Published: 2017-11-16 14:29
Last Updated: 2017-11-18 15:16
In Gaza, an occupied country where people have been living under blockade for more than 10 years, you will find many interesting stories about people coexisting together religiously, and accepting each other peacefully.
An example of this is the story of Christian, Kamal Tarazi, and his Muslim friend, Hatem Khreis, who have been friends for around 16 years.
Hatem, 46-years-old, is a pharmacist who lost his sight while preparing a prescription 9 years ago. The injury prevented him from practicing his daily-life routine, to the extent that he ended up never leaving his home, according to the Palestinian Information Center.
Kamal Tarazi reached out to help his friend in daily activities and started guiding him everywhere, including taking him to the mosque, ignoring all religious barriers.
For five times a day, Kamal guides his friend to the mosque, waiting until he finished his prayer to take him all the way back home.
“I am Palestinian, regardless of my religion,” Kamal said. “I reject labelling people regarding their religion, as we are an integral part of Palestine. We are all suffering the same economic and political conditions, especially under the blockade.”
“Our current conditions do not differentiate between Muslim or Christian,” he added.