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July 31st, 2014
10:08 AM ET

Palestinian teen describes life under attack

Carol speaks with 16-year old Gaza resident, Farah Baker, who describes the terror she lives with on a daily basis. A survivor of three wars, Farah says, "This is the first war for me to feel unsafe because in the past two wars I was sure that I won’t be bombed because I'm an innocent I, all the time feel unsafe because I can be bombed any moment."

Questioned further, Farah shares more about her daily life, "Actually the power is cut off most of the time and that night the only light we could see was the flares, and the only sound we could hear was ambulances, fire engines, F-16s, rockets falling – they were falling, they were falling like heavy rain of January. That was the most awful night. I was kind of sure that I would die."

Note: Carol will have an Israeli civilian on later in the program to discuss daily life in Israel.

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  1. Abdulaziz Mohammed


    July 31, 2014 at 2:49 pm |
  2. Layla USA, Michigan

    I'm willing to bet CNN shows more empathy over the 3 killed Israelis, over the THOUSANDS OF WOMEN & CHILDREN KILLED AND WOUNDED. 2014 Palestine Holocaust will be branded into world history. Even though the media will try to discredit it. THOUSANDS dead cannot go unpunished, let alone forgotten!

    July 31, 2014 at 4:06 pm |
  3. vollyrocks

    This girl is 16 years old. How stupid can you be to ask her about national politics? She is obviously fearing for her life. She is a modern day Anne Frank. Stop war now!

    July 31, 2014 at 6:14 pm |
  4. maln

    I am a citizen of Israel and I belong to the leftist (Labor) party known for its moderation, and consistent efforts to push for a cease to the violence, negotiations, and even some concessions to the Palestinians. We are constantly pushing for a solution that will ultimately lead to the peace process.

    Currently there is a worldwide outcry regarding the poor conditions and suffering caused to the residents of Gaza. Did you ever bother to ask yourself why they are living in these horrible conditions? The Palestinian residents of Gaza live under the iron fist of Hamas.Hamas is not a legitimate government. They are a Terrorist organization, and they specialize in terrorizing their own population. Did you happen to research the Hamas training camps for kids as young as 5 years old. It is not uncommon to see these young kids armed with AK-47's, pistols, and even suicide vests. Let's also not forget about their placing of rockets, ammunition, and other various weapons caches, in areas heavily populated by citizens in order to cause as many fatalities and casualties as possible when the caches are destroyed; so that they can feed their propaganda machine. They are killing their own citizens. Where is the outcry?

    Underneath Gaza there are countless tunnels running up and down the entire strip leading directly into Israel. These Tunnels are packed with weapons caches and ammunition, they lead to areas populated by civilians in order to attack and terrorize the population, and to destroy the Jewish people. The same people who were nearly completely exterminated just 70 years ago. We have a simple saying about the Holocaust. Never Again.

    So if I as a humanitarian who believes in dialogue and peace, justifies this war, then surely you will understand where we are. Hamas has a saying, they say; We embrace death as much as the Jews embrace life. Mr. Prescott we are dealing with an entire population that was brainwashed and taught to murder and destroy all Jews. It is even written in the Hamas charter. They do not want peace. They want us dead.

    Israel supplies Gaza with water, electricity, food, and humanitarian aid. We even treat them in our hospitals, by our doctors who show them devotion, love, and compassion, as is common is Judaism. What else do we need to do?
    Should we just evacuate the only little country we have? Be rational.

    Do not forget who committed the largest and most destructive terrorist attack ever. 9/11/2001. Please also do not forget who was celebrating and cheering for joy on that horrible day.

    Look at what is happening now in Iraq and Syria. They are growing stronger every day and spreading around the globe.

    The entire world must act NOW before it is too late. We are all fighting the same war, I just hope you can realize this before it spreads to your country, because it will.

    August 1, 2014 at 1:51 pm |
  5. Mander

    Treating Palestinians in israelians hospitals, supplying them with water, electricity, food, and humanitarian aid ?!! Really are you serious...Alls that is a result of the BLOCKADE which make daily life in Gaza approaching a concentration camp, This blockade has bee going in for years , BEFORE Hamas regime to over. I do not respect or agree with Hamas, nor do i understand why i majority of Palestinians elected them... But when Israeal , who is 100 times stronger militarily, responds to moderate fire near hospitals and refuge camps, areas where UN and israels agreed should be safe, then You are breaking every rule and not following the rules of proportional defense. Also, 54 soldiers against 8000 Thousand injured and 1500 killed speaks for it self. Also the world is wondering – why won´t israel accept FN or any other peace troups in Gaza like in the rest oft the world? Please anser this and last, i understand that the daily rocket attacks- threat on israel is making daily life unbearable for civilians.

    August 2, 2014 at 7:36 am |
  6. CNN is biased

    What ever happened to free speech in America? You take a pro-Palestinian stance, and deliver important points to prove your point, yet they disallow your comment from being posted.

    ZNN, no surprise.

    August 2, 2014 at 5:52 pm |
  7. Layni Shepherd

    what is disgusting is reading the Israeli responses to this young girl admonishing her and willfully trying to destroy her for ' how dare she call herself an Anne frank.. The fact she is holed up under attack hiding from an invading Army that hates her for her religion scared that she may die, and knowing that her friends and family are dying, is exactly like an Anne Frank, but she is Muslim, and she is hated by the Israeli Jewish people. The Jewish responses in Israel to this girl and anything muslim is akin to the kind of responses the Germans would have given you about Jewish people in the 1930's.

    August 28, 2014 at 11:19 pm |

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