From Gaza, with Love

Friday, June 30, 2006

Gaza-friday night 1.30 am

the power still off , it comes on and off irregularly, the electricity company is trying hard , to supply power to 1.5 million population,who used to get electricity by the power plant , that has been completely destroyed 2 nights ago ,tonight another electrical generators has been attacked and destroyed completely , in the middle camps and jabalia ,i tried to explain to my daughter the complicated mechanisms of power distribution , and how the electrical company is trying hard,she was so frustrated ,to learn that we will be receiving patchy power for another 3 month AT LEAST.and we need to rationalise many things , food consumption,water use , going out,may be smiling and laughing ,and the worst is when the hospitals had to rationalise surgical operations , due to lack of medications,and power and will continue and the shameful official arabic and international sielence will continue ,this is not the start,and will not be the end Palestinian people will continue their struggle against injustice and occupation of the large famous democracy in the area(Israel) , and yet occupying force???it is not strange it is happenning in Iraq,by the most powerful and democratic country USA,with its support, Israel has free hand , both are new colonial forces.

they are attacking Gaza city right now , jablia,and Beit Lahia, the ER department of AlAwda Hospital ,received 7 casualities , (moderetly injured).
they launched at least 15 missiles,the noise of the jet fighters and Apachi heliocapters ,interrupted my already interrupted sleep,iam fully awake now , i didnot get good sleep ,for 4 days ,
the targets were different places ,inside gaza city.
things are clear for me , the military operation in Gaza ,aims to destroy the infrastructure completely,to end up with no goverment no PA , no negotiations with palestinians,peace is not israel goal, israel is a colonial , racist regeime,hiding behind democracy.and its citizens security.



  • Thank you for the most "inside" report I have received today. I used to live in Israel, for a year. I spent half my time with the Jews on a Kibbutz, and half my time with the Palestinians, working in a restaurant in East Jerusalem.

    I heard that the Palestinians have fired a chemical tipped rocket into Israel from inside Gaza today.

    What do you think that will accomplish? Why continue to fire rockets into Israel after they withdraw from Gaza? That seems insane to me.

    It seems to me that the government that you elected is really asking for it. Like a bee that dies after it has left it's stinger...

    Many right-wing politicians in the United States say that the Arab people are unable to have a democracy.. it's just too foreign to them. Don't prove them right!

    By Blogger Bradley, at 6/30/2006 5:01 AM  

  • You elected Hamas.

    Now you must reap what you sowed.

    I just hope innocent children are not hurt because of the stupid actions of Palestinian adults.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/30/2006 5:45 AM  

  • While the issue is complex, the results of this kind of collective punishement are not.

    Parents and children Gaza and the West Bank learn that a perpetual state of war is normal. They feel that it will never end. How can they accept it? They can't and shouldn't. Peace needs to become the norm. People on both sides have to stop. The stronger of the two carries the greater responsibility for showing their genuine belief in the peace process. Until that happens, peace can never prevail.

    The Palestinians need to have a government of their own, it's crazy for the Israelis for whatever "reason" to destroy infrastructure to punish a few. They only gain enemies who have learned through generations that the Israelis cannot be trusted.

    I wish for you, water, electricity, new bridges, and healed wounds. But most of all, I wish you a just PEACE with all of my heart.

    By Blogger Jean, at 6/30/2006 6:03 AM  

  • Mona, stay strong and ignore those people that say you asked for it. YOU DID NOT ASK FOR THIS!! Israel wants to control and keep the Palestinians oppressed by attacking the infrastructure that keeps people alive.
    what they don't understand is that peace will never happen if they keep doing this, they only create more hate!!!!

    Allah Ma3ek and your family & stay safe and strong. You will need it.

    By Blogger Halla, at 6/30/2006 6:15 AM  

  • I remember when Palestinians danced with joy on 9/11.

    I hope the IDF crushes every single member of Hamas and any Palestian that supports them.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/30/2006 6:42 AM  

  • The Jews belong in the oven, not Palestine.

