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category derry | anti-war / imperialism | news report author Sunday January 25, 2009 14:16author by George Rowauthor email gh_row at yahoo dot co dot uk Report this post to the editors

Members of DAWC read the names of children killed in Gaza

In the centre of Derry, on Saturday 24th of January 2009 members of Derry Anti-war Coalition (DAWC) read a list of the names of more than 400 children killed by Israel's attack on Gaza over the last month.
Reading the names of children killed by Israeli bombing.
Reading the names of children killed by Israeli bombing.

Within days of the 37th anniversary of Derry's Bloody Sunday and a few hundred metres from many of the incidents of that day, members of Derry Anti-war Coalition (DAWC) marked the deaths of more than four hundred Palestinian children as the result of the assault on Gaza by the Israeli military.

They did so by reading a list of the name and age of each child whose death has been recorded in Gaza. Speeches were kept to a minimum as the simple reading of the name and age of each child killed took forty minutes.

The Gaza strip is slightly (about 10%) smaller in area than the area administered by Derry City Council (360 sq km compared to 390 sq km). It has a population density of more than 4,000 people per square kilometre - compared to Derry's 280 people per sq km.

In the last month the people of Gaza have seen 1,330 Palestinians killed by Israel's assault on their crowded strip of land - a hundred Bloody Sundays in three weeks. These deaths included 437 children and 108 women. More than 5400 people have been injured.

One of the readers pointed out that many of the names would sound similar to a Western ear reflecting the fact that whole extended families were wiped out as residential areas were flattened by Israeli bombing.

Many shoppers stopped and stood in silence, shopping in hand, as the list was read. The poignance of children playing safely on the streets of Derry while their parents stood listening, was not lost on passers by.

American arms manufacturer Raytheon, who have a plant in Derry, supply many of the bombs, missiles and associated guidance systems, used to massacre the civilians of Gaza. Hence the DAWC speakers closed by calling upon Derry City Council to tell Raytheon that they are not welcome in the City.

Reading names of children killed by Israel using Raytheon weapons
Reading names of children killed by Israel using Raytheon weapons

A child safe in the streets of Derry
A child safe in the streets of Derry

"Many of the names sound similar as whole families were killed."
"Many of the names sound similar as whole families were killed."

A child looks on while the name of the dead are read out.
A child looks on while the name of the dead are read out.

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   re: photos & action     redjade    Mon Jan 26, 2009 11:58 
   Mothers Across the World for Gaza     George Row    Thu Feb 05, 2009 13:35 
   Mothers Across the World     Joy Wolfe    Thu Feb 05, 2009 14:57 
   Rubbish     Tom    Thu Feb 05, 2009 16:16 
   A Passing Comment     Mr Man    Thu Feb 05, 2009 17:18 
   Tom's rubbish comment     Joy Wolfe    Thu Feb 05, 2009 20:41 
   Some compulsory reading for Tom and all those who would deny the rise of antisemitism     Joy Wolfe    Thu Feb 05, 2009 21:31 
   Holocaust Denial - indeed a terrible thing     George Row    Thu Feb 05, 2009 23:08 
   A Passing Comment     Mr Man    Fri Feb 06, 2009 13:26 
 10   typing ... AAArgh     George Row    Fri Feb 06, 2009 16:19 


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