Scenes from Gaza on the last day of 2016

Israel/Palestine
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(Photo: Mohammed Asad)

(Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Apartments lit by generators during a power outage. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Apartments lit by generators during a power outage. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Citizens gathered in front of a special Christmas shops (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Citizens gathered in front of a special Christmas shops (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Family warming themselves in the street after their home was destroyed in a Gaza refugee camp (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Family warming themselves in the street after their home was destroyed in a Gaza refugee camp (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Seagulls off the coast of Gaza (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Seagulls off the coast of Gaza (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Vendor equips a holiday Christmas tree (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Vendor equips a holiday Christmas tree (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Youth take selfies with the sky as a backdrop (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Youth take selfies with the sky as a backdrop (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

The owner of a restaurant prepares a barbecue for customers (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

The owner of a restaurant prepares a barbecue for customers (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Children dressed as Santa Claus enjoy the Gaza port (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Children dressed as Santa Claus enjoy the Gaza port (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

(Photo: Mohammed Asad)

(Photo: Mohammed Asad)

A young man plays the guitar in front of the sea (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

A young man plays the guitar in front of the sea (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

al-Shati refugee camp (Beach camp) on the Gaza coast (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

al-Shati refugee camp (Beach camp) on the Gaza coast (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Youths spend some quality time in a coffee shop (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Youths spend some quality time in a coffee shop (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Vendor sells sweets for New Year's Eve (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Vendor sells sweets for New Year’s Eve (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

About Mohammed Asad

Mohammad Asad is a photo journalist based in the Gaza Strip where he has covered three wars, and nearly a decade of blockade. He is the 2015 winner of the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit photography “Spirit of Humanity” award, and the 2014 winner of the Abdel Razzaq Badran Photography Award, among other accolades

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17 Responses

  1. Annie Robbins
    December 31, 2016, 3:34 pm

    what amazing photos! i recommend everyone clicking on them and opening a new tab to blow them up — like this

    http://19453-presscdn.pagely.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/1-1.jpg

    thank you mohammed asad, i am sending this link to my friend in the UK, she is from gaza and i am sure she’s missing home right now.

  2. Citizen
    December 31, 2016, 4:43 pm

    Great pictures; let’s spread them around on US social media as antidote to mainstream media’s constant barrage characterizing all Palestinians as Muslim terrorists and Jew-haters.

    • K Renner
      January 2, 2017, 2:24 pm

      Certainly, the Palestinian Christian element at home and abroad in the diaspora ought to be shown off as often as possible.

      Doing so works against those who simply hate all Muslims for being Muslim and who spread lies about them as well as the lie that Palestinians are “only Muslim terrorists”.

  3. Leopold Bloom
    January 1, 2017, 5:13 pm

    If you could give one piece of advice to these people to improve their situation, what would you tell them?

    • Mooser
      January 1, 2017, 6:31 pm

      “If you could give one piece of advice to these people to improve their situation, what would you tell them?”

      Well, “leopold” here’s your advice:

      “When these people give up their dream of pushing the Jews into the sea, they might have a chance of gaining self-determination. After almost 70 years, clinging to the rhetoric of Israel’s complete destruction and the death of every Jew in the world should be seen as counter-productive.” – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/profile/leopold-bloom/#sthash.7gfII8IN.dpuf

      • Annie Robbins
        January 1, 2017, 6:43 pm

        oh i just saw this mooser! i will delete my repeat.

    • talknic
      January 1, 2017, 7:09 pm

      @ Leopold Bloom January 1, 2017, 5:13 pm

      “If you could give one piece of advice to these people to improve their situation, what would you tell them?”

      A) I advise them to keep demanding Israel adhere to its obligations to International Law as required by the United Nations Charter and;
      B) ignore people whose archive at MW that shows them to be blatant propagandists for the continued Zionist Colonization of Palestine

    • gamal
      January 1, 2017, 7:58 pm

      “What incensed him the most was the blatant jokes of the ones that passed it all off as a jest, pretending to understand everything and in reality not knowing their own minds”

      nothing changed then Leo, still chewing nutty gizzards and urine scented kidneys?

    • K Renner
      January 2, 2017, 2:25 pm

      Stand fast. Don’t accept any loony self-serving “peace deal” from Palestinian-hating Israel and push back against the more irrational social policies of Hamas.

      Of course, you didn’t ask that question in good faith, did you?

      #Hasbaratfail

  4. Kay24
    January 1, 2017, 8:32 pm

    Very nice and descriptive pictures. It shows a resilient people making the most with what they have, with so much limits. These are human beings who will do so much better when they are given their freedom, rights, and a life without fear of tomorrow.

  5. Kay24
    January 1, 2017, 9:09 pm

    Very nice (and descriptive) pictures. It shows a resilient people making the most with what they have, with so much limits to what they can really do. These are human beings who will do so much better when they are given their freedom, rights, and a life without fear of tomorrow.
    This is so uplifting!

  6. Elizabeth Block
    January 2, 2017, 9:54 am

    Left-handed guitarist? (Either that or the photo got reversed.)
    Black-headed Gulls? (In winter plumage they don’t have black heads.)
    And I had no idea that Santa Claus had, shall we say, infected the non-Christian world. But why not.

    • just
      January 2, 2017, 12:29 pm

      I know a few lefty guitarists.

      “Black-headed Gulls? (In winter plumage they don’t have black heads.)”

      Try as I might, I can’t see that in the pictures. Perhaps we can ask the folks and birdies that are enduring climate change.

      As for Santa~ he is everywhere. So is the fierce hope that the extremely naughty Ziobots get nothing but their just punishment, and the good and oppressed Palestinians get rights and justice that have been too long denied and stolen from them.

      Mohammed Asaf~ thank you for the best present that I have received. These photos are sublime. Happy New Year to all.

      May it bring the most precious and basic human rights and deserved worldwide respect restored to the Palestinian people.

      (Give them their land, water, air, and sea back, too! All of it. They have, and always will, retain their own dignity and identity. All one has to do is to see your photos and bear witness.)

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