Young generation of anti-Hamas activists in Gaza step up to serve but are snubbed by UN, aid groups
The younger generation of anti-Hamas activists in Gaza have long been inspirational to many but have not been given the same recognition and support as their more senior counterparts. This is despite it being unlikely, if not impossible, for any progress to be made in Palestine without the involvement of young people. In recent years, reports have surfaced of youth activists in the Gaza Strip organizing demonstrations, participating in aid efforts, and publicly speaking out against the oppressive rule of Hamas.
However, despite these valiant efforts, the United Nations, international aid groups, and governments have been slow to provide assistance. Even when assistance arrives, it is often laden with conditions and restrictions- the kind of strings that can limit the impact and effectiveness of the aid. This is especially true for the young, who find themselves in the difficult position of having to compete with more established activists and groups for access to much-needed resources and opportunities.
In order to overcome this challenge, youth activists in Gaza need to be more visible and vocal in international forums. Palestinian youth need a greater platform and access to resources, so that their efforts can reach a larger audience and their voices can be heard. By providing advice, training, and support to these young activists, the UN and international aid groups can help empower them to make a real difference in shaping the future of Palestine.