Ravings From The Bog

Grief And Fear In Gaza

New Concentration Camp!Israeli Zionists continue to slaughter Palestinian civilians along with Hamas freedom fighters – this report from the BBC:

BBC journalist and Gaza resident Hamada Abu Qammar describes the impact of the current wave of Israeli airstrikes against Hamas targets.

The streets of Gaza are deserted, apart from a few cars taking urgent cases to hospital and families screaming and shouting as they take bodies to the cemetery to be buried.

This morning I visited Shifa Hospital, the main one in Gaza.

I spoke to one man, a civilian, and also a 14-year-old boy who were injured in an airstrike on a police station in the east of Gaza City this morning.

The man said he had been going to work in a clinic when he heard the sound of planes and turned back. But after that he cannot remember what happened – he just woke up injured, with wounds in his hand, leg and stomach.

The teenage boy had blood on his head and was in a lot of pain. He could not even remember his own name. “I don’t even know where I am,” he said to me.

I saw a body too, in the emergency room, with a stick of wood stuck through the chest.

Yesterday I also went into the hospital; the morgue was full and bodies were left in the streets. Parents were scouring the hospital for their children.

I followed one woman who was screaming “my son, my son” as she searched the building.

Eventually they located him, a young man was in his twenties. The staff would not let her see the body, but I saw it. It didn’t have a head and there was no stomach. She fainted on top of the remains of her son, which were covered with a white sheet.

The relatives in the hospital scream and scream. They don’t have words to express their feelings, they just say “God help us”, over and over.

I have seen several Israeli airstrikes this morning – one on a Hamas police post on the coastal road, another on a house about 200m from the BBC office. Smoke pours into the sky. The largest so far today was on the Hamas security headquarters, which is also near to our office, a few hundred metres away.

I was watching it from the window. There were three very loud bangs and a power cut. I could hear women screaming in their houses, and gunshots from Hamas men surrounding the area to keep people way.

The compound was in a big residential area, with lots of high buildings and apartments. Some of the homes are only about 5m from the site – and of course those buildings were damaged, with windows shattered and falling to the ground.

Electricity comes and goes as usual. Most shops are closed. There is a lack of everything – the UN relief agency UNRWA has not been able to deliver food aid for about 750,000 people.

There are shortages of anaesthetic gas, medical supplies, flour and milk – but many of the people I have spoken to say they don’t feel like eating while this is going on.

Families are just sitting in their homes. I spoke to one of my neighbours, Iman, a 14-year-old-girl. She was so scared she could barely speak.

“I don’t know where to go. I don’t know where is a safe place to stay. We don’t know when they will strike again,” she said.

Israel is not currently permitting international journalists to cross into Gaza



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Is Israel a bully or a victim?? The world seems divided:


Make your voice heard!!

Comment by jamesad2012

If Hamas would stop bombing Israel, Israel would not have to respond. They had a peace agreement, but Hamas broke it, just like it has always done in the past. The Palestinians are victims of their own government. Hamas is ultimately responsible for all of this.

Comment by Marianne

Actually, the Palestinian people elected Hamas as their government and the election was verified as fair by the UN and many other bodies. The Israeli’s (and the American’s) preferred candidate lost the election and Israel and their allies have decided not to recognise the new Palestinian government and since the election, has done everything they can to subvert their regime. What many fail to see on the Fox News network and other media, are the daily trials of the Gazan people in particular and the Palestinian people in general, to survive on a daily basis. This is due to the restrictions on every access point to Gaza by the Israeli government of medical supplies, heating oil and other daily necessities. I believe that any people, American, Irish or any other, would resort to fighting back by any means against such an unfair and tyrannical occupying force, if they were in the same situation. That the Palestinians resort to rockets and suicide bombers, is a result of Israeli genocide over the last 60 years of the state of Israel, using weapons such as the US-supplied F16’s, Cluster Bombs and many others. This genocide is very well documented by many, many Western journalists and their article are available freely for all to read – Robert Fisk, Noam Chomsky, Donald McIntyre, etc. I believe that if Israel “did the right thing” and withdrew to their 1967 borders, it would take the wind out of the sails, so to speak, of Muslim fundamentalists across the world. In other words, Israel’s continued persecution of Palestinians, stealing their land and water etc, resulted indirectly in 9/11 and many other attacks and this will continue as long as this situation does. Thanks for your comment.

Comment by Bog Raver

TO elect Hamas is just a sign of moral corruption.

Israel won the territory fairly in a conflict, after first being attacked by multiple arab nations, but has conceded back almost 70% of what it won just to have peace. Unfortunately, the Palestinians will not be happy until all Israel is destroyed and they have the property. Israel has been consistently attacked by its arab neighbors for the 60 years you mention. Genocide was the intent of their neighbors. Israel’s intent was survival.

Comment by Marianne

I’m afraid that you are misinformed. Israel ILLEGALLY occupies much of the land it captured in 1967. The US, Britain and others gave Palestinian land to refugee Jews arbitrarily in 1948, which is why the Palestinians have been fighting the Israelis since then, as they have never been recompensed for the loss of their property, businesses or the lives lost in the process.
With regard to the 300+ Gazan deaths since Saturday (NB: only 16 Israelis have been killed by Hamas rockets SINCE 2005!), I would refer you to today’s article by Johann Hari in the UK’s Independent newspaper:
Why would Israel act this way? The Israeli government wants peace, but only one imposed on its own terms, based on the acceptance of defeat by the Palestinians. It means the Israelis can keep the slabs of the West Bank on “their” side of the wall. It means they keep the largest settlements and control the water supply. And it means a divided Palestine, with responsibility for Gaza hived off to Egypt, and the broken-up West Bank standing alone. Negotiations threaten this vision: they would require Israel to give up more than it wants to. But an imposed peace will be no peace at all: it will not stop the rockets or the rage. For real safety, Israel will have to talk to the people it is blockading and bombing today, and compromise with them.
The sound of Gaza burning should be drowned out by the words of the Israeli writer Larry Derfner. He says: “Israel’s war with Gaza has to be the most one-sided on earth… If the point is to end it, or at least begin to end it, the ball is not in Hamas’s court – it is in ours.”
(NB: Israeli writer Larry Derfner)
I hope this helps…

Comment by Bog Raver

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