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A visit to the East Jerusalem hospital treating children injured by Israeli strikes on Gaza

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Alaa Abu Zeid, 11, injured during an Israeli air strike on her home in Rafah that killed her mother, brother and eight other family members. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Alaa Abu Zeid, 11, injured during an Israeli air strike on her home in Rafah that killed her mother, brother and eight other family members. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Rich henna cups Alaa Abu Zeid’s eleven-year old bicep and glitter dots her forehead. She is the star of the second floor of St. Joseph Hospital in East Jerusalem where children who have been transferred from Gaza are receiving surgery after sustaining injuries from Israeli air strikes. Her recovery room is where the ten other children who were medically evacuated are allotted henna and glitter tattoos to splash onto the scant bits of their mottled skin that is free of burns.

Alaa was injured in Rafah when an F-16 dropped explosives on her house killing her seven months pregnant mother, brother and eight other members of her family. During Alaa’s first week in the hospital, all of the staff and the other patients hid the fact of her family’s tragedy. They waited a week until she made it through surgery on her leg, which had the flesh torn off of it during the bombing. In the operation a portion of her left leg was moved to her right. Once she was stable, a social worker told her that most of her family was dead.

When Alaa is left alone she cries, so she is never left alone.

After her operation Alaa was on oxygen support and complained of the smell of the clean air. “She said I like the smell of gas and benzene,” said Tarek Bakri, 28, an engineer by profession and a volunteer who visits with Alaa daily over the past three weeks. “The children are excited when they smell the fuel that runs the generator,” he said.

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Eman Siam, 19, injured in an air strike outside of her house in Khan Younis, Gaza. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Tarek is perhaps the most dedicated of the many volunteers who visit Alaa and the other children. He started an online campaign for supporters around the world to send Alaa messages. Thousands of well wishes poured in, and Tarek was by her bedside to read them one-by-one.

Spending time in St. Joseph Hospital is the first occasion Tarek has had to get to know Palestinians from Gaza. So far 3,106 children have been injured during Operation Protective Edge and an estimated 1,500 have been orphaned, according to the United Nations.

Tarek is from East Jerusalem and it is forbidden for him to travel to the besieged Mediterranean strip. Likewise, unless catastrophe strikes and they are fortunate enough to receive a medical transfer, the children of Gaza cannot leave. For children like Alaa, this has been her third war.

But Alaa is not alone in losing a parent during the air strike that sent her to the hospital in Jerusalem. Her roommate Eman Siam, 19, from Khan Younis, also lost her mother who was killed during an air strike. Although Eman had traveled to Jerusalem with her aunt, she was not in contact with her family in Gaza for days. They thought she had lost her arms and legs in the bombing, but four days ago a camera crew from Palestine TV filmed her exclaiming that she survived with all of her limbs. The footage was aired in Gaza and when her father who hadn’t seen her in over a week saw that his daughter was intact—albeit bandaged and with metal supports off of her left collar bone and her face scarred—he telephoned her with glee.

At that point Eman thought her mother was being treated in Egypt. However, Eman’s mother died in a Cairo hospital. “Three days ago Eman’s mother passed away, but we’re not telling her like Alaa. It’s the same scenario,” Tarek said.

Yet Eman is not without family in Jerusalem. Aside from her aunt who traveled with her from Gaza, all of the patients at St. Joseph were granted a relative accompaniment, two doors down Eman’s cousin Mohammed Siam, 14, is badly wounded.

Mohammed Siam, TK, injured in an air strike along with his cousin Eman Siam in Khan Younis, Gaza. He is being treated in the same Jerusalem hospital. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Mohammed Siam, 14, injured in an air strike along with his cousin Eman Siam in Khan Younis, Gaza. He is being treated in the same Jerusalem hospital. (Photo: Allison Deger)

The first day I visited the hospital Mohammed cried for hours. His right leg is gone from the air strike, an arm broken, shrapnel is still lodged inside of his torso, but most noticeably he is rail thin. His grandfather who crossed from Gaza with him said he was always slender, but Mohammed hasn’t been eating. And when he does, he vomits. He can’t sit up, because his back is in crushing pain. In the afternoons Mohammed is wheeled down the hospital corridor and he is able to spot Eman tucked away with Alaa.

