Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

Alla T. Elshawa: In Gaza

In Gaza

By Alla T. Elshawa

In Gaza, there is so much to tell, it is always spoken from the heart. When walking in one of its streets, you are faced with endless spoken words, maybe mere conversations or even purposeless fights. You can hardly encounter a silent face. Everyone becomes a political figure making him/herself so knowledgeable and erudite that he/she can express, analyze, or even predict what is happening in the coming seconds. In Gaza, you can articulately speak.

In Gaza, people are so much attached to “today”, the past, though, is stored in their long-term memory. Today, for Gazans, is such a flexible tool that can be easily formed on the basis of its experimental dimensions. Today is a new definition for “adaptation”. The successful mission in living “today” can prove their extraordinary power enabling them to adapt their new plight, which could be considered their new success.

In Gaza, you care for your lunch. While having lunch with your family, you start negotiating about tomorrow’s lunch. Your mum gives you options, but you never reach mutual agreement. Surprisingly, what is prepared is not included in the said options, and you eat it without complaint.

In Gaza, you can run your car using cooking oil, instead of the non-existent petrol.

In Gaza, you are lucky to have joyful company in the beautiful darkness. In Gaza, you can have your errands done on time. Lucky you! Undoubtedly, our sincere thanks go to the company in charge of the always-cut electricity.

In Gaza, you appreciate each drop of water. You get up early in the morning, or stay up till late at night , awaiting the release of the first water drop. There is always a way out, so don’t worry.

In Gaza, you can live, you can carry on.

In Gaza, moments of happiness are the best reminders of past agonies. You were supposed to celebrate, but, unconsciously, your memory recalls your most bitter moments. Tears, in Gaza, are always tears of sorrow, tears of grief…..

In Gaza, a cup of coffee is your welcome and your farewell wherever you go. The smell of this coffee is mingled with the deep-roots of your Gazan Identity.

In Gaza, you hate your boss, your major, and the day when you applied for this job. Still, despite cursing your boss all day, you are doing your job perfectly. It is never out of fear, but the kindest looks of your boss dilute your silent fury, preventing any existence of a “No, or Sorry”. Your heart dictates to you your reactions.

In Gaza, you have no credit, but just by a missed call a friend can easily perceive your need.

In Gaza, you can feel.

In Gaza, you can never forget the smell of the war. The gratuitous death of innocent victims, the premature but willed death of Heroes, the endless up-rooting, the blowing up of houses, and the deep alienation. These empower the Gazans' Spirit to keep going. This Spirit has rebelled against its own plight through "the unarmed revolution” of thousands of children and whom have taken up the fight for liberation; a century of continuous struggle for regaining "the stolen land".

In Gaza, your enemy is surmountable, your fight is spontaneous, indigenous, uprising-timely, heart-rendering, self-sacrificing, deeply appealing, and almost poetic.

In Gaza, "To die" has acquired a new idealistic notion. "To die" embodies values of courage, heroism, endurance, redemption, and more self-identification. Gaza is always there: in your speech, in your coffee, in your job, in your recalled memories

*************

In Gaza, you never forget.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 


Philip Temple: Hang On A Minute, Mate
Peter Dunne quietly omits some salient facts when arguing for retention of MMP’s coat-tailing provision that allows a party to add list seats if it wins one electorate and achieves more than 1% or so of the party vote... More>>


Cheap Grace And Climate Change: Australia And COP26

It was not for everybody, but the shock advertising tactics of the Australian comedian Dan Ilic made an appropriate point. Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, a famed coal hugger, has vacillated about whether to even go to the climate conference in Glasgow. Having himself turned the country’s prime ministerial office into an extended advertising agency, Ilic was speaking his language... More>>


Binoy Kampmark: Funeral Rites For COVID Zero
It was such a noble public health dream, even if rather hazy to begin with. Run down SARS-CoV-2. Suppress it. Crush it. Or just “flatten the curve”, which could have meant versions of all the above. This created a climate of numerical sensitivity: a few case infections here, a few cases there, would warrant immediate, sharp lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, the closure of all non-vital service outlets... More>>


Dunne Speaks: Labour's High Water Mark
If I were still a member of the Labour Party I would be feeling a little concerned after this week’s Colmar Brunton public opinion poll. Not because the poll suggested Labour is going to lose office any time soon – it did not – nor because it showed other parties doing better – they are not... More>>



Our Man In Washington: Morrison’s Tour Of Deception

It was startling and even shocking. Away from the thrust and cut of domestic politics, not to mention noisy discord within his government’s ranks, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison could breathe a sign of relief. Perhaps no one would notice in Washington that Australia remains prehistoric in approaching climate change relative to its counterparts... More>>



Binoy Kampmark: Melbourne Quake: Shaken, Not Stirred

It began just after a news interview. Time: a quarter past nine. Morning of September 22, and yet to take a sip from the brewed Turkish coffee, its light thin surface foam inviting. The Australian city of Melbourne in its sixth lockdown, its residents fatigued and ravaged by regulations. Rising COVID-19 numbers, seemingly inexorable... More>>