MSF: 1,000 Gazans shot by Israel at risk of fatal infection

Protesters are seen at the Gaza border during the Great March of Return on 25 October 2018 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

An injured Palestinian receives medical care after Israeli forces fired at Palestinians during the Great March of Return in the Gaza Strip on 5 November 2018

International medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF, Doctors Without Borders) has said that more than 1,000 Gazans shot by Israel are at risk of infection, which could lead to permanent disabilities or death.

In a statement released today, MSF said that “the huge numbers of patients with complex and serious gunshot wounds are overwhelming the healthcare system in Gaza”, meaning their wounds often go untreated. This “could lead to lifelong disability for many, and untreated infections pose the risk of amputation or even death”, MSF added.

MSF emphasised that the crisis was caused by the severity of the wounds inflicted by Israel’s policy of “shoot to maim” during the Great March of Return protests. The charity explained:

The vast majority of the 3,117 patients treated by MSF between 30 March and 31 October – out of the total 5,866 the [Gaza] Ministry of Health says have been injured by live fire – had been shot in the leg. Around half suffered open fractures, with severe soft tissue damage to many of the rest.

“These are complex and serious injuries that do not quickly heal,” MSF added, saying: “Their severity and the lack of appropriate treatment in Gaza’s crippled health system means that infection is a high risk.”

MSF stressed that the situation was tantamount to a “slow-motion healthcare emergency,” with MSF’s Head of Mission in Palestine Marie-Elisabeth Ingres saying that: “This many patients would overstretch [even] the best healthcare systems in the world.” Although “Gaza currently lacks the ability to properly diagnose bone infections”, MSF estimates that 25 per cent of patients with fractures are infected – amounting to more than 1,000 Gazans.

READ: Iran sponsors families of Palestinians killed during Gaza protests

To combat the crisis, MSF called on “authorities in Palestine and Israel to facilitate the transfer of these patients abroad [and] for other countries in the region and around the globe to step forward and offer funding and space in their hospitals.”

Yet Israel’s 11-year siege of the Strip regularly deprives Gaza’s almost two million strong population of adequate access to healthcare. Earlier this month, head of the Popular International Committee to Support Gaza, Dr Essam Yousef, said that the health sector in Gaza has deteriorated to an unprecedented level. He added that the problem “cannot be ignored,” as these institutions are unable to provide adequate and appropriate services to citizens across Gaza.

Head of the Popular International Committee to Support Gaza, Essam Yousef [File photo]

This crisis means that much-needed medicines are often unavailable to patients, with Deputy Minister of Health Yousef Abu-Rish saying in November that 47 per cent of medicines are in short supply in the Strip. Power outages as a result of fuel shortagesare also commonplace, meaning that numerous hospital departments including dialysis, intensive care, surgery and neo-natal units are unable to treat patients or provide care.

Israel further compounds the health crisis by refusing to allow patients to leave Gaza to receive treatment elsewhere. According to a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Israel prevented 763 Palestinian patients from leaving the besieged enclave for treatment in September. WHO pointed out that some 668 patient applications to travel through the Israeli-controlled Erez crossing (Beit Hanoun) were delayed, “receiving no definitive response to their application by the date of their hospital appointment”. Of these, 161 applications were for children under the age of 18.

Since the Great March of Return began on 30 March, the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHAoPt) estimates that 150 Palestinians have been killed and a further 21,000 injured. OCHA’s figures only account for the period 30 March to 4 October, meaning the latest figures are likely to be higher. Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem estimates that more than 180 protesters have been killed, including at least 31 minors.

READ: ‘I did nothing to harm Israel,’ says child shot by sniper. ‘I only raised the flag’

(Source / 29.11.2018)

Online advert used to transfer Jerusalem properties to settlers

Facebook sponsored adverts market loans for properties in occupied Jerusalem are reportedly a ploy to transfer Palestinian property in to the names of settlers

A new trend of Facebook sponsored adverts which market loans for properties in occupied Jerusalem are reportedly a ploy to transfer Palestinian property in to the names of settlers, Quds News Network reported.

The companies marketing these loans use the economic hardships that Palestinians in Jerusalem are facing as a result of the systematic discrimination and deprivation of their rights. Additionally, Jerusalemites are subject to the Arnona tax (municipal tax) to pay for the municipality services in their city, Arnona taxes can exceed the annual rent of low-income families.

Quds News added that this is part of the Israeli occupation’s Judaisation policies in occupied Jerusalem, quoting the senior Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Ekrima Sabri, who warned Jerusalemites against falling into these trap. Sabri mentioned that it’s beneficial for the Israeli companies to target Palestinians who cannot afford to repay loans as their homes can then be repossessed and transferred in to Israeli ownership.

