Saturday, January 03, 2009

Israeli plan to topple Hamas, re-instate Abbas

An excerpt of an article written in the JTA (Jewish and Israeli News)...summarizing the Israeli National Security Council's assessments for 2009.:

"Whatever happens, the NSC says, Israel must continue to pressure and weaken Hamas. If the current Hamas-Israel truce in Gaza breaks down, the NSC recommends that Israel launch a wide-ranging operation to topple Hamas in Gaza. Whether that would mean reoccupying Gaza, and if so, for how long, the NSC does not say...To keep Abbas in power and the two-state solution alive, the NSC recommends that Israel prevent Palestinian elections."

Breaking the truce Nov. 4, then, was Israel's way of getting the gears rolling for this whole sick game: the toppling of Hamas, and the re-instating of the impotent Abbas into Gaza so the "peace process" can remain forever in formaldehyde, to quote wiseass, er., Weisglass.

Israeli spokespersons on Aljazeera and CNN have effectively confirmed this, saying that the "legitimate Palestinian leadership is in the West Bank" and that they must be returned to Gaza, and that if there is an opportunity, they will facilitate this for them.

So the plan is: destroy infrastructure and government buildings; create chaos and a political vacuum; re-instate Abbas and his stooges as sub-contractors of the occupation.

Jonathon Cooke notes in a recent article on EI: "It should come as no surprise that Israel...has killed substantial numbers of ordinary policemen, the guarantors of law and order in Gaza."


Blogger Ruby said...

Can you please provide a link to this

JTA article? Thanks!

2:50 AM  
Blogger leftedge suzy said...

Thank you for posting, Laila. I check back with your blog several times a day, hoping to hear better news. We are thinking of you and your family!

4:20 AM  
Anonymous said...

Obviously, This is exactly what Hamas wanted. Israel has fallen for the bate in the same way the United States did! Bush's apparent lack of reaction just shows that.Then look back at Great Britain and how they were able to stop terrorism from Northern Ireland. This "not speaking up" will alos intensify the hatred that Arab Nations have against us. We are also falling for the bate by not speaking up so the Arab Nations will again have more hatred for us. Obama has hugh burdent to speak up as soon as he is in office or this issue might become the next huge crisis.

5:00 AM  
Anonymous Leandro miranda said...

Boa sorte a voces, do brasil


5:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yay you were on CNN!!!!

5:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

when will people open their eyes that israel isnt bombing for hamas their bombing for their "so called land" that they took from the palestinians after the holocaust, how can they treat palestinians like that after knowing what its like to be treated like that from the nazis. Israel is bombing children women and lots more and starving them,

5:46 AM  
Anonymous Dr Firdaus Hanapiah said...

I pray that all is safe in Gaza. We in Malaysia are in solidarity with you....May Allah protect you and your family

5:47 AM  
Anonymous Patrice said...

I pray for the safety of your family, Mrs. El-Haddad, as well as that of all the innocent people caught in the middle of the warfare in Gaza.

5:54 AM  
Blogger fake consultant said...

the best of luck as this develops--and i can only apologiaze for the actions of my own government...and offer the hope that after these fools have left the obama administration will take a more moral path.

this is the story i have posted to try to explain this to americans...and if there is any way distributing the story can be of help to you i encourage you to do with it what you will.

and a final note: we assume this website is now "monitored" by israeli and us forces, so to those monitors: you should be ashamed of yourselves. you should look in a mirror tonight and you should feel the weight of what you've made possible--and most importantly, you should have known this will only make the fighting worse.

5:54 AM  
Blogger Chet said...

Laila, as I am setting here trying to blog and listening to CNN I was able to here your father speak. He is a great man and to me a hero,someone I can really look up to. I admire his bravery for telling it like it really is. May Allah be with you and your family. You both make me feel proud and I hope as an American I can be as brave and honest as both of you.

5:55 AM  
Anonymous Professor Mikey said...

Watching you on CNN right now. My thoughts are with your family, keep hope alive, peace will come. Thank you for sharing your stories.

5:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


just saw you on the cnn segment. my thoughts are with you and your family through this difficult time. stay strong...

5:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How come the Palestinian's do not kick Hamas out ... that way there would be no reason for war?

5:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just saw you on CNN. Hope your family stays safe. You spoke eloquently and intelligently. I'm surprised they let you on.

5:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Job on CNN!

6:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is happening is worst case scenario, As a Canadian living outside the sphere of influence I feel confident saying the world needs to step in and put a diplomatic stop to this.

6:00 AM  
Blogger ma said...

I'm speechless. Destruction in one side and rest of so called world leaders are in complete inaction. This is terrorism at its worst possible level.

6:00 AM  
Blogger Safiyyah said...

As Salaamu Alaikum Dear Laila:

I am watching you on CNN as I type this and I am listening to your dear father speak about what's going on over there. Sister, know that everyone is praying for you and your family, as well as all the people in Gaza. Please try to get some rest, Sister. We will keep reading. Keep telling the world.

Love and hugz

6:00 AM  
Blogger Safiyyah said...

As Salaamu Alaikum Dear Laila:

I am watching you on CNN as I type this and I am listening to your dear father speak about what's going on over there. Sister, know that everyone is praying for you and your family, as well as all the people in Gaza. Please try to get some rest, Sister. We will keep reading. Keep telling the world.

Love and hugz

6:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you, your family and the whole Palestinian people are in my prayers. I survived five wars, the latest being Lebanon 2006. I live here in the states and I am now pregnant with my first, I often wonder how my parents managed to raise us and still be sane in times of war.I heard what your father said today on CNN, god is with you although the whole world left the Palestinians alone. God is with you.

6:02 AM  
Anonymous mdrangerdog said...

my heart goes out to you and your loved ones in Gaza --- I pray for their safety and the safety of others in peril.


6:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe the unfortunate problem is the mixture of Hamas militants with the innocent civilians in Gaza. The recent rocket attacks by Hamas have made Israel to answer back and defend its citizens. I pray for both parties to come to their sense and hopefully end these attacks. I hope the Iranians also stop supporting Hamas.

6:04 AM  
Anonymous Ahmed Zebian said...

I just heard about your blog on CNN. I was in Lebanon in 2006 and experienced Israel's reign of terror. Nobody really understands it until they experience it. I love how CNN is so one-sided. I was interested to hear your father explain about the mosque being bombed but they cut him off. The world, especially America, needs to hear from the people living through this hell. This is an act of terror and these are the weapons of mass destruction that Bush was looking for, flying over Gaza, stamped MADE IN USA. Allah Kareem. My thoughts and prayers are with all.

6:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just saw you on CNN. i pray that your family is safe.As an African American I won't even pretend to know what life must be like in that region. I do however find it extremely disturbing to see so many innocent children hurt, maimed or killed. I pray that one day there will indeed be peace in the middle east. My prayers are with you.

6:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just saw you and your father on CNN. You both conveniently forgot/over looked the fact that your Hamas friends have been sending missles into Israel for months. Do you really expect them, or anyone else to just sit there and take that?

6:04 AM  
Blogger rosaliehale said...

Asalaam u Alaikum Laila.

My prayers go with you and your parents in Gaza right now. Inshallah, they will be safe, and all these harmful attacks from Israel into Gaza will end very soon. I also believe, like your father, that these attacks are not just to fight Hamas, but completely genocidal. It needs to stop. I wish I could be there, right now, saving those lives, and taking them into my small home here in Texas, but it is unfortunate that the President, even the president-elect, cannot say a word about this terrible crisis. Obama said quite a lot about my country, Mumbai, and its terrorist attacks over there, but cannot even respond to the Palestinians and their desperate situation over there right now.
I hope the best, inshallah, and that Allah will be with them always.

Sheereen Ibtesam

6:05 AM  
Anonymous Mishal (from PA, USA) said...

I was crying watching you and hearing your father speak on CNN just now. My heart's with you,your family,friends,and the rest of Gaza and Palestine<3

6:05 AM  
Blogger Stephanie Frieze said...

Israel has learned nothing from their history about what it means to be a nation in the world. Their actions are despicable.

6:05 AM  
Blogger winterlongone said...

I just saw your interview with you and your father on CNN. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in the Gaza Strip. I hope and pray for an end to this and all violence. God bless you and your family.

6:05 AM  
Blogger Matthew Wilson said...

