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Palestine: Bloggers in Gaza describe the fear

Against all odds, there are still blog posts coming out of Gaza, and bloggers are vividly describing the fear they are filled with in the face of ongoing Israeli attacks.

Exiled says he is no hero:

على قيد الحياة ولكني لست بخير
وقد اكون في اي لحظة على قيد الموت لاكون بخير
فالاموات وحدهم آمنون في غزة

تركت شقتي وذهبت انا وزوجتي الى بيت العائلة،ليس بحثا عن مكانا آمناً من القصف
احب ان اكون بجانب امي في هذه الاحوال

لست بطلا،كابن اخي الصغير ارتعش من الصوت المعدني المتفجر في الهواء القريب
ولكني اكبت رعشتي خجلا،فلست بطلا

I am still alive, but not OK.
And at any moment I may be within sight of death, and will be OK.
Only the dead are safe in Gaza.
I left my flat and my wife and I went to the family home, but not searching for a safe place from the bombing.
I want to be next to my mother in such circumstances.
I am not a hero; like my young nephew I am trembling from the explosive metal sound in the air nearby.
But I hold back my trembling in embarrassment; I am not a hero.

Laila El-Haddad, who blogs at Raising Yousuf and Noor, is in touch with her parents in Gaza:

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.

Another Gazan blogger, Dr. Mona El-Farra is currently in the UK, and is watching what is happening in despair:

With an aching heart I continue to watch Gaza from a distance. I cannot turn the TV off, cannot detach myself from what is going on there. Not while my medical colleagues work hard under such extraordinarily circumstances. Not while my friends, my family, and the whole population of Gaza face such horrible atrocities and constant fear. The nightmare isn’t over.

Canadian human rights activist Eva Bartlett, who blogs at In Gaza, describes how she is trying to cope:

How to explain this feeling? I am physically numb to the explosions, not that I am in any way brave, but just physically unaffected. This is useful, it allows me to continue to write, to photograph, to speak. But it is my rational side which is continuing these things. Alberto, a Spanish journalist sitting next to me, helps me to recall that last night I told him: “I’m so focused on conveying the eyewitness account that I’m not thinking about danger.”

[…]

It’s nearly impossible to finish this entry…still more explosions are erupting every few minutes: a car in Al Bureijj camp, central Gaza, another hit in the Zaytoun residential area of Gaza City, another in the north… This time, it is not the electricity that prevents me from writing, nor certainly not want of words or information. It is that the appalling bombing at close range that Israel is unleashing on us here in Gaza, since just after 11 am on December 27th continues at full speed, full strength, despite over 300 dead and over 800 injured, by conservative estimates (1000 by other estimates), not including the victims and casualties from the latest and ongoing attacks. The outside world rightfully wants to know what is going on in Gaza, and I too want to know, even though I am here. Gaza has become isolated areas, where people are trapped in their homes for fear of being out on the streets. And, as it turns out, even homes are not safe. There is no where safe in Gaza. Any place can be a target. Any target can be justified as being a planned target or being closed to a planned target.

In a later post, she simply says:

For now…i prepare for no electricity, no internet, and the worst
i’m praying that you will do your part outside Gaza to end this horror
7 more killed, 10s wounded in latest attack in north of gaza

22 comments

  • A. Kreupeling

    In Holland, during World War II, atrocities and bombardments resulted in many Germans being treated as “personae non grata” for more than one generation.
    Any reasoning by Israel, to justify the present atrocities in Gaza, will not pacify those who see and/or live through this holocaust. Long term, more severe reactions than ever before, must be expected by Israelis in the years to come.
    Israel should have learned over the past 2000 years that 1 eye for 100 eyes does not bring peace.

  • João Sérgio

    Have you seen the Brazilian magazine who plagiarized this article?

    http://veja.abril.com.br/noticia/internacional/blogueiros-narram-drama-guerra-gaza-412249.shtml

  • Feniz Edgar

    THe “biggest” brazilian magazine has copy and paste this article!

    VEJA = FOX NEWS

    BE AWARE!

  • […] No dia 29 de dezembro, Aysesha Saldanha escreveu uma reportagem sobre blogs palestinos descrevendo o clima em Gaza. (clique aqui) […]

  • Amir

    Show us what is actually unfolding!.

    If people could see via a webcam or lots of pictures what is actually happening in Gaza ,the tide of public opinion will force the Israelies to stop the atrocities within a few days.

    We are all prevented by our own thinking ,talking and media discussion from actually seeing what is there. To see the explosions ,the destruction , misery and death inflicted on human beings is enough to change the heart . We or the politicians will not be able to hide behind a wall of thoughts and words.

    So let us get a few webcams to continiously show the world what is going on. Link them to any website / news agency which would show them .Send I-reports to CNN etc ,upload the pictures on Utube. People are touched by what they actually see and will protest. A quarter of a million people demonstrating in a few European and American capital cities will force the Israelies and their supporters to retreat within a couple of days.

  • […] escrito pela jornalista e tradutora Ayesha Saldanha, indiana que realizou um belíssimo trabalho de compilação de matérias de blogues palestinos. Como as transmissões televisivas e mesmo a entrada de jornalistas na Faixa de Gaza é impedida […]

  • sao

    Sorry to say, now let us talk to God directly if we may and found out who is the speaker of peace.

    Let put Ehud Elmud, or whoever is the prime minister of Israel or his foreign minister in a stadium and so everybody can see.

    Let him stand there and we the people of believers of God put into the stadium a fierce lion, and a tiger and see whether these animal eat them alive, or whether he can fight the will of nature.

    If God says he must go because he had lied to the world about GAZA and Palestinians, he must go and die, or if he was right the nothing would happen to him

    It worth a try this method as your cellphones cannot reach GOD for help.

  • […] No dia 29 de dezembro, Aysesha Saldanha escreveu uma reportagem sobre blogs palestinos descrevendo o clima em Gaza. (clique aqui) […]

  • […] Ayesha Saldanha traduz trechos de alguns blogs aqui. […]

  • […] e tradutora de origem indiana, Ayesha Saldanha, disponibilizou, no Global Voices, um post (leia aqui, em inglês) onde publicava alguns recortes de depoimentos de blogueiros oriundos da Faixa de […]

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