Photo of the Week: Before his demolished home

Photo credit: Oliver Weikin
Date taken: July 26, 2014
Location: Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip, Palestine

A young Palestinian man cries in front of his home in the northern town of Beit Hanoun after it was destroyed by Israeli air strikes. His home was among the nearly 18,000 destroyed by Israel during a fifty-day assault on the Gaza Strip that began on July 8, 2014.

What has become of this man and his family? What will become of his future? What will carry him through the expected ten years of rebuilding that Gaza faces? Where will he eat? Where will he sleep? Whose graves will he visit, and to where will he return after praying for those he has lost?

Despite the sheer uncertainty of his future, this man is vibrant and colorful where everything else is grey. He is envied by his soot-covered surroundings almost as much as he is feared and loathed by the soldiers who tried to take his life away. Even though he livens the frame with color, his despair is something we are all responsible for. You can’t unsee this picture.


There are 5 comments

  1. tim74836

    Its little consolation to know that the Apartheid state failed in its mission to acquire new property at the sacrifice of an entire state. Gaza, the besieged state of Palestine under siege by Israel will be rebuilt for Gazans, not settlers. The entire globe is now aware of the genocide committed by Apartheid Israel and as such their dreams of another Jafah may be the catalyst to ruining their dreams of a racist state run by racist for racists and by racists. Palestinians are not slaves or second class citizens, their the occupying settlers.

  2. Patty

    I was worried about you these past two weeks…glad to hear from you again. I agree with the first comment from “tim74836.” The world is aware now of the genocide. What can we do, how do we stop this? I share your thoughts with others, post your blogs, but I don’t know what to do that would bring immediate help to these people.

  3. Noelle Clearwater

    Hello Sami,
    I have not talked to you in a long time. I am still around. I finished my thesis on Gaza and graduated. 200 pages! I was down in L.A. protesting during the war several times and up in Santa Barbara by myself. I am with JVP, SB up here and I am planning a fundraiser for Gaza Community Mental Health Programme on October 12th with the film Flying Paper. I wrote to Roger Hill, the director and he is coming out to speak. I also wrote to Khaleel Isa, a clinical psychologist who used to practice in Jerusalem but now practices in San Francisco. He will speak on child trauma. We are hoping to make a lot of money for GCMHP. I have become friends with Marwan Diab who is the PR person for GCMHP. People are asking what they can do. They can raise funds for GCMHP or MECA (Middle Eastern Children’s Alliance or UNWRA or PCHR (Palestinian Center for Human Rights). These organizations need our support! I am happy to see your blog still here and sorry that I have not been here. You are amazing and a blessing to all of us. Thank you for all that you do. Salam.

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