Between Mohammed, and Eman and Alaa’s room is where St. Joseph’s youngest patients, Hanan Abu Eidah, 2, and Ahmad Abu Taha, 10 months, are recovering from surgery. They are recuperating in the baby’s room.

All of St. Jospeh’s Gaza patients arrived via coordination from the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC). When Hanan and Ahmad reached the hospital they couldn’t speak, or move. Yet days later Hanan was talking.

Ahmad Abu Taha, 10 months old. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Ahmad Abu Taha, 10 months old. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Hana Abu Eidah, 2, injured in an air strike in Jabaliya in northern Gaza. (Photo: Allison Deger)

Hanan Abu Eidah, 2, injured in an air strike in Jabaliya in northern Gaza. (Photo: Allison Deger)

“Usually my baby is more social than this but she is ashamed of her body,” said Ilham Shaqoura Abu Eidah, 30, Hanan’s mother and another one of St. Joseph’s patients. Ilham’s youngest daughter died in the air strike on their Jabaliya house in northern Gaza that wounded both Hanan and her. Hanan doesn’t know and she kneads her mother’s arm. “Hanan looks like how I looked when I was a baby,” said Ilham in English, explaining her sister is an English teacher at an UNRWA school in Gaza, and herself, she has three degrees.

One bed over from Ilham and Hanan is Ahmad who smiled and cooed, grabbing at anyone who held him with his left hand as his right is broken. Ahmad also wears bandages over his head. His skull, nose and roof of his mouth were fractured and each day the boy who isn’t old enough to walk has his bandages changed. He also lost his left eye during the bombing that injured him. He was breastfeeding from his mother at the time of impact.

With 25 patients total–youth and adults–from Gaza and each with an accompanying relative, St. Joseph’s is a Jerusalem hospital full of laughter and tears from Gaza. Although each patient has lost family members in Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, in Jerusalem they can sleep free from the threat of air strikes. “We don’t have a place for them except one small room with six beds,” said Sister Mona Toteh, 32 who is responsible for the surgical ward at St. Joseph. And so at night the relatives of the patients sleep on thin mattresses in the care rooms or in the hospital’s white corridors.

“Alaa said she wanted her family to move to Jerusalem,” said Tarek, musing over both the joy and pain that lives inside each patient. Yet Alaa and the others are not able to see Tarek’s home in Jerusalem, or anywhere else beyond their ward. Their permits to receive medical care in Jerusalem only allow them passage to St. Joseph Hospital. They can’t step off the medical complex’s grounds. It is Tarek’s dream to take Alaa to the zoo in Jerusalem. Given Israeli restrictions, it might as well be an animal park on the moon.

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  1. just on August 22, 2014, 9:39 am

    Beautiful babies– all of them whose lives and bodies have been shattered. They are permitted to stay in such an “oasis” for a brief time.

    Allison Deger– thank you for all that you’ve done and continue to do.

  2. Kay24 on August 22, 2014, 9:46 am

    Sad to see such lovely babies smiling through their pain, and being totally unaware what their injuries may be. The human animals who are responsible should face a criminal court and answer to this carnage.

  3. Boomer on August 22, 2014, 10:17 am

    So sad, but thanks for reporting this. What our tax dollars and elected officials support.

  4. a blah chick on August 22, 2014, 10:22 am

    I’d be interested in knowing how many camera crews have been trooped through to show what “wonderful” treatment these kids are getting. Call me cynical.

    • annie on August 22, 2014, 5:26 pm

      if you’re interested, why not just google it? the name of the hospital is St. Joseph and it’s in sheikh jarrah. if it’s in the news it should pop up.

      i’m curious how the ICRC chooses which children to bring. of the 3000 injured children, 1/2 of them orphaned, they have chosen 25.

      grabbing at anyone who held him with his left hand as his right is broken. Ahmad also wears bandages over his head. His skull, nose and roof of his mouth were fractured and each day the boy who isn’t old enough to walk has his bandages changed. He also lost his left eye during the bombing that injured him.

      i think everyone should read this. this and a list of every injury from every child who has been mutilated by this sadistic israeli system.

