Oh my God its a dead Fish
Complicity and enabling behaviour
Yesterday I was wandering on the beach in Gaza talking to children and looked
down and saw a dead fish. I took a photograph and knew that it would give me the inspiration at some point later in
the day to relate it to the situation in Gaza.
When I returned to the hotel I began chatting to a convoy member who mentioned
that know one really appeared to care about Gaza. Many of those so called caring people didn't actually even bother
to read many of the posts we have done here including their own family members. I've even read between the lines of
the some of the comments of people who appear to think that coming here is just one big holiday.
Capturing the spirit of the people of
According to some spiritual people who believe in the power of animal totems the
hummingbird symbolizes the enjoyment of life and lightness of being. This beautiful bird is capable of the most
amazing feats despite its small size, such as travelling great distances or being able to fly backwards. The
hummingbird invites us to develop our adaptability and resiliency while keeping a playful and optimistic outlook.
The Hummingbird also invites us to enjoy life’s simple pleasures and take time to enjoy yourself. On a more extreme
level by using the analogy of the Hummingbird you may be required to adapt to a situation that are demanding or
challenging. The wisdom carried by this beautiful animal emphasizes flexibility and lightness our approach to the
Gaza The Themepark
The ups and downs of living in
What strikes me the most about the people of Gaza is their ability to be flexible
and creative under extreme conditions. Gaza is the victim of severe restrictions as a result of border closures and
blockade, which impact even basic supplies including building materials and fuel. For example during the last war,
Operation Pillar of Cloud, there were many restrictions including on the supply of gas. As a result some people
eventually modified their vehicles and started to use cooking oil to fuel their cars instead of
First Thoughts on
On Entering Gaza via the Rafah
When we arrived through the Rafah
crossing terminal after a tenuous journey up through the Sinai with the assistance of one tank and two armoured
vehicles one of the participants gave us a piece of paper and asked us to write down how we felt before entering
Gaza exercise was to write some words on our first impressions on Gaza. Read more......
Five Star Hotel in
A welcoming reception in the heart of
Written by Špelca
On entering the lovely hotel I'm surrounded with smiling faces of friendly Palestinians,
bright, white smiles of innocent children having fun on a small part of the beach guarded with Israeli war ships
who are constantly terrorizing Palestinian fishermen and destroying their already weak ships. Surrounded with
beauty of the Mediterranean and the sound of waves whispering cruel stories about fishermen of the sea, I enter the
At the reception I'm warmly welcomed and then when I enter the hotel lobby I see a donkey
tied to a pillar, looking at the sky, hoping to serve it's purpose once again one day. Read more......
The Fisherman of Gaza
Derek Graham speaks on the atrocities happening
Today we are supposed to go and
join the fisherman of Gaza and see how they deal with the restrictions on fishing. I politely decline knowing
I'll end up being sick. We stay back and are given a talk by Derek Graham. He’s an Irishman living in Gaza with
his wife. Derek Graham is a member of the
Free Gaza Movement and one of the owners of the MV Rachel Corrie
Derek explains some of the desperate conditions
the fisherman work in which include only being allowed to fish up to 6 miles out. According to international law
they should be allowed to fish up to 20 nautical miles but the Israelis change and bend the rules frequently.
The Silent Heros of Gaza
First Line Defence Firemen Speak out
Finally I have a chance to interview the fireman. What strikes me the most is
the terrible conditions and how old the fireman look. The manager who is wearing glasses looks embarrassed when he
tells me he is only 29.
He explains that the building was two stories and was destroyed in the last attack from
Israel in 2010. Most of the equipment dates back to 1986, it would all be considered obsolete in the west. Their
office comprises of a small brick built building. Most of the time they sleep outside in the makeshift