3 thoughts on “Gazan Suffering: First-Person Account – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. Although this is no response to your blog – I want to take this opportunity to request a favor.
    We are looking for opinions about life from people from around the world.
    And we currently lack opinions from palestinians.
    Can you please help us get that perspective –


    Florida, USA

  2. Another first hand report:
    This is the website of Mohammad Omer, an award-winning photo-journalist. If the pictures at this website to not drive you to action, or at least outrage, then you are surely made of stone. Last year he toured the US and I heard him speak about his near brushes with death. Imagine wearing a bullet-proof vest to take pictures. This is a heart-rending letter he sent out recently after he was almost shot by Palestinian militants:

    Dear Friend,
    I’m scared, i was almost killed or at least bleeding till death. three militants were closing all roads and they sudden, they said to me stop during the curfew, i
    stop and then the masked-men open fire under my feet hitting the ground under my feet. i thought I’m killed, and i could not explain or scream as the shooting was louder than my scream, so I said, :” No, don’t do that, stop stop, please” oh, i was in tears, this is the first time I’m begging someone not to kill me, and then the other guy who’s also militant was standing in my side and said, we don’t want to kill him, lets shoot him in his legs and leave him bleed. I said, what? why? and then he said, your ID, I show it with the press card and then they let me go. I was scared that they would shoot at me once I turn my back, but alhamdllah this didn’t happen, I was scared, scared, scared to death. this was not pleasant experience, and they were doing this, as I got stuck and could not find transport back home, so I went walking in the streets. I’m scared to death. those are just evil and terrible people. I don’t wish to be in that position again. i can’t stand in my feet anymore, I feel pain and scared. those are working for preventive security, which is working closely with Israelis. I was wearing my bullet proof vest, but this didn’t protect me enough. today, more than 10 were killed and tens were injured, many by Israelis, but still some by Palestinian clashes between Hamas and Fateh. they don’t want this to be reported. I didn’t tell about this to my mother, she will be scared again!

    sad greetings!


  3. And lest any pro-Israel partisans take heart from this internal Palestinian strife and say: “See, they’re killing each other. How can we trust them as a partner for peace;” please remember how Gaza got to be this way. An international boycott strangling the economy, preventing free movement of people and goods, no jobs, no hope, no food, no fresh air, little or no medical care. Palestinians certainly deserve their share of blame for this misery. But Israel by no means escapes scot-free.

    Richard – I’m glad you realize that the situation of the Palestinians is affected by their own behavior as must as it is affected by Israel’s actions. But may I suggest that instead of a pointless argument about who is to blame here, how about trying to get the collective intelligence of the internet to try and find a solution?

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