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VIDEO: Despite Israeli Restrictions, Surfers in Gaza Hope to Join Global Competition

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Yusuf Ghanem is 22 years old and has been surfing since he was 12. Surfing is our family hobby, since we live beside the sea, he says


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fly bird (26)
Saturday December 10, 2016, 10:48 pm
Mohammed Aldoos, 20, started surfing five years ago. He says that surfers in Gaza suffer from a lack of training and proper materials. “I don’t have my own surfboard, so I have to borrow from a friend,” he explains. He says they also need special uniforms to surf during the winter.

“I hope to participate in a global competition, in oceans with high waves,” Aldoos says. “We look forward to meeting international surfers and benefitting from their experience, but Israeli authorities ban us from crossing into Israel to participate and used to ban surfing equipment.”

fly bird (26)
Saturday December 10, 2016, 11:05 pm
Yusuf Ghanem is 22 years old and has been surfing since he was 12. “Surfing is our family hobby, since we live beside the sea,” he says.

Ghanem received six surfboards from abroad after waiting for three years. Those surfboards succeeded in entering Gaza only after an international foundation pressured Israeli authorities. Recently, surfers in Gaza received another 20 surfboards and six professional surfers and another 50 beginners are using them to train. These surfboards were partially damaged, despite fixing is unavailable due to the lack of Israeli-banned fiberglass material.

Ghanem says they wish to have their own club, including special uniforms and international sponsorship, but for the time being they train only by watching YouTube videos.

fly bird (26)
Saturday December 10, 2016, 11:07 pm
Mohammad Asad is a photo journalist based in the Gaza Strip where he has covered three wars, and nearly a decade of blockade. He is the 2015 winner of the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit photography “Spirit of Humanity” award, and the 2014 winner of the Abdel Razzaq Badran Photography Award, among other accolades

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday December 11, 2016, 2:53 am
Shared to spread awareness, Jess.

fly bird (26)
Sunday December 11, 2016, 1:22 pm
We All Live in Gaza - Share.

VIDEO - Feature Length Documentary - Journey with us to inside the siege.

"Hello and welcome to Gaza. Here you will find descriptions of the documentary, web series and arts installation, the three media elements being melded together to tell the story of the besieged territory...What has happened in the past? What is happening today? Why is the siege continuing unabated? Who are the people of Gaza, and most critically how can a just resolution be found?

The men women and children of Gaza speak eloquently about their situation...our mission is to bring their message from the inside to the outside."

Nyack Clancy (287)
Sunday December 11, 2016, 2:52 pm
Noted- thanks Dear Jess
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