Contrapuntal: Transforming Gaza
A Blog by Marilyn Garson
Of what use are unrealized human rights to Gazan Palestinians – and what happens when an aspirational right confronts the hard reality of Hamas? I. We, expressing outrage and support for the people of Gaza from a distance, can refer to Israel’s illegal blockade,...
Look back over the past eight months. We, Jews, have acquiesced. We shrugged off international law and all those diplomatic impediments, and accepted the unilateral gift of Jerusalem from Donald Trump. We may have cringed at the spectacle of Trump’s embassy, but we...
Twice a day, all adult movement ceases in the Gaza Strip. A wave of striped uniforms inundates the narrow streets. 270,000 children each scream louder than every other child. “I used to be so jealous of that uniform,” admitted a non-refugee as the book bags and hair...
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has closed the only crossing point for commercial goods to enter and leave the Gaza Strip. He is unhappy that Palestinian protestors have deployed incendiary kites. Rather than address the illegal blockade which gave rise...
I remember being asked in grade school, “If Canada went to war with Israel, who would you fight for?” The question made no sense to me. Canada didn’t go to war with Christianity, so why would it go to war with Judaism? Theology being too difficult, Israel was my...
The Great March of Return has reinvigorated the effort to under-fund, and undermine, UNRWA. This is an effort to hide the conflict (not to resolve it), and make the present arrangements of power and land permanent.
Israel claims that it kills protestors as a last resort. No. Standing unarmed before an army, that is a last resort. In the eleventh year of blockade, Gaza’s protests are the last resort. Over 100 Gazans have been killed for Walking While Gazan.
As Israel radicalizes and embraces Donald Trump, it rips open a space of Liberal doubt. A positive campaign for Palestinian rights can fill that vacancy. I welcome every hesitant new voice – come and amplify the demand for personal and political rights.
Why do tens of thousands of Gazans believe that standing unarmed before soldiers is their best hope – and why are they not allowed to walk?
Reading Maimonedes in Gaza, the story of four years and two wars, has been published in hard copy by Mondoweiss!
Mondoweiss has published an expanded version of my earlier story of my time in Gaza. Part of each purchase price goes to the We Are Not Numbers project, supporting Gazan writers. You can read more, and order copies here. I’m very proud that Mondoweiss has made Reading Maimonedes in Gaza the second in their forthcoming series of hardcopy publications!
There has to be a visionary alternative, a distinction between the this-worldness which doesn’t allow us to see beyond the impossible odds in power and status, and the possibility of dreaming a different dream, and seeing an alternative to all this.
To every situation, there is always an alternative.
One must train onesself to think the alternative, not to think the accepted and the status quo or to believe that the present is frozen.
Edward Said, The Pen And The Sword, 1993