Progetto per i neonati di Gaza

Cari amici, molti dei quali nel passato avevano già sostenuto il lavoro dell’Appello per i bambini di Gaza, torniamo a scrivervi per chiedere il vostro sostegno.

Quello che ci serve adesso è raccogliere almeno 8.500 euro (ad oggi già raccolti 3000) ) per coprire le spese di viaggio e permanenza di un giovane nefrologo e di un infermiere che lavorano in team presso gli Ospedali pediatrici Nasser e Rantissi nel dipartimento di dialisi infantile.
Hanno la possibilità di recarsi presso il dottor Pecoraro dell’Ospedale Santobono di Napoli per tre mesi di esperienza di lavoro, ad imparare tecniche e procedure che non hanno a Gaza e che favorirebbero assai l’assistenza dei bambini. La loro sede ospedaliera ha già accordato loro il permesso di fare questo periodo di specializzazione all’estero e conserverà il loro posto in modo che al rientro possano mettere in opera quanto appreso.

La storia: il dr Momen M.S. Zeineddin e l’infermiere Jomaa W.J. Younis attendono sin dal gennaio 2014 l’occasione per superare il confine di Gaza, ma sia per il valico di Rafah (verso l’Egitto) che per quello di Erez (verso Israele) è stato loro rifiutato il permesso di uscire fino al giugno 2014, quando hanno fatto l’ultimo tentativo. Gli attacchi su Gaza dell’estate 2014 e le loro conseguenze sono stati seguiti dal blocco completo dei passaggi. Ci segnalano che forse adesso potrebbero ottenere un visto di passaggio per Erez e che forse li lascerebbero uscire per il loro training. Naturalmente vorrebbero provarci.

Nella impotenza di questo lungo anno e mezzo in cui Gaza è stata distrutta e i valichi bloccati per professionisti in entrata ed uscita, noi dell’Appello per i bambini di Gaza, che avevamo “in mora” i fondi per il loro periodo di specializzazione, abbiamo deciso di spenderli per sostenere uno studio sugli effetti degli attacchi del 2014 sulla salute alla nascita dei bimbi di Gaza, che si poneva come una emergenza, la cui elaborazione è in corso e le cui conclusioni vi saranno rese note a tempo debito, e cosi adesso siamo all’opera per cercare altri fondi per coprire questo training.

Cercheremo infatti, a tutti i costi, di fare arrivare questi giovani professionisti, come già avevamo fatto per altri due giovani dottori pediatri prima che la situazione degenerasse.

Vi chiediamo un aiuto concreto, piccolo o meglio grande, ma soprattutto rapidamente, in modo da poter iniziare le lunghe pratiche per avere i permessi prima possibile.

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I promotori dell’iniziativa sono docenti dell’Università di Genova:
Andrea Balduzzi (DISTAV), Mario Rocca (DIFI), Marina Rui (DCCI), un’ex docente della stessa, Paola Manduca, e Franco Camandona dell’ Ospedale Galliera -Pax Christi.
Dall’inizio l‘Associazione Onlus Maniverso… ci ha affiancato idealmente ed operativamente e ci permette di ricevere e amministrare le donazioni in modo legale e trasparente.

Nel sito di Maniverso… (http://www.maniverso.org/pages.php?Id=32), o richiedendolo ad Andrea Balduzzi (balduzzi@dipteris.unige.it) è disponibile la documentazione degli interventi fatti e delle spese sostenute.
All’indirizzohttps://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/28304277/call%20Gaza%20ottobre%202015.pdf potrete scaricare quest’appello
All’indirizzohttps://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/28304277/Progetto%20neonati%20Gaza%20dic%202014.pdf trovate una sintesi delle attività svolte finora

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Le donazioni, detraibili, sono da fare all’associazione Maniverso…,

indicando in causale “Donazione progetto neonati Gaza”,

con le seguenti modalità:

• Versamento sul conto corrente postale n° 68817899 intestato a: Associazione Maniverso… Onlus;

• Con bonifico bancario sul conto corrente:

  • Banca Credito Cooperativo di Marcon – Venezia, IBAN IT74V0868902002005010024621;
  • Banca Prossima IBAN IT29 D033 5901 6001 0000 0069 894 BIC BCITITMX intestato a: Organizzazione Umanitaria Maniverso… Onlus.

• Con assegno non trasferibile intestato a Associazione Maniverso… Onlus, da inviare in busta chiusa a: Associazione Maniverso… Onlus, via Perlan, 1 30174 Mestre, allegando i vostri dati per potervi inviare una ricevuta per la donazione effettuata.

