Al-Dameer warns of the collapse of the health sector and demands the introduction of all medical supplies into Gaza hospitals

Al-Dameer Association for Human Rights warned of the collapse of the health sector and called on the international community and the occupation authorities to enter all medical supplies into the Gaza Strip hospitals.

Al-Dameer said in a statement, “According to the information available to it and based on the testimony of Dr. Munir Al-Barrash, Director General of Pharmacy in the Ministry of Health in Gaza, the Ministry of Health suffers from a 30% drug shortage, as well as 40% of medical supplies, especially in the previous two years. 70% of the medicines for primary health care, especially those with chronic diseases (such as mental illness, pressure and diabetes), and added that the occupation authorities prevent the introduction of alcohol that is used in the manufacture of most sterilizers, especially that the gel is the first sterilizer in fighting the spread of Corona virus.

Al-Dameer indicated that the occupation authorities prevent the exit of the broken medical devices and equipment in Gaza hospitals for maintenance and repair abroad, and prevent the introduction of some spare parts for these devices from the countries that manufactured them.

A number of institutions at home, in cooperation with Palestinian companies in the Gaza Strip, submitted to the Israeli occupation authorities a number of requests and petitions to allow the exit of equipment and devices that need maintenance (burn treatment device in operating rooms, which is the only one of its kind in the Gaza Strip, and equipment to measure the doses of anesthesia In the operating room, equipment for operating an ultrasound machine to examine children and prematurity in intensive care units), not to mention the policy of procrastination and procrastination and the high costs and mechanisms for transporting this equipment and devices on the Israeli side.

According to the World Health Organization in the Gaza Strip, the health situation and its preparations to confront the “Korna” virus are weak due to the lack of medicines and medical and laboratory equipment as a result of the blockade imposed by the occupation authorities since (14 years) and the division.

Al-Dameer Association for Human Rights affirmed that the Gaza Strip is legally described as a territory subject to occupation according to the rules of international humanitarian law, and that the Israeli occupation as the occupying power bears responsibility for the residents of the Strip, and therefore the occupation authorities are obligated to fulfill their legal and humanitarian obligations towards the occupied and besieged Gaza Strip It must take positive steps to ensure that medicines and medical devices reach the Gaza Strip hospitals as quickly as possible and that citizens receive their right to health care.

Al-Dameer Association has warned of a major humanitarian catastrophe that might befall the Gaza Strip due to poor health conditions, and demanded the international community to pressure the occupation authorities to force it to comply with its duties, allow the entry of medical devices and equipment into the Gaza Strip, and work to maintain and maintain the broken equipment.

International health organizations, humanitarian organizations and the International Committee of the Red Cross have also called for providing the medical supplies needed by hospitals to help save the health sector from collapse, and called on the Palestinian government in Ramallah, especially the Ministry of Health, to supply all medicines and medical supplies needed immediately by the medical sector facilities, To avoid further health risks to the lives and health of citizens in the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 09.05.2020) 

US to recognise Israel’s annexation of 30% of West Bank area

US ambassador to Israel David Friedman on 16 May 16, 2017 [Wikipedia]
US ambassador to Israel David Friedman on 16 May 16, 2017 

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman has confirmed that the US is ready to recognise 30 per cent of Israel’s annexation of the occupied Palestinian West BankIsrael Hayom reported.

In an interview published on Friday, Friedman announced that the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must negotiate with Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas over the establishment of a Palestinian state in 70 per cent of the occupied West Bank, and the US will recognise Israel’s annexation of the other 30 per cent.

READ: Majority of Israelis oppose West Bank, Jordan Valley annexation plans

“There’s really three things left that have to get done,” Friedman expressed, stating that: “The mapping has to get done. The [Israeli] government has to agree to the freeze on half of Area C, and most importantly, the government of Israel has to declare sovereignty.”

Ambassador David Friedman renews claims Israel has ‘right’ to annex West Bank - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]
Ambassador David Friedman renews claims Israel has ‘right’ to annex West Bank – Cartoon

He stressed: “We are not declaring sovereignty – the government of Israel has to declare sovereignty. And then we’re prepared to recognise it… So, you have to go first.”

Regarding the reason as to why Israel has to take the lead, he explained: “The primary task belongs to the Israeli side because they’re the ones that have to come up with what’s best for the state of Israel.”

On the issue of timing, he added: “We’re talking and listening, and everyone understands that come July, certainly, people on the Israeli side, want to be ready to go on 1 July.”

(Source / 09.05.2020) 

PLO ready to cancel all agreements with Israel if annexation plan proceeds

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas holds a press conference on Trump's so called peace plan in Ramallah, West Bank on 28 January 2020 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas holds a press conference on Trump’s so called peace plan in Ramallah, West Bank on 28 January 2020

The PLO Executive Committee pledged on Thursday to immediately cancel all agreements with Israel should the latter proceed with implementing the annexation planWafa News Agency reported.

