Favorite thing: it was the biggest israeli settlement in the gaza strip (2.700 people) ; after the israeli withdrawal from the gaza strip, the palestinians increased their attacks towards israel to thank them for having left
Party banners in Gaza City
Favorite thing: 1) The black banners are those of Islamic Jihad, why I wonder what party's is the all-red flag. Does anybody know?
2) The yellow flag of Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades (the military wing of the ruling Fatah movement) foisted on a rooftop of a house in Jabaliya.
3) The green and yellow colours of Hamas and Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades go comfortably together.
Places to visit
Favorite thing: 1. Entrance to the Great Al Omari Mosque, located close to town market in the Gaza City. Here is information on this Mosque taken from the website of Tourist Bureau of the Gaza Municipal Cener: "Al Omari is the biggest (4.100 m²) and one of the oldest mosques in the Gaza Strip. It was probably built on the spot of a temple dedicated to successive idols: the Canaanite god of fertility Dagon and Marnas the city’s deity whose temple was believed to be one of the most glorious ever built. In the 5th century, the Christians built a large church later demolished during the Persian invasion. In 1149, the crusaders built a cathedral to John the Baptist on the ruins of a mosque but in 1187, as Gaza returned to Islamic rule, the church was once again changed into a mosque. Today, the oldest parts of the building date from the crusades, the western door being of Italian gothic style. Successive additions were made, one of them being the library established by the 4th Mameluk Sultan Baybars. Damaged by Allied forces during World War I, it was restored by the High Islamic Council in 1926." One can add that it was the Temple of Dagon that was toppled by the Byblical hero Samson.
There is also another mosque in Gaza City - Al Sayyid-Hashem Mosque named after the Prophet Mohammed's great grandfather Hashem.
Fondest memory: 2. Well, this is not one of those clean, upscale and hedonistic beaches of Netanya or Herzlia, to be sure, nor is it even a beach in the north coast of Sinai in Egypt, but the Gazans seemed to be very proud to have their own municipal beach! After the evacuation of the Jewish settlers in mid August 2005, the Palestinians now can enjoy much cleaner and better maintained beaches in other parts of the Strip.
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