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Nizam Mu’tan from the village of Burqah talks about his family’s inaccessible land and their financial difficulties due to village road closures.

Nizam Mu’tan next to one of his plots of land. Photo: Iyad Hadad, B'Tselem I come from a family that lives off farming and shepherding, and I’ve been working in farming since I was 13 years old. I hav
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Faten Nawabit, a high school teacher who moved to Burqah following her marriage, relates how hard it is to visit her family outside the village, and how the situation in the village affects her students

Faten Nawabit in her classroom. Photo: Iyad Hadad, B'Tselem, 1 April 2014 My family is from the village of Rantis. I was born in Kuwait because my father worked there, but we moved back to Rantis in 1
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Lana Kan'an, a 21-year-old student talks about the stifling feeling that comes of living in Burqah, a village surrounded by settlements and cut off from access roads

I live in Burqah. We are a family of ten: my parents, three sons and five daughters. My father is an educated man. He has a Master’s degree in engineering and he values education, so he made a real ef
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Maha Hijawi, Nablus resident, granted only one permit to visit relatives in her native Gaza since 2000

Maha Hijawi, 51 I was born in Gaza. I studied at a-Najah University in Nablus [the West Bank]. That’s where I met my husband. We got married in 1980 and I moved to Nablus to live with him there. I use
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Maisoun al-Haj ‘Ali and her children live in Gaza, while her husband works in the West Bank; they’ve seen him only once since 2008

Maisoun al-Haj ‘Ali I live with my four children – my daughters Aya, 11 and Inas, 8; and my sons Muhammad, 6, and Rami, 5 – in an apartment in a-Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in Gaza City. My husband, Ib
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Najah Hamdan was denied the chance to say her goodbyes to her parents in Gaza before they passed away

Najah Hamdan, 53 I was born in Gaza. My family lives in Jabalya refugee camp. Thirty-three years ago, I married a resident of Bethlehem and moved here. In the early years, there was no problem travell
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Nablus resident Asmaa Zaghlul describes the pain of living apart from her family in Gaza

Asmaa Zaghlul, 30 I met my husband, Amjad Zaghlul, in 2002. We happened to meet at a relative's house during a visit to Jordan. We kept in touch via the Internet and decided to get married. Our weddin
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‘Abir Sharaf, 48, lives with her husband in Nablus. She described how hard it is to be separated from her family in Gaza.

‘Abir Sharaf 48 I was born in Gaza City. In 1997 I and married a resident of Nablus. In 1999, I changed the address listed on my ID card from Gaza to Nablus. I visited my family in Gaza regularly, abo
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Fatmah Abu 'Issa, 70, lives in Jenin. She related how she much she misses her daughter in Gaza, where she cannot visit her, and tells of her fear that she many never see her again.

Fatmah Abu 'Issa, 70 I have 12 boys and girls. They all live here in Jeninm apart from my daughter Nibal who is 45. She married a man from Gaza and lives there with him. She and her husband, Yusri ‘Ab
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Nibal Mghari–native of Jenin; lives in Gaza with husband–sorely feels prolonged separation from her West Bank family

Nibal Mghari, 45 I was born in Jenin. In 1992, I married Yusri ‘Abdallah Mghari, a resident of the Gaza Strip. At the time, he was studying to be a math teacher at a-Najah University, Nablus [in the W