gazablog1.jpg Gaza children pray by the desk where their schoolmate was killed Below is a message from Gaza together with links to photographs which illustrate the devestation facing Palestinian school children and teachers: After the barbaric and savage war launched by Israel against the people in the Gaza Strip, many foreign delegations have visited Gaza and offered different kinds of help. The Gaza Strip Health Sector has received aid that might be enough for the current time. The Education Sector is one of the most damaged sectors in Gaza, which is in a very real bad need for all kinds of help and aid!More than 135 schools were destroyed, thereof 7 totally destroyed and flattened and the rest were partially destroyed. All the Gaza Strip schools were also damaged and need urgent renovation. We call upon all concerned people to convey our message that Gaza students are facing a real catastrophe especially in the cold of winter! We do wish that you could approach to people who can alleviate the misery and hardships of our beloved students. With best wishes, Ahmed Palestinian schoolgirls walk in the rubble of the Sakhnin School, devastated in Israel's latest incursion into Gaza, in Beit Lahiya, northern of Gaza Strip, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009 Palestinian schoolgirls walk next to a destroyed school in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009. A Palestinian man stands next the debris of the destroyed American International School in Beit Lahiya, northern of Gaza Strip, Thursday Jan. 29, 2009 An anatomy map is seen Saturday Jan. 31, 2009 among the rubble of the Omar Ben Alhatar school in Beit Lahiya, northern of Gaza Strip, that was devastated in the last Israeli military offensive. A Palestinian schoolgirl whose younger brother was killed during Israel's latest incursion into Gaza holds a picture she drew after going back to school, in the Omar Ben al-Khattab School, in Beit Lahiya, northern of Gaza Strip, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009. A Palestinian girl who was injured in an Israeli missile strike reacts in hospital in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009. Palestinians fired a rocket into Israel early Thursday, and residents of the south Gaza town of Khan Younis said an Israeli airstrike there wounded a man riding a motorcyle and five passers-by, among them children walking home from school. A Palestinian runs for cover at a U.N.-run school in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip during Israel's offensive January 17, 2009, in this video frame grab obtained by Reuters on January 21, 2009. An Israeli army investigation into its use of white phosphorus munitions in Gaza is focusing on an incident in which 20 shells containing the substance were fired into a populated area A picture combo shows Palestinian civilians and medics running to safety during an Israeli strike on a UN school in Beit Lahia on January 17, 2009 (L) and Palestinian schoolboys playing during recess as classes resume at the same school in the northern Gaza Strip a week later on January 24, 2009. Children play with a flaming lump, allegedly containing white phosphorus, on a street in the town of Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza strip, Monday, Jan. 19, 2009. A piece of alleged white phosphorus still burns at UNRWA's (UN Relief and Works Agency) primary school in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip on January 24, 2009. Amnesty International said it was "undeniable" that Israel had used white phosphorus in crowded civilian areas, contrary to international law, charging that this amounted to a war crime A picture combo shows a Palestinian civilian trying to extinguish fire just after an Israeli strike on a UN school in Beit Lahia on January 17, 2009 (L) and Palestinian schoolboys standing in line following recess as classes resume at the same school in the northern Gaza Strip a week later on January 24, 2009 A Palestinian flag and a sign carrying the name of Muhammed Elabsi, killed during the recent Israeli operation in the Gaza Strip, are displayed on the table in the classroom where he was sitting, at Rafah Primary School for Boys in Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009 Palestinian children pray as a sign carrying the name of Muhammed Elabsi, killed during the recent Israeli operation in the Gaza Strip, is displayed on the table in the classroom where he was sitting, at Rafah Primary School for Boys in Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009 LEARNING IS A COMMA, NOT A FULL STOP Ahmed A. Alnajjar Director of International Relations Office Ministry of Education & Higher Education- Gaza Beirut Street Tal El-Islam Neighborhood Tel: (+972) 08-2864496 ext: 1028 Mobile: (+972)599-410419 Fax: (+972) 08-2822509 Email: tskeik@amideast.org ahmnaj ahmnaj@yahoo.com