A number of alternatives have emerged to the viral Ice Bucket Challenge, but few are as powerful a statement as the Gazan “Rubble Challenge.”
The creator of the alternative said, “I liked the idea of the ice bucket challenge, so I decided to invent the Palestinian version.”
The trend is now starting to go viral across Arab social media, after a Palestinian journalist filmed himself dumping a bucket of rubble and debris over his head, from buildings destroyed by the Israeli Defense Forces.
He dubbed the challenge the “Remains Bucket”, but the named “Rubble Bucket” has caught on by many who are filming themselves doing the challenge.
The popular Ice Bucket Challenge, which the Rubble Bucket imitates is performed by people photographing or filming themselves pouring a bucket of ice water over their heads, in order to promote awareness of the disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or “ALS.”
Ayman Aloul started the trend with the video below, posted to his YouTube channel.
Aloul says that the Rubble Bucket Challenge is a way that people can show empathy for Gazans affected by Israel’s so-called “Operation Protective Edge.”
Those who take the challenge show they understand the children’s suffering.
Aloul said further that water is a scarce resource in Gaza, and even if they had enough water, freezing it would be difficult with sporadic power and refrigeration.
Jordanian comedian Mohammed Darwaza also took the challenge, saying that it enabled him to feel the pain felt by children in Gaza.
Turkish pro-Palestinian NGO IHH also posted a video recording a Gazan man and four children taking the challenge.
A Moroccan girl also took the challenge, and her video has been one of the more popular YouTube videos of people taking the challenge.
Would you take the Rubble Bucket Challenge? Why or why not?
About the author: M.B. David is the author of several scholarly works on Middle Eastern politics, history and religion, such as People of the Book: What the Religions Named in the Qur’an Can Tell Us About the Earliest Understanding of “Islam” as well as the recently published Sci-Fi novel Sleeper Cell 2240: Memoires of the 21st Century Interplanetary Revolution. He is currently working on his doctorate, writing a dissertation focused on the non-profit Hashlamah Project Foundation and associated global study circles.