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According to many sources, at least 25,000 tonnes of explosives, and counting, have been dropped on the besieged refugee camp of Gaza, that’s 66 tonnes of explosives for every square km. Shredded to pieces include hospitals and medical staff, schools, and teachers, crucial infrastructure and aid workers, but mostly just families cowering in their own homes and of course the heart of my nation.

Some in the Israeli military are calling us ‘human animals’ and using openly genocidal rhetoric, meanwhile 11,000 people have been killed including 4,500 children. Recent reports from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF – Doctors Without Borders) detail the grim reality within Al Shifa Hospital, where patients and two nurses have been killed by Israeli snipers after the hospital itself was bombed. Strikingly, MSF notes that they have never seen Hamas officials within the hospital.

The atrocities endured by our Israeli cousins were grotesque, a horrific crime. And the atrocities we are enduring, as you read this, are also grotesque, and also a horrific crime.

I ask those who support this slaughter: how many more innocent Palestinian humans must die to help you heal your grieving heart? 100-fold? How many more grotesque atrocities must we endure, how many more can you justify to yourself?

There is something disturbing and fundamentally wrong when we abhor the killing of civilians on one side, and justify the killing of civilians on the other side, isn’t there?

One million people have lost their homes, how many more homes must be destroyed for Israel to build justice for itself? Isn’t justice for everyone or it isn’t justice at all? Aren’t human rights for all humans or they aren’t human rights at all?

How many more decades must Palestinians live as racial inferiors, under Israel’s racist military rule, or under blockade? For how much longer can we possibly pretend that peace can exist under this type of violent oppression?

How many more of our little angels and your little angels will go to heaven before we understand that none of us are whole if we don’t treat both lives as equally precious?


Subhi Awad, Mullumbimby

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