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Conditions in Gaza

As of yesterday, Day 36 of the Israel Palestine conflict, Jewish Voice for Peace health committee reported over 11,000 killed. (67% of this number are women and children) Over 27,000 are injured. 270 health facilities have been attacked, 60% of hospitals and 71% of primary health centers are shut down.
198 medical staff, and over 45 journalists have been killed. 1.6 million people (67% of Gazans) are internally displaced. Electricity had been out for 31 days and there is no fuel.

Local physician, author, filmmaker and activist, Dr. Alice Rothchild has been working in solidarity with Palestinian medical organizations since 2004. She’s an author on healthcare in Palestine, the latest book one being Condition Critical, Life and Death in Israel/Palestine. Dr. Rothchild has more recently, written children’s books set in Palestine. A young adult novel, Finding Melody Sullivan came out earlier this year, and a middle grade book, Old Enough to Know, will drop later this year.  Dr. Rothchild also directed the documentary, Voices Across the Divide, available free on vimeo. She speaks about what she’s witnessed in Gaza and her journey in understanding conditions there.

Producer: Yuko Kodama and Lucy Braginski

Photo: from Dr. Alice Rothchild



Families in Solidarity with Palestine

In Gaza, Israeli attacks have killed 8,000 women and children (70% of fatalities). Today, the two largest hospitals in Gaza have stopped functioning as they’ve run out of fuel and are surrounded by Israeli forces.

Meanwhile, yesterday, 300-400 hundred people gathered in Seattle’s Columbia Park for a Ceasefire march around the block and rally for families and children. Participants sang songs, painted murals and prayer flags for Palestine, and wrote postcards addressed to state elected officials to demand a ceasefire.

Listen to some sounds and voices from the event. You may hear the rain in some of the clips.

A longer highlight of this event will broadcast tomorrow on KBCS during the Grit at 7 am.

Producer: Yuko Kodama 

Photos: Yuko Kodama



second row – Miwa Nietering (age 6), Nazia Siddiqi

third row – Rose Waterstone and Cypress Waterstone (age 10)

fourth row – Loren, Zachary, Theo, Tony and Didi; mural of handprints

sixth row – the march was around the block

seventh row – Macy Ratliffe “Don’t let the world forget about us. Free Palestine”

eighth row – table to write post cards to Washington state elected officials

ninth row – artwork by Ruth Wilson Gilmore

tenth row – art tent to contribute to the mural and to create prayer flags



Non Profit Aid Organizations in Palestine

While negotiations for a ceasefire between Israeli and Hamas officials are announced, 7,028 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza during this war according to Al Jazeera news from today. 2,913 of the dead are children.  More than 1,709 of the fatalities, women.  Over 1,405 Israelis have been killed.  In addition, over 17,000 in Palestine have been injured. These numbers are from Aljazeera and Palestine Red Cross and are confirmed by Human Rights Watch. 50% of Palestinian residential units are destroyed. Most of the 65 sewage pumping stations are not operational.  11 water sanitation facilities are destroyed. (numbers from OCHA and Palestine Health Ministry)

Palestinian American activist, Linda Sarsour was in Vancouver, Washington on October 25th to speak at the Washington State Faculty and Staff of Color Conference.  KBCS’s Yuko Kodama was there and recorded an excerpt of Sarsour’s response to an audience question about aid to Palestine.

The two organizations Linda Sarsour refers to are below:

Palestinian American Medical Organization (PAMA)


Producer: Yuko Kodama – Special thanks to Washington State Faculty and Staff of Color Conference and Linda Sarsour for permission to record and broadcast

Photo: Baitulmaal