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A Tribute to Mads Gilbert

Posted in Arab-Israeli Wars, News Excerpts, Operation Cast Lead, Videos by beyondtheborder on April 16, 2009

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There are certain people I truly admire. Their moral principles, courage and contribution to society is purely breathtaking. As I read about their work in awe, I can’t help but feel motivated to fight for humanity, fight for justice, fight for peace, just like they do. One of those people is Mads Gilbert, the Norwegian physician who arrived along with Erik Fosse to support the humanitarian effort at al-Shifa Hospital during operation cast lead, or more accurately, the Gaza massacre. This post will be a compilation of all his interviews and videos during the recent attack on Gaza.

January 5 2009
BBC Interview with the Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert, at the al-Shifa hospital in Gaza, during operation cast lead:

January 5 2009
Mads Gilbert talking to Sky News:

January 5 2009
Mads Gilbert says Israel using DIME (Dense Inert Metal Explosive):

Interview Transcript: http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=80685&sectionid=3510302

January 12 2009
Mads Gilbert in Egypt, after leaving Gaza:


Democracy Now, Interview with Marc Garlasco (Human Rights Watch) and Dr. Mads Gilbert:

Amy Goodman: Can you explain more fully these kinds of amputations, Dr. Gilbert?

Dr. Mads Gilbert: You know, often, if you have a grenade amputation or an amputation from any kind of metal fragment, it will be more like you had a hatch or an ax or a huge knife that cut through your bone and the muscle. What we see in these suspected DIME amputations is that the whole limb is crushed in a way that must suggest some sort of immense power that has hit the lower part of the body. And we know that these small bombs, which the DIME bombs are, explodes in a way so that it will mainly affect the lower limbs. The limbs are—you will have multiple very severe fractures. The muscles are sort of split from the bones, hanging loose. And you also have quite severe burns where this energy wave has hit.

If you look at pictures from sites where these patients have come, you don’t see fragments in the walls in the house around, maybe fifteen, twenty meters apart from the explosions. And you see only some stripes of power in the sand on the ground, and these actually are the examples that the power dissipates very quickly, maybe within five or ten meters of the explosion, so that you will not have this kind of collateral damage, as it’s called. But in Gaza, again, so densely populated, that these DIME weapons will have a devastating effect. Also, they are, by some, classified as nuclear weapons.

For full interview transcript, visit http://www.democracynow.org/2009/1/14/white_phosphorous_and_dense_inert_metal

Riz speaks with Mahmoud Daher (WHO) in Gaza and Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert:


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Johann Hari: Israel’s Troops Confirm It: They Were Ordered To Commit Atrocities

Posted in News Excerpts, Operation Cast Lead, Opinion Pieces by beyondtheborder on April 14, 2009

None of this had to happen. On the eve of the attack, Ephraim Halevy, the former head of Mossad, said that the way to stop rocket attacks on Israel was to draw Hamas, the elected Palestinian government, into negotiation and compromise – but “Israel, for reasons of its own, did not want to turn the ceasefire into the start of a diplomatic process with Hamas.”

Gazan children to be screened for long-term effects of white phosphorus smoke

The children, 300 from the Afaluna Society for Deaf Children and 700 associated with the Culture and Free Thought Association in Gaza will be screened with particular attention to the long-term effects of the use of white phosphorus weapons by Israel during its war against the Gaza Strip.

Children requiring follow-up treatment and medications will be seen by both Japanese and Jordanian doctors, who are supporting the initiative.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=37056

437 children killed, 1872 injured in Israel’s offensive

Posted in Arab-Israeli Wars, News Excerpts, Operation Cast Lead, The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 11, 2009

In interviews with human rights groups, several children said that they spend days next to their dead parents as the Israeli shelling was ongoing and medics could not enter the shelled areas to search for survivals.

