Adel Zaanoun
For Adel Zaanoun's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
A newly released prisoner (right) hugs a relative during a welcome ceremony following the release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails in exchange for Israeli hostages held in Gaza by Hamas since the Oct. 7 attacks, in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on Thursday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 30, 2023
Mediators race to extend Israel-Hamas truce ahead of expiry
The six-day halt to fighting ends on Thursday morning local time, with a last hostages freed from Gaza overnight in exchange for Palestinian prisoners.
This handout picture released by the Israeli army shows hostages released by Hamas, Gal (center) and Tal Almog-Goldstein (left) being transported in a helicopter after they were released by the Palestinian militant group Hamas from the Gaza Strip on Monday.
Nov 28, 2023
11 more Gaza hostages released as Israel-Hamas truce extended
Shortly after the arrival of the hostages was confirmed, Israel's prison authority said 33 Palestinian inmates had been released.
Egyptian medics stand by with incubators to receive premature Palestinian babies evacuated from Gaza on Monday.
Nov 21, 2023
Gaza babies evacuated as Hamas reports deadly hospital strike
Gaza's health ministry said the Israeli army's strike on the Indonesian Hospital in the Palestinian territory's north killed at least 12 people.
A Palestinian medic cares for premature babies evacuated from Shifa hospital to the Emirates hospital in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 20, 2023
Premature babies moved from Shifa hospital amid Gaza carnage
The World Health Organization has described the situation at Gaza's biggest hospital as a "death zone."
A Palestinian girl and her brother sit amidst the debris of a house following an Israeli strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday.
Nov 18, 2023
Hundreds flee as Israel orders Gaza's main hospital evacuated
Israel has been pressing military operations inside the hospital, searching for the Hamas operations center it says lies under the sprawling complex.
Displaced residents of the city of Gaza walk to the southern Gaza Strip on Wednesday.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 9, 2023
Tens of thousands flee as Israel tightens 'stranglehold' on Gaza
U.N. rights chief Volker Turk described Israel's collective punishment of Palestinian civilians and their forcible evacuation as war crimes.
Palestinians carry empty bottles and containers as they look for water at the Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip on Monday.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 16, 2023
Gazans struggle without water as Israel strikes south of enclave
The U.N. estimates that about 1 million people have been displaced since Israel began a relentless aerial bombardment of the coastal strip.
Japan Times
Jan 4, 2023
Gazans risk death at sea dreaming of life in Europe
Younis al-Shaer left Gaza dreaming of a better life in Europe only to return to the Palestinian enclave in a coffin, and his story is far from unique.


Janos Cegledy sits in a park in Tokyo's Nerima Ward. The pianist says Japan suits him, “There is a certain civility and politeness here which you don’t find anywhere else.”
The extraordinary life of a Holocaust survivor living in Japan