Gaza 8 January 2009Posted by marisacat in 2010 Mid Terms, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Democrats, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, Israel/AIPAC, WAR!.
Photograph and Text from In Gaza, No Room For the Dead, No Room for the Living:
The latest bodies, instead, show in sandy humps, buried just low enough to be covered but not properly so. Cement blocks mark some graves, leaves and vines on others. And some were just barely visible, by the raise in earth. But it was too packed, too hard to estimate where a grave might be, no possibility of a respectfully-spaced arrangement.
I see in the softening rhetoric, in the mixed atmospherics, that WSJ has picked up the story of the picnic-ers and spectators of war, the Israelis who park themselves on the bluffs outside Gaza and enjoy the show. And they. the WSJ, are pleased to display for us the impolitic quotes from the Israeli hoi polloi. And provide the photos. Such news. Such a breakthru! My heart sings!
“It’s weird that we have to take lives in order to save lives,” Ms. Znaty says. “But we were held hostage by Hamas while our government ignored us, and now we fight back. I am sorry, but I am happy.”
Playing to a wider audience is what I see. Apologies for cynicism in view of evolving tactics.
A few days ago I posted this, from the Tabula Gaza blog:
Sunday, January 4, 2009
SMS Message from Gaza Jan 3
“I have decided not leave our house even if I die. All the people have decided this, we won’t resettle again.”
“The ground incursion on us started now.”
S. is a refugee from near Beer Sebea 80km from his current home on the border between two refugee camps in the Northern Gaza Strip.
Posted by tabula gaza at 1:21 PM 11 comments
There is an update now:
My last two messages from S. in Northern Gaza
“The Israelis are here till now, they have not reaches ys yet but they are killing people at random. Many people are lying dead in the street. Death is coming towards us.”
– January 5, 12:30
“I am in the house, The army is very close. The situation is very bad. We are going to lose cell phone coverage now.”
– January 5, 15:42
Posted by tabula gaza at 4:19 PM 0 comments
There is also this at Tabula Gaza, which mirrors snips I posted a few days ago from the In Gaza blog, she drew from comments and quotes offered up by the stragglers who made it out of Zeitoun, from the house and environs where an extended family died, stories of people surrendering and still being lined up and shot… is it misinformation from within the fog and blood spatter of war? Could be. When I posted it in a thread I mentioned that it was hearsay. It is reported that when Jenin was sorted out the massacre was “smaller” than what came from anecdotes. And that it could have been sorted out, had reporters been allowed in to Jenin. I certainly agree the international community of reporters should be in Gaza to report.
Does anyone want to head count massacre?
Someone must, but it won’t be I.
Palestinian children injured by Israeli tank fire in northeast Gaza City at a hospital on 8 January 2009. (Mohamed Al-Zanon/MaanImages)
From Tabula Gaza:
Notes from phone conversation with Dr. Attalah Tarazi
The numbers of death and injured reported in the media are far below reality as the media is not able to cover incidents as they unfold. I know of cases where homes were surrounded by the Israeli army and people inside gave themselves up and were shot anyway when they exited.
When bakeries open there are thousands lining up to get their share of bread
A clinic near my hospital was hit by an Israeli missile earlier today
What is taking place is a massacre, more than a massacre
Almost all the cases I saw today at the hospital were civilians, many women and children. This is not an attack on Hamas, it is on the most innocent of people in Gaza
6 ambulance staff members have been killed. Two ambulances were hit. Nothing is safe, nowhere is safe. No moving vehicle is safe. We are afraid for our lives. There is no differentiation between Hamas and Fatah or anyone else
We have witnessed weapons we have never seen before in our lives. Some explode in the sky and scatter bombs all over. Sporadically. I have smelt smells from some of the burns and wounds that I have never before witnessed
Thousands have fled their homes and gathered in UN schools for shelter. one such school was hit earlier today. 45 people were killed
People gathering in these schools fleeing their homes are without food, without blankets, without clothes
May god protect us, may god have mercy on us
The Israeli military is attacking us from air, land and sea. we have no where to go
The Israeli army often hits a building 2 or 3 times. when an F 16 hits a target all the buildings around it are targeted
We get the feeling no one is asking about us, the world is not even
noticing this is going on, no one cares
Oh, tell me what being lined up and shot, if true, sounds like?
Electronic Intifada has a tick tock of war, gathered as medics and ambulances reached farther… they include this thumbnail of Zeitoun…
[F]our days after submitting a request to the IOF, teams from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and ambulances from the Palestine Red Crescent Society were allowed yesterday to enter the eastern Gaza City of al-Zeitoun. In one of the houses they entered, they found four children next to their dead mother and a young man, too weak to stand up. Twelve corpses were lying on mattresses in the house. They also found 15 survivors from the IOF attack, including injured people. In another house, the rescue team found three corpses. IOF were positioned only 80 meters from these people but left them to stay with the unburied corpses of their family members and to reach the brink of starving to death.
The ambulances were not permitted to reach the wounded people, who had been left for four days without help. The rescue team had to evacuate them on donkey cart. As the ICRC and human rights organizations continue to receive reports about similar cases in this neighborhood, the ICRC has not yet received information from the IOF concerning its request to search for the dead and survivors.
