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In Gaza

In Gaza
Sat, 24 Feb 2024 10:24:25 +0000

1. Unethical, hypocritical and cruel: Western aid cut will cause more pain for starving Gaza civilians


In just over four months in #Gaza, there have been more #children, more journalists, more medical personnel, and more @UN staff killed than anywhere in the world during a conflict.

It is with profound regret that I must now inform you that @UNRWA has reached a breaking point,… pic.twitter.com/JbQVk72avu

— Philippe Lazzarini (@UNLazzarini) February 22, 2024

Feb 8, 2024, RT.com

-Eva K Bartlett

**Note: original article was published ~ 2 weeks ago. I didn't have access to my site to publish here until now. Below article will be updated for latest information. Blog version longer than originally published**

After more than four months of a bombing campaign that has killed nearly 30,000 (over 27,000) people in Gaza, Israel's recent accusations that UNRWA employees were involved in Hamas' October 7 insurgency led many Western nations to immediately cut critically needed funding.

This means the most vulnerable Palestinians—over 2 million Palestinians in Gaza, starving and in desperate need of health care and shelter—will go without UNRWA support when the current funding dries up. According to UNRWA, this could be by the end of February, and, "not only in Gaza but also across the region." The UNRWA also supports Palestine Refugees in the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria.

BREAKING| UNRWA stated that it would not be able to meet the humanitarian needs of over 2 million people in Gaza due to the decision of 16 donor countries to stop financial support to the agency.

"It's difficult to imagine that Gazans will survive this crisis without UNRWA," the… pic.twitter.com/l4Q5Z4jpYL

— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) February 1, 2024

Not coincidentally, the Israeli claims against 12 of UNRWA's 13,000 Gaza employees came immediately after the International Court of Justice (ICJ)'s ruling on South Africa's genocide case against Israel. While the ICJ did not demand a halt to Israel's relentless bombing throughout Gaza (including the so-called "safe" regions) and firing on Palestinians lining up for food aid, it did order Israel to not commit genocide (which many, self included, would say Israel has already been doing).

Yesterday, the ICJ made it clear that it had trust in UNRWA sources.

Immediately, Israel attacked the credibility of those employed by the agency, and now both the US and UK have cut funding to it.

— Lowkey (@Lowkey0nline) January 27, 2024

Under the ruling, Israel is to, "take immediate and effective measures to enable the provision of urgently needed basic services and humanitarian assistance to address the adverse conditions of life faced by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip". 

The body in place to do this is UNRWA, but Israel wants to ensure it cannot operate.

Deflecting from the ICJ spotlight (and any media focus on genocide), Israel did the opposite of taking measures to address starvation in Gaza: it caused UNRWA to lose its major funding. UNRWA supports Palestinian refugees' most basic needs, including notably food aid and healthcare, both urgently needed for Palestinians bombed continuously since October, without drinking water, without food, undergoing mass (preventable) starvation.

Additionally, many of the Palestinians requiring surgery or amputations due to injuries have undergone these procedures without anesthesiaand in dank conditions causing further illness and disease. After Israel bombed nearly all of Gaza's hospitals and attacked medical personal and ambulances, all following a continuously-tightened 16-year-long blockade of Gaza, healthcare is all the more urgently needed in Gaza.

It's almost as if you cannot believe it – but ISrael has killed 374 healthcare workers in 3 months. @HCWWatch This in addition to the bombing and strangulation of hospitals and primary care clinics in Gaza. All with full US support.
Clear war crimes!
Dr. Mads pic.twitter.com/MfkBoeVg8U

— Dr. Mads Gilbert (@DrMadsGilbert) January 3, 2024

At the end of January, 20 aid organizations issued a joint statement of outrage and concern over the cuts to UNRWA, noting it will, "impact life-saving assistance for over two million civilians, over half of whom are children…The population faces starvation, looming famine and an outbreak of disease under Israel's continued indiscriminate bombardment and deliberate deprivation of aid in Gaza."

The statement noted that 145 UNRWA facilities have been damaged by Israeli bombing. Many of these facilities are schools in which displaced Palestinians were sheltering. By this point, the Israeli attacks on such schools have been numerous, killing Palestinians who fled bombing elsewhere only to be murdered in what they thought might be off-limits to Israel—a UN school.

But as we've seen in previous Israeli bombardments, including during one of the two Israeli wars on Gaza which I documented, Israel routinely targets such schools housing displaced Palestinian civilians.

Like clockwork, overnight Israel bombed a UN school packed with displaced Palestinians in Al-Rimal neighbourhood in Gaza and killed 10 people.
All the incitement against the UNRWA, and the West's approval, is a license to commit war crimes and massacre more Palestinian families

— Tameem | تميم (@TameeOliveFern) January 29, 2024

Up to 1.7 million displaced Palestinians are taking shelter,"in or around 154 UNRWA shelters," the statement noted. "The countries suspending funds risk further depriving Palestinians in the region of essential food, water, medical assistance and supplies, education, and protection," it added.

Where's the evidence?

According to Israel, its claims that UNRWA workers were complicit in Hamas attacks are based on intelligence data. However, while a summary of the allegations was shared with media, the intelligence in question was never shown to the media, the public, or apparently even to Western officials.

As mentioned earlier, it isn't coincidental that Israel sprung the accusations immediately after the ICJ ruling. But what some may not know is that even back in December, The Times of Israel reported that, Israel is hoping to push UNRWA out of the Gaza Strip post-war. The original source was a "high-level, classified Foreign Ministry report."

The recommended plan apparently begins with "a comprehensive report on alleged UNRWA cooperation with Hamas." This would be followed by replacing the UNRWA and transferring its responsibilities to "the body governing Gaza following the war." It would seem that Israel has now started enacting this plan… after creating the conditions for mass starvation in Gaza.

And we're still debating whether Israel is genociding Gaza, instead of doing everything possible to stop Israel's bloodbath and at least provide food, water and shelter to Palestinians in Gaza?

But in Gaza we have documentation real time of Palestinians starving, after Israel repeatedly prevented aid distribution, fired on Palestinians gathering for the meagre food aid there is, & the rest of Israel's depraved, anti-human, policies to create the crisis in Gaza.

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) January 26, 2024

Israel's punitive claims against UNRWA are even the more sadistic given many reports in Israeli media attribute significant amounts of the deaths on October 7 to the Israeli army itself, not Hamas.

Haaretz ran separate articles attacking me as a "conspiracist" and "master manipulator" for bringing October 7 friendly fire orders to light

Now, they finally concede "we need to talk about" the many Israelis killed by Israeli tanks and helicopters

Will US media wake up too? https://t.co/fW84HwyVCG

— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) December 14, 2023

Countries that cut support had no qualms supporting actual terrorism elsewhere

By cutting off humanitarian aid to Palestinians on the very day that the ICJ ruled it to be plausible that Israel is committing genocide in Gaza, @JustinTrudeau proved himself to be a depraved and heartless man. He is unfit to lead Canada or any country.#Gaza #cdnpoli #genocide pic.twitter.com/6l9qIE7jT2

— Dimitri Lascaris (@dimitrilascaris) February 1, 2024

Cutting funding to an agency providing desperately needed life basics to a population under siege is not only unethical – it also goes against UN convention and is inconsistent with the ICJ ruling (albeit the latter only applies to Israel).

American human rights lawyer and professor of international law, Francis Boyle, made this point recently, stating: "For the governments who did this, they are now in violation of article 2(c) of the Genocide Convention: 'Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part.'"

Francis Boyle states that with States (including US and UK govs) cutting off funding to UNRWA, it is "no longer the case of these States aiding and abetting Israeli Genocide against the Palestinians in violation of Genocide Convention article 3 (e) criminalizing 'complicity' in…

— Sam Husseini (@samhusseini) January 27, 2024

Boyle also made the point that the US and the UK, among other Western countries have been, "aiding and abetting Israeli genocide against the Palestinians," and that the US is, "in violation of its own genocide convention implementation act."

Let's recall that the same Western nations (the US, UK, and Canada) that so hastily cut aid to the UNRWA were happy to fund the White Helmets in Syria, in spite of the abundance of evidence of their participation in crimes against Syrian civilians, as well as of the links that many of them had with Al-Qaeda or other terrorist groups. Their backers wrote this off as "a few bad apples," but don't apply the same logic to the 13 Palestinian UNRWA employees (out of 13,000) in Gaza whom Israel condemns.

"Given that the Palestinians' legal and moral right to pursue armed resistance is clear, endorsement of this position should be uncontroversial and commonplace among supporters of their cause." https://t.co/vegIksdb1l https://t.co/CVWQXN1VWA

— Louis Allday (@Louis_Allday) February 22, 2024

As Israel slaughters and starves Palestinians, the West and its lapdog media do what they do best: whitewash Israel's crimes and punish the victims.

RELATED LINKS:

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2. “Gutsy Women: Eva Bartlett” (Interview on UK Column)


Jan 2, 2024, UK Column

Interview I did on UK Column, with Brian Gerrish. Listen to the interview here.

My Telegram post has related links & description.

In Gaza
Tue, 09 Jan 2024 08:30:07 +0000

3. Reporters without shame: Top ‘media rights’ organization ignores rampant killings of Gaza journalists


Jan 7, 2024, RT.com

-Eva K Bartlett

At the end of 2023, Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans Frontieres, RSF), the international organization ostensibly advocating for freedom of information, released its annual report. The paper massively downplays the widespread and deliberate targeting of Palestinian journalists in the Israel-Gaza war.

The report's announcement, titled, "Round-up: 45 journalists killed in the line of duty worldwide – a drop despite the tragedy in Gaza," excludes most of the Palestinian journalists killed by Israel in 2023, particularly in the past few months. It claims 16 fewer journalists were killed worldwide in 2023 than in 2022. This doesn't reflect reality.

UN Secretary-General: In Gaza, more children, more journalists, more UN aid workers killed than anywhere else in the world! pic.twitter.com/2kH8tNz8OF

— Ambassador Majed Bamya 🇵🇸 (@majedbamya) November 7, 2023

The report claims that (as of December 1, 2023), only 13 Palestinian journalists were killed while actively reporting, noting separately that 56 journalists were killed in Gaza, "if we include journalists killed in circumstances unproven to be related to their duties."

Other sources put the overall number of Palestinian journalists killed in the enclave much higher. The UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported on December 1 that 73 journalists and media workers had been killed, citing to the Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate (PJS).

While The Committee to Protect Journalists' (CPJ) December 20, 2023 numbers are lower (at least 61 Palestinian journalists killed since October 7), CPJ at least didn't disregard dozens of slain Palestinian journalists like RSF did.

In fact, in contrast to RSF's cheerful "things are much better for journalists than previous years" tone, CPJ emphasized that in the first 10 weeks of Israel's war on Gaza, "more journalists have been killed than have ever been killed in a single country over an entire year." It voiced its concern about, "an apparent pattern of targeting of journalists and their families by the Israeli military."

That summary is far more honest, and shocking, than the watered-down RSF report.

I hope western journalists look into his eyes and watch this well.

It has even been translated for you.pic.twitter.com/rh3pOpdnPu

— Lowkey (@Lowkey0nline) January 8, 2024

It isn't clear how RSF discerns which circumstances were "unproven to be related" to the duties of slain Gazan journalists, nor who is "actively reporting" when Gaza is under relentless Israeli bombardment and suffers frequent internet cuts. In fact, given the nonstop Israeli bombing (and sniping) throughout the Strip, it would be nearly impossible to discern whether journalists were reporting (including from their homes) at the time of their death.

However, in the methodology section near the end of its more detailed report, RSF notes it "logs a journalist's death in its press freedom barometer when they are killed in the exercise of their duties or in connection with their status as a journalist."

Many Palestinian journalists in Gaza have received death threats from officers in the Israeli army precisely due to their status as journalists. And many of those threatened have subsequently been killed, along with family members, when Israeli airstrikes targeted their homes or places of shelter.

We also have the precedent in prior wars (in 2009, 2012, 2014, and 2021) of Israel bombing Gazan media buildings (including one I was in in 2009) with varying severity, damaging and finally destroying two major media buildings in 2021. This is clearly intended to stop the flow of reports from Gaza under Israeli bombs, and so is the killing of journalists.

On December 15, the Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate criticized the RSF report, going as far as accusing RSF of complicity with Israel's war crimes against Palestinian journalists through whitewashing.

This is the same PJS whose statistics the UN's OCHA cites, statistics which PJS says are "accurate and based on professional and legal documentation that follows the highest standards in documenting crimes against journalists." This documentation includes journalists who Israeli airstrikes targeted in their homes, killed precisely because they are journalists.

In response, RSF claimed it, "did not yet have sufficient evidence or indications," to state that any more than 14 journalists in the Gaza Strip (as of December 23, the date of its response) "had been killed in the course of their work or because of it."

RSF called the PJS accusations "inane," complaining that they "damage our organisation's image," and chastised the PSJ to not "impugn our motives," or "quarrel" over numbers. "Quarreling over numbers" is a pretty cavalier objection from an organization espousing concern over journalists being targeted.

At least three journalists were shot dead, at least three killed by an Israeli airstrike on media outlets in central Gaza City, and many more were killed by Israeli airstrikes on "safe" areas – areas south of Wadi Gaza, which Israel had commanded civilians to flee to for their "safety." In spite of this command, Israeli bombings continued all over the strip, including all the way south to Rafah.

Still many more – in Gaza City, as well as to the north and to the south of it – were killed at home with their families, including one journalist in Khan Younis, killed along with 11 members of his family when an Israeli airstrike targeted his home on November 2. On November 23, a journalist was killed in an Israeli airstrike on his home in Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza, along with 20 family members.

The Cradle reported that, "The Israeli army sent a letter to legacy news outlets, Reuters and AFP." The letter said, "The [Israeli Army] is targeting all Hamas military activity throughout Gaza. Under these circumstances, we cannot guarantee your employees' safety."

One Israeli bombing of a journalist's home on November 7 killed him and 42 family members. Like many of his slain colleagues, he was a journalist for Palestinian Authority-run Wafa news. Many of the other murdered journalists worked for: Palestinian Authority-run Palestine TV, independent news agencies, local TV and radio programs, and larger outlets like al Jazeera. Others worked with Hamas-affiliated media and radio. Still others were freelancers.

On November 5, PJS reported that at least 20 of the journalists killed (since October 7) "were intentionally targeted by strikes on their homes or during their work covering Israel's attacks." This tally is already greater than RSF's reported total of 13 journalists killed at work or because of their work, even though the RSF report covers a period of almost a month more.

Israel threatens journalists, kills family members

Many Gaza journalists report being threatened by the Israeli army. CPJ noted it is "deeply alarmed by the pattern of journalists in Gaza reporting receiving threats, and subsequently, their family members being killed."

The majority of journalists have received direct threats over the last 10 weeks. Sari Mansour and Saeed Al-Taweel were subjected to incitement, receiving direct threats before being targeted.
Anas Al-Sharif received threats to his life relating to his work in northern Gaza.

— Anan Quzmar (@QuzmarAnan) December 22, 2023

One such incident followed a threat to Al-Jazeera Arabic reporter Anas Al-Sharif. CPJ noted he had received multiple phone calls from officers in the Israeli army instructing him to cease coverage and leave northern Gaza. Additionally, he received voice notes on WhatsApp disclosing his location. His 90-year-old father was killed on December 11 by an Israeli airstrike on their home in the Jabalia refugee camp.

