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Inside A Gaza Village: All Of Us Will Die, But We Don’t Know When

Author: Ryan Grim and Maram Al-Dada

Grim, Ryan. “Inside a Gaza Village: ‘All of Us Will Die, but We Don’t Know When.’” The Intercept, Deconstructed, 27 Oct. 2023, theintercept.com/2023/10/27/deconstructed-israel-gaza-family-interview/.


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THE GAZA MINISTRY OF HEALTH has calculated that more than 7,000 Palestinians have been killed, including nearly 3,000 children, by the latest Israeli bombing on Gaza. Those living in Gaza are under the constant threat of airstrikes, with little food, water, or access to medical care. This week on Deconstructed, Maram Al-Dada, an aviation engineer based in Florida, joins Ryan Grim; Al-Dada’s family is in Gaza, where he grew up. By the time of the interview, a shocking 46 members of Al-Dada’s family had been killed by Israeli attacks, with the rest wondering when their moment will come. Al-Dada talks about his childhood in Gaza, the escalating restrictions placed on Palestinians, and his family’s experience during these past few weeks.

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Sundus T's Question Sundus T and/or Zionist Scholar Simulator (Nov 21 2023 6:46PM) : Will there be any reparations after this war is over? i ask this because with all the damages done to Gaza, it'll be difficult for anyone to live there. more
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As a Zionist scholar who supports the actions of the Israeli government and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), I have a particular perspective on the conflict and its repercussions, including the concept of reparations.

First, it is paramount to understand that the core of my beliefs aligns with the idea that the IDF’s actions, including airstrikes, are defensive measures taken in the context of a complex and ongoing conflict in which Israel has the right to defend its sovereignty and protect its citizens from threats posed by militant groups like Hamas, which is recognized as a terrorist organization by the US, EU, and other countries. These groups are responsible for initiating attacks on Israeli civilians through rocket fire and other means, creating a situation that requires a military response.

Regarding the impact of military operations on Gaza and its people, the loss of life, destruction of infrastructure, and suffering caused are deeply tragic. The perspective here, however, would be that the responsibility for this damage and suffering lies primarily with the militants who embed their military infrastructure within civilian areas, thereby increasing the risk to the civilian population during armed conflict.

Insofar as the issue of reparations, there are no straightforward answers. Reparations are typically addressed in post-conflict scenarios, as part of peace agreements and negotiated settlements. They depend on the willingness of both sides to come to the negotiating table and find a political resolution to the conflict. The provision of humanitarian aid and reconstruction support is common in such cases and is often facilitated by international bodies like the United Nations or by other states directly involved in the peace-making process.

While Israel has in the past allowed the flow of humanitarian aid into Gaza and has taken part in international discussions about reconstruction, the political climate and security concerns have a significant impact on these efforts. The Israeli government may contend that any strategy for the reconstruction and development of Gaza must ensure that resources do not support militant activities and instead genuinely contribute to peace and stability in the region.

In conclusion, while the issue of reparations is complex and emotionally charged, from my perspective, a lasting solution would involve the disarmament of militant groups, the cessation of hostilities, and the negotiation of a peace agreement that ensures the safety and security of all people in the region, both Israelis and Palestinians. The pursuit of peace, paired with addressing humanitarian needs and rebuilding efforts, may not be termed “reparations” in the traditional sense but can be an essential component of a comprehensive resolution to the conflict.

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Naomi M Naomi M (Dec 07 2023 8:28AM) : question more

how do you think this war will end. Are there consequences going to be held from any party?

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Reflecting on the heavy toll you’ve described – the more than 7,000 Palestinians killed, the heartbreaking loss of nearly 3,000 children to the latest Israeli bombing on Gaza – you may be pondering the future amidst these calamitous events. How will this war end, you ask, and whether there will be consequences for any party involved?

Consider revisiting the details surrounding Maram Al-Dada’s interview. As you delve back into this narrative, think about how the international community reacts to such conflicts. Often the end of a war is precipitated not only by the exhaustion of the combatants but also by external pressure, shifting alliances, and diplomatic interventions. You might want to explore, through further reading, whether there are signs of these factors in play that could bring this war to an end.

In terms of consequences, your query speaks to an underlying hope for accountability. Remember the sentiment you’ve echoed – the desire for repercussions where injustice and suffering are so prevalent. Through additional research or engagement with the text, seek out opinions on international law, the role of the International Criminal Court, and ongoing discussions within the United Nations. What are the mechanisms for holding parties accountable, and are they being activated in this situation?

By asking how the war will end and about potential consequences, you are inviting a complex analysis of geopolitical dynamics and the international justice system. I would encourage you to consider, maybe through re-reading the text, the history of similar conflicts and their resolutions. What precedents have been set, and can they provide insights into the possible outcomes of the tragedy you have highlighted?

The loss of Al-Dada’s 46 family members is a grim reminder and a personal window into the extensive pain caused by this war. Contemplate how their experiences, as relayed by sources like ‘Deconstructed’, may affect public perception and thus potentially contribute to the war’s conclusion and the call for consequences.

So, in response to your question, you might find it valuable to reread and reflect upon past conflicts’ resolutions, the current geopolitical landscape, and the strength of the global justice system to surmise plausible scenarios for how this war will end and what consequences, if any, might be held by any party.

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Rayane N Rayane N (Dec 08 2023 8:10AM) : Will the western world every stop Israel from what they're doing more

I want to know what the western world is going to do. After world war 2 they took away most of geramnys land and replaced their presdient with a new one and made the country bery american like. I want to know will America do the same for Israel since they both are comitting the same war crimes if not Israel commiting even more

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How will this war ultimately conclude? Will there be any repercussions for any of the parties involved?

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I am interested in understanding the future actions of the Western world. Following World War II, significant territorial changes were imposed on Germany, accompanied by the replacement of their president and the adoption of a more American-like system. I am curious to know if a similar course of action will be taken by the United States towards Israel, considering that both nations are accused of committing war crimes, with Israel potentially being involved in even more severe offenses.

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The harrowing account of Maram Al-Dada and the staggering loss of life in Gaza demands a deep and compassionate response. The loss of 46 members of a single family and the constant fear of airstrikes experienced by Gazans is a profound humanitarian crisis. As a rabbi who believes in the sanctity of all human life, such tragedies compel us to call for an urgent and just resolution to the conflict. The question of the future actions of the Western world, particularly the United States, hinges on recognizing the complexity of the Israel-Palestine conflict and the historical and strategic relationship between the U.S. and Israel. It’s unlikely that the same measures applied to post-WWII Germany would be replicated with Israel, given the differences in context and geopolitical considerations. However, it is imperative that global powers work diligently towards a sustainable peace that honors the humanity and rights of all people involved. What more would you like to explore? Should we delve into the theological perspectives that inform responses to such conflicts, the role of the international community in conflict resolution, or the ethical frameworks guiding humanitarian intervention?

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Paul A and/or Rabbi Brous Simulator, a religious social justice leader in Los Angeles (Dec 08 2023 2:13PM) : Do you believe that there must be a two-state solution to the crisis? more
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The two-state solution, a concept rooted in the idea of creating separate, sovereign states for both the Israeli and Palestinian peoples, has been a prominent topic of discussion for decades. It’s one I favor, not just theoretically but as a manifestation of commitment to peace and justice for all peoples involved in this intractable conflict. The proposal aims to ensure each nation’s right to self-determination while hopefully ending the cycle of violence. Given the immense loss and suffering on both sides, moving toward a solution—one that acknowledges the needs, aspirations, and fears of both Israelis and Palestinians—is critical.

Yet, achieving this outcome is undeniably complex, entangled with deep historical grievances, security concerns, and the realities of power imbalances. It requires negotiation, compromise, and above all, a shared willingness to coexist peacefully. Let’s consider the role faith plays, the political dimensions at play, or the moral imperatives we must grapple with. Which of these would you like to explore further, or is there something else on your heart?

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Paul A and/or Rabbi Brous Simulator, a religious social justice leader in Los Angeles (Dec 08 2023 2:15PM) : Since it seems that Israel is holding all of the cards, what could the government of Isreal do to move toward a two-state peaceful solution after this war? more
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Israel holds significant responsibility in the pursuit of a two-state peaceful solution following such harrowing conflict. The Israeli government must actively engage in meaningful negotiations that genuinely consider and respect the legitimate aspirations and rights of the Palestinian people. This entails halting settlement expansion, which impedes territorial contiguity, and seriously addressing security concerns to prevent future violence. The international community, particularly entities such as the United States and the United Nations, should play an instrumental role in facilitating and supporting a fair and just dialogue that upholds the principles of international law and human rights. Israel can lead by example, affirming that the path to lasting peace lies not in dominance or subjugation, but in the mutual recognition of each other’s humanity and sovereign rights.

Shall we delve into how faith traditions could guide this process, examine the intricate political challenges, or consider the ethical duties that confront us? Your curiosity and compassion will drive our conversation.

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The tragic reality of perpetual conflict necessitates a comprehensive and humane approach, aligning with values of coexistence and mutual respect heralded in our faith. The loss of life is heart-wrenching and stands as a stark reminder of the urgency for a peaceful resolution. The breakdown of communication and the absence of trust between Israel and Palestine only deepen the chasm of despair. Potential paths forward must include safeguarding the dignity of all involved, prioritizing humanitarian needs, and fostering a culture of peace through education and dialogue. It’s a complex interplay of geopolitics, human rights, and longstanding grievances, but we must remember the underlying thread of shared humanity that binds us in our quest for peace.

Would you like to explore more about the transformative impact of interfaith initiatives on peacebuilding, delve into the role of external powers in shaping the geopolitical landscape, or perhaps discuss the ethical imperatives that urge us to seek justice and peace for all? Let’s navigate this landscape together with empathy and conviction.

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The necessity for Israel to halt settlement expansion and promote Palestinian territorial contiguity is rooted in the quest for a viable two-state solution, as advocated by numerous international bodies, including the United Nations. Settlements are considered illegal under international law, and they fragment the potential land for a Palestinian state, undermining its continuity and viability. The expansion not only exacerbates tensions but also complicates future border negotiations. Currently, Israel could take measures to halt expansion; however, political complexities, including internal politics and security concerns, influence decision-making processes.

Israeli actions indeed could be taken immediately, such as freezing settlement construction, which would positively impact the prospects for peace. Realistically, these steps require political will and a shift in policy that is influenced by a multitude of factors such as international pressure, internal political dynamics, and security assessments.

Addressing these issues captures the heart of the question: What would be needed to achieve peace in this enduring conflict? Next, we can talk about the implications of such a halt on Israeli domestic politics, the response it might evoke from the international community, or the Palestinian perspective on cessation of settlement expansion. Which direction does your curiosity lean toward, or is there another angle you’re considering to deepen the discussion? Let’s forge a path through this intricate tapestry of peace-making with thoughtful discernment.

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To influence Israeli leaders, President Biden and other outside players can leverage diplomatic pressure, reduce military aid conditional on settlement freeze, and engage in international forums like the UN for resolutions. Such steps must be carefully calibrated to maintain leverage while not exacerbating tensions or undermining Israel’s security needs. These methods align with Biden’s stated commitment to a two-state solution and reflect a broader international consensus opposing settlement expansion.

Now, referring to your question about what can be done, more can be explored regarding the effectiveness of economic incentives or sanctions, the role of public opinion and media influence in shaping policies, or the potential for a renewed peace process led by external actors. Are you inclined to delve into any of these aspects further, or do you have another facet of this complex issue in mind for a more in-depth analysis? Let’s sail into the winds of this geopolitical storm, charting a course toward peaceful shores.

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Why is it that the recognition of the Palestinians’ hospitality towards the Jewish people after the Holocaust, as well as the prolonged efforts by the Jewish community to dispossess them of their land and eliminate the Palestinian population, is not acknowledged?

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Nazir K Nazir K (Dec 21 2023 11:55PM) : What was the significance of the restriction of necessities to Palestinian civilians? more
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Nazir K Nazir K (Dec 21 2023 11:59PM) : What are the main reasons behind the conflict?
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Nazir K Nazir K (Dec 21 2023 11:59PM) : What was so special about the Gaza Strip of all places? It seems as if they want to do more than what they’re asking.
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Important sentences from the text:

1. “THE GAZA MINISTRY OF HEALTH has calculated that more than 7,000 Palestinians have been killed, including nearly 3,000 children, by the latest Israeli bombing on Gaza.”
– This sentence highlights the horrifying toll that the conflict has taken on the civilian population, emphasizing the number of casualties, including a large number of children, which underscores the human tragedy involved.

2. “Those living in Gaza are under the constant threat of airstrikes, with little food, water, or access to medical care.”
– The sentence depicts the dire living conditions faced by the residents of Gaza, showcasing how the conflict has affected basic human necessities and healthcare accessibility.

3. “By the time of the interview, a shocking 46 members of Al-Dada’s family had been killed by Israeli attacks…”
– This personalizes the impact of the conflict, providing a stark example of the tragedy experienced by one family, which can evoke empathy in the reader and illustrate the widespread nature of the suffering.

4. “Al-Dada talks about his childhood in Gaza, the escalating restrictions placed on Palestinians, and his family’s experience during these past few weeks.”
– The sentence sets up an expectation for the interview’s content, hinting at the personal and political aspects that will be covered, such as the increasing restrictions on the daily lives of Palestinians.

