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Suroosh Alvi

  • 'Us', 'them' and the disconnect between Israelis and Gazans

    For the last five days, Gaza has come up in just about every conversation, Facebook status and thought I have encountered. Today, as the fourth daily siren rang out in Tel Aviv, the response of locals seemed much more fluid and far less fear-ridden than that of Thursday's unexpected alarm. Neighbors ushered each other towards  basements and shelters, wondering aloud about how long it would be before the tell tale "boom" would sound. As a novice to situations such as these, I am filled with a wash of contradictory emotions. I feel frightened, not so much by the actual physical…

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