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Recommended readings and media on Gaza

Films and Documentaries


  • Alareer, Refaat. Gaza Writes Back: Short Stories from Young Writers in Gaza, Palestine. Charlottesville: Just World Books, 2014.
  • Corrie, Rachel. Let me Stand Alone: The Journals of Rachel Corrie, New York: Norton, 2008
  • El-Haddad, Laila. Gaza Mom Abridged Edition. Charlottesville: Just World Books, 2013.
  • El-Haddad, Laila and Maggie Schmitt. The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey.  Charlottesville: Just World Books, 2013.
  • Filiu, Jean-Pierre. Gaza: A History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • Gelvin, James. The Modern Middle East (Third Edition). New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • Hass, Amira. Drinking the Sea at Gaza. New York: Holt, 1996.
  • Hajjar, Lisa. Courting Conflict: The Israeli Military Court System in the West Bank and Gaza.  Oakland: University of California Press, 2005.
  • Khalidi, Rashid. The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood. Boston: Beacon Press, 2006.
  • Matar, Dina, and Helga Tawil-Souri. Gaza as Metaphor. London: Hurst, 2016. 
  • Pappe, Ilan. The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. Oxford: Oneworld Publications, 2006.
  • Raz, Avi. The Bride and the Dowry: Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinians in the Aftermath of the June 1967 War. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012.
  • Roy, Sara. The Gaza Strip: The Political Economy of De-development. Washington: Institute for Palestine Studies USA, 2016. Print.
  • Roy, Sara. Hamas and Civil Society in Gaza. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013.

Chapter in Anthology

Abusalim, Jehad. “From Fence to Fence: Retelling Gaza’s Story.” In Gaza as Metaphor, edited by Dina Matar and Helga Tawil-Souri, 83-93. London: Hurst Publishers, 2016

Seikaly, Sherene. “Gaza as Archive.” In Gaza As Metaphor, edited by Dina Matar and Helga Tawil-Souri, 225-231. London: Hurst Publishers, 2016

Special Coverage and Websites

Gaza Unlocked - Facts, issues, and stories on Gaza

Gaza Blockade. United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 

Gaza news. Electronic Intifada - Independent online publication on Palestine.

Visualizing Palestine - Statistics on each issue from crime of apartheid to systematic oppression

Gaza in Context

Al Mezan Center for Human Rights

Palestinian Center for Human Rights

B’tselem – the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories

Gisha - An Israeli not-for-profit organization, founded in 2005, whose goal is to protect the freedom of movement of Palestinians, especially Gaza residents.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) 

Essays and Articles

More background articles on Gaza

Abu Artemah, Ahmed. "With the Great Return March, Palestinians Are Demanding a Life of Dignity." The Nation, 18 April 2018.
Life in the southern city of Gaza. Palestine’s displacement/ oppression goes back many years, this forces them to be incapable of living in such conditions


Abusalim, Jehad. "Letter from Gaza: 'Alive Due to Lack of Death'." Al Jazeera, 02 Sept. 2017. 
The blockade of Gaza has brought suffering. There is limited mobility and insufficient resources. The Great Return March focuses on taking back the homeland


Baconi, Tareq. “The Gaza March is a Wake-Up Call to the World The Guardian, 02 April 2018. 

Palestine attacked during peaceful protests


Filiu, Jean-Pierre. “The Twelve Wars on Gaza.” Journal of Palestine Studies 44, no. 1 (2014): 52–60. doi:10.1525/jps.2014.44.1.52.


Khalidi, Rashid. “Collective Punishment in Gaza.” The New Yorker, July 29, 2014


Yaghi, Rawan. "Gaza Screams for Life." The New York Times. The New York Times, 03 April 2018.


Niva, Steve. “Israel’s ‘Operation Mow the Lawn’.” Middle East Research and Information Project, December 7, 2012.