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The Painting of Gaza’s Seaport

As the sun meets the Mediterranean sea on the horizon of the besieged Gaza Strip, the people of Gaza City like to take strolls to the end of the port, enjoying candy floss and other street food sold along the way.

In recent years, Gaza has seen three major Israeli offensives, the latest of which, Operation Protective Edge, killed over 2,000 Palestinians, including approximately 500 children. The residents of the embargoed coastal enclave are prohibited from leaving by Israel and the al-Sisi regime in Egypt, which recently labelled Hamas a terrorist organisation.

“It’s as far as we can go,” Jehad, a Gazan teenager told Middle East Eye, while walking on the pavement that leads to the end of the blockaded port. “It’s something to do.”

The port has been closed by an Israeli blockade for more than seven years. The blockade reverberates throughout Gaza, causing problems for those who need medical care outside, the students who have been accepted to study at universities abroad, and any resident who has a sense of wanderlust.

Until recently, the dull grey of hundreds of concrete slabs mixed with the more colourful boats used by Gaza’s fishermen to create a scene that was not entirely pleasing to the eye. Now, after an initiative led by the Tamer Institute for Community Education, the concrete outshines the boats.
In January, Tamer began work on a plan to paint the walkway of the port, inviting local artists and youth to work together on the project. Initially, Tamer was only prepared to paint half of the walkway.

“We only bought enough paint - which isn’t cheap - to halfway complete the project,” Ahmed Ashour, the Tamer Institute’s office coordinator in the Gaza Strip, admitted in an interview with MEE. “But the response from the community, youth in particular, was so strong, we knew we had to complete the project.” 

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Take a break from the fandoms and take a moment to read this:

Farah Baker, a 16 year old teen living in the Gaza Strip, has been tweeting and posting on social media sites of the various indiscriminant bombings being committed by Israeli forces, most recently very violent shelling near Al-Shifa hospital by her.

In her countless tweets and numerous posts on both Twitter and Instagram, she documents live strikes using photos and videos to show her followers the severity of the situation her and thousands like her are going through every day. @farah_gazan has gone viral, spiking from 21k to 76k followers on twitter in a span of 24 hours and climbing to 300+ in a matter of hours on Instagram.

Personally, I felt like I was reading something off the diary of Anne Frank. And who knows? Our children might be reading this and asking us why we didn’t stop her from dying just like we did to our grandparents.

The tweets are heartbreaking and the videos are breathtaking. She needs your support. Let her know you stand by her. Follow her on twitter and Instagram and maybe somehow you can change history.

Zaheer and Kids: Humanizing our villains

I just wanted to make a quick post to talk about how I love how genuine Zaheer seems to be when talking to Ikki and Meelo. I never thought he was just sucking up or being manipulative, he just seemed to like talking to them or, in Meelo’s case, be respectful to the little guy. I sorta theorize this is because (as he said) hes been a fan and scholar of airbenders for a long time, he probably has a LOT of respect for original airbenders like Meelo and Ikki. Sure, its definitely creepy to see Ikki discover Zaheer in her dads study in the dark, but the way he tells Ikki about the pendants poem and even says goodnight to her before he fights Kya makes the character seem more human. besides, he seemed to get a lot of happiness from getting to share some knowledge about Guru Laghima to Ikki, as he’s smiling pretty genuinely the whole time, but as soon as Kya walks in his smile goes away and hes immediately scowling a bit and more defensive.

This is something I think book 3 is doing so well at. We have all of the villains having their moment of being relate-able. Whether it be Gazan being uncomfortable around his friends making out, to Ming hua “Showing off” around P’li, these characters all feel like bros and are all relate-able in some way. I don’t know, I just love these villains!

Israeli forces have allegedly opened the gates to several water dams near the Gaza Strip, causing major flooding of up to 3m high in eastern towns in the Gaza valley, instigating the evacuation of up to 80 households. Gazans have reported injuries in addition to livestock death. The opening of the gates came without any prior notification according to the Civil Defence Directorate of Gaza. Massive damages are expected. 

*****Israel has denied that there are any openable dams near Hebron (1) (2) (3

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Israel opens dams forcing hundreds of Gazans out of flooded houses

Over 80 houses have been flooded and hundreds of Palestinians forced to evacuate after Israel opened the gates of several dams on the border with the Gaza Strip, inundating the Gaza Valley in waters up to 3 meters high.

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AN URGENT MESSAGE FOR THE HELPLESS PEOPLE IN PALESTINE AND ISRAEL

If no one is coming to rescue you, call upon the Awaited One Imam Mehdi Gohar Shahi for help! Simply look at His image on the Moon and say ‘Gohar Shahi, help me.’ It does not matter what language you speak. Test His Divine Eminence Gohar Shahi and you will be amazed at how quickly help arrives!

everyone is asking "is he an earth AND a fire bender??"

sorry if this sounds harsh (i keep seeing a lot of “omg is he a duelbender?” shit and its pissing me off) but no, did u not pay attention to avatar wans 2 part special? no human can hold 2 elements (doesnt say what would happen by my guess is a very immediate death from a surge of too much spiritual energy) what Ghazan is doing is heating the earth to make lava (for those who dont know: lava is HEATED UP LIQUID ROCK not LIQUID FIRE!!!!! whoa cool right???) so no he isnt fire bending he is EARTH BENDING