Tag Archive | Children

The latest Gaza and Israel Conflict

The last week has been a sad one with the tension and violence increasing between Gaza and Israel. There was one difference for me this time, I was initially shocked to see it being tweeted all over Twitter. Blow by blow accounts of what was going on and a cycle started. I started following some of the key accounts on both sides following this latest round of violence. Then unfollowing because it was too intense and upsetting….then re-following. Etc. I eventually honed it down to a few, mainly, British journalists and activists. To see violence played out like this, like a ticker tape of death and destruction is both a bit surreal and can be very upsetting. Especially when you start placing yourself theoretically in their shoes wondering “what would I do?”.

Like the family of 10 that got bombed in Gaza killing most family members…or the Israeli mum of 8 children fearing for her children’s lives. If that was us, here, I would have half a chance of legging it with Little Z in our arms. But what do you do when you have more than one child? How do you protect those that mean most to you?

The statistics from the United Nations web site show the following:

Latest statistics:

• As at 22 November (15:00 hrs), an estimated 103 Palestinian civilians, including 33 children and 13 women have been killed. Over 1269 Palestinians are reportedly injured, the majority civilians.
• As at 22 November (15:00 hrs), an estimated 298 houses in Gaza have been destroyed or seriously damaged. More than 1,700 houses have sustained minor damage.
• As at 22 November (15:00 hrs), four Israeli civilians have been killed and 224 are reported injured, the vast majority civilians.

(Note: Other sources show the final stats are slightly higher than those shown above).

These are just the latest stats from the latest conflict. The stats from the 2009 are much higher, in the thousands and equally alarming.

Majority are civilians. Children, innocent women and innocent men.

How is this not important to people in “War”? People seem to think it is OK to say “Well, this is the nature of War”….really? Which means it is OK if children, and the innocent are caught up in the cross fire / that bomb / that rocket? Because it is War….and “it is more complicated than that / there are militants / it was a mistake”.

And the World leaders continue to sit by and not do very much other than use the word “condemn” quite a lot. There is ceasefire now, of course this is brilliant but for how long? This has now been going on and on and on for years, decades, and the death toll is tallying up like a ticker tape gone slightly mental. And even now, in the 21st century it is OK because “this is the nature of this situation….and the situation in the Middle East is complicated”.

So this cycle continues. The bombing….the death…the injury….rebuilding….negotiations almost brokered….negotiations breaking down….escalating tension….and back to violence.

But it is not OK to kill so many children and innocent. It is not OK for World leaders to sit by and do nothing. It is not OK to plant bombs on buses. It is not ok to fire rockets at civilian areas. It is not OK to keep a population living in the West Bank surrounded by a wall, that is at least 2 x times the height of the Berlin wall, because of self defence. The latter may not be in Gaza itself but is an atrocity all the same.

Keeping children and the innocent safe and free is the most fundamental basic human right. It is completely tragic that this does not exist.

This is the picture I was once sent in a forwarded email to show the comparison between the Berlin and the Palestinian wall. It runs 800km in the West Bank. The wall takes a variety of forms mainly either a cement structure or a wired / electric fence.

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You can read more about it here.

What You Can Do..,

I originally wrote this as an angry rant just as the 8 days of rocket fires between Southern Israel and Gaza was coming to an end.

I’ve since read some brilliant things about what people like you and me can do to help put an end to some of what is going on, particularly to help the people of Palestine.

Dorky Mum has written a very detailed and excellent post about the general situation in Israel and Palestine. She calls it a David and Goliath situation which pretty much hits the nail on the head.

Did you know that since the ceasefire last week that the blockade is still in place? It is currently being negotiated. Oxfam reports the following:

Since the blockade started, a third of Gazas businesses have closed and 8 out of 10 of its population now needs aid to get by.

Oxfam currently have a petition aimed at lifting the blockade. They need 10,000 signatures. You can help by adding your signature right here.

MummyBarrow

A Mother’s Prayer for Her Child By Tina Fey

I don’t usually repost posts – but I was stumbling around on Stumble Upon and discovered this.  Its so funny but so spot on…..enjoy!  Does this count as a Flashback Friday? 😉

(Thanks to Melody Godfred for letting me repost this.  Go check out her blog for some good read)…

First, Lord: No tattoos. May neither Chinese symbol for truth nor Winnie-the-Pooh holding the FSU logo stain her tender haunches.

