The Massachusetts Coalition for Health Equity stands with Palestine: A call to action

On behalf of 400 medical, public health, and community leaders, the Massachusetts Coalition for Health Equity is calling on Scientific American to immediately re-publish an article on Palestine solidarity that it removed, and to end its censorship of Palestinian voices.
The Call

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Au nom de 400 dirigeants des domaines de la médecine, de la santé publique et de leaders communautaires, la coalition du Massachusetts pour l’égalité dans la santé appelle la revue Scientific American à re publier immédiatement un article un article qu’elle a retiré sur la solidarité avec la Palestine et à cesser de censurer les voix palestiniennes.
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coronavirus gaza update 18-07-21

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coronaviru gaza

Source: Ministry of Health, Gaza

Total symptomatic registered since August 2020: 5,25% of the population (114,692/2,200,000)
Total deaths since August 2020: 0.05% of the population (1,069/ 2,200,000)

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An update on Covid in Gaza

Source: Ministry of Health, Gaza

Total symptomatic registered since August 2020: 5,2% of the population (114,692/2,200,000)
Total deaths since August 2020: 0.005% of the population (1,069/ 2,200,000) and 0.9% of infected.

Notes
Two considerations are now possible:
a) luckily the crowding in shelters during attacks in May seem not have produced a further spread of serious cases and deaths.
b) in general, possibly due to the fact that the large majority of the population is under 30 in Gaza, the infection has been limited in its lethal effects, compared to other countries.
The level of positive for antibodies in the population was reported to be very high, without symptoms, before May, suggesting that a part of the population may have developed immunity without medium or serious illness.
But also the almost absolute lack of people traveling to and from the Gaza strip in the last 2 months, and the further reduction of commerce after the war has kept the infections and deaths limited.

Meanwhile Gaza received enough vaccine to cover 5% of the population, and its Medical Authorities used it to cover medical and related personnel, education personnel and fragile seniors, but far from all of these were fully covered.

When the border will reopen and people will be able to travel, the arrival of the new variants from abroad is likely and it is possible that the infection may pick up again.
The present pause in infections offers a window of time that can be precious to provide vaccines to cover a larger part of the population.

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Is the international regulation of medical complicity with torture largely window dressing? The case of Israel and the lessons of a 12-year medical ethical appeal

This is the account of an ongoing appeal initiated in 2009 by 725 doctors from 43 countries concerning medical complicity with torture in Israel. It has been underpinned by a voluminous and still accumulating evidence base from reputable international and regional human rights organisations, quoted below, and has spanned the terms of office of four World Medical Association (WMA) presidencies and two UN special rapporteurs on torture. This campaign has been a litmus test of whether international medical codes regarding doctors and torture actually matter, and are applied rigorously and even-handededly, particularly when compelling evidence incriminates a WMA member association. Our findings in the case of Israel suggest that this is not true, and that impunity largely operates. The WMA seems in partisan violation of its mandate to be the official international watchdog on the ethical behaviour of doctors. And as the IMA case demonstrates, by their inaction national medical associations or other regulatory bodies appear to function at base as buttresses and shields of the state.

https://jme.bmj.com/content/early/2021/06/14/medethics-2021-107340.full?ijkey=er9ZhGUMP4x0HAP&keytype=ref

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Health Care Workers Call for Support of Palestinians

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/health-care-workers-call-for-support-of-palestinians/

https://mondoweiss.net/2021/06/after-pressure-from-pro-israel-group-scientific-american-removes-health-care-workers-op-ed-calling-for-boycott/

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Amnesty International criticizes Israel’s closure of Palestinian health organizations

The decision of the Israeli authorities to close the headquarters of the Palestinian Health Work Committees will have dire consequences for the health needs of Palestinians throughout the occupied Palestinian territory, Amnesty International said.

https://daysofpalestine.ps/post/16784/Amnesty-International-criticizes-Israel-s-closure-of-Palestinian-health-organizations

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Health and Human Rights in Gaza: Shame on the World

want to begin by offering my greetings to all those here today. I dearly wish that conditions in Gaza were different, enabling me to share the experience of the conference directly with you by taking part directly and actively. The theme of the conference touches the policies and practice of Israeli abuse that have been victimizing the people of Gaza for such a long time. The population of Gaza already faced a lamentable situation ever since the occupation began in 1967, but it has grown far worse since the Gaza elections of 2006, as reinforced by the changes in political administration that occurred in the following year. Israel’s policies have been systematically cruel and abusive, disregarding the legal standards and moral values applicable to the behavior of an Occupying Power. These standards and values are embodied in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and International Human Rights Law (IHRL).

Read the original post here: https://richardfalk.org/2019/11/27/health-and-human-rights-in-gaza-shame-on-the-world/

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Letter to BMJ

Dear Editor

Gazan society is enduring its fifth health emergency in 12 years, and the biggest since 2014 (when Operation Protective Edge caused 2,200 deaths, destroyed 80,000 homes, and rendered 500,000 people homeless). (1) This time as before the main Shifa hospital has been overwhelmed – it received 1,948 wounded people, of whom 25% needed emergency surgery and intensive care. The Ministry of Health building, 9 hospitals, 19 clinics and the only Covid testing laboratory were all bombed and damaged or totally destroyed. (2) (3) (4) Targeting health facilities and staff is a breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention. Moreover health services continue to experience the debilitating effects of Israeli blockade, now 14 years old, which operates as a form of societal de-development.

Read the letter on: https://www.bmj.com/content/362/bmj.k3299/rr-5

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“We returned them” — Palestinians axe 1 million Pfizer dose deal with Israel

Palestinian officials cancelled an agreement with Israel to receive around a million doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine that were on the verge of expiring.

https://mondoweiss.net/2021/06/we-returned-them-palestinians-axe-1-million-pfizer-dose-deal-with-israel

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