Lightning struck twice: A life torn between Gaza and Israel
How Israeli citizens Ruhia al-Tayeb and her young son became trapped in a bureaucratic nightmare ten years ago while trying to return to Gaza.
I met her 10 years ago in a miserable apartment belonging to her girlfriend in Jaffa, where she was taking shelter. Mohammed, her son, was 3 years old then, a boy with a black-and-blue mark on his forehead from banging his head on the floor. At the time, Mohammed wanted to go home, to his father in the Gaza Strip (Ruhia’s second husband), but he was stuck here with his Israeli-born mother, Ruhia...
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