April 10, 2002
Ethnic Martyrising: The Barbaric Persecution of an Entire People
What is happening in the West Bank is so utterly horrific that I felt compelled to prepare this special compilation. Please pass this on ASAP and do whatever you can to alert others to this butchery.
Palestinians are part of the human family - just like the Israelis - and need our help right now
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
(...) Bush and his handlers are, with no public outcry, backing one of the most barbaric military attacks in memory, an invasion that is coldly, intentionally and repeatedly flouting just about every known standard for conduct in war. No provocation can possibly justify Israel's treatment of the civilian population, which includes herding Palestinian men with numbers written on their forearms into "camps" surrounded by electric fences.
- Suzanne Taylor <email@example.com> Taken from: http://www.theconversation.org/
1. Welcome to hell, where the children smile amid the gunfire
2. UPDATE: Jenin
3. Procession of lame leaves the dead in Nablus
4. 34 YEARS OF ISRAELI POLICY HAVE LAID THE GROUNDWORK FOR ITS UNHOLY WAR IN THE WEST BANK AND GAZA
5. Boycott Israeli goods
6. Where is the world to see this?
THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA - A Must visit!
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Children raised with the sounds of bullets
Mistaken assertions that Arafat has not condemned terror "in Arabic"
Welcome to hell, where the children smile amid the gunfire
Here in Seattle, after a long and dreary winter, it is an utterly perfect, sunny spring Thursday. I should be out in the garden, or down by the lake, or doing something to soak up the idyllic glory of springtime. Instead, I am on the phone, talking with Kristen Schurr, who is living in a war zone, being shot at every day. It is life in a Palestinian refugee camp. Hers happens to be Al-Azzeh, outside Bethlehem.
"The first night I was here, just crossing the alley in front of the apartment, I was shot at," she says matter-of-factly. "They showed me how to duck and run." She's used her new skills regularly in the past few days. "Just today, I went into a little shop inside of camp, we got shot at."
During our last three days of conversations, Schurr practiced the maneuver several times, pausing during a sentence as she scurried across some alley; at times, I could hear the gunshots and shelling over the phone, as kids played outside my window.
Yesterday in this space, I laid out just a few of the eyewitness accounts emerging as Israeli forces begin to carry out Ariel Sharon's stated intention to sweep through every single Palestinian city, village, and refugee camp in the coming weeks. The reports of what that means aren't hard to find on the Internet or in foreign media, and they are hair-raising.
Ariel Sharon's version of reality includes "disappearings" of all Palestinian men between the ages of about 15 and 45, with some being beaten and released, the rest beaten and not released, or beaten and shot, or simply shot; arrests of ambulance and medical personnel while the injured lie dying for want of simple medical care; whole cities running out of food, medicines, and other basics of life; widespread reports of soldiers destroying or stealing simply for the apparent viciousness of it. Sniper fire and tanks directed at the birthplace of the Prince of Peace. An economy destroyed, a people who will never forget nor forgive this latest escalation of what British journalist Robert Fisk today called "the world's last colonial war -- between a settlement-planting nation and an occupied people."
And then, on this lovely spring day, I look at my local newspaper, whose version of "reality" is so completely out of sync with that of Sharon, Kristen Schurr, or even British and European media as to be surreal.
The Seattle Times' 20-paragraph front-page lead story is a wire service amalgam that manages to ignore the realities of what Israel is doing, other than to analyze which towns the army has occupied -- as if the order matters. The article also finds space to explore the future prospects for implementing the Oslo peace accords, for which the Times should be nominated for some sort of anti-Pulitzer for complete irrelevance. The one Palestinian voice quoted in the story is an Arafat aide venting his hatred for Israel; none of the bountiful present-day reasons for that hatred were cited. Nor was any connection made between the events and the United States.
The United States is, alone in the world, remarkably oblivious to how the rest of the world perceives that connection. It starts with George W. Bush, whose initial failure for days to even question Israel's brutal tactics solidified his place as a figure despised by much of the world -- at a time when his constituents are particularly vulnerable to anti-U.S. rage .
Bush condemns suicide bombings, which is reasonable enough. But he expects Yasser Arafat, from his newly elevated stature in the Arabic-speaking world as primetime martyr, to not only reverse course and simply capitulate but to then control the radicals who have hated him nearly as much as Sharon, and who will never capitulate. That's delusional, and it's also the Israeli line; it's not a surprising stance, however, for the cue-dependent Dubya. The men doing the cuing, particularly Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, despise Yasser Arafat, and it shows.
