“Daddy, why did they take our home?”

I sit now in Gaza, celebrating Eid al-Fitr with families who lost their homes and loved ones in the war that was raging here exactly one year ago.

And yet, my thoughts are pulled to a village called Susiya, in the South Hebron Hills of the West Bank, where my friend Nasser Nawajha and his family await the army to come, any time after the Eid ends on Sunday, to demolish his home, and the homes of his neighbors and relatives.

Please take a moment to watch the video that I made with Nasser and his 6 year old son, Laith. In the video, Nasser takes Laith back to the original village of Susiya (from which Nasser was expelled when he was 4 years old) and explains the very real, very imminent threat facing his family and the other villagers in Susiya today:

And, here is a link to an essay I wrote accompanying the video, going deeper into Nasser’s family’s history, and his struggle to save his home.

And, please take a moment to read my friend Moriel Rothman-Zecher’s post, explaining more background as to what the residents of Susiya are facing, and most importantly, what we can all do to ensure that people are able to remain in their homes.

With hope that solidarity and struggle will win in the end,

Jen Marlowe


Filed under Palestine/Israel

2 responses to ““Daddy, why did they take our home?”

  1. Hazel Kahan

    State Department is making very strong statements. It’s about time. I hope it will forestall this atrocity. One day I want to go to Gaza with you. Possible?

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