Yes, the Ice Bucket Challenge is largely a U.S.-focused trend, but that doesn’t mean the rest of the world hasn’t paid attention.
Ayman al-Aloul has been covering the weeks of violence in Gaza and wanted to raise awareness with a similar challenge. Unfortunately, water is much more valuable in Gaza than the United States, and freezing it there isn’t as easy. What is much more plentiful in the area? Take a look for yourself.
Since then, supporters around the world have taken the challenge and made it their own, and Aloul has elaborated on his hopes for the trend. From The Washington Post:
In an interview with NBC, journalist Aloul explained why he adapted the Ice Bucket Challenge: “It came to my mind that it’s good idea to show the whole picture — how Gaza looks now, rubble, destruction, cement with sand, small rocks.” According to him, his friends had also suggested to use a bucket of blood or shrapnel instead.
Al-Aloul would be satisfied “if five famous people in the world like actors or presidents will do the challenge.”
Got some rubble or rubble-substitute in your neighborhood? Make the Rubble Bucket Challenge your own. Be warned, however: taking a side in the impenetrable tug of war that is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, especially if you do it on Facebook, will earn you a 500-comment debate with distant uncles and people you haven’t seen since middle school.
Some more Rubble Bucket Challenge videos: