Gaza patients risk losing their lives due to acute medicine crisis

Lack on medicines

The Gaza-based Palestinian Health Ministry has warned that hospitals in the besieged enclave have run out of first-aid medicines, leaving thousands of patients without treatment.

The Ministry’s spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said in a press statement on Thursday that patients and children at Gaza hospitals are at risk of losing their lives after 70% of first-aid drugs along with medicines for chronic diseases and therapeutic milk have become at zero stock.

A few days earlier, the ministry has expressed deep concerns over serious setbacks to rock the health of thousands of chronically ill patients as a result of a sharp dearth in life-saving drugs.

Blockaded by Israel — by air, land and sea — since 2007, the Gaza Strip has been grappling with a tough blockade, leaving thousands of sick civilians and humanitarian cases stranded in the world’s largest “open air prison.”

(Source / 04.10.2018)

Israeli forces move into blockaded Gaza, attack fishermen

Move into Gaza

Israeli military bulldozers on Thursday morning moved dozens of meters into the blockaded Gaza Strip at the same time as Israeli navy attacked a Palestinian fishing boat off the enclave’s southern seashore.

Local sources said six Israeli bulldozers stationed at a military site along Gaza’s border crept into the eastern corners of Deir Balah city, in central Gaza Strip.

In the meantime, Israeli gunboats attacked overnight Palestinian fishermen sailing off Khan Younis coast within a four-nautical-mile zone.

The captain launched distress signals as soon as Israel’s navy unleashed gigantic water pumps in an attempt to make the vessel sink at sea.

Israeli military incursions near the border fence separating Gaza from territories occupied in 1948 have long been a near-daily occurrence.

The Israeli army also regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds, and farmers along the border areas.

The practices, often carried out under the security pretext, have destroyed much of the agricultural harvest and fishing equipment of the blockaded coastal enclave.

Blockaded by Israel — by air, land and sea — since 2007, the Gaza Strip has been grappling with a tough blockade, leaving thousands of sick civilians and humanitarian cases stranded in the world’s largest “open air prison.”

(Source / 04.10.2018)

Extremist settlers set Palestinian home on fire in Al-Khalil

AL-KHALIL, PALESTINOW.COM — Extremist Israeli settlers on Wednesday evening burned down a Palestinian house al-Khalil’s Old City, in the southern occupied West Bank.

According al-Khalil’s Reconstruction Committee, Israeli settlers set fire to the house of Izeddin Sharabati, which is located in a military area near the illegal settlement of Abraham Avino, adjacent to the Ibrahimi Mosque.

The Sharabati family had lived in the building for many years until they were forced to leave it due to continued assaults by Israel’s settler gangs.

(Source / 04.10.2018)

Palestinian Injured After Being Rammed By A Settler

04 OCT
6:13 AM

Palestinian medical sources have reported, Wednesday, that a man was injured after being struck by a speeding colonialist settler’s car at a military roadblock, near Ni’lin village, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

The sources said the man, Nassif Saleh Khalifa, suffered a moderate injury, and was rushed to a Palestinian hospital.

The Palestinian, a day laborer working in occupied Jerusalem, was heading back home in Ni’lin, and was struck by the car while on the sidewalk.

(Source / 04.10.2018)

PPS: “Army Abducts Fourteen Palestinians In West Bank”

04 OCT
11:48 AM

Updated: The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) has reported that Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday at dawn, fourteen Palestinians, including one journalist, in several parts of the occupied West Bank.

The PPS said the soldiers abducted the Palestinians during invasions into many communities, and violent searches of homes and property.

The soldiers also installed many roadblocks in several parts of the West Bank, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

Furthermore, the army said its soldiers shot and detained a young Palestinian man in Qalqilya city, after he reportedly hurled a Molotov cocktail at a military jeep.

The abducted Palestinians have been identified as:

  1. Waleed Khaled, (journalist), Salfit.
  2. Saleh Ayman Qassoul, Salfit.
  3. Moath Jamal Nassar, Salfit.
  4. Ali Abu Zaher, Salfit.
  5. Emad Bisharat, Tubas.
  6. Rasool Abdul-Aziz Bani Odah, Tubas.
  7. Yahia Abdul-Razeq Bani Odah, Tubas.
  8. Ahmad Khaled Hmeid, Bethlehem.
  9. Mo’tasem Abu Khdeir, Bethlehem.
  10. Khalil Abu Srour, Bethlehem.
  11. Ahmad Essam Taha, Qalqilia.
  12. Ayman Salim, Qalqilia.
  13. Monjid Ragheb Salah, Nablus.
  14. Abdul-Halim Daghlas Abu Thaher, Nablus.

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Israeli Army Abducts 13 Palestinians In The West Bank
Oct 4, 2018 @ 10:20

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday at dawn, thirteen Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, including one who was shot and injured after he reportedly hurled a Molotov cocktail at a military vehicle.

Dozens of soldiers invaded Tammoun town, south of Tubas in northeastern West Bank, searched many homes and abducted Emad Suleiman Bisharat, Rasool Abdul-Aziz Bani Odah and Yahia Mohammad Bani Odah.

In addition, the soldiers invaded homes in Qalqilia city, in northern West Bank, and abducted Ayman Essam Taha, in addition to Ayman Essam Salim, 24, who was taken prisoner from his home in Jayyous town, east of the city.

The soldiers also abducted Eyad Sameek, after stopping him at the eastern entrance of Qalqilia, but released him a few hours later.

Furthermore, the army said its soldiers shot and detained a young Palestinian man in Qalqilia city, after he reportedly hurled a Molotov cocktail at a military jeep.

According to the Israeli army, the soldiers arrested thirteen Palestinians in several parts of the West Bank, and “confiscated homemade weapons.”

(Source / 04.10.2018)

Breast Cancer the Most Widely Spread Form in Palestine

04 OCT
7:56 PM

Breast cancer is the most common and widely spread type of cancer in Palestine, said the Palestinian Ministry of Health, in an official statement, Thursday.

MoH said that a total of 503 new cases of breast cancer were documented until the end of 2017, in the West Bank, while 327 new other cases were recorded in the Gaza Strip in 2016.

It said, according to WAFA, that since the beginning of the year, a total of 3,854 women underwent early examination of breast cancer in the centers of the Ministry of Health in the West Bank, of whom 210 cases of suspected breast cancer were ordered to conduct follow-up tests to ensure their safety.

In 2017, MoH said it provided breast cancer screening services to 9,721 cases in the West Bank, of whom 2,772 cases were found to be abnormal and accounted for 28.5% of the examined cases.

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Human Interest 09/21/18 Open Letter: Palestinian Environmental and Professional Organizations Urge MedPine to Relocate KKL-JNF Sponsored Forestry Conference from Israel

(Source / 04.10.2018)

Palestinian boy speaks about his horrible experience inside Israeli jails

Rights groups: More than 350 Palestinian children are currently inside Israeli jails

‘Israeli occupation troops broke the door of our house, about 11 of them entered and told my mother they were looking for me,’ the boy, who gave his witness to the Military Court Watch, said.

On 26 August 2018, a 15-year-old youth was arrested after he attended Binyamin Police Station in response to a summon delivered at 2:00 a.m. He was released on 13 September 2018 after his father had paid NIS 3,000.

On 20 August 2018, my sister woke up when she heard noises outside our house at 2:00 a.m. Then she heard a loud banging at our front door. My mother opened the door and about 13 Israeli soldiers entered and asked about  my father and me. My mother told the commander that we were sleeping over at a relative’s house. The soldiers then searched the house and caused a big mess. An hour and ahalf later, they left.

On 23 August 2018, my mother woke up again at around 2:00 a.m. to hear the sound of banging at our front door. Before she could open the door, soldiers broke the lock and stormed into our house. About 11 soldiers entered this time and told my mother they were looking for me. My mother told them I was not home. The commander then gave my mother a document summoning me to Binyamin Police Station in the morning at 9:00 a.m. The information in the summon was written in Hebrew.

Later in that morning my father and I went to the police station as requested. We waited from around 9:00 a.m. until around 11:00 a.m. when a soldier told us to come back on Sunday, 26 August, because the interrogator was not at the police station.

