In the second of four exclusive reports from Gaza on the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement, Asmaa al-Ghoul reports on the movement's greater involvement in Palestinian civic and political life, including municipal elections.
While some Palestinian political forces have criticized the Islamic Jihad Movement, it has maintained popularity among the Palestinian public for its strong stances and refusal to work with the occupation forces.
In a part of the world where conflicts typically revolve around religious affiliation, soldiers of all faiths who fought in various global conflicts have found their final resting place in Gaza’s English cemetery, writes Asmaa al-Ghoul.
Following a decision by the Hamas-led government in Gaza to destroy a slum that they claim was illegally constructed, the Abu Amrah family finds itself homeless and with few options, writes Asmaa al-Ghoul.
Although the recent blockade on Gaza is often characterized as depriving residents of vital food supplies and medicine, Asmaa al-Ghoul argues that the real tragedy is embodied by the intellectual blockade on the Strip.
The pillaging from the Gaza Strip of thousands of historical artifacts, some dating back to the time of Alexander the Great, at the hands of the Israeli occupation has stripped Gaza of its rich history, writes Asmaa al-Ghoul.
Increasing Islamization in the Gaza Strip is eroding the rights of women, the latest sign of which is a new regulation at Al Aqsa University requiring all women to dress with “modesty,” writes Asmaa al-Ghoul.
Most Christians in Gaza are barred by the Israeli military from traveling to holy sites in the West Bank to celebrate Christmas, leaving many families longing for more than symbols throughout the holiday season, writes Asmaa al-Ghoul.
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