29th June 2017 | International Solidarity Movement, al-Khalil team | Hebron, occupied Palestine
On Tuesday the founders of the Tel Rumeida Garden next to the Gilbert checkpoint in occupied al-Khalil (Hebron) organised an Eid celebration for the children from the community.
The event started at 9:30 am with a running game and about 60 children took part in the following games: competitions, who can fill up waterbuckets the fastest, rope pulling and a blue smurf showed up to entertain the kids and danced with them. While listening to music the children also used the footballfield in the garden to play a ballgame. Finally, presents were handed out by the organisers for every single child.
Because of the heat and the disappearing shade the event ended at noon, but there was water available for the children and the mothers all the time and also pizza and orange juice were served to ensure energy supply to all participants in the heat.
This event is a small respite for the children from Tel Rumeida, the majority of who live in an area that the Israeli forces have declared a ‘closed military zone’ since November 2015.