A demo on the sea today, a day in advance of the anticipated arrival of the Freedom Flotilla, originally comprising 9 boats and 700 people. The Flotilla has been delayed by sudden mechanical failures, international complicity, the pull-out of the Cyprus government’s support–and its banning of boats in Cyprus waters–and more despicable but unsurprising political… Read More waiting for the Flotilla
It’s been too long since I’ve seen the Abu Leila’s, living in a tent in Gaza’s northern Al Attatra region. The last time I visited, 31 December, the land was drenched with long-needed rain, their tent leaky and sagging beneath the water’s weight. Only the oldest daughter is ‘home’ when I stop in, parents Saleh… Read More grace notes
*photo by Emad Badwan first published: (IPS) – By Eva Bartlett “Why are you rushing? Isn’t it nicer like this?” Mohammed Omer, oud teacher (an oud is similar to a lute) at the Gaza Music School, asks his student. Omer takes the oud and demonstrates, playing the song slowly, gracefully, with the ornamentations that are… Read More music to live by
Beit Hanoun, April 13 demonstration against the Israeli-imposed “buffer zone” and the Israeli army brutality which comes with it. For many months, Palestinians have been marching in Beit Hanoun and other border regions, stretching down to the south-eastern Rafah border. Armed with flags, voices, spirit, and very aware of the dangers from the Israeli soldiers,… Read More Palestinian demos continue non-violent against the violent Israeli army
Radiant Khitam: deaf, Khitam goes to the Atfaluna school for the deaf. Her birthday was a few weeks ago, and some Beit Hanoun friends came to give her a party. Khitam danced and played musical chairs with her siblings and neighbourhood friends.
It’s one of those beautiful, sunny days, with a fresh sea breeze and people strolling on the beach…one of those days in which you can almost forget the manifold tragedies that unfold daily in Gaza under siege. Under siege for four years, really, but fully under siege since mid 2007, over 1000 days. One thousand… Read More grasping beauty
“Mirror” –Salem Awad “The colors of sunset are wonderful but the sun is the most wonderful. When the black clouds with their golden warm colors play on the sound of a bird that dialogues with the leaves of trees that were eaten by the wind and dance with a beautiful golden dress coloured by the… Read More art for art’s sake
“My grandmother was Jewish,” a voice drifts out from behind the meagre selection of second-hand clothes. The souk al fres, a massive market in Gaza’s old district, Sahaa, carrying just about all one needs used to thrive with second-hand clothes and goods brought through open borders via Israel. It was a thrift-shop-junkies dream.
I’m sitting talking with a Palestinian friend about Israeli violations of international law, international human rights law, norms and standards… and he sums it up: “fish qanoon… fi oud“, “there’s no (respect for) law… there’s oud.” qanoon has two meanings: law… and a classical stringed instument played table-top. so he jokes: there’s no law, just… Read More fish qanoon, fi oud
Arab Abu Ghazel, northern Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip: we are roughly 1 km from the norther border, in an area which was doused by bombs during Israel’s winter 2008-2009 massacre of Gaza. the area, with the norther border near, the sea a few kilometres away, and the eastern border within earshot, is regularly inundated with… Read More for the children