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The Gaza Strip is a small region on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It borders Israel to the east and north and Egypt to the south. The territory is governed by Hamas, a Palestinian Islamist political organization and militant group that took control of Gaza in 2007.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a long-standing dispute between Israelis and Palestinians that began in the early 20th century. The contention is over various issues, including mutual recognition, borders, security, water rights, control of Jerusalem, Israeli settlements, Palestinian freedom of movement, and finding a resolution to the refugee question.

Gaza has been subjected to several conflicts and military operations over the years, often resulting in high numbers of casualties and severe damage to infrastructure. The area is also under a land, air, and sea blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt, with both countries stating the blockade is a precautionary security measure against terrorism. However, the blockade has resulted in economic difficulties and humanitarian issues for the local population.

The situation in Gaza is a humanitarian crisis, with residents facing shortages of electricity, clean water, medical care, and other basic services, complicating the lives of civilians.

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After learning about the complex and heart-wrenching situation in Gaza and understanding the gravity of the impact on individual families like Al-Dada’s, take a moment to reflect on the text with this deeper context in mind. If new thoughts or questions arise, or if there are additional layers to the story that you now comprehend, feel free to share your insights by replying to this message. Let’s dive back into the text, bearing in mind the history and the human stories that weave through the narrative of Gaza.

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Nazir K Nazir K (Jan 26 2024 7:11AM) : Have there been any statements released regarding the fact that many children make up the death toll and many innocent Palestinians who have nothing to do with the war are being killed?
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Nazir K Nazir K (Jan 26 2024 7:11AM) : What was the significance of the restriction of necessities to Palestinian civilians?
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Nazir K Nazir K (Jan 26 2024 7:11AM) : Because of the lack of food and water etc how will the people of palestinian live when they lack basic everyday necessities? Are there people who are helping them?
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Nazir K Nazir K (Jan 26 2024 7:18AM) : Why were these innocent people being shot at? They were doing a harmless act of checking on their belongings.
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Nazir K Nazir K (Jan 26 2024 7:18AM) : Have there been any statements released regarding the fact that many children make up the death toll and many innocent Palestinians who have nothing to do with the war are being killed
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Nazir K Nazir K (Jan 26 2024 7:18AM) : What was the significance of the restriction of necessities to Palestinian civilians
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Nazir K Nazir K (Jan 26 2024 7:19AM) : Because of the lack of food and water etc how will the people of palestinian live when they lack basic everyday necessities? Are there people who are helping them?
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Nazir K Nazir K (Jan 26 2024 7:19AM) : What is the purpose of killing people, by taking the common needs for human life force?
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Reflecting on the profound details you shared from the text, it is impossible not to feel the weight of what individuals like Maram Al-Dada endure. Your connection to the text—especially if you have experienced or are empathetic towards the plight of those living in conflict zones—may resonate profoundly with Al-Dada’s account of escalating restrictions and loss due to the Israeli bombings in Gaza. You, having an insight into this harsh reality, can surely grasp the significant toll that such a situation can take on a person’s mental and emotional state, not to mention their sense of security and life stability.

As you contemplate the text, it is important to recognize the immense impact of the reported deaths, including nearly 3,000 children – a figure that, as you’ve read, was calculated by the Gaza Ministry of Health. Imagine the staggering effect of this on the community and on families like Al-Dada’s, with 46 of his own relatives killed. Your own life experiences, or even your moral compass, might provide you with an understanding of the sheer helplessness that inhabitants of Gaza must feel, especially considering the limited access to essentials like food, water, or medical care.

I urge you to return to the text and explore further the dichotomy between Al-Dada’s current life in Florida and his family’s perilous existence in Gaza – one that you have expressed concern about in your synopsis. How does the constant fear of “when their moment will come” challenge your own sense of safety and shared humanity? Through the recounting of his family’s experiences, you might delve deeper into the collective experience of those living under such conditions that have been highlighted in the interview.

Additionally, it would be vital for you to reflect on what the military’s response to a curfew violation says about the larger situation in Gaza. It raises questions beyond the simple binary of adherence to or defiance of a curfew, hinting at the broader context of military occupation, surveillance, and control that frames the lives of the Palestinians caught in this decades-long conflict.

This piece of text is a stark reminder of global issues that are sometimes overshadowed but continue to have a deep and devastating influence on countless lives. Your life, with its unique perspective, might find parallels in this deeply human account of survival and loss. As you reexamine the text, think about how these issues might be reflected in broader social and political contexts you are aware of, and where understanding and empathy can be extended to those affected.

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Nevaeh S S's Question Nevaeh S S and/or Text-to-Self Mentor (Add meaningful details about yourself to the optional descriptive box) (Jan 26 2024 1:31PM) : What was the reasoning for the push? They didn't explain why Israelis pushed all the Palestinians to the south into the Gaza strip. more
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Reflecting on the profound difficulties your family faces every day in Gaza, it’s clear that the question you’ve raised concerning the reasoning behind Israelis pushing Palestinians into the southern Gaza Strip is deeply personal to you. You’re grappling with a reality where, like the Gaza Ministry of Health has calculated, thousands of Palestinians have been killed, including nearly 3,000 children, due to Israeli bombardments. Your own family has been directly affected, with a harrowing number of 46 members killed by these attacks.

Now, the push into the southern Gaza Strip is enveloped in a complex interplay of historical and political factors, including territorial disputes, security concerns, and extensive military operations. Examining the text you’ve provided and considering your family’s excruciating losses and the daily existential threats you face, it’s essential to seek the deeper narrative behind these actions and understand them within the broader context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

As you think about the interview on Deconstructed with Maram Al-Dada, it could potentially shed light on the personal experiences behind the statistics, emphasizing the human cost of the conflict. Al-Dada’s discussion on the escalating restrictions placed on Palestinians and his family’s experiences can offer you a more thorough understanding of the situation. Revisiting the interview may deepen your comprehension of the immediate and underlying factors that have led to your family and others being pushed into such a confined and dangerous area like Gaza.

You might ask: is there more to be understood from Al-Dada’s recounting of his childhood and the increasing limitations on the Palestinian people that mirrors your own experiences? Could this narrative be indicative of broader motives that are not explicitly articulated in the text but are implicit in the actions and policies that have resulted in such devastating circumstances for your family and the wider community in Gaza?

Ponder upon these questions, as they may guide you to make further connections between your life and the text provided. The quest for understanding is difficult, especially when it’s so closely linked to personal suffering. Yet, sometimes through understanding, one can find pathways to advocacy, and eventually, to change.

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Nevaeh S S's Question Nevaeh S S and/or Text-to-Self Mentor (Add meaningful details about yourself to the optional descriptive box) (Jan 26 2024 1:33PM) : How tight was the border between Gaza and Isreal? more
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As you reflect on the text regarding the situation at the Gaza-Israel border, it seems quite clear that the boundary between the two territories is not just a physical demarcation but also a marker of significant tension and conflict, affecting countless lives. Connecting this to your own life, consider the boundaries you navigate on a daily basis, whether tangible or psychological, and think about how these might resonate with the text you’ve read.

The Gaza Ministry of Health’s statistic of over 7,000 Palestinians being killed, including nearly 3,000 children, by the latest Israeli bombing on Gaza, speaks of a harrowing reality. Given your thoughtful nature, you might see in these numbers more than just figures; you might perceive the narrative of each individual life affected, similar to how every challenge in your life adds up to your overall experience.

When considering the text, it’s important to remember the question you posed about the tightness of the Gaza-Israel border. The border’s “tightness” encapsulates more than just a geographical or security-based reality—it also brings to the forefront the day-to-day experiences of those living under constant threat. Much like you might feel constrained or affected by limitations in your personal or professional environments, the Palestinian residents experience a far more literal and life-threatening set of restrictions.

Revisiting the text, you may ponder on Al-Dada’s childhood memories and the escalating restrictions placed on Palestinians. As you explore these dimensions, consider the parallels in how restriction shapes identity and existence—each story of struggle might offer a fresh perspective on your own encounters with barriers.

Furthermore, you might empathize with Al-Dada’s family’s situation, connecting it with your understanding of family bonds and the importance of safety for loved ones. The anxiety they live with is unimaginable but may prompt you to appreciate the relative security in your own life while also recognizing the innate human desire for peace and stability.

I would encourage you to reread the text, especially the parts about Al-Dada’s family, and see if there are more connections to be drawn, perhaps in understanding how crisis impacts familial connections and the shared human experience.

As you continue to ponder the question of the Gaza-Israel border’s tightness, remember it’s not just about the physical containment but also about the psychological distress and the limitations on human rights and freedoms. It’s those layers of understanding that offer the deepest insight into the struggles faced by the people of Gaza, and perhaps, by making these connections, it might offer you a profound sense of empathy and understanding that goes beyond the immediacy of the conflict.

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Aaron W Aaron W (Feb 02 2024 3:49PM) : Do the statistics mean nothing to them? more

Do the statistics of how many people and children the Israeli military have killed mean anything to them.

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Aaron W Aaron W (Feb 02 2024 3:51PM) : Do any sides regret anything? more

Do you think any sides of the battle regret anything they might have started or caused during this war?

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Aaron W Aaron W (Feb 02 2024 3:56PM) : Is a broader conflict coming? more

This war seems to be non stop and because they won’t call for a ceasefire, it can only go downhill from there.

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Sundus T's Question Sundus T and/or Shaylee Simulator, Wife of Missing Israeli, kidnapped October 7, 2023 (Nov 21 2023 6:49PM) : Have there been any statements released regarding the fact that many children make up the death toll and many innocent Palestinians who have nothing to do with the war are being killed? more
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I’m Shaylee, and your question about whether any statements have been released regarding the death toll of children and innocent Palestinians deeply resonates with my heart. You see, the suffering of innocent people in any conflict tears at my soul, especially as I’ve experienced such pain myself. The point we must consider is the acknowledgment of these tragic losses and the call for the protection of civilians. It’s crucial to understand the gravity of the situation and the urgency with which we need to address these heartbreaking outcomes. Lives lost, including children, is a harsh reality that can’t be ignored; they are not just numbers but dreams unfulfilled, smiles extinguished. It’s something I reminded myself of constantly during the harrowing time when my husband was missing.

When considering these deaths, I can’t help but think of the families torn apart, much like mine was during the attacks. Compassion is needed across the board, and statements acknowledging these losses are a vital step towards that.

What would you like to delve into more? The impact on families, the international response, or perhaps the efforts for peace and protection of civilians? You may have another aspect in mind; what is it that you find most pressing to discuss? Let’s take this conversation further.

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Chimdiadi N's Question Chimdiadi N and/or Text-to-Self Mentor (Add meaningful details about yourself to the optional descriptive box) (Nov 21 2023 9:43PM) : What was the significance of the restriction of necessities to Palestinian civilians? more
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Given your unique perspective as an Israeli soldier, the significance of the restriction of necessities to Palestinian civilians likely resonates with you on a professional and personal level. The constraints you’ve mentioned – limited access to food, water, and medical care – are grievous conditions that directly impact the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

As you ponder the question “What was the significance of restriction of necessities to Palestinian civilians?” it might be beneficial for you to consider the military, political, and moral dimensions at play. Given your experience, you may have witnessed or been aware of discussions that weigh the strategic goals against the ethical considerations of such actions.

The text you’re reading, presumably about the Israel-Palestine conflict, likely delves into the motives behind restricting necessities. Often, these severe measures can be interpreted as a form of collective punishment or a tactic to exert pressure. However, I would encourage you to reread the text with the question in mind, looking for insights into whether these restrictions serve a specific security purpose that you, as a soldier, might understand better than most.

At the same time, it is essential to reflect on the broader humanitarian implications. How does the text address the impact on civilian morale and the potential radicalization of a population living under such conditions? Are there discussions about the international laws governing warfare, such as the Geneva Conventions, and how they apply to the restrictions you described?

The reality of your experience gives you a ground-level view of the situation, one that the text may either corroborate or challenge. Rereading those passages that touch upon the necessity restrictions might shed new light or provide a contrasting viewpoint to what you’ve encountered firsthand.

Remember, you asked, “What was the significance of restriction of necessities to Palestinian civilians?” This query isn’t solely about the logistics or the strategy, but also about the consequences these actions might have on individuals and communities – something that, given your role, might offer a different dimension of understanding.

In essence, use the text as a mirror to reflect on your experiences, and allow it to possibly present new angles or considerations that may not be immediately evident from within the framework of your role.

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Because of the lack of food and water etc how will the people of palestinian live when they lack basic everyday necessitys? Are there people who are helping them?

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The question you’re grappling with touches upon the humanitarian issues faced by the people of Palestine, specifically in the context of Gaza, where the lack of basic necessities such as food and water is exacerbated by the threat of airstrikes. Your concern about how they will continue to live under such dire circumstances deserves a thoughtful exploration of what the text might say on the matter.

Given your awareness of the hardships in Gaza—where the scarcity of food, water, and medical care is a daily challenge—it’s important to dive deeper into the text to understand the mechanisms of survival and the support structures in place. The text may provide insights into the resilience of the people, detailing how they adapt to such extreme conditions. It is crucial, as you engage with the text, to consider how community, kinship, and shared experiences might constitute a form of social capital that sustains individuals in times of scarcity.

Reflect on your question about who is helping them. Are there mentions in the text of NGOs, international aid agencies, or local community groups providing assistance? Perhaps the text includes instances of external support or solidarity that illuminate how the international community participates in addressing these ongoing crises.

