Gaza Mental Health Calls for Lifting the Siege of the Gaza Strip in Light of The Corona Crisis

The Gaza Mental Health Program on Saturday appealed to the international community to carry out its legal and moral duties to lift the blockade on the Gaza Strip, allow medical supplies, free movement of goods and supplies, including fuel.

He also called for strategic solutions to the water crisis, fuel shortages and power outages, which would contribute to the new Corona virus epidemic.

(Source / 30.08.2020)

33 years since the martyrdom of Naji Al-Ali .. And Hanzalah is still ten years old

Today, Saturday, the 29th of August coincided with the 33rd commemoration of the martyrdom of Naji Al-Ali, the feather of Palestine fiercely defending the right of the Palestinian everywhere, which has drawn up displacement, exile, revolution, resistance work, enemies and opportunists, and so on. I knew one day a way to Palestine except the path of struggle and confrontation.

Naji Saleem Hussein Al-Ali was born in 1938 in the village of Al-Shajara, located between Nazareth and Tiberias in the northern Galilee of Palestine, and due to the Zionist gangs terrorism, he was forced to flee with his family in 1948 to Ain al-Hilweh camp, south of Sidon, Lebanon.

Handala character

Handzala was a character created by Naji Al-Ali representing a ten-year-old boy. The drawing of Handala appeared in Kuwait in 1969 in the Kuwaiti newspaper, Al-Siyasa. He turned his back in the years after 1973 and held his hands behind his back.

This drawing and its owner were loved by all Arab audiences, especially the Palestinians, because Handala is a symbol of the tortured and strong Palestinian, despite all the difficulties that direct him, as he turns his back on the “enemy.”

Nagy says in an interview with the late writer Radwa Ashour, in 1984, in Budapest: “The character of this small, barefoot child is a symbol of my childhood. I left Palestine at this age and am still in it. Although this happened 35 years ago, the details of this stage are not I lose my memory and feel that I remember and know every herb, every stone, every house and every tree that I passed by in Palestine as a child. “

He added, “I introduced him to the readers and called him Handala, as a symbol of bitterness. At first I presented him as a Palestinian child, but with the development of his awareness he had a national horizon, then a cosmic and human horizon .. In the early stages, I drew him face to face with people, and he was carrying a Kalashnikov, and he was also constantly moving.” He is an actor and has a real role, discussing in Arabic and English, but more than that, as he used to play karate .. sing zajal, shout, call to prayer, whisper, and preach the revolution.

Will he grow up a handlah? Nagy says: “He will remain at ten until the homeland returns. Only then will he grow up and start to grow .. The well-known laws of nature do not apply to him. It is an exception, because losing the homeland is an exception, and things will become normal when the homeland returns.”

And when can Handala be seen? Nagy replies: “When dignity becomes not threatened, and when the Arab person regains his sense of freedom and humanity.”

His career in journalism

In 1963 Naji Al-Ali traveled to work for the Kuwaiti magazine Al-Tale’ah in Kuwait, and began publishing his cartoons on its pages, and Naji continued to work for the magazine until 1968, the year after the founding of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine led by George Habash on (11/12/1967) Then he left Kuwait and returned to Lebanon and married Wadad Nasr, then he returned to Kuwait again.

The distinctive thing that happened with Naji Al-Ali during his return from Kuwait to Lebanon is that he got acquainted with many elements of the military wing of the Fatah movement (the Tempest Forces), and was aware of the total operations it carried out against the Israeli occupation, which inflamed his patriotic feelings and his drawings at that stage were distinguished by calling for the armed struggle As the only way to regain the land, and what increased the ferment of national sentiments has a victory in the battle of dignity.

After Naji returned to Kuwait, he lived in the Farwaniya neighborhood, and at that stage his political perceptions matured to the point where he became a solid spokesperson in defense of the Palestinian cause, and he was a major supporter of President Gamal Abdel Nasser and the Palestinian revolution. Naji’s relations with the Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti and the journalist Hanna were also documented. Moqbel and novelist Rashad Abu Shawer, and his drawings turned into an explicit support for President Gamal Abdel Nasser, invoking the Arab nation to remove the effects of the defeat of the Arab armies in the Six Day War in 1967.

