Monthly Archives: August 2011

the Hopeful Gaza Eids

Hello world! This is me, Ruba. I have survived and I’m here now, writing again as I pledged.

Well, I hate that habit of talking about sadness and pains all the time. I believe there is always a bright side, even if it hardly shows its light.

Gaza, despite of every thing, is a hopeful city. Ramadan has finished, and tomorrow is the first day of (Eid al Fitr). Gaza is completely a different city in the Eid. You can notice the Eid’s traditions all over the city.

To be more specific, I will tell you how the days of the Eid are spent in Gaza.

(1) Before the Beginning:

“The number you have dialed is unavailable at the moment, please try again later, thank you”.. A killing voice

message you will hear once you call some one! Or it might be “Network busy”, “connection error”!! All people are sending each other messages of “Happy Eid” the day before. If you remembered to send yours early, your messages would be delivered. But may Allah help you if you forgot. You will never be able to send unless you preferred to be late!

[It doesn’t matter, some people are always late]

(2) The Beginning:

All people rush after dawn to the mosques to pray the Eid prayer, even children [but I know children’s purpose ;)] At the mosques, and after prayer is done, people who are in charge of the mosques distribute some pockets of sweets, biscuits, lollipops, balloons, and gums for children, as a kind of spreading happiness.
[You will wish you were a child at such a moment]

(3) Breakfasts:

Wanna be surprised? Well, Most of the people in Gaza have fish as their Eid breakfast! Yes, fish! But wait, it is not the fish you know! It is too salty and prepared especially for this day! Gazans call it (fseekh)

But not all Gazans like it, since my father does not bring it for he thinks it is extremely salty to be eaten! However, every last day of Ramadan, we beg him to bring us some!

 [I bet you will like it, it’s delicious].

It seems I’m talking too much, the next point quickly before I forget myself talking about fseekh!

(4) Eid’s Sweets:

Every family prepares special sweets for its visitors. New type of chocolate must be bought and introduced to visitors with coffee, Pepsi, or juice…etc.

What is unforgotten about Eid is “the cookies”, or what they call it in Gaza (kaa’ek). It’s a kind of sweet dough filled with dates in a circle shape. [Why am I describing? I will show you a photo instead]:

Mothers start making it on the last days of Ramadan, and when their children think about touching a piece of it, they shout at them immediately!

The funniest part about this day is that my uncles challenge each other on which of their chocolates and Kaa’ek are the best!

(5) Visits:

Eids are the most suitable time for a visit in Gaza. Even if the one you want to visit was sleeping and you rang him, he would never apologize. Instead, he would get up quickly and ask his wife to prepare the sweets and coffee. He would also awaken his children and tell them to wear their new clothes to welcome that unexpected guest!

However, In Eids in Gaza, you don’t have to call someone before you visit him. You MUST expect such sudden visits, simply because “it is Eid”!

Anyway, no one is upset with such a thing, in fact, people in Gaza love exchanging visits during Eids’ days.

The most interesting thing about this is that it may be a long time no see with your relatives, but you see them more than once during only 3 days of Eid!

You may see your aunt at first when you visit her on the first day.

The second time is when you visit your grandmother; she will come to visit her also on the second day!

The third time is when your aunt herself comes to visit you at your home to say “Happy Eid” to your family! Then, you will need a month or two to see her again!!

(6) Kids:

They are the people who enjoy Eid’s days most. They are bought new clothes, given special pocket of sweets at mosques, and brought along with their parents to relatives’ visits.

They are very pleased with that type of swings which they don’t see at any other time of the year. These swings are spread everywhere, and toys sellers are roaming the streets all the time!

[I bet streets are the most attractive aspect for kids in Eids, well, after chocolate!]

(7) The most important point!

How could I forget to tell you about what is called in Gaza (Edeia)? It is some money males give to their sons, daughters, wives, mothers, and sisters to spread happiness among them. It is not fixed; it depends on their economic situations.

[Thanks God I’m a girl. Girls are lucky at Eids, they take; don’t give :D]

(8) the most popular toys:

When you look at kids playing in the streets, gathering around a toys seller, what do you expect them to buy?

In Gaza, as a rule of thumb, boys buy pistols and guns; girls buy dolls.

What may make boys buy pistols are the same reasons which may make girls buy dolls! Gaza children are different, their life is completely different, and their toys, that are controlled by the exceptional life they live, is also different.

