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PLEASE ANY HUMAN WITH A HEART PLEASE READ!
Letter from Norwegian hero doctor who is in Gaza right now
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.t
And as I write these words to you, alone, on a bed, my tears flows, the warm but useless tears of pain and grief, of anger and fear. This is not happening!
An 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
Israel can kill men, women and children in plain view in the entire world with no consequence to them.
They themselves have been systematically murdered and ethnically cleansed. It is not ironic that Israel are doing to the Palestinian Arabs what the Third Reich Nazi Germany did to them in World War II.
The Gaza strip is an open prison with the average age of 17. Most are under 10 years old (according to Channel 4 News). Palestinians want for the blockades to be lifted in the peace agreement. Israel is systematically starving out the Palestinian Arabs. The reason they get away with it is because, they have powerful lobbying power in the US and friends in Whitehall. Israel have the Iron dome crusty of Uncle Sam.
Ed Miliband accuses David Cameron of getting it ‘wrong’ on Gaza
We need to do our own blockade. Send the supporters of Israel “the child killer supporters” a message where it matters. They’re bottom line. Do not buy their products and finance this war.
2) Meet with your local MP and ask him or her what they are doing in Parliament as the British Government have responsibilities towards the deeds of Israel.
Post World War 1 the British planned the unrest in the middle-east as part of the subversion efforts the breakup of the then Ottaman / Turkish Empire. Turkey was an ally to Germany. Germany tried to stirrup Jihad in the Muslim world. So the 300 Muslims do not unite the British realising this post world war one, carved up the middle-east and caused the displacement in Palestine with the arrival of the Jewish people. Arabs were sold the dream of having their independence so they rise up and fight internally. A pattern that has repeated in Iraq, & Syria. Divide and rule and subversion. So speak to your local MP and ask what their going to do about this.
3) Help the charities Interpal, “Save the Children UK” and the “British Red cross” who are doing all they can on the ground. I’m doing my but to help “Save the Children UK” get their petition signed to the UN Security General.
4) Facebook is a closed system. Take to twitter and use the hashtag #FreePalestine if I’m not already following you on twitter follow @robabdul so I can follow you back.