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Je zou het maar te horen krijgen van je arts: “Je hebt kanker”; meestal stort je wereld dan compleet in en nadat je weer trachtte om het leven op te pakken, begint de ellende met chemotherapie, radiotherapie en soms/vaak ook nog een operatie. Ik kan het weten, want ik ben er geweest en ben ondertussen weer 2 jaar na mijn operatie. Maar ik ben niet belangrijk, de kindjes van Libanon zijn van belang.

In Nederland kan je de behandeling krijgen die je nodig hebt, maar dat is niet overal. Laatst was er een documentaire over kinderen met kanker in Libanon via BNN/VARA. Een zeer aangrijpende documentaire van Ton van der Ham.  In deze documentaire kwamen kinderen met kanker aan het woord en ook Dr Issa Layal, waarbij duidelijk de schrijnende gezondheidszorg voor deze patiëntjes in beeld werd gebracht. Na de opname heb ik contact gezocht met de tv-organisatie, die me door kon verwijzen naar Dr Issa Layal, waarna ik contact heb opgenomen.  Middels Whatsapp en Facebook is er contact geweest en is uitleg ontvangen van wat er nodig is.

In de jaren 80 heb ik voor een project van het KWF gewerkt in het Academisch Ziekenhuis Utrecht in het kader van beenmergtransplantaties bij kankerpatiënten en ook hier zaten jonge patiëntjes tussen. Sommigen hebben de transplantaties doorstaan en ik heb ook kindjes het ziekenhuis zien verlaten.  Ik moest toen al een paar keer slikken toen ik deze jonge kinderen zag, maar bij de documentaire van de afgelopen week zat ik met tranen in mijn ogen.

Daarom is er ook contact gezocht met Dr Issa Layal om hulp aan te bieden. Er kwam een melding – was ook reeds te zien in de documentaire – dat er geld nodig is, financiële support – en veel geld, daar de behandelingen van deze kindjes niet echt goedkoop zijn. Ondertussen zijn de behandelingen wel gestart maar geld blijft nodig. En bij dit punt doe ik een beroep op u: help mee om deze kinderen te helpen met de behandeling  van hun kanker. Het moet toch mogelijk zijn om ook voor deze kinderen in Libanon, die de oorlog in Syrië zijn ontvlucht, het leven aangenamer te maken; kinderen als de 11-jarige Azzedine (keel- en longkanker), Bouchra van 14 (bloedziekte) en de 6-jarige Abdelhamid (wachtend op een beenmergtransplantatie).

Er zijn sponsors nodig, mensen die maandelijks, of per kwartaal of eenmalig een bedrag over willen maken. Laat het weten, zodat Dr Issa Layal ingeseind kan worden, dat er geld ingezameld wordt. Reageer op dit artikel.

Tevens roep ik de minister van Gezondheidszorg, het kabinet maar vooral de premier op om meer ruimte vrij te maken voor ernstig zieke kinderen en niet alleen de 30 plaatsen voor zieke vluchtelingen, jong of oud, die er nu zijn. Die 30 plaatsen zijn echter wel inclusief familie, dus het is een grote loterij om een plaatsje te kunnen krijgen in Nederland. Bewindslieden, stel dat het uw kind zou zijn dat zo ernstig ziek zou zijn, dan wilt u er toch ook van alles aandoen om de mogelijkheid te onderzoeken tot genezing en te zorgen dat uw kind zal genezen. Beschouw deze kindjes als uw kind, als onze kinderen; ze hebben geen schuld aan de vreselijke oorlog in Syrië. Ze hebben recht op het leven en wij de menselijke plicht om ze te helpen.   

Link Zembla: https://www.npostart.nl/zembla/03-10-2018/BV_101389094

Zahar: March of Return foiled conspiracy against Gaza

Criminal conspiracy against Gaza

Member of Hamas’s Political Bureau Mahmoud al-Zahar on Friday said that the Great March of Return has thwarted a “criminal conspiracy” against the Gaza Strip.

