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Media at war with the truth; while Gaza is slaughter


by Marivel Guzman

CNN Reassigns Reporter Who Called Israelis Cheering Bombs ‘Scum’ in Tweet, reads The New York Times headlines today.

It seems that the conglomerate media is more worried for sensitivities,  than covering Israel slaughter in Gaza. The Truth!

Yesterday the whole world saw the tweet being distributed in facebook, twitter and other social networks the ‘insensitive tweet’ of Diana Magnay, CNN reporter of Gaza war, as many Israel supporter called it. Insensitive? did you watch the video in Tel Aviv today, of ‘extremist’ the New York times called them, yelling “Fuck the Arabs” “Kill the Arabs” at a Anti-war demonstration.

While Gaza is being destroyed, people being indiscriminately killed,  the Stream Media worry for for the crowd of Israeli’s sensitivities.

A snapshot of Diana Magnay tweet before being removed calling Israelis cheering Gaza bombs "Scam"

A snapshot of Diana Magnay tweet before being removed calling Israelis cheering Gaza bombs “Scam”

“On Thursday night, CNN correspondent Diana Magnay did a report from a hill in southern Israel, where a group of Israelis had gathered to watch the beginning of the ground invasion of the Gaza Strip. As Magnay described the missiles flying through the sky behind her, the spectators could be heard cheering on the bombardment. “It is an astonishing, macabre and awful thing to watch this display of fire in the air,” she told Wolf Blitzer before signing off.” said the nymag.com

While the number of victims in Gaza is raising by the minute, just today called bloody Friday by Electronic Intifada,  the death toll from Israel’s assault on Gaza continues to rise.

“At least 61 people, at least 12 of them children, were killed on Friday alone, the second day of Israel’s ground invasion of parts of the Gaza Strip, and the twelfth and bloodiest day since Israel began bombarding the territory with airstrikes and land-based and naval artillery.

Eight members of a single family, the youngest six months old, were killed when a missile struck their home.” http://electronicintifada.net

Palestinian mourners gather around the body of five-month-old baby Faris al-Mahmoum during his funeral on 18 July in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip. (Ashraf Amra / APA images)

Another media war against the people’s rights to know the truth happened yesterday where another correspondent was removed for publishing tweets

Questions Surround NBC’s Removal Of Ayman Mohyeldin From Gaza, New York Times heading reads, NBC executives said privately that the move was motivated by “security concerns” as Israel prepared a ground invasion.
Moyheldin’s reporting of his social media coverage of the tragic beach attack going viral. Mohyeldin tweeted Wednesday about having just played soccer with the children killed on the beach near several hotels where foreign journalists are staying. He covered their parents’ heartbreaking reaction on both Facebook and Instagram. Mohyeldin also worked on a TV package that was broadcast later on “NBC Nightly News.”

The role of the media is to report the truth in the most accurate and unbiased way as possible, what we have seen in the the last almost three weeks of Israel assault in Gaza is a media worried more for Israelis’ sensitivities than for reporting the truth.

“Members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. The duty of the journalist is to further those ends by seeking truth and providing a fair and comprehensive account of events and issues. Conscientious journalists from all media and specialties strive to serve the public with thoroughness and honesty. Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist’s credibility. Members of the Society share a dedication to ethical behavior and adopt this code to declare the Society’s principles and standards of practice. ” Preamble of Society of Professional Journalist Code of Ethics

Israel gunboats killed 4 children while playing in Gaza Beach


by Marivel Guzman

Mohammed Baker, 9; Ahed Baker, 10; Zakaria Baker, 10; and Mohammed Baker, 11. were killed yesterday afternoon by the Israeli gunboats that illegally patrols Gaza shores. Photo 24 Media Productions

Mohammed Baker, 9; Ahed Baker, 10; Zakaria Baker, 10; and Mohammed Baker, 11. were killed yesterday afternoon by the Israeli gunboats that illegally patrols Gaza shores. This terror attack occured in Al-Deira #Gaza, Palestine during second week of Israel terror attacks on the population of Gaza. July 15, 2014. — in Gaza, Palestine.

