From Gaza, with Love

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Gaza Update

8th of January -13th day of the Israeli Tttack against Gaza

720 are killed
including :-
215 children
89 women
12 1st aid health workers

more than 3000 are injured many with serious injuries

11 ambulances were attacked and destroyed while on duty

health workers are not allowed to evacute many of the injured ,in many occasions
the medical teams face new sort of burns , thier is a possibility that israel uses white phosphorus against civilians ,INVESTIGATION IS NEEDED AT ONCE .
health teams in Gaza need to be assisted , as they are overwhelmed with the increasing numbe rof the casualities and lack of supplies and electricity ,
new born babies inside the hospitals are under great threat , due to power flactuation in the special care baby units SCBU

43 were killed inside one of the UN schools , were those fleed to the school ,as thier homes were under heavy shelling or destroyed ,the Un asked for immediate investigation and denied Israeli claim of the presenc eof armed men inside the school

no electricity in Gaz a
80%of areas have no water , due to the destroyment of the infra structure , due to the heavy shelling
70%of tleecommuniucations are destroyed too

yestreday Israeli army allowed 3 hours of ceasfire , so the civilians can go to get thier supplies
,but there were no enough bread , vegetables , meat , grosseries and no cash with the population , and thousands are homeless!

thousands of Rafah citizens at the moment are homelss, have been evacuated , and thie rhomes were demolished at the southern part of rafah on the borders ,.

iam indirect contact with my fellow doctors in gaz a, but may be i will lose this contact soon ,as the communications is getting less , and this will lead to real catastrophy on the level of evacauting of the injured

PRAY FOR US this is usual messege i recive from friends , neibghors and relatives in Gaza

thank you all for your solidarity , friendship , and humanatarian concern


  • A l’adresse des Peuples d’Israël et de Palestine

    La fin de cette vengeance sans fin est entre vos mains !

    Exigez d’abord de mille façons de vos représentants le cessez-le feu immédiat, l’arrêt complet des hostilités.

    Choisissez par la base des délégués des deux côtés, renommés pour leur non-violence.

    N’importe qui, pas des experts ou des dirigeants, juste des sages, des aimants.

    Qu’ils se réunissent au milieu des ruines, le temps qu’il faudra, jusqu’à pouvoir venir annoncer à Jérusalem la paix équitable décidée à l’unanimité.

    Peuples d’Israël et de Palestine, fraternisez pour la paix, pas une trêve entre deux guerres, vivre bien les uns à côté des autres, peut-être un jour les uns avec les autres.

    Il n’y a pas d’autre solution, ou bien que quelqu’un la donne et qu’elle soit mise en œuvre, vite.

    By Blogger laurent, at 1/08/2009 9:57 AM  

  • I live in the UK and we are asking people to boycott Israeli goods.

    There has been official support which is being taken to our trade union congress for backing and in turn to government.
    The feelers have been out for a while and it is believd that we can do this.
    I have formed a facebook group to get the mesage out there even further.
    With your 1st hand knowledge I would appreciate your regular input as to the real devestation that is taking place.
    Please believe that here we are doing what we can.

    May God keep you , your family and friends safe,
    peace and love from your sister in the UK!!

    By Blogger angharad, at 1/08/2009 12:42 PM  

  • I am a canadian in the PHilippines doing Peace work here. You are in my prayers

    By Blogger Darnell, at 1/08/2009 12:55 PM  

  • Salaam
    I wish that this cruel and savages war will stop sooner and the people of Gaza hug the victory

    By Blogger hajar, at 1/08/2009 1:38 PM  

  • If the terrorist Hammas would not have created the constant attacks on Isreal, you guys would not have this mess. Throw these idiots out of your land and live in peace with your neighbors.

    By Blogger Heiner, at 1/08/2009 3:26 PM  

  • Best wishes from Brazil! We are together with the Palestine people.

    By Blogger Escatos, at 1/08/2009 6:21 PM  

  • Perhaps you might find a way to connect with Cynthia McKinney (former US Congresswoman from Georgia) who is part of the End Gaza Siege group. Perhaps a connection to Cynthia McKinney might open a door in Washington... I think that a physician like yourself might be able to make inroads to get an audience with president elect Obama and present your findings directly to him. The key to helping Gaza and Palestine is to shift US attitudes towards the conflict by trying to deal with as many of the top people as possible. The top man will be Obama in a few weeks. This is how the zionist neocons have taken over Washington politics--they have ingratiated themselves at every level of leadership from the House leader to the Senate leadership. Through personal friendships and connections and being able to meet legislators in their offices they have embedded themselves into the politics of the US. Perhaps a growing coalition of grassroots activists like yourself can reach "the one" and present the truth. I suppose it is naive and unrealistic, but it is only through a coalition of individuals and groups can this ship turn coarse. The ropes that the tugboats use to tow ocean vessels are made up of individual threads...

    By Blogger Terry Scott, at 1/08/2009 8:11 PM  

  • salam alaykom,

    i`m from Iran it`s really hard for me to see what happening in Gaza. We are trying to help you any way and want all palestinian to know we are with you. please stand for Islam. Allah helps are near...

    By Blogger nasibeh, at 1/08/2009 10:03 PM  


    By Blogger k1ng_m0b, at 1/08/2009 10:10 PM  

  • Some news that I'm sure you won't see or hear on your local media, an account of the true nature of your Hamas and Fatah leaders:

    Palestinian Victims

    The terrorizing of Arabs by Arabs is a big ho-hum for the Media and ignored by the progressive activists in the anti-Israel crowd.

    Here's the story as reported in the Jerusalem Post a few days ago on Jan 4, 2009

    Hamas Moves on Fatah 'Collaborators'
    The Hamas government has placed dozens of Fatah members under house arrest out of fear that they might exploit the current IDF operation to regain control of the Gaza Strip.

