MoH: Donations for Palestinians cancer center establishment not enough to launch it

MoH: Donations for Palestinians cancer center establishment not enough to launch it

Agencies – Gaza Post – Regarding a debate on social media about the fate of a cancer center project named Khaled Al-Hassan Cancer Center and Bone Marrow Transplant that was scheduled to be built near Ramallah, the Palestinian Ministry of Health (MoH) stated “ last night that the economic donors collected to create the center are accessible and kept in a bank account pertaining to the Khaled Al-Hassan Foundation, but that they are insufficient to begin work on the project.

The proposals for the center, with an ability of 250 beds and a projected value of $160 million, were completed, according to a brief statement.

It has been frozen at the present moment due to a lack of funds required to begin the project, the Health Ministry told reporters. The ministry and government are working to offer the financial basis for the creation of the center, and in stages, to serve the (cancer) sick people.

In its strategy to localize healthcare care in Palestine, it stated that treating cancer sufferers is a top priority.

(Source / 15.01.2022)

Hamas: ‘Demonstrations in Negev prove Israel’s inability to defeat Palestinians’

Palestinian Bedouins, who are natives of the Negev Desert in the south of Israel, stage a demonstration against the planting works carried out by the Jewish National Fund, on January 13, 2022 in Israel [Mücahit Aydemir / Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian Bedouins, who are natives of the Negev Desert in the south of Israel, stage a demonstration against the planting works carried out by the Jewish National Fund, on January 13, 2022 in Israel

Hamas Spokesperson Hazem Qasem asserted on Friday that the uprising in the Negev region demonstrates that the Zionist occupation cannot defeat the Palestinians despite using all of its “colonial tools”.

“Using all of its colonial tools, the Zionist Israeli occupation failed to uproot our people from the Negev,” Qasem avowed in a statement.

“Palestinian patriotism achieved clear progress against the Zionist colonial mechanisms,” he added, pointing to the Jewish National Fund (JNF)’s project to plant trees in the Negev region as a means of removing the Arabs from their lands.

“This is a continuous battle,” he expressed, adding:

It will never end without the victory of our people, who are the real owners of the land.

Read: Many injured as police break up protests in Israel’s Negev region

Earlier on Friday, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, Adalah, disclosed that the Israeli police used “all brutal means” to suppress a “legal” demonstration organised on Thursday in the Negev. Adalah reported that the Israeli police detained a large number of protesters.

There are around 300 Israeli Arabs – Palestinians who did not flee the Israeli occupation in 1948 – living on five per cent of their land, while Israel confiscated 95 per cent of it in 1948.

Arabs in the Negev region consist of Bedouin tribes living in villages scattered across the area. Many have been there since before the Israeli occupation.

Read: Forestation in Negev to continue, Israel minister says

Israel is trying to steal more Palestinian land in the Negev - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/Middle East Monitor]
Israel is trying to steal more Palestinian land in the Negev – Cartoon

(Source / 15.01.2022)

UNRWA Calls For Immediate Release Of Critically Ill Child Amal Nakhleh

By UNRWA: (January 13, 2022) Amal Muamar Nakhleh is a 17-year-old Palestine refugee from the Jalazone camp. Amal was placed in administrative detention by the Israeli Security Forces (ISF) for six months on 21 January 2021.

The administrative detention was then extended for four months in May 2021 and then again in September 2021 for an additional four months. When the current extension expires on 18 January 2022, Amal will have been in prison for a year and will be 18 years old, no longer a minor.

Neither Amal nor his family are aware of the charges against him and have been informed by the Israeli authorities that it is a “confidential administrative case.” Amal’s legal team stated that this is one of the most prolonged cases of administrative attention of a child that they have come across.

Amal was born three months prematurely and was diagnosed with severe autoimmune disease: myasthenia gravis. This condition requires continuous medical treatment and monitoring. Just a few months prior to his detention, Amal underwent surgery to remove a cancerous mass.

Due to his health conditions, Amal cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19 and must take immune-suppressants, meaning that his life is at high risk if he contracts COVID-19. As is well known, prison settings are not appropriate for treating and monitoring autoimmune diseases, let alone providing adequate protection against COVID-19.

During the military court proceedings in the past few days – one of the few times Amal’s family was allowed to see him in the past year – his family observed that Amal had difficulty talking and breathing, both of which are signs that his medical condition has deteriorated.

During the court hearing, Amal informed the judge that he would start a hunger strike if his administrative detention were to be extended further.

