WHO: ‘Unprecedented’ attacks against healthcare by Israel forces in 2018

Palestinians, who were wounded by Israeli soldiers during a protest, organized to mark 70th anniversary of Nakba, also known as Day of the Catastrophe in 1948, and against United States' plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, receive treatments at European Hospital in Gaza City, Gaza on 17 May, 2018 [Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinians, who were wounded by Israeli soldiers during a protest, organized to mark 70th anniversary of Nakba, also known as Day of the Catastrophe in 1948, and against United States’ plans to relocate the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, receive treatments at European Hospital in Gaza City, Gaza on 17 May, 2018

A new World Health Organisation (WHO) report said 2018 saw an “unprecedented” number of attacks on healthcare by Israeli forces in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).

The report, “Right to Health in the occupied Palestinian territory: 2018”, launched this week in Ramallah at an event attended by senior diplomats, sets out to examine “obstacles to achieving the highest attainable standard of health for Palestinians living under occupation”.

According to Dr Gerald Rockenschaub, the head of WHO’s office in the oPt, “Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip continue to face major barriers to the realization of the right to health.”

“Sustainability of quality healthcare services is challenged by chronic occupation and fragmentation; restrictions on movement have a profound impact on access to healthcare, including for some of the most vulnerable Palestinian patients.”

The WHO noted that “Palestinians living under Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip are exposed to high levels of violence”, with 299 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in 2018, and 31,723 injured (mostly in the context of Great March of Return protests in Gaza).

READ: Egypt medical convoy treats Palestinians in Gaza 

Moreover, the WHO reported, 2018 saw “an unprecedented 432 attacks against healthcare in the West Bank and Gaza Strip”.

“In Gaza alone, three health workers were killed and 570 injured, 41 with live ammunition, while providing care to those injured in Gaza’s Great March of Return,” the WHO stated.

Meanwhile, “over a half of conflict-affected children may be affected by post-traumatic stress disorder, while the long-term consequences of injuries, with more than 6,000 live ammunition injuries in Gaza alone over the year, put strain on an already overburdened health system.”

Speaking at the launch event, United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Jamie McGoldrick, described a “dire humanitarian situation” for Palestinians.

“No patient should have to worry about being prevented from accessing essential and lifesaving treatments, whether access to health facilities requiring Israeli-issued permits or access to essential medicines within Palestinian health facilities,” McGoldrick stated.

“No health worker should have to go to work with the fear of being shot at and killed. WHO’s report underlines the immediate need for our collective efforts to strengthen the protection of healthcare.”

(Source / 10.10.2019) 

Israel court sentences Palestinian to 18 years, $142,000 fine

Israeli court in Jerusalem on 31 March 2019 [Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli court in Jerusalem on 31 March 2019 

Israeli military court in Ofer Prison sentenced Palestinian prisoner Raed Badwan to 18 years in prison and a 500,000 shekel ($142,760) fine, the PLO’s Prisoners and Freed Prisoners’ Committee said yesterday.

Badwan, 57 and from Badow Village in Jerusalem, has been in prison since 6 August 2015 and has attended 56 hearings.

He suffers from several medical conditions in addition to the wounds he suffered when he was shot with 12 live bullets during his detention.

The committee said that Badwan was arrested over claims he carried out a ramming attack on Route 60 near the village of Sanjal, north of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

He was shot from a very close distance and then taken to ICU at an Israeli hospital where surgeons could only take out six bullets.

One of the bullets remained lodged in his neck and another in his head. He was then moved to prison.

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(Source / 10.10.2019) 

Palestinian PM in Egypt to discuss ‘economic disengagement’ from Israel

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh leads the weekly cabinet meeting which is held in Jordan valley, in West Bank on 16 September 2019. [Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh leads the weekly cabinet meeting which is held in Jordan valley, in West Bank on 16 September 2019

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh praised Egyptian efforts to support the Palestinian economy during a visit to Cairo, reported Asharq Al-Awsat.

Shtayyeh was speaking at a press conference alongside his Egyptian counterpart Mostafa Madbouly.

According to the report, the Palestinian premier “outlined the government’s strategy of gradual disengagement from Israel, self-reliance through strengthening national products, and opening Arab markets to Palestinian products.”

Shtayyeh has been visiting Egypt at the head of a high-level ministerial delegation to Cairo “to discuss cooperation to strengthen economic relations as part of a Palestinian plan for the gradual disengagement from Israel,” stated Asharq Al-Awsat.

The Egyptian PM, meanwhile, “affirmed that his government is ready to follow up on all issues raised by the Palestinian side and work to implement them as soon as possible, and will provide all forms of support to the Palestinian government.”

Shtayyeh stressed the difficulties faced in particular by Palestinians in Gaza.

READ: The PA’s ‘rights’ rhetoric normalises US-Israel violence against Palestinians 

“The suffering of our people in the Gaza Strip is unprecedented; 95 percent of the water is not drinkable, unemployment rate is 55 percent, poverty rate is 72 percent, and electricity is available for only 8 hours a day,” the premier reported.

