Op-Ed: Palestinian bus driver, 32-year-old Youssef al-Ramouni, was found dead from hanging in his vehicle. Israeli police claim it was suicide but the man's family believe he was killed in an attack.
He never set off on his planned route Sunday through Jerusalem, close to Jewish settlements and Palestinian neighbourhoods; his body was found at the start of his scheduled journey.
A father-of-two Ramouni's family cannot believe he committed suicide. They also claim that marks on his body suggest he was attacked and killed.
Just another day in Gaza.
After a summer of news headlines relating to the Israeli invasion of Gaza, which followed an alleged increase in missiles launched from the Gaza Strip into Israel, the news front from that region is quiet but the situation remains dire.
In early November "Conflict spreads in Jerusalem, Al Aqsa and Temple Mount row" reported Abdul Kuddus.
Life is far from peaceful. Israelis pretty much go on about their daily business as usual but the story in Gaza is a very different one.
With little financial support to help rebuild homes and an infrastructure, Gaza in on its knee but the people remain determined to rise again.
Days ago the world remembered the removal of the Berlin wall but what about the Gaza wall built in 2002 and the blockade, in place now for more than seven years?
According to a report by Aljazeera "The Israeli apartheid wall, built on occupied Palestinian land, effectively creates Bantustans, separating Palestinian farmers from their farmland, families from their relatives, and children from their schools. It makes a Palestinian state or self-determination impossible. Sadly, today, this wall is the very symbol of the "free" world's own paradigm: Under the cover of "security" and "self-defence", everything is justified."
Western hypocrisy in all its glory but for all to see or only those who want to look beneath the propaganda?
Israel had its wrists verbally slapped a couple of times during the summer war in which 27,163 residents of Gaza were made internally displaced persons (IDPs). "Between July 8 and August 27, more than 2,100 Palestinians, mainly civilians, were killed in the Gaza Strip, along with 66 Israeli soldiers and seven civilians in Israel." The number of injured both physically and mentally should also be considered
Damage to buildings, businesses, schools. hospitals and roads in Israel was insignificant but in Gaza it was massive.
But for all that the west failed to condemn Israel or support the people of Gaza; and where was the 'joke' U.N. Middle East peace envoy Tony Blair? Middle East Peace envoy Blair parties as Gaza burns.
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