From John Usher; former ward secretary, Victoria Ward. Great Crosby & N Waterloo.
Dear Labour Party comrades,
Just how inhuman are the Israeli atrocities against the defenceless men, women and children imprisoned inGaza?
United Nations spokesman in Gaza, Chris Gunness knows, watch him interviewd here (45 seconds):- CLICK HERE
Please watch this 4min report from Channel 4’s Jon Snow, not the most upsetting I’ve seen, but bad enough:-
And here is a message TO ALL OF US from Norwegian Doctor Mads Gilbert working in Shifa Hospital Gaza
Letter from Dr. Mads Gilbert MD PhD
Dearest friends –
The last night was extreme. The “ground invasion” of Gaza resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying – all sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent.
The heroes in the ambulances and in all of Gaza’s hospitals are working 12-24hrs shifts, grey from fatigue and inhuman workloads (without payment all in Shifa for the last 4 months), they care, triage, try to understand the incomprehensible chaos of bodies, sizes, limbs, walking, not walking, breathing, not breathing, bleeding, not bleeding humans. HUMANS!
Now, once more treated like animals by “the most moral army in the world” (sic!).
My respect for the wounded is endless, in their contained determination in the midst of pain, agony and shock; my admiration for the staff and volunteers is endless, my closeness to the Palestinian “sumud” gives me strength, although in glimpses I just want to scream, hold someone tight, cry, smell the skin and hair of the warm child, covered in blood, protect ourselves in an endless embrace – but we cannot afford that, nor can they.
Ashy grey faces – Oh NO! not one more load of tens of maimed and bleeding, we still have lakes of blood on the floor in the ER, piles of dripping, blood-soaked bandages to clear out – oh – the cleaners, everywhere, swiftly shovelling the blood and discarded tissues, hair, clothes, cannulas – the leftovers from death – all taken away…to be prepared again, to be repeated all over.
More then 100 cases came to Shifa last 24 hrs. enough for a large well trained hospital with everything, but here – almost nothing: electricity, water, disposables, drugs, OR-tables, instruments, monitors – all rusted and as if taken from museums of yesterdays hospitals. But they do not complain, these heroes. They get on with it, like warriors, head on, enormous resolute.
And as I write these words to you, alone, on a bed, my tears flow, the warm but useless tears of pain and grief, of anger and fear. This is not happening!
And then, just now, the orchestra of the Israeli war-machine starts its gruesome symphony again, just now: salvos of artillery from the navy boats just down on the shores, the roaring F16, the sickening drones (Arabic ‘Zennanis’, the hummers), and the cluttering Apaches. So much made and paid in and by US.
Mr. Obama – do you have a heart?
I invite you – spend one night – just one night – with us in Shifa. Disguised as a cleaner, maybe.
I am convinced, 100%, it would change history.
Nobody with a heart AND power could ever walk away from a night in Shifa without being determined to end the slaughter of the Palestinian people.
But the heartless and merciless have done their calculations and planned another “dahyia” onslaught on Gaza.
The rivers of blood will keep running the coming night. I can hear they have tuned their instruments of death.
Please. Do what you can. This, THIS cannot continue.
Gaza, Occupied Palestine
Mads Gilbert MD PhD
Professor and Clinical Head
Clinic of Emergency Medicine
University Hospital of North Norway
As under International Law, Israel alone is responsible for the safety and wellbeing of the population of the territory it occupies, a responsibility it disregards, I believe that in Opposition and in Government, the Labour Party should press for comprehensive sanctions against Israel until it ends it’s illegal 47 year long occupation of Palestine.
Julie Ward to John Usher
I share your distress and, having visited the Occupied Territories in January, have a first-hand understanding of the ongoing human rights abuses you refer to. I support the BDS movement as do many of my Jewish friends both in the UK, Israel and around the world.
I have been very active in pushing for humanitarian action and a sustainable peace over the past few weeks with the result that I have received a letter from Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs – see attached. This was in response to a letter I signed along with a few other MEPs from various different parties.
A more detailed account of my activity regarding Gaza is being compiled by my office and we will be sending this to the 100s of concerned constituents who have been contacting me. I will include you in the email then you can see precisely what I have been doing and can let others know that your representatives in the parliament are not silent on the matter.
Furthermore, Gianni Pitella (head of our Socialist and Democratic alliance in the European Parliament) has just announced a social media campaign regarding the many terrible conflicts that are happening in the world, asking the EU institutions to ‘wake up’. Please do look out for it from tomorrow and please add your voice – #EuwakeUp
NW Labour MEP Elect
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