Update from Gaza and Lebanon
Its difficult blogging from way over here. I feel impotent, a far-and-away observer, distant and a little too comfortable. and I don't like it. its so easy to get lost here in your own little world, whatever that world is; its not wonder the average American knows-and cares-so little about the outside world; Between the longest work hours on the planet and corporate-controlled media in the hours you do have to yourself, I don't blame them in some ways. That, and insanely expensive health insurance. More on this later.
News from back home: Yassine's parents were able to flee to Syria, where he has two Aunts in refugee camps there. His brother's stayed behind in Baalbeck to guard their home, lest the refugee camps, too, become "accidental targets". His sister and her family are still in Tyre in the south, and communication is on and off with them.
From Gaza: things are grim. We speak regularly with my father's cousin, who tells us that because of the closures, vegetables are being dumped on the local markets, with tomatoes selling for 3 shekels a box (less than a dollar). the problem is, there is no refridgeration=no electriciy, adn we are talking about high summer; so people can only buy what they can cook, and eat, that day.
and another email from Fida about life in Rafah under siege, verbatim:
Life here awful , I cant believe it , is this Gaza ? I can't even imagine what's going on , no body out help or even feel what's going on , its horrible... people every day killed and no body say look to these Palestinians or Lebaneses.
The food , the water , the electricity , all of this awful , I came back with some money and I thought I will help a lot but I gave them to some families and now I'm looking to these families and looking to my hands and there is nothing I can do .
its awful at all .
I feel its night mare . I cant believe it .
I came back and thought I can do some thing , but the Israelis destroyed more and killed more , and now in Rafah a lot live in the schools after they lost there houses.
I don’t want to cry again but its some thing never stop .
I feel so sad .
You know ? We have the electricity for 12 hours a day now , and the water 2 hours every 4 days , not every day . can you imagine this ?
Can you believe it ? can you believe 3 families all of them killed , no body stayed alive , can you imagine ?