Calls for increased early detection of heart conditions among young in Gaza

Palestinian medical staff have rest outside Shifa Hospital as they continue to save lives of Palestinians amid Israeli attacks in Gaza City, Gaza on 13 May 2021. [Mustafa Hassona - Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian medical staff have rest outside Shifa Hospital as they continue to save lives of Palestinians amid Israeli attacks in Gaza City, Gaza on 13 May 2021

As many as seven young people have died after suffering sudden cardiac arrests within a week in the besieged Gaza Strip, local media reported.

The latest death was reported yesterday, when 32-year-old Abdullah Zidan was pronounced dead after suffering a heart attack.

Dr. Khamis Al-Assy, Associate Professor of Medicine at the Islamic University in Gaza, explains that the “sudden death” rate in the Gaza Strip is normal and similar to other parts of the world.

According to Dr. Al- Assy, the main causes for sudden death are cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease, congenital heart defect or arrhythmia.

Dr. Al- Assy called for the early detection of heart conditions among young people.

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(Source / 27.07.2021)

Children in Silwan traumatised by Israel’s ethnic cleansing policy

Palestinian children in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan have been traumatised by Israel’s ongoing ethnic cleansing campaign, including threats to demolish their homes.

In a video report, the Maydan Al-Quds TV channel showed children who said they were afraid of displacement and are haunted by the idea of losing their homes and memories.

One child said: “Here, I used to water the plants, relax, sit, play and enjoy my time. After the demolition decision, I am afraid. I am afraid for myself, and I am afraid that the memories will disappear.”

Read More: Settlers seize Palestinian building in Silwan

Another said: “I can’t imagine that we will leave this house and not return to it again. The idea is very painful. I cannot believe we will lose our home.”

“My grandchildren ask me many painful questions. They ask me how settlers have the right to force us out of the house and take over it, although it had been built by their grandfather,” one grandmother said.

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Many children have asked their parents where they will go if they are forced out of their homes but no one has an answer.

(Source / 17.07.2021)

Children in Silwan traumatised by Israel’s ethnic cleansing policy

A Palestinian child is pictured in front of the family home in the predominantly Arab neighbourhood of Silwan in east Jerusalem, on 9 November 2020. [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images]
A Palestinian child is pictured in front of the family home in the predominantly Arab neighbourhood of Silwan in east Jerusalem, on 9 November 2020

Palestinian children in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Silwan have been traumatised by Israel’s ongoing ethnic cleansing campaign, including threats to demolish their homes.

In a video report, the Maydan Al-Quds TV channel showed children who said they were afraid of displacement and are haunted by the idea of losing their homes and memories.

One child said: “Here, I used to water the plants, relax, sit, play and enjoy my time. After the demolition decision, I am afraid. I am afraid for myself, and I am afraid that the memories will disappear.”

Another said: “I can’t imagine that we will leave this house and not return to it again. The idea is very painful. I cannot believe we will lose our home.”

“My grandchildren ask me many painful questions. They ask me how settlers have the right to force us out of the house and take over it, although it had been built by their grandfather,” one grandmother said.

Many children have asked their parents where they will go if they are forced out of their homes but no one has an answer.

‘Dad, don’t cry’: Palestinian prepares his home for demolition by Israel

(Source / 16.07.2021)

Euro-Med Monitor Report: One War Older

Nine out of ten children in the Gaza Strip suffer some form of conflict-related trauma after the Israeli military attack ended over a month ago.

In a new report, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor documented the suffering of the two most vulnerable groups in the besieged Strip; women and children. The report, entitled One War Older, said that around 50% of the two million people in the Gaza Strip are children under 15 years, and 49% are female.

The organization indicated that During Operation “Guardian of the Walls” in the Gaza Strip, Israel carried out disproportionate attacks against densely populated residential neighborhoods with the majority (75%) being children and women.

In addition to the large numbers of deaths and injuries among children and women, Euro-Med Monitor said that 241 children lost one or both parents as a result of the bombing, about 5,400 children lost their homes (completely destroyed or severely damaged), and 42,000 children had their homes partially damaged.

