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Medical associations from around the world back demand to ensure medical treatment for Gaza’s childrenGhada Majadle - Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI) - The letter sent by the British Medical Association to PM Netanyahu and Defense Minister Gantz stressed that, “In terms of health and from a human rights perspective, Palestinians’ ability to access medical treatment has been curtailed, causing unnecessary severe harm, possibly death.” The European Academy of Pediatrics highlighted figures according to which only half of the applications for medical treatment outside the Strip were approved by the Israeli authorities. The communication cited two tragic cases of Palestinian babies from Gaza who died of their illness before they could make it to the hospitals to which they were referred outside the Strip. "Children are children. We support the right to health of Gaza’s children and to swift, safe access to treatment in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Israel.” [ak] 15/9/2020
Virus puts new strain on Gaza’s overwhelmed health systemFares Akram - AP - Dr. Ahmed el-Rabii spent years treating Palestinians wounded by Israeli fire during wars and clashes in the Gaza Strip. Now that the coronavirus has reached the blockaded territory, the 37-year-old physician finds himself in the unfamiliar role of patient. El-Rabii is the first Gaza doctor diagnosed with COVID-19 and is among dozens of health-care workers infected during the local outbreak, which was detected late last month. The spread among front-line workers has further strained an already overburdened health-care system. Speaking from one of the two hospitals designated to treat coronavirus cases, el-Rabii said the threat in many ways is more terrifying than war. During fighting, “you only fear being hit by shrapnel by mistake,” he said. “But with the virus, you constantly worry because you do not know how or from where it will hit you: from a patient, from your colleague, or by touching the elevator or any other surface.” [ak]8/9/2020
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Malnutrition stalks GazaIsra Saleh el-Namey - EI - “Malnutrition is a serious problem in Gaza, a recent study by the World Food Programme stated. It found that 86 percent of children under the age of 5 living near Gaza’s boundary with Israel did not have a minimal accepted diet” [ry] 7/9/2020
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Deescalation Agreement reached between Israel and HamasEyal Arbid / Yoav Zitun - Y-net / IMEMC - With Egyptian and Quatari mediation, a "Deescalation Agreement" (not described as "ceasefire") was reached. The Israeli communique emphasized that there would be no further launching of balloon-borne incendiary and explosive devices from the Gaza Strip into Israel. The Palestinians emphasized that the Kerem Shalom border crossing would open and renewed supplies of fuel will enalbe resumption of electric supplies in Gaza, and that the fishing zone off the Gaza shore will be restored to its pre-escalation size of 15 miles, and also medical supplies will be allowed in to help battle the new coronavirus outbreak. However, the essential problems of the Israeli siege and blockade of the Strip were not addressed - which virtually ensures new violent cycles in the future. [ak] 1/9/2020
Better to launch balloons than die in silenceAhmed Abu Artema - EI - “Israel has exaggerated the significance of the simple incendiary balloons launched by groups of Palestinian youths. Israel has tried to portray these balloons as akin to a military threat. By doing so, it has tried to devise new ‘rules.’ Under those ‘rules,’ Israel thinks it may respond to crude balloons with missiles launched from F-16 warplanes” [ry] 31/8/2020
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The Palestinian’s ultimate guide to crossing an Israeli checkpointGeorge Zeidan - +972mag -So as not to trouble our oppressors, here`s a 10-step guide to help Palestinians avoid racial profiling at checkpoints — and perhaps get to places on time.(rh)25/8/2020
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Israel Bans Imports Into Gaza Except Food and MedicineDave DeCamp - AntiWar - Gaza has been under heavy bombardment since August 6th [ry] 24/8/2020
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Blocking of fuel supplies to Gaza causes power shortages and is collective punishment Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) - The Israeli authorities` suspension of fuel entry into to the Gaza Strip, for the seventh consecutive day, caused a drastic reduction in the operations of the Gaza power plant. Electricity supplies to Gaza homes will be cut off for to 16 to 20 hours per day. The power outage will also significantly impact the quality of health and sanitation services, including drinking water supply, sanitation and other services, such as reduction in diagnostic and treatment services at both governmental and private health facilities. Additionally, drinking water supply will be interrupted for long periods, and the power shortage will result in untreated sewage water being pumped into sea. Work will stop at industrial, commercial and agricultural facilities that depend on electricity, causing huge economic losses. The declared reason for the Israeli step are incendiary balloons sent into Israeli territory. PCHR considers the Israeli systematic policy of tightening the closure on the Gaza Strip as a form of collective punishment and of inhuman and illegal reprisals against the Palestinian civilian population. PCHR calls upon the international community  to force the Israeli occupation authorities to stop using collective punishment policy against the Gaza Strip population and urgently intervene to guarantee import of fuel and all other needs for the Gaza Strip population. [ak]18/8/2020
Israel carries out air strike on Gaza over balloon bombs, rocketsAl Jazeera - Over the past week, Israeli forces have carried out repeated night- time attacks on targets linked to Hamas [ry] 17/8/2020
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Gaza’s only Power Plant to Stop Production by TuesdayAli Salam - IMEMCnews - "Chairman of the Palestinian Energy and Natural Resources Authority, Zafer Melhem, said that the Gaza Strip’s only power plant will cease operating at full capacity by next Tuesday" [ry] 17/8/2020
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The separation barrier is an illusion — and Israel knows itMeron Rapoport and Oren Ziv - +972 - Most Jewish-Israelis believe enforcing segregation is necessary for their security. In reality, Palestinians defy that segregation all the time 17/8/2020
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Regardless of power struggle with PA, Israel must allow Gaza medial patients access to urgent medial treatmentGhada Majadle - Physicians for Human Rights - In response to Israel’s plan to annex parts of the West Bank, the Palestinian Authority decided to halt coordination with Israel. This caused terrible suffering to a completely innocent group - Gazan medical patients needing critical treatment not available in the Strip, who can get permits to leave the Strip only via the Palestinian Civilian Affairs Committee, a now suspended PA agency. Cancer and heart patients, adults and babies with critical conditions – all patients who need urgent, often life-saving treatments are now deprived of them, becoming pawns in a power game completely beyond their control. Our conclusion is clear: with or without coordination - Israel is responsible for the lives of these patients, as it wields power over their ability to access treatment. To safeguard the lives and health of Gaza’s residents, the closure has to be lifted, and patients should be given safe free passage between Gaza and the West Bank.[ak]4/8/2020
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