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PHOTOS: Hundreds March Against the Siege of Gaza

author: Elliot Stoller
Jan 04, 2009 13:40

On Saturday, January 3rd, about 500 hundred protesters rallied and marched in Seattle to demand the end of the violence in Gaza. Aid groups are warning of a dire humanitarian situation in Gaza, where water, food and medical supplies were running short for the 1.5 million people trapped in the Gaza Strip.



Israel is a signatory to international conventions that protect non-combatants in times of conflict. However, hundreds of Gazan civilians have died, and thousands have been injured since Israel began its attack on December 27th. Commissioner-General of United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA) Karen AbuZayd urged the Israeli Government to cease its bombardment on Gaza. Chris Gunness of the UNRWA reports that, "Medical supplies are in critically short supply. When you have a situation where houses are being blown up and women and children are being maimed, I would say that's a humanitarian crisis." Norwegian medics are reporting that some of the wounded civilians have traces of depleted uranium in their bodies. The Times of London is reporting that Israel is using chemical weapons, including white phosphorus shells, in densely populated Gaza.

As its attacks escalate, Israel denies it is doing anything wrong, Israeli cabinet secretary Oved Yehezkel stated, "There is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza." George W. Bush and the U.S. Congress have given Israel carte blanche to do whatever it wants. As each day of this Blitzkrieg continues, Gazans face American-supplied tanks, helicopters, and warships attacking by land, air, and sea.




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Great Photos
Posted by: Berd Whitlock at Jan 04, 2009 23:31

Great photos Elliot, nice work, thanks for sharing. I enjoy your photos, they are interesting and compelling, you have tremendous skill in capturing people in a flattering and meaningful way.

Photos from Gaza Protest
Posted by: Dorli Rainey at Jan 05, 2009 13:11

Thank you Elliot for always being where it counts and taking those great pictures.

Photos from Gaza Protest
Posted by: Maryrose at Jan 05, 2009 14:21

Elliot, thank you so much for always being there to take these great photos. You are not only a talented photographer but an exceptional human being, committed to the cause of human rights and social justice. It's nice to know, although the mainstream media may ignore these marches, that you will be there to record them. Thanks also to the organizers of this march for the outstanding job. Let's not stop here--boycott, divest, cut the funding!

Posted by: at Jan 05, 2009 22:39

it does not take talent to take pictures of people holding protest signs.

great photos
Posted by: sue c. at Jan 06, 2009 14:26

These photos ARE great and make me want to get involved and be there with the people. Some of them would be great blown up large and on the wall at some convention for peace...

Comment by experience
Posted by: Fan of Elliot-I think he is wonderful! at Jan 07, 2009 10:39

experience-if you have nothing nice to say why say anything at all? Whether you like the photos or not at least Eliot got off his ass and went out on a cold day and made these images and then took the time to post them.

If you want fine art visit the Vanity Fair website and see Annie the Great's photos made with dozens of assistants and stylists and a budget of $100,000 a day. Alas, it is 2009 and my New Years resolution prevents me from telling you to...

Posted by: Jim Roswell at Jan 07, 2009 16:50

Elliot's a gifted photographer. Good use of composition in the shots.

"Experience" tells me that people who make snide, underhanded comments online under a false name are cowards.

Peace Rally in Oslo
Posted by: James at Jan 10, 2009 12:22