The Israeli attacks on medical hospitals and clinics and schools give us several messages — that the Israelis want the Palestinians in Gaza, especially, to live in under-developed, uneducated and under unhealthy conditions, to keep a bind on them, to keep control of them, to keep the blockade from sea, land and water. And we don’t understand any justifications for them doing this but to increase the suffering of the Palestinians in Gaza, to condition them to accept their terms.
But the Palestinians here — they are determined, even if they lost their houses, their property, their crops and their animals — they say “we will live in dignity, or we die. We don’t want to live under occupation anymore. We had it for 66 years, and we don’t want it anymore.” Everybody in the streets say “enough is enough. We either live free or just die, and it’s better for us.”
— Dr. Basman Alashi, director of al-Wafa hospital in Gaza, which was completely destroyed by the Israeli military yesterday