Praying

There's going to be a demonstration today in The Green Square. I got an email from the US Embassy warning all US citizens to avoid being in the area. I asked Mustafa if I could go and he said 'No!' - he outweighs the embassy I'm afraid. Had he said yes, I would have gone despite the warning from the embassy.

I think what is happening in Lebanon is appalling - what is worse is the US government's stand on the subject. But at the same time I am not glued to the TV watching the massacre of innocent people (including children). I must admit that I cannot bear to watch it.

On the other hand, my husband has become a sofa warrior. He's been watching the events unfold in our living room. He's not in a good mood, crabbing and complaining about everything. All his watching of the news is not accomplishing anything. He sits for hours in the same spot, staring at the TV screen, holding the remote control tightly in his hand.

Last night I took Sara to visit my mother in law. My sister in laws were all sitting downstairs in the garden drinking tea as usual. 'Where's Mustafa?' my mother in law asked. 'We haven't seen him in ages.' 'He's glued to the TV.' I replied. My sister in laws wanted to know what was on TV that was so interesting. When I said he was watching the events unfold in Lebanon they only vaguely had an idea what I was talking about. In their sheltered world of gossip, kids and household chores they are oblivious to what happens in the world around them.

There is not much more I can do but pray!

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  1. Well, we have watched less of CNN & more of Al Jazeera although we had to endure listening to the translation from Arabic to our mother tongue. We need to listen to both sides. I do pity the lebanese. I feel for them. I can't bare looking at the pics forwarded to me by a friend of mine. It was horrible, atrocious.

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  2. we all share in your prayers. I cant believe the lack of progress humans have made. Its 2006 and yes we have advanced technologically but as for being humans we are as evil as we have ever been.

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  3. i am taking my kids (5&7 years) with me tomorrow to Hands off Lebanon demonstration in central London, usually a lot of families attend this type of demos, there is not much we can do exept at least protest and pray.

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  4. I heard about the demo by text message . I wanted to go as well, but my cousins are not coming if Mustafa had not said no I'd come with you Khadija !

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  5. my prayers are with the people there in Lebanon and palestine.. and i`m so mad because of the political response (especially from the arab leaders).. i always believed that what bosh and his gang say or do is always against the American people will .. may god help the innocents..i`m praying for the victims and their families..

    Dania`s mother
    Rima

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  6. Never mind, even just a prayer is good, too. Important is for a human being to take his/her stand.

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  7. My heart and prayers go out to every innocent living human being! No offense to anyone, however, we all have our opinions on the political side, and I wonder how many opinions are based on facts concerning US? There are always 2 sides to every story; the news, senate, congress. How much is really based on facts regarding "HEZBOLLAH"...or what is written blaming Bush. Although we voted for Bush, we do not always agree with him. GOD HELP US ALL!

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  8. I agree. It is too bad they are using American money to do this stuff.

    And we wonder why they hate us? If I was there I would have gone. My problem is that people always think I am FBI, CIA or whathave you.

    Have they never seen a blond haired blue eyed Muslim? Yes, I speak Arabic, but not because the government taught me, but because I am married to an Arab.

    My prayers are with the people of Lebanon and Palestine.

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  9. this is an email sent by an English woman to BBC online:

    Added: Wednesday, 26 July, 2006, 11:46 GMT 12:46 UK

    The British Board of Jewish Deputies give full backing to Israel. These are the same people who always bang on about the Holocaust. Never again will I watch a Holocaust documentary, play, movie or TV special produced by Zionists Jews who clearly have no regard for the life of anyone that isnt Jewish! You people demand sympathy, yet commit genocide? Shame on you and shame on those politicians who are too gutless to stand up to you.

    Samantha, Ealing

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  10. Why did this all happen ? It's easy to explain: The US governement was disappointed in the Lebanese government which they helped to establish and therefore they could not intervene the way they usually do, that's why they gave card blanche to Israel to wear the lebanese people down and get rid of the government. Isn't it ironic that when the UN suggested sanctions on Israel the US vetoed it. Sometimes I am getting really scared about all that. Just to prevent any misunderstandings.. no I am not Anti jewish anti semite (which I can't be by definition 'cause arabs are semites, too. ) I just take a stand against discrimination and ruthlessness practiced by governments. My prayers go out to the lebanese people.

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