On 01 June Israeli snipers shot and killed Razan al-Najjar, a 21-year-old volunteer paramedic in Gaza. She was wearing a white medical coat , and was tending wounded protestors when she was shot. She and other paramedics had approached the wounded, with their hands in the air.
Another unarmed Palestinian shot by a heavily armed military that boasts that they know exactly what they are doing. She’s not the first to be killed , not even the first woman, not the first paramedic. Maybe the first woman paramedic to be targeted.
What motivated Razan to be a first responder instead of waiting back in a tent for victims to be bought to her by male paramedics? She had told interviewers that she wanted to prove that being a first responder was a woman’s job too, and that her father was proud of her.
She told interviewers last month, “We have one goal, to save lives and evacuate people. And to send a message to the world: Without weapons, we can do anything.”
Razan al Najjar lived in a farming village east of Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip. Her father had a shop that sold motorcycle parts, which was destroyed in an Israeli air strike during the 2014 bombings.He has since been unemployed.
The eldest of six children, Razan did not score well enough in her high school exams to attend university, so instead she chose to train for two years at a hospital in Khan Younis, as a paramedic. She then volunteered with the Palestinian Medical Relief Society.
Her father reports that his daughter rose before dawn on Friday June 01, to eat and pray before the start of the daily, sunrise-to-sunset Ramadan fast.
That was the last time he saw her.
KiaOraGaza has a link to an interview with her.
Can you imagine the reaction of the West’s media and Western Governments, if, God forbid, a missile, rock, whatever, launched, or thrown by a Palestinian, any Palestinian, maybe a ‘lonewolf’, anywhere, killed a young Israeli volunteer nurse giving aid?
Why does the West continue to turn a blind eye to Israel’s blatant contempt for international law..to Israel’s oppression of Palestinians which Noam Chomsky describes as sadistic?
Every world leader who looks the other way is complicit. At least NZ is not selling weapons to Israel, like the Americans and British are.
But unless our Government shows real anger and expels the Israeli Embassy, then New Zealand is complicit too.
So here is an open question to the Government. How many Palestinians would have to be slaughtered before the Government would follow the example of South Africa and shut down the Israeli Embassy ?
How many children? How many journalists holding cameras and wearing jackets marked PRESS? How many paramedics?
How many 21-year old women volunteer paramedics?
Is there a Red Line?
And why is it impossible to get the world’s powerful, including the media they control, to even consider that maybe …
PALESTINIAN LIVES MATTER !!!
Lois Griffiths is a human rights activist.