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Palestinians Lose Legs as Israel Punishes Them By Denying Medical Care

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COGAT the bureaucratic arm of Israels military occupation that postures as a humanitiarian body denied their requests for permission to travel for specialized surgery unavailable in Gaza


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fly bird (26)
Saturday April 14, 2018, 11:45 pm
Palestinians lose legs as Israel punishes them by denying medical care. (Video)
12 April 2018

Palestinians evacuate Abdullah Muhammad Shahri after he was shot in the chest by Israeli soldiers during a protest at the boundary with Israel in Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, on 12 April. Shahri died from his wounds later that day. (Ashraf Amra / APA images)

The legs of two Palestinians were amputated on Wednesday after Israel refused to allow them to leave the blockaded Gaza Strip for treatment.

Human rights groups had appealed to the Israeli authorities to allow for the transfer of Yusif Karnaz, 20, and Muhammad al-Ajouri, 17, to a hospital in the occupied West Bank for surgery that would save their limbs.

The youths were shot during the launch of the Great March of Return protests along the Gaza-Israel boundary on 30 March.

But COGAT – the bureaucratic arm of Israel’s military occupation that postures as a humanitiarian body – denied their requests for permission to travel for specialized surgery unavailable in Gaza.

Israel admitted that it refused the request as a form of punishment for protesting.

“On the surface, the petitioners’ condition ostensibly fulfills the medical criterion for receiving a permit but the authorized officials decided not to grant their requests,” the state said in response to a court petition submitted on behalf of the injured youths, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported.

“The main consideration for the refusal stems from the fact that their medical condition is a function of their participation in the disturbances,” the state added.

One of the injured youths, Yousif Karnaz, “is in danger of losing his second leg if he does not receive urgent medical attention in the West Bank,” according to the human rights group Adalah.

“The willful act of denying urgent medical care, in these circumstances, may constitute cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and/or torture under the UN Convention Against Torture, ratified by Israel,” stated Adalah, which petitioned the Israeli government on behalf of the youths along with the Gaza-based Al Mezan Center for Human Rights.

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel highlighted the case of the two youths whose legs were amputated in its efforts to relocate part of the prestigious Giro d’Italia cycling race from Jerusalem:

Israel’s killing and injuring unarmed demonstrators has spurred boycott initiatives while its attempts to spin the narrative have been largely unsuccessful.

On Thursday the International Federation of Journalists accused Israel of “fabricating lies to justify murder” in the case of Yaser Murtaja, a cameraman who was fatally wounded while covering Great March of Return protests in southern Gaza last Friday.

Israeli defense minister Avigdor Lieberman has doubled down on his comments justifying the killing of a journalist who was wearing a bulletproof vest and helmet both marked with the word “PRESS” when he was hit.

On Saturday, Lieberman claimed that Murtaja was operating a drone when he was shot – an assertion even Israel’s military has denied.

On Tuesday, Lieberman told reporters that Murtaja was on Hamas’ payroll since 2011, and a high-ranking officer in its military wing who used drones to collect intelligence on Israeli forces, Haaretz reported.

“Lieberman provided no evidence to support his claims,” Haaretz stated.

Instead it was revealed in recent days that Murtaja’s company, Ain Media, was granted funds from the US government aid agency USAID last month.

Murtaja was killed two days before he was set to start working with the Norwegian Refugee Council, a major humanitarian group, according to Haaretz.

The Norwegian aid group’s Karl Schembri termed Lieberman and Gerald Steinberg, founder of the anti-Palestinian group NGO Monitor, “slanderers and peddlers of lies” regarding Murtaja:

On Wednesday it was reported that Murtaja had been detained and beaten by Hamas security forces while filming the demolition of a home near the Gaza-Israel boundary in 2015.

Murtaja was hospitalized as a result of his injuries and his documentation was seized.

Crowd carries body of man shrouded in Palestinian flag with flak jacket marked PRESS laid on his body
Mourners carry the body of Yaser Murtaja during his Gaza City funeral on 7 April, one day after he was fatally wounded by Israeli occupation forces. (Sanad Latefa / APA images)

Murtaja’s last footage, showing the Great March of Return protest encampment and Israel’s violence against it, was published this week:

Murtaja is an exceptional case of a Palestinian killed by Israel receiving widespread international attention.

Murtaja had worked with high-profile Chinese artist Ai Weiwei for his Human Flow documentary on global migration and filmed the Gaza scenes for the feature-length experimental film Ouroboros by Palestinian director Basma Alsharif.

“I remember when we did Ouroboros, there was a scene in a house, which is considered the longest one-shot scene in Palestinian cinema,” producer Mohanad Yacoubi told Screen Daily.

