I and the other internationals present in Gaza during Israel’s 08/09 war did our absolute best to document accurately what we saw, as well as what we were told by other witnesses – often via translation and in chaotic circumstances – double and triple checking wherever possible.
When this blog was published as Gaza: Beneath the Bombs, as part of the editing process, I and Sarah Irving had the chance to do further checking and research. It helped that by this time new resources were available, such as post-war reports from organisations such as the United Nations.
We made corrections where appropriate for the book, but I have by-and-large left the blog entries untouched as contemporary reports. Excepting a few very minor confusions, the accuracy of everything that we recorded at the time has been backed up by post-war investigation – even the things we wanted to believe couldn’t possibly be true.
COMMENT POLICY FROM 2008
Due to my limited time, electricity & capacity, a friend is often moderating my comments for me.
I am getting many great messages from people, you have no idea how much it means to me (and Gaza folks I share them with) to be connected with listeners. I apologise that I just don’t have the capacity to answer 99% of them. I really like that people are having good ideas about linking with Gaza and I will try my best to support these if you need me.
If you could do as much fact-finding/connecting with Gaza groups *without* me as you can (it’s possible to connect with Gaza by telephone if you persist and many people speak English) I will try to help with the gaps. Since the Dec/Jan attacks (I can’t call something so lop-sided a war) there’s not been a day with empty space, and I’ve had no chance to sit down and consider what work to prioritise; things simply grab my time. But I will totally do my best to assist.
I am borrowing a comment policy from DesertPeace…
To quote DesertPeace directly:
Comments Are Not Free
The comments on this Blog are locked. I have explained the reasons for this a number of times. Basically it is to avoid… any form of racism including (real) antisemitism…any zionist propaganda … any form of sexism…obscenities of any kind… personal attacks on myself or anyone that comments…
Disagreements are welcome, discussions are welcome, but any of the above will not be published…. so save yourself the time and effort and stop sending them. Call this censorship if you like, call it anything you want… but learn to live with it! Comments are not free on this Blog!