Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Israeli jets gave free airshow over Gaza
A COUPLE OF ISRAELI FIGHTERS gave foreign visitors to Gaza an air show on Tuesday norning, thus encroaching into Palestinian airspace. I asked our guide from the Foreign Ministry, Ahmed. He just shrugged his shoulders and said that this so-called airshow has been a regular feature in the Palestinian sky. My team and I stood in silence watching the fighter pilots flaunting their skills. The show was so high up that we couldn't hear the roar of the jets, but the display stopped many people in their tracks. As it turned out, there was reportedly some kind of explosion which killed an Israeli soldier in south Gaza. The jets could very well have been sending a message to Palestinians that the death of the soldier could trigger a military action from the Israelis. As for me and my team of Yayasan Salam volunteers, we were taken on a tour of some of the residential locations that were bombed and destroyed. Some 5,000 homes were apparently completely destroyed. The locals went about their business in the usual manner, according to Ahmed, the ministry official who is just 25 and recently married. Ahmed promised to share more background information on the recent war in Gaza, insisting that the Palestinians' will to survive will prevail.