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December 2, 2003
Husein Mashni There was no Turkey or dressing. No beautiful colors of fall or special holiday programs on television to remind me that it was Thanksgiving. In fact, here in Gaza, where I've lived for the past two years, most people have never even heard of Thanksgiving. In fact, even though Thanksgiving is one of my two favorite holidays -- the other being Easter -- I was oblivious that we were coming up on the fourth Thursday of November. And, I suppose, in a way, all these factors combined to make this the best Thanksgiving I've ever had. Weeks before, I had spent some time down in one of the most impoverished parts of the Gaza Strip with some friends of mine.
NEWS
January 2, 2009
Every Friday for the last seven years they’ve been there, protesting what they consider an unjust war in Iraq. But this Friday, they took on a different conflict — Israel’s shelling of the Gaza Strip, an offensive the government said it launched to stop rocket attacks from the Palestinian militant group Hamas. “We’re protesting in support of the people of Gaza who are being unjustly invaded by Israel, and Israel is a surrogate of the United States,” said protest organizer Chuck Anderson.
NEWS
April 14, 2005
HUSEIN MASHNI I'm starting to understand that when you have an inspiration to do something -- in my case to write songs, stories and sermons -- you should do so. If you don't, I've found, the tugging to do so stays with you. That's how I feel about Mohammed, who I just met in Gaza City. I've lived in the Holy Land for about six years. I've lived in the Gaza Strip for three of those six years, and I've seen unbelievable things in that time. But the story of 14-year-old Mohammed still shook me to my core.
NEWS
January 8, 2009
As bombs, shells and rockets continue to fly in Gaza Strip, Newport-Mesa’s congressmen are coming out in support of Israel, saying the country has a right to defend itself. “If the United States were attacked by one of its neighbors, or any other foreign power for that matter, we would respond accordingly, citing our national self interest and the right to defend our citizens and sovereignty,” Rep. John Campbell said in a statement released to the media. “Israel is conducting its actions much the same as the United States would.
NEWS
December 18, 2004
Husein Mashni Having an American passport makes me one of the few people who can actually go in and out of the Gaza Strip these days. But it's not easy. I live in Khan Younis, south of the Abu Holie checkpoint, which means I have to go through that checkpoint, which is in the middle of the Gaza Strip, to get to the Erez checkpoint in the north, where the national border between Israel and the Gaza Strip is. Even if you're the president, when you come to Abu Holie, you sit and wait with the rest.
NEWS
By Husein Mashni | July 5, 2007
Editor's Note: Husein Mashni is a former education reporter for the Daily Pilot who went on a Christian mission to Gaza, where he has lived for the past six years. I've achieved a new milestone in my life. I ate nothing but Kentucky Fried Chicken for two days straight. Yes, that includes breakfast. This week, the U.S. government evacuated me from my home of six years, the Gaza Strip. With a group of about 30 other Palestinian-Americans, I was taken to the Israeli-Erez border, where photographers and reporters were waiting.
NEWS
July 6, 2003
EDITOR'S NOTE: HUSEIN MASHNI is a former reporter for the Daily Pilot who covered education. He left to do mission work in the Middle East and writes occasionally about his experiences. The road that leads to the house is just sand. No asphalt. Instead of trees there's just garbage lining this road. Isbeh looks like a temporary shelter that was set up a few weeks ago to help with an emergency refugee crowding situation. But, I found out, it has been here, in pretty much this same condition for 30 years.
NEWS
January 7, 2002
Last I heard from my friend Husein Mashni, the Daily Pilot's former education reporter turned Christian missionary in the Middle East, he was aghast by the horror of Sept. 11. As a resident of Jerusalem, typically it is Husein who lives with terrorism or its threat every day. In fact, on his last visit here during the summer, he and I were in my office when we saw the news on the wires that a suicide bomber had blown up the Sbarro pizza restaurant in Jerusalem.
NEWS
May 25, 2004
HUSEIN MASHNI Whenever I hear the song, "Going to California," by Led Zeppelin, I'm transported back to my days as a teenager fishing with my stepfather by the Truckee River in Reno, Nev. The song "Holiness," by Wayne Watson, takes me back to the Los Angeles International Airport in 1989. I was on my way to Israel to see my brothers and sisters, who I hadn't seen in 15 years. There are so many songs associated with so many memories and times.
