Viral Photo Of Palestinian Protester In Gaza Is Being Compared To Other Iconic Moments In History

A photo of a Palestinian protester in Gaza has gone viral, with people drawing comparisons to the French Revolution painting Liberty Leading the People and other significant moments throughout history.

Captured by photographer Mustafa Hassouna of Turkey’s Anadolu Agency on October 22, the photograph shows 20-year-old A’ed Abu Amro, shirtless and clenching a Palestinian flag in one hand while wielding a slingshot with the other. 

Here’s the full photograph:

The image, which has been tweeted over 5,000 times according to Al Jazeera News, was quickly compared to Eugène Delacroix’s famous painting, Liberty Leading the People, as well as other iconic works of art or moments in history.

Here are some of the comparisons:

Amro, who protests every Friday and Monday with friends, didn’t know he was being photographed until a friend shared the photo with him. 

He told Al Jazeera News:

“I was surprised this picture of me went viral. I participate in protests on a weekly basis, sometimes more. I didn’t even know there was a photographer near me.”

Regardless of one’s political feelings about the image, it’s hard to deny the stunning quality of the photograph itself: 

In the interview, Amro spoke candidly about why he is protesting and what it means to him:

“I don’t go to protests to get pictures of me taken, but this has encouraged me to continue demonstrating. The flag I was carrying is the same one I always hold in all the other protests I’ve attended. My friends make fun of me, saying it is easier to throw rocks without holding a flag in the other hand, but I got used to it.”

“If I get killed, I want to be wrapped in the same flag. We are demanding our right of return, and protesting for our dignity and the dignity of our future generation.”

The photograph is a great reminder that history is happening now.

H/T: Twitter, Aljazeera.com