We went to see 17 year old Wafa Al Najar, who was shot yesterday, in Naser Hospital today in Khan Younis. In Palestinian tradition, both her family and neighbours were keeping her company. But they were able to do little for her, and while they all at once told us the story of her shooting and of Khoza’a, their village (where Israel has been accused of war crimes in the recent attacks) Wafa sobbed intermittently in pain. (more…)
Archive for February 2009
Today (footage here) the farmers were mostly elderly folk and mostly women and the bullets were so close they could only face 5 minutes of them. You could feel the thud of the air on your body as they flew past, they made our ears ring, and the shooting continued for about 20 minutes as we all walked away – one bullet hit a tree beside us. (more…)
Gaza’s emergency shelter camps fail to meet humanitarian or political needs- first posted by my colleage T at her blog Writing from Gaza.
Tuesday 10th February saw the first real rain in Gaza since the supposed “ceasefire”. Whilst most of Palestine is desperate for rain, it was bad news for the people sleeping in tents in the newly-constructed emergency shelter camps – as most of the tents are of simple triangular design without proper flooring or annexes in which to shelter. (more…)
What caused the Israeli soldiers to shoot a deaf farmer today? Was he threatening? Was it because the group of farm labourers had successfully worked quickly to harvest their day’s wages? Was the sight of retreating, unarmed, clearly non-threatening civilians too tempting to resist? (more…)