“Human rights” organization B’Tselem has disseminated the following sob story on social media.
Yara ‘Ashur, 18, a medical student in Gaza, studies by the light of a battery-powered lamp:
“We’ve been suffering from problems with the power for years. We get power for eight hours and then get cut off for eight. I get back from school at around 3:00 P.M., tired. I rest for two hours and then get up to study.
Because of the power outages, my father made an arrangement with someone who has a power generator: we pay him 140 shekels [approx. USD 35] a month to get electricity when the power is out. The trouble is that he supplies electricity only for a portion of the time there’s a blackout, and even then, the electric current is so weak that it’s just enough for lighting.
I usually study at night, when my younger siblings are asleep and it’s quiet, but the electricity from the generator goes out at 10:00 P.M., so I have to study by the light of a flashlight. It’s hard for me to read like that. My eyes hurt, and my vision goes blurry, so I can’t get through all the studies and I fall behind. Medical school studies take hours of work, so it’s a problem.
I also need to read studies and other material online, but I have trouble accessing the internet because of the power outages. The blackouts also mean that I can’t even always listen to the university classes I taped on my laptop. Sometimes I take the laptop to university to charge the battery there.
Photocopying study materials at the library is also a problem because of the blackouts. Sometimes I have to go a library in a different part of Gaza City, where they do have electricity.”
How does life without electricity, 90 minutes from Tel-Aviv, look like? Read Gazan women testimonies:
— B'Tselem בצלם بتسيلم (@btselem) February 27, 2017
Let’s look at that photograph again.
So much for using a battery-powered LED lamp due to there being no electricity (hat tip: Yoel).
Update: Here’s it from a different angle, which shows beyond any doubt that it is the lamp which is connected to electricity (hat tip: Bob)