17 November 2012
These are not just images...they are real, they are real bombs landing on human souls.
I spent over four years covering the Palestinian/Israeli Intifada II...it became "my war" as an ex photojournalist, the conflict between the two still remains in my heart. This is one reason that I focus on this region throughout most of my blog.
I would like to see the area return to how it once was, when I first laid eyes on the region almost 14 years ago. When Israeli's would take a Shabbat day and shop in Ramallah or Gaza, or the nearby Moshaviim would go and eat a nice fresh fish dinner in Gaza, or the Israeli companies would hire Palestinians like normal people and provide work and a dicent living. I remember when the Intifada first started many Israeli's and Palestinians would tell me about "the other" friends that they grew up with and families would eat dinner together.
As time grew in the conflict, it was not good for either to visit each other any more because of societal pressure. Please do all that you can to generate a voice and put pressure on our global leaders to stop this killing and taking of the land and livelihoods.
Here is a great email I received reposted:
For Gaza friends and others: How to stay connected if the internet is shut
have a rooted android phone? You can install this app to make mesh network
calls when the cell towers go down.
Actions: Emergency global actions for Gaza
Israel forces have been attacking Gaza, destroying power grids, destroying
infrastructure and killingcivilians. They intensified the brutal attack
after two home made rockets landed in Tel Aviv. Hospitals in Gaza are at
the breaking point trying to deal with casualties while under siege for
years. But resistance forces in Gaza also reported downing an Israeli jet.
Israeli authorities are caught lying to their own people about the extent
of damage coming from the resistance (e.g. saying the rockets were
intercepted and did not fall while Israeli citizens see them fall, fires
breaking and ambulances rushing in). I myself heard the sirens blaring in
the settlements of Gush Etzion and heard the thud of one large rocket
(presumably of the long range Fajr type). But now for an analytical comment.
Is history repeating itself? The Israeli attack on Gaza this week is
happening between the US Presidential elections and the Israeli (early)
elections. The attack on Gaza four years ago also happened after the US
elections and before Israeli elections. Some Israeli citizens thus put an
advertisement in an Israeli paper titled "No to the election war!"
Netanyahu and company today are trying to repeat what Olmert and company
tried to do four years ago: pound Gaza into submission while gaining
right-wing votes….. [To read more of the analysis, go to