Israel continues its campaign of terror and murder. Yesterday the gunboats that illegally patrol the shores of Gaza targeted a group a people killing four children and injuring more than 5, 4 other were rushed to the hospital still to know what happen to them. According to the Washington Post report on the attack, the Baker Children are all cousin and they are kids of fisherman, another of the cousin was injured with shrapnel from the missile.


The four Palestinian children that were bombed with missiles by an Israeli terror gunboat yesterday afternoon about 4 p.m, in #Gaza. Look at the first picture where they are visible on the beach and then on the next picture frame being deliberately bombed! #GazaUnderAttack #Palestine

 

 


Mohammed Baker, 9-year-old, Ahed Baker, 10-year-old, Zakaria Baker, 10-year-old, and Mohammed Baker, 11-year-old, were killed yesterday afternoon by the Israeli gunboats that illegally patrols Gaza shores. This terror attack occurred in front of Al-Deira Hotel, in Gaza, Palestine during second week of Israel terror attacks on the population of Gaza. July 15, 2014.

 

Minutes after the gunboats targeted the four children Mohammed Baker, 9; Ahed Baker, 10; Zakaria Baker, 10; and Mohammed Baker, 11. They were killed by the Israeli gunboats  Photo by 24 Media Productions
Minutes after the gunboats targeted the four children Mohammed Baker, 9; Ahed Baker, 10; Zakaria Baker, 10; and Mohammed Baker, 11. They were killed by the Israeli gunboats that illegally patrols Gaza shores. This terror attack occured in Al-Deira #Gaza, Palestine during second week of Israel terror attacks on the population of Gaza. July 16, 2014.
— in Gaza, Palestine.

 

 

Hamada Baker, 13-year-old, rests on the terrace of a hotel, after he was hit in the chest by shrapnel from an Israeli missile fired at a port in Gaza. Four people were rush to the hospital and 4 children died in the attack, yesterday July 15, 2014 approximately 4 p.m in Al-Deira, Gaza, Palestine (Islam Abdel Karim for The Washington Post)

Hamada Baker, 13-year-old, rests on the terrace of a hotel, after he was hit in the chest by shrapnel from an Israeli missile fired at a port in Gaza. Four people were rush to the hospital and 4 children died in the attack, yesterday July 15, 2014 approximately 4 p.m in Al-Deira, Gaza, Palestine (Islam Abdel Karim for The Washington Post)The initial scenes of gruesome massacre carried out by the army against the children of the family of four Bakr near the port in Gaza City


The New York Times writes its version of the terror attack that mercilessly killed the 4 boys that are seen in the above photo playing by the beach.
The four Bakr boys were young cousins, NYtimes.com said, the children of Gaza fishermen who had ordered them to stay indoors — and especially away from the beach. The NYT shed some blame on the own children, the writer actually is blaming the children for their own dead.  But cooped up for nine days during Israeli bombardments, the children defied their parents and went out Wednesday afternoon, the eldest shooing away his little brother, telling him it was too dangerous, Nytimes.com says, the wording on the story is washing up the blame that Israel has on the murder of the four children.


The Washington Post does not even follow the journalistic guidelines for an article, when
started his article on the death of the four children, he started his article
insinuating that the children got killed because of militants used that specific beach to throw rockets at Israel.
It is not unusual for militants to launch rockets from sites near my hotel. -The Washington Post is making sure to have a Gaza resident telling exactly what Israel have published a million times-. Then the writer gives his impression of the hotel, ” Israeli missiles and shells have also landed pretty close to al-Deira, an old red stucco inn with a large terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Just a few hundred yards down the beach is the fishing harbor.” William Booth for the Washington Post.
William Booth forgot that the story is about the death of the children, his headline is
Israeli strike kills four children on a Gaza beach, finally almost at the end of the article he mentioned the name of the 4 children’s names.
IV GENEVA CONVENTION RELATIVE TO THE PROTECTION OF CIVILIANS IN TIME OF WAR,prohibits the attack on civilians. Israel as an occupier has the obligation to protect the civilians that live under its occupation. If there is a doubt that the civilians are engage in war acts, it should refrain from attacking the civilian population, that what the IV Geneva Convention says.

