As the ceasefire was signed between Hamas and Israel and Gaza slowly fades away from the media headlines, one question remains: how will life go on in the tortured strip of land? From journalists and academics to a world-wide followed teenage girl, these five accounts offer an insightful window onto life in Palestine after the attacks.
1. This is Gaza: @ThisIsGaza
Followed by over 80,000 people, the account live tweets real footage, real suffering, and real stories from reliable sources. After the publishing of their book, Gaza Writes Back, edited by Refaat Alareet, This Is Gaza brings the voice of young Palestinians who tell stories “as an act of life and resistance”.
2. Farah Baker: @Farah_Gazan
The relentless and courage of this 16-year-old teenager became world-wide famous when she started tweeting minute-by-minute happenings from within the walls of her house in the strip, and the hashtag #AskFarah started trending. Unlike the analysis, reports and figures of war, Farah’s simple portrayal of a young girl’s concerns brings humanity back to the forefront.
3. Hadi Abdalhadi Ajila: @Abdalhadihadi
Although he has left Palestine some years ago, Hadi’s impressive academic career revolves around the question of the Palestinian state. His thought-provoking analysis combined with live updates from Gaza and spontaneous initiatives, such as Sponsor a Palestinian Student, make this account a genuine voice for change.
4. Rushdi Abu Alouf: @Rushdibbc
“Fisherman Abu Mohamad is hoping that ceasefire will hold so he catch more fish and feed his family”, reads his post, retweeted 99 times. A Palestinian journalist and producer for BBC News based in Gaza, Abualouf has offered unbiased reporting in the strip for five years. A must-follow to keep up with the events.
5. Laila El-Haddad: @gazamom
An author, blogger and public speaker from Gaza currently based near Baltimore (US), Laila is best defined as “Palestine’s most famous mom”. A former journalist for al-Jazeera, Laila’s blog, Gaza mom, discusses the challenges of raising children between displacement and occupation. Her tweets offer the perspective of a family often separated by war to her 19,000 followers.