Articles in the Gaza Category
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The United Nationsâ€™ highest-ranking human rights officer urged Israel to end its blockade of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday.
“By function of this blockade, 1.5 million Palestinian men, women and children have been forcibly deprived of their most basic human rights for months,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement.
Pillay said the blockade is illegal under international human rights and humanitarian law, and “must end now.”
According to UN officials in Gaza, Israel has allowed virtually no supplies of food, fuel or medicine into Gaza since 4 November. The siege has caused widespread blackouts and forced UNRWA, the UNâ€™s agency for Palestinian refugees, to suspend a food program that serves 750,000 … Continue reading
From the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights in Gaza City
The Israeli Occupation Forces continue to blackmail the Palestinian patients who need to travel for treatment in Israeli hospitals or Palestinian hospitals in the West Bank. They seek to travel outside Gaza due to the deteriorating conditions of the Palestinian health system, which is unable to deal with their critical medical conditions. Such practices of the IOF continue on a semi-regular basis amidst the ongoing, tight siege imposed on the Gaza Strip and the continued silence of the international community.
According to Al Mezan field investigations, Khalid Abu Shammala, 38, passed away on Tuesday morning, 28 October 2008, after he was denied access to a hospital. The IOF at Erez … Continue reading
MIDEAST: Hospitals in Need of Care
By Nora Barrows-Friedman
JEBALIYA REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza, Jun 11 (IPS) – In the brightly painted new intensive care unit wing of al-Awda, northern Gaza’s only emergency medical facility in the massive Jebaliya refugee camp, doctors, nurses, aides and administrators are ready to provide emergency surgery services for the area’s 300,000 people.
But the metal bed frames remain empty of patients — and of mattresses, and IV bags, and heart monitors, and other basic supplies needed at a basic medical facility. The equipment has been purchased, but remains in the occupied West Bank city Ramallah, prevented by Israel from being taken into Gaza.
“In the last year, the service burden on al-Awda was tripled. We had difficulty especially … Continue reading
By Mohammed Omer
GAZA CITY, Apr 12 (IPS) – “I am bleeding uncontrollably, I need an ambulance.” That was not a call to emergency services, it was an appeal broadcast live on radio in Gaza City.
Who knows whether there will ever be an ambulance or not. But this way the ambulance services still hear the appeal broadcast on Al-Iman FM Radio Station, one of few independent radio stations in Gaza. And if the emergency services cannot help, someone else who hears the appeal might.
The ambulance dispatcher announces he cannot get the ambulance to the man. An Israeli bulldozer is blocking the road, and an Israeli tank on a hilltop has been firing at the ambulance, he says. Nobody can say if … Continue reading
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Vanity Fair has obtained confidential documents, since corroborated by sources in the U.S. and Palestine, which lay bare a covert initiative, approved by Bush and implemented by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Deputy National Security Adviser Elliott Abrams, to provoke a Palestinian civil war. The plan was for forces led by [Fatah leader Mohammed] … Continue reading
Beit Ommar, Gaza »
Today, Monday march 3, the females of Beit Ommar marched against the atrocities being committed by the Israeli military in Gaza. More than 200 women from the village and girls of all ages gathered on the main street and began marching towards the military watchtower. They carried Palestinian flags and chanted slogans against the Israeli Occupation and in support of national Palestinian unity. Israeli soldiers attacked the demonstration, as they did at similar student demonstrations throughout the West Bank today, firing tear gas, sound grenades and rubber-coated steel bullets at the crowd, with some participants as young as 10 years old. The soldiers then began shooting tear gas into … Continue reading
For those who cannot get Al Jazeera’s television coverage in English, here are recent reports on the situation in Gaza.
Israel Continues to Bombard Gaza
March 1, 2008
Anger Explodes in West Bank Over Israeli Raids
March 2, 2008
Beit Ommar, Betlehem District, Gaza, Hebron District »
In Ramallah, thousands participated in a demonstration called jointly by Fatah and Hamas. In Betlehem, Palestinians gathered near the Church of the Nativity, in Hebron, near a University. Schools were closed throughout the West Bank as thousands marched to apparatuses of the Israeli Occupation: checkpoints, watchtowers, the Annexation Barrier. People marched in Nablus, Qalqilya, Jenin, Betlehem, Jerusalem, Hebron, Ramallah and dozens of smaller towns, protesting the ongoing massacre in Gaza. And make no mistake, it is a massacre. Even Israeli news sources are reporting around 50% of the fatalities are civilians. In reality, no one but the Palestinians on the ground can be sure of who was a fighter and who a civilian; … Continue reading
Yesterday, Israel’s Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai said Palestinians risked a “shoah”, the Hebrew word used to describe the Holocaust. Today, over 60 people have been killed, bringing the 4-day death toll throughout the Gaza Strip to more than 80 with more than 200 wounded. Among those killed today were at least 29 civilians, and 19 children. 1 Israeli citizen was killed last week by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip, and 2 Israeli soldiers were killed in fighting today near Jabaliya.
The human rights organization Al-Haq called on the international community to prosecute Israel for war crimes, saying in their report, “Many of the recent Israeli attacks … Continue reading
Beit Ommar, Gaza, Settler Violence »
Today approximately 50 Palestinian, Israeli, and international activists marched towards the Karmi Tsur settlement, built on Beit Ommar’s land. Karmi Tsur has recently been the staging area for the Israeli Occupation Forces as they invade Beit Ommar with increasing violence throughout the last month. Though originally planned as a demonstration against the recent bulldozing of Palestinian agricultural land near the settlement, residents decided to change the message to include a statement in solidarity with the residents of Gaza. Over 40 people were killed in attacks throughout the Gaza strip today alone, including 2 babies and small children.
The activists marched uninhibited to the fence … Continue reading