“Sometimes I don’t know if my children will come home alive or not. Kids are being killed on the spot by Israeli security as criminals. This can’t last. It is getting worse and worse. The Israeli government [is] blaming the Palestinians for everything and feeding the violence."
An enormous amount of high quality work is produced in the midst of aggressive Israeli settler expansion supported by a huge military presence that is a constant threat to the family, the workers, and their very existence.
MECA and Alliance Graphics are so proud to announce that our Art Director Jos Sances was awarded the 2015 Art is a Hammer Lifetime Achievement Award by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics. It’s a fitting honor for Jos who has devoted his entire life to using art as an instrument for peace and justice.
Safaa writes from Gaza: "My job at MECA takes me to communities all over the Gaza Strip—to check on water systems in schools, observe our psycho-social support program, and distribute basic necessities. I see the destruction all around, the suffering in people’s eyes, and their hopelessness about the future. The feelings of pain, loss, and sorrow are still there in the depth of our hearts."
MECA works with local community organizations on the ground so that children in refugee camps in Palestine and Lebanon get food and medicine, create art and perform dances, learn about their rights, get counseling, check-ups and academic help, write hip-hop songs, and make videos. And so much more.
The Middle East Children's Alliance joined 300 organizations in signing this statement which speaks to the urgency of committing to and upholding human rights for migrants in the face of racist and xenophobic statements which demonize migrants and their families.
The Shoruq organization, based in the West Bank, has been selected as one of only 20 organizations from around the world to be awarded inaugural funding from the With and For Girls Awards for their work with Palestinian refugee girls. Shoruq, meaning ‘sunrise’ in Arabic, was created by and for Palestinian refugees in 2012.
Jaba’ Village is home to 1,500 children—and not a single playground! The town is surrounded by Israeli checkpoints and several illegal settlements. A large Israeli military base is nearby and the army has blocked the village entrance with boulders.Donate now so MECA can build a playground in Jaba' Village!
Hilman Sorey caved to Zionist pressure in 2011 and refused to show "A Child's View from Gaza" at the Museum of Children's Art in Oakland. After MECA reminded the community of his stance, Mr. Sorey has withdrawn from elections for a local community radio station.
The situation in East Jerusalem continues to deteriorate leaving no safe place for children. We just spoke to two people MECA works: Jawad Siyam is the director of the Madaa Silwan Creative Center and Maya Abu Hayat is the director of the Palestine Writing Workshop and a mother of three.
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