HelgaTawilSouri ike everyone else in this Internet cafÃ© in Ramallah, I rely on the place to offer me a cup of rong Arabic coffee as I wait for my e-mails to download on a slow, antiquated modem. It has become part of my afternoon routine. I am alone however in bringing earplugs. It is not because of the bombs and shootings, although it helps (in early 2003, we are in the mid of the Second Intifada and the Israeli military is wreaking havoc in town at lea once an hour), but because practically everyone in the center is screaming, throwing insults and threats that bounce off the barren walls: âIâm going to get youâ; âYou are overâ; âBaard! Ju wait till I get you back.â No, the young men (mo of the clients are between the ages of twelve and twenty-five, very few of them female) are not shouting at one another but at characters in video games. While on a visit to a family in Jenin a few months later, a girl of twelve urges me to play a video game with her. âYou have to play . . . you have to try this. This is
Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East – Duke University Press
Published: Jan 1, 2007
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