Deal of the century, embassy relocation, and the Golan Heights - Israel surely can't believe their luck? - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

The committee confirmed that if the Israeli government annexes any parts of the West Bank, it would immediately implement the National and Central Council’s decision to cancel all agreements with Israel.

This came during a meeting chaired by PLO, Palestinian Authority and Fatah President Mahmoud Abbas held in Ramallah.

During the meeting, Abbas stressed his “serious and unequivocal” message to the international community.

Meanwhile, the committee called on donor countries to bridge the budget deficit of the United Nations (UN) agency responsible for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA), so that it will be able to assume its responsibilities towards all Palestinian refugees at home and in the diaspora.

READ: UN chief warns that Israel’s annexation of West Bank areas will destroy two-state solution

At the same time, the PLO rejected US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman’s statements urging the new Israeli government to expedite the annexation of the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian leadership has condemned the US deal of the century which aims to strengthen the Israeli occupation in the occupied Palestinian West Bank, as well as reinforcing Israel’s colonialism and apartheid regime.

(Source / 09.05.2020) 

Palestinians angry with closure of prisoners’ bank accounts

Bank of Palestine [Ashraf Amra/Apaimages]

Angry Palestinians threw Molotov cocktails and opened fire at branches of Cairo Amman Banks in Jericho and Jenin after the bank accounts of prisoners inside Israeli jails were closed, Quds Press reported on Friday.

Several Palestinian groups and factions condemned the closures of the accounts of the prisoners and declared that: “Banks must be partners in losses as they are partners in gains.”

Palestinian groups concerned with the matter issued a joint statement stating: “We stress that the Israeli occupation authorities have been using the issue of taking care of the families of the prisoners and martyrs as a tool to impose its dictations.”

READ: Palestinians say they will defy Israeli order in prisoner payments dispute

The groups claim that Israel, through imposing its dictations, is trying to reiterate its false claims related to the Palestinian people, prisoners, and leadership.

According to the groups: “Israel wants to achieve two goals through such a step: stigmatising the Palestinian resistance as a form of terror, and reinforce its sovereignty over the occupied Palestinian lands.”

At the same time, the groups called for the Palestinian banks to follow the guidelines of the Palestinian Authority, and not the Israeli military rulers.

The Palestinian Monetary Authority condemned the Israeli orders, as well as the Palestinian attacks on the banks.

A statement, a copy of which was sent to MEMO, confirmed that it would work with the banks in order to avoid the negative consequences of closing the accounts, and affirmed that it would do its best to make sure that the Palestinian banks would follow Palestinian guidelines, and not Israeli’s.

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Call grows for protection of Palestinian prisoners amid spread of coronavirus

Palestinians gather for a demonstration to demand coronavirus (COVID-19) protection for Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, in Gaza City, Gaza on 19 March 2020. [Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency]
Palestinians gather for a demonstration to demand coronavirus (COVID-19) protection for Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails, in Gaza City, Gaza on 19 March 2020 

190 Arab and International figures have submitted a public petition to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council calling on Israel to release Palestinian prisoners whose lives have been put at risk by what they have described as Israel’s ongoing failure to uphold its legal obligations and protect the basic rights of prisoners following the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

In the initiative launched by Dr Anis Fawzi Kassim, a Palestinian expert on international law, international figures including lawyers, academics, parliamentarians, and human rights activists, raised deep concerns over the inhumane conditions under which Palestinian prisoners incarcerated in Israeli jails and detention are being kept.

READ: Israel arrested 1,500 Palestinians since the beginning of this year

Some 5,000 Palestinian prisoners and detainees are believed to be languishing in Israeli jails without adequate safeguards against COVID-19.

Israeli forces continue to arrest Palestinians despite coronavirus lockdown - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Expressing their fear over the fate and well-being of the prisoners and detainees, the signatories criticised Israel for failing to uphold its legal duties as the “belligerent occupier” of Palestine. “Israel has been consistently negligent in shoring up its legal responsibilities under international law,” the signatories expressed.

They denounced Israel for not having taken any real steps to protect Palestinian prisoners from being infected by COVID-19, claiming that it has dodged legal obligations by: “Utilising its formal organs, such as the courts, to justify its evasive practices of non-compliance with the law.” They argued that these failures were “manifestly evident” during the spread of the global pandemic.

READ: Palestine welcomes ICC report on jurisdiction over Palestinian territories

The petition stated that: “Israel remains negligent in and it could be called to account internationally for the ‘crimes against humanity’ based on article (7-1-1-h) of Rome Statute.”

The signatories called on the UN and the international community to apply pressure on Israel for the release of all Palestinian prisoners and detainees, especially children, women, the sick, and the elderly. They also demand that Israel provide the prisoners with all necessary equipment and hygienic material to protect themselves from infection and to maintain their internationally-recognised right to basic health and well-being.

