The Olive Press

Photojournalist Mohammed Zaanoun Reflects on Gaza’s Scars and Beauty

Aug 7, 2017

Posted in: Can you tell us about yourself? My name is Mohammed Zaanoun. I am the fourth of 12 siblings. Most of us work in the media world. I was only 19 when I became a news photographer, which had been my… Read More

Syrian Refugees Receive School and Hygiene Kits


Aug 4, 2017

Posted in: In Lebanon, half of all Syrian children do not go to school. For refugee youth like Nour and Ali, school is largely inaccessible due to the cost. Now they're getting a chance to enroll in our non-formal education courses with… Read More

Spaghetti for the Soul

Jul 26, 2017

Posted in: In East Jerusalem and across the West Bank, Dar Al-Tifel Al-Arabi is known as a renowned school for girls. In the past, it was also known for its large boarding section which housed 300 orphans and other underprivileged girls. But… Read More

Gaza’s Atfaluna School Leaves No Child Behind


Jul 24, 2017

Posted in: As a group of children sit around a library table in Gaza City, the librarian starts to tell a story. “When the olive harvest season finally arrived…” “I was excited to start picking the olives,” adds one of the children.… Read More

5 Ways the Gaza Electricity Crisis Makes Life Unlivable


Jul 14, 2017

Posted in: Gaza has long suffered from a severe electricity shortage, but this summer it has reached a breaking point. Now the residents of Gaza get only two to three hours of power per day, if they get any at all. What… Read More

Sulaima’s World: Supporting Women and Children in Palestine

Jul 6, 2017

Posted in: Helping other women brings me the greatest satisfaction. As women, we don't have the support we need in our society—especially working women and mothers. I always try to convey to women that their voices matter and that their development is… Read More

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