On November 13, CPJ noted, "eight family members of photojournalist Yasser Qudih were killed when their house in southern Gaza was struck by four missiles. Qudih survived the attack."

On October 25, an Israel airstrike on the Nuseirat refugee camp in the center of Gaza killed the wife, son, daughter, and grandson of Al-Jazeera's bureau chief for Gaza, Wael Al Dahdouh.

Hossam Shabat threatened by Israeli occupation forces

Gazan journalist Hossam Shabat received an intimidating call from Israeli forces to stop documenting their actions in northern Gaza and to remove the material he had published online. pic.twitter.com/Q2AemkoFoQ

— MintPress News (@MintPressNews) December 27, 2023

The popular young independent journalist, Motaz Azaiza, reported receiving multiple threats from anonymous numbers urging him to cease his coverage, CPJ reported, noting that another Al-Jazeera correspondent, Youmna El-Sayed, said her husband received a threatening phone call from a man who identified himself as a member of the IDF and told the family "to leave or die."

PEGASUS: ISRAEL'S WAR ON JOURNALISTS

A new report from Amnesty International reveals a spike in the use of Israeli " Pegasus" spyware tools used by Israeli spyware companies to target journalists' privacy – including used to track and directly threaten the safety of journalists… pic.twitter.com/E50fxfc3XT

— Patrick Henningsen (@21WIRE) January 9, 2024
RSF bias: Not only in Palestine

Whereas RSF only reluctantly, as an afterthought, mentioned Palestinian journalists killed in "circumstances unproven to be related to their duties," in a 2021 report on Syria, it stated, "at least 300 professional and non-professional journalists have been killed while covering artillery bombardments and airstrikes or murdered by the various parties to the conflict," since 2011, going on to say, "this figure could in reality be even higher."

It cited a report by the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) claiming the number could be up to 700. While endorsing these numbers, the RSF also gave a caveat, albeit a much meeker one than the one about Gaza journalists: "Confirming such estimates is not currently possible because of the difficulty of accessing information."

Aside from reporting numbers it could not confirm, RSF cited a body in no way impartial or credible. As an investigative article noted, the SNHR is "based in Qatar… funded by foreign governments and staffed by top opposition leaders," and "has openly clamored for Western military intervention."

In 2017, Stephen Lendman wrote of RSF's attempt to shut down a panel sponsored by the Swiss Press Club in which British journalist Vanessa Beeley would be participating. "An organization that defends freedom of information is asking me to censor a press conference," the club's executive director Guy Mettan said at the time. He refused to cancel the event.

RSF's 2023 roundup also didn't include two Russian journalists killed this year, one by a Ukrainian cluster bomb strike and the other by a Ukrainian drone attack (targeting journalists).

Sputnik pursued the matter and reported that RSF, "refused to give any comments to Sputnik" citing "editorial policy."

Journalist Christelle Neant likewise noted RSF's glaring omission of the Russian journalists. She wrote about the body's funding from various governments, and more notably from regime change agencies: the Open Society foundation, The Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for Democracy, funded by the US Congress.

RSF's notorious funders explain why it cherry picks or inflates its reports. The borderless organization has lines it won't cross. It reports a grain of truth but otherwise whitewashes the crimes of Israel and Washington.

Additional Notes:

On December 19, freelance journalist Adel Zorob was killed in an Israeli airstrike on his home in Rafah, southern Gaza, along with 25 family members.

On December 30, journalist Jabr Abu Hadrous ascended as a martyr with several of his family members after the IOF bombed his home in Nusseirat camp, central #Gaza, becoming the 106th journalist in Gaza to be martyred since October 7th.

On January 7, 2024, journalist Hamza Al Dahdouh (son of Al-Jazeera Gaza bureau chief Wael Al Dahdouh), was killed in an Israeli drone strike along with freelance journalist Mustafa Thuraya, according to Al-Jazeera Arabic. They were driving to an assignment in southern Gaza when the strike occurred.

All that remains for Al Jazeera Journalist Wael Al-Dahdouh in his family is his daughter.
Israel took the lives of his entire family after they killed his oldest son Hamza today.

Israel is a terrorist entity. pic.twitter.com/itOR8gJD42

— Marwa Osman || مروة عثمان (@Marwa__Osman) January 7, 2024

RELATED LINKS

 I lived through two Israel-Gaza wars. This one is the worst

Media Black-Out on Arab Journalists and Civilians Beheaded in Syria by Western-Backed Terrorists

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Thu, 07 Dec 2023 09:10:49 +0000

4. I documented two Israeli wars on Gaza. This current one is the worst


December 2, 2023, RT.com

-by Eva K Bartlett

*Blog version slightly longer than originally published.*

After seven weeks of relentless Israeli bombing throughout Gaza, according to the modest estimates of the UN as of November 23 (right before a humanitarian ceasefire came into effect), more than 14,800 people have been killed in the enclave, including about 6,000 children and 4,000 women.

While these Israeli attacks on Gaza are by far the worst yet, with Israel dropping a reported 40,000 tons (update: now 50,000 tons) of explosives in less than two months, it is worth recalling that Israel has repeatedly waged assaults against the Palestinians of Gaza over the past 15 years.

Living in Gaza for years between late 2008 to March 2013, I was witness to two major Israeli assaults (and countless smaller ones over the years). Here, I will highlight what I saw and documented, to show that the horrific Israeli war crimes we are seeing coming out of Gaza are not new, even if they are exponentially worse this time around.

On December 27, 2008, Israel unloaded 100 bombs on Gaza within the first minutes of what would be its three week war on Gaza Lead. I saw a large crowd, some running from the direction in which I headed, others running in that direction. Some ran to escape, others ran to help pull bodies to safety. Around the corner and down Omar Mukthar street I saw the remains of a police station, rubble and blood strewn everywhere. As I watched Palestinians approach the station to begin extracting bodies, I witness a last rocket hit the street 150 meters away, where crowds had already gathered to try to extract the dead bodies.

The Shifa Hospital (Gaza's main), was receiving the dead and the injured non-stop. The ICU beds were filled, and doctors told me that as soon as one patient died another took their place.

Together with a handful of international activists in Gaza I made the decision to ride in ambulances with Palestinian medics as they searched for the wounded and took them to hospitals. We did so aware that Israel barred journalists from Gaza, and knowing that, in the past, medics and ambulances had been targets for the Israeli army.

I would see this first-hand soon after first joining the medics, when an Israeli sniper targeted the ambulance I rode in, injuring one medic in the leg. The last of at least 14 bullets hit the rear of the car as we sped away.

ISRAELIS ALWAYS TARGETED MEDICS

In 2009, an Israeli sniper fired at least 14 shots at @EvaKBartlett and medics she was with. pic.twitter.com/izneS3DfXY

— Sulaiman Ahmed (@ShaykhSulaiman) November 27, 2023

This was during the January 7, 2009 "humanitarian cease-fire" hours. The Geneva Conventions explicitly state that "medical personnel searching, collecting, transporting or treating the wounded should be protected and respected in all circumstances."

During Israel's horrific December 2008/January 2009 bombardment of Gaza, I rode in ambulances of Palestinian medics, primarily the Palestinian Red Crescent but also sometimes government ambulances.

THERE WERE NO WEAPONS IN THE AMBULANCES.
WE WENT TO THE AREAS HARDEST HIT BY… https://t.co/AI6benSfEC

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) October 13, 2023

Some days prior, Israeli shelling had killed Arafa abd al-Dayem, a medic I knew and had accompanied (video).

He was rescuing injured Palestinians, standing at the rear of the ambulance when it was hit with a shell containing flechettes. Flechette munitions are designed to spray thousands of small metal darts in a wide arc, increasing the chance of injuries and death. The dart's sharp head is designed to break away, increasing the amount of internal damage done. Another 21-year-old medic, a volunteer, was injured, his legs lacerated.