On Sunday, 26 August, my father, my uncle and I went again to the police station inside Binyamin police station. My father waited outside because he wanted to leave in order to go to work and my uncle and I went in and waited. About an hour later a policeman told my uncle to leave and I was taken for interrogation.

The interrogator wore an Israeli police uniform. He started to question me without informing me of any rights. He accused me of throwing stones, showed me two photos and accused me of being the person shown in the photos. I denied the accusation and  that the photo was mine. He also accused me of organising young boys and encouraging them to throw stones. When I denied the accusation, he swore at me saying I was a “son of a whore”. He banged the table and raised shouted at me . Then he asked me whether I had ever harmed settlers and I told him I had not.

The interrogator then threatened to bring my father and mother to the police station if I did not confess. Then he told me somebody made confessions thatcriminalize me. When I asked him to confront me with that person he said he was not going to. Then he told me to say sorry for throwing stones and I told him I did not throw stones and so was not going to say sorry.

At the end of the interrogation the interrogator showed me documents in Hebrew and asked me to sign them but I refused. He told me he would send me home if I signed; still, I refused to sign and told him I was not going to sign any documents without a lawyer present.

Then the interrogator called my father and asked him to appoint me a lawyer.  My father told him I did not need a lawyer because I was innocent and the interrogator hung up immediately. Then the interrogator called a lawyer and allowed me to speak to him. The lawyer told me not to make any confession even if the interrogator showed me photos.

After the interrogation was over I was shackled and handcuffed. The handcuffs were behind my back and were painful. I was then taken to a small room which was very hot. When I tried to fall asleep, a soldier kicked me and woke me up. I complained to the soldier that the handcuffs were painful and he removed them. I was left in that room, was not given any food or drink, and  was not allowed to use a toilet.

The next morning I was taken to Ofer Prison where I was left in a room until the evening. My parents tried to find me during this time and contacted all the police stations but none had any information about me. Then I was searched with my clothes on and taken to Section 13 where I ate and drank for the first time.

Two days later, I was taken to Ofer Military Court. My father attended the hearing, and the military court decided to keep me under detention and the hearing was adjourned.

Overall,  I had five military court hearings. My lawyer told the military judge I was sick and needed medical care. My father gave a medical report to the court. At the last hearing, the military judge gave my father the option of paying 3,000 shekels for my immediate release or imprisonment for 3 months. My father objected and told the court there was no evidence against me and that I had not made confessions. The judge told my father 3 soldiers had testified against me.

My lawyer rejected the military court because the charge sheet said I was accused of throwing stones near the village, but the prosecutor said I was accused of throwing stones in a village near Jerusalem. In the end, my father told the judge he was willing to pay NIS 3,000 for my immediate release. He explained to the judge that he wanted me back at school as quickly as possible.

On the day when I was supposed to be released, I was told my suit file was lost and I had to spend another day in prison. I was finally released on 13 September. I went home with my father and we arrived home after midnight. My mother and sisters were waiting for me and we all had dinner together with some friends and relatives.

(Source / 04.10.2018)

Fatah seeks full disengagement with Israel

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (2nd R) and Secretary of the Revolutionary Council of the Fatah movement, Majed Al Fityani (2nd L) attend a Revolutionary Council Meeting of Fatah Movement in Ramallah, West Bank on May 25, 2017 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (2nd R) and Secretary of the Revolutionary Council of the Fatah movement, Majed Al Fityani (2nd L) attend a Revolutionary Council Meeting of Fatah Movement in Ramallah, West Bank on 25 May, 2017

Secretary of Fatah’s Central Council Jibreel Al-Rajoub said on yesterday that his movement “has a strategic decision” to disengage with Israel, stressing “this is the time to implement the PLO’s National Council and Fatah’s Central Committee,” Al-Wattan Voice reported.

Speaking to Palestine TV, Al-Rajoub said: “We, Fatah movement, are heading towards a full disengagement with the occupation in order to persuade the international community to protect the Palestinian people.”

He stressed that his movement’s vision keeps up with those of the Popular and Democratic Fronts for the Liberation of Palestine.

