A house was burned down resulting in the death of an 18 month old. His 5 year old brother has third degree burns on his entire body. 100% on both legs, 5% on one arm, and 90% on the other arm. He also has burns across his chest and face. The word “revenge” was found spray painted, in hebrew, outside of their home. His mother and father are both in critical condition suffering burns as well.
A protest was held as a result of the aforementioned incident, where youth were shot resulting in injury and death. One of the deaths has hit close to home as it was a 17 year old friend of my family’s. My cousin spent his afternoon in the hospital to find out now (at 2:30 am) that his friend has passed away.
I want to make it clear who the perpetrators are, and have been, in every single one of these cases: Israelis.
What is happening in Palestine is not a war. It is not a conflict. It is not whatever title you give it to help yourself sleep easy at night. There is an oppressed and there is an oppressor. It is genocide. It is heinous. I will not stand for it anymore and I hope that you won’t either.
When you read about the Holocaust and apartheid and the civil war - did you ever question what side of history you would be standing on? If you’re not on the side of Palestinians, if you’re not making the effort to educate yourself further on what is happening in Palestine, then I can tell you what side of history you would have been standing on, and what side of history you are standing on now.
I refuse to stay silent any longer. I refuse to play the part of the peaceful Arab in the hopes of distilling any stereotypes. I refuse to mind my peas and q’s to make you feel better about your own discomfort and guilt surrounding what is happening in Palestine. I refuse to shy away from discussions to avoid conflict and stirring of the waters. I will make my voice heard for those who cannot. I will make the voice of our murdered children, parents, grandparents, best friends, and neighbors heard. They didn’t die so I would stay silent. They didn’t die so the world would stay silent.
When I go to bed tonight, I will sleep easy, because I will know what side of history I stood on. When this is written about in text books, in the same way that the Holocaust and Slavery and Apartheid are written about, I will KNOW that students in history class won’t be disgusted by / questioning my actions. Will you?