Thursday, July 13, 2006

What happens after an Israeli strike?


The heart of Gaza, hit by a bomb

















Thank you Mohammed for permission to use the pictures.
Go to Reports from Rafah Palestine, for current updates and pictures as you won't see in/on the news.
If anyone is willing and able to volunteer for their site as webmaster, let Mohammed know.(Rafahtoday@yahoo.com)
What can we do to stop the terrorizing of Gaza's citizens?

UPDATE: I had to post this last picture before going to bed. The mom in me has been feeling pangs in my heart looking at this all afternoon..

12 Comments:

Blogger Gary said...

Thanks for posting these photos Ingrid. They are awful, but people need to know that this is not just a bunch of noise and words - people are ruined.

As for what to do, sometimes I take action through Amnesty on this issue, but of course, until the US, Europe and Russia pressure the Israelis to behave differently and really push for peace...we're left with this mess.

10:09 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

I got into some emotional posting over at Mahmoud's Den and the Heretical Jew blogs and I thought, man..this is getting to me. As if this has not been going on for the last 50yrs...tsss
I figured pictures tell a better story than mere words. One of the pictures on the Rafah site is one of two kids leaning against a building with obviously something very scary going on and it almost makes me cry to see the little boy in the front crying with a tear going down his little cheek. As a mom, I get very angry over this collective punishment nonsense. It is shameful, spiritually, morally and politically.
Ingrid

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ingrid, I agree with you. Someone needs to sit the Palestinians and the Israelis down and tell them we are all going to take their children away from them for child abuse if they do not make peace with one another and get their children out of this hate environment and, for God's sake, quit using them to further their selfish agendas. They actually teach these children in schools, camps, TV shows, etc., to hate from day-one, and until they start with one generation, raising them with love, and until all others start pointing their fingers at both of these people and not just one, they will never have peace.

2:01 AM  
Blogger El Mas Ching√≥n said...

This is soooo frustrating. One of my best friends is Lebanese and his family fled in the early 80's. I was going to call him first thing in the morning and now we're likely going to have something else to talk about.

3:34 AM  
Blogger Kel said...

Well done for posting these Ingrid. And it's not only mothers who weep when they see these images.

It's beyond belief what's being done to these people. And Bush - a supposed Christian - says, "Israel has a right to defend herself" and says nothing to condemn this.

It makes me so angry I want to vomit.

1:53 PM  
Blogger KT said...

So where are the pictures of the dead and injured Israeli civilians? Life is pretty simple, both sides are to blame; both need to step up to the plate and resolve this situation for the good of their own people as well as the rest of the world.

9:25 AM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

KT, these strikes were in supposed retaliation of the abduction of soldiers (read interview post I did on friday), not the killing of Israeli civilians. That is the point of the outrage of these attacks; disproportionate and a pretext for dismantling the Hamas government (who did not sanction the abduction)... If it was in retaliation to a suicide bomber or something, that would have been the expected response..
I do agree with you thought that it will take a concerted effort on all sides to stop violence ones and for all. I also believe that Israel need shoulders a lot of the blame for many a reason and that the sole reason for this situation not to have been resolved years ago is the enabling by the American government who had their own motives to keep the situation 'as is'.
Ingrid

11:13 AM  
Blogger KT said...

Ingrid,
I understand who did what including the abduction of the 18 year old boy who was murdered. I do not buy into a higher moral ground for Israel because of US support or that they have a better military. Fact is not much happens without Hamas's approval; if it did, then they need to be responsible and seek to resolve the conflict before it widened. They did not. They are also supported by many Arab governments in the area in many ways, so I don't buy the poor helpless victim routine. It is unfortunate that they have elected leaders who have chosen to squander monies and good will now as in the past. That applies to both sides.

I think we are going to have to disagree on this one, because I find both sides equally quilty in prolonging a conflict that should have been resolved long ago.

11:35 AM  
Blogger Dr. Strangelove said...

Apparently the lives of Palestinian children do not count as much as "democratic" children.

The lack of outrage in this country is quite remarkable. Miraz at Baghdad Chronicles was lamenting that Americans care more about their dogs than the Arabs. Unfortunately she is right.

12:17 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

KT, I'm afraid we will have to agree to disagree and I thank you for saying that. It's easy to continue to try to make someone understand (read, accept!) your/one's viewpoint but it's one that comes by reading thinking and not by getting it shoved down your throat.
Mash...the lack of outrage as usual here to me stems from sheer disassociation. How much can people relate to anything really tragic, or frightening like military strikes, here in this country? Those who claim 9/11 was a big disaster and worthy of feeling victimized have absolutely no idea how it ranges on the scale of communal fear...it would be a very low number.
speaking of children, my daughter is demanding my attention..
Ingrid

1:52 PM  
Blogger KT said...

Ingrid,

No problem. That's the way it should be, because we are all adults and quite capable of forming opinions based on everything we take in. I appreciate the fact that you are open, willing to engage people and share your views in such a public forum.

10:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very pretty site! Keep working. thnx!
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4:11 AM  

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