The senior Fatah official also said that his movement is to propose a partnership with the Palestinian factions based on ending the occupation, establishing a Palestinian state, reiterating the popular resistance, having one weapon and one law through elections.

Al-Rajoub called for Hamas to stop its “incitement campaign” against Fatah and PLO President Mahmoud Abbas, stressing: “We will never allow anyone to insult out leadership or national symbols on top of whom is Mahmoud Abbas.”

READ: Trump pressured Arab leaders to meet Abbas

He claimed that there are no punitive measures imposed by Abbas on Gaza. “What is promoted by Hamas is defective,” he charged.

Regarding relations with the US, Al-Rajoub said Fatah is heading towards cutting ties with it and not allowing it “to return unless the reasons which lead to the boycott vanish”, in reference to America’s moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognising the holy city as Israel’s undivided capital.

The world, he added, now recognises that the safety and stability of the Middle East cannot be achieved without establishing a Palestinian state.

(Source / 04.10.2018)

Israel killed 15-year-old in Gaza

A 15-year-old Palestinian was shot and killed, while dozens of others were injured, yesterday evening, after Israeli forces opened fire at Palestinian protesters near the Erez crossing (Beit Hanoun) in the northern besieged Gaza Strip.

Ma’an reporter said that 15-year-old Ahmad Samir Abu Habel was shot in the head by Israeli forces as he participated in protests near the Erez crossing in northern Gaza.

READ: Israel killed 193 Palestinians in Gaza since 30 March

Medical sources confirmed that 24 Palestinians were shot and injured by Israeli forces, while several others suffered from tear-gas inhalation as Israeli forces showered protesters with live ammunition and tear-gas bombs to disperse them.

Israeli forces targeted and fired a tear-gas bomb at an ambulance passing by the Erez crossing; no injuries were reported.

The protests were held as part of the “Great March of Return” which were launched on 30 March and saw unarmed Palestinians demanding an end to the 11-year siege on the Strip and heir right to return to homes from which their families were forcibly removed.

Earlier this week the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza confirmed that Israeli forces had killed 193 Palestinians and injured at least 21,000 others during the protests.

(Source / 04.10.2018)

PLO: US provoking Israel to demolish Khan Al-Ahmar

Anti-occupation activists brought 174 school backpacks to Israel's Supreme Court to symbolize the 174 children who would lose their school if the Israeli army destroys Khan Al-Ahmar, a Palestinian Bedouin Village. [Facebook/All That's Left: Anti-Occupation Collective]

Anti-occupation activists brought 174 school backpacks to Israel’s Supreme Court to symbolize the 174 children who would lose their school if the Israeli army destroys Khan Al-Ahmar, a Palestinian Bedouin Village

The PLO’s International Relations Committee yesterday condemned American remarks “inciting” Israel to demolish Palestinian village Khan Al-Ahmar, Safa news agency reported.

According to the PLO, the spokeswoman of the US State Department Heather Nauert said the Israeli Supreme Court ruling which paved the way for the demolition of the village had been “accepted” by the American government.

In a statement, the PLO committee described this as a “direct incitement” to demolish the village of Khan Al-Ahmar and expel its residents.

READ: US’ $38bn military aid package for Israel enters into force

The committee said that this is a slap to the international will which opposes the Israeli decision, as well as a slap to the German Chancellor Angela Merkel who is visiting Israel.

It went on to urge all international players to stop making “irresponsible” remarks which are biased to the Israeli occupation and “pose a threat to international peace and security”.

Khan Al-Ahmar has been slated for demolition this week, after an Israeli court gave the residents of the village until 1 October to evacuate their homes. The demolition is expected imminently, with the delay thought to be due only to Jewish holidays taking place earlier this week.

Earlier yesterday Israel’s Army Radio reported that German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is due to arrive in Israel this evening, has threatened to cancel her visit if the demolition goes ahead. Merkel’s visit to Israel has been repeatedly postponed in the past 18 months due to disagreements over Israel’s continued policy of illegal settlement and its treatment of Palestinians.

(Source / 04.10.2018)