The collective wedding of 50 seriously injured Palestinians has been held in the Gaza Strip. Sponsored by an Italian charity, the event took place on Thursday under the heading of "The victory of the will".
All of the grooms who took part are Palestinians who have suffered terrible injuries sustained during Israeli attacks against the Gaza Strip. Some of them have serious problems such as paralysis, blindness and amputated limbs.
A spokesman for the organising charity and other speakers said that the celebration is a form of defiance of Israel's punitive measures against the besieged territory. "No matter that we are being attacked," insisted Dr. Ahmed Bahar, the Deputy Speaker of the Palestine Legislative Council, "we insist that our people must continue their normal life to prove that the Israeli punishments are useless."
A number of local artists performed at the ceremony held on the north Gaza coast, notably a dabka group whose male dancers wore traditional clothes. The audience included members of Al Wafaa II, a solidarity delegation from Italy, Jordan and Qatar, which is currently visiting the Gaza Strip.
MEMO Photographer: Mohammed Asad