Palestine Chronicle TV: The Youth of ‘The Palestinian Voice in Italy’

Palestinian author and journalist, Dr. Ramzy Baroud, hosts three guests from Italy: activists from The Palestinian Voice of Italy Sarah al-Bukhari and Ghazi Elamry, and Italian intellectual Romana Rubeo, to discuss the Palestinian discourse in Italian politics, media and society. 

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In Photos: How Israel Destroyed Gaza’s Hollywood Dreams

When Mohammed Hajjaj, 22, and Mohammed Nassar, 31, established their Hollywood Beach Studio, the place was meant to “document people’s joys and weddings”. But in the latest Israeli war on Gaza, the once-little oasis, nestled by the Gaza sea, now stands in ruins. 

For Hajjaj and Nassar, the place was their “dream coming true”. The two university graduates, like much of Gaza’s workforce, needed a place to work. They invested everything they owned and borrowed much more. The opening day was the Eid, the Muslim holiday. And the co-owners had much to look forward to. Their Studio was booked solid for many days. For the two young Palestinians, the future was, finally, full of promise. 

But in the Israeli war, “the dream has died,” Nassar told The Palestine Chronicle. “My hard work of many months and my whole life savings were turned into dust by Israeli missiles,” he said, struggling to explain his feeling when he first saw their dream company leveled to the ground.

Hajjaj, a graduate in business management from Gaza’s Al-Azhar University, tried to convey his feeling as he walked around the mounds of dirt, where Gaza’s little oasis once stood:

“This is a place we have built to document the joyous occasions of people in Gaza. As you can see all around you, there are still traces of what this place used to be, beautiful lawn, flowers, and trees. It all ended when the Israeli military decided to strike the place for no reason whatsoever. There used to be a garden here, and a beautiful water fountain. Now, it all stands in ruins. 

“I learned that our studio was bombed when the neighbors called me. I was at home. I came running to realize that the place was hit by two missiles. From a quick glance, I thought that the damage could be repaired before the start of the Eid. I was wrong. It seems that it was hit by at least ten missiles. It is now nothing but wreckage and dust. 

“I was in total shock. I raised a lot of money and invested all that I had to make my dream happen. I am in so much debt. But I don’t have anything to give. The destruction that happened to my studio is equal to the mental destruction that I feel. This place was supposed to document and celebrate our joys and weddings. It now documents Israeli aggression and wars. Sadly, the place was hit before the official opening. Not a single wedding was filmed here.”

(All photos: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

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Gaza’s Balloon Salesman: ‘Simple Things Make Children very Happy’ (PHOTOS)

Palestine Chronicle correspondent in Gaza, Mahmoud Ajjour, spoke with Mohammed Jamal A’ram, 25, who sells balloons in the streets of Gaza City. A’ram’s business received several blows in the last two years.

First, Israel increased the restrictions on balloon exports to Gaza as a result of the Great March of Return. Then, the COVID-19 lockdown made it impossible for him to sell his only product to the children of the besieged Strip. But things are looking up for A’ram, as the ongoing celebration of what many Palestinians perceive to be a victory over the Israeli military in its latest war on the Strip is making the young man’s balloons once again popular in the Rimal neighborhood.


The Palestine Chronicle caught up with A’ram. This is what he told us:

“I am single. I live with my parents. I am 25 years old. I am trying to raise money to get married. I am a balloon salesman, I can’t find any other job. Even the balloons are now hard to find because of Israeli restrictions. Children love balloons, the moment a child gets hold of a balloon, she gets a huge smile on her face. Simple things make children very happy.

“I work every single day for many hours, days in which I don’t work I have no income, and sometimes have no money for food. When the war started, I stayed home, we were all very stressed out, not only because of the war outside, but also because we ran out of money.  The war destroyed so much in Rimal, the entirety of Al-Shrouq tower, many shops and businesses. With the shops gone, people stopped coming here. Very few families are now roaming the streets to buy my balloons. But thanks to God, business is picking up again.

“I am back, and I am hopeful that the future is better. At the end of the day, there is nothing to this life but surviving with dignity. I will do my best.”

(All Photos: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

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Voices from Gaza: Two Mothers Speak to the Palestine Chronicle from the Shifa Hospital (PHOTOS)

279 Palestinians were killed and over 1,900 were injured in the latest Israeli war on Gaza. Many are still in critical condition.

Palestine Chronicle correspondent in the Gaza Strip, Mahmoud Ajjour, spoke to some of the injured.

Below, are two testimonies by two Palestinian mothers, Farah and Lina, who lost loved ones and are at the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City nursing back to health their wounded children.

Farha Ibrahim Khalil Jnid:

“I was at my house. I was preparing for Iftar, as it was still Ramadan and we were all fasting. Suddenly, we heard an explosion. At the time, one of my sons was on the roof. He came running down yelling that his brothers were lying injured. 

“I rushed to the street, screaming. I immediately saw two of my children, Ibrahim and Mousa, lying motionless under the staircase of the house. Mousa was martyred and Ibrahim was badly injured in his midsection. Another one of my children, Wasim, was also wounded with shrapnel in his head. But thank God for everything. He is our guardian and protector.”

