Saturday, January 3, 2009

Israeli attack on Gaza

UPDATED: 12 Jan 2009

In violation of an Israeli Supreme Court ruling, Israeli authorities continued to prohibit journalists from entering Gaza. Under such circumstances, there live blog reports are invaluable in helping the outside world to understand just how the Israeli attacks have impacted life in Gaza.

As it happens, several Gaza bloggers -- Habeeb of Gaza Today; Abdelwahed, Shakra, and Qishta of Moments of Gaza; Mohammed Ali of Oxfam; Sharon at Tales to Tell, and Canadian activist Eva Bartlett at In Gaza, and Rafa Kid --- have regularly posted outstanding firsthand accounts of events. Rafa kid even went out to conduct interviews. Their achievements are all the more impressive as every Gaza resident has -- to some extent -- been preoccupied with matters of survival since the Israeli attacks began.

Meanwhile, based in Israel, Jameel and Dave are live-blogging reports on the conflict, posting updates around the clock.

You can follow the war on Twitter at #Gaza.

Sameh A. Habeeb, Sameh.Habeeb, Picassa (daily photos): Gaza War 3 (20 photos), Gaza War 2 (65 photos), Gaza War 1 (111 photos), Children playing 1 day pre-war (photos), Children playing despite bombings (photos), Bakeries of Gaza out of Bread, People are hungry, 22 Dec 2008 (131 photos)

Habeeb, who describes himself as "Palestinian born and raised in Gaza" is a 23 year old journalist holding a bachelor's degree in English Literature.
Ramzy, Podcasting from Gaza: Ramzy in Gaza gives an on-the-ground account of the attacks, Mideast Youth (Podcast)

Prof. Dr. Said Abdelwahed, Gaza is a city of ghosts, Moments of Gaza (text)

Photo of Dr. Abdelwahed is from a 2006 interview with the BBC. He is a professor at Al-Azhar University in Gaza.Natalie Abou Shakra, January 2 (1), 2 Jan 2009, Moments of Gaza (text)
Fida Qishta, Diaries of Fida Qishta (1), 28 Dec - 31 Dec 2008, Moments of Gaza (text)

Fida Qishta is a teacher and translator from Rafah, southern Gaza .
Dina Hazem, Back from the hostpital, Moments of Gaza (text)


Rafa Kid, Israeli air strike hits childrens' park in Rafah, RafahKid ft. Rafah Pundits, 1 Jan 2009, (photos at Flikr, text)

Mohammed Ali, Black Saturday, 27 Dec 2008, Oxfam (text)
Elena Qleibo, We don't want to create an inconvenience, 6 Jan 2009, Oxfam (text)

Elena Qleibo is a programme officer for Oxfam based in Gaza. Elena has lived and worked in the West Bank and Gaza for 20 years as an aid worker.


Eva Bartlett, “They know no limits now”: a New Nakba, what the medics see, do, and are subjected to; uncensored, In Gaza (text, photos)

Eva Bartlett is a medic and member of the International Solidarity Movement. The photo (right) was taken upon her arrival in Gaza several months ago. Eva spent much of 2007 working in the West Bank (GM).
Sharon, posts from December 2008 and January 2009, Tales to Tell (text and photos). Recent posts:

Jameel, Liveblogging Gaza, The Muqata
Aussie Dave, Operation Cast Lead and Gaza, Israelly Cool


Commentary:

Podcasting from the Gaza Strip, Guardian

Overview:
December 2008 Gaza Strip Airstrikes, Wikipedia
2008 Gaza Strip Blombings, Global Voices
Ayesha Saldanha, Global Voices
BBB Gaza crisis timeline

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