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An ordinary Gazan’s chronicle of the struggle to survive during Israel’s 2014 invasion of GazaThe fifty day Israel Gaza conflict that began in early July of 2014 left over 2100 people dead The overwhelming majority of the dead were Palestinians including some 500 children Another 13000 odd Palestinians were wounded and 17200 homes demolished These statistics are sadly familiar as is the political rhetoric fro. I based my rating on two main components of this book1 There were numerous syntactical grammatical and spelling errors throughout the writing At times this made it extremely difficult to understand I found myself having to read the same paragraph many times to try and decode the errors2 This was an extremely subjective account I found it hard to relate to the author or the story as it read as a rage filled rant rather than a memoir Perhaps I would have found the story to be relatable had the author included any objective historical context outside of the subjective experiences of his family or had he included any positive aspects It is impossible to believe there is only 1 side to this war and it is only negative experiences for one party and positive for anotherTL;DR in short The drone eats with me read as a long rage filled facebook post If you are looking for a historical account or intelligent memoir look elsewhere

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The Drone Eats with MeM Israeli and Palestinian authorities alikeWhat is less familiar however is a sense of the ordinary Gazan society that war lays to wasteOne of the few voices to make it out of Gaza was that of Atef Abu Saif a writer and teacher from Jabalia refugee camp whose eyewitness accounts published in the Guardian New York Times and elsewhere offered a rare window into the conflict for Western readers Here Abu Saif’s com. The diary of Atef Abu Saif makes me cry Because I remember the destruction and the sorrow and also the terror He does not about Hamas and its archaic rule because it's a human story not a political campaign I think a story like Atef's is important so that people can relate to each other not seem themselves as separate from the violence Regardless of where they are in the world or whether they are holding a gun in their hands or not

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summary The Drone Eats with Me 100 ✓ An ordinary Gazan’s chronicle of the struggle to survive during Israel’s 2014 invasion of GazaThe fifty day Israel Gaza conflict that began in early July of 2014 left over 2100 people dead The overwhelming majority of the dead were Palestinians including some 500 children Another 13000 odd Palestinians were woundePlete diaries of the war allow us to witness the events of 2014 from the perspective of a young father fearing for his family’s safety In The Drone Eats with Me Abu Saif brings readers an intimate glimpse of life during wartime as he his wife and his two young children attempt to live their lives with a sense of normalcy in spite of the ever present danger and carnage that is swallowing the place they call home. REVIEW OF THE DRONE EATS WITH MEDiaries from a city under fireAtef Abu SaifNot for the faint heartedComma Press publishes new writing and has championed the short story Most excitingly it has brought translated works to the wider world With well chosen and diverse titles it brings insight into lives from little known places via the best of short stories Gaza is ‘foreign’ to the outside world in the full meaning of the word Few live in an area constantly surrounded by force from land sea and air What is known of Gaza comes from news pictures of its many wars and accusations of attacks from both Palestine and Israel And so it was Comma Press’s wish to show what it means to be a Palestinian “through stories of ordinary characters struggling to live with dignity in what many have called 'the largest prison in the world’” The resulting anthology The Book of Gaza was edited by Atef Abu Saif one of the authors Grimly as it was published 51 days of another war began During Israel’s 'Operation Protective Edge’ Saif wrote a diary entry each day in English The Guardian Slate Sunday Times Guernica and New York Times all ran sections of the diarry Compiled by Comma Press into a single book The Drone Eats with Me the title becomes uickly understandable as having two meanings The author likens the strikes the drone makes to the sating of its hunger for lives Secondly the constant presence of the drones culminates in targeted strikes which appear to coincide with the two main meals of the Gazan day Although there are battleships whose guns strike the shore armoured tanks at the borders and F16s bombing key buildings it is the drones that dominate the horrors of the narration Whereas the bombs may decimate entire buildings they are less discriminate neutral It is the freuent mention of a single operator sitting at his computer control picking out his distant target that shocks the reader According to Saif the child in the street the family sitting at dinner the young motorcyclists have all been deliberately targeted The drones supervise and threaten even during truces The truth is that the drone has sensors which provide an all seeing eye to select targets anywhere in GazaHow to review a book like this