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#GazaUnderAttack| Names and ages of killed people in the ongoing Israeli attacks on Gaza

Because we are NOT just numbers, I compiled the names and ages of 174 people murdered during the 8-day Israeli attack on Gaza, November (14-21) and the circumstances in which they were killed. Their blood won’t go in vain. The murder of those innocents has just made us more determined and more willing to pay any price for our freedom from this inhumane Israeli occupation. Israel must be held accountable for their crimes against humanity sooner or later. RIP

1- Ahmad Al-Ja’bary, 52 years old.
2-Mohammed Al-Hams, 28 years old.
3- Rinan Arafat, 7 years old.
4- Omar Al-Mashharawi, 11 moonths old.
5-Essam Abu-Alma’za, 20 years old.
6-Mohammed Al-qaseer, 20 years old.
7- Heba Al-Mashharawi, six-month pregnant, 19 years old.
8- Mahmoud Abu Sawawin, 65 years old.

9- Habis Hassan Mismih, 29 years old.
10- Wael Haidar Al-Ghalban, 31 years old.
11- Hehsam Mohammed Al-Ghalban, 31 years old.
12- Rani Hammad, 29 years old.
13- Khaled Abi Nasser, 27 year old.
14- Marwan Abu Al-Qumsan, 52 years old.
15- Walid Al-Abalda, 2 years old.
16- Hanin Tafesh, 10 months old.
17- Oday Jammal Nasser, 16 years old.
18- Fares Al-Basyouni, 11 years old.
19- Mohammed Sa’d Allah, 4 years old.
20- Ayman Abu Warda, 22 years old.
21- Tahrir Suliman, 20 years old.
22- Ismael Qandil, 24 years old.
23- Younis Kamal Tafesh, 55 years old.
24- Mohammed Talal Suliman, 28 years old.
25- Amjad Mohammed Abu-Jalal, 32 years old.

26- Ayman Mohammed Abu Jalal, 44 years old.

27- Ziyad Farhan Abu-Jalal, 23 years old.
28- Hassan Salem Al-Heemla’, 27 years old.
29- Khaled Khalil Al-Shaer, 24 years old.
30- Ayman Rafeeq sleem, 26 years old.
31- Ahmad Ismael Abu Musamih, 32 years old.

At 8:20 am, as a result to an Israeli inhumane attack on Deel Al-Balah, central Gaza, three people were killed. The list of murdered victims goes longer>>>

32- Osama Musa Abdeljawad, 27 years old.
33- Ashraf Hassan Darwish, 22 years old.
34- Ali  Abdul HakimAl-Mana’ma, 20 years old

At 8:45 am_ 9:00 am, warplanes attacked several places including Rafah, Khan-Younis, and Tal Al-Sultan, southern Gaza, leaving three killed>>

35`- Mukhlis Edwan, 30 years old.
36- Mohammed Al-Loulhy, 24 years old.
37- Ahmad Al-Atrush, 22 years old.

In a series of attacks on several places on central Gaza at noon, two more people fell victim:

38- Abderrahman Al-Masri, 31 years old.

39- Awad  Hamdi Al-Nahhal, 23 years old.
40- Ali Hassan Iseed, 25 years old, killed in an attack on his motorbike in Deer Al-Balah, central Gaza, at 8:10 pm, Novebmer 17.

IOF attack another motorbike in Deer Al-Balah at 8:20 pm, leaving two more killed:
41- Mohammed Sabry Al’weedat, 25 years old.
42- Osama Yousif Al-Qadi, 26 years old.

In an attack on central Gaza, to the west of Al-Masdar area, at 9:10 pm, two more people people killed:
43- Ahmad Ben Saeed, 42 years old.
44- Hani Bre’m, 31 years old.

At 9:40 pm, Israel attacked Qdeih family’s house in west Khan-Younis, Southern Gaza and a woman got killed.
45- Samaher Qdeih, 28 years old.
46- Tamer Al-Hamry,  26 years old, died after being seriously injured in an attack on Deer Al-Balah.

On November 18, the fifth day of the Israeli ongoing aggression on Gaza:

Israeli warplanes shelled the house of Abu-Alfoul family in northern Gaza, killing two children and injuring at 13 at least, mostly children and women.

47- Gumana Salamah Abu Sufyan, 1 year old.

48- Tamer Salamah  Abu Sufyan, 3 years old.

An Israeli warplanes fired missiles at a house that belongs to the family of Abu Nuqira in Rafah killing one person:

49- Muhamed Abu Nuqira

An Israeli war plane fired a missile at a house in an agricultural land east of Bureij camp, in the Central Gaza Strip, killing one child and injuring 2 other children:

50- Eyad Abu Khusa, 18 months old.

Two people were killed, one of them a child, when an Israeli missile hit a beachfront refugee camp in Gaza City:

51- Tasneem Zuheir Al-Nahhal, 13 years old.

52- Ahmad Essam Al-Nahhal, 25 years old.

Medics also reported finding the body of woman under the rubble of a house in eastern Gaza City who had been killed in a strike earlier in the morning.

53- Nawal Abdelaal, 52 years old.

At 3:10 pm, November 18, Israel rocked a house belongs to Al-Dalou family in Sheikh-Redwan area, west Gaza, killing at least 10 people, including 4 women and 4 children.

54- Mohammed Jamal Al-Dalou, the father.
55- Ranin Mohammed Jamal Al-Dalou, 5 years old.
56- Jamal Mohammed Jamal Al-Dalou, 7 year old.
57- Yousef Mohammed Jamal Al-Dalou, 10 years old.
58- Ibrahim Mohammed Jamal Al-Dalou, 1 year old.
59- Jamal Al-Dalou, the grandfather.
60-  Sulafa Al Dalou, 46 years old
61- Samah Al-Dalou, 25 years old
62- Tahani Al-Dalou, 50 years old
63- Ameina Matar Al-Mzanner, 83 years old.
64- Abdallah Mohammed Al-Mzanner, 23 years old.

Soon after Al-Dalou massacre, 2 more were killed, a father and his son, in an attack on a car for water supply in northern Gaza.
65- Suheil Hamada, 53 years old.

66-Mo’men Suheil Hamada, 13 years old.

In an airstrike that targeted Nussairat camp after that two people were murdered and 10 at least got injured

67- Atiyya Mubarak, 55 years old.

68- Hussam Abu Shaweish, 35 years old.

69- Samy Al-Ghfeir, 22 years old, killed in an attack on Shijaiyya area, west Gaza.

70- Mohammed Bakr Al-Of, 24 years old, killed in an attack on Al-Yarmouk st. in Gaza city.

At 8:00 pm, November 18, the ministry of health in Gaza has reported that Israel has risen the death toll in Gaza to 69, including 20 children, 8 women, and 9 elderly people. Moreover, Over 660 person got injured since Wednesday, including 224 children, 113 women, and 50 elderly people.
At 10:00 pm, November 18, an Israeli warplane attacked a motorbike near the ministry of finance roundabout, west Gaza, killing a father and his son:
71- Ahmad Abu Amra, 42 years old.
72- Nabil Ahmad Abu Amra, 20 years old.
At 10:10 pm, November 18, an Israeli warplane rocked a house belong to Nasser family near Abu-Sharekh crossroad in northern Gaza, killing a child and his father.
73- Hussein Jalal Nasser, 8 years old.

74- Jalal Nasser, 35 years old.

On November 19, the sixth day of the Israeli ongoing aggression on Gaza:

At 12:10 am,  an Israeli warplane attacked  Mahmoud Al-Hashash house in Rafah killing one woman.

