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Memorializing Palestinian Terrorists
IN MEMORY: SHAHED QUISHTA
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Shahed Quishta, 8 years old, was killed while sitting in her living room on July 22, 2014, when an Israeli tank shell slammed into her home in Beit Lahia, in the Gaza Strip.
Shahed Quishta the middle child of five. Shahed and her sister, Rojina, 14 years old, shared a room that now stands empty because Rojina can’t bear to sleep there alone.
Shahed’s school bag is still filled with notebooks from third grade, including those from English class with vocabulary lists written in a neat script. Her report card notes that she was third in her class.
Two weeks into the war, on July 22, Shahed was playing with her cousins downstairs. Around mid-afternoon, she returned to her family apartment on the second floor. She curled up in an armchair with her tablet computer. Her father, Mouin, was napping on a mattress nearby in the living room.
The shell hit at 4:15 p.m., her father said. He awoke to a huge cloud of dust and smoke that obstructed his view of Shahed critically wounded on the armchair. He grabbed his wife and children and ran downstairs, only to find that Shahed had not been accounted for. He raced back upstairs and found her. She still was breathing faintly, but died less than half an hour later.
Weeks after her death, Shahed’s younger brother Mohammed and several cousins attended a playgroup with some three dozen neighborhood children put on by World Vision, an international Christian aid organization. As a warm-up, they sang a version of “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” finishing each verse with clapping, fist pumping or stomping.
Mohammed, who had witnessed the explosion that killed his sister, was reserved at first, but eventually got swept by the enthusiasm. Majd, an 11-year-old cousin, said he enjoys going to the group, but misses Shahed. “She was our leader,” he said.
In this Saturday Aug. 16, 2014 photo, the family members of Shahed Quishta, 8, seen in the framed picture wearing pink, gather for a family portrait in the living room where Shahed was killed on July 22.
4 THOUGHTS ON “IN MEMORY: SHAHED QUISHTA”
- JANE ROSSITER-SMITH August 29, 2014 at 1:36 am REPLYShahed, what a terrible tragedy that you were killed so brutally. You had your whole life ahead of you, your hopes and dreams……
Sincere condolences to your family and friends.
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- MADALENA SANTOS August 29, 2014 at 5:41 am REPLYRIPLike
- SKYWALKERSTORYTELLER August 29, 2014 at 8:41 am REPLYMay she rest in peace. Om mani padme hum.Like
- JOSEPH DE NICOLA September 1, 2014 at 7:15 am REPLYSuch a beautiful child. What a great loss and tragedy. The slaughter of innocents must stop. Wishes of strength, comfort and blessings to her bereaved family.