How to Make Charcoal in Gaza

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After years of border blockades and commodity shortages, Gazans have become expert at recycling and making new out of old—in this instance, turning scrap wood into charcoal for barbecue grills and water pipes in local restaurants and coffee houses.

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I guess it's not an environmental issue at all when Israeli IOF spray waist water full of human feces on Palestinians and their homes or dump untreated sewerage and toxic chemical waste on Palestinian land. Not an environmental issue at all! 


That precisely laid out pile of wood that is then covered up and slow burned from the interior to make charcoal is called a "merdoum" in the land of the Jasmine revolution, home of the Arab Spring. That means that it's probably a very ancient Arab or Berber or Middle Eastern or Mediterranean system of recycling cut wood and putting it to good use slow cooking tea and heating rooms in the winter. I remember once my neighbors in central Tunisia were pilfering wood from an olive grove that belonged to the government...the grove had been planted by a French colonizer and confiscated by the state at independence. They set up a merdoum next to their house and lit it and we almost suffocated from the smoke for about 12 hours started to rain and it rained like the great flood of the prophet Noah and flooded and carried away almost all the ill gotten gains of my pilfering neighbors. Needless to say, they never repeated the theft or the merdoum. They understood the lesson...sigh

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Palestinian charcoal 'factories' are a major air-quality issue also in The West Bank - and thanks to 'Hamsin' (south-eastern desert winds) in Israel. But that's OK, the state of the atmosphere is meaningless as long as we have to breath the 'ingenuety' of the Palestinians' struggle to pull back the ME into the pre-industrial age.


They could just do something to tick off the Israelis so they respond with air strikes...

That's made a lot of Palestinian charcoal in the past.