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Letter from Gaza (Translated from Arabic)

Asaalam Alykum,

My dear sisters and brothers I wanted to take this opportunity to send you a message from the sisters in Gaza. Please hear our situation and tell everyone that you know and dont know.

Our situation is dire but our eman is strong alhamdulillah, even though we have no water to speak of, and when we do it is polluted and we have no money to buy mineral water. When we find the money those that sell it say that it is too dangerous for them to travel out to get new supplies. We have no gas, and have not had for the last four months. We cook the little food we have on real fires that we have learned to prepare.

Our men have lost all of their jobs. They spend their days at home now. My husband can spend a day just going from place to place just for the basic need of water. He usually returns empty handed. There are no schools, no banks, hardly any hospitals open. You are constantly aware that you risk your life when you go out and when you are indoors. They give us a curfew between 1-4pm. We can go out, they say, in safety to get your supplies, but that is a lie. They have ofetn used that opportnity to add more shuhada to their list.

We eat one day rice and one day bread. Meat and milk are a luxury. They are using chemical warfare in the areas which are on the borders.

All this and we are being told that people demonstrate all over the world. Masha Allah. the fact that you go to embassies and leave your homes makes us feel truely that we are not alone in our struggle.

But you go home at night and lock your door. We cannot do that. I have to leave my home on the second floor every night and stay with my sister on the ground floor. Should there be an attack, it’s quicker to leave from the ground floor.

Yes we are tired. When we hear rockets and bombs and see planes that fly too close to our building, I scream with my young son and my husband feels helpless.

In all this there is no one but Allah (swt) that can save us. But the ummah is asking where are the armies, where is the victory. Dont forget us because you are all that we have now. Your kind sadeqat is not reaching us, and when they open borders it only reaches a few. Keep up the work of Allah and pray that th victory will come soon insha Allah.

Ws.

Your sister umm Taqi.

Israel bombs the Rafah crossing as it wants to stop weapons smuggling… who’s going to stop the US from providing weapons to Israel?

The Israelis claim that they will continue to bomb the life out of Gaza until Hamas is weakened and the tunnels that are used to smuggle weapons from Egypt into Gaza are closed off.

Will someone please ask the Israelis why they should be armed by the US while Hamas isn’t allowed to arm itself when it is Israel that broke the ceasefire and it is Israel that put Gaza under seige and it is Israel that is the occupying power that has oppressed the people of Gaza for so long?

The Americans are standing shoulder to shoulder with the Israelis, defending its actions. They have got to be amongst the most naive (at best) and amongst the most wicked and evil of people second only to the Israeli zionists.

Israel attacks Gaza but still no condemnation.

There is no internationally agreed upon definition of terrorism. I suppose the ambiguity gives politicians a carte blanche to label anyone as the enemy. But here are a couple of definitions of terrorism:

Terrorism: the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion.

Terrorism: the calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature

The Israeli attacks in Gaza on Saturday 27th December were calculated and violent; they targeted unarmed civilians and were political in nature. The Israelis are hoping to use this latest operation in Gaza as a means of coercion against Hamas. By this rationale, it’s pretty safe to say that the Israeli strikes on Gaza which have killed 225 people so far and injured 700 is nothing short of a terrorist attack.

The Israelis are unhappy with the Hamas leadership even though the people of Gaza elected them into power. They say it’s to retaliate against Hamas rocket attacks, but there’s no mention of the fact that Hamas fires rockets into Israel as a means of retaliation against an illegal occupation and brutal oppression of its people.

Terrorism has been a hot topic for a while and every Tom, Dick and Harry has been coming out with condemnation of it. It’s amazing how muted people can be when it comes to terrorist aggression against the Muslim world.

Benjamin Netanyahu said in his book International Terrorism:

‘I cannot agree that a terrorist can ever be an idealist, or that the objects sought can ever justify terrorism. The impact of terrorism, not merely on individual nations, but on humanity as a whole, is intrinsically evil, necessarily evil and wholly evil.’

Mr. Netanyahu: Will you condemn your current government for its actions in Gaza?

Barak Obama said in his speech on 20th Nov 2006:

‘In an interconnected world, the defeat of international terrorism – and most importantly, the prevention of these terrorist organizations from obtaining weapons of mass destruction — will require the cooperation of many nations. We must always reserve the right to strike unilaterally at terrorists wherever they may exist.’

Mr. Obama: Israel obtains its weapons from your government. Will you vow to stop this?
Alan Keyes said in his speech in April 2002:

‘Every leader, and every regime, and every movement, and every organization that steps across the line to terrorism must be banished from the discourse of civilized human life.’
Mr Keyes: the Israeli government presented you with an award for your integrity in journalism. Will you now report from the Gazan perspective?
Rudy Giuliani said:
‘We can’t accommodate terrorism. When someone uses the slaughter of innocent people to advance a so-called political cause, at that point the political cause becomes immoral and unjust and they should be eliminated from any serious discussion, any serious debate.’
Mr. Giuliani: Will you now lobby your government from eliminating the state of Israel from any serious discussion or debate?

Will the readers of this post condemn the attacks and lobby widespread support for recognising Israel as a terrorist state?