Photo | Eva K Bartlett (2009)

The day after Arafa was killed, the Israeli army fired three times within two minutes on the neighborhood where family and neighbors had gathered to pay their respects. The shelling, again with flechettes, killed six more civilians, including a young pregnant mother, and injured 25 more.

Before his murder, I'd gone with Arafa the northwest, just after 4 am, where a high school has been bombed. I wrote: "We have to navigate roads that are more than pot-holed, destroyed by time, lack of construction materials (the siege), and more recently, the F-16 missiles. Finding only the one injured man, we take him to hospital, returning after daybreak to find the corpse."

*video HERE

"The medics work to load the corpse, first having to replace the flat tire. Working frantically, still fearful of potential strikes, they crowd the ambulance, hoist the van, replace the flat. A missile hits 50 metres away. Surely, undoubtedly, those warplanes above us know –from the markings of the ambulance, the clothes of the medics, the crystal clear photos their drones can take –that we are civilians and medics below. Yet they fire.

They change the tire, load the body, and we're off, screeching as much as the tired ambulance and mangled roads will allow. It's straight around the back of the hospital, to the mortuary, where men mourning the latest dead before ours are ushered out, ordered to make room for this new body. In the cold room, the body is transferred to the fridge shelf, but while that happens the blanket comes undone. The patch of burned skin, in no way human, reveals itself to be a half-body, the head hanging loosely by what neck remains.

The medics have seen ghastly things and urge me to keep it in, keep working. They must, and so I do. We return to the centre, I leave them intending to return a day later, to spend my day reporting and writing." It is later this day that Arafa is murdered.

The night the Israeli land invasion began, on January 3, shells flew dangerously close to the Red Crescent station in the district east of Jabaliya I was then based in, when not in one of the ambulances. By morning it was impossible to access, and by the end of the war, we returned to find it riddled with bullet holes from machine-gun fire and blasted by shelling.

The ambulances and their medical equipment were some of the most bare-bone I've seen, supplies depleted by the long Israeli siege and blockade of Gaza. The medics drove quickly (video) over bumpy roads to get to the people in need, wasted little time collecting them, and bolted away, trying to avoid being targeted by the Israeli army.

After invading the Tel al-Hawa district in the third week of its war on Gaza, the Israeli army repeatedly bombed the Quds hospital, while Israeli snipers targeted Palestinians fleeing residential areas. I was with an ambulance that went to evacuate civilians from the hospital and take them to the Shifa hospital (which had no space), going back repeatedly to save Palestinian civilians, each time at risk of being shot by Israeli soldiers. [Evacuations video HERE]

By the end of the 2009 war, the Israeli army had killed 23 medics, and injured 57 more, destroying at least nine ambulances and damaging 16 more. None of the journalists or medics that I knew had protective body armor – including me. Given the massive bombs which Israel was dropping on us, it would've made little difference.

One evening, after giving an interview to RT about what I'd seen while riding in ambulances in the extremely dangerous areas of Gaza's north, just after finishing the interview, Israel shelled the building at least seven times. We scrambled down ten flights of stairs, thankfully intact. Incidentally, in 2021, Israeli airstrikes destroyed the same building as well as another, collectively housing 20 media outlets. By now, Israeli forces have killed at least 73 Palestinian journalists during the past two months.

During and after the 2008-2009 war, I took countless testimonies of Palestinian parents who said their children were deliberately murdered by Israeli soldiers: shot point blank, drone struck during ceasefire hours, shot by a sniper.

I'm writing an article, referencing past Israeli crimes I've written about.

(2009 Israeli war on Gaza):

This is about 2 & 7 year old girls gunned down point-blank by Israeli soldiers. Their 4 year old sister survived multiple shots, paralyzed… https://t.co/rmul8XWWEy

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) October 28, 2023

In Shifa hospital, I met the mutilated survivors whose home had been shelled with white phosphorus munitions, killing six family members, including an infant burned alive. I followed up on their story afterwards, learning more chilling details and seeing their bombed-out home with my own eyes. Graffiti, apparently left on the walls by Israeli soldiers, included hate messages and threats, like "it will hurt more next time." (Warning: disturbing images) I knew the medic who found baby Shahed's, "burned, gnawed corpse," as he told me. Her charred remains had first been found by street dogs. "For the rest of my life I'll remember that day. I'll never get over it."

This is about an infant girl, Shahed, who was burned alive by the White Phosphorous (WP) Israeli soldiers fired onto a civilian home in northern Gaza. Five other family members were murdered by the WP & shelling. https://t.co/n8pfpHajwP

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) October 28, 2023

In the last two months, Israel has repeatedly bombed schools, including UN-affiliated ones that housed displaced Palestinians seeking safe shelter. It did the same back in January 2009, bombing numerous UN schools, including the Fakhoura school that has suffered in the current war as well.

The 4th shell, from Israel's bombing of Fakhoura in 2009, hit near the Deeb home, killing 10 in 1 family.

In Kamal Adwan hospital I met Ahlam (19), who had shrapnel lacerations all over her body. She didn't know 10 of her family were killed. https://t.co/YxcEnXGluH pic.twitter.com/5HOEM6mREI

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) November 20, 2023

With medics elsewhere in Gaza's north when Israel fired four shells at Fakhoura, I went there the next day and learned 43 civilians were killed in that bombing, including from homes nearby. A medic I knew told me of being there when the bombing happened and seeing people "shredded" in front of him.

Another medic arrived after the shelling. "I saw dead bodies everywhere. I helped carry 15 dead. I had to change my clothes 3 times. These people thought they were safe in the UN school, but the Israeli army killed them."

I could, unfortunately, write pages more on what I saw and heard in those three weeks of Israeli bombing, and also during the November 2012 Israeli campaign (when I was based at a hospital in Deir al-Balah, central Gaza), but for the sake of some brevity will stop. What did not stop were the Israeli bombings and shooting immediately post ceasefire, both in 2009 and in 2012.

I saw the mangled bodies of civilians, especially children, pour into the Aqsa hospital in Deir al-Balah. Two of the children were killed just hours before a ceasefire—already agreed upon—was to be implemented.

The four year old girl's family had returned to their home, from which they'd fled, thinking it would be safe since the ceasefire was coming. Israeli forces shelled their district, shattering their hopes of calm. The girl, Reham, died of shrapnel to her temple, standing next to the door of her home. Nader, the fourteen year old, likewise thought the pending ceasefire meant he was safe to move, walking to a small shop up the lane to buy food for his siblings who'd only had bread the past five days. He was targeted by a precision drone strike which tore his body into the shreds I saw in the hospital.

But almost as brutal as the Israeli bombing campaigns has been the over-16-year-long strangling siege on Gaza. I've written about it at length, but which in summary it has caused a vast increase in poverty, food insecurity, malnutrition, anemia, stunted growth, diabetes, treatable illnesses going untreated, water that was 95% undrinkable (already back in 2014).

Israel's blocking of the entry of the most basics of life (medicines, water, electricity, food) into Gaza didn't start 2 weeks ago. It started 16+ years ago. https://t.co/erUpD6pjPo

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) October 23, 2023

The Israeli tactics have been so sadistic that Israel in 2008, "went as far as to calculate the minimum amount of calories needed to keep Palestinians not quite fully starving." Alive, just barely.

But in addition to the myriad serious issues of Israel's siege (forced poverty, education abroad denied, medical care abroad denied), compounding the brutality of living in Gaza is Israel's relentless, near-daily, deadly firing on Palestinian farmers and fishers, under the pretext of "security".

I witnessed this on countless occasions during my three years in Gaza, accompanying farmers while they were on land. We routinely came under Israeli gunfire. I can state definitively that in those many, many, many experiences of coming under Israeli gunfire, none of us were armed: not myself, not the elderly grandmothers, not the children, not the paid labourers. They posed zero threat to Israel other than simply existing.

