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

New MAP briefing exposes barriers to Palestinian healthcare

Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) and Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHRI) have today co-launched the first in a series of briefings exploring how Israel’s occupation affects the health and dignity of Palestinians. This first volume exposes how barriers to freedom of movement imposed by Israel are preventing some Palestinian patients from being able to access centres of vital care. These barriers include the bureaucratic control of movement imposed by Israel’s permit regime, and physical barriers of the network of checkpoints which control access into and out of Gaza, the west Bank and East Jerusalem. With many medical specialties such … Continue reading New MAP briefing exposes barriers to Palestinian healthcare

Health ministry: Israel prevents entry of anesthetic gas into Gaza

The Ministry of Health in Gaza said on Tuesday that the Israeli occupation authorities deliberately prevented passage of nitrous gas, which is used as an anesthetic, for the third time in one month. Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman of  the Ministry of Health in Gaza, said that during January 2017, the Israeli occupation forces prevented entry of nitrous gas into the Gaza Strip three times in a row infringing Gazan patients’ rights of receiving decent treatment, and this comes in conjunction with an Israeli escalation against the Strip. According to al-Quds Press news agency, al-Qidra stated that the hospitals of the Gaza … Continue reading Health ministry: Israel prevents entry of anesthetic gas into Gaza