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Mother’s Pride.
7 October, 2023

On the morning of 7 October 2023, Hamas fired thousands of rockets and waves of Hamas shooters stormed across Gaza’s border into Israel, killing about 1,200 people, most of them children and young people. Hamas took more than 250 others to Gaza as hostages. The UN has also seen evidence of rape and sexual violence during the Hamas attacks.

To speak out as a Jew on any aspect of this century-old conflict is to risk isolation and hate from both sides. So, on 8 October, trying to cope with the emerging details of the Hamas massacre the previous day, I feared the consequence of speaking out. Also, the fact, that I faced Soviet–Afghan War as a child in 1979 triggered a trauma, again. Or is the trauma still sneaking in because many of my Jewish family members have been deported and murdered during the Holocaust?

“Music is my therapy and my mother loved George Michael. “Mother’s Pride” is a song written and performed by George Michael from the album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, released in 1990. The song also gained significant airplay in the United States during the first Gulf War in 1991, where radio stations often mixed in caller tributes to soldiers with the track.”

Mr Z

For me, the song gave me a perspective to write this article. It captures the emotions of both the soldiers on the battlefield and the mothers back home, highlighting the sacrifice, courage, and resilience involved in warfare. The song reflects on the impact of war not only on those directly involved but also on their families and loved ones, emphasising themes of loss, love, and the universal desire for peace.

As a dad I understand the song as a tribute to the bravery of mothers and their children, the song is speaking to the universal longing for peace and understanding across cultural divides. Its compelling lyrics, inspired by the bond between a mother and her child, serve as a powerful metaphor for the power of humanity.

For me, “Mother’s Pride” serves as a glimpse of hope, urging us listeners to embrace empathy and compassion in the face of diversity. Through its melodies and heartfelt sentiment, the song encourages us to recognise the dignity and worth of every individual, regardless of background or belief. As we navigate the complexities of our globally connected world, the message of “Mother’s Pride” serves as a timely call to action. It challenges us to confront prejudice and intolerance, and to work towards a future where diversity is celebrated and unity is cherished. Moreover, the song serves as a reminder of the human cost of conflicts. It urges us to honor the memories of those who have fallen, raped and murdered and to redouble our efforts in the quest for reconciliation and healing. In embracing the timeless message of “Mother’s Pride,” we affirm our commitment to building a more inclusive and compassionate world. Through acts of kindness and understanding, we can bridge the gaps that divide us and forge meaningful connections across cultural boundaries. As I reflect on the enduring legacy of George Michael’s masterpiece, let us call to embrace diversity and cultivate a spirit of harmony and cooperation. In doing so, we honor not only the song’s powerful message but also the inherent dignity and worth of every member of the human family, on both sides, Israel, and Gaza. And please do not get me wrong, for me this conflict must end. I understand both sides. My heart is with the civilians, the children and people in need, and the families in Israel and Palestine who are suffering because of their losses and pain, which is inhuman and cannot be excused.
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