Poem from Gaza – Here Is How We Feel by Walid Mahmoud

Do not tell me to stay strong while I’m witnessing a difficult moment in life.

Do not tell me to stay strong while patients die because they can not travel to get medicine.

Don’t tell me to stay strong while people are kicked out of their home because they couldn’t pay the Rent.
Don’t tell me to stay strong while We can’t travel.
Don’t tell me to stay strong while there are no jobs .
Don’t tell me to stay strong while there is no electricity.
Don’t tell me to stay strong while my phone receives tens of calls asking for help and I couldn’t respond.
Don’t tell me to stay strong when a poor family calls for help and I feel helpless.
Don’t tell me to stay strong while I give away my camera to help others.
Don’t tell me to stay strong while we feel voiceless, hopeless, speechless, helpless.

Don’t tell me to stay strong while the city is under ongoing siege for over 10 years now.
Don’t tell me to stay strong while the poverty enters each home in Gaza.
Don’t tell me to stay strong while our hearts are filled by pain, sadness.
Believe me or not this place is unlivable.

Now do you know why you don’t need to tell me to stay strong?!
That’s only 1% of what’s our heart filled with here in Gaza.
Who could stay strong under such circumstances?

You and I have to think and care for others as we think of ourselves.

Poem by Walid Mahmoud, a dreamer, photographer 🇵🇸 blogger, humanitarian activist and photojournalist “coverages Gaza’s Daily life ” 📍Gaza .

Related JVP Posts



An organization like the ADL, with a history of anti-Muslim, Anti-Palestinian activities, should not be a part of Starbucks’ anti-bias trainings.

Senators: Investigate Israeli Violence!

No one should be killed for taking part in a peaceful protest. It’s up to us to call on progressive Senators to investigate Israel’s massacre in Gaza that left 18 dead and 1,400 Palestinians injured.

Huge Palestinian march with text overlaid reading "support the #greatreturnmarch"


Ahed’s courage in standing up against the occupation inspired a global audience to stand alongside her. And together with a huge media response to her story, Israel’s military court bowed to pressure and handed down it’s minimum sentence.

bds movement NOMINATED FOR nobel prize

Norwegian MP Bjørnar Moxnes has nominated the Palestinian-led movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions for the Nobel Peace Prize!


Israel systematically prosecutes as many as 700 children in military courts each year. Email your Rep to support Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act, H.R. 4391.


Ahed Tamimi, a 16-year-old Palestinian girl, was taken in the dead of night by Israeli soldiers. She was arrested after a video that her mother, Nariman, took went viral, showing an altercation with soldiers trying to enter their house. The Tamimis are well-known in their village of Nabih Saleh for their weekly nonviolent protests against Israeli occupation and apartheid.

End the Deadly Exchange

When US law enforcement trade tactics with the Israeli police and military, Israel deepens its military occupation and the US heightens its violence of policing.

No Business in Illegal Settlements

A United Nations preliminary report details businesses operating in illegal Israeli settlements. Now we need you to tell Caterpillar, TripAdvisor, Airbnb and Priceline to stop profiting from business in settlements.