    By Blogger allaboutgq, at 6/30/2006 7:53 AM  

  • I hope all of the people of Gaza stay strong against this aggresion of the Israeli mighty military, this contiues attack that mowed down whole families like the ghalia family on the beach of Gaza a couple of weeks ago & contiues it's terrorism against a cizilian population with no protection what so ever & they keep complaining about some home made Rockets at the same time they are using the most leathal kinds of military machinary,,,, justic well come to you & the palestinian people.

    By Anonymous freedom lover, at 6/30/2006 9:47 AM  

  • Dear Mona,
    You are doing an amazing job telling us what is going on. Do not listen to these jerks who attack you. Just ask them: is it morally acceptable to cut off water and electricity for a million plus Gazans as a retribution for killing 2 soldiers and taking hostage a third in a clean fair fight? Let them hide behind their sophisticated high tech equipments without which the Israelis are cowards.
    God bless you and keep going.
    S Sanbar

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/30/2006 10:18 AM  

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    By Blogger I love Munich, at 6/30/2006 10:39 AM  

  • Mona - sorry, I delelted my OWN comment for some amendments!
    Here's the "fixed" version ...

    Hi Mona,
    I actually struggle to find words. Of course I am following it all as closely as possible ... but it sickens me, it makes me nauseous! Being in a medical profession as well I do know what it means to have to delay or cancel surgeries ... GOD what a nightmare!
    STAY STRONG Mona - there are SO MANY PEOPLE backing you and supporting you!! I hope to GOD there will be electricity, medications and water ... and sufficiently food of course in NO time - and the way Jean puts it - I wish you PEACE, from all my heart!

    A few words for the haters:
    Hamas was elected for one MAIN- reason so .. before you talk (05:45), please do your homework!

    To anon (6:42) .. I recognize you! I hope your blazing hatred will eat you up ... from inside!

    To Mr. gq ... THAT statement I find totally unacceptable!
    We don't need MORE hatred - there's too much of it already! You may have noticed that I DO NOT support Israel but the Palestinian people and their struggle for freedom and justice .. but what you stated goes WAY below the belt-line! NOT that I feel guilty as German (in case that did cross your mind) - absolutely NOT - I am talking as human and as such, find your statement WAY out of line!

    By Blogger I love Munich, at 6/30/2006 10:58 AM  

  • I don't know what to do! As an American, what is it that we can do?? It's blatent genocidal intent. It eats me up inside to be just sitting here in comfort knowing this is happening to all of you. I don't know where to put my effort for change!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Anonymous Tiffany, at 6/30/2006 12:17 PM  

  • God be with you all.
    I don't know what else to say.

    By Blogger Bashir, at 6/30/2006 12:28 PM  

  • As one who generally supports the Israeli side of this, I nevertheless completely fail to see why the IDF had to take out the power and water.

    Thank you for your commentaries, Mona. Please keep posting.

    By Anonymous Rob, at 6/30/2006 2:41 PM  

  • I've just gone through your blog and I want to tell you that you do an amazing job - in your medical center but also on this blog.

    I am thinking about you ! Keep writing. It is very important.

    I want to share with you one of my favorite poem. To keep living when you go through a nightmare, it is important to dream, to know that it will change one day.

    "Sensation, by Arthur Rimbaud (a french poet)

    Through blue summer evenings, I’ll go down the pathways,

    Pricked by the wheat ears, trampling the short grass:

    In a dream, I’ll be sensing, beneath me, the freshness.

    I’ll let evening breezes bathe my bare forehead.

    I’ll speak not a thing: I’ll think not a thing:

    But infinite love will swell in my soul,

    And, I’ll go, far, far away, like a gypsy,

    Through Nature - joyful, as if I had a wife."

    Thank you for what you are doing.

    Hopefully, I will see you and your children one day

    By Anonymous Dreamer, west Jerusalem, at 6/30/2006 3:30 PM  

  • Assalamwalikum,
    May allah protect you all, may He bless those that pass away as Martyrs and Israel and its allies remeber this life is but a fleeting play and amusement for those that wish it to be. so enjoy your time slaughtering innocent women and children, you will reap your rewards when allah punishes you in the after life. Zionists talk about hitler alot, well what I see Zionists doing now is far worse than what he ever did, ie he did wrong but what they are doing now in Palestine is worse as they claim they suffered but they never learnt form such an incident in time.

