Category: Gaza Strip

  • 5 from Gazan Writer Atef Abu Saif

    via ArabLit. Palestinian writer Atef Abu Saif is a talented and insightful political scientist, novelist, short-story writer, and editor who lives in Gaza: 1. Still Life: Scenes in Gaza Time (2006), translated by William Hutchins. This excerpt begins: He discovered suddenly that Gaza had a sea — a big sea, too. It was blue — like a […]

  • Uri Avnery: Eyeless in Gaza

    April 14, 2018 WRITE DOWN: I, Uri Avnery, soldier number 44410 of the Israel army, hereby dissociate myself from the army sharpshooters who murder unarmed demonstrators along the Gaza Strip, and from their commanders, who give them the orders, up to the commander in chief. We don’t belong to the same army, or to the […]

  •   Uri Avnery: Eyeless in Gaza

    July 8, 2017 I HAVE a unique confession to make: I like Gaza. Yes, I like this far-away corner of Palestine, the narrow strip on the way to Egypt, in which two million human beings are crowded, and which is closer to hell than to heaven. My heart goes out to them. I HAVE spent […]

  • Uri Avnery on War Crimes

    Uri Avnery June 27, 2015 War Crimes? Us??? “WAR IS HELL!” the US general William Tecumseh Sherman famously exclaimed. War is the business of killing the “enemy”, in order to impose your will on them. Therefore, “humane war” is an oxymoron. War itself is a crime. There are few exceptions. I would exempt the war against Nazi […]

  • Uri Avnery’s Vision for the Future of Israel & Palestine

    Uri Avnery March 28, 2015 The Israeli Salvation Front THE 2015 election was a giant step towards the self-destruction of Israel. The decisive majority has voted for an apartheid state between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, in which democracy will slowly disappear. The decision is not yet final. Israeli democracy has lost a […]

  • Gaza writers receive death threats from IS

    This article via Al Monitor: THE PULSE OF THE MIDDLE EAST by Hana Salah Posted December 5, 2014 Translator(s)Pascale el Khoury GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Mystery still surrounds the presence of the Islamic State (IS) in Gaza. Statements in the name of the radical group threatening or claiming responsibility for previous bombings in Gaza are not enough […]

  • Uri Avnery: Son of Death

    Uri Avnery / August 23, 2014  Son of Death THE WAR was over. Families returned to their kibbutzim near Gaza. Kindergartens opened up again. A ceasefire was in force and extended again and again. Obviously, both sides were exhausted.  And then, suddenly, the war came back. What happened? Well, Hamas launched rockets against Beersheba in […]

  • Uri Avnery: Eyeless in Gaza

    August 16, 2014 Eyeless in Gaza THE TROUBLE with war is that it has two sides. Everything would be so much easier if war had only one side. Ours, of course. There you are, drawing up a wonderful plan for the next war, preparing it, training for it, until everything is perfect. And then the […]

  • Welcome Home Villagers: A window into the minds of the Occupiers (“The most moral army in the world”)

    The following comes via Tom Clarks’ blog — which you all should check out: he has been posting regularly on Gaza. Palestinians returning home find Israeli troops left faeces and venomous graffiti Ahmed Owedat also found soldiers had thrown his TVs, fridge, and computers from upstairs windows and slashed furniture  Harriet Sherwood in Burij, The Guardian, 7 August […]

  • The Many Lives of a Political Poem: From Hebrew, to Arabic, to Another Life in Hebrew

    via the always excellent Arab Literature (in English): BY MLYNXQUALEY on AUGUST 2, 2014 • ( 0 ) Over at The Paris Review, poet and translator Peter Cole writes about the ironic new life that Benjamin Netanyahu has given to Hayim Nahman Bialik’s poem “On the Slaughter”: In the days after the three Israeli teens were murdered, most likely hours after their kidnapping, […]