4 boys were killed on a beach. Wars change children in more long term ways.
The Orange Ball
A war is winding down but emotional scars, in Israel and the occupied territories, do not heal with any immediacy.
Our story takes us to an ordinary park in East Jerusalem:
It was a simple ball, round in shape and Orange in color. It was highly attractive for the eight ten year old children who were gathered around it to commence a harmless game of Futball- for the innocent children the ball was the magnet. In this neck of the woods it was called Futball not Soccer. The reddish hue of Ariel’s hair was near in its tint to the ball in fact- for that matter so were the freckles dotting his face. On the other side of the small pitch, was a boy with long curly hair named Karim leading his newly found friends against Youssef’s side. To watch them from a park bench as…
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