75- Sabha Al-Hashash, 60 years old.

At 1:00 am,  an Israeli warplane rocked a car in Rafah killing two people:

76- Saif Al-Deen Sadeq, 27 years old.

77- Hussam Al-Zeiny, 30 years old.

78- Emad Abu Hamda, 30 years old, killed after being seriously injured in as a drone fired a rocket at Beach camp, west Gaza.

79- Mohammed Jindiyya, mentally disabled, killed in an attack on Helles roundabout in Shijaiyya, west Gaza.

At 4:10 am, Israel committed another atrocious crime shelling a house belong to Azzam family that is full of children. 3 people were killed in this attack and at least 40 injured. Medics said that more than 15 children have arrived Shifaa hospital, three of them are in a very critical condition.

80- Mohammed Iyad Abu Zour, 4 years old.

81- Nisma Abu Zour, 19 years old.

82-Sahar Abu Zour, 20 years old.

83- Ahed Al-Qattaty, 38 years old.

84- Al-Abd Mohammed Al-Attar, 51 years old, killed in an attack on Beit-Lahya, northern Gaza at 6:00 am.

85- Rama Al-Shandi, 1 YEAR OLD, killed  as four F16s airstrikes hit former security compound Al-Saraya in Gaza City.

In an Israeli attack on Al-Qarara area to the south of the Gaza Strip, two farmers were killed at 8:50 am. In the same attack, a 4-year-old girl was seriously injured.

86. Ibrahim Suleiman al-Astal, 46 years old.

87. Omar Mahmoud Mohammed al-Astal, 14 years old.

As a warplane rocked a motorbike in Khan-Younis, southern the Gaza Strip, two people were killed:

88. Abdullah Harb Abu Khater, 21 years old.

89. Mahmoud  Saeed Abu Khater, 34 years old.

An Apache warplane fired a rocket at a car in Al-Berka street in Deer Al-Balah, killing three people:

90. Rashid Alyan Abu Amra, 45 years old.

91. Amin Zuhdi Bashir, 40 years old.

92. Tamer Rushdi Bashir, 30 years old

93- Hussam Abdeljawad, 32 years old, killed as an F16 rocked his car in Saftawi street, northern Gaza, at 2:25 pm.

94- Ramadan Ahmad Mahmoud, 20 years old, died this morning after being seriously injured in an attack that hit Al-Maghazi camp, two days ago.

95- Mohammed Riyad Shamallakh, 23 years old, killed as IOF targeted a car in Tal Al-Hawa, southern Gaza city.

At around 4 am, two people were killed as an Israeli warplane fired a missile that hit Al-Nusseirat Camp, to the west of Gaza city.

96- A’ed Sabri Radi, 48 years old.

97- Ameen Ramadan Al-Malahi, 24 years old.

In an attack on Al-Shorouq building in Gaza City which contains several media offices, 2 were killed and 3 journalists were seriously injured.

98- Ramez Najib Harb, 29 years old.

99- Salem Boulis Sweilem, 53 years old.

100- Muhammed Ziyad Tbeil, 25 years old,  killed in an attack than hit central Gaza.

At 6:55 pm, an Israeli warplane attacked Al-Bureij camp killing two people:

101- Arkan Harbi Abu Kmeil, 24 years old.

102- Ibrahim Mahmoud Al-Hawajri, 34 years old.

At around 8:00 pm, an Israeli warplane shelled Shhada family’s house in Nusairat camp killing two people from the same family– a child and an elderly.

103- Khalil Ibrahim Shhada, 53 years old.

104- Osama Walid Shhada, 17 years old.

At around 9:00 pm, Israel committed another massacre against Hjazi family killing a father and his two sons, and injuring at least 15, most of them are children and women.

106- Suhaib Fo’ad Hjazi, 2 years old.

107- Mohammed Fo’ad Hjazi, 4 years old.

108- Fo’ad  khalil Hjazi, 46 years old.

On November 20, the seventh day of the Israeli ongoing aggression on Gaza:

At around midnight, an Apache rocked a house  in Rafah that belongs to Nassarsa family, killing two siblings and injuring 10 others.

109- Mohammed Tawfeeq Al-Nassasra, 20 years old.

110- Ahmad Tawfeeq Al-Nassasra, 18 years old.

111- Yahya Akram Ma’roof, 38 years old, a farmer killed at 9:20 am as an Israeli warplane attacked agricultural lands in Al-Atatra area, northern Gaza. Four other farmers were injured in this attack.

In an Israeli attack on an agricultural land in Beit-Layha, northern Gaza, at 10:10 am, two people were killed:

112- Yahya Mohammed Awad, 15 years old.

113- Bilal  Jihad Al-Barawi, 20 years old.

114- Mahmoud Rezq Salman Al-Zahhar, 30 years old, killed in an attack on Al-Mughraqa are in the middle of the Gaza strip.

115- Abderrahman Hamad Abu Hamza, 22 years old, killed at 12:10 pm in an Israeli attack on Mokhabarat buildings, west Gaza.

116- Mohammed Abed-Rabbo Yousef Bader, 24 years old, killed at 12:20 pm as IOF targeted Abu Tama’a family in Deer-AlBalah, in middle the Gaza Strip, at 12:20 pm.

117- Ahmad Khaled Doghmosh, died in Egypt after being transferred to a hospital in Egypt for being seriously injured in an airstrike that hit Tal Al-Hawa on November 18.

Within 1 hour and while negotiating the truce between Israel and Hamas,  Israel committed another massacre killing at least 14 people.

At 4:20, an Israeli warplane rocked a car in Al-Sabra neighborhood, leaving four people from the same family killed and torn to pieces:

118- Ahmad Jameel Hamdan Doghmosh, 30 years old.

119- Sobhi Nemer Mohammed Doghmosh, 29 years old.

120- Salah Nemer Mohammed Doghmosh, 29 years old.

121- Musab Mahmoud Rushdi Doghmosh, 22 years old.

122- Ameen Mahmoud Asad Al-Dadda, 22 years old, killed in an Israeli attack on Baghdad street in Shijaeyya, west Gaza at 2:30 pm.

In an attack on Kishko street in Zaytoon street, two children were killed while playing football in front of their house:

123- Mohamoud Rezeq Ashoor, 54 years old.

124- Saqer Yousef Bulbul, 57 years old.

125- Ayman Rafiq Abu Rashid, 33 years old, killed in an Israeli attack on Jabalia camp, northern Gaza.In the same attack, a 5-year-old girl was seriously injured.

In another attack on Al-Shawwa family’s house in Shijaeyya, west Gaza, a young woman arrived at Shifa hospital as charred pieces. 20 people were injured in this attack at least, 3 cases are severe.

126- Yosra Basil Murtada Al-Shawwa, 18 years old.

At 5:55 pm, an Israeli warplane attacked a press car working for Al-Aqsa TV station in Nasser street in Gaza city killing two journalists. They were just holding their cameras, reporting on the ongoing attacks…

127- Mahmoud  Ali Ahmad Al-Koomi, 19 years old.

128- Hussam Mohammed Abderrahman Salama, 30 years old.

At 6:10 pm, two more were killed in an attack on Beit-Hanoon, northern Gaza.

129- Mahmoud Mohammed Hussein Al-Zahry, 21 years old.

130- Tareq Azmy Mustafa Hjeila, 40 years old.

At 6:50 pm, an Israeli missile hit a car in Deer Al-Balah killing two people:

131- Mohammed Musa Abu Eisha, 24 years old, the manager of Al-Quds educational radio.

