From Gaza, with Love

Monday, March 03, 2008

the after math -Gaza today 3rd of march 2008

Here is the outcome of the Israeli military operation against Gaza , 117 killed 350 and more injured. These numbers are preliminary, as the emergency teams were only allowed to evacuate tens of injured and some dead this morning. Some who were lying in the citrus orchards of Jabalia town , east of Gaza city. The majority of the dead and injured are civilians, many suffered serious injuries. In some cases the casualties were of the same family and many children were killed .

2nd of March -Al-Awda Hospital -Jabalia Refugee Camp

69 injured arrived at the hospital , in one day (saturday 1-3 2008 ). These mass casualties are more than the capacity of the hospital's beds and two operating theatres. Many of the injured were laid on the floor because there weren't enough beds. Many had to be referred to the Shifa hospital (Gaza's central and largest hospital). The injuries were varied: abdomen , chest, head injuries, many children , and mutilated bodies !!!!!!!!!
the Palestinian Red crescent (PRC) ambulances used Al-Awda as a temporary base (makeshift point ). The Israeli forces ordered the PRC to LEAVE ITS HEADQUARTERS IN JABALIA , because it was close to the operation !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

While i was at Al-Awda hospital , the Apache helicopter gunships were in the sky firing and shooting against the resistance men. I heard the sound of many shellings and bombings, it was all too loud.

Many volunteers arrived at the hospital , to give a hand to the stretched hospital staff. The ambulance drivers were extremely exhausted , everyone was worried about the shortage of fuel. The hospital director was very busy in the operation theater. I met many injured children on the hospital beds.

Dr. Mahmoud my friend and his family -Salah Eddin street -Jabalia town

In the past three days of the military operation against Jabalia Mahmoud and his family were unable to leave home, which is in an area that had become a battlefield.
Two of his grandchildren were ill and in need of medications. Mahmoud himself suffers from kidney problems and has had a kidney transplant. He was in need of treatment and medications at the hospital. I tried several times to coordinate with the International Committee for Red Cross (ICRC) to evacuate the family to safer place , and could not. I felt helpless while I was in contact with them by phone. Later on when the shooting was so severe i lost contact, they were all on the floor, seeking refuge in the safest place of the home. The power was off and the mobiles were not charged , Mahmoud has three granchildren and four children!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don't know if I am conveying the ordeal we face while living in Gaza under occupation (despite appearances Gaza is still occupied, Israel controls all the borders and the seas and does what it pleases in Gaza). This is one of many stories , i thought i would like to share it with you.

I share with you how our children suffer: first because of the seige, second because of the direct attacks and thirdly because of the poverty and lack of normal life, lack of better chances of living.

A total of 117 Palestinians were killed
17 children
19 women
36 men
47 resistance men

The total number of injured were 350.

It is a disproportional open war , and excessive use of military power by Israel. Our civilians pay the price .but just to remind you wherever there is occupation , this colonial racist occupation
the resistance will continue , my share is civil resistance , but I do not blame others of their choice of resistance IT IS THE OCCUPATION THAT SHOULD BE BLAMMED

from Gaza i send all my love


  • I am completely and utterly saddened by what is going on in Palestine. This is a crime. I pray for the Palestinian people and pray that they are victorious. I wish there is something I can do. This is a terrible situation. I pray for the brave men, the real men who don't hide in their homes. I pray for the women, the children, and the people who will not have their dignity taken from them.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 3/03/2008 10:12 AM  

  • I am really saddened by everything that is happening to the Palestinian people. It is so sad to see these photos of children and people being burried. I pray for the victory of the Palestinian people, and I pray for the men, women, and children who will not have their dignity taken from them. Where are you Arab nations?

    By Blogger Unknown, at 3/03/2008 10:15 AM  

  • Mona,

    occupation should be blamed; but I remind you that israel has left gaza three years ago...Hamas has done nothing since except from firing missiles at Israel.

    Maybe you should start doing something against the Hamas. israel has not left Gaza in order to come bacj after 3 years. Why are they firing kassams ???? Instead of negotiating for the rest of the west bank?

    They got the all gaza strip to start creat a country and go forward with more negotiations.Why can't they help using violence?

    I am very sorry for the civilians in Gaza. But once again maybe you should ask the Hamas to behave differently. How come we never hear opposants in gaza?

    I hope things will calm down. looking forward to read you again.

