From Gaza, with Love

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Before my laptop batteries are empty

4th of february 2008-Gaza
it is 2 weeks since we did not have power in Gaza , it was back for short period , now we have patchy power in all areas of Gaza strip , in my flat i have the electricity for 2 - 4 hours if i am lucky , sometimes i do not have it all day , i thought of writing something to change your mood while you are following our stories in Gaza , while i am the one who is in big need to lift my morale , it is my candles' night , unfortunately not a very romantic candle lit night , it is very difficult for me to write whenever i have the urge and desire to do so , and i need to hurry up before my laptop batteries are dead , but any way, i was trying to be charming and persuade my teenager girl of the advantages of having candles a and quiet evening without tv or new sophisticated technology , the answer came back quickly ,with a grim face , "OK, but if it was our choice !!!!!!!!!!!!!!"  simple few words from my child who , like all her mates, leads an unusual and cruel life in Gaza while the occupation continues these harsh measurements  of cutting off fuel and electricity against gaza population.
 we resist the occupation :
by enduring this difficult unbearable life ,and still not being crushed by our occupier's foot ,continue to live and even to create new ideas to educate and entertain our children , today i was in Nussierat Refugee camp(one of Gaza middle camps ) , where i witnessed the opening of the English Club for the Kids of Afaq Jadida center(New Horizon ), 30 kids age 15-17 will have the chance of learning computer and english language , 
it is amazing, it is inspiring to see the kids sitting to learn while the center had little day light and it was dim, there were candles too , in another corner  of the center , the library i could clearly see some kids reading books using  candle lights , the librarian    on her wheelchair, with smiling face, watching and encouraging .It was good chance for John Harvey , from Olimbia Rafah  sister city foundation(USA) , to take some photos and to show his solidarity and support .
the center is in great need for electrical generator , well, another task for me ,and a great necessity for this little paradise , where the kids can enjoy whatever's possible in this gloomy atmosphere , i believe that it is so important to support the kids' psychology via entertaining activities , this is what we do in Afaq jadida and other children centers in Gaza , those are in partnership with the Middle East Children Alliances ,
before the battery is empty , with all my love i say goodbye 


  • We are doing our best to stop is not enough but we will not stop..I promise!!

    By Blogger Badiaa بديعة, at 2/04/2008 12:29 AM  

  • I am so sad and upset that the world can witness all this suffering and just talking, talking. It puts me back to the War of the Camps in Lebanon in 1986 and 87. Is the world just waiting for the Palestinians to loose all hope and escape when they get the first chance?
    Love and support from Kristin

    By Blogger kristo56, at 2/04/2008 1:24 AM  

  • How can we in the outside world help? We feel helpless too!

    By Blogger Craig, at 2/04/2008 5:00 PM  

  • All that awful trouble when the Jews are really Egyptians as my YouTube film/research shows.

    By Blogger  , at 2/04/2008 8:15 PM  

  • Palestine IS Coming!

    And may every human NOT helping restore Palestine and remove the israeli cancer will wither and fall for this is a 'Peace is the ONLY option' type event and the WAR makers will fail to get there way in the onslaught of forces coming to the aid of the REAL Palestinian's needs and security.
    The wimpy israeli and all his American weapons is going to see the effects of a world fed up with there shit.

    You see the IOF is NOT even sort of prepared for the events coming in there direction. They are in denial of how much of the world is looking away whilst it does all manner of evil deed. Well I see a force. And i see a problem that force is GOING to deal with.

    Palestine IS coming and no boo hoo hoo is going to stop the fix at this point with all the Plutonium the israeli have piled up in this area.

    By Blogger Masher1, at 2/04/2008 8:58 PM  

  • May Allah give you patience. I think it really helps that you let us in to your world and describe the events from your point of view. I am your neighbor in Jordan yet I feel so removed from the goings on there. We cannot comprehend though we feel so sad for you. God willing there is a solution.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 2/05/2008 7:58 AM  

  • Dear Mona,

    You have my heart. Your character,courage and endurance is an inspiration to all of us helpless watchers gazing on Gaza from afar. In a broader sense, we are all occupied by Israel. You brave people happen to be taking the brunt of their attitude more than the rest of us. I pray for you all every day waiting on Heaven's Mercy.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 2/06/2008 8:32 PM  

  • Hello Mona,

    I am an American and half my ancestors are Jewish. However, I do not blindly support Israel. I recognize the common humanity of all people. My interest is in finding solutions, not in taking sides. Perhaps it would have been better if Israel had never been created. However, it exists, and practically speaking, it will not go away. The people of Gaza and the West Bank are just as real and they deserve to live in peace and dignity.

    I think there is a big problem on the part of some Israelis and some Palestinians. These people all believe that their side is right and the other is wrong. They believe that their side deserves all the land and the other side deserves nothing. This sort of thinking will only lead to continued fear, distrust, and misery on the part of all people living in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. I wish that these extremists could moderate their thinking, but I don't think that is going to happen. Some people are just incapable of rational thought and reasonable discussion. However, I do not think this is the case with you Mona. You seem very intelligent and reasonable. I hope that somehow there can be a better future for you and your daughter. I hope the same for all Palestinians.