    Abu Zak

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/30/2006 3:49 PM  

  • I urge all to write letters to the medis demanding they give better coverage without israeli censorship.

    Write letters to your elected officals.

    By Anonymous neutralsam, at 6/30/2006 4:15 PM  

  • I am an American Jew, with much of my family in Israel. You seem a decent person who is loyal to your people, and a caring mother to your children. You can be proud of that.

    Is it that difficult to see Jews in the same light? We are also a peace-seeking nation who live on through our children, and only ask to be recognized and respected. What you are experiencing now is a natural response to reality on the ground. The capture of our soldier is merely the catalyst. You have to know this. You have to understand it.

    For how long do you expect our people to endure the rockets into our sovereign territory? How are we to negotiate with your government that is sworn to our destruction? How are we to react to the incursions, the terror attempts, and the violence? Do you honestly believe that we WANT to build a wall? Israelis (my family included) only want a place to call home, where we are allowed to live as Jews in peace.

    Urge your people to surrender the soldier, stop the rocket attacks, and for His sake -- stop inciting violence against us, especially in your children. I think you would find Israel quick in it's decision to pull back its forces, and eager to continue with the peace process. The Palestinian people deserve a homeland -- a country to call their own. Your people deserve respect and a chance to thrive as Palestinians. I think you would find us all in agreement on that.


    By Blogger Colin, at 6/30/2006 5:24 PM  

  • Abu Zak, if you think Israelis are worse than Hitler, you clearly are an uneducated boy. Go and study, and stop making a fool of yourself.

    Palestinians murdered, in cold blood, an 18 year old boy. All Palestinians must stop supporting those barbarians among them who do this kind of violence, if not out of a sense of morality, then out of self preservation -- such "leaders" will not help the Palestinian people or their cause.

    There is no justification for kidnapping a soldier and threatening to murder him. More barbarism, and flauting of Geneva Convention rules, will not get you what you want.

    Contrary to what your leaders tell you, Israelis and Jews, yes, even "settlers," do not hate all Arabs nor do we want you all dead. Believe it or not, many of us worry about the innocents in your population who must pay for the idiocy of your leaders, but you leave us no choice but to protect ourselves however we can. We cannot let you launch rockets at us or murder our people. And truthfully, are there any of you who will honestly speak up and say that you have compassion on Israelis/Jews?

    Israel is not out to destroy "Palestine." I can't even believe the comments I'm reading here -- best case scenario, the commenter is uneducated; worst case scenario, the commenter is a moron or a malevolent Jew-hater. Israel would love to be at peace and has done everything to achieve it, yet the homicide bombers keep coming and the Kassams keep flying. STOP the violence, and build a nation instead of blaming every Palestinian failing on Jews and Americans. When your desire for a country is greater than your hatred of the Jews, you will have a better future. Why, for example, did Palestinians destroy the greenhouses that Bill Gates bought for them? Why? It's insanity! What good came of that?

    The world will not continue to take up your cause. Everyone's patience with Palestinians is running thin. The only supporters you will have are those fringer moonbats who are motivated more by a hatred of Jews than by a love of your people or a love of justice. Even those are not good or lasting friendships -- such shallow people get bored and move on to other causes and you will be forgotten like a forlorn lover. Seize the day! Build and be constructive and weed out the evil among you, or you will be crushed.

    The whole world is in turmoil right now. Are Palestinians really so deluded as to believe that they can remain at center stage? The Big War is probably not too far off, and when it comes, no one will have any resources left to help your fledgling nation. Every nation will need to draw inward and take care of its own house. That's why you should have taken advantage of the billions of dollars in aid you have ALREADY been given, and why you should have worked quickly to build your nation while the world was on your side and could indulge you.

    Lastly, what's up with this wall between Egypt and Gaza? Israel puts up a wall to protect itself from Palestinian terrorists; Egypt puts up a wall to keep out Palestinian refugees. Hello? Where are the screaming, squealing human rights activists to deplore the Egyptian "apartheid" wall?