      • just on August 22, 2014, 5:56 pm

        I wondered that too, Annie.

        How can there be a limit on giving care to the grievously wounded? It’s really a further sign of depravity. What can one expect from the same odious people who massacred their families and wounded them– internally and externally….

        “A fortunate minority of injured children are able to seek treatment abroad or in Jerusalem. At the end of July, however, fewer than a dozen of the nearly 3,000 children physically injured had been allowed into East Jerusalem for treatment.
        Those receiving treatment outside of Gaza are not unique because of the severity of their wounds and trauma, but because they were allowed out. An eight-year-long Israeli imposed blockade of the Gaza Strip traps the majority of civilians inside, with travel permits almost impossible to obtain.

        “The situation in Gaza hospitals is very bad now,” said Samah. “In Shifa, Shaima shared a single hospital bed with four children. They don’t have enough resources, there isn’t medicine.”

        Dr. Ashraf al-Qudra, spokesperson for the Ministry of Health in Gaza, confirmed the extent of the crisis gripping health facilities in Gaza: “[patients from] Beit Hanoun Hospital, Shuhada Al-Aqsa Hospital, Mohammad Al-Dura for Children Hospital and Al-Wafa Hospitals were transferred to the rest of the hospitals in the Strip, which caused overcrowding in light of the large number of injured persons. Some patients and injured persons were placed on the floor. This is unhealthy, I know, but this is a crisis and we need to provide medical services.” ”

        Are we supposed to think that Israel is somehow benevolent by allowing a handful of people through?

      • seafoid on August 22, 2014, 6:02 pm

        Deeper into depravity – but what would you expect from Israel ?

      • just on August 22, 2014, 6:07 pm

        OMG. I think I put that in far, far away from my consciousness…

        It’s impossible to fully comprehend the many and enormous crimes that have gone unpunished.

      • seafoid on August 22, 2014, 6:13 pm

        The systematic evil that keeps Jon’s income where it is relative to Gaza- it takes a lot of work, you know.

      • Depravity is exactly the right word.

        In fact, you are ENTIRELY right: While I can’t help but be shocked by such monstrous coercion, there is no surprise whatsoever at who is perpetrating it.

        Thank you for the link. People need to know.

      • amigo on August 23, 2014, 6:21 am

        My punishment for the criminals who are responsible for this carnage would be to lock them in a room and paper the walls with these images.
        24/7. No parole.

        And put them on the same diet they placed Gazans on.

        I would not be allowed by law to do what I would like to.

  5. seafoid on August 22, 2014, 11:45 am

    The only way any of these kids could ever get to Jerusalem was to be injured by the IDF. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that the families aren’t allowed to Israel’s indivisible bullshit capital

  6. seafoid on August 22, 2014, 12:40 pm

    “A mortar bomb fired from Gaza killed a four-year-old Israeli child in a border collective farm on Friday, Israeli security sources said.”

    Stand by for Yossi Israeli to go postal. Israel was supposed to end the agony of Jewish kids being killed. Killing hundreds of Palestinian kids was supposed to make Jewish kids safer. Jews are especially sensitive about losing kids etc.
    Palestinians of course should be used to it by now and of course they have no emotional feelings since they are Orientals. We even offered them greenhouses, the ingrates. We are Jews and we repair the world by trying to bring them in line, for their own good. Is that right, Jon_s? Please correct as necessary. I am working from memory.

    Netanyahu will claim revenge for this totally appalling death and order another 500 dead Gazan kids.

    • Kay24 on August 22, 2014, 1:12 pm

      Sadly you are right seafoid, we will now see Israel ruthlessly demonstrate that every Jewish life is precious, and that this one death must be avenged by blowing up several Arab kids. We saw this just before this bloody war, and we will see it again, because that is how blood thirsty the zionists are.

      • seafoid on August 22, 2014, 2:00 pm

        At the time this seemed extremist but it was nothing compared to the orgy of death that Netanyahu unleashed

        “The secretary-general of World Bnei Akiva, Rabbi Noam Perel, called for revenge of the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens, the bodies of whom were found Monday.
        “An entire nation and thousands of years of history demand revenge,” Perel posted on his Facebook page, shortly after the bodies were found.

