Monday, January 5, 2009

"Terrorism is the military of countries that cannot afford a military."

Zoriah Miller

Jan. 5, 2009

Gaza - Islamic Jihad Training Camp/ Israel Incursion Civilian Toll

Palestinians and Hamas leaders living in the Gaza Strip believe it is their right to defend themselves from Israel, who they see as agressors. Many Palestinians see no difference between a Palestinian suicide bomber detonating themselves on bus and a high-tech Israeli rocket landing in one of their schools. Both result in the loss of human life, many being civilians. On my first trip to Gaza a man told me something that has stuck with me, "Terrorism is the military of countries that cannot afford a military." There are always two sides to every story. With both sides labeling each other the agressor, vowing to cease fire only after the other side does, it seems to be a desperate situation that will, as usual, make innocent individuals pay the highest price.

As Israeli forces enter Gaza, I fear the humanitarian crisis there will escalate dramatically. The Gaza Medical Crisis two years ago was spurred by far less of a dramatic situation than is currently going on. The main stream media often fails to mention the fact that Hamas rockets only account for a portion of those that leave Gaza bound for Israel. As IDF forces enter the Gaza Strip, they will come up against dozens of militant groups such as this Islamic Jihadist group I photographed this past August. In black tactical gear and carrying weapons they are easy to identify but when they blend into the civilian population, it is literally a recipe for disaster to start a gorilla war that will claim the lives of countless individuals.


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Militant fighters train to launch rockets into Israel in an undisclosed location in the Gaza Strip, August, 2008


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Militant fighters train to launch rockets into Israel in an undisclosed location in the Gaza Strip, August, 2008

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Militant fighters train on weapons in an undisclosed location in the Gaza Strip, August, 2008

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Militant fighters train to launch rockets into Israel in an undisclosed location in the Gaza Strip, August, 2008

The end result of course will be many, many more images like these coming out of Gaza, when Israel's block on journalists ends and we are able to enter and do our jobs:


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A young man who lost both legs, one arm and most of his fingers when a rocket landed near his school in Gaza City, Gaza Strip August, 2008


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A man walks through a neighborhood severely damaged by Israeli Defense Force and settler attacks in Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip in March, 2006


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A malnourished baby in a hospital in Gaza City after US and Israeli sanctions cut of money and aid to Gaza, causing a major humanitarian crisis in March, 2006


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A Palestinian man takes care of his brother who suffered brain damage when hit in the head by Israeli bullet fire in Gaza City, Gaza Strip in August, 2008

source: http://www.zoriah.net/blog/2009/01/islamic-jihad-training-camp-gaza-strip.html

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