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Thursday, December 18, 2008

On Life Support--Guardian Editorial

Guardian, Friday 12 December 2008
This is surely the result of Mona's meeting with the Guardian editor and a handful of others. good for her.
Victoria Britain
On Fri, 12/12/08, Ray Dolphin wrote: Editorial The Guardian, Friday 12 December 2008 On life support
Anyone who thinks that the status quo in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is acceptable should talk to a doctor fromGaza . There is an acute shortage of all drugsand a complete lack of all cancer and cystic fibrosis medication. The hospitals have generators, but often no fuel, and switching from mains to an emergency> supply wrecks the equipment. One of the strip's three CT scanners is bust because of fluctuations in current. This also makes the temperature control of incubators for newborn babies unreliable. According to one source, more than 230 patients died last year waiting for a permit to leave The list goes on: the majority of Gaza 's children present the symptoms of mild or severe post traumatic stress disorder. About 45% of children under five have iron deficiency from lack of fruit, and meat and 18% of children have stunted growth. There is one other statistic: 71% of children interviewed at a school recently said they wanted to be a "martyr" A six-month ceasefire, or a period of "quiet" between Israel and Hamas, exists in name only. The current volley of raids and rockets started on November 4 when Israel said it uncovered a tunnel Hamas was planningto use to capture soldiers. Israeli forces have killed at least 10 Hamas gunmen, and as the rockets rained down on Sderot and Ashkelon, the gates of Gaza were locked. They were opened on Tuesday when 45 trucks of food, medical supplies cooking gas and fuel were let through. Israel says it will stop its blockade the moment the rockets cease and defends itself from the charge that its actions amount to collective punishment by drawing comparisons with other sanctions regimes. But Israel is not the only player. Conditions in Gaza are daily news in the Arab media and Egypt is coming under pressure to open its border with Gaza . British ministers may protest about the border closures, but the whole world community is complicit with the policy of punishing Palestinians for having elected Hamas. There is no defence for Hamas' use of rockets against Israeli civilian targets. Making Israeli children cower in concrete shelters is not "resistance". But nor can one justify the policy of keeping 1.5 million Palestinians on life support and then turning the ventilator off from time to time. Even less should it be tolerated by the incoming Obama administration. One cannot point, as Dennis Ross has done, to the dangers of Gaza becoming a failed state, while supporting policies which ensure the state continues to fail. Keeping Gaza perched on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe should not appeal to a US president who intends to use his middle name to reach out to the Arab world.

3 Comments:

  • salaam
    I am from Iran, OF cours u know my country... it is very interesting for me to real a blog for an women from gaza strip,
    i am found this blog when i am searching about 2 week about palestine and israel.
    I have a webloge in persian lang..
    ziroro.blogfa.com
    i wrote about palestine...

    By Blogger moheb, at 12/18/2008 10:17 PM  

  • Gaza Solution work it out

    Gaza local gov does not have control of interior y/n

    bad people are sending the rockets

    not the gov or police or 78% un employed worked y/n

    By Blogger NOvictumjustwork, at 1/05/2009 12:44 AM  

  • I am a blogger in the United States. I write mostly about cystic fibrosis, which is how I found your blog. I have a friend in the cystic fibrosis community in Gaza, and he says things are getting worse. It is sad, and I hope some kind of resolution can happen soon. I'm sorry for your friends and family, and for you.

    I know that is not much, but it is what I can say right now.

    By Blogger Dan, at 1/06/2009 8:58 AM  

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