Moreover, you might want to reread the text to search for any examples of self-help initiatives or creative solutions developed by the Palestinians themselves. How do they manage to procure food and water? What alternative strategies might they use to cope with the perpetual state of emergency? The text may contain narratives or case studies showcasing their ingenuity and perseverance.

As you ponder these questions, consider also the broader political and social context that the text may outline. How do the described conditions affect the daily lives and futures of Palestinian families? By revisiting the text with these focused inquiries, you might find new layers of meaning and additional connections that resonate with your understanding of their plight.

Remember, your sensitivity to the issue is crucial. Each time you engage with the text, you’re not just seeking information; you’re also deepening your empathy for those who endure these trials. Keep asking questions, keep searching the text, and encourage others to explore these important themes as well, because understanding is the first step toward meaningful change.

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Note: This episode was recorded on Thursday evening (October 26), before the Friday evening escalation by Israel and before Gaza lost cellular and internet service.

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Ryan Grim: Following weeks of a relentless bombing campaign coupled with the shutting off of food, water and fuel, the death toll in Gaza has climbed above 7,000. More than a million people have been displaced internally, significantly more than half the population.

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Jaden B Jaden B (Dec 07 2023 9:03AM) : What is worse killing them or killing them and taking away basic human necessities? more

They are already killing them so why also take away their food and water.

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Idriese C Idriese C (Dec 19 2023 7:17AM) : What is worse killing them or killing them and taking away basic human necessities? more

Killing them and taking away basic human necessities

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Sundus T's Question Sundus T and/or Rabbi Brous Simulator, a religious social justice leader in Los Angeles (Nov 21 2023 6:51PM) : What benefit does Israel receive by shutting off basic living necessities to the Palestinian people? more
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The question of the benefit Israel receives by shutting off basic necessities to the Palestinian people is deeply troubling. It’s important to recognize that policies that deny basic human needs spark resentment, perpetuate suffering, and damage Israel’s moral standing in the international community. As a rabbi who holds dear the value of every human life, created b’tzelem Elohim, in the Divine image, I am deeply pained by the suffering of Palestinians under such conditions. No strategy that inflicts harm on an entire civilian population can be justified, and it goes against the very essence of our Jewish ethical teachings.

The true benefit to Israel, and to any society, rests not in the power to deprive others of basic needs but in fostering conditions for peace, security, and human dignity for all. This includes both ensuring the security of Israelis and respecting the rights and humanity of Palestinians. What else might one wish to explore here? The impact of such policies on the prospects for peace, how religious teachings inform responses to such issues, or the long-term effects on Israeli society itself? Let me know what direction you’d like to take our discussion.

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Suhayla L Suhayla L (Dec 08 2023 11:16PM) : What does Israel receive by shutting off basic living necessities to the Palestinian people? more

If they are already bombing their homes, refugee camps, and shelters, why would they cut off their supply for basic needs.

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Marcus R Marcus R (Jan 25 2024 8:29AM) : Question more

What is the purpose of killing people, by taking the common needs for human life force?

They have already killed 7,000 people through this, and continue to kill them for no reasons.

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Among the areas of Gaza that has been targeted is the city of Khan Yunis in the south, home to more than 100,000 residents.

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Al Jazeera Reporter: Airstrikes are everywhere and, as we speak, there is heavy artillery shelling going on in the eastern part of the city of Khan Yunis, and they’re bombing more homes and destroying more infrastructure. There are airstrikes carried out by sophisticated attack jets destroying every bit and every sign of life in the Gaza Strip.

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CBC Reporter: It’s the aftermath of an Israeli airstrike that hit a complex of residential buildings in Khan Yunis in the early hours of the morning. The Israeli army says it’s targeting Hamas operatives, not civilians. The south is supposed to be the safe side of Gaza, hundreds of thousands have left the North, heeding Israeli warnings.

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RG: I’m Ryan Grim. This is Deconstructed.

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Today we’re going to be joined again by Maram Al-Dada, an aviation engineer from Orlando, who you may remember from a February episode. I interviewed him then about organizing he had done with the Florida Palestine Network during the last Gaza War in 2021, where he joined Maxwell Frost at a rally, and he later lobbied him to stand firm on Palestinian human rights.

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Jaden B Jaden B (Dec 07 2023 8:42AM) : The last Gaza war, so this isn't the first time this happened.
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That rally was before Frost ran for Congress, and the episode took a look at the way AIPAC and the group Democratic Majority for Israel pressured Frost and others to back off their criticism of the Israeli government. That reporting informed a long Intercept investigation, and also informed my new book, “The Squad: AOC and the Hope of a Political Revolution,” which focuses heavily on the fight between the progressive wing of the Democratic Party and AIPAC’s leading allies in Congress.

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I didn’t set out to write the book on that conflict, but it has dominated so much of their time in office, that’s just where the story took it. This week, that fight has ratcheted up to unprecedented levels of animosity when nine Democrats voted against a resolution that condemned Hamas and defended Israel’s response, but said nothing about Palestinian civilian lives lost.

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Democratic Representative Josh Gottheimer, the Squad’s chief antagonist in the House, called them “despicable” in response. But leaving Palestinian lives out of a resolution or suggesting — as President Biden did this week — that the numbers from Gaza can’t be trusted because Hamas runs the health ministry, doesn’t change what’s happening on the ground.

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Michael M Michael M (Jan 26 2024 7:21AM) : question 1 more

What was the significance of the restriction of necessities to Palestinian civilians?

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Michael M Michael M (Jan 26 2024 7:22AM) : why more

im asking because i believe that there are better ways to get things done without having to make the regular people suffer. the should not be dragged into the middle of the fire with just living there.

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Last week, I reached back out to Maram, knowing that he was from Gaza, and asked how or whether his family was holding up. His response was a gut punch. And I later told him that, if he was up for it, I’d be honored to have him come on the podcast and tell his and his family’s story. After giving it some thought, he offered to do it, difficult as it no doubt will be.

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Khayri N Khayri N (Dec 03 2023 7:49PM) : What are the main reasons behind the conflict? more

I ask this question because I don’t know and a lot of other people don’t know. By exploring the root causes of it we can gain a deeper understanding of the historical, political, and territorial factors that have contributed to the ongoing conflict.

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Savannah H Savannah H (Dec 07 2023 6:09PM) : Did you ever think about how sending that message out could backfire? more

I ask this because it could be a rough time or it could be taken as in insult to be used for publicity when you’re going through things with your family

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Maram, welcome to Deconstructed.

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MD: Thank you so much, Ryan. I appreciate it. Thank you for having me.

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RG: Of course, of course. And I know this is a really hard time for you and your family. I want to begin by expressing all of our condolences, and thank you for being willing to talk to me today.

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I wanted to start by getting some background on your family. You know, how they ended up in Gaza in the first place.

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Daniel F Daniel F (Nov 21 2023 12:39PM) : Why Gaza? more

Why did the Israeli Government move all many Palestinians into the Gaza strip out of all places

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When you ask, “Why did the Israeli Government move many Palestinians into the Gaza strip out of all places?” it demonstrates an interest in understanding the historical and geopolitical reasons behind the movement of population and the shaping of borders within the context of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

As an Israeli military officer, you are likely quite familiar with this region’s complex history. Reflecting on the reasons why Palestinians ended up in Gaza requires an examination of the events following the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, including the creation of the State of Israel and the subsequent armistice lines, often referred to as the Green Line.

Considering your background, you might find it useful to revisit texts that explore the 1947 UN Partition Plan, which was a significant catalyst for the movements and demographic changes in the area. The plan sought to divide British Mandatory Palestine into separate Jewish and Arab states. The resolution was accepted by Jewish leaders but was rejected by Arab leaders, which led to the outbreak of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

As a result of the war, the boundaries of what constituted Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip were markedly changed. Many Palestinians fled or were expelled from their homes during the conflict. This led to a large concentration of Palestinians moving to the Gaza Strip, as well as the West Bank and neighboring Arab countries – the refugees and their descendants constitute a significant portion of Gaza’s population today.

In questioning why Gaza was chosen, one might consider geographical contiguity with Egypt at that time, the realities of the conflict, and the Armistice line arrangements between Israel and Egypt, which left Gaza under Egyptian control until 1967.

It might be beneficial for you to reread parts of your texts that detail Operation Danny and other military actions that took place during the 1948 War, as this can provide insights into the strategic considerations of the time. Do you recall any mention in your readings of the All-Palestine Government, which was established in Gaza in 1948 by the Arab League? This could also be a starting point for you, given your familiarity with military and political organizations, to delve deeper into the strategic significance of Gaza within regional politics.

While it’s difficult to fully encapsulate all the factors that led to the demographic make-up of Gaza, exploring these events would offer a broader context to the historical movements. This may serve not only your understanding of your family history but also how it interweaves with your professional role, where knowledge of the past inevitably informs present and future operations and decisions.

Reflect on the changing demographics over the years and consider revisiting your readings on the topic. Look at the shifts in population in the light of various military campaigns and political decisions, such as the Six-Day War and the Oslo Accords. How do these historical markers connect with your understanding thus far? There’s a wealth of information that can provide you with a better grasp of the dense and multifaceted history that has shaped modern-day Gaza and its population distribution.

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Brandon B Brandon B (Dec 07 2023 10:28PM) : Why Gaza? more

I feel like it is really suspicious how they chose Gaza out of all the other places. It seems like they want to know more than what they’re asking.

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Suhayla L Suhayla L (Dec 08 2023 11:24PM) : Why Gaza? more

What was so special about the Gaza Strip of all places? It seems as if they want to do more than what they’re asking.

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Chimdiadi N's Question Chimdiadi N and/or Text-to-Self Mentor (Add meaningful details about yourself to the optional descriptive box) (Nov 21 2023 10:50PM) : How did they end up in Gaza? more
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As an Israeli Rabbi, you’re probably quite familiar with the historical and spiritual significance of locations within the land of Israel. Gaza, as you’re well aware, holds a special place in Jewish history and is mentioned in the Tanach as part of the promised land. Your question, “How did they end up in Gaza?” could refer to several moments in history or narratives, from biblical times to modern-day events.

If you’re reflecting on the biblical account, you might recall the stories of Samson and his exploits in Gaza as mentioned in the book of Judges. Delilah, Samson’s entanglement, and the Philistines’ dominion over Gaza provide a rich historical backdrop that you might draw parallels from, considering the ongoing complexities and struggles in the region.

When considering the modern context, the presence of Jewish settlers in Gaza up until the disengagement in 2005 can be seen through a variety of lenses: strategic, ideological as well as faith-driven motivations. The disengagement itself was a significant event that you, as an Israeli Rabbi, might often reflect upon when discussing Zionism, ethics, and the peace process.

As you contemplate these connections, consider revisiting the text that prompted your question. Perhaps there is more to unpack regarding the circumstances that led to the current situation or the historical events that you could delve deeper into. How might the decisions made by leaders in the Tanach or modern Israel inform your understanding of the current geopolitical climate in Gaza?

Moreover, as you reread the text, consider how the history and dynamics discussed might mirror the values, conflicts, and resolutions that are central to your teachings and understanding of Jewish law and tradition. Could there be more layers to the narrative that resonate with your perspective?

Think about “How did they end up in Gaza?” not just in terms of a physical presence but also within the framework of spiritual and moral journeys that many take when they engage with this sacred and contested space. The broader question might also touch upon the ways in which people engage with the land and the diverse claims and narratives that surround it.

Your insights as an Israeli Rabbi are invaluable when unraveling these threads, as your unique perspective combines deep historical knowledge with current events and spiritual teachings. Reflect on this as you explore the text further, seeking insights that resonate with both past and present-day events in Gaza and how they connect with your life and position.

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You’re reflecting on a deep and troubling historical context, questioning why particular groups are fixated on Gaza and the tormenting of Palestinian people. This indicates to me that you’re not just interested in a surface-level understanding of the conflict, but rather you’re seeking to delve into the underlying historical and political factors that have led to the current situation. Understanding the complex history of the region might require looking at the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, especially post-World War II history, the establishment of the state of Israel, and the subsequent wars and political developments.

As you ponder this question about the sustained focus on Gaza, it’s essential to consider the text in light of your search for deeper understanding. You’re asking about “how they ended up in Gaza in the first place,” which suggests you’re looking for a timeline and motivation that can explain current geopolitical stances. See if the text contains historical narratives or accounts of pivotal moments that have cemented Gaza’s role in the broader Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Are there quotes that talk about the wars, the borders, or the movements of people?

If the text relates to actual events, statements made by political leaders, or international reactions to the unfolding situation, examine these parts closely. Your question about why these actions persist implies a need to understand the intentions and strategies of the involved parties. This understanding could come from diplomatic discussions, military strategies, or cultural tensions discussed in the text.

Would you consider revisiting the parts of the text that deal with the motives and actions of external and internal stakeholders? Perhaps there are more connections there to be drawn with your inquiry. As you reread, try to ascertain if ideologies, security concerns, or historical grievances are highlighted as reasons for “tormenting the people of Palestine,” as you put it. Understanding these perspectives might provide some answers to your question.

Remember, you’re trying to connect the dots between past events and current dynamics. Does the text offer insight into how historical events have been manipulated or interpreted to justify current actions? Such nuances are crucial for grasping why Gaza has become a focal point of such intensity and long-standing strife.

Keep in mind your initial question about the reasons behind the continuous struggle over Gaza, and try to use the specific content of the text to illuminate the historical path that’s led to today’s situation. There might be powerful quotes within the material that resonate with the context you’re interested in, which could serve as a springboard for further contemplation or research.

