(*cooking fire on a patio, Gaza blackout, December 2008) Sad Gaza, with its beauty tarnished, locked away, somehow frequently provides glimpses of joy, beauty, inspiration…. The coffee shop/restaurant with a generator, and thus one of the few places with power during blackouts, is busy with other laptop-users, friends gathered at the evening, families celebrating birthdays,… Read More glimpses
published: Electronic Intifada, Live from Palestine, 12 December 2008 By Eva Bartlett Leila pointed towards a lone tree and small house on a ridge above what appeared to be a vacant lot. “This was a great field,” she said, “filled with lime, guava and orange trees. They destroyed them, killed the trees,” she explained, referring… Read More seen by the tree
Planting onions at J’s farm turned out to be happily uneventful: no Israeli army shots today! Instead, the main focus was on the proper technique for planting onions, which everyone and their donkey seemed to be an expert on. We planted in J’s field, in full view and range of the border with Israel, one… Read More everyone has advice on onions
first published: Electronic Intifada By Eva Bartlett On Saturday, banks in Gaza were thronged by lines of disappointed Palestinians who were expecting to receive part of their salaries before the Eid al-Adha holiday, which begins on Monday. Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian Authority’s appointed Prime Minister based in Ramallah, foresaw the cash crisis earlier in the… Read More What Eid?
Personal Reflections The siege is much worse than statistics reveal. It is imperative that the international community listen to the voices of the Palestinians themselves who are suffering everything imagineable under the siege. Every day, in taxis, in stores without electricity or bread, on the street, in accompaniment actions, I meet Palestinians who are truly… Read More updates and excerpts