Letter from Gaza by a Norwegian Doctor.

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Dr. Mads Gilbert (photo Anneli Salo, wikimedia).

Dr. Mads Gilbert (photo Anneli Salo, wikimedia).

Mads Gilbert, the Norwegian doctor many will recognise from reports at Shifa hospital in Gaza, has written an open letter from the horror of his situation to Obama.


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

See more at: Middle East Monitor.


  1. For Obama these people are animals, he doesn’t not will he ever, care about what he is doing. The US is one scary country.

  2. Here are the words of a professional human, speaking with dignity and truth from the hell of Gaza. We must all do more. Will speak to my supermarket manager today about Israeli herbs on his shelves.

    1. lol , you made me laugh , are u serious ? ? ? . you truly believe that isreal sends warning messages before attacking terrorist targets advising civilians to leave !§ are u kidding me ? their target is kids and women from the first time ,maybe you should change your resources , and be opened more in too many diffrenet resources to know what is really happened , they are just mocking you , and making you believe that isreal is the good one , do you really think that palestinian will risl their life just of a stupid game , ?,????? palestine will be always for the arabs, and isreal does not even exist

    1. lol , yeah just tell that to everyone who come and tell you the truth , convince yourself that he is a nazi , mock urself in this way , u aint go nowhere

  3. Israel are more or less sponsored by the US. they’re paying for the bombs they’re dropping so I have fuck all hope of them particularly caring

  4. They will take aim for him next, along with his hospital because they can get away with it.

  5. Haim are you without shame or humanity? Or is that you have become a brainwashed fanatic?

  6. I am an Israeli. I will stay Israeli and you and the fucking Hamas will go to hell soon. Are you a Christians? Did you know what Muslims doing to your church and to the Christian in Arab countries?
    You idiot and you will get the terror in your home Your children will die in bomb in school. You will ask how can it be?? And I will say. I told you so
    Hahaha. Fucking idiot with no knowledge

    1. hahaha , lets think about it a little bit more , have you even think that maybe its you who are stupid and without nowledge , how would you know what is happining between muslims and christians , well guess what they are living in peace , and even all jews who are living in muslims countries are living in peace and harmony , have you ever even went out of isreal to a muslim country to see what is really happining , ??? i told you , they are washing your brain , your not smart enough to search and get out of your spot to know the truth , or you dont have guats to do it ? , muslims will never kill children and will never bomb schools , but its you guys who are doing it , you can take a risk and go to Gaza for only one day , or even 1 hour , and everything will come to you clearly , you re looking to the wrong side , its not because of religions , we’re all humans , and this doctors did not even talk about religions , he is just saying and expressing his own view , and look at your reaction ? ; if you know that your right , why would you say all that stupid stuffs , MAY GOD HELP YOU ALL TO SEE THE TRUTH

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