The Olive Press

Twice Displaced: Palestinian-Syrian Refugees in Gaza


Jun 20, 2017

Posted in: For World Refugee Day, our team visited one of the 250 families who fled the Syrian war to find refuge in the most unlikely of places—Gaza. Suad and Mahmoud had a stable and comfortable life before the war. As Syrians… Read More

Ramadan Pastries Fresh from Ola’s Oven

Jun 19, 2017

Posted in: Sambusek is a global treat originating in the Middle East. You may know of its cousins, the samosa and empanada. These crescent-shaped pastries can be stuffed with almost anything, but in Palestine they're made with meat, cheese and zaatar.  Recently I learned… Read More

Climate Change, From Paris to Palestinian Camps

Jun 12, 2017

Posted in: Combating climate change is a global issue, yet we recently saw that not all countries are on board. Namely, only three: Syria, Nicaragua and the United States. The good news is that the Paris Climate Agreement shows how widespread environmentalism… Read More

Mamdouh’s Story: How 10-Year Gaza Blockade has Devastated Fishermen


Jun 7, 2017

Posted in: June marks the somber 10th anniversary of the Gaza blockade. The past decade has crippled Gaza’s economy and standard of living.  The fishermen who populate the enclave’s shoreline have been some of the most deeply affected by the blockade. While… Read More

Ramadan Recipes from Jerusalem to Gaza City


Jun 5, 2017

Posted in: To celebrate Ramadan this year, we asked our staff in the Middle East to share some of their favorite recipes. From salads to pastries, these dishes from Gaza and Jerusalem are sure to brighten up long days of fasting. Ramadan Kareem! Sabah’s… Read More

Ramadan Recipes from Nimeh’s Palestinian Kitchen

May 26, 2017

Posted in: There is never a hungry stomach in Nimeh’s Kitchen. For my mother, it is not a necessity nor is it a duty to cook, it’s an art. She cooks, we devour – and together we enjoy a perfect time. To… Read More

How Your Solidarity Means the World to Refugees


May 23, 2017

Posted in: ANERA's Hani Almadhoun reflects on celebrating Ramadan, from Gaza to Utah. I started fasting at the age of seven. As a little boy, it was exciting to see all of my family under one roof, elbowing each other, trying to get… Read More

Rania’s Diary: Living Without Light in Gaza

May 10, 2017

Posted in: Early this week, I took a day off to stay home. It wasn’t for family time, school meetings or having friends over for dinner. I simply took the day off to wash the piles of laundry that had amassed on… Read More

5 Reasons Why #RamadanSolidarity Matters This Year (Especially)


May 3, 2017

Posted in: When our team sat down to discuss the approaching month of Ramadan, what dawned on us was that this was a Ramadan unlike any other. Sure, the traditions may be the same, the message of reflection remains central and it’ll be… Read More

What It’s Like to Be a Woman Doctor in Area C, Palestine

Apr 27, 2017

Posted in: Not only is Dr. Fathiya Misyef one of the leading OB/GYNs in Palestine, she is also a well-respected female doctor who heads the Al-Walajeh Clinic. Al-Walajeh is a small Palestinian village in Area C of the West Bank, some kilometers northwest… Read More