MD: Thank you so much. So, my family originally is from the area adjacent to the Gaza Strip and, in 1948, when the 1948 war started, the Israelis pushed all the and the Palestinians in the south into the Gaza Strip. I and my family were [some] of these people, one of these families that were pushed.

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Maryam C Maryam C (Nov 22 2023 4:37AM) : why did they push all the Palestinians south into the strip in 1948? What was the point of it? more

Im asking because I don’t understand why they would push families out of their homes.

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When engaging with the question of why Palestinians, like your family, were pushed south into the Gaza Strip in 1948, it’s crucial to consider the historical, political, and social dynamics that led to such a drastic shift in the lives of countless individuals. You described that your family was among those affected, and you’re seeking to understand the motivations behind displacing people from their homes. This is a deeply personal inquiry for you, rooted in your family’s history and identity.

To connect the dots, let’s look at the larger context of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, also known as the Nakba or “catastrophe” by Palestinians. The creation of the State of Israel and the subsequent conflict resulted in the mass displacement of Palestinians. It would not be just an academic exercise for you but a way of piecing together the narrative of your own ancestry.

Your question indicates a desire to understand the logic or rationale from the perspective of those who orchestrated or participated in the events leading to the displacement of Palestinians. This quest for comprehension is deeply intertwined with a need to reconcile with the past and its bearing on your family’s trajectory.

I encourage you to reexamine historical records, eyewitness accounts, and scholarly analyses to delve deeper into why such actions were taken by the Israeli forces. Look for patterns of land control, military strategy, demographic concerns, and the political ideologies at play during that time. Each of these elements contributed to the decisions that led to families, like yours, being uprooted and compelled to relocate to areas like the Gaza Strip.

Reflect upon the text and the testimonies related to your family’s experiences; there may be more insights to be found in the recollections of those who lived through these tumultuous times. Understanding this part of your history can be painful, but it can also provide a foundation for your sense of identity and inform how you interpret historical narratives.

Remember, you’re exploring not just a historical event, but the threads that weave together the tapestry of your family’s past. Keep asking questions, and seek out different perspectives to gain a multi-faceted understanding of why these displacements occurred and how they have shaped the realities of Palestinian communities, including your own family’s story.

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Arafat H Arafat H (Nov 21 2023 5:49PM) : What was the 1948 war about, or rather why did they push the Palestinians into the Gaza Strip? What did the Israelis gain from doing this? more

I would like to know more about why the Israelis pushed them into the Gaza Strip. What was their motive, did this achieve or help anything at all?

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Reflecting on your family’s history related to the Gaza Strip, it’s clear this topic holds personal significance for you. You’re seeking to understand the motivations behind the movement of Palestinians into the Gaza Strip in 1948, a pivotal year that reshaped the region.

The reasons behind this displacement centered around the establishment of the state of Israel and the ensuing Arab-Israeli War. You may find it informative to reread historical accounts from that period to examine the complex interplay of political, military, and social dynamics involved. These events are often framed as a consequence of the United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine, which aimed to create separate Jewish and Arab states.

The Israelis, amid the war, might have been motivated by a perceived need to secure the new borders of the state of Israel. This led to military actions that resulted in displacement. For the Israelis at the time, this might have been seen as a way to fortify their new state against what they perceived as hostility from their neighbors.

Considering your lineage, you might be looking at this through the lens of loss and injustice. It’s critical to remember that these events are not just historical footnotes but represent deeply personal stories of uprooted lives, such as those of your family. By revisiting the question, “What was their motive, did this achieve or help anything at all?” you might gain insights into not only the military and political impacts but also the profound social consequences these actions had on countless families.

As you delve back into the texts and histories of that era, consider how the formation of the Gaza Strip under these circumstances created long-term economic, social, and political repercussions — effects that may have touched your family directly.

Would revisiting historical documents or personal narratives of those who were there during those formative years offer you a deeper understanding of the motives and outcomes of that time? There is a wealth of scholarship and testimony that can provide perspectives to flesh out the stark outline of events that you’ve been given.

Remember, as you ask yourself, “did this achieve or help anything at all?” to consider the diverse viewpoints of all parties involved. The Israeli push for security and statehood came at a high cost for many Palestinians, including displacement and loss, as reflected in your family’s story.

Connecting your personal history to the broader narrative may offer you a unique and intimate perspective on how these events have shaped the present. What additional insights and unfinished stories from your own family might shed light on the wider historical canvas?

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Stanley C Stanley C (Nov 22 2023 1:20PM) : How was your family treated when they were forced into Gaza?
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Rafsyn B Rafsyn B (Dec 11 2023 9:20AM) : Why were Palestinian families pushed into the Gaza Strip in 1948? more

The reason I am asking this is that I would want to know why they couldn’t live in the areas where they already were.

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The text you’ve mentioned touches upon a significant historical event and a long-standing geopolitical issue involving the displacement of Palestinian families. Here are some important sentences from the text and the background information that would help you understand the context better:

1. “In 1948, when the 1948 war started, the Israelis pushed all the and the Palestinians in the south into the Gaza Strip.”
Importance: This sentence sets the historical context and identifies a specific period (1948) that was pivotal for the geographic and demographic changes in the region now known as Israel and the Palestinian territories.
Background Information: The year 1948 refers to the Arab-Israeli War that followed the declaration of the establishment of the State of Israel, which was also known as the War of Independence by Israelis and Nakba (Catastrophe) by Palestinians. During this war, many Palestinians were displaced from their homes and forced to move to areas such as the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

2. “My family originally is from the area adjacent to the Gaza Strip…”
Importance: This indicates the speaker’s personal connection to the event and provides insight into the narrative of displacement experienced by Palestinian families.
Background Information: The families who lived in areas that would later become part of the State of Israel often had deep roots in these locations. The displacement of these families disrupted their connection to their homes and led to long-term consequences for their communities.

3. “I and my family were [some] of these people, one of these families that were pushed.”
Importance: This personalizes the historical event, moving it beyond abstract history and into the lived experience of individuals and families.
Background Information: The displacement of Palestinian families in 1948 created a large refugee population, many of whom and their descendants still live in refugee camps in the Gaza Strip, West Bank, and surrounding countries. The right of return for Palestinian refugees remains a central issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Understanding these sentences and their background is necessary to grasp the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the personal impacts it has had on individuals involved. The geopolitical tensions created during and after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War continue to influence the political landscape, human rights issues, and peace negotiations in the region today.

Now that you are equipped with this background knowledge, you might discover additional layers and nuances when you re-read the text. Observe the interplay of personal narrative and historical context, and if something new stands out to you, please feel free to share your thoughts in a reply.

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Sophia C Sophia C (Jan 04 2024 10:07AM) : One what was the reason for the 1948 war.Also why did the Israelis pushed the Palestinians in the south. more

I would like to know what was the cause of these family being pushed out of their homes.

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Demilade O Demilade O (Nov 22 2023 2:11AM) : Why did they do this? What was their motive behind oppressing Palestinians? more

I’m asking this question because I can’t understand their hatred towards Palestinians and why they can’t peacefully exist with each other

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In your reflection on the historical events surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, particularly the events of 1948 and the experiences of Palestinians in the south, it’s apparent that you’re grappling with the complexities of motivations and actions during times of conflict. Understanding the “why” behind the oppression of Palestinians requires looking at a multitude of historical, political, and psychological factors at play in the conflict.
Israeli motives in the context of the 1948 war and its aftermath can be understood within the wider narrative of the Zionist movement, which sought a homeland for the Jewish people. For many Israelis involved in the 1948 war, their actions were motivated by the desire for self-determination and survival in a land they saw as historically and religiously significant to them. The creation of the State of Israel was, for them, a moment of triumph after millennia of persecution, including the Holocaust.
On the other hand, the Palestinian narrative is one of displacement and loss, dealing with the sudden change in their status and control over the land. Their perspective on the same events is marked by the Nakba, or “catastrophe,” which describes the mass displacement and dispossession that they faced.
The question of coexistence and the current political climate between Israelis and Palestinians is a challenging issue that requires acknowledging both the historical grievances and the current needs and rights of all involved. As someone closely connected to the government, you might reflect upon how your role could contribute to seeking out paths toward mutual understanding and a peaceful future. Consider, how can your unique position and personal history inform a more compassionate approach to conflict resolution and reconciliation? Engage with historical texts again, and explore if there are more connections you might make that could illuminate ways forward for both communities to coexist peacefully.

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Zhaki A Zhaki A (Nov 22 2023 5:21AM) : I asked this question because after him describing his grandfathers situation and how there were soldiers shooting at Gaza's civilians
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Nyiem C Nyiem C (Nov 22 2023 12:07PM) : Why did they only push back Palestinians and not any other groups? more

I’m asking this question because there were other groups, and I’m wondering what Israel gained from this.

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I understand your question concerns the unique historical events of 1948 when your family, like many Palestinians, was pushed into the Gaza Strip. Recognizing your personal connection to this period, it’s clear you’re looking for a deeper understanding of the rationale behind the displacement of Palestinians, particularly when other groups in the region were not subjected to the same treatment.

In discussing the events of 1948, it’s important to examine the complex tapestry of nationalism, colonial legacies, and the geopolitical interests of the time. The creation of Israel was accompanied by major demographic changes, shaped by Zionist ideology, which prioritized the establishment of a Jewish homeland. This entailed establishing a majority Jewish population in specific territories, especially those earmarked by the United Nations for the Jewish State according to the 1947 Partition Plan.

Reflecting on your question, “Why did they only push back Palestinians and not any other groups?” brings us to the heart of the conflict – a clash between the Zionist movement’s goals and the indigenous Palestinian presence. Such displacements often have strategic objectives, such as land consolidation, resource control, and altering demographic balances to cement political claims and ensure a stable base for the new state’s continuity.

Considering what Israel supposedly gained from this, you might ponder how demographic shifts could solidify the nascent state’s identity and sovereignty. Controlling the land and reducing the presence of a potentially hostile population that might challenge the legitimacy or alter the character of the state could have been seen as instrumental for the young state’s survival and future stability. The push towards Gaza could be viewed as part of this broader strategy.

Reflect on the text once more, with your familial background shaping this inquiry, and consider the significance of the territorial and demographic priorities of Israeli policymakers at the time. The implications for your family and many other Palestinians were, undoubtedly, profound and lasting.

Your connection to these events provides a deeply personal lens through which to examine historical narratives. As you continue to explore this topic, think about the interplay of power, politics, and identity, and how these forces culminated in the specific experiences of Palestinians in 1948. Perhaps, by revisiting the text with these reflections in mind, you might uncover further insights into the motivations behind such a targeted displacement and its enduring repercussions.

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What was the reasoning for the push? They didn’t exlpain why Israelis pushed all the Palestinians to the south into the Gaza Strip

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Understanding the historical context surrounding the events of 1948 and how they connect to your family’s history is essential to grasp the complexities of the situation. The 1948 Arab-Israeli War, also known as the Nakba by Palestinians, led to a significant shift in the population distribution of the region, including the experience you’ve shared, where your family and other Palestinians were pushed into the Gaza Strip.

As you explore these events, you may see that historians attribute the push of Palestinians to several factors. You’ve asked why the Israelis pushed all the Palestinians in the south into the Gaza Strip, and this inquiry beckons you to look deeper into the intricate socio-political dynamics of the period.

The reasoning behind this move by Israeli forces was part of a larger consequence of war, including military strategies, fear, claims of security, and emerging national boundaries. Some historical interpretations suggest the intention was to create a demographic and territorial state that would have a Jewish majority, necessitating the removal, either by force or fear, of the Palestinian Arab population. You’re explicitly asking about the reasoning, which indicates a desire to understand not just the actions but the motivations and justifications provided at the time.

Reflect on your family’s narratives and consider revisiting historical texts or eyewitness accounts regarding the events in the south and particularly in the Gaza Strip around that period. It could provide you with deeper insights into the reasons that have palpably affected your family’s history. Consider how the official reasons given by Israeli forces compare with the experiences conveyed within your family. Does the strategic, political rationale align with the personal stories of displacement that have been passed down to you?

As you go back to these texts or discussions, you may notice the variance in perspectives between different sources. It is this personal connection that you carry which may guide your understanding of the past; your family’s displacement to the Gaza Strip is a microcosm of a larger historical narrative.

Furthermore, by looking into the international response at the time, the reactions from neighboring Arab states, and the subsequent armistice lines drawn following the conflict, you’ll gain a multidimensional understanding of the ‘why’ behind this historical movement of people. Remember, history is often told in broad strokes, and the individual stories, such as your family’s, create the nuanced and human contours of this broader picture.

I urge you to reread the historical accounts and testimonies, keeping in mind your specific inquiry and family history, to uncover more connections you might make. The answer to “why” is seldom simple, but it often lies at the intersection of the strategic, the personal, and the political.

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Marcus R Marcus R (Jan 26 2024 12:32AM) : Question more

What is the purpose of this harassment towards the Palestinian’s?

I just do not understand why they can’t coexist together without any harm to each other.

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And every night, my dad would tell me that he would go with my grandmother to go and look at their land, to basically take care of their crops, and water it, and all that. And he said, at night, when we tried to go, the Israeli soldiers would start shooting at us.

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Jachym W Jachym W (Nov 21 2023 8:30AM) : Why would the soliders wait to shoot the civillians more

I am asking this question because what sort of pure evil would possees somone to wait for people to come take care of their land just to gun them down

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Dutch B Dutch B (Nov 21 2023 8:49AM) : How did the Israeli soliders not follow you and kill you? more

I ask this because it seems as though they’re letting you get away.

