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Pictures by Jeff Bright.  Facebook: Jeffrey Bright photojournalist.

Tonight, February 14th , Valentines day , worldwide, . Across the globe many people will sit down to a candle lit dinner, by choice,,……….tonight in Gaza , Candle lit dinners are a necessity not a romantic option, and will be for the foreseeable future.

GAZA CITY  —  Tuesday , February  14th,  Gaza Strip’s only power station, which supplies the Palestinian enclave with up to two-thirds of its energy needs,shut’s  down  COMPLETELY. From today, those without generators will have a mere six hours of Electricity a day until something is resolved. Fuel for the generators is also now in short supply , with the Power company warning that Gaza would soon be ” swimming in a sea of darkness”.

“We are sorry to announce that we are unable to provide hospitals, education premises, water pumps and waste water facilities and all other fields of life with the enough quantities of electricity,” said Abu Al-Amrain, information director at the Energy Authority.

The constant interruption of Electricity over the last few days has already caused serious concerns over the water supply in Gaza ,

Around the darkness of Gaza tonight is the constant noise and smell of generators, shop owners trying to light the front of their shops , children trying to do homework, mothers trying to cook for and feed their families, people struggling in an environment already under siege. Flames from fires lit on balconies are the only lights in the Gaza skyline tonight and the only form of heating for many families on a cold February night, with cold, windy weather forecast for the coming days.

Palestinian Center for Human Rights, PCHR, said today,” The Gaza power plant needs 600,000 liters of fuel a day to keep running, but  only 340,000 litres had arrived from Egypt since Friday, with no reserve stocks left in Gaza to cover the shortfall.”

The lack of fuel also means the fishing boats are unable to go out, therefore the supply of fresh fish is very  limited which also compounds the problem of an already limited food supply.

Fresh water, heating , food  are basic  human rights and the denial of these to any people can only be seen as inhumane and contravenes  international resolutions and declarations. It is only with the help and intervention of the international community that this crisis , and its eminent consequences to the people of Gaza, will be resolved.

Tonight, February 14th, ……………..Gaza needs your love

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As you arrive at the gates of Gaza Sea port, a monument stands  directly facing you. With large flag poles to the side billowing proudly , The  monument , erected to the memory of the 9 Martyrs of the Mavi Marmara Massacre,  rises majestically .

The marble memorial   is regularly the site of demonstrations , especially at times of  Flotilla’s or individual attempts to break the siege by Sea. The top of the monument is a large globe of the world and below are the names of all nine murdered civilians each with a Palestinian  / Turkish flag below their names., symbolizing the strength of international solidarity and their lives as honorary Palestinians

Nine activists were killed in the raid, on May 31st, 2010

Cengiz Akyüz (42),

Ali Haydar Bengi (39),

 İbrahim Bilgen(61),

 Furkan Doğan (19),

 Cevdet Kılıçlar ( 38) 

Cengiz Songür (47),

 Çetin Topçuoğlu (53),

Fahri Yaldız (43),

and Necdet Yıldırım (32)

As we Wandered around the Port, The realisation of just how small this world  is really  dawns on us as we bump into Dearbhla Glynn. Dearbhla is an amazing documentary film maker from Ireland, in Gaza for a few weeks working in co-ordination with Trocaire and P.C.H.R.

Dearbhla’s documentary, Gaza: Post Operation Cast Lead  scooped the top prize in the ICCL Human Rights Film Awards 2010..

The last time we met Dearbhla was at a fundraising and awareness concert she helped organise in Dublin before the Irish Ship, The MV Rachel Corrie joined the Mavi Marmara and the other ships of  the first Freedom Flotilla to highlight and attempt to break the Siege on Gaza in 2010.

Irish in Gaza will post details of Dearbhlas latest trip to Gaza soon.

Day by Day there really are more and more “Irishingaza”  !!!

Pictures by Jeff Bright:  , Facebook:  Jeffrey  Bright Photojournalist

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