Lina al-Matrabi’i:

“We were all in our flat. It was Ramadan and we were ready to break our fast. I was preparing a meal for my family when suddenly, we heard a loud explosion and the roof collapsed on top of us. Yes, the whole roof just came down on us. I crawled, pushing furniture and debris from on top of me, to look for my child. She was injured. It turned out that her injury was serious. But she is getting better. May God defeat them (the Israelis); may God defeat them. 

“At the time, my husband was in the living room. The Israeli missile hit part of the house. Only the roof of the room in which my daughter and I were in fell down. The rest of the house did not. Of course, all the glass of the windows of the whole house shattered. I don’t know how I managed to push everything from on top of me so I could go and save my daughter. She was screaming, ‘Mama, mama’.

“I removed the debris from on top of her and carried her out of the room. Her father came rushing in. He carried her and we both ran into the street. There was no ambulance on the way or anything. We just kept on running. We ran a distance, and we were both barefoot. Then, the ambulance arrived and rushed her to the hospital. Thanks to Allah, He is our guardian and protector. Thanks to Allah. My daughter’s name is Sara, she is only four years old. Our house is in the Saraya area (in Gaza City).”

(All Photos: Mahmoud Ajjour)

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Owner of Al-Jawarha Tower Speaks to The Palestine Chronicle: ‘We Will Never Compromise on Our Freedom’ (PHOTOS)

On May 12, Israel destroyed the Al-Jawarha tower in Gaza City, a large building of many stories and numerous flats. It was not the only tower that Israel destroyed in its latest war on Gaza. A few others too were leveled to the ground, as if they were legitimate military targets. 

Palestine Chronicle correspondent in the Gaza Strip, Mahmoud Ajjour, met with one of the main owners of the tower, Mr. Ahmad Moustafa al-Za’im. A successful businessman, al-Za’im is also a loving father of two boys and two girls. 

The Chronicle also interviewed Al-Za’im’s young daughter, Malak. Like her father, her testimony was that of pride and defiance. This is what they have to say:

Ahmad Moustafa al-Za’im:

“I have invested my whole life, everything I owned and worked hard for, in this building. Israel bombed it for no reason at all, aside from scoring a point that it simply can. It is a residential tower, which also hosted law offices, media companies, and the like. Lots of accountants and engineers were based here as well. Also, it had advertisement companies and a few clinics. We had an office that facilitates pilgrimage to Mecca. Also, an optical clinic and an office for marriage services.

“It was a thriving place of families and businesses and nothing else that could be understood, even from Israel’s point of view, as a ‘security threat’. 

“But thank God for everything in this life, good or bad. Israel has destroyed it completely. But I say it proudly, I am Ahmad al-Za’im, everything I own, my very life, in fact, my whole family, is a small price to pay for the freedom of Al-Quds, Jerusalem, for Al-Aqsa Mosque and for our people in Sheikh Jarrah. In fact, for Al-Khalil (Hebron), Jenin, Palestine ‘48 and the whole of Palestine. Thank Allah for everything. 

“My message to the Resistance: We will continue to be steadfast, you lead the way and we will march behind you. Israel will never break our will or weaken our steadfastness. We know that Israel has destroyed the tower, and all other towers to put pressure on the Resistance to relent and accept an end to the war with no achievements. But that will never happen. We will never compromise on our rights and our freedom, no matter the cost.”

Malak Ahmad al-Za’im:

“I am Malak Ahmad al-Za’im. We were living in this tower. When the Israelis decided to bomb it, they called the neighbors, then the neighbors called my dad and we hurried very, very fast. But there was no time to gather any of our belongings. I had so many toys in my house, but also so many memories as my brothers and I were always playing on the stairs. There was a very nice restaurant here that we often ate. Also, many lawyers worked here and there was a place where you can get your eyes fixed. Many many things and many people. But more importantly, all of our dreams, hopes and memories were in this tower. 

“When the tower was destroyed, I cried a lot. I don’t know what else to say aside from that, that I cried all the time.”

(All Photos: Mahmoud Ajjour)

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PHOTOS: Killed Palestinian Journalist Yousef Abu Hussein, Buried in Gaza

Editor’s note: The Palestine Chronicle is making the photos below available for republication at no cost, on the condition that the photographer and the source are credited. (Photos: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

Gaza radio journalist Yousef Abu Hussein was killed in an Israeli airstrike this morning in the neighborhood of Sheikh Radwan.

Palestine Chronicle correspondent and photojournalist in Gaza, Mahmoud Ajjour, was present at the funeral procession where Abu Hussein was laid to rest.

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IN PHOTOS: Palestinians Bury Woman, Her Son in Gaza’s Shati Refugee Camp

As Israel continued to bombard the besieged Gaza Strip, Palestinians rushed to bury some of their dead on Tuesday. 

Palestine Chronicle photojournalist Fawzi Mahmoud took part in the funeral processions of a Palestinian mother, Amira Subuh, 57, and her son, 17-year-old Abdulrahman, in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza.

One of Subuh’s surviving children told the Palestinian Ma’an news agency, “I bid farewell to the most precious person in my heart, my mother, and I ask God to have mercy on her.”

Thousands more rushed to bury their dead family members and neighbors in Beit Hanoun, Khan Younes, and elsewhere.

As of Tuesday evening, 28 Palestinians were killed in Gaza and 152 were wounded. Among the dead, are a woman and 10 children, Palestinian Health Ministry sources reported. 

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