My name is Matthew from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. I was watching this crisis in the middle earth on c.n.n tonight and I saw your father and you talking about your story. I just wanted to send my largest wishes and prayers that your father and family in Gaza are able to survive and live through this tragic moment in time. I also am of the belief that the United States of America should step in quick on starting a cease fire. The power of the States needs to be provided and I hope for all Palestinian residents to be prosperous in this. You can reach me at my blog at

6:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am responding to you because of your interview on CNN and on your blogs. Explain to me why the western/modern world would not support the legitimate war on a people who democratically elected a terrorists organiszation like the Taliban and Alqueda to represent them?

6:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I was just watching your interview on CNN with your father and while I realize this isn't a direct response to your blog, I just wanted to say that you and your family and friends are in our thoughts. I wish I could turn on CNN to find voices like yours more often but unfortunately it seems the Palestinian voice is too often muted. When I hear comments about how Israel is against Hamas and not the Palestinians it makes me ill. The members of Hamas _are_ Palestinians - Palestinians who were elected to power by other Palestinians. I hope this ends soon. I wish there were something I could do or say.

6:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just heard on my TV, your Father say "GOD is there!" Thank you to him and HIM for the reminder that our Lord is in everything and is everywhere. We are never alone and should not despair. Blessings to you and your family!

6:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for going on CNN. It is very important to see real people in Gaza. I am not religious, but I pray for your family and those in the same situation. I am appauled by the israli agression. I see that you gave a number to call in Israel, but if there is anything else we could do...I understand aid does not get in...anything, I would be willing to help in an instant.
Thank you for your reports.

6:07 AM  
Blogger Hephaistion said...

why can we all just get along? isn't what our GOds would want us to do?

6:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sickened at the site of what is happening and what has happened to my homeland and my people while the rest of the world including the Arab World stands by and watches. We need to realize we are on our own and have been. So we need to look out for each other. FREE, FREE Palestine and may the aggressors of our people face the fait God has in store for them. Keep doing what you are doing and may Allah bless you and protect all the Palestinians in the occupied lands.

6:09 AM  
Blogger Yonit said...

I heard about your blog on CNN. I'm an Israeli living in Raleigh, and I feel your pain. I don't justify what is happening to your family in Gaza, and I know how my family and friends in Israel are suffering as well-many of them had to leave due to the missiles fired-houses destroyed, people hurt. It's a terrible thing to have to live through. What Hamas is doing is wrong. Just plain wrong. The problem is that innocent people like your family members are suffering because of the few terrorists that are acting this way. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

6:09 AM  
Anonymous Ahmed Zebian said...

And you know how Israel is portrayed here. If they killed 400 people, they have to quickly mention a rocket. What really bothers me is how they say they have to take this offensive act because the people in Israel are in fear of fear lets kill as many as we can to calm their fears.

6:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let us all remember why this is happening in the first place. Hamas has been shooting rockets on innocent Israeli civilians and Israel has had enough. if this is the only way to protect its citizens, Israel has every right to continue to defend itself.

6:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a jew. I understand overwhelming force. I am student of history. It disgusts me that Israel would slaughter so many innocent people.

Perhaps our new United States President will have the vision to help bring lasting peace.

Be well.

6:11 AM  
Blogger Bundini said...

Thank you for your perspective and for your commitment to continue to provide quality information for readers to become better informed.

6:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just saw you and heard your father on CNN. I am a palestinian living in exile in the US. My parents were from Haifa. I grew up in Mia Mia refugee camp in South Lebanon. My heart goes out to our people which you accurately pointed out are mostly Camp Palestinians. I survived the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in '82 which was horrific as well.
Its disgraceful to see the world's reaction. I thought that after Rwanda and Darfour, the people in the Civilized world will be more pressed to stop similar atrocities. When Ghandi was once asked about his opinion of the so called Western Civilization, he replied: "that would be a good idea."
God keep your family and all Palestinians safe in Gaza and the rest of our diaspora in these dark hours of our history.

6:13 AM  
Blogger Karin said...

