Israeli attacks on Gaza

Observations from Occupied Palestine: Gaza

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first published at Crescent International, Eva Bartlett

[see Observations from Occupied Palestine, Part 1]

Unusually heavy torrential rains last month inundated much of Gaza, which was already reeling from a tight Israeli-Egyptian siege since 2006. Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected with more than 5,000 evacuated from their homes. Power outages of 20-22 hours daily, or complete days, have become the norm, affecting every facet of life in Gaza.

The Gaza Strip, a 40 km long, 12 km at its widest point, 365 square metre strip of land is host to 1.7 million Palestinians, two thirds of whom are refugees.

While Gaza’s suffering extends decades back, since 2006 much of the world has cut ties with Gaza, and since 2007 Israel, supported by Egyptian and Western powers, has enforced a full blockade on the Strip.

It is not merely an economic blockade, but rather a full lock-down on movement, goods, access to health care outside, and limiting the import of fuel, cooking gas, and medicines, to name some items, into the enclave. It impacts on every facet of life imaginable.

In November 2008, I joined a boat of European Parliamentarians sailing from Cyprus to the Strip, attempting to symbolically break the blockade. Apart from the act of solidarity, it was also my sole means of entering Gaza. With all but one border crossing controlled by Israel, and the remaining crossing by the complicit Mubarak rule in Egypt, entry by sea was the only option. However, the outcome was not certain: Israel also controls Palestinian waters.
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Dec 26, 2013: round 2 of IOF attacks in last 3 days (and more)

Younes Arar:
Now: Gaza under fire…Three Israeli occupation terrorist airstrike so far, 26 December, 2013.

@Hanood12:
#Israel has officially launched the commemoration of the fifth anniversary of Operation Cast Lead War 2008 – 2009! #GazaUnderAttack

Álvaro Herraiz San Martín:
Confirmed 2 injured in Shifa Hospital, #Gaza.
#Gazaunderattack:

Álvaro Herraiz San Martín:
#israel is bombimg #Gaza
Shiya’eya, Shekher ‘Adwan, Maghazi and Rafah Area.
#Gazaunderattack

Mohammed Omer:
child: what was that bomb mummy? mom: nothing habibi, its far child: its shaking my bed mom: yes yes sleep CONTINUE READING

’twas the night before Christmas and Israel began murdering Palestinians anew (except it never really stopped)

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    Gaza has been locked down at least since 2007 (and incrementally for decades), bombed and starved, its infrastructure decimated time and again, not allowed to re-build, its power plant bombed, its sewage and sanitation and water lines destroyed time and again, denied replacement parts for said destruction… and now, just as the rest of the world is again occupied with holidays, the Zionists are bombing Gaza anew.Gaza has no tanks, no attack helicopters, no warplanes, no warships, no nuclear arms (nor electricity). Israel does.

    *photo by Younes Arar: One of the injuries (brother of Hala 4 years who was killed) following the Israeli occupation airstrikes in Gaza today, 24 December, 2013.

    *photo by Younes Arar: One of the injuries (brother of Hala 4 years who was killed) following the Israeli occupation airstrikes in Gaza today, 24 December, 2013.

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Finian Cunningham: An Angel Song for Peace and an End to Violence

shared from Finian Cunningham

mother of an administrative detainee

[Image by frecklebaum via Flickr]

by Finian Cunningham

MyCatbirdSeat on Oct 21, 2013

An Angel Song for peace and an end to violence against children.

“War violates every right of a child — the right to life, the right to be with family and community, the right to health, the right to the development of the personality and the right to be nurtured and protected.” POST CONTINUES

remember Gaza?

photo by Emad Badwan

photo by Emad Badwan

In the midst of Egypt’s struggles, Gaza is again forgotten.

The events in Egypt led first to speculation that the Rafah crossing might be closed, which became a certainty today.

Ma’an News reports that the border (the only crossing not directly controlled by the Zionists, indirectly, yes) was closed due to “security unrest” in the Sinai peninsula.

Press TV reports that “Some 800 Palestinian people normally leave for Egypt and beyond through the Rafah crossing, the only passageway leading to the rest of the world for most Gazans.”

So Palestinians in Gaza are not only under a 7 year long blockade (and over a decade of continually tightening closures), but are once again locked in (and out, for those who happened to be outside of the Strip) the very tiny, very overcrowded Gaza Strip, with no concept of when their jailing gate will be re-opened.

The hardest thing in Gaza, we have to wait for everything. Every moment we are waiting, must be patient, without patience you don’t stand a chance.

You have to wait for the power to come back on. Have to wait for the border to open. Have to wait to receive your salary (if you have work, which 34% of Gaza’s population don’t). 

