A Gaza family’s tragedy

Published today (updated) 17/01/2011 18:50
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Nour Salha was 15 years old when he saw an Israeli missile reduce his home to rubble, killing his mother and four siblings.

On Jan. 9, 2009, during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead, a warplane shelled Nour’s home in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip. His mother Randa, two brothers Diyaa, 14, and Bahaa, 4, and sisters Rana, 12, and 15-month-old Rula were killed.

“When I first heard the boom, I thought it hit an empty area, but I immediately saw our home going down,” Nour said.

Two years have passed since the attack but Nour is still struggling to recover from the shock of collecting his family’s body parts.

His father Fayiz says he still remembers his children playing that night, squirting water at each other before they went to bed.

“It took the Israeli forces only a blink of the eye to end a story of a happy Gazan home.”

Fayiz was left with two daughters, Ruba, 12, and Rasha, 9, in addition to Nour who is now 17.

Fayiz says he tries to teach Nour to love life, but his son prefers to remain silent, spending most of his time at his computer or walking alone.

He tells his son that Palestinians will one day realize their dream of freedom and statehood, and says he planted a garden on the site of the family’s destroyed home to try and give his surviving children hope.

While tending their garden, the family discuss the current events in Tunisia and Mohammed Bouazizi.

Bouazizi torched himself in Tunis when police stopped him selling fruit and vegetables to earn living. The incident sparked a wave of protests across the country that eventually toppled the regime of President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.

Fayiz told his children, “We can do much more without setting fire to ourselves.”

Maan News Agency: A Gaza family’s tragedy.

Hamas government seeks to rebuild Gaza

Hamas government seeks to rebuild GazaEXCLUSIVE PICTURES

The Ministry of Public Works in Gaza has held an exhibition to promote the construction industry in the beleaguered territory. Held in conjunction with the Palestinian Contractors Union the event was part of the international forum for the reconstruction of Gaza.

The Prime Minister of the Palestinian government in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, said the exhibition was an example of the skills and great achievements of the Palestinian people, despite the ongoing illegal siege imposed by Israel.

The exhibition opened on Sunday (16 January) and will last for two days. Local Palestinian companies taking part in the exhibition said that it gave them the chance to highlight Palestinian products and workmanship. The Contractors Union chose 22 companies out of a possible 500 local industrial plants and factories to take part. Those showcasing their products include companies which specialise in building materials, paints and tiles, cork and plastic, building plant, general trading and contracting, aluminium, insurance and investment.

The Hamas-led government will be supporting the rebuilding project and hopes that this will boost the quality of life and meet the needs of local Palestinians.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hamas government seeks to rebuild Gaza.

Abu Hilal: Maintaining field calm not sign of weakness

[ 17/01/2011 – 10:19 AM ]

 

GAZA, (PIC)– Khaled Abu Hilal, the secretary general of the Ahrar movement, said that the Palestinian factions were keen on maintaining field calm in the Gaza Strip in light of Israeli preparations for a new war to evade its internal and external crises.

Abu Hilal was responding to a question by Al-Quds satellite TV channel after a meeting for the Palestinian factions in Gaza that focused on Israeli war threats.

He said that the factions’ decision to maintain calm along the Gaza borders was based on keenness to spare the Palestinian people a new Israeli aggression and not a sign of weakness. He added that the decision did not deny the Palestinians the right to retaliate to Israeli attacks.

Abu Hilal: Maintaining field calm not sign of weakness.

Haneyya: Egypt willing to invite Palestinian factions for national talks

[ 16/01/2011 – 03:56 PM ]

 

GAZA, (PIC)– Palestinian premier Ismail Haneyya said that Egypt expressed its willingness to invite once again all Palestinian factions to Cairo to resume the inter-Palestinian reconciliation talks.

During his meeting on Saturday evening with a Kuwaiti delegation in Gaza, premier Haneyya noted that this Egyptian initiative was conveyed over the phone by intelligence director Omar Suleiman a few days ago.

The premier expressed his belief that this initiative reflects Egypt’s keenness on the national reconciliation in the Palestinian arena, stressing that Hamas would positively consider any invitations made by Egypt.

He pointed out to the many challenges the Palestinians are facing in the occupied territories of Jerusalem and the West Bank as well as in the besieged Gaza Strip.

