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Photo essay: The most beautiful places in Gaza

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Editor’s Note: We asked photo journalist Mohammed Asad to send us a photo essay of the most beautiful places and things in Gaza. This is what he sent us.

Gaza farmers harvest corn crops.

Gaza farmers harvest corn crops.(Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Visitors to Gaza's al-Nour park enjoy the spin-and-swing ride.

Visitors to Gaza’s al-Nour park enjoy the spin-and-swing ride.(Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Families swim in an artificial wave pool

Families swim in an artificial wave pool. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

An equestrian competition in Gaza city

An equestrian competition in Gaza city. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

A young basketball team trains at the Champion Club in western Gaza

A young basketball team trains at the Champion Club in western Gaza. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Shoppers in Zawya, Gaza's old traditional street market.

Shoppers in Zawya, Gaza’s old traditional street market. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

The gold market is all that remains of what was once a large covered market filled with tradesman specializing in different crafts.

The gold market is all that remains of what was once a large covered market filled with tradesman specializing in different crafts. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Diners crowd a traditional restaurant to buy falafel, hummus, and mutabbal.

Diners crowd a traditional restaurant to buy falafel, hummus, and mutabbal. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

A man works out on the Gaza shore

A man works out on the Gaza shore. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Palestinian woman weighs french fries at the Rosetta factory in northern Gaza

Palestinian woman weighs french fries at the Rosetta factory in northern Gaza. Two shipments were exported to Kuwait recently. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Agricultural engineers use the hydroponic method of agriculture, which grows plants in nutrient solutions with no soil

Agricultural engineers use the hydroponic method of agriculture, which grows plants in nutrient solutions with no soil.(Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Rana Ramlawi, 20, practices sand sculpture by carving drawings of national symbols on the beach sand near her house

Rana Ramlawi, 20, practices sand sculpture by carving drawings of national symbols on the beach sand near her house. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Worshippers in al-Omari mosque

Worshippers in al-Omari mosque, the oldest and largest in Gaza which dates back to over 1,370 years ago. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Palestinian handicrafter makes clay pots inside a factory which has been passed down through the generations of his family for centuries

Palestinian handicrafter makes clay pots inside a factory which has been passed down through the generations of his family for centuries. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

A youth soccer team holds its weekly practice on a playground in central Gaza City

A youth soccer team holds its weekly practice on a playground in central Gaza City. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Beach goers enjoy their summer holiday after finishing the school year

Beach goers enjoy their summer holiday after finishing the school year. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Volleyball players on the Gaza beach

Volleyball players on the Gaza beach. (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

Youth learn the fundamentals of robot manufacturing in the Child Centre - Gaza Qattan Foundation

Youth learn the fundamentals of robot manufacturing in the Child Centre – Gaza Qattan Foundation (Photo: Mohammed Asad)

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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  1. Marnie on July 3, 2019, 2:08 am

    Not what I was expecting to see at all – love the pictures, the market, the beach, the children, parents and families – so beautiful. I am continually in awe of the strength and resiliance of the Palestinian people. They are the true light unto the nations.

  2. Nathan on July 3, 2019, 7:24 pm

    What a nice place is Gaza! The beach is wonderful, the high-rise apartment buildings are modern, the farming is impressive, the 14th century mosque is so picturesque, the amusement park is inviting – and everyone looks so healthy and well-dressed. It’s hard to imagine that Gaza is on the very brink of being totally uninhabitable.

    • Marnie on July 5, 2019, 3:02 am

      What a punk a$$ b$tch comment. It almost sounds like you’re jealous. Don’t worry nathan, the blight unto the nations ‘state’ of israel is doing their best to destroy all they can.

      Will repeat that they are the true light unto the nations.

      israel hasn’t gotten around to destroying every inch of it , thank God.

      • hai_bar on July 10, 2019, 8:23 am

        “israel hasn’t gotten around to destroying every inch of it , thank God.” – Marnie

        Be careful which “god” to thank, most of them seem to serve colonial purposes these days, from all the major religions. :)

        @Nathan: You know man, the difference between the colonized and colonizer, at least here in Palestine, is that people still find a way to live.

        On the memory of Mahmud Darwish: “We love life, whenever possible”.

        “ونحن نحبّ الحياة اذا ما استطعنا اليها سبيلاً”

      • Nathan on July 11, 2019, 7:19 am

        Every so often, Marnie, there is an article in Mondoweiss which shows some very nice photos from Gaza. It’s always so ironic to see the wonderful photos after having read countless articles/comments claiming that Gaza is uninhabitable or that it is a prison – or that it even compares to the Warsaw Ghetto. I think that one should be able to hear just a bit of criticism of the obsessive anti-Israel propaganda without losing one’s temper. The photos here were, indeed, meant to show that Gaza really is a nice place despite the ongoing conflict. And it is.

      • eljay on July 11, 2019, 8:21 am

        || Nathan: … The photos here were, indeed, meant to show that Gaza really is a nice place despite the ongoing conflict. And it is. ||

        I get what you’re saying: The victims chained in the rapist’s basement look well-fed and clean despite the on-going conflict. And they are. So what on earth do those ungrateful bitches have to complain about?

        I suppose it’s good to know that at least one Zionist has no objection to the conditions in Israel being reduced to the level of those in Gaza.

      • Talkback on July 11, 2019, 10:54 am

        Nathan: “It’s always so ironic to see the wonderful photos after having read countless articles/comments claiming that Gaza is uninhabitable …”

        It’s even more ironic that you can’t tell the truth, because it was THE UN that claimed that Gaza WILL BECOME uninhabitable by 2020 largely because of your beloved Apartheid’s state blockade and restrictions on movement including its imposed water crisis.

        Nathan: “… or that it is a prison – or that it even compares to the Warsaw Ghetto.”

        What else would you call it when an occupier controls Gaza’s popultation registry and who is allowed to exit/rentry Gaza? Or who shoots and kills its residents in “No-Go-Areas”? Or destroys whole streets and kills thousands of innocents, eldery, woman and children most of them descendants of those that were expelled by Israel and are kept expelled so that Israel can live out its racist Only-Jews-are-nationals psychosis?

        Nathan: “I think that one should be able to hear just a bit of criticism of the obsessive anti-Israel propaganda without losing one’s temper.”

        Maybe you should be able to just a bit of criticism of Israel instead being in denial because of your obsessive pro-Israel and anti-Palestinan propaganda.

    • Eva Smagacz on July 16, 2019, 10:13 am

      Nathan,

      This could almost have been written with you in mind:

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