        “The government of Israel is gathering for a revenge meeting that isn’t a grief meeting. The landlord has gone mad at the sight of his sons’ bodies. A government that turns the army of searchers to an army of avengers, an army that will not stop at 300 Philistine foreskins,” Perel wrote, alluding to the biblical tale of David, who killed 200 Philistines and gave their foreskins to King Saul as the bride price for his daughter.”

        “The disgrace will be paid for with the blood of the enemy, not with our tears,” Perel concluded. ”

        He could prolly get a job with JStreet now.

    • amigo on August 23, 2014, 6:24 am

      “Netanyahu will claim revenge for this totally appalling death and order another 500 dead Gazan kids.” seafoid

      As Marc Ellis said!!.

      We will Bomb them until they stop hating us.

      Zionist logic.

      • Kay24 on August 23, 2014, 5:04 pm

        Revenge and “defending” themselves an Israeli entitlement.

        Slaughtering babies by the hundreds, is okayed by the US too.

  7. seafoid on August 22, 2014, 2:01 pm

    From 2009, post Cast Lead, which seemed particularly brutal at the time but of course was just a warm up to what is transpiring now
    “Seven Jewish Children – a Play for Gaza

    Caryl Churchill

    No children appear in the play. The speakers are adults, the parents and if you like other relations of the children. The lines can be shared out in any way you like among those characters. The characters are different in each small scene as the time and child are different.


    Tell her it’s a game

    Tell her it’s serious

    But dont frighten her

    Dont tell her they’ll kill her

    Tell her it’s important to be quiet

    Tell her she’ll have cake if she’s good

    Tell her to curl up as if she’s in bed

    But not to sing.

    Tell her not to come out

    Tell her not to come out even if she hears shouting

    Dont frighten her

    Tell her not to come out even if she hears nothing for a long time

    Tell her we’ll come and find her

    Tell her we’ll be here all the time.

    Tell her something about the men

    Tell her they’re bad in the game

    Tell her it’s a story

    Tell her they’ll go away

    Tell her she can make them go away if she keeps still

    By magic

    But not to sing.


    Tell her this is a photograph of her grandmother, her uncles and me

    Tell her her uncles died

    Dont tell her they were killed

    Tell her they were killed

    Dont frighten her.

    Tell her her grandmother was clever

    Dont tell her what they did

    Tell her she was brave

    Tell her she taught me how to make cakes

    Dont tell her what they did

    Tell her something

    Tell her more when she’s older.

    Tell her there were people who hated jews

    Dont tell her

    Tell her it’s over now

    Tell her there are still people who hate jews

    Tell her there are people who love jews

    Dont tell her to think jews or not jews

    Tell her more when she’s older

    Tell her how many when she’s older

    Tell her it was before she was born and she’s not in danger

    Dont tell her there’s any question of danger.

    Tell her we love her

    Tell her dead or alive her family all love her

    Tell her her grandmother would be proud of her.


    Dont tell her we’re going forever

    Tell her she can write to her friends, tell her her friends can maybe come and visit

    Tell her it’s sunny there

    Tell her we’re going home

    Tell her it’s the land God gave us

    Dont tell her religion

    Tell her her great great great great lots of greats grandad lived there

    Dont tell her he was driven out

    Tell her, of course tell her, tell her everyone was driven out and the country is waiting
    for us to come home

    Dont tell her she doesnt belong here

    Tell her of course she likes it here but she’ll like it there even more.

    Tell her it’s an adventure

    Tell her no one will tease her

    Tell her she’ll have new friends

    Tell her she can take her toys

    Dont tell her she can take all her toys

    Tell her she’s a special girl

    Tell her about Jerusalem.


    Dont tell her who they are

    Tell her something

    Tell her they’re bedouin, they travel about

    Tell her about camels in the desert and dates

    Tell her they live in tents

    Tell her this wasnt their home

    Dont tell her home, not home, tell her they’re going away

    Dont tell her they dont like her

    Tell her to be careful.

    Dont tell her who used to live in this house

    No but dont tell her her great great grandfather used to live in this house

    No but dont tell her Arabs used to sleep in her bedroom.