 

Ricordiamo che l’Associazione Maniverso… è una ONLUS (Organizzazione Non Lucrativa di Utilità Sociale) ai sensi del D. Lgs. 4.12.1997 n. 460, regolamente iscritta all’Anagrafe Unica delle ONLUS; di conseguenza le vostre donazioni sono fiscalmente deducibili (D.L. n° 35/2005) nel limite del 10% del reddito dichiarato e comunque nella misura massima di euro 70.000 annui.
Per beneficiare di questa possibilità le erogazioni liberali in denaro devono essere effettuate tramite banca, ufficio postale, carte di credito e prepagate, assegni bancari e circolari; ricordatevi di conservare la ricevuta, tanto postale quanto bancaria, della vostra donazione.
Per le donazioni tramite bonifico bancario o assegno, l’estratto conto ha valore di ricevuta; In caso di versamenti con assegno, vi consigliamo di conservare anche una fotocopia dello stesso.

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Gaza un anno dopo le bombe: il ricordo di un medico

Il cardiochirurgo Saher Abughali racconta i giorni dell’operazione israeliana “Margine Protettivo”: “Mi sentivo un macellaio: tagliavo, cucivo, amputavo”. Gli ospedali della Striscia tra i target dell’aviazione di Tel Aviv.

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Gaza un anno dopo le bombe: il ricordo di un medico.

The Ringworm Scandal: When Israeli Doctors Killed Tens of Thousands of Arab Children

By the early 1950s, Israel had absorbed most of the Holocaust survivors and other immigrants from western countries.  These were generally the preferred Ashkenazi Jews, who were the nation’s elite.  It was then that Jews from Arab lands began arriving in great numbers.  David Ben Gurion knew he needed great numbers of Jews to come to Israel in order to counter the demographic threat posed by Israel’s Palestinian population (those who hadn’t been expelled during the Nakba).  That’s why he accepted and encouraged the Arab immigration, despite the fact that the newcomers’ Sephardi heritage was considered defective.

ringworm childrenThe 2004 documentary, The Ringworm Children, presents the historical context of this immigration and is dedicated to the greatest national medical scandal in the state’s history.  During this early period, Israel looked with deep suspicion on the Arab olim.  They were viewed not only as culturally inferior, but as reservoirs of disease.  To be fair, these same views had been prominent in the U.S. during the heights of immigration to this country.

But unlike here, Israel allowed one senior health official, Dr. Chaim Sheba, to conduct a massive program of unnecessary medical treatments, at enormous expense, which actually killed many of the victims.  At that time, many children developed ringworm, a non-lethal condition of fungal origin which affected the scalp.  Unlike in other countries, 100,000 Jewish (and Palestinian) Arab children were irradiated in order to treat the condition.  While medical protocol of the day directed that no technician receive a dose higher than .5 Roentgen, those treated could received a higher dose.  A lethal dose was considered 200 Roentgen (R).  The children treated received individual doses of 350R.  Sometimes they received two doses (for a total of 600R).  6,000 of the victims died within the first year or so after treatment.  To this day, many of the remaining victims suffer cancers, epilepsy, infertility and other brain disorders.  Even their children have been impacted through genetic abnormalities passed on from one generation to the next.

When the scandal was first exposed in 1994, the government reacted by circling the wagons and refusing to admit fault or liability.  Then activists pressured the government to pass a law demanding that the State take responsibility.  It did so.  But the law was not understood by the victims at the time, who didn’t realize that it was a Trojan Horse.  It persuaded them that the State had finally accepted fault and that it would compensate for their suffering.  But in reality, the law set hurdles so high, that very few survivors have been approved and received any compensation.  They were forced to prove they were victims, and their treatment by the medical evaluation committees victimized them a second time.  Those who agreed to accept the government’s conditions, could not appeal or sue once they had been denied.  So almost no survivors chose to apply for compensation under the law.

Further, a senior health ministry official at the time of the passing of the Ringworm law, had secreted all of the Ringworm files in his personal archives.  Thus he prevented anyone from gaining access to them: victims, their lawyers, doctors, even other government officials.  When he died, the files were transferred to government archives.  Current health ministry officials deliberately have not examined them because they don’t want to know what’s in them.  Neither the victims nor their attorneys can gain access to them either.

This is a massive coverup, but one that is completely legal.  The Supreme Court itself has refused to rule on the case, arguing that the Knesset law absolves the victims of any right to claim negligence on the part of the government’s medical officers.  Meanwhile, Dr. Sheba has one of Israel’s major medical centers named for him and is considered one of the founding father’s of Israeli medicine.  He founded the Tel Aviv University medical center and helped found those in Jerusalem and Haifa.

There is one further claim the film makes that brings it all back home to the U.S.  The X-ray treatments provided by Israel were extremely expensive.  The final cost was in the  range of 400-million Israeli pounds, which at the time were equivalent to British pounds.  That would put the cost at least $800-million and possibly even higher (in 1952 dollars).  That means the project cost far more than the entire national budget.  Israel obviously couldn’t afford such a massive expenditure.  The filmmakers offer one possible explanation: that the U.S. government, which had just bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, needed an outlet to do radiation testing.  We couldn’t or wouldn’t do such experiments here because American medical standards would not permit it.  So American officials “farmed” the operation out to Dr. Sheba and the Israelis, who had no such ethical problems with it.

