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!
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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!
Hope is the stuff from which life is made!