By: Fedaa al-Qedra
It's not so bleak in Gaza. Years of siege, isolation and wars did not eliminate all the colors from the eyes of Palestinians. This was clear in an art exhibition where paintings were not only in black and white.
With their colorful paintings, a group of young artists from Gaza depicted parts of the beauty and authenticity of the Palestinian land.
The paintings were on the display at an art exhibition organized by the Ministry of Culture in Gaza City under the title of "The Land: History and Future."
The show was in commemoration of the 38th anniversary of the Palestinian Land Day. The images showcased in the gallery reflected how the Palestinian people stick to their land and protect it through a long journey of steadfastness and firmness in the face of the Israeli occupation.
"The Palestinian people still adhere to their land and maintaining it despite the occupation's daily attempts to uproot them," Minister of Culture Mohammed Al-Madhoun said.
"Today, we came to renew our pledge to the land and the people that we will remain as long as olive trees and thyme remain in our land," he added. "Our land has a pivotal role in the fighting against the Zionist enemy."
Al-Madhoun said his ministry invests in a generation that would be able to lead the liberation project and restore the Palestinian land instead of crying on the past.
He addressed the participants in the exhibition, urging them to be ambassadors defending the Palestinian cause on the international forums.
Zuhir Al-Adawi, an exhibitor, said the show was an opportunity for him to participate and showcase his paintings, which he said "express the adherence to Al-Quds via nice colors, trees of orange and olives and wheat… just everything relates to Palestine in different colors."
Yousef Al-Hendi, an artist taking part in the gallery, said that the event "boosted the artists' big affection in their land and how keen they are to highlight their cause and demonstrate the stature of their land."
The images of Mohammed Abu Hashish showed trees rooting deep in the land and raising high in the sky; an indication of how authentic and firm the Palestinians have been in this land. Another image showed a phoenix emerging from ashes debris, indicating that the Palestinians will remain strong despite the destruction they face.