“I liked the idea of the Ice Bucket Challenge that people and stars all around were doing, so I decided to invent a Palestinian version,” Aloul, who lives in Gaza, explained in a video uploaded to his YouTube account on Aug. 23. But when Aloul started to look for a bucket of water, he told viewers, he found it hard: Israel’s military campaign in Gaza has left many areas destroyed, more than 2,100 Palestinians dead, and basics like water and electricity in short supply.
Gaza activist Maysam Yusef, 24, started the campaign the day before with the Facebook page Rubble Bucket Challenge. Speaking from Gaza City, she told BuzzFeed that Aloul’s participation had helped to spread the campaign as he is a famous media figure.
“The whole point is to gain attention,” Yusef said, “because Gaza doesn’t need money, it needs someone to stop this.” The biggest name to participate yet seems to be Mohammed Assaf, a Palestinian singer and the 2013 winner of Arab Idol.
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