Expensive President Biden,
On Thursday morning, October 26, I woke as much as the information of one more bloodbath in Gaza.
This time, Israel killed members of my very own prolonged household. The crime scene was Khan Younis refugee camp within the southern a part of the Gaza Strip – notice, not within the north, however the south, the place folks had been presupposed to be protected, based on the Israeli military. A whole residential quarter of the camp the place I used to be born and raised was ruthlessly bombarded and decreased to rubble by apartheid Israel.
Individuals there skilled it as an earthquake. A brutal, man-made earthquake. It ended the journey on earth for 47 souls who’ve now returned to God. Of them, 36 had been direct household and the rest had been folks taking shelter of their properties, in search of illusory security.
Mr Biden, two and a half years in the past in a speech on the White Home on the event of the conviction within the George Floyd trial, you spoke in regards to the frequent objective of people that rose as much as say that Black Lives Matter, individuals who cried: “Enough. Enough. Enough of these senseless killings.”
However at the moment, as members of my household are murdered, you refuse to even acknowledge that these mindless killings are occurring. As a substitute, you provide phrases of encouragement to Israel. Immediately you say: “Extra. Extra. Extra of those mindless killings.”
And Israel is joyful to grant your want.
When a member of their neighborhood is mercilessly killed by the American militarised police forces, Black People honour their victims by saying their names out loud. Because the Israeli forces – who’re kindred in spirit and in arms to their American counterparts – kill my folks now, I additionally need to honour them by saying their names.
Immediately, Mr Biden, we mourn the lack of my granduncle Nayif Abu Shammala, aged 79, alongside his spouse, Fathiya, 76 – each survivors of the Nakba, the ethnic cleaning of Palestine that occurred in 1948 to make manner for the creation of Israel.
Their village, Beit Daras, about 30km (practically 20 miles) north of Gaza, was ethnically cleansed and destroyed together with 530 different Palestinian cities and villages. Fathiya and Nayif, like lots of the 750,000 refugees of the Nakba, sought refuge in Khan Younis refugee camp, which was presupposed to be solely non permanent till their return residence.
Nayif and Fathiya are now not with us, Mr Biden. They died earlier than they might train their UN-guaranteed proper to return to their land.
Among the many victims of the bombardment had been additionally their three daughters: Aisha, the cutest, most cheerful face in Khan Younis; her sister Dawlat, one of the stunning ladies in my household who had simply come again from the United Arab Emirates to go to her household; and Umaima, the youngest sister, alongside along with her daughter Malak. They got here to the household residence in search of shelter from the fixed bombardment.
4 of Nayif and Fathiya’s sons had been additionally killed: Hassan, Mahmoud, Mohammed and Zuhair together with their wives, Fadia, Nima and Easha. Zuhair’s spouse survived solely as a result of she had gone to a different household within the camp to supply condolences for his or her useless. Among the many murdered had been additionally Hassan’s three youngsters: Mohammed, Ismail, and Salma. Nayif and Fatiya’s surviving son, Ibrahim, misplaced his eldest son, Nayif, named after his grandfather.
Members of the Qedeih household and Allaham household who had additionally sought shelter in my granduncle’s home had been additionally killed.
As if this was not sufficient, Mr Biden, the house of my grandaunt was additionally bombed. Her title was Um Stated. She was 92 years outdated, a survivor of the Nakba, additionally hailing from Beit Daras.
She lived in her residence in Khan Younis along with her daughter Najat. Each now discover their resting place beneath the rubble. Individuals tried to drag their our bodies out however couldn’t. The adjoining properties of her two sons, Marwan and Asaad, and her daughter Muna had been additionally bombed.
Marwan survived however his spouse, Suhaila, and 4 youngsters – Mohammed, Mahmoud, Aya and Shahd – had been killed. Muna additionally died alongside along with her two sons, Amjad and Mohammed. Asaad; his spouse, Imtiyaz; and his son Abdelrahman, a fourth-year medical pupil, are additionally gone.
Asaad’s residence was worn out alongside along with his small grocery store. This was a favorite place for my very own son, Aziz, to go to after we would return to go to our homeland. Asaad was recognized all through Khan Younis camp as a delicate soul who offered items for little cash. He saved a thick ledger however usually forgot to gather the money owed and easily forgave them. Immediately, Asaad’s stunning smile, his kindness, his household and his store have all been taken from us.
When the bombing occurred, many relations and neighbours had been in Asaad’s store to purchase requirements and use its photo voltaic vitality unit, which he had purchased to assist folks cost their telephones and batteries free of charge. Among the many murdered are additionally Akram, Riman, Beirut, Imad, Niema and others whose names I can’t recall.
Mr Biden, do you imagine that the ache of an Israeli mom hurts greater than the ache of a Palestinian mom? Is the lifetime of an Israeli little one extra helpful than the lifetime of a Palestinian little one? That is the one rationalization that I can discover for what you might be doing now – encouraging the mass killing of kids in Gaza.
After I communicate of kids, I’m referring to actual, human youngsters with their very own distinctive faces, names, laughter and desires. Israel has taken the lives of greater than 4,000 youngsters, together with infants, along with your complicity, Mr Biden; 4,000 stunning souls have been taken from us.
Amongst them is my sister’s granddaughter, Julia Abu Hussein, who was simply three years outdated. My nephew Amjad and his spouse Rawan took Julia together with my sister Samia’s household to Khan Younis in quest of security. It took them three days to make the journey from their residence within the north of Gaza – a visit that might usually take lower than half-hour. They listened to the Israeli military’s calls to evacuate. However they discovered no security.
When the bombardment started, Rawan took Julia into her arms and rushed to the kitchen with the remainder of the household. The sheer drive of the Israeli bombs broken our residence and shattered the home windows. A number of items of shrapnel bought into the home by means of the damaged home windows, killing Julia in her mom’s arms and badly injuring her aunt Nagham.
So, Mr Biden, here’s a little one whose life was taken by the violence of the struggle machine you wholeheartedly help. Are you able to think about that? Are you able to actually comprehend the magnitude of this and different tragedies? Or are you continue to intent on questioning whether or not Israel is responsible of the mass killing of Palestinians?
As I hear of relations and associates killed each day in Gaza, I wrestle to search out new methods of describing loss of life – gone, taken, beneath the rubble, their souls in heaven. In the meantime, the media is telling me that they both aren’t useless or that they’re useless, however they’re terrorists.
Final summer season after I visited Gaza, Um Stated kindly gave me her embroidered gown. She insisted that I take it again to Canada with me. I’m grateful that I did. Immediately, Um Stated additionally stays beneath the rubble of her residence. Her embroidered gown is all that I’ve left to recollect her by.
Mr Biden, when the historical past of what’s going on at the moment is written, I’m assured that you’ll go down in it as the person who inspired and enabled the Israeli genocide in opposition to the Palestinian folks. You’ll be remembered as a person whose authorities actively partook in struggle crimes.
However extra importantly, Mr President, as a person who professes his religion in God, what do you say to Him in your prayers to justify the blood in your arms?
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