For thousands of years, Gaza has been an important seaport and trade community, exporting agricultural produce to other areas of historic Palestine and serving as a way station for traders traveling along the Egypt-Syria trade route. Located in the southwest most corner of historic Palestine, Gaza is home to a wealth of natural resources including fertile agricultural land, rich fishing grounds, and large offshore natural gas reserves. Gaza also has beautiful beaches, a rich history, and a moderate climate, all of which make it a potentially attractive tourist destination.
Rachel Corrie, American peace activist, was killed 10 years ago this month by a Caterpillar bulldozer while trying to protect a Palestinian family’s home. Rachel’s story is one of courage and nonviolent resistance to Israel’s home demolitions.
“5 Broken Cameras” is another story of courage and resistance. This is the Academy Award nominated documentary of a Palestinian family, their village, and their non-violent resistance to Israel’s separation wall built on their land.
Rabbi Brant Rosen is the Rabbi of Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (JRC) in Evanston, IL. He is the co-founder of Ta’anit Tzedek – Jewish Fast for Gaza and serves as the Chairperson of the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council. He blogs regularly at Shalom Rav (http://rabbibrant.com/).
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