Risa Mizuno, Japanese girl, embraced Islam for what she saw of the tolerance and good manners of a Muslim family.
Riza embraced Islam in the late November (2015), after she convinced of Islam by her Muslim fiancé. She knew Islam for the first time when she was student in Malaysia and she spent three days in Muslim family house, in Kuala Lumpur.
Mizono fasted Ramadan this year in the beginning of the summer in Japan, She regularly pray in Tokyo Camii (the Turkish mosque of Tokyo) since she converted to Islam eight months ago.
This is short video about Risa Mizuno product by Al Jazeera Arabic channel:
(Source / 24.07.2016)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces reportedly violently raided a neighborhood of the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem late on Sunday afternoon, injuring a number of Palestinians after an altercation broke out between Israeli settlers and locals, witnesses told Ma’an.Resident of the Aqbat al-Khalidiya neighborhood, Ashraf Abu Daas, told Ma’an that more than 20 Israeli settlers entered the neighborhood “unfamiliarly,” claiming that one of them was “looking for his eyeglasses.” The settlers then pushed a young Palestinian man walking past them, Abu Daas added, prompting an argument which devolved into a fistfight.“Minutes later Israeli troops, police officers and special forces stormed the neighborhood, violently beating Palestinians who were on the scene without exceptions,” Abu Daas.Abu Daas said that Israeli forces beat Palestinian residents with rods and rifle butts, and used pepper spray, injuring at least seven Palestinian youth — mostly hitting their faces and heads — before “haphazardly” detaining a number of them.At least four of the detained were reportedly wounded when Israeli forces took them away.Israeli forces then began raiding houses in the neighborhoods, reportedly breaking into homes belonging to the al-Salayma, al-Rishiq and al-Daya families.Hajj Rashid al-Rishiq told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers broke into his house “in a provocative manner,” detaining his son Ahmad and another family member identified as Rashid al-Rishiq.The Israeli police spokesperson office did not respond to a request for comment, whereas an Israeli army spokesperson told Ma’an that they did not have information on events within the jurisdiction of East Jerusalem.Israeli forces have also come under repeated criticism for excessive use of force as well as lethal methods of crowd control that often result in death or injury of Palestinians.In April, the United States released its annual report of global human rights abuses, in which it accused Israel of “excessive use of force” against Palestinians amounting to a violation of human rights.
(Source / 24.07.2016)
The Project Unified Assistance (PUA) seeks to rehash the idea of a humanitarian airport supervised by the UN, in the fifties and sixties of last century, east of Gaza city.
Five years ago, Ahmad Al-Khatib, the projects’ director, launched an initiative to establish a UN airport in Gaza, in an attempt the ease the livelihoods of Gazans living under blockade since ten years.
(PUA) is a US-based humanitarian nonprofit organization advocating the establishment of a UN operated and regulated airport in the Gaza Strip, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency.
Al-Khatib assured that the idea is not extraordinary, adding that the United Nations operated, between 1956 and 1967, an airport in the Gaza Strip as a part of the United Nations Emergency Force, which was created in order to supervise the “disentanglement” of the armies of Egypt, Britain, France and Israel, in the Sinai Peninsula and the Gaza Strip.
Historical images show UN planes at the Gaza Airport, which served the UN Emergency Force and Gaza’s inhabitants. The use of the airport was expanded from military purposes to civilian applications whereby UN planes provided transportation services and carried passengers and humanitarian/commercial cargo to and from the Gaza Strip, Al-Khatib added.
Al-Khatib said that the UN airport may represent a window of hope of patients and students stuck in Gaza, and contributing to the reconstruction process.
See archive IMEMC video: Gaza City’s Devastated Al-Shuja’eyya Suburb
A recent United Nations report warned that the Gaza Strip will be uninhabitable by 2020 for its 1.8 million residents.
According to the report, serious changes must be implemented to reverse the damage done to the coastal enclave’s development. Additionally, the World Bank warned, in May of 2016, that Gaza’s economy is on the verge of collapse and that youth unemployment is the highest in the region, at 60%. After years of war, destruction, and poverty, an airport for functional purposes could help accelerate Gaza’s reconstruction and redevelopment process. It would also relieve Gazans’ chronic inability to travel in and out of the Strip in an effective and safe manner, Al-Khatib highlighted.