May she be Beautiful but not Damaged, for it’s the Damage that draws the creepy soccer coach’s eye, not the Beauty.

When the Crystal Meth is offered, may she remember the parents who cut her grapes in half And stick with Beer.

Guide her, protect her when crossing the street, stepping onto boats, swimming in the ocean, swimming in pools, walking near pools, standing on the subway platform, crossing 86th Street, stepping off of boats, using mall restrooms, getting on and off escalators, driving on country roads while arguing, leaning on large windows, walking in parking lots, riding Ferris wheels, roller-coasters, log flumes, or anything called “Hell Drop,” “Tower of Torture,” or “The Death Spiral Rock ‘N Zero G Roll featuring Aerosmith,” and standing on any kind of balcony ever, anywhere, at any age.

Lead her away from Acting but not all the way to Finance. Something where she can make her own hours but still feel intellectually fulfilled and get outside sometimes And not have to wear high heels. What would that be, Lord? Architecture? Midwifery? Golf course design? I’m asking You, because if I knew, I’d be doing it, Youdammit.

May she play the Drums to the fiery rhythm of her Own Heart with the sinewy strength of her Own Arms, so she need Not Lie With Drummers.

Grant her a Rough Patch from twelve to seventeen.Let her draw horses and be interested in Barbies for much too long, For childhood is short – a Tiger Flower blooming Magenta for one day – And adulthood is long and dry-humping in cars will wait.

O Lord, break the Internet forever, that she may be spared the misspelled invective of her peers And the online marketing campaign for Rape Hostel V: Girls Just Wanna Get Stabbed.

And when she one day turns on me and calls me a Bitch in front of Hollister, Give me the strength, Lord, to yank her directly into a cab in front of her friends, For I will not have that Shit. I will not have it.

And should she choose to be a Mother one day, be my eyes, Lord, that I may see her, lying on a blanket on the floor at 4:50 A.M., all-at-once exhausted, bored, and in love with the little creature whose poop is leaking up its back. “My mother did this for me once,”she will realize as she cleans feces off her baby’s neck. “My mother did this for me.” And the delayed gratitude will wash over her as it does each generation and she will make a Mental Note to call me. And she will forget. But I’ll know, because I peeped it with Your God eyes.

Amen.”

-Tina Fey

(That my friends, is what you call good writing. Click on the link and pick up Tina Fey’s book Bossypants for more.)

Fly Thomas Cook Kids Club – Entertainment for All

When we were asked to review the Fly Thomas Cook Kids Club , my first thoughts were instantly to fly off to a hot beach, shades on, drink in hand. I clicked on the link and it opened up a whole little world, just for little ones.

Fly Thomas Cook Kids Club provides entertainment for your little ones for wherever you may be travelling to. The site is designed well and very attractive to children and has a number of games and fun educational flash cards you can download for free.

Each of the options provides games such as Dot to Dot, Flash cards in different languages (I was particularly impressed with this one) and even mazes. The site has 4 options, each with varying games and puzzles. All games can be downloaded in PFD version and printed in A4 and every page is designed to be coloured in. The quality is excellent and the variety will keep children entertained on both long and short journeys. My hubby’s eyes lit up when he found out there was a colour by numbers picture!

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The age range is mostly 3 years and upwards, so unfortunately it was a bit advanced for Baby Boy Z.

My niece, on the other hand, enjoyed colouring in the flash cards page…

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I enjoyed doing the Dot to Dot pictures…

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And this is what baby enjoyed doing.

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Fly Thomas Cook Kids Club is a simple but clever site with a wide range of paper activities to keep the kids amused during travelling (or maybe just for a bit of home entertainment) and the ease of use is what impressed me the most. No faffing and no sign up required which results in happy parents and, hopefully, more peaceful journeys all around.

On the whole we really enjoyed the colouring, the dot to dot and the colour by numbers (which hubby won’t let us touch!!).

Please note, this is a sponsored review. All views are my own.