Riyad al-Maliki: Is the Palestinian Authority still relevant?

Al Jazeera: https://www.aljazeera.com/program/talk-to-al-jazeera/2021/5/22/riyad-al-maliki-is-the-palestinian-authority-still-relevant

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Video: World stands with Palestine

Demonstrations for Palestinans all over the world
Source: https://electronicintifada.net/content/video-world-stands-palestine/33166

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Kashmir and Palestine: archives of coloniality and solidarity

What features of contemporary coloniality emerge if we examine geopolitical alliances across settler and ‘post’ colonial contexts? What forms of solidarity become necessary in the context of these colonialities? Referencing the historical and contemporary features of the occupations of Kashmir & Palestine, the introduction to this special issue makes the case for naming the states of India and Israel as part of a contemporary geocolonial formation. Naming and framing require understanding present forms of coloniality and reflexive solidarity. The essays in this special issue form an archive of coloniality and solidarity through which the authors examine the minutiae of living and of dying, of assembling archives from below, and of building and decolonising solidarities across Kashmir & Palestine.

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Physicians in Gaza recount airstrikes on clinics, medical staff

Israeli attacks on Gaza decimated the health sector, which included destroying doctors’ ability to confront COVID-19.

The Latest:

333,809 Palestinians tested positive for COVID-19; 325,474 recoveries; 3,720 deaths
Of those who tested positive, 198,560 live in the West Bank, 106,408 live in the Gaza Strip, and 28,841 live in East Jerusalem
839,263 Israelis tested positive for COVID-19; 832,295 recoveries; 6,396 deaths

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At 02:00 on 21 May, a ceasefire entered into effect between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in Gaza, bringing to an end the hostilities that began on 10 May.
The attacks ended leaving 243 civilian victims: 66 children, 39 women, 17 elders, and 1910 wounded.

Here a complete report of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territory:

Escalation in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and Israel | Flash Update #11 covering 12:00 20 May – 12:00 21 May

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Some information sources about the situation in Gaza


Al Mezzan

Medact, UK

Richard Falk


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Help alleviate the immediate suffering of the people of Gaza and to recover from the extended damages to health facilities


Child rescued from under the rubble of his house, May 16, 2021
Source- Days of Palestine

The Israeli operation “Guardians of the Wall” left more than 1442 wounded, and 213 dead by the morning of May 18th. Almost half of the dead are women (36), children (61), elderly (16). At least half of the injured are women and children.

These last most often require surgical operations and intensive care, and all need antibiotics and antipyretics and pain relievers. These are lacking. The suffering of those injured and the risk that they will not make it have increased.

The only biological and covid testing, laboratory, was destroyed on May 17, 6 Hospitals, 9 clinics were severely attacked and unable to function. The machinery and already scarce supplies within were destroyed. The local building of the Ministry of Health was bombed.

From Gaza, hospitals are asking for international help. They do not have capacity to take care of the victims of this latest massacre, nor to rehabilitate the lost facilities.

We launch this appeal for massive help, that will be delivered quickly, with your generosity. We aim to raise at least 200.000 euros in two weeks, primarily for oxygen, intensive care medicines, basic biological laboratory instruments.

Please donate
through Paypal to newweapons@libero.it
– through a bank transfer to account: IBAN IT59Y0501801400000011670924 to NWRG (NewWeapons Research Group) ONLUS

We are a voluntary, no-profit association of professionals and academics.
Our websites: www.newweapons.org and www.we4gaza.org

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Open letter to the British Medical Journal

Cutting off Al Shifa hospital, a military surgical job
March 16, 2021, it happens in Gaza

Up to 9 pm ET of may 16, they are still digging up the victims of the attacks last night on the populated road al Wahda Street, leading to the main and emergency ambulances entrance of the al Shifa hospital.

Shifa is the only hospital equipped for emergency assistance, both in term of personnel, instruments and space. It has received over 490 seriously wounded of the total 1235 wounded in the last few days, and is struggling to cope. There is no other facility capable to cope with this amount of wounded all together, or the needed technical tools anywhere else in the Gaza strip.

In the past few days, the roads near the side entrances of the hospital were bombed, making roads unavailable for traffic, and also destroying the bank on the right side and affecting a major medical supplies store on the left side of main entrance.

Last night, a massive attack destroyed al-Wahda Street leading to the hospital. Several buildings were bombed, apparently no warning signal was given and entire families where buried while asleep. Search and rescue is still going on at 9pm, because people nearby were convinced there could be other families of residents under the rubble.

Below is a partial list of those killed with their age and names, with rising numbers. By this time the number of killed according to the Ministry of Health, has risen to 47, of which 16 were women and 10 children.. Among them are the families of 2 doctors, numbers 10 and 13 on the list. They were Dr Moen Al-Aloul, a retired psychiatrist, killed with his wife Mrs Raja’ Abu-Alouf a devoted psychologist and all their 5 children, and Dr Ayman Abu Al-Ouf, an internal medicine consultant with his wife and two children. Of the 50 seriously wounded, most were women and children

This was the most lethal single attack in these 6 days and its possible motivation was to block the wounded from hospital access.

So far the total casualty and death toll in Gaza over the last six days, since 10 May 2021, is 192 dead, of which 34 were women and 58 children, and 1235 were wounded; UN reports that about 30.000 were made homeless and displaced. Ten families of multiple generations were totally annihilated – with no survivors.

