Media Part said that, in the face of the media blockade imposed by Israel on… Gaza strip And to embody the massacre you are committing there – by collecting some stories and faces via phone and social media, so that the victims of Gaza do not turn into mere numbers and horrific accounts.
In a report – written by Joseph Confavro – which the site described as being difficult and shocking for the reader, the writer talked about the victims of Israel’s bombing of Gaza, where more than 10,000 people, including 4,000 children, were killed in 4 weeks, with the agreement of the Ministry of Health in Gaza and the World Health Organization. And the estimates of non-governmental organizations and journalists working in the field, so that the site participates in the raging conflict between pictures and stories, where the numbers of dead and wounded constitute propaganda weapons.
The site pointed to what Haaretz newspaper did, which began to tell the stories of hundreds of those killed in the Hamas attack on October 7 through individual photos or a collective memorial. Likewise, Media Part, out of loyalty to the dead and writing down their history, transferred some of these stories from Gaza, despite the absence of field work and documentation there due to the media blockade imposed by Israel on this Palestinian sector.
It is impossible to share all the victims’ stories, because many families were killed in their entirety, with no individual left alive to share their story
Although work similar to what is being carried out for Israeli victims seems impossible in Gaza – according to the site – some stories reached Media Part, such as the story of Wael Al-Dahdouh, the Al-Jazeera star who learned directly of the death of his wife and two of his children, and like Rushdi Al-Sarraj, the French-speaking journalist and coordinator who He was killed in an Israeli raid. Journalists are prevented from working in Gaza, while the cemeteries are full, and many of the dead remain unburied, crushed under the rubble.
In this article, the website started from some expressions of mourning and tragedies from Gaza, London, Washington, and Brussels, and from stories conveyed in the digital space, on personal pages on Facebook and Instagram, or a group of video clips on YouTube entitled “Faces of Gaza” (GAZAFACES), or even an individual initiative. A memorial for Palestine was launched on Instagram from Washington to collect photos and testimonies, noting, “It is impossible to share all the stories of the victims, because many families were killed in their entirety, and no individual was left alive to share his story.”
Bassem Muhammad Al-Kafarna (5 years old)
Muhammad Awad, a member of the Al-Kafarna family, gave, by phone from Egypt, what he knew about the short life of his cousin, who was killed along with 20 members of his family. He said, “The victims of the bombing are not numbers, but rather they are human beings. They had dreams and loved life, and Bassem was from the town of Beit.” Hanoun, a young child who had just started primary school and loved football and cycling, headed south with his parents to Khan Yunis after their home in northern Gaza was bombed. There, the Israeli army targeted the building in which they lived, despite saying that the southern Gaza Strip was safe, and Bassem was pulled out from under the building. The rubble, without his head, which is still under the rubble until now.
Salma Muhammad Al-Mukhaimer (33 years old)
Khadija Nazir, who lives in Rafah, in a house next to the house of Salma Muhammad Al-Mukhaymar, which was destroyed by an Israeli raid, says that her neighbor lives in Jordan, and she came to spend a vacation and see her Gazan family, “Salma was my best friend. We worked together in her salon for 3 or 4 years. She got married. She is from Jordan and moved there two years ago. She was happy and living a stable life, and a month ago, she came to visit her family. I was the only one who knew about the visit, we prepared it in detail to surprise her parents. It was a very nice surprise for all of us.
On the night of the bombing, she went to bed late after reassuring her husband over the phone. She was sleeping in one room with her sisters, and her father and mother were sleeping in another room, along with other relatives from the northern Gaza Strip who lived in the same house. Suddenly we heard a loud sound. We opened the windows and saw… Their house is collapsing. She died with her son while they slept, and with her sisters, mother, father, brother, and all their loved ones.
Mahmoud Al-Naouq (25 years old)
Ahmed Al-Naouq, who has been living in London for 4 years, said that his entire family from Deir Al-Balah was killed on the night of October 22. It is a sad irony that he is one of the founding members of the “We Are Not Numbers” organization launched by American journalist Pam Bailey and Rami Abdo in 2017. In 2015, and a member of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Observatory, one of his brothers Ayman, who was 23 years old at the time, was killed in a bombing while he was walking in a street in Gaza during the 2014 war. He spoke on the phone about the death of his other brother Mahmoud, who was swallowed up by the rubble of war along with his loved ones. .
