In this episode I answered questions I was asked by my listeners on Instagram. Also, I included in this episode clips from the interviews which I conducted months ago about Gaza, life here, how this place battling Covid-19, and more.
Welcome to Gaza Guy podcast,
Today is the 1st episode in 2021: I know everyone might be asking how is it going in Gaza, nowadays, also its clear that Gaza is old news right now, seeing the world is still battling the furious pandemic, despite of our high hopes for the new year, the actual state in Gaza might
further deteriorate honestly, the situation is the same, nothing will change, I can’t believe its 2021, here in Gaza it feels like 2008 right now, continuous buzzing of the drones day and night, and in case you are wondering about the sound of the drones, if you are not familiar with it , it's like the sound of lawn mower. Re the Freedom of Movement, the two crossing are still closed, Rafah crossing has been closed for two months right now, can you imagine this! I know some of the listeners might be familiar with travelling through crossing, it's like airports, but what if your airport is closed and it's not your government who is closing it, imagine this too! Can you! As a young man things are getting tough and baffling for me here, like I don’t know how to spend my time, what else I can do, where else I can go, so somedays I just spend my whole day at home doing nothing, what can I do, the reality is harsh here, the streets of Gaza are suffocating, should I go to the sea, but I'm tired of the sea, tired f the faces I see every day, it’s been 14 years of siege here, come on, if this would be a movie I wouldn’t even believe this.
Good news, there is a fall in the cases here, we are still going through the two days lockdown and night lockdown at 8 pm every day, so lockdown within a lockdown here, what the people see here is unspeakable and inexpressible, if misery would be replaced with one word i'd replace it with Gaza.
In today's episode, I was joined by Diana Nabulsi, and we talked about many topics related to home, life, growth, happiness. In this final part, we discussed how communication is so important to have a successful relationship, also Diana shared her personal experience on this matter, then we mentioned the word fearless and what it means.
In this Episode, Me and Diana Nabulsi, talked about: growing up as a Palestinian girl in a very american environment, and about gender rules in Palestine, then about life goals, and life changes, we also brought up youth empowerment in Palestine, Education, and unemployment.
I was joined by the talented and aspiring Palestinian singer, Zach Matari who released his hit 'Yala' song. Zach Matari, the “New” Jersey Boy, is a Pop/R&B singer/songwriter & musician born and raised in North Jersey. We talked about music, life, his upcoming releases, what home means to him, how he defines love, what is gratitude, and more.
Diana Nabulsi is a recent graduate of Columbia University's School of Public and International Affairs. She received her Master's degree in International Affairs, concentrating in Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy and specializing in International Conflict Resolution with a focus on the Arabic language. While enrolled as a student, she took on the role of President of the Palestine Working Group and Communications Chair of the Migration Working Group within my SIPA community. Along with her fervor for human rights and social justice, she loves learning new languages and exploring conflict resolution further.
Nadine Alaloul is a passionate writer & performer. She is a world traveler & loves to write & dance. She is inspired by life experiences of injustice both her own & the worlds. Nadine Alaloul uses writing as a form of expression, healing, & growth.
Nadine was born in the USA but lived an early childhood in Palestine & most of her life in Canada. Both Palestine & Canada are home to her & she always looks forward to visiting the homeland. Nadine is a recent graduate of an Honors specialization in Criminology at Western University. She has always used her voice to speak up about injustices around the world & the plight of the Palestinians on & off campus. She uses art as a medium to spread awareness on social justice issues & as a medium of her own healing journey. She is a former Settlement Worker in Schools & helped in the integration of refugees into Canadian society. Nadine is currently focusing on her writing career & working on her manuscript. She wants to follow her passions & live a life that is surrounded by what she loves. Nadine is an active participant in the spoken word scene in London Ontario & Toronto, performing at both the London & Toronto poetry slam events. She has been performing for years at coffee houses, open mics, & student club events. Nadine’s poetry has been published on several online magazines, journals & zines worldwide. She has recently launched her Instagram as a platform to share her poetry with other poets & lovers of poetry around the world. She hopes to inspire people through her resilience, healing journey, & the lessons she has learned along the way.
