Katie Miranda is an illustrator, jewelry designer, and cartoonist living in Portland, OR. She is currently working on a graphic novel called “Tear Gas in the Morning” which is a memoir about the nonviolent resistance movement in Palestine. Visit katiemiranda.com to learn more. Facebook, Twitter: @KatieMirandaArt. Originally published at MondoWeiss.
This 7 year old boy is Omar a few hours after he was released from the hospital. He had to have surgery and is resting still groggy from the anesthesia on a metal bench in front of the Qlandiya checkpoint. In order to get home, his father had to go inside the office, request a permit, head back to Gaza, and get through the Erez checkpoint before it closed. He trusted Omar with two strangers while he took care of the permits. He also had to give the strangers Omar’s birth certificate because a Palestinian can never be without one. The father and his son eventually did get home, but the regulations remain. This was not an extraordinary event in Omar’s or his father’s life, but a normal day captured by an Israeli woman who visits checkpoints once a week.