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Du'a, Jinan, Mayar, and Bilal were beautiful faces of innocent Palestinians, who were killed by the Israeli genocidal war on Gaza, in October-November, 2023


Doctor Du'a Khamees Younus and her daughter Jinan were killed in an Israeli genocidal strike on Khan Younus, on November 15, 2023

Mayar and and her brother Bilal were killed with their mother in an Israeli genocidal bombardment on Gaza, in October 2023

It was her final visit, a Palestinian doctor came to Gaza to treat her son

November 19, 2023, GAZA, (PIC) +-

Du'a Khamees Younus, the firstborn of her parents, spent her childhood in the United Arab Emirates, and everyone who knows her testifies that she loves life and treats everyone with kindness.

She completed her medical studies and married engineer A'hmed 'Aashour. 

They moved to Portugal together and had three children: Jinan, Isma'eel, and Noor. Like any mother, she had a strong bond with her children.

Before the recent savage Israeli aggression on Gaza, she came to treat her son Ismail, unaware that it would be their last visit, as death awaited them there.

Israeli warplanes targeted the house they sought refuge in, in Gaza City, but they survived. Then, they moved to what they believed to be a safer location in the south, as stated by the occupying army.

In an Israeli genocidal airstrike on the house where they sought refuge in Khan Younus, Du'a and her children Isma'eel and Jinan were martyred on November 15th, while her daughter Noor survived.

It should be noted that "We Are Not Numbers" is a series that showcases some of the stories of Palestinian martyrs in the Israeli occupation regime's aggression, with a new biography each day, highlighting the noble lives of those martyrs.

Since October 7th, the Israeli occupation forces have been carrying out continuous massacres in the Gaza Strip through air, land, and sea, resulting in over 40,000 casualties, including martyrs, missing persons, and the injured, as a form of revenge against Palestinian civilians.

Note: Innocent Palestinians who are killed in the Israeli genocidal war are referred to as martyrs. They will be close to their Creator in Paradise.


Israeli airstrikes kill girl along with her dream to become journalist

November 19, 2023, GAZA, (PIC) +-

Mayar and Bilal are two children of Palestine TV correspondent Nidhal 'Hameeda. Like thousands of Palestinian children in Gaza, the Israeli brutal airstrikes ended up their lives along with their dreams. 

Mayar was a few years older than her brother Bilal. They were though attached to each other, always playing together, and having fun at home while enjoying the love of their parents. 

All those who knew Mayar said she was a smart girl, as she excelled in her school subjects and was dreaming of becoming a journalist just like her father, but the Israeli hideous bombardment ended her dream by killing her along with her brother Bilal and their mother in October 2023. 

Their father, who has been covering the Israeli genocidal aggression on Gaza as many other journalists, was left alone to continue his job with grief and pain for his great loss and concern over losing more of his family members. 

Since October 7, Israel has been waging a heinous genocide in Gaza Strip via air, ground, and sea attacks, resulting in more than 40,000 martyrs (who were killed), wounded, and missing people. 

Note: “We Are Not Numbers” is a series that reviews part of the available stories of some Palestinian martyrs who have fallen in the Israeli aggression on Gaza.


Israeli Silencing the journalists

By Zeenat Adam

“Hello everyone! This is Bisan from Gaza and I’m still alive.”

These are the words I have woken up to for 38 of the 40 days of onslaught on Gaza – two of which Bisan did not post and left many of us in deep anxiety about her safety. With at least fifty journalists already targeted and killed by Israel in Gaza, each breath Bisan takes as she shares her stories is critical. The world needs her reports and those of other voices emerging from the rubble in Gaza.

