GAZA UNDER BLOCKADE AND COVID19

ANTEFACT

Since the 5th of March, Gaza health authorities imposed a strict protocol and built facilities, trained personnel to prevent infection by Covid19 and avoid the risk of its arrival in the Strip from abroad.

Gaza, the sieged one, imposed self-closure and anti-epidemy rules at entry, being well aware that it would be impossible to prevent, care, cure and save lives if the virus entered in the community.

You can find the summary of the measures taken since March 5 in the file Cor.Eng.17-8, the report issued by the ministry of Health on August 17.

Till then no community case was detected in Gaza and all people carriers were from abroad and were intercepted at the border entering 21-28 days of quarantine.

This was, at a high cost of reorganization, work and resources but it succeeded to be an effective barrier to the virus for 5 and half months.

Meanwhile the population of Gaza was severely hit by a collective punishment by Israeli, with cut in gasoline entry since august 12, and of electricity, thus of health and community services, of water supply and up to two days ago also to the block of entry of charity funds for the poorest families.

On the 27od august though the first 4 cases of infected people were detected in the community.

As you can read in the references and documents, more cases were found each day and not only in one place, as hoped initially, but spread and deaths started to occur in proportion. Now there is the attempt to identify and delimit the spread, but cases are rising (see the MOH report on august 28 below)

Given the chronic lack of medical facilities and tools in situation of Gaza, severily aggravated by the poverty that imposes to most of the people to work for food on a daily basis, the communal living in large families, lack even of water, the prevention by distancing and hygiene are almost impossible for many.

We said long since, at least till 2014 that there is a strategy to keep the whole population of Gaza under the heel by chronically denying/restricting health and basic resources. Meanwhile the international community is cornered to the humanitarian ground of paying the costs of the occupation, while not free to plan for it, as is by now a shared complain by most of the helping actors, and of UN agencies.

Palestinian human rights and legal associations and journalists are denouncing the situation and opened more channels of information.

In order to follow the health crisis but also the reiterated and persisting crime against the civilians of the occupation, we try to put in one place documents, updates, and news and tools that are available on the issue of Covid and in general health in Gaza.

These will be from many contributors and hopefully we will updat every 3 days from now onwards.

If you have more news, details, links and analysis on this topic, please send them yourself to we4gaza@gmail.com

If possible we will use them in this special page

But first please have a look to this video, a contribution that works as introduction.

Live follow up

Journalist from Gaza

You are invited to know about the updates on the situation in the Gaza Strip in light of the outbreak of coronavirus and the possible scenarios due to the lack of medical equipment in the strip.

The live will be on Days of Palestine Facebook page. Follow and stay tuned
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28/8/2020

The news From 🇵🇸Palestinian MOH – 28- 8-2020  8:00PM COVID-19 daily updates in Gaza strip

🏻Total number of quarantined: 2334

🏻Home quarantine for close contact: 520

🏻Comulative confirmed cases: 221

🏻Active cases: 146

🔸New cases: 31

– Local : 109

– Imported 37

🏻 Recovered cases:

-Total : 72

🏻 Deaths:

– Total: 3

27/8/2020

https://who18.createsend.com/t/ViewEmail/j/4D4D915AA96443FA2540EF23F30FEDED/C67FD2F38AC4859C/?tx=0&previewAll=1&print=1&source%E2%80%A6

26/8/2020
🇵🇸Palestinian MOH-Gaza – 26- 8-2020  1:00PM – Coronavirous daily updates in Gaza strip

🏻Returnees to quarantine 2275 in different centres.

🏻125 total confirmed cases.

🏻72 recovered  cases.

🏻Confirmed  cases 51

14   new cases discovered withithin community

37 cases among returnees from out side Gaza.

🏻Death  2.

في ثلاثاء، ٢٥ آب، ٢٠٢٠ في ٢:٤٥ م،

CIR urges int’l community to help Gaza survive impending disaster

Council on International Relations – Palestine urged the international community to urgently help the Gaza Strip survive an impending disaster, after cases of Coronavirus registered for the first time among the community.

The Council said in a statement issued, Wednesday, that the crime of the strict Israeli siege imposed on Gaza for 14 years destroyed the health and service sectors, leading to a serious disaster.

The CIR called on international institutions to speed up the rescue and help the Strip with the supplies necessary to face the crisis in light of the crumbling health system due to the Israeli siege.

