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Ministry of Health Gaza Update 16/07/2014

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The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 1800 hours on Wednesday July 16, 2014:

Deaths: 213 – 46 children, 24 women 18-60 years, 13 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 1,623 – 474 children, 299 women 18-60 years, 56 over 60 years.
ICU: 21 patients (more…)


Why the Egyptian-Israel truce proposal falls on deaf ears

by Julie Webb-Pullman
Source: Middle East Monitor

No guarantee to open Rafah Crossing or lift the crippling siege

No guarantee to open Rafah Crossing or lift the crippling siege

The cynical ‘ceasefire’ chorus being sung by Israel and Egypt is merely yet another movement in the well-orchestrated Israeli-Egyptian three-penny opera.

The way in which the ‘negotiations’ were carried out was more farce than finale – Egypt wrote the libretto for the Israeli impresario, leaving the Palestinians in the wings.

The terms themselves are a three-act charade. The Israeli-Egyptian duet omits a core Hamas demand – any mention of the release of more than 50 Palestinian prisoners released in the 2011 Shalit swap who were re-detained during the recent West Bank ‘search’ for three missing Israeli settlers.

Nor does it commit to either re-open the Rafah Crossing between Gaza and Egypt, or to lift the crippling – and illegal – Israeli siege of Gaza, merely saying that “crossings shall be opened and the movement of persons and goods through (them) shall be facilitated once the security situation becomes stable on the ground.” Both of these are core demands of the entire Palestinian resistance – Hamas, Islamic Jihad, PFLP and everyone in between.

Any ceasefire that does not change the fundamental paradigm, a hermetically-sealed Gaza and a ‘normal Israel,’ will garner only encore after encore, as every previous performance has done. Read more HERE


Gaza: The heart of darkness

by Julie Webb-Pullman

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The horror, the horror.

Inescapable, enveloping infinite horror.

Arriving at Shifa hospital on Saturday I had to stand aside as a car drove through and stopped. A man approached it with the bright white body of a freshly-swaddled child, ready for burial.

I walked behind the car, straight into a group of men carrying a stretcher with what appeared to be a covered body. As they hurried past a bloodied limb fell onto the ground in front of me.

Young men sat against the building, their heads on their knees, sobbing.

This is Gaza.

On Sunday morning it was not just one car, but seven or eight lined up, waiting for their grisly cargo of crushed or blasted bodies and grief.

So many children, so many women, so many grandmothers and grandfathers chopped, minced, sliced, diced by the Israeli butchers and their US enablers.

So many homes reduced to rubble, not by some natural disaster but by the very unnatural, incredibly perverse and completely depraved man-made disaster called the state of Israel. (more…)


No truce: Israel is the aggressor, they must stop says Hamas

by Julie Webb-Pullman

Fawzi Barhoum, Hamas spokesperson

Fawzi Barhoum, Hamas spokesperson

Hamas spokesperson Fawzy Barhoum said today that the only way this “one-sided war” will end is when Israel stops bombing Gaza.

“We have sustained high numbers of casualties – over 100 civilians dead, 150 homes destroyed sometimes with families still inside them, we are the victims. We are defending our civilians from a massacre,” he said outside Shifa Hospital in Gaza City early this afternoon.

“We are being attacked from the sea, from the air, from the land – there is massive destruction, and we have the right to defend our people from these attacks. There will be no ceasefire until the occupation stops its shelling of Gaza.” Read more here


The Gazan children behind the statistics

by Julie Webb-Pullman

Shaimah Al-Masri

Shaimah Al-Masri

Four year-old Shaimah was returning home from her aunt’s house with her mother, 17 year-old sister and 14 year-old brother Mohammed at midday. Suddenly a rocket from a drone directly targeted Mohammed, killing him instantly. As her mother ran to her son, another rocket slammed into her and Shaimah’s sister, killing them both.

Shaimah told her father, “A rocket killed my brother, then another one killed my mother and my sister, and I fell down on the ground.”

Shaimah suffered abdominal trauma, and has had major surgery to her spleen and liver. It is hoped she will make a full recovery.

Despite knowing what happened to her mother, she still calls for her, her aunt told me.

“I would like to send the Israeli’s a message,” she said. “As you love your children, so do we. As you do your best to protect your children, so do we. As your children can play and enjoy life, this is also the right of our children – to enjoy their innocent childhood.”

Read more here


Gaza hospitals in crisis, under attack

by Julie Webb-Pullman

Dr Nasr Al-Tatar

Dr Nasr Al-Tatar

Gaza’s hospitals are in crisis. No drugs, no disposables, no fuel to generate electricity. About the only thing they do have are staff and patients – and thanks to Israel’s current military offensive, there are plenty of the latter.

In the three days since Israel’s Operation Protective Edge was launched, over 250 injured Palestinians have presented for emergency treatment to services lacking such fundamental basics as trolleys and emergency department beds.

Patients arrive in ambulances, vans, private cars, taxis – however they can get there – and are then carried, assisted, or struggle to walk into the emergency department for treatment.

So far 23 percent of them have been children and 18 percent women. These civilians were invariably in or near their homes when destruction rained down on them. Read more here


Israeli offensive backfires in Gaza

by Julie Webb-Pullman

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Behind each death statistic is a human tragedy. The neighbours who tried to form a human shield by gathering on the roof of the al-Kaware family home after a drone fired a warning flare, imagining that the presence of women and children would prevent the attack. It didn’t, and Abduallah Kaware, Mohammad Ashour, 13, Riyadh Kaware, Mahmoud Judeh, Bakir Mahmoud Judeh, 22, Ammar Mohammad Judeh, 22, and Hussein Mohammad Kaware, 14, were all killed. Read more here


How do you shop in a war?

War or not, daily life must go on. Ramadan or not, mouths must be fed. Destroyed home or not, families must eat, sleep, bathe, survive. Israeli atrocities or not, children must be cared for, the sick tended to, the dead buried.

But how, when the air above sends a hail of missiles every five minutes, the sea and land around you explode with mortar fire and worse? When a trip to the corner shop becomes a death-defying exercise in what you need more – a pound of rice or a pound of flesh? (more…)