The Arab Jewish children were viewed as defective and undesirable to begin with by the Ashkenazi elite like Sheba.  Here is a passage from an Israeli academic monograph on early scientific and medical approaches from the Mandate period that bore the marks of eugenics and reflected an attitude that Ashkenzai Jews were of superior racial stock to Sephardim:

In fact, medical discourse was an important mediator of Orientalist ideas to the Jews of Palestine. Public medicine was one of the main fields of regular interaction between Ashkenazi and Mizrahi Jews during the Mandate period, and this was reflected in the presence of Mizrahi Jews in this discourse. It often depicted members of various Mizrahi communities as variations on a single type – they were described as primitive, superstitious, ignorant, neglectful of their children, passive,lacking drive and the will to change – in general, as an essentially different type, physically and mentally, from the immigrants from Europe

So these Mizrahi children were suitable as fodder for the greater good of medicine.  Though Nazi medicine operated in a context of a plan to exterminate the Jewish race in Europe, the experiments performed in Israel were not dissimilar in nature.  Sheba knew his radiation dosage would harm children, even kill them.  It turns out it did so on a far larger scale than he may’ve imagined.  But the subjects were deemed expendable, just as Jewish subjects of Nazi doctors were.  And tens of thousands were killed, just as the Nazis did.

The film suggests another possible explanation–that Sheba, who came to the U.S. both to collect the X-ray machines that administered the treatment, also fundraised among American Jews for treating the Ringworm children.  Though I doubt he raised anywhere near the sum mentioned above, it’s possible American Jews donated generously to this cause.  This should be a warning to such donors today to examine carefully whatever projects they’re asked to fund.

To be fair to Israel, it wasn’t the only nation which performed what were essentially eugenics experiments.  The Nazis did so and even the U.S., in the Tuskegee experiments, deliberately allowed syphilis victims to die untreated.  The difference, as I noted above, is that the U.S. never engaged in such ghoulish medical experimentation on a national level and never with victims in such numbers.  Further, when there were victims, they could come forward and demand justice.

Israel has essentially sealed off access to justice, thus creating a monstrous stain on its medical and moral legacy.

I want to raise a strong note of caution.  There are those who view the Ringworm project as proof that Israel’s treatment of the children testified to its embrace of Nazi values.  That is one bridge too far for me.  It’s far better to note the sheer evil of the experiment and the suffering it induced without having to claim that it turned Israel into a Nazi state or that Zionism itself was a Nazi ideology.

H/t Jonathan Cook.

NOTE: There are a number of readers who are either confused or reading this post sloppily, including the headline.  To clarify: there is a link to a Jonathan Cook piece at the end of this post which notes that the State of Israel irradiated both Arab Jewish and Palestinian children for ringworm.  Hence the title of this post which uses the inclusive term, “Arab,” by which I include both Jewish and Palestinian children.

There are also those who claim that radiation was a standard treatment for ringworm inside and outside Israel in the 1950s.  This too misconstrues the argument put forward in the film and here.  While radiation may’ve been considered suitable for ringworm in that era, no one killed children with radiation outside of Israel.  The dosage set by Dr. Sheba was far too high and the X-ray machines he used were outmoded and hence the dosage administered could not be calibrated accurately or administered suitably.

thanks to: richiardsilverstein

Vietato l’ingresso a Gaza al dottor Mads Gilbert

Il medico norvegese che per 30 anni ha effettuato missioni volontarie all’ospedale Shifa è stato bloccato al valico di Erez. Israele avrebbe anche negato alla ministra degli esteri colombiana Holguin l’autorizzazione a recarsi a Ramallah per incontrare il presidente palestinese Abu Mazen.

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Michele Giorgio – il Manifesto

