Al-Jazeerah: Cross-Cultural Understanding
News, December 2008
Day 22 of Zionist Israeli Terrorist War On Gaza, Death toll 1220, wounded 5350
By Sameh A. Habeeb
ccun.org, January 17, 2009
Day 22 of Israeli War On Gaza
Daily Feed About Gaza War:
1-Israeli air strike hit the eastern part of Gaza City. Many houses were harmed partially.
2-Israeli air forces raided on a United Nations' school northern Gaza, town of Bait Lahia. A woman and two children were killed and many wounded. Tens of people came to take the school as a shelter but it was hit!
3- Two Palestinians killed in east of Rafah City. Invading tanks destroyed sevetal houses and arrested some residents.
4-Three Palestinians killed by Phosphorous bombs fall down in many places in north of Gaza.
5- Two Palestinians killed after being injured in Khan yonis and their father was wounded. Here is an email I got from the friends of the family before they know what has happened to them!
I am writing to make a request for a good friend from Gaza (Amer Shurrab, UWCAD '01--03, Middlebury College '08.5). He just found out his father and two brothers were attacked while returning home from their farm during the 3-hr ceasefire. One brother (Kassab Shurrab) died, but the father (Mohammed Shurrab -64) and the remaining brother (Ibrahim-17) are now wounded and stranded in an Israeli Defense Force (IDF) controlled area. It's been 16 hours and emergency services are unable to reach them. The ambulances cannot travel there without permission from the IDF, and local aid groups claim that soldiers are blocking their access. We have spoken with the local Red Cross in Khan Yunis and they have been trying to get the IDF's permission to get to the family, but have not been allowed. What we are asking, is if you could help by using any of your contacts (in the area and/or region, with NGOs, HR groups,media, etc), to bring attention and pressure in order to get permission for the ambulances to save two lives. We are very desperate and trying as many avenues as possible to help aid reach them. If you know even a foot soldier who might be able to push the ball by calling a local commander we would really appreciate any help. His father and brother are located at: In front of Supermarket Abu Zidan El-Najar El Fukhari (neighbourhood) Khan Yunis (town) Gaza We truly appreciate any help at this time, thank you for your time. Salam, Adriana Qubaia +1.781.350.8080 (email@example.com) Amer Shurrab: +1.802.377.7962 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
6- Two Palestinians killed near Sofa crossings in Rafah City southern Gaza Strip.
7-Three Palestinians killed in northern Gaza Strip near al karma buildings.
8-Heavy bombings mid of Gaza City and clashes erupted in eastern part of Gaza city.
9-Heavy bombings artillery shelling western Gaza city and in Al Zaytoin area south east of Gaza.
10-Naval gunboats shelled southern Gaza City leaving 4 Palestinian wounded.
11-Shells destroyed Taha mosque east of Jabalia.
12-Rockets hit a group of Palestinian fighters in Twam area west north of occupied Gaza strip.
13-Four Israeli soldiers wounded by Palestinian mortar shells north of Gaza.
14-Fire set in several houses in Bait Lahia resulted in many wounded.
15-Phosphorus bombs hit many targets at Khan yonis city and many house burned in the area.
16- Phosphorus bombs hit many targets at Khan yonis city and many house burned in the area.
17-Rockets attack into several farms and houses in Moraj area in Rafah City.
18-Three rockets hit Al Barhma area in Rafah City.
19-More than 100 bombs, rockets and shells hit the tunnels area in Rafah City. Tens of the houses destroyed and hundreds of persons left their houses.
20-Israeli F16s raided by 4 rockets on many spaces inside Egypt and hover in the area.
21- Medical sources: victims up to 1220 while wounded up to 5350. A big number of ambulances and medical equipments destroyed in addition to destroying 15 medical centers and sections.
22-Palestinian fighters launched 14 projectiles into Israeli settlements.
23-Houses destroyed northern Gaza in Israeli bombings.
24-Artillary shells bombarded Al Tofah area eastern Gaza City.
25-Rockets hit Al Salam quarter in Rafah City and 3 wounded in the place.
26-Drones fired a rocket into empty spaces in Shja'ya area.
27-Power Crisis still storming most of the Gaza Strip.