The Guardian has a useful blog on Gaza War, here is an entry:
The human rights group Amnesty claims Israelis are also using civilians as human shields.
Malcolm Smart, its Middle East director, said:
Our sources in Gaza report that Israeli soldiers have entered and taken up positions in a number of Palestinian homes, forcing families to stay in a ground floor room while they use the rest of their house as a military base and sniper position. This clearly increases the risk to the Palestinian families concerned and means they are effectively being used as human shields.
Last, Charlie Rose had Bob Simon of CBS and 60 Minutes on last night… Perhaps 10 or 15 years ago (years before Sharon went to Temple Mount) I would have welcomed this as breakthru, heart sings, etc. — he speaks of apartheid, of separate roads, he clearly states that Two State is long dead… he all but says there never was any real desire for it, the Israelis LIKE apartheid…
You know what I heard? IF there is ever a day of reckoning (and why would there be, we are all complict, we are all collaborators), what we are seeing and hearing now, is the duals, the wealthy, the professional class, the elites of Tel Aviv crafting their separateness.
It was the settlers, of whom we are not a part. Oh really? It was the crazed religionists. Of which we are not a part. They are so infused into the miltary now that we have no control. And how is that working for you, in a JEWISH State? It even extended to, what a US president could do but will never do and of course, we are the wealthy of Tel Aviv, we are not some hapless US president, tied forever to the State of Israel.
BOB SIMON: [A]nd the third possibility has a very ugly word attached to it, which is apartheid. A minority Jewish population ruling over a majority Palestinian population, and Palestinians will tell you that apartheid already exists, that with the Israeli settlements on the West Bank, which have divided Palestinian territory into little cantons, with the settlements and the roadblocks, and settlers on the West Bank have their
own lovely highways, which the Palestinians are not allowed to drive on. Palestinians have to drive on the old roads. That already, there’s such a separation between Israelis and Palestinians on the West Bank that the Palestinians call it apartheid.
CHARLIE ROSE: You used to live in Tel Aviv, did you not?
BOB SIMON: Yes.
CHARLIE ROSE: So of all your friends in Israel, where you lived for how many years?
BOB SIMON: Oh, all together, more than 10.
CHARLIE ROSE: So for all your friends there, if you would say to them, would you say to them the building of the settlements in the West Bank was a bad idea and not in your interest?
BOB SIMON: They would say of course, and change the topic of conversation.
CHARLIE ROSE: I don’t understand.
BOB SIMON: In places like Tel Aviv, where just about everyone is for peace and against settlements, the irony is, when you go to a dinner party in Tel Aviv, everything is discussed except politics. Family, friends, movies, theater, music, everything. Vacations. Tuscany.
CHARLIE ROSE: Right.
BOB SIMON: You name it, it’s discussed. But not the politics of the situation. There is.
CHARLIE ROSE: Because they’re just tired of it or because they know that there’s no light at the end of the tunnel?
BOB SIMON: Because they’re tired of it and because they’re in a state of denial. They are living a very good life. Life in Tel Aviv is a wonderful life and they don’t want to be bothered with these questions which don’t really have an answer.
If anyone can stand to read it (and it is very interesting), tell me what you hear. There is also the vid at the same link, 26 minutes.
In other news our BART killing went national. Big time. A demonstration went out of control last night in Oakland. Anti riot response, parts and blocks of Oakland were closed down, 3 BART stations shut and so on… coverage on local media and local talk radio for hours, press and reporters on the scene.
The ‘on the scene’ reporting (that I caught) was excellent, radio and TV… and local NBC tv news did what I thought was right. They reported that elements joined the march, that had originally gathered at the BART station where the killing took place, then most proceeded along a large boulevard to the town center… AND that marchers attempted to intervene against the infiltrating elements. NBC local closed their evening news saying it is not white vs black (all colors and also Asian were in the original groups that gathered at the Fruitvale BART station) it is a justice issue.
That seems right to me… full reporting but not working to inflame.
The local ”liberal” talk radio is afire. And I see it differently from the Whites. We are now Whites and Blacks.. as if we were not before.
I am certainly not interested in trashing cars or breaking windows of small local businesses or setting trash afire, but to me the real story is that for days and all day yesterday the day the victim was buried, anyone in charge in Oakland was a no show. Dellums (it is rumored he is soon to get out of Dodge, air lifted to DC for a job) finally came down to speak to protesters.. but he has been MIA (since elected). The BART cop quit his job to avoid being questioned… no longer a BART employee he can decline to be interviewed by them, by their Internal Affairs, with firing as a threat of punishment. The DA met briefly, finally, with some local activists, closed to the press and then hid for the rest of the day.
Plus you know, we have a pimp show coming up… on HBO I think, set in Oakland. So much PR.
So, we are off and running. And the story is ‘out of control blacks in Oakland’ and sotto voce, get rid of the blacks and life is better… and not the failure of leadership, which is black and white..
Oh right. Hail Obster. We are so blessed.