Roma, 15 novembre 2014, Nena News – Aria da eterno ragazzo nono­stante i suoi 67 anni, sem­pre in movi­mento tra il pronto soc­corso e la tera­pia inten­siva, sor­riso pronto anche nei momenti più cri­tici per rin­cuo­rare i parenti dei feriti più gravi. Tanti all’ospedale Shifa di Gaza city ricor­dano così il medico nor­ve­gese Mads Gil­bert, un ane­ste­si­sta, impe­gnato la scorsa estate assieme ai col­le­ghi pale­sti­nesi e ad altri medici volon­tari giunti dall’estero a por­tare soc­corso ai feriti dei bom­bar­da­menti israe­liani, durante i 50 giorni dell’offensiva “Mar­gine pro­tet­tivo”. Un per­so­nag­gio che è legato alla sto­ria insan­gui­nata di Gaza, uno degli occi­den­tali più noti e sti­mati dagli abi­tanti della Stri­scia. Dopo 30 anni di mis­sioni volon­ta­rie nei Ter­ri­tori pale­sti­nesi (e in altre parti del mondo), Gil­bert non potrà più entrare a Gaza o almeno non potrà più farlo per il valico di Erez. Ieri il gior­nale nor­ve­gese Ver­dens Gang ha rife­rito che le auto­rità israe­liane, per non meglio pre­ci­sati «motivi di sicu­rezza», non per­met­te­ranno più il tran­sito a Gil­bert. Il medico potrà rive­dere i suoi col­le­ghi dello Shifa solo se le auto­rità egi­ziane lo auto­riz­ze­ranno a pas­sare per il valico di Rafah. Il mini­stero degli esteri israe­liano non ha com­men­tato la noti­zia. L’ufficio del Cogat, il Coor­di­na­tore delle atti­vità del governo israe­liano nei Ter­ri­tori occu­pati, si è limi­tato a comu­ni­care che pren­derà in esame l’accaduto.

Gil­bert ha defi­nito la deci­sione «pro­vo­ca­to­ria, irra­gio­ne­vole e total­mente inac­cet­ta­bile». E’ con­vinto che il divieto non sia altro che una «puni­zione» per la sua con­danna pub­blica dell’offensiva “Mar­gine Pro­tet­tivo”. Ripete che non ha fatto altro che con­tri­buire a sal­vare vite umane. «Non ho mai fatto niente di male in Israele. Non ho mai infranto nes­suna legge o le norme di sicurezza…E’ la popo­la­zione pale­sti­nese (biso­gnosa di assi­stenza medica, ndr) che ora viene punita per le mie idee poli­ti­che», ha spie­gato. Gil­bert è stato uno dei fir­ma­tari di una let­tera pub­bli­cata, durante i com­bat­ti­menti dello scorsa estate, sulla pre­sti­giosa rivi­sta medica The Lan­cet, che accu­sava Israele dell’uccisione di civili inno­centi a Gaza.

Israele intanto smen­ti­sce di aver negato l’ingresso in Cisgior­da­nia alla mini­stra degli esteri colom­biana Maria Angela Hol­guin, impe­gnata in un tour regio­nale. La vicenda non è ancora del tutto chiara. Secondo le noti­zie ripor­tare da diversi mezzi d’informazione, il governo Neta­nyahu due giorni avrebbe rifiu­tato a Hol­guin il per­messo di andare a Ramal­lah dove era attesa dal pre­si­dente dell’Anp Abu Mazen e dal suo col­lega Riad al Malki. Una ritor­sione, secondo i media, per l’esclusione dal tour della mini­stra di una visita anche in Israele. Il “no” è scat­tato al ponte di Allenby, al con­fine tra la Cisgior­da­nia pale­sti­nese e la Gior­da­nia dove Hol­guin era giunta da Amman. Il mini­stero degli esteri israe­liano però nega che le cose siano andate in que­sto modo e riaf­ferma gli stretti rap­porti di ami­ci­zia con la Colom­bia. La mini­stra Hol­guin, secondo un comu­ni­cato israe­liano, avrebbe rinun­ciato alla visita a causa di un calen­da­rio fitto di impegni.

Ad Amman, cro­ce­via diplo­ma­tico (e di accordi sot­ter­ra­nei), il Segre­ta­rio di stato Usa John Kerry crede di aver rag­giunto due giorni fa un «fermo accordo» per pla­care la ten­sione tra israe­liani e pale­sti­nesi intorno alla Spia­nata delle moschee, durante il ver­tice che ha avuto con il pre­mier Benya­min Neta­nyahu e re Abdal­lah, pre­ce­duto qual­che ora prima da col­lo­qui con Abu Mazen. Il primo mini­stro israe­liano si è impe­gnato a non cam­biare lo sta­tus della Spia­nata ma allo stesso tempo non ha fatto alcuna pro­messa per lo stop della colo­niz­za­zione israe­liana a Geru­sa­lemme Est, uno dei motivi prin­ci­pali delle pro­te­ste palestinesi.

Sul ter­reno la ten­sione resta alta, nono­stante la deci­sione presa ieri da Israele di non limi­tare l’ingresso ai fedeli musul­mani sulla Spia­nata delle moschee in occa­sione delle pre­ghiere del venerdì. Ieri, giorno della “mar­cia su Geru­sa­lemme”, decine di pale­sti­nesi, all’altezza del posto di blocco di Qalan­diya, hanno sca­val­cato con lun­ghe scale il Muro di sepa­ra­zione e sono rima­sti per qual­che minuto sul lato con­trol­lato da Israele, sven­to­lando ban­diere e scan­dendo slo­gan, prima di essere respinti.

