There can be peace

When Hatim Muhammad wants to escape from Gaza he listens to the birdsong of his 31 canaries. The 41-year-old, a former militant who is now unemployed, has turned one of the rooms of his house into a makeshift aviary. First came the international economic boycott which followed the election of Hamas. That embargo plunged many Palestinians here into poverty.

Late in the year, factional violence between the two main Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah broke out. Over the year, about 40 Palestinians have died in factional fighting. "This has been the worst year of my life," says Hatim. "I swear to God, I now have no money for milk and food for my children," he says. His 17-year-old daughter Falisteen has kidney problems and requires medication. Hatim says that he owes the pharmacist $400 (£200).

When people like Hatim learn to love their children more than they hate Jews.

But he says the inter-factional violence between Fatah and Hamas supporters troubles him most. "The bullets should be used against the Jews and not the Palestinians"

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