Channel 4 can’t run run this heart-wrenching video on Gaza’s wounded children, because U.K. laws ban TV stations from broadcasting biased news. That’s why they had to post this report on YouTube, instead. But what’s our excuse? Biased news reporting is perfectly legal here in the good old U.S. of A.
Jon Snow (no, not that Jon Snow) is a well-known, trusted newscaster across the pond. He has lately had the misfortune of covering events in Gaza, as the Israel-Palestine conflict escalates. Since starting with Channel 4 in 1984 as a White House correspondent, Snow has reported news from around the world with the non-biased objectivity required by law.
43.5 percent of people in Gaza are under 15 years old.
Alas, Snow’s visit to Gaza’s al-Shifa Hospital proved too much, even for a seasoned reporter like him. In a strikingly emotional video produced last week, Snow describes the horrors he saw, and reminds us that the population in Gaza mostly consists of children.
“I’m back, and in the comfort of this studio, it’s hard to imagine I was ever away. I don’t need to imagine, though, because what I saw is still etched in my mind.
What I never knew is what I know now, which is that those people who live in Gaza are mainly the unbelievably young. The average age is 17. That means about a quarter of a million are under 10.”
That’s right. British and American taxpayers are helping Israel terrorize and murder a country full of children and teenagers just so we can keep the oil flowing. According to a 2013 Gaza Strip demographics profile (via Index Mundi), 43.5 percent (767,005) of the 1,763,387 human souls living precariously on the Gaza strip are under 15 years old. An additional 20.9 percent (368,155) are under 25 years old.
And for those of us who haven’t figured out that the Israel-Palestine conflict basically amounts to a war on children, Snow drives his point home:
“In a very densely packed urban area, if you decide to throw missiles, shells and the rest, then you will undoubtedly kill children.”
How can Gaza’s parents possibly childproof a war zone?
At Gaza’s al-Shifa hospital, Snow went to the third floor and visited children with horrific injuries, and nearly lost it when he saw the beautiful little girl shown in the photo above:
“That’s where I found this two-and-a-half-year-old with panda-sized, huge, suppurating, round, panda-like wounds that almost prevented her eyes from opening at all. They were the consequence of a broken skull and a fractured nose.”
Watch Snow’s report on Gaza.
Snow isn’t the only seasoned war-zone denizen to get emotional in Gaza. Think Progress reports that Chris Gunness from the United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) actually burst into tears during an interview about children killed during an artillery shelling.
Snow spoke with a Norwegian doctor who told him that so far, 1,310 children are reported as wounded, and 166 have died.
“But that number is growing all the time. That is what makes this something that every one of us has to confront. We have to know that in some way we actually share some responsibility for those deaths.”
Snow adds that these atrocities will continue unless we demand that our governments do something about it.
“Because for us, it has no priority whatever to stop it. Our United Nations, our government, our world is not that interested.
The fact that you’re watching this, that you’ve chosen to watch it, means that you’re actually motivated to do something. And that, in the end, is the greatest hope that the people in Gaza have.
We cannot let it go on. […] Together, we can make a difference.”
This writer also wants to note that the Israel-Palestine conflict hasn’t exactly been a picnic for folks in Israel either, as Eitan Chitayat writes in “Shalom, motherf****r” after tucking his baby son into bed and enduring day 10 of non-stop bombardment. It’s hard to blame him for his anger against those of us who sympathize with the Palestinian people. Unfortunately, his troubles were caused by his own government’s (and, by extension, our government’s) acts of aggression.
How you can help Gaza’s children.
Here’s what you can do to help both Israeli and Palestinian children in or along the Gaza strip.
- Donate to Save the Children: They’re providing humanitarian aid to both Palestinian and Israeli children harmed by the conflict.
- Contact our lawmakers: Find contact information for your senators and representatives at Open Congress, and demand that we stop funding Israel’s aggression and pressure the Israeli government to pursue piece and end apartheid against the Palestinians.
Still think Palestinians are to blame?
Yes, Hamas is a terrorist organization. But — unlike Israel — Hamas is not a democratically elected government, and does not represent the people of Palestine. As a home to persecuted Jewish people from around the world, and an ally of the United States, the world should hold Israel to higher standards.
And for those who claim those who sympathize with the people of Palestine are antisemitic Israel-haters who conveniently ignore the fact that Hamas is a terrorist organization, read this article by Omar Baddar from Salon: “Debunking the myths about Gaza: The truth behind Israeli and Palestinian talking points.”
Or, if you’re short on time, here’s a summary:
Israel claimed they escalated the conflict because three Israeli teens were kidnapped and killed on the West bank. But Israel’s supporters conveniently ignore the fact that they killed a Palestinian man and 10-year-old child with an air strike the day before. Oh, and then there was that incident a few weeks before where Israeli soldiers murdered a group of unarmed teenagers — and got caught on video while doing it.
Oh, and what about Israel’s system of de-facto apartheid, and all those illegal Israeli settlements that that blatantly violate international law, not that the United Nation will actually do anything about it. And that recording with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talking about manipulating the U.S. and deliberately scuttling peace process mandated by the Oslo Accords.
Featured image: Screen grab via U.K. reporter Jon Snow‘s Channel 4 report on YouTube.