After he stopped the publication of Al-Tali’a magazine, Naji Al-Ali worked in the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Siyasa until 1974, and returned to Lebanon to work for Al-Safir newspaper, then returned again to work in the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Siyasa until 1978, then returned to Lebanon to work again in the newspaper As-Safir until 1983, after which he worked in Al-Qabas Kuwait and Al-Qabas International.

He produced more than 40,000 works of art, other than those prevented by censorship and remained locked up in shelves. He published three books in 1967, 1983 and 1985, and his works were exhibited in Beirut, Damascus, Amman, Palestine, Kuwait, Washington and London. Handala is the most famous of his cartoon characters.

The assassination of Al-Ali

At 5:13 GMT, on Wednesday 22 July 1987, Al-Ali parked his car on the sidewalk on the right side of Ives Street, southwest of London, where Al Qabas International newspaper is based.

Naji did not know that a murderer was stalking him, despite the threats that exceed one hundred, according to him, which were warning him of punishment for his drawings, and that he had received adequate information that his life was in danger given that the Israeli Mossad had made him a target, but the Most High did not take any measures for himself to protect, because of his fate According to the saying: “Caution does not prevent fate,” so it was easy to capture.

As soon as Naji Al-Ali approached the “Peter Jones” store, close to the targeting point, the killer, who wore a jeans jacket, who was described by witnesses as having black shaggy and thick hair, approached him. When he walked in parallel, he took out his pistol and shot at the head of Naji Al-Ali. To flee.

Nagy was transferred to St. Stephen’s Hospital while he was on a ventilator, then he was transferred to the Cross Charing Hospital and admitted to the Department of Neurosurgery, then he was returned to St. Stephen’s Hospital.

Al-Ali continued to struggle with death until Saturday 29-8-1987, his soul was transferred to its creator at exactly two o’clock in the morning, and he was buried in the Islamic “Brooke Wood” cemetery in London, and his grave was named (230191).

(Source / 30.08.2020)

Human rights bodies call on the international community to intervene to save life in Gaza

Palestinian human rights organizations in the Gaza Strip, today, Sunday, sent an urgent appeal to the international community to work to lift the siege on the Strip, and save the lives of residents in light of the successive crises, the latest of which is the spread of the Corona virus.

In the urgent appeal to the international community, the joint statement issued by the NGO Network, the Council of Palestinian Human Rights Organizations and the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights pointed out that the Corona pandemic has spread in Gaza, under difficult humanitarian and health conditions as a result of the occupation authorities’ continued tightening their siege on the Strip, through The closure of the Kerem Shalom crossing to various basic goods and materials, preventing the entry of fuel, and the sea.

The statement said, “This heralds an unprecedented deterioration in the humanitarian situation and undermining the fundamentals of life, especially since the profound negative impact of the power outage affects all aspects of basic services, such as the acute shortage of water supply for homes, the suspension of sewage treatment plants, the threat of the collapse of health services and the halting of hospitals.” “.

He added, “The tightening of the blockade would cause the collapse of basic services, especially health care, water and sanitation services, and all municipal services, which are clearly deteriorating, due to the lack of material resources and power cuts for about 20 hours a day.”

He continued, “These measures, which violate the rules of international law, carry serious and unprecedented risks, especially after the outbreak of the Corona virus outside the quarantine centers in the Gaza Strip, which threatens to paralyze the ability of the health sector, municipalities and civil defense to carry out their duties in the face of the epidemic and provide assistance to its victims.”

The joint human rights statement indicated that the curfew was declared in the Gaza Strip last Monday evening, after discovering cases of corona, that it raised the concern of residents and observers of the situation in the Strip, in light of the deteriorating humanitarian conditions, including the economic collapse and weak health services, due to the weakness of the available capabilities and their limitations in facing Virus.

The statement pointed out that the number of intensive care beds available in the Gaza Strip amounts to (110) beds, of which (78) are in Ministry of Health hospitals, and (7) beds are found at the military medical services and civil medical institutions (12) beds, while the institutions have The private medical facility has (13) beds.

