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Thursday, May 17 • 10:30 - 11:45
LIVE FROM GAZA: Telecon Bridge with Palestinian NGOs, Youth in Gaza City and Khan Younis

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Join a portal, Live from Gaza, to hear young writers, NGO directors, and a solar entrepreneur from within the blockade as they describe what they are seeing in the unfolding human rights emergency.

Here are our speakers and audience in Gaza: 

  • Dr. Abu-Jamei, Director of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme
  • Iyad Al Ejel, Director of the Youth Vision Society, serving the Beach Refugee Camp (and his translator Neveen Naser)
  • Three writers from We Are Not Numbers, seeking to convey the daily personal struggles and triumphs, tears, laughter, and aspirations, including coverage of the Great March of Return.
  • Majd Mashharawi, solar-tech entrepreneur founder of SunBox:
  • Tareq Al Hinde awarded a Scholarship in US but no permit to exit Gaza; and
  • Ali Bari who works with the Quakers on youth activities.
The teleconference is hosted by Donna Baranski-Walker, Director of Rebuilding Alliance, through a program called Project Open Gaza Connect.  The portal, hosted by Mira Bakri at MercyCorps in Gaza, offers immersive audiovisual technology that can make discussion live and full-body, as if in the same room.


Mattias Schmale

Gaza Operations Director, UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA)

Thursday May 17, 2018 10:30 - 11:45 EDT
  The State of Civil Society and Digital Rights
  • Host Organization Rebuilding Alliance