Sunday, August 3, 2014

'Israel has stolen Gaza's future, and its hope' - Twilight Zone Israel News | Haaretz

Two Norwegian doctors who have been working in Gaza during the war comment. - gwc
'Israel has stolen Gaza's future, and its hope' - Twilight Zone Israel News | Haaretz:
by Gideon Levy and Alex Levac

The numbers are written in ink on the palm of his hand, as if he were a schoolchild cribbing information for a test: 1,035 dead, 6,233 wounded, at 2 P.M. on Monday. Each day he erases the numbers and updates them.

This week, Prof. Mads Gilbert left Shifa Hospital in the Gaza Strip for a brief vacation in his homeland, Norway, after two continuous weeks of treating war casualties. His colleague and fellow countryman, Prof. Erik Fosse, was supposed to replace Gilbert in Gaza, but as of the middle of the week, Israel was still preventing him from doing so. Fosse, too, had spent the first week of Operation Protective Edge at Shifa, and wanted to return.

Gilbert and Fosse also worked at Shifa during Operation Cast Lead in 2008-09, in the aftermath of which they published their troubling book, “Eyes in Gaza,” an international best-seller. Now they contend that in terms of the damage being caused to the civilian population, and primarily to children, the current war in the Strip is even more harrowing than the previous one.

Both men are in their sixties. They were admirers of Israel in their youth, but the first Lebanon war in 1982 – in which they enlisted to help treat the Palestinian wounded – altered their perspective and changed their lives forever. “It was then that I saw the Israeli war machine for the first time,” Gilbert recalls.

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