(Untitled) by Marlene Goldberg

Mohamed, a fisherman, set out to sea at dawn. Whatever was left of his catch, not sold at the market, he’d bring home for Fahtma to clean. One day, Mohamed, unaware the Israelis had restricted the fishing areas, was shot. Fahtma became a young widow in Gaza.

Fahtma instilled in her twin boys her hatred of Israel. Their toys were stones which they were instructed to throw at Israelis. Sticks were guns to shoot at Jews. Encouraged to become shahidim (martyrs for the cause), the boys trained at summer-camp – to fight for Allah, avenge Father’s death, make Mother proud.

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