Warning of the emergence of new complications of corona that lead to death, even among young people

The consultant of care and anesthesia, head of the intensive care department at the Istishari Hospital, Dr. Imad Tayem, warned of some citizens’ disdain and their lack of commitment to medical and preventive procedures, warning of the emergence of new complications from the Corona virus that lead to death even for young people who do not have Any chronic diseases.

In an interview with “Voice of Palestine” radio, on Monday morning, Tim said that the cases that enter the intensive care unit suffer from respiratory failure that leads to failure in other organs, especially the kidneys and blood vessels, which happened with a young man from Ramallah governorate who had blood clots after He was infected with the Coronavirus, which led to his death.

Dr Tim explained that one of the means of treating Corona complications in this acute period is to continue taking anti-clotting drugs known as blood thinners, because Corona not only affects the respiratory system and lungs, but also affects the veins and arteries.

The Care and Anesthesia Consultant indicated that, during the last month, he entered the advisory hospital, with cases of infection with the Corona virus for young people who do not have any chronic diseases and whose cases quickly reached fibrosis, pointing out that they are entering the hospital at a final stage, which means it is difficult to save their lives.

(Source / 21.12.2020)

Report: Palestinian GDP declines 12% in 2020

Palestinians wearing protective masks maintain social distancing while waiting in ATM line during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Gaza City, Gaza on 1 September 2020. [Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency]
Palestinians wearing protective masks maintain social distancing while waiting in ATM line during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Gaza City, Gaza on 1 September 2020

Palestinian Gross Domestic Product (GDP) declined by 12 per cent in 2020 compared to 2019 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a joint statement, the Palestinian Monetary Authority and the Palestinian Bureau of Statistics said that most economic activities shrunk this year, which led to a significant decrease in the per capita income.

The Palestinian economy witnessed a decline of around four per cent in 2020 compared to 2019.

According to the statement, this decline deepened with the impacts of the pandemic, which made the Palestinian government take a number of emergency measures, including partial and total lockdowns.

Israel’s withholding of Palestinian tax revenues collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA) for about six months also had a negative impact on the economy, the statement said, with those revenues constituting 70 per cent of the total Palestinian income and being the main source of income to cover the government’s expenditure.

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In addition, the statement said that the construction activity witnessed a decline of 35 per cent, followed by industry activity which declined 12 per cent, and agriculture which witnessed a decrease of 11 per cent.

The statement also stated that the volume of trade exchange to and from Palestine reached $10 billion in 2020 with a decline of ten per cent compared to the previous year.

More than 66,000 employees lost their jobs this year, leading to an increase in the unemployment rate which reached 27.8 per cent.

The total number of employees in the labour market dropped from 951,000 in 2019 to 884,00 in 2020.

(Source / 21.12.2020)

Settlers’ attacks undermine efforts to revive peace process, insists PA

Israeli settlers, under Israeli police protection, are seen as they raid Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem on 2 June 2019 [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP/Getty Images]
Israeli settlers, under Israeli police protection, are seen as they raid Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound in Jerusalem on 2 June 2019

The Palestinian Authority last week condemned the “continuous and increasing aggression” of Israeli Jewish settlers on Palestinians and their properties in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, Wafa has reported. The PA Foreign Ministry described the settlers’ attacks as “part of a campaign supported and run by the occupation state and its institutions, aiming to Judaise Area C.”

This campaign, explained the ministry, is to clear the occupied Palestinian territories of their indigenous inhabitants and replace them with Jewish settlers.

“We look at the continuous Israeli army and settlers’ attacks and crimes against the Palestinian people as dangerous to the degree they might undermine the international and regional efforts aiming to relaunch the peace process,” it added.

International procrastination over preventing such attacks, the indifference of international organisations and the double-standards applied reflect the “apathy” of the international community towards Israeli crimes, insisted the PA.

It called for the world to “break its silence” and “stop its double-standards”, and move from “ineffective” responses and resolutions to “practical” measures towards stopping the settlers’ attacks, implementing UN Resolution 2334 and activating an international protection plan.

READ: Israeli settler opens fire on Palestinians 

(Source / 21.12.2020)

Israel fined Palestinian minors $102,000 in 2020

Israeli security forces look at a Palestinian boy lifting a national flag during a rally to protest Israel's plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, in the village of Haris, southwest of Nablus, on 28 August 2020. [JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP via Getty Images]
Israeli security forces look at a Palestinian boy lifting a national flag during a rally to protest Israel’s plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, in the village of Haris, southwest of Nablus, on 28 August 2020

Israeli occupation courts imposed fines worth 350,000 shekels ($102,000) on Palestinian minors during 2020, Director of the Palestine Centre for Prisoners Studies Riyadh Al-Ashqar said yesterday.

According to Safa news agency, most of the Palestinian minors arrested appeared in Ofer military court and were ordered to pay high fines, Al-Ashqar said, adding to the financial burdens experienced by families.

Al-Ashqar said that the Israeli courts impose fines on Palestinian children for all alleged aggressions including stone throwing or being spotted near an Israeli settlement or military checkpoint.

