Ode to the Palestinian Child

Have you ever read about an accident where a child was involved and died, and it was almost impossible to get rid of that sad feeling afterwards?

“I believe the children are our future”

Children are not supposed to die. Neither are they supposed to go through trauma, and when we see TV reports of war and horror, most of us try to protect our children, provide them with some sort of filter. The news anchor usually tells us if the images to be shown are too harsh for just anyone to see.
TV images. Our children here in Norway, most of us try to protect them from the most horrifying images of suffering or dead children, on TV, in the papers, on the internet. When it is inevitable that they do see and hear things, we talk to them, explain to them that they are safe. There is even a news program especially for children that presents the news as it should be presented to a child. We do not want our children to lie awake at night, terrified, without being able to sleep. Children’s minds are vulnerable and children do not have the tools to cope with horror like we have as adults.

“Teach them well and let them lead the way
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier”

In Gaza these days, the children have been through hell, not because they were watching horrible things on TV, hell has been right there, where they should be safe, in their homes or even in UN schools. Whereas Israel knows children will be traumatized, that hundreds of children die, lose their siblings and parents, attacks have continued as if it did not matter. What does this tell these children about their human worth?

“Show them all the beauty they possess inside”

That is where my disbelief gets a hold of me. What Israel should be doing now is go through what happened when the first ten were killed in detail and ask for forgiveness. Ban Ki-moon said it: “Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children.”

“Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be”

But Israel does not care about dead children; Israel is killing, according to Israeli discourse, to protect its own. Its own children are worth more. Palestinian children have that ethnic marker, the one that says it does not matter. Had they been Israeli children in the middle of Gaza this would not have been permitted. Netanyahu is showing the world his real face. While the world is watching, Palestinian children are continually slaughtered. Those who have the power to do something keep providing Israel with more bombs.




2 thoughts on “Ode to the Palestinian Child

  1. As most can probably see, I have used the first few lines from “Greatest Love of All”, written by Michael Masser and Linda Creed and made famous by Whitney Houston.

  2. This Ode does the best you can do from an individual perspective to make a difference & show the children that there are others as well as their loving families, who do value their importance, care about what happens to them & are angry on their behalf. Hopefully many will see it as I have & be inspired by it to follow your lead to help with the campaign to get peace for all in the Holy Land. God bless

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