Action Alert ▶ Gaza Health Care is in Danger – in pictures

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ICRC – Jan 26, 2012

There are restrictions on importing medical supplies into the Gaza Strip, leading to frequent shortages of essential disposables and drugs. This is having a serious impact on thousands of patients, especially those with kidney failure or cancer. To make matters worse, the power supply is intermittent and the voltage fluctuates. This can disrupt life-saving health care, sometimes forcing patients to restart their treatment.

Source ICRC

Geneva Convention

Articles 55 and 56 of the Fourth Geneva Convention clearly establish that Israel, as the occupying power, not only has a duty to ensure medical supplies reach hospitals in the OPT, but to ensure and maintain the services of the hospitals too. As High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions, other states not only have a moral duty but also a legal obligation to ensure Israel abides by its commitments to the protected population of the OPT.

UN Convention of the Rights of the Child

As a States Party to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Israel is obliged under Article 24 of the treaty to recognise the right of every child under its effective jurisdiction “to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health and to facilities for the treatment of illness and rehabilitation of health. States Parties shall strive to ensure that no child is deprived of his or her right of access to such health care services”.

The Israel Project

On the website of the Israel Project, the occupying authority is boasting about the 5 year old child Niyha from Bethlehem, getting her do in Jerusalem hospital and even made her picture, picture of the day. Because Israel wants the world to believe they are the saviours of mankind, by even exploiting a child in need of dialysis and making a PR campaign for their own image, while depriving 450 others in Gaza of every supply like filters or fluids not for some years as well, putting them now in such a crisis that their lives is in danger. So much for the picture of the day, it does not make a real great statement of altruism Israel!

Dialysis in Paralysis

Electronic intifada previously brought an article about the effects of the siege for patient in need of dialysis. Dialysis in Paralysis. Not only the lack of dialysis fluid, filters, but also cuts of electricity make treatment of patients impossible. The daily powercuts presviously forced the Gaza Health officials to cut back on the number of dialysis-treatments and the problem remains persistent now Gaza already over 3 weeks lacks electricty because Israel refuses repairs to the main power line supplying Gaza with enough power to guarantee a minimum acceptable level.

Silent Genocide

Beware of the tendency of the occupier, which loves to display the  targeted and confirmed “damage”. The bodycount. Genocide or manslaught can happen in various ways and these imply not only violence by shooting, bombing or abuse but deprivation as well. The passive aggression. This passive  aggression causes excess death also known as avoidable mortality.  Causing an est. of 5000 deaths a year in the occupied territories due to deliberate deprivation of basic needs, of which dialysis or other kinds of treatments and healthcare are included.

Ethnic Cleansing

You can forget all details. It is all about ethnic cleansing in which “Israel” reinvented and improved all possible kinds of deprivation, which cause 1 in 6 (so 1 million) Jewish people to die during WWII due to the similar deprivation tactics of the Nazis and applies them nowadays in 2011 to the Palestinians. The avoidable mortality due to the deliberate neglect or deprivation of basic needs since 1967 is estimated on 0,5 million deaths in Palestine, of which 0,3 million below the age of 5.  Not only by lacking filters or fluid for dialysis but also by depriving or deliberately polluting water, cutting electricty, obstructing healthcare but also by facist policies of near starvation.

Hostage of Politics

Many many delegations and officials have been touring around in this dialysis ward in Khan Younis hospital and no one can deny no longer there is a severe crisis going on (for years now) in which the biased media keeps pointing fingers at Hamas or the PA, whatever is convenient. While the real root of the evil is being silenced namely, the lack of pressure of politics to sanction or to enforce the law on the neglect of obeying Israel to it’s obligations as an occupier making the patients who are already in enough suffering literally a hostage of their own bodies toxication but also of the ongoing harassment of politics and facist regulations of Israeli policies.

In the meanwhile the same politicians and their governments only keep sustaining this situation for over 64 years now making them as complicit as the transgressing occupier itself. Human rights are inalienable and also should be effectuated for Palestinians who suffer of an illness.

Worse than it this story already sounds is the fact that the overall deliberate character of policies is widely silenced and/or ignored. Israel has been very succesful as well in muting the truth by all means. Even if this means pulling the switch of the power so dialysis machines stop working, but this is only 1 tiny aspect of the real scam which Netanyahu even wants to hide:  the whole occupation! Wishful thinking of a narcissistic oppressor but no go. Hasbara is dying faster than these dialysis patients will do.

The hypocrisy surfaces in mainstream media, when the deliberate deprivation of medical care causes damage to a pregnant US citizen which gets X-rayed three times at a checkpoint or only when like last week Israel’s own moral army lies itself into (for normal human beings) unacceptable terms of human and moral understanding in obstructing medical aid to an unarmed protester, Mustafa Tamimi who got shot in the head with a tear gas cannister of which he  died.

Silence is complicity

Again the world’s humanitarian “forces” like UN showed their real face when at the scene a woman begged a passing by UN delegation sitting in a car: “Can you stop it?  Can you help?  They shot a man in the head”  but the United Nations, in this case special Rapporteur to UN La Rue (excelling in Free speech but not when in Israel apparently) drove away and not even bothered to see if any aid/help or intervention could save a life over there. (Video at 7 minutes you can watch the scene)

Human rights should prevail in all cases, for all people, all races because the is only one race, the human race, so also for Palestinians without empty closet exclusion only enforced by the lack of acting of world’s powers against a disengaged occupier.

Action Alert

We call on all to spread this appeal, to call your representatives, to share this post to all your friends, networks to raise awareness. Let’s end the silence end these deprivations which already have cost too many people’s lives to begin with. We can not get them back, but surely we have to pu all energy and all efforts possible to prevent more avoidable deaths and Palestinians will be assured to receive the care they are entitled to.

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While in the horrible holocaust, 1 in 6, so 1 million people died of the Nazi but exactly similar deliberate deprivation, Israel is doing exactly the same to Palestinians. Research (see link below) showed the annual deathrate by violent & passive aggression is about 5000 deaths a year. Called Avoidable mortality or Excess Death.

█▌ For the sake of children and ill people in Palestine, share this post as wide as you can and keep sharing it. Health is no choice for many, right to medical care is a Human Right. Infringement of such is a passive form of aggression which policies Israel deliberately deploys with the intention to ethnic cleanse.

  • More about Avoidable Mortality – Research
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Due to unbelievable & increasing shocking news like this, this post will be updated continuously the coming days with related news and more resources. Please keep checking for updates.

How many more dead corpses of Palestinians and their children does the international community need to see in order to act? How many more cruelties and violations of Human Rights, Regulations and International Law will be needed to intervene so this ongoing warcrime is being stopped once and for all.

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