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Photos: With Gaza under attack, children pay the price

Text and photos by Anne Paq

A Palestinian man from Al Zeitoun holding his one-year-old son, Omar Jihad Mashrawi, who died from his injuries, at Al Shifa Hospital, Gaza City, November 14, 2012. (photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Gaza is under attack from all sides, including the sea.

There are news of eight killed and dozens injured, some of them very serious.

As I write now, I am back in my home. While I was editing pictures, I could hear the frightening sound of the bombs. The street emptied of cars, and there is almost no light. I moved far away from the window, which can get easily smashed by some of the explosions from nearby.In Al Shifa Hospital, there was total chaos, with so many injured people constantly coming in. When I reached the section where they treated burn injuries, some women collapsed in grief. They had just found out that one-year-old Omar Jihad Masharawi had just died of his wounds. One of the women was his mother.

A relative of Omar Jihad Mashrawi, shortly after the announcement of his death, at the Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, November 14, 2012. (photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

I had arrived with other photographers. I cannot describe in words what I saw, nor can I post the grim pictures of a burned baby. It is just too horrific.

Later, the father carried Omar to the morgue, sobbing. I went home. I feel nervous, with news coming in about more attacks, more injured. There is nowhere to escape in Gaza.

The body of a child in the Al Shifa Hospital, Gaza City, November 14, 2012. (photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Israel is attacking a civilian population that has committed no crimes other than being Palestinian. Don’t talk to me about rockets. Palestinians have been dispossessed of most of their lands since 1948. The occupation started in 1967. The rockets started in 2001.

Now is the time to act. With major international pressure, Israel might still back down.

I cant sleep and I cant take the image of Omar out of my head. Why did Omar have to die?

The intensive care unit at the Al Shifa Hospital, Gaza City, November 14, 2012. (photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

 

A dead Palestinian child is taken away from the intensive care unit, at the Al Shifa Hospital, Gaza City, November 14, 2012. (photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

 

A man suffering from burns in an intensive care unit at Al Shifa Hospital, Gaza City, November 14, 2012. (photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

 

Al Shifa Hospital struggles with casualties following Israeli military attacks all over the Gaza Strip, which killed eight Palestinians and injured over 30, November 14, 2012. (photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

 

A crowd surrounds the morgue at Al Shifa Hospital, Gaza City, November 14, 2012. (photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

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    1. The Trespasser

      In 1948 there were no “Palestinians” to be dispossessed.

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    2. GoIDF

      These children paid the price of Hamas’ terrorism – stop attacking Israeli civilians, and you may live to moan about your 1948 and 1967 defeats another day.

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    3. Laurent Szyster

      “Israel is attacking a civilian population that has committed no crimes other than being Palestinian.”

      Except when Israel targets “militants” that have committed war crimes by firing missile at israeli civilians.

      “Don’t talk to me about rockets. Palestinians have been dispossessed of most of their lands since 1948. The occupation started in 1967. The rockets started in 2001.”

      They started in 2001 because it was more and more difficult to send suicide bombers to kill israeli civilians.

      Don’t talk to me about 1948 or 1967, Arabs wanted the spoils of victory they got defeat and loss instead.

      “Why did Omar have to die ?”

      Because you are ruled by bloodthirsty and treacherous thugs who assemble, store and launch long range iranian missiles in a crowded neighborhood.

      Because you hate your neighbours more than you love your children.

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    4. Mt Noise

      There would be less civilians getting hurt/killed if Hamas would stop hiding the rockets in the middle of neighborhoods.

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    5. Charles-Jerusalem

      Dear author of this article,
      Hamas drew first blood by firing hundreds of missiles to Israel.
      Not Only Hamas children are dying and are terrorized. Israeli children are also terrorized and killed.
      At least we aim at military targets and Hamas clearly aims at civil targets.
      But of course, in the eyes of the Hamas children women and men are all soldiers if they are Israelis, if they are not, they were or will be.
      One more thing, we, Israelis also have nowhere to go, in Lebanon perhaps, or Syria, yalla, I make you a special deal in Jordan or Egypt where we are so welcome.
      What you saw is the result of war started by them.
      Don’t be naive my friend.Tell us something that we don’t know already.

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    6. Dalila Bachene

      according to the latest BIIC release, Israel tops the list of the world’s most militarised nations. Palestinians have their faith. Fighting against colonialism is not terrorism! Israel infringes international rules and lobbies american congress fir support. israel ranks 1 of a list of countries who receive substantial finacial help from the state. what does Palestine receive? zionists who justify crimes as being deserved retaliation against so called terrorists are not better than apartheid champions. I invite you to read Derek Cohen on the subject.

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      • The Trespasser

        Dalila,
        Palestinian Arabs have no sole ownership of this region, never had and most likely won’t have ever.

        Why would they indeed?

        You are not blaming Spanish for Reconquista, are you?

        You see, Palestinian Arab’s rights to Palestine are rather close to those of An-Andalusian Arabs to Al-Andalus – they’ve came uninvited and will go away or live in peace where permitted to do so.

        p.s. Your claims that PA receives too little are ridiculous.
        Yasser Arafat alone had stolen over $400 000 000 (four hundred millions of US dollars)

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        • Dalila Bachene

          how do you mean by ownership? everywhere in the world there are people from different confessions. this is all about colonialism not religion. the basis of Israel’s trade is criticism of Hamas on the premisses of islamism. this is biaised. it is all about dignity of dispossessed people. was there an Israeli state before the UK mess out everything in 1947-1948? are you comparing Israel to the Inquisition and I do think it is a very good parallel if we have to consider the criminality of both! you have to go back to your history and geography courses. see below (it’s in French but the pics are not :))
          http://palestine1967.voila.net/carte/C.carte.ter.palest.evolution.htm
          Israel manages to get western support by way of guilt vis-a-vis the Shoah. and to come back to your fallacious reasoning: why should anyone apologize for the crimes that their grand-parents have perptrated? the argument of self-defense is RIDICULOUS and is no more receivable. If the US stops to support Israel, Israel wouldn’t stand 2 hours by itself in the region, oh yes as the ‘only democracy in the region’ it will use its nuclear wepons to blow the whole earth out. The US will only be smart if they dont attack Iran. Israel have the media on it’s side. But things start to change hopefully…. you have to read Chomsky

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    7. anny

      cruelty.God and Allah be with them.

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    8. always support Gaza !

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      • Hasan

        Israeli attack prove inhumanity. Israel historical doing genocide against muslims against palestine. Allah protect palestinians.

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