Ahmed says, “My family is originally from Jaffa, but they were expelled to Gaza in 1948. Our family home is located in Deir al-Balah, south of the Gaza Valley, and this area was supposed to be safe, according to the Israeli army itself. However, our house was bombed without receiving any order.” With the evacuation, 21 members of my family died between 4 and 5 in the morning.
Mahmoud was the youngest of my brothers. He studied English literature, and was an editor and translator for several non-governmental organizations. He started as a volunteer at the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Observatory. He called me last month and was very happy, after he had been accepted to obtain a master’s degree in international relations in Australia. He was one of He was supposed to go there in mid-October. I felt that he was afraid when he wrote to me a few days before his assassination at the end of a letter, “Don’t let Israel kill us.”
Al-Naouq: I am in mourning and spend my days posting pictures of my family so that their names do not fade into oblivion. But when the time of shock and mourning passes, I will do everything in my power to bring all the criminals who killed my family to justice
“But the world let him die,” says Ahmed. “Today I am in mourning and spend my days posting pictures of my family so that their names do not fade into oblivion. But when the time of shock and mourning passes, I will do everything in my power to bring to justice all the criminals who killed my family, and everyone who participated.” “In this crime. I have already contacted lawyers here in London. I still believe in international law.”
In a subsequent tweet, Ahmed Al-Naouk said, “I am full of hatred for the Israeli regime and the Israeli army that killed my family. I hate settlement and apartheid. I hate criminals. But I have no hatred at all for the Jewish people. Please do not confuse the Jews with this criminal Israeli army.” .
Hadeel Abu Al-Rous (33 years old)
Physics teacher Hadeel Abu Al-Rous, a resident of Rafah, was martyred in the Israeli bombing with her husband, engineer Basil Al-Khayyat, and their four children, Celine (8 years old), Eileen (5 years old), Mahmoud (2 years old), and Ahmed (45 days old), and her brother Karim, who lives in Belgium, began writing. About them and post pictures of them on Facebook.
Karim wrote, “October 13. As the surviving son of this family, I will write so that my family will not be just a number. I promise you, Hadeel, that you will not be just a number on the news banners. This is my sister Hadeel. My big sister. She is the one who raised me and taught me. She played with me when I was little, and she was She protects me in fights with the children. She introduced me to books and reading and bought me novels. My sister Hadeel was a wonderful teacher. This is my sister Hadeel, who won first place in the teaching competition. Hadeel, people! Israel brutally killed her and her children. They were all in one room, believing that they They are safe in their home.”
Karim: Hadeel, people! I killed her Israel and her four children were brutally murdered. They were all in one room, thinking they were safe in their home
He added October 13, 10:23 am, Israel killed most of my loved ones moments ago. They literally killed my heart. My beloved sister, my beloved, her daughters, sons and husband. They committed a massacre among my relatives.” He then wrote, “October 13, 11:34 p.m. Ahmed was 45 days old. He was my sister’s last son. I have never seen him in real life and will never hold him in my arms. They killed him in front of his mother.”
Sarah Tamer: My dear teacher and beloved martyr Hadeel had a unique and unparalleled style in everything she did. It was truly exceptional. We, your students, are grateful for all your efforts and love you. We really miss your sense of humor, your attitude and your cheerful way of talking
As Sarah Tamer, a student of Hadeel Abu Al-Rous, wrote on her Facebook page, “My dear teacher and beloved martyr had a unique and unparalleled style in everything she did. She was truly exceptional. We, your students, are grateful for all your efforts and love you. We truly miss your sense of humor, your attitude, and your way.” Pleasant to talk to.”
Youssef Abu Musa (7 years old)
Youssef’s father, Muhammad Hamed Abu Musa, a doctor at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza, speaks in a text published by the Palestinian Information Center about the worst day of his life, “The day of the bombing, it was October 15, I went out to work and left Youssef and Nada with their mother and sisters. “At work, two hours later I heard the sound of an explosion. Our house is not far from the hospital. On that day, I was needed in the emergency room for 24 hours. Youssef always asked me about my work hours, and when I left for work he would come and hug me and kiss me.”