According to Israel, it  has targeted more than 1200 targets in Gaza, killing 205 person, 75 percent civilians, said the UN. That has to say that Israel is purposely killing the civilian population without without regards if they are engage in military actions.

The bodies of the four children Mohammed Baker, 9-year-old; Ahed Baker, 10-year-old; Zakaria Baker, 10year-old; and Mohammed Baker, 11-year-old, are seen here being mourn by his male relatives.
The bodies of the four children Mohammed Baker, 9-year-old; Ahed Baker, 10-year-old; Zakaria Baker, 10year-old; and Mohammed Baker, 11-year-old, are seen here being mourn by his male relatives. The children were killed by the Israeli gunboats that illegally patrols Gaza shores. This terror attack occured in Al-Deira #Gaza, Palestine during second week of Israel terror attacks on the population of Gaza. July 16, 2014.
— in Gaza, Palestine.

Gaza health officials said 207 Palestinians, most of them civilians, had been killed in air and naval barrages, in the worst flareup of Israeli-Palestinian violence in two years.

One Israeli has been killed by shelling from Gaza.

I leave here a link for my fellow journalist from the American media to lean again what it seems they had forgotten. Ethics.
Code of Ethics from the Society of Professional Journalists

 

Cease of fire crafted by Israel


Graphic published at ABC World News with Diana Sawyer facebook page

Graphic published at ABC World News with Diana Sawyer facebook page

#Hamas was not invited to the cease of fire meetings. Pretty much like Oslo accord where Egypt, US, and Israel decided the luck of the Palestinian people without inviting the Palestinian leaders to the secret meetings.
This graphic was published by ABC World News showing the number of Palestinians killed vs Israeli killed in this unmistakeably unequal war. claimed that the number of casualties are because the “Collapse on a proposal cease of fire” that had broadly been blamed on Hamas. ABCWN failed to mentions that ‪#‎Hamas‬ was not invited to the cease of fire meetings. Pretty much like Oslo accord where Egypt, US, and Israel decided the luck of the Palestinian people without inviting the Palestinian leaders to the secret meetings.
It can not be “The collapse of….” because a proposal is not a cease of fire, and the proposal not implemented is not the cause to more casualties, but the irresponsibility of Israel that is engage in a genocidal mission in Gaza.
It can not be “The collapse of….” because a proposal is not a cease of fire, and the proposal not implemented is not the cause to more casualties, but the irresponsibility of Israel that is engage in a genocidal mission in Gaza.
Richard Silverstein writes in his blog that his sources in Israel who were consulted to negotiate the ‘cease of fire’ between Israel and Hamas told him that Israel wrote the cease of fire protocol and gave it to Egypt to be presented as Egyptian proposal.
Also Jodi Rudoren,  Jerusalem bureau chief of The New York called the brief, one-sided cease-fire which was not honored by Hamas.

This Is What the Growing Death Toll in Gaza Looks Like: The fatality count in the ongoing attacks between Israel and Gaza has risen throughout the day after the proposed cease-fire agreement failed, said ABCWN Diana sawyer in her facebook page.

CNN continues twisting the facts reporting that, “Israel destroys Hamas facilities” counting residential buildings, schools, mosques, and hospitals as Hamas facilities.

None of the big media outlets had reported accurate, and unbiased news.  They old failed their role as communicators, as News outlets, all had failed the people.