    The move came amid reports that the Fatah leadership in the West Bank has instructed its followers to be ready to assume power over the Gaza Strip when and if Israel's military operation results in the removal of Hamas rule.

    Fatah officials in Ramallah told The Jerusalem Post that Hamas militiamen had been assaulting many Fatah activists since the beginning of the operation last Saturday. They said at least 75 activists were shot in the legs while others had their hands broken. Wisam Abu Jalhoum, a Fatah activist from the Jabalya refugee camp, was shot in the legs by Hamas militiamen for allegedly expressing joy over the IDF air strikes on Hamas targets.

    "Hamas is very nervous, because they feel that their end is nearing," a senior Fatah official said. "They have been waging a brutal campaign against Fatah members in the Gaza Strip."

    Meanwhile, sources close to Hamas revealed over the weekend that the movement had "executed" more than 35 Palestinians who were suspected of collaborating with Israel.

    By Blogger A Nobody's thoughts on the World, at 1/08/2009 10:59 PM  

  • I understand your pain.
    This is the worst thing can happen to someone,I hope that it will end soon.
    BUT!! you cannot be apathetic to Israel's reason of attack.
    Eight year under attack of Hamas' missiles.
    EIGHT YEARS! And no response from Israel's side. And this is after getting all of military and israeli civilians out of Gaza.
    An appropriate respond should have come a long time ago.
    Any reasonable state would have done the same.

    By Blogger aa, at 1/08/2009 11:16 PM  

  • I know it doesn't help, but our hearts are bleeding with pain for whats going on, please keep posting updates

    By Blogger noona, at 1/09/2009 2:21 AM  

  • The Gaza Anthem

    We will not go down!

    Play it loud, chant it everywhere, let them know that We will not go down!

    We will not go down
    In the night, without a fight
    You can burn up our mosques and our homes and our schools
    But our spirit will never die
    We will not go down
    In Gaza tonight

    Please spread it, embed it when you can, and let YouTube and the entire world hear that we will not go down!

    "We will not go down (Song for Gaza)" - composed and performed by the extremely talented Michael Heart.

    By Blogger Rime, at 1/09/2009 2:54 AM  

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    By Blogger oRiDo, at 1/09/2009 6:11 AM  

  • It is a real suffering even to watch the news . I do not know what it is like when someone goes through all of it .
    Alma ,a Hungarian living in Qatar

    By Blogger alma wad, at 1/09/2009 12:42 PM  


    By Blogger vahid, at 1/09/2009 1:12 PM  


    By Blogger vahid, at 1/09/2009 1:12 PM  


    By Blogger vahid, at 1/09/2009 1:13 PM  

  • Israel must be stopped by someone, how all the nations could remain standing still, watching without doing anything…..For GOD SAKE LISTERN TO THE REAL NEWS ON WHATS REALLY HAPPENING IN GAZA, did you hear about the 4 little children found clinging to their mother’s dead body who’s been dead for 3 days…. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT THOSE 4 CHILDREN TO BECOME (SUICIDE BOMBERS OF COURSE) don’t blame them then blame Israel…..
    Why the entire world is turning a blind eye…
    Where is everyone, how could Israel get away with this massacre, this is a crime against humanity, against innocent civilians…IT IS NOT A WAR! A WAR IS NORMALLY BETWEEN TWO STRONG NATIONS, while what’s happening in GAZA right now is a holocaust, and a crime against a population who Israel wants to control and invade by force…

    Faye Melbourne Australia

    By Blogger Faye, at 1/09/2009 1:17 PM  

  • Dear Mona, my name is Karin Eder-Ekman. I'm one of the editors at, a swedish opinion and news commentary web sight. I'm wondering if you would like to write something for us? It would be very valuable for us to be able to publish a report from inside gaza! What are your feelings right now, what are you and your friends/co workers thinking and talking about right now? What is going on?

    If you are interested, please contact me on

    By Blogger karin, at 1/09/2009 2:54 PM  

  • Hello

    My name is Abdoul and I am working at Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders in London. I would like to get in touch as we are providing aid to the people of Gaza

    I was basically wondering if you would like to cover our involvement in Gaza on your blog.You can get more information at
    I apologise for contacting you out of the blue - I found you through various online networks and through your blog itself and I have only contacted you because I thought you might be genuinely interested

    Thanks for taking the time to read this far


    By Blogger uk, at 1/09/2009 6:01 PM  

  • Hi Dr. Mona,

    First let me express my deepest regrets on this horrible situation.

    Now I'm trying to spread the word around, asking all my personal friends to sign the petition and linking back to your blog.

    Let me know if there's something more I can do.

    I leave you with my best wishes, hoping this situation ends soon


    By Blogger nunodiablu, at 1/09/2009 8:45 PM  

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    By Blogger SuhanDuman, at 1/09/2009 9:32 PM  

  • 11. When it is said to them: "Make not mischief on the earth," they say: "Why, we only Want to make peace!"

    12. Of a surety, they are the ones who make mischief, but they realise (it) not.


    We are praying for you everyday...

    By Blogger SuhanDuman, at 1/09/2009 9:35 PM  

  • Dear Mona
    Thank you for ur blogg and the documentation

    I hope this finds you well.

    As a response to the continuous suffering of the Palestinian people, I am initiating a project titled Compass to Palestine.

    Monument, art installation, expression, contribution- these are just some of the words that I can use to describe it.

    Please read the brief excerpt below and forward to your contacts.