What is truly astonishing is that even when, on the offensive's 4th day, Bush and his handlers finally uttered "enough is enough," it was for political and tactical reasons -- not because of the breathtaking barbarity and illegality of many of Israel's actions. No provocation can possibly justify Israel's treatment of the civilian population.
Bush seems especially unable to comprehend that when such an attack is carried out with American approval, American money, American weapons, and American advisors present, the rest of the world leaps to conclusions. Of course, if he is reading the country's antiseptic evening newscasts and morning papers, he maybe partly excused; it is difficult for Americans to understand the barbarity of what is going on, or its importance, when the folks who would normally tell us either don't get it or won't say it.
Which brings us back to people like Kristen Schurr.
"Palestinians are forced to live in unimaginable conditions," she says. "Just to cross the street they have to duck and run, that's life here. There are no schools here, people aren't able to work, we have two or three days' worth of food left inside the camp. Israel has been continually attacking Palestinians and putting them in a humiliating position where they're supposed to beg for the most basic human rights."
Schurr, who now lives in New York, used to live in Seattle, where she worked at Seattle Weekly (for which I also work). She's in Palestine as one of a few hundred delegates for the present tour of the International Solidarity Movement. It's the third such tour for the ISM, recently organized by the Center for Rapproachment, a Palestinian NGO based in Bethlehem.
Along with other "internationals" from Europe, Asia, and North America, they are nonviolent witnesses to the occupation -- human cameras, doing the work U.S. media mostly won't, who have also become human shields as war erupted in front of them, a war that has flowed naturally from the conditions of the last 35 years of military occupation.
"This camp is made of stone buildings with narrow alleyways. There's no room to build out, so they build up, generations of families living on top of one another," she said. "The Israeli military comes in sometimes and rounds up men and disappears them. Sometimes some of them come home, sometimes not. It's not safe to sleep at night, so we sleep in the early light hours; we get shot at in the night, and have to run from one room to another. With the U.S. weapons, they have night vision, they have access to weapons ... I don't know how to say it.
"Just passing from the door of the apartment to the stairway, inside the house, we get shot at through the door. All the windows have bags of sand stacked one on top of another inside. This is how they live their life. This is constant.
"I've been befriended by all the little girls in the camp. They call my name and get me to run around with them. It's kind of amazing that people's life goes on in this way.
"There's so much despair but there's also this laughter that's as prevalent as the despair is. And [there's] this incredible brightness in peoples' eyes. They look at each other when the shelling is over and the eye contact here is amazing, and people start laughing. It's like, what else are you gonna do?
April 09, 2002: The IDF has deployed a large number of troops and intense firepower in an effort to break the Palestinian resistance. Officers in the area have described the battle as a "Palestinian Masada," saying that there is a huge amount of destruction in the camp, and that the bodies of dozens of dead Palestinians are strewn in the streets. Leaning over drips nearly empty of fluid, Zahra al-Wawe worked without electricity, blood banks or ambulances, pleading for help over her mobile telephone until the battery ran dry, shouting: We are losing them, we are losing them. details at http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,3-261568,00.html
Medical sources fear that at least 150 residents have been killed and the bodies are still lying in streets, alleyways and inside shelters and homes. Sources told LAW that the refugees are suffering from lack of food, medicines, water. The camp has ran out of all basic supplies.
Medical sources fear a health epidemic in the camp. Contrary to Israeli claims that ambulances have been allowed access, medical personnel told LAW that two ambulances, trying to evacuate the wounded in Jenin, were ran over and destroyed today by Israeli tanks. LAW report at http://jerusalem.indymedia.org/news/2002/04/8485.php
Jenin. Remember this word, for every time your lose faith in humanity, all you need to do is to recall it. Repeat inside of you, slowly, when you are down and frail. It should give you vigor and lift your spirit. It's a symbol of courage, courage beyond these times of despair and degradation, courage that's legendary, almost mythological. How else can we explain that a small refugee camp, less than a kilometer sq. length and width stands for days in the face of hundreds of tanks, Apache helicopters and thousands of trained killers, they call soldiers? Story by Ramzy Baroud at http://www.jerusalem.indymedia.org/news/2002/04/8494.php
April 09, 2002: More than one third of the camp houses have been destroyed... total destruction... tens of people died in this way. Details at http://jerusalem.indymedia.org/news/2002/04/8042.php
April 08, 2002: The tanks are shooting at people in the street, including those already injured and dead. Israeli forces are still banning ambulances from entering Jenin refugee camp. There are no confirmations yet of how many people are dead or injured, as our source was calling from a mobile phone within the camp. There is a very real possibility that massacres (see at http://www.jerusalem.indymedia.org/news/2002/04/7726.php) are taking place. People are saying we "will not become refugees again" (see at http://jerusalem.indymedia.org/news/2002/04/7729.php).
