Dearest friends,

The last night was extreme. The “ground invasion” of Gaza resulted in scores and carloads with maimed, torn apart, bleeding, shivering, dying – all sorts of injured Palestinians, all ages, all civilians, all innocent.

The heroes in the ambulances and in all of Gaza’s hospitals are working 12-24 hour shifts, grey from fatigue and inhuman workloads (without payment all in Shifa for the last 4 months), they care, triage, try to understand the incomprehensible chaos of bodies, sizes, limbs, walking, not walking, breathing, not breathing, bleeding, not bleeding humans. HUMANS!

Now, once more treated like animals by “the most moral army in the world” (sic!).

My respect for the wounded is endless, in their contained determination in the midst of pain, agony and shock; my admiration for the staff and volunteers is endless, my closeness to the Palestinian “sumud” gives me strength, although in glimpses I just want to scream, hold someone tight, cry, smell the skin and hair of the warm child, covered in blood, protect ourselves in an endless embrace – but we cannot afford that, nor can they.

Ashy grey faces – Oh NO! Not one more load of tens of maimed and bleeding, we still have lakes of blood on the floor in the ER, piles of dripping, blood-soaked bandages to clear out – oh – the cleaners, everywhere, swiftly shovelling the blood and discarded tissues, hair, clothes,cannulas – the leftovers from death – all taken away … to be prepared again, to be repeated all over. More then 100 cases came to Shifa in the last 24 hrs. Enough for a large well trained hospital with everything, but here – almost nothing: no electricity, water, disposables, drugs, OR-tables, instruments, monitors – all rusted and as if taken from museums of yesterday’s hospitals. But they do not complain, these heroes. They get on with it, like warriors, head on, enormously resolute.

And as I write these words to you, alone, on a bed, my tears flow, the warm but useless tears of pain and grief, of anger and fear. This is not happening!

An then, just now, the orchestra of the Israeli war-machine starts its gruesome symphony again, just now: salvos of artillery from the navy boats just down on the shores, the roaring F16, the sickening drones (Arabic ‘Zennanis’, the hummers), and the cluttering Apaches. So much made in and paid by the US.

Mr. Obama – do you have a heart?

I invite you – spend one night – just one night – with us in Shifa. Disguised as a cleaner, maybe.

I am convinced, 100%, it would change history.

Nobody with a heart AND power could ever walk away from a night in Shifa without being determined to end the slaughter of the Palestinian people.

But the heartless and merciless have done their calculations and planned another “dahyia” onslaught on Gaza.

The rivers of blood will keep running the coming night. I can hear they have tuned their instruments of death.

Please. Do what you can. This, THIS cannot continue.

Mads Gilbert MD PhD
Professor and Clinical Head
Clinic of Emergency Medicine
University Hospital of North Norway







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27 replies on “Letter from Gaza by a Norwegian doctor”

    Sameer Sodhi
    July 21, 2014 at 11:02 am

    You don’t need to be a Muslim to stand up for Gaza but remember once everything clears, these very Hamas Muslims will come back to kill the infidels……

    jasmine moctar
    July 21, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Hmm!! What a life… Doctor you talking about MR. OBAMA having a heart, I don’t think so because one who will think that by killing innocent souls is a way of protection then there is no doubt he doesn’t have a heart.
    As for the ARABIC world I think is high time to take action against this Inhuman, you have the power to stop this since before it reached to this present state but you folded your hands like there is nothing going on…

      July 24, 2014 at 2:25 am

      I think it is obvious that the power running America is an unseen power. A satanic power that’s running its course but not evil deeds will be left unpunished….and it will be swift and just.

    July 21, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Allah will reward you and all those who are doing there best to help out. I feel so helpless that I can’t do anything but to make dua for them. It is indeed very sad.

      July 22, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      Aamiin ya Rab…

    July 21, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    SubhanaAllah! I feel like this is the beginning of end of the world. May Allah bring them peace.

    Abdul Majid Khan
    July 22, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Don’t under estimate the power of DUA. We have this blessed month of Ramadhan and we are in the best 10 days left of it, so during opening our fast and during the night prayers (tahajud) let us remember our brothers and sisters all around the world who are suffering so may Allah ease their sufferings and punish those who are the cause of all this. Amin

    July 22, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Dear Dr. Mads Gilbert you are a man of distinguished courage,and ability, we admire you for your brave deeds, we salute you all for your noble quaities. As I read this letter my heart’s scrumpled and a burst of tears flowing in my eyes. May Allah swt guide u all there. Keep u safe, may allah prolonged ur lives. And all dead muslims there in gaza may allah grant them janna. And all the stuff in shifa hospital u are the real heroes. I always prayed for y’all safety.♡

    Mohammed Jameel
    July 22, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    SUBHANALILLAH. .. Shame on arab governments who watch the genocide and do nothing while IsraHELL gets support from US govt!! And only western countries are protesting! Shame on the US President who supports this masacr

    Bigger shame on the Egypt govt SISI who close his border they don’t know d next target might be them!

    Shame on meeee that all I can do is write msgs and making dua!!!

    July 22, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    May ALLAh guide you to Islam

    July 22, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Subhanallah, it is sad, my heart bleeds.

