Poll: 65% of Israelis reject military operation in Gaza

Smoke and flames rise as Israeli airstrikes over Gaza Strip continue, in Khan Yunis, Gaza on August 05, 2022 

Israel’s public have rejected suggestions that the Israeli army should opt for a wide-scale military operation in the Gaza Strip to restore calm for settlements near the coastal enclave, an Israeli TV reported on Sunday.

Israel’s Channel 13 TV conducted a poll, asking Israelis to comment on Chief of Staff of Israeli Army Aviv Kohavi’s remarks about a military operation in Gaza to achieve calm for 15 years.

According to the poll, 65 per cent of the respondents from the Israeli public said they are not ready for such a military operation.

The poll found that only 21 per cent of the Israeli public is ready for the operation, while only 29 per cent of the settlers are ready for it.

Kohavi has said that a wide-scale military operation in Gaza would achieve calm for 15 years, but the price would be very high, including the death of 300 Israeli soldiers.

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(Source / 29.08.2022)

Israeli court extends detention of Islamic Jihad leader Bassam al-Saadi

Israeli forces outside Ofer prison in the West Bank on 12 July 2021

An Israeli military court extended on Sunday the detention of senior Islamic Jihad leader Bassam al-Saadi, from the West Bank city of Jenin, until Wednesday, Palestine Prisoners’ Club (PPC) said.

The PCC said in a brief statement that the Israeli military court in Ofer Prison in the occupied West Bank postponed its sentence against Al-Saadi to 31 August.

At the beginning of August, the Israeli occupation army detained Al-Saadi, 61, during a wide-scale raid of Jenin. Since then, the Israeli military court has extended his detention several times.

Islamic Jihad said that it agreed to the ceasefire that ended an Israeli offensive on Gaza early in August on condition that Al-Saadi along with the hunger striker Khalil Awawdeh would be released.

Israel said it would not release them, Israeli sources said that Al-Saadi would be convicted for “terror” offences.

READ: Israel to charge Islamic Jihad’s Saadi with terrorism

(Source / 29.08.2022)

Palestinian rights group says four patients from Gaza died due to Israel travel ban

Palestinian children light candles during a commemoration event at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, Gaza on August 11, 2022

Four sick Palestinians, including three children, have died in the besieged Gaza Strip during the month of August after Israel prevented them from leaving the enclave to receive treatment, a Palestinian human rights organisation said.

Palestinian human rights lawyer and deputy Director of Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights, Samir Zaqout said since the beginning of this year, four Palestinian patients, including three children, have died because the Israeli authorities which control the Beit Hanoun Crossing in the northern Gaza Strip did not grant them the necessary permits to receive treatment in hospitals outside the enclave.

“The latest victim of this ban was a 6-year-old child, Farouk Abu Naga, who died recently as a result of the delay in granting him a permit to cross to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in occupied Jerusalem to receive treatment;” Zaqout added in an interview with Quds Press.

He explained that the child suffered from neuronal atrophy in the brain and due to the lack of necessary treatment in Gaza hospitals, he had received a special medical referral for treatment at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital. His request remained with the Israeli authorities under review and despite the hospital’s approval, he was unable to travel and eventually died.

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Zaqout held Israel fully responsible for the child’s death because as a signatory to the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 the occupying power is obliged to provide healthcare to the population of the occupied territories.

He added that Israel is also a party to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of which Article 12 affirms the right to enjoy the highest level of physical and mental health.

Zaqout called on the international community to assume its legal responsibilities towards the population of the occupied Palestinian territory and compel Israel to respect international law; stop its continuous violations of Palestinian patients’ rights; enable them to reach hospitals to receive appropriate treatment without any restrictions; and end the siege of Gaza.

He stressed that the perpetuation of impunity encourages Israel to continue and even escalate its violations of international law in its dealings with the Palestinians in the occupied territories.

He denounced the ongoing siege of the Gaza Strip which has entered its fifteenth year and the strict restrictions on freedom of movement, especially for the purpose of treatment.

(Source / 29.08.2022)

Israel orders removal of electricity network from archaeological town

Visitors inspect a tomb at an archeological site run by the Franco-Palestinian archaeological mission at Sebastia, west of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, on June 24, 2014

The Israeli occupation army ordered on Sunday the removal of an electricity network in the town of Sebastia, northwest of Nablus, Palestine’s WAFA news agency reported.

The agency quoted Mayor of Sebastia, Mohammad Azem as saying that the Israeli forces ordered the municipality to remove a 1,200-metre-long power grid built near the archaeological site of Sebastia under the pretext of being built in area C, which falls under full Israeli control.

