Despite hardship and violence, Palestinians keep proving their hearts are as big as the sea. As videos go viral of displaced civilians forced to leave behind their homes and belongings during the Israeli airstrikes, one thing remains consistent: the Palestinians will never leave behind their pets.
Several videos show Palestinians living in refugee camps and surviving with meagre rations, but still doing everything to provide for the cats and dogs being left behind. An animal rescuer by the name of Salula Animal Rescue has been going viral on Twitter, with the platform applauding him for providing shelter and food to the cats whose owners did not survive or who got lost.
Saeed also found this cat last night in the street. Also a house cat who was separated from her owner 😢🐈 pic.twitter.com/S32T2tRtrm— Sulala Animal Rescue (@SulalaSociety) November 16, 2023
In several videos, he can be seen housing injured animals found under the rubble of bombed homes.
This puppy was brought to Saeed yesterday. The boy found him in the street and thought he wanted to eat and drink. Unfortunately he was shaking in fear (as saeed says in the video in Arabic) He is doing better now – eating, drinking and being treated for fleas and ticks. pic.twitter.com/jOsJ83MsGr— Sulala Animal Rescue (@SulalaSociety) November 12, 2023
In many other videos, Gazan children can be seen cuddling their cats as they take them along to escape the bombing by Israeli airstrikes.
Meet my pretty friend Zeina. She evacuated from Gaza to the south and refused to leave without her cat. The cat shared every displacement experience with her, it wasn't just Zeina—many families brought their animals with them in challenging conditions #Gaza pic.twitter.com/REGoylKVNe— Ahmed From #Gaza (@madhoun95) November 19, 2023
A man from Gaza went viral when he was seen taking his cat along with him to escape Northern Gaza.
Gazan refugees and cats have a divine relationship that is so profound and worthy to be addressed. pic.twitter.com/HEpfrGhzzk— Palestine Now. (@PalestineNW) November 12, 2023
At a time when many experts have compared what is happening in Gaza to hell, Palestinians keep on proving they have bravery and resilience in spades.
A child Palestinian with her cat in a camp❤️ pic.twitter.com/vrhtHzZhSW— Gaza Under Attack_🇵🇸 (@Palestine001_) November 15, 2023