During the 2014 Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip, 142 Palestinian families lost three or more members. Some of the families were wiped out entirely.
The #ObliteratedFamilies project tells the stories of some of these families, their loved ones who were killed and those left behind.
Even the weather changed
Majdalawi family, Jabaliya
4 people killed
2 August 2014
Abdelhadi Majdalawi likes to chat about politics and his past. He recalls time spent in prison during the first Intifada, working in Israel, and the languages he used to know and has forgotten: English and Hebrew. “I was supposed to marry this Scottish woman who also worked in Israel”, he recalls. “I know that story very well”, his wife Atef smiles, but cuts him off before he starts recounting another old tale. That is how this family is: patient, open and affectionate towards each other.
Abdelhadi Majdalawi likes to chat about politics and his past.
The Majdalawis have always enjoyed a good conversation, smiled at their memories and been kind to one another. Since the Israeli offensive last summer, however, much has changed in their lives. “We had such a beautiful, solid three-story home”, Abdelhadi continues, sitting in the patio of a rented house, roofed with a thin sheet of plastic that provides shade but not much protection from the summer heat. He says this heat wave is a result of what Israelis dropped on the Strip during the offensive codenamed Operation Protective Edge. Of course, he does not have a rational explanation for this claim. But there is a personal logic in it: for the Majdalawi family and many other Palestinians, the attack changed everything around them in a profound and often irreversible manner. Their world was altered forever: why would the weather be immune?
Abdelhadi standing in the rubble of Majdalawi’s bombed house. “We had such a beautiful, solid three-story home”, he says.
Talal’s brothers: 13-year old Abdallah, and 19-year old Abdelrazeq.
TALAL, lost his brothers, his twin Abdallah (13) and Abdelrazeq (19)
Their son Talal plays a football game on the computer. He does not lift his eyes from the screen. If he did, his absent gaze would fall on the portraits of his dead brothers: his twin, 13-year old Abdallah, and 19-year old Abdel Razeq. It is hard to tell if he is actually enjoying the game, the boy hardly ever smiles.