Photo of the Day: Gaza is still beautiful

Note: Due to the sheer amount of evocative and telling photography coming out of Palestine, we have transitioned our weekly photograph features into daily photograph features and will continue uploading images on a daily basis until further notice.

Photo credit: Suha Najjar
Date taken: July 24, 2014
Location: Gaza City, Gaza Strip, Palestine

The sun sets over Gaza City’s Remal neighborhood on day 17 of Israel’s latest offensive against the occupied Gaza Strip.

For the first time in nearly three weeks, I am starting at a photograph of Gaza where the clouds aren’t dark plumes of smoke climbing away from a crater down below. For the first time in a long while, I am reminded of Gaza’s eternal beauty, best explained by a red-orange glow that can’t be reproduced anywhere else. Despite the strangling blockade on top of the siege on top of the third invasion in seven years, the sun always returns to put on a show, to remind us that every semblance of normalcy will one day be restored, to encourage the people of Palestine to resist with as much consistency and power as every evening’s sunset. Gaza is still beautiful.

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