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…)

Jan 22: Amer’s story: They killed me three times

January 23, 2009

Al Helou family - Amer and Shireen on the right

Al Helou family – Amer and Shireen on the right

Ramatan TV, nine floors up and open 24 hours, was the last bastion of internet during the strikes. We knew the place because we got asked in for interviews, and then called a few press conferences there, for example announcing that internationals would be riding with ambulances. We began to hang around in the corners at other times, hoping no-one would mind us hitching a ride on the wifi. (more…)

Jan 22: 10 injured today during “ceasefire”

January 23, 2009
Ahmad Hassaneen, 7 years old

Ahmad Hassaneen, 7 years old

This is Ahmad Hassaneen, from Shayjaiee in East Gaza, near to the border. He was shot in the head about 9.45am today while playing with other children. Dr Fawzi Nabusi holds the x-ray showing the bullet in his brain. He is currently in a coma in Al Shifa hospital. (more…)

Jan 21: Three emails

January 21, 2009
Medic Hassan (who was shot) on duty in Jabalia - photo by Mohammad N

Medic Hassan (who was shot) on duty in Jabalia - photo by Moh the Gazan

From my email…

Subject: Help Request Through ISM Website
Date: Saturday Jan 17

I am writing to make a request for a good friend from Gaza that I have known for 5 years now (Amer Shurrab, Seeds of Peace ’99, UWCAD ’01–03, Middlebury College ‘08.5). He just found out his father and two brothers were attacked while returning home from their farm during the 3-hr ceasefire. One brother (Kassab Shurrab) died, but the father (Mohammed Shurrab -64) and the remaining brother (Ibrahim-17) are now wounded and stranded in an Israeli Defense Force (IDF) controlled area. (more…)


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