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Surfing4Peace simply hopes to promote friendship between people from different backgrounds and create an open atmosphere


in Arabic and also manufacturing and selling Islamic swimwear, which allows girls to continue surfing into their teens, without raising the ire of the govern- ment or traditionalists. A clubhouse will open soon to provide


a hub where surfers can gather to social- ise, swap tips, go online, host guests and repair their boards. Running the club has demanded


tenacity on behalf of Explore Corps. The biggest challenge continues to come from a well-connected NGO, which saw the financial potential in importing equipment and the media attention surfing attracts. They have waged an intimidation campaign, which has involved getting surfers arrested,


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confiscating equipment and spread- ing rumours that Olsen and Palestinian surfers are spies. Although a series of complaints lodged with the Ministry of the Interior has decreased the harass- ment, it is still the biggest challenge and has slowed the organisation’s progress. Although mainly cooperative, the


Hamas government also creates an administrative problem for the US organisation. Explore Corps is not permitted to work with the Hamas gov- ernment, or even to ask for permission for projects, as this would come across as collaboration. Olsen uses his contacts to get a feel


for what will be tolerated. “Getting in- volved in politics is a no-win situation


for the club,” explains Olsen. “But we have helped to humanise the people of Gaza by offering a new view of their daily life.” On the other side of the blockade,


Explore Corps is involved with a second surfing organisation – Surfing4Peace (S4P) was established by Israeli surfer Arthur Rashkovan and US surfer Dorian Paskowitz at the same time as the Gaza Surf Club, and was brought under the Explore Corps umbrella. This partnership gives it the backing


to administer the bulk of its initiatives, but the flexibility to remain more of a community than an organisation. S4P is prohibited by the Hamas govern- ment from having a presence in Gaza,


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