Gaza agriculture: the occupation targets our crews

The Ministry of Agriculture in the Gaza Strip condemned, today, Thursday, the Israeli occupation’s targeting of its staff and a group of journalists who were in the Al-Fokhary area, east of Khan Yunis, to explore farmers’ complaints about the occupation’s razing of their crops.

In a statement, the ministry considered this targeting as “Israeli arrogance and a breach of understandings with mediators in this regard,” blaming the occupation for the lives of farmers who seek their families’ sustenance.

The ministry stated that it is following up with the Red Cross Organization, the Israeli ban on farmers accessing their farms, and the Israeli threats that were represented by placing warning signs in particular.

(Source / 18.12.2020)

Gaza Health: The coming weeks will witness the height of the epidemic

The Ministry of Health in the Gaza Strip said this evening, Thursday, that the relevant committees in the ministry indicate that the next few weeks will witness the peak of the epidemic, and this is the most dangerous stage.

In a press statement, the Ministry stated that the increase in the number of injuries poses a threat to society, and this requires concerted efforts to flatten the curve of the outbreak.

She pointed out that the serious and critical cases exceeded the absorptive capacity of the European Gaza Hospital, and we began to absorb the cases in the places designated for the rest of the hospitals.

She indicated that exceptional efforts made by health personnel in the face of the pandemic have succeeded until this moment in keeping the health system working without collapse.

The Ministry of Health in Gaza emphasized the societal role in enhancing adherence to preventive measures in order to overcome this dangerous stage and exit from it with the least losses.

She also stressed the utmost attention to prevention and preservation measures for the elderly, people with chronic diseases, weak immunity and children.

(Source / 18.12.2020)

The blockade and Corona threaten the lives of breast cancer patients in Gaza

The severe conditions experienced by breast cancer patients in the Gaza Strip, burdened by the humanitarian crises that followed their malignant disease, as the Israeli blockade, which has been going on since 2007, prevents them from receiving the necessary treatment, in addition to the monster “Corona”, which is now threatening the lives of all patients and vulnerable immunologists in Gaza.

According to the statement, the continued suspension of “medical transfers” from Gaza to the Occupied West Bank and interior, taken by the Ramallah Authority, since it severed relations with the occupation last May, the health conditions of “cancer patients” after they urgently needed to travel and receive treatment.

Despite the re-established relationship with the occupation last November, the file of medical transfers remains closed to patients in the Gaza Strip, where there is no cure for “cancer” as a result of the Israeli blockade.

Breast cancer is one of the five most common diseases in the world, and who has 1.6 million new infections each year among women.
According to a report issued by the Palestinian Ministry of Health, there are 8,326 cancer patients in the Gaza Strip, the most common breast cancer, 18% of cancer patients, and 32.8% of female cancers, 316 new breast cancer cases are recorded in the Gaza Strip annually, and 15% of all cancer deaths occur.

Double suffering
1,500 women in the Gaza Strip suffer from breast cancer, and their crises are compounded, most notably the lack of radiation and atomic scans, the lack of biological treatment and specialized laboratories, and the lack of hormone and chemotherapy.
“Some patients make the difficult and compelling decision to undergo a complete mastectomy in Gaza, so that they do not have difficulty obtaining the transfers and permits needed to complete treatment in Jerusalem hospitals,” the Red Crescent Society said.

According to the Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, about 30% of patients’ requests for travel permits were rejected or delayed during the first half of this year, while at the same time allowing the patient and his companion to leave Gaza have the fear of arrest, or one of them, where the number of sick detainees and escorts at the Beit Hanoun crossing “Erez” from 2015 to the first half of this year 13 patients, while human rights sources indicate that five patients died in the current year 2020, waiting for the approval of the occupation, one of whom is in the process of traveling with the occupation. He’s got cancer.

The risk of “Gaza patients” travelling for treatment is very serious, as a result of the inability of Gaza’s health to deal with many critical situations, as a result of the lack of available resources, whether the capacity of medical staff or the availability of treatment and medicines.”

Red Crescent warns
The Palestinian Red Crescent Society stated that the effects of the severe blockade on the world’s most populous coastal strip had affected the situation of women, and said that low living standards and high rates of poverty and unemployment had prevented women from accessing adequate health care due to the weak health system, the difficulty of obtaining permits to travel abroad in order to receive the necessary and necessary treatment, and that the outbreak of the Coved-19 pandemic had prevented women from accessing adequate health care because of the weak health system, the difficulty of obtaining permits to travel abroad in order to receive the necessary and necessary treatment, and the outbreak of the Coved-19 pandemic of cancer patients.”

