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9-year-old dies in Gaza, without fulfilling ‘human rights’ dream, to see imprisoned father

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A nine-year-old boy Tariq Assakani passed away in a road accident in Gaza today. Tariq is the only child of the Palestinian prisoner Ahmad Assakani who is serving a 27 year sentence in Israeli jails.

The bus Tariq was traveling in was heading for a summer camp. It included thirty prisoners’ children. All have been injured and five are in a critical condition. All of the children have not seen their fathers for years.

Tariq’s father was detained more than eleven years ago. His wife was pregnant at the time with his only son. Tariq only met his father twice when he was three years old. Even hearing his voice was forbidden after that. The only way he could see or hug him was to keep thinking of him, wishing he could see or smell him somewhere, while sleeping.
 Tariq used to have a wish. He just wanted to hear his father voice. To hug him was his highest priority. And to talk with him was all what he wanted from his life. I know that his story is not like ours. His dream was not even a dream, in our own dictionary. He once told me that he only wants to be like any other child. He only asks for a father he has.

The video below was shot only half an hour before Tariq died. [From 2:14]

“Where is human rights? I demand all justice seekers to stand by humanity and freedom. I want to see my father, to hear his voice, to touch his body, and hug him for once. I always watch my friends go with their fathers to lovely places but I couldn’t. Simply it is because I don’t have a father or more particularly as he is far a ways from me. There are Israeli barriers. I don’t know why. My father is not a criminal. He lives in a dark dirty cell for no reason. He cannot see the Moon or even notice the Sun. He is dying to see me. I am too.”

Tariq said in a sorrowful tone summarized his story.

Malaka Mohammed
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Malaka Mohammed is a Palestinian student from Gaza doing a PhD in Palestine Studies at Exeter University. Follow her on Twitter @MalakaShwaikh.

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10 Responses

  1. annie
    June 25, 2013, 4:10 pm

    this story and video are mind-numbingly painful

  2. Inanna
    June 25, 2013, 8:15 pm

    Allah yer7amu wa yer7am kul al mowta. May God have mercy upon him and all the dead. There are no other words.

  3. Tom Suarez
    Tom Suarez
    June 26, 2013, 12:23 am

    All the “peripheral” horrors for which Israel is not seen as culpable, but which are ultimately the result of its actions…

  4. Talkback
    June 26, 2013, 8:27 am

    “Where is human rights?”

    Got lost. Jewish rights rule.

  5. Denis
    June 26, 2013, 10:09 pm

    On the subject of young Palestinian boys dying, it has not been widely reported that today the French defamation verdict against Philippe Karsenty, the creep who called the al-Dura murder a hoax, has finally been upheld.

    This provides no solace for anyone in Palestine, but it is a case that has been widely discussed on MW largely b/c the i-Jews, including Netanyahu, have called the video of the al-Dura boy being killed by the IDF a “blood libel.” Typical.

    Wonder if they will somehow conclude that Tariq’s death was also a blood libel.

  6. seafoid
    June 27, 2013, 12:48 am

    What a desperately sad story. His poor mother. And the unbearable pain of his father.

    • just
      June 27, 2013, 12:08 pm

      Thank you seafoid & Malaka.
      ;( Bless this child and his family.

  7. bintbiba
    June 27, 2013, 9:59 am

    Music that soothes the soul for a few moments….thanks for that,seafoid. ( healing is another story ,these days!!).

    • seafoid
      June 27, 2013, 10:03 am

      Mrs Price was the mother of Marian Price who was imprisoned in England for terrorist offences, probably not unlike Abu Tariq.
      Mrs Price died and her daughter was not allowed to go to the funeral.

  8. Djinn
    June 27, 2013, 12:05 pm

    And one for MWers who lean a little more hip hop

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