Robert Fisk in the London Independent has pointed out something notable about the current situation in Gaza. Since Alan Johnston of the BBC was kidnapped by Palestinian jihadis several years ago, no "western" journalists have lived permanently there. Israel is keeping out any reporters trying to get in now, which Fisk finds reminiscent of the Russian conquest of Afghanistan in 1980. But as a consequence, any voices the world is hearing now from Gaza belong to Palestinians.
One of the Palestinian reporters for Fisk's own paper has told his own story: how he learned his father had been killed. Akrem al-Ghoul had the misfortune to be in the way of the Israeli ground offensive. They hit his house from an F-16 jet (U.S.-supplied).
Al-Ghoul was a lawyer and jurist who hated it that Hamas was imposing its version of Islamic law on the Palestinian legal system. His son writes:
Let's hope the author, Fares Akram, survives the Israeli assault. He is still reporting from Gaza City -- and hoping his nine months pregnant wife doesn't go into labor just now.
For reports from Gaza bloggers, when they have any electricity, try Moments of Gaza and Global Voices.