This is one of the most powerful and upsetting things I have read recently from someone living life in Gaza.
I have always thought that those who resort to violence or those who go as far as exploding themselves are sick and inhuman. But now I know how it feels to have nothing to lose but your worthless life. I know how it feels to be so desperate that you literally cry from disappointment when you actually wake up in the morning, and to spend the night before asking God for a last favor … to take your life because you’re just too cowardly to take it yourself. Gaza is no longer a city or a territory. It is a disease. It is an unbearable pain, an un-treatable wound. Gaza is the opposite of life, but at the same time far beyond death
As the Israeli and Egyptian Governments continual closure of borders make life in Gaza ever more unbearable Pam Bailey wonders ‘where have all the activists gone?’.
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The crimes being committed by Israel are the most horrific of many peoples lifetimes. There can be no doubt that Israel are targeting civilians and it is their policy to do so. The silence from the vast majority of the international community is shameful, including those so called Muslim nations.
Children are being allowed to be killed because Israel offers economic value to Western nations. It seems that Western Governments do not think that children’s lives are a price too high to pay for their economic stability.
This week in the UK people have been celebrating the heroes who lost their lives fighting for freedom and justice in World War One. We look back and say never again, but yet here we are watching children being ruthlessly killed by one of the most sophisticated militaries in the World.
Future generations will read about these events in history books and wonder how we let this happen.
Via The Independent
But holding this girl baby connected me again to the wardfuls of small children so brutally smashed by this odious war. Connected me too to the ever-present reality that the average age in Gaza is 17 and that a quarter of a million are children are, like the babe in my arms, small children.
and for the first time in my reporting life, scarred, deeply scarred by what I have seen, some of it too terrible to put on the screen.
I donned my headphones and listened to Bach’s heavenly violin concerto in E major, and wept, as I rarely have as an adult.
Powerful words from one of the few reporters who has actively challenged the Israeli Governments PR men about the genocide which is occurring in the region by their hand. The BBC could learn a thing or two about real, unbiased reporting from Channel 4.
Read the full post from the brilliant Jon Snow here
Israeli soldiers tell Channel 4 News they were ordered to “cleanse” Palestinian neighbourhoods, as filmmaker Nurit Kedar says “the atmosphere was that nobody should talk about this war”.
Reya El-Salahi from Oxford, who has a Muslim Arab father and a Jewish mother, was invited into a stranger’s home in Gaza where a mother told her how she wanted peace but her son wanted to grow up to be a fighter.
Reya travelled to Israel and the Palestinian territories to find out what daily life was like on both sides of the conflict and to see if there was anywhere she could fit in.
She found Gaza to be a “stark difference” to the other areas she visited and the most dangerous.
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