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Cheap cialis online "We are all complicit": an interview with Ewa Jasiewicz http://www.indymedia.ie/attachments/apr2010/ewa_2min.jpg Frank Barat, cheap cialis online The Electronic Intifada A year ago, cheap cialis online Israel launched its invasion of Gaza. Cheap cialis online It is difficult if not uncomfortable to consider situations in other parts of the world where people are treated as targets and as in many cases less than human. Dubbed "Operation Cast Lead" by the Israeli military, cheap cialis online the invasion started on 27 December 2008 and finished on 18 January 2009. Cheap cialis online During those 23 days, cheap cialis online more than 1, cheap cialis online400 Palestinians were killed including more than 320 children. Cheap cialis online More than 5, cheap cialis online000 Palestinians suffered serious injuries. Originally from England, cheap cialis online Ewa Jasiewicz was one of a handful of "internationals" on the ground. Cheap cialis online A human rights activist, cheap cialis online union organizer and journalist, cheap cialis online Jasiewicz has spent years working in occupied Palestine and Iraq with oil workers, cheap cialis online refugees, cheap cialis online paramedics and community groups. Cheap cialis online She is a coordinator for the Free Gaza Movement and part of the editorial collective of Le Monde Diplomatqiue Polish Edition. Cheap cialis online Her book Gaza: Getto Nieujarzmione (Gaza: a Ghetto Unbroken) will be published in Poland by Ksiazka i Prasa in March. Cheap cialis online A year later, cheap cialis online she reflects on those bloody days with The Electronic Intifada contributor Frank Barat. Frank Barat: You were in Gaza a year ago during Operation Cast Lead. Cheap cialis online Why and how did you and other activists go to the Gaza Strip? Ewa Jasiewicz: Myself and several solidarity activists from Lebanon, cheap cialis online Spain, cheap cialis online Canada, cheap cialis online Australia, cheap cialis online Italy, cheap cialis online UK, cheap cialis online Ireland and Greece managed to get into Gaza aboard the Free Gaza Movement's (FGM) Dignity boat. Cheap cialis online FGM has sailed five successful missions to Gaza from August to December 2008, cheap cialis online bringing in human rights workers to build political solidarity activism, cheap cialis online to break the isolation of ghettoized communities and directly confront Israel's illegal and brutal siege. FGM's missions are political -- we know Palestine is not a charity case, cheap cialis online and that the solutions to a 60-year policy of ethnic cleansing, cheap cialis online apartheid and militarized ghettoization are not extra bags of flour, cheap cialis online medicine, cheap cialis online new tents and millions in aid, cheap cialis online but political will and direct action. Cheap cialis online This is currently unforthcoming from governments around the world, cheap cialis online so our actions are about directly applying international law from the grassroots up because it isn't being respected and is being violated, cheap cialis online daily, cheap cialis online from the top-down -- the siege of Gaza and occupation of Palestine is international, cheap cialis online the states supporting it either with their silence or direct complicity in economically supporting Israel are co-occupiers and collaborators in war crimes against the Palestinian people, cheap cialis online along with Israel. FB: Previously you spent some time in the occupied West Bank during various Israeli operations (more particularly in the Jenin refugee camp). Cheap cialis online What were the main differences between the two places and what did you expect to see in Gaza? Did you expect the attack? EJ: I didn't expect the attack -- but people in Gaza and the Hamas authority did expect an attack because the ceasefire had expired and Israel was saber-rattling, cheap cialis online threatening to eliminate, cheap cialis online as always but with greater intensity and focus, cheap cialis online resistance leaders -- military and political -- and their supporters. Cheap cialis online There was an increase in unmanned aerial vehicles flying 24/7. Cheap cialis online I had experience of smaller operations in the West Bank in Jenin and Nablus following Operation Defensive Shield in 2002. Cheap cialis online Operation Defensive Shield was massive, cheap cialis online hundreds of Palestinians were killed, cheap cialis online the heart of Jenin refugee camp was bulldozed and dozens of civilians massacred in the process. Cheap cialis online By the time I came, cheap cialis online all the ruins and trauma were still very fresh but the worst of the destruction and killing had subsided. The smaller invasions were carried out under curfew, cheap cialis online involving hundreds of troops, cheap cialis online carrying out house-to-house searches, cheap cialis online and mass arrests with every man aged between 15 and 50 rounded up, cheap cialis online interrogated and beaten. Cheap cialis online A typical operation, cheap cialis online with groups of children throwing anything they can at tanks and armored personnel carriers (APCs) in the street -- and often getting shot at for doing it. Cheap cialis online There would be sporadic resistance at night from fighters, cheap cialis online but many of the most experienced had been killed at that point. Cheap cialis online Troops would carry out collective punishment like home demolitions using bulldozers or explosives and civilians would be used as human shields. Cheap cialis