Aysha is a Palestinian, US-based poet. Known as Eesh. She writes mainly from the influence of current thought or ideas. Normally, her writing is based around love and regular life events, but she decided to take her craft into new spaces she is not such a fan of.
In this episode, I was joined by my friend; 'Pippa Marriot,' from Devon-UK. Pippa is Poet, Script-Writer, and Teacher. We conversed about, writing poetry, finding inspiration - and handling writer's block.
Leen is a 27 year old Palestinian/Jordanian based in Amman. Working as a consultant at Microsoft but her passions and interests are many. She has always been told to focus more and find “one” thing but a friend of hers recently introduced her to the word “Polymath” which means a person of wide knowledge and learning. There are generalists and there are specialists and she found herself better and thriving when doing one or more thing. She is into music and singing, business, stock market and Technology. She believes that people should follow their interests and not narrow themselves to one area as innovation comes from exploring.
I talked to Farah Hanoun who is the first female MMA journalist from the Middle-East . Farah; who is working for MMAJunkie talked about her experience as a MMA reporter from a region where the MMA scene is very poor and how she made it to the big screen - after she traveled to fight island and interviewed UFC fighters and Dana White, where she spent six weeks in Yas Island.
We also mentioned her passion and hard work as the main reasons behind her eagerness to grow as a reporter.
She founded in 2014 UFC News Alerts ,an IG page which helped her to build a momentum before working with big websites and TVs in US and Abu Dhabi.
This is my final part from my conversation with Rosa Rad. We talked about growing us as an Iranian-American Muslim after 9/11, the treatment of minorities in the US; in Trump's Era. We also, chatted about religion, and being identified as a Muslim even if you weren't practicing Islam, and how the Muslim community there reacts to this, and what is the role of religion in our lives.
In this part Me and Rosa Rad talked about how mentally exhausting living in a lock down is, especially for couples, we brought up the late lockdown in Gaza, and the American elections and how the Americans see it while they have to choose between a rock and a hard place.
Rosa Rad is an Iranian-American living in the Washington, D.C. area. She has worked in both the legal field as well as the non-profit sector throughout her career, but her main interests involve racial justice, dismantling the patriarchy, and immigrants' rights. Her hobbies include playing/watching soccer, reading, studying other languages, and traveling.
In this episode i talked to Nadai Askar who is a Palestinian yoga instructor born and raised in the US about her upbringing, healthy habits that could improve her life, humility, meditation, and the impact of 2014 war on Gaza.
I talked to 'Raisa Abdeen' who is a Palestinian-American dancer and poet about; her most memorable visits to Gaza, limitation of freedoms in Gaza, why it is necessary to pay attention to what is going on in Gaza at this time, and how sharing the beautiful aspect of Gaza on social media can be a sign of support.
I talked to Raisa Abdeen who is a dancer and a poet about the role of art in Gaza, the most popular dance here, how art became something that defines the Gazan Community, also we talked about the struggles of arts and artists in the times of Corona, and how difficult it is to teach dance virtually.
I talked to Raisa Abdeen who is a Palestinian-American dancer and poet about; What has been her biggest challenge, such as moving to the US after 9\11. Also, about big life situation that inspired her, What art does she most identify with - When she is happiest, and What makes her angry.
In this episode, I talked to Nadia 'who is a Yoga Instructor' about her favorite qualities in her mentors, her own definition of Yoga, what makes her angry, her favorite yoga Philosophy, and her advice for the Yoga beginners.
Nadia Askar is an American born Palestinian from New Jersey. She currently is residing in Denver, Colorado and is a registered yoga teacher. Nadia’s passion in giving everyone choices and adequate resources to meet their goals led her to pursue her Masters in Nonprofit Management after receiving her Bachelors in International Business. Her advocacy in human rights and feminism is what motivates her to protest and volunteer alongside her brothers and sisters in her spare time, when she’s not teaching the yogis of Colorado.
