Our volunteers report that Oban Concern for Palestine had a very successful day at the Argyllshire Gathering (Oban Games Day):
An interesting time. I spoke to N. MacL., [who] wrote an article on Palestine published in the Spectator, which he will forward by e-mail. His Iranian wife is a lecturer at SOAS – School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Also spoke to G.C. of Edinburgh and London, who is going on a fact-finding mission to Gaza in October.
Many concerned individuals.
G.P., founder member:
I don’t think we have ever had on such an occasion so many people keen to come up to us to talk about the dreadful current goings-on. All very encouraging with what we are trying to do.
Money from donations and sold items came to about £205.
Very many thanks for your support!
Takings will go to a charity supporting victims of Israel’s devastating assault on the enclave of Gaza where the Israeli assaults cost the lives of more than 2,100 Palestinians (about 70% of them civilians, including nearly 500 children).
Since Israel’s ground offensive began on 17 July 2014, 65 Israeli soldiers lost their lives (five of them in ‘friendly fire’), as well as six civilians in Israel.
According to Zeenews quoting the UN/UNICEF, 10,224 Palestinians (including 3,106 children) were “injured or maimed”. The OCHA estimates that up to 1,000 of them will have a permanent disability. The number of Palestinians displaced by fighting reached over half a million – some 28% of Gaza’s population of 1.8 million. At least 108,000 will remain displaced in the long term because some 18,000 homes were destroyed or severely damaged by Israeli air strikes and shelling.
At least 244 schools (including 75 belonging to UNRWA and 140 run by the Gaza government) were damaged; 25 schools were entirely destroyed or severely damaged.
51% of Gaza’s hospitals and clinics were damaged, and 27% had to close because of damage or security concerns. Israel’s attacks also caused $40.4 million worth of damage to religious sites and cemeteries in Gaza.
For more details on the vast extent of damage, see
last updated on 29 August 2014.