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One year since Gaza, a photo a day: August 3, 2014

Bodies are stored in a cooler used for vegetables and flowers near Kuwaiti Hospital after it ran out of space to store corpses following Israeli attacks in Rafah, Gaza Strip, August 3, 2014. Since Al Najjar Hospital was closed, Kuwaiti, a nearby private hospital, opened its doors for emergency cases. (Anne Paq/Activestills)

Bodies are stored in a cooler used for vegetables and flowers near Kuwaiti Hospital after it ran out of space to store corpses following Israeli attacks in Rafah, Gaza Strip, August 3, 2014. Since Al Najjar Hospital was closed, Kuwaiti, a nearby private hospital, opened its doors for emergency cases. (Anne Paq/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.

Palestinians recover belongings from the Khuza'a neighborhood following bombardment by Israeli forces, Gaza Strip, August 3, 2014. (Anne Paq/Activestills)

Palestinians recover belongings from the Khuza’a neighborhood following bombardment by Israeli forces, Gaza Strip, August 3, 2014. (Anne Paq/Activestills)

Photo editing: Keren Manor/Activestills

Also published on August 3, 2014:
Beyond a polarized discourse on Israel-Palestine on college campuses
PHOTOS: 10,000 march on White House to protest Gaza offensive
Dispatch from Gaza: Palestinians flock to hospital to wait out assault
Despite police ban, hundreds of anti-war demonstrators march in Tel Aviv
Israeli army scales back forces from Gaza; air strike kills 10 in UN-run school

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    1. Pedro X

      Corpses, lots of corpses

      Times of Israel August 4, 2014:

      “I loved him utterly,” said one bereaved father of his dead son, speaking to a TV reporter not long after he had received the worst news a parent can ever hear. “But I will not break,” he said tearfully, defiantly. “Our family will not be broken. Israel will not be broken.”

      And he adds:

      We wait to see if Gazans will turn on Hamas for exploiting them in the way that it has — for ruining their lives, for getting them killed, while its leaders took shelter. The people of Gaza have been devastated by this war. At the same time, many of the people of Gaza firmly support Hamas. Will most Gazans prove willing accomplices in a renewed galvanizing of effort against Israel? One IDF general, describing a neighborhood in Gaza in which his soldiers were operating, said 19 of 28 homes had been utilized in one way or another by Hamas — booby-trapped, or used to store weapons or to conceal a tunnel opening.”

      Of course Gazans were willing accomplishes offering their homes as Hamas fighting platforms. Do you think that the members of the household were not aware their homes were being used to store rockets, that tunnels were being bored under and into their homes and their homes were being wired with explosives? Do you not think that Gazans did not notice unrelated males operating war rooms out of their homes?

      The Islamic Jihad’s northern district commander in the Gaza Strip, Danyal Mansour, was killed in an Israeli strike on a house providing him shelter in the Jabalya refugee camp. Another six were killed and 30 injured, Palestinian sources in the Gaza Strip say. Daniel Mansour was operating a command center from this home. He endangered the inhabitants and the inhabitants acted as human shields for the leader of Islamic Jihad. The result corpses, lots of them.

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