    Waiting for your feedback,

    Inas Bseiso

    Compass To Palestine

    We honor our dead
    Our dead are not numbers, they had stories.
    Put a face to every number
    Tell a story for every number
    All photos and stories will be mounted on a compass
    The arrow of the compass leads to Palestine
    This compass will be designed and sculpted by volunteering artists and designers
    The compass will be built on a piece of land in Jordan
    The compass will be a living commemoration of the heroic sacrifices of the people of GAZA on the path to Palestine
    The compass will be a living commemoration of the hope of freedom for people under occupation
    Preserve the dignified memory of our dead
    Your help is needed
    Send pictures and stories to or Inas H Bseiso at facebook

    By Blogger Inas, at 1/09/2009 11:17 PM  

  • i'm a french marrocco girl , and i hope israel arrested this ware. i think it is shame for israel .

    with love for palestin

    By Blogger Hanaa Bijoux, at 1/10/2009 12:21 AM  

  • Gazze, Filistin ,mazlum ortadoğu,masum bebekler,çocuk olamamış çocuklar,analar,eşler,kızlar,oğullar ...Sizin için yüreğimiz dağlanıyor ,içimiz kavruluyor desem ne fayda!Koca insanlık,bir müslüman alemi zulmü seyre durmuş.İnsanlığımızdan mı utansak müslümanlığımızdan mı?

    By Blogger Bahriye, at 1/10/2009 1:55 AM  

  • I pray for you and Every one in GAZA,Allah saves you

    By Blogger nilo0ofar, at 1/10/2009 6:59 AM  

  • I am so sorry for all the pain the people of Gaza are experiencing. Thank you for telling us what is happening. We are demonstrating in Portland,OR in the U.S. on Saturday, Jan. 10th to call for the U.S. to stop supporting Israel and bring an end to Israel's murderous attack on Gaza. I wish there was more I could do. You are in my heart. May peace come soon.

    By Blogger Cheyne, at 1/10/2009 9:57 AM  

  • Hello from the UK

    We are an English radio station broadcasting in Manchester.

    Is it possible we could speak via skype or possiby an interview by email

    Or anyone who is currently in Gaza

    By Blogger The Cynics Wife, at 1/10/2009 11:46 AM  

  • The pigs (so called israelis) are on their way to hell , INSHALLAH, Allah will help Hammas to clean this garbage of Zionists.
    FOR Israeli Army,,,,,:

    Brother we all are togather....(Faisal from Pakistan)

    By Blogger Ev!L Dev!L, at 1/10/2009 1:43 PM  

  • my heart goes out to you and all the ordinary people who are on the receiving end of the violence. I'm not religious so cannot offer a prayer, but send all my hopes and wishes for a speedy end to your suffering and the restoriation of peace and a proper life for all of you.

    By Blogger gordogreatbelly, at 1/10/2009 8:51 PM  

  • Mona,While I sympathize with your situation I respectfully wish to point out facts that brought Gaza society to where it is today.In 1988 the Hamas Covenant declared WAR on the Jewish State of Israel for the purpose of annihilating the Jewish state and in it's place create an Islamic state by killing as many men,women and children as it takes in order to demoralize the Jewish population.To that end Hamas launched suicide bombers,over 6,000 rocket attacks in 2 years etc.specifically targeting Jewish civilians. The Hamas Covenant erroneously states that Hamas has a right initiate this WAR and kill Jews because the Jewish State is situated on Arab not Jewish land.In spite of this Hamas was elected by an overwhelming Palestinian vote.This war will end and a long term peace will come to Gaza society once Hamas publicly declares that the Jewish State always has and continues to be situated on Jewish not Arab land.Hamas replaces the 1988 Hamas WAR Covenant with one that declares the benefits to Palestinian society in living in peace with the Jews of Israel.If the German people who supported Nazi terror which incidentally was also supported by the Grand Mufti and his Arab allies)were able to change,I look with hope that Palestinian society will also change.Until that happens Israel must continue to try to end this war initiated by Hamas by ending the Hamas regime's control over Gaza so that it can be administered by third party people and organizations who truly want to live at peace with the Jews of Israel and educating Palestinian society as to how the benefits of a long lasting real peace can improve their lives and the lives of their children.

    By Blogger joseph, at 1/10/2009 9:11 PM  

  • I am an Israeli woman and am also horrified to hear what is happening to the civilian population in Gaza. I hope and pray that an end will come immediately that will allow civilians on both sides to feel safe. There is a question in my mind which doesn't leave me alone. We hear that Gaza is full of underground tunnels and bunkers and I find it hard to understand why these are not being made available to the civilian population for their safety. If they could use them, women and children at least could stay there, and with good food and water stores, for lengthy periods. Why are you not pressuring your leaders to provided better civilian protection when it is available?

    By Blogger Joan, at 1/10/2009 11:44 PM  

  • Rise up against Hamas, they want you killed....

    By Blogger Michael, at 1/11/2009 10:47 AM  

  • My prayers and constant thoughts for the safety and peace of all by brothers and sisters in Gaza. May Allah protect the children and give just due to those who commit atrocities for power and influence.

    By Blogger Peace, at 1/11/2009 3:07 PM  

  • I don't know what to say - the numbers speak for itself. Except that I admire your courage for writin this blog, and I'm praying for your safety. The world is listening, hoping and waiting.. From Sweden with lots of love. <3

    By Blogger Jessica, at 1/11/2009 4:50 PM  

  • May Allah help and protect you my beloved brother! You are brave and honest may Allah give strength and will
    this is a time to unite Arab countries on the basis of one emotion global peace assalam and a true Muslim cant tell lie in the name of Allah ( the absolute peace)he must feel responsibility when he say assalam to his brother country
    before world war 1st the Arab land was one piece now the time came near to wake up and become one sentiment of global peace and its true wisdom which can reward us Allah's ne-ma ("an-amta alaihim") in this world and jannah the place of peace in the life here after
    so who ever accepts global peace now he will prove himself a Muslim and who ever gets wisdom of global peace he will prove to God that he is true mo'min and who ever strive for peace he will prove himself responsible muttaqi and who ever succeed to get in the struggle he will be mohsin and one who convince the world that Islam is global peace and quran its true wisdom he will be muqarrab and khaleefa in front of Allah on the day of peace youmiddeen
    oh my brothers and sisters and mothers don’t give up hope of peace if we fails to get global peace in this world insha Allah---Allah will bring the total peace as a day of youmiddeen
    Life is both side of death
    And there are many parallel worlds by which we have to pass and our destination is Allah himself (the total and eternal peace)

    By Blogger furqani, at 1/11/2009 4:57 PM  

  • I will pray for peace in Gaza.