Anne Finman of the UNICEF stated that she visited a UNICEF Psychological Support Center and the Red Crescent Society in Gaza last March, and witnessed children drawing missiles that targeted their homes; one child drew a dark area under her drawing and said that this is “a place for burying the dead”

For full news article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/59886

Cut to pieces: the Palestinian family drinking tea in their courtyard

Posted in Arab-Israeli Wars, News Excerpts, Operation Cast Lead, Videos by beyondtheborder on April 8, 2009

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Sitting around drinking tea with the family in their small courtyard, Mounir heard the loud buzzing of an Israeli drone, clearly visible in the sky above.

He went inside for a moment and, as he returned, he saw a ball of light hurtling down toward him. There was a loud explosion and he was thrown backward. He gathered himself and stumbled out into the courtyard, where he saw the scene he says will never leave him.

“We found Mohammed lying there, cut in half. Ahmed was in three pieces; Wahid was totally burnt – his eyes were gone. Wahid’s father was dead. Nour had been decapitated. We couldn’t see her head anywhere.”

For full article, visit http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/mar/23/gaza-war-crimes-drones

UN picks South African Jew to head Gaza war crimes inquiry

Posted in Arab-Israeli Wars, News Excerpts, Operation Cast Lead by beyondtheborder on April 3, 2009

Goldstone will investigate conduct by both sides in Israel’s 22-day offensive in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. According to a Palestinian rights group, 1,417 people including 926 civilians were killed in the fighting.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1076259.html

Mr Goldstone headed the UN tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda

Mr Goldstone headed the UN tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda

He is also on the board of governors at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Mr Goldstone said he was “shocked, as a Jew”, to be invited to head the mission.

“I’ve taken a deep interest in what happens in Israel. I’m associated with organisations that have worked in Israel.

For full article, visit http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7981538.stm

BMW garage among the targets of Israel’s attacks

Posted in Arab-Israeli Wars, News Excerpts, Operation Cast Lead by beyondtheborder on March 31, 2009

Nasser al-Amoudi, with his biker’s jacket and sunglasses, embodies the essence of a car enthusiast. For years he has been the proud owner of the only BMW spare parts shop in the Gaza Strip. People would travel from every corner to purchase second hand parts from his shop. Now Nasser’s workshop and garage, which were worth $300,000 before the Israeli army destroyed them during its latest offensive, lie in tatters, and his financial security has gone.

Nasser al-Amoudi outside the symbolic tent erected on the site of his BMW shop.

Nasser al-Amoudi outside the symbolic tent erected on the site of his BMW shop.

For full article, visit http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10432.shtml

Israel may have deliberately attacked sewage infrastructure

Posted in Arab-Israeli Wars, News Excerpts, Operation Cast Lead by beyondtheborder on March 31, 2009

During the Israeli attack in January, there was a breach in one of the earthen embankment walls of a sewage containment lagoon in Gaza due to some form of Israeli military activity resulting in a large sewage flood.

Although the incident was only reported recently, it was evident from a United Nations analysis of QuickBird satellite images taken from space on 16 January, and confirmed by photos taken by a UN Environmental Program team on the ground in Gaza on 30 January, was an outflow from a sewage lagoon in Sheikh Ejleen, next to the main wastewater treatment plant in Gaza City.

To see a map outlining the damage caused by the sewage treatment plant click here.

For full article, visit http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article10433.shtml

Rights group: IDF killed 16 medical workers during Gaza op

Posted in News Excerpts, Operation Cast Lead by beyondtheborder on March 23, 2009

It said Israel attacked 34 medical care facilities, including eight hospitals. The report also raises questions of whether IDF soldiers violated the IDF’s own ethical code and basic humanitarian values, when they prevented treatment and the evacuation of the wounded and fired at emergency rescue teams and Palestinian medical facilities.”

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1073191.html

IDF soldiers ordered to shoot at Gaza rescuers, note says

Posted in News Excerpts, Operation Cast Lead by beyondtheborder on March 22, 2009

“Rules of Engagement: Open fire also upon rescue,” was handwritten in Hebrew on a sheet of paper found in one of the Palestinian homes the Israel Defense Forces took over during Operation Cast Lead. A reservist officer who did not take part in the Gaza offensive believes that the note is part of orders a low-level commander wrote before giving his soldiers their daily briefing.”

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1072830.html

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