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Gazans prepare for winter:

Making Shelters from Rubble,” Syria TV, Syria

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Cast Lead War Crime Museum in Gaza:


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Not One Penny Has Reached Gaza:

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“It has been six months since the international community pledged nearly $5 billion in aid to the Palestinian people, chiefly for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip after Israels devastating offensive there this year.
According to United Arab Emirates newspaper The National, none of this aid has reached Gaza and no reconstruction has started.”

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Remember the children of Palestine/ War effects on children/09/ 08 /2009 /Part1:

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Palestinian child dies due the siege on Gaza, death toll 352
Source: IMEMC
Date: September 09, 2009

A Palestinian child was announced dead on Wednesday after she was prevented from leaving the Gaza Strip for medical care she needed.

Dinna Al Zakzok, seven years old, had Lymphatic gland tumor, he family had completed all needed documents to leave Gaza but still the Israeli military did not allow he to leave.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that the number of patients who died in Gaza due to the Israeli siege have now reached 352.

Israel placed the Gaza Strip under total siege in June of 2006 leaving the 1.5 million Palestinians living there lacking medial, food, and fuel supplies.

Part 1
Health conditions are worse in Gaza

Part 2
The same as above goes for education in Gaza

OPT: Gaza schoolchildren lack basic equipment
GAZA CITY, 9 September 2009 (IRIN) – Some 1,200 students at al-Karmel High School for boys in Gaza City returned to class on 25 August without history and English textbooks, or notebooks and pens – all unavailable on the local market.

Severe damage to the school – caused during the 23-day Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip which ended on 18 January – has yet to be repaired. Al-Karmel’s principal, Majed Yasin, has had to cover scores of broken windows with plastic sheeting.

“The entire west side of the school was damaged adjacent to Abbas police station which was targeted on 27 December,” said Yasin. “We have yet to repair the US$65,000-worth of damage, since glass and other building materials are still unavailable.”

Educational institutions across Gaza are still reeling from the effects of the Israeli offensive, compounded by the more than two-year Israeli blockade (tightened after Hamas seized power in June 2007), according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

At least 280 schools out of 641 in Gaza were damaged and 18 destroyed during the military operation. None have been rebuilt or repaired to date due to continued restrictions on the entry of construction materials, OCHA reported.

At the start of the new school year, all 387 government-run primary and secondary schools serving 240,000 students – and 33 private sector schools serving 17,000 students – lack essential education materials, according to the education ministry in Gaza.

Half of all students lack at least one textbook for their coursework this term, the ministry said.

“The war had, and continues to have, a severely negative impact on the entire education system,” Yousef Ibrahim, deputy education minister in Gaza, said. “About 15,000 students from government schools have been transferred to other schools for second shifts, significantly shortening class time.”

He said the damaged schools lacked toilets and water and electricity networks; their classrooms were overcrowded, and they also suffered from shortages of basic items such as desks, doors, chairs and ink for printing.

UNRWA schools affected

More than 80 percent of government-run schools and those run by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) now have a second shift, according to Ibrahim.

The 221 primary and secondary schools run by UNRWA (in addition to government and privately run schools) are also struggling to accommodate 200,000 students this school year.

“We have only provided the minimum amount of stationery and textbooks to our students, since it is very difficult to bring in these materials and they are unavailable on the local market,” said UNRWA spokesperson Milina Shahin in Gaza.

UNRWA schools are also missing items such as lab equipment, calculators, desks, tables, chairs, and even crayons, said Shahin.

UNRWA planned to build 100 new schools this year, but has had to give up the idea due to a lack of building materials. Thirty-five UNRWA schools are still without windows as a result of the offensive, due to a lack of glass, Shahin said.

“There is no generator at al-Karmel High. The lack of electricity, often all day, is a real challenge for our teachers,” said al-Karmel principal Yasin.

Truckloads of stationery await clearance

Since the beginning of 2009, Israel has allowed 174 truckloads of educational materials to enter Gaza. Of these, only two were carrying stationery, in July and August, OCHA said.

According to the Palestine Trade Centre (PalTrade) and local suppliers, there are nearly 120 truckloads of stationery awaiting clearance to enter.