The report comes after more than five weeks of field research by Euro-Med Monitor’s team, which documented hundreds of cases of direct targeting of civilian homes that contained large numbers of women and children in the Gaza Strip.

Seventy-two thousand children were internally displaced to UNRWA schools or relatives’ homes during the Israeli attack, while more than 4,000 children remain displaced today.

Mariam Dawwas, a field researcher at Euro-Med Monitor, said that she and the field team documented hundreds of cases of direct targeting of civilians in their homes in the unprecedented, large-scale and ferocious attack on the Gaza Strip.

Dawwas, who was displaced with her child after Israeli fighter jets targeted her apartment building, said:

“There is not much difference from the three previous military attacks on Gaza, except for one thing; Today I was among those whom I documented and photographed. I ran with them and screamed in search of my little daughter and left my home after an Israeli fighter jet targeted the building.”

“Today, my 3-year-old daughter Sophie and I are still trying to live normally while going through PTSD like the vast majority of Gaza residents” she added.

The report also indicated that nearly 2,500 pregnant women due to give birth in the next three months could suffer complications in childbirth, likely as a direct or indirect effect of the attack.

Sixty-six children were killed in the Israeli bombing of Gaza in 11 days, while at least 470 children and 310 women were injured.

Last May, the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor issued its first report on the Israeli military attack on Gaza, entitled “Inescapable Hell”, which documented cases of mass targeting families and infrastructure. A further report on the economic losses incurred by the besieged Strip as a result of the attack is due to be issued in the coming days.

(Source / 04.07.2021)

Human rights report: 91% of Gaza children suffer psychological trauma following Israel’s aggression

Palestinian children are seen playing in a car wrecked by the Israeli attacks in Beit Lahia, Gaza on June 07, 2021 [Ashraf Amra / Anadolu Agency]
Palestinian children are seen playing in a car wrecked by the Israeli attacks in Beit Lahia, Gaza on June 07, 2021

Nine out of ten children in the Gaza Strip currently suffer some form of conflict-related trauma after the Israeli military attack ended over a month ago, according to the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor (Euro-Med Monitor).

A human rights report published on Friday revealed that 91 per cent of children in the Gaza Strip had suffered psychological trauma following the latest Israeli aggression last May.

In addition to more than 260 martyrs claimed by the aggression, including entire families, hundreds were injured, thousands of homes were completely and partially destroyed, and drastic damage to the economy and infrastructure was done during the 11-day aggression.

A report issued by the organisation entitled One War Older documents the most prominent statistics of the violations suffered by “the two most vulnerable groups in the besieged strip”, women and children. Around 50 per cent of the population of the Gaza Strip – more than two million people – are children under the age of 15, and 49 per cent are women.

The report pointed out that during the recent war against Gaza between 10-21 May, which the occupation called “Operation Guardian of the Walls”, the Israeli forces carried out disproportionate attacks against densely-populated residential neighbourhoods with a majority population of children and women (75 per cent).

In addition to the large numbers of fatalities and injuries among children and women, the Euro-Med Monitor disclosed that 241 children lost one or both parents as a result of the bombing, around 5,400 children lost their homes, and 42,000 children had their homes partially damaged.

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Sixty-six children were killed in the Israeli bombing of Gaza across 11 days, while 470 children and 310 women were injured.

The report comes after more than five weeks of field research conducted by Euro-Med Monitor’s team, which documented hundreds of cases of direct targeting against civilian homes housing large numbers of women and children.

Around 72,000 children were displaced to UNRWA schools or relatives’ homes during the Israeli attack, while more than 4,000 children currently remain displaced, according to the Euro-Med Monitor.

Mariam Dawwas, a Euro-Med Monitor field researcher, stated that she and the field team documented hundreds of cases of direct targeting of civilians in their homes in the unprecedented, large-scale and ferocious attack on the Gaza Strip.

Dawwas, who was displaced with her child after Israeli fighter jets targeted her apartment building, explained: “There is not much difference from the three previous attacks on Gaza, except for one thing; Today I was among those whom I documented. I ran with them and screamed in search of my little daughter and left my home after an airstrike targeted the building.”

