16 Nov

Israel prepares to expand its brutal military operations in Gaza

“We are in the midst
of an attack that will continue and grow. There is no hourglass.”
– Israel’s
Brigadier-General Yoav Mordechai
Dear The O’Leary,

As you probably
know by now, Israel had been bombing Gaza for the past few days. Already,
several children have been killed and dozens more have been wounded, as
airstrikes continue and Israel is calling up ground troops. Hamid Younis Abu Daqqa, 13, was killed when Israeli helicopters
machine-gunned a soccer field while he was playing with some

This morning I spoke to Dr. Mona El Farra, MECA’s Gaza
Projects Director, as she hurried to prepare her home to protect herself and her
family from explosions and shattering glass.

“Right now, Gaza is
under extensive Israeli military attack,”
she told me. “Our hospitals
are already lacking essential emergency medications, and citizens are being
called on for emergency blood donations, but it is not safe to travel.”
continued, “We do not have electricity; I am using backup power to get this
message to you because we expect more escalation.”

“At lease two
children have been killed so far today including 7 year-old Ranan Arafat, and at
least 6 children are critically injured, their charred bodies have been arriving
in Gaza’s Shifa hospital for the past 3 hours. 25 airstrikes all over the Gaza
Strip have occurred, and there is an expectation of a possible Israeli land
invasion very soon. Move. Act now to stop another Gaza bloodbath. Inaction
around the world has led us to this point. Act now!”

Before we said goodbye, Mona said: “The children of Gaza are
terrified – there are children who lack medicine, food, who feel a lack safety
and have no shelters.”

At MECA we are doing our best to control our
tears and our rage and figure how best to help those in need. As Israel prepares
to expand its brutal military operations in Gaza, we ask that you
please look for updates and actions alerts from us in the next few

Many thanks for your concern as these terrible events


Ziad Abbas,
Associate Director,

continue to check our website and Facebook page for news and action

Younis Abu Daqqa, 13, always wore his Real Madrid shirt when he played soccer
with his friends. He died wearing the same shirt. READ MORE

health ministry said 10 civilians have been killed, including two young children
– an 11-month-old and a six-year-old – while at least 45 people were wounded, 10
of them in critical condition.” READ MORE


Local organizations in the
San Fransisco Bay Area have organized an emergency demonstration tonight in
front of the Israeli Consulate.
WHERE: Consulate General of Israel
456 Montgomery St Ste 1500, San Francisco, California

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