Published October 3, 2014
Why must Gaza wait in the dark?
Separating Gaza's electricity supply from the political conflict is a step long overdue.
By Sam Bahour
|Palestinians gather near a fire in the At-Tuffah district
of Gaza City, which was heavily |
damaged by Israeli attacks during the latest offensive, Gaza City, September 6, 2014.
When I asked my colleague in Gaza about her biggest dream, her answer made an impression on me: "I dream of what life would be like with 24-hour electricity." This was the answer of a single, mid-career, western educated, professional woman who lives in the more affluent part of Gaza City. Her response suggests the depth of despair among Palestinians throughout Gaza.
Day-to-day life in Gaza between Israeli attacks is unworthy news for Western mainstream media. As a result, few people are aware that electricity in Gaza is a luxury, with blackouts lasting 16-18 hours—every day. This bitter reality has warped people's lives for years now, as they must plan their daily activities around the four-six hours when they anticipate electricity, even if that means waking up to put laundry in the washing machine in the middle of the night.
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