Shtayyeh said the delegation had “reached many agreements, adding that the government is keen to open new horizons with Egypt.”

“We want our goods to enter Egypt and we want Egypt’s goods to be present in our markets,” he said, cited by Wafa news agency.

Egypt is the third Arab country in Shtayyeh’s visit after visits to both Jordan and Iraq to discuss ways of supporting the Palestinian economy.

Egypt maintains an important role in long-standing efforts to make progress in Palestinian national reconciliation, as well as acting as a go-between in indirect talks between Palestinian factions in the occupied Gaza Strip and Israeli authorities.

(Source / 10.10.2019) 

Israel arrests 5 Palestinians after raiding Al-Rahma Gate

Tension and clashes spread at Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound after the Israeli authorities closed one of the gates leading to the Mosque, al-Rahma (Mercy) Gate, and prevented the Palestinians from moving in or out on 18 February, 2019 [Twitter]

Israeli forces arrest Palestinians after during protests following the closure of the gates leading to the Mosque, Al-Rahma (Mercy) Gate, on 18 February 2019

Israeli occupation forces arrested five Palestinians and confiscated wooden partitions and shoe racks in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound’s historic Al-Rahma Gate yesterday.

Onlookers were threatened with arrest and prevented from filming to document the Israeli attack, Palestinian news agency Safa reported.

Moreover, five Palestinians were rounded up from the Al-Rahma Gate prayer area and taken to the police station by the Old City’s Lion’s Gate.

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This invasion comes after hundreds of Jewish settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa compound yesterday morning from the Al-Mughrabi Gate under Israeli police protection.

“Around 159 Jewish settlers have entered the compound,” the Religious Endowments Authority, the Jordan-run agency responsible for overseeing the city’s Muslim and Christian holy sites, said in a statement.

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The Director of Al-Aqsa Mosque Sheikh Omar Al-Kiswani told Safa: “There is a clear incitement by Israel, and a systematic program to change the reality in Al-Aqsa and impose a new reality in it by armed force.”

It was also reported that there has been a “marked escalation” in the frequency of visits by Israeli Jews and “extremist calls to storm Al-Aqsa during the Jewish holidays amid tight restrictions imposed by the occupation authorities on the Palestinians.”

Al-Rahma Gate (Gate of Mercy), a large hall that is part of the bigger Al-Dhahabi Gate (Golden Gate), was closed off with chains and locks by Israeli forces in 2003 during the Second Intifada.

In February this year, hundreds of Palestinian worshippers protested against the closure and entered Al-Rahma Gate, reopening its gates and praying in it.

Israel responded by arresting around 60 Palestinians from their homes, and detaining the Head of the Jerusalem Waqf Sheikh Abdel Azeem Salhab and his deputy Sheikh Najeh Bkeirat.

(Source / 10.10.2019) 

Army Demolishes Structures, Confiscates Solar Panels, Near Hebron

10 OCT 11:44 AM

Israeli soldiers invaded, Thursday, Khirbat ad-Daqeeqa small community, east of Yatta town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and demolished several residential sheds, in addition to confiscating solar panels.

Rateb Jabour, the coordinator of the National and Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Southern West Bank, said the soldiers demolished many residential sheds and structures in Shu’ab al-Haratheen area in the ad-Daqeeqa community.

He added that the soldiers also confiscated solar panels, used for generating electricity by Jamil Mahmoud Najajra, and his son Mahmoud.

The soldiers were still in the village at the time of this report, an issue that raises fear among the residents of further demolitions and violations.

(Source / 10.10.2019) 

Israeli Police Invades Bab ar-Rahma Mosque

10 OCT 9:52 AM

Israeli police officers invaded, on Thursday morning, Bab ar-Rahma Mosque, in the Al-0Aqsa Mosque Compound in occupied East Jerusalem and confiscated wooden dividers.

Eyewitnesses said the officers attacked many Palestinians and threatened to abduct and imprison them if they do not leave the holy site.

They added that the officers also chased and attempted to abduct Palestinians, who were using their smart phones to capture the invasions on video.

It is worth mentioning that, on Wednesday, the soldiers and police officers, accompanied dozens of illegal colonialist settlers into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, after forcing the Palestinian away, and conducted provocative tours.

Bab ar-Rahma Mosque in Al-Aqsa was reopened on February 16th of this year, after dozens of Palestinians protested its closure under Israeli orders for sixteen consecutive year and managed to reopen it despite continued invasions and attempts to prevent the Muslim worshipers from entering it.

Bab ar-Rahma, as well as the rest of the holy Muslim compound, is subject to constant Israeli violations and invasions.

Video By WAFA News

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(QNN) – An extremist Israeli Jewish settler who was indicted for the 2015 arson-murder of the Palestinian Dawabsheh family in the occupied West Bank village of Duma is joining the Israeli army next year, according to “Yedioth Ahronoth” newspaper.

The Israeli settler, whose name and identity were kept confidential, was charged with second-degree murder in the case of the Duma village arson attack in the occupied West Bank.

In July 2015, extremist Israeli settlers set fire to the house of the Palestinian Dawabsheh family, killing the parents and their infant. Only one member, two-year-old Ali, survived.

