Hammam Farah is a registered psychotherapist, a former board member of the Palestine House and he co-founded Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) at York University.
In his bio, Hammam Farah wrote, “I am a Palestinian Canadian whose life was greatly impacted by the experience of childhood immigration and political developments in the Middle East. In my spare time, I fight injustice and inequality as a human rights activist and community organizer.”
On October 8, 2023, Hammam Farah posted on X:
When I was 12 years old, I raised my voice at an Israeli soldier at the Erez military checkpoint. My mother scolded me for putting our lives in danger. Today, the Palestinian resistance destroyed the Erez checkpoint. Mission Accomplished 🇵🇸
Gisha is an Israeli not-for-profit organization, founded in 2005, whose goal is to protect the freedom of movement of Palestinians, especially Gaza residents. Gisha provided background information about role of Erez checkpoint:
Erez Crossing is the only land crossing for the movement of people between the Gaza Strip and Israel and the West Bank. It can also connect Gaza residents to third countries if travel via Rafah Crossing with Egypt is not possible. In recent years, Israel permitted Palestinian residents to apply to cross Erez in narrow circumstances: (1) Workers or traders, (2) medical patients in need of medical treatment that is unavailable in Gaza and their companions, and (3) other “exceptional humanitarian cases,” including people traveling to attend the wedding or funeral of a first-degree relative, or to visit a terminally ill first-degree relative living outside of the Strip.