So Near and Yet So Far

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January 2014
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Khaled al-'Azayzeh, 'Atef Abu a-Rob

Nibal Mghari, who lives in Gaza with her husband and kids, and her mother, who lives in Jenin, describe the pain and longing of being cut off from each other. A report by HaMoked and B’Tselem explores Palestinians’ right to family life in view of Israel’s isolationist policy, which practically prohibits passage between Gaza and the West Bank, thereby severing families and keeping tens of thousands of people from living normally. Basic features of life–building a family, living with one’s spouse and children and regular contact with the extended family–become a pipedream.