    Tell her not to be rude to them

    Tell her not to be frightened

    Dont tell her she cant play with the children

    Dont tell her she can have them in the house.

    Tell her they have plenty of friends and family

    Tell her for miles and miles all round they have lands of their own

    Tell her again this is our promised land.

    Dont tell her they said it was a land without people

    Dont tell her I wouldnt have come if I’d known.

    Tell her maybe we can share.

    Dont tell her that.


    Tell her we won

    Tell her her brother’s a hero

    Tell her how big their armies are

    Tell her we turned them back

    Tell her we’re fighters

    Tell her we’ve got new land.


    Dont tell her

    Dont tell her the trouble about the swimming pool

    Tell her it’s our water, we have the right

    Tell her it’s not the water for their fields

    Dont tell her anything about water.

    Dont tell her about the bulldozer

    Dont tell her not to look at the bulldozer

    Dont tell her it was knocking the house down

    Tell her it’s a building site

    Dont tell her anything about bulldozers.

    Dont tell her about the queues at the checkpoint

    Tell her we’ll be there in no time

    Dont tell her anything she doesnt ask

    Dont tell her the boy was shot

    Dont tell her anything.

    Tell her we’re making new farms in the desert

    Dont tell her about the olive trees

    Tell her we’re building new towns in the wilderness.

    Dont tell her they throw stones

    Tell her they’re not much good against tanks

    Dont tell her that.

    Dont tell her they set off bombs in cafes

    Tell her, tell her they set off bombs in cafes

    Tell her to be careful

    Dont frighten her.

    Tell her we need the wall to keep us safe

    Tell her they want to drive us into the sea

    Tell her they dont

    Tell her they want to drive us into the sea.

    Tell her we kill far more of them

    Dont tell her that

    Tell her that

    Tell her we’re stronger

    Tell her we’re entitled

    Tell her they dont understand anything except violence

    Tell her we want peace

    Tell her we’re going swimming.


    Tell her she cant watch the news

    Tell her she can watch cartoons

    Tell her she can stay up late and watch Friends.

    Tell her they’re attacking with rockets

    Dont frighten her

    Tell her only a few of us have been killed

    Tell her the army has come to our defence

    Dont tell her her cousin refused to serve in the army.

    Dont tell her how many of them have been killed

    Tell her the Hamas fighters have been killed

    Tell her they’re terrorists

    Tell her they’re filth


    Dont tell her about the family of dead girls

    Tell her you cant believe what you see on television

    Tell her we killed the babies by mistake

    Dont tell her anything about the army

    Tell her, tell her about the army, tell her to be proud of the army. Tell her about the family of dead girls, tell her their names why not, tell her the whole world knows why shouldnt she know? tell her there’s dead babies, did she see babies? tell her she’s got nothing to be ashamed of. Tell her they did it to themselves. Tell her they want their children killed to make people sorry for them, tell her I’m not sorry for them, tell her not to be sorry for them, tell her we’re the ones to be sorry for, tell her they cant talk suffering to us. Tell her we’re the iron fist now, tell her it’s the fog of war, tell her we wont stop killing them till we’re safe, tell her I laughed when I saw the dead policemen, tell her they’re animals living in rubble now, tell her I wouldnt care if we wiped them out, the world would hate us is the only thing, tell her I dont care if the world hates us, tell her we’re better haters, tell her we’re chosen people, tell her I look at one of their children covered in blood and what do I feel? tell her all I feel is happy it’s not her.
    Dont tell her that.
    Tell her we love her.
    Dont frighten her.”

    Bukra fi Dowlah Yehudieh. Bukra fi mishmish.

    • just on August 22, 2014, 6:12 pm

      Makes my heart and head hurt.

      • Mooser on August 23, 2014, 1:38 am

        “Makes my heart and head hurt.”

