How Israel silences Palestine in EU circles

By Issam Aruri

Israeli propaganda machine works internationally to undermine the role of the Palestinian NGOs which discloses Israeli violation of international law and maintain well-being of Palestinian people.

Imagine the following: a toxic op-ed is published that defames your organisation. You contact the website on which it features and are invited to publish a rebuttal.

The next day, you submit your article. As the editors are about to put it online, they are targeted by a sophisticated disinformation campaign.

More than a dozen people call the editors, seemingly on your behalf, and apply heavy pressure to publish the article. One of the callers even tries to bribe them to get it published.

This confuses and intimidates the editors, who have never experienced anything like it.

They fear that publishing under pressure may damage the independence and reputation of their website, which is a news magazine for the European Parliament.

The editors contact you and you clarify right away that none of these calls originated from your organisation. You urge them to publish your article, as they had promised. But despite your repeated requests, they don’t do so. They don’t even respond anymore to your phone calls and emails.

This is what recently happened to the Palestinian NGO network PNGO, which is an umbrella of 134 civil society organisations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The op-ed in question was mine, which I had submitted to a Brussels-based website called EP Today.

According to its own information, EP Today is “designed only” for policy opinions by members of the European Parliament. On 26 February, however, it published a slanderous op-ed by NGO Monitor that targeted PNGO.

NGO Monitor is an Israeli right-wing organisation that cooperates with the Israeli government in undermining NGOs that criticise Israel’s violations of human rights and international law.

It constantly attacks Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and dozens of other human rights and civil society organisations, including Israeli NGOs. PNGO is high on its target list.

In its article, NGO Monitor provided false and misleading information about PNGO’s mission and conduct.

While PNGO is a catalyst for a vibrant civil society in Palestine, NGO Monitor framed PNGO as a “ring leader” of a “gang” of NGOs that shrink Palestinian civil space.

Can’t be ignored

For a long time, we ignored organisations like NGO Monitor that provide cover for the Israeli occupation. But this time, we decided to submit a rebuttal to this toxic propaganda.

As mentioned above, EP Today violated its promise and didn’t publish our rebuttal. To make things worse, our article was apparently forwarded to NGO Monitor, which allegedly tried to prevent its publication.

An editor we spoke to implied this, with reference to one member of EP Today’s board of directors, who seems to have ties to NGO Monitor. This would constitute grave professional misconduct, calling into question EP Today’s independence and integrity.

In any case, we won’t be silenced. Our rebuttal of NGO Monitor’s propaganda, titled “What Europe can do to defend civil space: a response by the Palestinian NGO Network”, is now available for everyone, after we published it on our website.

Meanwhile, our real concern is not the article.

What troubles and burdens us is the big picture: the all-out attack that the Israeli government and its affiliated organisations such as NGO Monitor have launched against Palestinian human rights defenders.

Shrinking space for civil society is a global phenomenon. However, the threat it poses in Palestine has an extra dimension: Israel’s strangling military occupation, which began more than 51 years ago.

As a result of the occupation, Palestinians live without a sovereign government, without basic protection and in a fragile economy that heavily relies on international aid.

In this context, PNGO’s member organisations play a crucial and indispensable role in providing services and in preserving social cohesion.

Israel’s attack on us aims to neutralise NGOs that expose its violations of international law and to break the backbone of Palestinian society at large. The attack is meant to sustain and entrench the occupation.

Our reality

The reality in which we live is this: We face draconic digital surveillance and interference by Israel, which violates our fundamental privacy and obstructs our work.

I suspect this triggered the disinformation campaign described above (see AP’s article for more: “Covertly, Israel prepares to fight boycott activists online”).

Like NGO Monitor, the Israeli government engages in smear campaigns against Palestinian NGOs.

For example, on 1 July 2017, Israeli UN Ambassador Danny Danon branded our members Al-Haq and Al-Mezan as “supporters of terror”, based on false allegations that they have ties to Hamas and the PFLP.

Al-Haq and Al-Mezan are internationally renowned human rights organisations.

Most recently, the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs published a slanderous report that contains similar allegations and aggressively accuses the EU of funding Palestinian and European NGOs that sponsor terror and promote Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS – the Palestinian-led global campaign putting pressure on Israel to end its violations of international law).

Indeed, blocking EU funding to Palestinian NGOs is Israel’s declared goal.

In 2015 and 2016, the director and a staff member of Al-Haq received ongoing death threats.

