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Israel has banned Norwegian doctor and human rights activist Mads Gilbert from entering Gaza for life.

Gilbert, a professor at the University Hospital of North Norway, where he has worked since 1976, earned international renown for his philanthropic work in late 2008, during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead, an attack that, according to Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem, killed roughly 1,400 Gazans, including almost 800 civilians, 350 of whom were children.

The aid worker, along with fellow Norwegian doctor Erik Fosse, decided to volunteer in Gaza as soon as he heard that bombing had started, on December 27, 2008. Thanks to diplomatic and economic support (in the sum of $1 million dollar of emergency funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs), the two physicians managed to arrive in the strip by December 30.

The Israeli government prevented all international press from entering Gaza during Cast Lead (a documentary, The War Around Us, was made about the only two foreign reporters in the strip at the time), in what Gilbert called Israel’s insidious “PR plan.” The doctor, as one of the only international aid workers in Gaza, thus devoted considerable time to speaking with local Palestinian news outlets, some of whom were reporting on behalf of foreign networks including BBC, CNN, ABC, and Al Jazeera.

BBC aired an interview with Gilbert, conducted in the hospital. The questions asked, and the answers garnered, were eerily similar to those he would give just five years later, during Operation Protective Edge. The interviewer began asking him to respond to Israel’s claims that it was not targeting civilians, that it was only attacking Hamas militants. Gilbert called the claim “an absolutely stupid statement” and explained that, among the hundreds of patients he had seen at that point, only two had been fighters. The “large majority” were women, children, and men civilians. “These numbers are contradictory to everything Israel says,” he reported.

Gilbert drew attention to the fact that the overflowing hospital did not have enough supplies to treat all of its patients, and censured the international community for doing nothing to assist them. Israel would not let in foreign doctors, and yet Palestinians were “dying waiting for surgery.” “This is a complete disaster,” he remarked, calling it “the worst man-made disaster” he could think of. “There are injuries you just don’t want to see in this world.”

Operation Protective Edge

In 2008 and 2009, Gilbert treated Palestinians who had been grievously wounded by Israel’s use of experimental and illegal chemical weapons, including white phosphorousdense inert metal explosives (DIME) munitions, and flechette shells. In July 2014, in the midst of Israel’s most recent attack on Gaza, Gilbert spoke with Electronic Intifada, revealing that he saw indications of renewed use of DIME weapons and flechettes.

While volunteering in Shifa hospital this past summer, Gaza’s principal medical facility, Gilbert penned an open letter, lamenting the unspeakable horrors the Israeli military was instigating.

[Israel’s] “ground invasion” of Gaza resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying… All sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent.

The heroes in the ambulances and in all of Gaza’s hospitals are working 12 to 24‑hour shifts, grey from fatigue and inhuman workloads (without payment in Shifa for the last four months). They care, triage, try to understand the incomprehensible chaos of bodies, sizes, limbs, walking, not walking, breathing, not breathing, bleeding, not bleeding humans. Humans!

Ashy grey faces – Oh no! not one more load of tens of maimed and bleeding. We still have lakes of blood on the floor in the emergency room, piles of dripping, blood-soaked bandages to clear out – oh – the cleaners, everywhere, swiftly shovelling the blood and discarded tissues, hair, clothes, cannulas – the leftovers from death – all taken away… to be prepared again, to be repeated all over.

More than 100 cases came to Shifa in the last 24 hours. Enough for a large well-trained hospital with everything, but here – almost nothing: electricity, water, disposables, drugs, operating-room tables, instruments, monitors – all rusted and as if taken from museums of yesterday’s hospitals. But they do not complain, these heroes.

Now, once more treated like animals by “the most moral army in the world.”

The doctor directed one heart-wrenching passage to President Obama, writing “Mr Obama – do you have a heart? I invite you – spend one night – just one night – with us in Shifa. I am convinced, 100 per cent, it would change history. Nobody with a heart and power could ever walk away from a night in Shifa without being determined to end the slaughter of the Palestinian people.”

