The London Visual Activist Collective (LVAC) created “Empty Spaces”, remembering all of the 500 children that were killed by Israel during the 2014 massacre. This is their press release of the event:
In the summer of 2014 Israel launched a vicious and brutal assault on the Gaza Strip killing over 2250 people.
Over 550 children were killed during the attack.
Today members from the London Visual Activist Collective (LVAC) met outside Downing Street to remember the children that are no longer with us. Children that, if it were not for Israel’s blatant disregard for civilian life, would still be with us today.
They would still be riding their bikes and mothering their dolls.
They would still be sleeping in their beds and in their fathers arms.
They would still be answering back in the cheeky way that kids do.
They would still be playing in the school yard, Football, Hopscotch, Hoopla, Tag.
But they don’t do any of that anymore because Israel removed them from the world.
All that remains now are empty spaces.
Empty beds, empty fathers arms, empty school desks, empty seats in class, empty souls of of the parents, empty hearts of the school friends left behind.
— joel rayner (@joe_n1nety) August 28, 2016
These children are now gone forever and an empty space remains.
The parents and siblings are still there, having to endure each waking moment in grief.
The pain does not go away once the bombs stop falling and because the news cameras have stopped rolling.
So today we showed a unique paper doll chain. Measuring over 160 metres in length and made by people from the UK, containing over 550+ cut outs of kids, it signifies the empty spaces left in the world because those children were killed.
— Carmen ❤️ Palestine (@carmenlopezmar7) August 28, 2016
We also wish to convey to the people of Gaza and Palestine in general, that we have not forgotten about them.
— Damian (@CockneyActivist) August 28, 2016
All around the world people are standing up to for Palestine and we always will.
Thanks to @CockneyActivist