In response to the threats against the staff member, who is based in The Netherlands and Al-Haq’s representative to the International Criminal Court, the Dutch authorities opened a criminal investigation.

While official results are pending, all indications point in Israel’s direction.

PNGO and the Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council (PHROC) have compiled their concerns about the escalating campaign to silence, delegitimise and defund Palestinian civil society organisations and human rights defenders in a joint position paper, including recommendations to the EU.

For decades, the EU has invested into civil society organisations in Israel and Palestine that promote its core values “on the ground”. The support and protection of human rights defenders is a declared priority of the EU, as also displayed by the guidelines it adopted in 2008 to that end.

On 3 October 2017, in a comprehensive resolution, the European Parliament sounded alarm about the shrinking space for civil society and called “for continued and increased EU support and funding in creating a free and enabling environment for civil society.”

This is the time to act on these commitments.

We rely on the EU to shield us from Israel’s campaign to destroy Palestinian civil society, which has spread to Europe and is reinforced by organisations like NGO Monitor that are designed to shrink our space.

Issam Aruri is the chair of the Palestinian Non-Governmental Organisations Network (PNGO), an umbrella of 134 civil society organisations in the West Bank and Gaza Strip that promote the rights and well-being of the Palestinian people.

(Source / 18.07.2018)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct At Least Twenty-Seven Palestinians In The West Bank

18 JUL
8:30 PM

The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, on Wednesday, at last twenty-seven Palestinians, in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

The soldiers violently invaded and searched dozens of homes, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards, before abducting twenty-eight, including a female photojournalist, identified as Ra’eda Sa’id, who was taken prisoner from the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque, in occupied Jerusalem.

The Palestinians in Israeli custody have been identified as:

1. Saed Abi al-Baja, Betunia – Ramallah.

2. Sami Abu Hussein (former political prisoner), Betunia – Ramallah.

3. Ibrahim Ahmad Tamimi, Dier Nitham – Ramallah.

4. Mouse Srouji, Tulkarem.

5. Odai al-Amour, Yatta – Hebron.

6. Mohammad al-Amour, Yatta –  Hebron.

7. Rami Najjar, Yatta – Hebron.

8. Mohammad Jibrin, Yatta – Hebron.

9. Ahmad Jibrin, Yatta – Hebron.

10. Omar Mohammad Barghouthi, Ramallah.

11. Nassim Hosni Barghouthi, Ramallah.

12. Ayyoub Rasmi Abu Alia, al-Mghayir – Ramallah.

13. Montasser Misbah Abu Alia, al-Mghayir – Ramallah.

14. Ahmad Tayyeb, Jenin refugee camp.

15. Tamer Ahmad Tayyeb, Jenin refuge camp.

16. Saber Ahmad Tayyeb, Jenin refugee camp.

17. Rauf Ahmad Tayyeb, Jenin refuge camp.

18. Wisam Abu Zeid, Jenin refugee camp.

19. Awni Kamil, Qabatia – Jenin.

20. Issam Saba’na, Qabatia – Jenin.

21. Abdul-Hakim Mousa, Marka – Jenin.

22. Moath Mousa, Marka – Jenin.

23. Fadi Hussein al-Atrash, Kafr Ra’ey – Jenin.

24. Borhan Mustafa al-Atrash, Kafr Ra’ey – Jenin.

25. Omar Mheisin, Shu’fat refugee camp – Jerusalem.

26. Mahmoud Sa’adi al-Adawein, Shu’fat refuge camp – Jerusalem.

27. Ra’eda Sa’id, Jerusalem.

(Source / 18.07.2018)

Israeli Military Issues Orders Illegally Confiscating Palestinian Lands Near Bethlehem

17 JUL
4:13 PM

Israeli soldiers invaded, Tuesday, Palestinian agricultural lands in the al-Khader town, south o the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and posted orders for the illegal confiscation of 120 Dunams.

Ahmad Salah, the coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in al-Khader, said the Palestinians found the military orders placed on their lands.

Salah added that the orders also instructed the Palestinians that they have 45 days to file appeals against the military orders.

The orders addressed each land owner by name, requiring them to evacuate from their lands, otherwise the military will take over by force.

Salah also aid that the Palestinians were given the option to file appeals within 30 days, with the “Absentee Property Office,” explaining “the reasons for the appeals, accompanied by maps and deeds, to claim ownership rights.”