Mani­fe­sta­zioni pale­sti­nesi di pro­te­sta sono avve­nute in diversi punti della Cisgior­da­nia e anche a Umm el Fahem, in Gali­lea. Intanto restano molto gravi le con­di­zioni di un bam­bino pale­sti­nese di 11 anni, Salah Man­sour, col­pito tra gli occhi da un pro­iet­tile rive­stito di gomma spa­rato dalla poli­zia israe­liana per disper­dere le pro­te­ste pale­sti­nesi nel quar­tiere di Issawiyeh.

thanks to: Nena News

19 medici uccisi, 17 ospedali bombardati dalle forze armate israeliane a partire dall’8 luglio

Domenica 3 agosto 2014 12:25 di Celine Hagbard

Da quando l’esercito israeliano ha cominciato l’assalto contro la Striscia di Gaza l’8 luglio, le forze armate israeliane hanno ripetutamente colpito medici e centri sanitari dove si sta lavorando febbrilmente per trattare più di 9000 feriti.

Dall’8 luglio, medici e squadre di soccorso sono state attaccate da bombardamenti aerei e da colpi d’artiglieria israeliani 102 volte. 19 medici sono stati uccisi, e molti di più sono stati feriti.

In aggiunta, 44 dei 55 centri di Pronto Soccorso di Gaza sono stati chiusi a causa dei bombardamenti israeliani. 17 ospedali, sia publici che privati, sono stati colpiti direttamente dall’esercito israeliano.

Il ministro della salute palestinese ha condannato i ripetuti attacchi sui lavoratori e sulle strutture sanitarie, che, secondo la legge internazionale, dovrebbero essere escluse da ogni azione bellica in tempo di guerra.

Gli attacchi alle strutture mediche sono considerati una “grave violazione” della quarta convenzione di Ginevra, ciò significa che si tratta di un crimine di guerra. Un’altra “grave violazione” è l’estensiva distruzione ed appropriazione di proprietà non giustificata da necessità militare e attuata illegalmente e smodatamente.

Israele è firmatario della quarta convenzione di Ginevra, del 1957, ma ritiene che questa non si applichi al proprio comportamento nei territori espropriati nel 1967 e occupati militarmente da allora.

Il portavoce dell’esercito israeliano ha ripetuto più e più volte che i partigiani palestinesi usano gli ospedali per custodire e lanciare razzi, ma non ha presentato nessuna evidenza credibile che lo dimostri.

L’unica “evidenza” presentata dall’esercito israeliano coinvolge l’ospedale Al-Wafa, nella parte orientale di Gaza, ed è stata provata di essere una macchinazione.*

Dopo aver raso al suolo l’ospedale Al-Wafa, l’unico centro riabilitativo di Gaza, l’esercito israeliano ha rilasciato un breve video rivendicando che l’ospedale fosse stato usato dai combattenti palestinesi. Ma il video satellitare che aveva l’intento di mostrare razzi sparati dalla base dell’ospedale evacuato, esaminato, non mostra affatto l’ospedale. Una freccia aggiunta dall’esercito israeliano prima di rilasciare il video indica una costruzione vicino ad un sito di lancio di razzi. La costruzione è stata etichettata come “Ospedale Wafa”. Ma la costruzione che appare nel video NON è l’ospedale Al-Wafa, invece si tratta di uno stabile ubicato in una zona della città completamente differente.

Nonostante non abbia saputo identificare la struttura dell’ospedale sulla sua immagine satellitare presentata alla stampa, l’esercito israeliano ovviamente conosce dove è localizzato l’ATTUALE ospedale, poichè le sue bombe sono state sganciate direttamente sullo stesso, radendolo al suolo.

I numerosi attacchi alle strutture sanitarie e alle ambulanze hanno reso estremamente difficile portare a termine il proprio lavoro per il personale medico. In aggiunta, il bombardamento dell’unica centrale elettrica della Striscia di Gaza avvenuto lunedì da parte delle forse israeliane, ha costretto le strutture sanitarie a fare affidamento sulle fonti energetiche ausiliarie, che sono intermittenti e scarse. Ciò ha reso ancora più difficile mantenere i servizi di supporto vitale per centinaia di pazienti rimasti in condizioni critiche a causa delle ferite riportate.

19 Medics Killed, 17 Hospitals Bombed by Israeli Forces Since July 8th

Sunday August 03, 2014 12:25 by Celine Hagbard

Since the Israeli military began its assault on the Gaza Strip on July 8th, Israeli forces have repeatedly targeted medics and medical centers who have been working feverishly to treat the over 9,000 people who have been wounded.

Ambulance bombed by Israeli forces on July 21 (image by Saleh Hijazi)
Ambulance bombed by Israeli forces on July 21 (image by Saleh Hijazi)

Since July 8th, Medics and Rescue Teams have been attacked by Israeli airstrikes and artillery shelling 102 times. 19 medics have been killed, and many more have been injured.

