Saturday, July 28, 2007

LA Times: Catch a wave and you're sitting on top of the Gaza Strip?

Somehow a story about surfing-as-freedom should not be so drearily predictable:
The surfer paddled out from the shore.

Lying on his battered board, he scanned the horizon. The turquoise water glittered in the midday sun.

Moments later, he caught a wave, effortlessly.

Back at the shore, Ahmed Abu Hassan, a 28-year-old Palestinian, pulled his board from the water and walked along the Gaza beach where green Hamas flags competed for space with red and yellow umbrellas. It looked as though Islamic militants and ice cream vendors had engaged in a turf war over the golden sand.

"It's a joy," said Hassan, a taciturn and graceful surfer.

If surfing is a quest for freedom, nowhere is such a pursuit more relevant than in Gaza, an overcrowded, poverty-stricken strip of land on the Mediterranean controlled by Hamas and cut off from the rest of the world by Israel. [...]
You can guess the rest. At the beginning of the next paragraph someone observes "Gaza is like a prison" . . . (The LA Times also currently features an article about someone who thinks "Islam is the ultimate sexuality.")

Crossposted on Soccer Dad


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