These Are the People You Murdered


A handful of those killed

In the name of offering perspective, if no comfort, a reminder that America is not alone these days in enduring ongoing calamity. In Gaza, the killings and misery of the siege persist. On Thursday, a 17-year-old boy was shot in the head at the border; he joins over 135 unarmed protesters killed by Israeli forces since the start of the Great March of Return, along with over 14,000 wounded during the protests, including children, medical staff, journalists, and the disabled. Meanwhile, Gaza continues to be bombarded, its health system approaches collapse, and its hospitals are struggling to care for the sick and injured. "Every day more people are shot dead in Gaza," say leaders, "(yet) the global media offer less and less coverage of the carnage unfolding in the Strip."

Seeking to raise awareness of their plight, the steering committee of the March of Return and several Palestinian organizations have called on "all people of conscience" to hang pictures in their towns and cities of those killed, preferably near Israeli and American embassies; they also offer PDF files of all the fallen. Israeli activists have responded by hanging photos on the barbed-wire fence that serves as the Gaza border "to send a message to the people in Gaza (that) their struggle is visible, that their sacrifice was not for nothing." In the middle of the night, activists also strung black kites bearing the photos and their names along Tel Aviv's main street "to bring the faces (of those) killed to the Israeli public...where one cannot smell the ash, and where it is easy to look away from the daily killing." At the border, it took only minutes for Israeli soldiers to arrive, demand the pictures be taken down, and leave. “These are the people you murdered," proclaimed one activist. The photos remained. 


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