Canceled scholarships. Dashed hope for higher education. Hours long commutes to get to a place kilometres away. Gazans, particularly Gazan youth and students, have poignantly felt the effects of the Israeli blockades and checkpoints throughout the territories that make basic travel in and out of Gaza nearly impossible. After the 2009 Gaza War, Israel's crackdown on land, sea, and air borders has essentially cut Gaza off from the rest of the world.