The Council called on the international community to put pressure on the Israeli occupation to lift this siege, especially in these critical circumstances that the Strip is going through, and to shoulder its responsibility towards the area it occupies.

“We warn of the consequences of the spread of the virus in the Gaza Strip, and hold the Israeli occupation fully responsible for any catastrophe that afflicts the Gaza Strip”, the Council warned.

The Ministry of Health in the besieged Gaza Strip on Monday registered cases from the coronavirus pandemic for the first time among the community. The authorities in the enclave imposed a two-day lockdown as part of measures to stem the virus spread.

Associations and news updates

https://gisha.org/

https://www.map.org.uk/#:~:text=Medical%20Aid%20for%20Palestinians%20(MAP,of%20the%20Palestinian%20healthcare%20system.

https://www.pchrgaza.org/en/?p=14968

http://www.mezan.org/en/post/23788

http://mezan.org/en/post/23784

https://daysofpalestine.com/post/14884/Epidemiology-Committee-The-epidemic-map-is-too-complex-in-Gaza-Strip

Official UN

WHO

https://reliefweb.int/report/occupied-palestinian-territory/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-situation-report-41-occupied

UNHRC July 17, 2020

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=26111&LangID=E

UN Covid PLAN

https://www.unodc.org/unodc/press/releases/2020/March/covid-19-global-humanitarian-response-plan.html

UNWRA

https://www.unrwa.org/covid_19

Covid situation in Gaza

Ministry of Health Gaza – updated 26 August 2020
*🇵🇸Palestinian MOH-Gaza*
26- 8-2020  1:00PM
*💫Coronavirous daily updates in Gaza strip.*
👉🏻 Returnees to quarantine 2275 in different centres.
👉🏻125 total confirmed cases.
👉🏻72 recovered  cases.
👉🏻Confirmed  cases 51
  *14   new cases discovered withithin community
 *37 cases among returnees from out side Gaza.
👉🏻Death  2.
في ثلاثاء، ٢٥ آب، ٢٠٢٠ في ٢:٤٥ م،
*CIR urges international community to help Gaza survive impending disaster*
Council on International Relations – Palestine urged the international community to urgently help the Gaza Strip survive an impending disaster, after cases of Coronavirus registered for the first time among the community.
The Council said in a statement issued, Wednesday, that the crime of the strict Israeli siege imposed on Gaza for 14 years destroyed the health and service sectors, leading to a serious disaster.
The CIR called on international institutions to speed up the rescue and help the Strip with the supplies necessary to face the crisis in light of the crumbling health system due to the Israeli siege.
The Council called on the international community to put pressure on the Israeli occupation to lift this siege, especially in these critical circumstances that the Strip is going through, and to shoulder its responsibility towards the area it occupies.
“We warn of the consequences of the spread of the virus in the Gaza Strip, and hold the Israeli occupation fully responsible for any catastrophe that afflicts the Gaza Strip”, the Council warned.
The Ministry of Health in the besieged Gaza Strip on Monday registered cases from the coronavirus pandemic for the first time among the community. The authorities in the enclave imposed a two-day lockdown as part of measures to stem the virus spread.

Letter to Italian Foreign Ministry – ITALIAN AND ENGLISH

Al Ministero degli Affari Esteri e della Cooperazione Internazionale della Repubblica Italiana

all’attenzione:

  • del Ministro Luigi Di Maio

  • delle Vice Ministre Emanuela Claudia Del Re e Marina Sereni

  • dei Sottosegretari Manlio Di Stefano, Ricardo Antonio Merlo e Ivan Scalfarotto

e p.c.

Al presidente del Consiglio Giuseppe Conte

26 agosto, 2020

Gentilissimi/e,

Siamo associazioni coinvolte da anni nella solidarietà internazionale, in particolare verso il popolo palestinese. Il nostro lavoro volontario è rivolto a sostenere i diritti della popolazione palestinese: vita materiale, salute fisica e mentale e istruzione/cultura in Palestina. Conosciamo quindi abbastanza bene la situazione in quella terra e di quella popolazione e gli eventi della storia recente.

Vi scriviamo dopo aver letto il comunicato della Farnesina del 14 agosto (1) sulla normalizzazione dei rapporti tra Israele ed Emirati Arabi Uniti e sulla “sospensione” dell’applicazione della sovranità dello Stato Israeliano su territori occupati illegittimamente ed illegalmente, un comunicato in cui si auspica che ciò serva a riaprire un dialogo Israelo-Palestinese per la soluzione genericamente detta di “due stati”.

