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Monday, July 17, 2006

From Gaza, with Love

The following was written by Mona El-Farra, a doctor and women's rights activist living in Gaza City. Mona runs the blog, From Gaza, with Love:

We will pay a high price, long after the bombing has stopped. I am already starting to lose track of days and nights, of how many bombs have dropped. Since the main power plant was destroyed, we have had to live with no electricity. What we get is patchy, an hour or two at most, just enough to recharge our laptops and mobile phones so that we do not lost all touch with
each other and with the outside world.

As a physician, I fear for the hospitals, for our patients. Twenty-two hospitals have no electricity at all. They have to rely on generators. But the generators need fuel to run and our fuel supplies are running dangerously low. We have enough for a few days at most. But our borders are completely sealed so no fuel can get in. Hundreds of operations have been postponed. The lives of patients on life support machines, children in intensive care, renal dialysis patients and others are threatened because there is no power. Our pharmacies were already nearly empty because of the closed borders and economic sanctions inflicted on us. What little supplies were left have gone bad because they needed to be refrigerated.

More than 30,000 children suffer from malnutrition today, and this number will increase as diarrhea spreads because of the limited supply of good clean water and high rates of food contamination.

As a mother, I fear for our children. I can see the effects of the continuous sonic booming and artillery shelling on my daughter. She is 13 years old and she is restless, panicked. She is afraid to go out, yet frustrated because she can't see her friends. When the Israeli planes break the sound barrier, which they do at all times of the day and night, the sound is terrifying. My bed shakes tremendously. My daughter usually jumps into bed with me, shivering with fear. Then both of us end up crouching on the floor. My heart races, yet I need to pacify my daughter, to make her feel safe. Now she knows that we need to pacify each other. She feels my fear. When the bombs sound, I flinch and scream. I can't help myself. I am a doctor, a mature, middle-aged woman. But with the sonic booming, I become hysterical. I am only human after all, and we all have our threshold for fear and pain.

This aggression will leave scars on the psychology of our children for years to come. Instilling feelings of fear, anger and loss in our children will not bring peace and security to Israelis.


At 7/18/2006 8:51 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

Excellent post Bill. And good questions...

At 7/18/2006 2:23 PM, Anonymous truthseeker said...

Bill, you sound like a nice guy. Funny, isn't it? The "liberal" media would have us all believe that we're on such opposite sides - we loathe each other.
I prefer talking to people with whom I disagree than people with whom I always agree. It gets boring after a while.

To your question about Bush, there is no one simple answer. I will start by asking you if you believe the following pieces of legislation are worth debating during a time of war. Our men and women are suffering and dying in Iraq. Not to mention the thousands of innocent people who are dying in the Middle East.

What do the Republicans focus on during a time of utter chaos:

*H.J. Res. 88 - Constitutional Amendment to Prohibit Same Sex Marriages: Right wing Republicans failed to pass this amendment today, which would amend the Constitution to state that "marriage in the United States shall consist only of the union of a man and a woman." Republicans in the House are pushing forward with the bill despite the fact that the Senate already defeated its own version of this amendment earlier in the year, ending any possibility that the amendment will go to the states for ratification this year.

*H.R. 2389 - Pledge Protection Bill - Republicans will bring this bill to the house floor tomorrow. The bill strips federal courts, including the Supreme Court, of the jurisdiction "to hear or decide any question pertaining to the interpretation of, or the validity under the Constitution of, the Pledge of Allegiance, as defined in section 4 of title 4, or its recitation."

At 7/18/2006 2:25 PM, Anonymous truthseeker said...

One more thing: Bush never should have diverted attention away from Afghanistan and bin Laden by attacking Iraq, a country that posed absolutely no threat to us. As a result, the entire region is imploding.

He also didn't plan accordingly. Read any book written by experienced generals and diplomats who say this administration has no idea how the military works...and frankly, they don't care.

At 7/18/2006 2:47 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

Nice to read your report card on Bush Truthseeker, but you didn't answer one of Bill's questions.

At 7/19/2006 6:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please tell the women and children of Lebanon that we watch helplessly and all we can do is pray for them and shout to the rooftops STOP ISRAEL, stop Hezbollah, STOP WAR! When can we as a people stop killing each others children! My heart is heavy and my eyes are red and I just want to say this is not in our name, and most of us do not support this.

At 7/19/2006 8:07 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

Shouting from the rooftops, eh?

Now there's a plan. Too bad the victims in the World Trade Center didn't think of that. I understand Jew hating terrorists respond very positively to rooftop shouting...especially when they understand that it is not in our name and we don't support this.

Well Bill, you asked "please put yourself in his place and tell me how you would handle this". Looks like you got your answer.

Rooftop. Shouting.

By the way, in addition to the civilian deaths (you do realize that these bastards use civilians as huuman shields, don't you?) the IDF has already destroyed 40 to 60 percent of Hizbullah's military capability in their counter-attack. In fact, fifty-two targets that threaten Israel have been destroyed. I'm not so sure rooftop shouting would have had the same results.

Frankly, to hear liberal "progressives" denouncing Israel, the only free, liberal, democratic country in the region, for defending themselves against terrorists that are Syria's and Irans proxy is more than a little weird.

At 7/19/2006 8:39 AM, Anonymous dave said...

timmy, Get your head out of your ass and read before you make such ludicrous comments.

Israel is in violation of U.S. arms control laws for deploying U.S.-made fighter planes, combat helicopters and missiles to kill civilians and destroy Lebanon's infrastructure in the ongoing six-day devastation of that militarily-weak country.


The death toll, according to published reports, is over 200 people -- mostly civilians -- while the economic losses have been estimated at about 100 million dollars per day.

At 7/19/2006 10:46 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

Oh please. Violation of an arms agreement?

And a U.S. arms control agreement takes precedence over Israel's survival? Gee Dave, I bet those Israelis with Hizbullahs rockets pointed at them sure wish you were in charge. And by the way-- Hizzbullah breaking any laws these days? Hell, have they ever?

Israel was attacked by people who believe it is God's will to kill Jews and wipe Israel off the map. Maybe that doesn't bother you and the likes of David Duke much, but I'd like to see the one country in the Middle East who has a Gay Pride Parade survive.

At 6/12/2007 1:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck to you doctor. The situation in Zada is dreadful. If only Hamas would come to their senses and agree to recognize the existence of Israel, then there would be a chance for peace, even in Gaza.


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