    By Blogger Jon Chinburg, at 1/11/2009 6:04 PM  

  • dear mona my name is mai and I want you to now know that there are many millions of people all over the world who are demonstrating at the murderous actions of the israelies and are trying to bring pressure on their governments to stop this slaughter but I feel that sadly as long as the American administration keeps up it's support of Isreal because of the jewish money that controls Capital Hill that the justice the good people of Palastine have been waiting for is far away. The media here in the U.K is being controlled the western reporters are under isrealie military sanction so are unable to make a free report of the horror you are all enduring Al jazeere and Media Post are getting the message out as clear as possible even though the building that houses them were hit by the isrealies. An isrealie jugde had orderd the govenment to let western jounalists in but Olmert has refused The Red Cross and the UN humanitarian sections have accused Isreal of war crimes and are demanding an independant investigation. Hamas is being blamed for everything as usual the lies are being peddled and Isreal keeps insisting that they are the victims but many many millions of people all over the world know that this is a lie. Ships have left Cyprus and air lift from Morrocco are bringing to you medical supplies and aid god willing that you all get this my heart is broken at your plight and I am crying as I type this and I will be lighting a candle for you and all the people of Gaza. I wish I has it in my power to help you all to stop your suffering. My heart goes out to you all I will pray for you all keep safe or at least as safe as you can and may a ceasefire come soon. God bless you mai.

    By Blogger mai, at 1/11/2009 6:58 PM  

  • We are thinking of everyone in Gaza. Trying to explain to root causes in Music message below:

    By Blogger Pal, at 1/11/2009 7:42 PM  

  • This no fault of Israel, but the people of Gaza for Electing a terrorist group to govern them, Take this as an sacrifice for you wrong doings..!

    By Blogger The Factoid, at 1/12/2009 2:24 AM  


    By Blogger The Factoid, at 1/12/2009 2:25 AM  

  • As usual, these pictures and the faces of dead children will go away in the media, then it will go away to the history books.

    And be forgotten forever by the people who are not inside the hell that Isreal has made for Gaza.
    We have a day to mourn the people that died in the Nazi camps. But if they know suffering, how come they inflict it on others?

    Isreal will never be punished unless the elect Obama reacts, because Europe is whorthless union of passivty and loyalty towards the Isreali goverment. But Obama choosing sons of militant pro zionist people in his goverment only show that it will get worse before it gets better.

    Salam from Sweden.

    By Blogger One day, at 1/12/2009 4:54 AM  

  • Dear Mona,
    Appreciate your writtings. There is a lot of action against voilence in Gaza from Malaysia.

    I have used your blog address in my posting with title stop the injustice in
    in the hope that my readers will be linked for more informations.

    By Blogger Tan agnes, at 1/12/2009 7:08 AM  

  • Brother,
    I am a Indian and my country pray for you.And we codout a campign and rally against Israel.GOD bless you

    By Blogger VARAKKATHA CHITRAM, at 1/12/2009 4:46 PM  

  • Dear,

    My name is Daan Slingers, a Belgian journalist. I have some questions about your site. I find it very interesting. If you answer them I will make an article of it. Hopefully you would like to help me. You can find the questions below. Please forward your answers to

    Thank you

    Daan Slingers
    Weekly Overview

    My questions:

    1) Why and when did you have the idea for your blog?

    2) Physician by training how do you use that in your blog?

    3) Why do you frequently report abouf females and children?

    4) How does the war damage people psychologically?

    5) Is there psychological help for victims of the war?

    6) Can suicide attacks beeing explained psychological?

    7) Do you think that on one day their will come an end to the conflict?

    By Blogger Daan Slingers, at 1/12/2009 6:36 PM  

  • Dear,

    My name is Daan Slingers, a Belgian journalist. I have some questions about your site. I find it very interesting. If you answer them I will make an article of it. Hopefully you would like to help me. You can find the questions below. Please forward your answers to

    Thank you

    Daan Slingers
    Weekly Overview

    My questions:

    1) Why and when did you have the idea for your blog?
    2) Physician by training how do you use that in your blog?
    3) Why do you frequently report abouf females and children?
    4) How does the war damage people psychologically?
    5) Is there psychological help for victims of the war?
    6) Can suicide attacks beeing explained psychological?
    7) Do you think that on one day their will come an end to the conflict?

    By Blogger Daan Slingers, at 1/12/2009 6:53 PM  

  • expected hypocracy from the muslim world .Where were the muslims when

    - over 1000 isrealis killed by the EVIL hamas

    -150 were children

    -Evil hamas targetting indiscrimately

    - only due to care and respect for human life and protecting its civilians the israelis have kept casualties low

    - unlike hamas who fight like cowards hiding behind women and children and who knows how many of those were not actually killed by hamas themselves to prop up propaganda. Hamas have no respect for decency,civlization and dignity

    Why support the faith of people that hamas and hizboulla belong to when they are calling not to only destroy a nation but their people as well -this charter is a war crime itself- and if the palestinians who supported hamas were aware of the charter and should be equally charged to war crimes
    tThis evil,satanic groups have no respect for non muslims and why should I as a non muslim (not jewish) have any sympathy for them or whoever supports these evil people.

    where were all the rallies around the world when muslims shot the staues of Bhudda to rubble where were all the muslim protests when muslims were killing and still killing each other, where were all the muslim protests when churches and temples of other faiths destroyed by muslims where were all the muslims when atrocities were besiged by them on non muslims where were all the muslims when their clerics were preaching hate against the non muslims all around the world. Islam is the only religion that promotes hate deciet and violence for as long as it benefits islam they also have a word for this TAQAIYAT.


