9 new suspected cases of Typhoid among Yarmouk civilians in Yalda

Situation Report – 1 September 2015

UNRWA conducted humanitarian operations in Yalda today, providing vital healthcare to civilians displaced from Yarmouk and host communities.

An UNRWA doctor examines a baby in Yalda ©UNRWA 2015

An UNRWA doctor examines a baby in Yalda ©UNRWA 2015

UNRWA medical personnel established a health point in Yalda, treating 330 patients over the course of the day. This included 9 suspected cases of typhoid and 1 case of scabies.

As high summer temperatures and regular interruptions in water and food supplies continue to affect Yarmouk, Yalda, Babila and Beit Saham, communicable illness remains a source of profound vulnerability for civilians.

Health services in these areas are extremely limited and lack the capacity to respond to major outbreaks and other serious health needs. For this reason, it is vital that UNRWA medical assistance continues on an indefinite basis and is expanded to include other humanitarian support.

UNRWA’s priority remains the delivery of humanitarian aid to civilians within Yarmouk itself and reiterates its strong demand for respect and compliance with obligations to protect civilians and to establish secure conditions under which UNRWA can deliver life-saving humanitarian assistance.

The vulnerability of civilians in Yarmouk remains of the highest severity. UNRWA is deeply concerned that without access, the most basic humanitarian needs of Palestinian and Syrian civilians, including many children, continue to be left unmet. Today’s mission was conducted with the facilitation of the Syrian authorities.

Call for support

– As armed violence continues to threaten the lives and safety of Palestine refugees throughout Syria, UNRWA appeals for donors to increase their support to the UNRWA Syria Crisis Appeal, which has received only 31% of the funds needed for 2015.

– More than 95% of Palestine refugees now rely on UNRWA to meet their daily needs of food, water and healthcare.

– Priority interventions include cash assistance, which enables UNRWA to serve 460,000 Palestine refugees in need.

– Additional funding is also required for critical non-food items including blankets, mattresses and hygiene kits for displaced Palestine refugee families throughout Syria.

Keep your promises, plead Wafa Hospital patients and staff

by Julie Webb-Pullman

Press Conference in the rubble of Al Wafa Hospital, Shejeiyah, Gaza

Press Conference in the rubble of Al Wafa Hospital, Shejeiyah, Gaza

Al Wafa hospital staff and patients today made a desperate plea to donors to make good on their promises, and deliver the money to rebuild their rehabilitation hospital destroyed in last year’s brutal Israeli offensive against the Gaza Strip.

“We started fundraising the same day our patients were forced to leave,” Executive Director Basman Alashi said after today’s press conference, held in the rubble of the 8,000 sq.m. facility in Shejieyah.

“Twenty million dollars was pledged, but so far we have received only $70,000.”

Mr Alashi explained that this was largely due to the problems experienced over the past 12 months with getting construction materials in through the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, and donors’ reluctance to front up with the money while these obstacles remained.

“The situation has changed,” he said. “The materials are now here in Gaza, and more can be brought in. We just need the money to pay for them. We urge those who promised to help us to speed up the process, because their promises so far have not materialized, and this is really affecting the lives of thousands of people.” Read more »

Smearing New Zealand Decency with Palestinian Blood and Tears

Dr Vacy Vlazna

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“One child has been killed every hour in Gaza over the past two days.”
Kyung-Wha Kang UN Asst. Sec.Gen for Humanitarian Affairs 23-7-14

“All these dead and maimed civilians should weigh heavily on all our consciences. I know that they weigh heavily on mine. All our efforts to protect them have been abject failures”. Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

On its New Zealand Now website, the New Zealand (NZ) government truthfully describes the welcoming characteristics of New Zealand as “Open spaces, open hearts, open minds. That’s New Zealand and its people in a nutshell”: a people with “in-built expectations of ‘fair play’, integrity, honesty and trust.” who live in one of “the world’s most peaceful, least corrupt countries”.

And yet..and yet..the NZ government via its New Zealand Super Fund (NZSF) has deviously exploited the trust of its citizens and besmeared their good reputation with the blood and suffering of innocent Palestinians.

The NZSF is a progressive universal ‘pension’ scheme to which all taxpaying citizens contribute and from which all retirees over 65 benefit. On members’ behalf, the managerial and administrative Guardians, headed by the arrogant CEO, Adrian Orr, are responsible for the investment decisions which under the ethical standards of the Responsible Investment Framework (RIF) must avoid “prejudice to New Zealand’s reputation as a responsible member of the world community”.