I wrote about going, on June 14, 2009, to Gaza's northern region of Beit Hanoun to search for the corpse of a young man gone missing two months prior. A shepherd in the area had reported having smelled what seemed to be a dead body in the northeastern region near the border fence. As we walked in a line, combing the ground for the body, Israeli soldiers began firing on us. The dead man's father walked with us, ducking with each shot fired our way. The bullets came closer and more quickly as we located the badly decomposed body, loaded him onto a sheet, and hauled him away, the father wailing. The Israelis deny Palestinians even the dignity of recovering the bodies of their loved ones.

Likewise, Israeli attacks on Palestinian fishers (machine gun fire, heavy duty water cannoning, shelling) is a daily occurrence which I've written about at length, but which many outside of Gaza don't know about and would be horrified at the extent of this Israeli terrorism against fishers. This includes kidnapping fishers and stealing their boats.

[ https://www.rt.com/op-ed/israel-pirating-palestinian-waters-309/ ]

Further, what many don't realize is that even when Israel is not officially warring upon Gaza, it still routinely bombs throughout the tiny Strip.

Before the 2008/9 Israeli war on Gaza, I'd been there since November 8, having gotten to Gaza by boat from Cyprus, along with a number of European MPs who were gravely concerned about the brutal siege Israel had imposed on Gaza the year prior (and imposes to this day). Israeli journalist Amira Hass was also on the boat and spent a few days in Gaza. When the delegation left, I stayed, my only means of getting to and staying in Gaza.

Prior to the late 2008 January 2009 Israel bombardment of Gaza, Israel had been bombing and killing Palestinian civilians, some of whose families I visited. Many others times in Gaza there would be relative quiet and then Israeli bombings nearby.

"Truce"

On November 24 of this year, a four-day ceasefire was implemented, to allow for exchange of Hamas hostages for Palestinians imprisoned by Israel, as well as for deliveries of desperately needed food, water, fuel and medical aid, of which the 2.4-million population of Gaza had been deprived for weeks. Unsurprisingly, there were reports of the truce being violated, including snipers firing on Palestinian civilians.

In the first day after the ceasefire expired, over 100 Palestinians were killed, according to the Gaza Health Ministry, as Israel started to deliver the promised "mother of all thumpings," ostensibly to Hamas militants.

There is no space for me here to outline all the horrors inflicted upon Gaza in the past two months, nor do I need to: social media and Telegram channels are filled with horrific scenes of schools housing displaced civilians getting bombarded again, entire blocks of refugee camps bombed, hospitals and churches housing tens of thousands of displaced civilians bombed, white phosphorous again rained down on densely inhabited residential areas, and on, and on.

What I do what to highlight is that there is no doubt in my mind, or in the minds of numerous other international reporters and observers who have seen the situation on the ground first-hand, that Israel has committed war crimes in Gaza, and the intent, if not the reality, is genocidal.

We have globally watched as Israel commits the definition of genocide: "The intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such." Raz Segal, a genocide expert, wrote of this after only one week of Israel's bombardment, since which Israel has committed uncountable heinous crimes.

In late October, former Director of the UN's New York (OHCHR) office, Craig Mokhiber, resigned from his position in protest and disgust, stating, "Once again, we are seeing a genocide unfolding before our eyes, and the organization that we serve appears powerless to stop it. As someone who has investigated human rights in Palestine since the 1980s, lived in Gaza as a UN human rights advisor in the 1990s, and carried out several human rights missions to the country before and since, this is deeply personal to me."

He explicitly stated that Israel's "wholesale slaughter of the Palestinian people…coupled with explicit statements of intent by leaders in the Israeli government and military, leaves no room for doubt, this is a textbook case of genocide."

The Director of the UN's New York office just resigned after thirty years at the organisation over the UN's handling of the ongoing genocide of Palestinians.

The entirety of his resignation letter is a necessary read but this first page blew me away. pic.twitter.com/3y9NwgIofP

— ayan. (@artan_ayan) October 31, 2023
In Gaza
Thu, 30 Nov 2023 13:52:50 +0000

5. Interviewed by Fiorella Isabel: “Israel-Palestine, 4 Day Ceasefire Begins, with Eva Bartlett”


Thanks to Fiorella for having my on her show to discuss Palestine.

Related Links:

Resistance News Network (Telegram channel)

Quds News Network (Telegram channel)

-On Palestinian Political Prisoners (Telegram channel)

Israel's war on Palestinians of Gaza 2008/2009

Israel's war on Palestinians of Gaza 2012

All we've got left of him: parents speak of son killed by Israeli drone strike during ceasefire hours

Israeli Sniper Targets Uniformed Medics: what I witnessed in Gaza (with video)

It's a ceasefire…just not on the beach, not in your home: Israeli soldier shoots 7 year old boy in head, Israeli gunboat shelling injure 6, mostly children (2009)

Killing before the Calm: Israeli Attacks on Palestinian Civilians Escalated before Cease-fire (2012)

Israeli drones and warplanes pollute Gaza's skies immediately after 9 pm "cease-fire" (2012)

Israel violated cease-fire from the start…and still is (2012)

Burning al Quds: one of Gaza's remaining functional hospitals bombed in Israel's war on Gaza (2009)

Israel destroyed a Palestinian media building. Will organizations to protect journalists condemn this? Unlikely… During the 2009 Israeli massacre of Gaza, Israeli tanks shelled a media building I was in at least 7 times. It had a number of media outlets including @RT_com

Israel destroyed a Palestinian media building. Will organizations to protect journalists condemn this? Unlikely…
During the 2009 Israeli massacre of Gaza, Israeli tanks shelled a media building I was in at least 7 times. It had a number of media outlets including @RT_com https://t.co/3H2u2FPV3j

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) May 12, 2021

Israel is deliberately obliterating media buildings in Gaza to cover up the war crimes that will follow (2021)

-The Government Media Office said that the death toll among Palestinian journalists during #Israel's offensive on #Gaza rose to 67. https://t.me/QudsNen

Two war crimes with one stone: 'Israel' Bombs Gaza Refugee-full Church (article also addresses why there is Palestinian resistance)

SCOTT RITTER: Israel's Massive Intelligence Failure

Palestinian Islamic Jihad: 'Al-Aqsa Flood was a preemptive strike against the enemy'

UN predictions fall short: Gaza uninhabitable today (2014)

Gaza has suffered the longest, most barbaric, lockdown in the world – I know, because I lived through three years of it

Observations from Occupied Palestine: Gaza (overview of life in Gaza under brutal Israeli siege, farmers & fishers targeted by Israeli soldiers, my observations from living through 2 Israeli wars on Gaza…)

Israeli naval abductions and shooting at Palestinian fishermen: it's routine

Lost in the Buffer Zone: how Israel systematically targets farmers & other civilians on Palestinian farmland

Israel slaps wrist of soldier for Gaza TikTok video, but allows (orders) countless others to fire on/kill Palestinian civilians without reprimand

Dirty Tricks: Israeli Soldiers Shoot Deaf Palestinian Farmer, 4th Farmer Shot in 3 weeks (with video)

Israeli soldiers target Gaza's poorest, including children

Israeli violence against Palestinians will never end as a result of UN & US hypocrisy

Haaretz: Israeli Security Establishment: Hamas Likely Didn't Have Advance Knowledge of Nova Festival

Craig Mokhiber resignation statement

After Israeli bombing of UN Fakhoura school: no room for the dead, no room for the living

IOF Shelling of a UN Shelter in Gaza Kills 42 Civilians

My entries from 8 months in the WestBank, occupied Palestine 2007

Observations from Occupied Palestine, part 1

We were arrested for 2 days for protesting Israel's illegal roadblock cutting Sarra village off from Nablus

SYRIA: My Published Articles From and on Syria (2014-2023)

