Documenting deaths as Israel’s restrictions on Gaza patient travel continue

This week the World Health Organisation (WHO) released its latest data on the restriction of movement for Palestinians requiring medical treatment outside of Gaza. The report demonstrates a continuing negative trend, with almost half (46%) of patients applying to leave Gaza via the Erez Crossing in March 2017 being refused a permit by the Israeli authorities, or not receiving a response in time to attend their appointments. This is up from 40% delayed or denied in February. More than half (55%) of patients’ companions – family members accompanying patients to hospital – were also denied permits or received no response … Continue reading Documenting deaths as Israel’s restrictions on Gaza patient travel continue

THE EARLIEST OTTOMAN SCHOLARS

The Ottoman State was established in 1299 CE and went on to become one of the premier empires of the Muslim world within a few centuries. While it lasted until the First World War, it was the sixteenth century that is commonly considered the “golden age” of the Ottomans. It was during this time that the prolific scholar Taşköprüzade Ahmet (d. 1561) wrote a monumental work giving brief biographies of the scholars of the Ottoman Empire up to his time. His Shaqāʾiq al-Nuʿmāniyya fī ʿUlemāʾal-Dawla al-ʿUthmāniyya today serves as a valuable source of information on the first 250 years of Ottoman … Continue reading THE EARLIEST OTTOMAN SCHOLARS

Futile options and PA complicity in Israeli colonialism

Palestinian students from Birzeit University, gathered near Beit Al Israeli settlement, sling stones to Israeli security forces as a response to their intervention during a protest demanding release of Palestinian prisoners from Israeli prisons, in Ramallah, West Bank on 1 March 2017 Two recent reports in the Times of Israel can be read as confirmation that US President Donald Trump’s policy towards Palestine may be perceived as more belligerent than that of Barack Obama. However, if proof was ever needed of the seamless manner in which an incoming president emulates and continues the destruction of Palestine through colonisation, one need … Continue reading Futile options and PA complicity in Israeli colonialism

It is time that the PA served the Palestinians, not the international community

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (C), Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah (7th L) and Palestinian chief negotiator, Saab Erikat (6th R) meet with the executive board members of Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) in Ramallah, West Bank on February 13, 2017 By Ramona Wadi Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas gave a speech to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) this week which provided another example of inflated rhetoric which serves to derail any possibility of liberation. At a time when the two-state imposition is being refuted collectively, Abbas is distancing himself from collective Palestinian expression and aligning himself permanently with colonial intent … Continue reading It is time that the PA served the Palestinians, not the international community

Seminar about the judaization of Jerusalem

16th October Group (the foreign Media Unit in Athorayya association for Media ) held a seminar about the Judaization of Jerusalem, on Monday 27 of February in Gaza city. The seminar aims at shedding the light on the suffering of the Jerusalemites and the holy sites under the Israeli Occupation. British journalist, Ben White, – via Skype – discussed Israel’s violations of international law, focussing on policies of land colonization and displacement in Occupied East Jerusalem. Alaa Shaaban, a member of 16th October Group confirmed that the most important objective of the wall is to implement the plan of Judaizing … Continue reading Seminar about the judaization of Jerusalem

Gaza patients denied right to get treatment abroad

Only 60% of Gaza patients granted Israeli permits to travel abroad for treatment A Palestinian patient waits for a travel permit to cross into Egypt through the Rafah border crossing, after it was opened by Egyptian authorities for humanitarian cases, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip Ramallah: The Gaza Health Ministry has accused the Israeli occupation of deliberately causing the death of dozens of patients by denying them the right to exit the Gaza Strip for treatment. This inaction or denial of requests by the Israelis has resulted in prolonged suffering and even death for patients whose lives might … Continue reading Gaza patients denied right to get treatment abroad

New infographic shows how restrictions of movement put Palestinian lives at risk

The latest infographic from Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) and Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHRI) explores how Israeli Government’s restrictions on freedom of movement are putting the lives of Palestinian patients at risk. Click here to see the infographic Many patients from the West Bank or Gaza need to travel to East Jerusalem for specialist medical care unavailable elsewhere in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), such as cardiac surgery and specialist cancer care. However, barriers to freedom of movement are preventing and delaying patients from accessing urgent treatment in East Jerusalem: both due to delays to ambulances entering … Continue reading New infographic shows how restrictions of movement put Palestinian lives at risk