28-Water is not being accessed by 800 thousands Gazans.
29-Bread crisis still storming Gaza leaving 5 bakeries out of 47 working!
30-Drones excessively hover on Gaza City, eastern and northern areas.
31-Israeli tanks based in Rafah City, Gaza Airport, fired many houses in Shoka area.
Who Is Responsible for Gaza blight?
By Dr. Akram Habeeb (my Dad)
Writing from the Occupied Gaza Strip
As a Gazzan who is not affiliated to any political party; yet much concerned about what is taking place in my hometown, I meticulously track every piece of news related to the ongoing horrendous carnage which is perpetrated by the Israelis against the innocent civilians in Gaza. I was shocked when key staff of Bush's outgoing Administration hold the Palestinian side in particular responsible for the recent onslaught in Gaza. I was also more devastated when some European officials and even few Arab leaders implicitly hold the same opinion. I am not sure though whether these officials do represent the voice and the good will of their peoples.
The most disturbing statement about the situation in Gaza was made by Dr. Rice, the American Secretary of States, when she declared that it was the Palestinian side who violated the truce and subsequently is responsible for what is happening in Gaza. Such a statement is easy to be made by Ms. Condi whose accomplishments in America's foreign policy were spectacular! She promised that by 2008 the presidents vision of two states would be concretized. It seems though that she succeeded in having two Palestinian cantons, one in Gaza, and the other in the West Bank ! Perhaps Dr. Rice was the most frequent visitor of the Middle East when compared with her predecessors. The normal expectation has been that Ms. Rice would have a deeper understanding of the Middle East crisis in general, and the Palestinian side in particular.
As Palestinians living in Gaza, we expected Ms. Rice to have done some research about the demography of Gaza. We also expected here to have done some investigations about the psyche of the true victims living in Gaza. We are not sure if Dr. Rice knows that more than seventy percent of the Palestinians living in Gaza are Palestinian refugees who had been kicked out of there towns and villages in Palestine . We are not certain if Dr. Rice knows that most of the Israelis who replaced the displaced Palestinians had come from far off land, from diverse countries to establish a state on the land of other people. It seems that Ms. Rice is very happy to see the Palestinians suffer under siege ; she wants them to sing for peace in a big cage called Gaza and if they protest by sending home made rockets, she will hold them responsible for the mess! We hope though that Ms. Clinton, Condi's successor would be the one who would improve the image of America in the Middle East and the Islamic world. We are sure that Ms. Clinton would be more objective and realistic when she deals with the Palestinian Issue.
The Palestinians have also been greatly disconcerted by the statements both President Bush and his deputy, Dick Chini . Both of them gave Israel the green light to kill the innocent civilians in Gaza. The moment they declared that Israel has the right to defend itself and hold the Palestinian side responsible for the what is happening in Gaza, Israel started mercilessly to target civilians. They started to kill complete families, small and extended. They started to target the unarmed civilians who mistakenly thought that UNRWA schools would be safe refuge for them. History will witness that these two men had not done any good for the good Americans who elected them. They have successfully denigrated the image of America and the Americans in the Arab and the Muslim worlds. We in Palestine and in the Muslim world believe that Bush's legacy would be a real burden for his successor, president elect Obamma. However, we strongly believe that Obama's administration would do its best to regain the prestigious image of American in the Arab and the Muslim worlds , we are full of hope that the new administration would play the role of the objective peace broker in the Middle East. Hopefully it would be very real and realistic vision different from Bush's vision !
Sameh A. Habeeb, B.A. Photojournalist & Peace Activist Humanitarian, Child Relief Worker Gaza Strip, Palestine Mob: 00972599306096 Tel: 0097282802825 E-mail: Sam_hab@hotmail.com Sameh.email@example.com Skype: Gazatoday, Facebook: Sameh A. habeeb Web: www.gazatoday.blogspot.com Daily Photos:http://picasaweb.google.com/sameh.habeeb
A TOUR AND NEWS REPORT IN THE UNITED NATION COMPOUND IN GAZA: http://picasaweb.google.com/sameh.habeeb/IsraeliBombsTargetedUnitedNationsInGaza
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