Al-Khatib demonstrated the social, economic and political benefits of creating an independent travel mechanism that would allow Gazans to exit and enter the territory through a secure non-Egyptian and non-Israeli crossing.
The idea will develop a sound operations model and effective procedures for how the airport is to be operated by the United Nations with financial support from Arab, regional, and international stakeholders, he added.
PUA identified a new site that will allow airplanes to fly over Mediterranean and international waters, in order to avoid Israeli airspace. After detailed analysis, PUA proposes the construction of an airport on the southwestern coast of the Gaza Strip between the cities of Khan Younis and Rafah, on the grounds of the former Jewish settlement of “Gush Katif”, in an area known as “al-Mawasi, according to Al-Khatib.
Project Unified Assistance said that this airport to be used by all Palestinians wishing to travel to and from the Gaza Strip. Additionally, and per the UN’s aviation model in other parts of the world, the airport will be available for use by UN staff and workers with various NGOs who are contributing to the humanitarian relief and reconstruction efforts.
At this time, the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is critical.
There are ongoing border closures, the reconstruction process has barely begun, tens of thousands remain displaced as a result of the 2014 war, patients with a variety of illnesses are unable to receive or travel for proper treatment, and the healthcare sector is suffering from chronic shortages and challenges. Hence, PUA’s proposal to establish an airport operated and regulated by the UN will not end the blockade of Gaza, nor will it solve the Strip’s problems, Al-Khatib concluded.
(Source / 24.07.2016)
A Picture Shows Intensive Care Unit In Cairo’s Mounira Hospital
Cairo: At least 3,675 people died in Egypt in 2015 as a result of injuries caused by road accidents, burns, poisoning and other reasons that are considered largely preventable.
Statistics provided by the Central Administration for Critical and Urgent Care, although not comprehensive, showed that violence-related accidents like: fights, fire shooting, explosion of strange bodies and shells account for around 21 percent of the total 7,053 accidents cited last year.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO,) injuries and violence are among the most prominent public health problems globally, and a leading cause of mortality; many of the non-fatal injuries result in health consequences and life-long disabilities.
A huge fire erupted May 9 at a Cairo hotel and extended to four other buildings in El-Roweay district, in Ataba, leaving dozens
On the top of a list containing 29 types of accidents in Egypt, traffic crashes account for 53.3 percent of the total accidents. Around 3 percent of the road injuries suffer disability, Dr. Khaled el-Khateeb, head of Central Administration for Critical and Urgent Care said in an interview with The Cairo Post.
Cairo has witnessed the highest number of accidents amounting to 850, while the restive area of North Sinai saw 279 last year, according to the administration’s report that did not detail types of accidents in each governorate.
The emergency sector in Egypt has faced many challenges since 2011 Revolution, said El-Khateeb, adding that doctors dealt with new kinds of violence-related injuries in huge numbers, “it was like an exam to us at this time.”
Now, Sinai is facing a “war” that results in many fatal injuries, according to El-Khateeb. “As trauma doctors are afraid to be assigned there, we mostly depend on Sinai-based doctors, and volunteering rapid deployment teams.”
“Egypt should pay utmost attention to trauma care and services,” said Dr. El-Khateeb, as he cites citizens’ complaints over lack of beds at intensive care (ICU) and burns treatment units.
The administration, which is part of the health ministry, was officially launched in 2010, where it was tasked with operating emergency and ambulance departments only. Other departments like burns, poisons and pre-term birth care were not working efficiently or even been monitored then.
“That’s why we chose the toughest task, which is bringing all these departments to work under the administration,” continued El-Khateeb.
Logo showing departments of Central Administration for Critical and Urgent Care
Where does Egypt stand in trauma care?
“Talking about trauma care mainly means swift ambulance service, and good emergency care,” said El-Khateeb, adding that the administration in the beginning focused on assessing the status-quo of the emergency departments after former health ministers raised efficiency of the ambulance sector with fully equipped vehicles.
