On This Day in 2009: When Palestinian children returned to school for the first day of classes since Israel’s deadly assault on Gaza ended, not all pupils showed up. Some students had to be excused for not attending after being killed by the Israeli army during its three-week bombing campaign of the besieged strip.
Over 300 Palestinian children were killed in ‘Operation Cast Lead’ — between 27 December 2008 and 18 January 2009 — which took the lives of over 1,400 Palestinians in total.
Signs replaced the once-occupied seats at al-Fakhura School in the Jabaliya refugee camp in Gaza; names of victims written under the word in red: ‘Martyr’, 24 January, 2009.
(Photo: Anja Niedringhaus / AP)
Human beings have a reamarkable capacity to do good as well as bad. We also have a remarkable capacity to do nothing. It is a solemn day when we find ourselves incapable, unwilling or indifferent to such matters.
What comfort is it to the parents of these children that someday they will be able to live in peace? That someday their children will be safe? And what justice is that? It is justice denied to them to say someday, to say that the change is inevitable.
There are people doing something about this everyday and we should be grateful to these people for sparing humanity the horrific response of having done nothing. Yet when the forces of evil meet the forces of good at equilibrium, we are not doing enough. And do not be fooled, twice. Do not be fooled by this apparent equity of might. The existence of potential, of those holding down the fort, leaves space for the rest of us to join and make the changes we see necessary. Do not be fooled; either, by the idea of inevitability. That, because the potential exists, so does the certainty.
It is truly hard to change our minds, to not defend our experiences, to deny what we know to be our truths and to put aside our pride. It is not that people do not care about these children, it is that they see the situation and the necessary changes differently. We all do it, I do it. Yet that does not mean we cannot overcome ourselves.
I am not saying that I hope we will make the right changes. I am not saying that I believe we will make the right changes, that I have faith we will make the right changes, that I dream, trust or know we will make the right changes. I am saying we must make the right changes.
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