The premier also talked about the Israeli war threats against Gaza, saying that these threats are real and Hamas deals with them seriously and responsibly.

Haneyya: Egypt willing to invite Palestinian factions for national talks.

Israel shoots Gazan scrap collector

PressTV – Sun Jan 16, 2011 4:15PM

Israeli troopers near Gaza’s border with Israel
Israeli forces have reportedly opened fire on and injured a Palestinian male as he was gleaning gravel near the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel.

The Sunday shooting injured the 21-year-old victim in the leg, AFP reported.

The Israeli military said it had opened fire on “several suspicious persons,” aiming for the targets’ “lower bodies.”

The Palestinian scavengers trawl through the remnants of former Israeli settlements for collectable materials. The measure serves as a coping strategy against a crippling blockade Israel has been imposing on Gaza since mid-June 2007.

Tel Aviv has also enforced a so-called buffer zone close to the coastal sliver’s border, regularly targeting the rubble collectors, who would approach the area.

Last year, the shootings killed scores of Palestinians, many of them children.

Highlighting the attacks, an August study by the United Nations showed, “Palestinians have been totally or partially prevented from accessing land located up to 1,000-1,500 meters” from the border.

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Palestinian Worker Injured in Northern Gaza

Sunday January 16, 2011 17:52 by Alessandra Bajec – IMEMC & Agencies

A young Palestinian was wounded by Israeli forces, on Sunday morning, in the northern Gaza Strip, medics claimed on Sunday.

(photo from http://jnoubiyeh.com)
(photo from http://jnoubiyeh.com)

The victim, known as 21-year-old Ramadan Subih, was shot in his left leg while collecting gravel from destroyed buildings in in Beit Lahiya, north of the Gaza Strip. The young man was evacuated to hospital in moderate condition.

An Israeli military spokeswoman confirmed the use of gunfire but said she was not aware of any injuries.

The army spokeswoman also pointed out that troops, stationed along the Gaza border, initially fired warning shots in the air after seeing several Palestinians approaching and urging them to stop.

Earlier on Sunday morning, Ma’an News said another 21-year-old man, who sustained burns last week inside a smuggling tunnel in Rafah, died Saturday evening of his wounds.

Israeli troops continue targeting unarmed civilians and workers along the border area of the Gaza Strip. The number of casualties in similar incidents has gone up to 110.

Palestinian resistance factions lately agreed on retaining calm along the borders of Gaza to prevent any possible Israeli attack on the coastal enclave.

Palestinian Worker Injured in Northern Gaza – International Middle East Media Center.

Gaza 4 Tunis | Rally in Solidarity with the Tunesian People

A Palestinian holds a poster with a picture of Tunisia’s former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali during a Hamas rally in Gaza City to show support for the Tunisian people January 16, 2011.

Tunisia’s new leadership moved to form a coalition government to gain the upper hand over violent looters and quell arson and shooting that broke out after Ben Ali was ousted by protests

 

Palestinians hold Tunisian and Palestinian flags and a portrait of deposed Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali during a march in solidarity with Tunisia in Gaza City, Sunday, Jan. 16 , 2011.

Tunisia sped toward a new future after its iron-fisted leader fled, with an interim president sworn in and ordering the country’s first multiparty government to be formed. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

 

A Palestinian stands next to a poster with a picture of Tunisia’s former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali during a Hamas rally in Gaza City to show support for the Tunisian people January 16, 2011.

Tunisia’s new leadership moved to form a coalition government to gain the upper hand over violent looters and quell arson and shooting that broke out after Ben Ali was ousted by protests

 

Palestinians step on a poster with a picture of Tunisia’s former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali during a Hamas rally in Gaza City to show support for the Tunisian people January 16, 2011.

Tunisia’s new leadership moved to form a coalition government to gain the upper hand over violent looters and quell arson and shooting that broke out after Ben Ali was ousted by protests

 

A Palestinian walks past a poster with a picture of Tunisia’s former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali before a Hamas rally in Gaza City to show support for the Tunisian people January 16, 2011.

Tunisia’s new leadership moved to form a coalition government to gain the upper hand over violent looters and quell arson and shooting that broke out after Ben Ali was ousted by protests

 

Palestinians hold posters during a Hamas rally in Gaza City to show support for the Tunisian people January 16, 2011.

