The day when Gaza was happy

The spirit of liberty took over the entire Palestinian population in the Gaza Strip as thousands of Palestinian children in Northern Gaza broke the world record of number of flying kites; only days after thousands of Palestinian children in Southern Gaza broke the world record of number of children dribbling basketballs.  As some propagandists were busy painting all Palestinians with the “terrorist” brush, Palestinian children were busy painting the sky of Gaza with thousands of kites of all sizes, shapes, designs, and colours.  For a day, Gaza was happy!

Suffering is the new norm in Gaza; hardship mounts; blockade is sometimes eased and sometimes tightened; sick people can sometimes go to hospitals and other times they cannot; electricity comes a few hours a day; necessities of life that are not allowed to enter can sometimes find a way into Gaza through tunnels; economy is nonexistent; drinking water is measured by the drop; some people take care of other people; closely held and meticulously observed Muslim and Christian values are preventing anyone from dying of thirst or hunger; and life continues… but an innocent smile on the face of a child flying a colourful kite makes the whole thing look differently.  For a day, Gaza was happy!

The following URL connects to one of the many sources of this piece of news; United Nations Information System on the Question of Palestine (UNISPAL):
http://domino.un.org/UNISPAL.NSF/0/a9b9f916d117bb908525776f00590241?OpenDocument

One thing for sure; those Palestinian children wish that they would compete with Israeli-Jewish children on which kite is the most beautiful or which kite can fly the highest; not which gun can kill more people or which rocket is the most devastating.

While the Zionists and their supporters will be trying to deal with their individual and collective guilt for the way they treated the Palestinian people, Palestinians will have many stories to tell their children, many lessons to teach their oppressors, and many memories to celebrate with the rest of humanity – this will be one; when for a day, Gaza was happy!

Monzer Zimmo
Ottawa, Canada
2010/08/09

Hope is the stuff from which life is made!

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Monzer Zimmo, a Palestinian-Canadian living and working in Ottawa, Canada. Monzer is an advocate of resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the peaceful creation of a bi-national-democratic state on all the territory of historic Palestine, where Christians, Jews, Muslims, and others live together as equal citizens; be and feel safe, secure, and at home.
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3 Responses to The day when Gaza was happy

  1. TA says:

    This is a most beautiful story. thank you Monzer for sharing. I encourage everyone to go to the UNRWA website and look at the pictures. As we work to put Gaza on the radar screen of the world and as we push to ensure there is justice for the people of Gaza, we need to ensure the world sees the people of Gaza for what they are.. regular people.. people who cry when hurt, feel hungry when deprived of food, bleed when shot at but also as people who yearn for regular “normalcy” of life. Indeed, “the day when Gaza was happy” is a day that needs to be highlighted and celebrated so even we do not forget “the people of Gaza” as we work for justice in gaza.. The day when Gaza was happy is the day when Gaza kids were allwoed to be kids.. certainly, a huge achievement for the organizers. Thanks again for bringing us a story of hope. We need that!

  2. Ismail Zayid says:

    The energy and the spirit of the children of Gaza is enthrawling. They did not need the electricity that Israel denies them. Their challenge and defiance is a message to all of us.
    It is the children of Palestine who will continue with their defiance and bring the day when the people of palestine will return to their homes and we will see the Palestinian flag raised with pride on our land.

  3. Arwah wafa says:

    When I read the title it came to my mind that a story from a Palestinian past is taking place, so I prepared myself to have a break from the present and started to feel the hope touching my soul, aha !!! let’s enjoy the story.!!! as nothing in the present could bring any joy with the Israeli brutal occupation and the death of the international human conscience, BUT wow !! it’s a new story!! it just happened, a few weeks ago, I just remember, thank you Monzer to remind me with the happy day that I forgot as everyone here in our beloved Gaza like if we have amnesia, we enjoy rarely and suffer mostly

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