Based on Greek mythology, the phoenix is a chicken which may renew itself again and again. Legend says that it bursts into flames each thousand years or so and is reborn from the ashes.
Many individuals likened Gaza to the phoenix when it persevered following Israel’s navy offensive in 2008/9. With apologies to the phoenix, although, Gaza has taken the legendary chicken’s place. It rises from the ashes each single day to face every part that the occupation throws at it: bombs, missiles, a blockade; Gaza carries on.
If the phoenix was round at this time, it might sit at Gaza’s ft in humility. The story of Gaza, the place truth and fiction overlap, is tough for a traditional thoughts to grasp. A wild creativeness is critical to grasp the fact of the enclave and its folks.
Many kids have been killed by Israeli bombs within the newest offensive in opposition to Gaza. Information studies mentioned round 70 misplaced their lives, however we are able to multiply that determine by many hundreds due to the households that will have sprung from each little one however which can now by no means see the sunshine of day.
Many kids have been killed, however the bombs additionally stole their childhood with all the enjoyment that it ought to have introduced. Pulled from the rubble of their properties, their Eid garments have been nonetheless stunning due to the expectations that they carried with them.
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Many kids have been killed, and their toys have been left behind. They weren’t performed with on Eid, the enjoyment of which was stolen by the occupation forces.
How may the occupation authorities even take into consideration destroying so many harmless lives and a lot pleasure? Throughout Ramadan and Eid? Dad and mom have been shopping for Eid garments and toys for his or her kids not understanding if they might reside lengthy sufficient to put on and revel in them; not understanding if a cold-blooded assassin from Europe, the US or Ethiopia in an Israeli uniform would entertain themselves by depriving the youngsters of Eid, of their garments and of their items. Certainly, of life itself.
Heartbreaking 💔 Youngsters in Gaza seek for their Eid garments by the rubble of their bombed-out house. These are targets of Israel’s missiles. pic.twitter.com/ruudYSFScF
— muslim day by day (@muslimdaily_) May 27, 2021
Gaza and the Palestinians love Eid. Its kids who lived one other day know that dying awaits. Those that have been killed went to their grave smiling on the stupidity of the killers who’re combating a nation which doesn’t know the that means of give up.
Photos of the warfare nonetheless linger in our hearts. The scent of dying nonetheless brings disappointment and steadfastness. The martyrs remind us that they don’t seem to be useless, however are in a far, much better place and everlasting life.
The surviving kids tackle roles for which they’re far too younger. The lady of eight or 9 wears her Eid garments, that are coated in mud and blood, like her face and hair. Her left hand holds her youthful sister, and along with her proper hand she wipes her head as she sleeps on a hospital mattress. A 3rd sister sits at their ft. The oldest is absolutely not sufficiently old to console her little sister, and she or he should not need to be wiping blood and dirt from her hair. Like many Palestinians in Gaza earlier than her, although, she is rising outdated earlier than her time.
Resistance takes many varieties. The factions use their weapons. Others resist on a preferred stage by marches and demonstrations. Some use the media. Medical doctors use their expertise and data, with their white robes and getting older tools which has not been upgraded as a result of siege.
Most of all, although, the folks of Gaza resist the occupation just by residing. In 2011, well-known Palestinian director Ashraf Al-Masharawi produced a documentary referred to as Gaza Lives On which summed up the philosophy of life within the enclave.
That is why we see moms bathing their kids in a bath that in some way survived the Israeli bombs. The truth that she has water is a miracle in itself. A boy returning to his bombed-out house to search for his toys. Tea being made and served in what’s left of a kitchen, which is now open to the weather. Such photographs enrage the Israeli killers. That’s how simply residing itself is a robust act of resistance.
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The ocean supplies different tales for Gaza. It supplies meals and pleasure. The horizon overlooks the forbidden distance, and beckons all who stare upon it. The ocean in Gaza represents a lazy Thursday spent on the seaside from the afternoon till daybreak on Friday; it’s the fishy scent and the scent of life. It was the place the Palestinians in Gaza went on the primary weekend after the bombing. The sword of life wielded by bizarre folks joined the Sword of Jerusalem within the face of dying that got here out of the sky.
As a lot because the Eid takbeers and recitations symbolise submission to the greatness of God upon whom we people rely, in addition they symbolise pleasure at being alive. The worshippers stroll to the Eid prayer after a month of fasting that’s each tiring and delightful; the sounds of the Eid takbeers draw them in. The enjoyment is full when the voices of these reciting the takbeers as they stroll to prayer overlap with the voices of these already sitting and ready for the prayer to start. That is when Eid begins and, to a big extent, additionally it is the place it ends.
The Palestinians in Gaza have been unable to have a good time Eid underneath the bombing, however they went out as quickly because the ceasefire was in impact at 2am. The Eid takbeers that they chanted weren’t solely an expression of their sense of victory, but additionally compensation for the enjoyment they misplaced through the days of Eid. The folks of this land love pleasure; they resist their enemy with pleasure; and so they need to rejoice. Gaza deserves to listen to its folks’s voices because it rises once more from the ashes.
This text first appeared in Arabic in Arabi21 on 7 June 2021 and has been edited for MEMO.
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