    IF YOU BELIEVE IN FREEDOM OF SPEECH THEN YOU WILL PUBLISH THIS WITHOUT MODERATION AS NOTHING I HAVE SAID HERE IS FALSE AND YOU KNOw THIS TO BE TRUE. So for the sake of the muslims to see the otherside of the coin they need to know their shortfalls as well. I hope you will publish this ,God Bless

    By Blogger hanu, at 1/12/2009 9:40 PM  

  • This is so sad.
    You're all in our prayers.

    By Blogger hfm, at 1/13/2009 2:08 AM  

  • My name Haryo from jakarta, Indonesia
    I'm very apprehensive for your country and I hope Allah will reciprocate for inhumanity israel.

    For Countries in the world aid Gaza, palestine destroy israel.Thank you

    By Blogger Haryo Surasto SE, at 1/13/2009 5:04 AM  

  • it is shocking and sad to hear this news. i'm from malaysia, i hope i can help. but what i can do is only wait and watch the news.. pray for our muslem brothers and sisters. arghh! its too sad!!

    By Blogger emalicious, at 1/13/2009 5:09 AM  

  • Mona .. I don't know what to say anymore .. words fail in the face of this slaughter, this genocide!
    I feel rippled, paralysed and wish to GOD I could do so much more - but all that's left where I am at is blogging and calling trying my best to find out the situation of my friends in Gaza! Fida was so kind and contacted them after a whole day of trying .. and THEY ARE ALIVE!! That was some days ago and now, again .. I am worried SICK! Their youngest daughter is nine years old ...
    They are wonderful people, non-political, all they want is a decent life and education for the children - I love them dearly!

    What Israel had left for them now is destruction and despair ... what a MONSTER CRIME AGAINST EVERYTHING HUMAN!!!

    Friends, think-alikes and I we do what we can to spread the truth ...
    it is not enough, I know.

    Sending you truckloads of strength ...

    By Blogger Karin, at 1/13/2009 6:48 AM  

  • i live in london uk.... i am deeply ashamed of my own and the united states government... and i deeply apologise for thier lack of action on your behalf... it is obscene that the state of israel if given the special treatment it does and is allowed to behave this way towards gaza and all palestinians. i am apalled and deeply distressed by what you are being put through, not just now, but since 1948, by israeli zionism... words fail me and i pray for the end to these current attrocities and for peace in your community... i pray that israel be held to account for its war crimes as well as for its arrogant and callous treatment of human life in gaza

    By Blogger karen, at 1/13/2009 8:45 AM  

  • my name is karen and i live in london uk... i am deeply ashamed of the way my own and the united states governments are not acting on your behalf against the war crimes effected against you by the state of israel. i am deeply distressed to see what is happening to you, not just now but since 1948 when a nation who should know better began callously and arrogantly oppressing the palestinian people in the name of god... shame on them and shame on us in the west who stand by and let it happen. i pray for gods mercy on you and for a peaceful solution... i also pray that israel be held to account for its war crimes

    By Blogger karen, at 1/13/2009 8:51 AM  

  • We are many people around the world who are horrified to hear what is happening in Gaza. Please know we are praying for you and thinking of you all.
    Be strong, and have faith.
    From Sweden, with love


    By Blogger karin, at 1/13/2009 10:06 AM  

  • Thank you for your blog. I am thinking of the people of Gaza all the time. I wish I could do something.

    Love from Imse in Sweden

    By Blogger imse, at 1/13/2009 10:41 AM  

  • Hello again
    one of the best Iranian Rap singers , singed a song for the inocent people in GAZA. It's realy beutiful. please add the link of music in your new post :

    By Blogger persian boy, at 1/13/2009 11:14 AM  

  • I don't have words to express my feeling on the issue. Can you please tell us how others can help you guys?

    My PRAYERS ARE with everyone is Gaza.

    By Blogger MA, at 1/13/2009 2:30 PM  

  • Dear,

    My name is Daan Slingers, a Belgian journalist. I have some questions about your site. I find it very interesting. If you answer them I will make an article of it. Hopefully you would like to help me. You can find the questions below. Please forward your answers to

    Thank you

    Daan Slingers
    Weekly Overview

    My questions:

    1) Why and when did you have the idea for your blog?
    2) Physician by training how do you use that in your blog?
    3) Why do you frequently report abouf females and children?
    4) How does the war damage people psychologically?
    5) Is there psychological help for victims of the war?
    6) Can suicide attacks beeing explained psychological?
    7) Do you think that on one day their will come an end to the conflict?

    By Blogger Daan Slingers, at 1/13/2009 5:21 PM  

  • Dear,

    My name is Daan Slingers, a Belgian journalist. I have some questions about your site. I find it very interesting. If you answer them I will make an article of it. Hopefully you would like to help me. You can find the questions below. Please forward your answers to

    Thank you

    Daan Slingers
    Weekly Overview

    My questions:

    1) Why and when did you have the idea for your blog?
    2) Physician by training how do you use that in your blog?
    3) Why do you frequently report abouf females and children?
    4) How does the war damage people psychologically?
    5) Is there psychological help for victims of the war?
    6) Can suicide attacks beeing explained psychological?
    7) Do you think that on one day their will come an end to the conflict?

