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    Posted August 19, 2014 by
    Gaza City, Israel
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    New violence in Israel and West Bank

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    Why My Grieving Heart Must Break Open For #Gaza

    Reflections from my recent visit to Gaza in May 2014 and Israel's current, horrific assault on Gaza that began on July 8th, 2014. Israel must be held accountable and responsible for its war crimes in Gaza. We will not stop working and fighting for justice, equality, human rights, ending the occupation, and ending the siege on Gaza. We will not stop until Gaza and all of Palestine is free.

    Grieving For Gaza…

    I’m terrified to let my mind be still and truly feel the grief that swims silently through my veins threatening to slowly poison my heart. The risk is too great.

    What if my silent pain consumes me and brings me to my knees in helpless agony?

    But, I know at the center of my being, this is a risk I must take. For the fear of not feeling my own humanity terrifies me even more.

    Lying under the stars in the darkness of night, I will lose myself to my suffocating pain. Only the stars and moon will hear my cries. But, I know I will make it through my tears and out of the darkness, weightlessly riding on the healing rebirth of the sunrise.

    May the souls of Gaza guide me towards courage… Courage to be still, truly grieve and weep. Courage to let my heart break open, so that it may be filled with the beauty of forgiveness and the music of hope.

    May the light of Gaza guide us all through the darkness, reminding us of our humanity and carry us home to peace at last.
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