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From Gaza: Is This What You Mean By Democracy?

by Abby Zimet

Because the headlines have faded but the hardships haven't, several U.S. aid delegations are in or going to Gaza in the wake of Israel's assault that killed almost 200 ordinary Palestinians - farmers on their way to market, the driver of a water truck, a 10-year-old on a roof trying to fix a damaged pipe - wounded around 1,200, and destroyed an estimated 585 buildings. As activists from Code Pink challenge the $3 billion in American aid that helped make that destruction possible, those from Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA) work to repair the damage and continue efforts to bring desperately needed clean water to the residents of Gaza; they've already brought water to 22 kindergartens and 16 schools, several of which safely housed hundreds of families during the Israeli assault. MECA has also begun a petition campaign to remove Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes as honorary chair of the Israeli Fund for UNICEF for her racist comments during the attacks, when she asked, "How is it possible to make peace with people who have it as part of their DNA to hate us?” Earlier, she'd demanded it was time for "the passive residents of Gaza" - ie: the children - to suffer. Most of us won't go; we can at least give, or sign.

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