“Reputation, reputation, reputation! O, I have lost my reputation! I have lost the immortal part of myself, and what remains is bestial.” Shakespeare Read more »

The National Council and the crazy move

By Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouk

Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouk

Dr. Mousa Abu Marzouk

To invite the Palestinian National Council (PNC) for an exceptional session is one of the most controversial issues, as it came after 10 members of the PLO Executive Committee had resigned. Debate here is on the legality of the session for, according to the Article 14/c of the PLO bylaws, exceptional sessions are held to complement the membership of the absentee members whether by death or resignation.

Therefore, if the invitation was for an ordinary session; then PNC’s members have ignored the reconciliation issue, the issues of national unity, as well as Cairo’s Meeting in March 2005 in which a PLO committee was formed with Abbas as its chairman, and this committee was considered to be the provisional leading body in the reconciliation talks in 2011 and was therefore assigned to re-constitute the PNC, mainly through election, and by national consensus in the areas where elections cannot be held. Read more »

Aid organisations launch public call to end Gaza blockade

Press Release
AIDA-AVAAZ

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Reconstruction of Gaza could take 17 years with just 5% of building materials allowed in one year on

More than 150,000 people from around the globe have today joined 35 aid, faith, development and human rights organisations in backing an unprecedented joint call urging world leaders to press the Israeli government to lift the blockade on Gaza and remove the restrictions on basic building materials needed to reconstruct the coastal strip.

With the number of people supporting the call increasing by the hour, this has quickly become the largest ever global public push to end the blockade on the Gaza Strip, with international organizations and the public petitioning world leaders to uphold promises made to rebuild Gaza one year ago.

On the anniversary of the end of the conflict between the government of Israel and Palestinian armed groups, the organisations are calling for construction materials like wood, steel bars and cement to be allowed into Gaza so that hospitals, schools and homes can be urgently rebuilt. Read more »

Hamas Holds Egyptian authorities responsible for lives of 4 Palestinian abductees

Press Statement
Hamas

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Hamas holds the Egyptian authorities fully responsible for the lives of four Palestinian abductees who were taken in the Sinai Peninsula six days ago.

In a press statement released on Monday, Hamas called on Egypt to honor the Palestinian-Egyptian ties and de-escalate the situation, both in the media and in the field. Hamas also called on Egypt to work for the immediate release of the abductees in accordance with humanitarian norms and ethics.

Denouncing the failure to address such a serious issue, Hamas warned against harming the abductees, confirming that they were victims of deception and treachery. Read more »

UNRWA expresses deep gratitude for host government exemplary support in addressing its financial crisis

PRESS RELEASE
UNRWA

UNRWA Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl has expressed his deep gratitude for the exemplary support, commitment and understanding from host country governments as UNRWA has strived to close its core budget deficit in recent months.

Particular recognition and praise goes to the Government of Jordan – including the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister – for robust support, personal outreach and joint fundraising efforts.

Special appreciation is expressed to the President and Prime Minister of the State of Palestine, and the Palestine Liberation Organization, including the Department of Refugee Affairs for strong solidarity, outreach and dialogue; and to the Prime Minister of Lebanon for valued support and welcome initiatives.

UNRWA also appreciates the dialogue it had with the Director of the General Authority for Palestine Arab Refugees in Syria regarding the Agency’s financial crisis. Read more »

Time is running out: typhoid among Yarmouk civilians triples in three days

by Julie Webb-Pullman

UNRWA medical teams treating civilians from Yarmouk where typhoid cases have tripled in three days

UNRWA medical teams treating civilians from Yarmouk where typhoid cases have tripled in three days

UNRWA is fighting against time to contain a typhoid outbreak in Yarmouk camp, Damascus, where data analysed this week has shown the number of cases has tripled since the first were identified on August 18, 2015.

The critical situation is compounded by UNRWA’s lack of access to Yarmouk since 28 March: the data was collected from 500 patients presenting to clinics in the nearby Yalda district of Damascus, most of whom were residents of Yarmouk.

“We are gravely concerned that this is the tip of the iceberg and that the increase in figures reflects an appalling public health crisis inside Yarmouk camp itself,” said UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness.

“We are administering antibiotics, distributing water purifying tablets and giving appropriate health education guidance. However, the situation demands a major public health intervention to improve the water, sanitation and hygiene infrastructure of the camp.” Read more »

Hamas follows in the PLO’s footsteps, Part Two

by Abdul Sattar Qassem
Middle East Monitor

Dr Abdus Sattar Qassim

Dr Abdus Sattar Qassim

On 27April 2008, I wrote an article titled “Hamas follows in the PLO’s footsteps”. This is a continuation of the same article, in which I said that Hamas’s actions and steps towards Israel are not radically different to the steps taken by the PLO, which ended up selling the Palestinian cause and pawning inalienable national rights.

