Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The Gates of Hell, the window to Heavan

I have a routine of sorts. I monitor the situation back home all day- I keep Aljazeera English on continuously as long as I home, despite Yousuf's nagging to switch to cartoons. He stopped asking several days ago, when, tearful and angry I told him Gaza is being bombed, that Seedo and tete are in danger.

If i leave home, I make sure my cell phone is near me at all times. This evening, I was at my friend's house, and my father called me, just before dawn prayers.

"Are you home? Are you there? I don't know what's going on but our whole house is shaking, the whole house. The windows have blown open, your mother is terrified, its horrible, I don't now exactly where it is and the radio hasn't broadcast anything about it yet either. Just continuous explosions all around, and these clouds of white smoke everywhere," he went on, his words at once weary and weighed.

I rush home to turn on the TV again and see what information I can find online. He has the news before they do. Soon, Aljazeera brings my friend Taghreed back on the line. I hear her voice and imagine her sitting next to me, trembling as she usually does in such inexplicably terrifying moments as these despite having covered Gaza for years.

"People cannot find places to stay anymore. They go from one area they were ordered to leave by the Israelis to another. And there is no more room in these UN schools...I refuse to call them shelters because they are not shelters. There are like one or two bathrooms for a thousand residents. I met people sleeping in the public garden of Shifa hospital" she says.

My father tells me he has seen people out on the street-entire families. that his cousin moves from Tel il Hawa to his brother's house nearby.

One resident in Tel il Hawa described the evening as Israel having opened the gates of hell unto them- the shoa that Deputy War Minister Matan Vilnai said they would unleash unto Gaza last year.

I see an AP picture on my computer of a jovial Israeli soldier posing with two of his weapons with a toothy smile.

I then read an article in Haaretz by Amos Harel, writing from the "ruins" of Netzarim, quoting an Israeli tank commander saying he rather likes it in Gaza, because "its interesting" there, and other young soldiers saying they are "excited", anxious to get in on the action, to shell and snipe to death, this being their first war.

A one year old girl, Rula Salha, was shot to death. She was Noor's age. I think of the smiley, war-hungry soldier. I wonder if he got his kick.



My father and I continue speaking. We learn Israeli forces have closed in on Tel il Hawa, and navy gunships are shelling the city again. They speak to Yousuf for a while as I hear the explosions echoing over the speaker, and machine gun fire and the after-math of Phosphorus bombs over the city on my TV. He complains of an ear infection.

The fear is salient; it is suffocating; it is in the air, friends say, and no one knows what's coming next, and there is no where to turn to except up in the Heavens above.

And so many people in Gaza have taken to doing just that: they are waking up for special pre-dawn prayers qiyam il layl in the "last third of the night" - a window of time when believers feel especially close to God and when it is said He is especially close to our calls upon Him, and supplications and prayers are most likely to be answered.

And so they tremble, and they wait, and they pray during this small window to Heaven for the gates of hell to be closed. And then it is dawn once again.

59 Comments:

Blogger American 6103 said...

Israeli leader warns Hamas of 'iron fist'about to come down. It's gona get a lot worse before it gets better. there was a save gaza protest at the uni of louisville campus. Pretty good size for us in quite a conservative area. A preacher preaching.

They don't know how to do it tho, should have offered free food. That is how you get people out, it would have tripled the size, that's what all the other groups promoting a cause do.

7:13 AM  
Blogger An-Nimr said...

dear sister,

I cannot imagine the fear your mum and dad feel...and I am equally traumatised by the immense suffering of my beloved children, sisters, brothers, mothers and fathers and grandparents of gaza...I feel their pain all the way here in Malaysia...the so-called "civilised" people use the most inhumane bombs and it rips my hearts to see the limbs of the kids ripped away and to see them entombed in the debris...Ya Allah, destroy the zalimun and have Mercy on the believers...Ya Allah, ease their hunger, cold, pain and fear and grant them patience and paradise...their suffering will not be for nothing because Your promise is True.

I just could not help crying reading about how the survivor of the Al-Zeitoun massacre fed his dying brother a tomato...Ya Allah, his hunger will surely now be replaced with Your Abundance in heaven...and their thirst in their suffering replaced with the cooling rivers of jannah...ya Allah...help us defeat the oppressors. Bring them to their knees and give them a taste of their evil.

Ameen...

May Allah protect your parents and ease their fear.

7:39 AM  
Blogger Marcos Diarios said...

Hi Laila,
I'm from Brazil.