If he takes this step, Amal would be at grave risk due to his already fragile health condition. A decision on the extension of his administrative detention is scheduled to be taken this Tuesday, 18 January 2022.

The administrative detention imposed on Amal without charges and based on classified evidence is a form of arbitrary detention not permissible under public international law. It deprives him of the appropriate care required by his underlying medical condition, exposing him to increased risks of aggravation of his health.

Israel, as a party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, shall ensure that the “arrest, detention or imprisonment of a child shall be in conformity with the law and shall be used only as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time.”

In accordance with the Convention, “[e]very child deprived of liberty shall be treated with humanity and respect for the inherent dignity of the human person, and in a manner which takes into account the needs of persons of his or her age” and that any detained child “shall have the right to prompt access to legal and other appropriate assistance, as well as the right to challenge the legality of the deprivation of his or her liberty before a court or other competent, independent and impartial authority, and to a prompt decision on any such action.”

UNRWA West Bank calls for the immediate release of Amal Nakhleh from administrative detention on urgent humanitarian grounds and is highly concerned about the ongoing arbitrary detention of a minor.Background Information:

UNRWA is confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs.

As a result, the UNRWA programme budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to exert all possible efforts to fully fund the Agency’s programme budget. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, are funded through separate funding portals.

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 with a mandate to provide humanitarian assistance and protection to registered Palestine refugees in the Agency’s area of operations, namely the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, Gaza, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, pending a just and lasting solution to their plight.

Thousands of Palestine refugees who lost both their homes and livelihood because of the 1948 conflict have remained displaced and in need of significant support for over seventy years.

UNRWA helps them achieve their full potential in human development through quality services it provides in education, health care, relief and social services, protection, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions.

(Source / 15.01.2022)

Army Shoots A Palestinian Child In Qalqilia

Israeli soldiers shot, Friday, a Palestinian child near the northern entrance of Qalqilia city, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Media sources said dozens of Palestinians marched in the area, condemning the ongoing Israeli violations before the soldiers attacked them with live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs.

They added that one child was shot with a rubber-coated steel bullet in the leg and was rushed to a hospital where his condition was described as moderate.

Palestinian medics also provided treatment to many residents who suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.

In related news, the soldiers injured six Palestinians during the weekly procession against the illegal Annexation Wall and colonies in Kufur Qaddoum, east of Qalqilia.

In occupied Jerusalem, the soldiers abducted a Palestinian child after stopping him in a neighborhood in the Old City and took him to an interrogation facility.

(Source / 15.01.2022)

Army Attacks Protesters In Sbeih Mountain In Beita

Israeli soldiers attacked, Friday, dozens of Palestinian protesters in Sbeih Mountain in Beita town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus after dozens of residents marched to their mountain to protest the illegal violations and annexation of their lands.

Media sources said dozens of Palestinians marched to their mountain where they held Friday noon prayers and started chanting against the ongoing and escalating Israeli violations.

They added that the Palestinians then tried to reach the top of the mountain before the soldiers started firing a barrage of gas bombs, concussion grenades, rubber-coated steel bullets, and a few live rounds.

The soldiers also chased and attempted to abduct many nonviolent protesters who were able to escape despite extensive military deployment.

Earlier Friday, the soldiers bulldozed and destroyed several agricultural roads leading to Sbeih Mountain, and uprooted dozens of olive trees.

The Palestinians have been holding ongoing processions on their lands in Sbeih Mountain since May of last year after a group of illegal Israeli colonizers installed an outpost atop the mountain. During these protests, the soldiers injured thousands of Palestinians and killed several others, including children.

The Mountain, owned by the Palestinians, has significant strategic importance, especially since if it is occupied by the colonizers the colony would lead to the annexation of 20 Dunams of Palestinian lands, and would also lead to the isolation of a large area of Palestinian lands.

(Source / 15.01.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Close Dirt Road Leading To Agricultural Lands In Sebastia

Israeli soldiers closed, Friday, the only dirt road leading to Palestinian agricultural lands in Sebastia town, northwest of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Mohammad Azem, the Mayor of Sebastia, said the soldiers installed a dirt mound on the road, in the eastern part of the town, and added that the closed road is the only one leading to Palestinian lands in the town.

Azem added that the army is ongoing with its illegal policies of isolating the Palestinian lands, in preparation for illegally annexing them, and the constant closures of the village, especially the gate that was installed at the entrance of the an-Naqoura area, leading to the main Nablus-Jenin Road.

