War on Children (Gaza, Palestine)

by séamas carraher, global rights | 7th February 2024 4:23 pm

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An old man sits at my deserted table / “how could they do this”,  he asks. / He asked the walls. / He asked the flowers that had already died / in October. A poem by séamas carraher

“And most certainly shall We try you by means of danger, and hunger, and loss of worldly goods, of lives and of [labour’s] fruits. But give glad tidings unto those who are patient in adversity.”

The Quran, Al-Baqara (the Cow) 2:155[1]

1

 

The sound

of the singing shells

(in Gaza)

has taken the tongue

from its mouth.

 

Kill anything that moves,

the Israeli generals say…

 

In this darkest of rooms

the hands of the clock are beating

each day into my brain

like a nail,

the soundless silence crying

help, help, help!

 

But it is the children’s eyes

on the screen

that scares the noise away,

takes all the breath from the lungs.

 

It tears like a crazy person through

the walls of the house

and still no peace can come.

 

2

 

An old man sits at my deserted table

how could they do this”,  he asks.

 

He asked the walls.

He asked the flowers that had already died

in October.

 

Who planted the hatred in Hamas’  heart”,

he asks?

 

He asked this shadow of my self

who had left here long before with

the babies dead in their new-born-cots

(Al Nasr Hospital, November 10, 2023)

What sick soldier would leave a human child

as food for maggots”?

…while  they march the doctors out

at gun point.

 

…Or the voices of the children crying

mama’ from the depths

of rubble never to be moved?

 

Or one small child alone in his misery

just shaking, shaking, shaking

as if the mother of all winters had come

to take the place of his butchered parents.

 

Or… or… or…

 

3

 

Oh, i know now

they have all left

or will soon all leave,

gone out who-knows-where

without the keys to the house

but only a map to search for

the missing body parts

…bombed into oblivion.

 

4

 

i could live without this tongue.

i could travel far from this place where

the soldiers send their girlfriends pictures

of corpses instead of bouquets.

Where they laugh and dance at the death

of a six year old running down the street.

 

i could live without eyes and ears.

As already we are taught to live

with neither heart nor soul

in this cold-black-mindless Holocaust

 

…where the six o clock news rings its bell

for these children with

their families already blown

into fragments

…themselves now soon to die.

 

This then the never-ending news

no one can ever silence again.

 

Alhamdulillah”…

“Praise be to God”.

Allahu Akbar“…

“God is great”

Amen.

 

séamas carraher

 

Image

100 Days of Israel’s Relentless Assault, Al Jazeera[2] (“fair use”)

 

Notes

Harrowing video shows premature babies dead in Gaza hospital

“A harrowing video published by Al-Mashhad TV shows premature Palestinian babies dead in the care ward of the Al-Nasr Hospital in northern Gaza. Doctors were forced to leave the babies behind in the hospital after they were reportedly given 30 minutes to evacuate the hospital by Israeli forces and leave patients.”

Middle East Eye, November 29, 2023  [3] 

Additional reporting on the death of the infants

CNN, December 8, 2023[4]

Human Rights Watch, December 1, 2023[5]

 

Days of Killing: 124

As of February 7, 2024, the killing in Gaza stands at Day 124

Israeli Version

ILTV Israel News – Day 124 – 7 February 2024[6]

100 days of Israel’s relentless war on Gaza | Al Jazeera Newsfeed

Al Jazeera – 14 January, 2024[7]

 

Additional Information /  UNRWA Situation Report – 1-3 February 2024

“According to the Ministry of Health in Gaza as of 2 February, at least 27,131 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip since 7 October. About 70 per cent of those killed are reported to be women and children. Another 66,287 Palestinians have been reportedly injured.

UNRWA[8]

 

Who planted the hatred in Hamas’  heart”,

See: Chris Hedges “The Death of Israel: How a Settler Colonial State Destroyed Itself”

mediasanctuary – January 30, 2024[9]

 

Alhamdullilah”, etc.

“We should say, “Alhamdullilah” for what we have; and most importantly, “Allahu Akbar” when we are faced with the challenges of life.”

Islam Online (Archived)[10]

“Allahu Akbar”

Wikipedia – “Takbir”[11]

“The phrase is used after the birth of a child as a means of praising God.. It is also part Islamic funeral and burial customs.”

 

News

(Canadian) Doctors say Israel is wiping out a generation of kids in Gaza

“This is not war on Hamas. This is war on the children of Gaza.

“You drop a 2,000-pound dumb bomb, a weapon of mass destruction, in an area, you’re gonna kill a lot of kids, a lot of women and a lot of civilians.”

“The children break your heart because if they are not wounded, they’re hungry and thirsty.”

The Breach, January 29, 2024[12]

 

Israeli writer laments the Israeli army’s killing of children in Gaza (30 January, 2024)

“I’m losing the desire to belong to a country that kills 11,000 children,” a well-known Israeli playwright and screenwriter, Motti Lerner, told a crowd at a literary event in Israel. He went on to compare the actions of key figures in Nazi Germany who killed thousands of children, to those of the Israeli army, which has killed more than 10,000 children in Gaza.”

Middle East Eye – 20 January, 2024[13]

Palestinian girl shot by Israeli forces dies in Gaza city ambush: Red Crescent

“Layan Hamadeh contacted the agency for help, while the car they were travelling in was surrounded by Israeli forces. Layan died while her little sister Hind remained trapped inside the vehicle while it was targeted in Gaza city.”

Al Jazeera – 30 January, 2024[14]

Children orphaned by Israel’s war on Gaza talk about trauma | Al Jazeera Newsfeed

“Many children at the Al Bureij camp have seen family members buried in the same place they’ve been forced to take shelter in.”

Al Jazeera – 23 January 2024[15]

 

 

 

 

Endnotes:
  1. The Quran, Al-Baqara (the Cow) 2:155: https://www.islamicity.org/quransearch/?q=2:155
  2. 100 Days of Israel’s Relentless Assault, Al Jazeera: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Zw56fNjOfo
  3. Middle East Eye, November 29, 2023  : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6jndMLmGJA
  4. CNN, December 8, 2023: https://edition.cnn.com/2023/12/08/middleeast/babies-al-nasr-gaza-hospital-what-we-know-intl/index.html
  5. Human Rights Watch, December 1, 2023: https://www.hrw.org/news/2023/12/01/birth-and-death-intertwined-gaza-strip
  6. ILTV Israel News – Day 124 – 7 February 2024: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCgXCrMPGyc
  7. Al Jazeera – 14 January, 2024: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Zw56fNjOfo
  8. UNRWA: https://www.unrwa.org/resources/reports/unrwa-situation-report-73-situation-gaza-strip-and-west-bank-including-east-Jerusalem
  9. mediasanctuary – January 30, 2024: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlcqsKvTSPw
  10. Islam Online (Archived): https://web.archive.org/web/20040630100112/http:/www.islamonline.net/english/Science/2000/2/article3.shtml
  11. Wikipedia – “Takbir”: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Takbir
  12. The Breach, January 29, 2024: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkkZuDVNr9A
  13. Middle East Eye – 20 January, 2024: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfKcAhAB6Xs
  14. Al Jazeera – 30 January, 2024: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erPIGgnUv08
  15. Al Jazeera – 23 January 2024: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niZwzqXN5kI

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