EYEWITNESSES DESCRIBE MILITARY AND HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN LEBANON AND GAZA

07/13/06

Our guests: Dr. Mona El-Farra and Pilar Saad gave us two perspectives on the growing crisis in the Middle East.

Dr. MONA EL-FARRA, http://fromgaza.blogspot.com A physician and community activist in northern Gaza, El-Farra wrote in Monday's Boston Globe: "Most Gazans ... believe that Israel's latest assault was pre-planned, that the soldier's capture is merely a trigger. Israel dropped thousands of shells on Gaza, killing women, children and old people, long before his capture. This time, Israel attacked Gaza within hours of a national consensus accord signed by Fatah and Hamas, which could have led to negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis. That would have pushed Israel to give up control of Palestinian land and resources." The doctor described to WMNF the conditions in Gaza- Israeli gunboats off the coast waiting to attack, power shortages, contaminated water and the stress on the children.

Pilar Saad is a Tampa resident who is in Lebanon for the wedding of her daughter. She described what she's been seeing and reading in the Lebanese press about the Israeli attacks on Lebanon.

Ahmed Bedier, co-host of WMNF's TRUE TALK program and an Arab/Islamic civil rights activist also joined us to give his perspective on the crisis.

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