From Gaza, with Love

Monday, July 10, 2006

Fishing boats subjected to the Israeli army fire

Dear all
it is 11am , Monday , no electricity in my apartment for the last 18 hours ,I'm at home , I shall write in my next blog about my yesterday visit to AlAwda hospital in Jabalia Refujjee camp,but now I would like to share with you quickly what I have seen in front of my window , in the last 15 mintues
you know that the Gazan fishermen , were not allowed to go fishing , since the start of the recent assault against Gaza , fish is expensive , and scarce (can you believe it , fish is expensive in the markets of sea town like Gaza), now it is the season for the most cheap fish that most Gazans can afford , it is called Sardine fish , it is small and tasty ,cheap and very popular too , for the last 2 weeks , no fish boats were allowed into the see , even for short depth , today I watched desperate fishing boat , literally under my window ,may be 150 meters inside the sea , all of a sudden , I started to hear heavy shelling , shooting , quickly I asked sondos9my daughter ) ,to move to the back of the flat , and with a quick glance , I could see the Israeli gun boat firing around the fishing boat, which had to go back to the port ,it was not hit , it was an alarming shooting !!!!!!I'm sorry I didn't tell you before about the suffering of the fishermen , as well as the farmers , workers , students all Palestinian living under occupation what a releif ,THE POWER IS ON ,I need to hurry up now charge my mobile , laptop,torch , and do quick washing , and have a shower too,it is valuable,and big treat those days to have a nice shower , with scarce water and patchy power , after that iam going to an important emergency meeting , to see how can we help beit lahia village people , and the Rafah Bedouin people who were displaced because of the recent attack into their villages and communities .

in love and solidaroty
Mona ElFarra

20 Comments:

  • Mona, I do suffer with you when I read all that ... believe me - it hurts me to the bone!!
    WATCH YOURSELF AND SONDOS ... and HANG IN THERE!! How is your daughter holding up? Give her a BIG hug - and here's one for YOU!!

    By Blogger I love Munich, at 7/10/2006 11:57 AM  

  • I live in Israel and also hate the war, the occupation, and the terrorism. I understand the Palestinian people are sufferring greatly. There are several things that would help Israelis to be more sensitive to the Palestinians and to be more willing to negotiate. First, Palestinians need to recognize the devasting effects of the terrorism that Israelis have endured - most recently the constant rocket attacks against Sderot and now Ashkelon. The Palestinians have less firepower, but our children are still terrorized when the sirens warn of incoming Kassams and then the rockets fall. Second, peace-loving Palestinians must help stop the teaching of Jew-hatred in many schools, secular and fundamentalist religious. Finally, Palestinians must fight for true freedom of the press (which they deserve, but do not yet enjoy). With freedom of the press they can publicly condemn Palestinian wrongs as well as Israeli wrongs. They can let the world and Israel know that not all Palestinians want Israel wiped off the map. Almost every weekend Haaretz features an article on Palestinian suffering, on individuals and families whose lives have been devasted Israeli military and police actions. Will we ever see articles sympathizing with Israeli suffering published in Palestine?

    By Blogger mw4peace, at 7/10/2006 12:39 PM  

  • since you work with human rights...did ANY arab goverment do ANYTHING to help...or did they (as usual) sat there like a punch of girl (altough girls have more guts than our goverments).

    By Blogger Thamood, at 7/10/2006 12:42 PM  

  • Dear Mona,

    I've read previous bloggs (full of Zionist bullsh*t!) I just wanted to let you know that you're not alone in your struggle. Myself and many other people (including Jewish people) in the UK have been working frantically since the IOF murdered the innocent family on the Gaza beach to support you.

    I've attended an excellent and well attended conference yesterday in London about the corporate profiting from the occupation. It was great because people here are truly disgusted with the deafening silence of western governments towards the Israeli crimes and are taking action. We are working hard and hope that we get some results quickly because we know your situation is really dire. I hope you can read my message and know that we are with you!

    With great respect, love and solidarity
    Sofia

    P.S. To those of you who’ll start rambling Zionist garbage, hey it’s no use. You can no longer defend and cover up Israeli crimes. The world knows that biggest rogue state in the Middle East is Israel!!!

    By Blogger Sofia, at 7/10/2006 3:05 PM  

  • Good question Thamood? Where are our fellow Arab countries? What are they doing to help the Palestinians?

    Mona, am sorry for your struggles and I hope you get some satisfaction with the support you are getting from all of us. Stay strong and courageous as you have been so far. You are a credit to all Palestinians!!

    By Blogger Halla, at 7/10/2006 4:53 PM  

  • Dear Mona
    i read every day your words
    and i am so sad to find there so much pain
    i cant help to much but all i can say is.... you make a great job and i send you a lot of love and solidarity

    By Blogger mariana43, at 7/10/2006 5:38 PM  

  • Too many unfair things are going on in the world. Historically the powerful ones self-proclaim “to be right”. The weak ones have very little defense, make mistakes, and loose themselves in useless ‘shows”. The mouse cannot compete against the cat! Can it make, t though, some sort of transient ‘arrangement” for a reasonable survival? Can the Middle East problems be ever resolved? Independently of what is right or wrong, people are suffering and dying, so some sort of solution has to be devised to alleviate the sufferance. The Jews cannot hope to kill-off all the Palestinians as probably they would hope and they are trying (their holocaust people may revolt in their grave for what is going on today). The Palestinian cannot hope to win against a nuclear power supported by powerful lobbyists around the world, not at least until we are in the “petroleum era”. So...what is there to do? How can unbiased people of the world help concretely, not just with words to the wind (or internet) and transient charity? Independently of the ultimate ideals and goals of the different nations, is it possible to establish some more limited goals achievable step by step in a definable time frame?

