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I cannot ask a child to forget how helpless he was watching his family die.

January 23, 2009

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Derar: "The war in Gaza taught me that I am responsible toward my country as well as my family and my friends. I believe that we are the only ones who must stand up for our rights and I believe that there are many ways to do that. War is not the only choice.

"[The younger generation] have been through tough times and I don't think they would forget what happened. Nor would they easily forgive those responsible for all what happened to them as a result of the war. It would be especially difficult for those who lost their families and homes.

"I cannot ask a child to forget how helpless he was watching his family die, let alone the fear he experienced during bombing. It is really hard. In order for them to overcome this, children would need some therapy although this may take a long time until they fully recover."