“Have you got bored with your quarantine, the closure of your crossings, your airports and your trade? We in Gaza have been living this for 14 years,” one social media user posted this week.
“Oh world, welcome into our permanent reality,” he added.
Other social users highlighted that the lockdown in developed countries had very little to do with Gaza or Kashmir, where people are living in inhumane conditions.
pls stop comparing Corona lockdown to Kashmir or Gaza ... a voluntary contract of isolation where community adapts w you is really not the same as a BRUTAL containment w resources shut & violence outside ur door
Standing in his empty metal factory in northern Gaza City, businessman Youssef Sharaf recalled the years when he used to be able to export electric heaters to Israel and the West Bank.
“I had 70 people working here, today I only have one,” Sharaf told Reuters. Although the underlying causes of his closure were man-made, he empathized with those facing shutdown because of disease.
If for 13 years Israel has shown no humanity to Palestinians in Gaza, why would they now? Gaza is an open-air prison with no clean water, lack of medical supplies, nowhere to isolate and no way to escape. Israel allowing only 200 tests for 1.8 million captive people is monstrous pic.twitter.com/O3EBni2lwz
But in Gaza’s small but resilient high-tech sector, the obstacles that stop travel abroad also forced the early adoption of teleconferencing and other practices that the world is now catching up with.
At Gaza Sky Geeks, an incubator for young entrepreneurs, computer programmers, and web developers work remotely with international firms.
“Because of the years-long blockade on us, Gaza people better understand the current situation in world countries,” said Angham Abu Abed, 24, a computer engineer who works with a software company in Britain.
“We hope the blockade on us will end, and we hope the virus will disappear from the world.”