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Anti-occupation activist Badia Dwaik wrestles with conflicted feelings on seeing journalist’s photos of his son stopped by Israeli soldiers in Hebron. “I don’t want my child to be a cheap and easy target,” he writes. And what if Mahmoud had let the cigarette fall from his lips and the soldiers dared him to pick it up. They could have used such a pretext to shoot him.

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.”