“I owe it to the children I grew up with in Gaza to use my voice. This is asymmetrical warfare.” — San Diego Union-Tribune

Former San Diego congressional candidate Ammar Campa-Najjar speaks out on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Campa-Najjar is a Mexican-Palestinian-American, born in San Diego, who spent several years of his childhood in Gaza, and now lives in San Diego again.

“I remember the first night of bombing, the entire city of Gaza had its electricity cut off, and I, my mom, stepmom, dad and younger brothers hid in the dark corner of a cold kitchen floor as Apache helicopters and F-16s leveled surrounding buildings and carpet-bombed the town for hours….

“Sadly, this bloodshed is cynically benefiting Netanyahu and Hamas, who are exploiting sacred times and sacred territories for their own gain. Netanyahu, who has been indicted on corruption charges, which he denies, and faces up to 10 years in prison on the most serious, failed to form a unity government last week and was hours away from being ousted from power by a group of rival political parties. Suddenly, Israeli police violently clashed with Palestinian worshipers in Jerusalem, provoking recent escalations, dividing Israel’s government, leaving Netanyahu as leader by default and potentially triggering a fifth election since 2019. Meanwhile, Palestinians were slated to have an election for the first time in 13 years, which was halted prior to the violence, and in the vacuum, Gaza-based Hamas has used terrorist attacks on Israel in Jerusalem to position itself as the true champion of Palestinians in the West Bank.”