We are delighted to announce the publication of a remarkable new book by our wonderful friend Dalia Rishani, entitled Ten Days in Gaza. It is a timeless tribute to Palestinian aspirations. The forward is written by FQMS chairman, Khaled Dawas.

All proceeds will be donated to FQMS, AlQuds Foundation for Medical Schools in Palestine (fqms.org). The book will be published on March 14th 2024.

Please reserve your copy at Hood Hood Books. By doing so, you will directly contribute to the ongoing work of FQMS.

In February 2010, in the aftermath of the Israeli military action “Operation Cast Lead”, three photographers visited Gaza and witnessed for themselves the damage and destruction inflicted on the population of this small Palestinian exclave. However, what they saw also surprised them. Instead of despondency and resignation, they saw a human story of dignity under adversity, hope rather than despair.

The events of late 2023 brought that trip to Gaza back into sharp focus. The photographers recognised that what they witnessed in 2010 was part of a cycle of damage, destruction and death that seemed to be repeating itself again. Aquili, Dawton and McFarlane remembered the people they met and photographed in 2010 and felt that their story was still relevant and needed to be told.

Ten Days in Gaza is a tribute to the Palestinian struggle for survival and liberation in the face of the endless ordeal of Israeli occupation. This stunning collection of photographs from 2010 tells a story that is often buried in western media coverage: the story of the Palestinian people as individuals with hopes and dreams. Their lives are shattered on a daily basis. They are impoverished, starving and suffering, but their spirit remains strong, as does their will to resist and survive.

Featuring 128 black & white and 12 colour photographs by Giuseppe Aquili, Anthony Dawton and Jim McFarlane, the book also contains 15 digital manipulations created by the world-renowned artist Dia al-Azzawi. The distinctive and striking cover artwork, created especially for this book, is also by Dia al-Azzawi.

The foreword is written especially for the book by UK based Palestinian consultant surgeon Mr Khaled Dawas who has been working in Gaza during the present conflict, only returning to London in January 2024.