Police open the way for ambulances carrying the bodies of passengers of a Russian airliner which crashed in Sinai, into a morgue October 31, 2015
First of all, he said that the emergency sector suffers a big problem, which is lack of staff; he cited students’ reluctance to register at medicine faculties, attributing the reason to low salaries and incentives allocated to trauma doctors.
Egypt has currently around 10,300 intensive care beds in both public and private hospitals; the figure is “very low” compared to other countries, said El-Khateeb.
“Egypt’s rate is equal to one bed for each 9,000 citizens; in some neighboring states, it is one bed for 7,000 citizens, while in the U.S., the rate is one bed for each 5,000 citizens,” he added.
According to El-Khateeb, at least 3,000 additional intensive care beds are needed so that the country can meet people’s need for urgent services, “but both public and private hospitals should share responsibility to provide them.”
A picture shows patients lying on beds inside an intensive care unit in Egypt
The head of the administration added that “around 1,300 incubators are also needed at pre-term birth care units.”
“We do not ignore the fact that there are deficiencies in the emergency care units; however, we have short and long term plans to eliminate such deficiencies because maintaining people’s health is our mission,” El-Khateeb added.
Egypt’s to-do-list for injury prevention
According to a 2014 WHO report on injury prevention, more than 5 million people die each year as a result of injuries, making 9% of the world’s deaths, nearly 1.7 times the number of fatalities that result from HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.
Illustration shows deaths as a result of injury per year exceeding rate of infection with serious diseases
The report said that low and middle income countries have higher rates of fatal and non-fatal injuries than wealthier ones; however, it stressed that successful adoption of preventable measures has significantly reduced injuries in some countries.
El-Khateeb explained to The Cairo Post that a plan to prevent injuries has been designed by the administration, in cooperation with WHO, based on two axes: therapeutic and preventive measures.
The Cairo Post Reporter Nourhan Magdi interviewing Dr. Khaled el-Khateeb, head of Central Administration for Critical and Urgent Care
The therapeutic care measures includes: raising efficiency of hospitals by classifying them into three categories of A, B and C, and providing them with emergency devices according to their proximity to highways and the number of trauma patients checking in.
The Ministry of Health has cooperated with WHO in conducting training sessions to 300-400 doctors and 200-300 nurses in emergency, burns and intensive care services, El-Khateeb added.
As part of the ministry’s short-term development plan for emergency departments, El-Khateeb mentioned that 300 new intensive care beds, 500 incubators and 28 burns treatment units will be added by the financial year 2016/2017. The total cost of the plan for the same FY is around 150 million EGP.
An awareness campaign, funded by WHO, is among preventive measures, with TV ads and printed flyers aiming at raising people’s and students’ awareness against all types of injuries.
Road injuries: pre-hospital care
Despite road accidents being on the top of Egypt’s agenda with new established roads, renewed bridges and drug screening carried out to drivers, annual death toll as a result of traffic injuries is still on the rise.
In 2015, Egypt’s road accidents recorded an increase, reaching 14,548 resulting in 6,203 deaths, 19,325 injured and 19,116 damaged vehicles, according to a latest report by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS.)
By 2030, road traffic injuries are predicted to become the 7th leading cause of death, according to WHO report.
“Unfortunately, victims of traffic injuries are mostly youth,” El-Khateeb said, adding that one of the main long-term projects he seeks to adopt is establishing trauma centers on highways.
He explained “instead of waiting until the injured is transferred to an internal hospital inside a governorate in order to receive the necessary care, which would cost him his life, trauma centers will be built to provide urgent pre-hospital care to stabilize the patient’s condition.”
Egypt is among 10 states enrolled in the UN Decade of Action program for road safety that aims to halve the rate of traffic deaths by 2020.
(Source / 24.07.2016)
JENIN, (PIC)– The Palestinian Authority’s (PA) preventive security apparatus arrested on Saturday the Imam Sheikh Naser Alawneh, from Jaba town in southern Jenin, for condemning the coup attempt in Turkey in his Friday sermon and hailing the Turkish people’s contribution in thwarting the coup. Local sources told the PIC reporter that the arrest of Sheikh Alawneh unveils secret attitudes of some Palestinian parties towards the coup attempt. The Imam Alawneh had been arrested and summoned for several times on political backgrounds.