Israel later attacked Shifa hospital. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) “strongly condemn[ed]” the incursion, saying it “demonstrate[d] how civilians in Gaza have nowhere safe to go.” MSF director Marie-Noëlle Rodrigue stated, in an official statement, “When the Israeli army orders civilians to evacuate their houses and their neighborhoods, where is there for them to go? Gazans have no freedom of movement and cannot take refuge outside Gaza. They are effectively trapped.” Shifa was one of the over 10 medical facilities Israel bombed in its 50-day offensive.

Human Rights Work

In 2000, Gilbert made headlines for saving the life of a skier who had been trapped in sub-zero water. She had been pronounced clinically dead, with a body temperature of 57 °F, but Gilbert managed to revive her. For his service, Gilbert was awarded the Northern Norwegian of the Year award.

Before Operation Protective Edge commenced in early July 2014, Gilbert toured medical and health facilities and individual homes in Gaza, researching for a United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) report on the dire state of the strip’s health sector. He wrote of “overstretched” health facilities, widespread physical and psychological trauma, “a deep financial crisis,” a lack of needed medical supplies, and a “severe energy crisis.” He also noted the “devastating results of the blockade imposed by the Government of Israel,” with rampant poverty, a 38.5% unemployment rate, food insecurity in at least 57% of households, and inadequate access to clean water. All of these already extreme ills were only exacerbated by the July-August Israeli assault on Gaza, an onslaught that left roughly 2,200 Palestinians dead, including over 1,500 civilians, more than 500 of whom were children.

Gilbert is not the only one Israel has recently prevented from entering Gaza. In August, just after the end of its military assault, Israel refused to allow Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, the world’s leading human rights organizations, from entering the strip, impeding them from conducting war crimes investigations. The organizations had been requesting access for over a month, before Israel had even begun its ground invasion of Gaza, yet were continuously prevented from doing so, Israeli journalist Amira Hass reported in Haaretz, “using various bureaucratic excuses.”

Israel has banned Human Right Watch investigators from entering Gaza since 2006; Amnesty International has been refused access since 2012. Dr. Mads Gilbert is the latest esteemed  persona non grata to be added to this growing list.

Solidarity, Not Pity

Other aid workers and medical professionals have faced even worse consequences for volunteering to help Palestinians. In August, Israeli occupation forces killed a social worker. In the same month, as the Israeli military engaged in a campaign to target and openly murder Palestinian civilians who spoke Hebrew, Israeli forces assassinated volunteers working with the Palestine Red Crescent, a non-profit humanitarian organization, part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

A common myth suggests that Israel ended its occupation of Gaza with its 2005 disengagement. The state’s ability to ban, and even kill, internationally recognized human rights organizations and doctors—not to mention foodconstruction equipment, and medical supplies—from entering Palestinian territory, however, demonstrates that Gaza is by no means autonomous. Israel’s siege of the strip is clearly a continuation of its 47-year-long illegal military occupation.

As legal scholar Noura Erakat explains

Despite removing 8,000 settlers and the military infrastructure that protected their illegal presence, Israel maintained effective control of the Gaza Strip and thus remains the occupying power as defined by Article 47 of the Hague Regulations. To date, Israel maintains control of the territory’s air space, territorial waters, electromagnetic sphere, population registry and the movement of all goods and people.

Palestinians have yet to experience a day of self-governance. Israel immediately imposed a siege upon the Gaza Strip when Hamas won parliamentary elections in January 2006 and tightened it severely when Hamas routed Fatah in June 2007. The siege has created a “humanitarian catastrophe” in the Gaza Strip. Inhabitants will not be able to access clean water, electricity or tend to even the most urgent medical needs. The World Health Organization explains that the Gaza Strip will be unlivable by 2020. Not only did Israel not end its occupation, it has created a situation in which Palestinians cannot survive in the long-term.

In his July interview with Electronic Intifada, Gilbert made it clear that his work as a medical professional cannot be done—the Palestinian people cannot live healthy, yet alone free, lives—while Israel continues its illegal siege and occupation. “As a doctor, my prescription is very clear. Number one, stop the bombing, and that means stop Israel from bombing civilians and indiscriminately hitting families. Number two, lift the siege. And number three, find a political solution,” he stated.