Calls received by LAW (The Palestinian Society for the Protection of Human Rights and the Environment) confirm that throughout yesterday and day, the smell of dead bodies (see at http://jerusalem.indymedia.org/news/2002/04/7707.php) is spreading across the refugee camp. Each minute an injured dies due to the lack of medical attention. Sources confirmed that, since the past 24 hours, the refugee camp has run out of key supplies, including water, food and medical supplies. Sources from the refugee camp have stated that despite calls they have been forced to drink waste water. Quite apart from the food and water crisis, sources, including Jenin hospital, confirmed that the camp suffers a health crisis. The director of the hospital stated that the capacity of Jenin hospital has been crippled due to the destruction of a number of its services and the continuation of Israeli shelling. Israel is committing an ongoing massacre in Jenin (see at http://jerusalem.indymedia.org/news/2002/04/6309.php).
MANY MORE HORRIFIC DETAILS OF THIS INFAMY AT http://www.jerusalem.indymedia.org/
Israel commits massacre in Jenin refugee camp (April 8, 2002)
Press conference with Dr. Mustafa Barghouthi, president of the Palestinian Medical Relief Committees and the director of the Health, Development, Information and Policy Institute (HDIP)
THIS IS A MUST READ - TOTALLY CREDIBLE!
April 09, 2002
Procession of lame leaves the dead in Nablus
THE doors of the mosque creak open and a foetid stream of damp air escapes from the building that for five days has served as charnel house and field hospital.
Inside is death and blood. Ten bodies are lain in a row in the courtyard, while 30 wounded Palestinians walk and crawl, moaning, across the blue linoleum that has been torn up to serve as stretcher, blanket and shroud.
In the deepest corner of the war zone that is Nablus kasbah, Palestinian doctors and ambulance workers have been trapped for five days in the al-Baiq Mosque, treating fighters and civilians injured since the Israeli attack on the West Banks most famous kasbah began.
Leaning over drips nearly empty of fluid, Zahra al-Wawe worked without electricity, blood banks or ambulances, pleading for help over her mobile telephone until the battery ran dry, shouting: We are losing them, we are losing them.
Three more died yesterday, she said, and finally, as dusk fell over the old city that has seen some of the fiercest clashes between Palestinians and Israelis, something snapped. Suddenly, waving white rags above their heads, Palestinian Red Crescent workers emerged from the mosque, walking, stumbling, climbing and falling through the wreckage of what remains of the kasbah, carrying stretchers to ambulances that they hoped, but did not know, would be waiting at the city entrance.
As they struggled through the 6ft hole gouged out of Nablus city centre by Israeli armour that has blasted its way into all but a small corner of the kasbah, they were followed by the injured, half-walking, half-carrying each other over the carpets of spent cartridges, unexploded pipe bombs and corrugated iron barricades erected to alert the Palestinian population inside to the approach of Israeli soldiers.
Above waves of hysteria inside, Dr al-Wawe and her colleague, Muhaned, explained that even though no formal ceasefire had been declared, they had no choice but to go. Thus the procession of the lame took advantage of the quietest day yet to emerge into streets that only 24 hours ago had been alive with tank shells, Apache helicopter rockets and cannonfire from Israeli forces intent on flushing out the hundreds of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Fatah activists hiding in the dark alleyways beneath ground.
We are going to take the critical cases to the hospital. We dont have any blood, we dont have any antibiotics, we couldnt do anything for them, just watched them die, Muhaned said.
Yesterday we had 15 bodies. We could have saved half of them. We had to bury them, without their families.
In the streets around, the change over 24 hours was astonishing. At dusk the day before, fighters lurked confidently behind walls, firing blindy into the air above, behind elaborate defences manufactured from tripwires, soft-drink bottles and metal piping. But they had no answer to the power of artillery that punched 4ft holes in roofs, ripping the sides off entire buildings.
At 1pm Israeli loudspeaker announcements echoed in Arabic through the camp warning the young men inside: You have to surrender now, right now. Those who do not surrender will pay the price.