a first hand and on the spot account of life during another episode of IsraeliPalestinian conflict The diary is not a political invective although it is taxing to do the work justice without making political comment It is a piece of history in the making but cannot be put in context without countless pages of analysis The writer is a journalist and the book can be discussed as journalism but he is not on location he lives there he was born there he knows no other place as home He writes from the guts of the endangered man unable to protect those he knows and those he lovesIf this book were fiction we might criticise saying that the crisis should be about three uarters of the way into the narrative whereas this book is all crisis But this is non fiction and the 51 days have little other than crisis The reader is on the edge of his seat dreading the next bomb to be a direct hit on the narrator and his family As it is he ‘only’ loses a step brother whereas other individuals and families are mangled into lumps of flesh by the bombs A child sees his father and uncle reduced to merged body bits and his family “are having difficulty calming him down”Were it fiction we might criticise the lost opportunity for impassioned words over the horrors described The dreadfulness of family losses and gruesome deaths are recorded with a kind of paralysed dissociationThroughout the book Saif adds footnotes naming those killed the four boys playing football on the beach the entire families wiped out by a single strike a common occurrence Saif notes that he “doesn’t want to be a number” so perhaps naming those killed is some attempt to honour them and properly respect their death Funerals are too dangerous for many to attend stretchers carry body parts not bodies even the cemetery a strange source of perceived threat is bombed so that the dead die twiceThe journalist risks his life walking out in the evening to see friends to check on the progress of the war that is the extent of devastation during the previous hours and its exact locations He is constantly aware that he is “alive by chance” and that he will die by chance and wonders how many chances he has used up His days suffering the fear of annihilation his nights tormented with the noise of bombing and the nightmares where he dreams he is running through it with his little daughter all result in a dazed confusion between what disaster has happened and what might happen His awakenings take time before he can accept that is truly still aliveSaif is a family man whose 11 year old son has now lived through four wars His four sons and baby daughter understand little of the bombardment around them They know that they cannot leave the flat where they have taken refuge often for days on end and that their parents argue about whether the older boys may go with their father a four minute walk away Their desire to play computer games at the internet cafe one of the few places in Gaza where there is fairly reliable electricity It takes little imagination to guess what they play on the computers The chosen game is unlikely to be Pacman although that game closely resembles the daily life of a Gazan as described by SaifThe children know that ‘truce’ is something to yearn for and that it means less outside noise If boys are killed playing football on the beach Saif’s sons make sense of it as ‘football is not allowed on the beach’ Will the promise of an ice cream from the shop be kept “after the drone has gone Farmers cannot risk collecting produce from their fields the souks dare not open housewives rush out to buy anything they can during any lull but they cannot stockpile because electricity is only available for an unpredictable hour or so The mother struggles to keep the five children safe by not allowing them out and the reader imagines her coping with all of then in a confined space day after fearful day often in the dark But this family are lucky They are only sharing with her father Others are crowded whole extended families of ten or into relatives’ small houses Far have rushed to the accepted places of ‘safety’ the refugee camps such as Jabalia Camp 100000 live in its 14 suare metres and now many rush in many made homeless by the bombing They take refuge in United Nations schools But bombs fall there tooIf this were a work of fiction I would liken it to Golding’s Pincher Martin for the close description of demiseShould Saif’s record fail to conjure up a sufficiently vivid picture of the devastation it is shown in the video by DR Nyheder Broadcast and media production The background noise must be the drone an insistent though miserable waspThroughout this daily account the reader searches for meaning behind the onslaught the Gazans suffer Why are they so feared what dreadful acts have caused the Israelis’ determination How far do the Israelis mean to cause this suffering The Telegraph interviewed an Israeli commander Major Yair stressed how he avoids innocent deaths Hamas operatives says routinely exploit this restraint by hiding behind civilians “It is sometimes frustrating because you feel that you’re fighting with your hands tied There are a lot of situations where you see your targets but you will not engage because they’re next to kindergartens because they’re driving with their wives and their kids” Should Yair read Saif’s book what disench