My name is khalil, I am a human rights defender from the besieged Gaza strip. I have been a volunteer for more than 6 years in the Gaza Strip. I seek justice for all people in Palestine and in the world regardless of their religion or ethnicity. I aim to secure the human rights of people and to defend women rights. I have never taken any money for my activism and it is not easy for me to ask for help.
I have lived and suffered under this medieval, hermetic and appalling siege imposed on the Gaza strip by Israel's occupation for more than 12 years. My house was bombed by Israeli warplanes three times while I was in the house. I have been denied my right of movement, health, education and peace. Israel does not allow me to go outside Gaza to further my studies. It even threatened me with "civil assassination" because of my active role. I am stuck in a place that was described by human rights organizations as "the largest concentration camp on earth" and "an open air prison". I have survived three Israeli massacres in which thousands of children, women and elderly were killed by Israel. I myself got an injury to my hand because of Israeli bombs.
I have been trying to further my studies and received an acceptance from the university of Johannesburg in South Africa to study post colonial studies (English Studies) there. At the same time, there is a better chance to go out side Gaza through another crossing governed by another government (Egypt). The problem now is that I lack the funds to cover my studies. It will costs me $23,000.
It is because I am living in Palestine- Gaza strip amidst all this that motivates me to study, understand, criticize and try to take part in changing our reality and those of others. It is crystal clear that these actions are of great importance in the 21st century, a lingering oppression that followed the end of the colonial projects in the mid-20th and the beginning of the (post)colonial era.
Yes. I never expected that I can leave Gaza and further my studies. The government of Egypt offers us in Gaza a crossing from its side if we give money to it and if I have a logical reason to leave Gaza (in my case I am leaving to further my studies).
This is a limited offer which may be closed at any time.
I can leave Gaza to a safer place, I can also achieve my biggest dream of furthering my studies to make a change in the world and to help the oppressed whoever they may be.
The costs I must cover are as follows:
3500$ university costs.
1500$ travelling costs including the Egyptian border crossing
800$ medical insurance.
300$ living costs per month.
300$ rent costs per month.
I ask for help as Palestinian in Gaza who hopes for an education like anyone else, but who dreams especially of dedicating my life against all these injustices that I know so well