Monday, December 29, 2008

Update: Gaza

Gaza's punishment continues today. Communication has been intermittent, but we have managed to keep the lines open. My father just called to inform me he was ok- after warplanes bombed the Islamic University there, considered to be the Strip's premiere academic institution.

A little later I called my mother, only to hear her crying on the phone. "The planes are overhead" she cried "the planes are overhead". I tried to calm her down- planes overhead mean the "target" is further away. But in such moments of intense fear, there is no room for rationality and logic.

There is you, and there are war planes; and nothing in between, besides orders and a video game screen.

Her panic subsided slightly..."ok ok your father says it was the navy gunships...they hit the pier...the poor fishermen, its not like its even a real pier... its just the pier, just the pier..."

She tried to convince my father not to go out to the mosque today. But he did. Most people stayed indoors.

So far, the death toll has reach over 300, with nearly 1000 injured, many critically.

OCHA reports search operations for dead bodies trapped under the rubble are still ongoing. Piles of bodies were places in front of Shifa hospital for identification-some too charred or dismembered to identify.

Most fatalities were civilian police; others included at least 20 children, nine women, and 60 other unarmed civilians.

The plotters have plotted; the pawns were in place; and the living dead continue to be massacred without a protest.

here are two videos I received from Fida Qishta in south Gaza's Rafah refugee camp:


Blogger Vivo said...

Keep on giving us news about what is going on in Gaza. And please, please, keep safe, as much as you can. Keep in mind and tell your kids that occupaton will never win! Never!

2:39 AM  
Blogger moryarti said...

Stay safe and may God protect you, your family and loved ones ...

2:45 AM  
Blogger Jed Carosaari said...


3:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our dua's and our thoughts are with you and your family.
May Allah keep you safe.

We have linked to you so we can maximize how many people hear your story inshallah:

The Gaza Massacre

5:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi - i've been lurking on your sight since this summer - just after i got back from the west bank with the christian peacemaker teams. i just wanted to thank you for writing. the situation in gaza has been heartbreaking and this israeli attack is even more heartbreaking. it's difficult to watch the videos on your site. anyhow - all of gaza is in my constant prayers.

6:19 AM  
Blogger T-SQUAT said...

Thank you for your blog, I find your personal insight really interesting. :)

6:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Laila - please keep me updated with news on 3amto and 3ammo.. and please send me their number.. I only have a cell phone that cannot be reached

allah ye3eenhom

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All my thoughts are with you ans your parents.

Stay safe and God bless you all.

11:47 AM  
Blogger Carimah said...

Shukran for your updates and making it more real for those of us who are too far away to feel affected.
Your family and all in the area being attacked are on our duas.

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been reading your blog from time to time. Keep on posting and telling your story. May God bless you and his angels guard you in all your ways. Many warm thoughts from Scandinavia.

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hello :) i have been reading your blog for a while. you write very beautifully and eloquently and i am in tears reading your posts. my thoughts and prayers are with you and all palestinian people today.

2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sitting here in Norway in warm and safe enviroment i feel so helpless.

The only thing i can say is that i during this day has tried to tell the norwegian bloggviewers what u go throuhg

i dont know if its any comfort but many many bloggers support you and follow your situation with deep anguish and dispear.

keep inform us. May God protect you and your loved ones

3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there, I came across your blog and I would like to express from the bottom of my heart how deeply sorrowful I am that the Israeli attacks on the Palestinians have gone so far. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and all the Palestinians at this time.

I am an American girl and I am truly disgusted with the actions our government has taken to support the Israeli aggressor.
Despite what our media and president may announce there are some in this country who stand with the Palestinians.

May God watch over you and your loved ones..

5:50 PM  
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8:02 PM  
Blogger Don Thieme said...

My prayers are with you and all of the Palestinian people. May you withstand these latest Israeli attacks and grow stronger and more powerful than ever.

9:35 PM  
Blogger that chick said...

is there anything we can do? i've been letter-writing and protest-attending, but it seems futile. i have no money and no influence, but i don't want to be complicit in this genocide. is there anything we can do?

12:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First thanks for the informative blog.

I wish also to ask if there is nything that i can do?

Aljazira watching and blogs reading it is the only thing that i do now.

My thoughts with Gaza & all of you and take care

Greeting from Frankfurt in Germany

12:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes there is something everybody here can do. Post news/blog reports/vidoes about the Israeli attacks on various Internet forums and collective blogs such as or Make yourself a simple account on these sites, post the news/links, and search for other news already posted and vote them up so they make it to the front page of these forums and grab people's attentions.

1:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've lurked on your blog for about a year, I don't know you personally, but my first thoughts on Sunday morning when I turned on the news were hope that your family will be ok. I'm glad to hear that everyone is ok. You will all continue to be in my thoughts.

2:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Civilian police, more like hamas gunmen. I've never experienced war, never felt the fear or seen the death but logic tells us the inocent will pay along with the guilty once the battle lines are drawn. The Jews could empty gaza of all the palestinians, believe or not this is showing restraint.

6:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

stay strong be safe
May God protects u all Gazans..
Occupation will never win...

regards from Malaysia...

1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Laila,
I have followed the news of Gaza and read your blog. My heart pours for the Palestinian people and your deepest prayers are with you and your family. You have inspired me to create my own blog in which to raise my voice, thank you. I will continue to act and raise my voice to stop the attack in Gaza. Peace, Lori

6:38 PM  
Blogger Jed Carosaari said...

Dear Uncompassionate:

That's the logic that justifies the Hamas rockets on Israel. I utterly reject such justification. Violence is wrong, no matter who does it. Murder is wrong, no matter who does it. One is simply forced to conclude that a state that kills 100 civilians for every one of its people killed by a militant faction- that state bears more culpability.

In some places an eye for an eye is considered appropriate. Not in my home, but in some places. This was the beauty of the ancient Hebrew code- reducing it to an eye for an eye. Unfortunately, modern Israel has now returned to the practices of the ancient nations that surrounded ancient Israel, with 1,000 eyes for an eye.

2:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I am so sad that my country, USA, has not denounced the Israeli bombing of your homeland. From the illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank to the inhumane checkpoints imposed upon Palestinians, I pray that this action by Israel will soon end and that a better Washington administration will make intelligent, serious efforts to help create the State of Palestine so that your people can live a healthy and happy life. Sign me...a guy from Maine.

6:04 AM  

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