132- Hassan Yousef Al-Ostaz, 22 years old.

At 8:30, two brothers were killed in an Israeli attack that targeted a motorbike in Bilbeisy street in Rafah:

133- Ahmad Abed Abu Moor, 24 years old.

134- Khaled Abed Abu Moor, 19 years old.

At 9:00 am, two cousins were killed in an Israeli attack on Deer Al-Balah:

135- Mohammed  Ahmad Abu Sitta, 21 years old.

136- Salem ‘Ayish Abu Sitta, 32 years old.

137- Shawqi Abu Sneima, 24 years old, killed as Israeli warplane targeted his motorbike in Rafah.

At 11:45 pm, two children were found as pieces in Al-Shouka area, western Rafah.

138- Ibrahim Ahmad Mahmoud Hamad, 16 years old.

139- Mahmoud Kahlil Al-Arja, 16 years old.

On November 21, the eighth day of the Israeli ongoing aggression on Gaza:

At 9:25 am: an Israeli warplane  hit  two places in Northern Gaza:

140- Fadi Mousa Al-Qatnani, killed in as attack on Beir Al-Na’ja area, northern Gaza.

141- Mustafa Awad Abu Hamidan, 23 years old, killed in an attack on Al-Shafi’y mosque compound in Jabalia, northern Gaza.

At 11:20 am, an Israeli warplane attacked a group of people in Khan-Younis, killing a child:

142- Ahmad Awad Abu’liyyan, 15 years old.

143- Fares Sbeita, 25 years old, died at noon after being seriously injured in an attack on Shijaeyya, west Gaza.

A young girl and her elderly father were killed at 1:30 pm in an Israeli attack on a group of civilians in Abasan area, west Khan-Younis.

144- Ameera Abu Nasser, 15 years old.

145- Ibrahim Abu Nasser, 80 years old.

146- Mohammed Adnan Al-Ashqar, 22 years old, killed in an attack on Al-Khuzundar gaz station in Al-Twam area, northern area, at 2:00 pm

147- Mahmoud Abu Khusa, 4 years old,  killed in an attack on Al-Nafaq street in Gaza City.

At 2:40 pm, an Israeli missile hit a house belongs to Al-Assaly family killing a man and his son and daughter:

148- Talal Al-Assaly, 47 years old.

149- Ayman Talal Al-Assaly, 17 years old.

150- Abir Talal Al-Assaly, 10 years old.

151- Abderrahman Majdi Na’eem, 6 years old, killed in an Israeli attack on Ne’ma building in Gaza City.  In the same attack, 3 children from Neim family also got injured.

152-  Riham Al-Nabaheen, 13 years old, killed in an Israeli attack on house in Nussairat camp in the middle of the Gaza Strip

153- Mubarak Ibrahim Abu Ghalwa, 24 years old, killed in an attack on the middle of the Gaza Strip

154- Mohammed Mohammed Baker, 27 years old, died after being seriously injured in an attack on Al-Sabra neighborhood on Monday.

155- Ibrahim Mheisin Shhada, 20 years old, killed In an attack on Al-Na’ga street, to the west of Jabalia camp,  northern Gaza.

In an attack on a house that belongs to Abu Kmeil family in Al-Mughraqa area in the middle of the Gaza Strip, 5 people were killed:

156- Ramy Abed-Rabbo Abeid, 30 years old.

157- Mohammed Salama Abu Eteiwy, 33 years old.

158- Nidal Hassan Abu Riyad

159- Sa’dy Mohammed Abu Kmeil, 26 years old.

160- Ahmad Abu Kmeil

As negotiations about ceasefire is going, more bombs fall over several places in the Gaza Strip killing a child and injuring at least 7  people.

161- Nader Yousef Abu Mghaseeb, 14 years old.

162- Abderrahman Amer Ayish, 32 years old, killed in an Israeli attack on Sheikh-Redwan bridge in Gaza City at 8:50 pm.

163- Mohammed Abu Edwan, 18 years old, killed in an attack on Raffah.

164- Odeh Arafat Al-Shandi, 17 years old.

A man and his daughter from Al-Dalou family were found buried beneath the rubble on Thursday, November 22, after three days of their death. Israel committed a massacre against Al-Dalou family on Monday. The paramedics managed to pull out ten dead bodies in that attack (Check the list from 54 to 64) The death toll in this single massacre rises to  12 people.

165- Mohammed Al-Dalou, 35 years old.

166- Yara Mohammed Al-Dalou, 15 years old.

On Friday, November 23, 3 people died due to their wounds sustained during the 8-day attack on Gaza:

167- Ahmad Samih Ja’roor, 24 years old.

168- Zaki Saeed Qadadah, 42 years old.

169- Jouda Sulaiman Amran Shamallakh, 30 years old.

170- Ramadan Abu Hasanein, succumbed to serious wounds suffered during the 8-day Israeli aggression on the Strip and died at dawn Saturday, November 24 .

Other people killed during the attacks on Gaza.

171- Kamal Mohammed Morad Miqtat, 23 years old, suffered a heart attack that killed him on November 18 due to the Israeli bombings.

172- Ahmad Sulaiman Abu Nqeira, 61 years old killed in an Israeli attack that targeted his house in Rafah or November 18.

After the truce was endorsed at 9:00 pm on late Wednesday, December 21,  Israel has violated the truce continuously.

173- Anwar Abdelhadi Qdeih, 21 years old, killed as the Israeli Occupation Forces started shooting at the farmers  in the southern Gaza village of Khuzaa, close to the buffer-Zone. In the same attack, 19 other Palestinian were injured.

174- Mahmoud Jaroun, 21 years old, died late Friday, December 23, of wounds he sustained hours earlier by Israeli gunfire east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

On November 29, the Israeli navy has also detained dozens of Gaza fishermen, although Israel agreed to allow Gaza fishermen to go six nautical miles off the coast instead of three.

Keep following this post. I’m going to keep updating it on everything that is happening as much as I can and as long as I’m breathing!

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#GazaUnderAttack: A collection of my fb reflective posts during the 8-day Israeli attacks on Gaza

Listen to Electronic Intifada’s latest podcast on the ongoing Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip. -15, you’ll hear me screaming as an explosion happened nearby that lightened the dark sky into red. This podcast will help you have a glimpse of what’s going in Gaza.

Listen to my podcast on the Tunisian International radio, reporting on the third day of Israeli attacks on Gaza.

The mother of 10-month-old Hanen Tafesh, killed in an Israeli airstrike on Thursday in Gaza, mourns with family members at the baby’s funeral, 16 November. Reports indicate that as of Friday, 8 children have been killed in Israeli attacks. (Majdi Fathi / APA images)

I have no time for well-written blog entries but I report constantly on my facebook and twitter accounts. All posts on fb are public. Feel free to subscribe. You can also follow me on twitter for more updates.

Follow this post where I write the names and ages  of the killed people during the past days of the ongoing Israeli attack on Gaza and the circumstances of their killing.

Posts I’ve written on facebook during the previous two days:

On Friday, November 23, I wrote:
Updated: I hope this will be the last update of this painful post:
A man and a woman from Al-Dalou family were found buried beneath the rubble on Thursday, November 22, after three days of their death. Israel committed a massacre against Al-Dalou family on Monday. The paramedics managed to pull out ten dead bodies in that attack (Check the list from 54 to 64) The death toll in this single massacre rises to 12 people.

