Necessity being the mother of invention, Gazans have been switching to renewable energy and building techniques to improve their lives under the containment and economic devastation of their neighbours’ border restrictions. Hamas think these successes are against its own interests. Hamas has a stake in keeping Gaza undeveloped.
“While it would seem that the Israeli blockade is the sole reason for Gaza’s fledgling eco-enterprise, it turns out, says Theodore May, that Hamas is responsible for pushing it down.”
Themes: resistance; freedom for Palestinian prisoners; loyalty to the land and Jerusalem
Themes: Jerusalem, prisoners, occupation, commitment to prayer
Children having fun, particularly in mixed groups of boys and girls, is a threat to some interests. There have been arson attacks on two UNRWA camps, one involving a death threat to the organisation’s head, John Ging.
Writing, in Jewish periodical The Tablet Lee Smith, is talking about markets rather than electorates. But in doing so he draws attention to how, if you’re trying to draw a crowd and you’re not choosy about who’s in it, Israel or anti-Israel is the cause for you.