Seeing My Children In The Children Of Gaza
I’m travelling through the Middle East with two young children and it’s hard enough. I’m in airplanes, while Gazans are being bombed by them. We’re regularly given food and water, while Gazans have supplies cut off or bombed. My heart breaks when I think of the Palestinian people, bombed and besieged by modern militaries, and being slandered by mass media. I don’t just hope they survive this, I hope they fucking win.
I feel such an impotent fury, watching an open genocide. It hits me in my most intimate moments. When I’m giving my children water, when I feed them, when I tuck them into bed at night. These are precisely the moments denied to Palestinians, indeed, these are the moments the White Empire actively destroys.
This is the horror that the White Empire is making the world witness — locking over 2 million people in a cage, cutting off food, water, and medicine, and then bombing it with more force than their other war crime, Hiroshima. I experience their terrorism as a parent, but it is no less terrifying to imagine as a completely able-bodied man who still doesn’t want his body painfully destroyed, nor to witness his family and friends killed all around him. I just feel the unrelenting trauma-television as a father, every time I care for my own children. That’s where they get you with their imperial terrorism, it literally hits so close to home.
Every time I give my children water I think of the children in Gaza dying thirsty. To not be able to give your child water when they’re thirsty; I cannot imagine such torment, but imagine it I must. I think of the Gazan Dr. Ghassan Abu Sitta. He said, “After his last surgery Annas was thirsty. I got him some water and helped him drink. That will be my lasting memory of him. The boy was thirsty in his last moments.” The water in Gaza was unhealthy before, during the regular Israeli siege, but now Israel has cut off water supplies and is bombing entire water tanks. It’s a genocidal massacre. Israel’s War Minister called Palestinian’s animals, but who would even do this to animals? This is not some anomaly, some isolated war crime. This is what Israel — White Empire’s most violent and atavistic colony — has…