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6. Not impressed

15 March 2008 - The last period was tense. What was happening in Gaza (125 dead people), what happened in Jerusalem (8 people died) affect obviously all the Palestinian Territories and all Israel. West Bank had its share in the violence offered and received.

15 March 2008 - The last period was tense. What was happening in Gaza (125 dead people), what happened in Jerusalem (8 people died) affect obviously all the Palestinian Territories and all Israel. West Bank had its share in the violence offered and received. This circle of violence, this ongoing danger "smells" in the atmosphere. You are thinking: what next now. Cause you seem sure something is going to happen. I'm getting myself adapted to this atmosphere, I'm not impressed anymore by the number of Palestinians - Israelis having died, I'm not impressed by the number and the age of Palestinians being arrested every day. Not impressed by the things I'm hearing from those being released, for the "techniques" used on them. I don't feel much worried when crossing checkpoints, when speaking to soldiers with the guns ready, when hearing shooting and bombs. I feel sad, I feel disappointed, I feel angry, I feel hopeless, but I don't feel impressed. And this is a strangely dangerous thing.

If it took 3 months for me to get adapted, what does it mean for people experiencing this situation for years? For the people that have been born here and have seen nothing but this reality? When the only stable, ongoing thing you have ever experienced is violence - daytime, nighttime. What does the phrase "peace talks" means, when simultaneously people from both sides are dying and more people feel the need to retaliate? Where is the hope in all this?