Archive for January 2009

Jan 31: Majda’s story -are my children terrorists?

January 31, 2009
Mohanned, Majda, Firas, Basher, Tala, Dima

Nadeem family: Mohanned, Majda, Firas, Basher, Tala, Dima

The night of Wednesday, January 14, was the worst night for the people in the Tela Howa area. You’ve already heard Reem’s story, and heard from me that this was the night they began to drop rockets on the Al Quds hospital, with our worst rocket fire occuring Thursday night. (more…)

Jan 29: Expanding illegal no-go zones leave hundreds homeless

January 30, 2009

Meeting Manwar to go to her demolished home - border in the background

Meeting Manwar to go to her demolished home - border in the background

E and I were on the same action in Beit Hanoun, so here is her article, with my photos. Her article was originally published on her blog InGaza, and the ISM website.

Imagine being grateful for the chance to return to your demolished home and sift through the rubble, to try to retrieve personal belongings, ID cards and papers, still-useable clothes and pots… (more…)

Jan 27: At Al Wafa – Saja and Ceasefiring

January 27, 2009

 

Dr Tariq examining Saja's gunshot wound

Dr Tariq examining Saja's gunshot wound

Yesterday E and I went back to see Amer at his Zaytoun house. He told us his brother Abdullah is back home from the Egyptian hospital, and showed us his hospital records; his wounds (two shots to abdomen, one to arm), are healing ok. He was worried about Saja, his 6 year old, though, it seemed he thought the gunshot wound to her arm wasn’t healing properly, and he wasn’t sure if he could get an overworked doctor’s attention under current circumstances. (more…)

26 Jan: Will there be time to recover?

January 26, 2009

...and neither is Gaza.

...and neither is Gaza.

Back in Gaza city late last night, we met by the sea to welcome back A, who returned through the Rafah border the day before, after his kidnap off a Gaza fishing boat by Israel late last year. It was hard to give him much of a festive welcome with the stories we had to tell. (more…)

25 Jan: Back home in Jabalia

January 26, 2009
Baby A, out of the basement, with his uncle who lost both legs in past attack

Baby A, out of the basement, with his uncle who lost both legs in past attack

bedroom after soldiers

bedroom after soldiers

kitchen after soldiers

kitchen after soldiers

This morning is the second that I woke to quietness; no shelling from the sea. E and I went today to see our Jabalia friends, F’s family. They are back in their house, one of the few standing in their neighbourhood of Azbet Abed Rabbo. This is only the case because their fears were realised – it was again occupied by the army during the land incursion. (more…)

Jan 25: Temporary shelters in Jabalia

January 25, 2009

This family has no clothes other they those they are wearing.

This family has no clothes other than those they are wearing.

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Jan 23: Words and Images

January 25, 2009

In their own words:

“It’s going to be a terrible war. So, if we want to remain alive, we will have to kill and kill and kill. All day, every day…If we don’t kill, we will cease to exist…Unilateral separation doesn’t guarantee “peace” – it guarantees a Zionist-Jewish state with an overwhelming majority of Jews…

- Professor Arnon Soffer, Head of the IDF’s National Defense College, in an interview with the Jerusalem Post (24 May 2004)

Please note one of the more disturbing images I have seen follows in this post. I don’t know where it was taken or who by, but it was given to me by a Red Crescent worker. (more…)


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