hard days in Ramadan: no power, no water, soaring heats

*photo by Emad Badwan DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip, Aug 22, 2010 (IPS)  By Eva Bartlett– “It’s been days without electricity and water. We can’t do anything, and it’s unbearably hot now.” Abu Fouad, 83, speaks of the power cuts plaguing all of the Gaza Strip. While Palestinians in Gaza have grown accustomed to power outages,… Read More hard days in Ramadan: no power, no water, soaring heats

daily life and celebration merge: last day of Eid

The third day of Eid, kids are still in their new clothes, playing in the streets on makeshift swings or simplified, hand-powered fair-ground rides. But there are also the extremely poor who aren’t taking the day off, instead profiting from holiday waste to scour the trash bins for recyclables. One such donkey and cart is… Read More daily life and celebration merge: last day of Eid

laughter and tragedy: Eid day 1

The streets are completely renewed with energy, filled with life and people no longer fasting. The sense of vitality, exuberance, is strangely similar to that of immediately post-massacre. [That day, 19 January, the streets blossomed with throngs of people who’d been cooped up in homes, feeling death was imminent. The realization that the mass-Israeli-bombing (but… Read More laughter and tragedy: Eid day 1

dabke, rap, breakdancing and life: Gaza Ramadan day 27

It gets a bit ridiculous with Palestinians insisting on giving away merchandise, belongings, wall-hangings…anything to guests in gestures of friendship and hospitality [a note on this: don’t ever light-heartedly compliment something that isn’t bolted down in your hosts’ home or they will take it down/off and give it to you]. Abu Mahmoud, the taxi driver… Read More dabke, rap, breakdancing and life: Gaza Ramadan day 27

Guava leaves, merrimea, F-16s: Gaza Ramadan day 25

*Merrimea, the wild herb that makes tea so delicious. The better merrimea is grown in the more hilly occupied West Bank. But some sprigs can be found in Gaza. Everything is juxtaposed in Gaza. There’s no following a single train of thought, there’s no normality except in expecting anything to happen [‘anything’ along the lines… Read More Guava leaves, merrimea, F-16s: Gaza Ramadan day 25