Gaza Message In A Bottle

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Residents of Ashkelon recently found a bottle with a message inside–a love letter, written in Arabic, probably sent from Gaza.

Ashkelon residents find bottle containing love letter written by Palestinian man to his lover
Shmulik Hadad

Israelis are used to rockets being launched from Gaza at southern communities, but Ashkelon residents were in for a surprise Monday, after finding a wholly different “Gaza delivery.”

Residents of the southern town who were engaging in a beach cleanup operation found an Arabic-language letter in a bottle. The letter read: “I love you, I’m crazy about you, and I pray that God never separates us. You changed my life…you’re my life, you’re my eyes.” messageinbottle.jpg

The letter’s content makes it impossible to ascertain whether it arrived from the Gaza Strip or from an Arab state, but based on past experience it likely originated in Gaza. Ashkelon residents are used to large quantities of waste from Gaza making their way to their beaches, but this is the first time such letter was found.

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Sometimes I feel like I’m so caught up with email and texting and twitter and facebook that I forget about the old forms of communication–like letters in a bottle.  Of course, with the modern communication tools there are privacy settings, so that my love letter won’t necessarily end up on The Daily Beast.

Posted on November 25, 2008

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