The Palestinian can also file appeals with the special court in Ofer military base, near Ramallah, in central West Bank.

It is worth mentioning that such orders are rarely overturned by any Israeli court, and the lands are used by for the construction and expansion of illegal colonies in the occupied West Bank, and for military considerations, in direct violation of International Law, the Fourth Geneva Conventions and various international resolutions and treaties.

(Source / 18.07.2018)

‘The occupation is acting without deterrence in Gaza,’ says head of Gaza committee

Palestinian protestors clash with Israeli security forces during the 14th week of the Great March of Return at the Gaza-Israel border on 29 June 2018 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Palestinian protestors clash with Israeli security forces during the 14th week of the Great March of Return at the Gaza-Israel border on 29 June 2018

Dr. Essam Yousef, head of the Popular International Committee to Support the Gaza Strip, has stated that the suffering of Gaza is “complex” and that the Israeli authorities are following a “lawless” policy in the Gaza Strip without being deterred by the international community which adopts laws and legislation that contradict the actions of the occupying state.

“The occupation is acting as if it reigns in the Gaza Strip, doing whatever it likes with Gaza’s land and inhabitants, including [enforcing the] siege, starving, and killing [people]. The occupation is trying to impose the will of the most powerful who seeks to subjugate the weak and control his fate in a way very much similar to the law of the jungle,” said Youssef during a press release.

“He who sees the practices of occupation in the Gaza Strip can hardly believe that this world is regulated by a system of laws and legislation that preserve human rights, and regulate the relationship of political entities among themselves in a way that guarantees the dignity and existence of everyone.”

“However, despite the existence of the aforementioned international laws, in addition to mechanisms that enable the enforcements of these laws, especially when it comes to providing protection to individuals or people under oppression, such mechanisms become useless when it comes to defending the Palestinian people’s cause and the Gaza Strip in particular.”

Read: Up to 80% of Gaza factories shut down

“The siege imposed by the Israeli occupation on Gaza is immoral and inhuman and has been ongoing for more than 11 years. The innocent people living in the Gaza Strip are paying the cost without any real and active reaction on the part of the international community to stop it and put an end to this human tragedy, “said Youssef.

Palestinians mourn during the funeral ceremony of Razan Ashraf Najjar, 21, a female paramedic who was shot dead by Israeli forces while healing wounded demonstrators during 'Great March of Return' protests in Khan Yunis on Friday, in Huzaa neighbourhood of Khan Yunis, Gaza on June 02, 2018 [Mustafa Hassona / Anadolu Agency]

Youssef pointed out that “the occupation is tightening the siege from time to time in order to further suffocate and starve the people living in the Strip, until it got to the point of closing all ports of entry, through which an insufficient amount of basic supplies can be provided, following the arbitrary decision to close the Kerem Shalom border crossing.”

He highlighted that data confirm banning the entry of hundreds of basic necessities into Gaza through the Kerem Shalom border crossing since its closure has been announced, thus resulting into a complete paralysis, and then a humanitarian disaster.

“Isn’t the occupation satisfied with what happened to the residents of the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the siege, and until now? Aren’t the hundreds of patients who died because of the occupation’s decision to prevent them from getting treatment as a result of the siege enough? Aren’t the rates of unemployment among young people in Gaza which reached about 49 per cent, in addition to poverty rates among the population which amounted to 53 per cent enough?,” Youssef asked.

Read: Gaza patients appeal to the world to save their lives

“Not to mention the percentage of the dependence of the people in Gaza on humanitarian aid, which is now more than 80 per cent of the population in addition to the lack of food security, which amounted to 72 per cent, as well as the lack of potable water and the proportion of consumption of non-potable water which has reached 95 per cent.”

“On top of all this, the occupation is waging repeated wars on the Gaza Strip, which took the lives of thousands of martyrs and wounded thousands of others, most of which were children, women and the elderly,” Youssef added.

He stressed that the occupation does not recognise the Palestinians’ right to express their rejection of this huge amount of oppression and tyranny. Meanwhile, it is using its weapons and sophisticated missiles against the innocent residents of the Strip in case they resist injustice.

He pointed out that all international laws and regulations, and our innate human nature, give the oppressed the right to resist injustice, defend itself, and fight for restoring its rights. The restoration of one’s rights can never be something granted by the occupation, which can give or take it whenever it wishes.

During his speech, Youssef called for intensifying diplomatic and political action at all levels, Palestinian, regional and international, in order to put an end to the siege tragedy on Gaza and stop human suffering in the Strip.

