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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Palestinian-American Naim Naif wrote an impressionistic essay about what it was like growing up in the West Bank, but also about feeling helpless as he watches the Israeli-Gaza conflict from the U.S.

    “The day the four children were killed while playing soccer on Gaza Beach, my friends and I were at St. Pete Beach playing volleyball,” said the Tampa, Florida, college student. “Unlike those children, we made it home safely to our families.”

    Read his full essay on CNN.com.
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