- Published on 31 May 2013
Ibrahim al-Kaseeh, a member in a Gaza-based organization which represents deaf, explains: "It’s a first of its kind, to merge deaf people in the community. We simply want the society to respect them because they are people who love life."
There are 25,000 deaf people in the Gaza Strip, where most don't receive proper treatments for their condition. There is a high number of disabled people in Gaza which is related to intermarriage of close relatives and a lack of medical care when their mothers are pregnant.
The Palestinian law for disabled people includes a series of provisions to meet the social, human and economic needs of deaf people. Official ministries and institutions are also required to have five percent disabled Palestinians as part of their total work force.