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Operation Protective Edge: Gaza one year later

Israel’s Operation Protective Edge was catastrophic for Palestinians in Gaza. During this attack, more than 2,000 Palestinians were killed, including at least 521 children. Five civilians in Israel, including one child, were also killed. More than 10,000 Palestinians were injured and nearly 500,000 Palestinians living under siege in Gaza were displaced from their homes with no safe place to go. Over 19,000 homes, hospitals, businesses, schools, and places of worship were destroyed or severely damaged. 

Despite Israel agreeing to lift many of the blockade restrictions in its ceasefire agreement with Hamas, no change has resulted.  One year later over 100,000 people in Gaza remain homeless. Large numbers of Palestinians also remain without adequate food, running water, and regular electricity. There has still been no accountability, the blockade remains firmly in place, and no progress has been made toward ending Israel’s occupation.

Peace is more than the absence of outright war—it requires the presence of justice, of equality, of recognizing our common humanity.  We therefore continue our work to end the coercive and corrosive control of Palestinians by Israel, and to transform the systems that continue to perpetuate injustice and death.

This page brings together AFSC's statements, resources, stories and action alerts related to Operation Protective Edge.

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Reflections and testimonies

Destruction of Shuja'iyya
Blog Entry

In January 2015, Aura Kanegis, AFSC's Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, traveled to Gaza for the first time. These are her reflections and photographs from the trip witnessing the recent devastation of Operation Protective Edge.

Take action

gaza pinwheel project poster

Join AFSC in memorializing the 521 Palestinian children killed in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge while demanding change.

What's happening in Gaza

Rubble of a house in Palestine which was bombed in 2014.

AFSC and 45 other organizations jointly released a report detailing the humanitarian impact that repeated attacks and Israel’s siege have had on Gaza.

Understanding Israel-Palestine

AFSC Supports Palestinian Refugees' Right of Return

Approximately 750,000 Palestinians were displaced and became refugees as a result of the 1948 war. Today there are more than 7 million Palestinian refugees scattered around the world. This paper provides background information on the history of the Palestinian refugee issue and the politics of the right of return.    


In the U.S., AFSC supports efforts to change government policies and corporate/institutional practices that support inequality, the occupation, and denial of refugees’ rights. In the region, AFSC challenges the fragmentation of Palestinian society and the militarization of Israeli society to call for full equality between Palestinians and Israelis. 

In order to challenge the economic systems that sustain and profit from occupation and violence in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory, AFSC supports economic activism including the use of nonviolent Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) tactics.