READ: PA jails Palestinian for selling land to settlers

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Hamas calls on UN to support Palestinians’ right to bear arms against Israel

Head of the Political Bureau of Hamas Ismail Haniyeh makes a speech during a conference on 18 September, 2018 in Gaza City, Gaza [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]

Head of the Political Bureau of Hamas Ismail Haniyeh makes a speech during a conference on 18 September, 2018 in Gaza City, Gaza

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh has called on the United Nations to recognise and support the Palestinian people’s right to bear arms against Israel in self-defence.

Haniyeh wrote to UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Maria Fernada Spinosa in advance of the organisation’s debate regarding Hamas rocket fire into Israel.

“We reiterate the right of our people to defend themselves and to resist the occupation, by all available means,” wrote Haniyeh, “including armed resistance, guaranteed by the international law.” He based the demand on international law drawn up and implemented by the UN, which gives states and peoples the right to defend themselves with arms if necessary, in the case of an external attack.“The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted dozens of resolutions that affirm the right of peoples to independence, self-determination and struggle by all available means, peaceful and non-peaceful, for that right. The UN singled out the Palestinian people for dozens of relevant resolutions, including 2621, 2649, 2787 and 3236,” he said.

READ: US lobbies for vote against Hamas at UN General Assembly

After condemning the US for adopting Israel’s narrative of the conflict and justifying Israel’s aggression towards the Palestinians, Haniyeh insisted that “the last of these efforts is the attempt by the United States Ambassador to the United Nations…to submit a draft resolution condemning the Palestinian resistance and the right of our people to defend themselves against this racist and continuous occupation for more than seven decades.”

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, commented on Haniyeh’s letter, saying that Hamas “going to the UN for assistance is like a serial killer asking the police for assistance. Israel and the United States will continue to mobilize the countries of the world into a united front against the terrorism that Hamas engages in.”

The debate held in the UN today coincides with the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, which is held every year on 29 November. It comes two weeks after the latest Israeli assault on Gaza, which broke out after an undercover Israeli special forces operation in the strip was botched and compromised by Hamas. Days later, a ceasefire was declared, which was again broken by Israel the following morning when Israeli soldiers killed a Palestinian fisherman off the coast of Gaza.

(Source / 29.11.2018)

Palestinian scholars condemn normalising ties with Israel

Palestinian Union of Religious Scholars carry sings reading 'Receiving the leaders of the occupation in Arab countries is a betrayal to the resistance of the Palestinians.'

Palestinian Union of Religious Scholars carry signs reading, ‘Receiving the leaders of the occupation in Arab countries is a betrayal to the resistance of the Palestinians’

The Palestinian Union of Religious Scholars has condemned the normalisation of ties with Israel as a “stab in the heart of the Palestinian, Arab and Islamic nations.” A statement from the organisation called for an end to all forms of normalisation.

“Some of the Arab nations stab the resilience of the Palestinians in the heart,” said Dr Salem Salama, the deputy leader of the union. “Not in the back, mind you, but in the heart, because they not only normalise relations secretly with Israel, but have also opened the gates of their capitals for the Israeli Prime Minister.”

He expressed the scholars’ shock at the degree of “penetration of the boycott wall” by Arab governments. “This is at a time when the Palestinians are still involved in the battle to liberate Islamic and Christian holy sites from Israel’s occupation.”

According to Salama, the scholars are surprised to hear governments claiming that normalisation is being done to help the Palestinian cause. “Meetings between the leaders of the occupation authorities and Arab and Islamic politicians will have negative consequences for the Palestinians, their rights and their sacred cause.” He stressed that religious scholars in Palestine and beyond came out against occupation of any kind as long ago as 1935.

The Arab and Islamic nations, especially their scholars, should be the prime defenders of Palestinian rights, Salama added, instead of normalisation. He called for them to protect the Palestinian cause and lands, as well as the holy city of Jerusalem, from the Israeli occupation.

READ: Does ‘creeping normalisation’ save Netanyahu from his problems?

Are Arab nations normalising their relation with Israel...- Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

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Palestine envoy: No settlement without Jerusalem as our capital

Muslims arrive at Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound to perform the Friday prayer in Jerusalem on 26 October 2018 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

Muslims arrive at Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound to perform the Friday prayer in Jerusalem on 26 October 2018

Palestinians won’t accept any political settlement with Israel that does not include Jerusalem as the capital of an independent Palestinian state, the Palestinian ambassador to Egypt said yesterday.

