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July 25, 2014

Speaking for the Children of Gaza who Are No Longer Here. {Video}

Speaking for Gaza's children

#DoYouCare

The below text is a translation of a public post on Facebook by the Dutch film director Abdelkarim El-Fassi.

It’s an introduction to the short yet heartbreaking video entitled: Speaking for the Children of Gaza, posted below.

My personal intention is not to blame the people of Israel nor any one else in particular for the dramas unfolding.

I am simply not smart enough to understand how this conflict has been allowed to exist for so long. I just don’t get how people can do such things to each other, to their neighbours, to other people’s children. I cannot comprehend that the parties responsible for this ongoing war do not see that behind their inflated and bloated egos there is so much suffering and pain.

That’s why I share. Hoping that one day, history will explain how this was all possible and teach us that it should never happen again.

Do you care? Will you share?

“Watch the below video—we worked hard on it last week—and let it sink in. We chose not to show bloody images. No images of collapsed buildings. No images of devastation. No images of destruction. No images of loss.

But images of life. That is the essence of the story. The right to live. The right to live like our children can live.

Ask yourself just one question. What can I do to stop this insanity. Believe me, you can. Some will do extensive research, some will write an open letter and others discuss it in the office hallways. Change will come in time, but not if you look away.

Nearly the whole of Asia, South-America and Africa have recognised Palestine and have requested an investigation into the war crimes committed by Israel. Only Europe, Australia and the US refuse to cooperate. The region we live in, the West, according to many the most free territories of the world, refuses to recognise other people’s human urge for freedom.

I will not concede.

Let’s go. Share this video as much as you can. Tell your domestic and foreign editorial news teams. Engage people with a large network. Speak to your members of parliament. For the sake of hundreds of Palestinian children that are dying—not only because of rockets, but mainly because of our indifference and apathy.”

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Editor: Catherine Monkman

Photos: YouTube screenshot

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mira Jul 30, 2014 9:16am

To continue to be ignorant, in this world of access and information, is not only lazy; it's disgraceful. Thank you Elephant Journal…..

Nancy Jul 25, 2014 9:13pm

In addition to the well known fact that Hamas, Gaza's terrorist, elected leaders use children and adults for human shields, for two weeks they fired rockets at Israel (after kidnapping and killing 3 Israeli teens). Israel's leaders have built bomb shelters, so the Israeli people can protect themselves from Hamas's rockets. When Israel retaliated, they discovered Hamas had built 30 plus tunnels that extended into Israel under the border of Gaza. The tunnels are made of cement and have to be destroyed. Many of the buildings Israel is bombing contain entrances into the tunnels, which incidentally are providing shelter for Gaza's leaders, Hamas. Hamas turned down a cease fire Israel accepted. Two UN schools in Gaza have been found to be storing Hamas rockets, which at one school the UN gave back to Hamas. The Hamas leaders have stolen much of the Palestinian's money, and they live in beach front mansions in other Arab countries. Prior to Hamas, Fatah stole their money. Fatah now rules the West Bank and steals t money, Abbas, and prior to him Arafat.

Israel/Palestine is about 8 million people out of 7 billion world wide. Why aren't you concerned about the slaughter in Syria, the killing by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, all of North Korea which is a concentration camp, Nigeria killing Christians and selling kidnapped girls into slavery, Somalia, The Congo where there are mass killings, Kenya, and more countries where the atrocities and human rights violations are far more extensive than in Gaza. Gaza is a city with cement buildings, schools, and hospitals and extensive UN and Arab and US financing. Villages made of straw with no infrastructure, running water or sanitation exist in huge numbers throughout Africa.

Unfortunately for the Palestinians, none of the Arab countries want to assist them

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Yaisa Nio is an ex-banker, ex-diving instructor, occasional blogger, and was a digital nomad long before the term became trendy. Currently she runs a yoga and health coaching business named Yoga Here & There. After years without a permanent address, she emigrated to Australia from where she lives a compromise between eternal travels and blissful routine. She spends half of the year in Bali and Europe running yoga teacher trainings and retreats, the other half of the year she is in South Australia, teaching weekly yoga classes and tending to her veggie patch. You can find out more about her here.