Youssef’s father added, “I was worried because the sound of the explosion came from the neighborhood in which I live. I started asking where exactly the bombing happened, but I did not get an answer. I tried to call my wife the first time, but she did not answer. The second time, her number answered and I heard screaming. I ran to a room.” The emergency room, and when I entered the room, I heard the voices of my daughter, her mother, and Hamid, my second son, screaming. I tried to calm them down, reassure them. Then I went to look for Youssef among the wounded. I asked people about Youssef, and everyone looked away, as if they were running away from the answer. I entered the recovery room and found a doctor who knows my children. Once “As I entered, I understood from his eyes and my heart stopped. I lost my mind, and I started running everywhere to find him.”
Doctor Abu Musa: I asked people about Youssef, but everyone looked away, as if they were avoiding the answer. I entered the recovery room and found a doctor who knew my children. As soon as I entered, I understood from his eyes what had happened, and my heart stopped. I lost my mind, and I started running everywhere to find him.
“There was a photographer who opened his phone and showed me pictures of the wounded. I recognized Youssef by his clothes. I told him it was him! Where is he? He turned his head and did not answer. Someone behind me said, ‘I am the one who took this child out from under the rubble and took him to the morgue.’ I stopped, and I could no longer walk.” “I was pulled by my arms and entered the morgue. My son’s body was there with the body of his cousin, who is two years older than him.”
Habiba Abdel Qader (8 years old)
Fidaa Marjan testified on Facebook about the death of her daughter Habiba from Gaza City, and she spoke about her in the present tense: “Habiba is 8 years old, a beautiful girl with beautiful red hair and the most beautiful face in the world. Habiba is in elementary school, and she is so smart that she can She solved a mathematical equation in a few seconds and did not make a single mistake in any of her tests during the three years she spent in school. She is polite and quiet and deserves her first name, which means “sweetheart” because no one can meet her without loving her. I saw her many times, when a girl would attack her or She insults her, and she responds without aggression or resentment, “This is not nice, and do not use bad words.”
Areej’s last post on Facebook was: “Heaven is closer than Sinai,” referring to the residence of her Egyptian fiancé, whom she was about to join in their marital home.
Dr. Areej (25 years old)
The Palestinian journalist residing in London, Yara Eid, gave her testimony on Instagram about the death of her cousin Areej, saying, “Areej was my cousin. She was a dentist. She was also engaged and her wedding was supposed to take place this month. I called her two weeks ago, just before The start of the Israeli aggression, and I asked her to postpone her wedding so that I could attend. Her fiancé is Egyptian and everything was prepared for their new home. They even bought tableware.
Areej was a loyal friend. She is more than just a sister, a part of her, said her childhood friend, Balsam. Areej is not a number, she loved life very much and was very excited about marriage. She took care of her entire family, especially her nieces. She loved children very much and talked about the time when she would have her own. Areej dreamed of opening her own clinic. She loved her job as a dentist. Areej dreamed of traveling the world and finding her brother, whom she had not been able to see for years. Areej was so kind that she touched the lives of those around her. It radiates energy.
At the beginning of the attack, Areej sent her fiancé a picture of herself in her wedding dress, saying, “I’m not sure I can wear it.” Her last post on Facebook said, “Heaven is closer than Sinai.” I loved Gaza very much. Areej was killed on Tuesday, October 19, in a bombing, along with 15 members of her immediate family.
Farhana Abu Al-Naga (82 years old)
“Farhana Abu Al-Naga is my aunt. Her first name means “joyful” and “happy.” She suffered a mass exodus in 1948 when my family was expelled from their land in Beersheba. My aunt told me about this displacement incident. She told me how they lived in a small village before the armed groups arrived. “They were expelled from their homes during the harvest season and took nothing with them. They never returned to their lands.”
Farhana was killed in a raid on October 17, and some of her children died with her, as well as their husbands, wives, and many of her grandchildren, bringing the total number of deaths in this attack that took place in Rafah, near the El Geneina area, to 24 people. I learned about the death through the cousins’ WhatsApp group we created to share news.