Sunday, October 16, 2005

To Live in Gaza City

More cause for celebration- a new blog about Gaza is in town. The only catch: its in Swedish, :)

It is written by a Swedish woman and mother of two-Imaan-who is married to a Palestinian from Gaza. After living together in Sweden, where they met, for many years, the two decided to make the permanent journey back to Gaza. Of course life there hasn't been all its cracked up to be (well, I guess compared to sanitized Sweden... ) but she's been trying her best to adjust (i exchange emails with her every so often-and will hopefully meet up once I get back to Gaaza).

Check out her blog, if not for entries (unless you want to go through the trouble of translating using an online dictionary like I do) then for her fabulous pictures, which give you a rare glimpse of "ordinary" life inside Gaza-birthday parties, schools, weddings, ramadan iftars, etc:


Blogger lisoosh said...

It must be a huge culture shock, but you're right the pictures are great, and the food looks fabulous.

3:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If anyone has any tips about how to get into Gaza, I'd be interested. Someone I know from a human rights group has been trying to get permission to bring an educational tour group to Gaza but has been unsuccessful. I went with a friend last year under the premise of us being health professionals doing research--apparently the Israeli authorities decided it would be too embarrassing to bar health professionals. But evidently educational tour groups are still barred.

1:38 AM  
Blogger Imaan On Ice said...

Imaan here. I've just set up an ENGLISH blog. It's almost empty until now, but it will fill up by time. No more online dictionaries, Laila. Check it out!
Anne, these days it seemes you come to Gaza by luck (whenever the border actually open) and you get out by luck as well.

1:53 PM  
Blogger solitarioh2005 said...

Almost a Letter From Portugal.

Hi . I just drop by to check if you had arrived safe to the US. And it looks you did. I know I should have posted this comment in the other post but I feared you would not read it. The give me your tired .., was the perfect reply to my questions ( I was wondering if you had arrived safe and sound ).

(quote )

" I wondered if they had ever met a Palestinian; if they had the slightest idea what I had to go through to get here; how it felt to cross Rafah with a 18 month old child; or if they did, but simply preferred to screen out that ugly reality for which their country is responsible from their lives. That is what Gaza is about after all".
(end of quote )

Once again you make a great question.

Does a side in a conflict realize the fears , the pain of the other side ?

The answer is No, Laila.
Each side does NOT understand what the other side goes through.

This is true when it comes the Israelis and the palestinians.

Even in a people, each human being does not feel the pain of another human being. Do the rich feel the pain of the poor ? Clearly not.

I hope you enjoy your stay in the US Laila.


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