Gaza Under Attack
Fall I Index for WAMM Newsletter Fall I 2014
BDS: State Board of Investment Hearing
This is an important meeting, coming as it does after the latest assault on Gaza. We’re hoping to pack the room and out into the halls with people holding signs showing the human rights abuses that we, as Minnesotans and as U.S. citizens, pay for.The next State Board of Investment Meeting on Tuesday, September 9 at 9:00 am in room 112 of the Capitol Building.
The four members of the State Board of Investment (Governor Dayton, Secretary of State Ritchie, State Auditor Otto, and Attorney General Swanson) will all be there. Make it difficult for them to ignore the massacres!
We will have signs for people, but if you bring your own: please note that NO sticks are allowed. After the SBI meeting we will have a rally on the Capitol grounds (Capitol renovations will restrict the space for the rally, so stay tuned for exact location).
—Minnesota Break the Bonds (BDS)
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Sent during the July and August 2014 Israeli bombardment. Individual tweeters self-identify in their descriptions.
I’m the modern Anne Frank, Gaza-Palestine, 16 years old.
7,800 tweets, 208,000 followers.
HUGE MASSIVE BOMBS NOW #Gaza #GazaUnderAttack #AJAGAZA 7:00 AM – 28 Jul 2014
When u need 2 have hundreds of protests just 2 tell the world that BOMBING CHILDREN IS NOT OKAY. That’s when u know that HUMANITY DIED #Gaza 8:59 AM – 28 Jul 2014
The bomb was on a part if Al-Shifa’ Hospital, this means it was on the opposite of my house #Gaza #AJAGAZA #GazaUnderAttack 9:13 AM – 28 Jul 2014
This is in my area. I can’t stop crying. I might die tonight #Gaza #GazaUnderAttack #ICC4Israel #AJAGAZA” 4:59 PM – 28 Jul 2014
We are sitting in darkness bc the power is off, flares r lightening up the area just like it’s midday, we’re just hearin bombs, drones, f16s #Gaza 5:07 PM – 28 Jul 2014
Mohammed Suliman: Raised in Gaza; a non-white Mohametan, in need of enlightenment; the uncivilised, barbaric, backward and inferior Other. LSE alumnus; a future walking lie.
6,700 tweets, 40,000 followers.
I have lived in Gaza for almost all of my life. War is not something new to us. These, however, are the scariest moments we have ever lived. 5:10 PM – 28 Jul 2014
The newest airstrike next to me targeted a civilian building which belongs to Al Shurafa family. Several families live there. No warning. 6:15 PM – 28 Jul 2014
We’ve been without electricity for two full days. Managed to secure some fuel to run the generator for a couple hours before I’m off again. 12:14 PM – 30 Jul 2014
Hamas killed zero Israeli children. Israel defended itself murdering 300 Palestinian children. What self-defense. Stop talking about Hamas. 12:51 PM – 30 Jul 2014
Belal Dabour is a Palestinian doctor living in #Gaza. A night owl and a book email@example.com
28,000 tweets, 81,000 followers.
I woke up to find that Israel has bombed my university. They’ve also killed another 50 Palestinians overnight! #Gaza pic.twitter.com/lsRACIvKnn 12:03 AM – 2 Aug 2014
For a month I haven’t smelt or even seen a flower, but I’ve seen and my nose is filled with the smell of a dozen charred corpses. 1:41 PM – 2 Aug 2014
Doctor at Al-Shifa Hospital , Human rights activist , Palestinian from Gaza.firstname.lastname@example.org
48,000 tweets, 43,000 followers.
Israel is creating a generation of disabled adults… and for these kids, there is no one left to care for them: pic.twitter.com/2kIjOitPVY 11:15 AM – 3 Aug 2014
Necessity is the mother of invention. Gazans “jump-start” their phones from a motor vehicle battery during the war. Israel destroyed its only power plant. (Via @ drsaeedkanafany)
ResourcesBrowse WAMM Middle East Committee resources at:
Palestinian Center for Human Rights-Gaza:
Palestinian Ministry of Health:
Using U.S. Weapons on Gaza
In 2013, the United States sent Israel at least $196 million in parts for military airplanes and helicopters, a category that includes F-16 fighter jets and Apache helicopters, both of which Israel is currently using to attack Gazan homes, offices and farmland. Between January and May 2014, the United States had already exported $92 million in parts for military airplanes and helicopters.
—Ken Klippenstein and Paul Gottinger, analysis of revelations in a U.S. Census Bureau report, Truthout, truthout.org, July 23, 2014
It has been going on all night and day, every day and everywhere, coming from the sea, from the air and from land canons…We are now facing a real genocide in Gaza. As the day begins in Gaza, hundreds of ordinary people in need of regular health care are unable to reach health care centres. Meanwhile hundreds of wounded people, mostly women and children, if they can be taken to hospitals at all would find doctors and other medical staff working in dire and dangerous environments, under constant pressure, and with severe shortages of drugs and other necessary medical supplies
—Dr. Mona El Farra, Middle East Children’s Alliance, Director of Gaza Projects, Gaza City, July 12, Day 5 of the attack
Giving Time for War Crime
This morning, it’s nothing short of a massacre, a deliberate massacre…shelled by the strongest army in the region and they are defenseless…They are hemmed in by land, by air, by sea and then if they try to dig tunnels as a way out — what do you expect? … you are giving Israel the time and the means to continue with these massacres and these war crimes.”
—Hanan Ashrawi, executive committee member, Palestinian Liberation organization (PLO), ABC’s “This Week,” July 20, 2014
Who Refused to Make Peace?
The new government also pledged to adopt the three basic principles demanded by members of the International Quartet (UN, US, Europe, Russia): non-violence, recognition of Israel, and adherence to past agreements. Tragically, Israel rejected this opportunity for peace and has until succeeded in preventing the new government’s deployment in Gaza.
—from a statement by Former Irish President Mary Robinson and US President Jimmy Carter, published by The Guardian, August 5, 2014
The Root of the Issue
A bronze sculpture by Khalil Bendib of an uprooted olive tree commemorates the tragic dispossession of Palestinian land that continues to this day. In public parks in Geneva, New York, and on the Midtown Greenway bike trail, Minneapolis, Minnesota, the latter through the efforts of Nick and Mary Eoloff, adoptive parents of Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu.
|Crimes Against Civilians
As this WAMM Newsletter went to press on Saturday, August 23, Israeli F-16s demolished the 15-story/60-unit Al-Zafer apartment building in Gaza, claiming the building was used as a “HAMAS command center”. Twentytwo Palestinians were wounded—11 of them children—and over 44 Palestinian families were left homeless. There were around 60 other Israeli strikes on Gaza the same day.
© 2014 Women Against Military Madness. Fall I Index