The Donbass: My Articles, Videos & Interviews From/On the Donetsk & Lugansk People's Republics (2019-present)

Only way to Gaza: by boat

Youtube deleted my channel, go to Odysee & Rumble

'Many US commentators have never BEEN to countries they comment on, see entire world from Washington perspective' – Stephen Kinzer

How the Mainstream Media Whitewashed Al-Qaeda and the White Helmets in Syria

A Personal Reply to the Fact-Challenged Smears of Terrorist-Whitewashing Channel 4, Snopes and La Presse

In Gaza
Sat, 11 Nov 2023 15:46:35 +0000

6. Israel is Genociding Gaza. It’s far worse than anything I saw during two brutal Israeli wars on Gaza


🚨⚠Israeli tanks are 20 meters away from Al-Quds Hospital.
Direct shooting at the hospital, creating a state of extreme panic and fear among 14000 displaced people. #Gaza#AlQudsHospital #NotATarget pic.twitter.com/iRZggCcIkP

— PRCS (@PalestineRCS) November 11, 2023

Over one month into Israel's ongoing genocide of Gaza, the massacres of Palestinians are so frequent, widespread and endless, it is a scale of horror that even I—having experienced two horrific Israeli wars on Gaza—cannot comprehend.

Reports state that Israel has dropped an astounding 24,000 tons of explosives on the Gaza Strip, noting that is the size of two of the nuclear bombs dropped on Hiroshima.

pic.twitter.com/hik2VF43zE

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) November 2, 2023

To give just one example of Israel's massacres of Palestinian civilians in Gaza, in it's fourth week of murdering Palestinians, Israelis warplanes dropped what were said to be six one ton bombs on the densely-inhabited Jabaliya refugee camp north of Gaza City, killing and injuring over 400 Palestinians (as of first estimates).

BREAKING: JABALIA CAMP MASSACRE – 500 KILLED AND INJURED

GENOCIDE pic.twitter.com/SVBkz30oSP

— Sulaiman Ahmed (@ShaykhSulaiman) October 31, 2023

An entire residential neighbourhood in #Jabalya camp was struck with six #Israeli missiles, totally demolishing between 30-40 residential units.
People searching for loved ones & the dead under the rubble. Numbers of those killed & injured will run in the 100s. #Gazahttps://t.co/m7B7vsMikr pic.twitter.com/8UIFuTA1xj

— Hala Jaber (@HalaJaber) October 31, 2023

The following day, Israeli warplanes bombed the same area anew, reportedly firing eight more missiles on the ravaged neighbourhood.

Today, Israel dropped six bombs, each weighing one ton, levelling an entire neighbourhood in Jabalia refugee camp, Gaza. pic.twitter.com/kkTrHHD7tX

— MintPress News (@MintPressNews) October 31, 2023

As of November 10, Israel has murdered over 11, 000 Palestinians in Gaza, and injured over 27,000, after over 35 days of relentless Israeli airstrikes on a literally imprisoned population who cannot flee by air, land or water. Keep in mind doctors are reporting they are treating severe burns and skin melting injuries that they have not seen before, making it difficult to deal with.

Still thousands more are likely dead under the rubble.

Of those killed, roughly 4,500 are children, on average Israel is killing one child every 10 minutes. According to Save The Children, October 29, more children have been killed by Israeli bombings of Gaza in three weeks than, "the number killed in armed conflict globally – across more than 20 countries – over the course of a whole year, for the last three years."

This is a staggering statement which—if the endless images of lifeless Palestinian children being pulled out of rubble or wrapped in white shrouds doesn't already shock you—should shock the general public.

Due to the over sixteen year long Israeli siege on Gaza, there has consistently been a dearth of the most basic necessities of life, and in particular essential medicines. When I drafted this article, that dearth was so severe that even anaesthesia is lacking, meaning children and adults alike who are fortunate enough to get medical care now at all are often being operated on without anaesthesia.

Now, the scant numbers of hospitals that were still somewhat functioning have shut down or are being bombarded.

🚨⚠Al_Quds Hospital is at risk of closure in the upcoming 3 hours due to the depletion of fuel supplies and the non-arrival of aid.
500 patients and injured will be deprived from medical care. Those who are at the ICU and babies in incubators will lose their lives.… pic.twitter.com/IUGuNg6DBi

— PRCS (@PalestineRCS) November 10, 2023

Reflections from two prior Israeli massacres of Gaza

I watch from afar in horror at Israel's ongoing massacre, one which surpasses the 2009 and the 2012 Israeli wars on Gaza combined, the bloody results of both of which I documented from on the ground.

It is difficult to understand the layers of terror experienced during an Israeli bombardment campaign. In addition to the bombing itself, there is the sense of isolation, not being able to call for help if needed, not knowing if friends and family are still alive, not being able to bury or properly grieve for those who have been killed, not knowing what is going on outside of your district, not knowing when the horror will end nor when the next nearby bombing will occur.

In its December 2009-January 2009 war on Gaza, which killed over 1400 Palestinians, most of whom civilians, Israel first attacked by dropping 100 bombs simultaneously in the first minutes. In Gaza City, I went to one of the sites bombed in that first wave of attack, a mosque and police station, seeing the chaos of people scrambling to remove rubble and pull out bodies, also seeing a new missile hit roughly 150 metres away.

Massive plumes of black smoke rose everywhere around me. The main hospital, Shifa, was nonstop receiving the dead and the injured. The ICU beds were filled and doctors told me as soon as one patient died another took the place.

During Israel's horrific December 2008/January 2009 bombardment of Gaza, I rode in ambulances of Palestinian medics, primarily the Palestinian Red Crescent but also sometimes government ambulances.

THERE WERE NO WEAPONS IN THE AMBULANCES.
WE WENT TO THE AREAS HARDEST HIT BY… https://t.co/AI6benSfEC

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) October 13, 2023

I rode in Palestinian Red Crescent Society ambulances with heroic Palestinian medics who were doing their utmost to save wounded Palestinians, injured by Israeli bombing or sniping. Israel killed 23 medics, including firing a flechette (dart) bomb at the ambulance of one medic I knew and had accompanied. He was shredded by the darts, went into shock and died of his injuries. He was a volunteer medic, high school teacher by profession.

Other medics I knew came under Israeli sniper fire when—during "ceasefire hours" an Israeli sniper fired at them and then at our ambulance, a bullet puncuring one of the medic's legs, the last of at least 14 bullets hitting the back of the ambulance as we raced away.

The night the Israeli land invasion began, shells flew dangerously close to the Red Crescent station in the district east of Jabaliya I was then based in when not in one of the ambulances. By morning it was impossible to access, and by the end of the war, we return to find it studded with machine-gun fire and blasted by shelling.

After invading the Tel al-Hawa district in the third week of its war on Gaza, Israel repeatedly bombed the Quds hospital, Israeli snipers targeting Palestinian civilians fleeing residential areas. I was with an ambulance that went to evacuate civilians from the hospital and take them to the Shifa hospital (which had no space), going back repeatedly to save Palestinian civilians, each time at risk of being shot by Israeli soldiers.

In January 2009, after invading the Tel al-Hawa district, Israel repeatedly bombed the Quds hospital, Israeli snipers targeting Palestinian civilians fleeing residential areas.

I was with an ambulance that went to evacuate civilians from the hospital… https://t.co/OHYT5dd43p

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) October 16, 2023

During and after the war, I took countless testimonies of Palestinian parents whose children were deliberately murdered by Israeli soldiers including young children and infants: shot point blank, drone struck during ceasefire hours, shot by a sniper

I'm writing an article, referencing past Israeli crimes I've written about.

