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The Second Gaza

Author: Atef Abu Saif
January-March 2016
Volume 49 , Issue 1
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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.

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Before you leave this page, take note that AMEU has a new president.

Bob Norberg has stepped down as  our president to become our first president-emeritus.

Bob joined A.M.E.U.’s board of directors in 1995 and was appointed president in 2005.  A journalism graduate from the University of Minnesota, he greatly enhanced the quality of all our publications, and was singularly responsible for the creation of our website, including the digitizing of all our Link issues going back to 1968.

Our new president is Jane Adas. Jane joined our board in 1998 and was appointed vice president in 2004. She has a PhD from Rutgers University in Musicology.  Readers of The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs will know her as its reporter on Middle East events that take place in our tri-state area.

I often tell people that the real bonus of my job is the extraordinary people I have the opportunity to meet.  Bob Norberg and Jane Adas are at the top of that list.

--John F. Mahoney, Executive Director

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