18 Family members of Al-Battesh Family killed by Israel missiles


July 13, 2014 at 9:40pm

Ahmed A. Balousha, reporter from Gaza, Palestine

by Ahmed A. Balousha

From Gaza Strip, Palestine

To Elbadil Journal

Translated into English by Shadi Nassar

 

Up to the 14th of Ramadan (July 13, 2014), the Israeli aggression on Gaza Strip is still continuous in the absence of any deterrent. While the international community keeps negatively silent, the (Israeli) aircraft are targeting the houses and neighborhoods; the gunboats are targeting the coast. In addition, the tanks are ready for an expected ground invasion. Nobody can predict the scenario of the war on Gaza, nor the limit to the losses which could occur in this city.

 

Immediately after al-Taraweeh prayer and while the worshippers were leaving the mosque, a barrage of missiles targeted the house of al-Battesh family in al- Shijaiya, east of Gaza. The house with its many floors turned into ruins. It was filled by a cloud of death and the smell of gunpowder. Eighteen people were killed in this massacre, which is one of others committed continuously by the IAF for eight days without any break or even hesitation.  The killing rapidly occurs. The streets of the strip are full of grief and sorrow. The people bury their relatives asking God to rest them in peace instead of the miserable life they lived.

18 graves ready to receive the body of the Al-Battesh Family who was killed yesterday July 12 by an Israel missile. Gaza, Palestine

 

These graves await an entire family. They lived together and they are leaving together forever to Heaven. The family is joining many other killed families. The war machine kills easily under internationally accepted and promoted pretexts, which aim at hiding the truth and covering the crimes of the occupation.

 

This is not the first case. It was exceeded by another massacre committed against Kaware’a family in Khan-Younis, south of the strip, and Ehmeid family in Beit Hanoun. That makes the Palestinians predict unprecedented violations, as long as the Israeli attacks continue. Some witnesses mentioned that the recovery of bodies was almost impossible because they were mixed with ruins.

UPDATE: July 14, 2014 7:53 a.m

Only children survived the missile strike that killed 18 family members of the Al-Bettach Family

Only children survived the missile strike that killed 18 family members of the Al-Bettach Family

Blood of Tayseer Al-Batsh's family who were killed in an Israeli air raid, are seen at a hospital morgue in Gaza City, on July 13, 2014. The Israeli air strike on the family home of Al-Batsh, Gaza's police chief, killed 18 people on Saturday, Gaza's health ministry said, and Hamas fired the largest salvo of rockets yet on Tel Aviv since the start of the Jewish state's offensive in the Palestinian enclave. The strike on the home of Al-Batsh in Gaza City was the deadliest bombing since Israel launched its offensive on Tuesday to end Palestinian rocket fire into its territory. Israel's offensive has killed 145 Palestinians since Tuesday. Gaza medical officials said at least 82 civilians, including 25 children, were among the dead from the air strikes on the territory into which nearly 2 million people are packed.Photo by Ezz Al Zanoon, Gaza, Palestine.

Blood of Tayseer Al-Batsh’s family who were killed in an Israeli air raid, are seen at a hospital morgue in Gaza City, on July 13, 2014. The Israeli air strike on the family home of Al-Batsh, Gaza’s police chief, killed 18 people on Saturday, Gaza’s health ministry said, and Hamas fired the largest salvo of rockets yet on Tel Aviv since the start of the Jewish state’s offensive in the Palestinian enclave. The strike on the home of Al-Batsh in Gaza City was the deadliest bombing since Israel launched its offensive on Tuesday to end Palestinian rocket fire into its territory. Israel’s offensive has killed 145 Palestinians since Tuesday. Gaza medical officials said at least 82 civilians, including 25 children, were among the dead from the air strikes on the territory into which nearly 2 million people are packed.Photo by Ezz Al Zanoon, Gaza, Palestine.

