"World stands disgraced as Israeli shelling of schools kills at least 15"..
UN condems IDF attack on sleeping children as violation of international law
Death toll now more than 1,300 after three weeks of fighting.
( Excerpt from The Guardian newspaper)
At the UN school the first shell came just after the early morning call to prayer, when most of those taking shelter were asleep, crammed into classrooms with what few possessions they had managed to snatch as they fled their homes.About 3,300 people had squashed into Jabaliya Elementary A&B Girls' School since the Israeli military warned people to leave their homes and neighbourhoods or risk death under intense bombardment. Classroom number one, near the school's entrance, had become home to about 40 people, mostly women and children.As a shell blasted through the wall, showering occupants with shrapnel and spattering blood on walls and floors, Amna Zantit, 31, scrambled to gather up her three terrified infants in a panicked bid for the relative safety of the schoolyard. "Everyone was trying to escape," she said, clutching her eight-month old baby tightly. Minutes later, a second shell slammed through the roof of the two-storey school. At least 15 people were killed and more than 100 injured. Most were women or children.Pierre Krähenbühl, commissioner-general of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, said the shelling of the school was a "serious violation of international law by Israeli forces".Krähenbühl said: "Last night, children were killed as they slept next to their parents on the floor of a classroom in a UN-designated shelter in Gaza. Children killed in their sleep; this is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today the world stands disgraced."Khalil al-Halabi, the UN official in charge of the schools in the area, was quickly on the scene. Bodies were littered over the classroom, and the badly injured lay in pools of blood amid the debris and rubble caused by the blast. "I was shaking," he said. "It was very, very hard for me to see the blood and hear the children crying."
Gaza: nothing more shameful than attacking sleeping children, says Ban Ki-moon - video
UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon issues a statement, after a school in Gaza was shelled by Israeli forces on Wednesday
Thursday 31st of July 2014 09:00:01 AM
Jon Snow's plea for the children of Gaza...
Jon Snow: a tribute to the children of Gaza
"I’m back and in the comfort of this studio it is hard to imagine I was ever away. I don’t need to imagine though because what I saw is etched in my mind."
Read more in Jon Snow's blog: http://bit.ly/1khvuiz
Monday 28th of July 2014 09:53:16 AM
Gaza fighting continues as both sides reject each others' cease fire announcements. According to Unicef the death toll in Gaza has risen to more than 1,030, with 218 children killed, two thirds of them under the age of 12.
At some point in time the leaders will have to come to some kind of agreement, otherwise the future will be total oblivion on both sides…That has always been at the core of any statement I've ever made about this horrendous situation.
It's in everyone's best interest to find a peaceful solution.
Sunday 27th of July 2014 04:49:25 PM
No Winners - During the 17 day conflict in Gaza more than 700 Palestinians -mostly civilians- have been killed . Israeli has lost 32 soldiers in the violence. Cease fire ...Cease Fire ... Cease Fire!!!
Friday 25th of July 2014 03:33:14 AM
As yesterday's blog illustrated, the issue of what's happening in Gaza is deeply divisive and contentious, as it has been for decades.
One common theme of self interest both sides must surely share is that ordinary citizens want to live sustainably peaceful lives.
Tragically the extremity of the situation means that "carnage" is the modus operandi. It is a horrendous price to pay and will only extend the bloodbath further to create more instability for everyone caught up in it.
This Gordion knot of violence is not the way to a peaceful solution FOR EITHER SIDE and never will be. Blessed are the peace makers.. But where are they???!!!!
Tuesday 22nd of July 2014 06:03:20 PM
A young Palestinian boy wounded by shelling at a hospital in the Southern Gaza strip.. On the 14th day of conflict the death toll has reached 550. THE CARNAGE MUST STOP !!!
Monday 21st of July 2014 03:53:35 PM
On the move again.. Headin' out West.. Things to do.. Plans and schemes.. I'm on a mission .. Stay with me people.. Stay with me...
Sunday 20th of July 2014 10:00:00 AM
Sending a message of heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the relatives and friends of the victims of the Malaysian airlines plane that was shot down over Eastern Ukraine by a surface to air missile.