Al-Zahar in exclusive statements to the PIC said that cutting the salaries of Gaza employees and reducing medical and power supplies to the Gaza Strip are aimed at paving the way for the Deal of the Century.

He added that these punitive measures fall in line with a bigger plan to incite the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip against resistance movements.

Palestinians have been protesting since 30 Mach near the border between Gaza and the 1948 occupied Palestinian territories to call for lifting the siege and allowing Palestinian refugees to return to their lands from which they were expelled in 1948.

So far 205 peaceful protesters have been killed by the Israeli army, and over 22,000 injured, 400 of whom are in critical condition.

(Source / 05.10.2018)

IOF kidnapped two young Palestinian men north of Gaza border

GAZA, PALESTINOW.COM — The Israeli occupation army claimed its forces arrested on Wednesday afternoon two Palestinian young men as they were attempting to cross into an Israeli territory north of the Gaza Strip.

A spokesperson for the army said that Israeli soldiers arrested the young men after they managed to breach the security fence in northern Gaza and tried to enter Israel (the 1948 occupied lands).

One of the young men was allegedly found in possession of a knife, according to the spokesperson.

(Source / 05.10.2018)

Israel kills 44 Palestinian children since the beginning of 2018

RAMALLAH, PALESTINOW.COM — Israeli forces killed three Palestinian boys, aged 11 – 15, since last Friday. These fatalities come in a year that has seen Israeli forces kill at least one Palestinian child per week on average, with the majority of these occurring in the context of protests in the Gaza Strip.

Ahmad Samir Harb Abu Habil, 15, died on October 3 after being struck in the head by a tear gas canister. Two further children, 14-year-old Mohammed Nayef Yousef al-Houm and 11-year-old Nasser Azmi Khalil Musbeh were killed by live ammunition on September 28.

“The international community must work to bring about an end to all forms of collective punishment caused by the ongoing blockade on Gaza since 2007,” said Defense for Children International – Palestine’s Accountability Program Director, Ayed Abu Eqtaish, “and take steps to ensure the safety of Palestinian children.”

Ahmad was participating in a march protesting Israel’s long-standing blockade over the Gaza Strip at approximately 6 p.m. on October 3, based on preliminary reports. He was in Beit Hanoun, in the northern part of Gaza Strip, near the Israeli-controlled “Erez Crossing” when he was struck in the head by an Israeli-fired tear gas canister, according to sources who witnessed the incident.

An eyewitness told DCIP that forces were firing “dozens” of tear gas canisters into a large crowd of protesters. Several witness estimated that Ahmad was around 300 meters (984 feet) from the fence, when the tear gas canister struck his head, lodging in his skull and causing extensive damage.

Paramedics rushed to the boy and transported him to the Indonesian hospital but were unable to prevent the child’s death due to the severity of his injury.

Israeli forces killed Nasser Musbeh with live ammunition on September 28, 2018. (Photo: Courtesy of Musbeh family)

Israeli forces killed Nasser Musbeh with live ammunition on September 28, 2018.

Israeli forces shot dead 11-year-old Nasser shortly after 6:00 p.m. last Friday near the Gaza Strip perimeter fence in Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip, based on witness reports. A member of a Palestinian medical team that was caring for the wounded in the area told DCIP that Nasser had been assisting his sister, who was also on the medical team, by carrying a bottle of saline solution from the medical tent.

He was reportedly 150-200 meters (490-650 feet) from the fence at the time he was shot. The bullet entered his head, killing him instantly. Paramedics on the scene immediately provided first aid and the child was transferred to the European hospital in Khan Younis, where his death was confirmed.

Mohammed al-Houm sustained a lethal gunshot wound to the chest on September 28, 2018. (Photo: Courtesy of al-Houm family)

Mohammed al-Houm sustained a lethal gunshot wound to the chest on September 28, 2018.

