Suddenly, there was a monstrous explosion: "a thundering, fulminating sound," says Abuelaish, that penetrated his body, almost as if it were coming from within him. There was a blinding flash, and then it was pitch dark. Dust everywhere, the struggle to breathe, the sound of a child screaming: these are the things he remembers, and always will. In the next few moments, it dawned on him that a shell had hit his daughters' bedroom. He ran towards it. "I saw everything," he says. "My children in parts. A decapitated head. And Shatha in front of me, with her eye on her cheek." The room was now a heaped mess of school books, dolls and body parts. Mayar, Aya, and his niece, Noor, were dead, their limbs strewn about the place as carelessly as their toys. Shatha was bleeding profusely from her hand, one finger hanging by a thread. Then came a second blast. This took Bessan. Ghaida, his brother Atta's daughter, who had run up the stairs from their apartment towards the noise, lay on the floor, wounds all over her body. Abuelaish looked at all this, and inside him, something stirred. A desire to fight pushed his shock, which should have been so paralysing, out of the way with unexpected force. "I thought: what can I do? And I started moving, fast. I thought of Shatha. I didn't want her to be blind, to lose her fingers. I didn't want that. Then I looked at my son. He has lost his sisters. Now what is he going to do? How can I protect him? Is he going to be an extremist, to be crazy, to hate the world?" These thoughts, he insists, are not retrospective. Truly. His brain was working overtime. "I started to think. What can I do for those who are living?"
Gaza doctor Izzeldin Abuelaish: '"We saved lives," I told the children. "Your sisters' blood wasn't wasted'''
Two years ago, Israeli shells fell on Dr Abuelaish's family home in Gaza, killing three of his young daughters and their cousin. The horror was caught live on Israeli TV when the doctor phoned his broadcaster friend. Amazingly, the loss did not embitter Izzeldin Abuelaish. Instead he decided his girls' deaths must not be in vain – and slowly he has turned his family tragedy into a force for peace
Rachel Cooke - Observer 16/01/2011
Punishment Regime for the Palestinians
Israeli Government Documents Show Deliberate Policy To Keep Gazans At Near-starvation Levels
International Middle East Media Centre 06/11/2010
“The documents reveal that the state approved "a policy of deliberate reduction" for basic goods in the Gaza Strip (section h.4, page 5*). Thus, for example, Israel restricted the supply of fuel needed for the power plant, disrupting the supply of electricity and water. The state set a "lower warning line" (section g.2, page 5) to give advance warning of expected shortages in a particular item, but at the same time approved ignoring that warning, if the good in question was subject to a policy of "deliberate reduction". Moreover, the state set an "upper red line" above which even basic humanitarian items could be blocked, even if they were in demand (section g.1, page 5). The state claimed in a cover letter to Gisha that in practice, it had not authorized reduction of "basic goods" below the "lower warning line", but it did not define what these "basic goods" were.”
I presume this is pretty much much what we did to Iraq for 10 years prior to invasion so a tried and trusted method.
But fundamentally inhuman
and as Media Lens point out not something that the mainstream media wish to tell us much about.
"Put the Palestinians on a Diet"
MEDIA BURY DOCUMENTS REVEALING ISRAEL’S DELIBERATE POLICY OF NEAR-STARVATION FOR GAZA
Media Lens 17/11/2010
Einstein complained that the Zionists were not doing enough to reach agreement with the palestinian Arabs.
The History and Morals of Ethnic cleansing.
Victoria Bruch- Counterpoint
On the 2 June 1948, Sir John Troutbeck wrote to the foreign secretary, Ernest Bevin, that the Americans were responsible for the creation of a gangster state headed by an “utterly unscrupulous set of leaders.”
How Israel brought Gaza to the brink of humanitarian catastrophe.
Avi Shlain - Guardian 09/01/2009
Well they didn’t invade Iran - Yet
But now they invade ‘The Gaza strip’
Norman Finkelstein 04/01/2009
The US will not restrain it’s ally Israel
It must have been hard as an Israeli soldier
waiting - waiting.
The most densely populated piece of land in the world.
4 500 people per square mile.
show the thoughtful accuracy.
Do they really think we’re that naive?
Outrage at Israel’s attack on UN school.
More children among Gaza dead.
40 years of ignored UN resolutions
Why Israel went to war in Gaza
Chris McGreal - Guardian 04/01/2009
What kind of security will this barbarism bring Israel?
Saree Makdisi - Counterpunch 07/01/2009
Live twitter updates on Gaza
An eye for an eyelash: The Gaza massacre from Media Lens
Steve Bell on Gaza
Terribly bloodied. Still breathing.
Caoimhe Butterly - Counterpoint
I felt it was my duty to protest.
Chris Arnot - Guardian 20/01/2009
Gaza’s destruction revealed.
Landscapes of Occupation
From Alternate Focus
Guardian investigation uncovers evidence of alleged Israeli war crimes in Gaza
Palestinians claim children were used as human shields and hospitals targeted during 23-day conflict
Clancy Chassy & Julian Borger Guardian 23/03/2009
But it’s the “uncovering” and “alleged” that gives it an unreal conditionality.
Take a look at the T-shirt
And yet we mustn’t judge them?
Don't judge Israel's 'war crimes'
Accusations of war crimes in Gaza need to be thoroughly investigated before any real conclusions can be reached
Uri Dromi - Guardian 24/03/2009
But if you need convincing take a look at the photos of the use of white phosphorous. from Human Rights Watch and their report, ‘Rain of Fire’.
Israel accused of indiscriminate phosphorus use in Gaza
Human Rights Watch report claims Israel committed war crimes in its use of air-burst white phosphorus artillery shells
Rory McCarthy - Guardian 25/03/2009
Tales of War Crimes
Thank God, It Was Only Rumors
By STANLEY HELLER