    July 22, 2014 at 5:12 pm

    Human carnage!May Allaah(SWT)give the peace

    July 22, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    May Allah reward u sir n grant u hapiness. As for the infidels Allah is enough and swift in punishment.

    July 22, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    should stop the war immediately

    akinpelu rasheed
    July 22, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    The united nation is also watching how the palestine people are being massacred,humiliated their lives are not save on their land.the whole world should come their aid they need help instead of this US is telling Iran to surrender their weapon of mass destruction why Obama can not intevene on this (hypocrite).

    July 22, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    Its very sad! People are dying everyday in Gaza but mr obama is looking as if there is nothing happen. May Allah guards all muslim and make them overcome their enemy…… Shame on AMERICA AND ISREAL

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    maryam ismail
    July 22, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Ya Allah on You we put our trust,help our brothers nd sisters.isreal ND Obama shame on you.

    July 22, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Ya Allah, lord of the worlds revealer of the qurann.
    Ya Allah defeat the
    yahudi/israel, defeat them. And protect us against them.

    July 22, 2014 at 8:22 pm


    If you truly have democratic not autocratic government you may free gaza! Free palestine! Because you should allow them to practise what should be done! A cowardly act to kill people with oppressive strenght.let palestine armm with weapons to match the israelist one on one.

    July 22, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Dear Brothers and Sister, Allah will continue to allow these things to happen to the Islamic Umma We have to change as a community. People from the East are running from Islam and people of the West are running to Islam. Muslims have become Westerners Men and Women have strayed Women wearing hajib, but have tight pants on showing everything. Men are using women, drugs sex allah isn’t going to bless us unyil we become one Umma and start loving each other

    Shanawaz Khan
    July 22, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    I pray for you ,i feel such pain
    O Allah plz help the people of Gaza

    July 23, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Allah is sufficient for us. He is the best disposer of affairs.
    Allah is sufficient for us. He is the best disposer of affairs.

    Oh Magnificent, oh Honoured One,
    Oh Magnificent, oh Honoured One,
    Oh Allah, Save the Muslims of Gaza,
    Oh Allah, Save the Muslims of Gaza,
    Oh Allah!!!

    Oh Allah, be a Guardian and Helper for them,
    Oh Allah, Our Lord, strong are those who are near to You, Glorious is Your Praise and sanctified are Your Names,

    Oh Allah no one can abolish Your command and no one can defeat Your army. Praise and glory to You,
    Oh Allah, to You the Jews (those who are inhuman) are evil doers,

    Oh Allah, Revealer of the Book, Mover of the clouds, Defeater of the armies,
    Crush them down and shatter them,

    Oh Allah show us in them signs of Your might,
    Murderers of the messengers and prophets, the tyrants of the innocents,

    Oh Allah, free the Muslims of Gaza,
    Oh Magnificent, oh Honoured One,

    Oh Allah loosen their chains, Heal their sickness and uncover their torture,
    Oh Allah replace their fear with safety,

    Oh Magnificent, oh Honoured One,
    Oh Allah strengthen Islam and the muslimeen,
    Lower shirk and mushrikeen (those who associate partners with you),
    Destroy the enemies of the religion and protect the territories of Islam, and unite the words of the Muslims in truth, oh Lord of the worlds,

    Oh Allah, save the weak and powerless of the muslimeen everywhere,

    Oh Allah, improve the situation of the muslimeen in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Kashmir, Somalia, Burma, Bosnia, China, Sudan, Bangladesh and everywhere,

    Oh Allah, unite their their hearts together,
    Guide them on the paths of peace,
    And lead them from darkness into light,
    Oh Magnificent, Oh Honoured One,

    Oh Allah, Our Lord, condemn us not if we forget or fall into error,
    Oh Allah, Our Lord, lay not on us a burden like that which Thou didst lay on those before us,
    Oh Allah, Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear,
    Pardon us, absolve us and have mercy on us, Thou, our Protector, and give us victory over the disbelieving folk,
    Oh Magnificent, oh Honoured One,


    Make Dua for those suffering in Gaza/Palestine, and pray for them and all the Muslims and all the poor and needy as this is more beneficial!

    Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said dua is the “Weapon for believers.” Allah accepts the Du’a of a fasting person.

    Abdulrahman yerkooboo aremerd
    July 23, 2014 at 4:01 am

    Ya Allahu ya rahman….u re d only 1 dat u can free our bros nd 6terz in GAZA nd all over d world….ya Allah save muslim ummah in GAZA nd world wide #amin_ya_Allah

    July 23, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    really it is shame to all Muslim countries to look such horrible genocide in GAZA during the holy month of remedan, I have no enough words to explain this genocide on people of Gaza and infect not only Muslims but the whole to human kind, humanity totally is lost in this world we live.
    we need to stand for humanity in all countries of this worsened world!!!!!!

    July 23, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Now, we realized that the united nation was designated to destroy the muslims nations. May Allah punish u!!!

    July 23, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Alhamdulillah, there are a lot of martyrs heading to jannah, lot of sin being forgiven for our brothers and sisters. There is nothing this yahuudis or Zionists can do to harm us. If they persecute us, Allah will forgive our sins and if they kill us, we go to jannah. The work of the disbelievers is ever weak.

    September 5, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Great work !!