Vorremmo che finalmente si uscisse dalla vaghezza sulla questione, e si smettesse solo di invocare una soluzione impossibile nello status quo sul terreno, vorremmo che si tenesse conto che dopo 27 anni di “dialogo” la persistente occupazione ha creato una situazione in cui i territori della Cisgiordania e Gaza, sono stati definitivamente separati con muri e barriere in modo che non ci possa essere né continuità territoriale né movimenti di persone o cose, se non in casi molto rari.

Oggi, lo stato israeliano non riconosce le sue frontiere e continua ad occupare porzioni crescenti di territorio palestinese. All’interno della Cisgiordania occupata, sono stati incuneati innumerevoli insediamenti illegali, 700.000 coloni e strade ad essi riservate, creando una situazione per cui neanche la Cisgiordania stessa ha continuità territoriale ma risulta frammentata in zone, circondate da muro e/o interrotte da territorio “riservato e militarizzato”.

Gerusalemme Est è soggetta a demolizioni di case palestinesi ed è isolata dalla Cisgiordania, e persino la possibilità di accedere alla moschea di Al Aqsa non è garantita.

In Cisgiordania si sono rese più frequenti demolizioni di case e micro e macro spostamenti forzati di palestinesi avvengono quotidianamente; cosi anche. le incursioni militari con abusi su civili, e lo spostamento illegale, compreso di bambini e donne, nelle prigioni israeliane dove sono incarcerati e spesso abusati fisicamente e psicologicamente, per lo più spesso senza imputazioni (detenzioni amministrative). Interi villaggi sono sotto minaccia da parte di coloni armati, che occupano, bruciano alberi e picchiano quotidianamente i contadini.

Ai Palestinesi è precluso il diritto al ritorno nelle terre di origine (2).

La popolazione di Gaza, fisicamente isolata da 13 anni, e le cui strutture civili (abitazioni, scuole, ospedali, strade, fognature, sistemi idrico ed elettrico) sono state distrutte ripetutamente e ampiamente dalle operazioni militari israeliane, non ha mai potuto vivere più di qualche mese senza crisi, a causa del continuo impedimento all’ingresso di beni essenziali (medicine, gas, elettricità). Quando a Gaza la popolazione ha scelto di manifestare in massa nel 2018, abbracciando forme di resistenza pacifica per rendere nota al mondo la situazione, la risposta è stata quella di attacchi “preventivi” da parte di cecchini, che hanno provocato 278 vittime, 17.000 feriti e circa 3.000 disabili a vita; tra le vittime anche disabili senza arti, bambini, paramedici e giornalisti, tutti ben identificabili dai militari. Oggi Gaza è sempre più strettamente assediata, attualmente sotto bombardamento da giorni, sprofondata in una crisi, a cui si è aggiunta anche la pandemia. Le risposte a queste crisi sono affidate all’intervento umanitario internazionale, sottoposto anch’esso tuttavia all’arbitrio del governo israeliano che centellina anche la possibilità per bambini gravemente malati di essere sottoposti a terapie essenziali alla sopravvivenza in strutture idonee.

Tutti questi comportamenti dell’occupante sono crimini secondo la legislazione e convenzioni internazionali, tra cui crimine di apartheid, di punizione collettiva, crimini contro l’umanità, come da definizioni della legislazione internazionale e dai documenti ufficiali e report di esperti dell’ONU e delle sue Agenzie (2-5)e sono attualmente all’esame della Corte Penale Internazionale per la Palestina oltre ad essere state documentate in un gran numero di documenti dettagliati dell’ONU e di associazioni israeliane, palestinesi ed internazionali.

Il fatto che questi crimini avvengano quasi quotidianamente dovrebbe essere oggetto di denuncia e sanzioni da parte della comunità internazionale verso Israele, e non garantire immunità, e men che meno può dare credibilità ad un dialogo già protrattosi proditoriamente per 27 anni.