He stated that 72% of the intensive care beds in Ministry of Health hospitals are occupied, which means that there are (22) actual beds ready to receive cases of infection with the Coronavirus in the event of its spread.

The number of ventilators working in intensive care units in the Gaza Strip is (93), of which (63) are in Ministry of Health hospitals only, and (9) devices are in hospitals affiliated with civil institutions, while there are (17) devices in private hospitals. And that any increase in the number of these beds or devices allocated to Corona patients will be at the expense of ordinary patients unless the international community intervenes with support and relief.

The statement of the human rights bodies considered the decision to separate the governorates and restrict the movement of citizens; To besiege the epidemic and prevent it from getting out of control as measures that have proven successful in several countries around the world, it entails severe dangers and repercussions on the population in light of the prevalence of unemployment and poverty affecting more than half of the population, while the percentage of families suffering from insecurity reached about (62.2%), which is increasing Dangerously, as a result of anti-virus measures, especially stopping the work of day laborers, fishermen, drivers and other professionals.

The statement emphasized that the Gaza Strip is facing a real humanitarian catastrophe if the occupying power continues to impose the blockade and impose unprecedented restrictions on the freedom of movement of individuals and goods.

Those authorities expressed their thanks and gratitude for the great role that government and private teams play, especially medical, and the work they are doing to stop the spread of the epidemic and control it under extremely difficult and deteriorating conditions, calling on citizens to strictly adhere to the prevention and safety measures issued by the competent authorities.

And renewed its call for the need to provide relief and aid by government agencies to those who have lost their jobs and those suffering from poverty and their deteriorating conditions, stressing the importance of solidarity of members of society, its forces and various institutions to provide aid and assistance to the poor and needy, which will support their resilience and fight the epidemic.

She welcomed the Palestinian government’s decision to send a delegation to the Gaza Strip, and the medicines and testing equipment provided by the government, calling on it at the same time to assume its responsibilities towards the sector, especially in the face of the Coronavirus, by providing the sector with its needs, strengthening its steadfastness, its commitment to the state of emergency and the measures taken, especially stopping the financial retirement of service employees. Generality.

It called on the international community to fulfill its legal and moral duties by the necessity of immediate action to the crimes committed by the occupation state, especially lifting the unjust blockade on the Gaza Strip, which is considered a collective punishment criminalized by international law, and pushing it to enter all needs, goods and fuel for operating the power station, lifting the naval blockade and empowering fishermen from Fishing in the Gaza Sea freely and safely, and providing urgent humanitarian and medical support in support of the population’s ability to combat the epidemic and to ensure the continuity of providing vital services to citizens.

(Source / 30.08.2020)

Arrests and incursions into the West Bank

Last night and early Sunday, the Israeli occupation forces arrested 10 citizens from different parts of the West Bank.
According to local sources, the occupation army arrested Sameh Obeid and Samir Emar from the suburb of Shweka, north of Tulkarem.
The two young men, Jihad Azzam Gharabiya and Abdullah Khaled Abu Zeid, from Qabatiya, were also arrested while passing near the settlement of Dotan.
Special forces from the Israeli army arrested former prisoner Yasser Walid Khazaimiyah from the town of Qabatiya in Jenin.
From Ramallah, Ibrahim Nabil Nakhla was arrested from The Jalazone camp in the north.
The israeli occupation forces arrested Mahmoud Shakarneh, 17, from nahalin town west of Bethlehem, and handed Hamdan Fann a communication to review its intelligence services.
From Hebron, She arrested Seif eddine Jabari.
The occupation arrested mohammed Atiq, a young man from Jerusalem’s Old City, as well as Mu’tasim Hamza Obeid from the town of Issawiya.
On the other hand, the Israeli army stormed al-Aroub refugee camp north of Hebron and distributed leaflets threatening the camp’s residents with large-scale arrests, as well as the house of the prisoner of the leader Bages Nakhla from The Jalazone camp, where he was corrupted.

(Source / 30.08.2020)

Israeli Forces Shoot, Injure One Palestinian in Kufur Qaddoum

At least one Palestinian civilian was shot and injured, Friday, when Israeli forces fired rubber-coated steel rounds at protesters taking part in the weekly Kufur Qaddoum in the northern West Bank, according to a local official.

