Using Aid to Trap Palestinians, while Their Rights are Being Depleted

An Israeli army officer monitoring the entrance of goods into Gaza By Ramona Wadi More rhetoric and the absence of any constructive action have created a spectrum of expectations for Gaza. The past few days have seen an escalation of alarm juxtaposed against fake optimism. The latter is a veneer for a widespread complacency that is not bothered by the decline in financial aid for the enclave. According to Wafa news agency, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah claimed that, “United, we will be able to withstand all plots against our national cause and our just right and will allow … Continue reading Using Aid to Trap Palestinians, while Their Rights are Being Depleted

A sliver of truth amidst UN manipulation of Palestinian rights

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres talks at a press conference in Beit Lahia, Gaza on 30 August 2017 By Ramona Wadi As always, UN officials take pride in pontificating about Palestine. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has proved to be no exception, faithfully pursuing the same agenda which resulted in Palestinians becoming a marginalised subject of discussion. Israel may complain of rhetorical visibility allocated to Palestine at the UN, however, it is this tactic which allows Israeli violations to continue unhindered. International committees, agencies, meetings and resolutions have placed an irreparable burden upon Palestinians, resulting in extreme political isolation. Sometimes, … Continue reading A sliver of truth amidst UN manipulation of Palestinian rights

Projects take precedence over the protection of Palestinian rights

Israeli security forces gather around a demolition site in Jerusalem on 14 March 2017 By Ramona Wadi If references to international law were effective in reducing or reversing Israeli violence, Palestinians would have tasted freedom many decades ago. The recent demolition by Israel of two EU-funded classrooms in Abu Nuwar was nothing unusual in this regard, and produced the usual, by now meaningless, responses. The Israelis said that no permits had been issued for the classrooms, bringing to mind the description “construction terror” used by Israeli MK Moti Yogev. Despite the systematic violence targeting sectors which are crucial for Palestinians … Continue reading Projects take precedence over the protection of Palestinian rights

Impediments reflect the intention to make violations permanent

By Ramona Wadi Last year, Israel and the US invested unprecedented efforts in discrediting the legitimate rights of Palestinians and seeking to limit, to the point of dysfunction, the role of institutions working directly with Palestinian refugees, notably the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). During a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in June 2017, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley accused the UN of bullying tactics against Israel, prompting Netanyahu to state mere days later that UNRWA should be dismantled. Since the early days of Donald Trump’s presidency, Israel is no longer choosing who to … Continue reading Impediments reflect the intention to make violations permanent

Healthcare services in Gaza to collapse soon due to Israeli siege

In addition to the severe lack of medicines and medical equipment, Israel and the PA put restrictions on medical transfers for patients in need for treatment abroad After 11 years of strict Israeli siege on the Gaza Strip and intentional procrastination of Palestinian Authority (PA) to take up its responsibilities in Gaza, healthcare services to collapse in days. Shelves of the Palestinians ministry of health in the Gaza Strip are almost empty as hundreds of medicines ran out months ago. “The Israeli occupation put strict conditions on the passage of medicines, the medical equipment and medical disposals,” Spokesman of the … Continue reading Healthcare services in Gaza to collapse soon due to Israeli siege

Gaza: 47 percent of basic medicines in hospitals are out of stock

Director of Gaza hospitals Abdul-Latif al-Hajj has warned that the health situation in Gaza is going to deteriorate further due to depleting medical supplies and the failure to pay for cleaning and catering services in hospitals. In press remarks to the Palestinian Information Center (PIC), Hajj stated that the warehouses of the health ministry hospitals in Gaza are 47 percent short of basic medicines, describing the scarcities in medicinal supplies as burdensome for doctors and families of patients. He also held the Ramallah-based government responsible for the failure of the health ministry in Gaza to pay its contractors who employ … Continue reading Gaza: 47 percent of basic medicines in hospitals are out of stock

Cancer-stricken Gazan dies after Israel denies him medical referral

A 63-year-old Palestinian was pronounced dead in the blockaded Gaza Strip after the Israeli occupation authorities prevented him from receiving life-saving treatment at hospitals in Palestinian territories occupied in 1948 (Israel). Abdul Fatah al-Sabakhi, from Gaza’s al-Nuseirat camp, succumbed to his cancer disease. Sometime earlier, Sabakhi, a former UNRWA employee, reached a hospital in Palestinian territories occupied in 1948. However, the Israeli authorities barred him from continuing medical therapy, resulting in his death. Over recent weeks, al-Sabakahi’s health condition had sharply gone down, before he died on Tuesday morning. Al-Sabakhi is one among hundreds of Gazans who died in the … Continue reading Cancer-stricken Gazan dies after Israel denies him medical referral