Tunisia’s new leadership moved to form a coalition government to gain the upper hand over violent looters and quell arson and shooting that broke out after President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was ousted by protests. The poster (C) reads: “Oh, Arab leaders, beware of the revolution of the people”

Relief society: Israel’s violations worsen health services for Gaza children

[ 13/01/2011 – 08:37 AM ]

 

GAZA, (PIC)– The Palestinian medical relief society warned that the health services provided for children, especially the cancer patients, in the Gaza Strip are insufficient and getting worse as a result of Israel’s ongoing blockade and military attacks on the Strip.

In its annual report, the society said that in 2010 it provided a range of services for children who developed diseases or were injured during the last war on Gaza.

“We are working on providing integrated quality services aimed at improving the medical, social, economic and psychological conditions of the wounded children and their families,” director of the society Ayyd Yagi stated.

Yagi affirmed that the medical relief crews follow up 276 children injured during the war and help them financially, adding that the relief society last year assisted financially those children on a regular basis in cooperation with the Italian charity Ghazala.

He also said that the society also help in other 100 children, including orphans and patients who suffer from chronic diseases such as cancer, heart, kidney diseases.

In another incident, a committee of NGOs, human rights organizations and the representative of the world health organization was formed in Gaza on Wednesday.

The committee will be embarking on resolving the crisis of inadequate medicines and medical supplies which was created by the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority in Ramallah city.

This came during an urgent meeting held at the NGOs headquarters in Gaza to address the acute shortage of medicines and medical supplies in Gaza.

The Palestinian ministry of health had accused the illegitimate government in Ramallah of not providing Gaza fully with its share of medical supplies and deliberately causing a crisis in the health sector.

Rrelief society: Israel’s violations worsen health services for Gaza children.

Israeli soldiers laughing while shelling Gaza homes

Israeli soldiers laughing while shelling Gaza homes

13-01-2011,09:58

Al Qassam websiteA new Zionist video shows (2:28 minutes) the disregard of the Zionist troops for civilian lives and their properties during the last war on Gaza, which erupted in late 2008 and continued early in the year 2009.

The Zionist army killed and injured more than 7000 Palestinian civilians, and destroyed thousands of homes, buildings, residential areas, institutions, ministries and mosques.

Three residential buildings!

Video revealed by the Documentation Commission belonging to the Palestinian government in Gaza, Israeli soldiers laugh during the bombardment of their army to the homes and property of citizens.

The Video was shot by one the soldiers’ mobile during the war on Gaza, the soldier was located in the place which is bombing the homes.

At the beginning of video, three apartment buildings to Palestinian civilians were appeared, then these apartments targeted one by one and the Zionist soldiers were laughing more and more.

Israeli airstrike kills Palestinian Jamil Al-Najjar

PressTV – Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:45PM

Israeli fighter jets have pounded the Gaza Strip, leaving a Palestinian dead in the densely populated coastal enclave.

A Palestinian man was killed on Tuesday in an Israeli airstrike near the southern city of Khan Yunis, AFP quoted Adham Abu Selmiya, spokesman for health services in the Gaza Strip, as saying.

The Palestinian official identified the man as Mohammed Jamil al-Najar, 25.

Najar was reportedly a resistance fighter and a member of the al-Quds Brigade, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad movement.

The Israeli military did not immediately comment on the report.

The Tuesday raid was the latest in a series of Israeli airstrikes against the blockaded territory which has long been the scene of regular Israeli land, sea and air attacks.

On Monday, Israeli troops shot dead an elderly Palestinian farmer in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanun, hours after Israeli warplanes attacked the coastal enclave, leaving two Palestinians injured.

Israeli soldiers frequently open fire on Gaza residents, who resort to scavenging and collecting scrap metals to make a living under the crippling Tel Aviv-imposed blockade.

At the turn of 2009, Israel invaded the impoverished Palestinian stretch of land, killing more than 1,400 Palestinians, mostly women and children.

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Another Victim in 2011 | Murdered by Israel ‘s Inhumane Occupation Forces | Jamil Al-Najjar,  from Gaza


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May Allah Subhana wa Ta’ ala grant the Shaheed Jamil Al-Najjar Jannatul Firdaus, and ease it for his family, loved ones and anyone around him. Allahumma Ameen ya Rabbil Alameen. ‘ Inna Lillahi wa ‘ Inna ‘ Ilayhi Raj’ in, Allahu Akbar

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