In a late October discussion with the Daily Targum, Gilbert encouraged Americans to do what they can to speak out against Israel’s illegal occupation and blockade of the Palestinian territories, and to pressure their government to stop its indefatigable support for Israeli crimes.

At present, the US provides Israel with over $3.1 billion of military aid per year. In the past 52 years, over $100 billion US tax dollars have been given to the country in military aid alone.

“You are the change-makers,” Gilbert told American readers. “The key to the change when it comes to the occupation of Palestine lies in the United States.” “Solidarity, not pity,” he said, is the solution.

Ben Norton
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  1. Maximus Decimus Meridius
    Maximus Decimus Meridius
    November 14, 2014, 10:09 am

    Yet again, we see the sheer spitefulness, pettiness and vindictiveness of Zionism.

    This man is a hero – as of course are all the less well-known doctors and medics of Gaza. What he did was draw attention to the horror inflicted by Israel on innocent men, women, and children. And Israel will never forgive him for it.

    • Shingo
      November 14, 2014, 6:02 pm

      Yet again, we see the sheer spitefulness, pettiness and vindictiveness of Zionism.

      As well as the sheer fear, paranoia and panic.

    • Jackdaw
      November 15, 2014, 2:27 pm

      “This man is a hero”.

      This man, a doctor, no less, has expressed support for the 9/11 attack on the United States.

      In a statement made to Dagbladet in the wake of the September 11 attacks, Gilbert voiced contextual support for the attacks. He said that quote: “also the suppressed have a moral right to attack the United States with the weapons they had to create. Dead civilians are the same whether Americans, Palestinians or Iraqis” and he continued “Terror is a bad weapon, but the answer is yes I support the attack, within the context I have mentioned” His statement to Dagbladet was: “The attack on New York did not come as a surprise with the politics the West has followed the last decades. I am upset by the terrorist attack, but I am at least as upset over the suffering that the US has caused. It is in this context that 5000 dead has to be seen. If the U.S. government has a legitimate right to bomb and kill civilians in Iraq, the oppressed has a moral right to attack the U.S. with the weapons they may create as well. Dead civilians are the same whether they are Americans, Palestinians or Iraqis.” When asked if he supported a terrorist attack against the US he answered: “Terror is a poor weapon, but my answer is yes, within the context I have mentioned.
      Gulseth, Hege Guldal, (January 6, 2009). “Mads (61) er stemmen fra Gaza”. (Norwegian)

      • seafoid
        November 15, 2014, 4:08 pm

        He has already apologized for saying that many times

        If Gilbert had been around in ww2 he would have been supporting the people in Auschwitz.

      • annie
        November 15, 2014, 4:16 pm

        the operative words from his quotes, which you have copied twice, is “within the context I have mentioned.”

      • eljay
        November 15, 2014, 6:01 pm

        >> seafoid: If Gilbert had been around in ww2 he would have been supporting the people in Auschwitz.

        Yup. There is no indication that Gilbert is a supremacist. Jackdaw – a Zio-supremacist – is one.

        And I’m willing to bet that Gilbert would advocate for the universal application of justice, accountability and equality. Jackdaw – a Zio-supremacist – would not and could not, because it would contravene his devotion to Jewish supremacism in a supremacist “Jewish State”.

      • Shingo
        November 15, 2014, 6:05 pm

        This man, a doctor, no less, has expressed support for the 9/11 attack on the United States.

        Netanyahu said the 911 attack was “very good”, so he clearly expressed support for it right JJ?

      • CigarGod
        November 17, 2014, 9:54 am

        If you are not able to understand the “context” of his statement, it is because you don’t want to.

  2. bintbiba
    November 14, 2014, 10:30 am

    Israel piles the ‘Shanda” on itself one more time !

  3. amigo
    November 14, 2014, 10:35 am

    Gee, I thought Israel , was not occupying Gaza.

    • mondonut
      November 14, 2014, 2:39 pm

      They are not, if the good Dr. would like to go to Gaza through Egypt he is free to try. Except of course the Egyptians have closed their crossings for going on 3 weeks, with barely a peep from the Mondos.

