In this short clip, two Palestinian-Syrian girls in Toronto, Canada called on strangers to “hug a terrorist.”
Produced by the social media activist group Like for Syria, the video portrays two young girls hugging people to inform pedestrians about the escalating death toll in Gaza.
They asked people for hugs, holding a banner that read “Hug A Terrorist” and recorded the reactions of people.
One passer-by said: “I say on both sides: we are all people that should be loved, no fighting and I love you. I love you guys.”
The video endeavored to display some of the actual victims of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “defensive operation” – children, not terrorists.
As tensions continue to mount in Gaza, Israeli troops are expanding operation “Protective Edge” farther into the Strip. The death toll has risen on both sides with more than 840 Palestinians and 37 Israelis killed in almost two weeks, according to current estimates.
While the majority of people who have been killed in the coastal enclave are civilians, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu maintains that his nation has the right to defend itself from “terrorists.”
In the past week, many people have taken to the street across the world, to express their solidarity with Palestinians as well as to show unity between Arabs and Israelis, highlighted by the #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies social media campaign.
International charity organization Save The Children stated that “one out of every five people” killed in Gaza has been a child since the hostilities flared up, adding the sum of children dying has increased by more than 40 percent since the ground assault into Gaza started on July 17.