I had dinner last night with my host, a local VC, and my friend from MercyCorps who does work in Gaza, and we had a very interesting discussion about outsiders’ perception of Palestine versus reality.
My friend from MercyCorps is preparing a “one pager” she’s going to use for fundraising, and I read through it to offer a second set of eyes. The stories of the help they’re providing and the impact they’ve had was great, but the most powerful part was simply a list of facts about Gaza.
Before reading the fact sheet, I had an image of Gaza. A mid-sized town, maybe 30k-50k people. Mostly one or two story buildings, most dilapidated and largely in ruins. Very little electricity, very poor education system. The only pictures or videos I've seen of Gaza were of bombs and missiles raining down, the city tinted green by night vision cameras.
But I was completely wrong. Gaza has a population of 1.7 million people. There are several universities there. And of those university students, 60% are women (and that includes in subjects like Computer Science). And apparently, they have great internet there.
I watch very little TV. Maybe 1-2 seasons of a show per year, and nothing outside that show. There is, however, one TV show that is so fantastically good that I've watched it all the way through more times than I can remember.
It's Arrested Development.
This show was on Fox through 2006, when it was cancelled. This fact alone has taken away any faith I have in other humans. The show is the most hilarious thing I've ever seen. Sometimes I randomly start chuckling during the day because I've thought of a single line from the show.