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.






Marriage Reality in Gaza

If you are interested in any country or civilization, certainly you will ask questions about its history, traditions, beliefs and even superstitions. I bet that everyone had read topics like “weird marriage customs around the world or bizarre wedding rituals”. Anyway, regarding marriage customs’ in Gaza, you will not hear about crazy or bizarre rituals like those in India or Africa.

I may mention that there are mainly two types of marriages in Gaza; traditional marriage and non-traditional marriage.

When we talk about traditional marriage, what will come to your mind is the family arranged marriage, it is when the man’s family look for a suitable girl and arrange the thing with her family so both see each other in the girl’s family house and then give their decision about each other. What I meant by “suitable girl” is that the man’s family looks for a girl suits them socially, but what the man and the girl look for in this kind of marriage? Typically men look for certain levels of beauty, education, social class, the less demanding   and a good reputation. About girls in this kind of marriage, they evaluate the man’s social class, reputation, shape, level of education and financial abilities, then accept marrying him or not.

Yes, it is like this actually.

For more clarification, I may mention too the type of girls in such situation:

  • Girls who are totally controlled by their families and have now personality or vision or even opinion and they do whatever their families decide and see appropriate.
  • Girls who have a vision about their future life and how they imagine it to with the ability to accept of refuse the marriage offers regarding what they want, in addition for being raised with an understanding families encourage them to express themselves.

Concerning the non-traditional marriage, what sets it apart from the traditional marriage is how the man and the woman meet, they usually get to know each other before getting married whether they knew each other from the neighborhood, university, work or even from ant social media website it doesn’t differ . The challenge of this kind of marriage is the family attitude towards them, as both could be from totally different social class and what they only look for love and understanding in each other. There are families which will refuse this kind if there was a social difference and they will do whatever they can do in order to prevent this marriage, and there are families that will accept their sons’ or daughters’ decisions even if they didn’t agree in condition they won’t have any role in their lives in case of any future problems.

In this kind of marriage usually there are two types of men:

  • Negative men, who can’t stand against their families and after a while they will leave their “love stories” for the sake of their family’s satisfaction.
  • Positive men, who will not accept to give up and force their families to accept their desires even if they married so late or didn’t get married at all.

Now we must talk about the girls’ families’ attitude towards this marriage:

  • Families who consider it a kind of shame if their daughters had a relationship before marriage.
  • Families who will not be positive at all if the man was from a less social class and will refuse it even if their girl didn’t get married ever.
  • Families who will accept and regret later in case there were social differences.
  • Understandable families, who will agree.

Regarding the girls’ situation:

  • Girls who won’t accept their families decision and take their time to convince them and if they failed they will give up.
  • Girls who will force their families by threatening them they will not accept to marry any other man and by  promising to  undertake the responsibility of their marriage.
  • Girls who will react towards their families’ refusal by eloping, but these cases are few and rare.

This was a quick explanation for the reality of marriage in Gaza, but still as we say here       ” marriage is just like a watermelon no one knows how it would be from the inside”, we can’t judge any kind of marriage as what we may seem as a bad marriage, may become the most successful and what would appear to us as a great marriage, may turn to be the most miserable marriage.

Even we can’t guarantee the non- traditional marriage as it depends on both sides attitude after marriage.

Personally, Marriage for me is very complicated decision and a step really needs deep and cautious thinking, it is as a matter of luck; there are no guarantees for anything.