She expressed that she and her three-year-old daughter are looking for reasons to live and going through: “Post-traumatic stress disorder, like the vast majority of Gaza residents.”

Read: Children in Gaza call on the world to save them

The report also indicated that nearly 2,500 pregnant women due to give birth in the next three months could suffer complications during childbirth as a direct or indirect effect of the attack.

The Euro-Med Monitor issued its first report on the Israeli military attack on Gaza, entitled Inescapable Hell, which documented cases of mass targeting of families and infrastructure.

The organisation is expected to issue a new report in the coming days on the economic losses incurred by the besieged Gaza Strip due to the attack.

(Source / 03.07.2021)

After 58 Days Of Hunger Strike, Israel Refuses To Transfer Detainee To Palestinian Hospital

Attorney Jawad Boulos of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS) stated, Thursday, that the Israeli authorities are refusing to release a Palestinian detainee, identified as Ghadanfar Abu Atwan, 28, who entered the 58th day of the hunger strike, to a Palestinian hospital despite a ruling from the Israeli Supreme Court suspending the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders against him, holding him captive without charges or trial.

Boulos stated that the ruling was not a surprise but is another proof that the Israeli occupation authorities are proving once again that even rulings by the Supreme Court cannot be trusted, especially since the court ordered the suspension of the Administrative Detention order without voiding it.

He added that Atwan, who is currently at an Israeli medical center, is still refusing medical treatment, and is demanding to be released to receive the needed treatment at a Palestinian hospital.

The PPS said that Atwan is facing a serious health deterioration, and could face further complications, including paralysis and other conditions that could impact his heart, liver, and other vital organs, and could lead to his death.

Boulus said that, while the Israeli Supreme Court ordered the suspension of the Administrative Detention orders against al-Ghadanfar due to his serious health condition as stated by reports from Kaplan Israeli medical center, the fact remains that these orders have not been voided, but only frozen.

“This means that Israel is trying to turn him into an ‘unofficially imprisoned Palestinian’, who would remain at the medical center, but stays imprisoned by the security personnel of the medical center instead of the soldiers,” Boulos said, “This also means that he is still a political prisoner, and his family cannot move him anywhere, let alone to a Palestinian hospital, although they can visit with him.”

“This ruling seems to be a ‘new invention of the Israeli legal system,’ supported by the Supreme Court, to vacate their responsibility for anything that might happen to the detainee, including death,” Boulos added, “Although he is not allowed to go home or anywhere else, Israel now can claim he is just a patient receiving treatment.”

The lawyer added that the Israeli judges said in their decision, Thursday, that once the detainee regains his health and his condition improves, the Israeli prosecution and security agency still “have the right to renew the Administrative Detention orders against him.”

It is worth mentioning that Abu Atwan, from Doura town south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, is also a former political prisoner, who was repeatedly abducted and imprisoned by Israel and held a hunger strike in the year 2019 protesting the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders.

Boshra Tawil

In related news, detainee Jamal Tawil, 59, continues a hunger strike he started 29 days ago, protesting the abduction and imprisonment of his daughter, Bushra Tawil.

Bushra, a Palestinian journalist, is also held under the Administrative Detention orders.

It is worth mentioning that Bushra was only able to see her father for 53 days over the last nine years due to his and her repeated abduction and imprisonment by Israel.

Bushra was first taken prisoner in the year 2011 when she was only 18 years of age, and was released under the Shalit prisoner swap deal, but was later abducted and imprisoned several times, including being held under Administrative Detention orders four times, including when she was held for seven months without charges.

(Source / 02.07.2021)

Gaza raises level of preparedness for India covid variant

A view of Covid-19 service at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, Gaza on 6 April 2021. [Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency]
A view of Covid-19 service at Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, Gaza on 6 April 2021

The Ministry of Health in Gaza has raised the level of preparedness in anticipation of the entry of new strains of coronavirus, including the Indian variant, the Deputy Director General of Primary Care in the Ministry of Health in Gaza, Dr. Majdi Duhair, said.