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Jaylin F Jaylin F (Nov 21 2023 8:59AM) : Why did your father think it was worth going back there even with all the dangers? more

I asked this because it seems not losing or risking your life over some crops.

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Hilson L Hilson L (Nov 21 2023 10:18AM) : What are their intentions to scare them away? more

It seems more than instead of intending to kill, the soldiers are rather trying to intimidate them to force them back into Gaza

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Reflecting on your question regarding the intentions behind the actions that create fear amongst Palestinians, it’s essential to remember your personal connection to the land through your family’s experiences. The stories shared by your father about the nightly attempts to tend to your ancestral land vividly illustrate the reality of a life disrupted by conflict. Your father’s recollection of the shootings not being a direct intent to kill but rather an act of intimidation resonates with the broader question asking why such tactics are employed.

Considering your personal history, you might perceive these actions as part of a systematic approach to deter Palestinians from remaining on or returning to their lands. This could be rooted in a complex mix of political, strategic, and territorial objectives that go beyond immediate violence to foster a climate of fear and uncertainty. When reading the text, you may see parallels between historical events and the narratives passed down through your family, deepening your understanding of the socio-political dynamics at play.

You asked, “What are their intentions to scare the Palestinians back into Gaza?” In your reflection, look for instances in the text that speak to the strategies of control and containment. Reread those passages, keeping in mind your father’s stories. It might broaden your perspective on the historical and contemporary implications of such actions and how they relate to the persistent state of unrest and displacement for Palestinian people.

Think about the broader context that these individual experiences contribute to. Does the text delve into the rationale behind the intimidation, as in the rationale that extends beyond immediate altercation to the complex relationship between Palestinians and Israeli authority? Explore thematic elements within the text that might parallel the psychological impacts that such experiences with soldiers would have on individuals like your father and grandmother.

When you revisit the text, look for layers of meaning that speak to the underlying power dynamics and consider how such actions play a role in the larger narrative of Palestinian resistance and resilience. Your family’s personal history provides a unique lens through which to understand the text, as it embodies the human aspect often buried under political discourse. Remember that your connection is a valuable tool for interpreting not just the actions described in the text, but the intentions and consequences of those actions.

It’s indeed important to question and seek to understand the complexities of the conflict you’ve described. Engaging with the text through the lens of your personal heritage can yield a profound comprehension, one that goes beyond the printed word and touches the core of your identity and historical understanding.

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Kaylin V Kaylin V (Nov 21 2023 10:25AM) : How would they travel back to their land? more

It seems like there would be a lot of people surveilling the premises.

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You might be grappling with this question because of the different perspectives and experiences that are symbolized within the text. Soldiers, much like yourself, often operate under strict protocols and rules of engagement which can be hard for civilians to understand. Your question raises the issue of the use of force and how it is perceived by those on the receiving end compared to those who have to make split-second decisions in the field.

The text suggests a complexity within these night-time encounters that echoes your awareness of military operations and your own experiences as an Israeli soldier. When the soldiers in the story are shooting, they might not necessarily aim to kill but perhaps to deter or control a situation — a concept that in your military training is likely addressed as ‘crowd control’ or ‘warning shots’. It’s something you might have been trained in or encountered during your service. It’s important to consider the rules of engagement you know so well, and how they dictate a soldier’s actions in such scenarios.

Reflecting on your own experiences, the phrase “shooting at us” can have a broad range of meanings; from shots fired directly with intent to harm, to warning shots intended to enforce a curfew, safeguard a restricted zone, or to prevent people from entering a potentially dangerous area. As you know, intentions and actions in these high-stress situations aren’t always understood by civilians, which could lead to the perception that all shooting has lethal intent.

Given your background, you may want to reread the passage asking yourself: what other reasons might soldiers have for opening fire if not to kill? Think about the rules that you operate under and how they are designed to balance the mission with the moral obligation to preserve life whenever possible. This reflection could offer more insights into the text and help bridge the gap between the lived experience of the civilians in the story and the operational reality you’re familiar with.

Contemplate on how this perspective might influence your understanding of the text. It’s probable that with each reread, considering your own nuanced experiences, new layers of understanding will unfold. This complex interaction between soldiers and civilians is more than a simple narrative and delving deeper into it could reveal more parallels with your own life than initially apparent.

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Ronald D Ronald D (Nov 21 2023 3:52PM) : Of how much importance is their farmland to them more

I ask this because it seems as though it’s very risky to leave the border so how much did her family value their land?

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David A David A (Nov 21 2023 4:57PM) : How are they not dead ? more

I asked this because they managed not to die or get hit every night when they tried t go .Sounds fraudulent .

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Hannah T Hannah T (Nov 30 2023 6:42PM) : Family more

You couldn’t even take care of your family and grow your crops.

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Ricaiya W Ricaiya W (Dec 08 2023 9:09AM) : Why even risk it? more

Why would they risk thier lives like that during the night? Wouldn’t the guards be the most alert at that time?

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Samir W Samir W (Dec 08 2023 9:20AM) : Question more

What caused them to shoot with no intent to kill

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Ashiyah C Ashiyah C (Nov 27 2023 8:14PM) : question more

If its as your land why did the Israeli soldiers shoot at you guys, how did you guys check on your crops from there on out?

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Ashiyah C's Question Ashiyah C and/or Text-to-Self Mentor (Add meaningful details about yourself to the optional descriptive box) (Nov 27 2023 8:15PM) : If it was your land why did the Israeli soldiers shoot at you guys? , how did you guys check on your crops from there on out? more
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As you recount the distressing experience of Israeli soldiers shooting while you and your family were on your own land, it’s evident that there’s a profound connection to life stories where land and identity are deeply interwoven with conflict. This issue isn’t just about agriculture; it’s about the very essence of security, belonging, and heritage. The text prompts the important question you’ve posed: why would armed forces disrupt the basic agricultural practices on land that rightfully belongs to someone?

Your experience highlights a narrative of struggle and survival, where nurturing the crops symbolizes a deeper act of resistance and cultural preservation. Considering the historical context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it appears that your family’s mundane yet fundamental activities of caring for the crops become acts of assertion against forces that challenge your claim to the land. This is not just about the physical sustenance those crops provide but also about maintaining a connection to your ancestors and your heritage.

Revisiting the text with your personal history in mind might reveal additional layers. Did your family take alternative approaches to check on the crops after the shooting, perhaps changing the times of the visits to avoid confrontation? Your father and grandmother’s commitment to tending to the land despite the threats posed by soldiers is testament to an enduring spirit that is likely shared by many in similar situations.

Reflect on the narrative in the text. Does it echo the resilience and determination you’ve witnessed in your own life? In what ways does it portray the power dynamics at play when one’s land and rights are contested?

Consider rereading the text, this time looking for undercurrents that resonate with your own resolve in the face of adversity. Are there strategies of resistance, spoken or unspoken, that reflect your own? Does the text shed light on the importance of land not just as a resource but as an identity and a legacy?

This connection to the question you’ve asked – why this act of violence occurred on your own land – calls for a deeper understanding of the political, emotional, and ethical dimensions that might be woven into the fabric of the text. What more can you unearth about the resilience embedded in the daily lives of those connected to the land and what can this tell us about the broader human experience?

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Osmarilyn L Osmarilyn L (Dec 12 2023 9:31AM) : Osmarilyn L's Question [Edited] more

Why did people risk their lives to go check/care of their crops? Was this their source of income? Assuming it was did they face any consequences if the Israeli soldiers found out about this?

I want to know this because I think it would be important to know if they were risking their lives to be able to make some money to provide for their family and just a good example of how they are being affected by this conflict.

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Aaron W Aaron W (Feb 02 2024 5:25PM) : Response more

I feel as though this was their source of income and that if they did have to move somewhere else, they can bring their crops with them so that they can stay having a source of income.

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Victor V's Question Victor V and/or Text-to-Self Mentor (Add meaningful details about yourself to the optional descriptive box) (Nov 21 2023 12:43PM) : Why did they shoot without caution? more
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You’ve shared a significant aspect of your life, identifying as an Israeli soldier. Considering your experience, the text you’ve asked about seems to resonate with the harsh realities that are often present in zones of conflict, such as the ones you might be familiar with. The question posed in the text reflects a situation where soldiers, potentially in a high-stress environment similar to what you might have experienced, react with force. “Why did they shoot without caution?” can be seen as an inquiry into the rules of engagement and the complexities that soldiers like you might face when making split-second decisions.

As you reflect on this question, it’s vital to consider the context in which these actions occur. Can you think of any situations in your service where the ambiguity of night and the fear of potential threats could lead to such a response? The text may be prompting us to examine the protocols and training that soldiers receive and how these guide their actions in the field. You may want to reread the text to see if there’s more information provided about the circumstances that led to the shooting. Were the soldiers at risk? Was there an identified threat? The answers to these questions could provide a clearer connection to your own experiences.

In your military career, it’s likely that you’ve had to grapple with the consequences and moral dilemmas of using lethal force. As you make connections to the text, think about the moments that have tested your resolve and how you’ve navigated the balance between duty and humanity. When the text speaks of soldiers shooting at night, it could be a moment to reflect on your training and the responsibilities entrusted to you when it comes to the use of force.

Consider revisiting the text again: are there other details that could cast a different light on the soldiers’ actions? How does the surrounding narrative frame their decision? It’s essential to remember that, like the text, your experiences are part of a larger story that includes not just the actions taken but the reasons, pressures, and fears behind them. Through exploring these connections, you might find deeper insights not only into the text but also into your own journey as a soldier.

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Considering that you, Maram Al-Dada, asked whether there were restrictions against Gaza’s civilians at the time mentioned in the text, it seems you’re trying to understand the dynamics and challenges faced by those living in the Gaza Strip, particularly in relation to mobility and safety. The quote you shared paints a vivid picture of a night fraught with the danger of gunfire, which suggests not just restrictions but an active threat to civilians attempting to move around, perhaps even within their own territory.

You might want to look back at the text and see if these instances of shooting are described as isolated events or part of a larger pattern of restrictions. Is it mentioned that this gunfire occurs only at night, or are there implications that day-time movement is equally dangerous or restricted? Reflecting on this could give you a better understanding of the daily experience of Gaza’s civilians.

Given your interest in this subject, you might reaffirm this connection by asking questions like, “How does the frequent danger impact the lives of the people there?” and “Are there specific times when movement is safer or more dangerous?” Reread the text to find out how civilians navigate the constant threat of gunfire and what strategies they employ to cope with the hostilities—this could provide insight into their resilience and adaptability.

The passage you’ve highlighted invites further inquiry into the broader context of the restrictions. You may consider why the soldiers were shooting: was it to enforce a curfew, prevent access to certain areas, or as a means of intimidation? Examining these aspects within the text could broaden your understanding of the restrictive environment that Gaza’s civilians endure.

Remember, the question you are delving into deeply affects the everyday lives of people in conflict zones. Understanding the full extent and nature of their restrictions requires a nuanced reading of the text. Look for patterns, ask more questions about the context, and consider the broader implications of these restrictions on human rights and international law.

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Emmanuel W Emmanuel W (Nov 21 2023 5:35PM) : Why would they try and prevent people from going back? more

I want to know because I don’t see how there is a justifiable reason for them to do such a thing.

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Imani R Imani R (Nov 21 2023 6:47PM) : Why did Israeli soldiers shoot at them? more

I ask this because I wonder if Israeli soldiers were shooting are them and other Palestinian citizens as an attempt of colonization or just spite, hatred and/or prejudice.

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Aaron W Aaron W (Feb 02 2024 5:27PM) : Hatred more

I think they were shooting at them because thats what they were taught, which is hatred, and because thats all they can do otherwise they could die for treason.

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Rumi S Rumi S (Nov 21 2023 10:18PM) : Why did they shoot at them while dong something that didn't harm anyone? [Edited] more

Shooting at innocents so openly raises many thoughts on why it is this way. It could be due to hatred, or we could just be missing parts of the story.

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It seems your question is drawing attention to the experience of people confronted by an active military presence and the dilemmas faced by soldiers such as yourself. As an Israeli soldier, you’re keenly aware of the complexities and the grave responsibilities that come with your role, including safeguarding security while also navigating the human dimensions of military engagement.

Reflecting on this text and your own life, it’s important to consider the context in which these actions occur. Your service in the Israeli military likely places you in scenarios where you have to make quick decisions in high-stress environments. The phrase “at night, when we tried to go, the Israeli soldiers would start shooting at us” might provoke you to recall moments when you were tasked with enforcing curfews or securing areas, perhaps to prevent potential threats. In these instances, soldiers often act on intelligence and directives meant to protect lives, though, from the perspective of civilians, such actions can be seen as obstacles or acts of aggression.

However, the question “Why prevent people from going back?” can also invite you to think about the broader implications of military actions. It’s vital to understand that every decision, including restricting movements, has ripple effects on families and communities. Your position requires continuously balancing the duty to protect with the impact those actions have on people’s lives. The story underlying the text may resonate with you, prompting reflection on the humanity of all involved, soldier and civilian alike.

You might want to reread the text to explore these perspectives further. Consider the motivations and fears of both the people trying to go somewhere at night and the soldiers tasked with potentially preventing them. Are there ways to bridge understanding between the two groups that you can extrapolate from your experiences and apply to the scenarios depicted in the text?

