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War on Gaza: In conversation with Ayah Jaber

Sameera Casmod | sameerac@radioislam.co.za
06 December 2023 | 11:30 a.m. CAT
1-min read

Picture: Screengrab/ Instagram/ eyeonpalestine

In an interview with Ayah Jaber, a South African Palestinian and member of the Gift of the Givers team, the emotional toll of the ongoing conflict in Gaza is laid bare. As the war continues in Gaza, Ayah’s story serves as a reminder of the human impact that extends far beyond geopolitical boundaries.

Living in South Africa, Ayah reflects on her family’s journey, tracing back to Gaza and the challenges they face. She describes Gaza as not just a place but as “home,” a repository of memories, trauma, and childhood. Her personal narrative tells of the enduring weight she carries from the 2008 war, manifesting in nightmares that persist.

Over the last two months, Ayah’s family has been navigating a harrowing ordeal alongside the inmates of Gaza. Forced to move multiple times in search of safety, they now find themselves in tents in Rafah, stripped of basic necessities like water, security, and food. Ayah’s anguish is palpable as she recounts the tragic loss of more than 50 family members, casualties of the relentless violence.

Despite her deep connection to Gaza, Ayah grapples with the reality that, from South Africa, there’s little she can do to alleviate the suffering of her family. Ayah describes her own feelings of helplessness in the face of war.

Ayah calls on the Ummah to increase Du’a and strengthen individual Imaan (faith). In the face of tragedy, she advocates for steadfast faith. Her plea extends beyond mere observance, emphasising the importance of understanding the history of Palestine and the collective responsibility to stand in solidarity.

In this heart-wrenching conversation, Ayah Jaber becomes a voice for the countless individuals trapped in the crossfire, emphasising the urgency for collective awareness, empathy, and meaningful action. As the world watches, Ayah’s story becomes a reminder that behind every reported casualty of war is a family, a home, and a life forever changed.

Listen to the full interview on Sabaahul Muslim with Moulana Sulaimaan Ravat.

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