Anyway, this is Gaza, an area of contradictions. This is the land where always a bright side is created amidst many dark sides. This is the Eid in Gaza, and these are the lovely, distinguished, perseverant people of Gaza.

Happy Eid for you all 🙂

Ruba Monzir
8:06 pm


Posted by on August 29, 2011 in Being a Gazan, Snapshots ..!


Oh My Gaza !

It has been a while since the last time I blogged. Although it is not suitable for me to blog today, as I have an exam tomorrow, BUT I cannot stop the desire of writing inside my heart, the desire not to keep silent, and to feel that I’m doing something, even if it was too simple !

[1] Never Cast Lead again !

In Eilat operation, 7 Israelis were killed, no Palestinian faction has adopted it, BUT simply dozens of Palestinians in Gaza were burned, torn into pieces for something they didn’t do.

Let’s suppose the operation was done by Gazans. Netanyahu said that all those who were responsible for the operation were killed, then , Why would Israel attack civilians, children, mothers who may even did not know any thing about the occurrence of such operation?!!

It’s only Israelis’ brutality and crimes against humanity for which it has never been punished!

Radio Channels started playing patriotic songs they were playing during Gaza massacre of Cast Lead in 2008. to breathe the same atmosphere of blood smell is something terrible! as if you are experiencing death more than once while you are still alive!

[2] Moments of fear:

I was studying when 2 loud explosions shook our home. My parents gathered us in the corridor and told us not to move. Bombings were everywhere. No one could walk in the streets at that time but the (msaharatis) ,persons who awaken other people up to have their Sohur in Ramadan. They were very brave to roam Gaza streets and beat their drums under a rain of fire!

I said to myself: they can never defeat us !

[3] Will never forget!

A father ,doctor, his brother and son were targeted directly while they were riding a motorbike . they were tuned into burned pieces of flesh!

I thought of the mother. She has lost her 2-year-old child and her husband at the same time. People go to Paradise, but their deaths moment becomes immortal and unforgettable grief!

[4] Are those photos horrible ?

Never think for a while that people can get used to everything. In fact, they can, but they can never get used to DEATH. People can never get used to loosing their parents, children, friends…

I looked at the world and thought of how many girls/boys have committed suicide for being left by their boy/girl friends! How much trivial that world is!

Despite of all those massacred people, life is sacred in Gaza !
Life is sacred in the most area which death never left!

[5] Irony!

My sister asked her friend if she has heard the explosions. She answered immediately, “there is no electricity, I can’t hear anything because of the sounds of power engines !!”

[6] Damn them all :

I just have a feeling now to damn all of them. Damn you Israel. Damn you Netanyahu. Damn you Abbas. Damn you USA. Damn you human rights organizations. Damn you UN. Damn you European Union. Damn everyone who can do something to protect Gaza and keeps silent!

[7] Twitter:

People on twitter were doing a great work but I’m not sure if the outside world is concerned with what is happening there! At the beginning I felt I was drowning in a deep sea of propaganda, but later, most of twitter users whom I follow started asking each other about their source of news.

Some of them twitted :

“When human beings dehumanizing their counterpart, they never see their as human being but rather objects, Gaza demonstrates this fact now.” by Ayman Qwaider

“I didnt sleep last night,going 2 sleep for a couple of hours,explosions will wake me up & ill rush 2 tweet about them #Gaza stay safe every1” by Omar Gaza

And I twitted before I hardly went offline to complete my studying, “Oh Allah, #ProtectGaza”

[8] the bad thing is definitely better!

It seems I will get bad mark at tomorrow’s exam. I cannot stop crying, watching the news on TV, and following them on Twitter and Facebook.

I say to myself: to lose marks is better than to lose someone you love!

[9] Contradictions:

At the moment, I’m looking out of my window. Our neighbors have gathered under their building and started drinking tea and playing dice.

Note: it’s not about they don’t care for what is happening around them, but it may be that they want to enjoy their last moments of life. Or, they may want to consume their time while waiting for death, or it may be “Life Goes On”

[10] Netanyahu: “the first 24 hours of bombing Gaza were ‘just an initial response’ ”

I will write soon, if I was not slaughtered!

Ruba Monzir
1:17 am

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Posted by on August 20, 2011 in Being a Gazan