online What was different at that time in the West Bank was that a lot of the Palestinian Authority's (PA) infrastructure and military infrastructure of the resistance -- fighters and leaders -- were destroyed during Defensive Shield by F-16 fighter jets. Cheap cialis online Israel was executing its cyclical strategy of having decimated the leaders of the armed and political resistance of major political factions, cheap cialis online moving on to target the social infrastructure -- community leaders, cheap cialis online social activists -- and continuing to arrest relatives of the "wanted" and trying to bait out and kill the younger, cheap cialis online more inexperienced fighters. Because of the tunnels, cheap cialis online fighters in Gaza have had access to more sophisticated and threatening weaponry than their West Bank counterparts, cheap cialis online so Israeli aggression has been more intense in Gaza and heavily reliant on aerial bombardment. Cheap cialis online Since the withdrawal of the colonists and military bases [in 2005], cheap cialis online this has increased. In the West Bank, cheap cialis online activists could be much more mobile and confront and dialogue with soldiers. Cheap cialis online In Gaza 2009 that was impossible. Cheap cialis online I only once saw soldiers -- a special forces soldier trained his gun and apparently shot at our ambulance. Cheap cialis online In the West Bank we were often between tanks and APCs and following and observing soldiers close-up. Cheap cialis online If you got close to soldiers in Gaza they'd kill you -- that is what everyone kept telling us. FB: What did you plan to do there? Did your plans changed once the invasion of Gaza started? EJ: I planned, cheap cialis online as had other activists, cheap cialis online to work with Palestinian partners -- civil society groups, cheap cialis online unions, cheap cialis online farmers and fishermen, cheap cialis online local campaigns for the right to education and to end the siege. Cheap cialis online My role was going to be to coordinate and guide visiting delegations coming aboard FGM boats along with [Irish human rights activist] Caoimhe Butterly. Cheap cialis online Once the invasion started, cheap cialis online it became immediately clear that what we needed to do as foreign activists was to fulfill our role of witnessing and reporting, cheap cialis online mitigating the risk to those most likely to be attacked -- which during invasions are the medical services. The Israeli occupation forces killed 16 rescuers in 22 days and injured dozens more. Cheap cialis online By volunteering with medics we attempted to deter attacks on them by informing the media and our embassies that we would be accompanying all services -- 13 of the medics killed were from the Civil Defense services. Cheap cialis online We did not differentiate between "independent" and "government" services; all must be protected under international law. Cheap cialis online Also, cheap cialis online we didn't just sit in the ambulances, cheap cialis online we physically carried the injured and dead and tried to assist where possible Secondly, cheap cialis online we could remain mobile -- ambulances were the only vehicles moving around 24 hours; we needed to be able to document and report on the attacks as fully as possible. Cheap cialis online Thirdly, cheap cialis online in our mobility and proximity to the front line we could witness the effects of the bombardment on civilians in their homes, cheap cialis online and take testimonies from families and Palestinian human rights workers inside hospitals. FB: Could you describe a day in Gaza during the invasion? EJ: The constant sneer of surveillance drones, cheap cialis online repetitive bombing and crashing sounds, cheap cialis online some close some further away, cheap cialis online muted panic, cheap cialis online empty streets, cheap cialis online rubble everywhere, cheap cialis online ambulance sirens wailing endlessly, cheap cialis online screaming relatives coupled with the groans of the bloodied and dust-covered crushed and injured, cheap cialis online medics praying and smoking, cheap cialis online heart-beating perpetual ratcheted-up adrenaline, cheap cialis online a constant readiness for the next strike and yearning for it to all end, cheap cialis online endless stream of bodies and blood-soaked stretchers, cheap cialis online cyclical dread, cheap cialis online pierced with fresh-surges of shock and horror unabsorbed, cheap cialis online and a deep fear of the night and whether we would make it through and whether each ambulance run might be the last. Cheap cialis online None of the fear paralyzed us but nevertheless it was present. Cheap cialis online But we all early on accepted we could die, cheap cialis online and took on the risks because it was worth it, cheap cialis online the Palestinian people are worth it. Cheap cialis online We wanted to save lives and I know I let go of my attachment to mine, cheap cialis online inspired and encouraged by the bravery of those around me, cheap cialis online and their willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of others. FB: What was the feeling of the population on the ground? How were they surviving and responding? EJ: Everybody was terrified but defiant. Cheap cialis online The feeling on the ground was that anything could happen, cheap cialis online all the red lines had been crossed. Cheap cialis online Not just with this operation, cheap cialis online we have to remember that Operation Cast Lead was only an intensification and a drastic one at that, cheap