Mondoweiss recently published Marilyn Garson’s new memoir Reading Maimonides in Gaza, which recounts her time working in Gaza with aid agencies during two Israeli wars on the strip. Below, Garson reflects on the recent news that the Trump administration is cutting aid...
Ha’aretz, November 10, 2017 Palestinians filling bottles and jerricans with drinking water at Al-Shati refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip, on March 22, 2017. HOSAM SALEM / NurPhoto[/caption] In Gaza, in the name of aid and the relief of suffering, our...
What is Contrapuntal?
I lived and worked in Gaza, 2011 – 2015. I want to add adjectives to our understanding of the community of Gaza: young, ambitious, educated, loving, resisting and audaciously human.
The name ‘Contrapuntal’ refers to the harmony of hope that I used to hear, in the voices of my Israeli relatives and my Gazan colleagues.
We need to de-exceptionalize Israel-Palestine, and bring this conflict into the realm of law and (equal) human rights. That’s where justice will be found.
I frame the conversation in the language of human rights, legal accountabilities, and international solutions. Those frameworks equalize us.
Gaza needs freedom and justice. The blockade which devalues and endangers two million lives must end.