When you turn 16 and get your ID card, that is now a problem. A year ago I tried to help my 16-year-old son get a permit so that he can travel abroad. They said that we couldn’t get a permit, he needed to get an ID card because he is now 16 and then needed to go through a security check to get a travel permit.
My son was angry, he is 16, why should he need to go through a security check and investigation?
When I was 16, getting your ID card was a point of pride. I got my ID card and we celebrated. It meant I was a man. My son got his ID card and saw his future being taken away.
He can’t travel; he has been limited to the reality of Gaza. Becoming an adult is now seen as a burden, not the opening of opportunity. … We need to be concerned about the young generation that is growing up under blockade.