In addition, 44 Of Gaza’s 55 Urgent Care Centers have been closed Due To Israeli Bombardment. 17 Hospitals, both public and private, have been directly targeted by the Israeli military.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health has condemned the repeated attacks on medical workers and facilities, which are supposed to be excluded from any attacks during wartime under international law.

Attacks on medical facilities are considered to be a ‘grave breach’ of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which means it is considered a war crime. Another ‘grave breach’ is extensive destruction and appropriation of property not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly.

Israel is a signatory to the Fourth Geneva Convention, in 1957, but claims that it does not apply to Israel’s behavior in the territories it took over in 1967 and has been militarily occupying ever since.

The Israeli military spokesman has repeated over and over again the claim that Palestinian resistance fighters use hospitals to store and fire rockets, but has presented no credible evidence to back this claim.

The one piece of ‘evidence’ presented by the Israeli military involved the Al-Wafa Hospital in eastern Gaza, and it was proven to be a fabrication.

After bombing the al-Wafa Hospital, Gaza’s only rehabilitation center, to the ground, the Israeli military released a short video claiming to show the hospital being used by fighters. But the satellite video purporting to show rockets fired from the hospital grounds turned out, upon examination, to not show the hospital at all. An arrow added by the Israeli military before releasing the video pointed at a building next to a rocket-launching site. The building was labeled ‘Wafa Hospital’. But the building in the video was NOT Al-Wafa Hospital, but a building in an entirely different part of town.

But even while mis-identifying the hospital building on its satellite image presented to the media, the Israeli military obviously know where the ACTUAL hospital was located, because its bombs were dropped directly onto the hospital, leveling it to the ground.

The numerous attacks on medical facilities and ambulances have made it extremely difficult for medical personnel in Gaza to carry out their work. In addition, the bombing of Gaza’s only power plant on Monday by Israeli forces has forced the medical facilities to turn to backup power sources, which are intermittent and sparse. This has made it more and more difficult to maintain life support for the hundreds of patients that remain in critical condition from their wounds.