In questo preoccupante contesto, dunque, la normalizzazione dei rapporti tra Israele e gli Emirati Arabi Uniti, non può nascondere il permanere di uno stato di fatto che comprime pesantemente e nega i diritti dell’intero popolo palestinese e prolunga indefinitamente le condizioni di instabilità dell’intera area. Per altro la sospensione della estensione di sovranità su una consistente parte del territorio occupato illegalmente, non sta cambiando le attività di espansione sul terreno né la decisione dell’attuale governo israeliano di estendere su di esso la piena sovranità, come ha precisato subito il primo ministro Netanyahu, ma semplicemente ne rinvia l’applicazione.

Crediamo quindi che l’Italia e l’intera Europa non possano limitarsi a dichiarazioni di auspicio, o peggio di plauso, ma debbano impegnare tutto il loro peso politico, morale ed anche economico e commerciale per imporre il rispetto dei diritti dei popoli e il raggiungimento di una pace che soddisfi tali diritti e non essere acquiescenti allo status quo della occupazione e annessione.

Come cittadini/e italiani/e, attenti alle vicende del popolo palestinese, vorremmo avere la possibilità di una interlocuzione con Voi per chiedere prese di posizione concrete mirate a porre fine alle discriminazioni, agli arbitri e spesso a vere e proprie persecuzioni a danno del popolo palestinese. Analoga azione stiamo proponendo insieme alle altre Associazioni per la Poalestina componenti il Coordinamento europeo, negli altri Paesi Europei e presso le Istituzioni comunitarie, mentre iniziative simili sono intraprese a livello internazionale da numerose associazioni di ebrei.

In attesa di un vostro riscontro, che ci auguriamo sia accompagnato da una data per un appuntamento telematico, inviamo cordiali saluti

NWRG-onlus– Presidente Prof. Paola Manduca, tel 3472540531,  newweapons@libero.it ; newweapons@pec.libero.it 

Associazione giuristi democratici

Associazione Oltre il Mare

Parallelo Palestina

Salaam Ragazzi dell’Olivo Comitato di Trieste

Salaam Ragazzi dell’Olivo-Milano

  

  1. https://www.esteri.it/mae/it/sala_stampa/archivionotizie/comunicati/accordo-di-normalizzazione-delle-relazioni-fra-israele-ed-emirati-arabi-uniti.html

  2. Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rightshttps://www.un.org/en/udhrbook/pdf/udhr_booklet_en_web.pdf
  3. Richard Falk’s report – Gaza 2009: the blockade constitutes a war crime of great magnitude *** UN-Truth 2010
  4. https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/RegularSessions/Session44/Documents/A_HRC_44_60.pdf
  5. ESCWA report 2017- https://www.unescwa.org/publications/annual-report-2017
  6. Article II of the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid (1973)- https://treaties.un.org/doc/publication/unts/volume%201015/volume-1015-i-14861-english.pdf
  7. Charter of the United Nations (1945), the Universal Declaration ofHuman Rights (1948)- Charter  https://www.un.org/en/sections/un-charter/un-charter-full-text/, and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (1965)- https://www.ohchr.org/en/professionalinterest/pages/cerd.aspx

To the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Italian Republic

to the attention:

– by Minister Luigi Di Maio

– of the Deputy Ministers Emanuela Claudia Del Re and Marina Sereni

– of Undersecretaries Manlio Di Stefano, Ricardo Antonio Merlo and Ivan Scalfarotto

and p.c.

To the Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte

August 26, 2020

Dear / s,

We are associations involved for years in international solidarity, in particular towards the Palestinian people. Our voluntary work is aimed at supporting the rights of the Palestinian population: material life, physical and mental health and education / culture in Palestine. We therefore know quite well the situation in that land and that population and the events of recent history.

 

We are writing to you after reading the press release from the Farnesina of August 14 (1) on the normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and on the “suspension” of the application of the sovereignty of the Israeli state over illegitimately and illegally occupied territories, a press release in which was expressed hope that this will serve to reopen an Israeli-Palestinian dialogue for the generically called “two-state” solution.

 

We would like our Government to finally get out of the vagueness on the issue, and stop just calling for a solution impossible in the status quo on the ground; we would like it be taken into account that after 27 years of “dialogue” the persistent occupation has created a situation in which the territories of the West Bank and Gaza have been definitively separated with walls and barriers so that there can be neither territorial continuity nor movement of people or things, except in very rare cases.

