Dramatic Increase In Crime Rates In The Gaza Strip


Every time I want to write any topic about living in Gaza, I find myself compelled to talk about the political situation and how it affected our lives’ conditions and this bla bla bla, which I myself got sick of. We may escape from thinking in all this complicated situation, but we cannot escape from facing this reality every single day.

I believe our society is living challenging period with many new issues and problems, the one I’m writing about here is the high rate of crimes ( including murder crimes, theft crimes and rape crimes) and suicide cases, which could rarely happened in the past or to be precise before 2007 such accidents were uncommon in Gaza society to this extent.

I as a member in this society just can’t turn a blind eye for the degeneration in the kind of the social life and manners happened in Gaza Strip in this period due to the poverty, unemployment, siege, and the lack in everything needed for the basics of the daily life which caused from my own point of view the condition of  deep depression and desperate among the people. The latest report I had read was published in 2015, it showed that the rate of unemployment in Gaza Strip is 60% and I’m sure now it had exceeded this percentage.

What we are expecting now?

Actually, No expectations , we just have hopes.

By reference to what I mentioned above about the high rates of crime and suicide cases, unfortunately I couldn’t find any updated statistics or published reports showing any clear numbers, but you know what is the most interesting thing about the Gaza Strip?

The most interesting thing about the Gaza Strip community, is that all of the people know each other, it is a small area in comparison to other cities in the world and that Gaza Strip is indeed a closed area with people have a lot of free time to talk about each other’s news and events. So that, when a crime happens in the southernmost, in less than one hour people living in the far north will know about it.

In average, personally I can tell that one murder crime happens every 2 months and of course this is an objectionable matter when comparing this to the period before 2007 as almost we could hear about one or two murder crimes in the whole year.

This situation is simply frustrating as this kind of crimes is raising every day and it is really out of control, even applying execution judgments on murderers didn’t  stop such crimes because we must note that in addition to the high rate of crime there is also a high rate of addiction to different types of drugs too. It was proved too that almost all the murderers, thieves and other criminals were addicted to drugs as announced in few police reports here in Gaza.

This article is addressed to the local government in Gaza Strip as they approved their failure in controlling the situation for reasons might be in or out their control, but undoubtedly they must create new methods in fighting crime depending on psychology as I believe the non-ended circle of violence the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip are living in since 2007 affected them badly.

My hopes for Fateh and Hamas may seem naive and childish, but I really hope they may put an end for their political conflicts and think about the people here in Gaza, who are living in an inhuman conditions due to their conflicts.

Finally, I have hopes that the international community  and human rights organizations may contribute in showing the real truths about the reality in Gaza Strip and help in reforming this inhuman situation in Gaza Strip.






Gaza Dark Ages

The Dark Ages is a term refers to the Middle Ages in Europe as a symbol  of intellectual darkness, ignorance and the Church control over all aspects of life. Now Gaza is living its Dark Ages, but literary not symbolically . Gaza have got a high rate of educated people and they have been creative in different domains lately, but they live in completely darkness. Gaza city is having an electricity crisis since 2008, this caused a great loss for all the factories or to be clear the survived factories after the three wars and for different companies or institutions of the private sector.

Away from all these damages, I want to write about us, the citizens or the human beings living in Gaza. For a while my family used to buy fuel and use the generator whenever we didn’t have electricity, but we couldn’t tolerate the expenses any more. Usually people use candles or charged lamps or Uninterruptible Power Supply/UPS or solar power cells/Photovoltaic cells “PV Cells”.  Choosing the way you will use to lighten the darkness usually depends on your financial situation and choosing what suits your budget.

At the beginning of this crisis we thought it would be temporary and won’t last for a long time, but now it turned to be a remarkable feature for our lives. No one knows the real reason for this crisis some say it is Israel, other people say the reason is Hamas government in Gaza and other say that it is Ramallah government who created this crisis. The realty of the reasons doesn’t matter anymore what really matters is our daily suffer in this crisis.

I will talk about myself as a real example here , I work as a freelance translator and my work depends on using laptop, this problem affected me so bad as at the beginning I canceled many orders because I was unable to commit to the deadlines with my clients, then I bought extra battery for my laptop and finally I wrote down the electricity schedules of my friends so I can go to work in their houses whenever I have any order .

Besides, I have an extra mobile battery and had to buy one of those cheap tablets so I don’t lose connection with my friends and family in and out Gaza.

I may cancel any plan out of home when it is our time to have electricity in order to charge my devices or if I have to use the iron, the washing machine or even if I wanted to dry my hair. I don’t use my mobile to listen to music or watch anything on Youtube to save the power.  Usually we have electricity for 8 hours or 6 hours or even 4 hours per day. It is not enough at all to do anything. I almost forgot how it is the thing of having electricity for the whole day.

These are the Dark Ages of Gaza, the ages when the needs and rights become luxuries and wishes we dream about and the ages when our greatest concern become having UPS or buying fuel. The Dark Ages in Gaza means that the people had lost their basic human rights and with time they will lose their humanity as Che Guevara once said that if you imposed inhuman conditions over a man  and  if he didn’t rebel against it he will lose his humanity gradually.