Saint Levant, born Marwan Abdelhamid, reflects on his childhood in Gaza through photos and music. Raised in Gaza until his family fled to Jordan during the 2007 Battle of Gaza, he highlights the destruction and loss experienced by Palestinians. His debut album “DEIRA” captures his memories, with the Deira Hotel — the hotel on the Gaza coast designed and operated by his father — symbolizing safety and return amidst the conflict. Levant’s work emphasizes the need for peace and the enduring humanity of Gazans, as he advocates for a liberated Palestine.

In a profile in PAPER Magazine, he shared photos of his family’s history in Palestine. 

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“This is me at AISG (The American International School of Gaza), the school I attended in Gaza that was inevitably destroyed by Israeli bombs. I was celebrating my fourth birthday there,” Abdelhamid tells PAPER.

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“Pictured here are my mother, my sido and myself. Sido and I share the same name, Marwan Abdelhamid. I was named after him. We were all at the Deira Hotel, having a great time.”

Read the full story at PAPER Magazine

Childhood photos courtesy of Saint Levant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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