 

Today, the Israeli state does not recognize its borders and continues to occupy increasing portions of Palestinian territory. Within the occupied West Bank, countless illegal settlements, 700,000 settlers and roads reserved for them have been wedged, creating a situation in which not even the West Bank itself has territorial continuity but is fragmented into areas, surrounded by walls and / or interrupted by territory ” reserved and militarized “.

East Jerusalem is subject to Palestinian house demolitions and isolated from the West Bank, and even access to the Al Aqsa mosque is not guaranteed.

House demolitions have become more frequent in the West Bank and forced micro and macro displacements of Palestinians occur daily; so too. military incursions involving civilian abuse, and the illegal movement, including of children and women, into Israeli prisons where they are incarcerated and often physically and psychologically abused, mostly often without charges (administrative detentions). Whole villages are under threat from armed settlers, who occupy, burn trees and beat farmers daily.

Palestinians are denied the right to return to their lands of origin (2).

The population of Gaza, physically isolated for 13 years, and whose civilian structures (homes, schools, hospitals, roads, sewers, water and electricity systems) have been repeatedly and extensively destroyed by Israeli military operations, have never been able to live longer than a few months without a crisis, due to the continuous impediment of entry of essential goods (medicines, gas, electricity). When in Gaza the population chose to demonstrate en masse in 2018, embracing forms of peaceful resistance to make the situation known to the world, the response was that of “preemptive” attacks by snipers, which resulted in 278 victims, 17,000 injured and about 3,000 disabled for life; among the victims also disabled people without limbs, children, paramedics and journalists, all easily identifiable by the Israeli military. Today Gaza is increasingly tightly besieged, currently under bombardment for days, plunged into a crisis, to which the pandemic has also been added. The responses to these crises are entrusted to international humanitarian intervention, which is also subjected to the will of the Israeli government, which also sips the possibility for seriously ill children to be subjected to essential therapies for survival in suitable structures.

All these occupier behaviors are crimes under international law and conventions, including apartheid crime, collective punishment, crimes against humanity, as per definitions of international law and official documents and expert reports of the UN and the its Agencies (2-5) and are currently under consideration by the International Criminal Court for Palestine as well as having been documented in a large number of detailed documents of the UN and of Israeli, Palestinian and international associations.

The fact that these crimes occur almost daily should be subject to denunciation and sanctions by the international community against Israel, and not guarantee immunity, let alone give credibility to a dialogue that has already lasted treacherously for 27 years.

In this worrying context, therefore, the normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates cannot hide the persistence of a de facto state that heavily compresses and denies the rights of the entire Palestinian people and indefinitely prolongs the conditions of instability of the whole area. On the other hand, the suspension of the extension of sovereignty over a large part of the illegally occupied territory is not changing the expansion activities on the ground nor the decision of the current Israeli government to extend full sovereignty over it, as the Prime Minister immediately specified. Netanyahu, but simply postpones its application.

We therefore believe that Italy and the whole of Europe cannot limit themselves to declarations of hope, or worse, of applause, but must commit all their political, moral and also economic and commercial weight to enforce respect for the rights of peoples and the achievement of a peace that satisfies these rights and not acquiesce to the status quo of occupation and annexation.

As Italian citizens, attentive to the events of the Palestinian people, we would like to have the possibility of a dialogue with you to ask for concrete positions aimed at putting an end to discrimination, to arbitrators and often to real persecutions to the detriment of the people. Palestinian. We are proposing a similar action together with the other Associations for Palestine that make up the European Coordination, in the other European countries and at the community institutions, while similar initiatives are being undertaken at an international level by numerous Jewish associations.

Waiting for your reply, which we hope will be accompanied by a date for an online appointment, we send cordial greetings

NWRG-onlus– Presidente Prof. Paola Manduca, tel 3472540531,  newweapons@libero.it ; newweapons@pec.libero.it 

Associazione giuristi democratici

Associazione Oltre il Mare

Parallelo Palestina

Salaam Ragazzi dell’Olivo Comitato di Trieste

Salaam Ragazzi dell’Olivo-Milano

  

  1. https://www.esteri.it/mae/it/sala_stampa/archivionotizie/comunicati/accordo-di-normalizzazione-delle-relazioni-fra-israele-ed-emirati-arabi-uniti.html