(Source / 24.07.2016)
Yahia al-Houthi in his residence in Bonn, Germany
Bonn-Berlin- Yahia Badreddin al-Houthi, has made his second appearance in the German city Bonn early June after having left Germany for Yemen in 2013. Yahia – labeled a leader to both the Houthi and Ansarullah movements- had returned secretly to Bonn before officially announcing his presence in Germany on the state national television.
His official appearance was made after he had met with Iranian ambassador to Berlin Ali Majidi, who had given the controversial Houthi figure the green light to make an official appearance, well-informed diplomatic sources reported.
The Houthi renegade leader, accused for many terror cases and wanted for war crimes, had clear precedencies in which he violates German protection and political asylum law.
What is more confounding is that Yahia, far from a warranted political refugee, had held confidential meetings with Iranian diplomats and officials in Bonn and Berlin.
How could it possibly be that German authority had granted permission for Yahia to enter German territory knowingly that he had violated the law? How is it that Yahia had come to meet with senior officials at the German parliament and foreign ministry?
When appearing on the Germen state broadcasting channel, Yahia al-Houthi carried out the Yemeni coup propaganda, and fiercely attacked and criticized the Saudi-led Arab coalition for Yemen.
The Houthi leader also discussed the topic on peace talks underway in Kuwait, saying that he expects no results to be found, according to his June 29 interview. Moreover, Yahia said that the insurgency and Houthi rebels will continue to refuse handing in arms to Yemeni government authorities, before settling matters conclusively at the Kuwait-held negotiations.
After Yahia al-Houthi had met with German officials in Berlin, the Houthi insurgency militia group released a German captive previously held in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, according to well-informed sources located in Germany.
The German man held in Yemen has been freed with the help of Oman mediation and was flown to the sultanate on Tuesday, the official ONA state news agency reported.
Authorities in Germany had approached Oman to negotiate the release of the man from the rebel-held capital, Sanaa, “for humanitarian reasons”, it said.
The released captive remains unidentified, as do the circumstances of his detention.
The German captive was reportedly airlifted from Sanaa to Muscat on an Omani air force plane pending his return home, said ONA.
Yemen has been at war since September 2014, when Iran-backed Houthi rebels and their allies drove the government out of Sanaa and much of the country’s north.
Yahia al-Houthi had partaken in the Yemeni national dialogue, however, after the gulf-led operation to free Yemen from Houthi expansive insurgency, operation Decisive Strom, all Houthi leaderships including Yahia kept low profile for security reasons.
(Source / 24.07.2016)
AL-KHALIL,(PIC)– The Israeli High Court ruled for the misappropriation of 100 dunums of Palestinian lands in al-Khalil’s southern town of Yatta, in the southern occupied West Bank. Coordinator for the local anti-settlement committee, Rateb al-Jabour, said the Israeli Supreme Court turned down an appeal filed by the Palestinian citizen Hussein al-Hamamdeh to cancel the confiscation order. The Israeli court claimed the targeted lands are abandoned tracts and that the occupation authorities have the right to seize them in favor of Israeli settlers. Land expert Abdul Hadi Hantash said the Israeli occupation authorities have held sway over one million and 300,000 dunums of Palestinian lands in the occupied West Bank and registered them as “state property” under the pretext that they are abandoned. Meanwhile, the mayor of Yatta and a human rights group have petitioned the High Court of Justice in order to have the army lift the blockade imposed on the West Bank town of Yatta. The closure was imposed on June 9 after it was found that the perpetrators of the anti-occupation attack on the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv had come from Yatta. A court rule is expected to be issued Wednesday over the appeal. The army initially completely blocked off all 12 entrances and exits from the town before they opened them a few days later. On July 2 and following an anti-occupation shooting attack near Road 60, the army reimposed a cordon on the area and blockaded Palestinians’ movement in and out. A home to 70,000 Palestinians, Yatta has been subjected to a tough blockade. Civilians could not reach hospitals while others failed to get to their workplaces as a result of the closure.
(Source / 24.07.2016)