“Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first they have to understand that their neighbor is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions.” -- Paulo Coelho Acceptance of … Continue reading A guy in Gaza seeking a window to the world
So far away from you, it is dark everywhere. City squares lie empty; everyone’s soul is imprisoned. Our purpose is lost. Streets are empty of laughter. We're fed up with concealment, with passivity like an anesthesia. We’re fed up with making love behind closed doors, hidden by tradition and custom. Here we find everything … Continue reading Love and Rebirth in Gaza
He: To sneak away from this ludicrous reality is all I want. To retire. To quit. She: No surprise, we all try to flee, to find a spot, where we can be who we really are; without fear. Without shame. Every day we endeavor to step aside from this large prison. From the same faces, … Continue reading Let Me Leave
The spoken word culture is universal where a group of writers, actors, poets, ad artists in general, stand on the stage displaying their writings or poetry in front of the audience, speaking on their personal experiences, fears, views, beliefs and so on…… For years, I was looking for a place to share my writings, away … Continue reading Gaza Poets Society is a seed of art on a barren landscape
A walk in Jerusalem I venture into Jerusalem filled with tears. Fences imprison the old city, Guards perform their prayers, Young men with empty mornings wander the streets all night. On my way to Al-Aqsa, A policeman stops me. “Where are you going?” To pray. “It’s closed now.” What for? “Not your business.” So you … Continue reading A walk in Jerusalem
On Wednesday, August 29, Gaza woke up to news of the death of Mohanned Younis in the Tel Al-Hawa neighborhood in Gaza City. The 22-year-old short-fiction writer decided to escape this pain-filled place and leave not just his sorrows but also his dreams, ambitions and goals behind. One of the contributing factors to Mohanned’s depression was unique—namely, … Continue reading What Killed Mohanned?
In Gaza, a phenomenon has appeared lately: the harassment of young women by taxi drivers. Girls get harassed verbally, but not often physically. Some drivers in Gaza insist on choosing their passengers, and they choose females, of course, the prettiest ones available. When a girl gets into the taxi-cab, the driver prepares himself and his … Continue reading Three common types of drivers in Gaza