The Killing Zone
Life in Gaza is a constant gauntlet of Israeli sniper fire, military rockets and army bulldozers. No one is safe, least of all the children.
Life in Gaza is a constant gauntlet of Israeli sniper fire, military rockets and army bulldozers. No one is safe. In light of the escalating tensions, we're bringing back one our most moving documentaries, a hard-hitting expose of life in the Occupied territories. We speak to the children caught in the crossfire and find out the true cost of Israel's targeted assassinations policy.
Almost every day, Israeli troops leave their base in Rafah to bulldoze Palestinian houses. "This is a combat area," explains Colonel Pinky Zoaret. He says he needs to destroy the houses to deny the terrorists cover. But most of the houses belong to ordinary Palestinians. Thousands have lost their homes. And there's no compensation for the dispossessed. "I can't sleep," confides resident Doctor Sameer. "I smoke about 40 to 50 cigarettes a night." All his life savings are in his house but he knows he could lose it at any time. Those who try and stop the violence can end up paying with their lives. Rachel Corrie was one of them. She brought the Palestinians' plight to the world's attention when she died, crushed by an Israeli bulldozer while trying to protect a building. The IDF maintain that she died because of her own irresponsible and illegal behaviour. But eye witnesses tell a different story. "The driver could clearly see she was there," states her friend. "But instead of stopping, he continued forward." Months later, there are more high profile killings in Gaza. British photographer Tom Hurndall was shot trying to rescue a six year old girl who was stuck out in gunfire. Then cameraman James Miller was killed by Israeli fire. "James died because we trusted them to behave like a civilised army. We knew they could see that we weren't armed and that we were carrying a white flag. We trusted them not to kill us under those circumstances and they shot James anyway," states his colleague Saira Shah. Gaza still remains a killing zone. A report by Sandra Jordan for Channel 4's Dispatches and Unreported World