Opinion Bassam Made Me Fall in Love With Gaza. Now He's Gone

Bassam al-Aqra showed me the Strip's magnetizing mixture of warmth, energy, simplicity, courage and humor

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“Bassam is gone” – three words which choke you up with tears that keep coming back even 10 days after his death, so premature, so unfair and so enraging. He was only 55 years old. I hadn’t seen him since the...