A few email exchanges between UK and Gaza: 30th Dec 2008 and 28th Jan 2009:
30.12.08 from Gaza: Hi Bip, Thanks for the thoughts. my family and I are still alive but i can’t promise you this will last! We are living war now and the israelis seem to be willing to kill as much people as they can.
30.12.08 from Gaza: I am home, air raids are taking place all the time, yes i can see some tanks lining up.
from the Rabi Hove: ‘Of course the situation in Gaza is terrible and it is very sad it has got to this. However let me share with you something: In May of last year I visited Sderot, the Israeli border town closest to Gaza. I saw the rockets for myself: More than that, half an hour after our party left the town a further volley of rockets landed. I did not know of you then, but ask yourself this: Did you raise a voice in anger then? Hamas refuses to recognise Israel. It uses its territory to trouble the Israeli population: I grant that it is one thing to send rockets and another to bomb from the air. But Hamas has chosen this path: Now it is reaping the consequences.’
01.01.09 Israeli military spokesman via Sky News: ‘there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza’
01.01.09 from Gaza: all family members are ok, i am fine, I am not home now, i am doing press coverage for Press TV as i joined their press team just today.
04.01.09 from Gaza: They lost 9 of their soldiers yesterday and 20 others were injured. there is some news about Hamas military wing kidnapping two israeli soldiers. I think they don’t know what they drove themself into….
- Wondering if a thousand dead in Gaza is a benchmark for the Israeli ‘end game’!
- War crimes tribunals won’t go anywhere because not enough people on positions of power want to change the status quo.
- Only the voice of the USA can make any real lasting difference to the situation, and ultimately they have cause the deaths of many innocent civilians, both Palestinian and Israeli.