(2009 Israeli war on Gaza):

This is about 2 & 7 year old girls gunned down point-blank by Israeli soldiers. Their 4 year old sister survived multiple shots, paralyzed… https://t.co/rmul8XWWEy

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) October 28, 2023

An infant was was burned alive by the White Phosphorous (WP) Israeli soldiers fired onto a civilian home in northern Gaza. Five other family members were killed by the WP and shelling. I met the mutilated survivors in Shifa hospital during the war, and followed up on their horror story afterwards, learning the entire sordid story and seeing the hate graffiti left in their home by Israeli soldiers. One included, "it will hurt more next time," a sadistic and cruel threat.

This is about an infant girl, Shahed, who was burned alive by the White Phosphorous (WP) Israeli soldiers fired onto a civilian home in northern Gaza. Five other family members were murdered by the WP & shelling. https://t.co/n8pfpHajwP

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) October 28, 2023

I also saw terrified civilians who had been kept hostage by the Israeli army, denied food, water, medicines, and in many cases terrorized. People streaming from areas all over northern Gaza, on foot, under the bombs, seeking safety where none was to be had. I will never forget the shrill wailing of a man whose wife was caught in a fatal "second tap" bombing just minutes after the first, shrieking as he picked up the pieces of his wife and accompanied her to the morgue. [Video here]

During the November 2012 war, eight days of Israeli bombing which killed 171 Palestinians, I saw the mangled bodies of civilians, especially children, pour into the Aqsa hospital in Deir al-Balah. Two of the children were killed just hours before a ceasefire—already agreed upon—was to be implemented.

The four year old girl's family had returned to their home, from which they'd fled, thinking it would be safe since the ceasefire was coming. She died of shrapnel to her temple, standing next to the door of her home. Nader, the fourteen year old, likewise thought the pending ceasefire meant he was safe to move, walking to a small shop to buy food for his siblings who'd only had bread the past five days. He was targeted by a precision drone strike which tore his body into the shreds I saw in the hospital.

Not only did the Israeli army massacre more Palestinians, but it also wreaked havoc on the Strip's infrastructure, again destroying key bridges, water and sewage lines, schools, health clinics and hospitals. The near full ban on the entry of construction materials into Gaza meant rebuilding the destroyed homes, buildings and infrastructure was largely impossible.

Further, few outside of Gaza ever hear of the Israeli bombings of civilian areas when not officially warring on Gaza. I experienced them, they are a part of the psychological warfare Israel wages incessantly on Palestinians, never letting them know peace, calm, stability.

But it's not just the bombings, it's every aspect of life, which Israel controls, rendered impossible.

In September 2023, Save the Children reported that, "Nearly 400 children in Gaza were denied permits to go to the West Bank for critical healthcare in the first six months of 2023, leaving them without access to life-saving surgery or urgent medication."

Israel's blocking of the entry of the most basics of life (medicines, water, electricity, food) into Gaza didn't start 2 weeks ago. It started 16+ years ago. https://t.co/erUpD6pjPo

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) October 23, 2023

This is a sadism that Palestinians have been subjected to throughout the duration of the over 16 year Israeli siege on Gaza, which I've written about at length, but which in summary has meant a vast increase in poverty, food insecurity, malnutrition, anaemia, stunting in growth, diabetes, treatable illnesses going untreated, water that was 95% undrinkable when (back in 2014) I wrote a lengthy overview on life in Gaza.

Observations from Occupied Palestine: Gaza

In that article, I highlighted how extremely sadistic the Israeli policies against imprisoned Palestinians in Gaza have been, noting that Israel, "went as far as to calculate the minimum amount of calories needed to keep Palestinians not quite fully starving." Alive, just barely.

I also highlighted some lesser known facts: that compounding the siege is Israel's relentless, deliberate, deadly firing on Palestinian farmers and fishers, under the pretext of "security". Given that in my three years in Gaza I routinely accompanied farmers while they were on land and came under Israeli gunfire, I can state definitively that in those many, many, many experiences of coming under Israeli gunfire, none of us were armed: not myself, not the elderly grandmothers, not the children, not the paid labourers. They posed zero threat to Israel other than simply existing.

& at the same time, Israeli soldiers gun down Palestinian farmers, preventing them from earning a living or growing food.

Israeli bulldozers have ravaged & destroyed Gaza's fertile farmland.https://t.co/QadR7emMww pic.twitter.com/ghz0xlZrPQ

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) November 5, 2023

It's GENOCIDE

A senior Israeli security official has told Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot that they believe Israel has killed 20,000 Palestinians in Gaza since October 7th.

— Lowkey (@Lowkey0nline) November 5, 2023

When Israel's 2009 war on Gaza finally ended after 23 days, I thought it was the worst bombardment Palestinians had endured. I was wrong. The scenes coming out of Gaza since October 7 are of hideous, horrific, an endless onslaught of Israel murdering civilians in the most sadistic ways, entire families, hundreds of people sheltering where they thought they would be safe, on and on…

In #Gaza, every death is personal, without exception.

Report by Noor Harazeen #GazaGenocide pic.twitter.com/ARAsmLNOkz

— vanessa beeley (@VanessaBeeley) November 2, 2023

Al Jazeera has released footage from the Saftawi School massacre, and the visuals are profoundly heart-wrenching.

Pieces of dead bodies scattered, blood staining the school's walls. Medical sources estimate that 20 to 30 Palestinians including children were slaughtered https://t.co/MVo5QGGEml pic.twitter.com/Mnro12m2Q4

— Younis Tirawi | يونس (@ytirawi) November 3, 2023

Intensification of the Israeli attacks on Gaza hospitals last night. Many targeted simultaneously. Tens of thousands of patients and displaced Palestinians who are sheltering at risk. A war in which destroying hospitals is a key military objective pic.twitter.com/lFG3LSCNVI

— Nicola Perugini (@PeruginiNic) November 10, 2023

Alastair Crook – "over 80% of Israelis, left and right, share those sentiments about wanting to erase all Palestinians from Gaza. I mean eradicate all #Palestinians from Gaza."#GazaHolocaust pic.twitter.com/T1uXQjvFZ9

— vanessa beeley (@VanessaBeeley) November 11, 2023

Further, Israel has killed at least 46 journalists in the Gaza Strip since October 7, while another three remain missing.

According to updates from Gaza's Ministry of Health,111 medical staff have been killed, 16 (of 35) hospitals out of service due to bombing and fuel shortages, 39 ambulances destroyed or out of service.

With most hospitals running out of service in Gaza due to Israeli bombardment forcing many people, including doctors, to evacuate to a safer place, wounded are arriving at hospitals with no doctors to treat them.

The situation in #Gaza is really CATASTROPHIC, and the world is… pic.twitter.com/8d2lX97O8t

— Quds News Network (@QudsNen) November 11, 2023

🚨Only 7 out of 18 PRCS ambulance vehicles are functioning in Gaza and the northern regions.

🚑 The remaining vehicles are at risk of completely ceasing operations in the coming hours due to fuel depletion.

✋🔴Our teams are witnessing numerous casualties and wounded… pic.twitter.com/euLhbUHbO6

— PRCS (@PalestineRCS) November 11, 2023

On November 1, the Ministry of Health announced that Gaza's sole cancer treatment hospital has ceased operating due to Israeli bombings and the complete lack of fuel, putting 70 patients immediately at risk.

Israel demanded the (impossible) evacuation of Shifa and twelve other hospitals, threatening to bomb them. Shifa hospital—which Israel already bombed in July 2014—is under threats of Israeli bombings and is otherwise precariously close to shutting down.

Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert has countless times over the years made trips to Gaza to work alongside Palestinian doctors in Shifa hospital, particularly during Israeli bombardments of the Gaza Strip. I met him briefly in January 2009, at Shifa Hospital when arriving there with Palestinian medics and the injured Palestinians they had retrieved.

In a recent interview, he addressed the Israeli claims of Shifa being a "command centre" for Palestinian resistance.

