20th of December 2007–Gaza
It is Eid ALADHA Eve; Xmas is so close , Happy Eid , Merry Xmas and Happy New Year
, I decided to go for hair cut , and as I passed by the Omar Elmokhtar street in Remal area of Gaza city , this street is usually very crowded on the eid eve , but today it it was not , some window shoppers are hanging around , and I could see many children aged nearly , five to 10 , trying to sell some chewing gum.
There are not enough goods in the shops, and not enough cash for people to purchase
It was so heartbreaking , to see one man who is trying to sell, , tens of boxes of lovely fresh strawberries, well packed with very low prices , it was obvious that it was for exportation , and without any questions, I realised that the borders have been closed , after it was opened for short period to let the strawberry product out of Gaza , it is not difficult for u to imagine the size of financial loss for farmers , when the product is ready then could not be exported
It bcse of the borders closure.
The siege against Gaza has completed its six months 1.5 million of population are not allowed to travel outside Gaza ,many essential medications are not on the local pharmacies shelves as well as the hospital drug stores , tens of necessary goods are lacking only 15 kinds of goods are allowed to enter Gaza regularly , severe shortage of detergents, no cars spare parts , irregular electrical power ,most of local small industries has closed down due to lack of raw materials hundreds of local employees were made redundant , 39 patients have died before getting permit to leave Gaza for treatment in Israel , at least 2000 patients with different urgent health needs, including children with heart diseases and cancer patients , are waiting to be referred for further treatment outside the Gaza strip
In Gaza today our stories are the stories of loss of hope lack of just realistic political solution , poverty , despair ,unsafe streets irregular power , lack of clean water ,all sorts of frustrations .increasing %of children who suffer of posttraumatic disorders , desperate women and men increasing of domestic violence ,hungry kids in the streets , increasing number of children labours ,increasing number of school leavers ,lack of proper environment for children upbringing etc……..
in the middle of all that Israeli military operations are continous ongoing practise , 20 palestinians at least were killed last week , many were injured in military incursions and air rides in diffrent areas of the gaza Strip.
Xmas time is so close, from Gaza I send my love, and best wishes for merry xmas and happy new year, I ask you while celebrating and rejoicing ,not to forget us in Gaza,to remeber the thousands of men , women and children who takes the worst brunt of continous unjust war , to spread the word of truth, to shake the world consciousness against the big war crimes that is happening in Gaza, the harsh inhuman collective punishment against my people, the occupation crimes that is committed under the pretence of Israel security and fighting terrorism!!
When it is late, it is not acceptable for the world to say: WE DID NOT KNOW WHAT WA SHAPPENING IN GAZA