The veteran retired English actor Daniel Day-Lewis has documented his visit to Gaza in 2005. In the following writings, he has described the atrocities of the Israeli militia towards the small population of disturbed Palestinians. He has described his mental state, “This is a state of Apartheid. It’s taken me less than a week to lose impartiality. In doing so, I may as well be throwing stones at tanks.”
He elaborated on how the deteriorating condition of the Ghaza strip is becoming more destructive because of the ongoing onslaughts of the Israeli army to gain vengeance for the attacks of the Palestine army. The Israeli army responds to stone-throwing in the Gaza Strip by firing shots. When Palestinian militants carry out suicide bombings and other attacks, they respond by razing homes and olive fields to find the offenders, condemning their families, and establishing buffer territories to safeguard Israeli settlements.
He describes in terrifying detail the terror that Palestinian occupants of the region endure. He scribed, “Israeli tanks and armour-plated bulldozers can come with no warning, often at night. The noise alone, to a people who have been forced to suffer these violations year after year, is enough to freeze the soul.” He also mentions the fact that MSF’s psychologists are helping the traumatically affected families by visiting their homes individually and trying to console them to survive this raging war madness.
The actor also mentions how the settlement issues because of the ravaging war are in a condition of deterioration. From the year 2001 to 2004 many houses were demolished. Many of the cultivated lands, orchids, gardens, and fields were smothered to utter destruction. The country was turned into a wasteland of havoc and disaster. Lewis also provides the census, “Last year, 658 Palestinians were killed in the violence in Gaza, and dozens of Israelis. This ploughing under, house by house, orchard by orchard, reduces community to wasteland, strewn and embedded with a stunted crop of broken glass and nails, books, abandoned possessions.” On top of that, Lewis shares heartbreaking and tragic details in his journal, of an innocent thirteen 13-year-old who was shot dead. In her memory, he wrote, “I felt her presence; the sky vibrating with the shallow, fluttering breath of her final terror.”