        Whenever that happens to me I just head on over to Jerome’s place (where he does his best!) and comfort myself with our “legitimate moral basis”

      • seafoid on August 23, 2014, 8:30 am

        You do need to do dirty stuff at the national level to successfully tweak the effectiveness of the mitzvot at the local level. Believers need quiet to communicate with g-d and the odd murdered (Arab) child is a small price to pay for the peace of mind that goes with the dairy and meat issue.You have to do your pre Sabbath shopping pre the Sabbath, obviously, for example. To communicate with the unspeakable you do have to do the unspeakable sometimes, Mooser.
        It’s all controllable and it will never take over entirely, oh no. There are very smart people in charge .

        Justice, revenge, justice, revenge, madness , justice, revenge, madness madness

      • Mooser on August 24, 2014, 2:55 pm

        “pay for the peace of mind that goes with the dairy and meat issue.”

        Peace of mind? You call this “peace of mind”:

        “By 1875 membership in the Union had grown to 72 congregations, including the “radical” congregations from the East Coast as well as moderate ones that would later break off to join the Conservative movement. It was that year that the Hebrew Union College was founded with Rabbi Wise as its first president. To celebrate the ordination of its first graduating class in 1883, the seminary threw a lavish banquet that included, to the horror of traditional Jews in attendance, clams, shrimp and other traif. This shattered Rabbi Wise’s dream that all Jews in the United States would be unite as the “Union of American Hebrew Congregations.”

        And I’m not entirely sure, but I think the Reformers switched to (gasp, shock) patrilineal religious inheritance, too!! But I’ll get up and do research on it later. Right now I’m off to the fainting couch.

  8. just on August 22, 2014, 11:18 pm

    “GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Bomb disposal experts in Gaza on Friday said that Israel had dropped the equivalent of six nuclear bombs on the tiny coastal enclave over the course of it’s six-week assault, including many that the police say are internationally banned.

    The explosives’ engineering police of the Gaza Ministry of Interior said in a statement that Israel had dropped 20,000 tons of explosives on the 139 square mile (360 sq km) territory.

    “Flechette shells, fuel-air bombs (which explode twice, including after impact), dime shells, and flechette shells saturated with uranium were fired at Gaza Strip,” the statement added, stressing that the weapons “affect the environment, soil, and water and will affect the next generations by spreading diseases especially cancer.”

    The statement said that areas near the border like Khuzaa, eastern Rafah, Shujaiyya, eastern al-Mughazi, al-Bureij and Juhr al-Dik were hit with “the lion’s share of Israeli shells and missiles.”

    The statement said that of the total number of explosive, 8,000 were dropped from warplanes, “killing entire families and crossing them out of the Palestinian civil register.”

    Drones, Apache, F15, F16 and “vertical” warplanes were used during the offensive, firing MK82, MK83 and MK84 shells.

    The statement added that the Israeli artillery deployed in eastern Gaza City had fired high-explosive shells at homes and civilian property causing massive damage, especially in Rafah, Khan Younis, Shujaiyya and Beit Hanoun.

    More than 60,000 artillery shells of different sizes were fired at Gaza.

    During the assault, Gaza police bomb disposal experts said that engaged in 1731 different missions including treating explosive devices, suspicious devices. and vehicles, among other tasks.”

    • Citizen on August 23, 2014, 6:27 am

      Not to worry, the US authorized Israel to replenish for free all the munitions they spent on killing civilians from the US stockpile in Israel–didn’t even need Obama’s OK.

      • just on August 23, 2014, 2:32 pm

        Yep, Citizen.

        From a Canadian MD in Gaza:

        “…These stories tell me — really this argument that [Israel] is only targeting where they think rockets are coming from — well, these are clear targets and there’s no way that rockets are coming from places like that or crowds like this. So they’re targeting civilians, Nora, they’re targeting civilians in a very clear way that the world has to see.

        NBF: Dr. Rand, what do you think is the most important thing that people in international civil society, people who are outraged about what’s happening in Gaza, can do right now? And how can people support your work and the work of doctors in Gaza?

        RA: For the international community, I — it’s basically not to be quiet. Is to keep pressuring the governments, especially in the west, especially governments in Europe — enough is enough. Enough of supporting Israel blindly, enough of going behind this [rhetoric of] “Israel is defending itself.” Israel is not defending itself because they are the occupiers. They are the aggressors.