Videos about GAZA:
http://youtube.com/marcosdiarios

7:39 AM  
Blogger BLOGCOM2 said...

What I read about Gaza reminds me of my lessons in college where I learned about the Warsaw Ghetto. There the Jewish people were occupied, hemmed into a small space, terrorized, starved and eventually killed. They resisted against a giant machine that crushed their bodies, but not their spirits.

I heard someone suggest on a radio show that the Palestinians begin wearing yellow symbols as the Jewish people were forced to do during WWII. The show’s host dismissed it.

Perhaps it would be a reminder to the Israeli government that the Palestinians are human too. It would provide the Israeli government a mirror in which to clearly see that what they are doing in Gaza is wrong.

8:01 AM  
Blogger Denis said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlNyhJMvtDM
wanted to share this excellent, albeit harrowing, report from channel 4 uk on red cross access. includes excellent interview with olmert spokesman mark regev, who runs out of spin. peace

8:07 AM  
Blogger nindee said...

An American Jew wrote comment on my blog that said they have the right to live in Israel and with a reasonable expectation of security, just as i do living in Jakarta.

I guess he forget that we don't throw people out from their houses and make them refugee for years. And we don't support our government to attack innocent people.

Always solidarity from us here in Indonesia.

8:21 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

War is a horible thing. When innocent die is horrible and doesn't matter of which race, gender or religion.

Palestinians tried for the past40 years to kill as much Israeli civillians as they can. When a despicable bus bomber killed 20 Israelis, they were happy and celebrated it with giving lolly pops and other candies on the streets. When the nice guys of Al-Qaeda crashed the planes into WTC, they were happy and did the same.

Palestinians choose Hamas.
Hamas since 1988 killed and try to kill Israeli infants and childern and others in the most horrid ways. And the palestinians people chose their way of death and suicide instead of choosing a leader that will build their country. That will build homes instead of smuggle rockets. That will build factories of electronics instead of Qassam rockets.
There never was an uprise against terrorists. There never was a person that was critisized for killing innocent Israeli civillians in the most despicable way (bombing them in the middle of a Passover holiday). Istead they are happy when innocent die.

Palestinians prefer the way of suicide. They do it as shahids, and they do it again as a nation.

GET UP AND UPRISE AGAINST TERROR!
YOU CAN STILL GET PEACE!

9:09 AM  
Blogger g said...

Yeah... yeah... "You r the bad guys"!! "we are the good guys"... Turn good and you will be spared and so on and so on... The fanatic's voice promotes violence, one way or another. Goes for Michael. Arguments not really worth addressing, but, hey!...

One thing tho Palestinians should take into consideration, even if the timing seems inappropriate, would be the reluctance of their Arab brothers to support them. (hold your horses, my friend Michael... It probably is a corruption issue among Arab governments. Just as in all other countries. Let me remind you that hamas is against corruption and western usury banking systems)

Anyways... Just consider, no matter who's side you take, just consider taking a look at this video. It's George Carlin's approach to religion in general. might be of some relevance...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MeSSwKffj9o

9:45 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Dear g, Israel has never claimed that we want to wipe out "Palestinians" out of the map.

“There is no doubt that the new wave (of attacks) in Palestine will wipe off this stigma (Israel) from the face of the Islamic world"
Guess who said the one above?

Israel, as the Jewish state, must disappear from the map.
Sheikh A. Yassin
You know who is Yassin?

About the link you gave me, I'm secular, so I wouldn't agree more.
I want to ask you something, if you have your own farm, with no neigbours near you, and one day a family come next to you and start killing your cattle. Next, they start shooting randomly on your house. Then someone of your family is killed. Will you think that you have to do whatever it takes to survive? Or will you give up and wait them to kill you?

10:03 AM  
OpenID emancipatingmymind said...

Laila, my prayers are with the people of Gaza and our efforts will never stop for the people of Palestine. I have been reading your blog for a long time and it makes one feel a familiarity. Your parents are always at the forefront of my mind when I pray. Thank you for giving us information and for continuing to blog. May Allah reward you

10:22 AM  
Blogger Hana said...

Again an amazing post, we all feel with you and Gaza, An-Nimr I couldn't have said it any better.
Dua and prayers, and Inshallah fasting today.
Allah ye7meehum weyunsurhum Inshallah

10:55 AM  
Blogger alma wad said...

We feel with you !
Hungarian moms living in Qatar

11:03 AM  
Blogger ima said...

Laila,

Your post could be as well posted by an Israeli mother in Sderot.
There share the same suffer and fears.

you can read it here: http://www.jewishsantabarbara.org/blog.aspx?id=95

11:10 AM  
Blogger Dresden International School Visual Art said...

