In my friend’s kitchen tonight, I learned some of his mother’s secrets for simple but fantastic dishes. Eggplants, thickly sliced, were lowered into a sizzling pan of cooking oil, browning to a melted perfection.
I heard it all the time in the occupied West Bank back in 2007, and I hear it here in besieged Gaza also: ‘we used to live with the Jews, side by side. We worked together, lived as neighbours.’ The theme of coexistence is bastardized by the Zionist media which likes to spin the ‘conflict’… Read More age-old co-existence: Gaza Ramadan day 8
*Mangoes rot before they reach the market. (IPS) By Eva Bartlett– Abu Abed can’t make a profit, and although 54 years old, he still has not married. “I can’t pay my rent, I can’t afford a wedding.” His shop, roughly 3m by 4m, costs him more than 3,500 dollars a year in rent alone. His… Read More In a Rotten State: Israel’s siege killed Gaza’s economy
In the al Bateran family neighbourhood, off Zarga street just outside Gaza city, the mood was heavier, sadder somehow. They are living with a poverty they have no hope of climbing out of.
Mas’oud was in great pain today. The nurse had been explaining how two large tubes inserted into his chest were still draining blood from the internal bleeding caused by his bullet wound injury. In a hospital context, things like marker-sized tubes protruding from a chest can seem normal somehow. But Amin, the nurse, emphasized that… Read More still bleeding after all these days
I’ve had more operations than I can remember. My most recent operations are on the bedsores on my backside; doctors have given up any hope of surgery to allow me to walk again. Three years ago, I was visiting an aunt in Bureij, central Gaza. She lives in the eastern area. Her house is about… Read More The Israeli shooting left me paralyzed
I wandered along near-empty streets, taking advantage of the immediately pre-maghreb quiet to appreciate the sea and sky without many people around. The sun almost down, I continued walking, streets even emptier except for the odd, mad taxi rushing to wherever their iftaar meal would take place.
[source] BBC does it again… not that I expected any better from the corporate news agency which has made a point of convoluting the truth about what happens in occupied Palestine. apparently, BBC didn’t have a reporter in Gaza to get the wounded Palestinian’s story –the one shot through the chest in the incident; the… Read More what to believe when reading the BBC
On the 5th day of Ramadan, I meet a young man who has been shot through the chest. His has great difficulty breathing, let alone speaking, and has a tube running from his chest, draining the blood from internal bleeding. Mas’oud (20) is a farm-labourer, was working on land in the northwest of Gaza two… Read More shot in the chest: Gaza Ramadan day 5
As maghreb (sunset) nears, I speed through Saha market en route to Mohammed and Mariam Kahawish, in Tuffah district but walking distance from the market. As I pass the sweet shop I’d been in days before, Ahmed leans out and calls me inside: “you are coming to have iftaar with us soon, right?” he asks.… Read More scavenging to live: Gaza Ramadan day 4