This is a picture of Mariam as she prepares to visit her mother, Fadwa Hamada, who has been detained for more than 4 years in the occupation prisons, and is sentenced to 10 years.
Mariam was only a few months old when her mother was arrested by the Israeli forces. Instinctively, I find the picture of Mariam painful to look at. I am not anti-Semitic; I am against any state that oppresses another state. I am against any individual who oppresses anyone in any way.
I used the word instinctively, because it is natural for me to feel protective towards the young of any species. Children are being arrested and brutalised in Palestine. It is state-sponsored child abuse. I don’t give a flying fig-leaf if they threw a stone at an armoured car or a soldier, there is nothing anyone can say to me that justifies the oppression and cruelty to anyone, in any state, or any country.