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Rescued from a kill shelter in Manteca, Petey Pumpkinhead III entered our lives 7 years ago. Abused by a previous owner he was skittish and nippish. That changed with love, affection and attention.

He was a majestic furry orange tabby. His coat emitted a perpetually lovely fragrance. He had the sexiest strut with an ever present erect tail and endearing behind.

Petey had simple needs. Belly rubs topped the list. He loved resting in his backyard igloo. He would prance out when I entered the yard and open wide for belly rubs and rolly polly.

He bonded with Klimey who also was rescued from a shelter. Klimey loved licking Petey and taught Petey how to love back. They were inseparable.

Petey-Weedy (as we called him) evolved into the sweetest and most gentle of companions. When hungry, he would jump into bed and delicately place his paw on my face. No histrionics, just a love tap and breakfast was on.

He loved sleeping inside the space between my legs or alongside the curve of Clara's thigh. His body language suggested the most delicious of dreams. He also had the squeakiest yawn when awakened.

Petey had a ravenous appetite and wore his weight well. That changed last October when he dropped 2 pounds in short order and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure.

He continued to lose weight but his sweet demeanor never changed. Although not a lap cat during his youth, lately I would place him in my lap in the back yard and we would stay together for long periods. These were cherished moments. Klimey would join us and stay by Petey's side.

Strong medication was required every 8 hours to dissipate the fluid in his lungs. No matter how much lasix was dosed, it could not stay on top of the progression of his heart disease.

Last week Petey hit a low point and could hardly breath. He hadn't eaten for 2+ days. We upped the lasix and he recovered miraculously. His breathing appeared normal and he started eating - but only food fresh out of the can. He ate more than he had in months. He had playful sparring sessions with Klimey, tons of rolly polly and belly rubs, his tail was erect and he slept next to my face the other day.

Today he had a good appetite in the early afternoon. I didn't see him the rest of the day. When the thunder rumbled and the rain came pouring down I went outside.

He was in the igloo. I tipped it and he ran inside. But something was wrong.

His breathing was labored. Petey could not catch his breath. He had breathing attacks before and I had feared the worst, yet Petey always persevered.

An hour or so later when Clara came home, Petey's condition had worsened. When he walked from under a table to lie down in the litter box that was an alarming signal. I picked him up and he let out a cry. Petey went under the bed where Klimey was and continued to make anguished yelps.

We left him alone. Petey soon emerged and we put him in a blanket by the heater.

He wanted to be left alone.

Petey-Weedy barely could walk and stumbled out the bedroom and down a few steps to the cat door. Somehow he pushed himself through. The igloo was two feet from the door.

We let him be.

An hour later Clara checked on Petey.

His fur was gorgeous. His body still warm.

But Petey had passed.

He never made it to the igloo.





Moti has been missing since Sept 2014.  On Jan 23, 2015 while walking in McClaren Park a cat resembling Moti emerged on a tree branch above a thicket of bushes. This brightened our hearts as Clara and I imagine Moti as a feline Tarzan.  Clara wrote the below poem before we confirmed the cat was not Moti.

Moti Sighting
by Clara Hsu

Who sits on a branch
above a field of thorns?
My cat. My cat.

Who listens to his names
and twitches his ears?
My cat. My cat.

His looks have changed since autumn
from living wild and eating mice.
We’re trespassing his kingdom
that can’t be bought
at
 any price.

Running streams.
Catnip on the hills.

 
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Gaza Facts

Click link above to get facts about Gaza, a collaborative project by Jewish Voice for Peace Bay Area (JVP-BA) and the Council on American-Islamic Relations San Francisco Bay Area (CAIR-SFBA).

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Report:
Gaza: One Year After 2014 War, Abject Misery Across Gaza and West Bank

(7/8/15)
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)  excerpt:
With the continued blockade and siege of Gaza, it is as if the war had just ended. MSF sees how the suffering wrought by the Israeli occupation has become normalized and how the status quo will only lead to more of the same. Security fears cannot justify the devastating medical and psychological consequences of barriers, checkpoints, bombing campaigns, blockades, and incursions.



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Gaza Corner includes news and opinion from the Middle East (and beyond) often ignored by the mainstream media followed by music from the relevant country or culture.

Gaza Corner was originally conceived to focus attention on relieving the humanitarian crisis in Gaza which has been under a severe blockade imposed by Israel since 2006.  Gaza Corner has evolved to include the Middle East, Magreb, Kurdistan and Turkey.

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Gaza Corner Audio 8/20/16

Jewish Voice for Peace activist Jim Haber reports back on his recent trip with the Center for Jewish Nonviolence delegation to Palestine. Highlights include their visit to Hebron which is the most combustible flash point in the West Bank and accompanying Palestinian residents of Susya into an archaeological park where their village once stood before being expelled.

related  articles:


 Protesters march in an annual demonstration to reopen Shuhada Street to Palestinians, Hebron, West Bank, February 2015. (CC by-SA 2.0)

Diaspora Jews Are Joining Palestinians in Nonviolent Resistance to the Occupation

There’s a power in using our privilege as American Jews to stand for peace and justice.
(Ilana Sumka, The Nation, 8/17/16)

What I Saw Last Friday in Hebron

Palestinians asked American Jews to join them in a 'Freedom Summer.' The result was extraordinary.
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  Activists with the Center for Jewish Non-Violence clear debris from the yard of the would-be cinema as Israeli soldiers and settlers look on, Hebron, July 15, 2016. (Wisam Hashlamoun/FLASH90)

Peter Beinart joins US Jews for civil rights-style protest in West Bank
(Andrew Tobin, JTA.org, 7/17/16)


Israeli authorities removing activists from the Center for Jewish Nonviolence from property in the West Bank city of Hebron, July 16, 2016.
(Andrew Tobin)


Jewish, Palestinian activists try to build a cinema in Hebron

As soldiers and settlers look on, dozens of foreign Jews join Palestinians in the segregated city of Hebron ‘to try to make the unbearable a little more bearable.’ Police detain six Israelis among the group, prevent others from even joining.
(By Dahlia Scheindlin, 972mag, 7/17/16)


  Activists from the Center for Jewish Nonviolence protesting outside the jail in the West Bank Jewish settlement Kiryat Arba where 6 of its members were detained in the prison.
July 16, 2016. (Andrew Tobin)


Using My Jewish Privilege To Make a Difference for Palestinians in Hebron

There’s a power in using our privilege as American Jews to stand for peace and justice.
(Becca Strober, Forward.com, 7/1816)