As a teacher from the UK at an International Schools in Germany, I was asked by my students what was happening in Gaza. I didn't know what to say. Your blog was a real eye opener. Thank you. Are there any blogs from inside Gaza that youi have been reading? You blog is indeed breaking down barriers and is reaching an international audience. Thank You. You and your family will be in our thoughts. Matt Chambers

11:19 AM  
Blogger g said...

Dear g, Israel has never claimed that we want to wipe out "Palestinians" out of the map.

Well, Israel cannon claim anything since it is a Country... Nevertheless, there have been voices advocating hatred from that side too, therefore i am afraid i can't agree with this claim.

Example: '”All of the Palestinians must be killed; men, women, infants, and even their beasts.” This was the religious opinion issued one week ago (6/9/2008) by Rabbi Yisrael Rosen, director of the Tsomet Institute...'


I couldn't care less about ANY statements promoting violence. Violence is a bad thing for us, ordinary people, (I assume you are one as well)no matter where it generates from. It only promotes the interests of those who exploit us, making our lives next to impossible to live with dignity, namely, the power and wealth seekers... the takers. that's my opinion.

I understand that talking is easy for anyone not sharing the nightmare Palestinians are living in at the moment. However, the gist of the matter remains, in my opinion, that the "takers" are the real enemy and that's where our struggle should be aimed at. Not a violent struggle, but a wise one.

11:48 AM  
Blogger littlehorn said...

Dear g, Israel has never claimed that we want to wipe out "Palestinians" out of the map.

Neither did Ahmadinejad, who said the Zionist regime would disappear from the pages of time; and that guy lives in Iran. There's no link with Palestinians.

You know I'm always appalled at you guys' ignorance. It's really terrible.

Hamas almost stop the rockets for 4 months (1 rocket fired in october), until Israel attacked them on november 4th. Steinitz said the war was planned 8 months ago. Israel made it look like they were responding to rocket fire, but they made Hamas resume the rocket fire.

This is exactly what the Wall Street Journal says:
But on June 19, 2008, Hamas and Israel commenced a six-month truce. Neither side complied perfectly. Israel refused to substantially ease the suffocating siege of Gaza imposed in June 2007. Hamas permitted sporadic rocket fire -- typically after Israel killed or seized Hamas members in the West Bank, where the truce did not apply. Either one or no Israelis were killed (reports differ) by rockets in the half year leading up to the current attack.

Israel then broke the truce on Nov. 4, raiding the Gaza Strip and killing a Palestinian. Hamas retaliated with rocket fire; Israel then killed five more Palestinians. In the following days, Hamas continued rocket fire -- yet still no Israelis died. Israel cannot claim self-defense against this escalation, because it was provoked by Israel's own violation.

1:26 PM  
Blogger Anne Vis said...

Sending love and light from Amsterdam ...

2:01 PM  
Blogger Tehenita said...

Ya Allah, I can't imagine what your parents are going through. may Allah protect them, and all the people there, and give them sabr at this time, and always. InshaAllah this will end soon.
Hugs, and love,
Tehenita

2:18 PM  
Blogger ima said...

Dear Littlehorn.


Don't twist the facts.
No decent discussion can be held with you ר faked facts.

1. Ahmadinejad calls for destruction of Israel :

October 26, 2005, speaking at the “World Without Zionism” conference in Tehran: “As the Imam [Ayatollah Khomeini] said, Israel must be wiped off the map.” And: “The Islamic [community] will not allow its historic enemy to live in its heartland . . . . anyone who signs a treaty which recognizes the entity of Israel means that he has signed the surrender of the Muslim world.”
August 3, 2006: Said the solution to Middle East crisis is the destruction of Israel. Speech during “emergency meeting” of Muslim leaders in Putrajaya. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/03/AR2006080300629.html

February 11, 2006, in Tehran: Palestine and “other nations” will remove Israel from the Middle East. Holocaust is a “fairy tale.” Warns that “harsh” measures against Iran’s nuclear program will result in Iran walking away from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. http://www.bangkokpost.net/breaking_news/breakingnews.php?id=78985

December 14, 2005: Suggested the Jews be relocated to Alaska.http://www.turkishweekly.net/news/31656/iranian-ahmadinejad-s-statements-on-israel.html

December 8, 2005: Interview with Iranian state television’s satellite channel Al-Alam. Referred to Israel as a “tumor” and suggested it be relocated to Europe; also questioned the Holocaust. “If somebody in their country questions God, nobody says anything, but if somebody denies the myth of the massacre of Jews, the ‘Zionist’ loudspeakers and the governments in the pay of ‘Zionism’ will start to scream.” http://www.turkishweekly.net/news/31656/iranian-ahmadinejad-s-statements-on-israel.html


2) You say "Hamas almost stop the rockets". Almost is not enough. Hamas broke the truce few times and launched Kassams over Israeli civillians during and at the end of the truce. Those violations were not answered by Israel. After incredible restraint and warnings, Israel finally strikes back at Hamas.


