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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.

Palestinian refugee invents engine that runs on air

Palestinian refugee Imad Saleh Hassouneh, from Jalazone in the West Bank, has invented a new, greener motor engine that operates by air compression, without the need for fuel. “My invention was purely accidental. A truck moved forward when I was repairing its engine using compressed air. I realised that compressed…

82 year old woman in Gaza graduates from university

Al Hajja Fatima was 14 years old when the Nakba (The Palestinian Catastrophe) began in 1948, which has to this day led to the displacement of over 5 million Palestinians. On top of the immense loss and trauma that comes with displacement and insecurity, Palestinians have been denied the right…

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…