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November 26, 2012

Ed Ou and Gaza Rainbows

Ed Ou Gaza rainbows

I wanted to share this photo from the brilliant Ed Ou who has been shooting in Gaza.

If most of the photos from this latest conflict have been matter-of-fact(and often aligning sympathies in one direction or the other, that’s not typical of Ou. Ed, who has spent considerable time in the region and appreciates its intractability, instead typically captures the larger complexities, ambiguities and inconsistencies.

The caption of this new photo posted on Instagram reads:

Fisherman bargain over the price of their daily catch in #gaza. As a condition of the #ceasefire agreement between #hamas and #israel , gazan fisherman should now be able to venture six miles out to sea as opposed to three in the naval blockade.

Is it a positive development that Gaza’s fisherman now have double the ocean space in which to fish? Certainly it is. In light of the larger status and fate of the territory, however, does it go so far as signal a new day? a new dawn? Of course, the scene would be completely straight-forward … if not for that half-hopeful and wondrous, and half-thoroughly ironic rainbow.

(photo: Ed Ou/Instagram)

  • LanceThruster

    Catch-22 means people have the right to do to you anything which you cannot prevent them from doing to you. ~ Joesph Heller
    The simplest rights that peoples of other regions take for granted are denied to the Palestinians for the crime of not being complacent about Israel’s power dynamic.

  • Scarabus

    Just a few days ago Amy Goodman did a special on Yip Harburg (sp?), who wrote the lyrics for Over the Rainbow. The part of the show where they talk about that song strikes me as truly apropos here. America was still suffering desperately from the Depression and the dust bowl. Dorothy lives in gray, hopeless Kansas. But she dreams of someplace over the rainbow where there’s a world of color, where dreams can come true. Adding to the ironies, Harburg was a Jew and was also a victim of Hollywood’s “Blacklisting” less than 15 years later.

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