Dwindling stocks, an exclusion zone and patrolling Israeli gunboats all make life difficult for the fishermen of Gaza.
According to the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), there are some 4,000 boat-owning families in Gaza. In 2004 they landed nearly 3,000 tonnes of fish. It was crucial to the nutrition of the 1.7 million people of the Gaza Strip, more than half of whom were dependent on food aid, even then.
Fishing inshore is poor, and there’s an added danger because of Gaza’s failed sewage system. That was built to serve 400,000 people, and it has collapsed because of war damage and lack of materials to maintain it. Eighty-nine million litres of raw or partially treated waste water go straight into the sea every day. Last year the fishermen’s catch was less than half what it had been 10 years before. They are now the poorest section of society, according to the UN, with 95% of fishing families dependent on food handouts.
Gaza is now undergoing power cuts of 12 hours on most days. The price of diesel had doubled. Supplies of fuel and much else had been smuggled in through tunnels from Egypt, but those had mainly been closed since the Muslim Brotherhood regime fell in July and the Egyptian army took over. The Gaza Strip has been under a severe economic blockade imposed by Israel since 2006 and it has limited imports and exports and led to a major economic decline and wide-reaching humanitarian crisis.
In the year to November 2013, Al Mezan, a Gaza-based human rights NGO that logs infringements of law and damage to property, reported 136 Israeli attacks against fishermen in Gaza’s waters. These injured eight fishermen, including a child. In 2013 Israeli forces arrested 18 fishermen, confiscated seven boats, and damaged or destroyed fishing equipment on 23 separate occasions. At least five Palestinian fishermen, all judged “non-combatants” by the UN, have died at sea in confrontations with the Israeli gunboats since 2010. — Read More
Photos by Gianluca Panella for the Observer
The Song Of The Day
Indie Shuffle premiers Arcade Fire - We Exist (Night Drive Edit)
The year is coming to a close and we can all agree 2013 has been full of amazing releases. Today, our friends over at Indie Shuffle share with you Night Drive’s twist on Arcade Fire’s ‘We Exist’. Being one of Night Drive’s favorite tracks of the year, they did not want to wait for stems to be released. Eager to give you one last Night Drive track in 2013 the Austin/Houston duo decided to create their own edit now. Keep your eyes open for more Night Drive releases in 2014.
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… The Video Of The Day
Lorde - ‘Team’
Published on Dec 3, 2013
Music video by Lorde performing Team. (C) 2013 Universal Music NZ Ltd.
this video was borne from a dream i had a few months ago about teenagers in their own world, a world with hierarchies and initiations, where the boy who was second in command had acne on his face, and so did the girl who was queen. i dreamt about this world being so different to anything anyone had ever seen, a dark world full of tropical plants and ruins and sweat. and of this world, i dreamt about tests that didn’t need to be passed in order to be allowed in: sometimes the person who loses is stronger. enjoy xx
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