Points from an email
dated 2 March from a reliable source in
who has asked not to be named.
is happening here is chaos, but the term I prefer is organized
destruction. Over the previous 48
hours, 35 were reported killed and around 75 injured. But in the last 18
hours one hospital reports a further 28 killed, including 3 women and 10
children under 16, the youngest being one week old. Less than 10% of those
killed could be classed as ‘fighters.’ The majority are civilians who
have suffered various injuries. Those with head and chest wounds from
blast and shrapnel are, if they survive, among the seriously injured
transferred to the main hospital in the Gaza Strip. This hospital has
received 50 injured people in the last 24 hours. In the same time, we are
told, 44 Palestinian rockets, incapable of being aimed accurately, have
injured 10 people in
most of the Palestinian deaths and casualties have been in the north of
the Strip, a missile has been fired into Rafah in the far south.
Escalation is another word to use here. In response to one recent civilian
death on the Israeli side, regrettable though any death is, the
retaliation being experienced primarily within civilian residential areas
is out of any proportion. At present it is a common sight to see people
looking into the sky at the circling drones that are said to be both
visual ‘spotters’ and capable of attack, with
accompanying F16 and helicopters
with flares. Over the last 24 hours, sounds of drones have regularly been
followed by explosions. A little later we hear
the sirens of the overworked
ambulances responding to distress calls. Hospitals have been emptied of
routine cases and other hospitals without accident departments have been
opened for emergencies in response to the major disaster.
most of the injured are from within houses demolished by the missiles, one
man has lost both lower limbs and was injured in the shoulder whilst
feeding his goats. His father requests that a photograph of him be sent to
as the chances, when he is ready, for getting out for appropriate
prosthetic limb fitting, are slim to nil at present. Getting any kind of
prosthesis in, let alone fitted, is costly. He is 20 years old and has a
new wife with a baby on the way. Whilst he could well become mobile again
on prostheses, the way ahead for him would be long and difficult to regain
any degree of independence in any society, let alone one that is being
systematically destroyed. He is one of many people with similar needs,
thinking only of those injured in the last few days.
all these tragedies is the fact that such sophisticated military
destruction is being supported by US and
with silence from the rest of the world. There is little condemnation of the state terrorism or continuing collective punishment of the deprived
and impoverished people walled up in the Gaza
Goodbye my child the terrorist!
Goodbye my child!
Your life was cut short by those strangers from foreign lands who came
holding the Bible in one hand and a gun in the other, determined
to steal your land and mine, to cut the olive tree that was there on the
land before they were born, to cut the orange tree that I was hoping you
would pick its fruits when you grow up, to demolish the house that I built
to give you shelter.
Raja George Mattar