“There will be no political settlement without Jerusalem; Jerusalem is the capital [of Palestine],” Diab Allouh said during an Arab League meeting held ahead of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People which is marked today.

“We won’t accept any political plan that does not explicitly include the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the territories occupied [by Israel] in 1967,” Allouh, who also serves as Palestine’s permanent representative to the Arab League, reiterated.

The diplomat stressed on what he described as “the Palestinians’ longstanding rejection of a state with temporary borders and transitional solutions”.

“Nor can there be any settlement without a just solution for Palestinian refugees, who currently number some 5.4 million worldwide,” he pointed out.

New Israel Supreme Court ruling gives further backing to use of torture

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UN Secretary General: World Countries Failed To End Palestinian Suffering

Two million Palestinians in Gaza hugely suffer under strict Israeli siege

On the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, the UN Secretary General said “this day reminds us of our collective, unfinished task of resolving the question of Palestine.”

In a statement, a copy of which sent to Days of Palestine, he said: “Over the decades, this has become one of the most intractable challenges for the international community, and we know only too well the tragic results.

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“Demolitions, illegal continued settlement expansion and construction, forced evictions and collective punitive measures will not bring peace.”

He added: “Today, in particular, our hearts are heavy with the suffering of the people in Gaza, where approximately two million Palestinians remain blocked in increasing poverty and unemployment, with limited access to adequate health, education, water and electricity.”

Since 2007, the Gaza Strip has been enduing a strict and illegal Israeli siege and was subject to several major onslaughts that claimed the lives of about 6,000 residents and wounded more than 100,000 others.

“Young people see little prospect of a better future,” he said. “I urge Israel to lift restrictions on the movement of people and goods, which also hamper the efforts of the United Nations and other humanitarian agencies.”

Regarding protests of the Great March of Return, he said: “Israel has a responsibility to exercise maximum restraint and to not use lethal force, except as a last resort against imminent threat of death or serious injury.”

He concluded: “On this International Day of Solidarity, let us reaffirm our commitment to upholding the rights of the Palestinian people and to building a future of peace, justice, security and dignity for Palestinians and Israelis alike.”

(Source / 29.11.2018)

Israeli Prosecution Files Indictment Against Father Of Ashraf Na’alwa

29 NOV
8:49 PM

The Israeli Prosecutor’s Office at an Israeli military court in the northern part of the West Bank, filed an indictment against Walid Suleiman Na’alwa, the father of Ashraf Na’alwa, accusing him of aiding his son, who shot and killed two Israeli colonists in Burkan colony.

Israeli sources said the father is accused of “not trying to stop the shooting,” and of “obstructing justice,” and that he “knew his son owned a weapon and was training on how to use it in order to carry out a shooting attack.”

They added that the father is also accused of trying to hide his son’s car, and later attempted to sell it when he could not get rid of it.

The Israeli army has been searching to Ashraf since the shooting on October 7th, 2018, and the soldiers repeatedly invaded his home, and the homes of his relatives, and abducted many of them, including his mother, father and sisters.

Soldiers Detonate Doors Of Homes And Stores, Before Invading Them, Near Tulkarem

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MADA Report: 2 Palestinian Journalists Killed, 46 Injured in 6 Months

29 NOV
6:43 AM

The Palestinian Center for Development & Media Freedoms (MADA) has issued a special report on Israeli attacks targeting both male and female journalists, during their coverage of the Great March of Return protests that erupted eight months ago. It should be noted that these demonstrations mostly take place in five key areas near the barrier fence, in the Gaza Strip, to protest the continuing siege.

The report documents the grave and broad Israeli attacks witnessed during the marches in the first six months (between March 30, 2018 and September 30, 2018), committed against media freedoms. These attacks reflect the adoption, by the Israeli occupation, of an official policy based on excluding and impeding the media from covering the events and preventing journalists from transmitting an accurate picture in various ways. Such ways have even included murder, as the report indicates, according to the PNN, demonstrating the statement of former Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, in commenting on the killing of the journalist Yasser Murtaja, by the Israeli Army, which reflect the explicit call to target journalists with murder. As Lieberman, in this regard, has stated to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, on 8 April 2018, “I do not know who he is (referring to the journalist, Murtaja), whether he was a photographer or not. Whoever turns on a drone (a small aircraft for aerial photography) above the Israeli army forces should know that he is risking his life” even though Murtaja was 300 meters away from the separating fence where the soldiers were deployed.

