Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Hijezi and the Sea

Due to the Israeli evacuation of the West Bank many palestinians are now able to go to the beach and admire the sea. Up until recently army posts would block them from getting anywhere near it. Hijezi, a palestinian boy, lived a scant few kilometres away and yet had never seen the rays of light bouncing off the foaming waves.

"I came very early, as soon as I had my breakfast and put on my clothes," he said. "I was supposed to go to school. My parents don't know. I was dreaming of swimming. The water is very beautiful and very cold."

It is strange to think we live in a world where people are not allowed to gaze upon something so beautiful as the mediterranean sea even though they live a walking distance from its shores.