From Gaza, with Love

Monday, August 28, 2006

fishing in Gaza

I live by the seaside. I love the sea. When I was
young I always thought of myself as a fish that
cannot live outside its sea. I love swimming,
and walking by the sea any time, but specialy in the
morning and at sunset.
Now looking out of my window, watching the sea, and
the fishing boats, fills my heart with pain ,and
sadness, feeings I cannot describe. It is like a
monster's hand getting hold of my heart,strong
enough to crush it. I am resisting with my full
strength, but how long shall I stay strong
and resist? I do not know, I cannot predict.
All those thoughts crossed my mind while watching
some fishing boats which sailed too close to the
seashore. The gunboat's fires warned them to go back
to the harbour. But it is not just warning, it is
herding them, like a shepherd with its sheep,
ordering it to go back to the port .
Since the Israeli army's latest assaults against Gaza,
fishing boats are not allowed to go fishing. Few
take the risk of sailing too close to the seaside. But
all the time they are threatened by the warships'
direct shooting. Yesterday one of those boats was
under fire from the warships ,and was completely
destroyed and burned. Fishermen on board were not hurt
and they jumped into the sea.
I could not sleep, shooting continued all through
the night, so continuous and close to my
building that my daughter was frightened. We both
chose to sleep on the floor of my bedroom. I hardly
The fishing industry in Gaza has been paralysed for
the last 8 weeks. Since the capture of the Israeli
soldier, 3000 fishermen are not allowed to go fishing,
and 35.000 people who rely on this
industry are jobless. There is no fish in the Gaza
markets, though Gaza is famous for fish meals. This is
all over for the time being as anyway people do not
have the cash to buy a
non-existing nice fish meal. We can have fish and
other goodies only in our dreams.
Israel can never stop us dreaming .

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  • Mona, dear - whenever this monster attempts to draw too much strength from you - you get it replenished from us! We're here supporting you, making sure you'll get enough supply to hang in there!
    What is happening there is a miserable disgrace and I can only pray the tide will turn FAST and they will get in return what the do you you guys since SO MANY YEARS!
    Big hug .. as well for Sondos! LOVE YOU ALL!

    By Blogger Karin, at 8/28/2006 6:18 PM  

  • I am reading Palestinian Identity by Rashid Khalidi. My wife heard you speak on KPFA radio. She said you did well.

    By Blogger Jay Taber, at 8/28/2006 6:57 PM  

  • Dear Mona your strenght is incredible...!! I copy this text to my blog, hope many people will read it!!

    Stay Strong...


    By Blogger Bola de Sabão Pragmática, at 9/01/2006 11:41 PM  

  • Hey, you have a great blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!

    I have a Fishing site.

    Come and check it out if you get time ;)

    By Blogger J, at 6/27/2007 12:38 AM  

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