On Friday, November 23, three people died due to their wounds sustained during the 8-day attack on Gaza:
Ahmad Abu Momseh, 10 years old, injured as an F16 warplane attacked a group of civilians in Maghazi camp, central Gaza Strip.Zaki Saeed Mohadadah, 42 years old.

Jouda Sulaiman Amran Shamallakh, 30 years old.

After the truce was endorsed at 9:00 pm on Wednesday, Israel has violated the truce killing Anwar Abdelhadi Qdeih, 21 years old, as the Israeli Occupation Forces started shooting at the farmers in the southern Gaza village of Khuzaa, close to the buffer-Zone. Nineteen other Palestinians suffered gunshot wounds.

Status updates on the eighth day of the Israeli attacks on Gaza, November 21:

Mum and I in the street raising the Palestinian flag, joining the crowds of people who started celebrating victory after the truce started at 9:00 pm on November 21

That’s how big my smile is now!!!! My brothers, Dad, Mum and I just returned home. We were joining the crowds of people marching outside, celebrating this magnificent victory that even tasted more beautifully with the fact that the blood of

 our dignified martyrs didn’t go in vain. Women, men, children and elderly people are still outside, uniting their voice, cheering for the victory that our freedom fighters accomplished. Wow! I can’t believe it! The past 8 days of Israeli attack on Gaza was like a nightmare. But as I look back, recalling my observations of my people’s resilience and steadfastness, I become more proud of being a Palestinian. We never complain about our suffering as we have faith that this ongoing suffering is just a price of freedom of the land and the human. We have faith in our just cause and we are willing to pay any price for justice to prevail.
That nightmare and cries of pain have turned to tears of happiness and pride. It has made us stronger, more determined to go on resisting. The past 8 days of continuous suffering under the Israeli aggression has made the people of Palestine united again for one cause, one goal: restoring our dignity and defeat our enemy! RIP our 162 martyrs and know that every blood you spilled on our precious Palestinian soul has made it smell more beautifully. You made the people’s spirit go even higher. Be sure that we’ll go on the fight for humanity and justice and Israel will pay the price of every crime committed against our people sooner or later. Justice must be done. This apartheid regime of Israel will fall one day and we’ll all wander in the holy land one day freely celebrating the victory of liberation from the river to the sea. Mercy be upon the souls of martyrs! Long live Palestine! Down with Israel!For we’re NOT just numbers, let’s remember together all those martyrs that we’re celebrating their lives today with happiness and pride, not regret. Check my blog of names/ages of 162 victims murdered in the past 8 days of attacks on Gaza. http://wp.me/p29sAu-es

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As negotiations about ceasefire is going, more bombs fall over several places in the Gaza Strip killing a 14-year-old Nader Yousef Abu Mghaseeb and injuring at least 7 people. Death toll in Gaza rises to 161 now, including 42 children. 1250 people were injured in the past 8 days of Israeli attack on Gaza. According to the minister of health, more than 75% of the injuries were women and children. Even if the ceasefire ends up being true, we will never forget those 161 victim killed in Gaza and we’ll never forgive Israel for this massacre. We’ll bring justice to these souls sooner or later.

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Abderrahman N’eim, 6 years old, killed at around 3 pm as Israel attack Ne’ma building that contains several media offices and is inhabited by many families and surrounded by many densely inhabited building. He’s a son of a medic who has been continuously working in Shifaa hospital since the Israeli attacks on Gaza started. He didn’t have time to see his son during the past 8 days and his son finally arrived to him as a dead body drowned with blood. He stayed solid, bent over his dead son with dignity, kissed his forehead and said “Al-Hamdullah” Thank God. RIP dear Abderrahman. Israel will pay the price to every crime they committed sooner or later.

Abderrahman N’eim, 6 years old

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Israel just committed another massacre against Al-Assaly family who live in our neighborhood, killing the father Talal Al-Assaly and his son Ayman and daughter Hadil. Death toll in Gaza rises to 149 and still rising. I’m sick of updating this blog. Do whatever you can to stop this mass killing!

Status updates on the seventh day of the Israeli attacks on Gaza, November 20: 

On the seventh day of the ongoing Israeli attack on Gaza, 35 were killed. Two of them are still unknown for they reached the hospital as charred pieces. Death toll rises to 143, including 30 children. Still rising. Just heard 8 continuous huge bombings in my neighborhood that shook the house. I felt like I lost my breath out of fear. This horror has to stop. This mass killing has to stop. Check latest update of names/ages of victims.

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Fo’ad Hijazi and his sons Mohammed Hijazi who is 4 and Suheib who is 2 years old, were murdered when their family home in Beit Laheya North of Gaza was bombed a few hours ago. The wife Amna who was also pulled from the rubble was in intensive care but died shortly after. 14 wounded in this attack. 39 Palestinians killed today, 26 Israelis killed by rockets in 8 years. 110 Palestinians killed this week compared to 3 Israelis. Its nothing but racism that equates the two sides. What’s happened this week, is an absolute abomination. We cannot let this butchery and subjugation win. Given that bodies are still being pulled out of the rubble and destruction, we should all push forward with renewed and relentless vigour to bring justice to Palestine

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Within the past 2 hours, Israel committed another massacre against the people of Gaza killing at least 14 people, including two children who were killed while playing football in front of their house in Zaytoon.. Many of those killed are still unknown for they were found torn to pieces. The Israel aggression on Gaza is going. More bombs are falling over us and more innocents are being killed.. Check this blog of the list of names and ages of the people killed on the seventh day of Israeli attack on Gaza.

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The past 4 hours were very scary.. Bombings were crazily continuous. Warplanes were targeting everywhere from the north to the south. Still bombing.. And more are being killed. As negotiations about making a truce is going, Israel went crazy to kill an many people as possible. Within less than 2 hours, 18 people were killed, including two children playing football in front of their house. Many of those killed in the past few hours are still unknown. They were arrived at hospital as pieces. With the killing of Musa Abu Eisha, death toll in Gaza rises to 135. Very atrocious massacre is going here. Israel is threatening of escalating their ongoing crimes against the people of Gaza and threatening people to leave. 4 thousand people have already left their houses to UN schools. Just saw a report on TV on those who evacuated their houses. Children, women, elderly people were crying. It was heartbreaking. Don’t sit and watch. Act for the sake of humanity. The least thing you can do might contribute a little to end our suffering soon.

Status updates on the sixth day of the Israeli attacks on Gaza, November 19: 

A status reflective update on the Israeli attack on Azzam family:

Oh God! Israel just committed another atrocious massacre against Azzam family. It seems Israel is still thirsty for more blood of innocent, even after they have sucked enough already. Wasn’t what happened to Al-Dalou family earlier satisfying enough? 11 people were murdered in Al-Dalou massacre, including 3 children and 4 women.

An Israeli warplane just rocked Azzam family’s house in Zaytoon area while sleep88ing peacefully at night, killing three, including a 19-year-old woman, Nisma Abu Zour, and a 5-year-old boy, Mohammed Iyad Abu Zour, and a 38-year-old man, Ahed Al-Qattaty. At least 40 got injured in the same attack, including 15 children. Medics are still pulling injuries from under the rubble of the house. 3 of the injuries among children are very much under the threat of death any moment. Why if Israel knows exactly who inhabits the house they are targeting before they attack it? Why to target children and women? Or is it just a desperate desire for spilling more of the Palestinian blood? The more you stay silent, the more Israel escalates their inhumanity and kill more innocents. They get their immunity from your silence. Act now!

