Saturday, 23 January 2010

BECAUSE PALESTINIANS IN GAZA UNDERSTAND THAT HAITI AND GAZA, AFTER LAST YEARS iSRAELI ONSLAUGHT, LOOKS THE SAME

Palestinians Rally for Haiti LA Times
LA Times

With one in five Gazans living in abject poverty, according
to the United Nations, extra money and food are hard to
come by.

Still, some are putting together what they can to donate to
the people of Haiti.

On Monday, a local group began a drive to collect money,
blankets, food and other items for donation to Haiti
through the Red Cross, the Palestinian Maan news agency
reported.

However, getting goods into and out of the Gaza Strip is
difficult due to the Israeli blockade, and food and
clothing donations have been turned away.

"People may be astonished at our ability to collect
donations from our people [in Gaza]; we tell them that this
is a humanitarian campaign and our people love life and
peace," said Jamal Khudary, head of the Committee to Break
the Siege, which organized the initiative.

"We feel for [the Haitians] the most because we were
exposed to our own earthquake during Israel’s war on Gaza,"
he told Maan.

The Palestinian Authority in the West Bank also has pledged
assistance to Haiti but has not specified what kind of aid
they would provide.

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