"It's fear of going to sleep and getting a phone call or, worse, not getting any phone call and wondering -- having the feeling of whether no news is good news or not," Durrah said. "Our issues are so small in comparison to what they're going to go through. We may not be able to sleep because of a cricket in the room, but they are trying to sleep through the soundtrack of blasts and missiles."
This month's exchange of Hamas rockets and Israeli airstrikes has prompted pro-Palestinian and pro-Israel rallies throughout the United States.
On Wednesday evening, the Congress of Arab American Organizations in Michigan, home to a large Arab diaspora, was expected to hold a vigil in front of the Dearborn City Hall in support of the Palestinians.
Gaza has "been under Israeli siege for many years which makes it a large virtual prison," the group said in a statement. "Just 43 kilometers (about 27 miles) long and 10 kilometers (about 6 miles) wide, most of its residents are Palestinian refugees who have lived in camps since 1948."
The violence has prompted an outpouring of humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza, said Saleem Zaru, a Palestinian-American who is executive director of United Palestinian Appeal in Washington.
In the past five days, the nongovernmental organization received between $40,000 and $50,000 in donations, which will help 550 families in Gaza who need food and shelter because of the conflict, Zaru said. Donors include Jewish-Americans and people in Asia, he said.
"Some of their houses have been bombed and it's going to be a while before they can get back to them," Zaru said of the Gaza families. "We're dealing with this on a day-by-day basis."