Laila, I am glued to the TV, try not to miss any update - and am horrified!! I just heard you and your dad commenting on CNN and am standing in solidarity with you and the entire Palestinian population! This whole horror hits the homefront for me ... I have dear friends in Gaza, non-political people, a family with eight children who just wants to LIVE a decent life, in peace. I succeeded to exchange some words with them four days ago and now I can't reach them anymore as the phone lines are down and consequently don't have a clue if they are still alive ... it is an absolute horror!
I feel with you Laila ... and stand with your people - more firmly than ever! Be strong .. I am sending you a truckload of strength and lots of hugs!

6:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Besm allah al rahaman al raheem, I wish you and your family Allah's grace and comfort at this troubling time. My wife and I just viewed your segment on CNN and just wanted to lend words of encouragement for a free Palestine and offer prayers for your family and friends in Gaza.

Chris and Mona

6:14 AM  
Anonymous Craig said...

Leila, I just saw you and heard your father on CNN. I was glad to see the two of you so eloquently explaining the situation.

6:17 AM  
Anonymous Ronald Hart said...

I feel sorry for you. Why, here in the United States, if there is a drug dealer, or drug dealers in a neigborhood, We the GOOD peolpe get rid of them to keep the police out, and keep out children safe. I feel it the Palestinian Peoples fault that they allow Hamas to be in the Gaza strip. For the Palestinians, suck it up. get rid of the hamas, maybe you could live in peace...

6:18 AM  
Anonymous DillPilgrim said...

Laila: My heart is breaking. My friends won't talk to me. My family is woefully unaware. My Senator (Biden) is the best friend Isreal ever had (according to him). It seems so hopeless. I am crying for the people of Gaza as I type. I will pray for them and you with no fear of being killed as I do. I will take advantage of that quietness to go deep towards the Lord and ask for that same peace for you and yours. Love

6:19 AM  
Blogger DALANDA said...

Why America should be sending weapons to the isreal but Hamas should not not allow weapon to them. What a double standing is one life important than another life. Isreal should give the palestians their land, they took their land and are now killing inocent children in palestine. How would any feel if someone take your home and coninuing killing your people. Isreal and president bush should stop calling hamas terotist because isreal is the terorist not hamas. This people have no home. America should stop sending weapon to isreal which are killing inocent people. If Obama does not do anything with this sutuation, not only me will not vote for him, but i will make sure every single person i know will not vote for him.

6:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched your CNN interview tonight. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your dad, and everyone in Gaza. I am deeply troubled to understand how people who went through holocaust could treat other people such monstrously.

6:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We appreciate your blog. Please keep it up.
Would like to let you know, there are many Indian like me who support Gazan and many oppressed in palestine and Iraq.
-Rameshan Ramakrishna, India

6:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a Christian American, completely ignorant of the Muslim Religion, and just want to say that I am so sorry for the ignorance and denial of many people like me. What is happening in Gaza is a mother's worst nightmare, what you spend so much time praying your children will never have to go through. I am so sorry for what your family is going through. I pray for their safety and an end to this assault. I feel so helpless thinking about it, I cannot even imagine how you must feel. God be with all his children and may God have mercy on us all.

6:26 AM  
Blogger Tami said...

My heart goes out to you and your family! What is happening to the people in Gaza is wrong! It is too bad many people in the U.S. are not aware of the history here and how the people in Gaza have basically been incarcerated. Not all Americans feel this is right, we just have not voice and no ear to yell into for action!
My prayers are with you and your family here and in Gaza!
Tami S.

6:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sick and tired of all the crap. There is a standard that says " if you can't stand the heat, don't tickle the dragon."

Hamas and others always tickle the dragon and then try to put the rest of us on a guilt trip. It's not working for me. I say Nuke-em all and solve the problem once and for all. Israel has nothing to lose!

6:28 AM  
Anonymous Dr Firdaus said...

Saw u on CNN! good on you! We in Malaysia are supporting u always!

6:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is this Holocast different than Hitler's offensives? This GENOCIDE. I am anAmerican and I am sickened that Israel is our "friend". They are NOT acting in self-defense against children and women,none of whom sent rockets towards Israel.

Why doesn'tPalestinians redact their statement that "Israel does not deserve to exist? Such inflammatory statements allows excuses for Israels'so-called incursions.
After all, that statement disallows Americans from speaking UP for Palestinians.

6:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just saw you on CNN. You are getting good exposure for your side
of the story.
May peace come soon to you and your family.

6:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Horrific Arms of Destruction provided in part with American resources? This Holocast must be seen as NO different thatn Hitler's "incursions"

6:42 AM  
Anonymous Crystal said...

Watching you on CNN. It is very difficult here in Florida to speak my mind. As soon as I mention Israel is wrong I am deemed "anti-Semitic" - Doesn't matter that I specifically say I am against the government. The hypocrisy and racism which comes about in the "justifications" of Israels actions astounds me. Please stay strong and I send my prayers to your family in Gaza. If there is anything you need from me, please contact me at my myspace page.

6:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do see the logic in this theory....

6:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im sorry. And Hamas has done so much good for you people.
To Including doing all the god like things an Islamic ruling group is supposed to do.

6:48 AM  
Blogger Ana said...

I saw you on CNN tonight and I just wanted to tell you that my thoughts and prayers are there for your family. I can't imagine the horror that your parents are living through right now and I am ashamed of the silence my country, Canada, is giving on this issue. I will hope for peace for all that need it.


6:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As an Irish journalist, I commend you on your attempts to bring context and humanity to the myths and multimillion dollar propaganda machines used by the IAF i.e. Israeli Attack Forces.
It is another chapter in the illegal collective punishment of the Palestinians by the Israelis.
Be assured a growing number of people in the world are understanding this context.
2009 will see whether CHANGE will come from Barry Obama.
The human spirit always rises like the Phoenix against such actions

Ciaran O'Raighne Baile Atha Cliath

6:52 AM  
Anonymous KJ said...

I just saw you on CNN International, along with your father, and have to say that you presented one of the most succinct overviews of this dreadful situation that I have seen in US news coverage to date. As you know the news coverage here is appallingly biased so I hope that you can make your voice heard as much as possible. My thoughts are with your family in Gaza and with the entire population under siege and occupation. Thank you again for your insight.

6:57 AM  
Anonymous Azhar Ul Haq said...

Dear Laila, I just seen you on CNN , I am agree with you all things, but one thing is very much important, until Palestinian are devided , this agretion will never end, As a muslim I wana to tell only one thing, we have to think again for our selves , not as Arab and not as any nation, we must unite against ALL (including USA and Pro USA ) , and think as muslim not as Arab . .

Otherwise a new generation of Palestinian will do the same , like you are doing here , just WORDS . . . only WORDS . . and just begeging for Peace . . .only :(

6:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking as an outsider, I'd like to comment that Israel resisted attacking back because of the missiles that Hamas fired for a while-so it's no doubt they finally broke. Israel isn't targeting innocent civilians, Israel is targeting Hamas militants, but unfortunately it isn't possible for innocent people not to get hurt on the way. Heres an analogy of my opinion: if I punch someone, theres no doubt that the person punched will react-therefore punching harder to get me back good. I'm not blaming anyone, but I think that instead of complaining about being hit harder, Hamas should find peace not in violance, but in communication. There really is no excuse for Israel killing innocent people, but on the other side Hamas is doing the same thing, and is being very agressive about the whole conflict. This war isn't one sided, its two-sided - both sides have to contribute for there to be a war, but if one side doesn't want a conflict, they simply shouldn't start anything.

6:58 AM  
Blogger mayhope said...

hi Ms. El-Haddad,

I've watched your interview with CNN with your father. You talked about the situation in Gaza though Israel has supposedly removed Gaza from its occupation. Could you repeat what you said and talk more about Gaza's situation and issues in spite of the autonomy supposedly given by Israel, which you think contributed to the deterioration of relations between Israel and Hammas? (I think I'm using the wrong words here forgive me it's just that I dont know much about what's happening there).


7:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope that your people will find a courage and strength to fight back because no one else will help them. West is not indifferent, west is actually happy with how Israel dealing with your people - for them (for west) they are all Muslims menace.
And yes, I believe that your appearance on CNN was mistake, I see and hear only Pro-Israel propaganda in their program. Simply, it's like you visited some national TV station in Tel Aviv.

from Dubrovnik

7:11 AM  
Blogger Dig4Truth said...

I saw you on the news. I am very sorry for the suffering of your people. Just wanted to let you know, people are thinking about you.

7:17 AM  
Anonymous North Carolinian said...

And all in time for the Israeli elections, too.