Morad Eshteiwi, the coordinator of the Popular Committee in Kufur Qaddoum, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that Israeli soldiers fired rubber-coated steel rounds and tear-gas canisters at the protesters, injuring one of them with a steel round, while many others suffered the effects of tear-gas inhalation.

All injuries were treated on site by local medics.

Local villagers have been protesting every Friday for 17 years to express their rejection of all illegal Israeli settlements, as well as to demand that Israeli authorities reopen the village’s main road to Nablus city, which was sealed off to Palestinians, but used exclusively by illegal colonial settlers, since 2002.

A Palestinian youth was shot by Israeli forces in the upper arm with a rubber-coated steel round

المسيرة__كفرقدوم op vrijdag

مواجهات كفرقدوم اليوم 28_8_2020

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(Source / 30.08.2020)

PCHR: Urgent Appeal to the United Nations Concerning the Deterioration of the Situation in the Gaza Strip

On 29 August 2020, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) sent an urgent appeal to the United Nations (UN) Special Procedures regarding the deterioration of the situation in the Gaza Strip amidst the outbreak of COVID-19 and the tightening of the blockade by the Israeli authorities.

Addressed to the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian Territory and the UN Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, PCHR urgently requested intervention to uphold the right to health of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by demanding that Israel comply with its obligations under international law towards Gaza residents and urging the international community to support Gaza’s overburdened healthcare system, which can barely meet the basic medical needs of the population.

The urgent appeal comes in light of the announcement of the Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip on 24 August 2020 that had discovered the first cases of COVID-19 outside of quarantine facilities, after four cases were detected among members of the same family in Al-Maghazi refugee camp. Prior to that date, there were COVID-19 cases detected only in quarantine facilities for those returning from Egypt or Israel.

The appeal highlighted the dire situation of Gaza’s health care system caused by Israel’s 13-year-old blockade and its inability to deal with a potential influx of people suffering from the pandemic due to critical shortage of medicines, supplies, and equipment as well as insufficient number of specialized health professionals and facilities.

Restrictions on freedom of movement of individuals and goods, and the targeting and destruction of civilian infrastructure during offensives, has devastated Gaza’s health system over the years, making it incapable of meeting the basic medical needs of 2 million Palestinians. Moreover, recent Israeli restrictive measures, which include a ban on the entry of fuel, has led to the shutdown of Gaza’s sole power plant, further exacerbating the health situation.

Accordingly, PCHR requested the UN Special Procedures to intervene to uphold the right of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip during the pandemic, and in particular, to:

  • Call on Israel, the occupying power, to ensure the supply of the necessary medications and medical equipment necessary for the treatment of COVID-19 patients to hospitals in the Gaza Strip in accordance with its obligations under international law.
  • Demand Israel to remove recent restrictions imposed on the Gaza Strip, and allow the entry of fuel required to operate the Gaza Power Plant to improve the functioning of Gaza’s health care system.
  • Further demand Israel to rescind all existing restrictions on the transfer of medical equipment and spare parts for this equipment from and Strip, and not to classify them as dual-use items.
  • Pressure Israel to allow the passage of medical teams to and from the Gaza Strip, and ensure passage without delay for Gaza residents in need of medical care for COVID-19 outside the Gaza Strip, whether in Israeli hospitals, West Bank hospitals, or abroad.
  • Call upon the international community to provide aid to hospitals in the Gaza Strip immediately to combat the spread of COVID-19.

(Source / 30.08.2020)

Israeli Settlers Torch Vehicle, Spray Anti-Arab Hate Speech near Nablus

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Illegal Israeli settlers, Thursday night, set fire to a Palestinian-owned vehicle and sprayed racist graffiti on walls in Asira al-Qibiliya village, south of Nablus city in the northern occupied West Bank, a local source said.

Ghassan Daghlas, an official monitoring local settlement activity, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that a group of extremist Israeli settlers invaded the village, set fire to a vehicle owned by Abdul-Qader Asayrah, and sprayed racist hate-speech on the walls, calling for the further ethnic cleansing of Arabs.