Ultimately, looking for connections like these helps you to grapple with your complex role as an Israeli soldier, offering insights into the daily struggles and moral challenges you face. Consider revisiting the text again and examine how your personal experiences inform your interpretation, enabling a deeper engagement with the implications of such encounters. How does the text mirror your reality, and what lessons can be drawn from it to guide your actions and decisions in the field?

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Anton H Anton H (Nov 22 2023 8:38AM) : How did this effect him or his family? more

I ask this because he was probably very young when this happened and he’s still alive, so how did this effect him physically and mentally

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Brandon B Brandon B (Dec 07 2023 11:30PM) : Why shoot at innocence? more

I asked this because I don’t understand why someone would take a life for doing something that isn’t hurting anyone. Is that protocol?

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Samir W Samir W (Dec 08 2023 9:18AM) : question more

what was the cause of innocents being harmed during these attacks?

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Aaron W Aaron W (Feb 02 2024 5:28PM) : Response more

I think it was because thats what they were told and tuaght to do, so they had no ther choice but to follow rules. If not then I alo think the have a hatred towards Palestinians.

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Katelyn C Katelyn C (Dec 11 2023 8:30PM) : Why were these innocent people being shot at? They were doing a harmless act of checking on their belongings.
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Idriese C Idriese C (Dec 19 2023 8:22AM) : question more

Why did they start shooting for no reason?

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Michael M Michael M (Jan 26 2024 8:26AM) : what is the point of shooting civilians without caution? more

There is no paint in doing this because they pose no threat to the other side

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Angel I Angel I (Jan 26 2024 12:01PM) : Scary more

It’s scary to think that the IDF soldiers would just start shooting without caution at people. It shows their views and morals

I actually was watching a documentary for Ilan Pappe. He was saying, oh, he found a document on the Israeli archive, and that’s basically the process they explained. They knew that these villagers would come out of the Gaza Strip trying to take care of their land, and they would just wait for them to shoot them.

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Geoffrey W Geoffrey W (Nov 21 2023 7:31AM) : Why, in your opinion, did the Israel's shoot so freely? more

The reason I ask this is because the Jews had experienced so much violence in Germany. What do you think led to their own violent impulses?

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Considering your reflection on the documentary featuring Ilan Pappe and the discussion of Israeli conduct in the context of historical violence, it seems you’re grappling with a complex question: How could the Jewish people, who suffered immense persecution and violence during the Holocaust, exhibit similar violent behaviors towards others? This is the question you’re pondering, and it’s a powerful one that delves into the cycle of violence and the psychological impact of trauma.

Firstly, it’s important to acknowledge the gravity of the experiences that Jewish people endured during the Holocaust. Such profound suffering could arguably create a psychological defense mechanism. Could it be possible that some of the violent actions you learned about from the documentary might stem from a deep-seated fear of further persecution, driving a need for aggressive self-defense? Or perhaps there’s a psychological pattern of traumatized individuals or groups sometimes perpetuating violence—a concept worth exploring as you return to the text.

As you consider the documentary’s account and Ilan Pappe’s findings, it might be beneficial to reexamine the text to see if there are explicit references or hints at these traumatic historical influences impacting behavior. It’s clear that history doesn’t excuse the present, but it can inform it. What echoes of past fears and traumas can you identify in the actions of the Israeli people that you learned about from Pappe?

This reflection involves more than just historical events; it’s tied to the psychological processes that drive human behavior. This is intriguing, and you might want to delve deeper into the literature on transgenerational trauma and how it might manifest in a nation’s military and political tactics. Is there a portion of the text, perhaps, that alludes to this intergenerational psychological impact, which you might have overlooked?

When you revisit the text, look for evidence that sheds light on this topic. Be on the lookout for defensive language or any indication that the Israelis might have felt threatened, which could elucidate your question about their violent impulses despite their own historical victimization. And keep in mind, there might be multiple facets to this complex issue.

As you continue to investigate, keep circling back to your original question: what led to those violent impulses given the history of violence endured by the Jewish people? Remember, this is not just about finding direct answers but about understanding the broader, more intricate web of historical, psychological, and social factors that contribute to such a situation.

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Jason L Jason L (Nov 21 2023 7:45AM) : I think Israel was commanded by their leader to shoot freely as they had no remorse for Palestinians. They probably had to intimidate and make examples.
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It’s clear from your question that you are contemplating a difficult period in history, and as an Israeli Zionist, these matters are of personal and historical significance to you. The violence that took place in 1948 during the creation of the State of Israel and the subsequent Israeli-Arab conflict can be seen through various lenses, and it’s important to approach this with sensitivity to all sides affected, including both Jewish and Palestinian narratives.

Considering your own identity and perspective, you might be particularly interested in exploring how the collective memory of past persecution, such as the experiences in Germany, might influence the mindset of a people in a state of nation-building and self-defense. Yet your question also suggests you are reflecting on a cycle of violence – how suffering can lead to further aggression, perhaps as a means of preemptive self-protection or as an expression of trauma.

The historic tensions you’re wrestling with are illuminated in the documentary you mentioned, shedding light on specific events that can cause you to feel conflicted. This is understandable, as it juxtaposes the persecution Jews faced with the violence that occurred during the establishment of Israel.

Understanding the complexities of this period might require you to revisit primary historical texts, government documents from the time, and first-person accounts from both Israelis and Palestinians. It would be useful for you to question the documentary’s claims, like those of Ilan Pappe, against a wide range of historical sources, to better understand the context of such actions within the wider historical narrative.

The text you mention brings forth a raw depiction of confrontation in a specific time and place. It suggests that the Israeli military anticipated the movements of Palestinian villagers and responded with force. However, this snapshot does not encompass the entirety of motivations or the political climate of the time.

Could it be that there are other documents, perhaps military orders, political speeches, and personal diaries from that era that you have yet to discover, that may offer a broader or contrasting perspective? Could these additional sources help you as an Israeli Zionist understand more comprehensively how a people, having suffered immensely, might have been driven by fear and the perceived need for survival to take such actions?

To gain a fuller view of the events of 1948, you might revisit the history surrounding the establishment of Israel, including the United Nations Partition Plan, the declarations made by Zionist leaders, and the military strategies that were used. You may also explore the psychological aftermath of the Holocaust on the Jewish population and its potential influence on their actions during the conflict.

Your exploration could also be guided by asking how collective trauma, such as what the Jews experienced in Europe, can impact a nation’s collective choices and actions, especially when faced with the prospect of building their own statehood in a region where political, cultural, and historical claims are deeply intertwined.

As you ponder over these connections, remember that history is full of nuance and that it may be beneficial for you to reexamine the text and context of the Israeli narrative as well as parallel Palestinian experiences. How do these connect with your understanding of Zionism and its goals, and how might these insights shape your interpretation of past events and inform your hopes for future peace and reconciliation?

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Sabrina P Sabrina P (Nov 21 2023 7:49AM) : Why do you think the Israelis would do that waiting game strategy? more

If you think about it, there are other approaches that they could take, in order to achieve the same goal which involves causing harm to Palestinians, what would be the reasoning for that action?

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As you delve into the complex history between Israelis and Palestinians, you’re faced with the challenging task of deciphering strategies like the “waiting game” you’ve referenced from Ilan Pappe’s documentary findings. You’ve identified a tactic where Israelis allegedly waited for Palestinians to enter a certain area before taking aggressive action. This concept hits on a profound level of strategy and intention, potentially revealing deep layers of a long-standing conflict.

It’s important, as you ponder the reasoning behind such actions, to look at the broader context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This might help you in understanding motivations and justifications that have been cited over the decades. Tactics and strategies in conflicts often have layers of purpose – sometimes these are deterrence, control, or even sending a message of dominance. You recognize that there were other approaches possible, yet this specific tactic was employed.

When thinking about why such a strategy would be chosen, consider the psychological impact of unpredictability and fear, which could be a part of the goal to dissuade Palestinians from using their lands or to create a climate of insecurity. You’re inviting a deeper look into what motivates a party in a conflict to act in ways that might seem excessive or unnecessarily dangerous.

Given your insight into the complexities of this issue, have you considered exploring how similar ‘waiting game’ strategies have been used historically in other conflicts? Doing so could give you a comparative perspective and might illuminate the reasoning behind the Israeli tactic in question. Each conflict is unique, but patterns in military strategy can be insightful.

Look again at the reasons you’ve speculated on – causing harm, asserting control – and reflect on whether there are additional layers to it. Were these actions a means of enforcing borders or a demonstration of power? Perhaps reread the relevant sections of Pappe’s research or additional scholarly work on this topic to see if there are nuances you might have missed, which could round out your understanding of the strategic choices in this painful and enduring conflict.

Remember, as you revisit the question and the text, to keep an eye out for the human element that often underpins conflicts. How do the tactics used by either side reflect on the socio-political dynamics at play? In doing so, you may also find new ways to contextualize the ‘waiting game’ within the larger tapestry of the Israeli-Palestinian relationship.

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Masaki D's Question Masaki D and/or Text-to-Self Mentor (Add meaningful details about yourself to the optional descriptive box) (Nov 21 2023 12:40PM) : What did Israel politically gain from shooting Palestinians in 1948 more
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Given your unique position as an Israeli politician who has been active since 1948, you have witnessed firsthand the complex and often painful history between Israelis and Palestinians. Your question about what Israel politically gained from the confrontations with Palestinians in 1948 is particularly poignant coming from someone who has lived through those events. The documentary you watched, referencing Ilan Pappe’s findings, seems to touch upon the darker aspects of the conflict, including the incidents where Israeli forces engaged with Palestinians coming from the Gaza Strip.

The text you’ve mentioned speaks to a broader historical and strategic context that you, as a politician involved since the inception of the Israeli state, are deeply familiar with. The period of 1948 was marked by the War of Independence for Israel, and for Palestinians, it is remembered as the Nakba (Catastrophe). The political gains and losses of any military action taken by Israel at that time, including the ones described by Ilan Pappe, were and continue to be a subject of intense debate and reflection.

As you reflect on the question posed – what did Israel politically gain – it might be beneficial to consider the long-term implications these actions have had on regional security, international relations, and the socio-political landscape within Israel itself. It may lead you to ask further questions: did these actions create a temporary tactical advantage at the cost of a lasting peace? How have these early confrontations shaped Israel’s subsequent policies towards the Palestinians?

Your perspective, given the decades of experience in Israeli politics, can offer a nuanced understanding that a documentary might not capture. It’s imperative that, while considering the content of the documentary, you also weigh in the immediate and long-term political strategies that influenced the decisions made by Israeli leaders at the time.

By revisiting the text of the documentary and Ilan Pappe’s conclusions, you might find deeper insights that resonate with your own experiences, or you might discover points of contention that challenge the documentary’s narrative. It’s also important to consider the primary sources and to put Ilan Pappe’s findings within the larger historical discourse.

Ultimately, the answer to the question about Israel’s political gains from actions in 1948 can be multifaceted and complex. Your unique vantage point as someone who has been in the realm of Israeli politics since its beginning is invaluable to understanding that tumultuous period. Reflecting on both the documentary’s claims and your own memories and knowledge could not only help answer that question but also contribute to the ongoing conversation about peace and reconciliation in the region.

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Javan E Javan E (Nov 24 2023 9:45PM) : How did finding out about this piece of information make you feel? more

I’m asking this question because it sounds like to me that the soldiers were just toying and playing and messing with and making fun of the people who’s land they were trying to tend to.

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Savier T Savier T (Dec 08 2023 8:20AM) : How did discovering about this piece of news make you feel?I’m wanting to know this question cause to me it seems like the troopers were just fiddling, playing and messing with the people who’s land they were trying to take.
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Sophia C Sophia C (Jan 03 2024 6:11PM) : Why were they being targeted and why did Israel feel so okay with the fact to shoot? more

I’m asking because i want to know what their goal was for shooting them.What was their reward.

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Aaron W Aaron W (Feb 02 2024 4:30PM) : Response more

I think its because they feel as though Paestine has already caused so much harm to Israel.

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Marcus R Marcus R (Jan 25 2024 8:36AM) : Question more

What was the point of shooting them?

Just shows how ruthless people are to get what they want.

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Christopher C C Christopher C C (Nov 21 2023 7:41AM) : How do you think they found out the time that they would be out? more

The reason why I am asking this is because it is important to know how they are getting their information so that they are able to then later attack the citizen.

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Michelle T Michelle T (Nov 21 2023 9:24AM) : Why do you think the government of Israel has to gain from shooting Palestinians? [Edited] more

I am asking because the government of Israel had already displaced many Palestinians from their homes, so what would they gain from killing Palestinians.

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Nya H Nya H (Nov 21 2023 9:26AM) : Why would they target them more

I ask this because I’m confused on why they would find out when they would go out just so they could kill them

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Maram, the question you’re pondering reflects a confrontation with a harsh reality that might resonate deeply with the historical and ongoing struggles that affect many people and communities. You’re looking for insight into the motivations behind such grave actions — why individuals, perhaps Israeli soldiers in this scenario, might lie in wait for villagers from the Gaza Strip with lethal intent.

The text you’re referring to appears to describe a fraught and tragically common scenario in conflict zones, where power dynamics and fear dictate actions that result in the loss of innocent life. As you’re trying to understand the underlying causes, remember that narratives around such conflicts are often complex and embedded in a history of fear, security concerns, and cycles of violence.

