From Gaza, with Love

Sunday, January 20, 2008

In 2 hours all of the Gaza Strip will sink into darkness completely

Sunday 20 January 2008
I am writing to let you know that in less than 2 hours the last turbine of the Gaza Strip's only power plant will stop working. The fuel for the power plant fuel will run out in 2 hours.

I hurried to recharge my laptop and my mobile and to wash the clothes. I checked my candles and rechargeable lights !!!!!! I telephoned Al-Awda hospital and was really panicked to learn that we have only have enough fuel for 4 days for the electrical generator!!!!! What more details shall I give?

No electricity leads to no pumped fresh water and no proper sewage system which in turn leads to more diseases and more needs for different surgical operations. But after 4 days no emergency operations can be conducted in our hospitals.

Israel sealed the Gaza Strip completely and strictly on Friday. Even the UN food supplies are not allowed to enter Gaza. 80% of the population at the moment depends on the UN aid and different international aid agencies. The UN staff are also not allowed to leave or enter Gaza. And while Israel is sealing the Gaza Strip it is at the same time intensifying air raids and military ground operations against Gaza. In the last few days 37 people were killed and 120 were injured. Most of them are civilians. It is a desperate attempt to stop the rockets from Gaza against the Israeli villages where the Israeli citizens are complaining of panic attacks. This response with such overreacted operations against Gaza is unjustified. The cutting off of power and fuel is frank collective punishment.

1.5 million of Gaza are dying slowly. They need your help and support. Tell the world that Israel's search for peace and security will not be achieved by this collective punishment against us.


  • End the Siege on Gaza – Protest outside Downing Street

    End the Siege on Gaza Saturday 26January 4-6pm Parliament
    Join us in protesting against Israel blocking desperately ill Palestinians from accessing medical treatment and its escalating military attacks on Gaza. We are particularly appealing to medical staff to join us in uniform to visibly express their opposition to Israel preventing Gazans from traveling for lifesaving medical treatment.

    Write to your MP urging the British government to immediately:
    - Demand the Israeli government lift the siege and end all collective punishment imposed on the civilian population of Gaza
    - Demand the EU restore funding to Gaza
    - Respect Palestinian democracy and engage with elected Palestinian representatives
    - Ensure Israel releases the Palestinian elected representatives it has abducted and imprisoned
    - Support the suspension of the EU/Israel trade agreement until Israel ends its occupation

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I wish there were more I could do.

    By Blogger Miss Froy, at 1/20/2008 10:42 PM  

  • mona,

    I am so sorry about what is happening in Gaza right now. I am praying for you, your family, and everyone there. I am doing everything I can to tell people here in the US about the injustices you are living under.
    There will be an end to all injustice, this I know. Be strong and do not be afraid. God loves you, all of you. He has a special place in his heart for those hurting, for all of you in Gaza. Turn to him and place your trust and faith in him and he will lead you and guide you, keep hope alive and love in your heart and be a beacon of light in the sea of darkness that Gaza has become.
    With love and God, nothing is impossible and we will always overcome injustice with love.

    Love, Sherri Munnerlyn

    By Blogger sherri, at 1/21/2008 4:23 AM  

  • What Can i say . I feel ashamed and helpless and angry that i can not do much except donations online . i wish i could do more.
    ALL i can do is pray for you , May the Muslims develop a conscience, and do something . right now i see them standing with the criminal bush and dancing with him and offering him the highest WISSAM for his crimes against Muslims . i dont know why they still call themselves Muslims . they are watching war crimes being committed and not doing anything . I do hope a miracle happens ASAP and the siege will stop I hope the Parahon in egypt helps Gaza by opening the rafah border , after some pressure from the Opposition . ALL the best my thoughts and prayers with you .

    By Blogger Leyla Benkirane, at 1/21/2008 12:15 PM  

  • ِDear Mona,
    I am impressed with your writing. I put your post into my blog, that was everything I could do for you. My address is
    Wish you and your people become free of these pains.

    By Blogger Zahra, at 1/21/2008 2:53 PM  

  • Hi,
    Why are you writing occupied Gaza Strip? wasn't it freed by Hamas?

    Why can't you get all your needs from the Egyptians - your brothers?

    Why are you continue to bomb the Israeli power plan in Ashkelon that supplies part of your electricity?

    How come there is still fuel for the vehicles that launch rockets on Israeli towns?



    By Blogger Eran Arkin, at 1/21/2008 3:18 PM  

  • From Spain, encourage.

    By Blogger eripley5153, at 1/21/2008 5:15 PM  

  • Thank you for the first-hand account of life in Gaza. I am reading from Tennessee in the U.S. In what ways can I be of assistance?

    By Blogger Herbie Miller, at 1/21/2008 7:12 PM  

  • dear mona,

    we don't know each other, but you know my friends barbara and josie. you can't imagine what i or others in amrika are feeling, especially knowing that all of this is done because our tax dollars are funding the siege under which you live. i would love to do something, anything. please keep writing and let us know what we can do.

    in solidarity,

    By Blogger Marcy Newman, at 1/22/2008 9:41 AM  

  • Dear Mona, the only thing that I can do for you, write in Persian Media about Gaza, hope it will be end soon.

    By Blogger Omid, at 1/22/2008 12:32 PM  

  • condemn the eu. they needed to send the techs to break the power plant monopoly. Allow the people to get the power needed flowing across the power lines from north of the line. Why does it have to pass through the silenced generators before the people can get it?

