Palestinian Gandhi Project: Gaza Strip

More than 50% of the 1.6 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip are under the age of 18. This raises a terrifying question: What does it mean for the future of peace in the Middle East if these children are growing up amid bombs, destruction, high unemployment and prison-like restrictions on personal freedoms? In this interview, Dr. Eyad Serraj, president of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme, talks about the effects of this harsh reality on children and families, what it takes to overcome them and what is required of the international community. [Note: This interview was commissioned by The Child’s View from Gaza Ad Hoc Organizing Committee in Vancouver, BC, Canada, in conjunction with a presentation of Gaza children’s art in March 2012.]

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Palestinian Gandhi Project: Gaza Strip

Pam Bailey

One of the most common questions Westerners ask about the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is, "Where are the Palestinian Gandhis?" In other words, if Palestinians just tried renouncing violence and resisting peacefully, they would attract much…


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One of the most common questions Westerners ask about the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians is, "Where are the Palestinian Gandhis?" In other words, if Palestinians just tried renouncing violence and resisting peacefully, they would attract much more sympathy and be more effective in their struggle against Israeli occupation.

But non-violent resistance comes in many different forms and there are many 'Palestinian Gandhis'! They just need a platform that amplifies their voices. These videos were profile a a number of "extraordinary ordinary" people in the Gaza Strip who are peacefully advocating for change in whatever way they can.

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