Ghazi Hamad, head of borders and crossings under the Hamas-led government in Gaza, said some educational materials, such as notebooks and clothing, had entered Gaza via underground tunnels from Egypt, but this was only a token amount.

Teaching has also been affected by the Fatah-Hamas rift: Of the 11,000 teachers in Gaza, 7,000 are employed by the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah (West Bank). Half of these did not return to teach this school year, according to deputy education minister Ibrahim.

“We had to replace them with less qualified teachers, while they chose to stay at home,” he said.


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Amira versus Israel:

“Vidéo : 5 minutes en anglais soustitrée en français
Soustitrée par la COBI (Belgique) et EuroPalestine (France)

On August 31st this year, a 15 year-old girl from Gaza made history by filing a law suit against Israel at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Amira Alquerem lost her father, brother and sister during the 22-day Israeli war on Gaza at the turn of the year. She’s accusing Israel of homicides against members of her family, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Le 31 août 2009, une jeune fille de 15 ans de Gaza est entrée dans l’histoire en déposant une plainte contre Israël devant la Cour pénale internationale à la Haye. Amira Alquerem a perdu son père, son frère et sa soeur pendant la guerre israélienne de 22 jours contre Gaza, au tournant de lannée. Elle accuse Israël d’homicides contre les membres de sa famille, de crimes de guerre, et de crimes contre l’humanité.”

I’m adding this second video in case YouTube deletes the one above under the pretext of copyright. It is the same video as above with an added segment by a PressTV reporter at the start

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GRITtv with Laura Flanders » Gaza Under Siege:

“Filmmakers Lily Keber and Jordan Flaherty set out to see for themselves what happened in Gaza after the Israeli invasion in January of this year. Nine months later, rebuilding has barely begun and the Israeli blockade continues. In Gaza Under Siege they speak to the people of Gaza about what they need to rebuild their towns and cities.”

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UN urges Israel ease Gaza siege for water crisis:

“Press TV, Gaza”

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Gaza water crisis prompts UN call for immediate opening of crossings
Source: UN News Center

3 September 2009 – The top United Nations humanitarian official in the occupied Palestinian territory today joined aid agencies in calling for the immediate opening of Gaza’s crossings to allow the entry of spare parts and materials critical to restoring the area’s water and sanitation services.

“The deterioration and breakdown of water and sanitation facilities in Gaza is compounding an already severe and protracted denial of human dignity in the Gaza Strip,” Maxwell Gaylard said in a joint statement issued today with the NGO Association for International Development Agencies (AIDA).

“At the heart of this crisis is a steep decline in standards of living for the people of Gaza, characterized by erosion of livelihoods, destruction and degradation of basic infrastructure, and a marked downturn in the delivery and quality of vital services in health, water and sanitation,” added Mr. Gaylard, the Deputy UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and UN Humanitarian Coordinator.

Israel’s closure of Gaza’s crossing points, imposed since June 2007, has meant that equipment and supplies needed for the construction, maintenance and operation of water and sanitation facilities have not been able to enter the area, leading to the deterioration of these services.

Currently, some 10,000 people do not have access to the water network, while another 60 per cent of Gaza’s population of 1.5 million do not have continuous access to water.

In addition, some 50 to 80 million litres of untreated and partially treated waste-water have been discharged daily into the Mediterranean Sea since January 2008, due to damage to sewage treatment facilities, lack of treatment capacity because of postponed plant upgrade projects, and a critical shortage of fuel and electricity necessary to operate them.

Mr. Gaylard and the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) called on the Israeli Government to take immediate steps to ensure the entry into Gaza of the necessary construction and repair materials to respond to the water and sanitation crisis.

“Without addressing both the immediate basic needs of the population and facilitating the longer-term development and management of the degraded water and sanitation sector, public health and the wider environment will remain at significant risk,” said the Humanitarian Coordinator.

“Pollution does not recognise borders or barriers, and communities throughout the region are threatened by the deficiencies of Gaza’s water and sanitation system,” he added.

Also read:
New UN report spotlights humanitarian crisis triggered by blockade of Gaza
UN, aid agencies call for opening of Gaza crossings to allow rebuilding of schools

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