"My respect for the wounded is endless, in their contained determination in the midst of pain, agony and shock; my admiration for the staff and volunteers is endless. My closeness to the Palestinian “sumud” [steadfastness] gives me strength, although in glimpses I just want to scream, hold someone tight, cry, smell the skin and hair of the warm child, covered in blood, protect ourselves in an endless embrace – but we cannot afford that, nor can they." - Dr. Mads Gilbert, volunteer doctor in Shifa.
Phone conversation between Raji Sourani, founder and director of the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, who spoke from Gaza, and Michael Sfard, legal consultant for the Israeli human rights organization Yesh Din. The conversation took place on July 20th, two days after the launch of the Israeli ground invasion of Gaza. Since then, the violence by the Israeli military against innocent Palestinian citizens has been relentless.
A couple of things to note:
- Sourani tells that the IDF is targeting civilians, and that new forms of weapons are being used in Gaza. These include DIMES bombs, which directly inflict internal damage.
- At a time like this there is a flood of information, much of which is partial or questionable. However, Yesh Din is an organization which has been focusing on the legal aspects of human rights, and is one of the rare sources whose information to trust.
Please listen to this important recording, and if possible, share with your networks and friends; please help spread this testimony as far and as wide as you possibly can.
Hopefully this will help diffuse some of the smokescreen.
The only way to make sense of Israel’s senseless war in Gaza is through understanding the historical context. Establishing the state of Israel in May 1948 involved a monumental injustice to the Palestinians. British officials bitterly resented American partisanship on behalf of the infant state. On 2 June 1948, Sir John Troutbeck wrote to the foreign secretary, Ernest Bevin, that the Americans were responsible for the creation of a gangster state headed by “an utterly unscrupulous set of leaders”. I used to think that this judgment was too harsh but Israel’s vicious assault on the people of Gaza, and the Bush administration’s complicity in this assault, have reopened the question. - Avi Shlaim
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