3) You say: "Hamas continued rocket fire -- yet still no Israelis died" what a poor excuse. Those rockets striked a school and a kindergarten that, luckily, were empty (due to Hamas attack life is paralyzed in south Israel and kids are in shelters).

4) You say: "Israel cannot claim self-defense": How would you call it when a country is finally responding after 8 years of rocket attacks on its civillians?

2:35 PM  
Blogger Francisca Chester said...

EV, exactly I agree with you. Hopefully everything is doing well in Gaza.

4:47 PM  
Blogger Marcos Diarios said...

Mohammed's story
This is the story of Mohammed, a 12 years old child from Alatatra area north of the Gaza, he and his family flee from his home 9 days ago, when Israeli army started the ground operation in the Gaza. Now he lives in UNRWA school in Gaza city in a miserable situation where there is no electricity, lake of water, and fear everywhere.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=t8mTE9c-dLg

5:15 PM  
Blogger Zied said...

Dear Laila,
I share sympathy and hope with you... I was watching what happened in Gaza all the night... It was scary and impressive... but I'm sure that the people who woke up before the dawn to pray knows more than anyway that what the Israel is trying to do is nothing compared to the eternal Hell... and that they are praying for Heaven...
I must apologize that as an Arab, I'm not able to do nothing but to pray for your father and all Gaza people... and my heart and millions of Arab hearts are bleeding for them...

For all the people here who are trying to give lessons in history, lessons in knowledge in so called Peace... Learn about history first to be able to talk about it... what is happening in Gaza isn't about who shot first in the last month... it is deeper than that... stop arguing here... the blood of gaza's children speak for it self...

Finally, I hope from my all my heart that, inchallah our children and Yousuf's children will be able to watch cartoons on TV not their brothers blood...

Peace...

5:29 PM  
Blogger Christian said...

Hmm, I can't see any posts from you Laila regarding the 7 years of palestinians sending rockets towards civilian targets in Israel. How come?

Why - in the eyes of palestinians - are suffering and death among civilians in Israel Ok as you now cry about the Israeli respons to palestinian terror? I have a hard time understanding this!

5:56 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

I ask you again, Palestinian supporters, what is wrong when Israel is giving the biggest gift a muslim can get - to be a shahid.

Now you get it, and still cry?

6:13 PM  
Blogger the Mom said...

I would first like to plead at least partial ignorance of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict (war?). That’s why I’m here. I’m seeking information. I know that the media on both sides of this conflict is slanted in their reporting. It is from the people who have lived it and/or lived nearby that we can best find the truth as they see it.

Here is my question: Why are the Palestinians still in refugee camps after 60 years? By that I mean why have no other Arab countries offered them sanctuary? It is not a large number of people compared to the population of Saudi Arabia or Egypt, for example. These countries could easily absorb the additional population. I realize that many might not wish to go, but for those who would like to leave the fighting and raise their children in peace, is there a safe place for them to go. If not, then why not?

7:32 PM  
Blogger Roula said...

The mom,poverty....does this word say something to you?Do you know what means to live with 1$ a day?
The area is continiusly in war.
And lastly...why and who can refuse them their own,established country?
For them is THEIR land.We can't accuse them for this.Don't forget...In Gaza stripe used to live 1.500.000 Palestinians.5.500.000 others used to live outside their land,spread in the whole world.
That's enough that they are refugees in theicountry.
Don't ask them to dissapear from the planet!

10:21 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

The facts talk that about 600,000-1,000,000 arabs flee of their houses in 1948.

Where did you take 5.5 millions from?

10:27 PM  
Blogger Roula said...

Sorry Michael...I ment diaspora!Not refugees.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian_diaspora
You can check it here.

11:19 PM  
OpenID perpetualsmile.net said...

More than anything, I want war to end. I want it all to stop.

We don't see any of it here in the US. We're completely immune. Our only exposure is those few minutes on the evening news or on blogs like this. Thank you so much for sharing this and really showing us what it's like.

