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They do not agree on many issues Jerusalem. They are all in agreement that no one should have to go through what they did or saw.
Two weeks after Hamas members massacred civilians in rural communities and at a music festival on Israel’s border with Gaza, Israel and Palestinians have been gathering, mourning and burying their dead with as much dignity as they can in trying, unpredictable and dangerous circumstances.
Rescue workers have had to go to considerable lengths to collect victims found in scenes of indescribable depravity often in regions where fighting was still going on in Israel over 1400 civilians and soldiers have died and all Jews are obliged to be buried as soon as possible after death within a few days at most.
According to doctors and witnesses families have resorted to creating makeshift cemeteries in vacant lots as a result of Israel bombing campaign in Gaza where at least 3500 Palestinians have been killed and a sizable portion of the region controlled by Hamas is in ruins, and authorities have been storing bodies in ice cream freezers because morgues are overflowing. Some Palestinians find it difficult to denounce Israeli strikes so they declare”I won’t condemn Hamas.”
“I don’t eat anything.” Yossi Landau a 55 year old Israeli search and rescue volunteer tried to hold back tears as he detailed what he observed in southern Israeli villages in the early aftermath of the countrys bloodiest strike on Wednesday. “I’m not sleeping,” he stated flatly.
According to photographer Ali Jadallah “we have reached a catastrophic situation” in Gaza, where Israeli bombs are killing scores of Palestinian families, burying them in their fallen homes and distributing their mangled bodies among the wreckage.
Religious traditions on both sides of the Israel Gaza border establish funeral practices. Because Jews believe that the deceased must be observed until they are buried and that every portion of a body must be interred the idea of an unattended corpse is almost incomprehensible. According to Muslim tradition the body is shrouded and the head is oriented toward Mecca with the eyes and mouth covered.
Updates Jadallah claims to have lost nine family members as a result of Israeli airstrikes on his Instagram account. He recorded himself while driving this week. His father lay lifeless across the rear seat killed in one of those Israeli raids.
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“I cried.” I became disoriented.
Landau works as a volunteer for ZAKA in Israel a group comprised virtually entirely of ultra orthodox Jews. Its objective is to collect the deads remains including any blood so that they can be buried according to Jewish religious tradition.
Over the last three decades, Landau has traveled widely on behalf of ZAKA. He was in New York at the time of the 9/11 attacks. He has responded to natural calamities in India. He routinely hurried to the scene of suicide bombings to collect body parts.
He participated in the removal of the dead in Surfside, Florida after a 12-story condominium complex fell early on June 24, 2021, killing 98 people.
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Landau on the other hand, claimed that what he witnessed in a number of kibbutzim spread along the frontlines. where Israeli citizens and soldiers were slain by Hamas on October 7 was too much for him to take.
“I sobbed. I got distracted, he said.
According to Landau
He watched little children as young as six years old with their wrists bound behind their backs in the same chamber where their parents were also executed. They lacked eyes and digits.
In another house he spotted a pregnant woman face down in a pool of blood. When Landau and other ZAKA volunteers turned the woman over they discovered her belly had been “butchered open” and the unborn child connected to her had been stabbed.
“I don’t know if you know and you should never know what it means to separate parts of a burned body,” he said, referring to the charred remains of victims he had seen in the region.
few pretty little stuffed body bags
Twelve other ZAKA volunteers who were with him in Be’eri and other locations as part of their emergency response verified the grisly scenes Landau recounted.
The severity of Hamas attacks on people near Israel’s southern border has also been established with some clarity, thanks to cellphone recordings, surveillance footage, images from locals, and witness testimony from those who survived the initial attacks.
Religious custom forbids ZAKA volunteers from photographing their job. The Israeli military has urged them to videotape it nevertheless in order to gather evidence and in case it helps in identifying remains
.Landau’s detailed depictions of the dead Israelis were bolstered by images shown to USA TODAY by ZAKA volunteer Nachman Dickstein, who was accompanying Landau in Be’eri. After ZAKA volunteers carried them from villages in Israel’s south, an Israeli military rabbinate team has been working to identify the remains of victims, including women, children, and newborns. USA TODAY went to an Israel Defense Forces base on the outskirts of Jerusalem where this work is being done last week.
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On the base’s grounds, there were several refrigerated trucks and shipping containers. There were numerous filled corpse bags of varying sizes, some of which were very little.
The dead are piling up in Gaza.
Palestinian Muslims and Christians, like Jews, believe that the deceased’s body should be buried as quickly as possible, preferably within 24 hours of death.
Typically, the bereaved family provides a meal and welcomes visitors for three days to pay their respects and give condolences. The coffee is harsh and offered unsweetened.
Friends and family members recount the deceased’s life and personality features.
There is now insufficient room in Gaza for these rites to take place.
In a brief interview on Thursday, Jadallah stated that he quickly went to work after driving his father’s remains to a secret burial spot. One of his first images was of a paramedic performing CPR on a patient.
At least 16 Palestinian journalists have been assassinated since October 7, according to the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate, a non-governmental professional organization.
A doctor at the European Gaza Hospital in the southern city of Khan Younis implored in a video posted by health officials and media in Gaza on Thursday, “Who kills babies, who kills babies free world, where are you?”
A hospital stretcher in front of him held six valuable bundles. The exploded concrete and brick that killed them had blanketed their small bodies in a fine gray dust. They were covered in blood, bandaged, and lifeless.
Despite this, funerals cannot be held in Gaza due to the danger, and the Palestinian region on the Mediterranean Sea is currently out of corpse bags, according to the UN.
Mother-of-four Riham Al Qeeq, 40, alleged that her cousin was buried in a mass grave following Tuesday’s devastating blast at Gaza City’s Al-Ahli hospital.
She said that she was unable to attend the brief ceremony commemorating the killings because she was frightened for her family’s safety and had decided to flee south, near to Gaza’s border with Egypt.
According to Mohammad Abu Salmiya, the director general of Al-Shifa hospital there, the mounting number of fatalities has caused families to bury their loved ones in makeshift graveyards.
Abu Salmiya spoke briefly with USA TODAY while attempting to balance the 24-hour needs of patients, a hospital suffering from severe supply shortages, including clean drinking water and medicine, and his desire to inform the public about the severity of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.
Communication into and out of Gaza is also extremely difficult due to diminishing electricity and nearly no internet connection.
Abu Salmiya, a few miles away, reported that his hospital received “hundreds of bodies” from the Al-Ahli hospital explosion, some of which were “burned and mutilated and couldn’t be identified,” while others were in critical to very critical condition.
He said that 30 victims were operated on without anesthesia.
“For those that were killed we had to make a quick decision,” he said.
“We had to bury them in mass graves so we don’t face the spread of disease and also because they were either unidentified bodies or had no one to come and collect them.”