Shortly afterwards 100 young men emerged in clumps of 15-20, hands on heads and walking two by two up the steps that a day earlier had been a no-go zone for Israeli forces intent on flushing out what they claim are the terrorist nests inside the inaccessible kasbah of an ancient city built on the ruins of ane old Roman town, Flavia Neapolis, dating back to 72AD.
I SAW A TV REPORT IN QUEBEC YESTERDAY DEPICTING EXACTLY WHAT IS DESCRIBED BELOW
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34 YEARS OF ISRAELI POLICY HAVE LAID THE GROUNDWORK FOR ITS UNHOLY WAR IN THE WEST BANK AND GAZA
By Ellen Cantarow*
April 06, 2002
I am Jewish. I am a writer. From 1979 to 1989 I reported for THE VILLAGE VOICE, MOTHER JONES, INQUIRY and other US publications from Israel and the West Bank. During those years I witnessed on the ground the rapid growth of Israel's settlements and the seizure of Palestinian land and water for them: today over half the West Bank's resources now are in Israel's hands. (About a third of Gaza's resources have suffered the same fate.)
I conducted in-depth interviews with ultra-right-wing settlers and settler-leaders whose cry was: 'Let them bow their heads, or let Israel expel them.' I interviewed Palestinian villagers who had suffered settler vigilante actions and read accounts of these by Israeli-Jewish reporters of conscience in HA ARETZ and other Israeli papers. These vigilante actions ran the whole gamut: wanton destruction of property and crops, rampages through villages with cries of 'Death to the Arabs' and smashing of car windows, casual in-the-street humiliation of Palestinian civilians, beatings, murder. Within Israel I witnessed the increasing polarization of Israeli society by the occupation; the growing, virulent racism of new generations. Take, for instance, the Moroccan Jews in Kiryat Shemona, members of Menachem Begin's voting base about whom I wrote for THE VILLAGE VOICE in 1982 and who most commonly told me, 'The only good Arab is a dead Arab.'
When I first arrived in Israel in 1979, a 'Master Plan for the Development of Settlements in Judea and Samaria, 1979-1983' had just been drafted. In it Matityahu Drobles, head of the World Zionist Organization's Department for Rural settlement wrote: 'The disposition of the [Israeli] settlements must be carried out not only around the settlements of the minorities' - by settlements Drobles referred to towns and villages centuries old like Bethlehem and Hebron - 'but also in between them.' Drobles's rationale for this was that 'over the course of time, with or without peace, we will have to learn to live with the minorities and among them [ by 'minorities' Drobles meant the Palestinian people] while fostering good-neighborly relations.' Thus from the start of occupation Israeli policy-makers projected the permanent colonization of the West Bank and, later, Gaza. To single Ariel Sharon out as Israel's exceptional evil - if only he were gone and polite, decent folks like Shimon Peres could guide the nation - is to be oblivious of history. It wasn't under Ariel Sharon that the Drobles Plan was drafted, nor under Sharon that Kiryat Arba was established in 1968, but under Labor. Permanent settlement, retention and expansion of the settlements: this has driven Israeli policy under all every government since 1967.
To rule the land into which it has made its incursions Israel from the late 60s has enforced a military legal code completely separate from the laws governing Israel. The army, the military courts and other elements enforce military rule. Under it, for the past 34 years, collective punishment for the alleged acts of individuals has the order of the day - for example, 23-hour-a-day curfews lasting for weeks on end; the bulldozing of homes. During the years I was writing about the situation, stone-throwing and street demonstrations were what most commonly brought collective punishment. Suicide bombing is a post-Oslo phenomenon triggered by the doubling of settlement population after the accords were signed and by the dawning realization that Oslo consolidated a South African-style plan for permanent Bantustanization of the West Bank. On all my stays in the West Bank I witnessed the daily humiliation of Palestinians at Israeli checkpoints; the casual landscape and social scenery of apartheid (the most obvious and continual manifestations were the checkpoints with differing treatment of Palestinians on the one hand; Israeli Jews and internationals on the other, and the different color of license plates - blue for Palestinians, yellow for Israelis). I interviewed villagers whose homes had been blown up and/or bulldozed by Israeli soldiers. I heard accounts by men and women jailed, abused, and tortured in Israel's prisons (the practice is an established fact acknowledged by Israel 's B'tselem and foreign human rights organizations and is ongoing as I write: THE FINANCIAL TIMES April 6 reported, 'The Israeli human rights organization B'tselem yesterday petitioned the High Court after receiving reports of torture at the Ofer detention center near Ramallah.') About all of the foregoing the Hebrew press was quite open while the US press was almost invariably silent.
