Days of Palestine

Friday, January 27

Gaza children: save us from ‘brutal’ Israeli siege

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More than 6,000 Palestinian children gathered in central square in Gaza City on Sunday, called for the world to urgently end 11-year-old Israeli siege on the coastal enclave.

These children, who came under three massive Israeli offensives during the siege, called for the world to help them get “decent life” like other children in the entire world.

Last week, the gathering of charities in Gaza announced the Strip is a “disaster-stricken” area due to the tightening Israeli siege.

Spokesman of the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza Ashraf al-Qidra announced the suspension of operations in several hospitals and healthcare centres in Gaza due to the sever lack of electricity and fuel.

‘Israel killed my dad’

Child Ammar abdul-Hamid, 10, said: “Israeli occupation killed my dad. I had been depending on a financial sponsorship for my living. Now, my mom does not have money to spend on our livelihood. Everything stopped due to the Israeli siege.”

Sending his message to the world: “I am calling for all the humans in the world.. Look at us and see our life.. It is unbearable.”

Due to the silence of the world towards the Israeli crimes, he wondered: “What happed to your humanity? Do not you see our miserable life? Have mercy upon us, please!”

‘Israeli siege started prior to my birth’

Shad Qishta, 8, who lost her parents in the 2014 Israeli offensive on Gaza, said: “What is our fault to punished this way? Did not you feel that it is enough for me to live as an orphan?”

The little girl added: “Israel killed my parents and demolished our house. It imposed the siege on us four years before I was born. What are you waiting?”

She continued: “I am sending a message to the Arab and Islamic countries, as well as to the whole world. Where are you? Where is your mercy?”

Regarding the world leaders, she asked: “Do not you have children? Do you accept that your children have the same life as me? (Broke down in tears)”

Gaza has been under strict Israeli siege since mid-2007. Egypt took part in the siege since it was started, but tightened its measures against Gaza since the current Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi ousted the first-ever freely elected Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

The world is complicit with the Israeli occupation in the siege as it keeps silent and many other countries, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia and USA support the siege.