Friday, December 30, 2005

Under seige

Its 10:40pm now...northeastern Gaza is under serious bombardment. We can hear powerful thuds every few seconds here from Gaza City, which are rattlnig our windows. The shelling is very close to civlian homes, according to local correspondents located in the region. more later, I hope.


Blogger ratttu said...

reading readers comments on Haaretz article about the rockets (Zeev Shif Friday): truly depressing I can tell you. It's all about 'they' - 'they're shooting at us' 'of course THEY should be bombed, they are bombing us', writes a lady from Ashkelon. For most of the comment-writers, all the 1.3 million people of Gaza are just one big mob. A leviathan; a faceless, nameless foe. The Arabs. The Palestinians. The Gazans.

There is an invisible wall which stands higher than any fence, separating between 'us' and 'them', between 'our side' and 'their side'. This wall denies us the possiblity to be simply a civilian in this conflict, for we are always seen as enlisted supporters of 'our side'; and this is even truer when talking about 'them'. None of us are seen as bystanders, never: we are all Israelis or Palestinians, and accordingly we are guilty or righteous.

Me I am completely sick of all that. I have 'my side' but it does not follow a border on the map, or my ethnic/national community; it certainly does not include my government. It is made of people I care for, people I feel affinity to.

12:40 PM  
Blogger rosie-b said...

Oh my god, you and all of Gaza are in my prayers.

2:47 PM  
Blogger lisoosh said...

ratttu - you should really ignore the commenters on sites like haaretz and ynet. They a bunch of obsessed nut jobs and better left to themselves.

7:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Couldn't have saod it better than Lisoosh about the Haaretz commenters. A nausea-inducing read if there ever was one.

Laila, hope this ordeal draws to a close soon and that your loved ones remain unharmed.

8:17 PM  
Blogger ratttu said...

I agree that the haaretz/ynet comments section can be extremly repulsive. But unfortunately the us/them mentality runs very deep. My personal view is that it is one of the basic things prolonging this conflict.

I wanted to wish Laila and everybody a Happy New Year, and hoping this year will be kinder, happier, and quieter.

10:59 PM  

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