thanks to: Imemc

The Lancet: An open letter for the people in Gaza

An open letter for the people in Gaza

We are doctors and scientists, who spend our lives developing means to care and protect health and lives. We are also informed people; we teach the ethics of our professions, together with the knowledge and practice of it. We all have worked in and known the situation of Gaza for years.
On the basis of our ethics and practice, we are denouncing what we witness in the aggression of Gaza by Israel.
We ask our colleagues, old and young professionals, to denounce this Israeli aggression. We challenge the perversity of a propaganda that justifies the creation of an emergency to masquerade a massacre, a so-called “defensive aggression”. In reality it is a ruthless assault of unlimited duration, extent, and intensity. We wish to report the facts as we see them and their implications on the lives of the people.
We are appalled by the military onslaught on civilians in Gaza under the guise of punishing terrorists. This is the third large scale military assault on Gaza since 2008. Each time the death toll is borne mainly by innocent people in Gaza, especially women and children under the unacceptable pretext of Israel eradicating political parties and resistance to the occupation and siege they impose.
This action also terrifies those who are not directly hit, and wounds the soul, mind, and resilience of the young generation. Our condemnation and disgust are further compounded by the denial and prohibition for Gaza to receive external help and supplies to alleviate the dire circumstances.
The blockade on Gaza has tightened further since last year and this has worsened the toll on Gaza’s population. In Gaza, people suffer from hunger, thirst, pollution, shortage of medicines, electricity, and any means to get an income, not only by being bombed and shelled. Power crisis, gasoline shortage, water and food scarcity, sewage outflow and ever decreasing resources are disasters caused directly and indirectly by the siege.1
People in Gaza are resisting this aggression because they want a better and normal life and, even while crying in sorrow, pain, and terror, they reject a temporary truce that does not provide a real chance for a better future. A voice under the attacks in Gaza is that of Um Al Ramlawi who speaks for all in Gaza: “They are killing us all anyway—either a slow death by the siege, or a fast one by military attacks. We have nothing left to lose—we must fight for our rights, or die trying.”2
Gaza has been blockaded by sea and land since 2006. Any individual of Gaza, including fishermen venturing beyond 3 nautical miles of the coast of Gaza, face being shot by the Israeli Navy. No one from Gaza can leave from the only two checkpoints, Erez or Rafah, without special permission from the Israelis and the Egyptians, which is hard to come by for many, if not impossible. People in Gaza are unable to go abroad to study, work, visit families, or do business. Wounded and sick people cannot leave easily to get specialised treatment outside Gaza. Entries of food and medicines into Gaza have been restricted and many essential items for survival are prohibited.3 Before the present assault, medical stock items in Gaza were already at an all time low because of the blockade.3 They have run out now. Likewise, Gaza is unable to export its produce. Agriculture has been severely impaired by the imposition of a buffer zone, and agricultural products cannot be exported due to the blockade. 80% of Gaza’s population is dependent on food rations from the UN.
Much of Gaza’s buildings and infrastructure had been destroyed during Operation Cast Lead, 2008—09, and building materials have been blockaded so that schools, homes, and institutions cannot be properly rebuilt. Factories destroyed by bombardment have rarely been rebuilt adding unemployment to destitution.
Despite the difficult conditions, the people of Gaza and their political leaders have recently moved to resolve their conflicts “without arms and harm” through the process of reconciliation between factions, their leadership renouncing titles and positions, so that a unity government can be formed abolishing the divisive factional politics operating since 2007. This reconciliation, although accepted by many in the international community, was rejected by Israel. The present Israeli attacks stop this chance of political unity between Gaza and the West Bank and single out a part of the Palestinian society by destroying the lives of people of Gaza. Under the pretext of eliminating terrorism, Israel is trying to destroy the growing Palestinian unity. Among other lies, it is stated that civilians in Gaza are hostages of Hamas whereas the truth is that the Gaza Strip is sealed by the Israelis and Egyptians.
Gaza has been bombed continuously for the past 14 days followed now by invasion on land by tanks and thousands of Israeli troops. More than 60 000 civilians from Northern Gaza were ordered to leave their homes. These internally displaced people have nowhere to go since Central and Southern Gaza are also subjected to heavy artillery bombardment. The whole of Gaza is under attack. The only shelters in Gaza are the schools of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), uncertain shelters already targeted during Cast Lead, killing many.
According to Gaza Ministry of Health and UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA),1 as of July 21, 149 of the 558 killed in Gaza and 1100 of the 3504 wounded are children. Those buried under the rubble are not counted yet. As we write, the BBC reports of the bombing of another hospital, hitting the intensive care unit and operating theatres, with deaths of patients and staff. There are now fears for the main hospital Al Shifa. Moreover, most people are psychologically traumatised in Gaza. Anyone older than 6 years has already lived through their third military assault by Israel.
The massacre in Gaza spares no one, and includes the disabled and sick in hospitals, children playing on the beach or on the roof top, with a large majority of non-combatants. Hospitals, clinics, ambulances, mosques, schools, and press buildings have all been attacked, with thousands of private homes bombed, clearly directing fire to target whole families killing them within their homes, depriving families of their homes by chasing them out a few minutes before destruction. An entire area was destroyed on July 20, leaving thousands of displaced people homeless, beside wounding hundreds and killing at least 70—this is way beyond the purpose of finding tunnels. None of these are military objectives. These attacks aim to terrorise, wound the soul and the body of the people, and make their life impossible in the future, as well as also demolishing their homes and prohibiting the means to rebuild.
Weaponry known to cause long-term damages on health of the whole population are used; particularly non fragmentation weaponry and hard-head bombs.4, 5 We witnessed targeted weaponry used indiscriminately and on children and we constantly see that so-called intelligent weapons fail to be precise, unless they are deliberately used to destroy innocent lives.
We denounce the myth propagated by Israel that the aggression is done caring about saving civilian lives and children’s wellbeing.
Israel’s behaviour has insulted our humanity, intelligence, and dignity as well as our professional ethics and efforts. Even those of us who want to go and help are unable to reach Gaza due to the blockade.
This “defensive aggression” of unlimited duration, extent, and intensity must be stopped.
Additionally, should the use of gas be further confirmed, this is unequivocally a war crime for which, before anything else, high sanctions will have to be taken immediately on Israel with cessation of any trade and collaborative agreements with Europe.
As we write, other massacres and threats to the medical personnel in emergency services and denial of entry for international humanitarian convoys are reported.6 We as scientists and doctors cannot keep silent while this crime against humanity continues. We urge readers not to be silent too. Gaza trapped under siege, is being killed by one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated modern military machines. The land is poisoned by weapon debris, with consequences for future generations. If those of us capable of speaking up fail to do so and take a stand against this war crime, we are also complicit in the destruction of the lives and homes of 1·8 million people in Gaza.
We register with dismay that only 5% of our Israeli academic colleagues signed an appeal to their government to stop the military operation against Gaza. We are tempted to conclude that with the exception of this 5%, the rest of the Israeli academics are complicit in the massacre and destruction of Gaza. We also see the complicity of our countries in Europe and North America in this massacre and the impotence once again of the international institutions and organisations to stop this massacre.
We declare no competing interests.

