Laila from Gaza is married to Yassine, whose family are refugees living outside of historic Palestine. As a result, Yassine can’t travel with Laila and their two children when Laila heads home to Gaza.
Dramatized for privacy and anonymity (but in his own words): Amer from Gaza was engaged to a woman from the West Bank, but Israeli restrictions on freedom of movement made it difficult for the two to get married.
Abla is the wife of Ahmad Sa’adat, the Secretary-General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), who has been arrested by Israel for most of their marriage. For the most part, Abla has been forced to raise their kids on her own, celebrating their birthdays, graduations, and weddings without her life partner.
Nehad, whose name has been changed for security, and her husband have been married for nearly two decades. But they can’t live together in Nehad’s hometown because Israel won’t permit her husband to join her and their kids. As a result, their son’s special needs often go unmet and they are forced to live in an area of the Jerusalem district where neither Israel nor the Palestinian Authority provide basic services like fire, police, and others.
Sumoud is an ex-prisoner who was released in the prisoner exchange on 18 October 2011. She met her now-fiance Jamil, also a political prisoner, through letters while in prison. Sumoud and Jamil have never met face to face due to their imprisonment.