      • Shingo
        November 15, 2014, 12:29 am

        They are not

        Yes they are. Israel has even cordoned off 40% of the Gaza strip and denying Gazans access to it.

        if the good Dr. would like to go to Gaza through Egypt he is free to try.

        Why Egypt when Gaza has a coastline along the Mediterranean? He wouldn’t have to go through Israel or Egypt but we know that if he tried, Israel would resort to piracy and kill the passengers on board.

        Except of course the Egyptians have closed their crossings for going on 3 weeks, with barely a peep from the Mondos.

        Yes, the blockade imposed by the mother of all a -hole who is regarded as a hero in Israel and who gets 1.3 billion every year to do as he’s told by Washington and Tel Aviv.

      • talknic
        November 16, 2014, 8:06 am

        @ mondonut “They are not, if the good Dr. would like to go to Gaza through Egypt he is free to try.”

        Support information please …. thx …. I’ll wait … forever! Because I know you don’t have any!

        Meanwhile, why is it that ALL goods going into Gaza from Egypt must pass thru the Israeli checkpoint?

        “Except of course the Egyptians have closed their crossings for going on 3 weeks, with barely a peep from the Mondos”

        Egypt is NOT ultimately responsible for Israeli decisions. Israel the Occupying Power has final say under the 2005 crossings agreement and; Egypt is obliged to Israel under the Egypt/Israel Peace Treaty.

      • Bornajoo
        November 16, 2014, 8:21 am

        “real facts alert!!”
        Attention all fellow hasbarists. Talknic has stated some real facts. Please assist in trying to discredit them ASAP. Hard core hasbara urgently required!

    • Moto
      November 15, 2014, 4:38 pm

      Can foreigners become members of B’tselem? If so, I’m in.

    • Moto
      November 15, 2014, 4:41 pm

      Gaza is a concentration camp.

      Israel controls Gaza as much as it did when it occupied it.

      Israel is able to kill more innocents in Gaza now because there are no Jews getting in the way of their bombs.

  4. Talkback
    November 14, 2014, 10:49 am

    He was exposing chemical and carciogenic warfare experiments on Gentiles in Israel’s Southwest open air lab. And human’s right organisations would observe these experiments and everybody knows the observer effect which means that the act of observing will influence the phenomenon being observed.

    Israel is only protecting its national research.

  5. Kay24
    November 14, 2014, 10:52 am

    The fascists have spoken.

  6. amigo
    November 14, 2014, 11:03 am

    “Banned for Life”.

    Hmmm, does not sound like Israel intends to get out of Gaza for a long time.Mads is 67 yrs old .

    With a bit of luck , the good Doctor will be back in Gaza/West Bank to celebrate the end of the zionist entity before he departs this world.

    • lysias
      November 14, 2014, 11:12 am

      The sentence given Nelson Mandela and his codefendants at the Rivonia trial was life imprisonment.

      • amigo
        November 14, 2014, 11:31 am

        The term , “Man Proposes, God disposes” comes to mind.

    • Philip Munger
      Philip Munger
      November 14, 2014, 11:50 am

      Dr, Gilbert wants to go back very soon, and it looks like he will put Israel to the direct test:

      Following the announcement that Gilbert was forbidden entry to Gaza for life by the Israeli government, the doctor has gone on record to declare he will fight to return to a conflict zone he has been working in for more than 30 years.

      Israel regards the 67-year-old Norwegian as a threat to their nation’s security, but doctor Gilbert pleads his innocence.

      “I’m a doctor, I’m no security threat. I have done nothing wrong, I have never broken Israeli law or taken part in illegal activities. I have had valid travel documents from the state of Israel.” said Gilbert to NRK.

      • Marnie
        November 17, 2014, 1:54 am

        The only threat to Israel’s national security is zionism. Dr. Gilbert is an angel of mercy.

    • Horizontal
      November 14, 2014, 7:24 pm

      Taken another way, Banned for Life, means that he was banned for supporting life, which is actually closer to the truth.

