Friday, May 10, 2013

A playground in Gaza

On heavy news days, children are the magic elixir to keep us grounded. The suffering they endure from war, colonialism, plunder & predation issues a political call to arms. But there is also that magic thing about them that finds something to laugh about wherever they are--in slums, refugee camps, peeking out of bomb holes or hanging their legs from bombed out buildings. And it’s that magic thing that makes us know the world is still worth fighting for, that justice can prevail.

These are Palestinian children playing in Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip. The media caption said they are playing in “a poverty-stricken quarter of the town.” That’s the media’s way of shading the truth so they don’t have to explain those bomb holes came from Israeli aerial bombardment or that all of Gaza is poverty-stricken since it is under economic & military siege by Israel which denies even food & medical supplies.

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(Photo by Ali Ali/EPA)

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