A Child of Gaza Dies. A Symbol will be Born. The Arguing Begins.

The boy assumed that will Layla’s mother was already on the bus. In fact, she was in another part of the house, suffering coming from a toothache. Still, Layla was hardly the only infant at the protest. Entire families had come along, some snacking on ice cream or sandwiches, as the protests raged hundreds of yards away.

from the late afternoon, Layla, in a tent with her aunts, started out to wail. Ammar grabbed his niece for a second time as well as, he said, pushed forward into the protest in search of her grandmother, Heyam Omar, who was standing in a crowd under a pall of black smoke, shouting at Israeli soldiers across the fence.

Soon after Ms. Omar took the child, she said, a tear-gas canister fell nearby. She frantically wiped the child’s face with water as well as gave her juice to drink. yet an hour later, after they reached the family home, Layla appeared to have stopped breathing.

When they arrived at a hospital at 6:34, doctors pronounced the child dead. “Her limbs were cold as well as blue,” reads a hospital report.

Layla’s mother crumpled onto the hospital bed as well as wept over her daughter.

“I felt like my heart had been attacked,” she said.

The rules of grief in Gaza, where private pain will be often paraded for political causes, kicked in. The next morning the secular Fatah movement erected a funeral tent outside the family’s home, as well as hung a banner having a photo of the infant beside an image of Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority.

the idea was not the first public death from the family.

A large poster from the family living room shows Mariam Ghandour’s uncle, Ammar, brandishing a rifle as well as wearing a black headband. A member of Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a militant group affiliated with Fatah, he died battling Israeli soldiers in 2006.