“The Second Gaza”–New issue of The Link
The Link, published on a bi-monthly basis, is Americans for Middle East Understanding (AMEU)’s primary education and information tool. More than 175 issues of The Link have followed since the first issue written by Humphrey Walz appeared in 1968. For the first two decades of its existence, The Link was virtually the only national periodical published for a diverse audience by an American non-profit organization that persistently challenged the prevailing myths and stereotypes about Arabs, Muslims and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Dr. Atef Abu Saif was born in 1973 in Gaza’s Jabalia Refugee Camp. His PhD is in Political and Social Science.
A regular contributor to newspapers and journals, as well as the author of five novels, his most recent book, “The Drone Eats with Me: Diaries from a City Under Fire,” is a day-by-day account of Israel’s 2014, 51-day pounding of the people of Gaza.
The “digital” results of that collective punishment were 2,217 Palestinians killed (550 of them children and 239 women) some 11,000 wounded, with well over 111,000 homes damaged or destroyed.
For Atef Abu Saif this all forms part of the statistical makeup of Gaza’s 1.8 million people who live on 141 square miles of land — what he calls the first Gaza. This is the Gaza you get when you Google Gaza.
There is, however, a second Gaza. This is the Gaza he tells us about in his feature article.