Oxygen for Gaza – Please donate

The situation in Gaza is worsening every day and the hospitals are running low on oxygen. Every contribution is essential and welcome.

If you are willing to donate, please make a bank transfer to:

NWRG (New Weapons Research Group) ONLUS

IBAN: IT59Y0501801400000011670924

Thanks!

A campaign in collaboration with Medical Aid for Palestine, UK to provide supplies to hospitals in Gaza.


Italian translation:

La situazione a Gaza peggiora di giorno in giorno e negli ospedali manca ossigeno. Ogni contributo è essenziale e benvenuto.

Se vuoi donare, qui ci sono le coordinate per un bonifico:

NWRG (New Weapons Research Group) ONLUS

IBAN: IT59Y0501801400000011670924

Causale: “OSSIGENO PER GAZA”

Grazie!

Campagna in collaborazione con Medical Aid for Palestine, UK per sostenere i rifornimenti agli ospedali di Gaza.

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Covid-19: the numbers in Gaza so far

 

Date Cumulative confirmed cases Active cases (includes new cases) Recovered cases New cases Deaths (total)
26/08/20 125 72 2
28/08/20 221 146 72 31 3
29/08/20 257 182 72 36 3
01/09/20 400 319 76 44 3
02/09/20 483 402 76 83 5
03/09/20 581 500 76 98 5
04/09/20 697 603 89 116 5
06/09/20 969 873 89 162 7
07/09/20 1151 1054 89 182 8
08/09/20 1269 1171 89 118 9
09/09/20 1357 1233 114 87 9
10/09/20 1551 1427 114 195 10
12/09/20 1719 1550 156 89 13
13/09/20 1819 1588 216 100 15
14/09/20 1927 1669 243 108 15
15/09/20 2006 1688 303 79 15
16/09/20 2100 1728 356 94 16
17/09/20 2176 1740 420 76 16
19/09/20 2313 1810 486 90 17
20/09/20 2358 1825 516 45 17
21/09/20 2400 1830 553 42 17
23/09/20 2518 1763 763 73 17
24/09/20 2613 1746 850 95 17
27/09/20 2791 1595 1175 66 21
28/09/20 2826 1485 1320 35 21
29/09/20 2911 1470 1420 85 21
30/09/20 2948 1332 1595 37 21
01/10/20 3075 1399 1655 127 22
02/10/20 3184 1406 1756 109 22
03/10/20 3298 1416 1860 114 22
04/10/20 3354 1396 1936 56 22
05/10/20 3427 1403 2001 73 23
06/10/20 3573 1479 2071 146 23
07/10/20 3700 1546 2131 127 23
09/10/20 3839 1557 2258 88 24
10/10/20 3897 1570 2303 58 24
11/10/20 3984 1610 2350 87 24
13/10/20 4175 1722 2427 73 26
15/10/20 4366 1738 2602 81 26
17/10/20 4526 1763 2737 86 26
18/10/20 4645 1818 2800 119 27
22/10/20 5079 1930 3120 124 29
25/10/20 5442 2013 3398 111 31
26/1020 5594 2080 3483 152 31
27/10/20 5793 2179 3583 199 31
28/10/20 5893 2205 3657 100 31
29/10/20 6169 2335 3802 276 32
30/10/20 6347 2377 3937 178 33
01/11/20 6730 2383 4331 185 34
02/11/20 7002 2549 4419 272 34
04/11/20 7512 2798 4677 281 37
05/11/20 7760 2848 4875 248 37
07/11/20 8019 2908 5074 259 37
08/11/20 8470 2955 5477 201 38
09/11/20 8740 3014 5687 270 39
10/11/20 8931 3013 5730 191 42
11/11/20 9231 3052 6136 300 43
12/11/20 9542 3080 6418 311 44
13/11/20 9816 3098 6673 274 45
14/11/20 10126 3112 6968 310 46
15/11/20 10532 3223 7261 406 48
16/11/20 10985 3366 7571 453 48
17/11/20 11471 3545 7876 486 50
18/11/20 12071 3806 8211 600 54
19/11/20 12439 3827 8556 368 56

 

Source: Palestinian Ministry of Health

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Gaza registers 87 new infections

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The Lancet censors Gaza health letter after pro-Israel pressure

With a fresh spike in the number of coronavirus infections, Gaza is yet again facing the very real prospect that its healthcare system will be overwhelmed.

