Last updated October 2012
When you’re in the world’s largest outdoor prison, sometimes there’s little else to do.
Longest breast cancer awareness pink ribbon (2012)
October 10, 2012 — A team of Palestinians led by a breast cancer survivor put together a 1.4 kilometer long pink ribbon to commemorate those who have lost their lives to breast cancer, those currently fighting the disease, and those pushing forward for a cure. More than half of the team was comprised of breast cancer patients or survivors. Israel’s siege on the Gaza Strip makes it difficult to build and enhance facilities for breast cancer treatment but Palestinians vow resilience.
“Its a message to the world, and more importantly, to ourselves… It might destroy a human body, but it would take a lot more to destroy a Palestinian soul, and it never will.”
— Yasmeen El Khoudary, Palestinian team member and record breaker
Most kites flown at the same time (2009, 2010, 2011)
July 28, 2011 — 15,000 schoolchildren gathered to fly 10,910 kites simultaneously, breaking the world record for the third time in a row. Not long after breaking the record in 2010, students in China flew 10,565 kites and claimed the record for themselves. But the record belongs to Palestinian children once again after UNRWA helped organize this feat in the closing ceremonies of this year’s summer camp.
July 29, 2010 — 7,202 children gathered to beat the same record many of the same children set one year ago.
July 30, 2009 — 3,710 children gathered for the first time to fly kites high above the frothy waves of the Mediterranean Sea.
Most people playing parachutes (2011)
June 30, 2011 — 3,520 Gazan schoolchildren gathered in a Khan Younis sports stadium to stage the world’s largest gathering of people playing parachutes.
“When we were raising the parachute up it felt like we were raising the name of Gaza and Palestine up to the sky.”
— Yumna Jarbou, 14, Palestinian record-breaker
World’s largest hand painting (2011)
July 21, 2011 — 5,922 Gazan children and students with special needs dipped their hands into different colors of paint, stamped them onto a large white cloth end to end, and created the world’s largest painting. The painted area of the canvas spans 5,620 square meters.
Most footballs dribbled simultaneously (2011)
July 14, 2011 — 2,011 children in Rafah in the Gaza Strip gathered to dribble the most footballs simultaneously.
Most basketballs dribbled simultaneously (2010)
July 22, 2010 — 7,203 children dribbled basketballs for five consecutive minutes in Gaza’s bombed-out International Airport.
“Today, against incredible odds, you — the children of Gaza — will break the previous Guinness World Record for the most basketballs dribbled at the same time. In doing so, you send a powerful message to the world that your hopes and dreams are as real as every other child’s, and that if given the chance, you can achieve the impossible. I believe you can achieve your dreams and I say go for it!”
— Pau Gasol, NBA superstar, Los Angeles Lakers