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Medic Reportback from Palestine --July 5th at the LPC
03 Jul 2002
Roger Benham, a street medic active in the anti-capitalist movement, responded to a call for medical assistance in Palestine. He spent over a month in the region offering what assistance he was able to the people of Palestine. Roger was fortunate to have the opportunity to talk to people directly, both Palestinians and Israelis, about real life during the current crisis what their hopes for peace entail.
A Medic Reports back from Palestine

Friday July 5th, 7pm
Lucy Parsons Center

Roger Benham, a street medic active in the anti-capitalist movement, responded to a call for medical assistance in Palestine. He spent over a month in the region offering what assistance he was able to the people of Palestine. Roger was fortunate to have the opportunity to talk to people directly, both Palestinians and Israelis, about real life during the current crisis what their hopes for peace entail.

Please join Roger as he reports back on his experiences, answers questions, and opens the discussion this Friday, July 5th at the Lucy Parsons Center, 7pm. This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

The Lucy Parsons Center is Boston?s collectively-run, radical bookstore. It is located at 549 Columbus Avenue in Boston?s South End one block down from Mass Ave and convenient to the Mass Ave and Symphony T station and the #1 Bus. There is a bicycle rack out front. Regular Store hours are Mon-Fri 12-9pm and Weekends 12-6. More info call 617.267.6272

Here is a letter Roger wrote soon after arriving in Palestine:

Hey all,
I wrote a long detailed account of our travels last night at an Internet cafe in the Old City of Jerusalem, but the damn Juno Webmail cut off on me in the middle, and I lost the whole thing.

Anyway, we were in Ramallah, then Jerusalem, then Hebron, then Bethlehem, then Jerusalem again, not doing much of anything but traveling around chasing various dead end leads of places we might be helpful. More detailed accounts later.

Finally hooked up with some other internationals. We are in the Gaza Strip, south of Gaza City. We have a place to stay, and are being treated with great hospitality by our Palestinian hosts. Mike and I will start doing ambulance ridealongs for the district hospital here on Sunday, if all goes well. Ambulances are stopped at checkpoints like everybody else, but sometimes the presence of an American passport makes the Israeli soldiers observe the Geneva Convention. The hospital here has treated over 3000 intifada-related injuries, and more than 30 Palestinians have died there as a result of Israeli bullets, explosives, etc.

Gaza has not yet been invaded on the ground, but everyone expects that if there is another offensive, it will be here. This does not stop the Israelis from sniping from their checkpoints at distant Palestinians, and the settlers shoot randomly as well. There are also frequent aerial attacks. We were shown some houses today which were destroyed by Apache helicopter gunships (made in the USA).I expect there will be work for us here.

For now, tomorrow is Friday, and the Sabbath. You won't believe this, but our hosts are taking us to the beach. Tomorrow I will be swimming in the Mediterranean. The next day, we go to Rafaa, on the Egyptian border, the hottest spot in Gaza. Most Palestinians are afraid to go there. Just tonight, two different boys showed me their bullet scars. It is just a fact of life here, like sports injuries Stateside.
Doing well, and I miss y'all. Incredible to me that I have been gone less than a week.
I will write more detailed reports later.
Solidarity,
Roger
(May 24, 2002)
See also:
www.tao.ca/~lucyparsons
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