Gaza: Doctors Plead End to Attack, Netanyahu’s Impunity Denounced
Posted on Jul 14, 2014
After a week of relentless bombing by Israel’s Netanyahu government, foreign and local doctors on the scene in Gaza and a Palestinian attorney plead with the international community to make the assault on civilians there stop, “Democracy Now!” reports.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ruled out a cease-fire, saying it is “not even on the agenda.” On Sunday, Netanyahu said he does not know when the assault on Gaza will end, saying “it might take much more time.”
“Democracy Now!” describes the toll of death and displacement:
On Monday, the program spoke with two doctors and one lawyer about the ongoing conflict.
Dr. Mona El-Farra, director of Gaza projects for the Middle East Children’s Alliance and health chair of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society of the Gaza Strip, has treated severe burns and unexplained wounds that suggest Israel may be using banned weapons. “We are not just numbers, we are human beings,” she told the program.
Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert recently submitted a report to the United Nations on the state of the Gaza health sector in 2014. He has been treating hundreds of victims wounded in Israel’s ongoing assault, including young children, and says hospitals are operating without electricity, water and proper medical supplies. He said medical supplies are not what Gazans need most: “As a medical doctor, my appeal is don’t send bandages, don’t send syringes, don’t send medical teams. The most important medical thing you can do now is to force Israel to stop the bombing and lift the siege of Gaza.” He continued: “Where is the decency in the U.S. government allowing Israel this impunity to punish the whole civilian population in Gaza?”
—Adapted from “Democracy Now!” by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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