By Mohamed Majed
GAZA CITY, Palestine
The friendship between two Palestinians — Hatim Hiriz, a Muslim, and Kamal Tarzi, a Christian — reflects the religious and cultural coexistence that has always characterized the Gaza Strip.
Tarzi, 56, accompanies his friend, Hiriz, 47, who is blind, to and from the mosque each day and helps him perform everyday tasks.
In the Gaza Strip, where Christians and Muslims have long lived in harmony, their friendship isn’t considered unusual.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Tarzi said that the two communities had lived side by side since time immemorial.
“This is always how it has been in Gaza,” he said.
Tarzi recalled how he first met Hiriz 15 years ago, with whom he has since established a strong bond of friendship.
“Hiriz, who used to work as a pharmacist, lost his sight six years ago while preparing a prescription,” he said.
“Before going blind, he used to frequently pray at the mosque, so I decided to help him,” Tarzi added.
“Now I accompany him to the mosque each day, waiting for him outside while he prays,” he said. “When he is done, we come back together.”