ER Editor: A twofer from The Cradle. The message on the backchannels is STILL that we’re watching a movie unfolding. Which isn’t to say that people aren’t getting killed and hurt. We just urge readers to pull back and wonder what the NARRATIVE is telling us.
See also this from Covert Geopolitics —
Hospital Bombings: A Collective Punishment for Hamas’ Highly Effective Destruction of 160+ Israeli Military Vehicles
Dozens killed in latest Israeli bombing of Gaza Mosque
Israeli planes targeted the Mosque as worshippers gathered for a congressional prayer
THE CRADLE NEWSDESK
At least 50 Palestinians were killed and dozens of others injured on 15 November after the Israeli army targeted a mosque in the besieged Gaza Strip, WAFA news agency reports.
The attack on the Sabra neighborhood was conducted during a congressional prayer when the mosque was full of Palestinian worshippers.
Israel has conducted similar attacks on places of worship since its inception; in this war alone, multiple Mosques and churches have been leveled, including ones dating back centuries.
On 20 October, the Israeli army destroyed the Grand Al-Omari Mosque in Jabalia, dating back to the 7th century; it was one of the largest mosques in Palestine.
Hours before the Al-Omari bombing, the Israeli army targeted and destroyed the Church of Saint Porphyrios in Gaza, the third oldest church in the world.
“We condemn this unconscionable attack on a sacred compound and call upon the world community to enforce protections in Gaza for sanctuaries of refuge, including hospitals, schools, and houses of worship,” World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Jerry Pillay said in response to the bombing of the 1,400-year-old structure.
“Our prayers go out for healing to all those wounded, along with our condolences to Patriarch Theophilos II and all our Greek Orthodox brothers and sisters in Christ,” Pillay added.
Outside of Gaza, Israel launched an airstrike against the Al-Ansar mosque in Jenin refugee camp, West Bank, on 22 October.
An Israeli statement justifying the Al-Ansar Mosque attack said it was a “joint operation between the army and the Shin Bet” and that the strike targeted an “underground terrorist route.”
This has been a line used by Israel to justify their attacks on not only multiple places of worship but also civilian residences and hospitals.
As of 15 November, 11,470 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli airstrikes in Gaza, of whom are 4,707 children, 3,155 women, and 686 elderly.
Many of the displaced from #AlShifa hospital are fleeing first to Nuseirat camp on #Gaza coast before trying to get to #KhanYounis in South. Last night IOF bombed Nuseirat & #Rafah #KhanYounis – both southern Gaza which is supposed to be safe. This is deliberate #genocide. pic.twitter.com/l0DbOdO4hY
— vanessa beeley (@VanessaBeeley) November 17, 2023
Israel’s propaganda is unravelling. The ‘evidence’ that Hamas had its military HQ beneath Gaza’s largest hospital is revealed as non-existent. https://t.co/jUCQEPuXlf
— John Pilger (@johnpilger) November 16, 2023
💔🇵🇸 Surgeon Dr. Tom Potokar discusses the situation in European Hospital, Gaza.
“Patients whose families have been killed, arriving with horrific injuries: full body burns, shrapnel wounds & septic infections. It is just relentless”.
— Jackson Hinkle 🇺🇸 (@jacksonhinklle) November 16, 2023
Catastrophe unfolding at Gaza’s Al-Shifa Hospital
Dr. Muhammad Abu Salmiya describes the situation of the hospital which is now occupied by Israeli troops
CRADLE NEWS DESK
Catastrophe is unfolding now at the Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza following its capture and occupation by the Israeli army, Dr. Muhammad Abu Salmiya warned on 16 November.
Journalist Ali Abunimah of the Electronic Intifada summarized the doctor’s comments, which he made to Al-Jazeera Arabic regarding conditions in the hospital.
Dr Abu Salmiya explained that there are about 7,000 people under total siege inside the Al-Shifa compound, including 650 injured people, 45 dialysis patients, and 36 premature babies.
A few hours ago, one dialysis patient died, while four are at imminent risk of death because there is no power for dialysis machines.
Three premature babies died in recent days, and two injured persons died in recent hours due to lack of treatment.
There is no water, fuel, or electricity. Israel broke the main water line into the hospital. There is no purified water to make the special formula for the babies, so they are using ordinary water, and some have become sick with diarrhea, infections, and fever.
There is no food. Children are starving and distressed. There is no medicine, and the wounds of injured people are becoming infected, some with maggots.
Hospital administrators tried to send a delegation to Israeli forces to ask for food, fuel, medicine, and safe evacuation of the sick and injured, but the Israelis refused to speak to them.
The hospital is besieged from all sides by tanks and bulldozers. The bulldozers are destroying areas around the compound, but no one can see what they are doing. Snipers or drones shoot at anyone who tries to move between hospital buildings. There are hundreds of soldiers in the hospital compound, searching all over and causing severe damage to hospital premises and equipment.
In the 48 hours since Israeli forces entered the hospital and its grounds, not a single shot has been fired at them.
Dr. Abu Salmiya closed by saying, “We hold the world responsible” for what he calls a genocide. “We are waiting for slow death.”
At the same time, Dr. Ghassan Abu Sitta warned that conditions are dire at the Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital, also in northern Gaza.
He wrote on the social media site X that doctors at the hospital can no longer provide surgeries. The hospital is now effectively a first aid station, while hundreds of wounded are now at the hospital with no access to surgery and will now die from their wounds.
On 17 October, Israel bombed the courtyard of the Al-Ahli Baptist hospital with a guided missile, killing 471 Palestinians sheltering there to escape Israel’s bombing elsewhere.
The Israeli government denied bombing the hospital, claiming a failed Palestinian rocket had fallen onto the crowded hospital and exploded. However, this was proven false by independent analysts and the New York Times.
Featured image, black and white, source: https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/israeli-airstrikes-destroy-7-gaza-mosques-since-saturday/3013020
Featured image source, Gaza mosque: https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/59-mosques-destroyed-in-israeli-airstrikes-on-gaza-since-oct-7-interior-ministry/3047782
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