      You second comment touches on one of my pet desires: to live long enough to see the end of Zionism in Israel and the end of it’s influence in the US.

  7. Kay24
    November 14, 2014, 11:11 am

    Again, the fascists have spoken:

    “In rare move, Israel denies Colombian foreign minister entry to Ramallah
    MFA said Colombia’s top diplomat can only visit the Palestinian Authority if she also visits Jerusalem, out of fear the trip would set a precedent for foreign dignitaries.

    Israel denied this week a request by Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin to visit Ramallah.

    According to a statement by the Foreign Ministry in Bogota, Israel would only permit Holguin to visit Ramallah if she agreed to visit Jerusalem on the same visit to the region. A senior official in the Israeli Foreign Ministry confirmed the matter, stating that the directive was ordered by Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

    It is highly unusual for the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem to give such a directive, and it appears that the move was made in an effort to harden its policy with regards to visits by foreign ministers to the Palestinian Authority, which are normally carried out without any difficulty.

    Differences of opinion over Holguin’s visit to Ramallah led to a diplomatic incident that caused tensions between Israel and Colombia, which is considered a central Israeli ally in Latin America. Colombia is one of the last two countries in Latin America that has not recognized Palestine as a state. The second country is Panama, another of Israel’s allies. Israel and Colombia have ties in economic, diplomatic and security areas.”


    Who’s the Boss over there?

    • lysias
      November 14, 2014, 11:22 am

      With its typical lack of honesty, the Israeli government denied that they had refused Holguin admission. Israel negó la entrada a Palestina a canciller colombiana:

      Por su parte, el Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores de Israel negó hoy que impidiera la entrada de la canciller colombiana a Palestina y aseguró que fue ella misma la que decidió suspenderla.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        Maximus Decimus Meridius
        November 14, 2014, 11:25 am

        Actually, that wouldn’t surprise me. Colombia is well known as an American client state, and is one of the few Latin American nations not to recognise Palestine. It wouldn’t be at all odd if a phone call came through from Washington for the Colombian FM to call off his visit.

      • annie
        November 15, 2014, 3:11 pm

        lysias i don’t think it says “Israeli government denied that they had refused Holguin admission. ” it says “Israel denied entry to Palestine Colombian Foreign Minister”. they don’t want politicians or diplomats normalizing visiting palestine without also visiting israel. so they denied the visit and it was held in amman instead. it’s just sadistic spiteful controlling submission bs.

    • amigo
      November 14, 2014, 11:37 am

      “In rare move, Israel denies Colombian foreign minister entry to Ramallah
      MFA said Colombia’s top diplomat can only visit the Palestinian Authority if she also visits Jerusalem, out of fear the trip would set a precedent for foreign dignitaries. ”

      Ok , lets play the Zionist game and insist that Israel include a trip to the West bank for all those senators/congress critters who go on their paid for trips to Israel.

      Goose , Gander arrangement , eh Lie-berman.

    • Bornajoo
      November 15, 2014, 7:11 am

      Dear Ms Holguin
      I’m afraid your request to visit the prisoners has been denied

  8. Horizontal
    November 14, 2014, 11:32 am

    Way to go, self-proclaimed Jewish State!

    Instead of cleaning up your message, just ban the messenger. I can understand why you did it — this guy’s dangerous! Heart, brains, compassion, courage, honesty, truth. You certainly don’t want any of those qualities springing up in Israel. They just might be contagious.

    Oh, and the story never followed up on whether or not President Obama took Dr. Gilbert up on his offer to visit Gaza? I’d really like to know what happened there . . .

    (I believe the foregoing to be bitter irony, but perhaps it’s only run-of-the-mill sarcasm.)

    • Kay24
      November 14, 2014, 11:56 am

      They certainly consider him dangerous. He was brutally honest about Israel’s atrocities, and was in the middle of chaos, and personally experienced seeing the bloody carnage that Israel was responsible for. He was emotional when he saw the babies come in with their bodies blown up, and I remember him asking the question, why these kids were killed, and if were attacked because they were Palestinian. So sad.

