Wednesday, 18 February 2015

A LETTER FROM GAZA. The letter of a Norwegian doctor in Gaza below, deserves to be read and shared as widely as possible. – Tim Veater

A LETTER FROM GAZA.  The letter of a Norwegian doctor in Gaza below, deserves to be read and shared as widely as possible. – Tim Veater
A LETTER FROM GAZA. (Inquiring Minds 21.7.14)
The letter of a Norwegian doctor in Gaza below, deserves to be read and shared as widely as possible.
It reflects the reality of a military operation written in the torn bodies and minds of those attacked. It is the unglamorous antidote to the pomp and circumstance of those that control the armies and carry out their orders. In such circumstances the military are nothing more than glorified bullies-in-uniform, guilty of atrocities by somehow managing to sacrifice their humanity and sense of right and wrong to a misguided brainwashed patriotism and that dulls the senses and justifies murder of innocents on the back of a pernicious view that the Palestinian is an inferior creature. Only the psychopath will escape the torture of soul that haunts those involved in this callous exercise, as the veterans of all foreign wars have demonstrated.
Ironically, with any short term military gains, Israel sows the seeds of guaranteed future hatred and violence. The inhabitants of Israel are likely to rue the day they cheered with whoops and cries, each flaming missile as it landed on domestic buildings (and the people in them) that obviously count so little to them. It reminds me of the Jewish agents who jumped for joy as the Twin Towers collapsed. There is something deeply worrying about the Jewish psyche as evidenced in the Zionist State deeply embroiled in all the disastrous events of the current century.
This is the real test of the Israeli’s commitment to peace, justice and democracy. We must conclude it is a charade, a fraud, a cruel joke, and they are being judged on the basis of it.
Do we as a nation have anything to gloat over? I don’t think so.
The Bishop of Truro in an oft repeated interview on Radio Cornwall yesterday, put it all down to the “difficulties of tribalism”, or words to that effect (I can’t find a transcript). Is that the best a member of the House of Lords, a spiritual leader of the church and the nation’s conscience, a human being, can come up with as a response to industrialised killing of defenceless women and children? It replicates the failure of the Cameron/Hague/Hammond trio to roundly condemn the undoubted War-Crimes being perpetrated by Israel.
It makes me ashamed of being “British”. Of being “Christian”. Of being a member of the human race.
For those of an historical bent it might be worth pointing out that Friday marked the one thousand and nine hundred and ninety fifth anniversary of Nero fiddling whilst Rome burnt to the ground. No irony or example of Jewish humour there then? END.
20 July 2014 1:19am
Here is a voice from Gaza. Please read and share:
Letter from Dr. Mads Gilbert in Gaza.
Dearest friends -
The last night was extreme. The “ground invasion” of Gaza resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying – all sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent.
The heroes in the ambulances and in all of Gaza’s hospitals are working 12-24hrs shifts, grey from fatigue and inhuman workloads (without payment all in Shifa for the last 4 months), they care, triage, try to understand the incomprehensible chaos of bodies, sizes, limbs, walking, not walking, breathing, not breathing, bleeding, not bleeding humans. HUMANS!
Now, once more treated like animals by “the most moral army in the world” (sic!).
My respect for the wounded is endless, in their contained determination in the midst of pain, agony and shock; my admiration for the staff and volunteers is endless, my closeness to the Palestinian “sumud” gives me strength, although in glimpses I just want to scream, hold someone tight, cry, smell the skin and hair of the warm child, covered in blood, protect ourselves in an endless embrace – but we cannot afford that, nor can they.
Ashy grey faces – Oh NO! not one more load of tens of maimed and bleeding, we still have lakes of blood on the floor in the ER, piles of dripping, blood-soaked bandages to clear out – oh – the cleaners, everywhere, swiftly shovelling the blood and discarded tissues, hair, clothes,cannulas – the leftovers from death – all taken away…to be prepared again, to be repeated all over. More then 100 cases came to Shifa last 24 hrs. enough for a large well trained hospital with everything, but here – almost nothing: electricity, water, disposables, drugs, OR-tables, instruments, monitors – all rusted and as if taken from museums of yesterdays hospitals.But they do not complain, these heroes. They get on with it, like warriors, head on, enormous resolute.t
And as I write these words to you, alone, on a bed, my tears flows, the warm but useless tears of pain and grief, of anger and fear. This is not happening!
An then, just now, the orchestra of the Israeli war-machine starts its gruesome symphony again, just now: salvos of artillery from the navy boats just down on the shores, the roaring F16, the sickening drones (Arabic ‘Zennanis’, the hummers), and the cluttering Apaches. So much made and paid in and by US.
Mr. Obama – do you have a heart?
I invite you – spend one night – just one night – with us in Shifa. Disguised as a cleaner, maybe.
I am convinced, 100%, it would change history.
Nobody with a heart AND power could ever walk away from a night in Shifa without being determined to end the slaughter of the Palestinian people.
But the heartless and merciless have done their calculations and planned another “dahyia” onslaught on Gaza.
The rivers of blood will keep running the coming night. I can hear they have tuned their instruments of death.
Please. Do what you can. This, THIS cannot continue.
Gaza, Occupied Palestine
Mads Gilbert MD PhD
Professor and Clinical Head
Clinic of Emergency Medicine
University Hospital of North Norway
N-9038 Tromsø, Norway”

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