It is worth mentioning that Sebastia is subject to constant Israeli invasions and violations, especially since the soldiers frequently invade it to accompany large groups of colonizers into its archeological site.

During these invasions, the soldiers block all Palestinian traffic, in addition to frequently storming homes, abducting Palestinians, and attacking protesters, in addition to removing the Palestinian flag from the site.

In related news, the soldiers installed a military roadblock at the main entrance of Biddu town, northwest of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

(Source / 15.01.2022)

OCHA: Protection of Civilians Report

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA): Protection of Civilians Report | December 21, 2021 – January 10, 2022

Three Palestinians reportedly tried to stab, ram or open fire at Israeli forces or settlers in three separate incidents in the West Bank and were subsequently killed by Israeli forces. On 21 December, according to official Israeli sources, a 22-year-old Palestinian man tried to drive into Israeli soldiers stationed at Mevo Dotan checkpoint west of Jenin. The forces opened fire at the car, which crashed into a military vehicle causing both to catch fire. According to Israeli sources, on 31 December, a 32-year-old Palestinian tried to stab Israeli soldiers and settlers at a junction near the Israeli settlement of Ariel (Salfit), before being shot; Palestinian sources dispute the allegation that he tried to stab soldiers. On 22 December, a 26-year-old Palestinian man, was shot and killed by Israeli forces near Al ‘Amari refugee camp (Ramallah). According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, the man was hit in his back with live ammunition inside his car during clashes that erupted at the entrance of the camp. Israeli media report that Israeli forces opened fire at the man while they were chasing a Palestinian vehicle that opened fire at them near Psagot settlement (Ramallah). No Israeli injuries were reported in any of these incidents.One more Palestinian was killed and six others were injured by Israeli forces in search-and-arrest operations across the West Bank. On 6 January, Israeli forces conducted such an operation in Balata refugee camp (Nablus) and exchanged fire with armed Palestinians; a 21-year-old Palestinian man was killed. Another six Palestinians were injured during three search-and-arrest operations in Jerusalem, Hebron and Ramallah. In total, Israeli forces carried out 88 search-and-arrest operations and arrested 109 Palestinians. The largest number of operations was recorded in the Hebron governorate (32), followed by Bethlehem (28) and Jerusalem (15).A 63-year-old Palestinian woman and a 25-year-old man died after being hit by Israeli settler vehicles near Sinjil and Beit Sira villages (Ramallah) on 24 December 2021 and 5 January respectively. Both Israeli drivers reportedly turned themselves in to the Israeli Police, where investigations have been opened. On 5 January, in Umm al Kheir (Hebron), an elderly Palestinian man was critically injured after being hit by an Israeli police truck that was confiscating unregistered vehicles; according to Israeli sources the truck had been stoned at the time of the incident.A total of 693 Palestinians, including 177 children, were injured by Israeli forces across the West Bank. Most injuries were in five incidents in Burqa, Sabastiya and Deir Sharaf (Nablus), where 490 people, including 124 children, were injured by Israeli forces, following stone-throwing between Palestinian residents and Israeli settlers after the latter raided and attacked Palestinian communities (see below). On 25 December, 26 Palestinians required medical treatment for inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli forces following clashes between settlers and Palestinians during a demonstration organized by Israeli settlers, who gathered at the entrance of Sabastiya (Nablus), and threw stones at Palestinian vehicles. Another 181 were wounded during anti-settlement protests near Beita (126) and Beit Dajan (55) in the Nablus governorate, and one during demonstrations in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails in Dura (Hebron). Three women were physically assaulted and injured by Israeli forces during a demolition in Hebron (see below). On 29 December 2021, Israeli forces physically assaulted and injured a teacher while staff were trying to prevent them from entering a high school in Tuqu’ (Bethlehem); and on 10 January, a student was shot and arrested along with three other students in