African refugees outside of a public bomb shelter in Sderot (photo: Mya Guarnieri)

Israelis react to rocket fire from Gaza

Al Jazeera English, November 16, 2012 At a commercial center in Kiryat Malachi, a short walk from the apartment building where three Israelis were killed Thursday morning by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, an elderly man selects tomatoes at a small produce stand. The 74-year-old man, who immigrated to Israel from Algeria with …

Ali Batha hasn't seen his wife in three and a half years because Israeli policy that blocks Palestinian freedom of movement (photo: Mya Guarnieri)

Israeli policy splits Palestinian families

Al Jazeera English, November 7, 2012 To Westerners and Palestinians, Gaza “is hell”, says Ali Batha. “It’s a scary place … It’s the last place in the world [people want to go].” There’s Gaza’s 30 per cent unemployment rate, and the Israeli blockade that restricts imports and exports. Clean drinking water is increasingly scarce. Fuel …

Ramallah Manara Square (photo: Mya Guarnieri)

Israeli promises of family reunification fall short

IRIN, November 2, 2012 Until “that day” in 2007, Nisreen Asaid was a wife and a mother. She was also a hairdresser. But life as she knew it came to a sudden end when Asaid was sent, against her will, from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip. The Israeli authorities have not allowed Asaid …