Approximately one hour earlier that same day, Israeli forces shot Mohammed with live ammunition near Al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza. The bullet struck his chest on the left side. He was transferred to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital but died during an emergency surgery at around 5:30 p.m.

Under international law, lethal force may only be used as a last resort in circumstances where an individual poses an immediate threat to life or threat of serious injury.

Israeli forces or settlers have killed at least 45 Palestinian children so far this year. The parents of an additional child who was shot by Israeli forces on April 29, Yousef Abu Jazar, are still waiting for official confirmation of their child’s death. The vast majority of these fatalities, 39, were children from the Gaza Strip.

The pace of Palestinian child fatalities in 2018 represents a significant increase over recent years. In 2017, 15 Palestinian children died as the result of Israeli forces’ actions. This number included one child who had been injured in a 2014 Israeli drone strike, succumbing to his wounds in 2017. The previous year, Israeli forces and security guards killed 32 Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem in 2016.

(Source / 05.10.2018)

Israel to close UNRWA schools in Jerusalem to end refugee ‘lie’

Image of Nir Barkat, the Israeli mayor of Jerusalem [Wikipedia]

Nir Barkat, the Israeli mayor of Jerusalem

Israeli Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, yesterday announced that he plans to remove the United Nations’ agency for Palestinian refugees from occupied East Jerusalem, accusing it of “operating illegally and promoting incitement against Israel”.

Following the announcement, the Jerusalem Municipality confirmed that UN schools, which serve about 1,800 students, would be closed by the end of the current school year.

The municipality did not provide a specific time schedule for the closures.

Barkat said in a statement that schools, clinics, and sports centres, among other services operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in East Jerusalem, will be transferred to the Israeli occupation authorities.

READ: Palestinian schools, health centers at risk if funding gap not plugged

He claimed that bodies were “illegal” and “operate without an Israeli licence”.

The decision, he added, was triggered by the US’ announcement that it had ended all funding to the UN body.

He said that “The US decision has created a rare opportunity to replace UNRWA’s services with services of the Jerusalem Municipality. We are putting an end to the lie of the ‘Palestinian refugee problem’ and the attempts at creating a false sovereignty within a sovereignty.”

Barkat added that the decision was in coordination with the Israeli government.

(Source / 05.10.2018)

Occupation forces close vicinity of Al-Quds University, prevent students from entering

Al-Quds University was forced to suspend classes at its Abu Dis campus, after a raid by Israeli occupation forces [Twitter]

Al-Quds University was forced to suspend classes at its Abu Dis campus Monday, after a raid by Israeli occupation forces

Israeli occupation forces closed the vicinity of Al-Quds University in the town of Abu Dis, southeast of occupied Jerusalem, Wednesday, preventing students from entering the university and nearby schools.

According to Hani Halabiya, a spokesman of the Popular Resistance Committees in the occupied West Bank, the occupation forces have closed the vicinity of Al-Quds University, the schools of Al-Maahad Al-Arabi, Abu Dis Secondary School and Abu Dis Primary School.

He added that confrontations are taking place between the students and the occupation soldiers.

Read: The politicisation of the Palestinian right of return is imperative

On the other hand, gangs of settlers, guarded by a reinforced military force of Israeli soldiers and police, seized at dawn today an old and historic property in the area of “Aqabat Darwish” inside the Old City of Jerusalem. The property belongs to a Jerusalemite family. It is not far away located from Al-Aqsa Mosque and has recently been used as a medical clinic.

The Palestinian news agency stated that a state of discontent and anger prevailed in the area specifically and the Old City of Jerusalem in general.

Yesterday, the settlers seized two apartments covering 120 meters each and a piece of land covering an area of an acre in Wadi Hilwehin the neighbourhood of Silwan, south of Al-Aqsa Mosque, claiming that they had already bought them.

