"The Israelis at the Ekhelof hospital appeared ashamed and disappointed of their government’s horrible actions in Gaza, due to the deadly injuries it has been inflicting on Palestinians."
“Yousef, Yousef, Yousef!!!!”, Aziza Mughari of the Alburaij refugee camp, first reacted when news of her son’s death spread in her local community. A son who was being treated in the Israeli hospital of Ekhelof in Tel-Aviv (a hospital where, because it is inside Israel, his mother was not allowed to go to see her dying son) for critical wounds he sustained during an Israeli army invasion into the nearby refugee camp of Maghazi almost 10 days ago.
"Who will bring me my medicine, who will do errands for me?? Son, where are you? , I don’t believe you are dead, they are liars", Aziza, a sick mother, called again on Yousef…but Yousef is no longer there!!!
This was in the early hours of Monday July 31, 2006, when Yousef Sa’dy Mughari, 20, was announced dead after battling with his deadly wounds for ten days in that Israeli hospital, with only his uncle Najeeb Mughari, allowed to be by his side as he died.
Crying, crying and more crying – this was the reaction among Yousef’s brothers, sisters, father, uncles and friends, when they all heard about his death that morning.
The 20 years-old dead young Palestinian, was a lovely, good-looking guy, with a smile always imprinted on his cute face. "Yousef has been loved not only by his close associates, but also by everybody", a number of his friends recalled, with tears falling from their eyes.
His 49 year-old father, an ordinary poor Palestinian refugee, who used to work as a tailor at Karni crossing before it was closed by the Israeli authorities, said only a few words in reaction to his beloved dear son’s death, "I ask God’s mercy on him, wishing him to rest in peace. May God take revenge on those who shot him dead".
From the early morning up till the evening hours, dozens of relatives, neighbors and friends were awaiting his arrival in a special condolence ceremony. When his coffin finally arrived, the waiting relatives could wait no longer… As the body was taken to a local hospital for routine checks, they all rushed to the hospital, with loudspeakers playing national folk songs, praising the young man’s ‘martyrdom’ on the path of freedom.
At the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in central Gaza, where Yousef’s dead body was being checked by doctors, Najeeb, 53, Yousef’s uncle (the one relative who had been allowed to accompany him to Ekhelof hospital in Israel), expressed bitterness for the loss of his nephew, saying the Israeli doctors and medical workers at the Ekhelof hospital appeared ashamed and disappointed of their government’s horrible actions in Gaza, due to the deadly injuries it has been inflicting on Palestinians.
Doctor Habes Alwehaidi, chief surgeon of Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital, who first treated Yousef on the scene last week, testified that the characteristics of the wounds that Yousef and his alike have sustained, are new to him and to Gaza doctors.
"We took multiple x-rays of the wounds of these people, five times we took x-rays, looking for any shrapnel, but we found nothing. We have never seen such wounds during the current or the first Intifada of 1987 or even just six months ago", Dr. Alwehaidi maintained.
"No doubt, the weapons the Israelis are currently using are illegal under international law", Dr. Alwehaidi confirmed.
Yousef along with four other wounded from the Maghazi refugee camp, have been treated at the Israeli hospital, due to Gaza’s hospitals’ inability to deal with such injuries – for while the doctors in Gaza are extremely competent, they lack equipment and even electricity due to the ongoing Israeli attack and closure. Scores of Palestinians have had to have limbs amputated, after having been shot and wounded by Israeli drones and tank shells in the Maghazi refugee camp.
Israeli occupation forces invaded Maghazi last week, killing 17, no 18, no , maybe 20 or 21 or 22, who knows?, and wounded more than 130 others in a massive military action that also brought a great deal of destruction to this approximately 2 square-kilometer camp, all under the pretext of liberating a soldier of their own, who has been held by Palestinian resistance fighters since June 25, captured during an unprecedented Palestinian resistance attack on an Israeli military base to the south of Gaza Strip….an action for which all Palestinians in Gaza are being punished.