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Mardi 23 Septembre 2008

For More Information, please contact:
(Cyprus/Gaza) Huwaida Arraf, +972 59 913 0426 /
(Cyprus) Greta Berlin, +357 99 081 767 /

(LARNACA, 22 September 2008) - The Free Gaza Movement announced today that
an international delegation of doctors, parliamentarians, and human rights
workers will sail to Gaza aboard the SS Hope on Wednesday, September 24th.
A press conference will be held on Wednesday at Larnaca Port prior to the
ship's departure.

The passengers on board include:
- 5 physicians from 4 countries
- human rights lawyers and monitors
- Jamal Zahalka, a member of the Israeli Knesset
- Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, General Secretary of the Palestinian National
Initiative, and member of the Palestinian Legislative Council
- Mairead Maguire, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her work in

According to Maguire, a world-renowned human rights campaigner, "This
mission carries with it the hopes and wishes of many people around the

On August 23, two of the Free Gaza Movement's boats, the SS Free Gaza and
the SS Liberty arrived in Gaza Port to the jubilation of tens of thousands
of Palestinians gathered there. It was the first time in over forty years
that international ships had docked in Gaza Port.

Since Israel tightened its blockade two years ago, malnutrition and
unemployment rates in Gaza have soared. In May 2008, several international
aid organizations, including CARE International UK, CAFOD, Christian Aid,
Oxfam, and Medecins du Monde UK, stated that, "the stranglehold on Gaza's
borders has made ... the work of the UN and other humanitarian agencies
... virtually impossible. Only a trickle of medicine, food, fuel and
other goods is being allowed in…making people highly dependent on food
aid, and brought the health system and basic services, such as water and
sanitation near to collapse."

Huwaida Arraf, the delegation spokesperson and a law lecturer at Al-Quds
University in Jerusalem, said, "The world cannot stay silent as the
Palestinian people are deliberately starved and humiliated; Palestinians
have a right to life with dignity. Last month, on August 23rd, our two,
small, wooden boats, the SS Free Gaza and SS Liberty, sailed to Gaza and
did what our governments would not do - we defied Israel's illegal
collective punishment of 1.5 million men, women and children living in the
Gaza Strip. On September 24th, we're sailing back to Gaza to challenge it
again. Our boats are very humble, but what they represent is hope, and
hope is what mobilizes change the world around."

The SS Hope was named in recognition of St. Augustine, who wrote that
"Hope is the greatest of all virtues, even greater than Love. For Love
only teaches us what should be, while Hope teaches us what will be."

Greta Berlin
Media Team
Free Gaza Movement
357 99 08 17 67


A forgotten story in Gaza: The Slaughter of Innocence

Archive Photo for the Three-year-old Fatima, March 2008

By Sameh A. Habeeb

[Al Shj'aya, East Gaza City, September 22, 2008] The fault Israeli policy of collective punishment has had a great effect on civilians lives in the Gaza strip and West Bank. Those people are being punished for no reason but being part of the area they live in. In the Gaza Strip, the siege imposed since more year ago still going on. The West Bank is still under complete control of Israeli army and settlements swallow more Palestinian lands. In the Gaza strip where I live there are many hidden stories for those punished people!

I knew lately a story of people who were severely harmed by the Israeli army. I made all efforts, collected all date, hold up my Camera and then visited the house! In the house I was shocked with fact I saw; innocent people with no legs but sad and terrified hearts!

"The morning of that day was cloudy, scary and vague. My heart was leaping up so fast and my 7-month fetus was quarreling inside of me. The more minutes advanced, the more my hearts strongly and horribly was beating until the decisive moment happened. I saw amputated legs and hot blood covered my face"

The incident day was March, 1st, 2008. Israel had announced officially that a holocaust would be on the way in Gaza and so far, at least 140 innocent people have been slaughtered.

Most all of them are children and civilians that have paid the price for militants firing Qasam rockets into Israel!

Maha, Jaber and Fatima were on the 5th floor of their apartment. Pregnant Maha was dressing her three year old daughter Fatima when the weapon of destruction hit the balcony. The shell hit them directly and then penetrated five walls in the apartment before it stops. The weapon of destruction ignited a fire in the kitchen when the gas jars exploded.

It appears that Maha the mother, Fatima her daughter and their nephew Jaber were directly targeted by an Israeli weapon of destruction..
Maha informed me that she was hit in almost all her body by the shrapnel at the same time she saw a flying leg, blood and bones. "I heard my daughter's crying and moaning voice. Her body was covered by rubble and her blood flowed out of her little body. I tried to help her but I could not due to my extreme injuries."

Maha lost her left foot and the calf of her right leg. Maha now has a plastic foot courtesy of doctors in Turkey but is far from recovered.

Fifteen year old Jaber, had been sitting on a plastic chair in the living room. He was sad, depressed and frustrated over his case! He informed me, "A shell destroyed me. I'm destroyed now. I am useless now. I can do nothing by myself, I have no legs."

Jaber was unable to continue speaking. He went on weeping over his bilateral amputations which have rendered him totally dependent on his family. His depression overwhelmed even me and I went crying!

Little Fatima suffers daily nightmares, is nervous and has become withdrawn, depressed and introverted. Doctors have prescribed the need for psychological rehabilitation for this innocent one who has had her childhood slaughtered of the cycle of violence!

The family was initially treated at the local hospital in Al Shifa. Maha was treated with no anesthetic at all for she was pregnant. After she made it to Turkey she delivered her baby, who received Turkish ID before they returned to Gaza 20 days ago.

Now, Jaber might get a chance for treatment at Israel to get 2 digital legs! Maha still hoping to travel for treatment and get new digital foot! Fatima still having nightmares and she is introverted!

Jaber turned overburdened by sadness not youth soul!

Maha holds the new baby, Jaber, Fatima and the Husband Muhammad shows the Plastic leg!

To look at the story in Photos:

If you have a clue about how to help them, you can contact me on the below info:
Sameh A. Habeeb
Photojournalist & Peace Activist
Gaza Strip, Palestine
Mob: 00972599306096
Tel: 0097282802825
Skeype: Gazatoday, Facebook Sameh A. habeeb
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Mardi 23 Septembre 2008


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