PHOTO ESSAY ~~ THIS IS GAZA

This is Gaza…. – in pictures

 

A man walks past murals depicting martyrs on August 22, 2011 in Gaza City, Gaza.

A horse and cart drives past murals depicting martyrs on August 22, 2011 in Gaza City, Gaza

Also Christians suffer Israeli Siege and occupation. Worshippers take part in a service at the Greel Orthodox Church on August 22, 2011 in Gaza City, Gaza. siege and occupation. Worshippers take part in a service at the Greel Orthodox Church on August 22, 2011 in Gaza City, Gaza.

Israeli Crimes against Christianity in Palestine

Worshippers take part in a service at the Greel Orthodox Church on August 22, 2011 in Gaza City, Gaza.

 Christianity in Palestine – in beautiful pictures

Palestinians unload food at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) warehouses at the Beach refugee camp on August 18, 2011 in Gaza City, Gaza. 1.2 of 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza are registered with the UNRWA and dependant on food aid due to the Israeli siege, the world… sustaining the occupation and the needs

Palestinians unload food at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) warehouses at the Beach refugee camp on August 18, 2011 in Gaza City, Gaza. The same sacks of food, which are brought in Palestine now for 63 years, still coming in. Palestiine does not want aid, it wants independance and human rights. Universal for anyone but not in Palestine.

When wil the UN bring Human Rights?

A palestinian boy sifts through a rubbish dump for items of value and recylclable plastic on August 18, 2011 in Gaza City, Gaza. Children helping their families to earn a little money by collecting garbage. 45% of Gaza is unemployed. The GDP of Palestine is about $2900/year per capita while in Israel $29,800 per capita

While he should be able to sit in school and learn for his future, this Palestinian boy sifts through a rubbish dump for items of value and recylclable plastic on August 18, 2011 in Gaza City, Gaza. Even highly educated people in Gaza earn a living collecting even rubble, facing death by Israeli snipers. Many have been killed this way as you can see in the video “Gaza’s rubble collectors in Danger”

Gaza’s Rubble collectors in Dangervideo

Palestinian women walk along the road at night during one of the frequent power cuts across Gaza City on August 17, 2011 in Gaza City, Gaza. Power cuts are causing many deaths, especially among the sick dependant on electricity like dialysis patients, or hotse dependant on breathing aids. Israel is preventing fuel or materials for repairs of the sole electricity plant so daily cuts are common.

Deaths & diseases due to cuts on Electricity and Water

A view of the beach front on August 17, 2011 in Gaza City, Gaza. A beautiful scene, but the reality is that the nice skyline is 24/7 filled with drones, F16’s or flying weaponry heading to Gaza.

Drones: Israel  murders people in Gaza by remote control “Israel’s video game killing technology

A mourner reads the Quran as he attends the funeral of Palestinian Saad al-Majdalali who was shot by border guards after venturing too close to the Israeli fortifications on August 17, 2011 in Gaza City, Gaza. In 2008-2009, in an operation called “Cast Lead” (*), Palestine lost over 1400 people, massacred. And even today, the (silenced) genocide(**) on Palestine goes on. Almost every day(***), Palestine buries it’s marytrs.

 The Album:  Operation Cast LeadAll Israeli Massacres on Palestine |  The Martyrs of Occupation 2011

No children have witnessed more funerals than Gaza’s children. Two young boys look on as mourners attend the funeral of Palestinian Saad al-Majdalali who was shot by border guards after venturing too close to the Israeli fortifications on August 17, 2011 in Gaza City, Gaza.

