Thousands of Palestinians participate in Betawi’s funeral in Nablus

[ PIC 06/04/2012 – 08:26 PM ]

NABLUS, (PIC)– More than 10 thousand Palestinians from the city of Nablus in the northern West Bank together with Change and Reform deputies, representatives of Palestinian Factions, delegations of West provinces and delegations of Islamic movement participated in the funeral of MP Hamed Betawi on Thursday afternoon.

The body of Sheikh Betawi was wrapped with Hamas’s banner then carried by Hamas supporters from Rafidya Hospital to the martyrs’ houses for the funeral prayer before being taken to Betawi’s native town Beta to the south of Nablus to be buried there.

During the funeral procession, in which hundreds of women also participated, mourners chanted slogans supporting Hamas and the political and national position of Sheikh Betawi, promising to continue on his path until defeating the occupation and liberating Al Aqsa Mosque. In addition, they confirmed that they will always maintain the Islamic and the national constants and follow the resistance and martyrs’ path, recalling the martyr leaders such as Sheikh Jamal Mansour and Jamal Salim…

Before transferring Betawi’s body to Nablus, crowds of people from occupied city of Jerusalem took part last night to perform the funeral prayers in Al Aqsa Mosque.

After a life full of struggle against occupation and missionary work, spells of detention in Israeli occupation jails as well as deportation, Betawi (68 years) died on Wednesday (4/4) as a result of health complications after an open-heart surgery in Makassed hospital and after being prevented by the occupation from traveling to receive treatment in Jordan.

Participants’ Eulogies

After the funeral prayer, Sheikh Maher Kharraz “Abu Taher” a leader in Hamas Movement delivered a speech in which he paid tribute to Sheikh Betawi. “Today there is sadness here on earth for the departure Sheikh Hamed, but at the same time there is joy in heavens were martyrs are waiting to receive him,” Kharraz said.

Hamed Bitawi’s brother added that Sheikh Hamed has always wished to see Palestine free before he dies, yet his people will follow his path until achieving this goal.


Ministery declares state of emergency – Photography

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”.

Not only the 7-month old baby, but 173 children died due to lack of a permit:

More Resources or related information:

  • Palestinian deaths following infringement of right to medical treatment – B’ TselemReport
  • 35 babies died at Israeli checkpoints – Report
  • Israel Kills Dialysis in Gaza – 450 Patients Lives Are In DangerReport
  • Dialysis in Paralysis | Electronic IntifadaReport
  • Factsheet on Gazan Children’s Access to Medical Care – Al Mezan | 173 children diedReport
  • UK Diplomat wife dies after forced to renew Jerusalem permitReport
  • 2 Children & Lives of Dozens of Others Endangered Israel’s Infringement of Medical CareReport
  • Infant close 2 death as Israel denies medicationReport
  • Starve Them; Shoot Them then Give Them CancerReport
  • PUT PALESTINIANS ON A DIET – Media Bury documents revealing israel’s deliberate policy of near starvation for GazaReport
  • Israel to Supreme Court to prevent exposure of document containing minimal calorie requirements for Gaza – May1, 2011Report
  • Israel Restricts the Access of Gaza Patients to Urgent Medical Treatment if their Condition is Not Life-Threatening | In violation of Medical Ethics and International Law | Al mezan | June 30, 2010Report
  • Children and Armed Conflict: Developments in the OPT | UN | April 13, 2010Report

Medical care by asked/forced collaboration

  • Palestinians hoping to leave Gaza Strip asked to collaborate with Israel – PHR Isael – Dec 28, 2011Report

Healthcare or neglect of healthcare in Prisons

  • Doctoring the Evidence Abandoning the Victim – Complicty of Israeli physicians in torture – PHRReport


  • Gaza Siege devastates Health care – Jan 2, 2011video
  • Avoidable Death of Pregnant women & their Unborn at Israeli Checkpointsvideo
  • If U have no idea about avoidable mortality by Israel’s deliberate policies: Meet BABY FIRASvideo


  • Arab-Palestinian Citizens of Israel: Discrimination in Access to Health; Lower Health – PHR – Report

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.


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?
How long so the world intervenes in this ongoing warcrime and it will be stopped once and for all?

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