For over a decade, the 2 million Palestinians in Gaza have lived under a brutal Israeli-imposed blockade. The impact has been devastating, so much so that the United Nations has said that Gaza could become uninhabitable by 2020.
Impoverishment, high unemployment, housing shortages, overcrowded schools, inadequate health services, and lack of sufficient access to electricity are among the daily challenges facing Palestinians in Gaza.
But when we visit Gaza, people tell us that one of the most difficult parts of the blockade is how it isolates them from the rest of the world. It cuts off travel, blocks trade, stops students from completing their studies abroad, and separates friends and families. Since mail systems are inoperable, the one opportunity to connect to Gaza is through the internet.
This Valentine’s Day, we want to use the internet to make sure that people in Gaza know that they are not forgotten, that we see their reality, and that we are committed to bringing change.
Join us on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, in a social media day of action:
- Download our valentine to Gaza here.
- Print the sign and take a picture of yourself holding it.
- Share the photo online using the hashtags #ValentineToGaza and #GazaUnlocked.
Our staff, partners, and other friends in Gaza are spreading the word about this day of action so that your posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media will be seen by Palestinians in Gaza.
Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Gaza as it is around the world – by expressing love to one another through small gifts, flowers, cards, and thoughtful expressions.
We hope our messages of love will help lift the spirits of those who daily suffer the indignities of life under military occupation and blockade. Please join us in this action on Feb. 14.