        So really what we need is the international community to see that this argument doesn’t make sense in this case, and to keep pressuring their government. They’re using their tax money to buy weapons to give to Israel to kill children. I don’t know how anybody in this world can live with that, how anybody can live with this fact.

        We need huge movements, and be in the streets every day until the governments stop supporting Israel. Until they boycott — weapons boycotts, every kind of boycott. Things like, for instance, Spain is selling weapons to Israel. I know it’s not a huge supplier, but still, things like that are what will make a difference, when Israel becomes isolated at every level. And that’s when things will start to change.”

    • Kay24 on August 23, 2014, 5:08 pm

      I am ashamed that many of these deadly weapons were from Israel’s top most arms supplier, and that the US is ready and willing to replenish Israel’s arsenal, with even more. We also know that every time Israel starts a massacre in Gaza, these weapons end up killing MORE women and children, than the militants. Every bloody time.

    • Walid on August 24, 2014, 3:01 am

      ““Flechette shells, fuel-air bombs (which explode twice, including after impact), dime shells, and flechette shells saturated with uranium were fired at Gaza Strip,”

      Gaza is the field testing grounds for US and Israeli arms industries, especially the drones. Elbit Systems in its marketing campaigns goes as far as claiming that its drones are “field-tested”.

  9. American on August 23, 2014, 12:03 pm

    This might help explain where those Palestines Hamas executed for spying for Isr came from. Spy for us or we will let your child die of cancer..spy for us or we will let you go blind. Add in their harvesting of Palestine organs and you are right there on par with the mentality of nazi Dr. Mengle.

    Middle East: Israel’s secret police pressuring sick Gazans to spy for them, says report
    · Treatment only offered to would-be informants
    · Patients allowed to cross the border drops sharply

    Israel’s secret police are pressuring Palestinians in Gaza to spy on their community in exchange for urgent medical treatment, according to a report released today by an Israeli human rights organisation. Physicians for Human Rights says the Shin Bet began interrogating Palestinian patients seeking permission to travel from Gaza to Israel for crucial medical help after Israel blockaded and then declared the tiny territory an enemy entity more than a year ago. Refusal to cooperate often results in the denial of medical treatment. Based on the testimonies of more than 30 Palestinians – 11 of which are published – the report says the Shin Bet is using coercion and extortion to force patients to collaborate.

    “After all my responses he said to me: ‘I want to talk to you openly when you return from Israel so that you will have an acceptable reputation on the Israeli side. Either you make contact with me and agree to my demands, or you will not get any medical treatment which will cause you to be blind and you will become a burden to your family and friends,'” Wahidi said in his affidavit. But he said he refused and was forced to return to Gaza without receiving any treatment. Now the 28-year-old, who married a year and a half ago, is completely blind in his right eye and losing the vision in his overstrained left eye.

    He is one of an unknown number of patients from Gaza who have been denied medical treatment after refusing to inform on their friends, neighbours and relatives. Many patients feel they are being forced to choose between preserving their life or protecting their community. Physicians for Human Rights says such pressure amounts to coercion and extortion. International law forbids the use of civilians in conflict to damage an enemy state and collaboration in the Palestinian community is a crime punishable by death.

    • jon s on August 24, 2014, 1:28 pm

      You justify mass sumary executions by Hamas of their own people

  10. Noor on August 23, 2014, 3:23 pm

    Just a little quote I have hanging around whenever I hear about how beautifully Palestinian victims are treated in Israeli hospitals. These are children who would be home or in local hospitals if Israel had not caused the trauma in the first place. Remember 95% of this is ALL PR to undo the incredible damage done to these dearling children and all of their families and homes. Now, I have had this quote for years and it is a goodie:

    “There is no single fixed method for murder and not even for genocide. The author Y. L. Peretz wrote about “the righteous cat” that does not spill blood, but only suffocates. The government of Israel, using the military and its instruments of destruction, is not only spilling blood, but it is also suffocating. … Of course, with our self-righteousness, with our self-adoration in our “Jewish ethics” we make sure to advertise how beautifully the doctors take care of Palestinian victims in the hospitals. We do not advertise how many of those are executed in cold blood in their own homes or how we destroyed their own hospitals. Therefore, it is not yet genocide of the terrible and unique style of which we were past victims. And as one of the smart Generals told me, we do not have crematoria and gas chambers. Is anything less than that consistent with Jewish ethics? Did he ever hear how an entire people said that it did not know what was done in its name?“ ~ Shulamit Aloni

    • annie on August 24, 2014, 1:31 am

      the hospital in sheikh jarrah is not in israel. east jerusalem is under occupation. it’s not israel. it serves patience in the rest of the WB. east jerusalem is in the WB, palestinian territory. the overwhelming majority of doctors, nurses and patients are likely palestinians. sheikh jarrah/east jerusalem is as much of a part of palestine as gaza is.