I am keeping you in my thoughts and hoping for your friends' and family's safety.

12:28 AM  
Blogger Smiley said...

Laila,

While I am thinking of your family and the rest of the suffering people in Gaza.

I wonder what would happen if Hamas defeat Israel and took over Israeli civillians?

Can you please portray the fate of Israeli civilians If Hamas were to enter their towns?

I can assure you Hamas would have killed every single kid and woman in cold blood.

12:46 AM  
Blogger Karin said...

Michael .. you are nothing but disgusting!!! To ridicule the suffering of people struggling to stay alive and escape the Israeli war-arsenal ... how LOW can you get?

Having said that - Laila, I am numb, worried sick, appalled .. I don't know what to say anymore. I pray this horror will stop, NOW ... and, as you say, a new dawn will be again.
STAY STRONG DEAR ... I pray for you ALL!

2:58 AM  
Blogger adhocboy@mac.com said...

This would be unbearable were it not for the phones having been left working.

3:16 AM  
Blogger littlehorn said...

Almost is not enough. Hamas broke the truce few times and launched Kassams over Israeli civillians during and at the end of the truce. Those violations were not answered by Israel. After incredible restraint and warnings, Israel finally strikes back at Hamas.

"Almost is not enough", says who ? I'm guessing some guy who lives safely and comfortably within protected borders. Hamas did not break the truce. It is a lie. Some Fatah elements shot several rockets. Hamas reined in on them and even incarcerated some of them. Hamas is not the same as Al-Aqsa brigades, who have a political interest in making the truce fail. Blockades are acts of war. The very idea that a country is going to control everything and everyone in an area is profoundly sickening and fascist. Israel kept this up even after Hamas made the required efforts to observe the cease-fire, therefore Israel cannot say that this is self-defense. Also, and again, NO ONE DIED.

1. Ahmadinejad calls for destruction of Israel :
October 26, 2005, speaking at the “World Without Zionism” conference in Tehran: “As the Imam [Ayatollah Khomeini] said, Israel must be wiped off the map.” And: “The Islamic [community] will not allow its historic enemy to live in its heartland . . . . anyone who signs a treaty which recognizes the entity of Israel means that he has signed the surrender of the Muslim world.”
August 3, 2006: Said the solution to Middle East crisis is the destruction of Israel. Speech during “emergency meeting” of Muslim leaders in Putrajaya. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/03/AR2006080300629.html


The Washington Post is full of shit. A great many lies have been printed on it, without there ever being a correction. Therefore, I don't trust anything of what's written in it. But I will try to adress the points you raise.

The translation, "wiped off the face of the earth", is wrong, as was explained by some translators. I obviously don't know any Farsi, but I've seen the source, and I know for certain Ahmadinejad was talking about the Zionist regime, not Israel.

The meaning of the Khomeiny quote is that Zionism and its regime will fail and disappear, like Communists and the USSR, because they are evil. Certainly Russia wasn't erased when the Soviets lost power. So it's just not true that Ahmadinejad was "calling" for the physical destruction of Israel. Rather, he expressed his faith that because Zionists are wrong, they will lose power in Israel.

“If somebody in their country questions God, nobody says anything, but if somebody denies the myth of the massacre of Jews, the ‘Zionist’ loudspeakers and the governments in the pay of ‘Zionism’ will start to scream.”

I do believe the massacre of Jews happened. On the other hand, there is some truth to the idea that God is something less important than the Holocaust in Europe. But that is not simply a matter of Zionist power. It's more generally because people feel so guilty of what their parents and grand-parents didn't have the courage to stop.

3) You say: "Hamas continued rocket fire -- yet still no Israelis died" what a poor excuse. Those rockets striked a school and a kindergarten that, luckily, were empty (due to Hamas attack life is paralyzed in south Israel and kids are in shelters).

It's not me, it's the author of the article. Also, it's not an excuse, it's part of an argument about whether or not Israel is using self-defense.

I would also add, personnally: you don't give a shit about people dying by the hundreds, but you want us to support those gruesome deaths because a wall was hit somewhere ? Sorry sir, I got a brain and I use it.

And when I hear that hundreds die because walls, roads, buildings, whatever, were hit [and no one died] my brain cells being as they are, that is, functional, I very quickly see the INSANITY in all this.

Can you please portray the fate of Israeli civilians If Hamas were to enter their towns?

I can assure you Hamas would have killed every single kid and woman in cold blood.


Well, that's a good sign. It seems you have some inkling that killing innocent people is wrong. Now if you just take the next step of not killing innocent people, maybe we'll actually get somewhere.

