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Palestine Advocacy Project Honors Heroism in Gaza


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Fly
- 23 days ago - imemc.org
Razan al-Najjar, aged 21, was one of almost 120 medics thus far shot by Israeli snipers while attempting to care for wounded demonstrators. She was killed wearing her white nurses coat and raising her hands to show that she was unarmed



   

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fly bird (26)
Saturday October 27, 2018, 1:44 pm
(PNN) Palestine Advocacy Project is launching a billboard ad campaign to honor the heroism and self-sacrifice of the Palestinian medics who put their lives on the line to rescue and treat injured protesters in Gaza’s ongoing “Great March of Return” demonstrations.

Razan al-Najjar, aged 21, was one of almost 120 medics thus far shot by Israeli snipers while attempting to care for wounded demonstrators. She was killed wearing her white nurse’s coat and raising her hands to show that she was unarmed. Palestine Advocacy Project’s billboard displays her photograph with the text, “Honoring the First Responders of Gaza” and “Saving lives under Israeli fire.”

The ongoing Great March of Return campaign began on March 30, 2018. Its aim is to end the ongoing siege and blockade of Gaza and resulting inhumane conditions under which its residents are forced to live, and to restore Gazans’ right to return to the homes they or their forebears were forced to flee in 1948.

Although the vast majority of protesters are unarmed, the Israeli Defense Forces continue to fire indiscriminately on peaceable civilians in the besieged coastal enclave. As of October 1, 2018, Israeli forces have killed at least 190 Palestinians and wounded more than 21,000, according to health officials in Gaza. The victims include children, the elderly, and the disabled, as well as journalists and medics like Razan.

Richard Colbath-Hess, founder of the Palestine Advocacy Project, explains that “the purpose of the billboard is to raise awareness about the courage and fortitude of Razan and other aid workers who risk their lives to support Gazans suffering under the disastrous effects of the U.S.-backed blockade.” Colbath-Hess notes that the United States government has enabled Israel’s blockade and military assaults by providing over $3.8 billion annually in military aid.

Gazans live in some of the worst humanitarian conditions in the world, with the majority of the region’s children suffering malnutrition and nearly half of all adults without reliable access to food. Gaza’s residents survive on a 97% contaminated water supply and receive only four hours of electricity per day.

The United Nations has warned that the area could become “uninhabitable” by 2020 as a result of Israel’s blockade and the destruction of civilian infrastructure. Gaza is often referred to as the world’s largest open-air prison.

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http://imemc.org/article/palestine-advocacy-project-honors-heroism-in-gaza/
 

Colleen L (3)
Saturday October 27, 2018, 7:08 pm
Despicable. I honestly wish that Mother Nature would pour down with loving rain drops that could wash away all of the hate and terror of the world. I will continue to keep praying for peace.
Thanks Fly
 

Derek Richardson (192)
Sunday October 28, 2018, 12:07 pm
Thanks for sharing, sharing is caring.
 

Derry R (38)
Sunday October 28, 2018, 1:09 pm
Thank you.
 

fly bird (26)
Sunday October 28, 2018, 4:46 pm
Gaza is at the forefront of Palestine’s pain.
Oct 25 2018

Gaza is at the forefront of Palestine’s pain, and the priority of political and humanitarian calculations alike. It occupies the most extensive areas on the maps of Palestinian and regional political balances and is considered one of the pillars of international polarisation regarding managing the conflicts in the region.

Gaza, which represents the essence of the Palestinian political situation at this point in time, holds all the strings of the cause, the issues of which are intertwined within each other. The Palestinian -Palestinian reconciliation, the truce with the occupation, the UNRWA crisis, the disputes over the form and type of resistance, the organisation of Palestinian legitimacy, and other issues, all involve Gaza.

The status of Gaza was expressed by UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, during his monthly report to the UN Security Council at a meeting on the Middle East last Thursday, October 18th, as Gaza takes the lion’s share of his monthly briefings.

