There are a few beautiful picture from Gaza making the round on the Internet; I received them from more than one source. The pictures depict nice buildings, clean streets, and some people enjoying the golden sands and legendary peaches of Gaza.
Those pictures are being circulated by anti-Palestinian forces with the declared intent to convince the world that “in Gaza, everything is well.” It seems that blind supporters of the state of Israel are worried about the growing and successful world-wide movement in opposition to the illegal and inhumane Israeli blockade of Gaza.
When I first received the pictures, I responded with a message. When I received them a second time, I responded with the same message after some minor editing. I kept receiving them a third time, a fourth…, and I kept sending the same response.
Here it is:
It seems that those photographs are from Gaza. I have seen some of them before. I am not sure about the timing of those photographs, but I recognize some of the places. This is my beautiful Gaza; no doubt.
Those photographs do indeed reflect part of the story of a people determined to live, as human beings do, in spite of the occupation and the suffocating blockade. Unfortunately,
as much as I wish that they do, those photographs do not reflect the whole story. Pictures of a few people enjoying peaceful moments on peaches and others of nice buildings and clean streets do not tell the stories of families unable to cope with the more than 40%
unemployment, or the stories of tens of thousands of children suffering from
malnutrition and overcrowded schools, or the stories of the sick elderly who
cannot find medicine or beds in hospitals overflowing with patients.
If your friend is interested in learning the whole story, he should seek information from credible sources; such as the United Nations and reputable humanitarian organizations that deal with the people there on a daily basis – and not just look at a few photographs of certain places at a certain points in time. It has been known by all who are interested to know that the suffering of the Palestinian people in Gaza is real and runs deep, especially since the illegal Israeli-imposed blockade in 2007, the subsequent near total destruction of the Gaza infrastructure by the Israeli military in December 2008 / January 2009, and the Israeli refusal to allow most goods, including rebuilding material, from entering Gaza. There are thousands of homes that were totally or partially destroyed by the Israeli military during the 2008/2009 onslaught on Gaza that have not been rebuilt yet because Israel does not allow cement and other rebuilding materials to enter Gaza.
Here is an example of the other side of the story:
This example shows a panoramic view of the total destruction of a small farming village called “Juhr Ed-Deek”. I am familiar with that area because it includes my own family farm which was eradicated and hundreds of fruit-bearing tress were uprooted – the Israeli soldiers did not spare even one single tree in our farm; they uprooted them all, including the few trees that I planted when I was a child. This area (Juhr Ed-Deek) is about 10 to 15 kilometres south-east of some of the nice buildings shown in the photographs your friend sent you.
I hope one day, Palestinians and Jews will only witness beautiful pictures of nice buildings, clean streets, and people enjoying quite moments by the seaside. The truth is
that for far too long, Gaza has seen more than its fair share of painful pictures. You can tell your friend that all is not well in Gaza, but it will be. As long as people of goodwill
seek and tell the truth and demand justice and peace for all, the Palestinian people of Gaza
The Palestinian people seek equal humanity and aspire for peace and justice for all. History will tell that the Palestinian people refused to be treated as subhuman and resisted their exclusion from peace, while some religious fanatics were wasting their lives and abundant resources in preparation for “Armageddon” after “The Second Coming of
Thanks for writing!
Hope is the stuff from which life is made!