Stopping the rockets, which have proven wholly ineffective weapons less capable of inflicting death than an angry man with a knife, is but a pretext. Your analysis, in my opinion, is the correct one. That's what makes this a militarily unnecessary conflict and makes this war basically murder. To the extent words make any difference, I'm very sorry. I will never again blindly support Israel, something I now deeply regret I did in the past.

7:23 AM  
Anonymous Fellow Muslimah said...

Asalamu Alaikum Sister.

I was avidly watching CNN's coverage on the situation/seige in Gaza and I saw the interview of you and your father. I would just like to thank you and your father for sharing your perspective and insightful words.

Insha'Allah, we hope this terror will end soon.

7:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From reading your blog, it sounds that you are a smart person who is blinded and only sees one side of this story.
It hearts me to see people getting killed or injured (regardless of religion). but this story here however is very different then what you describe it.
Hamas was warned for weeks and months what would happen if they don’t stop the rockets toward Israel (BTW these Israeli citizens are also human).
Hamas has been shooting rockets toward Israel for the longest time (and of course with good reason since they are STILL occupied by Israel that left Gaza in 2006. and your answer will be since they are still occupied [maybe by Egypt] which than, all means is justified)
Israel had no choice but to take action.
And not like Hamas, Israel does not target civilians (even if civilians die from war, they are not the target)
Versus Hamas that does (they are not shooting at solders, they are shooting at civilians. And when Israeli civilians die, they cheer in the streets giving out sweets)

I know that you’re answer will be one sided as well
So please don’t bother responding
Just before your next blog, please think that maybe and just maybe this time it is the palestinians fault and it is in their hands to stop this.

I you do wish to respond, please blog as well on what Hamas did to the Fatah members while taking over Gaza.

Peace to you and to all humans that value human life.

7:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They should all work together to make a binational state.1 state will make Palestinaians the majority.


creating all arab states into a 1 superpower and threaten Israel into giving Palestinaisn the right of return and stop US AID to Israel

...wont happen,just a thought...

7:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw you on CNN.
I am raising my Palestinian Yousef too in US. Every time I look at his face I feel with the thousands of parents who lost loved innocent children in bloody war. Our story will never end. Palestinians are bound for life long of struggle.

Sometimes I think if there is a God why does he watch this children die and do nothing. Unlike you, I lost my faith in God long time ago.

7:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Asalamu alaikum
May allah protect your family and all Palestinian families in Gaza. we all see what is happening to our brothers and sisters and what they are going through, but the entire world is acting as if these defenseless people deserve this. However, Palestine will be free one day, i've no doubt of that it may not be today but one day inshallah

7:59 AM  
Anonymous imran khan said...

i just saw u on CNN and im so proud of this tv channel atleast a media which is not biased and im so glad u n your dad were talking about whats happening there in gaza right now and im so angry on rest of the world leraders and so called United Nations who are nothing but a crab supporting powerfull countries and not doing anything for innocent people dieng specially women and children in front of them and they are in uselesss meetings which has no outcome.....shame shame shame

8:00 AM  
Anonymous Middle-of-the-road said...

Hi Leila,

I detest wars no matter who starts one. I hope this will end soon and your family and loved ones will be safe.

However, I do not agree with Hamas attacks or Israeli invasion, was it necessary to sent the rockets and start all this?

It seems that at any time, one part infuriates the other part.

It seems Hamas does not care much if the Palestinians civilians are being killed as it happens right now… or they would rethink firing the rackets.
I am sure the civilians did not agree to their actions.

Hamas said in a statement “Gaza will become “cemetery” for the Israeli troops”… no one should hate this much. I shudder from reading it.

I understand the frustration of permanently being watched and controlled by Israel… but as long as Hamas would, chose to attack… Israel will never let their guard down.

Let us hope for peace.

8:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Laila,

Peace be upon you and your family and all in GAZA.

Its an irony that people who survived the tragedy of holocaust has forgotten the basic respect of "Humanity".

What has been happening in Palestine for 60 plus years and specially since last 8 days in Gaza can only be defined as "GAZACAUST"

Have patience my sister, for after every hardship there is ease.

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watched you and your dear father on CNN. Our prayers go out to your family that they will be safe and that no harm will come to them.