    By Blogger Buphagus, at 1/22/2008 2:42 PM  

  • justtestingsomething

    Yes Hamas did free gaza from US puppets (dahlan and his gang) but the donations stopped , even from Arab people like me (while rich Israel continues to get us and Jewish aid )
    Hamas can not perform miracles if money stops and salaries are stopped . they cant even sell their produce for god sake , the gates are locked and the key is with israel , talk about freeing Gaza what cheap propaganda . cant fly their produce because their airport was bombed and they dont have means to repair it , fishermen get shot by Israeli gunships too .
    Egypt the new Egypt of Mubarak has become since camp david a security agent for israel , that s why it gets US aid . same with the coward in Jordan , so we do not count on them .

    By Blogger Leyla Benkirane, at 1/23/2008 12:26 PM  

  • Hey i'd just like to echo what everyone is saying ,i feel so sad it break's my heart to see you being treated like some kind of non human.Shame on you tony blair (just converted to catholism),
    g.w.bush, m. abbas.The attrocities commited in world war two have left an even greater stain on the psyche of the jewish people than i think anyone could have imagined.Their perverted and twisted ideology for they no not what they do .And shame on Egypt
    Declan (Ireland)

    By Blogger declan, at 1/26/2008 1:36 AM  

  • Mona,

    I'll be in Egypt in the next few months and hope there is some way I can help. I want to organize as with as many people locally as I can collect and bring supplies. I haven't done this before but I have to start on the first step of the ladder.

    What can I bring? I know you need everything, but I have medical friends here. Who can I liason with there or in Egypt?

    By Blogger Sam, at 1/26/2008 2:42 AM  

  • first of all I'd like to introduce my self, i am ahmad from palestine, gaza strip, am a17 years old .Deeply I would like to thank Dear mona,After I have been granted a schollarship to study in the united world college in Norway before 8 months even I haven't had my secodary school grade, I was very young to be responsible enough, however I hadn't been to any country before, In the time the situation in gaza strip was extremely bad , all the borders were closed and I give up hope to get out to attend the college,the Norewgian embassy helped me after that to get out from Erez border, it was wered first when I enterd and with my tears and my mother words still in my mind, I enterd leaving behind me my land which i used to be in. I wasn't afriad or scared because am going to the isreali check point, but i felt homesick from the first moment i left. after i enterd the border my heart started to beat, the first time i will see the isreali people face to face to get the barrier away, i enterd with all my confidence in spite of the insulted precders which they applied on us, i realized what means to be one of the people who are waiting for a fucking permisson to allow you to go through many X-rays check which causes cancer for instance, I was sad because of the old sick people who are waiting and waiting to be kicked out in the end, i tried to help those old people by reasuring them and carry thier staff and help them to walk in a place all the human rights are violated wihtout any response from the whole world. After they gave me the permission to move after suffering for 16 hours in the border, My journey started from that point(Erez)though many palestiaian occupied cities, with a surprising feeling I was looking at my land which i can't move freely in , yes i saw Alqouds and many other places i dreamed to go to all of life but from behind a car window, 4 hours with my check points in the road i have met was unforgetten and has a deeply meaning for me. finally I got to the college which has students from all the countries,and i have the chance to defend my piont of view as a palestinian toward all the people to show how is the situation and the Military siege and the violation of human right in palestian, I still know my task toward my country and people and still ready to do any thing to raise awareness among people, I am a gazan citizen who live in the eastern part of gaza and am completly realized what means to under the occuption dosen't have any value for human right principles, our areas exposed lots of time to many invasion and attacks, and I and my family know what is our duty,I have lost three of my cousins, tow of them were before gaza one month left. I would like to thank everybody for sharing their idea and my faitful apreciation Appreciation to Dear Mona. Ahmad

    By Blogger Ahmad, at 2/16/2008 7:02 AM  

  • Dear Mona,

    I was really moved by Ahmad's comments. To think, there are so many people there who have lived there their entire lives and never been allowed to leave. We in the US do not know the truth of what is happening in Gaza. The internet should give us an opportunity to get the story out and make it known to all.

    I stay in touch with the news there and discuss issues on a forum on a website in the US called beliefnet. Anyone can sign up/register on the website and get involved with the discussions. I encourage you to visit the website, provide input, encourage others in Gaza to visit the website and tell the people here what is happening in Gaza.
    Here is the website link.

    I am praying for peace in Gaza and an end to the occupation and an end to injustice for all of you, Sherri Munnerlyn

    By Blogger sherri, at 2/19/2008 6:23 PM  

  • Hey everyone,
    I'd like to clarify something that what the people who live outside the Gaza strip don't estimate how is the conditions there going,´how bad it is. Gaza is like a small prsion where alot of people trapped there don't have the right to leave or to move freely even for an urgent emergency. In the time when my first semester very closed to be finished in three months, painfully I think how can I manage to get with my family to spend my vocation with them. What is happening there is a disaster, so we have to start negotiating or compromising in order to solve the bullshit in Gaza. I am sorry to hear some party are holding the right of return of the refugees, however if the borders of gaza were opened most of the people will get out from there. I mean we have to find an urgent solutions for that, and someting else I forgot to mention, In these days Somebday told me that Gaza concidered one of the terrorist regions in the world, the third one. many things should be done by the palestinians to maintain peace in the area which is to disarmed the people who don't need these massive weapons.

    By Blogger Ahmad, at 2/22/2008 10:25 PM  

  • Dear Mona

    I also put your blog post into my blog.

    Best regards from Denmark


    By Blogger Margrethe Hansen, at 3/02/2008 6:33 PM  

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