      These are children who would be home or in local hospitals if Israel had not caused the trauma in the first place.

      east jerusalem is 49 miles from gaza, that’s local. and jerusalem is their home too.


      Chairperson – Sr. Gilberte Saliba
      Administrative Director – Mr. Jamil Koussa
      Medical Doctor – Dr. A. Khoury
      Assistant Medical Director – Dr. H. Nasser
      Senior Consultant – Dr. M Aker
      Director of Nursing – Mrs. Mary Manarious

      Medics and the Red Crescent told AFP that two patients were sent to the Arab Israeli town of Nazareth and dozens of others to three hospitals in east Jerusalem.

      Shayma’s room is full of Palestinians from east Jerusalem who have come to show their solidarity with Gaza by visiting the wounded.

      During the feast of Eid al-Fitr which ended the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, they bought food, sweets and new clothes, as well as dolls and games for the children.

      “We are trying to use the 72-hour ceasefire to get more cases from Gaza to ease the pressure there,” says Dr Maher Deeb, head of St Joesph’s hospital.

      Dr Maher Deeb is Palestinian.

      • just on August 24, 2014, 8:24 am

        Thanks Annie. I hope that all are safe after the quake.

    • jon s on August 24, 2014, 1:40 pm

      Note that Noor’s Commenter Profile links to an Anti-Semitic website.

  11. JustJessetr on August 23, 2014, 3:26 pm

    What’s the general opinion on Hamas killing collaborating Zionist scum?

  12. michelle on August 24, 2014, 2:45 am

    i do understand that legally the hospital is of/for the Palestine people
    as far as calling any of the lands Palestine lands that is a laugh when
    the Israeli people take the land any time at will
    for the prisoners of Gaza the only access to the hospital is by way of an
    Israel ‘golden ticket’ by that measure the hospital might just as well be
    considered an Israeli hospital
    also give it a few years and it will be an Israeli hospital/property through
    and through
    if it was truly a Palenstine property/hospital it would be filled to overflowing
    with the Gaza Palestine people in need of medical care
    i prob. don’t have enough of the facts to see it another way but i will keep reading listening and learning then maybe i will see it ‘your’ way
    as always seeking the truth
    G-d Bless

  13. Accentitude on August 24, 2014, 3:17 am

    Thank you Allison Deger for this article. Thank you for your continued work here in Palestine to show the outside world what is really happening to us, to our kids. This article was the most difficult one for me to read. As I started reading, I felt the lump growing in my throat and the tears forming in my eyes. This is too much. My son is a little older than Ahmad who has the same innocent smile and glimmer in his eyes as all innocent children including my son. I can’t imagine what his family is going through. As a parent myself I can’t imagine living without my boy or for my boy to live without his mother and I.

  14. jon s on August 24, 2014, 6:31 am

    The IDF opened a hospital for wounded Palestinian civilians at Erez crossing.
    The Hamas terrorists prevent them from reaching it.

  15. jon s on August 24, 2014, 10:08 am

    Just now: Hamas opened mortar fire on Erez crossing , causing several injuries and closing the crossing. The wounded were Israelis who were evacuating Palestinians to hospitals in Israel.

  16. kadz on August 24, 2014, 7:21 pm

    Compiling graphic videos of bombings and photos of genocides kept off the news by the mainstream media, and our various governments. Hopefully more and more people would see and wake up to the atrocities been committed. Please share across the world wherever you are. Please have a look and share.Thanks

    • annie on August 24, 2014, 9:59 pm

      thanks kadz, i might pick that up for a post i am doing tomorrow

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