The matter is a big deal. It is not at all related to whether you are good at writing or not. The matter here is the same. There are no words to express, and no meanings to describe the affliction. I could not find anything other than a word of apology to write to you.
Sorry, Wael Al-Dahdouh, we are all incapable, and we are all negligent.
Over the past three months, our eyes have been fixed on Al Jazeera, watching your poignant and courageous coverage that you transmit to us from the Gaza Strip. To communicate to the world the violations committed by the brutal Israeli occupation forces against the Palestinians.
All of that passed, until that difficult day came, Wednesday, October 25, and it was difficult for us, the masses of Arab viewers, so how was it for you?
How did you receive the news of the martyrdom of a number of your family members, including your wife, two of your children, and your grandson, as a result of the air strike that targeted the Nuseirat camp in the central Gaza Strip, while you were on the air?
The occupation asked the residents to go to it. In anticipation of a possible attack against Hamas, given that it is a safe area, according to his claim.
Your audience – Wael – will never forget these scenes, as you recline in front of the body of your son Mahmoud, wrapped in a white shroud, wearing a press jacket, and also as you cast a farewell look at your wife, your daughter Sham, and your grandson Adam, bidding them a final farewell.
Do they take revenge on us with children?
You said this to express your anger at the attacks targeting children, women and civilians. You also condemned – via Al Jazeera – the brutal attack on the Nuseirat camp, where you sent your family in the hope of sheltering them.
A hardened warrior
In the face of the tragedy that befell your family, you said in a video: “Your tears should not be interpreted as tears of collapse, fear and cowardice. May the occupying army lose heart.”
These great words came from a journalist who outwardly carries a microphone and a camera, and a steadfast warrior on the inside who carries a sword with which he fights injustice and oppression, workers and interests. You are not just fighting an apparent enemy, and you know that, Wael.
You continue – Wael – to convey the truth and the ongoing crimes and massacres against the Palestinians in Gaza, to make their cries reach the ears of the world. Even after your right hand was hit by shrapnel, during an Israeli raid on the town of Khan Yunis, south of Gaza, on December 15, while you were covering events in a school sheltering displaced people, after it had been exposed to a previous Israeli bombing, the raid that claimed the life of your colleague, the photographer, Samer Abu Daqqa. . Even though you are wearing helmets and bulletproof vests, which indicate that you are from the press.
Your serious injury did not prevent you from carrying out Samer’s funeral and continuing your work. When Al Jazeera broadcaster Jamal Rayan asked you about your health condition, you answered firmly and steadfastly as usual: “Regardless of this injury or any other, as long as he is able to stand or even sit in front of the camera lens and reach for the microphone.” He will never hesitate and will never be late.”
Today you lose another son who decided to follow in your footsteps.
You conveyed to us your third message, full of pain and sadness, as you mourned your son, journalist Hamza, 27 years old, after he was martyred on Sunday as a result of an Israeli raid that targeted the car in which he and his fellow independent journalist, Mustafa Thuraya, were traveling in the Mirage area in Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip. In it: “There is nothing more difficult than the pain and pain of loss, so how about if the loss is the firstborn child then the pleasure of the liver. Hamza is not a piece of me, Hamza was all of me. The soul of the soul and everything.”
He appealed to the world to put an end to this massacre, saying: “I hope that the blood of my son Hamza will be the last blood among journalists and people in the Gaza Strip.”
Losing the firstborn son, the first child – the first joy of parents, in such circumstances – is a difficult and painful experience for any human being.
I hope you find your memories a source of strength and comfort. And in every word you write in the future, what keeps the legacy of your loved ones alive, inspires others and reflects the strength of the spirit you carry within you.
“You are the patient and the one who seeks reward, my father. Do not despair of recovery and do not despair of God’s mercy, and be certain that God will reward you with good for what you have been patient.” This is Hamza’s last tweet on the “X” website, which will remain an inspiring quote for patience in the adversity you face in these times. The difficulty and the strength that you possess.
And you are truly Wael Al-Saber, the one who is rewarded, who is always satisfied with God’s decree and destiny, and whoever is satisfied with the decree of his Lord, may God please him with the beauty of his destiny.
There are no words that can ease the pain and sadness you feel, but we can only pray for your patience and perseverance.
We know very well that you will continue to face challenges with courage. And do not forget that you are not alone, but rather you are part of a community that stands by your side, ready to support you and provide a helping hand at any time.