While Father’s Day brings joy to millions of children worldwide, the occasion comes with grief to thousands of Palestinian fathers, who lost their children due to the decades-long Israeli occupation.
In a statement on Saturday, Naim Abu Riash, head of Izdihar Palestine Association, a Turkey-based NGO, said a total of 9,914 Palestinians have lost their lives and 101,558 others have been injured since September 28, 2000, leaving fathers in grief.
Father’s Day is a celebration honouring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds and the influence of fathers in society, however, in the occupied Palestine, it is a day of sadness and sorrow.
It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March, April and June according to the home nation’s customs.
Unlike the First Intifada, which lasted from 1987 to 1991, the Second Intifada was marked by frequent attacks by the Israeli occupation.
During the Second Intifada, which lasted from 2000 to 2005, the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip were both subjected to Israeli military invasions, in which thousands of homes were destroyed and thousands of acres of farmland devastated.