Urgent Call From Gaza


The following letter was posted today by Abu Yazan in the community page Echoes and Voices of Palestine this morning appealing to the international community in general. A message to the world.. #Gaza #GazaUnderAttack
Mohammed Matter 'Abu Yazan'

Mohammed Matter ‘Abu Yazan’, from Gaza, Palestine is a political activist, writer and a member of Gaza Youth Breaks Out movement, known as GYBO (photo/aljazeera.com)

by Mohammed Matter ‘Abu Yazan’

“A message to the world,

Dearest Comrades, Brothers and Sisters, and free people of the world:

The Palestinian people are being exposed to another one of the Israeli occupations aggressions. The occupation offensive continues in Gaza, Palestine, while the blockade never ended. Not only so, settler crimes continue with impunity in the West Bank and Jerusalem, meanwhile land theft and settler expansion persists. An apartheid wall furthermore aids the Judaization of Jerusalem, as the occupation forces continue to arrest thousands of civilians. 6000 men and women have been arrested so far, they have been abused and their human rights violated. Not to mention the destruction of Palestinian infrastructure, and the Palestinian national economy.


The Israeli military occupation has committed and continues to commit a number of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the form of genocide. In doing so, the military occupation is violating the IV GENEVA CONVENTION RELATIVE TO THE PROTECTION OF CIVILIANS IN TIME OF WAR, and a number of other human rights agreements. To this point the Israeli aggression has led to 167 Palestinian civilian deaths, 39 of which are children, with a further 23 women. 1123 civilians have also been injured, the majority of which are women and children, while tens of houses have been destroyed and their occupants killed. Not only so, but a number of key institutions have also been targeted, including civil and government institutions, emergency vehicles, and holy sites.


Friends and Comrades, we urge you along with the rest of the international community, with all its institutions including regional ones, and the various civil society organizations, to go from calls for justice for the Palestinian struggle towards the acceptance of your responsibility as actors in this issue. We urge you to hold Israel legally accountable in both an individual and a collective context, to stop the aggression and alienate via boycotts the Israeli military occupation.
We urge you to collectively work on a global solidarity campaign, the biggest of its kind, to expose the Israeli military occupation and hold it accountable. The continued international silence and the lack of accountability gives the Israeli military occupation impunity and encourages it to commit more atrocities and massacres.

Dearest friends: We as a people people live under occupation, and an apartheid state, without any protections. We urge you to take to the streets, and to protest nonstop as we do, the screaming violations that are inflicted on the Palestinian people. We urge you to demand the end of the occupation and the aggression, and to scream in the face of injustice. We urge you to take a stance against the double standards of your governments and to urge them to commit to their legal and ethical obligations towards protecting civilians in Palestine. We need you and we need your urgent solidarity today, and everyday, to stop the occupations crimes and continued aggression. We urge you towards a serious movement and work and solidarity with our just struggle for justice, dignity and freedom. Finally, we hope that you commit yourself to this call as individuals and/or organizations, and to do so with urgency, for tomorrow maybe a day too late.” Abu Yazan

Mattar wrote in 2012 for Aljazeera his feeling regarding the Manifesto that he and other young bright minds wrote in 2010 exposing Israel, UN, US, and its own government Hamas. The frustration to live in an occupied Land, living under the military boot of Israel under the protection of the UN, US and in large by the international community-leaders- on top of that under the dictatorial hand of Hamas that tried to crashed the movement since the first day arresting and harassing its founders.

It has been almost two years now since we wrote our manifesto. We called it a manifesto, but in reality, I’m not sure what it was, he said.

“Was it a manifesto, or was it a cry for help? Perhaps, an accusation, or even perhaps a demand to the world and to ourselves; a demand for change from the outside and from within.” matter said.
Now he appeals again to the international community, but more that to the leaders to citizens of the world to help them, to raise voices of conscience throughout the world to help to stop the massacre.

Read more on Gaza Youth Breaks Out

From manifesto to reality: ‘Gaza Youth Breaks Out’ member tells his story
“My story is marked by violence, persecution, arrests, abuse and resistance,” writes Matter.

It is almost two years now since we wrote our manifesto. We called it manifesto, but in hindsight, I’m not sure what it was. Was it a manifesto, or was it a cry for help? Perhaps, an accusation. Perhaps, a demand to the world and to ourselves; a demand for change from within and from the outside.