Status updates on the fifth day of the Israeli attacks on Gaza, November 18: 

Reflecting on the massacre Israeli committed against Al-Dalou family, I wrote:
Feeling so enraged. The images of the bodies can’t leave my head. Crying and screaming, but not out of sorrow, but out of anger and frustration. Why is the world still watching? Criminal Israel is continuing to massacre us. Al-Dalou family were just massacred. 10 people were buried under the rubble of their house. Why did they target this family? No reason. Israel is targeting randomly. Innocents are being killed.

Five members of the very same family were murdered: the father Mohammed Jamal Al-Dalou and his four children Ranin, Jamal, Yousin and Ibrahim, and his elderly father Jamal Al Dalou. Another three women from the extended family also died, Suhaila Al Dalou, Samah Al-Dalou, and Tahani Al-Dalou. Moreover, two neighbors, the 83-year-old Ameina Matar Al-Mzanner and Abdallah Mohammed Al-Mzanner, were also killed in the same raid. What did those people do to deserve being murdered in such an atrocious way? Their bodies were torn to pieces, drawned with their blood. Is this also self-defense? What kind of threat do these children, women, and the elderly form against Israel? Why is the world still silent?

I almost burst out. I couldn’t tolerate what happened to Al-Dalou family. As I was watching the sad and ugly scenes of the dead of injured, unconsciously, I started running like crazy in the house, screaming, and crying very hard. Mum started calming me down as she was silently crying. I could find my strength again inspired by my faith in our just cause. We die to live freed and dignified. Israel will pay the price for all these crimes against my people. No matter how bloody they get, we’ll never give up. We’ll keep fighting and sacrificing whatever we can until freedom. Justice will be done and Israel will never get away with their crimes.

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Status update at  3:20 am, November 18

The crazier Israel gets, the bloodier and more inhumane they become. Enormous explosions and continious bombings have been on-going for the longest I’ve ever witnessed since the attacks started on Wednesday. The sky has also meant beauty and purity to me. However, Israel has shifted the sky from being a sourse of inspiration and relaxation to a sourse of horror.

The warplanes have become indscriminate; shelling houses, TV offices, motobikes, empty lands, even poultry farms. As I’m hearing explosions in northern Gaza, people in central Gaza and southern Gaza are also hearing exactly the same. They are rocking everywhere, at the same time, and they don’t care where they’re targeting. They never think who is being harmed. Tonight, civilians, including children, women, the elderly and journalists have been targeted.

A little earlier, Israel just shelled Qdeih family’s house, killing another woman, Samaher Qdieh. Soon after that, Israeli warplanes shelled another house in Shaboura Refugee camp injuring 6 people, including 4 children. Israel has just bombed two houses in northern Gaza, killing two children: 1-year-old Gumana Abu Sufian and Tamer Abu Sufian. In the same attack, at least 13 got injured, mostly children and women.

They also targeted Al-Quds TV office in Gaza, leaving at least 5 injured among the journalists working there. The photographer Khader Al-Zahhar has lost his leg in this attack. It seems that the Israeli war against Palestinian journalists has started. They form a serious threat as they are the tongue of truth who are dedicated to cover the ongoing crimes that Israel commits against the people of Gaza and humanity 24/24.

Till now, airstrikes can be heard all over Gaza. The Israeli navy is still firing rockets against houses along Gaza’s beach. The sound of warplanes are getting louder and closer. More attacks are coming. Keep your eyes on Gaza. Your prayers and thoughts are appreciated but your actions are more appreciated! Act now and stop this genocide!

Status Updates on the fourth day of attacks on Gaza, November 17:

Israel is escalating its inhumanity and their exceeding all red lines! They moved from shelling empty lands and poultry farms surrounded by civilians houses, to shelling motorbikes and cars, and houses. This morning, IOF attacked Salah and Abu Qarmoot family’s houses turning their houses into rubble. They pulled out at least 25 people from under the rubble, mostly kids and women, all suffering very critical situation. Israel just shelled a house in Rafah that belongs to Qdeih family, leaving another woman, Samaher Qdieh, murdered. Just few minutes ago, Israeli warplanes shelled another house in Shaboura Refugee camp leaving 6 injured, including 4 children.

Ministry of health in Gaza: 45 killed in Gaza, including 11 children, 3 women, and at least 500 injured, mostly children and women.

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At 9:40 pm, Israel attacked Qdeih family’s house in west Khan-Younis, Southern Gaza and a woman got killed, Samaher Qdeih. The number of killed people rises to 45, including 8 children, 3 women, two elderly people. Injuries have exceeded 450, most of them are children and women. Over 50 cases are under intensive care. The Israeli attacks on the people of Gaza are continuing. Bombing are all over the Gaza Strip. Keep your eyes on Gaza and act!

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Update at 6:20 am, November 17

OMG! that’s genocide! that’s mass killing!! Israel just attacked two houses in Jabalia, less than five minutes far from my house: Abu Salah family and Abu Al-Sa’ed Qarmoot family. People are buried under the rubble! A child body from Salah family was just pulled from under the rubble of his house. More than 30 injuries, mostly children, have just arrived at Kamal-Odwan hospital in northern Gaza. A women was just pulled out from under the rubble that suffers very critical condition! The number of victims is still rising!! The ambulances’ sounds can be heard everywhere. All I can hear now is ambulances’ alarming and more Israeli bombings! Oh God, protect the people of Gaza!!!! Share!!!
Updates at 6:00 am, November 17

A friend of mine just messaged me. Everyone in the neighborhood were falling asleep when they suddenly woke up as the glasses of their house’s windows are raining over them as a result to the latest IOF rocked a governmental ministry few minutes ago, located behind their house in Nasser street. A situation of horror and trauma is spread among people there! There is a total blackout in several places in Gaza. The sound of drones is getting louder. Warplanes are flying on low distances. Keep your eyes on Gaza.

Updates at 5:30 am, November 17

Woke up on series of huge explosions in the neighborhood that shook everything in my room! Everyone has woken up. One can hardly fall asleep!! bombings became quieter for a little while. However, unsurprisingly, IOF started firing missiles one after another as the time for Fajir prayer came!! Good timing for more killings as people are going to mosques to pray!

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More bombings, more attacks!! Israel just targeted a motorbike close to Al-Aqsa hospital in Deer-Al-Balah, central Gaza, leaving one murdered and 2 injured and in another attack, two children got seriously injured.

8 victims of the people murdered in Gaza as a result to the latest Israeli attacks are children, three of them haven’t even celebrated their first birthdays. Over 250 injures have been reported, including 150 children and 96 women. Where are the terrorists you Israeli bastards are targeting!

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Very sad! What Nasser family went though yesterday as their house was targeted in Sikka, Beit-Hanoon, Abu-Jalala family are experiencing now as a result to the very recent attack on Magazi, southern Gaza.

Yesterday, Nasser family lost 3 of their family members including 15-year-old boy. 20 injuries were reported from the same Israeli attack on their house. Six of the injuries belong to the same family, including 4 children and the elderly father whose life is under risk of death any moment.

In the recent attack on Magazi, three brothers (Ahmad, Amjad and Ziyad Abu-Jalala) were just killed. I just can’t help but cry imagining how painful it is for their mother to lose three of her sons at once!! Besides, In the same attack, Hassan Abu Hameela got murdered as well.The number of murdered people of Gaza since Wednesday rises to 30, including 8 kids, 3 women, 4 elderly people. Besides, more than 300 are suffering serious injuries, including 150 kids and 96 women.So sad :((( Stay strong Abu Jalala and Nasser family! Stay strong you dignified people of Gaza.

