Saturday, October 14, 2023

Drinking the Sea at Gaza: Days and Nights in a Land Under Siege

An Israeli lived in the Gaza strip and wrote about her experiences and the life of the people there. I was hoping for more "day in the life" of those in Gaza. However, she aligned closely with the activists, and thus the focus was more on the activist experience. Is everyone an activist? Or is this a very narrow subset of the population? It was not until the end, that there was more of a focus on the regular life experience. Family has become very important. Other parts of life come and go. The borders are periodically sealed off. (This can be especially problematic since it is a small area disconnected from the remainder of Palestine.) Police intervene in life. There are problems with corruption on both the Israeli and Palestinian sides. Infrastructure is not well developed. Taxes and red tape can be high. There are few natural resources and high poverty rates. Job prospects are mostly with the government or in Israel. The culture has been getting more conservative, with greater respect for traditional female homemakers and Islamic lifestyle. There are a many challenges without easy solutions. 

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