Monday, 19 November 2012

Gazans begræde Dalu familie dræbt af israelske bombe

There were few, if any visible tears on the intense, chaotic, lengthy funeral on Monday, Jamal and seven relatives among the 12 people killed the day before in the single deadly attacks since the latest hostilities between Israel and the Gaza Strip began on Wednesday after months of Palestinian militant rocket fire into Israel. Instead, there were fingers jabbing the air to signal "Allah is the only one," defiant chants about resistance and calls for revenge, in the Green Hamas flag and the white paper in its Al-Qassam Brigades signature.

On the destruction of the family home, a man Dalu climbed on top of the pile of rubble where a dozen photographers had positioned himself and hoisted the body in one of the four slain children in the air several times, as if a totem. At the mosque, was interrupted by the launching of a missile eulogy, which is tied to Israel. And at the cemetery, head of a Qassam directed, not even mourning but prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, warning, "we still have so much in our pockets, and we show you where we are."

Much of the militant splendor was probably meant as a message to the news media, and thus the world, given how Dalus immediately had been the face of the Palestinian cause. But the tone, much more fundamentalist than sad, was also a potent sign of martyrdom, as all parts of culture at this location, and the numbness, many here have developed for death and destruction after years of cross-border conflicts.

"This blood, which was delivered by your family will not go in vain," a Hamas minister told grieving in the mosque. "Of these children, these little flowers, rights rights are on our necks.

"We all have to die today or tomorrow," he added. "But the dead are martyrs and none died yesterday."

Avital Leibovich, a spokeswoman Lieutenant for the Israel Defense Forces, said it was "still out" Sunday afternoon strike on Dalu home in Al Nasser neighborhood, which she described as an accident. She said the target had been a man "responsible for rocket launch" from the neighborhood, and that 200 -300-rockets had been fired toward Israel under his command in recent days, but it was unclear whether the man even lived nearby.

The two-story structure had been Obliterated homes for 15 people in three generations. Patriarch, also known as Jamal, ran a shop in Al-Zawya market sells seeds, sugar, tea and other staples, which his grandfather had started and he had worked since childhood. He survived because he had been on the market when the bomb hit. Jamal's son Mohammed worked in the Hamas Government as a police officer; neighbors and relatives insisted that he was not a Qassam fighter or a political leader, although the extent of the militant presence at the funeral raised questions.

In addition to Mohammed, his wife and his four children, was Jamal's sister, wife and two daughters were killed in the attack, after the Hamas Ministry of health, as well as the two neighbours, an 18-year-old and his grandmother. Jamal and his wife, Tahani, had recently returned from their first pilgrimage to Mecca, relatives said, and was filled with joy and optimism from the experience. They have five surviving children, relatives said, including 18-year-old Abdullah, who was practically conducted funeral, his arms around the shoulders of two friends.

"This is occupation is doing injustice to the Palestinians," said the elder Mr. Dalu, in a brief interview in the House as he awaited the bodies will be moved from the morgue. "They have not given us a warning. They hit just the House with the kids in it. My daughters were in their youth. What have you done to them? "

But even if the deaths were condemned as a massacre, mourning was neither overwhelmed by emotions or tired, the current casualty count Paling conditions for 1,400 lost four years ago when the Israelis invaded Gaza.

As devout Muslims, many of them to want what they see as martyrdom in the fight for a Palestinian State. such funerals is a rhythm of life here, punctuating the bodies taken from the morgue to his family home, then to the mosque and the cemetery in which attracts large crowds ordered processions.

"We are accustomed to it, we got used to the killing," said Emad Al-Dalu, 35, an accountant and cousin to death. "Each of us has seen one of his relatives, one of his neighbors has died. We defend our rights. We can take more. "

Three-hour ritual was an almost all-male affair. Several dozen women Show bodies map in a home near pile rubble, one of them collapses in grief. But even close female relatives have followed basic course not service at the mosque, nor the burial.

So it was the men who conducted bodies: grown-ups on stretchers over their shoulders in the stretcher bearer style, and children, to be cradled in their arms as they walked, then ran through the normally traffic-clogged the city's now-empty streets. Some were wrapped in white sheets, others in the Palestinian or Hamas flags. Just head to the rear and would have sent the service at times.

The crowd ran down a long Hill, around several corners, and finally in the Sheikh Radwan cemetery, a messy mosaic of stone on a steep mound of dirt. That split it into several circles around the separate graves.

Jamal and two of his siblings were lowered vertically in a one-square-yard hole, the men are covered with a concrete slab and then dirt. Baby, 1-year-old Ibrahim, was buried along with her mother.

Hala Nasrallah and fares Anonymous contributed reporting.

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