He stressed that security, stability, and peace can only be achieved through the recognition of the rights of the Palestinian people, foremost of which is the right to self-determination and the establishment of an independent state on its national soil with Jerusalem as its capital.

(Source / 18.07.2018)

Nothing costs the occupation more than peaceful resistance

Protestors seen at the Gaza-Israel border, gathered as part of the continuing 'Great March of Return' on July 13, 2018 [Mohammad Asad / Middle East Monitor]

Protestors seen at the Gaza-Israel border, gathered as part of the continuing ‘Great March of Return’ on July 13, 2018

The occupation has escalated its ongoing attack on the Gaza Strip, after months of tension and cautious calm, to the extent that observers expect that this escalation is the beginning of a fully-fledged war similar to the Israeli wars in 2008, 2012 and 2014. Is it really the beginning of a full-fledged war? What are the occupation’s objectives for its recent violence?

Reading into the internal Israeli debate

The internal debates in the political and media arenas in Israel do not seem to indicate that there has been a decision to wage a war on Gaza. The government, especially Netanyahu and the Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman, are leaning towards not carrying out such an attack for reasons related to the occupation’s inability to completely eliminate Hamas. Also because of the enormous media and political costs of the war, based on the experiences of the three previous wars.

On the other hand, other parties in the government, such as Naftali Bennett, head of the far-right Jewish Home party, are pushing for war, perhaps to register political goals against the Likud.

As for the military experts and research centres, they are divided over the appropriate options for dealing with Gaza, between the need to maintain the relative “calm” imposed by the recent war in 2014, and the launch of a full-on war to reimpose full calm in the so-called Gaza envelope settlements.

Read: Palestine and Palestinians should not be defined by Mahmoud Abbas

Among the options are the Syrian and Lebanese fronts, as some government, military, and media voices are pushing for a focus on the security concerns and risks on these fronts, and refraining from waging a new war in Gaza.

Great Return March and incendiary balloons

The Great March of Returns, kite, and incendiary balloons are a new major factor that could affect the Israeli decision-making process regarding the war on Gaza. The fires in the Gaza envelope settlements caused by the kites and incendiary balloons have put great pressure on the government. They have also acted as a tool for more radical ministers and military officials to score political points against Netanyahu, which has prompted the latter to carrying out more frequent air strikes under the pretext of targeting those issuing the orders to launch the kites. This is an effort on his part to ease the internal pressures and political bidding from more radical parties.

Israel carries out 9 airstrikes in Gaza, in response to kites - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Deterrence equation

Apart from the public pressures and demands, the real motivator for the recent Israeli escalation is the Israeli government’s desire to restore the deterrence equation produced by the 2014 attack, disrupted by the phenomenon of burning kites, because of the large fires caused by this phenomenon.

To understand the occupation’s objectives for imposing an appropriate deterrence equation, we must look back on the shift that appeared in the Israeli deterrence policy since 2006:

  • In 2006, the occupation did not achieve a clear victory against Lebanon, but the brute force of the air force was able to deter Hezbollah from carrying out military operations that could lead to a full-on war with the occupation. Perhaps the most important statement made by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in this context is that he would not have captured the two soldiers at that time if he knew it would lead to a war that would leave such destruction and victims in Lebanon.
  • In 2008, the occupation also failed to achieve a clear victory against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and was also unable to end its control of the Gaza Strip. It was not considering waging a full war due to the high political cost of reoccupying Gaza. On the other hand, the war produced a new deterrent formula, mainly that firing rockets from the Gaza Strip would mean a devastating war against it. This formula led to a state of calm, which of course ended in the 2012 and 2014 wars.
  • The 2012 and 2014 attacks established almost the same deterrence equation between the occupation and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Read: What to do in the face of the Israeli escalation in Gaza

Through its current escalation in the Gaza Strip, the occupation is actually seeking to re-establish the deterrence equation created by the past wars after the introduction of a new factor to this equation, i.e. the phenomenon of burning kites.

Palestinian protesters prepare to fly kites during the Great March of Return on 25 May 2018 [Dawoud Abo Alkas/Apaimages]

The questions remaining are those regarding the position required by the Palestinians on the popular and resistance level. The Great Return March experience proved that peaceful popular Palestinian action is the most feasible in the current stage. On the one hand, it maintains the “clash” with the occupation, and on the other, it reverts the conflict back to its original state: a conflict between a brutal occupation force and an occupied people looking for freedom. It also imposes a higher political and media cost on the occupation at a lower cost to the Palestinian people than the war. Furthermore, it has the ability to get the issue of the unjust blockade on Gaza moving.