Birzeit University (Ramallah). Overall, 28 Palestinians were injured by live ammunition, 107 by rubber bullets, and most of the rest were treated for teargas inhalation that required medical treatment.In the Gaza Strip, on 29 December, a Palestinian armed group member shot and injured an Israeli man working on the Israeli side of the perimeter fence, following which Israeli forces fired tank shells at Gaza, injuring four Palestinian farmers, including a child. On one occasion, Palestinian armed groups fired rockets at Israel, and Israeli forces carried out air strikes, reportedly targeting armed groups’ positions and open fields.On at least 66 occasions, Israeli forces opened warning fire near Israel’s perimeter fence and off the coast of Gaza, ostensibly to enforce access restrictions. No injuries were reported. Israeli military bulldozers levelled land inside Gaza, near the perimeter fence, twice.Israeli settlers injured three Palestinians in two incidents, and people known or believed to be Israeli settlers damaged Palestinian property in 25 instances across the West Bank. Two Palestinian farmers were stoned by Israeli settlers while they were working their lands in Susiya (Hebron). A Palestinian man was physically assaulted, sprayed with pepper, injured and cuffed-down by Israeli settlers for two hours in Azmut (Nablus), before being released by Israeli forces and taken to hospital. More than 550 trees were vandalized in eight incidents in Hebron, Nablus and Salfit governorates, including two incidents in areas designated by the Israeli authorities as ‘firing zones’ in southern Hebron. At least six Palestinian-owned vehicles were damaged in four stone-throwing incidents in Qalqiliya, Nablus, Salfit and in the H2 area of Hebron city. A water facility, a shop and a stone wall were vandalized in three incidents in Qaryut and Bizzariya (both in Nablus) and Hebron, when Israeli settlers raided the communities. In the H2 area of Hebron, settlers stoned a Palestinian home, causing damage to the windows and furniture.People known or believed to be Palestinians threw stones at Israeli-plated vehicles in the Jerusalem, Nablus and Jericho governorates, injuring eleven settlers. According to Israeli sources, stone-throwing damaged around 50 Israeli-plated cars throughout the West Bank.Since the shooting and killing of an Israeli settler and the injury of another two on 16 December, long delays have been reported at checkpoints and new closures have been imposed by Israeli forces at the entrances to three nearby villages in Nablus governorate, where the killing took place, disrupting access to services and livelihoods. Israeli forces continued to intermittently staff a checkpoint near the Israeli settlement of Shavei Shomron, checking and searching Palestinian vehicles, thereby causing long delays. On 6 and 8 January, Israeli forces installed earth-mounds blocking six roads that connect Sabastiya and the main entrance of Al Mas’udiya villages (Nablus) with Road 60.The Israeli authorities demolished, seized, or forced owners to demolish, 63 Palestinian-owned structures, citing lack of Israeli-issued building permits. As a result, 62 people were displaced, including 35 children, and the livelihoods of 216 others were affected. A total of 44 structures were demolished in Area C, 19 of those structures, including seven residential shelters, had been provided as humanitarian assistance in response to previous demolitions. Three households comprising 16 people, including five children, were displaced twice in the herding community of Ibziq (Tubas), in the northern Jordan Valley, located within an Israeli-declared ‘firing zone’ and ‘nature reserve. Nineteen of the demolished structures were in East Jerusalem, of which four were homes demolished by their Palestinian owners to avoid municipal fees and possible damage to other structures and personal belongings.Between 27 December and 2 January, at least six Palestinian families were forced to evacuate their homes for most of the day to make way for Israeli military trainings in the Ibziq area of the Jordan Valley. 38 people, including 17 children have been affected. After these incidents, the Israeli High Court of Justice reportedly issued an injunction halting demolitions and military trainings in the area where these families live. Additionally, on 22 December, Israeli forces conducted military trainings in an area designated as a ‘firing zone’ around Al Farisiya, Ein al Hilwa and Hammamat al Maleh herding communities, in the northern Jordan valley, disrupting livelihoods and access to services.

