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No limit to Jewish brutality
The Palestinian genocide in Gaza has become so extreme that even the Washington Post has taken note…
Israel will not allow tiny batteries into Gaza so deaf Palestinian children can hear. The batteries are silvery dots the size of a button on a man's shirt, and are readily available at places like Radio Shack. They are needed for hearing aids used by several hundred Palestinian students taught by the Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children in Gaza City.
The batteries are all but used up. The few that are left are losing power, turning voices into unintelligible echoes in the ears of Hala Abu Saif's 20 first-grade students.
The Israeli government is increasingly starving Gaza of batteries, anesthesia drugs, antibiotics, tobacco, coffee, gasoline, diesel fuel and other basic items. The Israelis even ban chocolate in order to further lower Palestinian morale.
The 1.5 million people in Gaza no longer have an effective system of health or education.
Moamen Ayash, a frail, 6-year-old Palestinian boy, has not had a working hearing aid for three months. The inability to hear even the faintest sounds, which hearing aids sometimes make possible for the deaf, hinders children such as Moamen from acquiring spoken language.
Few of the estimated 20,000 Gazans suffering from hearing loss know even rudimentary sign language. The deaf represent an isolated collective, dependent for funding largely on the kindness of strangers and the proceeds of their own crafts shop.
Their condition resembles the larger estrangement of Gaza, a walled-in jumble of squalid refugee camps set amid rubble-strewn dunes.
Work is rare. Food is scarce. Gasoline is almost gone. Electricity has been shut off.
"It’s the ordinary people, caught up in the conflict,* color = red> paying the price for this political failure," said John Ging, director of the U.N. Relief and Works Agency in Gaza, which serves the majority refugee population. "The humanitarian situation is atrocious, and it is easy to understand why -- 1.2 million Gazans now relying on U.N. food aid, 80,000 people who have lost jobs and the dignity of work. And the list goes on."
* There’s that word again. When we refer to World War II, let’s stop using the word “holocaust,” and start using the phrase “Nazi-Jewish” color = red> conflict.
Israeli officials insist there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza. But for Gazans the sense of crisis is pervasive as they struggle to buy essential food from a shrinking and increasingly expensive stock.
"I hold every man, woman and child in Israel responsible for this," said Geraldine Shawa, 64, the Chicago-born director of the Atfaluna Society. A tall, imposing woman who has lived in Gaza for 36 years, Shawa has watched her pupils squeezed in recent months by Israel's practice of collective punishment.
Israeli military officials admit that Hamas's military wing is not behind Qassam rocket attacks, for which smaller armed groups generally assert responsibility. But Hamas leaders do little to stop the firing of the rockets and rarely condemn them.
On Tuesday, Israeli tanks rolled into the central Gaza city of Khan Younis, killing another six Palestinians. Israeli officials labeled the operation "routine."
In the rank, crowded wards of Gaza City's Shifa Hospital, the dispensary is completely out of 85 essential medicines, and close to using up almost 150 others.
Dialysis treatment has been cut back from three to two times a week for even the most critically ill kidney patients, roughly 900 in all. A stack of nearly two dozen blood-cleaning machines gathers dust in a corner, awaiting spare parts that the Israelis will not allow in.
Since June more than three-dozen Palestinians seeking treatment for cancer and other critical illnesses at Israel's more advanced hospitals have been denied any chance to leave the Gaza prison. At least 29 patients have died since June, including 12-year-old Tamer al-Yazji, who Palestinian health officials said was denied entry into Israel after developing acute complications from encephalitis.
"What do you call sending dozens of Gaza patients to a slow death because they are refused treatment?" asked Bassem Naim, Palestinian minister of health. "That's not a humanitarian crisis. That's a war crime."
In the fall of 2005, Israel withdrew 8,500 Jewish “settlers” from Gaza, and walled in the place, preventing escape. Israel has been increasingly starving Palestinians in Gaza since Hamas was democratically elected in January 2006.
Below, Hala Abu Saif's 1st-grade class is seen at the Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children in Gaza. The school ran out of hearing-aid batteries in September due to Israeli import restrictions. Now the children rely solely on sign language, which makes it difficult, if not impossible, to acquire the spoken language.