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Goodbye Gaza: Our Correspondent Reflects on Her Time in the Middle East

World  (tags: Gaza, ME, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, occupation, freedoms, HumanRights, The Guardian )

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Power cuts, fuel shortages, price rises, job losses, Israeli air strikes, untreated sewage in the streets and the sea, internal political repression, the near-impossibility of leaving, the lack of hope or horizon -... crushing the spirits of Gazans

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Angelika R (143)
Friday February 14, 2014, 6:16 pm
After three years reporting on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, our Middle East correspondent is coming home to the UK. With heavy heart she pays a farewell visit to Gaza and pays tribute to the resilience, creativity and humour of its people

* Please read at visit site * A moving first-hand account from an outsider who became an insider.

Angelika R (143)
Friday February 14, 2014, 6:19 pm
Also, If you've not seen this video from the situation in gaza 3 months ago when that devastating storm and flood hit, please watch and get the full info.

Süheyla C (234)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 3:13 am
Thank you Angie for sharing
noted and shared

Evelyn B (62)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 4:59 am
Powerfully written, with deep feeling and concern
Thanks for flagging this; I'm sharing it on

Jaime Alves (52)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 8:02 am

Angelika R (143)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 12:17 pm
Evelyn, I agreee, but the word "flagging" is normally used in a different meaning on this site, sounds a bit strange here..;)

Marija M (29)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 12:22 pm
thank you Angie

Angelika R (143)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 12:22 pm
I should oerhaps repeat that video link here in case it got overlooked. It isn't brand new, but from the December floods, but then the dire situation IS an everyday experience, with or without that extra of a weather condition.
* VIDEO:The Resources Israel Blockades from Gaza Will Shock You *

M B (62)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 12:38 pm
I'm glad I don't live under such pressure..., so sad.

ewoud k (68)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 2:54 pm
Complicated situation over there, and most who live there didn't have anything to say in how things developed.

Thanks for posting Angelika!


Winnie Adams (179)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 3:04 pm
Noted. Thanks Angelika. So sad for so many . . . . .

Birgit W (160)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 3:22 pm
Thank you very much for sharing Angelika.

Colleen L (3)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 4:05 pm
So sad. Thanks Angelika

David B (38)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 4:06 pm
And the world does not care... or does not know? --- Much more mainstream media publicity required!

Angelika R (143)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 5:05 pm
We can't rule out that many really don't know and another many believe the propaganda spread, fueled by Islamophobia, as we all can witness right here.more often than not. Mainstream media, David? You KNOW who owns most of that!

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 12:44 am
Very sad Angelika, and the saddest thing is that the leaders are responsible, and really don't care.

Bridget R (106)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 1:42 am
Very important story. I have never had to live in those circumstances. They should be no lack for daily services. And that is just one of the many things they face every day. Thank you Angelika.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 4:19 am
Noted. Beware of propaganda.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 9:18 am
Thank you Giana, very true, and that includes US leaders as well..and a few others..

Debra G (0)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 12:51 pm
Ah, the British perspective, skewed to cover their own blunders in world history. Example from this article: "The sense of liberation at the time, and the dream that Gazans might be free to determine their own future, and become a model of a future state of Palestine, was swiftly dashed on the rocks of Israel's political actions and military operations, and the rise of Hamas." Israel's political actions were in response to the rise of Hamas - you know, the missile-launching, suspected-collaborator-beheading, Sharia-imposing group determined to annihilate Israel. Hamas was "democratically elected" based on their campaign lies, and now acts dictatorially. The Egyptians can't stand them, either, but Israel gets the blame. Of course Hamas let her in to report; Israeli reporters would be targeted and killed.

Patsy Olive (0)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 2:54 pm
Noted & tweeted.

Past Member (0)
Monday February 17, 2014, 9:01 am
It's time for the Gazans to wake up and to get rid of their extremist and militant government, who put them into that mess.

West Bankers are doing way better, because Fatah is much less active of terror. Gazans can see the West Bank as an example of they could have.

When the Germany defeated in WWII decided to shed off its Nazi past, it advanced very fast in all areas. This is the way for Palestinians as well - drop the hate and war from their plans, and start building, maintaining peace and cooperation with all regional partners, including Israel.


Carmen S (611)
Monday February 17, 2014, 11:49 am
Thanks for sharing this, Angelika.
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