A Palestinian father and son who used to be in poor physical health and living in a tent in the Gaza Strip have been awarded millions of dollars in compensation after their self-esteem was boosted by watching a video of themselves playing with a toy gun.
According to a report in Al Jazeera, the pair’s lawyer, Ahmed Al-Zahrani, filed a lawsuit against the Palestinian Authority (PA) for damages caused by the video.
In the video, which was posted on YouTube, a man plays with a pistol while his father holds a toy pistol.
The video sparked a social media sensation, attracting millions of views.
“I was so surprised that this video could have such a positive impact on the children of the Gaza strip,” Zahrani told Al Jazeera.
“They have been living under constant bombardment from the Israeli army.
We are living under this constant bombardment.”
The video was originally uploaded to YouTube in 2010, but since then it has been watched more than 10 million times.
Al-Zawrani said his clients’ father was severely injured in an Israeli air raid on his house in Gaza.
“He was seriously injured, he has not been able to work since the war and is not able to pay his rent,” Al-Qawran said.
“We are so proud of them and proud of the fact that they have been able, through the video and through the love and support of the family, to rebuild their life.”
Zahreni said the video was a “love letter to the Palestinian people” and “a message of hope”.
“The video shows the positive aspects of being a Palestinian in the midst of war,” he said.
“It shows the children that they are loved, that they will be taken care of, that there is hope, that it is possible for them.”