- Aid Abu Amr’s photo went viral on social media and became a symbol of Palestinian resistance…..
JERUSALEM – A young Palestinian protester, whose photo has been recognized worldwide as a symbol of Palestinian resistance, was wounded by the brutal Israeli forces on Monday.
The photo of 22 year old Aid Abu Amr went viral on social media and attracted the attention of the world’s media during the Great March of Return protests demanding the lifting of Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip. The photo was taken by Anadolu Agency photojournalist Mustafa Hassona.
Some media reports claimed that he iconic protester was picked up by Israel forces after he was injured, but some reports said that the man is being treated for bullet wounds in Gaza hospital…
Today, the #Israeli forces injured Aed Abu Amro who became an icon of the #Palestinian freedom after a photo of him protesting and raising the Palestinian flag went viral. His photo was actually compared to the iconic French Revolution painting. pic.twitter.com/4leAikUd2c
— We Are Not Numbers #Gaza (@WeAreNotNumbers) November 5, 2018
With a Palestinian flag in one hand and a slingshot poised in the other, the photo of Aid amid black smoke mirrors Eugene Delacroix’s 1830 artistic representation of the French Revolution titled “Liberty Leading the People” with revolutionaries being led by a woman bearing a French flag and a bayoneted musket.
Abu Amr was taking part in protests at the northern Gaza border against Israel’s land, air and sea blockade when Israeli troops intervened.
During the intervention, Abu Amr was wounded in the leg by live bullets.
For the last seven months, Palestinians in Gaza have been staging regular demonstrations along the Gaza-Israel buffer zone to demand the right to return to their homes in historical Palestine, from which they were driven in 1948.
They also demand an end to Israel’s 12-year blockade of the Gaza Strip, which has gutted the coastal enclave’s economy and deprived its two million inhabitants of many basic commodities.