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2 Webb-Pullman J. Dignity or death—we cannot give up now. http://gaza.scoop.ps/2014/07/dignity-or-death-we-cannot-give-up-now/. (accessed July 22, 2014).
3 Gilbert M. Brief report to UNRWA: The Gaza Health Sector as of June 2014. http://www.unrwa.org/sites/default/files/final_report_-_gaza_health_sector_june-july_2014_-_mads_gilbert_2.pdf. (accessed July 22, 2014).
4 Naim A, Al Dalies H, El Balawi M, et al. Birth defects in Gaza: prevalence, types, familiarity and correlation with environmental factors. Int J Environ Res Public Health 2012; 9: 1732-1747. PubMed
5 Manduca P, Naim A, Signoriello S. Specific association of teratogen and toxicant metals in hair of newborns with congenital birth defects or developmentally premature birth in a cohort of couples with documented parental exposure to military attacks: observational study at Al Shifa Hospital, Gaza, Palestine. Int J Environ Res Public Health 2014; 11: 5208-5223. PubMed
6 Ma’an News Agency. 4 killed, over 50 injured as Israel targets al-Aqsa hospital. http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=715087. (accessed July 22, 2014).
a New Weapons Research Group and University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy
b James Lind Library, Oxford, UK
c Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London, UK
d Clinic of Emergency Medicine, University Hospital of North Norway, Tromso, Norway
e Barts and the Royal London Hospital, London, UK
thanks to: The Lancet

Send medical aid for Gaza, TO Gaza, says Gaza Deputy Minister of Health

PRESS RELEASE
Ministry of Health Gaza

Gaza hospitals working with grossly inadequate resources

The critical lack of medical drugs and supplies in Gaza’s hospitals is one threat to patients’ chances of surviving the brutal Israeli airstrikes. A cynical lack of solidarity on the part of the unity government’s Ministry of Health in the West Bank is another.

International appeals for assistance for Gaza are being made by the West Bank ministry, whose pitiful record of keeping Gaza’s hospitals and clinic even minimally stocked before the current offensive are well-known. An UNRWA report of the situation as at June 2014 described the situation as ‘extreme,’ with a 50% deficiency in essential drugs, and warned that the lack of essential equipment, disposables and lab chemicals posed a very serious threat to patient treatment.

That same Ministry, clearly incapable of keeping Gaza’s hospitals and clinics supplied under normal circumstances, is now asking for donations for the Gaza emergency to be sent to the West Bank.

If we learn anything from history, it is that Gaza hospitals are likely to see few benefits from international generosity if it passes through the West Bank ministry.

It is therefore with considerable regret, particularly in light of the recent reconciliation agreement, that we must ask all international donors to provide emergency medical assistance for the Gaza crisis DIRECTLY to Gaza.

The Ministry of Health in Gaza has a fully transparent and accountable system contained within its Policy and Procedures Manual to deal with international donations, to ensure the required drugs, equipment and disposables are purchased at the best rate, and provided with the minimum possible delay to those for whom they are intended – the Gazan victims of the Israeli offensive, and those whose treatment has been interrupted or prevented by the chronic shortages resulting from the Israeli siege compounded by West Bank mismanagement over many years.

We urge all international donors, individuals and organisations to contact Dr Mohammad Kashif, Director of International Relations, Ministry of Health, Gaza or Dr Ashraf Abu Mahadi, Director General of Pharmacy, or Dr Medhat Abbas, Director General of Ministry of Health, for information on the procedures to follow to ensure your donations are used well, and used promptly to alleviate Gaza’s suffering.

Dr Kashif: Phone: +972 599 742 702
Dr Ashraf Abu Mahadi: Phone +972 599 162 642
Dr Medhat Abbas: Phone +972 599 403 547

thanks to: Gaza.Scoop

Appello per aiuto di primo soccorso medico a Gaza

Rivolto a professionisti di chirurgie, di anestesia, rianimazione e di primo soccorso

Gaza è sotto attacco aereo e dal mare e ad oggi ci sono oltre 1.200 feriti in 6 giorni. Quasi tutti arrivano all’ospedale centrale della città e quindi si registrano circa 200 emergenze di varia gravità al giorno.

Gaza è al momento un luogo di guerra ed oltre alla esperienza professionale occorre anche saper mantenere la calma e la lucidità in un posto dove mediamente ogni 5-7 minuti c’è un bombardamento (sono stati oltre 1.400 in sette giorni). Inoltre mancano presidi medici, medicinali e materiali sanitari, quindi occorrono anche elasticità e capacità di lavorare in condizioni strutturalmente difficili.

Entrare e uscire da Gaza non è facile, quindi i tempi previsti possono subire variazioni inattese. La missione sarà di almeno sette giorni, ma occorre considerare che i tempi programmati di rientro potrebbero cambiare improvvisamente.

Chi se la sente per favore contatti:

Paola Manduca, Prof. Genetics
389 5753198 dalle 9 alle 13 e dalle 17 alle 21
paolamanduca@gmail.com
Associazione NWRG-New Weapons Research Group

thanks to: Newweapons Committee