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Status updates on the third day of Israeli attacks on Gaza, November 16

The Israeli attacks on Gaza are continuing. A little while ago, IOF shelled a poultry farm in Khan-Younis, leaving a bunch of chicken killed. I just wonder, where are animal rights activists from this horrible crimes. Aside to that, “just a secondary news”, a child and his father got injured.

Medics just reported that 24 people weree killed in Gaza since Wednesday, including 8 kids, 3 women, 4 elderly ppl,(AND hundreds of chicken). Moreover, 270 people got injured, over 30 cases under intensive care, including over 150 kids & 96 women. Medics say that the medical equipment and resources are about to run out from hospitals of Gaza. We don’t only have ‘terrorists’ among children, women, and elderly people, but our chicken are the most terrorist!

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The residents of Israel are evacuating their houses, seeking underground shelters, terrified. Bombings here are non-stop, targeting several places in Gaza and more victims are falling. Just a little while ago, 3 children, a woman and a young man just arrived at Shifaa hospital, drowned in their blood. There is no safe shelters in Gaza. However, we’re still enjoying very high spirit. Very bravely, whenever we hear of more victories our freedom fighters accomplished, we put our pains aside and we start singing and distributing sweets celebrating our victory. The people of Gaza are ready to pay whatever cost Palestine entails for the sake of freedom and dignity.

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I seriously feel like I’m back to life after death. Feeling excited!! I got sickened of hearing more bombings, killings, injuries and causalities. But now I’m celebrating, singing, and dancing, just like all people of Gaza who forgot about their woos and mourning over the victims and started celebrating this victory of our freedom fighters who just managed to down the third Israeli warplane!! Moreover, a resistance rockets just hit an Israeli settlement to the south of Bethlehem!! Proud!! Go resistance goooooo!! We shall overcome!

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More attacks are happening at the moment. Our house is shaking. 3 children, critically injured, just arrived at Shifaa hospital in Gaza.
The Israeli warplanes are intensively dropping missiles on several places in Gaza now. bombings are sounding louder and closer. More killings and injuries have resulted. The number of killed people have reached 24, including 7 children, a pregnant woman, and two elderly men. Over 300 injuries have resulted from the attacks, the majority are children and women. 30 cases are under intensive care and very much in danger to die. The attacks are continuing and the Palestinian blood of innocents is being spilled by criminal Israel.

My father has just left the house to visit his friend’s funeral Marwan Abu Alqumsan who was buried in a very hugely deep crater resulted as an israeli missile hit an empty land northern Gaza. We didn’t want him to leave because Israel can target any place close on his way there, but he promised he’ll be back soon. But I know we’ll only relax when we see him back home safe and sound. Keep your eyes on Gaza.

Status updates on the 2nd day of Israeli attacks on Gaza, November 15
My parents’ friend, Marwan Abu Al-Qumsan, 52, who repeatedly visited our house, was walking on the street back from a family visit to his sister’s house. At the meantime, the IOF fired a missile on an empty land few meters far from him that left a HUGELY deep hole in the ground. Somehow, he fell there and it buried him alive. People kept kept digging for 4 hours to take him out. :'( His brother was walking after him about 20 meters far and he miraculously survived this with several wounds everywhere in his body. I am speechless. Down with this zionist criminal entity of Israel!

More attacks, more freaking explosions, more killings, more blood of innocents is being spelled by criminal Israel… The number of killed victims rises to 19, including 5 children, three of them haven’t even celebrated their first birthdays. Injured people have exceeded 180, many of whom are children, women, and elderly people. 30 cases of them are under intensive care and very much under risk of dying any moment. The hospitals in Gaza is suffering a huge shortage in blood and medical equipment. Ambulances were targeted today. Israel cannot care less about what, where or whom they’re targeting. However, our people are ready to pay the price for their freedom and dignity. We’ll never give up. We have a complete faith that we will come out of this with with more humanity and determination. Bless

Feeling so sorry, so sad for Nasser family who just lost 3 members of their family, including 2 brothers and a 15-yr-old boy, as IOF bombed their house in Shikka street in Beit-Hanoon, northern Gaza. Six more injuries have been reported from the same family, including 3 children and the elderly father. Medical sources say that the father is suffering seriously terrible condition. I hope he doesn’t die! :'(((((((

The IOF just targeted a house in Sikka, northern Gaza. Two brothers were killed and their father is seriously injured :( Now the Israeli tanks are moving forward. The Israeli navy are still firing missiles at people’s houses. It’s gonna be a freaking night. But we’re up to this!!

Another child has just made the number of martyrs rise to 15. The number of injuries has exceeded 130 victims, many of whom are children and women. They can care less about the victims harmed as a result to their attacks or the places they are targeting. A little while ago, they targeted an ambulance in Al-Twam area in Northern Gaza.

The Israeli missiles are still falling intensively over Gaza. I heard news about ground incursion starting on the borders of the Gaza Strip. The Israeli navy is continuing to fire missiles towards the people’s houses in the Beach Camp. Our sky is intensively occupied with their warplanes. Basically, we are besieged from everywhere by the Israeli Occupation Forces.
My eyelids have been struggling to close and rest a bit but it’s impossible in this terrorizing situation for anyone to be able to sleep for longer than few minutes. Just heard two explosions nearby. It felt like our house was going to collapse on us. Hang in there our people. Nothing can defeat your indescribable determination. We shall overcome.

Status updates on the first day of Israeli attacks on Gaza, November 14

Just few minutes ago: We could hear a series of horrifying bombings falling one after another in several places, specifically west Gaza. A total blackout over Gaza followed that. Can’t tell you how terrorizing that was. It sounded very close. Me and Catherine Charrett ran towards the windows and we could see the dark sky lighting red. The ambulances are rushing to the place.

Can’t tolerate hearing of more killings!!! I’m gonna burst any moment!!!! Another baby girl has just died after she was seriously wounded in an attack on Gaza city this afternoon!!! :'((((((((((((((((((((((

I’m tired of writing “More bombings” but they are just non-stop at the moment. Too many, too terrorizing, everywhere! Hang in there my people!!! We’ll come out of this stronger! العزيمة جبااااااااااارة!!


Happy Birthday, Dear Vittorio (RIP)

My tribute for Vik in his first anniversary

As I realized today’s date, the 4th of February, a stream of memories flooded into my mind. Today, last year, marked my dear friend Vittorio Arrigoni’s last birthday I spent with him.

I remember it was a nice, rainy Friday. I felt happy to be rich, having just gotten my $1,000 share from YouthSchool for my work on the Gaza 2011 calendar “All I Want Is Peace”. My best friend Adie Mormech, an English activist who spent a year in Gaza working with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), reminded me that it was Vik’s birthday. That day, Vik missed the Friday lunch, to which he always looked forward. I knew about Vik’s stress regarding his father’s deteriorating health, and that it was a reason he didn’t join us for lunch. He would always say “Zaki”, delicious, as his gentle but funny way of thanking Mum for the food that was fondly ranked by “his majesty” as the best in Gaza.

Having not seen him, and being worried about him, I decided to surprise him by going to the ISM office where he and the other ISMers (Adie, Inge, Vera, and Silvia) were gathering. It was already night when I left home for Mazaj, the cake shop Vik preferred, and it was raining heavily. But it was worth getting wet for the sake of Vik’s smile and the fun I expected to have when I arrived at the office. I got the cake and hurried with excitement to meet Vik and my other friends. I couldn’t wait to tell him about the greetings that his friends from Italy had told me to send him, and to put the smile on his face that always sent warmth and happiness to everyone around him.

