Tweeting Gaza, June 2011

I had the chance to make a 3-day visit to Gaza in mid-June 2011. I wanted to tweet throughout it, but that proved almost impossible. This collection includes tweets from when I arrived in Cairo, June 11, through some I was able to send while in Gaza, through a lot that I wrote about Gaza just after returning to Cairo. Easier than blogging, huh?
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Helena Cobban @helenacobban
I reached Cairo last night. Blogged the short interview I did this a.m. with MB's El-Erian here: http://t.co/SMxS3Cw.
Helena Cobban @helenacobban
Spent the last 30 hours in Gaza but 2 tired 2 tweet. How sad is that? Otoh, I've met some fantastic ppl. Thus, not sad at all!
Helena Cobban @helenacobban
reporting-wise, being in Gaza while th local leadership is in Cairo ain't gr8 planning...
Helena Cobban @helenacobban
... but they've done some possibly good negotiating there w/ fateh? http://t.co/XVCaiKT
Helena Cobban @helenacobban
Best thing i tasted today in gaza was ta7ina 7amra, that i had to buy for @gazamom, now in MD, (& I had to taste it.)
Helena Cobban @helenacobban
@gazamom is quite the rockstar here! I'm so proud to have published her fab book. http://t.co/t18FrDg
Helena Cobban @helenacobban
i've been in mtgs held by 3 Gaza-based NGO's so far & short mtg @ Gaza Islamic U's amazing campus, plus had good tour of many areas.
Helena Cobban @helenacobban
tmrw I have to give 2 presentations, maybe shd get to sleep earlyish tonite?
Helena Cobban @helenacobban
what i learned in gaza so far: ppl & society have shown remarkable recovery fm Isr's 2008-09 assault...
Helena Cobban @helenacobban
...but th economy is held down shockngly low by th longlastng Isri-US siege... & Gazans r desper8 to b free after 44 yrs of forn mil occupn.
Helena Cobban @helenacobban
most ppl i talked w/ in gaza not v. hopeful the Pal reconciln will succeed (or, not daring 2 hope... not clear which.)
Helena Cobban @helenacobban
@SCClemons why rely on 2nd-hand rpting re Fateh-Hamas talks taken by an Israeli from AP when there r many gr8 1sthand rpters who r Pals?
Helena Cobban @helenacobban
yesterday in gaza i met a v. articulate young Pal woman who talked w/ tears in her eyes about how she longed to visit Jerusalem...
Helena Cobban @helenacobban
...but no Gazan ppl of her age (except a v. few Isr-designated 'VIPs') has ever been able to do so. J'lem is about 40 mins drive from Gaza.
Helena Cobban @helenacobban
Today I talked w/ an older Pal guy here in Gaza who hadn't been able to go to the West Bank since 1984...
Helena Cobban @helenacobban
... fm gaza to the West Bank is abt 25 miles as the crow flies. Does anyone in 'west' understand...
Helena Cobban @helenacobban
... how much the Israel-maintained division betw these 2 parts of Palestine causes real hurt to Palestinians?
Helena Cobban @helenacobban
Yes, an agreemt Condi Rice negot'd in 2005 'promised' free movemt betw Gaza & WB... Came 2 nothing...
Helena Cobban @helenacobban
Gaza friend I talked 2 today talked nostalgically about the airport they had here till 2002. You cd fly to Cairo, Amman, UAE, Europe...
Helena Cobban @helenacobban
But in 2002, Sharon as PM bombed & wrecked Gaza airport 2 smithereens in 'Defensive Shield' & Pals never allowed 2 rebuild it since.
Helena Cobban @helenacobban
This is de-development, Israeli-style in Gaza... This & the clip-clop sound of the hooves of donkeys pullng carts cuz of fuel absence.
Helena Cobban @helenacobban
finished Gaza visit late yesterday. was ways too busy there 2 tweet. getting in 2 Gaza thru Rafah was hard & getting out equally hard...
Helena Cobban @helenacobban
... & that was even tho spouse & self have hi-level connectns both sides. 4 regular ppl esp regular Pal ppl it is FAR worse...
Helena Cobban @helenacobban
Pals in Gaza r always SO happy to see & talk w/ vistors cuz in general they feel so cut off from world.
Chirpinator @chirpinator
@helenacobban Enjoyed the few Tweets that you had time to share very much! Sounds like a fascinating and sobering trip.
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Chirpinator @chirpinator 17/06/2011 16:46:26 WIB
@helenacobban Thanks so much for sharing and archiving these. It's a great window into the situation for those of who wish to go but can't. I hope you share more details soon!
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