The world is not standing idly by as we protested even in our city today but it is the superpowers who do nothing.

Take care...God bless you and your family.
Ontario, Canada

8:13 AM  
Anonymous GAZACAUST said...

Just saw you and your father's conversation from Gaza on CNN.

Every living being can sense that something wrong is happening in Gaza, this is a "War against Human consciousness"

Thank you for doing your part in standing up for "truth"

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Stopthewar said...

hello Laila.. I pray for the safety of everyone in Gaza. You should consider including the link to the JTA article in your post -

8:34 AM  
Anonymous Ahmed said...

Selam Alykum,
I just want to say that you are not alone millions of people regarding race or religion are paying with you for your family and all the people in Gaza. Although it is sad to see the world silent or may be cheering when an unarmed, in cage refugees are bombarded by the so called hi tech equipped forces by air and land in such a vicious way. HASBEN ALLAH WENEMAL WAKIL
No matter how big or strong they are. Allah huwa Akbar

8:42 AM  
Blogger fake consultant said...

for those americans who are looking for more information about the life gazans lead, this video will teach you more in 20 minutes than 20 years of watching american media.

if we cannot find a way to create a better life for the kids in the video, we will soon discover that they are the next generation to strap on suicide belts.

if you want peace, they and about a million more kids like them have to have a lot hope for their future than they have today.

9:40 AM  
Blogger momof4 said...

I am an American who wants to understand the Palestinian perspective on the violence in Gaza. Since so many people claim that we are not getting a true picture of the situation, I have been searching the internet for pro-Palestinian reports. They are helping me understand the unthinkable suffering of the Palestinian people, but they leave me wondering why Palestinians don't rise up in anger against Hamas as well as Israel. Why do Palestinians support Hamas and why won't Hamas stop sending rockets into Israel? It almost seems like Hamas wants to see Palestinians suffer so that they can garner international support against Israel. It's like they are offering Palestinian children as martyrs for their cause. Do ordinary Palestinians believe that Hamas should continue sending rockets into Israel? What objective is Hamas trying to achieve by launching rockets? Is the only thing that will satisfy them the destruction of Israel? I think Americans would be more supportive of the Palestinian cause if these questions were clearly answered by moderate voices. The only explanations we get are from radicals, which only serves to make Israel seem justified in what they call defensive actions. I am so sorry for the suffering your family and all Palestinians are experiencing. I want to formulate an informed opinion and urge my government to do what is right. Please help me to understand.

9:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i would say take down the walls around gaza and let the people live on this planet we call earth. this planet belongs to all of us.

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so ridiculous. At a minimum, there is fault on both sides. People are being killed on both sides. People have to stop complaining and whining and start working on solutions.

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Ronald said...

I think Israel is using white phosphorous on Gaza's inhabitants. The telltale white puff of smoke and descending "sparks" all lead me to believe that Israel is shelling Gaza with this chemical weapon (I believe the UN calls this a chemical weapon). I also believe that there is very little use for this compound other than to horribly mutilate the victims who are being attacked by such munitions...there aren't many "open minefields" in such a tightly packed place, from what I know. And if so, there are better methods to dismantle and disrupt minefields than using phosphorous!

Look it up online "white phosphorous" and the telltale signs of the use of this terror weapon are easy enough to spot. BRING THIS FACT TO LIGHT!!!

10:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

emailing from Durban, South Africa. Saw your interview on CNN. our prayers are with you and your familiy in Gaza during this very difficult time. This destruction of innocent life is unacceptable and making dua for peace. SC

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Laila...I am watching BBC and CNN the hole morning..its a shame whats going on in Gaza..fight back as long as you can..Good help you all..Frank from Germany

11:12 AM  
Blogger عادل مهذبي said...

به اميد آزادي غزه
Adel from I.R.Iran

11:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep it up,please. The world needs to know of the inhumanity caused by the IDF. You have many supporters in the world. We will stand by the Palestinians and help you stand when you feel weakened. We will prevail.

11:46 AM  
Blogger Wael Nawara said...

Om Yousuf ... Om Noor ...

Our thoughts are with you at these difficult times ... we wish you all safety and peace ...

wael nawara - Egypt

12:05 PM  
Anonymous Dragonfly52 said...

