Gaza hosts 3rd annual Red Carpet Festival
By Mohammed Asad
The Red Carpet Festival is held in the Gaza Strip this year for the third year in a raw, amid international and Arab attention.
This year, the Hash-Tag of the festival will be “Let’s go back,” which coincides with one hundred years for The Balfour Declaration.
The participants, who are ordinary people, will walk on a 100-meter red carpet, that symbolizes 100 years for the declaration, where the text of the Balfour Declaration is printed on the carpet. The carpet will be rolled on the ground of the fishermen sea wharf.
The Red Carpet festival marks the “Right of Return,” the release of hunger strikers imprisoned in Israeli jails, the return of national unity, the end of the internal division and the return to the state of the beautiful and stable life that the Palestinian people experienced in the past, where beautiful cinemas and theaters flourished and life was beautiful one day.
The festival was held for the first time in the same date in 2015 amid the rubble of houses destroyed by the Israeli occupation in al-Shajaiya neighborhood east of Gaza City.
The festival received wide acceptance on the Palestinian, Arab and international levels. The festival was held for the second year in a row in 2016, and the festival was a great success.
At the beginning of this year, the Red Carpet Festival for Human Rights Films – Karama Palestine – won full membership in the Amsterdam-based International Network of Human Rights Film Festivals.
The Red Carpet is now the forty-second festival, which represents the State of Palestine and became accredited on the World Map of the network.
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photographer Mohammed Asad's photo of Dalia Khalifa won an award in March 2015 at a competition organised by the UN.
'Unbreakable' - is the photo of 9yr old Dalia Khalifa, taken at Al-Shifa Hospital on Aug 9th, 2014. Dalia was badly injured in an Israeli air strike during Operation 'Protective Edge'.
'Unbreakable' is the Grand Jury Winner in the photography competition, organised by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Middle East and North Africa (UN OCHA).
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Mohammed Asad's home in Shujaiyya was destroyed by Israeli missiles, mortars and tank fire on Friday August 1, 2014 while he was documenting the Israeli massacre of civilians in the Gaza Strip. He is now living in temporary housing as he scrambles to find Internet access to share his photographs when possible.]
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