Against the Odds

In the sections below we take a look at many brave men and women who are trying – against all odds – to build a future for Palestine.

Iqbal al-Assad – From Discrimination to First Class

Palestinian refugees in Lebanon face extreme social discrimination. They are banned from owning property and from working in over 70 professions. This means that despite their education, they are forced to work in menial jobs, with the majority suffering from extreme poverty. Iqbal al-Assad is a Palestinian refugee from Lebanon…

Soha Alqeshawi – From Gaza to Mars

The people of Gaza have suffered from violent oppression, siege, occupation and forced displacement. The on-going fear and injustice they face has devastated generations of Palestinians. Soha Alqeshawi grew up in Gaza, and despite the daily oppressions, she dreamed of being part of the space programme. This may have seemed…

Reyad Sawafta – Nuclear physicist

Palestinians in the West Bank suffer from severe restrictions on movement which cut off access to farmland, sites of employment, schools and medical care. Palestinians are also subjected to unwarranted arrests, house demolitions and settler violence and expansion. Reyad Sawafta is from the Palestinian city of Tubas in the West…

Ibrahim Saad – Cooking up inventions

Gaza has been under siege for 8 years, preventing the import of essential items that enable Palestinians to lead normal lives. This includes gas and fuel, meaning that the majority are prevented from travelling, cooking or heating their homes. Ibrahim Saad lives in the Gaza Strip and developed a way…

Mahmoud Darwish – Poet Extraordinaire

Mahmoud Darwish was born in the village of Birwa. When he was 6 years old, his village was assaulted by Zionist forces and he fled to Lebanon with his family. The assault was part of the Nakba (or Catastrophe) which saw the expulsion of more than 750,000 Palestinians in 1948.…