Tue Jan 11 04:13:06 UTC 2011
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Fuck Israel. Fuck Hamas. Fuck Fatah. Fuck UN. Fuck UNRWA. Fuck
USA! We, the youth in Gaza, are so fed up with Israel, Hamas, Fatah,
the occupation, the violations of human rights and the indifference of
the international community! We want to scream and break this wall of
silence, injustice and indifference like the Israeli F16Âs breaking
the wall of sound; scream with all the power in our souls in order to
release this immense frustration that consumes us because of this
fucking situation we live in; we are like lice between two nails
living a nightmare inside a nightmare, no room for hope, no space for
freedom. We are sick of being caught in this political struggle; sick
of coal dark nights with airplanes circling above our homes; sick of
innocent farmers getting shot in the buffer zone because they are
taking care of their lands; sick of bearded guys walking around with
their guns abusing their power, beating up or incarcerating young
people demonstrating for what they believe in; sick of the wall of
shame that separates us from the rest of our country and keeps us
imprisoned in a stamp-sized piece of land; sick of being portrayed as
terrorists, homemade fanatics with explosives in our pockets and evil
in our eyes; sick of the indifference we meet from the international
community, the so-called experts in expressing concerns and drafting
resolutions but cowards in enforcing anything they agree on; we are
sick and tired of living a shitty life, being kept in jail by Israel,
beaten up by Hamas and completely ignored by the rest of the world.
There is a revolution growing inside of us, an immense
dissatisfaction and frustration that will destroy us unless we find a
way of canalizing this energy into something that can challenge the
status quo and give us some kind of hope. The final drop that made our
hearts tremble with frustration and hopelessness happened 30th
November, when Hamas' officers came to Sharek Youth Forum, a leading
youth organization (www.sharek.ps) with their guns, lies and
aggressiveness, throwing everybody outside, incarcerating some and
prohibiting Sharek from working. A few days later, demonstrators in
front of Sharek were beaten and some incarcerated. We are really
living a nightmare inside a nightmare. It is difficult to find words
for the pressure we are under. We barely survived the Operation Cast
Lead, where Israel very effectively bombed the shit out of us,
destroying thousands of homes and even more lives and dreams. They did
not get rid of Hamas, as they intended, but they sure scared us
forever and distributed post traumatic stress syndrome to everybody,
as there was nowhere to run.
We are youth with heavy hearts. We carry in ourselves a heaviness
so immense that it makes it difficult to us to enjoy the sunset. How
to enjoy it when dark clouds paint the horizon and bleak memories run
past our eyes every time we close them? We smile in order to hide the
pain. We laugh in order to forget the war. We hope in order not to
commit suicide here and now. During the war we got the unmistakable
feeling that Israel wanted to erase us from the face of the earth.
During the last years Hamas has been doing all they can to control our
thoughts, behaviour and aspirations. We are a generation of young
people used to face missiles, carrying what seems to be a impossible
mission of living a normal and healthy life, and only barely tolerated
by a massive organization that has spread in our society as a
malicious cancer disease, causing mayhem and effectively killing all
living cells, thoughts and dreams on its way as well as paralyzing
people with its terror regime. Not to mention the prison we live in, a
prison sustained by a so-called democratic country.
History is repeating itself in its most cruel way and nobody seems
to care. We are scared. Here in Gaza we are scared of being
incarcerated, interrogated, hit, tortured, bombed, killed. We are
afraid of living, because every single step we take has to be
considered and well-thought, there are limitations everywhere, we
cannot move as we want, say what we want, do what we want, sometimes
we even cant think what we want because the occupation has occupied
our brains and hearts so terrible that it hurts and it makes us want
to shed endless tears of frustration and rage!
We do not want to hate, we do not want to feel all of this
feelings, we do not want to be victims anymore. ENOUGH! Enough pain,
enough tears, enough suffering, enough control, limitations, unjust
justifications, terror, torture, excuses, bombings, sleepless nights,
dead civilians, black memories, bleak future, heart aching present,
disturbed politics, fanatic politicians, religious bullshit, enough
incarceration! WE SAY STOP! This is not the future we want!
We want three things. We want to be free. We want to be able to
live a normal life. We want peace. Is that too much to ask? We are a
peace movement consistent of young people in Gaza and supporters
elsewhere that will not rest until the truth about Gaza is known by
everybody in this whole world and in such a degree that no more silent
consent or loud indifference will be accepted.
This is the Gazan youth's manifesto for change!
We will start by destroying the occupation that surrounds
ourselves, we will break free from this mental incarceration and
regain our dignity and self respect. We will carry our heads high
even though we will face resistance. We will work day and night in
order to change these miserable conditions we are living under. We
will build dreams where we meet walls.
We only hope that you - yes, you reading this statement right now!
- can support us. In order to find out how, please write on our wall
or contact us directly: freegazayouth[at]hotmail.com
We want to be free, we want to live, we want peace.
FREE GAZA YOUTH!
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