Duhair expects the Indian variant of COVID-19 to reach Gaza Strip, since it has appeared in surrounding countries, and is characterised by its highly infectious rate.

Only 70,000 people in the Gaza Strip have received the covid vaccine, he said, adding that this gives them a level of protection against the disease.

He urged people to get vaccinated, saying it is the only safe way to confront the pandemic.

READ: Coronavirus Delta variant detected for first time in Iran

(Source / 01.07.2021)

Sources to QNN: PA decided to go ahead with Israeli expired COVID vaccines deal

West Bank (QNN)- Private sources told QNN that the Palestinian Authority decided to go ahead with the Israeli expired COVID vaccines deal that has been announced to be canceled two weeks ago.

The sources said that the Ministry of Health has currently 200,000 vaccines and it does not need more.

However, they added that “the PA has ignored all results or recommendations that may be issued by the commission of inquiry that has been formed to investigate the deal with the occupation state and Pfizer company, which was supposed to meet with the Prime Minister, Muhammad Ishtayyeh, on Saturday.”

Ishtayyeh had announced the formation of a commission of inquiry following the outrage that the deal sparked among Palestinians.

Israeli media had reported that the occupation state would damage 800,000 vaccines if it could not find buyers within two weeks.

(Source / 01.07.2021)

Hunger-striking administrative detainee in serious condition

Ghadanfar Abu Atwan has been on hunger strike for 53 so far, protesting against his administrative detention

Ghadanfar Abu Atwan, an administrative detainee who has been on a hunger strike for 53 days, has entered a serious condition.
Ghadanfar Abu Atwan, an administrative detainee who has been on a hunger strike for 53 days, has entered a serious condition

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Ghadanfar Abu Atwan has entered a serious condition as he is starting the 53rd day of the hunger strike. Abu Atwan has been on a hunger strike in protest against his administrative detention.

The director of the Committee for Detainees and Former Detainees Affairs, Munqedth Abu Atwan, said Ghadanfar went into a coma. Furthermore, his health condition continues to deteriorate while he is in Kaplan hospital, according to Abu Atwan.

Meanwhile, the family of Ghadanfar said that he has lost the ability to speak. They also held the occupations State responsible for his life.

The Israeli supreme court had decided to suspend the administrative detention of Abu Atwan. The court’s decision depended on medical reports, proving that Abu Atwan’s life is in danger.

Administrative detention is incarceration without trial or charge, alleging that a person plans to commit a future offense. It has no time limit, and the evidence on which it is based is not disclosed.

However, ‘Israel’ employs this measure extensively and routinely, and has used it to hold thousands of Palestinians for lengthy periods of time.

(Source / 26.06.2021)

Hunger Striking Detainee Faces Serious Health Complications

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported, Saturday, that a hunger-striking detainee in Israeli prisons suffered a serious health setback and entered a coma for the second time.

The Committee stated that the detainee, Ghadanfar Abu Atwan, started the open-ended hunger strike 53 days ago, protesting being held under the arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, without charges or trial.

It added that the detainee entered a coma for the second time since he was transferred to Kaplan Israeli medical center and stated that his condition continues to deteriorate.

His family said al-Ghadanfar became unable to speak, and that his health continues to deteriorate.

They called for his immediate release especially since he is being held without charges or trial and held Israel responsible for his life.

It is worth mentioning that, two days ago, the Israeli Supreme Court ordered suspending the Administrative Detention orders against the detainee after his lawyer filed an appeal that included medical reports stating the serious dangers to his life.

Suspending the orders does not mean the detainee will be released, especially since the Administrative Detention orders are still valid and could be reinstated once he ends his strike without achieving his legitimate demands.

The detainee is also a former political prisoner who was abducted several times in the year 2013 and held a hunger strike in the year 2019 protesting being held under the Administrative Detention orders.

His family called on various legal and human rights groups to intervene and to ensure Israel allows his lawyer and independent medical professionals to visit with him and ensure that he receives the specialized medical attention he urgently needs.

Abu Atwan, from Doura town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, was abducted in October of 2020 and was slapped with several arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, holding him captive without charges or trial.

(Source / 26.06.2021)