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“I saw my life, my memories and my history being destroyed before my very eyes. I haven’t slept all night trying to search for some of my paintings, a vestige of what used to be, now under the rubble and wreckage. I searched and searched for my kid’s toys. I tried in vain to collect the shreds of my life. All is ruined, and for what? What crime did I commit to deserve such a cruel punishment?” -Raed Abd al-Karim Issa, Gaza, July 2014

“I saw my life, my memories and my history being destroyed before my very eyes. I haven’t slept all night trying to search for some of my paintings, a vestige of what used to be, now under the rubble and wreckage. I searched and searched for my kid’s toys. I tried in vain to collect the shreds of my life. All is ruined, and for what? What crime did I commit to deserve such a cruel punishment?” -Raed Abd al-Karim Issa, Gaza, July 2014