The horror and carnage we have witnessed through their TikTok and Instagram reels has completely altered the public perception of the situation in Palestine, much to the dismay of the Israeli aggressor. The raw, unedited, brutally honest videos have documented the ethnic cleansing, first hand. Viewers can never erase the image of Motaz struggling to hold on to two critically injured babies, playing paramedic and journalist all at once. We all shared in the grief of Al Jazeera tv’s Wael Dahdouh, as his family was exterminated by Israel and we watched in awe as he returned to reporting immediately after their funeral. The direct phone call made by the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) to Youmna El Sid’s husband, threatening that if they did not leave their residence and move South, they would be targeted, sent shivers down my spine, and then watching her conversations with her young daughters about the risks of death absolutely broke my heart. And just when I thought it could not get any worse, I woke one morning to the screams of anguish and horror from Saleh Al Jafarawi at the bloodbath from an attack on the Al Shifa Hospital complex, where people were sleeping out in the open. That morning, four hospitals were struck before dawn.

The genocide on Gaza has had a profound impact on the reporters who are risking their lives to get the truth of the situation out. Foreign correspondents have been barred from working in Gaza, apart from the embedded western journalists who have now entered Gaza with the IDF and have been exposed for their complicity in the propagation of untruths and misinformation, cutting away at their integrity for reporting factually.

A greater tragedy than the deception lies in the betrayal of the profession, as most of the mainstream media have seemingly abandoned their colleagues in Gaza, almost as deliberately as the assassinations. The Foreign Press Association (FPA), a non-profit organization representing journalists working for international news organizations reporting from Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, delivered insipid one-line statements that lacked any honor or respect for the journalists under fire.

The eerie silence emitted from organizations in South Africa, including the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) renders thoughts that the media is still colonized with apartheid-era mindsets, where there is not just self-censorship and curtailing of opinion pieces, but a deep media bias and hypocrisy in not even acknowledging the depravity of the genocide. Basic human decency has been abandoned for fear of reprisals. It is difficult to reconcile this, knowing and understanding the critical role the media played as an agent of the apartheid regime and the need to give a voice to the oppressed.

A group of journalists (South African Journalists United for Palestine) has, however, circulated a petition stating, “We have been privy to the unfiltered scenes of grotesque barbarity towards those in Palestine. We have lost contact with colleagues on the ground in Gaza, only to later see their press vests covered in rubble. And, where there is a failed attempt on one of our lives, we have seen occupation forces, instead, killing the family and loved ones of Palestinian reporters, as further means of oppression.” The petition calls on SANEF to release a memorandum of solidarity, as they did in the case of Ukraine. It further implores newsroom editors to allow for greater and more objective coverage of the plight of Palestinians, “being critically aware of how framing can contribute to the undermining of human rights and promote misinformation”, and also encourages journalists who face undue discrimination or intimidation at the hands of the police for their coverage of protests to file a report with the Press Council, CCMA or relevant ombudsman, and to report those impersonating the media in order to unlawfully gather footage to the local law enforcement. Finally, the petition affirms commitment to promote the voices of the oppressed and pledges unwavering support for the media fraternity.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has, however, filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes committed against Palestinian journalists in Gaza. This is the third such complaint since 2018. The complaint was lodged on 31 October, 2023, and detailed the cases of nine journalists killed in the course of their work since 7 October. The complaint further cites two wounded journalists in the course of their work, as well as the deliberate, total or partial, destruction of the premises of more than 50 media outlets in Gaza. RSF Secretary-General, Christophe Deloire, stated, “The scale, seriousness and recurring nature of international crimes targeting journalists, particularly in Gaza, calls for a priority investigation by the ICC prosecutor. We have been calling for this since 2018. The current tragic events demonstrate the extreme urgency of the need for ICC action.”

The United Nations declared journalism one of the most dangerous professions in the world. At the time of writing, an unprecedented fifty journalists are reported to have been killed in Gaza, two are missing and more than thirty have been injured as a result of the current excessive, disproportionate carpet-bombings by Israel on the Gaza Strip, compared to the entire period from 2002 until 2022, in which Israel killed 44 journalists in Palestine.

- Zeenat Adam is a former diplomat and an independent international relations strategist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Her article appeared in MEMO.

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