Israel's Onslaught: One of Its Bloodiest Attacks on Palestinians in 60 Years
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I don't know. This is -- can you tell me if any of this is against Hamas? There's nothing against Hamas. This is a clear-cut genocide and holocaust against civilians, civilians who are helpless. They don't have warplanes. They don't have warships. They don't -- even the rockets that they talk about are homemade. And I just -- I cannot -- and I really lost the words, because the situation is so bad. And we are in the 21st century. We are not in 10th or 15th century. Everybody in the world can see and hear. But who acts? Who is doing anything? Now, they say the killer and the killed are the same. They are putting Israel, with all its military power, [inaudible] level like Hamas and people of Gaza.
AG: We're also joined by Fida Qishta, who is a freelance journalist living in Rafah and the Gaza Strip coordinator for the International Solidarity Movement. Welcome to Democracy Now. Describe what is happening in Rafah.
FIDA QISHTA: Well, at this moment, everything is calm, but yesterday was a massive attack to Rafah's border. They attacked the border area with more than 11 rockets by the F-16, and it was the only source for the Gazans to stay survivors, by the food and the medicines, anything that they could bring through the tunnels. But now, the only way for the Gazans to stay survive is destroyed.
And yesterday morning, they attacked a pharmacy in Rafah near my house. It's just 50 meters away from my house. And they [inaudible] other normal buildings in Rafah, too, which just include families and civilians. I don't know what is the reason for doing that. As Dr. Moussa said, they're attacking civilians. And it's true that the Israelis say that they attack -- their attack is really, really massive, and it's really unbelievable that we can see in our eyes what's happening. It's too much. The hospitals -- and even in Rafah, the biggest hospital, Abu Yusuf Al-Najjar, cannot afford to have more than 20 injured. And they moved the injured to Gaza City. And most of the people stay at home. Everything is closed. It's like a war. Nobody goes out.
JG: I'd like to ask you about the role of Egypt. There have been reports that the Egyptians along the border have prevented Palestinians from trying to escape the violence. Could you talk about that or what you have -- the reports you have heard there?
FQ: Well, when we heard the attack to the border, me and some friends from the ISM went there to observe in our eyes what's going on. And when we went there, we saw the Palestinians. Palestinians didn't try to escape. The Palestinians tried to show their anger to the Egyptian soldiers, why they didn't open just part of these borders or the crossings to let the injured go out of Gaza to have treatment in Egypt. This is what the Palestinians tried to do. They didn't try to escape to Egypt. This is a false information. People went to the border with Egypt after the attacks by the F-16s happened, and they tried to show their anger for the Egyptian soldiers to let them -- just let the injured go to Egypt for treatment. They didn't try to escape.
AG: We're speaking with guests in Rafah, in Gaza City. Now we go to Tel Aviv with the Ha'aretz journalist Gideon Levy. He's on the phone with us. His latest piece is called "The Neighborhood Bully Strikes Again."
Welcome to Democracy Now . As you listen to Dr. Moussa El-Haddad, Fida Qishta, speaking to us from Rafah, your thoughts in Tel Aviv and the response of the Israeli population to what's happening right now?