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A nice guy blogs from Gaza

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This blogger has been in Gaza throughout the ordeal. He is surely not a military type and is quite sympatique. He generally blogs everyday, and works / resides at the hospital. Go to his blog to see the pictures and the full stories.

Tuesday: I woke today to the sound of shelling from Israeli ships at sea. I’m not sure they really get this ceasefire concept totally, though of course it is nothing like what it was. In the port area on Saturday night, we had fliers dropped saying something like:

Israel will unilaterally stop attacks at 2am Sunday Jan 18. We won’t retreat from our Gaza positions, and we will respond to any Hamas attacks. Don’t come near us. Don’t go near Hamas positions. We don’t attack civilians, only Hamas &.you have to know quiet will bring quiet. You have the choice.


I found a particularly comedy bunch of fliers in my friend’s garden from about a week ago. I double checked one with Dr Halid. It was mostly about how Israel was gonna get Hamas and get them good, and it finished with: We will get them anywhere they are and in every way possible. For your safety, please evacuate your homes and go to the city centre.

Where is your friend’s house? Dr H asked me.
In the city centre.
I said. Just up the road from one of those city centre safe havens, an UNWRA school.

But anyway, nothing is falling on us from the sky currently. Today, finally, our Rafah comrades made it out and we met up to be sure we were all in one piece, which seemed pretty unlikely for a while there. We met also with Dr Assad, Dr Haider, Kamal Abu Nader, and Dr Emad Khalil Abou El Khair, who are all part of the University Teachers Association and the One Democratic State Group. They have been at the forefront of the BDS Campaign (for boycott, sanctions and divestment) to create economic pressure on Israel to end occupation. They made a press statement about this the other day, and that night Israel hit their offices with 2 missiles; a 3rd hit the neighbours. That’ll teach’em.


I have just come from Jabalia, and I have no words. I do however have pictures. These came from the Azbet area, and cover a space that would take 15 minutes at a brisk walk. But the devestation stretches as far as the eye can see. The estimate is 6-8000 houses in Gaza damaged, and 5000 completely destroyed.


Written by morris

January 21, 2009 at 1:46 am

Posted in Gaza, israel

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  1. Thank You tales to tell.

    Guess I just couldn’t imagine a woman / girl going through all that. Silly me!


    January 21, 2009 at 10:13 pm

  2. hi. Tales to Tell here. Thanks for your support – but I aint a guy, I’m a girl!


    January 21, 2009 at 9:41 pm

  3. There are countless stories of how jews and arabs lived side by side prior to 1948.

    But it seems a radical group, or just the organisations that had been fighting the British chose to ethnically cleanse, so there would be jewish only areas.

    The atrocities are well documented.

    Jews still live with muslims in Yemen, Iran and many other muslim countries.

    In general the shia of lebanon and the palestinians were a pretty docile lot when it came to fighting, hence the past ‘supremacy’ of the Israelis.

    But people get pushed to become suicide bombers, and fighters.

    To show what terrorist acts palestinians have done is unlikely to win you any sympathy or support.

    The atrociousness of the bombing of Lebanon in 2006 and the starving and hemming in of one and half million crammed Gazans. Who did nothing wrong other than being born from people the jewish establishment disliked, really uses up any goodwill you could have hoped for.

    I confess I was once in Tel Aviv when there was a terrorist attack. And in the heat of the moment my knee jerk reaction was that there should be retaliation. And in no so small measure there is a collective psychosis where it is difficult to be objective. There is also the overriding concern for one’s livelihood (this you will understand).

    Really the best solution is for Israelis to ask themselves why they are a war machine, why are their enemies getting stronger? What part of the jewish Israeli philosophy is faulty?

    It is institutionalised racism. A person’s rights are determined by who their parents are / were.

    And you’ve just banned Arab parties from the elections. You want them to have their own government for their own people.

    Totally out of sync with the rest of the world.

    When Hamas was legally elected, you jailed their representatives, and they are still in jail. Israel started the 67 war because of a minor blockade. Now it has imposed a total blockade on Gaza.

    Etc. Etc.

    The Israeli war machine is now, even prior to Gaza, known for collective punishment and killing civilians.

    The ball is in Israel’s court. (to change).


    January 21, 2009 at 9:55 am

  4. Hi,
    check some links, maybe you will see the situation from another side
    We never showed before disaster images of terroristic attacks and maybe this is our mistake – all the world see only one side.


    January 21, 2009 at 8:28 am

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