Fida Hussain Sodagar
“I am returning and not retreating. Hit me with your bullets. I am not afraid,” was the last Facebook post of Palestine’s Razan Al-Najar. Razan Al-Najar, was a 21-year-old volunteer paramedic, who took part in treating wounded protesters during the demonstrations in Gaza border. She has been volunteering to help the injured Palestinians near the fence with Israel since the Great March of Return and was shot in the chest by an Israeli Sniper while she was providing first aid to the injured. Recently, in an interview with New York Times , she had proudly projected a beautiful message “We have one goal: To save lives and evacuate people. And to send a message to the world: Without weapons, we can do anything.” After her death she was labeled as the “Angel of Mercy”. The Angel of Mercy who took the bullets to her chest became a symbol of courage and valor.
The images of her mother mourning the loss of her blossomed and courageous flower are heart breaking. In the words of her mother, she flew like a bird. Her courage shattered the shackles of brutality. Her words crushed the mighty weapons of the Israeli Army. Her courage reflected the patience of the Palestinian people who can tread the path of humanity even in the worst of times. The smiling images of Razan Al-Najar in a white coat displayed the never ending passion to help the oppressed Palestinians. The Angel of Mercy was snatched by the brutal sniper. She became the 119th Palestinian to be killed by Israeli forces since the popular protests began calling for the Palestinians’ right of return to the homes from which they were expelled from in 1948. She flew to never return on the soil of Palestine. But her words and courage will continue to haunt Israel forever.
The UN’s envoy for the Middle East, Nickolay Mladenov, said in a tweet that Medical workers are not a target and that Israel needs to calibrate its use of force and Hamas need to prevent incidents at the fence. But, condemnation from the United Nations remain just on the walls of the twitter. The words are not transformed in actions to prevent the loss of lives. The UN maintains a disturbing criminal silence on the genocide of Palestinians. Shooting at medical personnel is a war crime under the Geneva conventions, but it seems that it does not apply when the bullet comes from the barrel of Israeli snipers. The struggle of Palestinians against the oppressors will continue to bloom. There will be more Angel of Mercy’s who will continue to shake the roots of oppression.
—The Author is a P.G in Mass Communication and Journalism and writes on various issues. He can be reached at: [email protected]