But think of what would happen, if "Hamas were to take over Israeli civilians." LOL. Man it gets funnier all the time. For the craziest apocalyptic schizophrenic scenarios in the world, you can always count on them Zionist lunatics. "So what would happen if Hamas were to kill hundreds of people ? Don't you see how dangerous these people are ? What ? Incoherent ? What do you mean ? I don't know what you mean..."

You really don't ? I mean, the incoherence is pretty obvious to everyone else: on the one hand you think killing hundreds is cool, and on the other you fantasize all the time about how you would be so dead by the hundreds if you didn't kill others by the hundreds all the time.

One of the founding fathers in America said: friendship and commerce with all nations ! You only gave the finger to Palestinians all these years, Zionists never tried seriously to give freedom a chance. People are in peace not because they are afraid, obedient, but because they are free, and they are human.

Let the Palestinians be free. Hatred will go away over time. It's not difficult.

3:19 AM  
Blogger babs said...

Hamas on Monday raided some 100 aid trucks that Israel had allowed into Gaza, stole their contents and sold them to the highest bidders.
The IDF said that since terminal activity is coordinated with UNRWA and the Red Cross, Israel could do nothing to prevent such raids, Israel Radio reported.
Between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the army had ceased all military activity in Gaza and once again established a “humanitarian corridor” to help facilitate the transfer of the supplies.
The Kerem Shalom and Karni crossings had been opened to allow in the aid trucks.
The UN and Red Cross failed to protect the aid, and instead Hamas used it as a fundraiser. Now they can use that money to buy weapons and maintain a little discipline in the ranks of the terrorist organization. The people who could already afford to eat can keep eating. Those Palestinians with no cash wind up starving.

4:06 AM  
Blogger ChaiTime said...

I think it's time for all the Jews to get out of Palestine and what they now call Israel. Go back to where you came from and see if they will take you back - maybe that way you will learn to live peacefully with your neighbors.

60 years has obviously been too long for the Jews - they forgot what happened to them in Warsaw and are now creating a second Holocaust.

Any Jew who supports the killing sin Gaza is a Nazi supporter - same ideology - only the actors have changed.

4:10 AM  
Blogger kris said...

Great post Laila - keep up the good work. The disaster in Gaza occupies all of my time as well these days - even though I simultaneously can't bear to think about it.

4:53 AM  
Blogger Lmass said...

Sister Laila
I have been to Gaza and all of the country 6 times. My husband is from Deir El Balah. I challenge any supporter of Israel to live in camps, go through endless security checks and borders and be restricted of all the freedoms we enjoy in USA in our constitution. How can we have "refugees" in their own land for over 60 years. Where is the justice? Any Jewish person from Brooklyn can travel freely and live in the land that was so brutally stolen from the Palestinians from the original terrorist groups...Irgun, Stern and Hagganah. They got what they wanted from deploying terror-the state of Israel, the 51st state of the USA.I do not advocate or support terror or violence but if you learn from the Jewish terror groups than it is hard to ignore.
The Palestinians will be free and prosper, but not in our or our childrens lifetime.
Peace

6:04 AM  
Blogger Yonit said...

Chai-
You're simply wrong. All we are trying to do is protect ourselves. You're only considering the people in Gaza (I suppose you will always root for the "underdog"?) But what about the Muslims living peacefully in Israel among the Jews?

I support Israel protecting itself, nomatter the cost. You do what you have to in order to survive. The Jews are survivors, and we have fought and earned our right to live in Israel.

You cannot in your right mind compare the situation in Gaza to the Holocaust. Israel was provoked, was attacked. Who was Hitler protecting himself from?

6:12 AM  
Blogger Laith S. said...

Dear Laila,

I am also palestinian and i am also suffering of what is happening.
i saw you on cnn and I am very happy for your word to be spread out.
I am 11 years old and live in utah.

I have been to palestine many times and have seen and felt on what is happening over there.


May Allah bless your family in gaza.

6:25 AM  
Blogger Amilia said...

laila, my prayer for your family and all palestinians.
please read this, a letter from King of Jordan on what the Arabs see the Jews:
http://www.kinghussein.gov.jo/kabd_eng.html

7:10 AM  
Blogger American 6103 said...

"Hamas on Monday raided some 100 aid trucks that Israel had allowed into Gaza, stole their contents and sold them to the highest bidders."

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well they need some way of raising extra cash for those rockets.

7:11 AM  
Blogger Isabela said...

