Illustrated by Julia Lind
The report So Near and Yet So Far describes Israel's isolationist policy towards the Gaza Strip, which forces women to be torn between their husband and children and their families of origin. Women from Gaza who marry West Bank residents, or women from the West Bank who marry Gazans, usually move in with their husbands and are rarely given permits to see their families again.
‘Abir Sharaf is a social worker at al-‘Omariyah School in the city of Nablus, the West Bank, where she lives with her husband and children. The rest of her family lives in Gaza. Read her full testimony.
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Julia Lind, a university student from Finland, is currently interning with B’Tselem’s video department.