Including those who perished were estimated to be as many as one hundred attendees of this year's Global AIDS Conference which is due to start tomorrow in Melbourne, Australia. Veteran HIV researcher Clive Aspin was quoted as saying
" These people were the best and the brightest, the ones who had dedicated their whole careers to fighting this terrible virus. It's devastating."
Professor Richard Boyd, director of the Monash Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories, said " There were some serious HIV leaders on that plane. This will have ramifications globally because whenever you lose a leader in any field, it has an impact. That knowledge is irreplaceable." Although I'm not able to attend this year's conference, my thoughts are with everyone there, who I know will be absolutely devastated by these tragic circumstances.
Saturday 19th of July 2014 08:53:47 AM
I wish those sparkly Peace tour shoes could work a little magic. This world is tarnished by the horror of violent conflict.. It makes me feel despairing and impotent..to be frank.
Sunday 13th of July 2014 01:39:49 PM
My old sparkling stage shoes..I wore them on Eurythmics Peace tour back in the day...
Friday 11th of July 2014 03:25:49 PM
Glorious evening skies of secret London..there ya go!
Wednesday 9th of July 2014 01:01:53 PM
Now you're talking
Look out for me.. I'll be hovering around the bed linen department!
Sunday 6th of July 2014 08:36:31 AM
Has anybody heard of a Website called "Roots for Real?" They can analyse your DNA to give you an idea of where your maternal geographic ancestral roots lie..generally within the last 300-400 generations since the end of the last Ice Age..I had it done a few years ago, as you can see on the map!
Monday 30th of June 2014 02:22:11 PM
What a girl needs....
Minnie Mouse ears
A rhinestone buckled belt
A tea cup and saucer
A braided leather neck tie
Two Polaroid photographs
And a fake diamante necklace...
Sunday 29th of June 2014 09:37:25 AM
Sunflowers for Saturday! I guess there's a few people out there knee high in mud and life right now..I've never been much of a festival goer myself.. Too fond of my creature comforts to be honest .. Preferred to be on stage than looking up at it, truth be told.. Stay safe and dry all you revellers and don't get trench foot for god's sake!
Saturday 28th of June 2014 02:11:25 PM
Generation Gap .. My adolescence was punctuated by a phenomena described as the "Generation Gap" - a term less heard of these days. Broadly speaking, I think the relationship between parents and their children is somewhat different compared to the 60's and 70's. One of the reasons might be that the generation born around the 1930's still unquestioningly believed in the authority and experience of their fathers and mothers. The 60's (in the Western world) was all about challenging authority.. and so we alienated our parents and felt alienated from them. I think there's far more dialogue now.. ( again.. broadly speaking) where parents are prepared to listen to their kids and admit that they don't always have the right answers to everything. Any perfect parents out there?
Friday 27th of June 2014 10:59:30 AM
Sights of Secret London.. A "scooter park" outside the local nursery school...totally en vogue for the under fives! Tots are pedalling everywhere..
Thursday 26th of June 2014 09:40:39 AM
Back to Secret London..Thank you for all your thought provoking posts yesterday..So many interesting points of view. Of course slavery has never gone away...It manifests in multitudinous forms. What I was saying is that today's consumerist society is deeply intertwined with so many unwholesome and unacceptable practices that we can never fully distance ourselves from... And in this particular case..actually... Yes! I DO believe that consumers have enough collective power to boycott the purchase of jumbo shrimp to make a change to the status quo of slavery. Consumers have a ton of power to make a difference if they're made aware enough to want to take action. Supermarkets listen when the demand for their supply is reduced. No question about that.
Wednesday 25th of June 2014 04:27:49 PM
Sugar As The New Tobacco.. I've innocently consumed sugar in sweets drinks and deserts for decades.The fillings in my teeth are testimony to the fact . There's something powerful about the comfort of sweetness.. The18th century industrialisation of sugar arose from the profits from slavery. Cut to ..Did you know that jumbo shrimp from Thailand is procured through the servitude of 21st century slaves? I was only recently made aware of this... but it's true. Slavery is alive and well in a supermarket near you.
Tuesday 24th of June 2014 08:11:17 AM
Back in the USSR!!..Sucker for a disco glitter ball anywhere -any time ps ..it's raining here.
Monday 23rd of June 2014 04:33:17 PM
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