(Source / 05.10.2018)

Official: More than 75% of cancer medicines unavailable in Gaza Strip

A hospital in Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

A hospital in Gaza

Some 70 per cent of medicines for chronic diseases and 75 per cent of those for cancer treatment and blood diseases are not available in the besieged Gaza Strip, the spokesperson for the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza said.

Speaking to the Quds News Agency, Ashraf Al-Qudra said the health care situation in the Gaza Strip is deteriorating rapidly, adding that Palestinian patients suffer the consequences.

“Milk for sick children is also unavailable,” Al-Qudra said, calling on international and human rights organisations to “rescue Palestinian patients, send medicines and allow the patients to travel for treatment”.

READ: 8,260 patients at risk after cancer treatment runs out in Gaza

He also demanded the health ministry in the West Bank to provide the Gaza Strip with medicines on a regular basis and called for the opening of the border crossings.

According to Al-Qudra, the health care system in Gaza Strip also suffers from a shortage of fuel needed to operate generators in 13 public hospitals and 54 primary care centres which require 450,000 litres of diesel per month.

As many as 56 patients died in 2017 due to lack of medicines, Al-Qudra added.

2 out of 5 patients in #Gaza who apply for medical care outside the strip are rejected by #israel

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(Source / 05.10.2018)

Report: Breast cancer ‘most widely spread’ type of cancer in Palestine

Breast cancer patients in Gaza

The Ministry of Health said yesterday that breast cancer remains the most common and widely spread type of cancer in Palestine.

Marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the ministry said as many as 503 new cases of breast cancer were recorded in the occupied West Bank in 2017 and 327 new cases were recorded in the besieged Gaza Strip in 2016.

Some 3,854 women have undergone early examination for breast cancer in the ministry’s clinics so far this year, of whom 210 were referred for further examination.

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In 2017, the ministry provided breast cancer screening services to 9,721 women of whom 28.5 per cent – 2,772 women – were found to need further examination and suspected to have cancerous cells. During the same year, as many as 2,899 women underwent mammography services.

The ministry provides early screening services for breast cancer in all primary health care centres free of charge and without the need for health insurance.

(Source / 05.10.2018)

Abbas to Hamas: Hand over Gaza or ‘suffer the consequences’

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

President of the Palestinian Authority (PA) Mahmoud Abbas has told Hamas to hand over control of the Gaza Strip by the end of the month or “suffer the consequence.”.

Abbas’ comments came to light yesterday in a statement made by a PA presidency bureau official to Israel’s public broadcaster Kan. The comments came against the backdrop of another failed round of talks between Hamas and the PA in Cairo, according to the Jerusalem Post.

The Jerusalem Post added that “Abbas is reportedly threatening cessation of all funds to the Strip if Hamas refuses” the ultimatum.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused President Abbas of aggravating the situation in Gaza by withholding funds. In a press conference yesterday, Netanyahu claimed that “in the last year Abbas has made the situation in Gaza more difficult by choking off the flow of funds from the Palestinian Authority to Gaza.” Netanyahu continued to lambast the PA president, saying “Abbas has interfered in all UN attempts to ease the plight in Gaza. Many countries […] are condemning him for this, and rightly so,” Ynet reported.

READ: More than 75% of cancer medicines unavailable in Gaza Strip

Netanyahu’s comments will be seen as ironic in light of his failure to mention Israel’s choking of Gaza through the imposition of the siege. Since 2007 Israel has besieged the Gaza Strip by land, air and sea, restricting freedom of movement, trade and access to the sea. The siege has all but strangled the Strip’s once thriving economy, destroyed its agricultural sector and caused high unemployment.

The withholding of funds to which both Netanyahu and the PA official refer includes the PA’s cessation of prisoners’ and PA officials’ salaries. In April PA employees in Gaza discovered their salaries had been slashed by at least 30 per cent, with some employees saying their pay has been cut by as much as 70 per cent. In June a spokesman for the Palestinian Commission of Prisoners and ex-Prisoners’ Affairs, Hassan Abed Rabbo, said that the Palestinian Finance Ministry had halted the salaries of 277 Palestinian prisoners without giving a reason.

