Sunday, August 03, 2014
The Latest Gaza Horror and Israel's War on the Media
When I read stories like this one.
A deadly attack on a school in the city of Rafah in the south of Gaza has been denounced as a "moral outrage" and "criminal act" by the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon.
At least seven people were killed and dozens more wounded after a projectile struck a street outside the school gateson Sunday morning. The school was sheltering more than 3,000 people displaced by fighting in the area.
Or see the pictures of its ghastly aftermath...
I give thanks for the brave journalists risking their lives to bring us the story, including the CBC's Paul Hunter.
On our first day, we went to Gaza's largest hospital, the al-Shifa. The injured arrive by ambulance, car and motorcycle. Inside, al-Shifa was a tsunami of misery. I didn't see a single empty bed. A grief-stricken family crowded around a woman in her 20s who had taken shrapnel in the head and was in a coma. She died a few days later.
I saw a young man unconscious and breathing with a respirator. But the mechanical respirator wasn't working, so his was a dirty tube coming out of his mouth attached to a large plastic bottle being squeezed and released by a young medical attendant.
For not only does his report give us a shattering image of the horrifying toll on civilians. And the terrible conditions in Gaza's hospitals.
It also reminds us of the dangers journalists face.
And of all those who have paid the ultimate price, including the latest victim, the Palestinian photojournalist Ramy Ryan...
Killed along with so many others in this indiscriminate attack.
The Palestine News Network reported that the Ministry of Information in Gaza "confirmed" 62 violations against Palestinian journalists by Israeli forces including the bombing of two Press cars, 13 houses belonging to journalists and 14 bombs being dropped on media institutions. Nine deaths and thirteen injuries have been recorded.
As does this report by the British Channel 4 reporter Paul Mason...
And all I can say after all of that unbelievable horror, is no wonder the brutish Netanyahu regime kills journalists so casually.
No wonder our depraved Con regime hates the CBC and the media so much...
For without them those hapless stooges could get away with MURDER.
And of course, as one who celebrates healers not killers, and dreams of the day when Palestinians and Israelis can live in peace together, and of the day when the Cons are defeated.
All I can add is this:
The truth will set us free.
And in the name of humanity stop this senseless slaughter...
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