In 1993, Hass became the first Israeli journalist to live in the Gaza Strip. In this book she reflects on what she witnessed in the Strip's gutted streets and destitute refugee camps. Equal parts wartime reportage and cultural inquiry, it details ordinary Palestinian life by giving voice to Gaza's doctors, housewives, taxi drivers, farmers, union activists, and Islamic leaders.
What does it mean to live amid incessant security sweeps, a daunting blockade, and the authoritarian regime of Arafat? In searching for the answers, Hass documents family and social life in Gaza with clarity and passion.