The Palestinian resistance is the right of the people against the occupation, but the people and their leaders must calculate its results and make their decisions based on these calculations. Nothing at the current stage costs the occupation more and maintains more clashes and engagement with the occupation than peaceful resistance, and the Gaza Strip cannot continue to bear the high costs alone on behalf of the Palestinian national project.

Translated from Arabi21 on 16 July 2018

(Source / 18.07.2018)

UN: We are working on improving situation in Gaza

Image of United Nations envoy for the Middle East Nickolay Mladenov

Image of United Nations envoy for the Middle East Nickolay Mladenov

The United Nations (UN) is currently working “closely” with the Palestinian Authority (PA), Israel, Egypt and its regional and international partners “to prevent a conflict in the occupied Gaza Strip and improve the situation,” the agency’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, said Monday.

“The United Nations Development Program (UNDP)’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (PAPP) is currently implementing several job creation programmes to mitigate the impact of the harsh economic and social conditions in Gaza,” he told reporters.

Read: Palestine and Palestinians should not be defined by Mahmoud Abbas

The programme, he explained, will initially create more than 2,500 short-term jobs within 12 months in the occupied enclave.

Mladenov stressed that the PAPP’s projects “will involve lots of young Palestinians through entrepreneurship, start-ups, telecommuting, business support, vocational training as well as skills development.”

“In the light of the serious escalation over the past few days in Gaza, the UNDP’s initiative is more urgent than ever,” the UN official pointed out.

“I appeal to everybody to step back from the brink of a war,” he said.

He also appealed to Israel to display “restraint in its responses to the situation” in Gaza. “I appeal to [Israeli] snipers not to fire at children.”

(Source / 18.07.2018)

Qatari envoy: US has ‘nothing to offer’ the West Bank, focus is on Gaza

Palestinians hold Qatar and Palestine flags during a demonstration in support of Qatar, in Khan Yunis, Gaza on 14 June 2017 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinians hold Qatar and Palestine flags during a demonstration in support of Qatar, in Khan Yunis, Gaza on 14 June 2017

A senior Qatari official overseeing reconstruction efforts in the Gaza Strip has told Al Jazeerathat he believes the Trump administration has “nothing to offer” the West Bank, and is focusing its efforts on the blockaded enclave.

Mohammed al-Emadi, director of a Gaza reconstruction committee set up by the Qatari government “to administer a $407m grant from Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani to rebuild Gaza’s destroyed infrastructure in 2012”, addressed a number of issues in the interview published Tuesday.

Asked about a recent visit to Doha by senior White House officials Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, al-Emadi said the pair “proposed projects inside Gaza” such as “electricity projects, water projects, creating jobs, easy access, [and] 5G internet”.

The Qataris, for their part, told the Americans that “for these projects to work, you need the Israelis to agree on them”, and “the problem here is that the Israelis are saying they will only deal with the PA [Palestinian Authority], not any other third party”.

READ: The American people must stand up and be counted against the Gaza blockade 

Pressed as to why the US was looking to help Gaza – and whether it was part of the so-called ‘deal of the century’ – al-Emadi replied: “As a personal opinion, I think Gaza has the power now. The Americans are thinking that they must solve the problems in Gaza first then go to the West Bank”.

“As far as the West Bank, they have nothing to offer. They do not have anything to offer there in terms of development. Therefore, Gaza is very important. In addition, Gaza has military power and a deterrent doctrine. The number of rockets that Hamas has now is probably 50 times more than what they had in 2014”.

According to al-Emadi, “the trust between Hamas and Egypt is lost”, whereas “Qatar is credible with both sides [Hamas and Israel] and is respected because of that”. However, he added, the Egyptians “have a strong position because they control the border with Gaza and without them, you cannot achieve anything”.

Al-Emadi described the situation in the occupied Gaza Strip as “very bad”, noting that “the economy is going down because of the lack of cash and investments”.

“Previously, things were a little better because the Palestinian Authority paid the salaries of its Gaza government employees and social services to the tune of over $100m – in addition to UNRWA that brought around $20m. The PA has cut its payout to Gaza employees and UNRWA has scaled back its funding and spending, which made the economic situation worse”.

