Not Sure Why…: Because I could never explain it, but this photo lead in The Atlantic stopped me in my web surfing tracks. I’m familiar with Bansky’s weeping Greek goddess in Gaza…
…and the controversy that followed it, but I didn't know about this kitten in the ruins and the image of that painting and these children tweaked my brain.
While I am notoriously neutral on most issues that plague Palestine and Israel, on balance I’m convinced that both sides are intermittently wrong and occasionally both sides are right. Call me a sublime idiot but from my limited interaction with Palestinian and Israeli immigrants here in Southern California, I’m convinced that, left to their own devices and absent outside political interference, the people of Palestine and Israel could very likely find their way to some kind of reasonable, if not equitable, compromise that could lead to a viable two-state resolution.
Despite the fact that Gaza is Hell in the aftermath of the most recent chapter of the ongoing Israeli-Hamas conflict, I believe that the last paragraphs of this story by Alice Su contain a faint glimmer of hope.
“One night, I stood on a roof with a bride’s aunts and sisters, watching a bachelor’s party below. The groom’s friends whooped as they carried him on their shoulders, sweating and whirling in celebration. Behind them, the town was drenched in darkness save three spots on the horizon: the fully lit buildings across the Israeli border, the field lights on a Hamas training camp, and above it all, a full moon…‘Come back. You won’t see the moon like this anywhere else,” one of the girls whispered to me. ‘But not during the next war,’ she added. ‘That’s a bad time. Come after. We’ll be here.”
Not sure why, but I read that as a sign of determined optimism and that’s why I’m posting this recommendation to read the rest of Alice Su’s work for Atlantic. She’s the recipient of a grant from The Pulitzer Center.org, she works out of Amman, Jordan and she’s also has been published in The Guardian, Wired and Al Jazeera, among other outlets.
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