Sarrah Ghadeer Malek is a Palestinian poet, writer, editor and spoken word performer living in the diaspora. She currently writes poetry in Toronto, Canada which is the traditional land of the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee. She is co-editor of an anthology of Arab feminist writings called Min Fami: Arab feminist reflections on identity, space and resistance published by Inanna Publications in 2015, and 4 print zines called AQSAZine showcasing Muslim young women voices in Toronto, Canada. Sarrah G. is also a creative writing educator, workshop facilitator, and spoken word poet and band member of Haneen Biladi, along with other Palestinian-Canadian musicians. She is currently writing a fiction novel called Al-Watan about young Palestinian woman, Areen, who is on the search for the meaning of home after being displaced from her grandfather’s house in Nablus in the West Bank. She is also working on compiling her spoken word poetry in a collection called Poetical Thawra.
In this Episode I talked to Maha Zimmo, a Palestinian-Canadian Writer born in Libya, about challenges facing next generation - Gratitude; for what in her life she feels most grateful for. Also, we discussed the definition of love, and the biggest changes that she had experienced at these challenging times.
This is part one from my recent conversation with the amazing Maha Zimmo.
Maha Zimmo is a Canadian Muslim feminist born in Libya, and of Palestinian roots. In her poems, the titles are the last thing you come upon. In this way, the poet pulls the reader into the disjunction and confusion first and second generation immigrants experience as they forge personal and cultural identities, often forcing the reader to take a second look at the poem, so that they might receive and understand the work in a different light, as many must do when facing Other. She holds a Master of Arts in International Legal Theory; is a former political analyst for several online journals including rabble, has been writing for 14+ years at onefemalecanuck(dot)com, and is currently the resident advice columnist at Chai Latte Diaries, as well as a regular contributor at sister-hood magazine. Her poetry has been featured in ARC Poetry Magazine, Cosmonauts Avenue, METATRON Press, Across the Margin, Ottawater Poetry Journal, Taj Mahal Review, and Rise Up Review.
We talked about her Palestinian Roots, her writing routine, finding inspiration, being a Muslim Woman in Canada, her collection of Poetry 'Rose Water Syrup' and more.
Noor Alazzawi is a certified fashion stylist and art director based in
Dubai with a bachelor’s degree in Design
Management and two years worth of agency
experience in advertising and marketing. She identifies herself as a creative and a visionary who is devoted to creating innovative and unique projects. With a passion for all things fashion and beauty, Noor gets motivation through helping her clients find their true style and creative potential. She is inspired by the transformational process of styling and design and aims to use her creativity by utilizing her multifaceted skills to build up a unique platform to encourage others to express themselves through design, fashion, and beauty.
In this episode, I talked wit Amy; Award-wining conceptual artist, about what brought me into reading English poetry, then performing and writing poetry in English, we also discussed Amy's upcoming project 'Little Voices' that focuses on performance arts and a future collab with Gaza Poets Society.
Amy Jackson is an award-winning conceptual artist and a responsible investment professional based
in East London. She studied Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art at the University of
Oxford in 2008, later returning to Oxford to study Sustainable Finance. She has 15 years’ experience
blending concept, philosophy and nature to create immersive experiences in traditional galleries and
Jackson’s experience spans public speaking on the environment, climate change and group and solo
exhibitions. She has exhibited at Modern Art Oxford and has shows coming up for Uncovered
Collective and Kensington + Chelsea Art Week where she will work with marginalised artists to
create work responding to climate change and inequality. Her work includes public art, sculpture,
installation, performance, digital and street art.
In this episode, I talked to Jannah on her career, what she likes the most about being a Nurse-Anesthesia , also if she believes in luck, her favorite comedy Movie, her favorite songs and why they are her favorites. What makes a relationship successful - writing about the inner-struggles; moreover, Jannah opened up on the challenges facing the Arab-American community.
