3 Years Later: Palestinians Still Exist

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Gaza war


The sounds of bombs took over the temporary silence that prevailed all over the place, followed by the sirens of ambulances that wracked one’s nerves, the smell of both burning flesh and gunpowder welding with one another, the black and dark sight due to the cloud of ashes that surrounded the overall scene, and the stunning voices of the weeping, woeful, and sighing wounded bodies, squealing in acute pain, and being thrown everywhere were all flatly clear-cut evidences that the drums of the 23-day-long war on Gaza had been beaten. And Operation Cast Lead was okayed.

17 seconds or less were more than enough for the 60 – warplane Israeli fleet to take the lives of 200 men, and to draw the landmarks of the massacre, never seen in the history of the mankind. At that same exact moment the Israeli airman pressed the button, 200 mothers were bereaved; 200 wives were widowed. And more than 200 orphans were lost. They are fatherless. But never had the Israeli airman, who pressed the button, opened the gate of death, and directed this dramatic action, been convicted. And the dead to blame.

Palestinians were merely numbers that the whole world shrugged off the responsibility of holding the Israeli aggression accountable, and the whole world was subject to the Israeli will, geared by Israeli propaganda. Once again the Palestinians to blame! They were desolated. Everywhere a man turned his eyes, he would but see appalled faces, he would but hear children screaming. Shrouds were the most prominent, and the smell of death was repulsive. The bodies of the dead were in squalid conditions, and they stank because they were left unburied. Some were snapped by the Israeli military bulldogs. Neither did the Israelis have respect for the people alive, nor did they have it for the dead. Respect withered. It died actually the moment the happy-bull-trigger soldiers shot a child, vanish a family –like al-Sammouni family, and at least feel not sorry for the bad actions they did.

Cemeteries were not exempt. The dead, who no longer speak a breath aloud, were bombed, as if they were destined to taste death twice. Among them was my grandpa whose grave was shattered into pieces like many neighboring others. The English Cemetery in Gaza in which many British soldiers, who died in the world War II, are buried was not exempt either. It was a war against everything that aimed at erasing and changing the history of the land. Our land. Palestine.

The fact of being here today belies their beliefs. Long time ago, the Israelis believed that they could eradicate the Palestinian people, change the landmarks of the land and manipulate history, yet they failed. As long as a Palestinian child knows how to pronounce “Palestine,” they will keep failing over and over. And another war would be with no avail. The first day of the war ended. Another day began, and the Israeli thirst for war grew. More were to be slaughtered on their altar. Please, be lost.

And another war is approaching !

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Final beloved children of Gaza
About Waleed al-Meadana

Waleed al-Meadana is a 21-year-old Palestinian. His grandparents were expelled from Jaffa. He is a lecturer at the University College of Applied Sciences (UCASGaza).

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9 Responses

  1. Annie Robbins
    December 27, 2011, 3:11 pm

    incredible

  2. Waleed Meadana
    December 27, 2011, 3:40 pm

    thanks, Annie.. I do appreciate it

  3. Eva Smagacz
    December 27, 2011, 5:04 pm

    Waleed, thank you.

    Your English is excellent, and your writing hounting…..
    I didn’t know about cemetaries being attacked.

    I will use that information when telling people about Gaza.

  4. pabelmont
    December 27, 2011, 5:09 pm

    I wonder if someone will first be able to make vivid and real to the world Palestinians (their lives, their circumstances, their humanness and humaneness, their willingness and eagerness to live in peace with Israel BUT within their own ancient homeland, their love of that land) or Israeli Jews (their fears, their cruelty, their ability to dismiss Palestinians, their unwillingness to imagine living in peace with Palestinians within the Palestinians’ own ancient homeland).

    Here, Palestine lives in the picture of a girl with balloons floating up and over the children lying dead on the ground beneath her, living (in imagination and in reality) although they have died.

  5. john h
    December 27, 2011, 6:10 pm

    We the world, guilty as charged:

    Palestinians were merely numbers that the whole world shrugged off the responsibility of holding the Israeli aggression accountable [for], and the whole world was subject to the Israeli will, geared by Israeli propaganda. Once again the Palestinians to blame!

    Open Letter from Gaza:

    link to palestinechronicle.com

  6. john h
    December 27, 2011, 9:08 pm

    Omar says, “We moved on”, support us in that.

    Three years after, here we are. Gaza is stronger, brighter, better, and life springs from every corner of it. We have moved on.

    I will steal Rafeef Ziadeh’s sentence and say, “In Gaza, we teach life, Sir”.

    Yes, three years have passed and now it’s time for us to make a vow: “We promise ourselves and the world to make Gaza a better stronger place; we will make our society better by starting bettering ourselves from within”.

    Three years passed and we still demand the prosecution of Israel’s war criminals and we will never stop demanding our right to see those cold blooded monsters behind bars.

    I will not remind Gazans of this day because we will never forget what we went through; I will not remind the world because the world never gave a crap.

    Finally, I would kindly ask you to help Gaza, Palestine and Gazans move on instead of reminding them of the tragedies they will never forget. We don’t want to dwell on the past, we want to move forward. Help us heal.

    We appreciate all the support. Believe it or not, we are the land of love and abundance, and we send you all our love and gratitude.

    link to gazatimes.blogspot.com

  7. Waleed Meadana
    December 28, 2011, 7:42 am

    “Palestinians may forgive but never forget,” an old Palestinian man, who was expelled from Jaffa, told me.

    Thanks all for spreading the word.

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