    By Blogger David, at 2/07/2008 7:42 AM  

  • A hug from Italy.
    Please go on with your blog.

    Here TV and newspaper report nothing about palestinians but they always write or show Sderot and qassam strikes.

    Ciao ;)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/07/2008 2:14 PM  

  • As badiaa said, it's not enough, but we won't stop, I promise too. With all my love to you and yours,

    By Blogger fjb, at 2/07/2008 10:04 PM  

  • Salam Alaikum,
    Sister, are you teaching the pupils any Islam and how the Prophet (peace be upon him) endured years of boycott by Quraish? I think it's vital for them to understand that and for you in order that they are always conscientious of Allah, and that Allah is there for them.

    By Blogger samer, at 2/10/2008 6:25 PM  

  • Hi Mona. I'm an Israeli and I supported the evacuation of our population from Gaza strip more than two years ago, but today after thousands of Qassam rockets on Sderot and hatred towards Israel in your schools and on TV, I'm afraid it was big mistake, because Palestinians don't really want peace. You don't need to be surprised if the country that your government wants to destroy will cut electricity supply to you.

    By Blogger Arik, at 2/10/2008 10:54 PM  

  • Mona, I read the following on a Arab news site. The writer was anonymous, but the message is worth reading because of it's adherence to historical truth. I hope you will add this to your "comments". Thank you,

    The so-called Palestinians are the least affected refugees in World History, with more facilities and options than any other refugees in the world. Nor do refugees elsewhere demand the unconditional death of others. The fictional Muslim Palestinians are put on centre stage only because of the Jew factor, and this is fostered by two groups who have much to lose by Israel's existence, because of their past: European Christianity and Islam - two groups who stole the religions they cherish today from the Jews, and figured Israel was dead and crushed forever by Rome. They were wrong, and since then they are insanely and obsessively affronted - by their own guilt factor. Hardly a good example of God fearing religionists?

    My knowledge of history says:

    The Jews have never stolen anyone's land in all their history - despite being the world's most displaced peoples. Those who accuse Israel, falsely, of occupying her own motherland - are guilty of their own accusations.

    Israel is the most legally established state in the world, endorsed in 1948 by all the world community - including many Arab states who voted yes in the UN Motion, then declared a war of genocide when the votes favoured Israel. The multi-state Arab attack on Israel represents the worst crime in UN history - but still without any UN Resolution No. The attacks of declared genocide by the Arab muslim states was conducted when the West Bank and Gaza were in the Arab control, Egypt and Jordan - illegally [it was not accepted by the UN, but nothing was done about it], and when the Arabs hated the name Palestinian (as Jews were then called) exactly as they do Zionists today.
    The rules of war say, land lost by a country in an unprovoked attack is not returnable.

    The Arabs want Israel destroyed even when she keeps saying she wants peace, and has proven it in peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan, withdrawal from Lebanon and Gaza, etc.
    My understanding says, we must honor Israel and Jews, and confront what the EU & Islamic block is perpetrating, for this reason:

    'WHEN THE JEWS LOST THEIR WAR AGAINST ROME, They lost 1.1 Million lives, their country and Jerusalem, and were forcefully exiled to Europe and the Middle-East 2000 years ago - because they were the only nation which rejected Rome's decree to worship Emperors as divine, and fought for their right of belief. The forces promoting every false charge upon this smallest of nations today know this - but want to over-turn and corrupt history and humanity. The truth will not set liars free.

    The Jews were the only Palestinians for 2000 years - exclusively. This name was applied by Europe to the Jews who emigrated to Israel (then called Palestine). The Arabs stole this name as a political tool when Arafat hijacked it. If anyone doubts this - let them show a single reference to Arab muslims being called Palestinians before 1950!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/12/2008 5:25 AM  

  • it' true we can't able to stop it but we ab;e to relize that hearing that sound which are so emotionfule but humanity for all dear its 's ok i pray for them get heavenly mercy

    By Blogger mayank, at 2/12/2008 9:15 AM  

  • Dear Mona,
    I bought some olive oil from the Palestine Childrens Welfare Fund. It came with zaatar. As I broke bread I thought of all you people in Gaza. We will figure out some way to stop this madness, because we in the outside world are becoming ever more aware of what is happening.
    Your blog is important to us.

    John Marker

    By Blogger John M., at 2/14/2008 9:49 AM  

  • Assalam alaikom people of Gaza
    May Allah be with you and give you the strength to fight for your rights All my prayers go to you I will help you with my prayers and whatever I can help you with, Thank you Mona for this insightful Blog I came accross this blog by chance while googling for the word Gaza. Life is a struggle and we have to struggle through to the end.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 2/16/2008 12:47 AM  

  • It is very depressing to know that people have to endure your plight not for just a day, but for years on end. My heart is with you. sometimes I wish I had the power to walk in and wave a magic wand and make life normal, whatever that entails for people in Gaza. It is little comfort for you to know that we are with you but can do nothing but look on!!! But we are praying for your lives.

    By Blogger jack, at 2/18/2008 7:55 PM  

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