters screamed, my sister Rania is not here. My sick daughter, so I said I brought her with me, they said, "she is not here mother!" I turned to my son and told him, we cannot find your sister, she is not here. So we started looking for my daughter, we were terrified and we thought she was gone. Her brother started looking and all the men started looking.

After a while, apparently she went down from the house on her own and stood at the entrance, so a young man from the neighborhood saw here and brought her to us. I asked her, `'where were you my daughter?" She said, "I went to get my shoes". I told her " didn't I tell you to come down with me?" she said :" I went to find my shoes and a missile was dropped from the ceiling" . The poor girl, went to drink water because she was afraid, and then she went down to sit in the apartment in the lower floor. She did not know what is happening while were were looking for her outside. So when the young man came and took her and brought her to us while her brother was shouting her name, so she answered him while the guy was bringing her up, and she said "you are calling me?'', so her brother said, "yes Rania come here."

After that we left the house we were hiding in because it was close to where the bombing was happening. We went to a further place, where we hid in houses with people. At that time a missile was dropped and the house was destroyed.

May God help us, what can I do, I had a nervous breakdown, when a person sees his lifelong work and effort, getting thrown away. I have not lived in this house for long, I have recently moved there. I have been living in that house for only three years. I am a teacher, and I save some money of my salary each month to get this house. We have been saving money to buy the land ever since 1994. I have been waiting from 1994 to live in it, and it has only been three years. My life long work and my husband's and children, all put in for this house so we can live in it. What could I possibly be feeling?

This is our beloved home. For 20 years my parents have been building it and they have put the most beautiful things, the best things in that house so we can live there happily and comfortably. For 20 years they have been working on this house and at the end, one missile ruins everything. It destroys and destroys our dreams. I used to wake up, work in the house, go sit in the sun, change things around the house, it was amazing, a wonderful house. My room was beautiful, I put the best things in it, the best furniture and suddenly, we move from the best house to the ugliest house.

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By adrian
12 Aug 2014

August 9, 2014
Hebron, West Bank

A funeral procession takes place for Nader Idris, a Palestinian father of seven killed by live fire shot by Israeli troops, in Hebron, West Bank. The funeral was followed by violent clashes between local residents and Israeli troops in the nearby Bab al-Zaweya district.

Hundreds of Hebron citizens partook in the funeral amongst sentiments of public outrage and chants against the ongoing Israeli invasion of Gaza.

The funeral procession moved around in the city with the participation of many national public figures. Participants carried the Palestinian flag.

After the funeral, clashes broke out between local civilians and Israeli forces in the area of Bab al-Zaweya. Young men threw rocks and empty bottles, and Israeli forces hit back with live bullets, rubber bullets, and sound bombs.

Five men were injured with live bullets in the bottom part of the body, and journalists were forbidden to cover the incident.

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utrecht
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By adrian
06 Aug 2014

July 19-20, 2014
Gaza City

Paramedics from the Red Crescent Center in Gaza City brave shell fire and street battles to evacuate civilians trapped in the volatile Shajaya area. Throughout the Operation Protective Edge, paramedics have been killed and injured while on duty. Often, paramedics are the only people willing to risk entering dangerous areas to evacuate stranded civilians. This photo story follows a crew of Gaza City's paramedics over the course of a dangerous night in Gaza.

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By Eyad Jadallah
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Palestinian women mourn during the funeral of 19-year-old Udai Nafez, killed during clashes with Israeli forces in Saffa a village west of Ramallah, in the West Bank village of Rafat on August 2, 2014. Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinians during separate clashes in the northern and central West Bank on Friday . Photo By: Eyad Jadallah

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By Eyad Jadallah
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Mourners and relatives carry the body of 19-year-old Palestinian Udai Nafez, killed during clashes with Israeli forces in Saffa a village west of Ramallah, during his funeral in the West Bank village of Rafat on August 2, 2014. Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinians during separate clashes in the northern and central West Bank on Friday

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Hundreds of people came together for an event organized by the Palestinian community in Sao Paulo, to demand the end of Israeli attacks in Gaza.

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