cialis online of an existing policy of massacre and deliberate targeting of civilians and civilian infrastructure, cheap cialis online but in [the northern Gaza refugee camp of] Jabaliya, cheap cialis online many of us were expecting another Sabra and Shatila with all witnesses banned from seeing the worst and with media being attacked, cheap cialis online and tanks moving in closer and close, cheap cialis online we felt that the atrocities already happening signified more could come and on a much wider scale. Cheap cialis online [Editor's note: Sabra and Shatila were Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon where a massacre occurred during Israel's 1982 invasion. Cheap cialis online Israeli forces surrounded the camps and allowed and supported the militia of the Lebanese Phalange Party to conduct the massacre inside the camps.] FB: What was the most useful thing you think international volunteers were able to achieve and contribute? What did Palestinians in Gaza think of your presence there? EJ: The community were glad we were there and kept telling us, cheap cialis online "Please report what you see, cheap cialis online we cant even believe this is happening to us, cheap cialis online let the world know, cheap cialis online it's your duty to speak out about what you witness." And that's what we did, cheap cialis online through TV and radio interviews, cheap cialis online our own written reports, cheap cialis online some of us wrote books too: for example, cheap cialis online Vittorio Arrigoni (Italy) Gaza, cheap cialis online Stay Human, cheap cialis online Sharyn Lock (UK) Gaza Beneath the Bombs, cheap cialis online myself Gaza: A Ghetto Unbroken. Cheap cialis online Some of us made films, cheap cialis online like Fida Qishta and Jenny Linnel, cheap cialis online and documentaries on the phosphoric bombardment of Khoza. Cheap cialis online Alberto Arce and Mohammad Rujailah produced To Shoot an Elephant. I think we contributed to the testimony of the Palestinian community that white phosphorous was being used, cheap cialis online that civilians were deliberately being targeted, cheap cialis online that hospitals, cheap cialis online schools, cheap cialis online emergency services were being targeted. 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FB: Could you recount one event that truly shocked you during the invasion? EJ: There were so, cheap cialis online so many. Cheap cialis online Probably the bombing of a house by an F-16 just a few feet away from four of our ambulances. Cheap cialis online I was in the passenger seat with my hand on the door, cheap cialis online my friend and driver told me just wait, cheap cialis online wait a little, cheap cialis online and suddenly there was this enormous explosion -- everything went bright fire orange and rubble and debris showered our ambulance. Cheap cialis online One of our drivers was injured and needed to be carried out on a stretcher. Cheap cialis online Our exit route was blocked by rubble, cheap cialis online a family was screaming and gathering their belongings and getting out, cheap cialis online we were stumbling with our casualty and surveillance drones were thundering above, cheap cialis online and we feared a repeat strike, cheap cialis online more casualties, cheap cialis online and losing four ambulances when every single one was vital. Cheap cialis online We cheated death that night. Cheap cialis online The Israelis saw us and our lone movement in the streets of Jabaliya, cheap cialis online and bombed a house less than 10 feet away from us -- this is a criminal, cheap cialis online reckless use of force. Another was the bombing of the Beit Lahiya Elementary School with white phosphorous. Cheap cialis online We arrived in our ambulances after evacuating dozens of residents suffering from phosphoric inhalation and after the school had taken a direct hit. 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EJ: The Israeli occupation forces flew F-16s over people returning to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives in Ezbet Abed Rabo [neighborhood near Jabaliya], cheap cialis online drones continued to sneer above us every night. Cheap cialis online There was this hollow humiliation and undigested horror, cheap cialis online and loss, cheap cialis online such a profound sense of dislocation and loss -- of lives, cheap cialis online of the loved, cheap cialis online homes, cheap cialis online whole communities, cheap cialis online streets, cheap cialis online mosques, cheap cialis online shops, cheap cialis online gone. Cheap cialis online People literally felt physically lost in their own neighborhoods. Cheap cialis online It was like another Nakba [the forced expulsion of Palestinians from their homeland in 1948 when Israel was created]. Cheap cialis online People felt mocked by the international community. Cheap cialis online "They're laughing at us, cheap cialis online the whole world doesn't care, cheap cialis online they're mocking us, cheap cialis online" was what we frequently heard. Cheap cialis online It felt like a tsunami had hit. FB: Many reports coming from UN bodies, cheap cialis online aid agencies and human rights organizations came out very quickly in the months following the invasion. Cheap cialis online Most of them agreed on the fact that war crimes and possible crimes against humanity were committed during the Israeli attack. Cheap cialis online Did you ever witness actions that for you were crimes of this magnitude? EJ: Absolutely. 