هيئة مقاومة الجدار والاستيطان op vrijdag

اعتداء للمستوطنين الساعه الثالثه فجر هذا اليوم على منزل وائل موسى عبد القادر عصايره من قرية عصيره القبليه, جنوب نابلس.

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In occupied Jerusalem, on Saturday, Palestinians spray-painted “Jerusalem is ours” on Israeli settler cars.

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(Source / 30.08.2020)

Israeli Soldiers Pepper-spray Palestinian Protesters near Salfit

The Israeli army prevented, on Friday, Palestinians from holding prayers on the citizen-owned lands of Kifl Hares, in the northern West Bank, which is under threat of confiscation by the Israeli occupation, the Wall Resistance Commission reported.

Occupation soldiers attacked the participants with pepper-spray as they attempted to pass through the military roadblock. The army then erected flying roadblocks, closing the main entrance of Kifl Hares, which forced the citizens to perform the prayers at the village entrance.

Photos: Sharona Weiss & Haidi Motola / Activestills
[Palestinians hold a weekly protest against Israeli occupation and colonization in the West Bank village of Hares. The Israeli army closed the gate to the village preventing the protesters from reaching their land.]

Member of the Fatah movement, Ayman Ibdah said, “we will continue until our goal is achieved,” affirming that the Palestinian people will remain attached to their land.

Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) representative, Naeem Harb said, “Our participation today is a message that we cling to our land and our struggle until the defeat and the end of the occupation. These are our lands and in no way can we give them away.”

In related news, Palestinian youths in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, on Friday, confronted the fully armed Israeli army. It is unknown if there were any injuries but below is a video of several Israeli soldiers transferring a presumably injured person onto a stretcher. The identity, location and condition of the injured person are unknown at the time of this report.

هيئة مقاومة الجدار والاستيطان op vrijdag

من مسافه صفر مواجهات مع قوات الاحتلال باب الزوايه في مدينة الخليل هذا اليوم.
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Palestinians youths of occupied Hebron confronted Israeli occupation soldiers with stones near the Ibrahimi Mosque in the Old City of Hebron
Israeli forces shoot a Palestinian transfer him to a stretcher

(Source / 30.08.2020)

Israeli Troops Invade Jerusalem; Kidnap 3 Palestinians

Israeli night raid (archive image)

Israeli forces invaded the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of al-Isawiya and al-Wad on Saturday before dawn, breaking into the homes of three Palestinians and abducting them.

The three abducted men have been identified as Mutasem Hamza Ebeid, Khaled al-Sukhn and Abdullah al-Julani. They were taken by the soldiers to an unknown destination.

In al-Isawiya, Mutasem Hamza Ebeid was taken from his home, where he was asleep in bed. He had been under house arrest for the past week. Despite adhering to the Israeli order of house arrest, the troops decided to snatch and grab him in a pre-dawn invasion of his home.

In the al-Wad neighborhood in the Old City, two young men identified as Khaled al-Sukhn and Abdullah al-Julani were also snatched from their homes while sleeping in the pre-dawn hours.

Israeli troops frequently invade Palestinian areas in the early morning hours and grab Palestinian teens and young adults that they suspect of stone-throwing or other resistance to the Israeli military occupation of their land, and take them to Israeli military camps to brutalize and interrogate them.

Many of these youth are then thrown in Israeli prisons, where they are held without charges for sometimes years on end, in violation of international law that forbids holding people without charges.

The pre-dawn invasions occur on a daily basis in the West Bank, as Israeli troops hold the Palestinian population there under martial law, controlling every aspect of their lives.

(Source / 30.08.2020)

Israeli artillery bombs two locations at Gaza border

Israeli occupation’s artillery bombed two locations at the border of Gaza Strip early today morning, causing damages to property but no casualties, according to local sources.

Sources said that the Israeli artillery fired a few missiles at a site to the east of Khanyounism, south of the Strip, destroying it and causing damages to nearby facilities but no injuries were reported.

Israeli artillery also fired two more missiles at a site to the east of Deir al-Balah town, in the center of the enclave, causing damages to property, but no human injuries.

Read More: Israeli artillery bombs observation posts in Gaza

(Source / 30.08.2020)