Claire Gilbert wrote this article on the anniversary of the latest Israeli slaughter - a "mowing of the lawn" as Netanyahu and his thugs refer to it, in expectation of doing it over and over again- in Occupied Gaza for Grassroots International. Grassroots International, an organization which works with Palestinian agricultural cooperatives and Haitian farmers, among others, will get donations directly to those who most need them, and is highly deserving of support (see below). The words of Abu Al-Atta, Claire's associate from Nida, about hiding on the ground with her nieces and nephews during the firing one night in 2014, are particularly frightening.
AIPAC, Netanyahu and many in the Congress plump for war against Iran as a cover for further wars in Gaza of this kind - a criminal activity as a New York judge says below. In addition, an American aggression against Iran would be a crime. In fact, the US has invaded the two countries surrounding Iran and has many military bases in the area; Iran has, however corrupt the regime, invaded no countries - a real contrast - and has no military bases abroad...
In addition, Shias are around 10% of Muslims, though Iran and now Iraq are majority Shia/Shia-ruled countries countries; Sunnis are 90%, i.e. most of the Middle East - see here. This is a distinction the American media, in its cultivated ignorance and demonization of Iran, repeatedly fails to draw. And this fact makes Iranian domination of the Middle East - as a goal that Iran might set itself rather than providing some balance to Sunni and Israeli power - very unlikely.
For three recent piece on the Occupation, Gideon Levy on "What did you do at work today, dad?," and Amira Hass on the Tamimis of Nabi Saleh and the poem "Ghetto," see here, here and here.
Alice Rothschild, a doctor who often goes to Gaza and the West Bank and lives in Boston, took the photos (she was a companion on my visit to the West Bank with he Dorothy Cotton Institute). Her powerful book Broken Promises, Broken Dreams can be found here.
One Year after Assault, the Disaster in Gaza Continues
August 26th, 2015
- 10,850 Palestinians injured or maimed
- 2,215 killed
- 65 medical institutions bombed
- 9 water treatment facilities damaged or destroyed.
- 18 power plants hit.
- 23,669 homes partially or completely damaged.