Gazans Share Breakthroughs

Palestinian youth in Gaza took to social media over the weekend to announce major breakthroughs using the hashtag #غرد_بانفراجة, Arabic for ‘tweet a breakthrough,’ which was first posted by Ali Bkheet, head of Social Media Club-Palestine, a local organization that offers Palestinians training in social media reporting and campaigns.

The hashtag quickly went viral as Gazans sarcastically shared far-fetched achievements that touched on the besieged region’s myriad problems: a severe energy shortage, the political standstill and division between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, a staggeringly high unemployment rate, the lack of freedom of movement, and the stalling reconstruction effort since Israel’s last offensive in 2014.

Others highlighted the absence of international attention as the world community turns a blind eye to the looming collapse of the Gaza Strip, announcing instead that international competitions such as Formula 1 races would soon be taking place in the city.

“We are tired of hearing promises to solve Gaza’s problems, that’s what the hashtag captured,” Bkheet told his Facebook followers.

Reactions to the hashtag reveal that Gaza’s youth is primarily concerned with the immediate issues they face, especially their inability to travel freely to pursue education and career opportunities. But, perhaps most tellingly, those far-fetched breakthroughs are taken for granted elsewhere around the world. To say that having a dignified and prosperous human living standard is a breakthrough for Gaza is yet another testament to the catastrophic conditions inflicted upon the region’s two million inhabitants.

عاااجل:قامت حركة حماس بتوظيف جميع خريجي جامعات غزة, وتم الاتفاق مع حركة فتح بإنهاء جميع الخلافات وعودة رواتب الموظفين وانفراج ع كل شيء لتعيش غزة بسلام .#غرد_بإنفراجة

Posted by ‎أحمد ابن خالد ابوطير‎ on Monday, August 21, 2017

Breaking: Hamas employes all Gaza graduates, resolves political division with Fateh, salaries restored.

حماس تعتذر للشعب الفلسطيني عامة ولاهل غزة خاصة عن كل اخطائها بحقه#غرد_بانفراجة

Posted by ‎طارق ابو العطا‎ on Saturday, August 19, 2017

Hamas apologizes to the Palestinian people, especially in Gaza, for all its mistakes.

انضمام غزه للإتحاد الأوروبي وبذلك اصبح الجواز الغزاوي يدخل جميع دول العالم..!!#غرد_بانفراجة

Posted by ‎محمد العطار‎ on Sunday, August 20, 2017

Gaza joins the European Union, Gazan passports are now invincible.

الدول العربية ترسل جيوشها لتحرير فلسطينوبعدها نتسبح بطبريا 😄 #غرد_بإنفراجة

Posted by Mahmoud A Nasser on Sunday, August 20, 2017

Arab States send their armies to liberate Palestine. We will swim at Tiberias Lake.

إعفاء الطلاب والطالبات من الرسوم الدراسية في المدارس الحكومية..#غرد_بانفراجة

Posted by Mohamed El Khateeb on Sunday, August 20, 2017

Tuition fees have been waived at public schools.

مطلع الاسبوع المقبلالطائرات العربية ستهبط بمطار #غزة الدوليمحلمة بالمزيد من الانفراجات لها#غرد_بانفراجة

Posted by ‎علي عبدالرحمن‎ on Sunday, August 20, 2017

Airplanes to begin landing at Gaza International Airport next week.

عاجل …شركة الكهرباء تعلن عن ابتداء جدول 24 ساعة وصل و 0 ساعة قطع #غرد_بانفراجة

Posted by Mohammed I. Aburjeila on Sunday, August 20, 2017

Breaking: The Electric Company announces 24 hours supply, 0 hours cuts.

فتح معبر رفح على مصراعية والاف السكان يحزمون امتعتهم للهجرة الى اوروبا #غرد_بانفراجة 😀😀😀

Posted by ‎المعلم أديب‎ on Sunday, August 20, 2017

Rafah Crossing wide open, thousands migrate to Europe.

أبو مازن يستقيل عن منصب الرئاسة✋ والأسبوع القادم انتخابات#غرد_بانفراجة😂

Posted by Taghreed Awad on Sunday, August 20, 2017

Abu Mazen resigns from presidency, elections planned for next week.

بعد توقف عن العمل لساعات قطار مترو الأنفاق في غزة يعود للعمل كالمعتاد #غرد_بانفراجة

Posted by Ahmad Rawagh on Sunday, August 20, 2017

After hours-long delay, Gaza’s subway operates normally.

الأسبوع الجاي طالعين رحلة من غزة ل القدس كل العيلة 😌💛#غرد_بانفراجة

Posted by Heba Nasser on Sunday, August 20, 2017

The family is going to Jerusalem for a picnic next week.

تم الانتهاء من اعمار اخر 6000 منزل دمر في العدوان الاخير على غزة ورجعت العائلات الى بيوتها وتوتة توتة خلصت الحدوتة#غرد_بانفراجة

Posted by Nadia Abu Nahla on Sunday, August 20, 2017

Families return to their homes after authorities completed reconstruction of 6,000 homes destroyed during Israel’s last offensive.

الاسبوع الجاي بدء مسابقة دولية لسيارات الفورملا 1 على شارع البحر بمشاركة 20 متسابق من 18 دولة مختلفة #غرد_بانفراجة

Posted by Wael Iyad on Sunday, August 20, 2017

Gaza’s Sea Highway to host Formula 1 race with 20 participants from 18 countries.

Unemployment rate in Palestine at an all-time low, 1%.

With surplus revenue, Ministry of Finance approves five-month 150% salaries increase.

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About Dorgham Abusalim 33 Articles
Dorgham Abusalim is the Online Content Editor at the Institute for Palestine Studies. He recently earned his Master's degree in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.

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