It was before the uprisings began around us, and they have been roaring the last two years; in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria and Bahrain. But we had felt like shouting in the dark, and while this raging had brought light into the darkness of the dictatorships around us, the night around us has not thinned even a bit. No, if anything, it has only become darker.

Israel ‘Pinpoint’ Strikes Kill Mostly Gaza Innocents — Entire Families Wiped Out


Few Hamas Militants Among 121 Victims

By Noah Browning

Source: Forward.com

getty images

The Israeli military’s “pinpoint strikes” on houses in Gaza have killed whole families and children but few of the wanted men they are meant to target because they have long made themselves scarce, Palestinian residents say.

After five days of cross-border barrages between Gaza militants and Israel’s air force, at least 81 of the 121 Palestinians killed have been civilians, including 25 children, according to Palestinian medical officials.

While relatively few militants and even fewer of their commanders have been killed, according to Hamas sources and media reports, Israel appears more determined than in previous wars to bring the fight to their homes in the densely populated enclave hugging the Mediterranean coast.

Kin, neighbors and others who deny any ties to militants have been most often in the firing line of Israel’s assaults.

“I still can’t believe this happened, it’s like a bad dream,” said Shadi Hamad, standing in the demolished courtyard of a family home with tearful relatives.

“It was 11 at night and the family had just sat down in a circle for coffee in the front porch after breaking the Ramadan fast. The missile landed in the middle. Everyone was killed.”

The air strike was targeting Hafez Hamad, a local commander in the Islamic Jihad militant group, and killed him, as well as his parents, two brothers and niece.

“Where were their human rights, which Israel and its backers say they defend?” said Bassam Qassem, a neighbor. “Even if he (Hamad) was a resistance fighter, does that allow them to kill his whole family? This is murder.”

For their part, nervous Israeli civilians have for days had to heed warning sirens to seek shelter from Palestinian rockets, around 700 of which have lobbed from Gaza since Tuesday. They have so far caused no Israeli fatalities, but some injuries and damage.

Israel disavows any responsibility for the Gaza deaths, saying Hamas stows its people and weapons among civilians and hopes to score a cheap sympathy boost from their deaths.

“We are using all our attacking capabilities, not without brains, reason – not without taking into consideration that there are also civilians in Gaza. We remember that there are civilians. Hamas has turned them into hostages,” Israeli military chief Lieutenant-General Benny Gantz said on Friday.

“We continue to attack as best we can, rockets, command centers, tunnels, munitions and defense infrastructure and Gaza is sinking into a tragedy,” Gantz said.

Early on Saturday two disabled women were killed and four other people seriously wounded when an Israeli tank shell struck a rehabilitation center in the eastern part of Gaza City, Palestinian medics said. An Israeli military spokeswoman said she was checking for details on why the center was targeted.

Residents also said a mosque in the central Gaza Strip was bombed to rubble. The military said it had housed a weapons cache.

Israel says it has attacked more than a thousand targets in the coastal territory since the recent fighting began.

MANY HOMES OF MILITANTS, POLICE TARGETED

The Gaza interior ministry told Reuters that over 200 family homes have been targeted since the Israeli campaign began, many belonging to police officers and militants but only around 15 housing high-ranking commanders.

According to the Gaza based Al-Mezan Association for Human Rights, 537 houses – 122 of them targeted directly – were either completely or partially damaged by Israeli air strikes since Tuesday.

Palestinians think the attacks are meant to sow panic and drive a wedge between them and the militants.

“They can’t find any targets this war because they’re hidden, so they’ve just decided to punish innocent people… Do you see any resistance fighters here? Of course not. They’ve gone underground days ago, disappeared,” said Aziz Abu Awdeh in the northern border town of Beit Hanoun.

“This is terrorism in every meaning of the word. Killing family members and ordinary people just brings us closer together as a people. Resistance is our right, any people in the world would defend themselves from this.”

Israel’s military has published grainy aerial footage it says shows arms caches nestled among homes, which, they say, when struck by a missile, detonate “secondary explosions.”

