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.


4 Responses to “Welcome”

  1. Andrea Says:

    While the International Solidarity Movement claims to be a humanitarian organization dedicated to the principles of nonviolent resistance, it has demonstrated no interest in peace for Israelis. At a minimum, ISM has acted as an apologist for terrorism and, at times, actively abetted militants. ISM is a pro-Palestinian organization, set up by Palestinians, funded by Palestinians, and opposed to the two-state solution envisioned by the parties truly interested in peace.

    • defendtherescuers Says:

      ISM was founded by Israelis and Palestinians working together and operates on the principle of nonviolence. Readers may judge for themselves by reading the reports of ISM volunteers at http://www.palsolidarity.org and doing their own research.

    • Klawd Says:

      Andrea ISM aim to defend the rights of the occupied by nonviolent resistance, where does that give you the notion that the Israelis won’t have peace. If the Palestinians are given equal rights and the right of return then there will be peace for all. Israel must not continue with this ethnic cleansing. South Africa was stopped so must Israel. I have witnessed settler women spit and throw stones at young Palestinain girls trying to go to school whilst being watched by IOF soldiers. I have witnessed families of settlers, mums, dads and their children throw stones at homes of Palestinians whose children were screaming with fear. So for medics to be shot at by soldiers that’s easy, they were taught as kids to treat Palestinians that way. If you know of a way to create a society based on equality for all then lets hear it.

  2. Gaza Medic Accompanier Ewa speaking Jan 13 « Defend the Rescuers Says:

    […] Ewa Jasiewicz, who was accompanying Gaza medics during the attacks, will be speaking, showing Emad Badwan’s short film documenting this time entitled “One of…”, and selling Sharyn Lock’s “Gaza: Beneath the Bombs” which is an international […]

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