Gaza reporter details the horror of the 51 days war in Gaza
September 17, 2015 by Grace Franklin
A video and a detailed account of what he saw during the 51 day war in Gaza in 2014, kept Max Blumenthal’s capacity audience totally attentive in the Renfield Church Centre on Monday 3 August 2015.
Quietly and calmly, this American journalist who is Jewish, showed how Palestinian youths were used as ‘human shields’ by Israeli military who fired guns over their shoulders forcing them to watch as their neighbours were shot dead. Or Max’s interview with a young man who showed the reporter where he used to keep his chickens and pointing out the knife he used for his chickens had been used to murder a man in that space which had blood splattered over the walls. Or the gruesome spot in a room with a baby’s cot where a man had been killed. Or the account of a family ordered out of their home by Israeli military who were asked: ‘Do any of you speak Hebrew?’ When the 70-year-old patriach said: ‘Yes’ he was shot.
Said Max: ‘I tried to make sure each person give their own testimony so that their story was not told in my voice but in their own.’
He explained that 20% of the houses had been destroyed and 100,000 people made homeless. More than 2000 Gazanians were killed as well as 66 Israeli soldiers.
‘More than 7000 155mm howitzer shells fell on civilians in a 24 hour period totally destroying that area,’ he said. ‘The Jewish Star of David was etched on furniture in some houses occupied by the Israeli forces. This made that religious symbol an object of hate and apartheid.’
‘I consider Gaza was the world’s biggest crime scene. There were so many cases of summary execution. Israeli leaders did not conceal what they were doing. One actually said: ‘the people of Gaza need to be brought down to size.’ ‘said Max Blumenthal.
As was expected, the journalist was questioned extensively after his presentation by a knowledgeable audience.