    By Blogger Daan Slingers, at 1/13/2009 5:22 PM  

  • As an American, I am so sorry for this atrocity. I feel helpless and am not sure what I can do as an individual in a country that is doing nothing. I apologize for America & the world's apathy towards the Palestinians. I will continue to pray for peace.

    By Blogger Angela, at 1/13/2009 6:16 PM  

  • As an American, I am so sorry for this atrocity. I feel helpless and am
    not sure what I can do as an individual in a country that is doing
    nothing. I apologize for America & the world's apathy towards the
    Palestinians. I will continue to pray for peace.

    By Blogger Angela, at 1/13/2009 7:47 PM  

  • Dear Mona- I am a concerned citizen of this world writing to you from San Francisco. What can we do to help? We feel so powerless and helpless. I donated to the redcross but what direct and immediate action can ordinary citizens across the world do outside of their stupid governments to help you and your people?

    By Blogger RySa, at 1/13/2009 10:20 PM  

  • may Allah help all people there.. we are trying to do what we can, donations demonstrations or anything. we all wish we had a chance to get over there and be with them. even we can't do anything, just to do near them... we are sorry gaza. humanity is again lost.

    By Blogger Osman Gazali, at 1/14/2009 9:04 AM  

  • Every time I read your blog, I can't stop shedding a tear. It's so sad and tragic even I feel unrealistic. How can it happen!!!

    I know it's so real to you. Please let more people know about this. We should never forget this kind of insane decisions makeing us questioning about humanity.

    What are the israel politicians made this kind of horrible decion? Are they evil? Do they really belive in God? I'm so mad at them.

    Please take care. I pray for you and your people.

    By Blogger rueje09, at 1/14/2009 9:16 PM  

  • where is egypt,where is saudi arabia ? why have such presidents and kings who are totally hopeless?

    By Blogger pavocavalry, at 1/15/2009 3:52 AM  

  • May allah strengthen their faith & supply them with solidarity & determination…the blood of Palestinians living abroad is boiling…wish if we could do more to stop this massacre …we r praying day & night to save gaza

    Arabs are truly ashamed of themselves to let their brothers & sisters in Palestine down

    By Blogger Arab Lady, at 1/15/2009 8:28 AM  

  • here's a short video with news and images...

    By Blogger A., at 1/15/2009 12:02 PM  

  • I would very much like to talk to you if I may, Dr Elfarra. I am a writer currently working on a book about Gaza. You can reach me via the contact page on my website:

    I look forward to hearing from you.

    Wendy Holden

    By Blogger Wendy Holden, at 1/15/2009 4:55 PM  

  • Hi mona,

    i'm patricia, from brazil and i
    would like say that here we're very revolted with this situation and that we're pray for the palestina people everyday.
    good luck for you, and your family.
    be care

    By Blogger bla bla, at 1/15/2009 5:57 PM  

  • I would be there tomorrow to help rebuild this state, the war must stop and now.... email me if you have a way i can help, i will do this for my children and all the children of the world who will face the repurcusions of this sad afair. Pat

    By Blogger israelno, at 1/15/2009 6:57 PM  

  • Too bad the only ones to blame are Israel.

    Your peace loving government , and peace wanting people did their best for living in peace...

    By Blogger Michael, at 1/15/2009 7:22 PM  

  • No sé si entenderás mi idioma,pero quería transmitir el apoyo de ESpaña al pueblo de GAza


    By Blogger Admin Carmen, at 1/15/2009 7:35 PM  

  • dear Mona
    congratulation on your blog. It gives the world a true picture of what is going on. You are doing a good job to our brothers and sisters in Gaza.
    I wonder Mona have you heard of the famous documentary on Ann Frank, one of the victims of the holocaust, world war II. I believe if you and others of your friends in Gaza document detailed stories of the lives of different children and women who suffered this geneside, with their names and everything, this can be published in books, and films for adults to read in all languages of the world, also can be written in a simple style to be children books that people study at different schools all over the world. I am sure this kind of work should be very successful in portraying the great oppression the palestinan nation are living for decades.
    The blood of those innocents should not be lost for nothing.
    It is the time the world has to know the truth, and the Palestinian people have to enjoy freedom and security, their rights as a brave nation.

    Dear Mona We pary for you and your people. We live far away, but our hearts are in Gaza. May Allah protect you all

    Dr Rowaa

    By Blogger Rowaa, at 1/15/2009 11:32 PM  

  • my english is not so good.but im schocked of the things you wrote.its not human.have they not learned from the 2 world war.they are doing the same now.what must come of this world.who is fighting who.and why.i hope you have the stanged tho survive.i pray for you.and im full oftears.

    By Blogger dirk51, at 1/16/2009 1:34 AM  

  • Give us more information, Peace for Palestine!

    By Blogger cahPamulang, at 1/16/2009 6:06 AM  

  • The retribution by Israel for the rocket attacks from Gaza is out of proportion. But why can the Palestinians not recognize the reality of their circumstances and their own role in this tragedy. My neighbour has a large, aggressive dog that barks at the kids on their way home from school. As a consequence some of the kids poke sticks through the fence and tease it. One day the dog will get out and bite one of the children. Now obviously no-one should own a dangerous dog, but if it was my child got bit and was one of the ones doing the teasing and stick poking -- I would have to ask my child "What are you - stupid? You didn't notice the great big flashing teeth? You thought you could tease and poke at it and it wouldn't attempt to do nothing? As I say, what's happening in Gaza is a great tragedy, but it is a tragedy that, given some thought, planning, negotiation and, most importantly, some honesty could have been avoided by the people of Gaza.
    It is also very curious to my Western eyes that the trust factor between two Muslim states; Egypt and Gaza seems so very weak.
    Good Luck to you but you are going to have to STOP the rocket attacks. Sorry.

