Keeping Up with Gaza

In trying to keep abreast of what’s going on in Gaza, I’ve been reading blogs – mostly sympathetic to the Palestinians, along with some books.  Yesterday I watched Saree Makdisi on C-SPAN’s Book TV. He wrote the book ‘Palestine Inside and Out: An Everyday Occupation.’   His presentation is from May of last year, but is certainly just as timely. (Makdisi’s book is on the way from the library.)  He talks about the one-state solution rather than a two-state solution and presents a convincing argument.

dividerThe Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has an appeal out for funds to help. The BBC and Sky have both refused to air the video.  The DEC is an umbrella organization with the following members: Action Aid, British Red Cross, CAFOD, CARE International UK, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Help the Aged, Islamic Relief, Merlin, Oxfam, Save the Children, Tearfund, and World Vision.

Sky News made the announcement Monday, citing its need to remain objective in its coverage of the conflict, two days after the BBC declined to air the appeal, claiming it would damage its impartiality.

ITV, Channel 4 and Five in Britain will air the video. That video is below.  I didn’t find it political; I found it heartbreaking.

Fear of a Brown Blogger (FOBB) also has a list of organizations “that are on the ground in Gaza.”

Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) is expanding services even more now that there’s a ‘ceasefire.’  Looking at some video, I was struck at the similarity of damage in Gaza City in comparison to some footage of tornado damage I had seen while tuning in to ‘Extreme Home Makeover’ for a few minutes on Sunday evening.

The entire thing is just so disheartening.  George Mitchell has been dispatched to the Middle East by President Obama.

Obama has tasked Mitchell to “engage vigorously” to finish through a peace process that would permanently end the Palestinian-Israeli/Arab-Israeli conflict.

Mitchell’s immediate task is to help secure a permanent cease-fire in Gaza. Thus his first stop in Egypt, which is using its contacts with Israel and Hamas to forge a long-term truce, while at the same time mediating between the Palestinian rivals – Hamas and the Palestinian Authority (PA) – to find a formula that leads to lifting the Western-backed Israeli blockade on Gaza and to begin reconstruction of the infrastructure destroyed by the latest Israeli war.

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