In this episode, I talked to Yara Helweh 'the founder of Psyche with Yara" ( Instagram page to raise awareness towards mental health) about the increase in the rate of suicide in Gaza, and sharing my cousin's story, how we can battle the thoughts of suicide if we are living in unfair environment like Gaza, how to seek help online if you are going through a hard time, also we talked about the difference between anxiety and stress.
I talked to Yara Helweh a 'Mental Health Advocate' about a few Healthy habits that we can do in our day and can help to make us feel better; also, we talked about the difference between psycho therapy and counseling, and the difference between mental health and mental illness.
In this episode, I talked with Yara Helweh a Mental-Health Advocate based in 'Jaddah' Saudi Arabia, about the factors affecting our mental health; like the toxic environment, and how we can overcome this, also we chatted about what Counseling session is, tune in.
'Yara Helweh' is a Mental Health Advocate, she has created her Instagram page 'Psych with Yara' one year ago, to raise awareness towards mental Health; and talk about topics that are considered taboos in the Middle-East such as Mental Health, anxiety, breakups, breakdowns, depression, and the fear of speaking up.
In this episode I talked with Yara about being 'Palestinian,' and what does she miss the most about Palestine-about the definition of home, about the fear of speaking up about anxiety, and how to raise awareness towards mental health in the middle-East.
Moreover, Yara sent a message to women suffering domestic violence.
Very informative episode that I urge you to listen and share, and stay tuned for more episodes with Yara.
In this episode, me and Jannah talked about the struggle of growing up as a Muslim woman in the US - and how living alone can be regraded as a stigma for Muslim women by their community, what is it like to be an independent woman, how Muslim women can break those barriers.
In this episode, me and Jannah talked about her bringing up as a Palestinian-American , as young Muslim woman, also we chatted about the readiness of a city like Gaza to handle a pandemic, and the limited number of hospitals in Gaza and how this strongly affect the lives of Gazans.
What is it Like to grow up as a Muslim Woman in the US, and more with Menna " the Creator of Nasseb diairis,a platform for Muslim raised women, to share their stories and experiences around identity, love, friendship, careers."
Mabel Evans and Moe Moussa discussing the Status quo in Gaza and How the current situation is affecting the reality of the youth in Gaza; who cannot escape the harsh reality of the largest open air prison in the world after the complete closure due to Corona.
Mena is an Egyptian American living in Washington, DC working in Global Health. She is dedicated and passionate about public health issues at home and abroad. She has worked on public health programs in South and East Asia and Latin America. She is the creator of The Naseeb Diaries, a platform for Muslim raised women, practicing or not practicing, to share their stories and experiences around identity, love, friendship, careers, and so much more.
Karmel Sabri is a socially engaged Palestinian-American artist, her work takes form in installation, print making, parties, and public interventions. She navigates how large scale trauma and displacement have thrust the Palestinian people into a heightened state of nationalism and resistance. Embracing the inherent politics of her existence, she connects personal moments to global politics, emphasizing her research based practice on U.S and Israeli relations. Sabri explores the concept of celebration as a method of resistance through her organization, Dear Gaza 501(c)(3), which for the past 6 years has curated programing, most notably through an annual block party, which provides a platform for artists to engage in a public celebration of Palestinian culture in a context that was never imagined before. Her programming has been supported by The Walker Art Center and she is currently a Jerome resident at Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis.
Stephanie is Palestinian —Irish living in Sydney; she is a Yoga instructor and aspiring music creator, we talked about her passion for Rap Music, taught me breathing work to calm my nervous system, she found her passion for Rap music when she was in isolation; she started writing lyrics and make some songs, also we’ve chatted about the musical scene in Palestine, and we brought up some names like 47Soul and their latest song Dabke System.
Maram Jafar — Palestinian American writer: she’s currently working as a director at a health care facility— in Philadelphia PA\ she’s also passionate about writing and film photography. Recently she posted in an interview about her experience of being othered when she was in 3rd grade by her teacher. Also bringing out what is it like to be born as a political statement.
