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January 20, 2010

Gazans collect aid for Haiti’s distressed

Filed under: Discourse in America,Gaza,Nonviolence — colbyconnelly @ 5:50 pm

The Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported on Monday that despite the dire conditions in the Gaza Strip, the besieged people of Gaza have risen to the occasion to collect aid to support those so sorely affected by the recent earthquake in Haiti.  Gazans were reported to have been gathering financial as well as material support to be sent to the distressed of Haiti.

Some of those making donations were reportedly relatives of those held in Israeli prisons: They were making an effort to aid people half a world away even though their capacity to support a family has been severely impeded by the incarceration of a loved one.

Multiple sources from Ma’an to Haaretz, on the other side of the completely shut-off Israeli border, quoted the head of the Committee to Break the Siege, Jamal al-Khudari, as saying,

people may be astonished at our ability to collect donations from our people [in Gaza]; we tell them that this is a humanitarian campaign and our people love life and peace…

We are here today supporting the victims of Haiti … we feel for them the most because we were exposed to our own earthquake during Israel’s war on Gaza.

All this has taken place despite the continued containment and humiliation of the people of Gaza, choked off from the rest of the international community by its considerably richer and more powerful neighbor.  The contradictory nature of this situation was highlighted by Haaretz’s Akiva Eldar is an opinion piece he penned recently, pointing out Israel’s eager response to aid the people of Haiti but apparent inability to even acknowledge the plight of the innocents in Gaza.

There is no news yet on whether the Israeli blockade will affect the ability of those Gazans wishing to send aid abroad.  But  it will be interesting to see how this works out.  This story has already started getting noticed by different media around the world. Since it was first published by Ma’an it was picked up (as noted above) by Haaretz in Israel– and also by the Euronews channel (based in Lyon, France), and the Los Angeles Times… Next up, the New York Times?

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4 Comments »

  1. All this has taken place despite the continued containment and humiliation of the people of Gaza, choked off from the rest of the international community by its considerably richer and more powerful neighbor.

    Neighbors. Gaza is bordered by two countries.

    Comment by Joe in Australia — January 20, 2010 @ 7:14 pm | Reply

  2. “We always have some [unscrupulous] in the crowd, and that includes the Israeli Defense Force…people have to be aware of personalities who are out for money…the IDF has participated in the past in stealing organ transplants of Palestinians and others. So, there is little monitoring in such a tragedy as this, so the Haitian people must watch out for their citizens as these international groups come in to assist medically and in other ways in Haiti.”
    http://jilliancyork.com/2010/01/20/the-anatomy-of-multi-directional-propaganda/

    Comment by Salah — January 21, 2010 @ 3:06 pm | Reply

  3. Salah, Jillian’s point is actually “YNet completely twisted West’s words to make it seem as though he was accusing Israelis of stealing Haitian organs”. She’s criticising Y-net, not Israel.

    Comment by Joe in Australia — January 21, 2010 @ 10:07 pm | Reply

  4. All this has taken place despite the continued containment and humiliation of the people of Gaza, choked off from the rest of the international community by its considerably richer and more powerful neighbor.

    Helena, while you keep pushing of Israeli’s acts and crimes in Gaza they admitted by paying UN 10 millions of dollars as a compensations for their property damage in Gaza by Israelis.

    That said, you should also look to your “considerably richer and more powerful” country the awfulness crimes, war crimes as you called Israelis acts in Gaza that last for decades in Iraq with millions of people there witch fare horrendous from Israeli’s acts and crimes whatsoever.

    this is should never be undermined if you keep your balance attitude with humanity and their suffering from crime s by “considerably richer and more powerful” countries, then you considered that you are very passionate about all human suffering and showing solidarity with them, not just few weekly gathering or spending some times on the street with some and folk with cars loudly horns as a singe of solidarity

    Iraq littered with high levels of nuclear
    and dioxin contamination, study finds

    Comment by Salah — January 23, 2010 @ 4:16 pm | Reply


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