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Winter in Gaza: Overflowing Sewage But the Strawberries are Ripe

From Gisha’s Gaza Gateway,

Gaza Behind the Lens

With the arrival of spring, we decided to present a selection of photographs taken during the past winter in Gaza.
The winter brought with it terrible storms. Restrictions on the entry of supplies made it difficult for Gaza’s infrastructure to cope. Sewage was overflowing, houses were flooded and families were forced to live without heating- all of this became a normal part of life in Gaza during the last couple of months.

But the winter also brought other pictures in Gaza, such as farmers delighted by their ripe strawberries. In December, for the first time since the closure of Gaza began in June 2007, Israel permitted limited export of strawberries from Gaza. This was a reminder of earlier times, when the export of agriculture and goods gave residents of Gaza the opportunity to support themselves with dignity.
Summer is approaching, so this is the time to remind you about the sea in Gaza. Due to the damage to infrastructure and the shortage of electricity and spare parts, there has been no improvement in the condition of the sewage system in Gaza, and every day, 80 million liters of untreated or partially treated waste flows into Gaza’s sea. Again this summer, residents of Gaza will need to choose whether, despite the pollution, they will seek respite from the heat in family activities at Gaza’s beaches, renowned for their beauty. We know we would find it hard to resist.

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JESSE BACON (Philadelphia) is a freelance activist and father. He has a Masters in teaching from Roosevelt University in Chicago. He is an observant progressive Jew, and is trying to be a good ally for Palestinians and all dispossessed peoples, while staying true to the best traditions in Judaism. He visited Israel and Palestine in 1996, 2001, and 2002. He served for three years on the local steering committee of Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago, and one year on the board of Pursue the Peace in Seattle. Read his posts here.

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