Ashley Bates is a freelance reporter based in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. She recently received a master's degree in economic reporting from Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. She also serves as Program Director at Hands of Peace, a summer dialogue camp for Palestinian, Israeli and American teenagers.
Anti-Israel protests in Gaza can quickly turn deadly.
Palestinian leaders are accused of squandering the public sentiment brought about by Israel's harsh tactics.
The deadly Israeli raids on aid ships brought welcome attention to long-suffering Gazans.
In desperate times, the perilous smugglers' tunnels between Gaza and Egypt become lifelines.