    By Blogger Alain Eskenazi, at 3/03/2008 12:13 PM  

  • Hi Mona,I'm a guy from Iran, Tehran. tahnk god you can still breath.
    What you wrote was really shocking. Shame on Arab leaders for their
    silence.As you know, My country's president has repeatedly condemned
    israeli attacks against you. maybe he is the bravest man in the region
    who doesn't fear israel.
    God knows I'm praying for you after each salat.
    قال رسول الله(ص): ان الدعا سلاح المومن
    و قال الله تعالی: ان مع العسر یسری
    so don't get disappointed. fight your rights, we are with you.
    الموت لاسرائیل

    By Blogger مهرداد, at 3/03/2008 2:38 PM  

  • I publish a small translation of your blog in my weblog. Thanks

    By Blogger ا, at 3/03/2008 4:52 PM  

  • I study teaching, in America. I'm expected to show leadership by considering all sides of an issue. What so often meant by this here, of course, is to portray Israel's aggression as somehow justified, even though it holds Gaza and all of Palestine prisoner, taking from you in what Israel calls peacetime and then inflicting this harm when you resist by any means. Resistance they prefer to portray as militancy when any act of solidarity, protection, or care can become a target of Israel, its selfishness, its guilt. The self defense of a thief.
    I hardly feel equal to the corrupt and vicious, apparatus, keeping this occupation in place, but I do what I can because I know it's nothing to what you endure. It is so strange when it's a people under siege who support the comfortable, the powerful without having earned it, that we need you to tell us the truth.

    By Blogger %$#@!, at 3/03/2008 7:19 PM  

  • Painting Gaza

    Death comes
    to Gaza's child
    with aching heart
    and captive tear
    as spirits return
    and body to dust
    memories splash
    in vivid color
    between life
    and eternity.


    By Blogger jfrancis, at 3/03/2008 7:34 PM  

  • The only problem is the fact that the Western powers are just going to sit still and let Israel do what it wants to Gazans. There really is no real resistance to Israel's will, and that is going to be all too disastrous.

    By Blogger Joshua, at 3/03/2008 9:50 PM  

  • I have seen todays photos from Gaza in newspapers. I' deeply socked.It's a crime against not only the Palestinians but against the human race.Your story touched me so deep, I wrote a post about you.I hope you do not mind.In the 23th of last month I participate the international day for stopping the Gaza siege. I' thinking of you several times a day. Hold on.

    By Blogger sombraluz, at 3/04/2008 1:32 AM  

  • Salam,

    From ramallah, hope you all are doing well, qulubna ma3kum and you are all on our minds. if im allowed to reply to alain, and im sure he/she already knows that israel never "left" gaze, rather sieged gaza, this happened before the wave of kassam rockets and before hamas took over in gaza. havin "all" gaza strip is not sufficient for building a state, or even an decent authority, its only sufficient for managing a prison (which is treated so btw, a prison filled with innocent people, and any action that happens there is treated as a prison break of "terrorists" and "murdorers").

    btw, just to see what i mean, please try to notice what isreili media/spokesmen talk about "terrorism", its not the "hamas terrorists terrorism", not "hamas terrorism", not "gaza terrorism" ... its the "palestinian terrorism", a very homogenious population that matches the generic pattern of israils "target".

    I do not support hamas, nor do i even like them, but what is israil is doing is apparently _not_ against hamas, and thus, i dont belive it will help people move against hamas ... its becomes simply irrelevent.

    this is also somehow irrelevent, but this is a nice blog entry about what the situation is :

    By Blogger Jئـl;;;ïoJl, at 3/04/2008 6:43 PM  

  • Yesterday, I listened to a discussion on CNN News that involved an Israeli spokeswoman on one side and an American professor who I think was of Palestinian descent. The Israeli woman was giving the standard Israeli line about how they removed thousands of settlers from Gaza and gave all of Gaza back to the Palestinians. So, she was trying to hold Israel completely blameless. The professor first condemned the Hamas rocket attacks. Then he talked about the roots of the discontent among Palestinians. He pointed out that although Israel has left Gaza, they still control all access to Gaza. So, technically, Israel is still occupying Gaza. He also talked about the 40 year history of Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. He said that in the West Bank fully 40 percent of the occupied territory is off limits to Palestinians. Some of that portion contains Israeli settlements while other parts are Israel's security zone to protect its settlements on Palestinian land. Well, the professor made some very good points! Israel has annexed occupied Palestinian land illegally and in contravention to established international law. As more time passes, Israel continues to build more settlements on Palestinian land.

