02 August, 2021

The Last Kibbutz

People living on the Israeli border learn to live with war. A first-person account.

Zenobia Ravji
The Last Kibbutz

There are no winners in war. Only losers. On both sides. Like with other events, you cannot fully grasp the current war in Israel and Gaza unless you are actually present, witnessing the action first-hand. Even then, it’s hard to get the full story of a conflict of such deep roots.

I’ve been living in Jerusalem since January of this year. I’m not Jewish. I’m not Muslim. I’m just an observer of both societies. I’m aware that there are blankets of people sprawled over the streets of London, Paris, Los Angeles and other western cities protes­ting Israel’s actions. I haven’t been to Gaza. The closest I’ve been during the war is the several trips I’ve made to the border between Gaza and Israel. I’ve heard the story from both sides, but have only seen the story from one side. To me, seeing, talking and feeling are the only ways of knowing. So with that said, I am going to tell you a story based on what I know, what I have seen, who I’ve tal­ked to and what I have felt.

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