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Julie Webb-Pullman: Photo Essay from Gaza

Julie Webb-Pullman: Photo Essay from Gaza



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Against the wall in Gaza...Day Two


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Gaza has more than 2000 orphans, like these two we met today.


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No humanitarian crisis, the Israeli government says...


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Yet people are forced to live in shelters like this.


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Inside, the kitchen


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and adjoining bathroom


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have been serving this family since 1947.


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A few streets away this abode has a front door of sorts


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which leads to six rooms,


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four of which each house a family of 5 to 7 members


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whose women make the best


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of their kitchens


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and living quarters


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but this family has only one room for everything - bedroom, kitchen, bathroom in one


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They are the lucky ones - others' homes are totally destroyed, with no shelter


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or they cobble one together with whatever they can salvage from the bombed-out buildings.


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Does Netanyahu live like this...


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eat this diet of oranges


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and a few onions


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because the olive groves have been razed


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and once-productive land is now waste-land


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unable to be returned to productivity because building materials and agricultural supplies are not permitted to enter Gaza.


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and the fishing boats lie idle, fishermen forced to surf-cast because if they go more than 1000 yards out to sea they are fired on by Israeli warships


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such as this - so close to shore that I could photograph it .


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so men such as this cannot feed their families.


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and the people have only each other


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to rely on.


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and only one message.


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No humanitarian crisis...tell that to these 300 orphans


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Plenty of food - I don't think so.


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A future...only if the democratically-elected government receives the international respect and support it warrants.


ENDS

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