He called for the regional and international rights groups to help end Israel’s detention of Palestinian minors and stop the system of “blackmailing” their families by forcing them to pay high fines for the release of their children.

Israel is the only country in the world that automatically prosecutes children in military courts that lack fundamental fair rights and guarantees.

The systematic ill treatment and torture of Palestinian children has been widely documented in recent years, with Amnesty International finding that Israeli forces had “tortured and otherwise ill-treated Palestinian detainees, including children, particularly during arrest and interrogation”, with methods including “beating with batons, slapping, throttling, prolonged shackling, stress positions, sleep deprivation and threats.”

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(Source / 21.12.2020)

Flood waters damage Gaza strawberry crops

Farmers in the Beit Lahia area appealed to the Ministry of Agriculture and international organisations to save them from losses after three days of rain that led to the flooding of the irrigation stream around the fields

Farmers in the Beit Lahia area appealed to the Ministry of Agriculture and international organisations to save them from losses after three days of rain that led to the flooding of the irrigation stream around the fields on December 21 in Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Farmers in the Beit Lahia area appealed to the Ministry of Agriculture and international organisations to save them from losses after three days of rain that led to the flooding of the irrigation stream around the fields on December 21 in Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Farmers in the Beit Lahia area appealed to the Ministry of Agriculture and international organisations to save them from losses after three days of rain that led to the flooding of the irrigation stream around the fields on December 21 in Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Farmers in the Beit Lahia area appealed to the Ministry of Agriculture and international organisations to save them from losses after three days of rain that led to the flooding of the irrigation stream around the fields on December 21 in Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Farmers in the Beit Lahia area appealed to the Ministry of Agriculture and international organisations to save them from losses after three days of rain that led to the flooding of the irrigation stream around the fields on December 21 in Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Farmers in the Beit Lahia area appealed to the Ministry of Agriculture and international organisations to save them from losses after three days of rain that led to the flooding of the irrigation stream around the fields on December 21 in Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Farmers in the Beit Lahia area appealed to the Ministry of Agriculture and international organisations to save them from losses after three days of rain that led to the flooding of the irrigation stream around the fields.

Greenhouses were flooded and soil erosion destroyed crops during the strawberry harvest season.

The Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture estimated the initial value of damages and losses to farmers’ lands as a result of the recent drop in temperatures in the northern part of the Gaza Strip at no less than $1 million, including total and partial damages. The ministry noted that it will issue a final figure after completing the inventory of all damages and losses. The ministry said that the heavy rains on Thursday in Beit Lahiya led to flooding and the erosion of about 138 acres owned by 75 farmers, mostly planted with strawberries, along with areas planted with potatoes, carrots, onions, courgettes and peas.

Six acres were completely filled with sand, while 39.5 acres were flooded with water, officials said, adding that other farms were  partially damaged due to surface runoff.

Roads around the farmlands are also now in need of resurfacing and repair as a result of the rainwater damage.

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Farmers in the Beit Lahia area appealed to the Ministry of Agriculture and international organisations to save them from losses after three days of rain that led to the flooding of the irrigation stream around the fields on December 21 in Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Farmers in the Beit Lahia area appealed to the Ministry of Agriculture and international organisations to save them from losses after three days of rain that led to the flooding of the irrigation stream around the fields on December 21 in Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Farmers in the Beit Lahia area appealed to the Ministry of Agriculture and international organisations to save them from losses after three days of rain that led to the flooding of the irrigation stream around the fields on December 21 in Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Farmers in the Beit Lahia area appealed to the Ministry of Agriculture and international organisations to save them from losses after three days of rain that led to the flooding of the irrigation stream around the fields on December 21 in Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Farmers in the Beit Lahia area appealed to the Ministry of Agriculture and international organisations to save them from losses after three days of rain that led to the flooding of the irrigation stream around the fields on December 21 in Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Farmers in the Beit Lahia area appealed to the Ministry of Agriculture and international organisations to save them from losses after three days of rain that led to the flooding of the irrigation stream around the fields on December 21 in Gaza [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

(Source / 21.12.2020)

Palestinian Accused of Throwing Molotov Cocktail Detained near Qalqilia

Israeli security services announced the detention, Sunday, of the Palestinian man accused of throwing a molotov cocktail at an Israeli soldier, on Saturday night, east of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia, the Israeli media outlet (News 0404) reported.

It said that the Israeli soldier who failed to respond to the attack, at the military roadblock near the Israeli Kedumim colony, was suspended from his post, while the Palestinian suspect was sent for interrogation.

An Israeli security camera video shows the Palestinian man approaching the Israeli troop, setting fire to the Molotov cocktail and throwing it towards the soldier, who dodges the flames and then while he stands still, the Palestinian runs back to his car and drives off, according to the Jerusalem Press.

The Israeli army added that a coordinated military and intelligence search operation was initiated and the suspect was arrested, and taken in for interrogation.

(Source / 21.12.2020)

Israeli Forces Shoot, Injure One Palestinian, Detain others in West Bank

Israeli police, on Sunday evening, detained a Palestinian child, identified as Mohamed Obeid, 17, from the al-‘Isawiya neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

On Saturday night, occupation forces shot and injured a Palestinian youth near the separation barrier, southwest of Jenin in the northern West Bank, according to the Palestinian News Network.

