I’m sitting on my sofa on a quiet Friday evening; safe, protected, free and I’m reading the internet and seeing terrible brutality being inflicted on the people of Gaza by Israel, again.
This afternoon I posted this: “Two people murdered in Gaza by Israeli war criminals today, Zuhair Qaisi and Mahmoud Hanini are their names. Mahmoud Hanini was released as part of the prisoner agreement and, although from Nablus, was exiled to Gaza. Endless slaughter.” Now that number has risen to seven killed, murdered – apparently a woman has lost her husband and her father in two separate attacks. Friends, Palestinian and Irish, are posting and tweeting from Gaza about areas being rocked by explosions, about aerial bombardment, tank shelling and shelling from the sea – they are under attack. I’m reading all of this on the internet because it won’t be in the mainstream media, they don’t report dead Palestinians unless the numbers are too high for them to ignore. They didn’t report the deaths of two Palestinian children from unexploded ordinance near Hebron this week, nor the 17 year old boy killed yesterday. Just as they don’t report on Hana’ al Shalabi on hunger strike for 22 days to protest being held without charge in Israeli “administrative detention”, just as they ignored Khader Adnan until he was into his 65th day of hunger strike. They ignore the thousands of Palestinians who courageously protest against the apartheid wall every week, assaulted by tear gas and bullets, arrested. They ignore the millions who resist in every breath, simply by existing and remaining.
As Gaza is under assault again, its hospitals are running low on medicine, there are long and crippling power cuts and people still remain imprisoned, trapped by this brutal siege imposed by a rotten, disgusting, apartheid state. Israel terrorises the people of Gaza and locks up people who try to break the siege – meantime Netanyahu remains at large, dines at the top political tables and Obama cravenly tells AIPAC he’s “got Israel’s back.”
I can’t imagine what it must be like to live with your freedom at the whim of a state who wants you to cease to exist, where even your electricity is rationed, your water polluted, your friends and family constantly under threat. I can’t imagine what it must be like to be under attack from war planes, tanks, navy gunships – from the air, sea and land. I can’t imagine how traumatised people must be by all this violence directed at them, especially after the mass slaughter of 2008/09. I can’t imagine, but I want to – I want to do something and all I can do is type this and send my love and solidarity to friends and everyone in Gaza.
This has to stop, it is an affront to humanity.
Update: It seems every half hour the death toll rises. I was just adding this: ‘Palestinian Legislative Council in Gaza attacked by Israeli war criminals – three dead. Number of those murdered today is ten now, many more injure” when I saw on twitter that two more people have been killed.
Press Release:Gaza Under Attack “Besieged Gaza, Occupied Palestine–We condemn in the strongest possible terms the latest Israeli war crimes committed against our people in the Gaza Strip. We call on the international community and the Arab and Islamic worlds, to take up their responsibility to protect the Palestinian people from this heinous aggression and immediately terminate the continuing Israeli policy of collective punishment.”