Observations from Occupied Palestine: Gaza

first published at Crescent International, Eva Bartlett [see Observations from Occupied Palestine, Part 1] Unusually heavy torrential rains last month inundated much of Gaza, which was already reeling from a tight Israeli-Egyptian siege since 2006. Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected with more than 5,000 evacuated from their homes. Power outages of 20-22… Read More Observations from Occupied Palestine: Gaza

Gaza flooding, blockade-manufactured crises

Thousands of Palestinians in Gaza have been displaced because of severe flooding. (Eyad Al Baba / APA images) More updates from Gaza, besieged by cruel Israeli policies and now by torrential rains, Israeli-dam flash-floods, and continued power outages [yesterday’s post here]: UNRWA calls Gaza ‘disaster area,’ pleads for end to Israeli blockade Dec 14, 2013… Read More Gaza flooding, blockade-manufactured crises

Gaza drowning …and under power and media blackout

Photos and updates from Gaza paint one of the most dire scenarios the Palestinians locked in the Strip have faced, Israeli bombing campaigns aside. For over a month Palestinians in Gaza have endured 18 or more hours/day power outages. Now, with unusually heavy rains, cold temperatures, Israeli-released torrents of water (suddenly opening of dams along… Read More Gaza drowning …and under power and media blackout

Israeli Siege on Gaza Causes Waste Crisis

First Published at Inter Press Services (IPS)– By Eva Bartlett “For the past five years we’ve collected garbage by traditional means: donkey and cart,” says Abdel Rahem Abulkumboz, director of health and environment at the Municipality of Gaza. The municipality of Gaza alone produces 700 tons of waste daily, Kumboz says. More than half of… Read More Israeli Siege on Gaza Causes Waste Crisis

Gangnam Gaza Style: on the siege, Palestinian Prisoners, Palestinian Pride

*photo: Emad Badwan First published at Inter Press Services [blog version longer than published version] –By Eva Bartlett “We wanted to do something to bring focus to the plight of Palestinian political prisoners, of which there are around 5,000 in Israeli jails, including hunger strikers, children, women,” says Mohannad Barakat, 30, one of seven Palestinians… Read More Gangnam Gaza Style: on the siege, Palestinian Prisoners, Palestinian Pride