Gaza Views: A Report on the Situation in Gaza
This is a report by Felice Gelman of a trip that she took to Gaza last month that was organized by Code Pink. She was part of a delegation from the Wespac Middle East Committee. It is posted with her permission. More reports and pictures can be foundon her site.
We saw many many -- I would say thousands probably -- of people living in tents. Tents seem to be the one relief supply that is available in sufficient quantity. It was the saddest thing I saw in Gaza. Not because people lost their homes. Natural disasters cause that all the time. But people have the opportunity to rebuild, even without substantial aid and assistance, we humans make, find, struggle to create a home for ourselves and our family. In Gaza, Israel's attack has returned tens of thousands of people to the place their parents struggled up from -- the tents of the 1948 expulsion of Palestinians from the cities and villages of their land. And now Israel, the U.S., and Egypt are conniving in a horrific blockade to insure they cannot rebuild. The people in tents will stay in tents for the forseeable future.