    By Blogger pcbruce, at 1/16/2009 12:22 PM  

  • Are you in Gaza City right now?
    How do you manage to make your postings.

    Phil / Switzerland

    By Blogger linusFM, at 1/16/2009 4:48 PM  

  • I am a 55 year old from Northern Ireland who has lived through our "troubles" since I was 15. We never had to endure anything on this scale and the people of Gaza have my every sympathy. I am furious with rage at Israel's actions and although my intention is to pass on sympathy and not to be controversial I cannot help but see their actions as similar to the Nazis that they so (and rightly) despise.
    I hope some peace comes to Gaza soon and wish you success in your work.

    By Blogger davebangor, at 1/16/2009 8:29 PM  

  • By Blogger Philip I, at 1/17/2009 12:40 AM  

  • God bless you. I will pray.

    By Blogger ms.ventura, at 1/17/2009 3:24 AM  

  • for all gaza people, i pray that GoD brings you peace and harmony,
    i pray for all the soles that have been murdered by your neighbours be given a place by the side of God
    I am an english man i feel helpless and sit here wishing for a way to help you.
    No israilie will be welcome on our or ever..
    our Good luck wishes and all our prayer's are with you always..
    sent with love to you all...mike sweeney..

    By Blogger Michael Sweeney, at 1/17/2009 2:22 PM  

  • For all GAZA people i can pray for you and for all i can do.

    I wish you peace and well being i pray that GOD is with you and no matter what your religion no GOD should allow this murder to carry on.

    no isralie shall be welcome in England as far as im concerned. i see evil happening all around you. i know nothing of your government but i ask all the palestinians to look at all that is going on and do what is the right thing to do in your circumstances.

    I do know no matter what your elected government does or has done it does not give the right for israiel to murder your innocent people.

    I feel helpless and do not usualy get involved with matters but i wish i could help you all right now. if there is anything i can do let me know..

    A prayer.
    Lord God,Please please please give the people of GAZA peace, please please please do not allow the neighbours of gaza to murder the people og GAZA any longer,Give them the help they need to have a peaceful life,Let the peole of GAZA find a way to stop this WAR, Allow them to forgive each other and give them love and put all this behind them.My GOD give the people of GAZA strength to rid the wrong doers of theire country
    I am your's my God forever and i have faith in you to answer my Prayer. AMEN

    By Blogger Michael Sweeney, at 1/17/2009 2:44 PM  

  • all Eglish people are with you we pray for you.

    I am helpless to do any thing, i wish i could give you more.


    By Blogger Michael Sweeney, at 1/17/2009 2:51 PM  

  • You said:
    "11 ambulances were attacked and destroyed while on duty"
    An ambulance is defined as a non-combatant vehicle used EXCLUSIVELY for the evacuation and medical treatment of NON COMBATANTS. The automobiles you cite were NOT AMBULANCES. They were vans, the word Ambulance was on them, and maybe there were even paramedics inside but as soon as you use an ambulance to transport weapons or combatants it's protected status is LOST - it is no longer an ambulance.

    Here is video of ambulances used as combat vehicles.

    There are also videos of rockets being fired from UN Schools - again, it loses sanctuary status THE SECOND it is used to hide combatants, it becomes a legitimate target when it's used to fire from. Those civilians inside are then considered human shields and are the moral and legal responsibility of those who fired from inside the school (Hamas)...

    The reason Arab casualties are high is because this is a weapon of Hamas. If 3rd world countries had bomb shelters 50+ years ago, why are there none in Gaza. israelis put up shelters 60 years ago, this was before any nation funded them. If Hamas can build tunnels for weapons, they can build bomb shelters.

    The problem is that they care more about killing Jews than saving their own (how else do you explain the fact that Hamas makes children and the elderly go to rooftops of Hamas buildings to act as human shields?! WHAT KIND OF SKEWED MORALITY ARE YOU OPERATING ON?!)

    By Blogger wingless, at 1/18/2009 2:13 AM  

  • Zionism Has No Stars

    Their flag
    Covered with innocent blood
    Speaks of horror only
    No place for them to hide
    With their crimes
    Spread all over Gaza
    Speaking of the same old façade.

    With so many killed
    So many injured
    So many displaced
    To prove military superiority
    Over a besieged population
    There can only be shame
    For the Zionist.

    The whole world is watching
    While you bombard
    No mercy on any soul
    You march up and down
    A territory not yours
    In a place you don’t belong
    You look for your stars finding none.

    Mariam Behrang

    17 January 2009

    By Blogger Mariam, at 1/18/2009 2:47 PM  

  • As Salaam wu Alaykum from South Africa to the guardians of Al Aqsa,

    Over the last couple of weeks the world has witnessed the worst of crimes against humanity, protests have and are been held throughout the world calling for an immediate cease fire and for Israel to remove themselves from occupied territory and for all border crossings to be opened.

    You are constantly in our duaas. May Allah (SWT) grant you victory over the Godless Israeli leadership. Their reckoning will be with Allah(SWT). Your sons and daughters have been honored with martyrdom and may Allah grant them the highest stages in Jannah.

    To Hamas and other factions: May Allah (SWT) grant you victory InshaAllah and may you always be there to support the people of Palestine. Like the ANC who were branded as 'Terrorists'are now the ruling party in South Africa. You are and will be victorious.