The young man was reported to have been chased by Israeli troops, who shot him in the leg. The injured young man was then transferred to a nearby hospital, no further details were available at the time of this report.

The PNN added that Israeli soldiers detained Yamin Ateiq and Ibrahim al-Saadi after storming Jenin city, in the northern West Bank.

Another Palestinian, identified as Nabil Abu Hamed was assaulted and detained by occupation forces in Qalqilia city, in northern West Bank.

(Source / 21.12.2020)

Our entire nation stands with the Palestinians, said Pakistan’s Prime Minister

Pakistan (QNN)- Imran Khan, Pakistan’s Prime Minister, has denied reports of Pakistan’s efforts to establish ties with ‘Israel.’

On Friday, in an interview with Samaa TV, which was published in Arab News, Khan rejected any efforts to recognize ‘Israel.’

“Pakistan will refuse to recognize Israel until Palestinian rights are guaranteed,” Khan said.

He added, “Pakistan is a democratic society, and our entire nation stands with the Palestinians.”

Khan remarks came following Israeli media reports this week that Pakistan will discuss the normalization of relations and that an adviser to the prime minister had visited ‘Israel’ at the end of November.

“Why would anyone go from Pakistan when it’s our policy that we don’t recognize Israel?” Khan said.

“What’s a minister going to do there? This is absolutely fake news.”

This week, the head of the Pakistan Ulema Council, Tahir Ashrafi, told Arab News the “reports were an attempt to malign Pakistan in the Muslim world, and that Islamabad would not recognize Israel until a just solution to the Palestine conflict was found.”

“It is the clear stance of Prime Minister Khan and his Cabinet,” Ashrafi said.

He added, “The state of Pakistan, including our people, armed forces, institutions and government, are on the same page regarding this issue.”

Pakistan has a long history of supporting the Palestinian cause for a free and independent state.

(Source / 21.12.2020)

Israel killed 8 Palestinian minors in 2020

Israeli occupation forces have killed eight Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip since the start of 2020, according to a recent statics to Defense for Children International – Palestine (DCIP).

DCIP said that Israel occupation forces “routinely violate international law by using lethal force against Palestinian children without justification.”

DCIP stressed that Israel is to continue this policy against Palestinians as long as the international community remains silent and Israel is not held accountable for its crimes.

Ayed Abu Eqtaish, Accountability Program director at DCIP noted, “Like nearly every other case involving Israeli forces’ unlawful killing of Palestinian children, systemic impunity as the norm ensures that the perpetrator responsible will never be held accountable by Israeli authorities.”

In its statics, DCIP said that the last Palestinian child killed by Israeli occupation forces was 15-year-old Ali Abu Alia from the village of Al-Mughayyir, northeast of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, who was shot with live ammunition in the abdomen while observing clashes between Israeli occupation forces and Palestinian youth on 4 December.

Ali is the fifth Palestinian child from the West Bank killed by Israeli forces with live ammunition this year.

Investigations and evidence collected by DCIP regularly suggest that Israeli forces use lethal force against Palestinian children in circumstances that do not appear to be warranted and may amount to extrajudicial or wilful killings.

(Source / 21.12.2020)

MEPs call for ending Gaza’s siege, allowing COVID-19 medications in

Twenty four Members of the European Parliament signed a petition calling to end Gaza’s siege and allow COVID-19 medications.

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The petition, launched by the Geneva-based Euro-Mediterranea Human Rights Monitor, called on ‘Israel’ to lift its siege of Gaza and allow COVID-19 medical supplies in light of the recent spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in Gaza Strip.

The petition was also signed by Manu Pineda, the Chair of the Delegation for Relations with Palestine.

The MEPs expressed their concern about the latest spike in COVID-19 cases in the Gaza Strip, noting that the exceptional situation in Gaza “requires immediate action to allow medicines, protective gears, masks, and ICU-units into the territory.”

“Today, the numbers of COVID-19 cases, which are spreading like fire in refugee camps in Gaza, are telling of the catastrophic situation there. We call on the international community to immediately end the siege of Gaza, allow medical supplies and allocate vaccines for the Gaza Strip, where many face an imminent death,” said Dr. Ramy Abdu, Euro-Med Monitor Chairman.

He added, “The Israeli government has to end its siege of Gaza now, and WHO should make sure Palestinians, whose healthcare system is collapsing, have access to decent healthcare. The situation in Gaza is no longer acceptable and we thank the MEPs for their stance to end the siege and help Palestinians as the pandemic is spreading.”

The petition noted that “Palestinian patients go through prolonged processes to cross the borders into Israel and Egypt. Many of them died waiting for permits to be issued. Many health facilities were destroyed during repeated conflicts. This requires an immediate international intervention to save those Palestinians.”

The MEPs called on the European Union to send immediate medical aid to the Gaza Strip through the World Health Organization (WHO).

They also called on “all parties to the conflict in Gaza to save the civilians the plight of COVID19 and to put their differences aside.”

(Source / 21.12.2020)