Wafaa remembers every detail of the invasion she almost didn’t survive.
I, too, remember exactly where I was when Israel launched its attack on Gaza three years ago. I was just outside of the lobby on the main floor of the Hyatt in Rosemont, Illinois. Flat-screen televisions — at least a half dozen of them — were all tuned to CNN’s live coverage of the invasion. I was attending the annual MAS-ICNA Convention but the program was seemingly put on hold as throngs of people crowded in front of the television screens. Initially, we thought it was just another air strike but the shells kept falling. By this time, hours had already passed since the onset of the invasion and relatives in Gaza City later told me that land was submerged in thick gray plumes of smoke.
This was the first of twenty-two days. These were the first of 1,400 dead. Where were you? Share your story in the comment section below.