Palestinians in Gaza Make the Best of Life, with Fun and Games

Published April 12th, 2018 - 09:39 GMT

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The usual images on the Palestine-Israeli conflict involve people, activists, Israeli soldiers and politicians in different states of tumult and violence.

The following pictures show a different more jovial, happy sight of Palestinians, as a fun people, who love life, are sports-conscious, and have deep aspirations. Their presence here are at the sight of pitched up tents in southern Gaza, near the border with Israel, to demonstrate the right of Palestinian refugees to return to the villages and towns they were expelled from when Israel was established in 1948. 
The tents are part of a six-week campaign ending on 15 May, protesting the 70th anniversary of its creation. 

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When Palestinians fled and/or were expelled from their homes in 1948, they all expected to return after a few days. The keys of their houses remained with them and has since become a symbol of their return. Photo taken on the tents site on April 10, 2018. SAID KHATIB / AFP
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Image 1 of 5:  1 / 5When Palestinians fled and/or were expelled from their homes in 1948, they all expected to return after a few days. The keys of their houses remained with them and has since become a symbol of their return. Photo taken on the tents site on April 10, 2018. SAID KHATIB / AFP

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In the same tent site, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Palestinian youths practice their parkour skills. Photo taken on April 10, 2018. SAID KHATIB / AFP
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Image 2 of 5:  2 / 5In the same tent site, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Palestinian youths practice their parkour skills. Photo taken on April 10, 2018. SAID KHATIB / AFP

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Another side to youth, Palestinian gymnastics with nationalistic fervour at the tents near the border with Israel, at the tents. April 10, 2018. SAID KHATIB / AFP
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Image 3 of 5:  3 / 5Another side to youth, Palestinian gymnastics with nationalistic fervour at the tents near the border with Israel, at the tents. April 10, 2018. SAID KHATIB / AFP

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Everyone joins in the fun. Young and old watch. April 10, 2018. SAID KHATIB / AFP
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Image 4 of 5:  4 / 5Everyone joins in the fun. Young and old watch. April 10, 2018. SAID KHATIB / AFP

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'We will return'. Palestinian flags hoisted in row to the winds.  April 10, 2018. SAID KHATIB / AFP
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Image 5 of 5:  5 / 5"We will return". Palestinian flags hoisted in row to the winds. April 10, 2018. SAID KHATIB / AFP

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When Palestinians fled and/or were expelled from their homes in 1948, they all expected to return after a few days. The keys of their houses remained with them and has since become a symbol of their return. Photo taken on the tents site on April 10, 2018. SAID KHATIB / AFP

Image 1 of 5When Palestinians fled and/or were expelled from their homes in 1948, they all expected to return after a few days. The keys of their houses remained with them and has since become a symbol of their return. Photo taken on the tents site on April 10, 2018. SAID KHATIB / AFP

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In the same tent site, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Palestinian youths practice their parkour skills. Photo taken on April 10, 2018. SAID KHATIB / AFP

Image 2 of 5In the same tent site, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Palestinian youths practice their parkour skills. Photo taken on April 10, 2018. SAID KHATIB / AFP

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Another side to youth, Palestinian gymnastics with nationalistic fervour at the tents near the border with Israel, at the tents. April 10, 2018. SAID KHATIB / AFP

Image 3 of 5Another side to youth, Palestinian gymnastics with nationalistic fervour at the tents near the border with Israel, at the tents. April 10, 2018. SAID KHATIB / AFP

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Everyone joins in the fun. Young and old watch. April 10, 2018. SAID KHATIB / AFP

Image 4 of 5Everyone joins in the fun. Young and old watch. April 10, 2018. SAID KHATIB / AFP

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'We will return'. Palestinian flags hoisted in row to the winds.  April 10, 2018. SAID KHATIB / AFP

Image 5 of 5"We will return". Palestinian flags hoisted in row to the winds. April 10, 2018. SAID KHATIB / AFP

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