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10 Instagram Pictures that Show a Different Side of Palestine

Some are heartbreaking. Some others, invigorating. But these Instagram pictures all have one thing in common: they offer an opportunity to genuinely peak into Palestinian people’s resilience in overcoming life under occupation.

Created by 21-year-old twins Samah and Sara, the page aims at filling a void in the Instagram micro-sphere. “There wasn’t really an account showing only pictures of Palestinians, and that’s why we chose to be different than the rest. Our message to the world is showing people that Palestinian people are innocent and love the life, and simply a focus on how the living conditions in Palestine are,” they tell BarakaBits. As most pictures in their gallery, these 10 photographs are a testimony of a people’s strength to pursue education and thrive against all odds.

"Palestinian girls sit in the classroom, as a paper with arabic writing that reads "martyr Sobhi Ayyad" the name of a student who was killed during the war, is placed at her empty seat in Gaza".

“Palestinian girls sit in the classroom, as a paper with Arabic writing that reads ‘martyr Sobhi Ayyad’, the name of a student who was killed during the war, is placed at her empty seat in Gaza”.

A school in Gaza, 2014.

A school in Gaza, 2014.

Palestinian boy selling balloons in Gaza

Palestinian boy selling balloons in Gaza.

"You can destroy my house & demolish everything but you cannot take away my schoolbooks"

“You can destroy my house; demolish everything but you cannot take away my schoolbooks”.

Palestinian girl

Palestinian girl.

"Sometimes a hole can become a window in Khuza'a".

“Sometimes a hole can become a window in Khuza’a”.

Palestinian boy scouts

Palestinian boy scouts.

"Palestinian Muslims and Christians stand together in Palestine to call an end to Israeli attacks on Gaza".

“Palestinian Muslims and Christians stand together in Palestine to call an end to Israeli attacks on Gaza”.

Palestinian children at school

 

Palestinian children at school.

Studying in Gaza

“Stay in a box, and all you will know is fat blob of nothing…enlighten the mind, learn as much as you can, seek knowledge, seek truth, and hope to be on the right side of justice”.

For more information: visit Palestinian People‘s gallery on Instagram.

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Valentina Primo

Journalist, globetrotter, and determined idealist. Since Valentina left her home country of Argentina, she has searched for ways to build bridges between cultures and foster dialogue. Her previous work in international organizations in Italy and Germany fed her passion for the world of development, while her 8-year journalistic experience in Argentina and Egypt increased her curiosity for everything that challenges the stereotype. She holds a BA in Journalism and a Masters in Peace Studies with a specialization in Human Rights.

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