Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Underground Economy

I've been on the move again, this time out of Gaza with Yousuf and my family, after a gruelling two days on the crossing attempt to pass, and a week waiting for the crossing to open. I've been exhausted and thus the delay in blogging, but I promise to post pictures and more about the trip soon.

For now, I leave you with one of the finishe products of my journey, a short documentary my colleague and I made in Gaza about Rafah's underground economy, which aired on CBC last week (yes, the voice is mine)...


Blogger iNFaMoUsJeSt said...

This is so interesting... and yay I understood some arabic.

Honestly, Israel's attempts for "security" have driven the paletinians to *extremes* means of living their lives. Although I wonder (since I've never really read about it) if it's just to punish all the palestinians for the actions/policies of a political party...

The ambassador to Canada hit me as someone who could NOT answer Avi's questions in full glory. I thought it interesting how neither mentioned how Israel owns Palestine a bunch of money from taxes. Oh and the constant emphazing of terrorism over human rights by mr. baker. bah.

great documentary!

1:03 AM  
Blogger John Mullis said...

Salaam Alaikum Laila - thank God you are both safe We will be praying for you all at this difficult time when it seems fighting has degenerated into civil way - I wonder why??
Be strong

2:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are lucky to have gotten out of this hell I call Gaza. I can't wait to leave in two weeks time! Nice documentary.

11:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the Israeli ambassador said it very well - The tragic economic conditions in Gaza would not exist if Hamas would stop their terroist activities and recognize Israel's right to exist.

Until that happens what can Israel do - open the borders and make it easier for Hamas to import rockets which it fires daily at Israeli citizens?

Even when Israel tries to open checkpoints for humantarians purposes to let in aid, terrorist factions shoot mortars at the checkpoints!

I used to be a big critic of Israel's policies, but I am beggining to see they have no choice and are forced to deal with a bunch of extremist terrorists -whom the Palestinian people elected!

11:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for this informative film. I had no idea that the tunnels were part of an overall underground economy and not only used to smuggle weapons. One really has to continuously seek out 'small' alternative sources of information to have any idea of how much truth and untruth is in the soundbites we get from mainstream media and official government sources.

Keep up the great work and my best wishes to you, your family and friends in these desperate times.

God bless us with peace

1:10 PM  
Blogger Frank Partisan said...

Thank you for sharing your documentary.

This is a really good blog.

Good luck in struggle.

6:54 AM  
Blogger Donald Liebich said...

Laila: Thank you for today's interview in Al Jazeera with Ali Abu Nimah re the "One State Soluion". This point of view needs more exposure. (I am probably biased in favor of someone who agrees with me.) If Al Jazeera would give you permission, it would be useful to post pieces like this on your weblog. They would reach a different audience

5:20 PM  
Blogger Quiskaeya said...

I wish I understood the situation between Palestine and Israel better than I do. It's so tragic both sides. Thank you so much for sharing your story from the eyes of a mother and journalist. The documentary was very interesting.

7:48 PM  
Blogger Amalee Issa said...

Laila, I was tagged by Mr Anthrope http://misanthropeandglory.blogspot.com/ on Saturday, and now I have to tag 8 other blogs that I read and would like others to read too. There are rules for this sort of thing, although I'm ignoring them. I'd like to tag your blog, I hope this is ok.


10:46 PM  

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