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January 8, 2009
As bombs, shells and rockets continue to fly in Gaza Strip, Newport-Mesa’s congressmen are coming out in support of Israel, saying the country has a right to defend itself. “If the United States were attacked by one of its neighbors, or any other foreign power for that matter, we would respond accordingly, citing our national self interest and the right to defend our citizens and sovereignty,” Rep. John Campbell said in a statement released to the media. “Israel is conducting its actions much the same as the United States would.
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NEWS
January 2, 2009
Every Friday for the last seven years they’ve been there, protesting what they consider an unjust war in Iraq. But this Friday, they took on a different conflict — Israel’s shelling of the Gaza Strip, an offensive the government said it launched to stop rocket attacks from the Palestinian militant group Hamas. “We’re protesting in support of the people of Gaza who are being unjustly invaded by Israel, and Israel is a surrogate of the United States,” said protest organizer Chuck Anderson.
NEWS
By Husein Mashni | July 6, 2007
Editor's Note: Husein Mashni is a former education reporter for the Daily Pilot who went on a Christian mission to Gaza, where he has lived for the past six years. I've achieved a new milestone in my life. I ate nothing but Kentucky Fried Chicken for two days straight. Yes, that includes breakfast. This week, the U.S. government evacuated me from my home of six years, the Gaza Strip. With a group of about 30 other Palestinian-Americans, I was taken to the Israeli-Erez border, where photographers and reporters were waiting.
NEWS
April 14, 2005
HUSEIN MASHNI I'm starting to understand that when you have an inspiration to do something -- in my case to write songs, stories and sermons -- you should do so. If you don't, I've found, the tugging to do so stays with you. That's how I feel about Mohammed, who I just met in Gaza City. I've lived in the Holy Land for about six years. I've lived in the Gaza Strip for three of those six years, and I've seen unbelievable things in that time. But the story of 14-year-old Mohammed still shook me to my core.
NEWS
February 16, 2005
HUSEIN MASHNI One of my favorite jobs in Gaza is teaching English journalism courses. That's where I get a chance to impart some of the knowledge and experience I have in journalism as well as to teach some basic English skills. Most people in Gaza are very serious about learning English. They know it's the international language of business and technology. I've tried teaching simple English conversation classes, but they were relatively ineffective since there aren't many opportunities for people to speak English here.
NEWS
December 18, 2004
Husein Mashni Having an American passport makes me one of the few people who can actually go in and out of the Gaza Strip these days. But it's not easy. I live in Khan Younis, south of the Abu Holie checkpoint, which means I have to go through that checkpoint, which is in the middle of the Gaza Strip, to get to the Erez checkpoint in the north, where the national border between Israel and the Gaza Strip is. Even if you're the president, when you come to Abu Holie, you sit and wait with the rest.
NEWS
August 17, 2004
HUSEIN MASHNI There are some experiences you never share with anyone for fear that your mother will find out. This is one of them. Since Mom lives in another state and rarely gets to Southern California, I'll venture to share this experience, since it happened about a month ago, and I've pretty much gotten over it. It was a Sunday night. I had been in the West Bank that day to visit my dad and relatives there. I came home to Gaza in time for the night church service where I lead the choir.
NEWS
May 25, 2004
HUSEIN MASHNI Whenever I hear the song, "Going to California," by Led Zeppelin, I'm transported back to my days as a teenager fishing with my stepfather by the Truckee River in Reno, Nev. The song "Holiness," by Wayne Watson, takes me back to the Los Angeles International Airport in 1989. I was on my way to Israel to see my brothers and sisters, who I hadn't seen in 15 years. There are so many songs associated with so many memories and times.
NEWS
May 22, 2004
I cannot let Rabbi Mark Miller's response in the May 5 "In Theory" column go by without relating how the Palestinians suffer more than the Israelis. Instead of the war of the Palestinians against the Israelis, I can fairly say it is also the war of the Israelis against the Palestinians. Over three times as many Palestinians have been killed and thousands of Palestinian homes have been demolished. Israel, the democratic state, is practicing grave violations of basic human rights.
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