Gaza is not just fighting a global pandemic. Under an Israeli blockade and successive military attacks since 2007, the coastal strip is fighting one of the highest levels of poverty and unemployment in the world as well as a crumbling infrastructure, including in its health sector.

A severe shortage of medicine and medical equipment that is directly linked to the Israeli siege could, combined with the ravages of a pandemic, threaten the health service with complete collapse.

Source: Electronic Intifada. Read the full report: https://electronicintifada.net/content/lancet-censors-gaza-health-letter-after-pro-israel-pressure/31371


Israel’s obligations to the residents of the Gaza Strip in light of the spread of COVID-19: Gisha_Adalah_Mezan_letter_April_2020_Israeli_obligation

Source: gisha.org


The situation in Gaza: coronavirus Gaza Sept 28th

Source: Palestinian Ministry of Health

 

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NEED IS URGENT OF TESTING FOR COVID IN GAZA

As from ministry of health, al mezzan, palestinian center for humar rights, all journalists networks in Palestine…(you can find the ref in their websites) the corona virus testing is stopped in Gaza because, even if WHO has provided to order testing kits, they were not allowed to enter, up to yeasterday nigth.
Further problems for testing is the lack of chemical supplies required, and that also must be imported for the lab to function, and the insufficient performance of the machinery.

This last, is an other case of the policy of “strategic insecurity and diminution of health and assistance”, and is not a negligence, but undoubtedly purposeful, as all the mechanism of blockade involving even medical supplies is willifull.

Even in the case that also this time, on the brink of the collapse, the facilities for testing will arrive and the criticality in the machinery fixed and the chemical and biological supplies required for the test filled up for a while… even in that case, can you imagine your life always tied to a string in the hands of an unfriendly party, that at the best wants you to be invisible?

I guess that is giving visibility is possibly the main task we can achieve in the immediacy as friends of Gaza to reduce this other critical situation.
Bad publicity for Israel is still (I wander for how long, seen the tiptop walk of self defined “western democracies” ) a restrain from worst, sometimes.

 

Italian Translation
Come comunicato dal ministero della salute, al mezzan, centro palestinese per i diritti umani, tutte le reti di giornalisti in Palestina… (trovate le ref nei loro siti web) testare per coronavirus si è fermato a Gaza perché, anche se l’OMS ha provveduto all’ordine kit, fino a ieri notte sono stati autorizzati a entrare. Ulteriori problemi per i test sono la mancanza di forniture chimiche necessarie, che devono anche essere importate affinché il laboratorio funzioni e le prestazioni insufficienti dei macchinari.
Quest’ultimo, è un altro caso della politica di “insicurezza strategica e diminuzione della salute e dell’assistenza”, e non è una negligenza, ma è indubbiamente intenzionale, poiché tutto il meccanismo di blocco che coinvolge anche le forniture mediche è malevolo.
Anche nel caso in cui anche questa volta, sull’orlo del collasso, arrivino i kit per i test e le criticità nei macchinari fossero risolte e le scorte di sostanze per il laboratorio necessarie per i test riempiranno per un po ‘ lo scaffale… anche in questo caso, riuscite ad immaginare la vita sempre legata a un filo nelle mani di una parte ostile, che, al massimo di ottimismo, ti vuole rendere invisibile?

Immagino che dare visibilità sia forse il compito principale che possiamo assumere nell’immediatezza come amici di Gaza per ridurre quest’altra situazione critica. La cattiva pubblicità per Israele è ancora (chissà per quanto tempo ancora, visto il cammino in punta di piedi di auto definite “democrazie occidentali”) un freno al peggio, almeno a volte.

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It Takes Time to Unravel the Ecology of War in Gaza, Palestine: Long-Term Changes in Maternal, Newborn and Toddlers’ Heavy Metal Loads, and Infant and Toddler Developmental Milestones in the Aftermath of the 2014 Military Attacks