    By Anonymous American Jew, at 6/30/2006 6:10 PM  

  • One of Mohammed's wives was a Jew.

    Everytime you kill a Jew you anger Mohammed.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/30/2006 11:04 PM  

  • I believe the Palestinians will stop killing Jews when Jews stop killing arabs

    To start move the settlements out of palestinian territory.

    This creates violence. don't want rockets land in your yard don't invade other peoples lands.

    It's not that hard

    I will speak to this issue with my dollars


    By Anonymous neutralsam, at 6/30/2006 11:46 PM  

  • I am fascinated by some of the entries on this blog. These kind of unconditional supporters of Israel are not helping their cause whatsoever. They merely alienate people with their "values" that see Jewish life as more valuable than the lives of everyone else. These people are an anachronism in the 21st century. "Dialogue" with them is like entering a vortex from which you will never return.


    The idea that those not living under occupation can tell the Palestinian people who are whom they can and cannot choose for a legislative council for a people without a state anyway, defies any logic let alone humanitarian perspective.

    People who run around saying that civilians "ask for it," are racists, regardless of whether they are "worked in a restaurant in East Jerusalem." They can't see their own racism, because no one challenges on it.

    There is an old saying in the U.S. that people can travel and never leave home. Unfortunately, too many people don't ever leave home--politically, epistemologically, socially, or morally.

    That refusal to step only so far outside their own comfort zone, even when they are in another country, just shows that it takes more than experience to know something different than what you knew before you traveled.

    You have to do more than physically "go there." You have to "go there" with enough wisdom to understand power asymmetry. You have to understand that there are not two "sides" in every conflict, an unfortunate idea about how the world works from the mass media in America.

    Sometimes there is one side with nuclear weapons, a U.S. financed army, a lot of racist ideas about "Arabs," which then "Arabs" are supposed to prove "wrong," which by definition they cannot do unless they cease to be who they are, and that state is aided and abetted by the world's sole superpower.

    The other "side," is a civilian population, under seige all of the time while the world dithers about how "dismayed" they are with what's happening. Meanwhile, its women, children and political activists rot in their opponent's jails, while Americans without a clue blather on about how those occupied should spend their time contemplating what right-wing politicians in America think about "A-rabs." Yeah, I'm sure that's what everyone living through these war crimes is going to spend their time doing.

    It is absolutely true that this side has the weapons of asymmetrical warfare, that all colonized people use. Big deal.

    Mona, you are a brave courageous person. I lived in Ramallah for over a year doing academic research. I return every year and will continue to as long as I live.

    I have not just "lived" among Palestinians. I have lived under the occupation. While I haven't been to Gaza in years, I think I know something of what you're going through.

    Stay strong and know that the Palestinian people's cries are being heard by some of us who have figured out the meaning of words like democracy and equality--not from our rather bizarre government--but from our political education and commitment to acting on behalf of the Palestinian people.

    You will triumph, maybe not today, but in the future. I'm sure of it.

    By Blogger freespeechlover, at 7/01/2006 12:20 AM  

  • freespeechlover ... by GOD I'm impressed!! Maybe all these people who sit at home, as you say, but think to know everything better, start to listen to you ... but then again - there are those who NEVER learn!
    Anyway ... congratulation to a solid analysis and an honest opinion!!
    Do you happen to have an e-mail? I'd like to have it please ... if you won't mind!

    By Blogger I love Munich, at 7/01/2006 12:44 AM  

  • Hi Mona,
    I also feel (as one girl has posted before) that I sit here very comfortably in Canada knowing what you are going through, understanding the injustice and yet can't do anything about really tears me up inside, WHAT CAN WE DO? except write letters, go to vigils, protest...Stay strong and know that all my prayers are with you. I admire your courage and strength and wonder if I was in your place how would I cope?

    Peace to you all, may one day you find real peace/justice and an end to this brutal and ILLEGAL occupation.

    By Blogger Mackenzie4, at 7/01/2006 12:59 AM  

  • To the American Jew

    "Palestinians murdered, in cold blood, an 18 year old boy."

    Israel has murdered since the beginning of the Intifada, more than 800 Palestinian children. Please go and check all reports by different Human Rights Organizations - Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and even the UN. Of course, I forgot they are all anti-semites...