We now arrive at the current nightmare. As I write, collective punishment is ratcheted up a thousand fold in full-blown war atrocities committed throughout the West Bank. Israel's war machine has moved into the northern West Bank as well as in Gaza, from which I received an American relief worker's e-mail this morning. For the past week my computer has delivered to me daily - even hourly - desperate e-mails begging for help from international human rights organizations. They plead with me and others in my list serves to call our congress people and senators, protest to the press. One writer, a university researcher by profession, describes looting by Israeli soldiers invading his home: 'I had a little money (about 800 NIS) in the upper drawer of my desk which I got from the bank on Thursday when an invasion was expected . . . I found [the drawer] broken and the money gone.' Another passage, from a different letter, reads: 'Their 'visits' to our houses are no different from [visits by] gangsters. They went to . . . my very close neighbors' houses, they start by asking all of them to stay in one room with their faces against the wall, then they enter all rooms . . . go to the kitchen, collected all the food . . . and start eating it . . . the rest of the food they take . . . with them, they also take jewels, money and electronic equipment . . . Two of my neighbors have heart problems. The first thing they did when they knew about their sickness was to go and get their medicine and destroy it in front of their eyes.' In London's THE INDEPENDENT Robert Fisk confirms, 'The Israeli army . . . is proving once more - as it did in Lebanon - that it is not the 'elite' force it's cracked up to be. It is impossible to dismiss the widespread reports of looting from homes in Ramallah (not least because that is exactly what Israeli soldiers used to do in southern Lebanon in 1983); and that brave Israeli academic, Avi Schlaim, has himself charged Israel with extra-judicial killings in Ramallah.'
Other e-mails describe ambulances shot at and stopped from arriving at their destinations; hospitals invaded and medical personnel prevented at gunpoint from carrying out their responsibilities; people bleeding to death while soldiers block, at gunpoint and in tanks, their safe passage to medical relief; corpses rotting in hospital corridors (numerous e-mails warn of the threat of imminent epidemics); relatives forbidden to carry out decent burials (one group of the slain had to be buried in a Ramallah parking lot); civilians shot if they venture out their doors; massive looting and vandalizing of homes; cultural institutions invaded and files destroyed; electrical systems for water pumps destroyed so that whole urban areas have their water supplies cut off; internationals and Palestinian press members wounded by Israeli gun-fire. As I write this on April 6, the most urgent e-mail of today is entitled, 'Deliberately Created Humanitarian Crisis Reaches Intolerable Point April 6th, 2001, 11AM,' and describes six Nablus field hospitals with scores of people in serious-to-critical condition, doctors forced to operate with minimal equipment. In one such improvised center, corpses rot in the operating room while Israeli snipers fire on anyone trying to enter or leave. In Jenin 50 houses are reported seriously damaged by Apache helicopter fire, 20 people injured and bleeding in the street. There is much, much more.
Like Nero, President Bush has fiddled while Rome burns and has issued too little too late. What is needed is an immediate order for withdrawal and a threat of economic sanction (this is what President Eisenhower did in the Suez Crisis of 1956, resolving it immediately.) What is needed is for Colin Powell to be on the ground now, not a week from now or this coming Sunday. Sharon, the Milosevic twin ordering these atrocities, is the self-same war criminal who commanded the infamous Unit 101 which killed 99 defenseless civilians at Kibyeh in October, 1953; who in August, 1977 ordered the destruction of 2000 Gaza homes and expulsion from them of 16,000 civilians during an Israeli 'pacification' onslaught in the strip; who oversaw the IDF while it enabled the Phalangist massacre of over a thousand Palestinian civilians in the Beirut refugee camps Sabra and Shatila in 1982; who triggered the second intifada when, with an escort of 1000 soldiers, he 'visited' Al Aksa mosque in September, 2000 - a visit followed next day by the IDF's shooting of Palestinian demonstrators at the mosque.
I am old enough to remember a childhood just after World War II. I am filled with a mix of grief, helplessness, despair and anger as Israel, pretending to act in my name and using the Nazi holocaust against the Jews to exonerate its crimes, proceeds with a clear effort to obliterate the economy, the social, political and cultural institutions, and the entire infrastructure of the Palestinian people. Those who do not speak out against the abominations these horrors are complicit by their silence. Those who exonerate or apologize for Israel as it commits them are guilty by association.