In this Episode, Moe Moussa and Shadia Zaher Sánchez: a 22-Year-Old Palestinian Activist from Catalonia reviewing the work of "Casa Palestina" or “Palestinian House” an association in Barcelona supporting the Palestinian community in Barcelona; educating the public about what is happening in Palestine through organizing events to enhance the understanding through demonstrations, and conferences, also giving talks at universities in Barcelona about the Palestinians who are battling injustice and occupation.
Mabel Evans is the co-founder and CEO of the anti-Female Genital Mutilation charity, The Vavengers. From dynamic grassroots activism, the charity has grown producing live events and fundraisers which raise awareness of FGM through artistic collaborations and amplifying the voices of survivors.
Mabel launched the UK’s first anti-FGM billboard campaign and helpline for women and girls at risk. Recent projects that the Vavengers are working on include live arts events, community building and art therapy workshops for refugee and asylum seeker women who have been affected by gender-based violence.
This and all of Mabel’s creative endeavours are led by a commitment to challenge and change systemic oppression.
A passionate collaborator, Mabel has worked with many other activists and organisations including the Royal College of Midwives, The Circle NGO, The Dahlia Project, The Girl Generation and the Department for International Development and frequently shares her work on panels and at public events.
As well as her charity and activism work, Mabel is a film and creative producer at Left Eye
Blind Productions, working on documentary content that highlights and tackles injustice in
the world. She is passionate about the ways in which creativity can enact change, both on a
social and a personal level. One project she has co-founded with this ethos in mind is Letters
From, offering supper clubs and writer’s retreats to inspire a daily practice of writing and
give participants space to be creative.
The Vavengers is a uk based charity made up of people of different ages, cultural backgrounds, genders and nationalities working together towards a common goal: To End Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
Moe Moussa and Joanne Lahood "20-year-old Lebanese and Australian activist and journalist from Sydney" discuss Feminism in the MiddleEast. WFTE is an Online Initiative launched in May, 2020. WFTE features stories concerning the feminist expressions and motives of both women and men who identify with the MENA region. Joanne hopes that her work challenges the ways in which the West have embraced and translated contemporary feminist struggles and political agendas in the MENA region.
In this Episode, Moe Moussa and Abeer Aloul " a Palestinian-Canadian Poet" discussed the last two chapters in Abeer's upcoming book, and they they talked about how we can find love again, what we want- what we don’t want in a relationship. Also, Abeer shared her romantic poems in this episode.
In this Episode, Moe Moussa and Abeer Aloul; a Palestinian-Canadian Poet chatting about Abeer's upcoming book, discussing Social Justice Issues and Societal Norms in Poetry. Abeer Aloul Abeer Alaloul is an international educator and a passionate writer. She has a taste of adventure as she travels the world drawing inspiration from nature and various cultures. Abeer was born in Palestine and grew up in Canada. She graduated with a Bachelors in English language and literature and completed her post graduate in education in the university of Toronto. She uses the arts as a medium to raise awareness for social justice issues and to voice the narrative of marginalised communities. She is currently working as an educator and currently living in Dubai. She conducts poetry workshops and poetry cafés in schools. Abeer is an active member of the Spoken Word scene in the UAE appearing as a regular participant at The NYU Rooftop Rhythms poetry slams, the Dubai Poetics and Blank Space community and London poetry slam. She has completed her manuscript of her novel which will be published end of 2020. Her poetry has been published on several online journals world wide. She uses her Instagram as a platform to share poetry and to connect with other poets around the globe.
In this Episode, Moe and Leila chat on annexation and defending Palestine on Social Media with the 16-Year-old Activist Leila El Zabri. "Leila El Zabri who was born and raised in Rome, Italy. Being half-Palestinian, she has observed the trials endured by her people from afar. She has been exposed to diverse cultures which allowed her to explore issues of social justice worldwide. Throughout her life, she has been steadily interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and has written papers regarding external involvement (such as that of the US and the UN). Her main focus is finding a solution to the conflict that provides Palestinians with human rights, freedom, and equality."
