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Gaza News Blackout

Mike Longmoore

18 June 2017 in Politics

Hath not a Palestinian hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer as a Jew is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? apologies to Wm. Shakespeare.

Several years ago, in Leamington, I met Mennonite women who were preparing to go to Israel. Their goal was to escort Palestinian children to school in order to prevent harassment by Israelis intent on expropriating Palestinian lands.The expropriation continues to this day

More recently, May 16 2017, Medical sources in Gaza confirmed that a Palestinian fisherman died, from wounds he suffered during morning hours, after Israeli navy ships opened fire on fishing boats less than four nautical miles from the Gaza shore. The fisherman, Mohammad Majed Bakr, 25, was seriously injured after the navy fired many live rounds at the fishing boats, and was later moved to Barzelai Israeli Medical Center, where he died from his wounds. His corpse was later transferred back to the besieged Gaza Strip, where hundreds of Palestinians marched in his funeral ceremony and burial. Mohammad, from Gaza, was a married father of two children. He was the 22th Palestinian killed by Israeli forces so far in 2017.

Does it not help explain the fact that 1500 Palestinians jailed by Israel were engaged in a hunger strike that brought the participants to the brink of death? What it does not explain is that the hunger strike lasted 41 days and there was a virtual silence by the mass media until the compromise was reached with strike leader Marwan Barghouti, resulting in improved visitation rights for prisoners after discussions with the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas and Donald Trump.