“It took him two days to do the correct mise-en-scene. He kept on repeating it until he mastered the movement. It’s an amazing scene.”

As Israel came under mounting criticism over its use of lethal force against unarmed protesters – and was warned by the International Criminal Court that its leaders might face trial – video emerged this week showing soldiers cheering after shooting an unarmed demonstrator near the Gaza boundary fence.

The Israeli military’s preliminary inquiry into its own soldiers’ behavior found that the sniper who shot the Palestinian seen falling to the ground in the video had “acted appropriately and only fired after all other actions taken by the soldiers did not succeed in preventing the man from approaching the fence,” Haaretz reported.

The inquiry however faulted the behavior of the soldiers who filmed the incident and distributed the footage.

Several Israeli leaders condoned the soldiers’ actions, with education minister Naftali Bennett stating “I prefer a whooping soldier to a grieving father.”

Public security minister Gilad Erdan stated that he was “unable to comprehend what isn’t okay in the video.”

Erdan asserted that anyone disturbed by the video “should direct their energies towards being appalled by what’s been going on in Syria and exert pressure on the United States and Western states to act militarily and raise this issue publicly.”

Defense minister Lieberman stated that “The sniper deserves a promotion, whereas the cameraman deserves a demotion … At the end of the day, the army, snipers and soldiers – they’re the best of us, and the IDF is the most moral army.”

A military officer who recently served in a unit that enforces Israel’s military occupation in Gaza told the Israeli outlet Ynet that a Palestinian “does not necessarily have to be armed or trying to cut or climb over the fence” to justify the army opening fire.

Reuters reported that the Palestinian man seen shot in the video, dating from 22 December, was 28-year-old Tamer Abu Daqqa.

Abu Daqqa told Reuters that he was between 100 and 150 meters from the fence and was trying to help injured protesters when he was shot.

“I was standing with other people when I was hit in my leg, I was not throwing stones or anything,” he said.

“They shot me and later they laughed at me. They cursed my mother. I can sue them for that.”

Palestinian women protest to demand the right to return to their homeland at the boundary with Israel in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, 10 April. (Ashraf Amra / APA images)

More than two dozen unarmed civilians have been killed by Israeli soldiers in Gaza since the six-week Great March of Return protest began on 30 March.

Israel is still trying to present the protests as a Hamas-led terrorist threat against Israelis, though not a single Israeli has been killed or wounded in connection to the protests:

The Israeli military killed a Palestinian fighter in Gaza late Wednesday in an airstrike.

The military claimed that it attacked Hamas sites in response to the discovery of an explosive device along the boundary earlier in the day.

On Thursday, Israeli forces shot in the chest and killed Abdullah Muhammad Shahri, 28, during protests east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee which steers the global boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israeli impunity on Thursday called for a two-way arms embargo as “the most effective response to Israel’s ongoing massacre.”

The group added: “This means working to end all weapons sales and purchases to and from Israel, and ending military or police partnerships with the Israeli state.”

Tania N (883)
Sunday April 15, 2018, 4:52 am
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Tania N (883)
Sunday April 15, 2018, 4:53 am
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fly bird (26)
Sunday April 15, 2018, 4:56 am
Palestinian Killed By Israeli Army Fire In Gaza.
April 13, 2018

Updated: The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza has confirmed, Friday, that a young man was killed, and at least 969 Palestinians have been injured, by Israeli army fire, along the eastern border areas, in several parts of the Gaza Strip.

Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza, said the soldiers shot Islam Herzallah, 28, with a live round in the abdomen, east of Gaza city.

The young man was rushed to the Shifa medical center in Gaza city, where he succumbed to his serious wounds.

Dr. al-Qedra added that the young man was shot east of Gaza city, and received the urgently needed treatment in a field clinic, before he was transferred to the medical center where he was rushed to surgery but succumbed to his serious wounds.

He also said that the army injured 969 Palestinians near border areas Rafah, Khan Younis, al-Boreij, east of Gaza, and east of Jabalia. 419 of them were moved to hospitals and medical centers, and 550 received treatment in field clinics and make-shift hospitals near border areas.

Among the wounded Palestinians are seventeen medics, after the army deliberately targeted field clinics with gas bombs, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

The army also seriously injured a journalist, identified as Ahmad Abu Hussein, who was shot in the abdomen, and moderately injured another reporter, Mohammad Najjar, who was shot in the shoulder.

Many other journalists fainted after inhaling gas fired by the army, especially when army drones fired gas bombs at media vehicles and reporters.