The main premise in that 2008 article was that it seemed as if Hamas, in its political and diplomatic actions, was no different than the first actions taken by Fatah in the early 1970s. It also seemed that Hamas was not responding to the pressures in the form of initiatives, which would confuse the other side, but in the manner expected by the other side. I listed the following points as evidence of the similarity in political actions between the PLO and Hamas: Read more »

250 Palestinian prisoners held in administrative detention to launch open hunger strike

Samidoun

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250 Palestinian prisoners held under administrative detention in the Negev prison in the Naqab desert in the south of Palestine announced they will launch an open-ended hunger strike to defeat administrative detention. The statement, released on 18 August, also expressed support for their fellow administrative detainee, Muhammad Allan, 31, who just ended his 65-day hunger strike last night, 19 August, after a decision by the Israeli supreme court and severe damage to his health including brain damage; Allan is now again in a coma.

250 of the nearly 400 Palestinian administrative detainees are held in the Negev prison, among 1500 Palestinian political prisoners. Much of the Negev prison is constructed in tents, and Palestinian prisoners are suffering in a heat wave, with blazing sun and little protection from the elements. Read more »

Muhammad Allan ends hunger strike after Israeli Supreme Court decision

Samidoun

Released hunger-striker Khader Adnan marches for Mohammed Allan

Released hunger-striker Khader Adnan marches for Mohammed Allan

Muhammad Allan’s lawyer, Jamal al-Khatib, has stated that the 31-year-old Palestinian lawyer has ended his hunger strike after 65 days following the order of the Israeli Supreme Court as of the evening of 19 August, according to reports.

Allan has been held under administrative detention without charge or trial since November 2014 and launched his hunger strike over two months ago, demanding his release. He fell into a coma last Friday, from which he awakened yesterday. An MRI conducted today showed that Allan has suffered brain damage after two months without nutrients. Read more »

Muhammad Allan regains consciousness, pledges to continue hunger strike

Source: Samidoun

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Muhammad Allan, hunger-striking Palestinian lawyer held in administrative detention without charge or trial, has regained consciousness and is dedicated to continuing his hunger strike after 64 days, reported Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association.

Doctors at Barzilai Hospital have ended sedation of Allan as well as the use of a ventilator, and he can communicate with people around them. He has been visited by a Red Cross doctor, but has not been permitted to visit with his lawyer as of yet.

The news comes as members of the Palestinian Bar Association, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society and other Palestinian legal organizations have pledged to boycott Israeli military courts on Wednesday, 19 August, in protest of the continued detention of Allan and demanding his release. Read more »

Hamas condemns the Israeli execution of young Palestinian in Nablus

PRESS STATEMENT
Hamas

Israeli soldiers stand besides Abu Amsheh's body after shooting him

Israeli soldiers stand beside Abu Amsheh’s body after shooting him

Hamas spokesman Husam Badran condemned the execution on Monday afternoon of Mohammed Abu Amsheh, a young Palestinian man who was shot dead in cold blood by Israeli soldiers at Za’atara checkpoint south of occupied Nablus, calling for all resistance factions to respond to this crime.

In a press release, Badran demanded the PA to halt its crackdown on the resistance and release the activists it detains, calling for security coordination with the occupation to be ended, and for the Palestinian people to be given the opportunity to respond to the occupation crimes.

Badran stressed that ending security coordination with the occupation is an immediate necessity more than ever, especially with the daily spilling of Palestinian blood.

Badran offered condolences to the martyr’s family and hometown, confirming that the resistance has always had initiative, and that it needs permission from no one to respond to the Israeli aggression.

Corruption in Palestine: A Self-Enforcing System

by Tariq Dana
Source: Shabaka

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Overview

As many as 81% of the Palestinians living in the occupied Palestinian territory believe there is corruption in Palestinian Authority institutions according to a recent survey, perceptions reinforced by the recently launched annual report of the Palestinian Coalition for Accountability and Integrity (AMAN), the Transparency International chapter in Palestine. These perceptions persist despite former Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s much-touted state-building efforts to root out corruption – and are at variance with international reports finding that suggest improvement in good governance.

Al-Shabaka Policy Fellow Tariq Dana makes the case that corruption is structural to the Palestinian body politic and pre-dates the establishment of the Palestinian Authority. He argues that the problem needs to be tackled at its roots and cannot just be addressed through conventional measures used in other countries, particularly against the background of prolonged Israeli colonization and occupation and the way in which Israel both reinforces and exploits corruption.(1) Read more »

Haniya: We will not accept a state on 2% of Palestine

Hamas

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Vice Chair of Hamas political bureau Ismail Haniyah stated on Monday that Hamas will not accept a state on 2% of Palestine’s land, and that Hamas will never abandon the remaining territories of occupied Palestine.

Talking during the closing ceremony of Jerusalemite elite’s camps, Haniya said: “I say to those who defame Hamas’s positions, the whole of Palestine belongs to us, and we will not accept a 2%-of-Palestine state in Gaza. Palestine is ours and our compass heads only towards Jerusalem.”

