First and foremost, shout out to my old school Carmen Sandiego heads. If you don't know, you better ask somebody.
If I'm going to help you follow me on my trip, I am going to need to let you know where it is that I am going. Every play has a set, every movie has a location--it's the critical backdrop that puts everything else in context. So if I tell you that I'm going to Gaza, I should probably show you where Gaza is. Here goes...
Here is the world, with the so-called Middle East circled.
Now, here is a map of the Middle East with Israel circled.
Now, let's look a little closer. The following two maps will show Israel, with the Gaza Strip circled and...
Please note (this is of GREAT import) that Gaza is surrounded on all sides by the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt, and Israel. This will become important as the story develops.
Coming soon...Who lives in this place?