Herzallah’s death brings the number of Palestinians who were killed by Israeli army fire since March 30th, to 36 Palestinians.

Also On Friday:

Army Injures Five Palestinians Near Nablus

Israeli Soldiers Injure 39 Palestinians In al-Biereh

Israeli Soldiers Attack The Weekly Procession In Ni’lin

Israeli Soldiers Attack The Weekly Procession In Bil’in

Updated From:
Health Ministry: “17 Medics Among 701 Palestinians, Injured In Gaza”
Apr 13, 2018 @ 18:44

The Palestinian Health Ministry has reported that Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, seventeen medics, after the army deliberately targeted field clinics with gas bombs, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. 701 Palestinians injured by army fire in the Gaza Strip.

The Ministry stated that the army targeted the clearly marked field clinics, causing seventeen medics to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation, along with dozens of Palestinians, who were receiving treatment there.

It said that the medics will always provide the needed treatment to all wounded Palestinians despite the ongoing and escalating Israeli violations against them, in direct violation of International Law.

The Ministry also called on the international community to take a decisive and firm stance condemning Israel’s escalating violations, and to provide the urgently needed protection to the Palestinian people, and to ensure an end to the violations against the medics and all medical facilities.

It stated that the seventeen medics were among 701 Palestinians, including journalists, who were injured by Israeli army fire. 163 of the wounded Palestinians were shot with live ammunition.

296 of the wounded were rushed to various hospitals and medical center in the coastal region.

Among the wounded is a journalist identified as Ahmad Abu Hussein, who was seriously shot in the abdomen, and Mohammad Najjar, who was shot in the shoulder.

Many other journalists fainted after inhaling gas fired by the army, especially when army drones fired gas bombs at media vehicles and reporters.

Animae C (508)
Sunday April 15, 2018, 5:09 am


Freya H (345)
Sunday April 15, 2018, 6:59 am
What did they ever do that they deserve to suffer like this? More and more evidence mounts that Israel is morally bankrupt.

Colleen L (3)
Sunday April 15, 2018, 11:24 am
Despicable is right. No one deserve such such ugliness. Thanks Fly

fly bird (26)
Sunday April 15, 2018, 10:12 pm
Israel Opens Fire on Palestinian Protesters in Gaza; Trump Envoy Blames “Hostile March”.

Robert Mackey
March 30 2018

“On the Jewish festival of freedom of all days, the residents of the world’s largest prison are asking to live,” Odeh wrote. “Men, women, and children, residents of Gaza, are marching to demand their freedom, facing off against indifference and cruelty. From Israel’s perspective, there is no legitimate form of Palestinian protest. Even such a model of nonviolent popular struggle is met with armed soldiers who do not hesitate to fire at unarmed demonstrators.”

fly bird (26)
Sunday April 15, 2018, 10:13 pm

fly bird (26)
Sunday April 15, 2018, 10:20 pm
PCBS Report: More Than Half of Gaza Lives in Poverty.

April 15, 2018

new report by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) on the Levels of Living in Palestine in 2017, released on Sunday, noted that more than half the population in Gaza Strip were poor in 2017.

According to the report, the percentage of poverty was 13.9% in the West Bank, while it reached more than half of population in Gaza Strip as it was 53.0%, which means four times higher than poverty percentage in the West Bank, leaving around 29% of the Palestinians poor in 2017.

As for the deep poverty line, 5.8% of individuals were below the deep poverty line in the West Bank and 33.8% of individuals in Gaza Strip, so the deep poverty percentage in Gaza Strip was six times higher than the West Bank.

The report added that data showed an increase in poverty percentages in 2017 compared to 2011.

“The poverty percentages were 25.8% in 2011 while it increased by 13.2% in 2017 to reach 29.2% of individuals were below poverty line. Deep poverty percentages also increased in 2017, as it was 12.9% in 2011 and it increased to 16.8% in 2017 with an increase by 30.2%,” the report cited, according to the PNN.

According to the official PCBS website, this increase in percentages was mainly because of the sharp increase in poverty in the Gaza Strip.

“It is worth mentioning that the situation of level of living in Gaza Strip became worse than it was in 2011. Poverty among individuals in Gaza Strip was 38.8% in 2011 while it jumped to 53.0% in 2017 with 37% increase. In West Bank, the situation was different, as the poverty percentages decreased from 17.8% in 2011 to 13.9% in 2017 with about 22.0% decrease.

“Deep poverty percentages also increased significantly in Gaza Strip, as the deep poverty percentage was 21.1% in 2011 and became 33.8% in 2017 with an increase by around 60%. In West Bank, there was a decrease in deep means poverty percentages, as it was 7.8% in 2011 and became 5.8% in 2017 with a decrease by 25.6%.