I reapet the words of Chai Time

"I think it's time for all the Jews to get out of Palestine and what they now call Israel. Go back to where you came from and see if they will take you back - maybe that way you will learn to live peacefully with your neighbors.

60 years has obviously been too long for the Jews - they forgot what happened to them in Warsaw and are now creating a second Holocaust".

Any Jew who supports the killing sin Gaza is a Nazi supporter - same ideology - only the actors have changed. "

7:21 AM  
Blogger Roula said...

"Hamas on Monday raided some 100 aid trucks that Israel had allowed into Gaza, stole their contents and sold them to the highest bidders.
The IDF said that since terminal activity is coordinated with UNRWA and the Red Cross, Israel could do nothing to prevent such raids, Israel Radio reported"writes babs on his/hers topic.
It's very intresting the way that Israeli goverment keeps on the propaganda!
Very strange also...Only the Israeli radio reported this importand new.
All the others we have to complane to ours media for not reporting it!
I thing that you kiding us....
Hague is waiting!!!!One by one please....Justice is calling you......:)

10:53 AM  
Blogger Yonit said...

Wow-Isabela-Nice to know you have your own opinions. So original! People in Israel need to go back to where they came from? Where is that? Have the Arabs go back to their Arab countries...OH, WAIT! Nobody wants them!!!! Wonder why? Could it be that they have a lot of terrorists among them???

2:24 PM  
Blogger Isabela said...

Hi sweet, lovely Yonit!

Yes, I do have my own opinion! And I have my OWN opinion about your comment too. You just doesn't know enough history or about the situation in Gaza. You don't know that the Qassams are a retaliation for the siege that starves the one and a half million inhabitants of the Gaza Strip.

You don't know that you are a victim of the Israeli PROPAGANDA.

You don't know that the Palestinians are being killed for more than 60 years.

You don't know that the majority of the Jews there came from Europe after the II World War.

But you know what? You can learn all these things if you really want!

You can start by watching this video of an orthodox Jew telling the world the truth.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pPq1C5s0SY&eurl

Or you can read this article of another Jew called Uri Avenery. (article written on Jan,12,2009)

http://www.counterpunch.org/avnery01122009.html

Well, it is up to you, sweet, queridinha Yonit!

[]'s

Isabela.

10:09 PM  
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10:49 PM  
Blogger Isabela said...

Again my comment:

Yonit dear!

I forgot to tell you that Uri Avnery the Israeli journalist that I mentioned before, he was member of the Jewish terrorist group Irgun, that operated in Palestine between 1931 and 1948, when he was a teenager. Do you see? People can change! Now he speaks out against the politic of IDF (Irgun and Haganah became the core of the IDF).
For more information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irgun

Regards,

Isabela.

10:54 PM  
Blogger Marcos Diarios said...

Half a million Palestinians in Gaza without water
http://youtube.com/watch?v=AAwLASX5r84

11:01 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Dear Isabella,

How come there was terror against Jews in Israel before 1948?
There was no country there, there was no occupation.

How come?

12:48 AM  
Blogger Yonit said...

Isabela:
Perhaps you are a victim of Palestinian propaganda. I'm not sure where you live...but I was born and lived in Israel. There was a time when the people in Gaza were able to have a better life-they were able to move in and out of Gaza to work. Many Arabs live in Israel now. But Israel had to close the borders when the Intifada started. There was no way we were going to let terrorists come freely into Israel. When the people in Gaza wake up and start realizing that Hamas and Hezbollah are terrorists, then maybe they can turn them in, and get rid of them, and Israel will let up its guard a bit. Hamas murders for the sake of murdering. If a Hamas member saw a Jew the Jew would have no chance of living. In Israel,Arabs/Muslims live and work among Israelis. Israel is simply protecting its people. It is their obligation. The rockets sent towards Israel do nothing-it is definitely not a way of protecting the people of Gaza.

12:59 AM  
Blogger Remember said...

@Yonit
Palestinian propaganda?
What about more than a 1000 dead in Gaza from a 19-day-old Israeli offensive?
See this 'propaganda' from TVCABO777, ISRAEL
http://il.youtube.com/watch?v=Tzi6cb50TDI

2:05 AM  
Blogger Chris & Karen said...

I've just found your blog and want to thank you for it. I'm a Christian who has been praying for peace for quite some time and who has been torn up over the present crisis. Your blog definitely deepens that, but gives me clarity and motivation to keep on praying. May God do His miracles to set the Gazan people free! May Israel "remember" from the Torah and "care for the foreigners" in their land. I know this is easier said than done, but God is a big God and He can do great miracles. The greatest miracle of all is a transformation of our heart.

