The story of Palestinian kids started at bedtime. When their parents read a story about a family feels safe and happy in a lovely house, just like any other parent on this crazy planet.
Unfortunately, everything else in Palestine is different. In 2021, within the span of two months, Palestinian homes were under attack by the Israeli occupation. Many families in Jerusalem and other cities were under threat of being kicked out of their homes. Nothing and no one was sparred. Every inch of their land, including religious places, was under this threat.
Like any other human, Palestinians defended themselves and their homes. Though the Israeli occupation did the worst thing that could be done. Houses were destroyed, hearts were broken.
In April 2021, the Israeli occupation attacked the Gaza Strip.
The Ministry of Health announced that in 11 days, 320 citizen killed; 66 of them were children under 18 years old.
Many demonstrations were held around the world in support with Palestine. The demand was for the USA to stop supporting Israel in its inhumane attacks.
Surprisingly, on May 28, The New York Times published photos of the 66 murdered children in Gaza on its first page. The column was titled “They were just children”.
Some Palestinians and sympathizers/allies with the Palestinian issue around the world welcomed the NY Times' article on social media platforms.
The comments under the Facebook post were primarily from Palestinian supporters and anti-Palestinian racists. The number of hashtags used in the comment section give us an indication of the amount of the supporters of the Palestinian issue.
As shown in the graph, the number of hashtags supporting Palestinians were much greater than those supporting the Israeli occupation. The hashtags count that support Israelis is 2 related to the same hashtag #antisemitismus.
An analysis of the comment section shows that the most repeated words are (Israel- Hamas- children- Palestinians). This shows that although people care about children loss, children are part of a greater loss and inhumane crimes that Palestinians regularly face. The loss of women, men, and land is not less dramatic than children loss. The word count indicates that people are presently talking about the issue more than anything else.
Some supporters argued that through telling these children’s stories, The NY Times was making an effort to humanize the number of children killed.
This would be true if The NY Times did not consider the Israeli attack as a fair war between Palestinians and Israelis. The NY Times has been a strong supported of the Israeli occupation since 1948.
This frustration and dismissal of the NY Times’ article was clear in Mohammed el-Kurd’s tweet .
Mohammad El-Kurd refused the sugar-coated article of NY Times because from such a young age, he had half his family home stolen and given to an Israeli settler. What had happened to Gaza was triggered by the danger of kicking Palestinians out of their houses in Jerusalem.
Mohammed and his sister Muna, like many other citizens in Jerusalem and other cities, face the fact on a daily basis that their houses are under danger, and that they may be homeless any moment. Now they are all grown up, but they are still under the constant threat of arrest from Israeli soldiers, and harassment from Israeli settlers.
Palestinians in every inch of Palestine are not safe from arresting .
Since 2005, Israeli occupation arrested more than 7,500 kids
"Dad, where is my white fish?" asked Naser.
Naser is a kid from Jerusalem. He was searching for his white fish while the Israeli police arrested his father, Jihad Al Qous, in front of him.
The dad smiled and went to prison, and the kid found the fish.
After that, Jihad came back. Though he was not allowed to enter the Old City where his house was located. Naser was separated from his father.
Jihad Al Qous was arrested 30 times since age of 12. Now, as a father, he owns a lovely small house in the old city of Jerusalem which unfortunately, he is forced to be away from.
The story of Jihad and Naser is one that is too common in Palestine. It is the story and price of defending homes.
Naser shares the love of his home and fish with Nana and Ahmad in Gaza.
Their house was destroyed by an Israeli rocket. They ran away from the rocket and sheltered in UNRWA Schools along with other families. Hours of losing their house, Nana and Ahmad came back to their destroyed house to save their fish and birds.