“The significant increase in poverty indicators in Gaza Strip was the cause of the increase in poverty indicators on the national level,” the report added.

On a related note, the report said that the monthly average of per capita expenditure in Palestine was 169.5 JDs (220.1 JDs in the West Bank, and 91.2 JDs in Gaza Strip), showing an increase between 2011 – 2017, around 31% of which was spent on food (29.1% in the West Bank, and 35.7% in Gaza Strip), followed by the percentage of per capita expenditure on transport and communications by 18.5%, and 8.7% on housing, and the lowest percentage of expenditure was on recreation group by 1.5%, and second lowest percentage was on personal care group by 2.1% in Palestine.

The average monthly expenditure of household was around 935 JDs.

The change in expenditure patterns (either increasing or decreasing) in Palestine was the same for the West Bank and Gaza Strip in all groups except for the following three groups: Housing, Medical Care, Non consumption Expenditure.

The first group was housing, its share of expenditure decreased in the West Bank from 8.7% to 8.4%, while it increased in Gaza Strip from 8.9% to 9.8%, and remained the same on national level of 8.7% in 2017.

The second was the medical group, where its share decreased in the West Bank from 3.8% to 3.4%, while in Gaza Strip there was an increase from 3.3% to 4.0%, and on the national level the share of medical care decreased from 3.7% in 2011 to 3.5% in 2017.

The third group was the non consumption expenditure group, which includes: gifts, loans interests, social insurance; the share of this group increased in the West Bank, but decreased in Gaza Strip, and it increased on the national level from 5.2% in 2011 to 6.2% in 2017.

04/11/18 Israel’s Relentless Land Grabs: How Palestinians Resist

(It may be a 'new' report. Sadly, the situation is not! There is a dire humanitarian crisis is Gaza, it has been in severe decline for years, since the Israeli land, air and sea siege, and it's blockade of essential services and medical aid, and it's yearly assaults on the civilian population, denial and travel restrictions, for medical purposes , education, and access to emergency medical treatment, continuous dumping of sewage, poisoning the Gaza water supply, and severe fuel and energy shortages/cuts.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday April 15, 2018, 11:25 pm
Noted and all article links shared over social media.

Richard A (2)
Monday April 16, 2018, 9:07 am
Thank you for bringing attention to this.

fly bird (26)
Monday April 16, 2018, 11:20 pm

Marija Mohoric (25)
Tuesday April 17, 2018, 6:26 am
Israelis are allowed to do crimes because Americans support them...and UN ???

Paola Scodellari (11)
Tuesday April 17, 2018, 11:58 am
Thank you for posting, sorry , I think it's better for me don't write anything.
They are doing so fucking things since 1948. Here in Italy the Palestinian problem he is deeply felt

Janis K (129)
Tuesday April 17, 2018, 3:58 pm
Thanks for posting this.

Margie F (148)
Thursday April 19, 2018, 1:16 am

S J (124)
Thursday April 19, 2018, 1:24 pm
They will get what they do soon enough, sadly meow fly

fly bird (26)
Monday May 7, 2018, 6:21 pm
12 May, Austin: Nakba Day Return March.

Saturday, 12 May
2:00 pm
Texas State Capitol
1100 Congress Ave
Austin, TX


WHEN: Saturday, May 12 @ 2:00PM

WHERE: Texas State Capitol

May 15th, 2018, marks 70 years of the ethnic cleansing of almost 800,000 Palestinians from their homes and lands, at the hands of zionist militias. To this day these refugees and their descendants are still barred from returning to Palestine. Israel has recently escalated its racist and genocidal policies, with the increased detention and murder of children, while Jerusalem, the capital of Palestine, is under threat. The Palestinian people, alongside their international allies, are organizing to let the world know that the land, from Haifa to Jerusalem to Gaza and all in between, will be liberated and that a sovereign, independent, free Palestine is inevitable as long as its people remain beacons of resistance and resilience.

We are gathering as a community to demand:

1. The right of return for ALL Palestinian refugees and their descendants
2. Israel keep its hands off Jerusalem, the capital of Palestine
3. The end of the 11 year blockade of Gaza
4. Freedom for all political prisoners
5. An end to Israeli colonization of ALL of historic Palestine

Despite over 70 years of Israeli colonialism, racism, occupation, and apartheid, the Palestinian people continue to resist and inspire the world to stand up against oppression in all its forms.

In the words of Marwan Barghouti, “Our chains will be broken before we are.”
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