    By Blogger NazeerMohamed, at 1/18/2009 7:59 PM  

  • Dear Dr Mona,
    I am Hazem Ashmawi, son of Salwa El Ghalayini. What a disgrace is on march. My God, it is unbelievable. What a shame on humanity.
    My mother told me that you live in Khan Younis that has been under fire. But I understood that you are not in Gaza, is that right?
    My wife, Claudia, that is an anesthetist, she wants to go to some hospital in Gaza to help in surgeries. She would like to go in few months. What do you think? Is it possible? Do you have some kind of program that she could fit in and go?
    Best regards,
    Hazem Ashmawi

    By Blogger Hazem, at 1/18/2009 8:39 PM  

  • A friend write about this blog here (
    I do hope that the nightmare in Gaza can be ended. Indonesians are praying for Gaza too...

    By Blogger Retty N. Hakim, at 1/19/2009 4:35 AM  

  • Human rights activist?
    Are you kidding? What Suicide bombing and Kassam rocketing has to do with Human rights activism?

    By Blogger Abe Bird, at 1/19/2009 9:21 AM  

  • peace in Gaza..
    i will pray...

    By Blogger Patrick Krychov, at 1/19/2009 5:57 PM  

  • From far..we pray & never giveup hoping tht this war will over.InsyaAllah..

    By Blogger tajnsham, at 1/20/2009 10:39 AM  

  • Hello!
    It is interested very much.
    Please link to this site.

    By Blogger MISA, at 1/21/2009 5:59 AM  

  • Dear Madam.Dr. Mona El-Farra,

    I am Adarsh Anchal,Editor of, a community news weekly in kerala,India.
    I read your painful article From GAza with Love.
    I am putting that to my weekly.
    You can express your views about the present things with Kerala readers.
    I expect, you shall mail me.
    Thanking You
    Adarsh Anchal

    By Blogger writer, at 1/21/2009 2:28 PM  


    By Blogger محمد, at 1/21/2009 10:23 PM  

  • What can I do to help?

    By Blogger *sarah*, at 1/21/2009 11:15 PM  

  • You Palestinians, Hamas supporters are liars and cheats. We all remember the reactions from your "woman" and "children" when our people died in the 9/11 attack. Don't give us all that bs that they are innocent children. These kids that died in Gaza the last few days would be praised if only they committed suicide killing our Jewish children. Don't think, not even for a moment that the Americans and Europeans have such a short term memory..
    We can't await your destruction and we pray for you guys to be wiped out of our region any moment...

    By Blogger Bee, at 1/23/2009 8:49 AM  

  • Dr Mona El-Farra,

    I am not completely up to speed on the background to the Palestinian and Israeli conflict and to be honest I don't think you need to be. When you compare the might of the Israeli army against the desperate attempts of a people who to the rest of the world just seem to be struggling to be free there is not much sympathy for the Israeli cause.

    I am appalled by the decision by the BBC and Sky news in the UK NOT to show an appeal by the Disaster Emergency Committee in support of humanitarian aid for Gaza. Douglas Alexander MP the International Development Secretary for the UK said it best...

    'If your child is sick and suffering it does not matter if your hospital was destroyed by a bomb or an earthquake your child still needs medical attention and that is the very basis of humanitarianism'

    This appeal is not about politics, it is not about the small minded individuals on both sides who prefer making silly political points and make quite frankly stupid comments attacking your views because they disagree with your nationality, it is about those children who are dying in the street because someone decided it would be a great idea to blow up their hospital! It is about the mothers who have lost children (on both sides) and it is about saying ENOUGH!!!

    Like one of the people who has commented before I am boycotting Israeli goods - although not as part of an organisation - I don't believe in supporting a nation that thinks that blowing up young people is the answer, Israel -like the UK in Northern Ireland did- is creating the next generation of suicide bombers because by removing hope and opportunity you help grow the very sentiments they profess to detest.

    I thank you for your refreshing view of a conflict so far away from my own home and I certainly hope that you do not allow your attackers to silence you.

    As a wise man once said 'don't let the b*s****s get you down'

    Sorry this comment is so long!

    By Blogger Rayleen Kelly, at 1/28/2009 11:17 PM  

  • I'm appalled but not entirely surprised by these outrageous conditions. Has there been fear of disease spread with the lack of water and medical services, or are people just trying to get from one moment to the next??

    Stay strong! I'm thinking of you!

    By Blogger Danielle, at 2/08/2009 11:05 PM  

  • OKay, I just read this again and now I feel the need to comment again.

    where does help begin?

    there's the immediate need for disaster relief and respect for cease fire...

    there's the hope for peace...

    but there's so much! I'm overwhelmed by how much is out there to be done. I'm inspired by the work that you do and it's closely along the lines of what I hope to do someday. I just don't even know where to begin. Food security, water, women's rights, transnational legislation, etc etc etc!

    As someone in the throws of this crisis... is there a "greatest need" or is it all just too messy to pick one thing?

    I'm sorry to bombard you with questions. Please know that I have the highest respect and hope for your efforts!

    By Blogger Danielle, at 2/08/2009 11:15 PM  

  • I have the news on at least 12 hrs a day, either Sky or BBC, it is such a shame that they forget conflicts so soon. No mention of the plight of the gazans for days!
    Pat (

    By Blogger israelno, at 2/09/2009 5:08 PM  

  • Assalamu'alaikum Dr Mona

    I'm Agi from Indonesia. When I watch your country condition from television, studied about why Israel can get the nation in Palestine, studied about why Hamas still launch their rocket, studied about why Israel attacks your country, and I knew too, in 1945 my nation got independence from imperialist, and that was the worst history in our nation but the best things when we won, I knew how Gaza people felt... In past, when our combatants against the imperialist go out from our country, they are called by terrorist or something like that. And I knew how Palestinian felt...

    I'm crying seeing your country. And somehow I felt very bad with Israelis. But I know, you are human... I don't know what to say...

    I hope someday I can help your country. God bless you and we are praying for you.

    By Blogger agi_kakkoii, at 2/13/2009 9:30 AM  

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