A Letter From a Child in Gaza
By Mahmoud El-Yousseph and Kareem
ccun.org, January 17, 2009
Twenty days after the Israeli assault on Gaza and after over 5000
civilian casualty between dead and injured[half of which woman and
Children], Israeli merciless and indiscriminate bombing continues as I
write this. Israeli Occupation Forces continue to refuse permission to
western news organizations into Gaza despite an order from Israeli
Supreme Court to do so. We are only getting one side of the story. That
is the Israeli side! This mass slaughter is done with the help of my
and your tax dollars, and with the total silence of our government. This
is war crime- plain and simple. It is time to take a moral stand. The
target is no longer Hamas or Jihad. It is rather the 1.5
million helpless and defenseless Palestinians who are living in a hell
hole called GAZA. They are being punished for electing a government that
Israel DOES NOT LIKE.
On January 11th, thousands pro
Israeli were celebrating this mass murder in New York city. They were
singing and dancing in the streets, and some were calling for wiping
Gaza from the face of the earth. The protesters also carried a sign that
read,"Islam is a death Cult". This is the very same group who falsely
accused Palestinian children celebrating 9/11 terrorist attack on our
I received this hear wrenching letter written by this
Palestinian child from Gaza via Germany. I read it with great pain and
acking heart. I did translated into English, unedited, unaltered with
the hope to share with your readers. I wish to impress upon you
the urgency of publishing this letter to show the human face of the
Here's the letter:
Greeting to all,
I am writing to you from Gaza? Do you
know where Gaza is located?
Gaza lies where Jesus Christ was born. That is why our country is
called the Holy Land.
But unfortunately, we have been living for many
months in a large camp. And we may no longer leave our camp. Our friends
and relatives in other couturiers are also not allowed to visit us.
Isn't that mean?
Lately, I am hungry all the time, and we have
no food. All the shops here are empty. No one can buy bread, milk,
cheese or candy. I have not seen chocolate for many months.
night, I must wear many layers of clothes because we have no heat.
It is freezing at night. We have no electricity for weeks. Also water
that we drink is not clean.
I am still very sad, because my best
friend Ali died two months ago. He could not get the proper medicine.
For the last few weeks, I could not go to sleep because of the
bombing. I am very scared. I have bad dreams at night. I always dream
about bad things; like corpses, blood, and bombs.
I hope Santa
has brought you many gifts this Christmas. I hoped in such way that I
could also get a toy. But unfortunately what we get here
were bombs and missiles.
On New Year's eve, we got shelled from
the sea, air, and the ground. Phosphorus bombs lit the sky. In the same
evening our house was hit by two rockets. My Grandfather whom I love
very much was severely injured. We could not take him to the
hospital. We were out of gasoline for a long time. We also could
not call the ambulance or the clinic, because the telephone lines were
destroyed. So, my grandfather had to die. And in such a way,
also many other people have died.
Since Christmas, we can no
longer play outside, since the Israeli soldiers shoot at children. Are
children also dangerous to the soldiers?
People say that
children are the future of their country. What is to become of
the Holy Land without future? All the children in Palestine would like
to be like you; laugh, play, and go to school. You are lucky you are
born in America! But is it my fault that I was born in Gaza?
Can you do something for me, so this war will come to an end? Please
don't leave me alone.
Write to me please, and tell me what all
you get for Christmas.
Many greetings from Gaza and Salam.
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