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Amer and Khaled, two beautiful brothers died because a candle light broke out in their bedroom in Shati refugee Camp, Gaza.

One more burn story incident added to countless devastating stories coming from the enclave Gaza Strip. Two young boys Omar and Khaled, 3 and 4 years old brothers, were burnt to death last night in their bedroom in Shati Refugee camp, west of Gaza City. The victims were using the light of candles to escape the darkness and icy weather of the besieged Gaza Strip due to everlasting electricity shortage. Yet candles were not only a source of light for Khaled and Omar but decided to put an end to their smiling faces.

Since Israel decided to impose a tied blockade on Gaza in summer 2006, power outages has become one of the many chronic problems 1.8 million Palestinian residing in Gaza suffer in daily basis. I remember very well when the crisis started in Gaza right when Israel bombed the only Gaza power plant which caused the power outages throughout Gaza from time to time. Many families rely on the simple light of candles as a sources of light in the time of darkness and nighttime. Many houses were fully burnt our due to candle light, which is actually an inadequate and inappropriate lighting supply.

The current Gaza dramatic situation is a human-made crisis. Nearly two million Palestinian residents of Gaza (80% of them are refugees) are forced to endure the hard daily life due to long years of occupations and blockade. The blockade is a collective punishment policy to make the life of people mostly impossible. The blockade on Gaza is only one image of the occupation politics of Israel. The world is still have a moral responsibility to put an end to long years of occupation and blockade.

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Classroom in Gaza, August 2014 Photo by: Yousef Alejla

Students in many countries are preparing to start the new academic year as I write this (August 2014). However, in Gaza the latest war means the start date for the new year remains uncertain for some learners. The Israeli assault (which lasted nearly 2 months) means children in Gaza are being denied their basic right to education.

My little brother, Anas, is a ninth grader. He has already lived through two previous Israeli assaults (2009 and 2012), and says he is currently looking forward to surviving the third. Anas is a smart student with big dreams for the future. He was selected to participate in an education tour of the USA in 2012, organised by the United Nations. This year, Anas was excited to start the new school year and particularly keen to develop his English language skills. However, the current assault on Gaza has had a negative psychological effect. “I have no idea why our basic rights and especially my right to education are being denied. There is no excuse for the warplanes to bomb our schools. I did not enjoy my summer holiday and I am no longer excited about starting my new school year” Anas told me. Continue Reading »

Ayman Qwaider:

Students in many countries are preparing to start the new academic year as I write this (August 2014). However, in Gaza the latest war means the start date for the new year remains uncertain for some learners. The Israeli assault (which lasted nearly 2 months) means children in Gaza are being denied their basic right to education.

My little brother, Anas, is a ninth grader. He has already lived through two previous Israeli assaults (2009 and 2012), and says he is currently looking forward to surviving the third. Anas is a smart student with big dreams for the future. He was selected to participate in an education tour of the USA in 2012, organised by the United Nations. This year, Anas was excited to start the new school year and particularly keen to develop his English language skills. However, the current assault on Gaza has had a negative psychological effect. “I have no idea why our basic rights and especially my right to education are being denied. There is no excuse for the warplanes to bomb our schools. I did not enjoy my summer holiday and I am no longer excited about starting my new school year” Anas told me.Students in many countries are preparing to start the new academic year as I write this (August 2014). However, in Gaza the latest war means the start date for the new year remains uncertain for some learners. The Israeli assault (which lasted nearly 2 months) means children in Gaza are being denied their basic right to education.

My little brother, Anas, is a ninth grader. He has already lived through two previous Israeli assaults (2009 and 2012), and says he is currently looking forward to surviving the third. Anas is a smart student with big dreams for the future. He was selected to participate in an education tour of the USA in 2012, organised by the United Nations. This year, Anas was excited to start the new school year and particularly keen to develop his English language skills. However, the current assault on Gaza has had a negative psychological effect. “I have no idea why our basic rights and especially my right to education are being denied. There is no excuse for the warplanes to bomb our schools. I did not enjoy my summer holiday and I am no longer excited about starting my new school year” Anas told me.

Originally posted on EENET - Enabling Education Network:

Classroom in Gaza, August 2014 Photo by: Yousef Alejla Classroom in Gaza, August 2014
Photo by: Yousef Alejla

Students in many countries are preparing to start the new academic year as I write this (August 2014). However, in Gaza the latest war means the start date for the new year remains uncertain for some learners. The Israeli assault (which lasted nearly 2 months) means children in Gaza are being denied their basic right to education.

 My little brother, Anas, is a ninth grader. He has already lived through two previous Israeli assaults (2009 and 2012), and says he is currently looking forward to surviving the third. Anas is a smart student with big dreams for the future. He was selected to participate in an education tour of the USA in 2012, organised by the United Nations. This year, Anas was excited to start the new school year and particularly keen to develop his English language skills. However, the current…

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Génocide : Meurtre délibéré d’un large groupe de personnes, en particulier celles appartenant à un groupe ethnique défini, une nation précise.

