‘National Geographic’ and the Gaza Strip

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There’s an exceptionally good story about Gaza published in December’s National Geographic. The writer, James Verini, captures the reality of the Strip in somber colors. He also humanizes the Palestinians in ways few other mainstream publications have managed to do:

Our interpreter, Ayman, told us that after the airport was built, he was so proud of it that he took his family there on weekends for picnics. “Look at the destruction,” he said, shaking his head. “Everything. Everything is … destructed.” “Destructed” is a favorite malapropism of Ayman’s. It’s apt. “Destroyed” doesn’t quite capture the quality of ruination in Gaza. “Destructed,” with its ring of inordinate purpose, does.

Photographer Paolo Pellegrin’s images communicate the depth of the darkness and destitution the Palestinians contend with:

07 gaza city apartments rise above beach 670
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Ahmed Moor is a Palestinian-American who was born in the Gaza Strip. He is a PD Soros Fellow, co-editor of After Zionism and co-founder and CEO of liwwa.com. Twitter: @ahmedmoor

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  1. Annie Robbins
    December 17, 2012, 10:05 pm

    fabulous photography. it really captures the tunnels. and the flowergirl photo is beyond.

    thanks for calling our attention to this unprecedented series of photos ahmed, very very much.

  2. ritzl
    December 18, 2012, 4:09 am

    National Geographic did a superb story on water rights, use, and conflicts in the WB and Israel a couple of years ago. They do seem to want to, and be able to, present a realistic presentation of the problems in and/or facing Palestine.


  3. Les
    December 18, 2012, 10:07 am

    When we think about Gaza we should remind ourselves that more chldren were killed by Israel with US supplied weapons in its latest assault than were killed in the Connecticut school shooting. The US rapid response to this was to rearm Israel.

  4. AlGhorear
    December 18, 2012, 1:18 pm

    I agree it’s a good story, but still the editor felt the need to say:

    Editor’s note: As this issue went to press, the conflict in Gaza escalated. Hamas and other groups stepped up rocket fire on Israel, and the Israel Defense Forces launched an air and sea assault on Gaza, targeting the Hamas leadership and sites containing rockets and other weapons, along with civil government and media offices. Israel also extensively bombed the smuggling tunnels in Rafah.

    This ignores the ongoing Israeli killing and incursions into Gaza and implies that the latest “conflict” was in response to Hamas stepping up rocket fire into Gaza.

    • Citizen
      December 19, 2012, 6:12 am

      Yeah, good catch AlGhorear. Seems it’s always written that way, any way that implies the local natives “started it.”

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