No future, no attention

Depressing words from the Israeli poet Yitzhak Laor:

Israeli families of dead soldiers or dead civilians get a follow-up, even on foreign TV, for they had a future ahead of them before they died. Did the Palestinian children who died in Rafah have any future? No. So they are dead, and it will be over in a few days. Palestinians don't get a follow-up, not even on foreign TV. Maybe there'll be a documentary movie, followed by some public discussion about whether to allow the movie to be publicly screened, or whether it's another sign of 'the new anti-semitism'. Nothing will be followed up. The Israeli army is secure. It calls itself the Israel Defence Force.
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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.