"In a broken voice, struggling to breathe normally, Naji began narrating his own tragedy.
"'Before the Israeli attack on July 7th three of my friends and I were working hard to finish our joint graduation project due at the end of July, but we couldn't. The problem was not getting the work done in time to graduate, but what happened to my partners, to my best friends. Approaching our final exams, we were all confident that we'd pass them all as we had done the past four years. We were keen to finish our graduation project and were looking forward to our new life afterwards. We worked hard, planned and talked about our life after graduation and how we wanted to help our families and build our future.'
"Quietly, his eyes became heavy with tears and the words stuck in his throat. A few seconds later, he continued narrating his story of loss.
"'It's a unique tragedy that is different to any of the many tragedies we have learnt of so far. It isn't a science fiction story, but something real that happened to my three friends at this university.'
"Khalid -- killed
"'Khalid is one of my best friends, and the best of our project team. Khalid can never be forgotten; he has an amazing personality full of fun and life and energy. He is a fantastic and lovable friend and friendly to everyone.
"'About two weeks after the attacks had started and during the most extreme atrocities in Shujai'iya on 20 July, I was listening to the news on the radio when I suddenly learned that Khalid had been killed when an Israeli rocket hit his house around midnight. His 55 year old father was buried under the rubble and severely injured his spine.
"'Two days later I learned that his father was fully paralysed. Some of his other family members are still in the hospital and others are staying in the hospital yard used by hundreds of Palestinians families as a makeshift shelter.'"
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An older Jewish generation, survivors, and descendants of survivors from the Holocaust, have raised their voices over Israel's "massacre of Palestinians in Gaza."
Ha'aretz reported on their ad that ran in the New York Times:
"Hundreds of Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors have signed a letter, published as an advertisement in Saturday's New York Times, condemning 'the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza' and calling for a complete boycott of Israel.
"According to the letter, the condemnation was prompted by an advertisement written by Elie Wiesel and published in major news outlets worldwide, accusing Hamas of 'child sacrifice' and comparing the group to the Nazis.
"The letter, signed by 327 Jewish Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors and sponsored by the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network, accuses Wiesel of 'abuse of history' in order to justify Israel's actions in the Gaza Strip:
"'...we are disgusted and outraged by Elie Wiesel's abuse of our history in these pages to justify the unjustifiable: Israel's wholesale effort to destroy Gaza and the murder of more than 2,000 Palestinians, including many hundreds of children.
"'Nothing can justify bombing UN shelters, homes, hospitals and universities. Nothing can justify depriving people of electricity and water.'"
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