You have to wait for a shared taxi because there’s a serious gas shortage now.  Every possible thing, you have to wait and wait and wait for.

The few things he listed are only but a few of the daily frustrations, things which drive you crazy, suffocate and depress you, every single day. CONTINUE READING

Palestinian blogger attacked for speaking truth

Rana Baker, a Palestinian blogger from the Gaza Strip–and a very articulate, politically-astute woman–posts about threats and bigoted insults she received for blogging and tweeting Gaza’s reality:

“You’re a lowlife. And will always be a lowlife. Palestinian trash” Twitter user says to me during “Pillar of Cloud.”

December 12, 2012

Throughout the so-called “Operation Pillar of Cloud” that began on November 14th 2012 and lasted until November 21st 2012, pro-Israel apologists launched another wave of hatred in the cyberspace.

Here are screenshots of some of what I received on my personal Twitter account, timed and dated. I tried to link the screenshots to their users but it seems to me that those apologists either disappeared from Twitter or deleted their posts.

I leave it for you to decide.

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The hardest thing: Palestinian parents speak of their children killed by Israeli bombings

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During the Nov 2012 Israeli attacks on Gaza, 182 Palestinians were killed, according to the World Health Organization’s Dec 2012 report, among whom 47 were children, including 16 under 5 years old. Another 1399 Palestinians were injured, most of them with multiple injuries.

It is only four years after Israel’s last major assault on Gaza, which killed over 1450 including those who died of their injuries, and injured over 5000.  Then there are the random Israeli attacks throughout the years, leaving injured suffering even years later.

And there were the under-reported attacks in the week preceding the Nov 14 attacks: the Nov 8 killing of 13 year old Ahmed Abu Daqqa as he played football, the Nov 10 killing of Mohammed Harara (16) and Ahmed Harara (17) as they played football, the subsequent killings of Ahmed Al- Dirdissawi (18) and Matar Abu al-‘Ata (19) when they rushed to the scene of the Harara killings (source: PCHR).

Every December and January, I remember the victims of the 2008-2009 massacre, particularly some of the harder incidents of burning to death from white phosphorous bombing, or point blank shootings of loved ones. All ages suffered, although we tend to pick up on the children. Somehow their murders, their maimings, their imprisonment strikes us more.

Two cases from the November 2012 attacks struck me and stay with me: the killing of 4 year old Reham as she stood a few metres from the door of her Nusseirat camp home, outside of which an Israeli  bomb exploded…and the murder of Nader, 14, killed by a precision drone missile as he walked to get food for his siblings… just two hours before the ceasefire.

Below are follow-up photos, the families and loved ones of Reham and Nader.  Allah yerhamhum (Allah, God, bless them).

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Mourning area for Reham Nabaheen, killed by an Israeli bombing outside her Nusseirat camp home.

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The Civilian Toll of Israel’s Bombs

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Abu Mohammed’s home is opposite the bombed Ministry of Interior complex; his family of 15 are homeless.

first published at IPS –By Eva Bartlett  (**blog version longer than published)

When Israeli bombs struck the Abu Khadra complex for civil administration, they also gutted the sixth floor of the Abu Shabaan complex, located ten metres across the road. According to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), eight Israeli warplane-fired bombs levelled roughly half of the government compound in eastern Gaza City in the early hours of Nov. 21.

The bombings also took a considerable toll on the homes and businesses nearby, including the Gaza bureau of Al Jazeera.

Over 50 percent of the private medical centre in the Abu Shabaan building was destroyed, says Dr. Naim Shariff (42), owner of the Benoon In Vitro Fertilisation clinic.

Two weeks after the bombing tore apart the sixth floor and ravaged the fifth floor, Shariff has re-paned the windows, ordered new specialised machinery, and re-opened for clients.

“The problem with replacing my machines and equipment is that most of it doesn’t exist in Gaza. It takes months to arrive and costs more money than it would elsewhere,” he says.

“What else can I do but start again? There’s no insurance here for war damages.” CONTINUE READING

Israeli Soldiers Fail to Cease Firing on Palestinian Farmers

mahmoud naim*Mahmoud Naim, 21, shot by an Israeli soldier while Naim walked on Palestinian border land in northern Gaza, Nov 28

first published at IPS, by Eva Bartlett (*blog version longer than published version)

It was the first day of the cease-fire. An Israeli soldier shot once in the air and within seconds shot me in the leg. He was only a few metres away.”

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Haithem Abu Dagga, 26, an electrician and farm labourer, will not be able to work for as many months as it takes his right leg to heal. The bullet exited his leg but fractured his shin bone in the process. CONTINUE READING