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Photo Essay: Life in Gaza comes to a standstill

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Editor’s Note: Despite a reported truce agreement between Islamic Jihad and Israel, Palestinians in Gaza are still afraid go out the streets and return to normal life. Mohammad Asad sends us scenes from Gaza today.

This street is usually crowded at twelve o’clock noon but today is empty. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

An empty coffee shop

An empty coffee shop (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

All government ministries and headquarters are closed in Gaza except the Ministry of Health

All government ministries and headquarters are closed in Gaza except the Ministry of Health (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

One of the most popular falafel and hummus restaurants in Gaza is supposed to be full of customers in the morning

One of the most popular falafel and hummus restaurants in Gaza is supposed to be full of customers in the morning. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Palestinian universities are shut down.

Palestinian universities are shut down. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

UNRWA has suspended its services and closed all Gaza Strip schools in conjunction with government schools

UNRWA has suspended its services and closed all Gaza Strip schools in conjunction with government schools (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Construction has halted as workers stay home. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Construction has halted as workers stay home. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

The majority of shops in the Gaza Strip are closed

The majority of shops in the Gaza Strip are closed. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Trees in agricultural areas were uprooted throughout the Gaza Strip as a result of the shelling

Trees in agricultural areas were uprooted throughout the Gaza Strip as a result of the shelling (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

A Bedouin woman drives a donkey cart with extreme caution to collect firewood from agricultural areas, most of which are vulnerable to shelling.

A Bedouin woman drives a donkey cart with extreme caution to collect firewood from agricultural areas, most of which are vulnerable to shelling. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Mohammed Asad

Mohammad Asad is a photo journalist based in the Gaza Strip where he has covered three wars, and nearly a decade of blockade. He is the 2015 winner of the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit photography “Spirit of Humanity” award, and the 2014 winner of the Abdel Razzaq Badran Photography Award, among other accolades

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  1. Misterioso on November 15, 2019, 10:22 am

    As recent expert and advanced DNA analysis has discovered, Including their ancestors, Palestinians have lived continuously between the River and the Sea for at least 15,000 years and they will still be there long after Zionism has been relegated to history’s dust bin.

    • jon s on November 16, 2019, 3:52 pm

      15,000 years? Stone age Palestinians? Has misterioso made a complete fool of himself? I especially liked “including their ancestors”.

      • eljay on November 16, 2019, 5:24 pm

        || jon s: … Has misterioso made a complete fool of himself? … ||

        …says the Zionist who completely foolishly fantasizes that the religion-based identity of Jewish magically transforms:
        – every person in the world – every citizen of every homeland throughout the world – into an ancient Israelite; and
        – geographic Palestine into his/her “ancient / historic / eternal / lost / one true homeland”.

      • oldgeezer on November 16, 2019, 6:03 pm

        @jon s

        Middle Eastern people share a haplopgroup known to go back 48,000

        Nothing like a teacher of fake history to laugh at actual history and science while stealing other peoples property and claiming a 2,000 year old birthright. Especially the white european ashkenazi.

        They say you can’t make it up but Israel sure does. Rogue and outlaw state.

    • Nathan on November 18, 2019, 10:37 pm

      Misterioso – You claim that an DNA analysis has discovered that “the Palestinians have lived continuously between the River and the Sea… AND they will still be there” into the distant future. Well, I tend to doubt that you have studied such a research. It’s a bit more likely that you have just repeated some propaganda line without having realized that you have written an absurdity.

      Oh, and speaking about propaganda, have you read the short article itself. The editor tells us that “Palestinians in Gaza are still afraid to go out into the streets and return to normal life”. In short, before the latest round of shooting, life had been normal in Gaza, and the residents haven’t yet returned to that former normalcy. In an eagerness to stir up our sympathy with the plight of Gazans, the editor apparently forgot that there has been a very intense campaign in the Mondoweiss website to convince us that life in Gaza is not normal at all. I think that (for the sake of consistency) the editor’s note should be corrected. Here’s my modest suggestion: “Palestinians in Gaza are still afraid to go out into the streets and return to their former abnormal life”.

      Have you read the caption of the bottom photograph? It’s a classic: “A Bedouin woman drives a donkey cart with extreme caution to collect firewood…” Well, surely if the Palestinians are still afraid to go out into the streets, then this woman is not behaving with extreme caution. The editor seems to be overly eager to find some angle of propaganda, and the result is just silly.

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