A story that has been retold countless of times in the past 60 years of Israel.
What is Israel to its neighbours, to its colonised victims? It is a cancer, a disease that has inflicted an unbearable pain since it first came to light. It is a state that exploded into existence with firing cannons, and has breathed fire ever since.
Was this how Theodore Herzl envisioned his state to be?
One important lesson I learnt during my time trapped in Lebanon during the 2006 war was that at the end of the day, none of this matters. Zionism, Islam, Shi'ites, Sunnis, Christians, Jews, capitalism, communism, East, West, Israel, Hezbollah, Palestine, Lebanon ... none of it matters.
Take away all the ideologies, philosophies, religions, borders, facades, and what remains of us other than flesh, bone and a soul? Who will remember the dead mother? Or the dead child? In 100 years, would any one even remember what happened today?
Should so many people have lost their lives over 60 years for an idea, a religion, a boundary, someone's vision for a nation?
The only crime the children of Gaza are guilty of ... was being born in Gaza.