« Israeli anti-war film gets Oscar nod | Main | A muddy trail »

January 26, 2008


Georgann Marks

Maybe Tel Aviv should try poison gas?

carlos townsend


was wondering if the mexicans might consider copying the palestinians?

keep up the good work.

carlos townsend


was wondering if the mexicans might consider copying the palestinians?

keep up the good work.

Helena Cobban

Dion, have you done much reporting from Gaza before? Have you actually done much now? I'm not seeing much reporting on your blog of how awful it is for Gaza's 1.4 million people to be cooped up in their Strip, so vulnerable not just to Israel's siege and economic strangulation but also to frequent lethal Israeli military incursions.

I haven't been there since March 2006. It was claustrophobic enough then. I can only imagine how much worse it is now. Can't you blog about this, since you're actually there?

Also, when you're talking Gaza Palestinians how do you feel, knowing that you can leave any time you want and go just about wherever you want? (Including to Jerusalem, the national capital that they love but which almost none of them have been able to visit since 1993.)

Anyway, I'd love to see a lot more reporting here!


Perhaps the reason Mr. Nissembaum isn't blogging about how awful life in Gaza is, is because it isn't so awful. It is also self-inflicted. Israel had hoped that when it left Gaza (with much Israeli industry intact) that it would encourage the local population to capitalize on this and to build their economy. But instead they focused their efforts on sending bombs into Israel. Perhaps if Hamas would take care of the people instead of it's political agenda the people in Gaza would have a better life. Maybe it's time the Palesinians took responsibility for their own lives instead of blaming Israel for everything.

Dion Nissenbaum

I spend a great deal of time in Gaza and have written extensively on this blog and in my stories about the problems in Gaza. I was the only US print reporter in Gaza when Hamas took over in June and have devoted a lot of time and writing to documenting what has happened there since then. You can read about it in many blog entries and stories if you take a look.
As to Tina' suggestion that life in Gaza isn't awful, I guess that's a matter of perspective. You can debate whether the problems are self-inflicted, but there is no debate that Gaza suffers from rolling blackouts, food shortages, persistent poverty, a shattered economy and pervasive hopelessness. And even with the broken border, Palestinians in Gaza are basically trapped and cut off from the world. I suspect a lot of Americans would consider life there awful.

The comments to this entry are closed.



Checkpoint Jerusalem was written by Dion Nissenbaum, who covered the Middle East as Jerusalem bureau chief for McClatchy Newspapers from 2005 to 2009.

Nissenbaum is now McClatchy's bureau chief in Kabul, covering south Asia with an emphasis on Afghanistan. See his new blog at Checkpoint Kabul.

Feel free to send a story suggestion. Read his stories at news.mcclatchy.com.


    Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
              1 2
    3 4 5 6 7 8 9
    10 11 12 13 14 15 16
    17 18 19 20 21 22 23
    24 25 26 27 28 29 30