14 July 2024

Next time you need to heal a wound, remember Gaza

Next time you need Gauze to heal a wound, remember Gaza. The word gauze (finely woven medical cloth) got its name from Gaza where it was invented.

Gauze has many uses—medical and otherwise. In the Medieval Ages, gauze began to be traded with many European countries.

Muslin, also, which can be made from cotton or silk, is named after the city in which it was created—Mosul, Iraq.

Gaza is known for its weaving and textile industry and it is the second-largest source of employment for those living in Gaza and the West Bank.

Palestinians are well-versed in dyeing fabrics and weaving together beautiful fabrics such as silk—much of which was imported from nearby Syria.

Following the Nakba of 1948, the loom, which is the traditional tool to weave together these fabrics, dwindled in number. Most remaining looms are now industrial but many Palestinians are choosing to keep their culture, history, and legacy alive by creating clothing that focuses on replicating authentic Palestinian fabrics and patterns.

Some websites claim Gaza merely sat at the border of Israel, despite there being no state of Israel at the time gauze was created.

Ethnic cleansing is not unique to physical extermination. Oppressors will choose to deny the history and inventions of the oppressed to claim them as theirs. Erasing and changing narratives is a form of diminishment and ethnic cleansing.

Nevertheless, be sure, gauze originated in Gaza, and today Gaza is bleeding - with no gauze in sight.