07 March 2008

Trouble In Gaza - Some Graphic Pictures

From time to time, I think it is necessary for us to remember that we Sikhs are not the only people who have serious difficulties, especially among those who are struggling with self-determination.

I hope all our readers are familiar with what is currently occurring between Israel and the Gaza Strip. Neither side is without error, but the humanitarian crisis is reaching biblical proportions. The people there are quite desperate simply trying to survive. As I understand it, food, water and medicines are in short supply. These are human beings, who breathe, love, fight and die, just like you and me.

I received this from the organisation AVAAZ:


Israel and Gaza are on the brink of war. A ground assault has left many dead, and the rain of rockets only spreads. Israel is now considering a full-scale invasion of Gaza, which has never worked before. The only answer is a ceasefire deal, already suggested by Hamas and supported by 64% of Israelis and some senior cabinet ministers. With international help, this could make civilians on both sides safer.

Peace itself is at stake in the coming days, as are thousands of lives. But both sides know they are in a battle for global legitimacy, and international opinion matters. We need to raise a massive worldwide outcry for a Gaza ceasefire now - sign the emergency petition below, we will deliver it to senior Israeli and Palestinian leaders and in a billboard campaign:

We call for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal to stop the bloodshed and agree to an immediate ceasefire, and for the international community to engage constructively and help broker a fair deal for the safety of civilians on both sides.
To sign their petition, please go to: Avaaz Petition for Cease Fire in Gaza. Please go right away! Time is running out!

Without further comment, I offer you some recent pictures from the Gaza Strip. I warn you, they aren't easy to look at, but please look and understand. We Sikhs are not cowards. So please look.

'One picture is worth a thousand words.'