From The Star 12 Aug 2010:
Muslims in Gaza make do with essential foodstuff during Ramadan
By ZANI SALLEH
GAZA CITY: Like Muslims elsewhere, the faithful here look forward to spending time in worship and being close to family and friends during Ramadan.
Despite often being without proper meals and jobs, families here feel blessed that there are enough compassionate and helpful hands to make life easier for them in this troubled land during this auspicious season.
Is he talking about the evilzalimkejam Israelis – who during Ramadan and Eid al-Adha 2009 provided Gaza with 11,000 head of cattle (worth 8.8 million meals of beef)?
Or maybe he means the over 1,000,000 tons of humanitarian supplies delivered by Israel in 18 months up to July 2010 (nearly 1 ton of aid for every man, woman and child in Gaza).
Or it could be more recent events he is referring to, like the 94,500 tons of supplies from January to March 2010, including:
- 40,000 tons of wheat (worth 53 million loaves of bread)
- 2,760 tons of rice (worth 69 million servings)
- 1,987 tons of clothes and footwear (equivalent weight of 3.6 million pairs of jeans)
- 553 tons of milk powder and baby food (worth over 3.1 million days of baby formula)
It must be all part of some sinister, imperialist, Zionist plan! Probably the Juice intend to make Gazans die from heart attacks and stroke, because Palestinians are currently the 3rd (women) and 8th (men) most obese people in the world:
Fortunately, those Zionazis didn’t count on the Ramadan fast slimming all those fat-but-starving Palestinians down to a more healthful size (silly Juice!):
The nearly 1.5 million people in the city that had been ripped by Israeli bombings, started their ritual fast and abstinence on Tuesday. On the eve of Ramadan, many families were seen looking for things and stocking up their kitchens with essential foodstuff for sahur (the pre-dawn meal) in preparation for the dawn-to-dusk fast the next day.
Members of the humanitarian aid mission under the banner of 1Malaysia Putera Club had their first experience of performing the terawih (special prayers after the mandatory isya prayers) on the first night in Gaza. “In Malaysia, after terawih, we would sit around and chat.
“Here, some of the followers would collect some leftovers from the breaking of fast session in preparation for their sahur,” said a Malaysian volunteer.
For Abd Al-Rahman Bashir, 24, who works only when jobs are available, he feels lucky to be a volunteer for the Palestinian Red Crescent.
“Although I cannot afford a life of luxury, I make do with whatever is available and affordable – one at a time.
Yeah, the kind of luxuries available to the ‘poor, starving, deprived’ Gazans like this:
Ooh, maybe some of this:
Or how about a trip to Sunway Gazoon:
“Life itself is not static. It is variable. There’s nothing here to guarantee our safety. We have to keep moving on, “ he said, with a tinge of philosophy.
“Anyway, in this sacred month, nothing in this world can keep us down.”
Abd Al-Rahman, who lives in Der Al Balah, does not appear worried about his family and neighbours.
He sees the children playing happily next to the Culture Ministry in Gaza-Mustafa Hafez Street, in the part of a downtown area where rubbles of destruction stand.
These children, who live near a spot hit by Israeli missiles, seem to be in high spirits that appear to be sending out a message: “Please, we are not asking for a dollar or a cent – simply a peaceful surrounding to live in.”
Maybe if Hamas didn’t send 3000 rockets a year to Israel, Israel wouldn’t send some missiles back.
And it’s quite easy to tell what spots Israeli missiles don’t hit – it’s basically any UN/humanitarian/holyreligious building that Hamas is not using as a combat base, including…
Buildings designated for foreign journalists:
And your house:
Friendly word of advice: Be careful who you invite into your house for Raya, it could be a Hamas fighter who will proceed to set up a mortar launcher on your buka puasa table!
And of course, those kids can easily find ‘a peaceful surrounding to live in’… It’s wherever Hamas heroes don’t use them as a human shield:
PS. Hey, is there any learned and devout scholar who can tell me whether it is considered okay to accidentally swallow some rocket launch smoke, or does that count as breaking puasa?