Today I went to Al Najjah Hospital in Nablus to visit some wounded from Gaza. Two I can not speak about yet.
The one I can tell you about is a young 11 year old boy named Mousa. First I met his mother. She told me that her family had moved from their neighborhood of Majaza to Zowaida for safety. Mousa was in the house playing when his older cousin whom he looks up to said he was going to the store. Mousa went with him to buy bread.
An F16 blasts an area a little ahead of where Mousa and his cousin were and shrapnel from the rocket cut his intestines, his kidneys among other vitals. They rushed him to the hospital where not much could be done for him and he was losing a vast amount of blood. Eventually it was agreed via the West Bank hospitals, third parties etc that he would be allowed access via ambulance from Gaza to the West Bank.
Since Israel has a history of blowing up ambulances and since they were flying F16s near the crossing/border with 48 territories, the ambulances were so scared to move they waited until there were 8 ambulances lined up in order for them to move like a safety barrier. His mother cried as she told me of his five siblings who are ages 13, 10, 9, 5 1/2 and 3. She said when she calls home all they cheerfully ask her “Mama, when are you and Mousa coming home”?
I asked if I could go and see Mousa. Since he was in ICU the doctors told me it could be dangerous because of the many infections he has. I told them I would risk it. He has been unconscious since the incident, last Wednesday. He is on a life support machine.
As I entered the room and saw his little body attached to numerous machines I wanted to grab him and hug him and cry and say sorry….. instead I collected myself and I said (in Arabic) “Hi Mousa, my name is Nancy Mansour, I am from Haifa and I want to take a picture of you. If you smile for me I will take you to Haifa one day after you wake up”…..I swear to God, with that his eyes half opened (As you can see in the picture below) and his mother started crying joy.
I am going to stay in touch and update you on his story.
I am going to pray everyday that he wakes up and makes it out of this.
I am going to pray everyday that at the VERY LEAST Israel is held accountable for every Palestinian child they have murdered in cold blood.