Saturday, January 23, 2010
A Palestine Red Crescent Society ambulance, destroyed by Israeli bombing at the al-Quds hospital and PRCS station, Tel al-Hawa, Gaza City.
The ambulance which Arafa Abd al-Dayem was loading when he was fatally struck by an Israeli-fired dart bomb.
Ahmed Abu Foul in the destroyed Palestine Red Crescent Society station, Ezbet Abed Rabbo.
Eva Bartlett, The Electronic Intifada, 22 January 2010
(Eva Bartlett is a Canadian human rights advocate and freelancer who arrived in Gaza in November 2008 on the third Free Gaza Movement boat. She has been volunteering with the International Solidarity Movement and documenting Israel's ongoing attacks on Palestinians in Gaza. During Israel's recent assault on Gaza, she and other ISM volunteers accompanied ambulances and documenting the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.)
"....Like Hammouda, Graith speaks wryly of the Israeli explanation for such attacks.
"Why shoot at ambulances? Why destroy them? Why kill medics?" he asks. "The Israelis say we are militants or are carrying militants, that's the reason they give for targeting medics. Lies, all lies. In our ambulances there are only ever wounded or martyred."
While the destruction of ambulances is a major obstacle to medics' work, Graith calls for more than mere aid.
"We don't want new ambulances from the international community. We want you to see what Israel does and apply pressure to stop Israel from firing on ambulances."
He emphasizes, "Go to the root of the problem.""