Gaza Under Attack – in pictures

Children play in the alleyways of Beach Refugee Camp refugee camp on August 17, 2011 in Gaza City, Gaza. Children are indiscriminately targeted as well, in world’s largest open air prison, as well as in the West Bank of Palestine. Read more in the Special Topic “Children”

Imagine.. This would be your Child…   Children of Palestine – in pictures | Children of Palestine – Special Topic

And this is where they play. Everywhere in Gaza, the scars of violence are visible. A wall in a play area is riddled with bullet holes in the former Israeli settlement of Khan Yunes on August 17, 2011 in Khan Yunes, Gaza. Over 20.000 homes were damaged or completely demolished during operation Cast Lead. But on almost daily basis the devastation goes on.

Operation Cast Lead | The Devastation – in pictures

Children play in the alleyways of Beach Refugee Camp refugee camp on August 17, 2011 in Gaza City, Gaza. Estimated 4,7 MILLION Palestinians, refugees and their descendants live outside of Palestine.

Palestinian Refugees – in pictures

A young Palestinian girl makes her way home on the back of a donkey cart following a day of retaliatory attacks between Israel and Gaza on August 19, 2011 in Gaza City, Gaza. No one knows if she will be able to ride the donkey cart tomorrow.. the day after tomorrow… for occupation forces targeting the most dense populated area in the world, where civilians and children sleep. Gaza is under unforeseen and indiscriminate attacks all the time.

Boys ride their horse and cart past the former Israeli settlement of Khan Yunes on August 17, 2011 in Khan Yunes, Gaza.

Donkeys are tethered amongst rubbish alongside Beach Road on August 17, 2011 in Gaza City, Gaza.

A Palestinian family “relax” in the harbour of Gaza on August 19, 2011 in Gaza City, Gaza.

Fisherman resort to using rods as their trawlers are harbour bound due to the threat of Israeli missiles on August 19, 2011 in Gaza City, Gaza. Gaza Fishermen are daily under attack by Israel Navy vessels, arrested, their ships attacked and demolished and basicly restricted to handing a rod to catch fish for Israel is not obeying the Maritime Law. Since the Bertini Agreement, it allows the fishermen only to go 3 Miles off shore, but even inside these 3 Nautical miles it attacks and makes earning a life impossible.

Category | Israeli Attacks on Fishermen

While life goes on… on the Souk traders sell ramadan cakes in the market of Gaza City on August 17, 2011 in Gaza City, Gaza.

Another shopkeeper tends to his stall in the market of Gaza City on August 17, 2011 in Gaza City, Gaza.

A resistance fighter from the Popular Resistance Committees military wing. For Palestine has a right to defend it’s people, it’s land, it’s future. For a better understanding of the resistance of Palestine, please read about the history: “The Eagle of Palestine”

The Eagle of Palestine

Palestinian Right of Self-Defense

Palestinian women shake hands as they take part in the weekly ‘sit in’ at the headquarters of the Red Cross in Gaza, protesting for more access to visit relatives imprisoned in Israeli jails on August 22, 2011 in Gaza City, Gaza. Israel does deny the prisoners, men, women and even children detained by Israel, as well as the relatives the right to visit. And more. Every human right is violated from visiting until denial of medical treatment, even torture to death.

A Whole Nation behind bars | Palestine’s Prisoners – special topic

Mourners pray as they attend the funeral of Palestinian Saad al-Majdalali who was shot by border guards after venturing too close to the Israeli fortifications on August 17, 2011 in Gaza City, Gaza. So remains the prayer, to which all Palestinians resort, in hope for a change and the world to wake up and end this ongoing nightmare on Palestine. Worshipers in the Mosque, mourning about their lost ones, just like their Christian Palestinian brothers mourns their martyrs in the churches of Gaza.

How many more dead corpses of Palestinians does the international community need to see in order to act? How many more cruelties and violations of Human Rights, Regulations and International Law will be needed to intervene so this ongoing warcrime is being stopped once and for all.

 

Sent By Ayman Quader, Gaza

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3 Comments

  1. Deborah said,

    September 9, 2011 at 15:08

    Such amazing and powerful photographs, each one stirring a different emotion.

    One day soon photographs of Gaza will show it free and thriving.

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