Fida Qishta, Freelance journalist and Gaza Strip Coordinator for the International Solidarity Movement
Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, independent Palestinian lawmaker and democracy activist
Gideon Levy, journalist with the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz
Ali Abunimah, author of One Country: A Bold Proposal to End the Israeli-Palestinian Impasse and co-founder of The Electronic Intifada. His latest piece is called ‘We Have No Words Left’ published today in London’s Guardian newspaper.LISTEN ONLINE
By the fifth day of Israel's airborne assault on Gaza the tiny Strip's hospitals are in the same position as its cemeteries, unable to receive any more corpses and turning away all but the most critically injured victims of Israel's F16 fighter jets and Apache helicopters.
As Al-Ahram Weekly went to press on Wednesday the death toll had reached 400. Mowaeya Hassanein, head of the Hospitalising Unit in the Palestinian Health Ministry, reported 2,000 injured thus far. Sixty per cent of those killed, says Hassanein, are civilians, 14 per cent of them children.
Meanwhile, Israel continued shelling security command centres and Interior Ministry institutions of Ismail Haniyeh's Hamas government. Mosques, local council buildings, factories, blacksmith workshops and sport centres were also razed.
More than 60 police stations and security centres have been destroyed. The Israeli air force has flattened two campuses of the Islamic University in Gaza -- the largest educational institute in the occupied territories -- together with 100 residential buildings, 15 of which were occupied. Security sources say Israeli fighter jets have released more than 100 bombs on Gaza, each weighing one tonne.