Sunday, May 07, 2006

Where the purple trees grow

I'm in a daze. Honestly I think my blood pressure is low or something. I almost thought I was seeing things today when, on my way back from Gaza's ghost airport for the photostory I'm working on, I saw a purple tree...! I know for those of you who have seen the glory of American or European springs won't be surprised, but it was quite an incongruous-and pleasant site to see in Gaza, which saw back-to-back, by the minute, thunderous shelling and sound-bombs all day long. So behold-the purple tree of Gaza! :)


Blogger BHCh said...


You are seriously ill. Please visit the doctor as soon as possible. Unless I am missing something, this post does not blame Israel for anything. Could it be Jews that messed up the fence when noone was looking?

12:42 AM  
Blogger Sophia said...


Can you please tell me the name of the tree in arabic ? I was asking everybody in Lebanon last summer for the name and nobody was able to give it.

2:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that purple tree is the most beautiful sign of God, hope and everything pure that I have seen in a long while.

3:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to agree with Anonymous it is a sign from God of better times to come.
God bless you all.

6:16 AM  
Blogger Karin said...

SHLEMAZL ... your sarcasm screams to heaven!!!!
LAILA ... the tree is very beautiful! I fully agree with Chet and anon - take it as a symbol, as a sign from Allah, nature CAN NOT be conquered nor defeated and is stronger than everything, always showing it's beauty! Have a safe trip - and WATCH YOURSELF GUYS!!! Hope to see you soon on my blog - would love to take you on a tour through Munich!

7:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This tree is called (in Latin) Jacaranda and it flowers now on the Israeli side too

9:59 AM  
Blogger Richard said...

Yes, I too thought when I first saw the image that it is jackaranda. They're very common in California where I used to live. Very graceful trees & the flowers are gorgeous too.

12:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful! :-)

1:40 PM  
Blogger Halla said...

Our street is lined with these trees and they are beautiful but like with every beauty there is a flaw.......when the blooms fall it sticks to your shoes and tires & you always end up bring it in the house.

But it is beautiful when you first see it!!

Laila, have a safe trip & take this opportunity to really get away from it all. Allah Ma3ek!!

4:44 PM  
Blogger bent abdelwahab said...

The fact that you noticed and appreciated the beauty of this tree despite all the chaos around you, is a reflection of your loving soul.

9:15 PM  
Blogger jarvenpa said...

These beautiful trees grow also in California--though farther south than where I live (way up at the northern frontier). For a time, nostalgic for the lovely purple flowered jacarandas, I tried to grow some from seeds. They struggled on for years in their little container, being both brave and beautiful.
Much like you and your lovely son.

12:34 AM  
Blogger BHCh said...


I am real sorry about my inapropriate sarcasm. Let me try again:

Laila, the tree is so beautiful! No doubt Israeli Nazis will spoil it, but in the mean time, let us all enjoy the few peaceful moments in Gaza between the shellings.

Let Allah and Mohammed, PBUH, look after you during your travel. Oh, and make sure you don't go out without your guardian or Allah won't be pleased.

The victory will come! it may take another 60 years, but it will come. The clever Hamas Government has a strategy. They are following the plan developed by great Russian Generals: Kutozov, who defeated Napoleon and Zhukov, who defeated Hitler. The plan is:

1. Entice the enemy in deep into your country.

2. Wait for winter frosts.

3. Defeat the enemy.

2:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said... the midst of bombing, a tree still manages to grow and inspire. Thanks for posting it to your blog for those of us in other places.

KarenM in NC

4:28 AM  
Blogger janinsanfran said...

There is one of those trees next door -- in my neighbor's yard. It is blooming.

Be well.

8:40 AM  
Blogger Karin said...

Shlemazl ... you know, your sarcasm is hurting - and you have no right to hurt others!!! DON'T try it again - concluding from the last post, it's ENOUGH!! I don't want to get down to tell you what I think the way the previous commentator did ... but if you want people to understand what and how you think - the hell find a way NOT to offend and NOT to hurt!! Don't tell me you don't know you do - it's your intention! You don't seem to have any sensitivity or compassion toward others ... except your fellow Jews and Zionists! You should be ashamed of yourself! You only discredit yourself behaving the way you do!

