Rachel Corrie, killed 10 years ago today by a Zionist soldier in his massive, armoured bulldozer, the kind the Zionists use to destroy Palestinian homes to this day. No justice 10 years on for Rachel’s family, nor the families of the thousands of Palestinians rendered homeless by Zionist bulldozers, bombing, and racist laws.
Driving to Gaza one morning, the shared taxi enters a traffic jam outside the UN school. The street is jammed with children, cars trying to butt ahead, a motorcycle sitting in the middle of the mess, clogging everything.
“The police are there when you don’t need them, not there when you need them,” grumbles the driver.
Roadside vegetable vendors: spinach, cauliflower, romaine lettuce, oranges imported from Egypt because the vast majority of Gaza’s trees have long since been bulldozed by the Zionists.
A young man jogs along the sand, past beached fishing boats. Those boats that have ventured the few kilometres out, risking Zionist navy attacks, are not visible through the heavy fog descending. Hassaka fishers 1/2 km out, valiantly fighting choppy water and cold for whatever meagre catch can haul in. CONTINUE READING
scenes of Gaza, where only very little reconstruction has taken place after the Nov 2012 Zionists’ bombing of the Strip. Photographer and text: Emad Badwan
Fog at 6:30 one morning, the beginning of a hot day, leading to the beginning of a hot season.
At around 5 am, long after the Azzan (call to prayer) has sounded from various surrounding mosques for the early morning prayer, but still before sunrise, my brother-in-law’s family in the apartment below turn on Quranic recitations—technically not considered music but soothingly melodic nonetheless—as they get their kids ready for school, which they go to in two shifts, starting very early, because all of Gaza’s schools are massively over-crowded.
In the random times when I get up during these quiet hours, I revel in the sounds almost devoid of human noise…no honking taxis, children playing soccer in the streets, street sellers circulating goods…(there’s about a 2 hour window of reverie before these all begin anew).
On many days, I hear the sea’s waves a few hundred metres away rebound off our walls, doves cooing, small birds flitting, roosters, a nearby horse, palm leaves in the wind. It is a tranquility you don’t get after Gaza wakes up, and must wait for till the late hours, after whatever wedding party has stopped blasting celebratory music and stray cats have stopped their mating screams. CONTINUE READING
Rana Baker, a Palestinian blogger from the Gaza Strip–and a very articulate, politically-astute woman–posts about threats and bigoted insults she received for blogging and tweeting Gaza’s reality:
“You’re a lowlife. And will always be a lowlife. Palestinian trash” Twitter user says to me during “Pillar of Cloud.”
December 12, 2012
Throughout the so-called “Operation Pillar of Cloud” that began on November 14th 2012 and lasted until November 21st 2012, pro-Israel apologists launched another wave of hatred in the cyberspace.
Here are screenshots of some of what I received on my personal Twitter account, timed and dated. I tried to link the screenshots to their users but it seems to me that those apologists either disappeared from Twitter or deleted their posts.
I leave it for you to decide.