    Ok, so Israel has been behaving in an illegal and immoral manner for the past 40 years of occupation. Well, Palestinians have committed some immoral acts also. I think that most Israelis are very tired of the occupation and would like it to end, but they also want peace and security. I believe that Israel pulled its troops and settlers out of Gaza to see if the Palestinians there were willing to live peacefully next to Israel. Unfortunately for all, this has not happened. Hamas, with its doctrinal aim to destroy Israel seized control of Gaza and began attacking Israel. I do not believe that the leaders of Hamas really care about a positive future for the people of Gaza. If they did, instead of attacking Israel, they would peacefully sit and talk to the Israeli government about mutual cooperation, about expanding economic ties, about building infrastructure, and other positive things. Instead, they waste precious resources in completely destructive activities.

    So, it would seem that the Israeli experiment of withdrawing from Gaza has failed. They will not even begin to think about withdrawing from the West Bank now. I am sure that the Israeli government believes that if they withdraw from the West Bank, they will be attacked with rockets from that direction also. That may not be true, as Abbas and Fatah control Gaza, but I think it is still a fear among Israelis. This whole situation seems like a Catch-22. Israel is damned if it does and damned if it doesn't.

    I am not taking Israel's side, I am trying to see and understand both sides. Both sides are doing wrong things. I condemn Israel for using overwhelming and deadly military force against civilians. But, I also condemn Hamas for destroying any chances for peaceful negotiations.

    By Blogger David, at 3/04/2008 8:10 PM  

  • Mona,
    Thankyou for somehow finding the time to let the rest of the world know what is happening in Gaza. Untill six months ago I knew nothing about Palestine, except that there are problems. I came across Rachel Corrie's play, 'my name is Rachel Corrie,' and began to research the situation in greath depth... it hasn't been easy to get my head around, as lots of sources say different things. For a theatre project I am doing I am exploring these issues in the hope of making more people aware of the atrocities that are going on. The performance is this weekend. My thoughts will be with you and those around you. Sending you much love from Manchester, UK xxxx

    By Blogger Louise, at 3/05/2008 1:25 AM  

  • Yes Mona, I agree. 60 years of oppression, theft and outrageous acts of brutality could probably drive most people to react violently.

    I couldn't see myself reacting in a peaceful manner if a group of governments decided that the U.S. had the right to annex my Canadian home, steal my land and hand it over to illegal settlements, terrorize me into leaving, or brutalizing me if I didn't.

    By Blogger fjb, at 3/05/2008 6:59 AM  

  • Cool.Good post.I like this blog.

    By Blogger Евгений Ряднов: финансовый консультант, at 3/05/2008 4:20 PM  

  • Dear Dr El-Farra,
    I am an israeli and I truly sympathise with you and all the innocent palestinian people. I used to work with many palestinians in Beit Jalah, Ramallah and Beit Hanoun back in 1998-2000, we had a lot of good times and enjoyed each others company. Even then my friends there would say that all they want is to carry on working and earning the good salary they received in the building trade, some very skilled workers. I am saddened bythe way Hamas has taken control and made you all suffer in this crazy war because we could all work togethr and create a fanatstic economy. Unfortunately they are too extreme as are some of the right wing lunatic israeli leaders. But you have to admit that Israel is not actively trying to kill innocent civilians and I know many of you believe that.
    Why cannot the real palestinian people stop Hamas from fighting in yor streets close to women and children why don't they fight from the wastelands so that inncoent lives are spared. Your lives are as valuable as anyone's, don't they understand this, don't they realise that getting world symapthy by having children killed from israeli fire is not worth even one child's life.
    This is not the way to fight a war, I have a very close friend whose daughter was killed in Sderot a few years ago from a qassam and no one wants more bloodshed but Hamas wants all of Israel which is unrealistic. The palestinian people need to stop Hamas from fighting in near their houses and consider talking with israel to be a free state working and living side by side, otherwise this bloodshed will go on forever because neither side will ever wipe out the other

    By Blogger Unknown, at 3/05/2008 6:40 PM  

  • Israel would never be able to live in a peaceful co-existance with the Palestinians..look at what they are doin in the Old City, Jerusalem - even over there they are damaging and destroying the Al-Aqsa compound - all they really want is to drive all the non- Israelis/non - Jews out of their so-called 'Promised Land' which includes the whole of Palestine...check out

    By Blogger HH, at 3/06/2008 9:17 PM  

  • All I can say between my tears is: stay strong. Please don't give up. We love you so much.

    By Blogger Karin, at 3/11/2008 1:44 AM  

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