First I want to thank everyone for all of the concerned e-mails. I am well, great. I apologize for not writing more frequently, but in the army it is like this. We don't have time for anything.
I know that all are already tired to hear about what happened in Gaza this week, but as I heard a lot of foolishness about this,I decided to tell you my version of the story. I don't want them to think that some peaceful activists or something of the sort were aboard that ship. I continue to be the same truthful person as ever. But since I was part of that episode, I cannot abstain from speaking the truth and the facts.
I WAS THERE! NOBODY TOLD ME. I DIDN'T READ IT IN THE NEWSPAPER. I DIDN'T SEE PICTURES ON THE INTERNET OR
VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE. I LIVED EVERYTHING AS IT REALLY WAS, LIVE AND IN LIVING COLOR.
As you all know, I am serving with doctors in emergency medicine in the Israeli Defense Force trauma department. That means: medicine in the field.
04:30h in the morning Monday: my army telephone begins to ring. Possible conflict in Gaza? Request for help of the medical department, to guarantee that there wouldn't be a lack of doctors.
My order: to get ready quickly and to bring supplies; the helicopter will come for me on the base.
En route, they explain to me the situation. There is a UN ship trying to break the blockade of Gaza. I read all of the registrations supplied by army intelligence (even to understand the size of the situation). The ship approached the coast on the way to Gaza. The agreement between Israel and the UN is that ALL of the boats should be inspected in the port of Ashdod in Israel and all of the supplies should be transported by OUR army to Gaza. That is because STILL TODAY, about 14 missiles from Gaza are being fired daily against Israel. And we cannot allow more armament and material for the construction of bombs to be sent to Hamas,the terrorist group that controls Gaza. In this way, we are avoiding a new war. At least for the time being.
The ship refused to stop. They said that they would only deliver the load IN Gaza.
Because of this, before a ship with 95% innocent if misguided civilians on board, (the other ones 5% are activists of groups terrorist allies to Hamas, that schemed that whole confusion) Israel decided to offer to the commanders of the ship that it be stopped for inspection on the high seas. We would order soldiers to inspect the ship and if there were no armaments, they could proceed to Gaza.
THAT WAS AN ATTITUDE EXTREMELY PACIFIST OF OUR ARMY, WITH RESPECT TO THE CIVILIANS THAT WERE ON THE SHIP.
AND, IF THERE WERE NO ARMAMENTS ON THE SHIP, WHAT IS THE PROBLEM THAT IT BE INSPECTED?
05:00h - My arrival in Gaza. Exactly when the soldiers were entering the boats. AND THEY WERE ATTACKED GRATUITOUSLY: they had their weapons stolen, they were beaten and stabbed. More soldiers were sent, this time to control the conflict. About 50 people were wrapped up in the conflict, 9 died. Those that died were they who tried to kill our soldiers, not civil UN pacifists, but terrorist militants that commanded the group. All the others - 22 wounded among the crew members of the ship, they were ASSISTED AND RESCUED BY US, ME AND MY TEAM ARE SENT TO THE BEST HOSPITALS IN ISRAEL.
Among us, 9 wounded. Shots, stabs and beating. One of them is still in a critical state after a concussion and 6 shots in the trunk. Boys between 18 and 22 years, that had orders to inspect a UN ship and NOT to hurt anybody. And they had NO intention of doing so. Israel didn't shoot either the first, nor the second shot. We were punished by trusting the pacifist attitudes of the UN. If we knew the intention of the group, we would never have our youths practically disarmed going aboard the ship. They would have been attacked by the sea. Otherwise all those that still lift their voices against Israel would be on the bottom of the sea.
After assisting our soldiers, I joined the other part of our team that was already taking care of the crew members. Even with bracelets saying DOCTOR in four languages (English, Turkish, Arabic and Hebrew) and stethoscopes around the neck, they still tried to attack US. One of them spit in the face of our surgeon. And another gave a punch to the nurse that tried to medicate him.
BESIDES AGGRESSORS, THEY ARE ALSO INGRATES.
I worked for the six following hours assisting only crew members of the ship. The whole medical supply and help were offered by Israel.
After the end of the confusion the ship was inspected finally.
IT WAS FULL OF COLD STEEL. IT WAS MATERIAL FOR THE MAKING OF HOME-MADE BOMBS.
WHERE IS THAT PACIFISM OF THE UN???
On Tuesday, I went to visit not only our soldiers, but also the wounded of the ship. That is the politics that Israel tries to maintain: we didn't kill civilians as the Arab terrorists do. We didn't refuse to send help to Gaza. We don't want more war.
BUT WE WILL NEVER ALLOW THAT THEY KILL OUR SOLDIERS.
Only stupid millionaires that find it beautiful to be a missionary of the UN do not understand that war is not a place for civilians to put themselves. There was a baby on the boat (that was left unhurt, obviously): how can anybody explain a mother who puts a baby in a ship on the way to a war zone? Where do they want to arrive with him or her?
THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT THEY WERE USED AS TOOLS AGAINST ISRAEL, AND THAT THE INTENTION NEVER WAS TO SEND HELP TO THE GAZANS AND YES TO GENERATE CONTROVERSY AND TO CREATE STILL MORE INTERNATIONAL OPPOSITION. AND THEY CONTINUE WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING THAT TO GIVE FORCE TO THE TERRORISM OF HAMAS, OF HEZBOLLAH OR OF IRAN ONLY MEANS MORE DANGER. NOT ONLY TO ISRAEL, BUT TO THE WHOLE WORLD.
Don't understand me badly. I don't think all the Arabs are terrorists.
BUT I KNOW THAT WHO CONTROLS THEM TODAY ARE TERRORISTS. And that this war is not only against Israel.
Militant Islam nails the EXTERMINATION of everyone not Arabic. We are only the first on the blacklist.
Please direct this e-mail to they that still don't understand that war is war and that the terrorists are not victims.
A** (A female medic of the IDF)
This is a translation from the original language, it has not been changed in an effort to preserve the emotional impact.