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Recent Pitt Law Alum Khalil M. Alwazir Working In Gaza Featured In NBC News Report

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August 1, 2014


A recent NBC News report by Richard Engel in Gaza featured Pitt Law L.L.M. alumnus Khalil M. Alwazir, who was interviewed in his family’s home in Gaza after a Palestinian apartment inhabited by five families was destroyed by an Israeli missile.

In “Diplomats Struggle to Work Out Ceasefire in Gaza” Engel reported, “Most Gazans are not fighters, but are under attack, penned in and desperate, according to human rights lawyer Khalil Alwazir.”

Alwazir graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2014 and made a heroic step to return to his family in Gaza and work for the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, a non-governmental organization based in Gaza City dedicated to promoting the rule of law and upholding democratic principles in Palestine.

In a sit-down interview with Engel, Alwazir referred to Gazan quality of life saying, “I feel that they can’t even dream because it’s a blockade, a blockade over dreams.”

Engel reported, “The power only comes four hours a day in Gaza City, so Khalil and his family follow the news on a radio.”

Since July the Israeli offensive into Gaza and militant rocket fire from militants in Gaza into Israel has increased dramatically. Watch the news report on NBC News here

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