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LAST MEETINGMarilyn Garson
Still Lives, a Memoir of Gaza
Marilyn is a Jew with a conscience.
With roots in Israel, Canada and New Zealand she has a M.A. in International Development and has been working on job creation in war torn societies. She helped found "Alternative Jewish Voices". Tonight she spoke of her experience in Gaza.
Gaza is a narrow strip of land on the Mediterranean coast that is about the length of the distance between Wellington and Paekakariki.
In 1948 20,000 Arabs settled there having left or been driven out of the newly created state of Israel. Israel used to occupy the "Gaza Strip" but pulled all its settlers and army out of it. Today there are 2 million Palestinian Arabs crammed in.
Israel controls all access to Gaza and restricts imports of anything that could be of use militarily. Sometimes this includes even concrete and steel. There is no industry, no room for agriculture and 95% of the people do not have access to clean water. The people depend on UNO aid, and Marilyn's work involved prioritising this.
There is massive unemployment and 50% of the population are children. There are eight universities but it is very difficult for graduates to find work. Sometimes some of the men are allowed to work in unskilled jobs in Israel but only when the Israeli government allows it.
There is a basic health service aided by Medicines sans frontiers but few advanced facilities. Much of the social support is organised by Hamas which Israel (and USA and NZ) see as a terrorist organisation.
Amnesty International sees the situation as a form of Apartheid but the NZ Government does not.
Because Israel claims that Gaza is not a state and is not "occupied" the inhabitants have no legal rights, and not being members of a state, have no international recognition. USA and friends, including New Zealand, do not recognise it as a state.
From time-to-time disputes flare up. As Gaza is literally fensed in, the only way some residents feel they can protest (apart from writing letters that no-one reads!) is by firing home-made rockets at Israel. These do minimal damage as Israel is protected by its hi-tech "Iron Dome", but Israeli  leaders have been determined to punish that activity on a 50:1 eye for an eye basis with overwhelming violence by artillery and aircraft. During disturbances last May 256 Palestinians were killed.
Israel's world influence is strong. Recently Marilyn was scheduled to be interviewed on RNZ but at the last minute the interview was cancelled.
In answer to a question "Can Gaza graduates leave Gaza?" Marilyn answered "No, Israel rarely allows anyone to leave, and even if they could, they would not be allowed to return".
Can you spot the deliberate spelling error?
Parting Thought
If you can start the day without caffeine
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles
If you can eat the same food day after day without complaint
If you can understand when loved ones are too busy to attend you
If you can take blame and criticism without resentment
If you can conquer tension without medication
If you can be happy without alcohol
If you can sleep without the use of pills
You are probably the family dog.
 Thanks to Barry Littlefair for this parting thought.
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General Notices:

Messages from President Anne Abbott


* We are in urgent need for volunteers to collect for Te Omanga Hospice on May 21st between 9am and 5pm in Queensgate Mall.

At Monday's meeting we will circulate a roster where you can add your name. Please do help if you can.


* Please help us minimise the likelihood of Covid transmission


Everyone – including caterers, guest speakers, and guests – is asked to carefully follow these measures.
  1. Table surfaces will be sanitised before and after meetings.
  2. Each table and the bar will have its own bottle of hand sanitiser. Use it frequently.
  3. Please wear masks (properly) on arrival and then continuously unless seated. This includes while getting drinks and getting meals.
  4. Anyone speaking at the lectern or standing to speak during the meeting may remove their mask.
  5. Maintain a 1 metre spacing when standing. Much better to socialise seated.
  6. Try not to change tables.
  7. Tea and coffee service as normal (by volunteer members filling cups on request at the tables).
  8. If anyone will not be attending, please advise David Thompson and Tony Cornelius no later than 4pm the day before the meeting (Sunday).
  9. If you have symptoms that might be Covid or are in isolation, please don’t come.
Our club’s ability to have meetings in the future depends to some degree on our collective ability to follow these rules.



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