Eye on Palestine – This is occupation: Deprivation of Healthcare


Sept 26, 2013 via Ahmad A Mesleh | Eye on Palestine

Qamar Shehada, a 6 months girl, on a hospital bed at the intensive care unit, in Jerusalem on Sept. 17, 2013. Israeli authorities prevented Shehada’s family to enter Jerusalem under the pretext of illegal stay in the Palestinian Authority territory while she suffering from a serious heart disease and needs more care.
Saeed Qaq Photographer

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This carnage by Israel, tolerated by United Nations which allows and even enables it’s member state ‘Israel’ to continue it’s crimes against humanity constitutes a flagrant violation of International law, Human Rights, a NATO violation of the Geneva Conventions which demand that occupiers must do everything in their power to keep their conquered subjects alive. Thus Articles 55 and 56 of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilians in Time of War  state:

Article 55

To the fullest extent of the means available to it the Occupying Power has the duty of ensuring the food and medical supplies of the population; it should, in particular, bring in the necessary foodstuffs, medical stores and other articles if the resources of the occupied territory are inadequate.

The Occupying Power may not requisition foodstuffs, articles or medical supplies available in the occupied territory, except for use by the occupation forces and administration personnel, and then only if the requirements of the civilian population have been taken into account. Subject to the provisions of other international Conventions, the Occupying Power shall make arrangements to ensure that fair value is paid for any requisitioned goods.

The Protecting Power shall, at any time, be at liberty to verify the state of the food and medical supplies in occupied territories, except where temporary restrictions are made necessary by imperative military requirements.

Article 56

To the fullest extent of the means available to it, the Occupying Power has the duty of ensuring and maintaining, with the cooperation of national and local authorities, the medical and hospital establishments and services, public health and hygiene in the occupied territory, with particular reference to the adoption and application of the prophylactic and preventive measures necessary to combat the spread of contagious diseases and epidemics. Medical personnel of all categories shall be allowed to carry out their duties.

If new hospitals are set up in occupied territory and if the competent organs of the occupied State are not operating there, the occupying authorities shall, if necessary, grant them the recognition provided for in Article 18. In similar circumstances, the occupying authorities shall also grant recognition to hospital personnel and transport vehicles under the provisions of Articles 20 and 21.

In adopting measures of health and hygiene and in their implementation, the Occupying Power shall take into consideration the moral and ethical susceptibilities of the population of the occupied territory. “ [1].

[1]. Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilians in Time of War:


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