Friday, 23 September 2011

Chapter 80 #UNGA

Things have been said for and against the UN bid. Hopes have been raised, anger evoked and cynicism let loose.

But there was no mistaking how people felt tonight when Mahmoud Abbas handed Ban Ki Moon the folder containing the PA's submission for Palestine to become a recognized state at the UN. It felt like every voice in Nablus came together in one massive cheer; like a barrier had broken.

The center of town was packed. Adults, children and medical staff with stretchers were limb on limb and shoulder to shoulder in a cheering, flag waving mass of bodies. Getting through the crowd required the ingenuity of a contortionist and there were times it felt like it would be impossible to get out.

Every face was turned towards the massive screen broadcasting Abbas's speech. The whooping was immense and the singing lasted for a good hour afterwards.

As much joy as there was however, when the fervor died down a little, a young man said to me:

"I don't know. I mean this is great - look at all the people but... I don't know."

A view from above

When Abbas handed Ban Ki Moon the folder, the town came together in a massive cheer

The duwar (roundabout) was packed

The massive screen erected at the centre of town

This guy asked me to take his picture. So I did. I don't generally post photos of people but he has such a happy face

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