Vera, an ISM activist from Germany, welcomed me as I knocked on the door. When she saw the excitement on my face and the cake I carried, she whispered, “It’s not the right time for a party now. Vik is sad.”

My happy features turned sad. I left the bag by the entrance and went to look for Vik. He sat in the living room alone as Vera had told me. The curtain that separated the two sitting rooms, which were open to each other, was pulled down. I felt like even the house looked sad. I wanted to check on Vik, though. After asking him if I could come in, I sat next to him on the purple couch for a couple of minutes of silence. “I hope you’re OK,” I said while pressing his hand. “I’m worried for my father,” he said. “He’s going to have an operation that might reveal a terminal illness.”

He knew that if it did not go well, his father would not have long to live. As I remember this, I think of how ridiculous and unpredictable this life is. Back then, who would have ever expected that Vik would die before his father did?

Vittorio was torn between two concerns at the center of his life: his attachment to Palestine, and his father and family’s need for his support. Each thought was more pressing than the other. Then suddenly, “Strong Vik” could no longer control his tears. I couldn’t believe that I was seeing Vik cry. Vik has been always a symbol of strength, humanity, and inspiration for me. He always will be. At the time, I felt confused and didn’t know how to act. With spontaneity, I hugged him, as I thought getting a hug in such difficult times might help more than my words. I cried along with him, too.

Then Vik learned about the cake I brought. He didn’t want to disappoint me and all my plans. He reached deep inside himself for strength to bring smiles back to the faces of his friends, smiled at me, then shouted to all the others, “Yalla, let’s have some cake”. That’s how caring Vik was; he always wanted to be a reason for everyone to smile, but never for anyone to cry. He could easily shift the atmosphere from gloomy to so happy, so much that I didn’t want to go back home.

I remember my memories from your birthday last year and oh, dear Vittorio, you can’t imagine how much I wish I could tell you how much I miss you and joke with you like we used to do.  I miss you even though I strongly feel your presence with me, like you never left us.  Every Friday that has passed without you, I’ve wished you would come for lunch, your smile lighting the room as you walked through the door.

I wish you could see my drawing that’s dearest to me. It’s your portrait that you always nagged me to make, but never got to see. I am certain that no matter how many more drawing I have produced and will produce, yours will be my favorite. Not only because of my skill, and the love that I put into it, but because, somehow, part of your beautiful soul attached itself to this painting.

As you look down from paradise, on all of us here, I offer you this drawing. I hope it brings you as much joy as you always brought us.  I miss you Vittorio. I love you, Vittorio. You will live forever in my heart and in the hearts of all Palestinians, who owe you so much. We’ll keep celebrating your birthday every year and you’ll continue to inspire us, adding more humanity to the world. Rest in Peace, dear Vik. Stay human!

Palestinians’ tribute to Vittorio Arrigoni , Onadekom ( Calling You ) – DARG Team


Palestinians Owe Ban Ki-moon No Apologies

Palestinian political prisoners are not only numbers

Last night, a new friend of mine noticed that I try to highlight the issue of Palestinian political prisoners in my writings. That led to a long chat about my interest in bringing out their stories. I started by describing how being the daughter of a former detainee has inspired a passion toward my homeland and the feeling of having a duty toward my people, especially our forgotten prisoners, within me.

I told him how attending the weekly protest with prisoners’ families in the Red Cross has turned to be a psychological cure for my own pains. It’s true. Sometimes I feel very sad, but as soon as I see a prisoner’s mother, wife, or daughter smiling, my spirit strangely rises. Interacting with the prisoners’ families and listening to their stories, full of suffering and pride, has created a warm relationship between us. They have become an important part of my life, and a reason to live.

I’ve always criticized the way prisoners are presented as numbers. Reports often show them as mere statistics, omitting that behind these figures there are humans desperate for dignified life and justice. Humanizing their issue by making their stories heard has been the main goal of my writings, with faith in humanity preserving my hope that their stories may wake the sleeping to take action.

Unconsciously, my life has recently centered on Khader Adnan. He is an administrative detainee who has been on hunger strike since December 17 to protest his illegal detention without trial. I have followed updates about his continuing hunger strike, his silence, his deteriorating health, the ban on his family visiting him, and the Israeli Prison Service (IPS)’s indifference and neglect of his situation. Gaza has held many events in solidarity with him and his family, who are terrified that each new dawn could bring news of his death.

Ban Ki-moon’s visit to Gaza

Families of prisoners and martyrs are protesting against Ban Ki_moon for his refusal to meet them.

From Khader Adnan’s story, which has repeated itself thousands of times in Palestine, to news about United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s visit to Gaza, anger and frustration have dominated my mind.

Representatives of families of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails and martyrs’ families wanted to join the delegation that would meet Ban. Civil society figures made intensive efforts to ensure that this would happen so he could hear about their demands and long years of suffering. However, Ban simply refused to meet these people, who wanted his support and protection for their violated rights. An angry crowd, having heard of his repeated visits to former Israeli prisoner Gilaad Shalit, hurled shoes and stones at his convoy as it entered Gaza Thursday morning.

I watched the video of the prisoners’ families throwing shoes and stones. Honestly, it filled me with joy and pride in my people. I thought that it might make the Palestinian people look bad in front of the international community. But I would have only one response for those who might define Palestinians as mere throwers of shoes against diplomats: Those shoe throwers included angry relatives of prisoners who have endured terrible conditions at the hands of merciless Israeli jailers. They are frustrated with Ban’s biases toward Israel, and have witnessed more than enough of Israeli brutality, tyranny, and violations of their simplest rights guaranteed by international law and the Geneva Conventions. Those people have been filled with anger by more than five years of living under a closure imposed by Israel, and declared illegal by UN bodies. They haven’t been allowed to visit their relatives in prison since Hamas was democratically elected, boycotted by the UN, and marginalized as a terrorist organization.

Om Ibrahim Baroud joined the angry crowd that welcomed Ban “disrespectfully”

Watching the video, I saw Om Ibrahim Baroud join the crowd that greeted Ban. Baroud is the 75-year-old

Om Ibrahim Baroud, a prisoner’s mother wearing a white scarf, is hitting Ban Ki-moon’s convoy with a stick

mother of a political prisoner who has spent 26 years in Israeli prisons, and for 26 years, she has never stopped calling for the freedom of her son. Despite her age, she has joined every hunger strike prisoners launched since her son was detained, and has never missed a protest for Palestinian political prisoners. She always says, “I am not only the mother of the detainee Ibrahim Baroud, but of all the prisoners and oppressed. I’ll keep calling for their freedom as long as I am alive”. Last Monday at the weekly protest in the Red Cross, she limped because of a pain in her leg, but was still fasting in solidarity with Khader Adnan and all prisoners. She spoke for the prisoners to the media, appealing to every human right organization to witness the suffering of Palestinian detainees and act.

In the video, she was angry as never before, gathering all her physical power to hit Ban’s convoy with a stick. Her strength has always impressed everyone who knows her. “I know I am for Ban, nothing more than a mother of a ‘terrorist’”, she told me on the phone with rage. “Why would he bother to listen to me? He must know that I am the mother of a human being who deserves dignity even in detention. And I am a human who deserves to be heard”.