The Israeli court dropped murder charges against the accused Israeli settler, and decided to involve him in a one-year military training to “adjust his behaviour.”

According to “Yedioth Ahronoth”, the Israeli court dropped the original indictment which had charged the accused with conspiring to commit a crime. The new, amended indictment against the accused charges him of being involved in hate crimes against Palestinians.

In July 2018, the court released the main accused, who was a minor at the time of the crime, to house arrest after being kept in jail for two years. The court had ruled that his confessions were inadmissible because they were allegedly obtained by the Israeli Shin Bet security service under extreme duress. However, he admitted guilt as part of a plea deal between his lawyers and the state prosecutor’s office in the central district court in Lod. He admitted to planning the torching of a Palestinian home in a racially motivated conspiracy and to marking out the Palestinian village with another co-accused.

(Source / 10.10.2019) 


(QNN) – Facebook is the platform trusted the most by world governments and political parties to publish fake news, according to a new report by the University of Oxford.

The report, entitled, “The Global Disinformation Order 2019: Global Inventory of Organised Social Media Manipulation,” discussed the increasing usage of social media, especially Facebook, by governments and political parties around the world to discredit political opponents, drown out opposing views, or undermine trust in the liberal international order.

According to the report, governments and political parties in at least 70 countries are misusing Facebook for the above-mentioned purposes.

Oxford study researchers observed social media platforms for three years to come out with the fundamental results that the number of countries with governments or political parties that have engaged in social media manipulation has more than doubled in the past two years, up to 70 — and that Facebook continues to be at the heart of the issue.

The main two reasons put by the two Oxford Internet Institute researchers who put together the report are: Facebook’s global reach and the fact that the platform structurally lends itself well to the spread of disinformation; users go there to read the news and share it with friends and family, and can easily set up groups or pages.

Even though the company said earlier this year that it would censor groups where members repeatedly shared misleading content and hold group admins “more accountable” for breaking the platform’s community standards, the report underscores how, despite these efforts, social media manipulation is on the rise and becoming ever-more sophisticated. It is now a “ubiquitous and pervasive part of the digital information ecosystem,” the report said.

“Evidence of organized social media manipulation campaigns which have taken place in 70 countries, up from 48 countries in 2018 and 28 countries in 2017. In each country, there is at least one political party or government agency using social media to shape public attitudes domestically,” it added.

In an emailed statement, a spokesperson for Facebook told Business Insider that protecting against harm and helping show people accurate information is a “major priority” for the company.

Amid Facebook’s efforts to fight fake news, equally-powerful efforts are being made to crack down on the Palestinian content. Facebook has recently imposed a series of biased measures against the Palestinian content, removing and blocking several posts and accounts owned by Palestinian users and News agencies.

Facebook has created a new algorithm, targeting terms related to the Palestinian cause to remove hundreds of posts and accounts.

The targeted terms include “martyr, resistance, PFLP, Qassam, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Saraya Al Quds”, and other terms regardless of their context.

In response, Palestinian and international pro-Palestine activists launched a campaign to protest against Facebook’s anti-Palestine measures using the hashtag #FBblocksPalestine on social media.

(Source / 10.10.2019) 

3 Detainees In Life-Threatening Condition Due To Medical Neglect

The health condition of three Palestinian detainees has gravely deteriorated due deliberate medical negligence by the Israel Prison Service.

The Palestinian Detainees and Ex-Detainees Commission in a report released on Wednesday said that the Palestinian prisoner Mwaffaq Arrouq, 76, is suffering from stomach and liver cancer and his life is at stake.

The commission said that Arrouq is in urgent need of chemotherapy sessions but the Israel Prison Service in Negev jail is preventing that.

The second detainee is Amal Taqatqa, 25, who was injured by three live bullets during her arrest in 2014.

Taqatqa cannot stand for long hours because of her injured leg whose condition is getting worse each new day. Taqatqa needs a specialist orthopedic doctor, but the Israel Prison Service at Damon jail does not provide her the necessary treatment.

Rawan Samhan, 26, who is also held in Damon  jail, suffers from anemia which causes her headaches and constant dizziness and she needs urgent medical follow-up.

The commission said that it receives daily statements trough prisoners who are suffering from medical negligence in Israeli jails.

(Source / 10.10.2019) 

Israeli Forces Shot Injured Palestinian Worker In Jenin

A Palestinian worker on Thursday morning suffered bullet injuries when Israeli soldiers opened fire at him near the separation wall’s gate in Dhaher al ‘Abed village near Ya’bad town in Jenin.

Local sources said that a workman suffered bullet injuries in his lower extremities during his attempt to enter through the wall’s gate in order to reach his workplace in the 1948 occupied lands (Israel).

They added that the soldiers took the wounded citizen to the Barta’a checkpoint, without providing further details about his fate and the severity of his injuries.

Many Palestinian workmen were injured during the past days as they were trying to cross into Israel through gates in the separation wall of the West Bank after they failed to obtain work permits from the Israeli occupation authority.

(Source / 10.10.2019)