Laila and Moussa, you are the voice of Palestinians, and thanks to CNN your voice has been heard. For so long I have followed what is happening in Palestine. And for the first time I feel there is hope. The shift of bias in reporting, the access to uncensored reports, the shift in sympathy towards Palestians, give me hope, and I dearly wish it gives hope to you too. Reading the comments here gives me more hope. I began my blog in your honor today. I hope it does you and your cause justice. May your faith in Allah strengthen and comfort you.

1:41 PM  
Blogger ma said...

Salam and thanks for sharing your view with us. You are doing a great job for all Gazan. Truth will prevails one day. Gazan will be free one day. My prayers and wishes with all Gazan.

3:17 PM  
Anonymous just me said...

I saw you on CNN. You and your father were great. I wish people are able to actually see the refugee camps. I also wish people can see both sides, because the Jews always have more access to the media.

Maybe now people in America can see the truth about what's happening in Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

It's sad this is happening. But, we live in a racist world. Blacks have it equally bad in America. Just look at the latest statistics, they said blacks lost there jobs faster than anyone else in the past eight years. I know it is true, I am black and have not been able to get a job, even the ones I qualify for.

But, everyone is saddened to see this happen to the Palestinians. Someone needs to bring it more out in the open. Alot of the 'political websites' when talk of the wrong to Palestinians, the Jewish posters make nasty comments to them and say they don't know what they are talking about.

On a website for a television program alot of the Jewish posters were pressuring the program and saying they were biased for giving more attention to the Palestians.

3:23 PM  
Blogger muhammad said...

Assalam-o-alaikum sister,
I saw your interview on CNN. God bless you and your family.
May Allah be with our Gazan brother and sisters. Ameen.

3:57 PM  
Blogger Mimi V said...

God be with you and your family.
The Israeli attack on Gaza is an awful war crime carried out on television. I am British and live in Australia and just cannot understand why the world stands by while this slaughter of innocents continues. The Western media is hopelessly baised so I am very grateful you are providing information of what is happening in Gaza.

So glad Mr Barghouti has also managed to get the truth of this affair out to the world.

But where is the global response!! Israel clearly intends to keep the region in a perpetual state of war - negotiations are a sham.

Why does the West continue to kow tow to this children crushing War Machine called Israel?

5:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe that Israel is wrong when the Israelis believe that violence will be a solution. The Israelis should be helping Palestinians, not harming them. The best way to disarm Hamas is to show good intentions to the Palestinian people. I believe that Hamas and the people in the Gaza strip have the right to defend themselves against the thousands of Jewish people who want the Palestinians to suffer another Holocaust. What a tremendous irony! I think that the only way to make peace and stop Hamas from bombing Israel is for the Israelis to pursue a policy of not engaging in military operations. I feel so sorry for the ordinary people caught in the crossfire, and I am ashamed of my country's policies. I pray for peace every day.

5:19 PM  
Anonymous Thinker said...

To Laila and her father, Peace be upon you all. You both speak intelligently and profoundly, something which has been lacking on the main stream media from the Palestinian perspective.

To the ignorant people who have posted comments suggesting Laila is one sided, i can only say open your eyes and think, think. Is it just to bomb innocent civilians? If the conflict is to tame Hamas, does this justify indiscriminate bombing of innocent civilians.

We will all be accountable to God one day, let us speak the truth and help all those in need (Muslim, Jewish, Christian and others). We are all Sons and Daughters of Adam.

5:37 PM  
Anonymous Debra said...

Laila, you and your father were wonderful on CNN. Your people need many others such as you who can speak so eloquently.

This invasion of Gaza is barbaric and you all have my love and prayers.

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalamualaikum Sister laila,

I pray to Allah that your family and all the Palestinians are all safe. I feel ashamed of myself that i cannot do anything to help my muslim brothers and sisters. I wish i was there to help them. May Allah forgive me! And may Allah protect your family and all the Muslims in Gaza....

your sister Ramlah

6:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so... How is invading Gaza going to reduce the ill will between Israel and Palestine? I think I am missing the point.

Didn't Ireland and Britain only stop killing each other after, you know, they decided to just stop killing each other.

It seems that once again Israel is sending the army in to do a job best done by aggressive law enforcement.

7:22 PM  

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