Dr. Mads Gilbert has
worked and practiced medicine in Gaza for more than thirty years. One
of the few western observers on the ground during Israel's January
bombardment, Gilbert's testimony during the offensive was a critical
source of information.
On January 3, after an Israeli strike on a Gaza vegetable market,
Gilbert sent a text message to his Norwegian and International contacts:
"From doctor Mads Gilbert in Gaza: Thanks for your support," it
read. "They bombed the central vegetable market in Gaza city two hours
ago. 80 injured, 20 killed. All came here to Shifa. Hades! We wade in
death, blood and amputees. Many children. Pregnant woman. I have never
experienced anything this horrible. Now we hear tanks. Tell it, pass it
on, shout it. Anything. DO SOMETHING! DO MORE! We're living in the
history books now, all of us!"
We spoke with Gilbert recently as he embarked on a speaking tour in the United States.
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