Gaza Strip Surfers Free from Turmoil

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The Gaza Strip is famous for being one of the world's most troubled areas, but some young people there have found a way to relax-- thanks in part to a friend they have never met.      

For many of Gaza's young men, summer is a time for terrorist training camps or weapons smuggling for hours in border tunnels. But for Mohamed Abu Jayyeb and his friends, summer means surf's up.

"When I surf, I feel free," Abu Jayyeb said. "And you don't often feel free in Gaza."

For two years, since Hamas took over the Gaza Strip and Israel sealed the border, it has been tough for Gaza surfers to get equipment.

But Dorian Paskowitz, an 88-year-old Jewish doctor from Hawaii and a surfer for 75 years, thought he could find a way to help.

"All of a sudden I see in the paper a picture of two guys with one old board," he said. "There are surfers in Gaza, but no boards."

Paskowitz started "Surfing for Peace" and was able to send 12 boards to the guys in Gaza.

"It was a triumph of enormous proportions!" Paskowitz said.

Abu Jayyeb said it does not matter if you are a Christian or Jewish.

"We are so grateful to Dorian and anyone who helps us," he said.

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