Toxicant, teratogen and carcinogen metal war remnants negatively affect human health. The current study analyzes, first, the persistence of heavy metal contamination in newborn hair in four cohorts across time in Gaza Palestine; second, the change in mothers’ and infants’ heavy metal contamination from birth to toddlerhood; and third, the impact of heavy metal contamination on infants’ and toddlers’ growth and development. The hair of newborns was analyzed for twelve heavy metals by Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS) in cohorts recruited at delivery in 2011, 2015, 2016, and 2018–2019. In the 2015 cohort, mothers’ hair samples were taken at delivery, and toddlers and mothers hair were also analyzed 18 months later. Growth levels of infants at six months and toddlers at 18 months were assessed according to World Health Organization (WHO) standards according to a mother report and pediatric check-up, respectively. 1. The level of metal contamination in utero was persistently high across 8 years, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2019, following three major military attacks (2009, 2012, 2014). 2. The 2015 cohort babies exposed in utero to attacks in 2014 at six months showed association of high load at birth in mother of arsenic and in newborn of barium with underweight, of barium and molybdenum in newborn with stunting. 3. Eighteen months after birth, toddlers had a higher level of metals in hairs than when they were born, while, in their mothers, such levels were similar to those at delivery, confirming persistence in the environment of war remnants. Underweight and stunting, both in infants and toddlers, were higher than reported for previous years, as well as being progressive within the cohort. Severe environmental factors, metal contamination and food insecurity put Gaza’s infant health at risk.

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THE VIRUS, THE SETTLER, AND THE SIEGE GAZA IN THE AGE OF CORONA

THE GAZA STRIP is a space apart. For over a decade and a half, it has been hemmed in and besieged by Israel, abetted by Egypt in its cruel endeavor. The siege has reduced the territory’s inhabitants to the barest level of existence, even as Israel, one of the greatest military powers on earth, regularly surveilles and uses the slightest sign of resistance as a pretext to bombard the 2-million strong population. The people of Gaza live in deplorable conditions, deprived of potable water, fuel, electric power, construction materials, and a vast range of ordinary goods, while waiting for another Israeli escalation. Immobilized in an area of 360 square miles, they are robbed of the ability to travel and of most other elements of human freedom.

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Refugee Camps At Risk: A reportage by Mondoweiss

For the first time in months, Palestinian refugee camps are seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases raising concerns over the potentially devastating effects the virus can have on disadvantaged communities like the Dheisheh refugee camp.

Find here the reportage

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At least 50 factories have closed as a result of Covid-19 in Gaza

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COVID 19: THE SITUATION IN GAZA – UPDATE

29-8-2020
*🇵🇸Palestinian MOH*
29- 8-2020  8:00PM
*COVID-19 daily updates in Gaza strip.*

🏻 *Total number of quarantined*: *2386*

🏻 *Comulative  confirmed cases:*  *257*

🏻 *Active cases:*  *182*
🔸 *New cases:* 36*

–  *Local :* *145*
– *Imported* *37*

🏻  *Recovered cases:*
-Total : *72*

🏻  *Deaths:*
– *Total:*  *3

New cases within the community “daily”

 

PALESTINIAN CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
To United Nations Special Procedures Division Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations Office at Geneva CH-1221 Geneva 10 Switzerland
Date: 29 August 2020
Urgent Appeal to the United Nations Special Procedures on the Deterioration of the Situation in the Gaza Strip Amidst the Outbreak of COVID-19 and Tightening of the Blockade.

1. Call on Israel, the occupying power, to ensure the supply of the necessary medications and medical equipment necessary for the treatment of COVID-19 patients to hospitals in the Gaza Strip in accordance with its obligations under international law. 2. Demand Israel to remove recent restrictions imposed on the Gaza Strip, and allow the entry of fuel required to operate the Gaza Power Plant to improve the functioning of Gaza’s health care system. 3. Further demand Israel to rescind all existing restrictions on the transfer of medical equipment and spare parts for this equipment from and Strip, and not to classify them as dual-use items. 4. Pressure Israel to allow the passage of medical teams to and from the Gaza Strip, and ensure passage without delay for Gaza residents in need of medical care for COVID-19 outside the Gaza Strip, whether in Israeli hospitals, West Bank hospitals, or abroad. 5. Call upon the international community to provide aid to hospitals in the Gaza Strip immediately to combat the spread of COVID-19.
See in website for full text

 

Opinion

https://mondoweiss.net/2020/08/with-covid-19-cases-now-in-a-refugee-camp-how-equipped-is-the-gaza-strip-to-handle-critical-cases/?utm_source=mailpoet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily-email-mailpoet

Jewish Voice for Peace Health Advisory Council weekly Covid 19 timeline
https://www.jvphealth.org/covid-19

 

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