From Gaza, with Love

Monday, November 06, 2006

children on their way to school in north Gaza Gaza

Diaries of the attack against northern Gaza

Sunday: 4th th of nov
Stories from Beit Hanoun
With the help of the United Nations Relief Work Agency (UNRWA), I managed to send 400 packs of baby formula from the Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA) to children in Beit Hanoun. I was told that there is great need for this milk. It was difficult to coordinate this delivery since the roads into Beit Hanoun are all controlled by the Israeli military and they only lift the curfew imposed on the village for short periods of time.

The incursion is putting more stress on Gaza’s hospitals and Palestinian medics are working under fire. Two men who were part of a medical rescue team were killed today and another medical staff from Al-Awda hospital was injured while on duty.

tuesday : 8am6th of november
Drive to the Hospital
The military operation is now expanding to the north east of Gaza. In the early hours of the morning many missiles were fired on the north and east of Gaza, hitting many civilians.

On my way to Al-Awda hospital going along Salah Eddin Street, east of Gaza city, I could clearly see army tanks and a group of Palestinian resistance men. The main road was deserted.

When I arrived the hospital, I decided that next time I would take the road through Jabalia Camp. But no one road is safer than another. My colleagues described a scene of small 3 to 5 year-old age kids who were transported to the hospital in their kindergarten bus. Their teacher, Samiha Khulif (age 26), was seriously injured while getting out of the bus by an Israeli missile launched at a target. I do not know what the target was but the teacher and nine other passersby were seriously injured and two teenagers were killed as they walked pas the bus on their way to school. The small children were all crying when they reached Al-Awda; they were terrified and trembling. The hospital staff tried to comfort them. It was an intense moment and some of my colleagues burst into tears after seeing these kids.

Inside the Hospital: Obs and Gyn. Department

Since the siege and the military operation has started in Beit Hanoun village, nine women from the village arrived at the hospital to give birth. They had to wait several hours at the checkpoint to get a permit to leave for the hospital for delivery. These women gave birth, but now cannot get back to their homes. Some stayed at the hospital, others were taken to stay with families that live in the same neighborhood as the hospital. I met one woman who gave birth by Cesarian Section. She was unable to talk. She had a beautiful baby and her mother was next to her in tears, worried about the rest of the family who are trapped in the village.

MECA offered help for the women. We gave out food, blankets, baby clothing and pampers which the hospital’s PR brought it from Jabalia.

USA Shrapnel
I have seen some of the shrapnel that was recovered from yesterday’s injuries and they are all clearly marked with “USA.” The shrapnel pieces seem unusual; our surgeons did not come across this before but we do not have the time and facilities to investigate. And any way of killing civilians is illegal, whether with knives or internationally banned weapons.

from Gaza with love
Dr. Mona ElFarra

7 Comments:

  • OH MY GOD what a nightmare! They attack even schoolchildren .. I can hardly believe it! What a horror!!
    Mona - mI have no words anymore for that .. all I can say is that you ALL arein my prayers and I am sending you MUCH MUCH LOVE - and STRENGTH!!

    By Blogger I love Munich, at 11/06/2006 11:49 AM  

  • Mona,

    I am from the United States and have been following the news of what is happening in Gaza from the internet. I hate what is happening there and I hate my country's involvement. The United States gives substantial aid to Israel and gives them weapons, which Israel uses to harm and kill civilians in Lebanon and Gaza and the West Bank.

    During the Lebanon war, I started reading blogs and communicating with people in Lebanon and Israel on Lebanese Bloggers blog.
    There was so much TV coverage of that war in the US and I could not believe how the world just sat back and let bombs rain down on innocent civilians for 33 days. And I look at Gaza and the West Bank and all you have been subjected to and noone does anything to stop it. I feel helpless and guilty. But I can't just close my eyes to what is happening and look the other way because it is unpleasant.

    We are all human beings. Yet, when I get into discussions with people from Israel or supporting Israel on blogs it's like they don't see Palestinians as human beings and don't feel anything for children or other innocent civilians who suffer. I cannot understand that, how hate for each other can make us monsters.

    What can I do? I am a Christian. I pray for peace there, for an end to suffering and violence and fighting. I try to find blogs here in the US to tell others what is happening there, because our mainstream news coverage is so biased and there is actually very little news coverage. I keep looking for blogs there, but most I find have little discussion. Is it from fear or feelings of hopelessness or what?

    I want to do anything in my power to make a difference. I had an idea tonight and just wanted to communicate it to somebody. One big problem is labelling. The US puts this label of terrorist on Hamas and Hezbullah and this operates to dehumanize members of those groups and those associated with them. We need to make the world see the truth. If pictures and stories of what is happening there and pictures and stories about the civilians who are injured or killed, women and children, were organized and put on a web site and circulated, the truth of what is happening there could not be kept hidden and concealed and ignored. The world has to be made to see what is happening and do something about it. The internet can be used in many beneficial ways.

    I have been following stories about experimental weapons being used in Gaza and have read about the possibility that a weapon like DIME is being used in Gaza. Is this happening right now? If I believed it was, I would go forward right now with emails and letters to Congressmen here and newspapers and anyone I could think of who I felt if they knew about that, would want to make a public issue out of it.

    For the most part, the public in the US does not know what is happening in Gaza. I can't believe if they really knew the truth that they would allow this unqualified support for everything Israel does to continue. But the question is how to get their attention, how to get the truth out.

    I will keep praying for peace there and trying to think of things I can do to help or make a difference. If there is anything you can think of I can do to help, please let me know. Sherri

    By Blogger Sherri, at 11/06/2006 12:02 PM  

  • I just posted this post of yours on my blog. I hope many Americans will read it and start thinking about what is happening in Gaza. My prayers go out to you and your family and fellow Palestinians. May God Bless

    By Blogger Chet, at 11/06/2006 5:46 PM  

  • Unfortunately the Decent americans are bombarded with zionists articles , owned by the same people who tell them constantly that the victims are always the poor israelis and the palestnians are the attackers . Many have no idea . that s why WE in the net have to continue informing those decent americans and tell them what is really going on. great job by the way . salam

    By Blogger Fatima, at 11/07/2006 1:47 AM  

  • Hi
    My Name is Samuel I just moved to Isael from America and i would like to find a pempal from Gaza
    Please help

    By Blogger Sambox, at 12/15/2006 5:42 PM  

  • Hi
    My Name is Samuel I just moved to Isael from America and i would like to find a pempal from Gaza
    Please help

    By Blogger Sambox, at 12/15/2006 5:51 PM  

  • Hi
    My Name is Samuel I just moved to Isael from America and i would like to find a pempal from Gaza
    Please help
    myemail is sammyfkos@yahoo.com

    By Blogger Sambox, at 12/15/2006 5:51 PM  

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