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Monday, July 21, 2014

What the World Is Starting To Think Of 'Israeli Morality': Doctors Without Borders Says 'Stop Bombing Civs Trapped in Gaza'

The celebrated French humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders or MSF,  released a statement today after the Israeli Army attack on the Gaza neighborhood of Shuja’iyeh, which has resulted in nearly 100 civilian dead. "Gaza: Israel Must Stop Bombing Trapped Civilians," was the hed. 

Since the beginning of Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip, the majority of the dead and wounded in Gaza (have been)  civilians," the statement read, in a somewhat rough translation from the French, adding that "medical workers are also coming under fire.  

Women and children comprised most of the wounded people arriving on Sunday morning in the emergency room in Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, where MSF is working, following heavy shelling overnight and in the morning in the city’s Ash Shuja’iyeh neighborhood. MSF personnel witnessed hundreds of people fleeing the area. MSF calls on Israel to stop bombing civilians trapped in the sealed-off Gaza strip, and to respect the safety of medical workers and health facilities.
“Shelling and air strikes are not only intense but are also unpredictable, which makes it very difficult for MSF and other medical workers to move and provide much needed emergency care,” said Nicolas Palarus, MSF field coordinator in Gaza.
While the official line is that the ground offensive is aimed at destroying tunnels, what we see on the ground is that bombing is indiscriminate and that those who are dying are civilians.

Interestingly, news organizations as ideologically far-flung as the Guardian and Breitbart News made note of the MSF statement. The Israelis tend to scoff at human rights organizations like Human Rights Watch, flipping it off as "left wing." But MSF hasn't been demonized like that---yet anyway. So it'll be interesting to see how this plays.

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