No remedy for patients after destruction of Gaza hospital
Al-Wafa Hospital was Gaza City’s only medical center where medical equipment that used to be scarce in other Gaza Strip hospitals could be found until Israeli warplanes struck the hospital
The only way Palestinian man Abdel-Aziz Abu Mandil can soothe his stomach pains is to keep caressing the bandage he placed around this stomach in a desperate bid to keep the lid on his agony.
Israel’s deadly ceasefire game
Israel purposefully protracted the ceasefire negotiations to inflict more destruction on Gaza.
By: Hanine Hassan
On August 25 Israel hit a 13-storey residential tower that housed at least 70 families, striking with five missiles over an hour. Israel could have destroyed the entire building with one missile in a few minutes, if it wanted to; after all it wiped out an entire neighbourhood in less than one hour on July 29. Israel’s deliberate choice to slowly decompose the tower was psychological torture to its residents, to punish them and submit them. It is this same strategy of protraction that Israel used during the uncountable ceasefires and humanitarian lulls it declared during its war on Gaza.
Gazans pray in destroyed mosques
Israel’s assault on Gaza resulted in the demolition of 63 mosques, including the Grand Mosque in the Nuseirat Refugee Camp
By: Mohammed Asad
While Israel says that Hamas used mosques to stockpile weapons and rocket launchers, Gaza’s Hamas rulers deny the accusation, saying the destruction of 63 mosques in Operation Protective Edge showed Israel has been waging a war against Islam.
On August 14, the Palestinian Authority Tourism and Antiquities Ministry said the destruction of mosques was a war crime, reported Reuters.
PA Tourism and Antiquities Minister Rula Ma’ayah called on the United Nations, particularly the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and its World Heritage Committee to condemn the military targeting of cultural, religious and natural heritage sites as a war crime and a violation of human rights. His ministry said that some of the destroyed and damaged sites were to be on the PA’s list that it wants to see inscribed on the World Heritage List.
Gaza death toll surpasses that of Cast Lead as count hits 1,437
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — The Palestinian death toll in the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza surpassed that of Operation Cast Lead on Thursday as the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli attacks hit 1,437.
In the most recent lethal Israeli attack, an airstrike hit the al-Bayoumi family home in al-Nusairat refugee camp, killing at least 11 Palestinians and injuring at least 45.
According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, 1,417 Palestinians were killed during Israel’s infamous three-week offensive on Gaza in 2008-2009.
Some 5,303 people were injured during Cast Lead, while at least 8,265 have been injured throughout Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s name for its current offensive.
Busting the Israeli occupation one-liners
By: Sara Saleh
Israel’s war on Gaza is as much about oppression as it is about public relations, and winning the propaganda battle. Sara Saleh unravels the spin.
Two weeks into the current Israeli assault on Gaza, known as Operation Protective Edge, and it seems much of Israel’s rationale has been recycled.