It is Prison Friday at Scission. Today I have nothing to say except for the fact that Gaza is a prison.
The first article below is just a comment from Uri Avnery who I sometimes grow weary of just because he is always just there with a comment which sometimes itself seems as superfluous as the war he is calling superfluous. It is just too simple, but then again I don't know what I expect the man to do. I am being cynical, but how can I not be. The best line in the whole thing really is in the opening. He writes "How did it start? Stupid question."
The second post is from IMEU. It is the superfluous war that Uri is talking about. If you are going to pick just one of these to read, pick this one.
I don't know what else to say just now.
|Another Superfluous War|
IMEU, NOV 16, 2012
"Every half an hour we hear loud blasts. We can see fire and bombs falling from the sky. Every time it feels like it will be our turn and they will fall on our house." 23-year-old Kawther Abuhani from north Gaza lives with nine members of her family.
Right now, "we are all gathered in one room. The radio is on. We do not turn it off. When the shelling starts my sister and I get very scared. We close our eyes. We cannot do anything else. Closing our eyes is the only thing that helps so that we don't see the yellow and red lights of the shells when they are falling like blood rain."
Kawthar's mother tries to hold her daughters and calm them down. Kawthar says, "I have a baby sister. She is very innocent. When the explosions happen we convince her that they are fireworks. I cannot hide my tears when I see her playing because she doesn't know what is really happening and that we could all die in any moment."
While fearing for their lives, like many families in Gaza, Kawathar's family receive harassment calls from unknown people form Israel. "We do not answer the phone anymore. We are in a horrible moment. This is a physical and psychological war."
At approximately 1.10pm, as we were leaving the ICU, a 10 month old girl, Haneen Tafesh, was brought into the ward. She was unconscious and her tiny body was grey. She had suffered a skull fracture and brain haemorrhage, which resulted from an attack that took place at around 11am yesterday in Gaza's Sabra neighbourhood. She was in a coma and on mechanical ventilation. Later in the afternoon, we checked how Haneen was doing and doctors said her condition had deteriorated. After returning home in the evening, we learned that she had died.
Mohammed Abu Amsha, a two and half year old boy, was injured while he was sitting in front of his grandfather's house in Beit Hanoun. An F16 fired a missile nearby, and scattering rubble struck him in the head. As we were about to leave, Mohammed's father mentioned that Mohammed's uncle had also been injured.
Zuhdiye Samour (via Joe Catron):
Zuhdiye Samour, a mother and grandmother from Beach refugee camp in western Gaza City, was still visibly shaken by what had happened when she shared her story: "We were sitting together in our house. It was around 8.30 in the evening and we were watching TV, playing films so that the children would be less afraid. Then, we heard the sound of 12 shells being fired from gunboats in the sea." Zuhdiye and three other civilians were injured as shells dropped in her neighbourhood, a residential area in the north of Gaza City.
A 13 year old girl, Duaa Hejazi, was coming back to her home in Gaza's Sabra neighbourhood, after a walk with her mother and siblings, when an Israeli missile fired on the road in front of their home around 8 o'clock at night. "I was bleeding a lot. My brother was injured too, in his hand. The neighbours brought me to the hospital" Duaa sustained shrapnel injuries throughout her upper body, with some pieces still imbedded in her chest. She would like to pass on a message to other children, living outside of Gaza:
"I say, we are children. There is nothing that is our fault to have to face this. They are occupying us and I will say, as Abu Omar said, "If you're a mountain, the wind won't shake you. We're not afraid, we'll stay strong."
Two bombs just fell in our neighborhood, like 100 m away. As we heard them, another shout could be heard from the traumatized people in our neighborhood. I personally felt like my heart stopped for a second