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The Sea Tells its Story

The fishers’ port is like a sleeping beauty. Water is calm. I stand there contemplating its tranquil waters that carry the boats, rocking them gently like a baby’s cot. A peaceful lullaby.  Dozens of fishing

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Out There

They tell me it’s a vast world out there. That if I were to leave this place, I’d see for myself. That the lush green landscapes will stupefy me. That I can drive a car

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Sounds and Sights in Gaza

I’m trying to enjoy solitude as I sit and write away. I’ve kept the windows closed in a desperate attempt to block the noisy bustle outside. That way I can pretend it’s still early morning

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Mornings in Gaza

It’s morning, and I’m having my coffee. I like it warm. In fact, one of the things that irritates me is leaving coffee to turn cold. Coffee is a ritual for me. It tells me

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Past, Present or Future?

When it comes to tenses, I prefer the present.   Could’ve been, would’ve had… is irritable to think about.  Why cry over the past, I say to myself? If I was meant to have this or that,

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In Gaza, writing Heals

I’m a survivor. Not only of recurring Israeli military attacks, but a survivor of being a resident of Gaza.  But what does it mean to be from Gaza? To live there. To be besieged (under

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