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One year since Gaza, a photo a day: August 2, 2014

Palestinian youth living in Israel hold dolls wrapped in a white cloth, during a demonstration against the Israeli attack on Gaza and in support of the Palestinian people, in the northern village Tamra on August 2, 2014. (Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Activestills)

Palestinian youth from the village of Tamra in Israel hold dolls wrapped in a white cloth during a demonstration against the Israeli attack on Gaza, August 2, 2014. (Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Activestills)

This is part of a series of daily posts showing photos taken on the same date a year ago, during “Operation Protective Edge,” last summer’s assault on Gaza. Members of the ActiveStills collective documented what was happening at that time inside Gaza, Israel and the West Bank.

Most of the photos that we will publish here over the next month and a half were published on +972 in real time. The average Israeli news consumer, however, did not get the full picture of the death and destruction that was taking place in Gaza, or the popular resistance against the war taking place in the West Bank and Israel. For most Israelis, the Palestinian victims had neither names nor stories.

A year later, as tens of thousands of people in Gaza remain displaced, many without permanent shelter, and as thousands of wounded are still waiting for rehabilitation, we hope this project can help us all remember what happened last summer — told through the lenses of our cameras.

The Al-Susi Mosque lies in ruins in Shati' Refugee Camp following Israeli attacks, Gaza City, August 2, 2014. Israeli attacks have so far killed at least 1,622 Palestinians, most of them civilians, including 326 children. (Anne Paq/Activestills)

The Al-Susi Mosque lies in ruins in Shati’ refugee camp following Israeli attacks, Gaza City, August 2, 2014. (Anne Paq/Activestills)

Photo editing: Keren Manor/Activestills.org

Also published on August 2, 2014:
Hamas: Missing soldier likely killed in Israeli air strike
From Iran to the tunnels: Do we really have to live this way?
Who are the Israelis fighting this war?

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    1. Pedro X

      Definition of a Mosque

      Mosque, noun, usually meant to denote an Islamic house of worship; local use in Gaza is meant to mean a storage depot for rockets, tunnels, fighters and violent operations.

      By August 2nd, 2104, Hamas had shot 3127 rockets into Israel, every one of those missiles were meant to kill Israelis. Those rockets were stored in civilian areas such as in and under mosques and schools. On august 2, 2015 Israel destroyed 5 mosques serving as missile storage depots.

      On August 1, 2014 Hamas broadcasted the following enticement to hatred from a Muslim Brotherhood leader, Suwaidan, according to a translation by Palestinian Media Watch:

      “Without a doubt, the blood being spilled [in Gaza] is dear. But the equation is: ‘Those killed from our side are in Paradise, and those killed from their side in Hell,’” says,

      “We are not afraid of martyrdom. Not long ago, you cried out loud: ‘Death for Allah is our most exalted wish!’ You received the death you wanted. We have no problem with death. We are not like the children of Israel: ‘And you will surely find them the most greedy of people for life,’”

      “Whereas we yearn for death and martyrdom… Every mother — especially the mothers in Palestine, but every mother in the [Islamic] Nation, not just Palestine — must nurse her children on hatred of the sons of Zion. We hate them and they are our enemies. We will plant this in their souls, so that a new generation will grow among us, which will erase them from the face of the earth.”

      Israel, of course, will not allow its people to be erased from the face of the earth as Hamas desires. Israel will use its right of self defence to stop Hamas and other Palestinian groups from achieving their objectives.

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    2. Pedro X

      Israeli author Amos Oz spoke to German news outlet Deutsche Welle. Times of Israel August 2, 2014:

      “The more Israeli casualties, the better it is for Hamas. The more Palestinian civilian casualties, the better it is for Hamas,” he says. Nonetheless, the traditionally left-wing author defends Israel’s incursions into Gaza, saying he backs a “limited military response” to rocket fire.

      He poses two questions to the German audience, asking “What would you do if your neighbor across the street sits down on the balcony, puts his little boy on his lap and starts shooting machine gun fire into your nursery?” and “What would you do if your neighbor across the street digs a tunnel from his nursery to your nursery in order to blow up your home or in order to kidnap your family?”

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