      Now they punish him in the usual zionist style.

      • seafoid
        November 15, 2014, 11:24 am

        I think it shows how much he rattled them.

        The bots were caught with their trousers around their ankles in August and they are trying to regain some composure.

        But banning him isn’t going to solve anything. Hasbara is dead, baby.

    • Shingo
      November 14, 2014, 6:04 pm

      Instead of cleaning up your message, just ban the messenger.

      He delegitimized Israel so he deserves it.

      • Horizontal
        November 14, 2014, 7:28 pm

        Since when was Israel ever legit?

    • eljay
      November 14, 2014, 6:26 pm

      >> Horizontal: I can understand why you did it — this guy’s dangerous! Heart, brains, compassion, courage, honesty, truth. You certainly don’t want any of those qualities springing up in Israel. They just might be contagious.

      Too many people in Israel advocating for justice, accountability or equality could (and should) result in:
      – the demise of Israel as a fundamentally religion-supremacist “Jewish State” – a state primarily of and for Jewish Israelis and non-Israeli Jews; and
      – the re-birth of Israel as a secular and democratic Israeli state – a state of and for all of its citizens, immigrants, ex-pats and refugees, equally.

      This is utterly unacceptable to Zio-supremacists.

      • Horizontal
        November 14, 2014, 7:29 pm

        Your take on Israel sounds good to me. Who could be against such a place?

  9. just
    November 14, 2014, 3:00 pm

    Israel is nuts.

    How does banning a humanitarian physician from doing his good work & using his art and science and through spreading his humanitarianism with other doctors, nurses, and medics trying to save deliberately destroyed lives going to save Israel?

    A shanda, indeed. Mads, Max, Dan, David– we’ve got your back!

    • just
      November 14, 2014, 3:03 pm

      And, thank you Ben. Keep reminding me to remain calm while being outraged.

      • Horizontal
        November 14, 2014, 7:30 pm

        Sorry, but I have to ask, being the ultimate White Guy. What’s a shanda?

      • RoHa
        November 14, 2014, 9:59 pm

        It’s a mixed drink. Half beer and half fizzy lemonade. Quite refreshing.

      • Horizontal
        November 15, 2014, 11:09 am

        Har dee har har.

      • Mooser
        November 15, 2014, 12:53 pm

        “Sorry, but I have to ask, being the ultimate White Guy. What’s a shanda?”

        It’s a motorcycle an 18yr. old Jewish kid wants to buy instead of a sensible and safe car.

      • wondering jew
        wondering jew
        November 15, 2014, 4:29 pm

        German for shame; Schande. in yiddish sometimes pronounced and therefore spelled as shonda.

  10. Jackdaw
    November 14, 2014, 4:34 pm

    Perhaps Dr. Gilbert should try to enter Gaza via Egypt.

    • annie
      November 14, 2014, 7:31 pm

      here’s a current article on egypt to understand the climate there wrt palestine. and why you shouldn’t believe what you read in the egyptian press.

      • catporn
        November 15, 2014, 9:24 am

        I think Israel has shot itself in the foot by banning a high profile ‘Doctor’ from Gaza, with every passing day it becomes more difficult for its supporters to justify this extreme behaviour, they just look false and foolish when they try.
        Mads Gilbert doesn’t seem the sort to take this lying down, and if he can’t get in at least he can continue to tell of the crimes he’s seen, the more people in the world that hear his story the better.
        Israel seem determined to have as few witnesses as possible for their next massacre.

    • amigo
      November 15, 2014, 9:32 am

      To Horizontal , upthread.

      The correct term I believe is “Shandy” .It can be an Ale Shandy or a Stout Shandy but as RoHa says it is a mixture of lemonade and beer or stout.

      Google shandy for a more detail description.

      • Horizontal
        November 15, 2014, 11:11 am

        Thanks, but a shanda ain’t a shandy unless maybe it’s in a shanty.

      • Mooser
        November 15, 2014, 1:02 pm

        I wanted “SHONDA” as a vanity plate for my VTR 1000F, but somebody already had it.