“Due to the deteriorating economic situation in the Gaza Strip, which applies to the majority of people, including breast cancer patients, the high cost of treatment has prevented patients from obtaining medical, psychological or cosmetic treatment as a result of which there is sufficient money to do so,” the Red Crescent said.
The Red Crescent Society of the Gaza Strip (program to strengthen prevention and protection measures for marginalized women and girls and survivors of violence in the northern Gaza Strip) which it implements in cooperation with the Palestinian Medical Aid Foundation (MAP), confirmed the following:

1. The right to health is guaranteed in accordance with Palestinian and international legal legislation (Article 12, paragraph 1) in accordance with international human rights law, and the Israeli occupation bears full responsibility for providing it to the civilian population, as the one obliged to facilitate the movement of patients to obtain their right to treatment, without limiting it to saving lives.
2. We call for the provision of an appropriate mechanism to alleviate the suffering of cancer patients and to overcome the restrictions imposed on patients due to the Corona pandemic and to stop the Israeli coordination and blockade.
3. The need for cooperation between all stakeholders, whether governmental, civil or international, to ensure the supply of devices used in radiation therapy, and to provide treatment for breast cancer patients quickly and regularly.
4. The need to work to localize the full medical service in the Gaza Strip in a safe and correct way.

(Source / 18.12.2020)

Poll: 66% of Palestinians want PA President Abbas to resign

Hamas supporters carry posters depicting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas with a red cross during a protest in Gaza [Ashraf Amra/Apaimages]
Palestinians carry posters depicting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas with a red cross during a protest against him in Gaza 22 March 2018 

Two thirds of Palestinians want Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas to resign over his latest decision to resume security cooperation with Israel, a recent poll conducted in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip found.

Carried out by the Palestinian Centre for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) between 8-11 December, the study found that 66 per cent of respondents wanted Abbas to resign, while 56 per cent believe there is little or no chance that the PA will reverse its decision and once again suspend security coordination with Israel.

It also found that 53 per cent believe that Israel came out as the winner following the PA decision to stop and then resume coordination. Only nine per cent think the PA was the winner.

Meanwhile, 60 per cent believe Palestinians have paid a heavier price for stopping civil and security coordination with Israel while only 12 per cent think Israel paid a heavier price. Resumption of security coordination, 61 per cent of respondents said, would increase Arab normalisation with the occupation state.

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An overwhelming majority of 82 per cent said that Israel has not agreed to honour its signed commitments with the PA, while 87 per cent believe that Israel has not abandoned its annexation plan in the Jordan Valley and the West Bank.

Now that Joe Biden has won the US presidential elections, 58 per cent of the Palestinians expect improvements in Palestinian-American relations, while 36 per cent do not.

(Source / 18.12.2020)

Palestine’s Abbas hails Indonesia’s position on ties with Israel

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Berlin, Germany on 29 August 2019 [Abdülhamid Hoşbaş/Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Berlin, Germany on 29 August 2019

Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, yesterday hailed Indonesia’s rejection of normalising ties with Israel until a comprehensive and just solution is reached for the Palestinian cause, the Wafa news agency reported.

The agency said Abbas spoke on the phone with Indonesian President Joko Widodo and expressed his appreciation for Jakarta’s support for the Palestinian cause, its rejection of normalisation with Israel, as well as its commitment to achieving peace based on the two-state solution.

The Palestinian president also briefed his Indonesian counterpart on the latest developments in the Palestinian cause.

The agency quoted Widodo as saying that “despite the rapid changes in the Middle East, Indonesia will not take any steps to normalise [relations] with Israel until a permanent and comprehensive peace is achieved between the Palestinians and the Israelis”, adding that Indonesia, as the largest Muslim country, will continue its efforts to support the achievement of peace and play a greater role in this field.

Since August, a number of Arab countries, namely the UAEBahrainSudan and Morocco, have normalised ties with the occupation state amid Palestinian rejection.

Indonesia is a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council and presents one of its main goals on the council as dealing with the Palestinian question. It has had no formal relations with the occupation state of Israel since it was formed on Palestinian land in 1948. In support of Palestine, Jakarta issued a tax exemption on Palestinian imports.

In turn, Israel has taken soft measures against Indonesia such as banning tourists from the country but has made overtures towards it in recent years in order to influence the process of normalisation.

Poll: 66% of Palestinians want PA President Abbas to resign

(Source / 18.12.2020)

Jerusalem ‘has place for a Palestinian capital’, says Israel’s DM

Alternate Prime Minister of Israel Benny Gantz  says there is room for a Palestinian capital in a united Jerusalem

Alternate Israeli Prime Minister and Defence Minister Benny Gantz has claimed that there will be space in Jerusalem for a Palestinian capital.

In an interview with the Saudi newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat yesterday, Gantz said: “Jerusalem must stay united, but it will have place for a Palestinian capital.”

He stated that Jerusalem is “a vast city, filled with sites that are holy to all of us,” claiming that “We want the Palestinians to have a suitable geographical extension that enables them to lead a comfortable life without obstacle.”

Jerusalem, which contains religious sites of all three Abrahamic faiths and is a key Palestinian city both in terms of population and culture, has long been a point of dispute between Israel and Palestinians who aim for the east of the city to be the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Gantz did, however, refuse the notion of Israel retreating back to its 1967 borders, as demanded by international agreements. He also hinted at the possibility of the annexation of areas of the West Bank strategic to Israel, which was put on hold earlier this year. “Israel needs the Jordan Valley for its defence needs,” Gantz stressed.