* The author can be reached at CANTAROW@MiddleEast.org
Date: Tue, 9 Apr 2002
From: "Molly Scott Cato" <Molly@greenaudit.org>
(by way of David Weston <email@example.com>)
Subject: Boycott Israeli goods
While our elected representatives in Europe dither their way towards deciding whether they might, actually, decide to discuss the issue of sanctions, there is action we can take as individuals by supporting the Palestine Solidarity Campaign's BIG Campaign (Boycott Israeli Goods). Reproduced below is their text explaining the boycott, together with a list of individuals and organisations who have already signed up. More details can be found on their website at
To order leaflets, stickers and other campaign material email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please send donations for the BIG Campaign to: BIG Campaign Box BM PSA London WC1N 3XX;
please make cheques payable to the BIG Campaign
Boycott Campaign -
The Palestinian people are experiencing their thirty fourth year of military occupation. The siege by the Israeli army and the economic blockade have devastated their daily lives so that 'normal' life is impossible. The Palestine Solidarity Campaign, with the support of many individuals and organisations in Britain, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Israel, has launched the BIG Campaign - a campaign to boycott Israeli products and tourism. The campaign was launched in the House of Commons on the 4th July. There have been calls for a boycott from within Israel itself as well as in the Occupied Territories. Our decision to launch this campaign follows decades of Israel's refusal to abide by UN Resolutions, International Humanitarian law and the Fourth Geneva Convention. We will organise supporters to boycott Israeli goods and services, to persuade businesses to stop trading with Israel and to campaign for an end to European Union and British government trade agreements with Israel.
Statement of Intent:
Stand Up for Palestinian Human Rights - Oppose Israeli Oppression - Boycott Israeli Products
For too long the world has ignored the relentless military oppression of the Palestinian people. Since the 29th of September 2000, over 749 Palestinians have been killed and more than 16,400 injured by the Israeli army and settlers. The Government of Israel has intensified collective punishment on the Palestinian civilian population, laying siege to their land, preventing free movement and devastating the Palestinian economy. "Normal" life is impossible as people are unable to work, move around freely, attend school, get to hospitals, or to obtain water.
We call for mass consumer action, along the lines of the boycott of South African produce during the anti-apartheid campaign. By joining this boycott individuals and organisations can take concrete steps to stand up against the gross human rights violations by the Israeli State.
We, the undersigned, call for an immediate, unconditional lifting of the siege of the occupied territories, an end to the occupation, and the implementation of UN resolutions and international humanitarian law in relation to the Palestinian people.
We therefore support:
A boycott of Israeli products
A boycott of Israeli leisure tourism
An end to UK firms' investment in Israel
Suspension of British government trade agreements with Israel
CLIP - Loooong list of people
CLIP - Lots of them!
Tuesday, April 9, 2002
Where is the world to see this?
Today is day 11 of the re-occupation of Ramallah. We hear less shootings but from time to time we hear explosions of forced entry into houses and I keep hearing the same stories over and over again.
I said to Amal, the story I heard on ANN t.v, an Arab satellite channel, at 3 a.m. They interviewed Dr. Tariff Ashour, he is the head of what he calls a 'field hospital' in the old city of Nablus.
During the interview you can hear clearly the cries of injured people dying. He said that in front of him were 18 corpses, and 3 on the way. They were mostly civilians, "one was shot dead when he came to give us some blankets to cover the bodies, another one was shot when he went to dig a grave in the courtyard of the hospital". The field hospital is located in an old mosque with very simple equipment.
"We could not get out of the Old City even a single one of the injured or any of the bodies," he said. "We have no morgue in this place. What we have are plenty of first aid staff who can treat light injuries, but for serious injuries we have to leave them to die. These are the ones you can hear crying now and we can do nothing to help them. I have another one with serious injuries in his leg, we have to cut it tomorrow at 7, we have no other choice."
"For your information," he added, "we do this under continuous bombardment, this place was hit several times, but we have to do our duty. Where are our Arab brothers? Where is the world to see this?"
Then Mahmoud Al-Alool, Nablus governor, "The situation is horrible and catastrophic. I keep getting calls from the Old City about the killed and the injured. If the Red Cross cannot manage to get them out, who can?"
On April 7th, they demolished Hendeya building with an F.16 bomb, a building of 7 floors turned to rubble. An old woman refused to leave her house. She is buried now under the rubble. They commit war crimes but who will punish them?
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