- Written by Maxine Maxine
- Published: 22 October 2011 22 October 2011
Maxine for Gaza Health
I'm a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. I view health as not just the absence of disease, but the presence of well-being through peace, justice and each person's and community's rightful share of resources. We are DOING health when we work for peace and justice for all!
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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2011
The six of us, the WA/OR PSR health delegation, arrived in Gaza this afternoon. There are the details and there are the impressions.
One detail is that I am writing this in the very dimly lit hotel room--that is all the light there is (it's like candlelight--2 faint lightbulbs). Apparently the hotel has its own generator which is essential as most of Gaza has electricity only ~ 50% of the time. We overlook the Mediterranean Sea which presents interesting contrasts--the beautiful sea, its cool breeze, the familiar sound of the surf. Yet, the beach, like much of the Gaza streets is piled with trash, and out over the water, on the horizon is a row of lights. I am told they are Israeli surveillance boats--always present. It's quite disturbing. That Israel has the ability (which they exercise at will) to monitor and to attack at any moment is a fact of life here in Gaza. We were shown a building that was recently bombed (with "surgical precision") right in the middle of Gaza City, on a block of apartments, the street where children play. The "crime" for which this particular building was bombed, nobody knows. It's a way of life thing, they tell us.