Sheikh Salah contracts coronavirus

Sheikh Raed Salah

UMM AL-FAHM, (PIC) – Sheikh Ra’ed Salah, head of the Islamic Movement in 1948 occupied Palestine, has announced that he tested positive for COVID-19.

According to Anadolu news agency, Sheikh Salah said in a brief statement that he started to suffer from a cold and a fever after he returned from the Negev protest rallies that took place last Thursday.

Sheikh Salah was released last month from Megiddo jail after serving 17 months in solitary confinement.

(Source / 16.01.2022)

Palestinians married to Israeli citizens excluded from COVID vaccine pass

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Proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19 is required to gain admission to a range of public places

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Despite receiving all required doses of the vaccine Palestinians with legal residency in Israel have reported difficulties acquiring the Israeli Health Ministry’s ‘Green Pass’ – certifying they have been vaccinated against or recovered from the virus.

Proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19 is required to gain admission to a range of public places.

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel has called on the Health Ministry to urgently look into the issue which could jeopardise the Palestinian residents’ access to employment and other services.

“My wife hasn’t lived [in the occupied Palestinian territories] since 2004…The Health Ministry is washing its hands of us.” says Adam Ziadna, Palestinian citizen of Israel. He added:

We feel humiliated and discriminated against after so many months of trying to issue a Green Pass so we can live like normal people in Israel.

(Source / 16.01.2022)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Palestinian Center: Infection of female prisoners with Corona poses a threat to their lives

Palestinians take part in a protest to show solidarity with female prisoners held in Israeli jails, Nablus, West Bank, Palestinian Territory

West Bank, Amina Tawil, a spokeswoman for the Palestine Prisoners Center for Studies, confirmed that the conditions of female prisoners in Damoun Prison are very worrying, in light of the arrival of the Corona virus to their departments and the registration of 5 female prisoners infected with the virus.

Tawil said in an interview : “The infection of female prisoners with the virus reflects the lack of interest and indifference in which the occupation deals with male and female prisoners, especially since the infection is transmitted to them through the warders or the Israeli Nachshon forces.”

Al-Taweel added, “It is assumed that there are preventive and precautionary measures inside prisons, with the number of prisoners being crowded inside the rooms, but the occupation deliberately neglects their healthy lives in order to take revenge on the prisoners in a collective manner.”

She points out that the real danger to female prisoners lies in the fact that some female prisoners have chronic diseases and are elderly, and therefore their infection with the Corona virus poses a real threat to their lives, in addition to the occurrence of health setbacks that constitute a slow execution for them.

The Union of Women’s Committees held the Israeli occupation fully responsible for the lives and health of the female prisoners, in light of the outbreak of the Corona virus.

It is worth noting that the occupation prisons administration isolated the female prisoners after discovering that they were infected, and they are: Shorouk Dwayat, Ruba Asi, Shatha Odeh, Tasnim Al-Assad and Fadwa Hamada.

The specialized institutions were able to document and follow up the number of cases of male and female prisoners with the Corona virus since April last year until today, reaching 409 cases, as infections were recently recorded among the male and female prisoners in the prisons of: the Negev, Ofer, Raymond, and Damon.

(Source / 15.01.2022)

PPS: Hisham Abu Hawash tests positive for COVID-19 only after 12 days of ending hunger strike

First picture of Hisham Abu Hawash in Israeli Assaf Harofeh Hospital after testing positive for COVID-19

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) confirmed on Thursday that Palestinian detainee in Israeli jails, Hisham Abu Hawash has tested positive for COVID-19, after 12 days only of ending his hunger strike which lasted for 141 consecutive days in protest against his administrative detention without a charge or a trial by Israeli occupation authorities.

The PPS said that Israeli Assaf Harofeh Hospital, where Abu Hawash is hospitalized to recover, told Hisham’s wife that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and ordered her to leave the hospital.

The PPS added that Hisham was transferred to the COVID-19 specialized section.

The family of Abu Hawash accused the administration of the Assaf Harofeh hospital of medical negligence against their son as he was placed with a number of patients and was not isolated in a room as his health situation requires specialized medical care after 141 days of starving and suffering, especially he has become infected with Bacteraemia when he was in Israel’s Ramleh Prison Clinic.

The family has urged Hisham to be transferred to a Palestinian hospital in the West Bank so that he can get the needed medical care.

The PPS said that the Israeli occupation authorities are fully responsible for Hisham’s life and the lives of all Palestinian detainees in its prisons.

41-year-old Hisham Abu Hawash from Dora in occupied Hebron, was arrested on October 27, 2020, and held under administrative detention.