Outgoing rockets often appear to scream forth from near residential districts, though Hamas denies Israeli claims that it uses people as “human shields.”

In Beit Hanoun’s main hospital on Wednesday, crumps of nearby rocket fire and air strikes brought casualties pouring in. One father, comforting his bruised young son, said an outgoing rocket launch had sent the boy flying across a room.

“STAY AWAY”

Israel says it regularly gives warnings to residents by phone calls, text messages and dud missiles launched on their roofs to warn them in advance of attacks, but Gazans say there is not enough time to evacuate or warnings simply don’t come.

The Israeli military described a strike on the home of the Kaware family in which eight people died as a “tragic mistake”, saying residents had not heeded their warning. The army did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment on their targeting policies.

A rushed voice crackled over the Gaza police radio frequency on Friday, reporting an air strike on a family house in Beit Hanoun.

The bombing’s sole victim was Saher Abu Namous, 4, who lay, pale and with his head blown open, on a steel gurney in the local morgue. The medic wrapped his plump limbs in a shroud and prepared to enclose him in a refrigerator.

Nearby, hundreds of neighbors gathered spontaneously around a household which had received a phone call from the Israeli military warning that a strike was imminent.

Hamas’s official radio station cautioned residents to stay away: “Dear listeners, please be warned that surveillance drones and an Apache helicopter are still in the area, stay well away.”

Israel’s military says it has aborted planned attacks when neighbors gather in numbers to defend homes.

The air strike has yet to come.

Flash News:International Activists in Gaza will be human shield in a hospital IDF plans to bomb


14 patients, men and women over the age of 60 that cannot be moved remain hospitalized at Gaza’s only rehabilitation hospital.

 

By | Jul. 12, 2014 | 12:42 AM
Source haaretz.com
UPDATED

Al Wafa Hospital, Gaza

Al Wafa Hospital, Gaza Photo by Flickr

International solidarity activists are staying in a Gaza hospital as human shields, ElWAFA Medical Rehabilitation Hospital, which the Israeli Defense Forces plans to bomb. The activists joined patients unable to leave because the rest of Gaza’s hospitals are in a state of emergency treating persons injured in the bombings and waiting for more patients to come in.

Two warning rockets were fired at the Al Wafa hospital east of Gaza City at 2 a.m. early Friday morning, Director Basman al Ashi told Haaretz. At 7 pm. a rocket was fired at the fourth floor, blasting a large hole in the ceiling and shattering windows. The floor was evacuated on Wednesday.

After the rocket was fired someone called the hospital speaking in Arabic with a distinct Israeli accent he asked if there were patients on the top floor, if anyone was injured and if there were plans of evicting it. The answer to each of the questions was negative.
“The civilian population of Gaza is being bombed. We will stay with them in solidarity until the international community and our governments take action to stop Israel’s crimes against humanity.” States Swedish International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activist, Fred Ekblad.

The front of the hospital El Wafa in Gaza, on the left shows the hole and burning of the missile in the fourth floor after Israel shot 4 warning missiles. This hospital is in the list of target for IDF to be destroyed. (photo/Manu Pineda)

Al Wafa is the only rehabilitation hospital in the Gaza Strip established in 1996, it is intended for trauma patients injured. Currently there are 14 patients aged over 60 being treated in the hospital who require constant care and who cannot take care of themselves without medical supervision. Some of them are immobile, others are being fed intravenously. 25 other patients in less of an acute state left the hospital al Ashi told Haaretz.

Joseph Catron, a 33-year-old American, is one of the activists that decided to stay at the hospital as a human shield together with colleges from New Zeeland, Australia, England, Spain, Sweden, and Venezuela. Catron told Haaretz that the hospital’s director took them on a tour of all the hospital’s floors and rooms and “though I am not a military man, I didn’t see anything resembling a rocket in the hospital” Catron said.

According to Catron, he and his friends notified their respective embassies that they are staying at the hospital slated to be bombed by the IDF.

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