    • talknic
      November 16, 2014, 8:22 am

      @ Jackdaw “Perhaps Dr. Gilbert should try to enter Gaza via Egypt”

      You’re spouting ziopoop pal.

      Bet you can’t answer these simple questions:

      1) If Israel is not the Occupying Power over Gaza, why do all goods entering Gaza thru Egypt have to pass thru the ISRAELI checkpoint?
      2) If Israel is not the Occupying Power why does it have the right to control all Palestinian territorial waters and airspace?
      3) If Israel is not the Occupying Power, how is it that Israel can make military incursions into Gaza without first making a declaration of intent with the UNSC ?

      • catporn
        November 17, 2014, 7:02 am

        The ‘why can’t Mads Gilbert enter via Egypt’ meme has been doing the rounds, as if to say Israel’s ban isn’t a vindictive effort to hide the truth and punish both the Doctor and his Gazan patients, it’s merely a rerouting, nothing more.
        On the day it was announced someone asked me this question on Twitter, I told him to learn about the Rafah crossing, the Sisi government, and his sponsors. What more can you say in 120 characters. When I checked his TF it turned out he’d asked ten others before me the same thing verbatim, he was either very interested in the opinion of others or had ulterior motives, if I was a gambler my house would be on the latter.

    • talknic
      November 17, 2014, 1:16 am

      Jackdaw? Hey Jackdaw …. you gone already? You wouldn’t’ve had to leave so soon if you didn’t talk sh*te!

  11. Bornajoo
    November 15, 2014, 7:19 am

    Just when you thought it was safe to assume you could no longer be shocked and surprised by the actions of the Israeli government, they do this!

    But then when I calmed down and regained my senses I quickly realised that I should not have been surprised at all. This decent truth bearing humanitarian human being reported the actual facts on the ground and I’m afraid that’s just not allowed. Only the GOI hasbara version is allowed. How silly of me to be shocked. I feel like a real twit now

    • just
      November 15, 2014, 10:38 am

      ditto, Bornajoo.

      saving Palestinian lives and limbs is obviously considered a sin by the GoI. it’s not ‘fair’ to the IOF who do their level best to kill, maim and break all Palestinians.

  12. Bornajoo
    November 15, 2014, 10:51 am

    Just watching Mads Gilbert being interviewed on Al Jazeera. He’s not taking it lying down and definitely isn’t going quietly!
    I hope he makes them choke on their pathetic decision which deserves to backfire in spectacular fashion

  13. seafoid
    November 15, 2014, 11:30 am

    Zionism is pretty hopeless.

    Note they never went back to talks with Hamas after the end of fighting. As Hamas predicted.

    No, Zionism is set on Plan A for Gaza. Make it so poor and so dysfunctional that everyone leaves.

    And anyone who speaks up is banned.
    And Israel is forever.
    And the Dow will go to 100,000 by 2020
    And a pony for everyone

    • amigo
      November 15, 2014, 1:34 pm

      “And a pony for everyone” seafoid.

      For everyone in the audience , that is.

    • Walid
      November 16, 2014, 11:11 am

      Seafoid, about not going back to Hamas for talks, it’s much worse. With the ongoing collusion between Abbas’ people, the UN and Israel about the reconstruction that’s looking more and more that it’s not about to happen, it’s getting obvious that the UN is actually involved in prolonging the siege of Gaza. As the PA’s involvement, it’s been secretly accepting siege-continuing conditions by Israel without the knowledge of Hamas

      A question or probably more an disturbing assertion in al-Akhbar yesterday: ““The UN has to make up its mind, is it a partner in reconstruction or a partner in the blockade?”

      “UN setting the ground for Israel’s expanded siege on Gaza

      Fifty-one days of war were not enough to erase the consequences of seven years of siege, which affected every facet of life in the Gaza Strip. After the havoc and devastation caused by the war, it now seems that the siege has been reproduced in different ways. Since before the end of the Israeli shelling, international conditions stipulated that no one was allowed to bring in reconstruction material to Gaza except the “legitimate authorities” [the Palestinian Authority], who only gave “formal” support to Gaza yet was quick to declare that it had reached a tripartite agreement with Israel and the United Nations.