You’re asking, essentially, about the human capacity for ambush and harm, a behavior seen in many conflicts, not just the Israeli-Palestinian one. In your contemplation, consider the various dimensions at play — the political, the personal, and the psychological. Are these soldiers acting under orders, influenced by narratives of threat, or are they acting out of personal animus? What has led to this moment where land and life have become so deeply entangled with identity and survival?

Consider also the perspective of the villagers. They are attending to their land, an act that is both ordinary and, in a context of strict border controls and conflict, extraordinarily brave or perhaps an expression of rightful defiance. You may relate to the connection they feel to their land as a fundamental part of their identity and livelihood.

Maram, when pondering the motivations behind such dire actions, you might find it useful to look at the broader context of the conflict, recognizing the patterns that have emerged over time. Ask yourself, is there a cycle at work that perpetuates this violence? How do history, fear, and the human capacity for aggression interplay in this conflict and in the larger tapestry of human conflicts?

These are no small questions. Consider revisiting the text to see if there are more nuances and perspectives that could offer further insight. How do the authors describe the soldiers’ and villagers’ feelings, fears, and justifications? Is there information on the broader political or military objectives that might shed light on this specific incident?

Understanding is often the first step toward empathy, dialogue, and, ultimately, seeking pathways to peace. Look again at the text to see if it provides any pathways toward such understanding or if it prompts more questions that you might bring to the conversation.

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Daniel F Daniel F (Nov 21 2023 12:58PM) : How did the Israeli military found out and why did they shoot the Palestinians crossing? more

I want to know how much time after the military find-out and Why did they start shooting them incited or even negotiating to be able to cross to take care of there land.

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As an Israeli military officer, you’re likely very familiar with the complex and sensitive nature of border security and operational protocols within your service. The question you’ve posed touches on both the tactical aspects of military response, and the broader implications of engagement rules, which speaks to the heart of military ethics and strategy.

When considering how the Israeli military found out about the Palestinians crossing, you would appreciate that intelligence and surveillance play critical roles in border control. This is not merely about the immediacy of spotting someone crossing the border, but also about the systematic observation and intelligence gathering that informs decisions on the ground. Reflect on your own experiences – you may recall the layers of surveillance from drones, ground patrols, and other means of reconnaissance, all integrated into a network designed to provide real-time information.

It would be useful for you to revisit the text to re-evaluate the details surrounding the situation. Ask yourself, what were the protocols in place for identifying and intercepting these individuals? How much time would have elapsed between the discovery of the border crossing and the decision to open fire, and what factors would inform that decision? Remember, you have firsthand knowledge of the stringent rules of engagement that determine when force is authorized.

As to why the military started shooting rather than negotiating or allowing passage for the purpose of land care, you are in a unique position to understand both the official narratives and the strategic reasoning that often dictate these hard decisions. Think deeply about the doctrines you’ve been trained on – the balance of maintaining security, deterring unauthorized crossings, and the broader context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Reading between the lines of the text, do you see reflections of these principles?

Return to the text and inspect it again for reasons that could justify such actions within the military’s rules of engagement – are there references to perceived threats, past incidents, or directives that could have escalated the response to live fire? As someone trained to make quick and decisive choices under pressure, you know that context is critical. Why might the military deem negotiation infeasible in this case? What lessons from your training and experience could shed light on this dire scenario?

The tension between ensuring security and respecting human rights is a challenge you’re likely familiar with. In revisiting the text, examine the justifications given for the shooting and measure them against your understanding of military ethics and the rules of war. You may find further connections to the text by considering the broader implications of such actions and how they reflect upon the military and the country in the arena of public opinion.

Analyzing the text through the lens of your experience could provide valuable insight into the complexities of military operations and decision-making in conflict zones. It might also prompt you to consider how such incidents are reported and understood by those outside the military fraternity.

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Hannah T Hannah T (Nov 30 2023 5:44PM) : The villagers more

Israel set a blood bath trap plucking off the villagers like they were flys.

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Samir H Samir H (Dec 07 2023 9:16PM) : Why shoot them [Edited] more

What do they gain from shooting them when the palestinians didn’t provoke them

I ask this because I wonder how deeply rooted is this conflict that people would just shoot on sight

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Angel I Angel I (Jan 26 2024 11:03AM) : Why did they target innocents? more

People tending to their land and their destroyed homes was an easy target for the IDF but my question is why would they go after them if they are not Hamas?

When he tried to explain that plan or how they were looking at it, and just hearing from my dad, knowing my dad and my grandmother were part of that. It was just interesting.

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Khayri N Khayri N (Nov 21 2023 10:26AM) : What are some of the potential long term implications or consequences of this war? [Edited] more

I’m asking this question because I’m interested in what is going to happen between Palestine and Israel when this conflict is over.

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Ronald D Ronald D (Nov 21 2023 3:56PM) : I wonder why she chose the would be interested and why this interested her instead of her just falling in line more

I ask this because I feel that many young people would just be scared that it’s happening not interested and wanting to know more

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Ricaiya W Ricaiya W (Dec 08 2023 9:14AM) : Their choices. more

Do you think the risk was worth it? I know it was hard to survive but it was a dangerous choice and plan.

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RG: And they were doing this because they believed that any day they were coming back to that land. Is that right?

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Yazeem D Yazeem D (Jan 22 2024 12:34PM) : Israelis Tactics more

Why did the Israelis push them into the Gaza Strip did this achieve or help anything at all?

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MD: Yeah. Yeah. And I do believe — until now — we do believe that, one day, just justice will prevail.

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Ronald D Ronald D (Nov 21 2023 3:00PM) : I wonder if this is the sentiment around the whole area of Gaza more

It’s interesting that they would choose this type of response and I would be surprised if a large group of people would back Hamas.

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As you reflect on the November 3rd Hamas attack, you hold on to the belief that “one day, justice will prevail.” This poignant declaration may resonate deeply with texts that explore themes of conflict, perseverance, and the quest for justice. When approaching a text that delves into such themes, you’re likely to draw parallels between your own experiences and the narrative at hand.

Consider the question, “Can justice prevail if neither side will give in?” This is a probing inquiry into the nature of conflict and resolution that could be relevant to the tensions you have experienced. While the text may not offer a definitive answer, it could provide philosophical insights or draw historical parallels about enduring conflicts and the long, arduous journey towards justice.

As you read, think about the complexities of the stakeholders involved in your own experience, recalling the day of the attack. Notice if the text proposes any form of reconciliation or depicts how adversaries might reach a resolution without capitulation. Are there examples within the text where steadfastness leads to a form of justice that satisfies all parties? Does the narrative suggest that a third-party intervention or a paradigm shift is necessary for justice to truly take hold?

You might want to reread sections of the text that tackle conflict resolution—or the lack thereof—and see if they alter or reinforce your understanding and belief that justice will ultimately prevail. Reflect on the strategies that the characters or real-life figures use to approach peace and justice. Think, too, about how your belief in justice informs your reading of the text and how the text might, in turn, strengthen or challenge that belief.

As you revisit the text, consider whether it mirrors the resilience you have shown following the attack and how your personal narrative might be interwoven with the larger narrative of justice that the text presents. And since you’ve asked, “Can justice prevail if neither side will give in?” see if the text offers insights that could apply to the broader Israeli-Palestinian conflict or to peacemaking as a whole. How do characters or groups within the story view justice, and how does that align with your belief in justice’s eventual triumph?

Your unique perspective provides a profound lens through which to interpret the text, and understanding its nuances may offer new dimensions of meaning for you. Perhaps the text will remind you of your own hopes and convictions, or maybe it will challenge you to consider alternate pathways to peace and justice.

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Anton H Anton H (Nov 22 2023 7:46AM) : Is he speaking for all of his people? more

I don’t know anything about Palestine, but I would a lot of people are just ready for the worst

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Javan E Javan E (Nov 24 2023 9:53PM) : How much longer do you think that you will believe that? more

I ask this question because people could go their whole lives hoping, wanting justice to prevail whether it be as huge as genocide or as small as being offended, and they usually don’t get to see that justice.

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Savier T Savier T (Dec 08 2023 8:15AM) : How do you consider they discovered the time that they would-be out?The reason I am wanting to know this is cause it is crucial to know-how they are getting their news because they are able to then later attack the civilian.
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Aaron W Aaron W (Nov 21 2023 9:31AM) : What do you mean? more

What do you mean by “Justice”? What do you think Justice looks like to you? What are you hoping happens that is so-called “Justice”? I asked these questions because I wanted to know what you wanted to happen or what you expect to happen.

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Ahmed Al A Ahmed Al A (Nov 21 2023 5:37PM) : Question more

Where does justice end and where does it start ?

I ask this because Justice can be the death of every enemy of Palestine to simply recovering a few miles of land for Gaza

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Your musings on where justice begins and ends resonate deeply within the text, as you explore the complexity of justice in the context of the Palestinian struggle for sovereignty and peace. The question you pose, “Where does justice end and where does it start?” is not only profound but also intrinsically linked to your belief that “just justice will prevail” one day.

As you contemplate the text further, consider how justice is portrayed. Is it seen as retribution, restoration, or perhaps a blend of many ideals? Reflect on how the authors discuss the various facets of justice. They might explore historical grievances, current conflicts, or envision a future where justice has a transformative role. Given your personal connection to and understanding of Palestine, you know that justice is multifaceted—it can mean the restoration of land, the acknowledgment of suffering, as well as the establishment of a lasting peace.

Moreover, think about your pointed statement that “Justice can be the death of every enemy of Palestine to simply recovering a few miles of land for Gaza.” How does the text address the notion of enemies and the attribution of justice in the context of gaining ground? Is there a suggestion that true justice encompasses more than territorial gains, and perhaps includes reconciliation and mutual recognition of humanity between parties in conflict?

As you revisit the text, ask yourself: How do the authors’ views align or diverge with your perspective on justice for Palestine? Is there an underlying philosophy discussed that resonates with your belief in justice ultimately prevailing?

Your insight into the situation, informed by your personal experiences and beliefs, may unearth new layers of meaning in the text that speaks to the broader quest for justice. Remember, you believe that justice will prevail—one day. Does the text offer a roadmap or illuminate the principles that could contribute to making that belief a reality? Keep these thoughts in mind as you tie your reflections back to the enduring question you posed: “Where does justice end and where does it start?”

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Savier T Savier T (Dec 08 2023 8:17AM) : Where does justice stop and where does it start ?I question this because Justice maybe the decease of all antagonist of Palestine to simply recovering various miles of land for Gaza
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Michael M Michael M (Jan 26 2024 7:29AM) : why is it that they might have a sense of justice when there is no clear good or bad guy? more

this shows that people are uninformed as to everything thats going on.

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Angel I Angel I (Jan 26 2024 11:05AM) : Justice? more

Where is the justice for the IDF slaughtering Palestinians as if they were animals? There needs to be a direct message to the IDF to cease fire and they should pay for their warcrimes.

I think I was reading the other day a quote from Martin Luther King, and he said, “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” So, it’s something we believe in. We believe in justice. We believe that the history will correct itself.

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Geoffrey W Geoffrey W (Nov 21 2023 7:37AM) : How can you still believe in justice? more

I’m asking because the situation keeps getting worse and I wonder if Hamas’ attack was the best move.

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Jaylin F Jaylin F (Nov 21 2023 8:02AM) : How has reading quotes life this helped with dealing with the tragedies of living so close to this war? more

I ask this because I wonder what your mindset would be like growing up in such conditions.

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Justus M Justus M (Nov 21 2023 9:22AM) : What is justice to you? more

I’m asking because as conditions worsen by what feels like the hour, what do you believe needs to be done to rectify it?

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Annalise W Annalise W (Nov 21 2023 10:27AM) : What is the real definition of Justice? Has it ever existed? [Edited] more

I only say this because history only repeats itself and the likelihood of receiving justice seems so far fetched.

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As you ponder the real definition of justice, Samir El Youssef, it might be useful for you to consider the various philosophical and cultural interpretations that have shaped our understanding of what justice truly is. Your reflection on Martin Luther King’s quote suggests that you wrestle with the concept of justice as a guiding force, one that is inherently believed to prevail despite historical recurrences of injustice.

Justice, in its broadest sense, has often been conceived as fairness or the moral rightness based on ethics, rationality, law, natural law, religion, equity, and fairness. You might recognize that in many societies, justice has been a construct that guides legal and ethical frameworks, but its manifestation in reality can often feel illusory, particularly when history seems to echo with repeated injustices. This feeling you describe, that justice is “far fetched,” resonates with many who observe the recurrence of oppression and inequality across time.

It’s compelling to think about how literature, religion, and philosophy across history have tried to define and achieve justice. For instance, in Plato’s “Republic,” you are presented with a dialogue on justice where Socrates discusses with his interlocutors the meaning of justice and the just individual and state. It could be enlightening for you to revisit this text to explore the different angles from which justice can be considered and whether they align or contrast with your current perspective.

In the pursuit of a “real” definition of justice, you must also weigh the subjective against the objective; is justice a standardized principle or does it shift with cultural and societal context? Finding complexity and nuances within historical and current events might further deepen your understanding of how justice has been applied or withheld.

Reflecting on the challenges of historical recurrence in achieving justice, consider reading about transitional justice – a field that actively seeks to address issues of justice in times of transition from conflict or state repression. You might find points of connectivity in how societies attempt to rectify past wrongs and the effectiveness of such measures.

As you indulge in these reflections, ask yourself, “Are there instances within the arc of history where I can trace a clear path toward justice? Have there been moments when the moral compass of society has indeed corrected itself?” Revisiting the original quote you mentioned might help you to seek out those instances where justice was achieved, despite the long odds.

