Pharell Williams - “Happy”- the Gaza version

This video produced by new media creator Anas Hamra puts exuberant scenes of Palestinians in Gaza dancing to the Pharell song “Happy.”

Pharrell Williams is an American musician whose career started in the early 1990s. When the “Happy” single was released, the web site 24hoursofhappy.com originated the meme of various people dancing to the song. Here’s the official video.

People have repeated it in Bermuda, Paris, Dublin, Hamburg, Jamaica, Howard University in Washington, DC, and pretty much anywhere else you can name.

Another interesting version features people identified as “British Muslims.”

It’s a lot of fun.

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Couldn't stop watching. Fantastic video. Thank you for sharing it.

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Two Palestinian brothers – Hassan and Hussein Husseini and I were friends. I was a lecturer in the Ohio State Black Studies Department and I also served as the Faculty Advisor to the “Organization of Arab Students' 1973-78. The brothers were leaders and they took me into their activism and their lives. We partied – with my counterculture friends ( aka 'Hippies' ) and with Arabs in their homes. The brothers led this group dance.. a two sided line was formed with eveyone up clapping. Each of us was challenged to do their dance and shake and shimmy down between the lines. So you got to show your stuff! I dance – I can improvise and I am unafraid - but the Arabs! The Arabs had these belly dance moves and they really put it on – especially a couple of the men. Amazing and hilarious FUN! As we Afro-Americans put it, they were really “gettin' down and gettin' loose!”.

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I hope in my lifetime I get to see all of Gaza happy!!! Love this!

Ali Abunimah

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Co-founder of The Electronic Intifada and author of The Battle for Justice in Palestine, now out from Haymarket Books.

Also wrote One Country: A Bold-Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse. Opinions are mine alone.