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PHOTOS: War-ravaged Gaza faces winter storm

By: Anne Paq & Basel Yazouri / Activestills.org

Six months have passed since the last Israeli offensive left the Gaza Strip in a dire humanitarian crisis. The difficult storms of the past few months have affected those who were left homeless by Israeli air strikes,  specifically the thousands of internally displaced Palestinians who have been staying in shelters and are increasingly frustrated by lack of rebuilding.

The sea remains one of the few open spaces where Palestinians can go to relax and overcome the trauma of last summer.

A young man runs on the beach with his surfboard, Gaza, February 12, 2015. (photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)


Palestinian youth play near a breakwater despite the strong winds that hit the Gaza City harbor, February 13, 2015. (photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

This is the second major storm to hit the Strip in the last few months. In November, severe flooding hit the Al-Nafeq neighborhood, one of the lowest areas of Gaza City, exacerbating by the damage Gaza’s civilian infrastructure sustained during the war.

A Palestinian child sells sweets in the Gaza City harbor, February 13, 2015. (photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)


A Palestinian man walks through a storm in the harbor in Gaza City, February 11, 2015. The poor weather conditions especially affect the tens of thousands of Palestinians who lost their homes during last summer’s Israeli offensive. Many of them stay in shelters or in their damaged homes. (photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

Entire streets were flooded with as much as 1.5 meters of water. A number of people, primarily the elderly and children, were rescued from the hardest-hit areas by emergency responders.

A Palestinian walks through the destroyed quarter of Shuja’iyah, east of Gaza City, February 11, 2015. (photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)


A Palestinian man tries to warm himself by the fire in one of the destroyed quarter of Shuja’iyah, east of Gaza City, February 11, 2015. (photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)


A Palestinian child collects plastic bottles to make whatever income he can, Gaza City coast, February 12, 2015. (photo:Anne Paq/Activestills.org)


Palestinians sit near an improvised shack used to sell groceries in the Shuja’iyah neighborhood, Gaza Strip, February 11th, 2015. (photo: Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)


Rubble piles up in Gaza’s Shuja’iyahneighbourhood, February 11th, 2015. (photo: Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)


A Palestinian boy sits in his home during winter storm, Shuja’iyah neighborhood, Gaza Strip, February 11th, 2015. (photo: Basel Yazouri/Activestills.org)


A mosque seen during a sand storm on the Gaza coast, February 11, 2015. (photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

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    1. Bruce Gould

      Hasbara Alert: recently I came across a creative new form of hasbara: the reason all the human rights organization say the same thing (about home demolitions, say) is that they all just copy each other. Maybe it’s all just one Oz-like guy cranking out stuff and everyone else is repeating it!

      It wouldn’t surprise me if the smaller groups like the aptly named “If Americans Knew” (http://www.ifamericansknew.org/) simply copied and pasted stuff from other websites. But in fact all the larger groups – the U.N. agencies, B’tselem, Physicians For Human Rights, the American Friends Service Committee and others all conduct their own research; the U.N doesn’t copy and paste other peoples work (http://www.ochaopt.org/). You can check this out for yourself.

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      • Pedro X

        The UN, B’tselem, and PHR got most of their numbers and information from Palestinian Center for Human Rights and Hamas’s Health Ministry which adjusted the numbers of those killed in line with Hamas propaganda. Nor did they have access to either Hamas or IDF military information to determine why houses hit were targeted.

        NGO Monitor:

        “As a result, B’Tselem has a history of presenting faulty information on civilian casualties in alleged attacks against “families bombed at home.” Independent studies have identified at least 14 combatants present in such incidents, whom B’Tselem misleadingly portrayed as innocent civilians (see below for details). B’Tselem also did not mention that a meeting of terror operatives was occurring at the targeted home, but instead published an emotive account of a family member of an Islamic Jihad commander.”

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    2. Pedro X

      What is missing here? No pictures of Hamas firing missiles into the sea and rebuilding its missile inventory for the next chapter of war. There are no pictures of Hamas’ attempts to rebuild its tunnels. There are no pictures of Hamas levying Hamas taxes on reconstruction materials and all other materials entering Gaza.

      What is missing here? Pictures of Hamas terrorism schools for children which have been reactivated since the war.

      What is missing here? Pictures of dead Palestinian fighters including Gazan children used in military activities> For instance see:


      What is missing here is the elder of Ziyon photo essay coverage of a mother in Gaza sewing an Islamic Jihad uniform for her son and handing him a weapon with her blessing to go forth and kill.

      Nor is it only Gaza which 972mag only sees from one perspective. Elder of Ziyon reports:

      “Last week, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party posted three images glorifying the use of violence against Israel on its official Facebook page. The above image showing rockets being launched appeared with the text:
      “We have more [rockets], Zionists!”
      [Facebook, “Fatah – The Main Page,” Feb. 9, 2015]

      Another image also showed a Fatah fighter with a rocket and others firing weapons.

      A third poster showed a man firing an automatic rifle, with the text:
      “The end of Israel, the liberation of Palestine”
      [Facebook, “Fatah – The Main Page,” Feb. 9, 2015]

      Names such as “the Path of the Storm” or “the Rage of the Storm” also appeared on the posters and refer to Palestinian rocket attacks against Israel during the 2014 Gaza war. This reference to the recent war, coupled with the words “the end of Israel,” implies that Fatah is threatening to renew such attacks.”

      You will never see or hear of these pictures or actions taken by Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Fatah or the PA.

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