“WHY DO WE DESERVE THIS?” A 10-YEAR-OLD’S PLEA

Hundreds of netizens have watched a video of a 10-year-old Gaza girl crying in front of a house that has been reduced to ruins and wondering, “Why do we deserve this?” The video depicts the brutality of the Israel-Palestine conflict and how children are among those who suffer the most as a result of the violence.

Nadine Abdel-Taif, the girl, spoke to The Middle East Eye on May 15 about the devastation caused by Israeli air strikes. “I’m always sick. I can’t do anything. I’m only 10… what do you expect me to do? Fix it?? “she inquired, referring to the house that had been reduced to ruins.

“I can’t even deal with this anymore. I just want to be a doctor or anything to help my people. But I can’t. I’m just a kid,” Nadine said, as she broke down.

“All of this when I see, I literally cry everyday,” she said in a shaky voice. “Why do we deserve this? What did we do for this?” Nadine asked, adding that her family says that “they (Israel) just hate us. They just don’t like us because we are Muslims.”

The girl said, pointing to the children who were present around her, “You see all of the kids around me. They’re just kids. Why would you just send a missile to kill them?” she questioned.

Israel’s armed offensive, which has been described as the most extreme since 2014, has destroyed hundreds of homes in Palestine, killed at least 149 people, including 41 children, and injured over 1,000 people.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu justified the attack as an act of self-defense against “terrorism” committed by Gaza-based Hamas militants.

The dispute has now reached the seventh day. Nine Israelis have also died as a result of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad group’s attacks from Gaza. Israel’s offensive, according to Netanyahu, would last “as long as necessary.” “We will make them pay dearly,” he said.