Mohammed Suliman sends out a stream of tweets from Gaza that provide an insight into the kinds of surreal thoughts that flood your mind when you await what might well be your own death from a missile strike. It is poignant and tragic. It should be read in conjunction with this report (via Pharyngula) about the most recent massacre committed by Israel in which nearly ninety people died in one neighborhood.
Two small bodies lie on the metal table inside the morgue at Gaza’s Shifa hospital. Omama is 9 years old. Her right forearm is mangled and charred and the top half of her skull has been smashed in. Beside her lies her 7-year-old brother. His name is not certain. It might be Hamza or it might be Khalil. Relatives are having trouble identifying him because his head has been shorn off. Their parents will not mourn them—because they are dead too.
All of them were killed in Shejaiya, one of Gaza’s poorest and most crowded neighborhoods, which came under a brutal and sustained assault by the Israeli military today.
“They dropped shells on our heads,” says Lotfy al-Banna, a resident from the neighborhood who fled early Sunday morning. “Everything is burnt down.”
Sara Hussein describes what she saw when she entered the area with emergency responders.
Inside were scenes of absolute devastation: entire buildings collapsed on themselves or strewn into the streets.
Mangled trees were bent over, children’s shoes — a girl’s purple slipper, a boy’s blue flip-flop — mixed in with the rubble underfoot.
An entire apartment building of several floors was still ablaze, the fire burning on the ground floor and covering the facade with black soot.
And there were bodies lying in the streets.
Some were burnt almost beyond recognition, whole appendages missing.
One man in his houserobes was completely charred black except for his internal organs, which were starkly yellow against the coal colour of the rest of his body.
The dead were young and old, with more than one lifeless child carried out by frantic ambulance workers.
Via A Million Gods, I learn that the group Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) says that the bombing is indiscriminate and calls for Israel to stop bombing trapped civilian populations and that medical personnel are also being killed.
Since Israel launched its ground offensive the number of victims is increasing exponentially. “While official claims that the objective of the ground offensive is to destroy tunnels into Israel, what we see on the ground is that bombing is indiscriminate and that those who die are civilians,” said [MSF field coordinator in Gaza Nicolas] Palarus.
I wonder for how long Israel will continue to claim that its campaign is carefully targeted to avoid civilian casualties. Not only is Israel hemorrhaging former supporters in the US, even the mainstream US media are getting sick of the rationalizations for their periodic killing sprees. Soon only the Israel lobby and the US congress will be their allies.