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Gaza Night: A series of Horror

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Sleeping in Gaza becomes a prosperity due to the continuous Israeli raids day and night from air, sea and ground.

Sleeping becomes our last priority we would care about because death is everywhere.  At home we are counting our last minutes and expecting any moment a strike would hit our house or our neighbors house.

Actually the Israeli war machine does not just attack a heap of rocks but it attacks your live warm memories, sad and happy moments. Every corner of the house speaks about your adventures, quarrels with your siblings.

Every night in Gaza is not like the previous. Night in Gaza is very horrible, frightening . We pray not to see the night coz when it falls down, the series of horror begins.

Gaza night wears black mourning the lives of hundreds that have been lost and sad for witnessing the destruction and damage on the ground.

At night, We gather all stories to tell.

At night listening silently to the radio talking about the places that have been bombed, number of martyrs and injures then a pause for national songs that change a little bit the surrounding mood of sadness and fear.

 When I fell asleep after a relentless night of horror, I wake up on a nightmare. Again boom.. boom… bombings follow me in my dreams.

At night when the whole area is out of electricity, I use a charger to light up my room. My mum says to me, “Don’t light up your room when you are alone coz the drones can notice the light.” I don’t blame her, she’s a mother. And she tells my brothers not to walk in the middle of the street to not be an easy target for Israeli drones.

My little sister wondering, “Israel does not get tired of bombing and murdering. We get tired. I want to sleep one night deeply.”

However, The most dreadful thing as a Palestinian living under attack is to wake up and you become alone.

Alaa Salama
About Alaa Salama

Alaa Salama, 24, is blogger from Gaza. She studied at Al Aqsa University and is a PSCABI member and human rights advocate. Follow her on Twitter at @alaaactivist

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  1. marc b.
    marc b. on August 22, 2014, 12:22 pm

    Protective Edge is mass torture. Just like enhanced interrogation, the victim cannot rest, collect his/her thoughts, until terror saturates every corner, even sleep.

  2. annie
    annie on August 22, 2014, 12:27 pm

    Gaza night wears black mourning the lives of hundreds that have been lost and sad for witnessing the destruction and damage on the ground.

    At night, We gather all stories to tell.

    Alaa is a talented poet

    • just
      just on August 22, 2014, 4:23 pm

      Yes, she is.

      These stories need telling, and I thank you, Alaa.

      “The most dreadful thing as a Palestinian living under attack is to wake up and you become alone.”

      How very, very sad.

  3. Kay24
    Kay24 on August 22, 2014, 1:22 pm

    Such a terrible plight, and endless suffering. It seem Israelis are indifferent to the suffering, and are still blood thirsty.
    A recent poll shows the majority still support this massacre.

  4. Citizen
    Citizen on August 23, 2014, 7:03 am

    Looks like the formula is here: one IDF soldier is worth more than 1,000 Palestinians:
    Such a deal!

    • marc b.
      marc b. on August 23, 2014, 12:22 pm

      Ahmad, from Khuza’a, near the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis, was just 16 years old when he was taken from his family on July 23. He was forced at gunpoint to search for tunnels for five days, during which time he was interrogated, verbally and physically abused, and deprived of food and sleep. Ahmad told DCI-Palestine in a sworn testimony that Israeli soldiers attempted both to extract information from him regarding Hamas members, and recruit him as an informant, before releasing him on July 27.

      Yup, citizen. Zionist morality.

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