During the six months covered by the report, the killing of two journalists, Yasser Murtaja and Ahmad Abu Hussein, by explosive bullets fired by the occupation soldiers while the men were covering the events of the return marches, during April, is documented in the report. This is in addition to the injury of 46 male and female journalists, by live and explosive bullets, resulting in serious injuries, and impeding the journalists, for reasonable periods, from covering the events or fulfilling their journalistic duties, even though all of them were wearing visible “Press” signs. Furthermore, most of these men and women were injured while standing between 300-350 meters away from the separating fence.

In addition to these injuries by live bullets, the report also documents the injuries of a total of 25 journalists by gas bombs fired directly at their bodies, resulting in serious injuries. The report considered this additional evidence to the deliberate targeting of journalists by the occupation army, pointing out an extended history of the repression and targeting of media freedoms in Palestine, the most serious of which was the killing of 17 journalists and media workers in less than two months, during the war launched on the Gaza Strip in 2014, by the Israeli army.

MADA renewed its call of forming an independent commission to investigate the crimes of the Israeli occupation against the media freedoms in Palestine, particularly the murders of the journalists Yasser Murtaja and Ahmad Abu Hussein, and all other crimes of occupation against journalists. The report also considers that the widespread Israeli crimes against journalists and the media, and their continuous escalation in quantity and quality, is a direct result of the impunity of soldiers and officers of the Israeli occupation army for the crimes which have been committed during the past years.

This requires the various international and official agencies to pursue the perpetrators for all of these crimes, to bring them to justice and put an end to acts of impunity, which is a direct catalyst for the continuation and escalation of Israeli attacks on journalists and the media in Palestine.

(Source / 29.11.2018)

Army Abducts A Former Political Prisoner From Nablus

29 NOV
9:01 AM

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Thursday at dawn, a former political prisoner from the northern West Bank city of Nablus, and attacked dozens of protesters in Sebastia and Qaryout nearby towns.

Media sources in Nablus have reported that several army jeeps invaded Rafidia neighborhood in the city, and abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Amir Salama, 23.

They added that the soldiers violently searched and ransacked Salama’s home, and interrogated several members of his family, before abducting him.

Furthermore, the soldiers invaded the Archeological Area in Sebastia town, northwest of Nablus, for the sixth time this week, and attacked dozens of Palestinian protesters with concussion grenades and gas bombs.

The army also invaded Qaryout town, south of Nablus, and fired several gas bombs and concussion grenades at protesters and homes.

(Source / 29.11.2018)

Israeli Demolitions Leave Palestinians Homeless

29 NOV
7:24 AM

Israeli bulldozers demolished a Palestinian home and a commercial building, on Wednesday, in the Jabal Al-Mukabbir neighborhood, in occupied East Jerusalem.

A Ma’an reporter said that dozens of Israeli forces, along with staff from the Israeli Civil Administration and several bulldozers, stormed the neighborhood and blocked a number of streets.

According to local sources, prior to the demolition, Israeli forces raided a residential building belonging to Mahran al-Mughrabi, and forced him, along with his wife and two children, out of their home. Sources added that Israeli bulldozers demolished the home under the pretext that it was built without a permit.

Al-Mughrabi pointed out that the demolished home measured 200-square-meters and was built nearly two years ago.

Meanwhile, local sources said that Israeli forces surrounded a commercial building, in the same neighborhood, and removed its contents, including computers, desks, and chairs, before the demolition commenced.

The commercial building, which measured 50-square-meters, was also demolished under the pretext that it was built without an Israeli permit.

Sources mentioned that the owner had previously attempted to obtain an Israeli permit three months ago, while building, and that he had received no prior demolition notice from Israeli authorities. Israel uses the pretext of building without a permit to carry out demolitions of Palestinian-owned homes on a regular basis.

Israel rarely grants Palestinians permits to build in East Jerusalem, though the Jerusalem municipality has claimed that, compared to the Jewish population, which sees high approval ratings, they receive a disproportionately low number of permit applications from Palestinian communities.

In related news, Israeli forces demolished a Palestinian-owned structure on Tuesday, in Suba village, west of the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

Local sources said that the demolished structure was part of a larger caravan which was donated, by an international organization, to Palestinian resident Nabil al-Hayla.

Sources added that Israeli forces had previously demolished al-Hayla’s home, several years ago.

No reason was given for the demolition.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory issued a report that the month of July recorded the highest number of Palestinian structures Israel has demolished or seized (54), and of Palestinian civilians displaced (97) in the occupied territories, since January 2017.

The report said that the cumulative number of structures targeted so far, in 2018, (251) has remained below the figure in the equivalent period of 2017 (286). All of the demolitions carried out during July 2018 took place under the pretext of lack of building permits.

(Source / 29.11.2018)