"I've been working in Shifa for 16 years, in very active periods. I was able to walk freely around, I take lots of pictures, I video film, I've been all over it. I've never been restricted, nobody has ever controlled my picture & documentation material," Gilbert said. "In accordance with the Geneva Conventions, you can't bomb hospitals unless they have very clear military functions."

In their October 29 update, the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) noted that Israeli bombing had targeted the vicinity of the Shifa and Quds hospitals in Gaza city and the Indonesian hospital in northern Gaza, noting the bombings, "followed renewed calls by the Israeli military to evacuate these facilities immediately."

Keep in mind that Shifa and Quds are the two main hospitals in Gaza City, combined they now house over 60,000 displaced Palestinian civilians who've fled Israeli bombing in their home regions. Calling for their evacuation and proceeding to bomb around them are absolutely criminal acts that meet the definition of war crimes.

🚨Israeli Occupation forces opened fire on the intensive care unit at Al-Quds hospital.#AlQudsHospital #NotATarget #Gaza pic.twitter.com/ocIk0d8XLb

— PRCS (@PalestineRCS) November 10, 2023

#BREAKING
Israeli occupation foreces asked the displaced Palestinian people to leave Al-Nasr Hospital in #Gaza City a short while ago after its tanks surrounded it. After the displaced people left the hospital, it carried out a treacherous operation and fired heavy bullets at… pic.twitter.com/OgpH0W8biA

— Marwa Osman || مروة عثمان (@Marwa__Osman) November 10, 2023

With the whole world watching, Israel continues to unabashedly bombard the Gaza Strip's main hospitals. Most are out of commission for want of electricity or fuel to run generators.

"No one can get out from the Shifa hospital. No one can come in. The people who tried to evacuate this morning were being shot in the streets."
Dr Marwan Abu Sada, Head of Surgery at Al Shifa Hospital, describes horrifying scenes as Israel attacks the Gaza hospital this morning. pic.twitter.com/gm7X2NqSFD

— Medical Aid for Palestinians (@MedicalAidPal) November 11, 2023

On November 10, journalist Marwa Osman reported: "Israel targeted Al-Shifa Hospital with U.S-made R9X non-explosive missiles, as the missile turns into blades that fly over a distance of 100 meters to cut off human limbs in a criminal scene that is chilling to the bone. The U.S. regime is a primary accomplice to Zionist Israel in this Genocide."

Doctor Mads Gilbert, in a video published November 10, said:

"We just got the report from Shifa Hospital that the Israeli attack forces have placed snipers around the hospital, and these snipers are shooting through the windows of the hospital, killing, targeting, damaging health care workers trying to save lives inside.

One report says a nurse approaching the incubator in the neo-natal unit was killed while trying to care for the babies. The oxygen supply to the incubators are now running out, they're destroyed and shut down.

The doctors report, 'We are minutes away from death as the world is watching.'"

BREAKING –
This message just in from Shifa:

Shifa hospital completely besieged.
Surrounded by Israeli attack army.
Snipers are shooting through the windows.
Killing.
We are minutes away from death as the world is watching. pic.twitter.com/EkOTRUUqXn

— Dr. Mads Gilbert (@DrMadsGilbert) November 11, 2023

The ICU of Al Shifa hospital has been bombed. Staff have been shot at and wounded. Power has gone, staff are having to hand ventilate patients, and babies in neonatal ICU are starting to die from lack of oxygen.

Israel's war on hospitals must end.https://t.co/dIJN4RUpmK pic.twitter.com/KodzpgTFFF

— Medical Aid for Palestinians (@MedicalAidPal) November 11, 2023

According to the Palestinian Red Crescent:

"Israeli tanks are 20 meters away from Al-Quds Hospital. Direct shooting at the hospital, creating a state of extreme panic and fear among 14000 displaced people."

Israel has made abudantly clear–by words & by bombings–its intent to genocide Gaza & push the 2.4 million (-10,000+ recently murdered) out of Gaza for good.

Western politicians in their vile manner condem Palestinians to death.https://t.co/rgFiFE4DKI

— Eva Karene Bartlett (@EvaKBartlett) November 7, 2023

At this point, anyone arguing that Israel is not committing genocide and ethnic cleansing is either ignorant or wilfully complicit. A week ago, statements from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights specified concern, "that war crimes are being committed. Nowhere is safe in Gaza. Compelling people to evacuate in these circumstances… and while under a complete siege raises serious concerns over forcible transfer, which is a war crime."

Craig Mokhiber, the Director of the UN's New York office, resigned from his position in protest and disgust, stating, "Once again, we are seeing a genocide unfolding before our eyes, and the organization that we serve appears powerless to stop it. As someone who has investigated human rights in Palestine since the 1980s, lived in Gaza as a UN human rights advisor in the 1990s, and carried out several human rights missions to the country before and since, this is deeply personal to me."

The Director of the UN's New York office just resigned after thirty years at the organisation over the UN's handling of the ongoing genocide of Palestinians.

The entirety of his resignation letter is a necessary read but this first page blew me away. pic.twitter.com/3y9NwgIofP

— ayan. (@artan_ayan) October 31, 2023

Regarding the question of whether Israel is committing genocide, Mokhiber, wrote, "The current wholesale slaughter of the Palestinian people…coupled with explicit statements of intent by leaders in the Israeli government and military, leaves no room for doubt or debate….This is a textbook case of genocide."

I echo Mokhiber's sentiments, including that having lived three years in Gaza and seen the endless, needless, preventable suffering of Palestinians, this is deeply personal to me. I no longer know whether friends and people I knew a decade ago when I still lived there are alive after such relentless Israeli bombardment all over of Gaza.

But even if it is not personal for you, the slaughter now is so atrocious and endless that I hope it does become so. If this were being done by any country except Israel, the whole world would be outraged.

It's becoming clear that Israeli forces massacred their own people on October 7. In this video, Apache pilots are shown firing on everyone.

So no beheaded babies, no raped, and no Palestinians massacring Israelis, but still the Gaza Holocaust and ethnic cleansing must continue. pic.twitter.com/sucVL5F7r9

— Seyed Mohammad Marandi (@s_m_marandi) November 9, 2023

Israel has spent a month pounding Gaza into rubble and filling the streets with children's blood. With European and American weapons, and European and American support. Still @vonderleyen cannot even say the word: "ceasefire." This isn't just Israel's genocide. It's Europe's too. https://t.co/CtuWywBp2g pic.twitter.com/pWsrpSUIgU

— Clare Daly (@ClareDalyMEP) November 10, 2023

🚨Urgent Appeal:🔊

The @PalestineRCS appeals to the international community and humanitarian institutions to intervene immediately and urgently to protect their crews working in AlQuds Hospital and about 500 patients and more than 14000 displaced, mostly women and children.

🛑pic.twitter.com/6W4bMzbfEE

— PRCS (@PalestineRCS) November 11, 2023

It's time for a new oil embargo.

Saudi Arabia is hosting an unprecedented summit of Middle Eastern leaders to discuss Israel's ongoing genocide in Gaza.

America is complicit in this genocide.

If there isn't an immediate ceasefire and infusion of humanitarian aid, Saudi Arabia…

— Scott Ritter (@RealScottRitter) November 11, 2023

New: 🇺🇲US House of representatives approves extra $14,300,000,000 to Israel for #GazaGenocide.
226-196.

44m in the USA face hunger tonight. pic.twitter.com/KkenSICw6h

— Afshin Rattansi (@afshinrattansi) November 2, 2023

The UN workers are Hamas
The journalists are Hamas
The fishing boats are Hamas
The bakeries are Hamas
The ambulances are Hamas
The hospitals are Hamas
The refugee camps are Hamas
The water pipes are Hamas
The children are Hamas
The babies in incubators are Hamas https://t.co/39RrXLgUEl

— yasmin el nagar 🇮🇪 🇵🇸 (@wild_situation) November 11, 2023
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