Sunday, August 30, 2009

Trailing Along in Palestine

I sure hope they aren't loaded with formaldehyde like the ones this government gave our people.

Also see
: FEMA Seeks Immunity for Willful Negligence and Poisoning of Americans

Well, if you guys start getting nose bleeds and such, you will know.

"It’s Tents for Most Homeless Families in Gaza, Prefabricated Huts for the Lucky Few

by Mohammed Omer

  • Hussein Shawish plays with his grandchildren inside their new mobile house in Gaza City, June 17, 2009 (AFP photo/Mohammed Abed).

DESPITE THE parade of various international diplomats and aid workers surveying the destruction in Gaza, virtually nothing has changed since Israel ended in January its Operation Cast Lead assault—peversely named after a line in a children’s Hannukah poem. Israel launched its assault on Dec. 27, 2008, during the Jewish religious festival.

Homeless families are distressed at the lack of progress in providing adequate and safe shelter, despite pledges made by international donors at a conference held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt in early March.

“I am glad to be one of the first people in Gaza to receive a prefabricated hut,” said Issa Hamouda, who lives in Gaza’s densely crowded Jabalya refugee camp.

The 57-year-old Hamouda gestures toward some of his 20 children and grandchildren standing next to the rubble of what used to be their family home, where they would wake up every morning. “It’s only the size of one room,” he said of their new dwelling, it’s better than nothing.”

The prefabricated hut stands next to the rubble of his demolished house. “Each time I pass this tent and prefabricated hut,” Hamouda added, “it’s a symbol to remind us of the last offensive against us.”

Unfortunately, the tent and adjacent shanty hut his family has been forced to live in since January will not be coming down anytime soon....