Since I've been here, I've seen a lot of sad things when I look up high; settlements on hills closing in on Palestinian towns, watchtowers and survelliance devices, the wall.
I also look up and see kites quite often, and fireworks from weddings and graduations. Yesterday the college placements tests scores were announced-in a press conference and on the radio-how's that for pressure?-and there were fireworks and flares from 11:30 in the morning until midnight!
Kites are good for children, especially children living under an occupation. That's why I've read and re-read a news story from Aug. 7: "Israeli occupational army prevents children from Bil'in from flying kites".
The rest of the news story:
"The children from the village of Bil'in were taking part in activities as part of the summer camp for children, supervised by the local sports club.
The Director of the club, Hossam Al Khatib said, "the children have been waiting for this day for a long time. It was part of the programme go to the wall to visit the land behind it, play football, music, enjoy the natural surroundings and to fly kites"
"The Israeli occupying soldiers killed this dream in the hearts of the children, and denied them their most basic rights," he added.
Al-Khatib described the actions of the Israeli army as an insult to the rights of children to live safely and freely."