No one should blame this mother, who has been deprived of wrapping her arms around her son for 26 years. No one should blame her after she witnessed countless Israeli attacks on Gaza, especially the 2008-2009 war. She saw the phosphorous bombs, banned by international law, falling on civilians who took shelter in the Al-Fakhoura UNRWA School after fleeing their homes. She lives near it. Don’t blame her when she explodes with anger after hearing of Ban Ki-moon’s thanks to Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak – the architect of the 2008-2009 war – for his “generosity” towards Gaza; his generosity in redeeming the world of 352 children whom, if they hadn’t been killed, would have grown up into terrorists to threaten the holy security of Israel. Don’t blame her or any Palestinian when UN did nothing against Israel for the war crimes Israel committed even at UNRWA sites.  Instead, they are biased toward Israel, while we have been terrorized daily by the Israeli Occupation ever since it was illegally established through ethnic cleansing.

Palestinians owe Ban Ki-moon no apologies

After this “disrespectful welcome” of Ban Ki-moon by the angry families of prisoners and martyrs, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) shamefully sent apologies to him.

But I’ll allow myself to speak on behalf of Palestinians and say proudly: “We make no apologies!” And I add: “The PLO doesn’t represent us.” Palestinians aren’t the ones who should apologize. The one who should apologize is who keeps talking of human rights, yet sees human rights continuingly and openly violated by Israel, but does nothing, instead covering up Israel’s crimes against humanity.  Actually, thousands of apologies wouldn’t suffice to heal the long, bleeding wounds that Palestinians suffer from the long course of Israel’s occupation and existence.


Silence Amidst the Horror

I am sitting so close to my mother, expecting anything to happen any time. I hate to listen to the radio but I have to. The Radio announcer keeps repeating the same sentence again and again “People, try to take as much caution as possible!” What a silly call! Who knows where is or is not a safe place in Gaza during war time? All I want right now is to see my family members around me. I keep moving my eyes over and around them. They are totally silent but features of worry and fear are easy to make out on their faces. “It sounds like another war” mum said. I just looked and listened in silence, and continued pressing the keyboard buttons. I feel cold like never before. I feel so much in need of a blanket or a sweater but two things stops me from that; my legs and my lips. I can’t break my silence as well as my stiffened state. Nothing but my fingers are moving.

I laughed at myself as I remembered how I bolted down in a flash from the second floor to the first floor where my family stays. Fear takes over, pushes you further. Subconscious strength drove my legs to gather with the others—the safest place I can be. Suddenly, I stopped writing. I couldn’t see anything around me, all colors are unclear. A series of flashbacks from the last war on Gaza that were buried somewhere in my absent memory have reemerged. The sound of war planes is getting louder. The sirens of ambulances are still ringing. I wish I can move and bring some cotton to close my ears. This is the only time when I envy the deaf. “7 children are injured!” the announcer said. I felt as if somebody had thrown freezing water over my face so strongly that it sounded like a slap, though I remained unmoved and unconscious to it.

 


Living The Nightmare

I went into a very deep sleep out of my control. Silence was spread everywhere. It was as if I was choking in my dreams, there was smoke so thick and stifling. I wasn’t sure if it was real or merely a dream. Suddenly I started coughing, I couldn’t breathe. I couldn’t open my eyes, I still hadn’t realized what had just happened. Then I tried to pull myself together. I checked if I was ok; I was quite ok. I still couldn’t see, I couldn’t feel my body. Suddenly my hand touched something and then I screamed. Oh God, that was Ahmad, my four-year-old son, on my lap bleeding. I screamed with the loudest voice I could, “Please, help, please rescue my son.” He was bleeding a lot but nobody answered. People around were either dead or unconscious.

“Oh my other seven kids, where are they?” I said. I put Ahmad on the floor and went to search for them. I could barely see for the smoke. I found Ansam, my 2-week-old girl, she was crying with a throttled voice struggling to get out of her throat. I held her to my chest and continued searching for the other six who were not so far away. I was almost epileptic, crying, lots of bodies on the floor. Then I saw four of my sons in the corner looking silently and fearfully at one boy and girl lying face down on the floor. I stood for a while shocked in such fear that the sensations going through me were true, but then I thought that I should move quickly. Slowly and carefully I turned their bodies to the back. Yes, my feeling was right, that was my 8-year-old girl, Amal, and my 7-year-old son, Abdallah.

Amal was bleeding from her nose, ear, and head. She had some shrapnel in her head. The boy was bleeding from his thigh. I couldn’t bear it. I impulsively hugged my children and burst into tears. I didn’t know what to do. Then I went to bring my son Ahmad who was bleeding on my lap, I could see many dead bodies were under the rubble. I gathered my children around me; I was delirious but struggling to be strong for my kids. Ahmad was bleeding so much, and he seemed like he was dying. It wasn’t to be long afterwards that he would die in my arms. Amal and after that Abdallah opened their eyes, they were so scared of death. I hugged them and promised them that they wouldn’t die, I kept telling them to be patient. The ambulances will come soon, “Why are there no ambulances until now!” I screamed.

I wasn’t really conscious of what had happened. I asked myself “where is Abu-Mahmood, My husband?” Then I remembered exactly what had happened and a flashback sent the horror back through my head. Israeli soldiers executed my husband in front of us when he went out of the house putting his hands up just as one of the soldiers outside had ordered him to. The soldier had said, “the owner of the house must come out now!” He went out with his ID in one raised hand and his old Israeli driving license in the other. Then they killed him. And after that kids started shouting and crying begging the soldiers not to kill them, but they came inside and shot towards the kids randomly. It was then that Ahmad was injured in his chest, dying two days later despite struggling for life as the ambulances were not allowed to enter the area by the soldiers until the fourth day.

After that around 100 people from the same family including me and my kids gathered in a house which Israeli soldiers had forced us to enter. Once they’d herded us together like farm animals, the Zionist soldiers with no conscience and ice cold to the lives, love and history of our families inside, bombed the house that my kids and I were sheltering in with everyone else. It took only half an hour, but they were 30 minutes of indescribable hell with unending sorrow thereafter. Anyway, now I know why I had begun this deep, uncontrollable sleep.


Gaza Beach

The unsettled political situation, and the “crisis of borders,” the permission we must seek for every step we take– causes much stress among Palestinians. But despite our daily struggle, we always know how to create our smiles even though the smile in Palestine is hard to get. Therefore, we stick with everything that can help us find this pleasure.

Ask any Palestinian about his or her favorite place in Gaza, and the answer will likely be “the beach”. The sea is very special for Gaza citizens. It symbolizes escape– the only route possible to run away from reality and thus the only place where we can feel truly alive and free.

However, Huda Ghalia’s family discovered in the summer of 2006 that even the beach can be a dangerous place. This family went there to enjoy swimming and to ponder the beauty of nature. They never expected that their lives would end there, but they were the heroes of a disastrous tragedy. While sitting peacefully on a Gaza beach, an Israeli artillery shell exploded nearby.

Only Huda was the survivor of nine of her family members that day. She ran to her murdered father, shaking him and screaming “dad, wake up!” Without reason, they were killed. Huda’s family had no link with any militants nor had they shot rockets at Israel. Their only guilt was a desire of a little happiness. What excuse can explain what happened to them? Is Israel judged for that? The “international community” does nothing and Israeli crimes will never stop!

After that black day, Palestinians started fearing even the sea. They stopped going to their only escape from life for a long time. My own family stayed away from the beach that entire summer just like all other families.

However, we didn’t give up. Today, Gaza citizens continue to go to the sea even more than before. Every time I go to the beach with my family I find it more and more crowded, and it brings joy to my hearts. Nothing is more beautiful than seeing children flying kites and parents swimming with their children and throwing a ball to each other. It is the liveliest place in Gaza, especially in summer, and it will continue to be like this forever, in spite of the ongoing Israeli violence.

 


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