For decades, Palestinians have endured statelessness, occupation, dispossession and a lack of basic rights while Israel has steadily taken their land and denied their freedom. Holding the people of Gaza under a seven-year siege has only brought more suffering, not peace. The mothers and fathers, sons and daughters who have been killed are not numbers, they’re not characters in a video game. Their deaths are not to be celebrated. Each one has a name, an age, a story.
The above is the voice-over introduction to a video circulated by Jewish Voice for Peace. It records the names and age of civilians killed in Gaza – scroll to end for their names.
The video comes with this message:
“People all over the world are stepping up – many for the first time – to send a clear, urgent message: We Choose Freedom for All.
“Stop everything—now— for just 4 minutes.
“Sit quietly with this just-released joint Jewish and Palestinian video about Gaza. If you are with loved ones or colleagues—ask them to sit down and watch with you.
“And take it in.
“For this heartbreaking but necessary video, we asked for help from Jewish Voice for Peace members worldwide, and every hero, every artist, we knew.
“And they all said yes. Yes to an end to all bombing. Yes to justice for Palestine. Yes to freedom for all people.
“Gloria Steinem said yes, Chuck D and Brian Eno said yes, Angela Davis and Jonathan Demme said yes. Diana Buttu and Tony Kushner said yes. Alison Bechdel and Eve Ensler said yes. Noura Erakat, Maya Wind and Remi Kanazi said yes.
“Rigoberta Menchu and Desmond Tutu said yes.
“In short, the people in this video represent the human family, standing on the side of freedom— for Palestinians and Israelis alike. And we say No to this unspeakable carnage wrought by one of the world’s most powerful militaries dropping explosives on an imprisoned and defenseless population.
“And take in just some of the names and faces and ages of the children, mothers and fathers, and entire families who have been killed in this horrific assault on the captive population of Gaza.
“And take in our message, one that truly comes from a place of love for justice: that a lasting peace for Israelis and Palestinians will never be possible until we address decades of Palestinian dispossession, statelessness, inequality, exile, occupation and siege.
“Then share this video with 10 people:
“People who are scared to say publicly what they think privately.
“People who hold tightly to their fantasy that Palestinians and Jews are mortal enemies, so they don’t feel the horror of what the Israeli government is doing to human beings, just like them.
“People who may need to be reminded that injustice will go on long after the bombing stops–unless we make real change.
“People who feel isolated and powerless in the face of this ongoing massacre.
“I just ask that if you choose to memorialize the name of someone who has died, that you memorize that name, find out everything you can about them, tape their name or image to your wall, and make him or her a part of your story.
“And most important, honor their lives by taking to the streets, joining a JVP chapter, starting a divestment campaign, talking to your family and friends.
“Cecilie Surasky, Deputy Director, Jewish Voice for Peace
“PS: In Israel, radio spots naming those killed in Gaza have been banned. In the US, media coverage hasn’t been much better. Please, share this video today – we have to take responsibility ourselves for sharing our humanity, our grief, and our hope for the future.”
Jewish Voice for Peace
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(001) 510.465.1777 • info @jewishvoiceforpeace .org
Take less than four (4) minutes to watch the video – NOW!
