Elana Wesley wrote:

Dear Friends,

I’m sending (see below) an article that gives some idea of the situation in Gaza. In Gaza thousands are protesting non-violently – unarmed – several hundred feet away from the Israeli border and in a number of places from north to south. In recent days the casualties keep increasing until the number of wounded in one day has gotten to over a thousand and the dead to 50 or more. (How can Israeli soldiers be ordered to kill or wound people who are protesting without any weapons and also remaining several hundred feet inside the Gaza fence.)

Two or three years ago, my friend Kay asked me to help her with aid to the family of Moataz in the Gaza Strip, and I couldn’t refuse. Just before my computer gave me trouble, I had gotten, from Moataz Qodieh, the first facebook notes he began sending once, twice, or more each hour! Two of his relatives had been shot by Israeli soldier snipers who hit them both in their heads. Their jaws were destroyed and their heads have severe injuries. Neither was armed or causing trouble, but both were participating with several thousands in their protest and demand to be in charge of themselves and not hindered by outsiders. Their lives have been and continue to be less and less livable.

The Israeli government doesn’t allow any money to be sent to the ‘occupied territories’ from Israel. From elsewhere it is possible to send from Western Union or Money Gram, and some say money gram is just as good or better than Western Union. It means cashing the amount of money you would want to send. Then the address needed for Moa’s two wounded relatives is (for Moa’s sister):

AZZA KHALED SAQR

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

That’s all that’s needed. If they ask if it’s in the occupied territory and want to know where, it is in Gaza (or the Gaza Strip).

I’m glad to say that hundreds of Israelis are demonstrating in addition to PHYSICIANS for HUMAN RIGHTS, saying that soldiers are not allowed to wound or kill anyone unarmed, and the Israeli High Court of Justice is currently discussing whether it should be against the law. But it is still a drop in the bucket. We are told that these days there is not even a moment without shooting guns or sending drones or missiles into Gaza. Their bravery and their desperation show that they are ready to die rather than live the ‘life’ they are allowed by the conquerors who invade with their missiles, large or small.

Moataz promises that all the money collected will go to the two wounded relatives who need to pay for medication and not to the others, even to his family, most of whom are virtually starving. The hospitals are more than overloaded and some doctors have been working a ‘shift’that doesn’t stop even at 5am. If you have a choice, send what money you can in dollars. Otherwise, whatever is possible, if anything.

Thanks for whatever you may be able to send. If you have questions, please let me know. The article about what’s happening now in Gaza is just below.

Blessings,

Elana and David too

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The bloodiest day since 2014: IDF shoots dead dozens, wounds thousands at border protests

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The death toll just keeps rising. In the weeks and days leading up to the culmination of the Great Return March, we feared it would be bad. But not this bad. In the end, and the number could rise by the time you open this email, Israeli snipers killed 60 protesters in Gaza Monday. Another 2,771 were wounded. Eight of the dead and 225 of the wounded were minors.

Monday was the deadliest day since the 2014 war, and nearly three times deadlier than the worst month Gaza experienced since then. Since the protests began on March 30, more than 100 Palestinians were killed and over 12,000 injured. The vast majority were unarmed protesters. And while there have been a few cases of violence targeting Israeli soldiers along the border, not a single rocket has been fired since the protests began and there has not been a single Israeli casualty.

The Great Return March was supposed to be something different. Back in March, organizers explained that nonviolence had to be tried because Gazans are desperate. The siege simply cannot continue. They cannot leave their fate to politicians and militant groups anymore. Gazans just want to live. And yet, as if to prove that there is no legitimate form of Palestinian resistance, the Israeli army’s response was to make this period of unarmed, civilian protests the deadliest for Gazans in years.

The mass protests are over now. The refugees are still living in squalid camps 70 years after their displacement. And the U.S. Embassy has assumed its new perch in Jerusalem.

There is not a lot of hope to go around these days, and in the weeks and months to come the Israeli government is expected to chip away even further at the country’s democratic institutions. What we do know is that, like the desperate people of Gaza who risked it all just to make sure the world does not forget they exist, now is not the time to give up hope. It is definitely not the time to stop working toward the future we know we deserve.