This report reflects information available as of the time of publication. The most updated data and more breakdowns are available at ochaopt.org/data.

(Source / 15.01.2022)

Detainee Abu Hmeid Remains In A Coma For Eleventh Day

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has confirmed that Palestinian political prisoner, Nasser Abu Hmeid, remains in a coma at the Barzilai Israeli medical center for the eleventh day, hooked to a respiratory machine, and is not responding to treatment.

Hasan Abed-Rabbo, the Committee’s spokesperson, said in a phone interview with WAFA Palestinian News Agency, Saturday, that Abu Hmeid’s condition is extremely serious, especially since he is suffering from an acute infection in the lungs, in addition to his previously diagnosed cancer which is also worsening due to the lack of specialized medical treatment.

Abu Hmeid said the Committee filed an appeal with an Israeli court, Thursday, in addition to the initial appeal that submitted ten days ago, demanding detailed information about his condition, and asking to allow his family to visit with him again at the hospital, however, the court never submitted any response.

The Committee is also appealing for his release so that he can be moved to a Palestinian medical center in the West Bank, close to his family. Abu Hmeid is from the al-Am’ari refugee camp, south of the central West Bank city of Ramallah.

He also said that, according to testimonies from other detainees who were with him before he was transferred to the medical center, Abu Hmeid stated initially suffering from severe chest pain and serious respiratory issues, however, the prison clinic provided a diagnosis that was not based on a lab test or any visit by a specialist, and at the time, the clinic said: “he had an ordinary infection, therefore, doesn’t need anything more than antibiotics.”

The detainees demanded transferring Abu Hmeid to a civilian medical center instead of the infamous Ramla prison clinic that lacks basic supplies and specialists, and only then was he diagnosed and was also found to have a mass in the left lung.

Even after that diagnosis was made, the detainee was kept in the prison clinic and was given antibiotics, until his condition worsened and posed a serious threat to his life.

After he was transferred to Barzilai, the physicians conducted various tests, biopsies, and X-rays that showed cancer in the lung.

The initial tests showed a benign tumor, however, a month later cancer cells were found spreading and he was supposed to start chemotherapy that only started at least twenty days after the diagnosis.

After receiving the first dose of chemotherapy, Nasser was sent back to prison before suffering intense pain and pressure in the chest and lungs and was moved back to Barzilai.

Abu Hmeid, 49, was abducted in the year 2002 and was sentenced to seven lifetimes and 50 years in Israeli prison.

He also has four brothers who are imprisoned by Israel and sentenced to life terms, in addition to a fifth brother who was shot and killed by the Israeli soldiers in the year 1994.

Israel also repeatedly demolished the family home, and for many years now, Israel has been preventing their mother from visiting with them.

(Source / 15.01.2022)

Israeli Soldiers Abduct Five Palestinians In Bethlehem

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Saturday at dawn, five Palestinians including a teenage boy and three former political prisoners, in Bethlehem governorate, south of the occupied Palestinian capital, Jerusalem, in the West Bank.

Media sources said the soldiers invaded Beit Fajjar town, south of Bethlehem, searched homes, and abducted a former political prisoner, identified as Eyad Sami Taqatqa, in addition to summoning his brother for interrogation.

The sources added that dozens of soldiers also invaded the Deheishe refugee camp, south of Bethlehem, before storming and ransacking many homes, and abducted four Palestinians.

The abducted Palestinians have been identified as Rani Abu Aker, 20, Ranim Mohammad Ja’fari, 17, in addition to two former political prisoners, Hasan Mohammad Zaghari, 26, and Ashraf Mohammad Sajdiyya.

(Source / 15.01.2022)

Abu Hawash Family Says Israeli Occupation “Deliberately Transmitted Corona Virus” to Hisham

DAYS OF PALESTINE – JERUSALEM – The family of Palestinian detainee, Hisham Abu Hawash, said on Thursday that their son was infected with COVID-19 in the Israeli Assaf Harofeh Hospital, and he is suffering from severe symptoms.

Hisham is receiving treatment in the Israeli hospital, after starting a hunger strike that lasted 141 days, in rejection to his administrative detention, before suspending the strike last week.

“The occupation deliberately transmitted “Corona” virus to him while he was in the “Asaf Harofeh” hospital, they ARE trying to kill him before releasing him.” Imad Abu Hawash, Hisham’s brother, said to Shehab News Agency.

He added that Hisham has been suffering from severe headaches and back pain since Wednesday, warning that his health is deteriorating.

Abu Hawash held Assaf Harofeh Hospital responsible for his brother’s condition, as it did not take any special care measures for him, due to his low immunity because of the strike.

On 5 January, Hisham suspended an open hunger strike in Israeli prisons, which lasted 141 days, to protest against his administrative detention, after reaching an agreement to release him on 26 February.

The prisoner, Abu Hawash, is a father of five children. He is from the town of Dura, west of Hebron city in the south of West Bank. He was arrested on 27 October 2020, and transferred to administrative detention (without charge, and it may reach up to six months with possibility of extension).

A few days ago, the Palestinian Society Prisoner’s Club (PPSMO) (Independent) announced that 15 prisoners had been infected with COVID-19, including seven female prisoners.

The number of Palestinian prisoners and detainees in occupation prisons up to the end of last December reached about 4600, including about 500 administrative prisoners, 34 female prisoners and 160 minors, according to institutions working on prisoners’ affairs.

(Source / 15.01.2022)