Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Sucks to be you...

Poor Abu Mazen. I cast a sympathy vote for him this week, I really do.

Yesterday, farmers dumped truckloads of spoiling strawberries, tomatoes, cucumbers, and carnations near his home in protest of the ongoing unilateral closure of the Karni/al-Mintar commercial crossing by Israel and the impotence of the PA in doing anything about it. Dairy products and other food stocks including baby formula have dwindled in Gaza markets since the closure on january 15, with the only factory here in Gaza not able to meet the demands of all of the strip’s 1.5 million people. Farmers have been unable to export their two main products of this season-carnations and strawberries to Europe, tomatoes and cucumbers to the West Bank and Israel, and they have been left to rot or as feed for the goats.

With disgruntled members of his own party shooting at his house, demanding his resignation after their crushing defeat in the elections, and calling him an “Israeli agent” on one hand, and farmer’s dumping piles of rotten tomatoes on his lawn in protest of the continued closure of Karni commercial crossing for 3 weeks and counting on the other hand (as one taxi driver put it “this is what I call democracy-only in gaza are people allowed to burn tires and dump tomatoes in front of the president’s house), all while trying to appease western governments to continue to speak to and fund his government.

To quote a popular blog award on AOL’s instant messenger, “It sucks to be you”.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find Laila's post more inreresting and showing a broader picture of Palestinian society than North American media which is full of stories and photos of armed men from differnt factions.

Sure there is a lot of uncertainty in post election Gaza but ordinary people live their lives and it's well reflected on her posts

natan from toronto

8:17 PM  
Blogger Musophrenia said...

thanks to God, for finding your blog...please don't read mine ;-)

9:19 PM  
Blogger Baji said...

Thank you for opening up and providing some insight. Keep up the great work!

8:36 AM  
Blogger tafka PP said...

It does indeed suck to be him, and always has done.

I guess at least the Goats are happy!

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Amy H in Portugal said...

I just heard your interview on Radio Open Source(www.radioopensource.org/) and was thrilled to hear a direct and personal "voice" from Palestine. I felt that I learned more about what the election was really about than what all of the shocked and doomsday headlines and news-bar announcements would make us believe.

Please keep writing.

11:15 PM  
Blogger OmAr said...

God bless you!! i feel so small when i read your posts, it's such a great job, may God be with ya...i reached to you through a comment you made on my blog...

It burns me from the inside to hear our people's stories, suffering their every day life...
but also I feel so proud when encountering blogs like yours.

hope you get out of every misery Israel is causing, untill then, we shall all do what we can to ease it for you

11:18 PM  
Blogger Tor Hershman said...

That’s awful but this empire wastes food
(or as I call it – Feeding the rats at the city dumps so they’ll be big and strong)
on a MUCH larger and a 'regular schedule'.

Communism = Impossible
Capitalism = Terrorism

BTW: Don't bother readin' moi's blog, I'm a fat, old Atheist.

9:44 PM  

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