The PA’s withholding of salaries and funds has been interpreted as an effort to wrest control of Gaza from Hamas, which governs the coastal enclave. The PA has redoubled its efforts in light of negotiations for a Hamas-Israel ceasefire, which threaten to exclude the PA from the picture.

READ: Fatah seeks full disengagement with Israel

In July, the PA declared that any aid being sent to the besieged Strip must pass through “the legitimate Palestinian ministries” in Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank – the seat of the PA. Labour Minister Mamoun Abu Shahla said that: “There is only one government in Palestine […] It is the National Agreement Government which was accepted by all parties. It is the sole responsible for working in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.”

Tensions between Fatah, which dominates the PA, and Hamas have been high since the latter was elected to govern the Gaza Strip in 2006. Following the election, Fatah Chairman Abbas refused to step down. Violence broke out between the two factions and in 2007 the Palestinian unity government was declared split with Hamas taking over governance of Gaza and Fatah maintaining control of the West Bank. As yet the two parties have failed to reach a lasting reconciliation.

(Source / 05.10.2018)

Israel settlers steal olives from Palestinian farm

Palestinian farmers are only given four days to tend to hundreds of trees and harvest their crops, while settlers are free to access the land at their will

A group of settlers have been filmed stealing olives from Palestinian farms near the occupied West Bank city of Nablus.

In the video, the pair can be seen working together to cut and bag the olives from the groves which lie in an area which leaves them inaccessible to their Palestinian owners without Israeli permission.

According to Israeli human rights NGO Yesh Din incidents like these are repeated every year. Last year thousands of kilogrammes of olive crops were stolen by settlers in the Nablus area, the  group said.

The farms are located in “Area C” of the West Bank which, under the terms of the 1993 Oslo Accords, means they fall completely under Israeli military and administrative control. Palestinians in this area often find their right to movement curtailed to make way for new illegal settlements, settlement roads and military training exercises. In some cases, Palestinians are forcibly removed to allow for settlement expansion as is the case with the residents of the Bedouin village of Khan Al-Ahmar which is currently under threat of demolition.

Speaking to MEMO, a Palestinian farmer, who asked not to be named, said occupation forces gave him only three to four days to harvest and care for his crop.

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His farm is surrounded by illegal settlements leaving him unable to access it without direct coordination with occupation forces who must be present when he is harvesting his plants. Should he enter his land in the absence of Israeli occupation forces, the farmer is likely to be attacked by settlers who throw stones at him.

We go as a family as early as 6:00 in the morning and finish by Asr prayer [late afternoon]. Last year they gave us three days, one time the soldiers were late in the morning, one time they made us leave by noon. We did not manage to finish picking our olives, we tried to go after but they kicked us out. We later saw the settlers picking our olives, it’s so hard for me and my family to witness that and be helpless.

Occupation forces have a list of the names of landowners and only allow their close family members to accompany them to access the land. This year, access to the land has only been granted on Saturdays for a period of four weeks. This, the farmer says, allows settlers to steal the crops. He says he has reported the thefts to the occupation’s police forces who said the days in which Palestinians are allowed access to their land are over and so they will not take action against the settlers.

“A farmer prefers to work hard and at once, it’s better for the trees, if they give me a day a week, that means they are giving the rest of the week to the settlers.”

It’s hard to keep track of the thefts, they must be thousands of kilogrammes of olives every year, they have access to our land all year round.

Olives are a key source of income for approximately 100,000 Palestinian families who rely on the nearly 11 million olive trees in occupied Palestine for their livelihood. The olive oil industryalone makes up 20 per cent of the Palestinian economy.

Last week, Israeli forces uprooted 150 olive trees without prior notice. The trees were ‘illegally planted’…

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(Source / 05.10.2018)