May the Lord transform all of us -- to transcend violence, to love our neighbors, and even to love our enemies. Deep prayers are going up for your people. Thank you and keep on posting. You are making a difference.

2:48 AM  
Blogger Yonit said...

Remember:
1000 dead because the Hamas wanted to attack Israel, and Israel wasn't just going to sit there doing nothing. Oh sure-let's have rockets come down on Israel, and we'll just sit there twiddling our thumbs? People in Gaza needed to push Hamas to stop the attacks years ago, not 19 days ago...and then this wouldn't have happened. But I'm starting to think that most of Gaza supports Hamas, therefore they are all terrorists and enemies of Israel. I have seen videos where young children are given rifles and taught to chant "death to Israel." They start the hatred at a young age...

2:58 AM  
Blogger Remember said...

@Yonit,
I'm not anti-Israel.
I'm not anti-Palestinians.
I Pray for the End of Fighting Between Isreal and the Palestinians.

Israel,
REMEMBER the Warsaw Ghetto

War will only increase the amount of hate that fuels the violence.

PEACE for HUMAN BEINGS.

3:17 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

What did you exactly do when the Warsaw Ghetto horrors came true?

Don't tell us to remember that, try to wake up and see what happens in the "moderate"-islamic world.

Ask you friend Ahmadinejad for a second opinion if you need any.

3:53 AM  
Blogger Big Dan said...

Actually, that's not true about Ahmadinijhad:

# 24 Media Misquotes Threat From Iran’s President
in Top 25 Censored Stories for 2008


Sources:
Global Research, January 20, 2007
Title: “Wiped Off The Map—The Rumor of the Century”

http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/24-media-misquotes-threat-from-irans-president/

4:56 AM  
OpenID AmericanJewess said...

Oh fuck you, Laila. You are such a total PHONEY. I wonder if the Arab sniper who shot and murdered 4 month old Jewish Shalhevet Pass got his "kicks" too. What do you think? I'm thinking, yeah, since he TARGETED her. I wonder if your brothers who shot at point blank range Tali Hatuel and her four daughters and unborn son got some "kicks" out of that. Again, I'm gonna hazard a guess and say "hell yeah!"

When it comes to the MURDER OF CHILDREN, the goatfuckers win hands down and you know it.

5:39 AM  
Blogger Ann said...

Dear Michael,

Your lies aren't very convincing. You ought to know people here know better, but I'll bring to account anyway:

1. You claim "Israel has never claimed that we want to wipe out "Palestinians" out of the map."

WRONG.
*Interior Minister Meir Sheetrit: “We must take a neighborhood in Gaza and wipe it off the map”.

* Deputy Israeli Defense Minister Matan Vilnai threatened a shoah or holocaust against Gazans

* "We need to topple the Hamas regime," Tzachi Hanegbi, chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. "We need to assassinate its leaders without any artificial differentiation between those who wear explosive vests and those who wear diplomatic vests."

2. You claim there was terrorism against Jews prior to the state of Israel and the occupation.

How convenient that you neglect to mention that Jewish terrorists pioneered modern suicide bombing and terror. While there were a very few number of sectarian killings, Jews (mostly Oriental, Middle Easterm, not Ashkenazi), Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land lived quite harmoniously for the most part.

3. Michael claims "Palestinians tried for the past40 years to kill as much Israeli civilians as they can." The opposite is demonstrably true. Hamas had already made indications it would accept two states with 1967 borders if the Palestinian people so voted, and their overtures have been repudiated at every turn by a despicable, genocidal, warmongering Israeli regime which has a death wish. President Ahmadinejad was right,the zionist project is unsustainable.

5:50 AM  
Blogger Yonit said...

AmericanJewess:
I am all for stopping Hamas, and I believe the Gaza attacks are justifyable to a point (a point where, I must say, Israel is about to pass soon).

But I think that Laila is, among other things, worried about her family, just like I'm worried about mine in Southern Israel. She is angry about innocents being killed (even though I sympathize I do believe that it's inevitable in this situation.)

You seem very angry, as are many others who comment on this blog. But I think the bottom line is that we need to try to find a solution, and at the end all try to get along.

We all have parents, we have family, friends, loved ones. We all need to look at the big picture. When you have forces like Hamas, Hezbollah, and Al-Qaida, we all need to work together to find a way of getting rid of those terrorist.

I think your harsh wording should have been kept to yourself.

8:11 PM  

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