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Cheap cialis online According to the al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, cheap cialis online proportionally, cheap cialis online most people killed [during the invasion were] by UAVs followed by F-16s. FB: A few weeks ago, cheap cialis online 16 aid agencies issued a report saying that the international community had "failed Gaza." On the ground things have not changed at all for ordinary Palestinians in Gaza but have gotten worse. Cheap cialis online Keeping this in mind, cheap cialis online what do you think is the role of popular resistance or citizen activism? EJ: Yes, cheap cialis online the international community facilitates and pays for Israel's occupation, cheap cialis online and pathologizes and de-develops Palestine in the process. Cheap cialis online Ordinary citizens have a responsibility not to fund or politically support [an] industry which hides a relentless project of ethnic cleansing and colonization of Palestine. Cheap cialis online [Instead, cheap cialis online citizens have a responsibility] to build a critical mass of political pressure by all means available -- through BDS and direct action -- to bring about sanctions against Israel and to enforce international law by targeting the companies that violate it with respect to Palestinian human rights, cheap cialis online and to expose Israel in the same way [apartheid in] South Africa was exposed and eventually brought to an end. FB: What in your opinion is most urgently needed in Gaza? What can people do to help and change the status quo? EJ: Palestinians in Gaza should answer that, cheap cialis online but what many say, cheap cialis online is that what Gaza needs is the rest of Palestine. Cheap cialis online People living in camps in Jordan, cheap cialis online Lebanon, cheap cialis online Syria and the West Bank want to be reunited with their families and homes. Cheap cialis online The inalienable and legal right of return for Gaza's and all Palestinian refugees needs to be enacted. Cheap cialis online The Israeli tactic of divide and torture, cheap cialis online of chopping up the Palestinian community, cheap cialis online is a long-term tactic designed to break down the strongest weapon against ethnic cleansing that Palestinians possess -- memory, cheap cialis online community, cheap cialis online family. Cheap cialis online As long as you have a people who remember their homes and lands, cheap cialis online and know each other, cheap cialis online refer to one another as cousin, cheap cialis online uncle, cheap cialis online sister and brother, cheap cialis online and can ask, cheap cialis online "Which home/family are you from?" then the struggle can never be alienated or abstracted. Cheap cialis online Palestinians in Gaza need to have the means to speak and act for themselves and not be spoken for, cheap cialis online and to have access to the rest of the world -- twinning relationships and projects between schools, cheap cialis online mosques, cheap cialis online universities, cheap cialis online hospitals, cheap cialis online youth groups, cheap cialis online initiatives -- these are all means to break the isolation inside and build a more intimate and motivated solidarity movement on the outside. Cheap cialis online Aid is not the answer. Cheap cialis online Solidarity is. FB: A year after the war, cheap cialis online people marched in hundreds of cities around the world to "commemorate" those horrific events. Cheap cialis online What do you think of those demonstrations? What type of effect do they have on Palestinians in Gaza? Are they useful at all in your opinion? EJ: The rallies are a focus point; we do need collective mourning, cheap cialis online remembrance and action in our streets. Cheap cialis online But its also important to target companies violating international law and which are key in perpetuating Israeli apartheid, cheap cialis online which we must always remember is not limited to Gaza -- the West Bank is 15 times larger than Gaza and is full of mini Gazas -- Bantustans surrounded by Israel's apartheid wall. Cheap cialis online Companies like Veolia, cheap cialis online Alstom, cheap cialis online Caterpillar, cheap cialis online Elbit Systems, cheap cialis online CRT Holdings and Carmel-Agrexco could be charged with aiding and abetting war crimes of ethnic cleansing and illegal colony-building. Cheap cialis online The boycott, cheap cialis online divestment and sanctions call from Palestinian civil society needs to be responded to and supported -- actively, cheap cialis online daily. Cheap cialis online We are all complicit in the reproduction and reinforcement of the occupation -- it is an international occupation, cheap cialis online it is an international issue, cheap cialis online and international solidarity for Palestinian human rights can create the conditions for a local solution. FB: Will you ever go back to Gaza? EJ: I am going back! I only meant to leave for a month, cheap cialis online I deeply miss Gaza. Cheap cialis online It became like a home to me, cheap cialis online I miss my friends and "family" there. Cheap cialis online Like so many activists that go to Palestine, cheap cialis online what we witness never leaves us. Cheap cialis online We learn from and are humbled by the people that we work with, cheap cialis online and it's an honor and a privilege to participate in this struggle. Frank Barat is a human right activist and coordinator of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine. Cheap cialis online He lives in the UK.Original article can be found at: http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11015.shtml