And here are some of the names of individuals, young and old, killed in Gaza:
– Hamza Raed Thari, 6
– Roqayyah Al-Astal, 70
– Maryam Hasan Azzam, 50 years old
– Zakaria Bakr, 10
– Mahmoud Lufti al-Hajj, 58
– Anas Alaa al-Batash, 10 years old
– Ibrahim Ramadan Hassan Abu Daqr, 10
– Samih Naim Abu Jared, 1 year old
– Mohammed Rami Fathi Ayyad, 2 years old
– Elias Ibrahim Dib Al-Kilani, age 4
– Rahaf Khalil al-Jabbour, 4
– Mohamed Zia al-Rahl, 6 years old
– Sara Omar Sheikh al-Eid, 4 years old
– Yasmin AlAstal, age 4
– Sara Mohammed Al Bustan, 13
– Mohammed Ashraf Rafiq Ayyad, 6 years old
– Manar Majd al-Batash, 14
– Rizk Ahmed al-Hayek, age 2
– Dina Rushdi Omar Hamadi, 15
– Hala Wishahi, 31
– Uda Alwaj, 32
– Anas Rizk Abu al-Kas, 33
– Suha Abu Saada, 47 years old
– Khadija Ali Moussa Shahadi, 62 years old
– Aziza Youssef al-Batash, 59 years old
– Mona Abderrahman Mahmood Ayyad, 2 years old
– Fida’a Rafiq Diab Ayyad, 24 years old
– Khadra al-Abd Salama Abu Daga, 65
– Mousa Habib, age 16
– Hania Abdel Rahman Abu Jarad, 3
– Nyassin al-Humaideh, 4
– Ismail Bakr, 9
– Dunia Mehdi Hamad, age 16
– Amjad Salem Shaat, 15
– Salima Hassan Musallim al-Arja, age 60
– Maryam Atieh Mohammed al-Arja, age 11
– Unidentified Child
– Ismail Mohammed Bakr, age 9
– Hala Akram Hassan al-Hallaq, 27
– Marwa Majid al-Batash, 25
– Asma Mahmoud al-Hajj
– Haniyeh Abderrhman Abu Jarad, age 2
– Ranim Jawde Abdel Ghafour, age 18 months
– Zeinab Mohammed Saeed al-Abadleh, 70
– Yousef Salem Habib, age 62
– Atwa Amira al-Maamour, age 63
– Hussam Ibrahim al-Najjar, 14
– Akram Mohammed Ali al-Skafi, 63
– Suja Abu Saade, 38 years old
– Abdullah Mansour Abu Amara, age 22
– Yasmin Mohammed Mutawwaq, age 4
– Najah Sa’ad el-Din Daraji, age 65
– Yaseen Ibrahim Dib al-Kilani, 9
– Sobhi Abed el-Hamid Moussa, 77
– Amal Youssef Abdel Ghafour, age 27
– Yasmin al-Qassas
– Aesha Yasser al-Qassas
– Nasma Iyad al-Qassas
– Soad Abdel Razik al-Hallaq, 62 years old
– Mohammed Ramez Bakr, 11
– Saher Abu Namous, age 3
– Fatima Mahmoud al-Hajj, age 12
– Bassim Salim Kawareh, 10
– Seraj Ayad Abed Al-A’al, 8 years old
– Mohammed Malakiyeh, 18 months
– Mahmoud Redda Salhie [Salhis?], 58
– Rouya Mahmoud al-Zouaydi, 6
– Ibrahim Khalil al-Asaafi, age 66
– Najah Nafea Abu Edwan, age 85
– Ghazi Mustafa Areef, 62 yrs
– Rafaat Youssef Amer, 96 [?] yrs old
– Jihad Issam Shaheber, 10 years old
– Hana Malakiyeh, age 27
– Mohamed Abdul-Rahman Hasouna, 67 years old
– Hussein Yousef Kawareh, age 13
– Hakema Nafea Abu Edwan, age 75
– Aya Yasser al-Qassas
– Elias Ibrahim Dib al-Kilani, age 4
– Mohammed Khalaf al-Nawasra, age 4
– Anas Al-Batch, died July 13, 2014, age 10
– Sara Omar Sheikh al-Eid, 4 years old, killed with her father and her uncle by Israeli bombing in Rafah, Gaza, 14 July, 2014
– 18 members of the al-Najjar family, murdered on July 8, 2014
– five members of the Elzowidi Family in Beit Hanoun, Gaza Strip, whose home was struck by Israeli airstrikes and indiscriminate bombings on Saturday, July 19, 2014
– Haytham Samir Khalil Hasan Qasim Alagha, 25
– Mohammed Khalaf al-Nawasra, age 4
– Mohammed Ibrahim Kawareh, age 50
– Hamah Afieh Shalouf, age 25
– Marwan Slim, 27 years old
– Wissam Radda Salhia, age 15
… … …
And the list does not mention those injured and maimed for life…
“As a Palestinian, as an Israeli, as a Muslim, as a Jew, as a Christian, as a human being, as an athlete, as a Nobel Peace Laureate, as a playwright, as a Mother, as a Rabbi, as a humanist – I believe that all lives are precious and all lives matter.
I choose equality, I choose justice, I choose peace, I choose to speak the truth.
“As a family, I choose love, I choose to raise my voice, I choose to speak the truth.
I stand for Peace. I choose Courage. I choose Equality.
“Parem de bombardear Palestina. Stop bombing Palestine.”
“This Nobel Laureate and proud South African chooses Peace!”
“I choose Peace. I choose freedom for all!”