Palestinian activists and volunteers from the Women's Program Center distribute crafts and reading material to children confined at home due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, in the Deir al-Balah refugee camp in the Gaza Strip, on April 13, 2020. (Photo: Ashraf Amra)

Asmaa Tayeh, who at 24 has never been outside Gaza, says the siege over Gaza provides no strategic defense against the coronavirus: “I really hated this notion, because the whole world was thinking we were safe, while we’re actually not. Just because you’re in an enclosed place doesn’t mean you’re safe. Because if we have any cases inside the Strip, our enclosure will help the virus spread even more.”

Palestinian workers spray disinfectant as a preventive measure amid fears of the spread of the coronavirus, in Dair Al Balah in the center of Gaza Strip, on April 4, 2020. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

Haidar Eid writes, “In Gaza, staying at home leads to some existential questions and deep soul searching. With time to reflect, I am tempted to cross that invisible thin line separating fiction from reality. The real world of occupation, blockade, apartheid, settler-colonialism, and coronavirus on the one hand, and on the other, the imaginary world of my favorite authors.”