What About those who lose their Homes in the War?

”At that time, it was still possible to obtain emigration permits for Palestine. I had asked my father to sell out, liquidate his business, and leave.
“I’m too old, my son,” he replied. “I’m too old to start a new life. I’m too old to start from scratch again in a country so far away. …” (Wiesel, 6).

Reading this passage made me think of homelessness—yes, homelessness, but not in the way one might think—just losing all belongings including the house—the shelter where one feels Most comfortable. What do victims of the war do (if they survive the war) when they return and find their home rubble—losing with it all their memories—things they value (including little emotionally valuable stuff)? Surely, they would have to start from scratch—the very thing that the father in Night said he could not do when his son told him to do. As a survivor of the war, I once lost my home in the war (in the war between Israel and Lebanon) and I still remember that house—entirely burned after it was shelled with several missiles and a phosphoric bomb that melts everything down as if it was paper. I am imagining that while struggling with the torture (monstrous) torture of the Nazis, victims were also struggling with homelessness ,as they, too, can never be comfortable outside of their home. That makes several dilemmas: fear of death—torture and homelessness.
Many today still find themselves facing such situation. People in Gaza, a couple of months ago, for example, returned to their homes—that were not their any more—they had become rubble, and I wondered if such horrifying destruction of homes, killing of people and so on by the Israeli soldiers was legal under international laws or not.
The answer came to me faster than I expected when I was reading the very Israeli newspaper (Haaretz) that quoted some international (human rights) report accusing Israel of war crimes.
UN envoy: Gaza op seems to be war crime of greatest magnitude

Unfortunately, Haaretz did not publish the entire article/rport as is, and thus, I had to read it on the Nation
Israel’s War Crimes

” Israel’s assault on Gaza is a massive violation of international law. Nations that have supplied weapons and supported the siege are complicit in the crimes … Earlier Israeli actions, specifically the complete sealing off of entry and exit to and from the Gaza Strip, have led to severe shortages of medicine and
fuel (as well as food), resulting in the inability of ambulances to respond to the injured, the inability of hospitals to adequately provide medicine or
necessary equipment for the injured, and the inability of Gaza’s besieged doctors and other medical workers to sufficiently treat the victims.
.”

The war, then, was definitely monstrous and should have been internationally condemned, as Gaza, with no medicine, food or fuel, along with the bombing and its destruction was literally transformed into a concentration camp. Interestingly, too, the siege had started long before the assault. Nonetheless, this is not what scares me most—I am most y afraid that Gaza’s suffering has just begun—or at least—they now have to live a different type of suffering—homelessness—.

Yet, only human rights organizations complain—governments never do care—in fact, governments never listen to the weak—just like they did not listen to the holocaust victims in WWII, they do not listen to the Gazens today. I was, in fact, struck by Canada’s action, who declined entry to a UK law maker to its soil, due to his support to Gaza.

Canada bars British MP over Hamas support – Israel News, Ynetnews
(Other papers reported it as Gaza support by the way, but this is an Israeli newspaper
Interestingly, If we were to closely look today, there are many presidents who are war criminals and yet, whenever they visit other countries, red carpet would be rolled for them
In other words, oppression is still allowed in all of its forms, even though (on paper) it is internationally prohibited. Still however, nobody seems to look to the after math of the war in terms of homelessness. Many look into the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, resulted by witnessing death and other crimes—traumas, but very few look into the effect of wr-resulted homelessness. Obviously, in Night, the father heard of the danger—the sever danger, and yet, refused to leave his home—because it is so difficult to start from zero (and we know what was done to him later), and these people in Gaza (and other regions) suffer homelessness, while the world watches without even condemning these rimes against humanity; surely, if they do not condemn crimes against humans, how would they condemn indirect crimes against humans through destroying their homes?

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