Area C constitutes almost 60 per cent of the occupied West Bank and is fully controlled by Israel.

Furthermore, the Israeli forces erected a random checkpoint on Monday, on a Jenin-Nablus Street near Sebastia and detained a young man whose identity was not known.

The Israeli forces stopped Palestinian vehicles from coming to Jenin, checked the passengers’ identity cards and interrogated them.

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(Source / 29.08.2022)

Photos of Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike raise concerns

A protest in solidarity with Khalil Awawdeh, a Palestinian prisoner who is on hunger strike on 1 August 2022

Photos of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoner Khalil Awawdeh, who has been held in Israeli administrative detention without charges, went viral on social media yesterday, raising concerns about the deterioration of his health.

The pictures showed Awawda, 40, with a slender body resembling a skeleton as a result of his hunger strike, which has been ongoing for the 169th day successively.

Awawdeh is from the town of Ithna, west of Hebron. He has been on hunger strike for more than six months in protest against his administrative detention by the Israeli authorities.

Earlier this month, an Israeli court suspended Awawdeh’s detention to allow him to receive medical care, citing his failing health.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Club said that the decision to freeze Awawdeh’s detention based on medical data and reports by the hospital indicate that his life is in danger. But if his health condition improves and he decides to leave the hospital, his administrative detention will resume immediately, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club added.

READ: Israel court temporarily freezes detention of Palestine hunger striker

(Source / 29.08.2022)

PCHR: “Child Dies After Israeli Authorities Deny His Travel for Treatment Abroad”

The Palestinian Center For Human Rights (PCHR): The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns the Israeli occupation Forces’ (IOF) continuous obstacles on the travel of Gaza Strip’s patients, denying them access to the Palestinian hospitals in the West Bank, including occupied Jerusalem, and Israeli hospitals for receiving or resuming their medical treatment.

These obstacles have aggravated the suffering of thousands of patients and resulted in the death of 4 patients; the last one was Faroud Mohammad Ismail Abu Naja (6), whose travel permit for treatment at Hadassah hospital in the occupied Jerusalem, was denied.

Suleiman Ahmad Abu Naja (56), the deceased child’s grandfather, from Yabna refugee camp in Rafah, said that his grandson, Farouk Mohammed Isma’il Abu Naja (6), was denied travel for treatment at Hadassah- ‘Ein Karem Hospital as he suffers from cerebral atrophy.

Abu Naja added that his grandson received a medical referral for treatment on 12 January 2022 at Hadassah- ‘Ein Kerem Hospital in Israel; the referral is funded by the Christian Aid Ministries. He applied to have a travel permit from the Israeli occupation authorities; however, the latter replied that his request is still under study.  Thus, the child could travel for treatment on the given appointment.

Abu Naja said that they obtained another appointment on 10 August 2022 and then re-applied for the travel permit, but the Israeli authorities kept replying that the request is “under study”. While waiting for the Israeli approval, the child’s health deteriorated until he died at the European Gaza Hospital on Wednesday evening, 24 August 2022.

According to the Health Department of the General Authority for Civil Affairs (GACA) statistics, since the beginning of this year, the Israeli authorities have obstructed the travel of 4,169 patients from the Gaza strip for treatment abroad since.  Most of these patients suffer serious diseases that lack treatment at the Strip’s hospitals.

IOF invoke various reasons and excuses to prevent Gaza patients from traveling for treatment; including requests under study, summoning patients for a security interview, requests denied for having a relative illegally residing in the West Bank or Israel, and the treatment available in Gaza hospitals.

These restrictions come with the deterioration of the healthcare system in the Gaza Strip triggered by the Israeli-imposed closure for 16 years, as the Gaza Strip hospitals suffer from acute shortage of essential drugs and medical devices and insufficient number of specialized health professionals; rendering the hospitals unable to treat many serious diseases and so raising the number of patients referred for treatment abroad during the past years.

In light of the above, PCHR calls on the international community, including the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention, and the UN bodies and international organizations to exert pressure on the occupation to assume their legal responsibilities towards the residents of the Gaza Strip, including patients, and to ensure an appropriate and safe mechanism is provided for their travel.

PCHR calls on the international community to pressure Israel to lift the closure imposed on the Gaza Strip in line with Security Council Resolution No. 1860, and to import the medical supplies used in radiotherapy, chemical drugs and periodic examinations for cancer patients that are not available in Gaza hospitals.

(Source / 29.08.2022)