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On this day in 2008 two friends met for the last time. One of them tells the story here.
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<<Greeting>>,

Ten years ago today, two school friends ran into each other on their way home from an exam.

It would be the last time Hamza Abu Eltarabesh and Tahrir Balousha would talk.

Just half an hour after the two met on 27 December 2008, Israel began its intense three-week bombardment and invasion that would claim the lives of more than 1,400 Palestinians in Gaza.

On that first day, more than 200 Palestinians were killed.

A few days later, after a strike on Jabaliya refugee camp, the body of Tahrir, 17, was pulled from the rubble of her house along with those of four younger sisters.

While families sought what shelter they could as Israel terrorized and pulverized Gaza, Hamza and his family watched live on television as rescuers pulled bodies from the ruins of Tahrir’s home.

“I finally lost it. I went to my room and started to cry. I banged my head against the wall. I was hysterical,” Hamza writes in a moving piece just published by The Electronic Intifada, marking this dismal anniversary.

“I will never stop imagining what Tahrir would have made of herself,” Hamza writes. “She was smart and ambitious and dreamed of making a difference for herself and her family. ”

“I survived,” Hamza adds. “I lost my exam competitor. But I did well enough eventually. Well enough to study journalism and with a mission now to document, faithfully, Israel’s crimes in Gaza.”

I strongly encourage you to read Hamza’s piece – I think it’s one of the most powerful we’ve ever published.

And if you believe in this kind of journalism, please show it now with a donation to support The Electronic Intifada’s work.

Don’t delay. With just five days left in the year, we still need to raise $25,000 to reach our December goal of $75,000. Donations are welcome from anywhere and are tax-deductible for US taxpayers.

Ten years ago, the day the bombs started falling, The Electronic Intifada was there.

In the weeks that followed, we broke records for how many people turned to us to learn what was happening in Gaza – realities biased mainstream media would not tell.

Since then we’ve reached millions more people all over the world, becoming an authoritative, fearless and trusted source. We can only do this because we’re funded by individuals like you who care deeply about Palestine.

We didn’t know Hamza or Tahrir 10 years go. But I am so grateful that today Hamza writes for us, keeping Tahrir’s memory alive. He’s one of many journalists in Palestine whose essential work is made possible with your donations.

I believe that only a public armed with the truth can be mobilized to bring pressure to end Israel’s crimes, so that children in Gaza can grow up without constant fear of death from the sky.

We’ve already seen it, and you’ve read it at The Electronic Intifada: Israel’s expensive propaganda and repression effort to silence voices like ours and to thwart the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, or BDS, is not working.

The world is waking up, and it’s because we, together, are there doing this vital work.

When you support The Electronic Intifada you give people information they can use, and you help strengthen the movement that is bringing freedom, justice and equality a step closer every day.

Thank you.

Ali Abunimah
Executive Director

PS: We raise most of the funds we need for the coming year during our year-end campaign. Every person counts, so please make a gift today.

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Powerful reporting made possible by you

These stories are just a sample of the essential work The Electronic Intifada has published this year – made possible by people who care about justice in Palestine, like you.

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