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L’offensive génocidaire israélienne contre la population civile sans défense de Gaza dure depuis le 8 juillet. Selon des sources médicales à Gaza, l’opération militaire en cours a ôté la vie de 174 Palestiniens, 34 enfants, 27 femmes, 12 personnes âgées (tel qu’il est écrit dans le rapport en date du 14 juillet, midi à Gaza). Le nombre de morts a rapidement augmenté dans tous les lieux de la Bande de Gaza : villes, districts et camps de réfugiés. Les machines de la mort israéliennes : tanks, drones armés, F16, hélicoptères de combat de la marine, ont fait plus de 1260 blessés, la plupart sont des femmes, des enfants et des personnes âgées. Quand on parle de blessés, cela signifie généralement une majorité d’amputations, de membres arrachés, de graves brûlures, de commotions et de traumatismes. Continue Reading »

Ayman Qwaider:

La mort à Gaza est une vérité qui dérange !

Originally posted on à l'Encre de ma Plume...:

Traduction du texte écrit par Ayman Qwaider : https://aymanqwaider.wordpress.com/2014/07/14/gaza-death-is-the-inconvenient-truth/

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Génocide : Meurtre délibéré d’un large groupe de personnes, en particulier celles appartenant à un groupe ethnique défini, une nation précise.

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L’offensive génocidaire israélienne contre la population civile sans défense de Gaza dure depuis le 8 juillet. Selon des sources médicales à Gaza, l’opération militaire en cours a ôté la vie de 174 Palestiniens, 34 enfants, 27 femmes, 12 personnes âgées (tel qu’il est écrit dans le rapport en date du 14 juillet, midi à Gaza). Le nombre de morts a rapidement augmenté dans tous les lieux de la Bande de Gaza : villes, districts et camps de réfugiés. Les machines de la mort israéliennes : tanks, drones armés, F16, hélicoptères de combat de la marine, ont fait plus de 1260 blessés, la plupart sont des femmes, des enfants et des personnes âgées. Quand on parle de blessés, cela signifie généralement une majorité d’amputations, de membres arrachés, de graves…

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Genocide: Is the deliberate killing of large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation. 

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The Israeli genocidal offensive against defenseless civilian population in Gaza has been going on since July 8th. According to medical resources in Gaza, the continued military operation in Gaza has claimed the lives of 174 Palestinians, 34 children, 27 women, 12 senior citizens (as writing this report july14, 12pm Gaza Time) The death toll is rapidly being reported from all parts of Gaza; cities, districts and refugee camps. The Israeli killing machines of tanks, armed drones, F16 fighter jets, and Naval gunships, have caused more than 1260 injuries mostly to women, children and senior citizens. When talking about injuries, it is usually means a majority of amputation, missing limbs, severe burns, concussions and trauma. 

On Saturday, 11th July, Israel murdered nine more people, two of whom were identified as disabled women, as massive air raids hit an organization for disability east of Gaza City. The current Israeli offensive aims principally to destroy the entire infrastructure of Gaza, besieged for the last 7 years. Since this mass murder campaign began, hospitals, parks, mosques, community organizations are among the Israeli bank of targets.  Around 317 housing units have been leveled to the ground and 2500 houses have been so severely damaged they are uninhabitable. As a result of the mass destruction to civilian property, 17,000 people are currently displaced being accommodated in UN affiliated schools (as of 14th July at 8:00p.m.). Education and health sectors are also amongst the Israeli targets, 13 schools sustained major damage, 5 primary healthcare centers damaged. Mosques are very important places for Palestinians especially during the holy month of Ramadan, 3 mosques totally destroyed. 

My family, like the rest of Gaza families, is living under constant cycle of fear and horror due to the continuation of this terrifying war. Israeli F16 fighter jets targeted a farm of olive trees nearby our homes located in Nuserat Refugee camp. The incredibly loud explosions hit the area several times causing damage to the family properties, cars, farms, lands, and homes. Shrapnel from an F16 fighter jet rocket hit the neighborhood and caused considerable damage to my Uncles’ homes. The bombs left children in a great state of panic and fear.

Israel declared that the objective of the mass murder campaign is to stop Hamas form firing the home-made rockets toward Israel, however, Israeli military practices in Gaza indicates the undeclared intention of Israel which is basically targeting civilians both bodies and infrastructure to make the whole nation of Gaza suffer. It is virtually a lie to say Hamas is targeted. Media resources of Gaza show the world the massive destruction of civilian homes, parks, community centers, mosques, agriculture and animal farms. 

Below are photos sent from my cousin in Gaza showing the damage happened to our neighborhood in Gaza. 

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Les habitants de Gaza, près de deux millions dont une majorité de femmes, d’enfants et de personnes âgées, sont toujours sous le feu de bombardements sans précédent en provenance de l’armée israélienne d’occupation. Aujourd’hui encore depuis les premières heures de la matinée, les avions de chasse israéliens (F16) ainsi que des drones armés poursuivent les bombardements sur des zones résidentielles situées dans la Bande de Gaza. Il a maintenant été rapporté que l’armée israélienne a arrêté de prévenir les civils avant de détruire leurs maisons qui représentaient leur unique abri et source de sécurité. Continue Reading »

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