The shelling of a Gaza beach few days ago which resulted in several deaths, continues to be a priority story for Palestinian bloggers this week; specifically the unresolved issue of responsibility.
While Kabobfest takes a look at the findings, Moi from My Occupation thinks this may be another Israeli cover-up but wouldn’t be surprised if those responsible get away with it. Amal Amireh quotes a Times article detailing an admission by the Israeli army that their initial report was “flawed”.
“Predictably the US media fails to recognize the deaths of Palestinian children as the report that the IOF didn't do it from the folks who wreaked havoc in “the land without a people for a people without a land” headlines google news and yahoo main pages.”
“…and who ends up winning? NO ONE!!! The people here are hungry PA employees have not received their salaries in 4 months, the economy is going down the drain and Fatah and Hamas are fighting with each other”
“…difficult to really talk about anything in light of the ongoing tragedies back home…Gaza is on the brink of implosion, and I'm not sure how much more it can take.”
Elsewhere, President Abbas has apparently been taking fashion tips from blogger Al-Falasteenyia, who donned a similar graduation gown only a month earlier. While in another interesting post she explores the scientific nature of “Zionist claims that Palestine is exclusively Jewish and that Jews are biologically connected to the land.”
Katie Miranda of Postcards From Palestine tried to break the menacing tension of Hebron that she often describes on her blog, by putting on a little poi performance complete with fire chains in the company of an enthusiastic neighbourhood audience.
“In Palestine, we are depressed, we have the occupation and dealing with so many issues we can't even think about fun but I think its also normal Arabic mentality to be conservative in nature.”
“In one of the most gripping scenes, it shows Palestinian farmers reacting as Israelis cut down their olive trees to make way for the wall. One of the farmers jumps on the fallen trees and cries “my olives, my father!” as soldiers subdue him.”
Turab (soil or earth in Arabic) is an ensemble of seven musicians living in Palestine. Iman takes a look at their first album “Hada Leil”; a collection of original songs based on lyrics by contemporary Palestinian poets.
Last but not least, Osaid Rasheed looks at the negative affects that restrictions of movement have had on the health parameters of Palestinians, especially with the draining of funds from the international community due to the election of Hamas.