Must read: Surgeon Dr. Mads Gilbert Shares Stories of Humanitarian Medical Work in Gaza

His presentation is 7 p.m. April 14 at Tomson Hall 280, St. Olaf College.

By Allison K. Schmitt | NorhfieldPatch | April 13, 2012

Amid falling bombs, electricity blackouts and medical personnel stretched to the breaking point, Dr. Mads Gilbert was only one of two Westerners to witness the 2008-09 Israeli bombing of Gaza.

Dr. Gilbert will talk about those harrowing days 16 days and the countless people who touched him at a free event in Northfield. His presentation is 7 p.m. April 14 at Tomson Hall 280, St. Olaf College. The event is free and open to the public. Gilbert will answer questions and sign books after his talk. Refreshments will be served.

Gilbert and Dr. Erik Fosse are co-authors of Eyes in Gaza, their day-by-day account of their experiences during “Operation Cast lead,” the Israeli military’s devastating attack on Gaza from Dec. 27, 2008, to Jan. 18, 2009. They worked around the clock with Palestinian doctors to provide medical attention to the wounded and the dying during the bombardment. They also contributed to some of the rare news reports that came out of Gaza during the assault.

The Israeli operation turned the overwhelming force of some of the world’s most deadly and sophisticated military technology against a more or less unarmed population trapped within a crowded, confined territory.

The doctors have been interviewed by the BBC, CBS, CNN, ABC, Independent, Sky News, and New York Times about their experiences.

Gilbert is professor and clinical head of emergency medicine at the University of North Norway, Tromsø. Gilbert’s clinical and professional skills and his record of international humanitarian activism and courage have led many to consider him Norway’s most celebrated surgeon.

Gilbert’s talk is sponsored by Oles for Justice in Palestine, with support from Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel. His tour in the US has been made possible by the Carol Chomsky Memorial Fund.

NJP is an ecumenical group of community members who organize local events to educate and advocate for justice and peace in Palestine/Israel. Members of the committee are available to speak about their experiences in Palestine/Israel.

Contact Jonathan or Barbara Hill at 645-7329 or for more information.

Editor’s note: Submitted by Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel

WHAT: Dr. Mads Gilbert talks about witnessing the 2008-09 Israeli bombing of Gaza
WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, April 14
WHERE: Tomson Hall 280, St. Olaf College
WHO: Free and open to the public

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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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