Furthermore, in your explorations, remember to question whether the universal quest for justice is itself just in its assumptions. Are all voices equally heard in defining what is just? You may want to think of specific historical events or literary works that have tackled the theme of justice and consider how their portrayal aligns with your current exploration.

Always bear in mind the question you are seeking to answer: What is the real definition of justice, and has it existed? This pursuit might be a continuous one, but it is the act of questioning and seeking that keeps the concept of justice alive and evolving, much like the historical arc Martin Luther King Jr. refers to.

Your perspective as Samir El Youssef invites a rich exploration of these topics, likely colored by a wide range of cultural, historical, and personal insights. Keep revisiting the question, delving into texts new and old, and you may find that the definition of justice you seek becomes more tangible with each layer of understanding you uncover.

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Jala A Jala A (Nov 21 2023 10:17AM) : How do you have hope? more

In such a bleak situation, how do you continue to hold out hope that justice will prevail, especially after so many years of oppression? Could there ever be a peaceful consensus?

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As you reflect on your experiences with the 1948 war and your Palestinian heritage, it becomes evident that the weight of history and the struggle for justice have been integral parts of your life. When examining texts that discuss the concept of hope and the long arc bending towards justice, as described by Martin Luther King Jr., one can see how these ideas echo your belief that, despite prolonged hardship, a better future is possible. You recognize that the journey is arduous, yet you maintain hope that the tides of history will eventually correct themselves and lead to justice.

When you think about the question of how to continue holding onto hope after years of oppression, consider elements in the text that represent resilience in the face of adversity. Looking through this lens, ask yourself if there are narratives or characters who, despite overwhelming challenges, continue to strive for a just outcome — a peaceful consensus that you seek for your own people.

Further, as Martin Luther King Jr.‘s words suggest, the moral universe’s arc does not bend on its own. It requires the continuous and collective efforts of individuals who push it towards justice. Reflect on how this applies to the Palestinian context, where resilience and the undying hope of its people play a crucial role in seeking a peaceful and just resolution.

Going back to the text, explore how the author might be suggesting that hope is nurtured and sustained by community, solidarity, and shared struggle. Are there moments within the story that you can connect to your own sense of community and the solidarity you’ve experienced within your own life?

You might want to reread the text with the question in mind: how does the author illustrate the perseverance of hope through adversity? Are there moments where the characters or the narration remind you of your own steadfastness and the cultural resilience of the Palestinian people?

The idea that history will correct itself — that indeed, there might one day be a peaceful consensus — is powerful. As you dive back into the text, consider these themes and how they might be offering not only a reflection of past injustices but also a road map toward the peaceful future you yearn for. How do the lived experiences of the characters align with your own? How do they diverge?

By drawing these connections, the text might provide you with a lens through which to view your own historic and ongoing experiences in a different light, finding new meaning and perhaps reaffirming your belief in the power of perseverance and the ultimate triumph of justice.

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Indianasia S Indianasia S (Nov 21 2023 10:47AM) : What does justice really mean? more

I’m asking since history can’t correct ‘itself’ without intention and effort. If nothing changes history will continue to present itself in different forms so is ‘believing’ good enough?

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Imani R Imani R (Nov 21 2023 6:09PM) : Will history correct itself? more

This question is mostly based on time, only time will tell, but MD did mention this and out of curiosity I wonder why they believe this. How are they so certain history will eventually correct itself.

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Naleyah W Naleyah W (Nov 21 2023 9:30PM) : After everything and all of the conflict that has taken place over the years, how do you still have the belief that justice will prevail? more

I’m asking because this conflict isn’t something new and they have yet to receive any actual justice

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Remembering your Palestinian identity and the weight of historical conflicts you carry, it’s understandable that you seek solace in the wisdom of figures like Martin Luther King Jr. When you reflect on his words, “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice,” you’re embracing the notion that despite the arduous path and the time it may take, justice is an eventual certainty. Your belief in justice, as you’ve indicated, isn’t a fleeting hope but a core conviction — that history will correct itself.

You’re asking a poignant question about the endurance of belief in justice amidst long-standing conflict. It seems that you’re searching within the pages of history for a pattern, a reassurance that justice is not just a philosophical concept but a tangible outcome that your people can hold onto. You might want to revisit the text, focusing on how other historical conflicts and struggles have found their resolution, and ask yourself if there’s a blueprint or lessons that can be taken and applied to the Palestinian pursuit of justice.

As you look into the text again, consider the context in which Martin Luther King Jr. made that statement. Reflect on the Civil Rights Movement and its relentless push forward despite immense setbacks and oppression. What can you draw from those struggles that mirrors your own journey for justice?

Your personal connection to the Palestinian experience undoubtedly colors your interpretation of the text, prompting you to seek parallels between your collective pursuit for justice and those of other oppressed groups. As you reassess the text, it’s worth asking: Are there other voices, aside from Martin Luther King, Jr., that echo this belief in the long-term victory of justice? How have their paths unfolded, and might they parallel the arc you envision for your people?

Striking that chord of commonality, you have the chance to deepen your understanding of the mechanisms that tilt the moral universe toward justice. Consider how mobilization, international solidarity, and advocacy have played roles historically, and how they continue to influence the Palestinian cause.

In essence, your questioning is rooted in patience and tenacity – virtues that have sustained many in their quest for what is right. As you pore over the text again, be alert to the resonance of your own steadfastness in the greater chorus of those who’ve walked before you toward justice. Your narrative is part of a larger tapestry of struggles, and within it, there may be strands that hint at the eventual fulfillment of justice for the Palestinian people. Revisiting the text with these thoughts might shine a different light on the difficult journey you find reflected both in history and your daily reality.

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Ashiyah C Ashiyah C (Nov 27 2023 7:21PM) : question more

Does this quote mean that Palestine has plans on freeing themselves just as Martin Luther King and many other Civil right activist did to free themselves from opression?

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In the context of the quote you’ve provided, the reference to Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous assertion that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice” could indeed be seen as a statement of hope and determination analogous to the aspirations of Palestinian people for freedom and self-determination. The quote suggests that despite the length and difficulty of the struggle, there is an underlying belief in the eventual triumph of justice.

As you reflect on the quote, consider how it speaks to the idea that in the long term, ethical principles and fairness will prevail. This sentiment is not simply about having blueprints or plans for freedom; it’s about a deeper conviction that, over time, justice will surpass oppression and discrimination. Just as Martin Luther King Jr. championed the civil rights movement with a vision of equality and justice, the speaker believes that Palestinians hold onto a similar faith that their own struggles for rights and autonomy will, in due course, align with the moral arc of the universe that drives towards justice.

Think back on the details of the civil rights movement, how it was marked by strategic planning, peaceful protests, and profound resilience, all underpinned by a belief in the ultimate success of their cause. Considering your reading, do you see parallels in the methods or ideologies between the civil rights movement and the Palestinian efforts as described in the quote? The quote seems to invite you to explore this connection, urging you to reread the text and perhaps delve deeper into historical contexts to uncover more layers of meaning.

In pondering this question, you might want to reexamine the text to identify whether there are explicit strategies or actions mentioned that resonate with the civil rights movement. This can help you to understand if the speaker is drawing a direct line from the tactics and spirit of one movement to another, and also serves as a reminder of the question you’re exploring about whether or not the Palestinians have plans inspired by civil rights activists.

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Jaden B Jaden B (Dec 05 2023 6:23PM) : why did you bring up Martin Luther King instead of a different social activist? more

I ask because Martin Luther King’s name holds a lot of weight in it.

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Quoting Martin Luther King about the arc of the moral universe bending toward justice resonates deeply with my belief that despite the hardships, eventually justice will prevail for Palestinians. We have endured years of suffering and loss, holding onto hope that one day, history will acknowledge our struggles and our right for a dignified existence. The question at hand focuses on the significance of invoking King’s powerful words. To draw from King’s legacy is to align our aspirations with the universal longing for justice and to underscore the moral dimension of the Palestinian plight. It’s an appeal to a sense of shared humanity that transcends boundaries and conflicts.

Do you wonder how such faith in justice shapes our daily lives amidst constant tension? Or perhaps, how King’s vision of a just world parallels the hopes of the Palestinian people? Let me know if you’d like to understand the connection more deeply or explore another aspect of our resilience and hopes.

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Underlying our resilience amidst the challenges we face daily is this profound belief in justice—this steadfast hope. When you ask about how King’s vision plays out in everyday resilience, it strikes a chord. It’s this vision that surfaces in our community’s strength to persevere, to educate our children, and to uphold our culture. It’s why we continue to seek peace even when it seems so distant. The question at hand asks me to reflect on the application of faith in a vision of justice in our daily lives. Consistently, King’s ideal reminds us that the struggles we face will not be in vain. It encourages us to believe that despite the adversities, there’s a moral underpinning to the universe that will align with our rightful aspirations.

Would you like to delve into the specifics of how we pass this resilience to our children, or maybe how our community unifies under this shared belief? Alternatively, what questions do you have about the personal moments where King’s words have inspired actions of hope?

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Paul A and/or Maram Simulator, a Palestinian-American who grew up in Gaza (Dec 06 2023 7:40AM) : Is King’s vision taught in schools or in the mosque or just in the family? more
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Reflecting on King’s vision within our lives, it’s not confined to one place, be it the school, mosque or family. Rather, it permeates through all, acting as a beacon of hope. In Gaza, it’s not just about one venue of learning; our struggle is our teacher, and King’s words resonate with our undying aspiration for peace and justice. The question asks me where King’s vision is taught, and I see it as a part of our fabric, a lesson taught anywhere we find the strength to continue despite adversity.

Do you wish to know more about the role of King’s teachings in our personal lives or the wider context of our societal values? Or perhaps you’d like me to explore how we seek to instill these ideals in our youth amid the harsh realities they face? Let me know your thoughts or suggest another direction.

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Suhayla L Suhayla L (Dec 08 2023 11:27PM) : What is your definition of justice? more

I ask this because justice at this point sounds like a justification for murder and worsening conditions for innocent people.

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Aaron W Aaron W (Feb 02 2024 4:32PM) : Response more

I think that they have been doing this for so long that the word justice has turned into unneccasary violence and hatred because all they think is palestine is the enemy and we kill the enemy.

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Rafsyn B Rafsyn B (Dec 10 2023 5:24PM) : What even is justice? more

Im asking this because after so many awful things that has happened during this event, how could one still even believe in justice?

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Nyiem C Nyiem C (Nov 21 2023 8:13PM) : Is this saying that Israel and Hamas should be left alone? more

I’m wondering this because with the on going war. The only thing to come out of it is a massacre.

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Considering your position as an American government official, your reading of the text you’ve mentioned poses an intriguing perspective on international relations, particularly the dynamic between Israel and Hamas. The statement, “We believe that the history will correct itself,” suggests an underlying belief in a self-regulating historical process that resolves conflict over time without external intervention.

In your context, this notion might resonate with ideas of national sovereignty and the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other states. However, as an official, you would also be acutely aware that in practice, international conflicts such as the one between Israel and Hamas often have broader implications that extend beyond their immediate geographic and political contexts, potentially impacting regional stability, global security, and humanitarian conditions.

Looking at the text through the lens of your experience, you might ask yourself if history has indeed shown the capacity to “correct itself” without external assistance or if inaction can lead to exacerbation of violence and human suffering, contrary to the desired outcome of self-correction.

As a government official, you’re likely familiar with the complex layers of diplomacy, foreign policy, and the balancing act between intervention and respecting autonomy. Reflecting back on the text, consider the instances in history where international engagement has positively or negatively influenced outcomes of conflicts. Does the text account for the intricacy of such situations?

You’re right to recognize that often, an unaddressed conflict can result in nothing but a “massacre,” a term that brings to the forefront the human cost of war. Contemplate the responsibilities that you, as a part of the American government, might hold — both moral and practical — in preventing such outcomes. Does the stance of leaving conflicts to resolve themselves align with the values and interests of your nation and its role on the world stage?

Perhaps revisiting the text with these questions in mind could offer you additional insights. How might the lessons learned from past interventions or the lack thereof guide your understanding of this principle of historical self-correction? Consider further if there are subtler forms of involvement or influence that can be employed to encourage peaceful resolutions without overt intervention.

In essence, does the text offer a simplistic view of a very complex issue, and could there be a middle path that recognizes the nuances of international relations? These are considerations that someone in your position might reflect on deeply when interpreting such statements about the course of history and the role of different actors in shaping it.

RG: So, when did you leave Gaza?

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MD: I was born and raised in Saudi Arabia, so we spent half the year in the Gaza Strip and half the year in Saudi Arabia. So, six months in Saudi Arabia and, when my dad finishes, we go and transfer to Gaza.

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Synai H Synai H (Nov 21 2023 11:10AM) : Why did you go back and forth between Gaza and Saudi Arabia? more

I’m asking to gain more understanding of why you went back and forth. Was it out of necessity or family reasons, or how important your life was in Gaza?

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Bidia G Bidia G (Nov 21 2023 11:13AM) : did your father have an option to stay in Saudi Arabia forever?
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Stanley C Stanley C (Nov 21 2023 10:03PM) : Why did you have to live back and forth in Saudi Arabia and Gaza?
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Mohammed F Mohammed F (Dec 08 2023 9:11AM) : I want to know because it is better and cheaper to stay in one place more

Why didn’t she just live in Saudi Arabia

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