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My Gaza

A City in Photographs

Jehad Saftawi

120 pages
Mcsweeney's Literary Arts Fund

My Gaza offers a startling perspective on contemporary Gaza. Photographer Jehad al-Saftawi documents his life there up until his escape, in 2016. His eye is drawn to moments of humanity and tenderness that redefine this place beyond propaganda, beyond prevailing narratives. Through vivid images and captions—a gun to the head, an interrogation, a family in strife—al-Saftawi exposes a situation that cannot withstand further escalation. Urgent and resolute, My Gaza is the first book of its kind, presenting photos of present-day Gaza by a Gazan journalist.

Author Bio
Jehad Saftawi is a documentary journalist, photographer, videographer with work featured on Reuters, BuzzFeed, AJ+, Mic, Aljazeera America, the Huffington Post and others. Currently, he's seeking asylum from Gaza and arrived in the U.S. in 2016. He is internationally recognized for setting up one of the few live streams during the 2014 Israeli "offensive" on Gaza, and dedicated to social justice and human rights storytelling.