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Don’t Shoot, I Must Grow Up- Treating the Violence Epidemic

Columbia Links Fall 2012 I-Team investigates Chicago’s violence as a public health issue. For their stories, go to columbialinks.org

A protest at the buffer zone in Biet Hanoun

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Freedom is a Human Right

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These photographs were taken on the borders between the Gaza Strip and Egypt in June 2011, the weeks following the Egyptian Revolution.  Since I am from Gaza, I decided to take advantage of the open borders and travel home to visit family and friends. Unfortunately, when it came time to return to the US, I was met with the all too familiar situation of border closings and long waits with no guaranteed end.  For six days, I waited with the crowds from 7am to 7pm under the heat at the Rafah borders between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, hoping they would open.  Many wait longer; some wait in need of urgent medical attention attempting to enter foreign countries that have more medical resources and care than the hospitals in Gaza. Others were students wanting to go back to their schools in Arab and foreign countries after spending the holiday with their families. Still others were traveling for business, others for vacation in hopes to recover from the oppression. The images of men and women pushing against walls are a testament to the frustration and determination of my people to overcome the boundaries that separate us from the rest of the world.

Break the siege on Gaza Strip

A protest in Solidarity with Gaza Strip

On November 15th 2012, Palestinian and Muslim Americans organized a protest in front of the Obama Headquarters in Chicago downtown to condemn the aggressive attacks on the Gaza Strip.

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In Gaza, Life Photography

Al Waha Tourist Village and the Stranger

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On a sunny day in the Summer of 2010, I was photographing the remains of Al- Waha Tourist Village, which is located in the north side of Gaza Strip.

Al-Waha was  targeted by the IDF Gun boats on regular bases between 2005 and 2010. The last severe targets were during the 2008-2009 israeli aggressive attacks on the Gaza Strip.

While photographing, two kids and this man appeared. The kids were just hanging out looking for things, and the man started walking, and investigating the space. He became quite the character in this abandoned building. Later I found out that he was a journalist.

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Dabka, Palestinian cultural dance at a wedding in Deir El Balah City

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