The briefings go beyond the language of reporting information and data, reaching the language of appealing and urging, as he stated “the urgency of the situation that we face on the ground is desperate – Gaza can explode any minute,” especially as the calmness is fragile and decisive measures must be taken. He sounds the alarm, indicating the presence of danger that could have repercussions outside of the Gaza Strip.

Mladenov has clearly described the gravity of the situation in Gaza, pointing out that the consequences will be very severe in the event of failure to achieve a truce. He noted the possibility of being dragged into a cycle of war if measures are not taken to stop the deterioration and if the state of tension in the region returns.

The UN official’s discourse includes a level of insistence on not abandoning Gaza, stressing that the issue is not only humanitarian but also political. He urges all Palestinian parties, especially the Palestinian Authority, not to do so.

He does not disregard the essences of the problem, which lies in the occupation’s imposition of a blockade on Gaza, despite not implicitly stating this. He did, however, call on the occupying state to ” restore the delivery of critical supplies to Gaza and improve the movement and access of goods and people [and] exercise maximum restraint in the use of live ammunition,” when dealing with the protestors on the eastern border.

In the context of his call to work to prevent terrible consequences, he talks about efforts to resolve the UNRWA crisis. He thanked Qatar for its immediate and generous response by providing $60 million to buy fuel to increase electricity supply to the Gaza Strip, in addition to some countries pledging to provide $122 million to the Agency.

“The endless cycle of emergency responses and stop‑gap measures must be broken, with the Palestinian people accorded a sustainable and just solution that allows them to be masters of their own fate living in peace and security with Israel, without walls of occupation,” added Mladenov.

He also said that the Palestinians deserve the chance to regain their dignity and to build a better future for themselves, noting that they deserve the right to self-determination and be governed by democratically elected institutions. He also noted their right to have a state in which they live in peace and security with Israel, without the occupation’s walls, fear of reprisal or displacement, and without fearing to live their whole lives fighting an endless struggle.

The details of the other Palestinian suffering are not less severe or important. Mladenov allocated part of his briefing to Israel’s blatant violations, including its continued demolition of Palestinian buildings and properties in the West Bank, in addition to the occupation’s relentless campaign to destroy Al-Khan Al-Ahmar in Jerusalem.

The UN official pointed out Israel’s allocation of funds to build settlements in Hebron, stressing the illegality of this activity, without reducing the danger of settler practices and attacks on Palestinians, which he considers a source of concern.

Perhaps Mladenov’s words in his briefing on the Palestinian situation addressed many of the focuses and issues of the daily Palestinian suffering, both systematically and professionally, and may have sought to get as close as possible to facts that reveal the bitter reality of the Palestinian cause. However, it is a very brief form of describing the Palestinian situation.

Attempting to address the situation in the Palestinian territories would require a state of deep understanding of the pulse of the suffering of the Palestinian individual. This is helped by looking into the details of the humanitarian distress suffered by the children of Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem, day and night. It is also helpful to explicitly identify the cause of such chronic suffering and to openly hold them responsible.

What is required of the UN officials, who convey the image of the tragedy of the Palestinian people to the international community, resulting from the political repercussions of the occupation’s practices, is to identify, in a genuine, accurate and frank manner the cause of this tragedy, i.e. the occupation, the occupation and occupation. We understand and keep in mind the considerations of diplomatic work and the fact that it requires a moderate tone under various pretexts, including preserving a sense of balance in position, in order not to provoke parties allied with the occupation that largely control international decision-making.

However, we firmly believe that the Palestinian situation cannot bear many interpretations, as the core of the issue is the occupation’s frantic attempts to deprive the Palestinians of their rights. Therefore, the international community must hold the occupation legally and morally responsible for its continued violations against the Palestinian people and put an end to them.

Source: Middle East Monitor

http://daysofpalestine.com/post/11380/gaza-is-at-the-forefront-of-palestine’s-pain
 
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