Gaza

Taha Mqat, his wife and seven children have watched their home be destroyed or damaged by Israeli bombs three times. The family lives in Gaza, a strip of land that is 139 square miles — about the size of Detroit. Gaza is home to 1.8 million people, who have endured three military conflicts between Israel…

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Today 15 U.S. churches and Christian agencies, including MCC U.S., released a statement in response to the events in Gaza. The statement says, in part: More than 1.3 million of Gaza’s nearly 2 million people are refugees. The Gaza demonstrations are an assertion of Palestinian rights: the rights of refugees, the right to demonstrate peacefully…

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By Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach Mostafa is 7 years old and lives in Gaza. Last summer a missile from an F16 came through a window and damaged his home. Mostafa and other children tell their stories in a brief video put together by the Culture and Free Thought Association, an organization that provides creative programs for…

Read more 7 years old, three wars

Six months since donors pledged $3.5 billion towards Gaza’s recovery, many people are worse off, according to a report issued earlier this week by 46 aid agencies, including Mennonite Central Committee. An estimated 100,000 people are still homeless and many are living in makeshift camps or schools. The report’s main recommendations are: End the cycle…

Read more Humanitarian agencies call for end to Gaza blockade

Today MCC U.S. joined 10 other Christian organizations and churches in calling for an immediate end to the violence–as well as its underlying causes–in Palestine and Israel. The letter states: As the situation continues to deteriorate, and horrendous death and destruction mount in Gaza, we are called by conscience to say, “Enough.” Sadly, the scenes that…

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Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach writes about Gaza for PeaceSigns: For a brief moment in late May, the world turned its attention to the unjust blockade of Gaza.  International outrage over the deadly response to the Free Gaza flotilla prompted Israel to announce it would ease restrictions.  Over the past several weeks there has been a moderate…

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Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach writes about Gaza for Third Way Cafe: Israel-Palestine has been in the headlines this week, after Israel intercepted a flotilla of ships headed to Gaza with humanitarian supplies. Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has been working for peace in Israel-Palestine for more than 60 years. MCC’s work in Gaza has included humanitarian relief,…

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