Tamara Al-Mashouk is a London-based Saudi/Palestinian artist. Through multi-channel video, performance, and architectural installation, her work explores the epigenetics of place and the movement of people across societal and geographic borders with particular focus on the intersectional body. Her work engages with decolonial feminisms and explores resistance as a site of potential.
In this Episode, Tamara and Moe talking about her last poem Annexation.
In this Episode, Moe Moussa and Hana Haziem talking being Palestinian-British, vising Palestine once in her life, sharing Palestinian recipes with her British friends, educating her friends about Palestine and the struggle of inheriting two cultures.
Nada Abuasi is a Palestinian-American poet, born and raised in the U.S to Palestinian immigrants. She’s also a Criminal Justice and Political Science student working towards eventually pursuing a Law degree. When she’s not writing or preforming her poetry, Nada raises awareness about various issues in Gaza, Yemen, Syria, as well as issues within the U.S, through community organizations.
Hana Haziem; British-Palestinian Poet living in the UK, Moe Moussa; Palestinian poet from Gaza talking about keeping hope alive at these challenging days and how they find inspiration when it comes to writing poetry.
Palestinian photographer and poet living in Sweden, with roots in Gaza and Haifa. I was born in 2001 and will soon be starting my first year of university, hopefully studying business and politics. Creative outputs allow me to cherish moments and experiences, no matter the undertone.
Hana Haziem is a British Palestinian hybrid living in the UK, she grew up in the UAE and has connections still with the UAE and Palestine. She is a speech and language therapist and manages a team of speech and language therapists within an NHS trust in leeds, uk. She is passionate about poetry, being your true authentic self, and making sure everyone has a voice. She spends her time writing, on long walks and doing her best to always follow her intuition.
In this part Nicole Majdali opens up on starting the debate on sexual harassment in Hollywood before the Me Too Movement; emphasizing that her short film Pretty Funny Nicole brought this up to debate since she discussed her story in the movie and this opened new paths for to new voices to speak up and the debate started after the film.
Originally from Surrey, UK, Francesca is a 3rd year French & linguistics student at the University of Oxford. Outside of her degree, Francesca loves singing, going to the theater, baking, and of course, poetry. She is thrilled to be able to help the Gaza Poets' Society in whatever way she can.
On January 26th, 2019 she helped Gaza Poets Society in organizing their first event in the UK in Oxford University. Moe Moussa talked to her about this and different current topics.
Moe Moussa interviewing the Palestinian American actress and stand-up comedian Nicole Majdali.
California native Nicole Majdali grew up in Hacienda Heights. At the age of 15 she moved to Cairo, Egypt then attending and graduating from El Alsson Int'l School. After completing a semester at The American University of Cairo she moved back to Long Beach, California. Nicole has been seen in several television commercials and films. Her passion for laughing and making others laugh has helped her career in Stand Up Comedy which she began in 2012. In 2016 Nicole opened up about some painful secrets of her past in her short film Pretty Funny Nicole. It is an inspiring dramady based on her life. Nicole's brave move of sharing her secrets has won her Best Comedy in Hollywood Film Competition 2017 and Winner at LA Shorts Awards 2017.
In this Episode I interview Pippa Marriot: " Pippa Marriott is a writer, teacher and trainer living in the Devon. She teaches creative writing in Exeter prison and works freelance on a range of drama, poetry and prose initiatives including Novel Nights."
Who we are?
Gaza Poets Society is a group of 32 young and aspiring poets from Gaza who teamed up to form an effective and coherent society of poets and writers in Gaza. A community that can share poetry and express themselves freely and fearlessly.
Mohammed Moussa is their founder. With a BA in English Literature, he works as a freelance journalist, and is a published poet who loves spoken word and the power of poetry to give people a voice