By Wissam Afifa
The Warsaw ghetto uprising turned to be a symbol of armed resistance for the survivors. Yet, their descendants glorify the memory of Nazi crimes every day on the walls of the ghetto of Gaza.
The Ghetto of the Gaza Strip and the Warsaw Ghetto share many similarities, but the difference among them is that Warsaw people become criminals at Gaza borders.
When the Nazis occupied Warsaw, there was the largest population of Jews in Europe in the city until 1939.
In 1940, the Nazis decided to build the Warsaw ghetto, where more than 400 thousand Jews were mobilized and seized in three kilometers square, which is similar to the ghetto of Gaza with an area of ??360 kilometers.
The Warsaw Ghetto was surrounded by a three-meter-high wall, 18 kilometers long. Its people were forced to carry out forced labor and smuggling goods into the neighborhood through the wall, as it was the only way to survive.
Thus, everyday life under siege was dominated by fear, hunger and epidemics. Gaza nowadays is the same, as if history comes back again.
Jewish organizations in Poland decided to defend themselves against the order of the Nazi army that includes deporting the Jews of Warsaw to the extermination camps and labor camps, which the Palestinians still seek.
A number of Jewish fighters, who possessed a few individual weapons and some explosives, staged an uprising in the ghetto and they succeeded to foil the deportation of thousands of Jews.
After this success, members of the organization began to build underground shelters as they were afraid of the return of deportation for the remaining residents of the neighborhood, those bunkers extended to the Gaza ghetto, where the resistance build tunnels against the heirs of Nazism.
On the morning of 19 April 1943, units of the Nazi special forces entered the ghetto and burned it, and blew up the buildings to break up the resistance, which numbered no more than 800 fighters.
An attack has been repeated in the Gaza Strip through three wars and the threat remains to break the Palestinian resistance.
Resistance remained in the ghetto for four weeks. The head of the scorched-earth operation in the ghetto, Jürgen Strup, wrote in his report to the Nazi leadership: "There is no longer a Jewish residential neighborhood in Warsaw anymore!"
Scorched earth commanders in the Israeli army have not yet been able to write this report to their government.
A small number of Jews continued to hide or escape through the sewage networks of the besieged neighborhood.
The Warsaw ghetto uprising became a symbol of armed resistance for the survivors, but their children glorify the memory of Nazi crimes every day on the walls of the Gaza ghetto.