Monday, May 13, 2013

Gaza, Palestine

The farmers are harvesting wheat by hand. Although it's April 2013, it may as well be the stone age.  As the occupying forces of the Israeli military control all aspects of life here, these people are prevented from using tools. A scythe may, after all be a terrorist's weapon. As is often the case in Palestine, reality is turned on its head. The aging peasants, some in traditional folk dresses are juxtaposed with armored vehicles, observation blimps, and soldiers in combat gear stationed a mere 150 meters away.

The boys show off their hip-hop dance moves, forgetting for a moment that the view outside the classroom shows evidence of last November's  bombing campaign. For the innocence of childhood to be replaced by the trauma of a cruel and  willful destruction is criminal. 

April 17 is Palestine Political Prisoners Day. The little girl is awaiting the day that her brother will be released from prison. Since 2000 more then 8,000 children have been detained.

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