(Source / 09.05.2020) 

Israeli Troops Abduct a Palestinian Youth in East Jerusalem

Israeli troops reportedly abducted a Palestinian youth from the occupied city of East Jerusalem, southern West Bank.

Local media sources reported that Israeli troops broke into the home of Mofeed Khdoor from the Silwan neighborhood, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The sources added that the troops vandalized the home of Khdoor in the Beer Ayoub part of Silwan, before they abducted Mofeed’s son, Mohammad, 23 and took him to a nearby interrogation center.

Earlier in the day, Israeli troops in occupied East Jerusalem invaded the Silwan neighborhood and invaded several other homes, before they vandalized the home of Mofeed Khodoor.

Israeli occupation troops in the occupied East Jerusalem frequently invade Palestinian neighborhoods, ransack homes and arbitrarily abduct Palestinian civilians.

Such practices have been intensified recently, as Israeli authorities have intensified their stranglehold over the Palestinian population in the West Bank.

Israel claims that East Jerusalem is an integral part of the Israeli state, despite the fact that East Jerusalem, itself, has been recognized internationally, as an Arab Palestinian area, occupied by Israel back in 1967.

(Source / 09.05.2020) 

Youth Released on House Arrest, Female Palestinian Detained in Hebron

Palestinian teen, Yahya Maher Zagheer was released on house-arrest, on Friday, until May 17, 2020 and a 5000 shekel fine was imposed.

The teen was arrested on Thursday morning, from his home in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.

In related news, Israeli forces detained a young Palestinian female, on Friday, near the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, southern occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Information Center reported that the young lady was arrested for alleged knife possession, and then transferred to an unknown location.

According to Addameer, Prisoners Support and Human Rights Association, Israel holds 183 youths under the age of 18, including 20 under the age of 16.

(Source / 09.05.2020) 

ICC Prosecutor says Israeli smear campaigns will not affect her office’s work on Palestine

The Hague (QNN)- Confronting an Israeli smear campaign against her investigation, Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), on Friday stressed that “misinformation and smear campaigns do not change facts about the conduct of my Office’s work concerning the situation in Palestine.”

“Fact: my office is executing its mandate concerning Palestine situation with utmost professionalism, independence and objectivity in strict conformity with the Rome Statute. Any insinuation or assertion to the contrary is simply misled and unfounded”, Bensouda added on Twitter.

The ICC Prosecutor decided on December 20 that “war crimes have been or are being committed in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip,” and that “there are no substantial reasons to believe that an investigation would not serve the interests of justice.”

Last week, she stressed in a 60-page document that “the [ICC] court has jurisdiction over the Occupied Palestinian Territory”. The occupation state started an incitement campaign against Bensouda and the ICC, accusing them of being a tool for the Palestinian people even before the start of the investigation.

The Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, who leads the cabinet’s handling of the ICC file, accused her of fabricating her position based on false propaganda information stemming from her hatred of ‘Israel’.

“I am forced to conclude that the prosecutor’s latest position continues to espouse her typical anti-Israel stance, as influenced by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and the global BDS [Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions] movement,” Steinitz was reported as saying by the Times of Israel.

Several human rights organizations and journalists documented Israeli acts in Gaza, the West Bank, and Jerusalem that amount to war crimes.

(Source / 09.05.2020) 

In Video| IOF arrest young Palestinian in Jerusalem

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- Israeli forces on the dawn of Saturday arrested a Palestinian young man after breaking into his house in Jerusalem.

Israeli police stormed Silwan this morning and broke into several houses, including the house of Mufeed Khaddour.

The cops left the neighborhood after arrested Muhammad Mufeed Khaddour (23 years old), according to Wadi Hilweh Information Center. (Source /


Haniyeh: Normalization With Israel Unforgivable Crime

Head of Hamas’s political bureau Ismail Haneyya
Head of Hamas’s political bureau Ismail Haneyya

Head of Hamas’s political bureau Ismail Haneyya on Friday said that normalizing relations with the Israeli occupation is a “sin” and an “unforgivable crime”.

In a speech he delivered at a virtual Arab forum, Haneyya said that normalization fuels Israeli terrorism against the Palestinians.

Haneyya said that the Arab world will remain the number one supporter for the Palestinians and their struggle against the Israeli occupation despite all thinly-veiled normalization attempts in the fields of politics, media, economy, sports and culture recently.

The Hamas leader called for enacting laws that criminalize all forms of normalization with Israel, as well as raising awareness among Arabs and Muslims about the Palestinian cause.

Haneyya in his speech saluted all Arabs who fell martyrs while fighting against Israeli gangs to defend the usurped land of Palestine.

“We are certain that our cause is just and the end of the occupation is near,” he stressed.

(Source / 09.05.2020)