    "There is no justification for kidnapping a soldier and threatening to murder him."

    Really ?? Don't Israelis complain that Palestinians attack civilians ?? Is a soldier a civilian ?? I think not. Should the Palestinians throw roses to the soldiers who are bombing Gaza on a daily basis and who in the last 2 weeks have wiped out 2 entire Palestinian families ??

    "More barbarism, and flauting of Geneva Convention rules, will not get you what you want."

    You are very cynical as an Israeli apologist, to talk about flauting the Geneva Conventions, when Israel has been the biggest violator of Geneva Conventions in recent history. Do not need to be exhaustive, but let's name some: collective punishment, demolition of houses, "targeted assassinations" and thousands more of examples. By the way, I studied law and what I studied is that it is the occupier that has the main responsibility to respect Geneva conventions. Were these Geneva conventions respected with Lebanese kidnapped and tortured at the Khiam prison in southern Lebanon or those tortured at facility 1391, which the Israeli government has decided it does not exist (at least the US admits Guantanamo exists). Again don't be so cynical that you will pass for a fool...

    "Contrary to what your leaders tell you, Israelis and Jews, yes, even "settlers," do not hate all Arabs nor do we want you all dead."

    I studied at Hebrew University and in the dorms there was this sign somebody had painted in the toilet: mavet le arabim --- death to the arabs, no not all israelis would like to see arabs dead, but a good portion of them would...or maybe not dead but at least very far away....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/01/2006 2:56 AM  

  • Yeah the Palestinians do not have the right to kidnap a soldier (how many rounds of ammunition has this soldier shot, in a system that indoctrinates you to see Palestinians and Arabs in general as sub-human), but the Israelis have the right to drop missiles, kill children and families, enter Palestinian towns and kill and kidnap fighters, ...You Israeli apologists, you are so indoctrinated that you do not even use logic...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/01/2006 3:03 AM  

  • All those who say the Palestinians got what they deserved by electing Hamas, including and particularly in the West, I do not see you even frowning when the Israelis elected the butcher of Sabra and Chatila, a few years back, who has killed many more thousands of people than Hamas...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/01/2006 3:05 AM  

  • I think the targeting of the civilian infrastructure is wrong and looks like collective punishment - and I wish ordinary Gazans all the best is weathering the current storm.

    That said, Hamas hsa fired around 1000 Qassam rockets into Israel since the Israelis pulled out of Gaza. They didn't have to do that. It's dug infiltration tunnels under the security wall to gain access for terrorist attacks. They didn't have to do that. They used one of them to lauch a military attack on a border post, kill two soldiers and kidnap another. They have flooded the Strip with weapons to use against Israelis.

    In short, Hamas has taken advantage of the Palestinians' gaining for the first time a piece of territory to call their own to use it as a launch pad from which to attack Israel. They didn't have to do any of that.They did so knowing full well that, sooner or later, Israel would retaliate in strength.

    Now every Gazan is going to be punished for the actions of the militants.

    By Anonymous Rob, at 7/01/2006 3:54 AM  

  • The current Israeli action is an outrage. I do not understand why there is not more of an outcry from the rest of the world, especially other Arab nations.
    I do not agree with the targeting of Isreali civilians in any way, but soldiers are fair game in any war or occupation.

    Mona, I hope the current situation ends soon. Please know that some of us from the west, even in countries you probably don't know (i am in Dominican Republic) do worry very much about your situation and condemn the agression against your people.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/01/2006 4:32 AM  

  • our hearts are with you..

    By Blogger Osaid Rasheed, at 7/01/2006 4:43 AM  

  • For all Americans that think the JEWS what peace with anyone read what they do to your Christians.

    An Israeli police source reported on Wednesday that a group of 50 Christian tourists, said to be pro-Israel, were attacked by some 100 extreme ultra-orthodox Jews living in the Mea She'arim area in Jerusalem.

    Three of the tourists and one Israeli police officer were injured in the attack and received treatment at the scene.

    Israeli online daily Haaretz reported that the tourists arrived at the Mea She'arim area in the city wearing T-shirts with the words “Love your neighbor as yourself” printed across the shirts.

