Sunday, April 02, 2006

Voices from Gaza

I'm working on a post about the internal security situation, but in the meantime I'm attempting to incorporate some audio (and possibly video) into the blog and do a series of voices from Gaza-ordinary Gazans speaking about their hopes and fears. Because I dont' have paid subscriptions to audio hosting sites, I'm using this pathetically cheap way of doing it where the uploading/downloading takes a little longer.

This is the voice of Maha al-Banna, a Gaza City schoolteacher.

Unfortunately, you have to download the file (though it only takes 1 minute, plus 30 seconds waiting time, so its not so bad), but until I figure out a better system of doing this that doesn't involve high fees(or until I actually stop being cheap and pay for my own site or audio hosting) you'll have to bear with me!


Blogger Laila said...

Tried audioblog-it still does not work from outside of the United States. As for Odeo-I signed up for an account but I was under the impression that it does not allow you free audio hosting (that is, it won't give you a link to the file to put on your blog), and also does not have video capabilities, no?

3:33 PM  
Blogger Khaled said...

Asalam 3alikom...

Your blog is one of those that I've ever seen... I'm reading it since a short time... and it's very professional... I wanted to advice you with a good hosting website, where you can host up to 500MB and for free... try

I wish you all the best in your life, may Allah keep you and your son in good health... Keep doing the great job you're doin'

Khaled Nazzal from Jordan.

3:47 PM  
Blogger Laila said...

thanks Khaled-
does the site allow hosting or only file uploading?

4:49 PM  
Blogger Khaled said...

With this site, you can upload the wanted file, then you'll be given two links, one is to use in your site, so it will lead the viewer to a pag where the file can be downloaded, and the second one is for you so you can delete the file any time you want... it's a good one, I'll try to find you another one.

by the way, I have some friends in the university from gaza :)

9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's good to hear the voices from gaza. Keep up the good work!
Today it seems like the Israelis are turning up the heat on Gaza just a little bit more... boiling, it seems, is not good enough.

5:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too bad those same Gazans voted in the very people who support and carry out the very attacks that Gaza is now getting retaliation. Hamas has caused their government to start a vicious cyle. They will not arrest the terrorists carrying out the rocket and various other terrorist attacks. They can now just sit back, relax, and watch the entire Strip implode. I hope some-body bought them some good cigars. They can light them with the fire they started.

3:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shagi, you are right. Ooops, mistake. Nobody is perfect, but if you make a mistake, you better correct it....

6:31 AM  
Blogger Yaman said...

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9:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe the peace of today is more difficult because of the actions from all sides from the past?
When PLO later materialized to protect its population in their times of greatest need,what potentially turned out was a newer generation of Palestinians whom had lost hope with the Fatah party of Palestine.
I am correct that PLO later became known as Fatah, correct?
As that lack of trust to resolve concerns of its own people became worse each and every decade, the youth only resolved their supoort for what would become known as Hamas, or the Al martyrs bridage to resolve matters.
Meaning the youth lost confidence of their elders to resolve that peace sought by all sides.
Not stating blame for one side or the other, as its resolution is far more important than that of anything.
Logically, am not an expert of your region,though feel that broken promises to the average Palestinian people by their own leaders in the past, failed to materialize a true peace for its people.
Broken promises from Isreali politics as well assisted in not resolving the quest for peace as well, since government control kept moving from hawk to dove.
As an average American citizen, have always felt that main stream media cares more about chaos than peace. Each and every time, i recall that family killed on that beach in Palestine, for which a young child has only survived, my heart aches of great sorrow, for one more generation of hate,sorrow and despire shall flourish once again.
Logically, the pain and suffering of a Palestinian and an Isreali is of equal importance, but from a distance, the pain is always felt by others around the world.
The only hope for Palestine and Isreal truly falls into the laps of children such as your own,Laila El-Haddad.
I envision a peace one day among your population for which love, compassion and prosperity may be cherished for centuries forward.
As towards acts of warfare, the only route towards peace is when the silent peacemakers take over when bullets from all sides cease.
If i were capable of resolving the peace sought by Palestine and Isreal, that would be life's greatest ambition.
May your son grow wise, remain of great intelligence and lead his people alongside the path of peace.
He shall make you proud.

3:16 PM  

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