The ceasefire is holding. The kids are playing again on the beach where four of their friends were killed while playing soccer, by shells from an Israeli gunboat.
But thousands of Palestinian children have been wounded...
The situation in the hospitals is so desperate they can't treat them in Gaza.
“Palestinian health authorities are planning to refer more patients to hospitals outside of Gaza to access life-saving treatment as well as to reduce the case load in the hospitals to a more manageable level.
And I still want to know why the Harper regime is STILL preventing 100 wounded Palestinian kids from being treated in Canada.
Because if you remember this story.
Their callousness still knows no limit. And John Baird's pathetic excuse for doing nothing still makes no sense...
A spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird mumbled something about providing help for “victims of Hamas” (not Israeli bombardment) in the region, not here. He fretted about the “medical risks and dangers” of shipping people overseas. Better to send Canadian medical expertise, financing and supplies there, he said.
Not when you call Baird's bluff.
On the face of it, Foreign Minister John Baird’s counterproposal of providing Canadian talent to Gaza seems reasonable. After all, the Palestinian Ministry of Health has asked for the same. However, I stand as evidence that Baird and Ottawa are not serious about this counterproposal and likely never intend it as anything but an excuse for inaction.
Not when even though you are a Canadian emergency room doctor you are arrested by the Israelis when you try to enter Gaza. For no good reason.
As always, my documentation was in order. No cogent reason was given for my denial, and I was expelled after being strip-searched and escorted by police as though I were a criminal.
And then get an e-mail from the Con regime:
Before departing for Tel Aviv, I asked for assistance from Ottawa. An official at the Department of Foreign Affairs responded to me directly by email that “neither we in Ottawa nor the Canadian Embassy in Tel Aviv can assist in facilitating the entry of Canadians into the Gaza Strip.”
The message was clear: Canada will not help doctors enter Gaza to deliver humanitarian aid and medical care.
Which makes everything they've said so far just another BIG LIE.
Because the British government may be sending a medical team. And there is talk of sending a hospital ship. Other countries like Scotland are preparing to treat the wounded innocents.
But the Con regime is still doing NOTHING.
Even though the need is so great...
And horribly injured children are DYING from the lack of proper medical care.
You know, since I started writing about this appalling story I have received many anguished messages from readers asking me what they can do to help bring the wounded children to Canada. Because they feel so helpless.
And the truth is I don't know what to tell them, because I feel helpless too. I count on human decency to help in medical emergencies, and in its absence I am staggered.
Stephen Harper's refusal to let Cdn hospitals treat #Gaza kids offends our humanity. http://t.co/ln1Qb503HI #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/KpBmcCXffh
— Simon (@montrealsimon) August 11, 2014
Stunned by the silence of so many Canadians, and the inaction of our foul government.
So all I can say is what I've said from the beginning: write your MPs, sign petitions.
Help publicize websites like this one.
Juxtapose pictures of the callous monster and his helpless victims...
To reinforce his image as a hideous bully. A man who would sacrifice children for crass political reasons. Because we can and will use that against him.
Use social media to get the message out, scrawl slogans on walls, make a noise, just don't remain silent. For silence is complicity.
And of course, if you're a decent Canadian, work to defeat Stephen Harper and his criminal Con regime.
Before they shame us further...
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