From Gaza, with Love

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Merry Christmas and Happy New year -Happy Eid Adha

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


  • May these holidays bring blessings. You are not forgotten.

    By Blogger jarvenpa, at 12/20/2007 8:40 AM  

  • Do you only blame Israel?? Does Hamas, (who Gaza residents freely elected) do they not carry the blame also? Israel wants to be safe too. And not worry about suicide bombers. I watched a film on current tv - filmed by a Gaza resident. He blames Hamas for the streets being unsafe. God Bless you in all you do and I do pray for your safety and for all in Gaza and Israel. Manly God Bless the women (All the Mothers & Sisters, Aunts & Wives). If they could take charge and not let the children be raised to become suicide bombers and to HATE the whole world would be better off.

    By Blogger Mary, at 12/20/2007 5:36 PM  

  • Merry Christmas to You too.
    Please, keep strong will.
    I am supporting You from my country.

    By Blogger theatre ruined my life., at 12/21/2007 8:54 PM  

  • Reading your comments about the situation in Gaza is very painful. So many people; so much misery. a solution to the situation is imperative. But first, I would like to comment on your belief of where your problems arise.
    You continue to describe Gaza as under siege - but we both know that is not the case. What kind of siege is it where the attackers allow food, medicine, gas and electricity to enter the besieged territory, and accept the enemies' sick into their hospitals? What attacker would allow the besieged country to send rockets into their cities...
    without retaliating?
    You should count yourselves lucky that your attackers is Israel, and not Egypt or some other Arab country. If that were the case,the "siege" would not last long - you would all be quickly wiped out!
    No, you are not under siege; but you are HELD HOSTAGE by your government - Hamas.
    You must deliver food to the needy because Hamas has not, and does not plan to set up an infrastructure that will create jobs and commerce. They persist in attacking Israel, and there is the reason for your shortages:
    1) Hamas spends its money (lots of it) on arms and military action, and none to relieve the needs of Gazan citizens.
    2)Israel, to protect itself, prohibits any material that might be used against them, to enter Gaza,and that covers lots of material. They are very careful about admitting sick people for treatment there because there are many known instances where terrorists have disguised themselves as sick people in order to enter, then attack Israel.
    There is an answer. Hamas was elected democratically, and can be deposed the same way. You know many influential people - why not get them together to initiate a referendum for new election, then vote Hamas out.
    A peaceful government in Gaza would mean the end of rocket attacks, and then, of course, the end of counterattacks, incursions, border closings; in short, "the siege".

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/24/2007 4:01 AM  

  • @ mary

    People are DYING in Gaza ... and you talk about blaming???

    By Blogger Unknown, at 12/27/2007 1:10 AM  

  • Hi

    There's a paper about this blog in the mag "Courrier international".
    Be sure you're not forgotten.

    With my complete support

    Louise - Belgium

    By Blogger Unknown, at 1/07/2008 11:12 PM  

  • Well said Danny

    By Blogger Leon, at 1/15/2008 8:57 PM  

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