      Gaza – While Israel was the first to leak information about this agreement, the Palestinian Authority (PA) did not deny it later. But resistance factions in Gaza, particularly Hamas, officially rejected its terms after several of them were put into force. Hamas declared that it had not known the agreement would lead to an “electronic siege by Israel” in a plan under the name of [UN peace envoy in the Middle East] Robert Serry.

      A lot has been written about the details of the agreement, including the fact that the Zionist state has been seeking guarantees to tightly monitor building materials so they don’t reach the Resistance.

      To this end, Israel imposed “booby-trapped” conditions, including setting up monitoring cameras that work around the clock in storage locations in a territory where electricity is supplied barely six hours a day. This is in addition to deploying guards – who must have a “history of good conduct” – in these warehouses, surrounded by fences that must have a specific height, all in parallel with GPS trackers that the occupation forces wants installed on vehicles and heavy machinery…

      for full grim article:

      • seafoid
        November 16, 2014, 1:00 pm


        “Even today historians of the Final Solution do battle with her (Hannah Arendt’s) misguided thesis that Adolf Eichmann, the cold-blooded engineer of the Nazi killing machine, was himself but a cog in it, a self-deceived simpleton who made evil seem banal.1 And her cavalier criticism of Jewish leaders who found themselves forced to cooperate with the Nazis in the expropriation, expulsion, internment, and even extermination of their own people still provokes outrage and rebuttals.”

        So is Abbas another Murmelstein?

        And how did Jews become the ones running the expropriation, expulsion, internment, and even extermination ?

        If they began to accept what people like Murmelstein did in the 40s could they stop what Israel is doing to Gaza now ?

      • Walid
        November 16, 2014, 3:16 pm

        “… and even extermination of their own people still provokes outrage and rebuttals.”

        Less and less, seafoid, the subject of the collusion is becoming less taboo, even here at Mondo where it’s now OK to dip a big toe in these troubled waters, but not more. It wasn’t just Murmelstein with the funny business, there was Kastner that ended up getting killed for it in TA in 1957 and there were others. In that infamous category, Jordan’s King Abdullah also had a sorry ending at Friday prayers at al-Aqsa in 1950 or 1951. Palestinians won’t put up indefinitely with this stuff.

      • seafoid
        November 17, 2014, 4:43 pm


        I wouldn’t go to Yadvash and start talking about Murmelstein.
        It’s still taboo IMO
        Maybe discussed here occasionally but would Phill’s mother or anyone at AIPAC give it a hearing? I don’t think so.

  14. Daniel Rich
    Daniel Rich
    November 16, 2014, 3:39 am

    “Gilbert called the claim “an absolutely stupid statement” and explained that, among the hundreds of patients he had seen at that point, only two had been fighters. The “large majority” were women, children, and men civilians. “These numbers are contradictory to everything Israel says,” he reported.”

    No matter how hard the hasbara trolls try to put the cat in the back in the bag, lure the genie back in the bottle or Robin back in his lamp, the truth is out there now

    You’ve lost, but it takes a set of real cojones to admit to it, so, yeah, keep on chirping.

  15. Kay24
    November 16, 2014, 5:20 pm

    Apparently Bibi is warning us that Iran is our enemy.

    I think it is better than having so called allies, that act like the enemy.

    “”Iran is not your ally, Israel is not your friend – Iran is your enemy,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the American nation on Sunday in an interview on the CBS current affairs program Face the Nation.

    “Iran calls for the destruction of Israel,” Netanyahu said, noting that precisely while the United States and other powers were negotiating a nuclear agreement with the Shi’ite state, its leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was calling publicly for the destruction of Israel.”

    Please note: When Israeli leaders call for Gaza to be bombed to the middle ages, precision bombs to the sent into densely populated areas in Gaza, or for Palestinians to be placed in concentration camps, it is okay.

  16. MRW
    November 17, 2014, 1:45 am

    Excellent article, Ben. Well written. Congrats.

  17. Kathleen
    November 18, 2014, 7:43 am

    Thanks Ben

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