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Previously having an international status as neither belonging entirely to Israelis or Palestinians, the Israeli government declared the city to be the capital of Israel in 2017.The United States backed its ally in the decision, declaring that it would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, with some other countries following suit.

Under the US’ so-called ‘deal of the century‘, the Palestinian village of Abu Dis or the West Bank town of Al-Eizariya on the outskirts of the city have been proposed as a Palestinian capital instead of East Jerusalem. In February, however, Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas rejected the proposal.

Gantz’s statement that that Jerusalem could have space for a Palestinian capital is seen as a last resort to calm the PA and Palestinian factions after the refusal of the other locations, with Trump also proposing the same at the beginning of the year.

The official is also seeking to garner Arab voter support ahead of an expected fourth Israeli election in the space of two years.

READ: The deal of the century is unpalatable for both Israel and Palestine

(Source / 18.12.2020)

UN Draft Resolution Affirms the Right of the Palestinian People to Self-Determination

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The United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in support of Palestinian self-determination.

The resolution was passed by 168 votes in favor, 5 against, and 10 abstentions.

Riyad Malki, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates thanked the countries that voted in favor of the draft resolution which affirms the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination.

He called on the international system to find mechanisms to implement its obligations and resolutions to safeguard the rights of all peoples in the interest of maintaining international peace and security.

Malki called on the member states of the United Nations to shoulder their responsibilities to protect the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and to take practical measures against the Israeli occupation and those rogue states that encourage its violations and crimes.

He said the positions of the countries that vote against the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination are far from legal principles, considering them a partner in Israel’s crime of colonialism and other crimes against humanity.

(Source / 18.12.2020)

Israeli Settlers Attack Palestinian Homes, Shepherds in Kisan Village

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Illegal Israeli settlers, late Tuesday night, attacked Palestinian-owned homes in Kisan village, while another group assaulted Palestinian shepherds, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

East of Bethlehem in the southern occupied West Bank, a large group of Israeli colonists threw stones at Palestinian-owned homes, until locals drove them out of the village.

The deputy head of the local village council, Ahmed Ghazal, confirmed that 20 settlers in 3 vehicles intruded on the village and began throwing stones at homes, before local citizens drove them out.

Meanwhile, Palestinian shepherds were harassed and chased by illegal colonists with dogs, as they tried to graze their livestock in Kisan village.

Ghazal, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that Israeli settlers from an adjacent colony allowed their dogs to chase the shepherds as a means of inducing terror, before locals were able to force the colonists out of the town.

(Source / 18.12.2020)

Updated: “Israeli Soldiers Injure 14 Palestinians In Sebastia”

Israeli soldiers injured, Wednesday, fourteen Palestinians, including two young women, in Sebastia town, northwest of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, after the army accompanied dozens of illegal colonists into the archeological site.

Mohammad Azem, the mayor of Sebastia, said the soldiers invaded the town to accompany the colonists into the archaeological site in the city, leading to protests.

He added that the soldiers fired many live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades at the protesters and surrounding buildings.

Fourteen Palestinians suffered the severe effects of teargas inhalation, including two young women, identified as Sadiqa Mousa Sha’er and Sidra Mohammad Sha’er, who were moved to a local hospital for further treatment.

Sebastia is subject to constant Israeli invasions, especially when the soldiers and the illegal colonists enter the town to drive to the archaeological site.

During these invasions, the soldiers block all Palestinian traffic, in addition to frequently storming homes, abduct Palestinians, and attack protesters, in addition to removing the Palestinian flag.

Updated From:
Palestinians Resist Israeli Settler Incursion into Archaeological Area in Sebastia
Dec 17, 2020, at 09:09

Dozens of Israeli settlers, under the protection of occupation soldiers, invaded the archaeological area in the town of Sebastia, leading to protest, the Jerusalem (Quds) Press reported.

Eyewitnesses stated that Israeli troops opened fire at Palestinians who resisted the invasion of the historic site, located north of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Soldiers fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel rounds, sound bombs, and tear-gas canisters, which caused fourteen Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear-gas inhalation, two of whom were transferred to hospital for treatment.

The Mayor of Sebastia, Mohammad Azem, released a press statement announcing the incursion of dozens of colonial settlers under military protection while restricting access to the site by Palestinian citizens.

(Source / 18.12.2020)

Israeli Forces Level Palestinian-owned Farmland near Hebron

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The Israeli occupation bulldozers, on Tuesday evening, leveled Palestinian-owned farmland in the Farsh al-Hawa area, west of southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Security sources told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that army bulldozers razed agricultural land, owned by two Palestinian families.

Meanwhile, occupation forces bulldozed approximately 50 dunams of farmland, destroyed dozens of olive trees and a water well in Suba village, located south of Hebron, in the southern West Bank, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

The razed land, located close to the separation barrier, is owned by a local identified as Ali Baryoush.

In related news, Israeli forces confiscated two tractors, owned by Fadi Abdullah Zbeidat and Mansour Hasan Zbeidat north of Jericho, in northeastern West Bank.

(Source / 18.12.2020)