The road to the hospital has been destroyed and so now there is no way for ambulances to reach Shifa. The rescuers have to walk carrying the wounded over the rubble for at least a few hundred meters. Even the emergency supplies for the functioning of the hospital had to be manually carried over the rubble. The hospital by now has corridors lined with stretchers with wounded people. Most of the wounded that underwent surgery needed intensive care treatment, as the Director of Surgery Dr Marwan Abu Sada reported this evening, and these were already filled with Covid patients. Few spare ventilators could be found and Covid patients had to be moved to make space for the wounded patients that underwent serious surgeries. All supplies are scarce, and disposables had to be reused.

In addition, two small private clinics in al-Wahda street which were helping the wounded were also destroyed.

Shifa Hospital itself has not been bombed. This was to avoid a huge outcry from the international community. There was an attempt to do that in 2014 under the pretense that Hamas leaders were hiding in it. The ICRC exposed it as a lie, so the pretext for destroying Shifa Hospital was aborted.

Yet, blocking the wounded from receiving urgent life-saving care is an equally unacceptable way of creating more deaths and creates more stress to the hospital. Families will have to watch their loved ones die when the hospital is blocked.

We cry out in anguish for the lives of people and colleagues directly killed. We are outraged at these deliberate military “surgical strikes” around the hospital killing so many and doubtlessly more in the coming days, due to the access roads to the hospital being destroyed.

We denounce these crimes. We hope that you will give maximum visibility to this killing of innocent civilians and to the deliberate obstruction of the wounded from reaching help by bombing the road to the hospital and the structures around it.

Please help to spread this message.

On behalf of many European and US colleagues of the al Shifa doctors and personnel


List of victims at 2pm of may 16, from MoH

1 .عبد الحميد فواز الكولك 22 عاما
2.أمين محمد الكولك 85 عاما
3.محمد عوني الكولك17 عاما
4.آيات إبراهيم الكولك19 عاما
5. احمد شكري الكولك 17 عاما
6. ريهام فواز الكولك 30 عاما
7.فواز شكري الكولك 55 عاما
8.روان علاء أبو العوف 19 عاما
9.ديما رامي الفرنجي 16 عاما
10.معين أحمد العالول 66 عاما
11.لؤي محمد عودة 54 عاما
12.حازم عادل القمع 48 عاما
13. الدكتور في قسم الباطنة أيمن أبو العوف 50 عاما
14.أمل جميل الكولك 34 عاما
15.سامح فواز الكولك 28 عاما
16.سعدية يوسف الكولك 28 عاما
17.عزت معين الكولك 44 عاما
18.الطفل آدم عزت الكولك 3 أعوام
19.الرضيع قصي سامح الكولك عام واحد
20.الطفل آدم عزت الكولك 3 أعوام
21.الطفل زيد عزت الكولك 8 أعوام
22.طاهر شكري الكولك 23 عاما
23. الطفل زين رياض اشكنتنا 8 سنوات
24.الطفل يحي رياض اشكنتنا 5 سنوات
25.الطفلة دانا رياض اشكنتنا 9 أعوام
26.عبير نمر اشكنتنا 30 عاما

1. Alan Meyers, MD,MPH, USA
2. Alice Rothchild, MD, USA
3. Amy Alpert CCC/SLP, USA
4. Bruno Cigliano, Pediatric Surgeon, Italy
5. Carla Ciccone, Gynecologist, Italy
6. Colin Green, Professor of Surgical Science, UK
7. Franco Camadona, Gynecologist, Italy
8. Gianni Tognoni,. MD, Italy
9. Guido Veronese, Prof. Clinical Psychology, Italy
10. Hans Husum, surgeon, PhD, Norway
11. Iain Chalmers, MD, Retired health services researcher, Uk
12. Jewish Voice for Peace Health Advisory Council, USA
13. Mariagiulia Agnoletto, Psychiatrist -Italy
14. Marina Rui, Prof. Chemistry, Italy
15. Maxine Fookson, RN, MN, USA
16. Paola Manduca, Geneticist, Italy
17. Peter H. S. Sporn, MD, USA
18. Rachel Rubin, MD, MPH, FACP, USA
19. Raija-Leena Punamäki-Gitai , PhD, MBA, prof.Phycology, Finland
20. Sergio Dagostino, , Pediatric Surgeon, Italy
21. Silvana Agatone, Gynecologist, president of Nat. Assoc. Laiga, Italy
22. Stefania Papa, Associate Professor of Ecology, Italy
23. Swee Ang, Orthopaedic Surgeon, UK
24. Trude Bennett, DrPH, USA
25. Vittorio Agnoletto, Prof. Global and Public Health, Italy

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“Hundreds of injured people to be cared for in our crowded hospitals which are desperately short of many supplies”

A letter from Dr Abu Jamei, Director General of the Gaza Community Mental Health Programme.

After Saturday’s bombing raids in the heart of Gaza City killing at least 43 people including 10 children and 16 women, Gazans are once again struggling with traumatic memories. The atrocities that are happening now bring memories. Israeli planes have shattered our families so many terrifying and memorable times for decades. For instance, over and over again for three weeks during Cast Lead in December 2008 and January 2009; seven weeks in July and August 2014.

Collapsed buildings’ blocks and gaping holes in Alwehdah Street where there was normal life a week ago are traumatic sights, triggering memories of those earlier atrocities.

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Covid: update on situation in Gaza

Source: Ministry of Health, last update May 16th.
Note: the overall data for the past seven days is not reliable, due to the aggression on Gaza, involving damage by bombing of the testing laboratory, impossibility to move in the Strip and reduced capability of patients to reach hospital in the context of heavy bombing and destruction of many roads, preventing access to the main hospital hub for covid patients, Shifa hospital. Also, data was not issued for some of these days.

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