The rectangle is a very satisfying shape. The angles are precise. There is symmetry. Certain rectangles have even been scientifically shown to be visually pleasing. Calming, if you will.
But in the Gaza Strip, where Israel’s latest invasion took with it the lives of over 2,100 Palestinians and left behind scenes of devastation marked by total destruction, rectangles are open wounds. They provide raw panoramas of all that Gaza must rebuild. Or, if seen from the other side, they show what fifty days of bombardment can do to a person’s emotional and physical well-being.
Here are just some of Gaza’s most rectangular views.
A landscape of destruction is seen from the bathroom of a Palestinian apartment in Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip, August 18, 2014. Beit Hanoun was one of the hardest hit areas during Israel’s 50-day assault on Gaza. Photo credit: Thomas Coex
A Palestinian worker looks out of the damaged remains of Al-Awdah food factory which was shelled and then torched by the Israeli army, August 14, 2014. Just as the Israeli military had done during its ground incursion into the Gaza Strip in 2008-09, soldiers frequently targeted or set fire to buildings that were crucial for the sustenance of the territory’s population. Aside from civilian homes and warehouses, Israel also targeted a number of sewage treatment facilities as well as Gaza’s only power plant, leaving the territory’s 1.8 million people entirely reliant on power from electrical generators for at least the next year. Photo credit: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
Palestinians attend a sermon at a United Nations-run school in Gaza City on Monday, July 28, 2014. It is the morning of Eid Al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday that caps the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. Normally, they would be praying at their local mosques. But because Israel had destroyed nearly two dozen mosques by this point in the invasion, the worshippers felt safer in the school. Photo credit: Lefteris Pitarakis [Read more...]