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Amira the Brave

The strength Amira Alqerem must be mustering to confront the International Criminal Court in The Hague at the age of 15 years is unfathomable.

Seeking justice for the murder of her father and two siblings during the Israeli assault on Gaza in January, Amira told the ICC:

I am here to lodge a complaint against the occupying army. I hope this complaint will succeed because it is the truth. I am doing this for all the children of Gaza. I want to do something to change the situation.

I am here to lodge a complaint against the occupying army. I hope this complaint will succeed because it is the truth. I am doing this for all the children of Gaza. I want to do something to change the situation. [Source]

Quite simply, she is amazing.

Her quiet strength and belief in justice is admirable in the utmost.

Amira’s 67-year-old father Fathi, 16-year-old-sister Ismat, and 14-year-old brother Ala, were killed by Israeli army fire in the early hours of January 14, after the three children were awoken by an explosion to find their father’s body, covered in blood, next to a crater near their house.

When Ismat and Ala went off to seek help, they were killed in another explosion.

Amira, who had stayed behind with her dead father, was wounded in the right leg and is now recovering in France.

Let us hope this ends positively.

One comment on “Amira the Brave

  1. Ronan Gallagher
    September 1, 2009

    The war crimes which Israel have committed against the Palestinian people down through the years are shocking and not acceptable in any civilization or society. What is even more shocking and unacceptable is America’s tacit support and even encouragement of such crimes against humanity.

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