    By Blogger Peter, at 7/10/2006 6:01 PM  

  • Hold on.
    You give hope to all the poeple feelings so powerless in Europe without knowing what more to do to hel the palestinian poeple. You remmeber me how much palestinian women and men are strong and ready to struggle for their land. If the israelian hopes to see you run away, they can wait ages, centuries...

    I don't know what i can do more? Write to politics in belgium, go to demonstrations, organize meetings in schools, support and help concrete rojects in palestine. Nothing changes but for the worst! No it's not true, as long as there will be woman like you, Palestine will live.
    With love and solidarity
    Caroline

    By Blogger Caro, at 7/10/2006 8:12 PM  

  • Your people voted for the hamas goverment which vows to destroy israel and kill all the jews so I guess you are getting what you all voted for.

    By Blogger spinker, at 7/10/2006 8:17 PM  

  • Maybe at your important emergency meeting to see how you can beit lahia village people, why not suggest that your "HAMAS MEN" release the 19 year old Israeli Soldier that they kidnapped FROM ISRAEL... Maybe it would be a nice goodwill gesture if they STOP SENDING MISSILES INTO ISRAEL as well.

    By Blogger EJ, at 7/10/2006 9:41 PM  

  • keep you chin up we're changing world opinion and soon , right after we drag bush and CO out into the streets and flog them for the crimes against Humanity.

    By Blogger neutralsam, at 7/10/2006 10:28 PM  

  • I appreciate you deleting my serious questions, comments, and concerns for the situation you are dealing with and the situation many are dealing with in that part of the world. It truly is the best way to promote education and growth on the subject in the minds of many by censoring them.

    Thank you.

    By Blogger Blake, at 7/10/2006 11:04 PM  

  • sofia my dear, your really need to read the "Jews Stole Land?" post on my blog.

    BTW, it seems Jews NEVER hide when mass casualties are caused by their military activities - look at the Torah. But it does seem that the enemies of the Jews rarely wish to remember them.

    Test: What happened to Cyrene?

    By Blogger Solomon2, at 7/10/2006 11:34 PM  

  • Sofia
    I am from the US, the same thing is happening here. I am not Jewish but have many Jewish friends who are rebelling against Israel for what they are doing. It seems to me the people are speaking while the government is hiding it's head in the sand and afraid to stand up and be counted for doing the right thing.

    To Mona, We are with you till the end and with that may peace be for us all. God Bless You.

    By Blogger chet, at 7/11/2006 12:53 AM  

  • The liberals who comment at all of the many blogs in the US are not discussing Gaza because most liberal bloggers are not discussing Gaza or Haditha or rape in Iraq. They are afraid to discuss it. Allah forgive America for gifting weapons to Israel.

    By Blogger replogos, at 7/11/2006 2:14 AM  

  • Thank you, hope you remain safe.

    By Blogger chumly, at 7/11/2006 2:22 AM  

  • For years, the West was told that the attacks against Israel were because of Israel's occupation of "this or that" territory. The more Israel concedes, the more it is attacked. When given the opportunity to elect a responsible representative government, Palestinians elected a Hamas dominated leadership.

    Though their suffering is real and horrible, the sick and the young are suffering because of the irresponsibility of the people in whose trust their care is placed; their parents, relatives, and government who apparently support the wholesale slaughter of Israelis, including women and children.

    Abandon jihad, accept Israel's existence, and live in peace. Do not blame the deprivations of your children and the sick on those responding to rocket attacks and incursions into sovereign territory to kidnap people in their own country.

    Sincerely,
    Devin

    By Blogger Devin, at 7/11/2006 3:10 AM  

  • Dear Mona,

    Thanks for giving us some insight on what it's like in Gaza; and thanks for not letting the hateful ones distract you!

    I can't speak for all liberal bloggers in the US, but I am discussing the situation in Gaza. I don't care to get drawn into the eye-for-an-eye spite and name-calling -- my concerns are with the people any government anywhere calls "collateral damage", an obscene concept.

    Be safe and well -- my best wishes go out to you and yours.

    By Blogger meldonna, at 7/11/2006 10:02 AM  

  • Stay safe Mona. I expected to see more comments given the courageous decision of the LAT and Boston Herald publishing some of your writing, but perhaps comment moderation has slowed it down. At least I hope that's all it is. I hope you increasing profile doesn't put you at further risk than you already run.

    By Blogger Glenn Condell, at 7/12/2006 11:20 AM  

  • I think that those identified with an occupying country who wish peaceful statements from those they are occupying might better serve their cause by working to end the Israeli occupation once and for all.

    No, ending the occupation will not create utopia, but it will prevent Israel from becoming a pariah state. It will give Palestinians a chance to exist. And those things matter to the two peoples being able to go through a process of reconciliation.

    It is not realistic or reasonable to expect people under occupation to love their occupiers. History just doesn't work that way, and there are no exceptions.

    By Blogger freespeechlover, at 7/17/2006 2:46 AM  

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