Walking along Gaza’s streets there’s always something to notice. Today it was a man, piping batter into rounds on a large electric hotplate to cook what look like pancakes. Qatayef.
Mahfouz and family have shown considerable kindness and hospitality from first meeting, 9 months ago.
*Ramadan lights stand out during a power out in Gaza. Since I already had iftaar (break fast, the meal after sunset during Ramadan) invitations for the first half of Ramadan, I felt I should try fasting, however long I could manage. Not being Muslim, I needed to read up a little on Ramadan and why… Read More fasting, dancing, charity: Gaza Ramadan, day one
Yesterday, one year to the day of the Free Gaza movement’s historic landing at Gaza port (the 1st in over 40 years), various Palestinian NGOs and organizations held a press conference, calling for the siege on Gaza (over3 years! unbelieveable!!) to be halted, for humanitarian goods to enter, and for Gaza’s Palestinians to have a… Read More one year after Free Gaza arrives
1st published By Eva Bartlett Saturday The family and friends from Ezbet Abd Rabboh, who are like a family to me, invited me to see their newest addition to the family: a healthy one-month-old boy. Time passes quickly in Gaza, and until today, I’ve not seen him. I’ve also not seen the slow progression away… Read More the future? the present? A Week in Gaza: August 7-13 2009
*How my day ended yesterday. Not having looked out of my building’s stairs windows in quite a while, yesterday I finally noticed the flattened neighbouring multi-storey building. During the Israeli attacks on Gaza this winter, I only a few times slept in my building, staying instead at the Red Crescent office, or at the hospitals,… Read More iftaar dates
*Ramadan decorations for sale, Gaza’s Saha market. According to the Islamic calendar, Ramadan will likely begin tonight at sunset. With the holy month’s approach, the Palestinians of Gaza, already choking in all respects under the 3 year siege [imposed basically immediately after Hamas was elected, but heightened to a new level of inhumanity in June… Read More Ramadan under siege
It’s not easy for anyone in this besieged Strip. Most are jobless, or if employed they haven’t been paid for a month, two months… And if paid, it’s sub-minimum wages, and everything is expensive here. It’s hot, there’s little relief, even at night, especially if you live in a cement block home and can’t get… Read More love and friendship in Gaza
One day, and quite unexpectedly as with all nice surprises, a man I barely knew untied a black velvet pouch, to reveal the treasures he’d stashed inside.
Two years ago at this time, here’s what i was seeing and hearing in the Occupied West Bank: ISRAELI SETTLERS AND SOUTH HEBRON PALESTINIANS: Stealing Palestinian Land in Susiya