ACTNews, GAZA – How is Gaza lately? The latest news that came from Gaza is the opening of the Karem Shalom gate, a crossing gate at the junction of the Gaza-Israel border and the Gaza-Egypt border. It is the only entrance for goods imported from outside Gaza.
According to a local news agency in Jerusalem, on Tuesday (7/24), the Israeli authority has allowed gas and fuel to enter Gaza. The gate was reopened after being closed by Israel since early July, making it difficult for goods to enter or exit Gaza. The closure of this gate has led to the economic stagnation in Gaza. Goods were scarce. Even when they were available, the prices skyrocket.
Since 2007, Israel has imposed the blockade on Gaza. Gaza has been living under tight restriction, making the economy and commercial aspects of Gaza weakened. Even though merchandise is available in Gazan markets, not everyone is able to buy.
Many of the Gazans are living in difficult economic condition and high unemployment rate. Of the two million population in Gaza, only less than a half of them have regular income. UNDP has recorded that, in 2018, 60% of the total population in Gaza is unemployed.
This harsh reality is something that the Gazans have to face on a daily basis, including in Eid-ul-Adha 2017. A year ago, in early September 2017, Global Qurban team entered Gaza. Amidst blockade and economic adversity, Global Qurban partner in Gaza said that Eid-ul-Adha in Gaza is still celebrated as a festive moment. This little festivity could at least quench the souls of the Gazans that have been living in a terrible condition for years.
The total blockade imposed upon Gaza has turned it into a massive open air prison that cripples the life in Gaza. The blockade has collapsed the economy in Gaza. A year ago, Global Qurban partner in Gaza said that only a few rich people in Gaza are able to buy meat.
In September 2017, qurbani from Indonesia reached Gaza
Almost a year ago, in early September 2017, Muslims around the world, including those in Gaza, Palestine, celebrated Eid-ul-Adha. On the first day of Eid-ul-Adha, Global Qurban visited Gaza.
Thousands of sheep, hundreds of cattle, and dozens of camels became the gift from the people of Indonesia to cure the longing of the people of Gaza for the happiness of savoring the qurbani dishes.
Thousands of pieces of fresh meat were distributed by Global Qurban throughout Gaza. From Jabalia in North Gaza, Khan Younis in Central Gaza, to Rafah in South Gaza. Although it only takes 45 kilometers from North Gaza to South Gaza, it wasn’t easy for Global Qurban to reach all elements of Gazan society.
Jomah Al-Najjar, a Global Qurban volunteer in Gaza said that it takes extra effort to distribute qurbani meat in Gaza. “One of the efforts is by strengthening the partnership network on every corner of Gaza. We have a vast network of Global Qurban partners and volunteers in Gaza. Because of this, Alhamdulillah, Global Qurban is able to deliver qurbani meat to 4,600 families throughout Gaza,” said Najjar in early September 2017.
The luxurious moment of savoring the qurbani moment has brought happiness to Gaza. One of the beneficiaries was Ali Ahmed al-Jadba (57) in Gaza City. Al-Jadba is one of the Gazans who have no jobs and steady income. As a father, he wasn’t able to give qurbani meat for his children.
“Alhamdulillah, I deeply thank Global Qurban of Indonesia. My seven children have been dreaming about eating qurbani meat like other people. Look at my seven children, they’re all happy,” said al-Jadba delightfully.
The people of Gaza also prayed for the well-being of Indonesia. “We pray that Allah grant paradise for the people of Indonesia. Jazak Allah Khair (may Allah reward you with goodness) Indonesia,” said Majdi Ahmed Alosh (33), a father of nine children from Rafah City.