This blog is under construction, as is this campaign. The idea for it started when a small group of internationals began riding with Gaza ambulances during Israel’s Dec 08/Jan 09 attacks on Gaza, in response to the deliberate targeting of medics by Israel. After the attacks, in which 16 of their colleagues were killed and 57 were injured, a cross section of emergency workers from a variety of Gaza organisations met and decided to send out a call for international solidarity, in the hope they may never again have to face similar illegal and devastating violence as they go about their work.
So far our numbers are small. So, we invite you to join us, whether you choose to lobby your politicians, to hold events to fundraise for emergency equipment, to twin your rescue/medical organisation with one in Palestine, to host a talk or event about Palestine in general or emergency work in particular, to offer training or trauma support whether at a distance or on the ground, or to travel to Palestine yourself to document and resist violence against emergency workers. You can also help expand, manage, and update this blog!
In the meantime, you can see what medics face in Gaza in the above short film, “One of…” made by Emad Badwan, which won the 2009 World Health Day Short Film Competition. It features footage taken by Alberto Arce (Spain) of the shooting of medic Hassan, with a voice over by Eva Bartlett(Canada), two of the internationals from the International Solidarity Movement, who rode with the ambulances.
“One Of” asks us the question – What if it was “one of” your family that needed emergency help, or whose work it was to try to deliver this help? This is 22 days telescoped into a few minutes. This is what we witnessed.