He had been on hunger strike since August 17, 2021 in protest against his administrative detention without a charge or trial by Israeli occupation authorities.

On January 4, 2022, Abu Hawash, a father of five, ended his hunger strike after 141 consecutive days while his health condition had been deteriorating severely, after reaching an agreement with the Israeli occupation authorities to release him on February 26.

During the 141 days, Hisham entered a coma, adding that he lost speech, hearing, and sight.

Abu Hawash had also been losing considerable weight, weighing around 39 kilograms.

He had been suffering from powerful fatigue, exhaustion, serious decline in body fluids and vitamins, and had been vomiting blood.

He also had trouble drinking water and had felt palpitations with every movement.

On December 26, Abu Hawash was transferred to the Assaf Harofeh hospital in southern occupied Palestine following a deterioration in his health. Shortly after he was transferred, the occupation authorities decided to freeze his administrative detention amid fears of sudden death. Such a decision is made routinely by Israeli courts, which come only within an Israeli strategy to forcefully end hunger strikes, which demand the end of illegal administrative detentions.

There are now 4600 Palestinians held in Israeli occupation jails, including 34 women, 160 minors, and 500 administrative detainees held without charge or trial.

(Source / 14.01.2022)

PPS: Hisham Abu Hawash Contracts Positive for COVID-19 12 Days after Ending Hunger Strike

Days of Palestine – Hebron – The Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) confirmed on Thursday that Palestinian detainee in Israeli jails, Hisham Abu Hawash has tested positive for COVID-19, after 12 days only of ending his hunger strike which lasted for 141 consecutive days in protest against his administrative detention without a charge or a trial by Israeli occupation authorities.

The PPS said that Israeli Assaf Harofeh Hospital, where Abu Hawash is hospitalized to recover, told Hisham’s wife that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and ordered her to leave the hospital.

The PPS added that Hisham was transferred to the COVID-19 specialized section.

The family of Abu Hawash accused the administration of the Assaf Harofeh hospital of medical negligence against their son as he was placed with a number of patients and was not isolated in a room as his health situation requires specialized medical care after 141 days of starving and suffering, especially he has become infected with Bacteraemia when he was in Israel’s Ramleh Prison Clinic.

The family has urged Hisham to be transferred to a Palestinian hospital in the West Bank so that he can get the needed medical care.

The PPS said that the Israeli occupation authorities are fully responsible for Hisham’s life and the lives of all Palestinian detainees in its prisons.

41-year-old Hisham Abu Hawash from Dora in occupied Hebron was arrested on October 27, 2020, and held under administrative detention.

He had been on hunger strike since August 17, 2021, in protest against his administrative detention without a charge or trial by Israeli occupation authorities.

On January 4, 2022, Abu Hawash, a father of five, ended his hunger strike after 141 consecutive days while his health condition had been deteriorating severely, after reaching an agreement with the Israeli occupation authorities to release him on February 26.

During the 141 days, Hisham entered a coma, adding that he lost speech, hearing, and sight.

Abu Hawash had also been losing considerable weight, weighing around 39 kilograms.

He had been suffering from powerful fatigue, exhaustion, serious decline in body fluids and vitamins, and had been vomiting blood.

He also had trouble drinking water and had felt palpitations with every movement.

On December 26, Abu Hawash was transferred to the Assaf Harofeh hospital in southern occupied Palestine following a deterioration in his health. Shortly after he was transferred, the occupation authorities decided to freeze his administrative detention amid fears of sudden death. Such a decision is made routinely by Israeli courts, which come only within an Israeli strategy to forcefully end hunger strikes, which demand the end of illegal administrative detentions.

There are now 4600 Palestinians held in Israeli occupation jails, including 34 women, 160 minors, and 500 administrative detainees held without charge or trial.

(Source / 14.01.2022)

Five Palestinian Female Prisoners Infect with Covid-19 in Israeli Jail

Days of Palestine – Ramallah – Five Palestinian female prisoners were infected with coronavirus in Israeli Damon jail, including the prisoner Mona Q’adan.

Tareq Qa’ad said to Safa News Agency that his sister, Mona, was infected with Covid-19 as her lawyer informed them that her court session was canceled, which was scheduled to be held today.

The Prisoners Affairs said in a statement that the Israeli prisons administration transfer a group of Palestinian female prisoners to the quarantine as they were infected with the coronavirus.

Palestinian figures show that Israel continues to detain 4,850 Palestinians, including 40 women and 225 children, along with 540 who are detained with no charge or trial, under Israeli administrative detention policy.

(Source / 13.01.2022)