8:44 AM  
Blogger Halla said...

Very well said Karin!
I totally agree.

4:39 PM  
Blogger Christopher Brown said...

Thank you Leila, the sight of this tree made my day taht much better.

7:32 PM  
Blogger Moses said...

Nice to see Christopher Brown, one of my heroes, posting here.

Next time someone goes on about the poor Israeli settlers evicted from Gaza I show them this video taken in Hebron

8:24 PM  
Blogger BHCh said...

Dear Anonymous,


3:34 AM  
Blogger BHCh said...


My intention is not to hurt, but to make fun of you guys. You aren't making it very difficult.

Oh, and frankly you should be prepared to take as much as you give.

How about this:

1. "at Rafah Crossing, waiting for the Israeli "uber-wardens" to let us through". (by Laila)

or this

2. KABOBfest: Jewlicious Basketball Team Exposed

(by one of Laila's favourite bloggers?)

3:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shlemazl, you dish it out so you might as well take it.

8:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

shlemazl ti na mozgi ebnytij.....sionistkaja shesterka

11:52 AM  
Blogger yusuf chun said...

assalam alayk, umm yousef

barak Allahu fikum

8:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any comment on hhis Laila?
U.S. to give Palestinians $10 million in medical aid

Tuesday, May 9, 2006; Posted: 3:41 p.m. EDT (19:41 GMT)

Condoleezza Rice was expected to announce the medical assistance program Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The United States will provide $10 million in new medical assistance to Palestinians, State Department officials said Tuesday.

The $10 million will come from money the United States took back from the Palestinians after Hamas, which the U.S. considers a terrorist organization, won Palestinians elections this year.

A senior State Department official said the money includes $4 million in medicine and medical equipment for clinics run by nongovernmental organizations, which could start to be delivered as early as Wednesday. The remaining $6 million will be delivered through UNICEF, the U.N. children's fund.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was expected to announce the program Tuesday after meeting with representatives of Russia, the European Union and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Meetings with representatives from Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan also were scheduled. Arab states are concerned the cuts in aid made earlier this year will lead to a collapse of the Palestinian Authority and increase violence in the territories.

In April, the United States cut off all nonhumanitarian assistance in the Palestinian territories after Hamas' unexpected victory. In all, $411 million was canceled or suspended out of concern the money could help the new Hamas-led Palestinian government.

At the same time, the United States more than doubled money for basic humanitarian needs, such as health, food and education, to $240 million over several years. It is to be funneled through nongovernmental organizations and U.N. agencies.

The United States, the European Union and other Palestinian donors have said they won't deal with the Hamas-led government unless it recognizes Israel, renounces violence and adheres to agreements with Israel brokered by the previous Palestinian government.

CNN's Elise Labott contributed to this

11:15 PM  
Blogger Moses said...

She's probably a bit busy at the moment trying to get out of Gaza

11:46 PM  
Blogger Anne Rettenberg LCSW said...


You claim to be having fun but the fact you took that kabobfest post seriously indicates that you have no sense of humor.

12:13 AM  
Blogger BHCh said...


I did not take Kabobfest post seriously. I did actually find it funny. Just not in the way the author intended. Have a look here:

2:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

shlemazl, welcome to treblinka

10:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

adolf hitler GO. Your name and your words say it all. Neither Palestinians nor Israelis need your philosophy of hate and racism.

3:24 PM  
Blogger BHCh said...

Sorry, Adolf:

Whatever Hamas goal is (based on their charter), it isn't going to happen again. Not for the lack of trying.

4:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where did Hamas found money for bullets........

5:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

slyshaj sionistkij ybludok....tebe escho odin holocost zaxotelos? Ny tak skoro polychish

7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this previous message sounds polish. I do not understand a word.....can you translate to english?

8:01 PM  
Blogger BHCh said...

It says "Listen, Zionist bastard... would you like another holocaust? You'll get it soon."

Signed: Real Russian
Dream on, Mr Real Russian!

2:08 AM  
Blogger Imaan On Ice said...

Gosh, only on Laila's blog can a picture of a wonderful tree cause 35 and some comments...
Keep living strong Laila.

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the life is made of details, be happy ==> Laila and your family

7:06 AM  

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