He confirmed that Hamas’s comprehensive strategy includes the liberation of Palestine as a whole, adding that “Gaza was not liberated by negotiations but through Hamas’s strategy of phased liberation”. Read more »

Palestinian Hunger striker Mohammed Allan in a coma

Source: Maan

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Palestinian prisoner Mohammed Allan, who has been on hunger strike for two months, lost consciousness Friday morning, the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society said.

The society said that Allan’s health had dangerously deteriorated overnight, and that the hunger striker entered a coma after severe shivering.

They added that he is currently connected to ventilators.

Israeli authorities previously said they would make use of a controversial new law to force feed Allan if his health became critical.

However, Usama al-Saadi, a Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset, told Ma’an: “Allan might be a martyr in hours as his health condition is very critical.”

Shortly after the announcement, the Israeli Prison Service declared a state of alert across Israeli in jails, closing all sections and preventing prayers. Read more »

Cleaning Your Teeth with White Phosphorus?

Dr Vacy Vlazna

Hamza Mus'ab Almadani

Hamza Mus’ab Almadani

One year ago, on 15 August – 40 days into Israel’s 51 day monstrous assault on Gaza that was clocking up 1800 innocent Palestinian deaths – Adrian Orr, the CEO of the New Zealand Superfund (NZSF) took a cheap shot, a morally cheap low shot, at concerned young protesters who chained themselves in the NZSF office demanding that the NZSF immediately divest from Israel Chemicals (ICL) – a supplier of lethal white phosphorus to the US army for the manufacture of munitions sold back to Israel to barrage fire and death on Gaza.

In response to spokesperson Nadia Abu-Shanab’s passionate urging for divestment, Adrian Orr’s smug retort was,

“Do you brush your teeth? ( Nadia: “Sorry?) “Do you brush your teeth? White phosphorus is used in many places”

Orr is not stupid, paid NZ$800,000 p.a, he knows that phosphate is used in toothpaste whereas the pure evil of white phosphorus, derived from phosphate through an industrial process, is so highly reactive to oxygen it has to be stored under water. Exposed to air, it sears human flesh to the bone, damages the immune system and causes neurological damage. Read more »

ANONYMOUS brings down Israeli government websites for baby Dawabsha

Source: Middle East Monitor

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Hackers today attacked the website of the Office of the Prime Minister, that of the Israel army and that of a number of ministries and government departments.

In a statement the international group of hackers known as Anonymous said this was

“because the Palestinian toddler’s voice was not heard
and because the world’s wicked silence was all over heard
and because we decided to be the toddler’s voice and pain
and because Israel, the criminal state, decided to set the Jewish Extremist settler who burnt the toddler alive, free we decided this OP.”

Yesterday, Israeli officials announced that a number of settlers who were arrested following the murder of a toddler and his father in an arson attack on a Palestinian home near the city of Nablus were released without charge.

The operation, #WasBurnedAlive, part of the greater #OpIsrael, started approximately 9 hours ago. At the time of writing, most of the websites were still down. List below from RedCult. Read more »

PFLP Prison Branch: Hunger strike suspended; Sa’adat to receive family visits

PRESS RELEASE
PFLP Prison Branch

Following the announcement of the planned hunger strike to begin today, the Israeli Prison Service was forced to rescind the order prohibiting imprisoned PFLP General Secretary, Comrade Ahmad Sa’adat from family visits. The first visit with his family will take place this month and the next in September, and there is a final agreement with the comrades in the PFLP’s prison branch to cancel this order on a permanent basis.

The PFLP branch in the prisons of the occupation emphasizes that the struggle inside the prisons is continuing and escalating, and that it is working in coordination with all Palestinian factions in the prisons, uniting all Palestinian prisoners, for the next stages of struggle to secure all of our demands and improve the circumstances of life for the prisoners. Therefore, the prison branch of the PFLP has suspended its decision to go on hunger strike as one faction, and will join together with the entire Palestinian prisoners’ national movement in the protest steps to come.

PFLP prisoners to launch hunger strike Tuesday

PRESS STATEMENT
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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The prison branch of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine announced their plan to launch a hunger strike on Tuesday, August 11, following the ongoing Zionist raids and attacks on Palestinian political prisoners, including imprisoned PFLP General Secretary, Comrade Ahmad Sa’adat, and the renewed order denying family visits to Comrade Sa’adat.

PFLP prisoners in all Zionist prisons will launch their strike on Tuesday morning. They will launch their strike amid an atmosphere of confrontation and struggle in the prisons, where prisoners from fellow Palestinian factions and political forces are also waging hunger strikes to resist the Zionist attacks on the achievements and rights of the prisoners won through struggle and resistance over decades. Read more »