For Israelis, Scale of Tragedy Starts to Set In 淒風苦雨開始籠罩以色列人民
Israel's news sites are compiling their own lists of the dead and the missing. Funerals are taking place all around the country. After a weekend of attacks, confusion and chaos, the scale of the tragedy that has befallen Israel was coming into sharper focus Monday.
The main television channels were broadcasting the latest news around the clock, interspersed with the harrowing stories of people who had escaped with their lives after hundreds of heavily armed Hamas fighters surged across the border from Gaza in a surprise attack Saturday morning. The gunmen overran villages along the border, killing soldiers and civilians in their path, and took dozens of others, including infants and grandmothers, back into Gaza as hostages.
As the death toll on the Israeli side rose to more than 900, many in the country were describing the events that unfolded Saturday as their country's 9/11, or Pearl Harbor. It was a day of dark records: the worst attack on civilians in Israeli history and the deadliest single day in the country's 75-year history.
Politicians and military officials have tried to deflect the tough questions — how they could have been caught so off guard and unprepared, why families under siege were left to fend for themselves for hours, why official information about hostages has been elusive — saying that now is the time to focus on fighting back.
Thousands of Israelis have channeled their nervous energy into initiatives to help the war effort. Food and clothing collections have been organized for soldiers and for survivors evacuated from their communities along the Gaza border to hotels and hostels around the country. Mothers have been donating breast milk to feed the baby of a mother whose whereabouts is unknown.
Shay Lee Atari cradled her own infant as she spoke to Israeli television from her hospital bed, describing how her partner had helped her and their daughter escape when gunmen tried to enter their home in the small village of Kfar Aza.
"I really don't know where our state was," she said.
"They abandoned us. They were on Twitter," she added bitterly.
Lawyers Expand Legal Fight for Longest-Held Prisoner of War on Terrorism 美反恐戰關押最久囚犯 律師將擴大司法戰
Lawyers for the longest-held prisoner in the U.S. war against terrorism have begun a new legal offensive in multiple courts aimed at securing his release from Guantánamo Bay.
The prisoner, known as Abu Zubaydah, was captured in Pakistan in March 2002 in a raid by U.S. and Pakistani security services. He was the first person held in the U.S. secret prison network known as the black sites and the first to be waterboarded by the CIA.
The initiative follows the Pentagon's disclosure over the summer that a national security parole-style board deemed Zubaydah too dangerous to release. He has never faced criminal charges at Guantánamo. U.S. intelligence concluded that while he was a militant in Afghanistan in the 1980s and '90s, he had never joined al-Qaida and had no link to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
Zubaydah, 52, is being held indefinitely as a detainee of the war on terrorism the United States declared in response to the Sept. 11 attacks. He is colloquially called a "forever prisoner" because of the endless nature of that war.
The new lawsuit on behalf of Zubaydah alleges that he was subjected to torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, medical and scientific experimentation without his consent, war crimes and arbitrary detention.
Renewed attention to his case could raise his profile and help his lawyers find a nation willing to take him in.
The expanded legal approach is part of an effort "to assist the U.S. government in releasing Mr. Abu Zubaydah and finding a safe and suitable country to resettle him peacefully and productively," said Lt. Col. Chantell M. Higgins, a lawyer with the U.S. Marine Corps who has represented Abu Zubaydah for six years.