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‘I recorded my first song in that studio’: reflecting on the destruction of Gaza’s high-rises

In the mid-1990s a cash infusion hit the Gaza Strip’s private sector around the time of the Oslo Accords and with it came the first luxury residential towers, high-rises with glass-walled office buildings, and modern indoor shopping malls. Locally, everyone knows the name of these towers and their developers. I even follow a few of the proprietors on social media.

Like me, Gaza’s commercial and residential towers withstood three wars between Israel and Hamas in six short years from 2008 to 2014. But in this last escalation, Israeli forces targeted a number of these buildings and I am still struggling with the mammoth loss. Gone is where I would buy my clothes, offices where friends worked, and the location of all of my aspirational activities.

I am an English teacher, but my favorite hobby is singing. I have a nice voice and enjoy using it to sing at my school or family parties. I am also a good storyteller and I have the ability to change my voice’s tone to suit a character and script, which is how I became a voice actor. My favorite type of music is classical. The first time I recorded a song, it was at studio Masharak, in Jalaa tower, which was leveled in a bombing last May.

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