    Haaretz added that as the group came close to one of the squares in Jerusalem the extremist group “identified them as Christians” and began to hit them.

    Police present in the area managed to stop the attack but did not make any arrests, and the extreme Jewish group left the area.

    A police source said that the police are waiting for the tourists to file “official complaints” before conducting any legal steps.

    Canada supports Palestine

    By Anonymous neutralsam, at 7/01/2006 5:32 AM  

  • first af all,mona,carry seems too easy to say from a place with a.c. and power,but we need to know what's going on inside,in your side, and most media outlets have made clear to us that we won't get it from them.

    second is to every anon.if you truly believe in what you say,why not to put a name,nickname,etc..? i believe hatred is shameful even for the hater,so why to identify us with it?right? cowards.

    how can you punish a nation for what individuals who belong to it do?

    do we have to punish u.s.a. or the e.u.,china,russia for every violation of law,or agression carried out by some of its citizens (sometimes with the flag on the sleeve and a military uniform) and supported by some of its people?
    to me death and misery does not have an accent or lastname and is equally shameful whether is carried out by palestines,israelis,americans,europeans,or any other identity of a human being.

    we are debating in a huge ,steaming pile of hipocresy seem that the richer you are,or your ethnicity or nationality is,the less obliged you are to be bound by the laws you aply to the rest of the world.

    this is coming from an european born living in the u.s.a. so i know i'm inside of the boot stomping its way around in most of the world.and it makes me sick...

    no one should die by other human's hand,whether is dining in tel-aviv or in a beach in gaza.and no one should be humiliated whether in a west bank checkpoint or a guetto in varsovia.

    i can't believe that my eternal fights with my sister and the also eternal excuse "she/he started first mom!!" would be enacted by two countries in an international arena.and being unchallenged by most of the media.

    it's also interesting to me how everytime the situation starts to get better for dialogue either one of the sides boycott the situations,like this week abductions after a plan to recognize israel being crafted by palestinian leaders,or empty promises in the camp david talks.
    i see a need for foes in each political side of the wall,and there's so much will to become saviors of two historically beaten nations in each side's political groups to let peace win for the shake of us all.
    so it's going to have to be us,the rest of the people ,the citizens,to start thinking and being objective,because none of the so-called leaders are going to.

    By Blogger juanma501, at 7/01/2006 6:13 AM  

  • Muna, Yessuah Hu Akbar. Excelant site. Keep up the good work. Mneah site. Bi izn Yessuah people will read and learn of our peoples hardships..Ebal

    By Blogger Ebal, at 7/01/2006 7:15 AM  

  • i wish hamas would give the soldier back....i would even consider voting for a government that isn't terrorist...

    from Dr. Mona, with love

    By Anonymous mona, at 7/07/2006 2:26 AM  

  • Keep Video and photogographic records of the Terrorism commited by the IDF, soon all the world oppinion will change to your favour.
    Love and support from Koko

    By Blogger Koko, at 7/10/2006 12:13 PM  

  • Thank you for sharing the terror inside of Gaza from a personal viewpoint without the politics. The media and the world focuses on politics, battles and wars. They do not show wars impact to all people inside of the war zone.

    Thank you again for sharing your daily struggles for life. This gives me a much different and personal perspective to what is going on in Israel.

    By Blogger Mike, at 7/11/2006 1:20 PM  

  • Thank you for sharing the terror inside of Gaza from a personal viewpoint without the politics. The media and the world focuses on politics, battles and wars. They do not show wars impact to all people inside of the war zone.

    Thank you again for sharing your daily struggles for life. This gives me a much different and personal perspective to what is going on in Israel. /Mike

    By Blogger Mike, at 7/11/2006 1:23 PM  

  • Thank you for sharing the terror inside of Gaza from a personal viewpoint without the politics. The media and the world focuses on politics, battles and wars. They do not show wars impact to all people inside of the war zone.

    Thank you again for sharing your daily struggles for life. This gives me a much different and personal perspective to what is going on in Israel. /Mike

    By Blogger Mike, at 7/11/2006 1:23 PM  

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