READ: Former US envoys to UN urge Pompeo to restore UNRWA funding 

(Source / 18.07.2018)

Israel activist indicted for aiding PA security forces

Ezra Nawi, Israeli activist [Twitter]

Ezra Nawi, Israeli activist

An Israeli activist was indicted yesterday for passing information to Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces regarding Palestinian land sales to Jews.

Ezra Nawi, an Israeli activist working with left-wing organisation Ta’ayush, has been charged under section 7a (b) of the Implementation of the Oslo Interim Agreement on the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The Agreement prohibits Israeli citizens from joining or acting in the service of the PA’s intelligence and security forces. This is the first time that an Israeli citizen has been charged with this offence without actually joining the PA, Ynet reported.

Nawi is accused of handing information to the PA regarding land sales made by Palestinian dealers to illegal Jewish settlers in the south Hebron hills, in the south of the occupied West Bank. The sale of land to Israelis is punishable by death under the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO)’s 1979 Revolutionary Penal Code. More recently, land dealers have been handed sentences of lifelong hard labour if convicted of such a crime, according to the Times of Israel.

Nawi’s alleged activities were exposed by right-wing organisation Ad Kan, a group composed of IDF veterans who deliberately infiltrate human rights organisations in order to report on their actions. Ad Kan objected to the indictment, demanding instead that Nawi be tried for “offenses of contact with a foreign agent and accessory to murder,” according to Arutz Sheva.

OPINION: The crackdown on Israeli dissidents

Investigations into Nawi’s activities have been ongoing since 2016. According to +972 Magazine, Nawi was arrested at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport while trying to leave the country and was subsequently denied access to a lawyer, placed under gag order and eventually released to house arrest. At that time, accusations against Nawi ranged from accessory to manslaughter, conspiracy to commit murder and making contact with a foreign agent. None of these charges have been included in the indictment issued on Sunday.

+972 Magazine has interpreted Israel’s indictment of Nawi as a selective application of the Oslo agreement in a bid to target left-wing activists. In recent years, Israel has cracked down on organisations critical of the state’s human rights abuses and occupation of the Palestinian territories, including anyone affiliated with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. In January, Israel published a “blacklist” of 22 international NGOs “whose employees and/or members are banned from entering Israel due to their alleged support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.” In May 2017, Israel introduced a law forbidding entry visas or residency rights to foreign nationals who call for a boycott of Israel or illegal Israeli settlements.

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(Source / 18.07.2018)

Gaza patients appeal to the world to save their lives

First aid crews and patients lying on stretchers take part in a protest against the impairment of health due to Israel's over a decade long blockade in front of Beit Hanoun Border Gate in Gaza City, Gaza on 17 July, 2018 [Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency]

First aid crews and patients lying on stretchers take part in a protest against the impairment of health due to Israel’s over a decade long blockade in front of Beit Hanoun Border Gate in Gaza City, Gaza on 17 July, 2018

Patients in Gaza’s hospital’s organised a sit-in in central Gaza City to appeal to the international community, Quds Press reported, Tuesday.

The sit-in included those wounded by Israel as well as rights groups. It took place in front of Erez Crossing where Gazans can pass through to receive treatment in Israel or Palestinian hospitals in West Bank.

Speakers at the sit-in said that Gaza’s hospitals suffer from shortages in medicines, lab equipment and testing materials due to the Palestinian Authority (PA) sanctions and the Israel’s siege of the strip.

Read: ‘Israeli aggression wants to undermine the will of Palestinians in Gaza’

The patients called for the international community to save their lives by lifting the siege and sanctions.

Spokesman of the Ministry of Health in Gaza, Ashraf al-Qidra, called for an, “immediate and unconditional end of the suffering of the Gaza patients.”

Al-Qidra said that the Israel had killed 141 Palestinians and wounded 16,000 others during the protests of the Great March of Return. This put a heavy burden on the ministry of health and consumed most of the medical supplies.

(Source / 18.07.2018)

IOF demolish two homes in Jericho city

Demolish Jericho

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) on Wednesday morning demolished two Palestinian owned homes in Jericho, northern West Bank, under the pretext of no building permit.

At dawn on Wednesday, Israeli bulldozers broke into the area and demolished two homes in al-Duyuk al-Tahta area in Jericho.

Local sources said that Israeli bulldozers demolished the homes under the pretext of unauthorized construction.

(Source / 18.07.2018)