  2. Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rightshttps://www.un.org/en/udhrbook/pdf/udhr_booklet_en_web.pdf
  3. Richard Falk’s report – Gaza 2009: the blockade constitutes a war crime of great magnitude *** UN-Truth 2010
  4. https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/RegularSessions/Session44/Documents/A_HRC_44_60.pdf
  5. ESCWA report 2017- https://www.unescwa.org/publications/annual-report-2017
  6. Article II of the International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid (1973)- https://treaties.un.org/doc/publication/unts/volume%201015/volume-1015-i-14861-english.pdf
  7. Charter of the United Nations (1945), the Universal Declaration ofHuman Rights (1948)- Charter  https://www.un.org/en/sections/un-charter/un-charter-full-text/, and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (1965)- https://www.ohchr.org/en/professionalinterest/pages/cerd.aspx

Letter from European researchers and academics concerning Israel’s participation in Horizon Europe

As both professionals directly involved in research and members of civil society, we appeal to the EU to mobilize all diplomatic means to pressure Israel to comply with International Law. The move to unilateral annexation is the decisive act of defiance that should be met with sanctions, not with words. In the face of the imminent threat of annexation that would formally establish Israeli sovereignty over stolen territories, we reiterate that the EU should exclude Israel from EU Research Programmes, suspend the EU-Israel Association Agreement and implement a comprehensive arms embargo against Israel. Exclusion of Israel and Israeli companies accused of war crimes from the research programmes is the absolute minimum needed as a first measure against Israel’s’ violations of international law. As the exclusion of a country from EU Research Programmes does not require a unanimous decision of the European Council and falls under the responsibility of the European Commission and the Parliament, we urgently appeal to you to uphold justice by implementing this first step which is within your power.

Read the complete text of the letter

No Israeli drones for EU’s anti-migration policies

The Petition

To: EU Commissioner Adina Valean, EU Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius, EU Commissioner Yiva Johansson

Dear Sir/Madam,

Since November 2018 the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has leased through the Portuguese company CeiiA two Hermes 900 drones, so-called ‘killer drones’ manufactured by Israel’s largest military company Elbit Systems. Under the € 59 million worth 2 year leasing contract, the drones are used mainly to implement the EU’s repressive anti-migration policies. Experts condemn the move to aerial surveillance as an abrogation of the responsibility to save lives. Worse, the Elbit’s killer drones are supporting Frontex and national authorities in Greece, where migrants and refugees have been targeted with live ammunition at sea.

Elbit Systems develops its drones together with the Israeli military and promotes its technology as field tested – on Palestinians. It provides 85% of the drones used by Israel in its repeated military assaults and continued inhumane siege on Gaza. Hermes drones have been used to kill the four children playing at the beach during Israel’s attack on Gaza in 2014.

These drones can kill but can’t save lives.

Therefore, I demand:

  • EMSA to stop using these drones and EMSA and CeiiA not to renew the leasing contract.
  • Our national authorities not to request these drones for use in their airspace.
  • the European Union not to spend public tax money to finance Israel’s military industry but instead to use its funds to protect human rights for all and not for the militarization of borders and the sea.

Sign the petition

13 years since the start of the Gaza closure

 Dear Friends and Supporters!

This June, Palestinians mark 13 years since the start of the Gaza closure.

As the world continues to respond to COVID-19, Palestinians in Gaza are particularly susceptible to the pandemic due to overcrowding, the inability to access adequate water and sanitation, and a healthcare system crippled by successive Israeli military attacks and years of structural violence that denies Palestinians their basic human rights, with impunity.

All aspects of life in the Gaza Strip have been undermined by Israel’s prolonged closure. Since 2012, the UN has repeatedly warned that Gaza would become unliveable by 2020 should Israel fail to lift its illegal closure, which has severely deprived Palestinians of the ability to exercise their individual and collective rights.

We are calling for a genuine solidarity movement that will allow us to create the political will to address the root causes of the deprivation of Palestinian’s rights in Gaza and to lift Israel’s illegal closure. The Palestinian people in Gaza need effective measures and meaningful global action and solidarity to let Gaza live and lift the closure with immediate effect.

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @LiftTheClosure

Sign and promote Petition for lifting the closure.

We welcome signatures from individuals and organisations to show global support to lift the Gaza closure.

The petition will serve as the basis for a joint civil society statement calling for an end to this injustice.

*The content of the campaign materials were prepared jointly by Al-Haq, Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR).

Joint “Lift the Gaza Closure” campaign with civil society:  http://mezan.org/en/post/23751

The campaign on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MezanCenter/posts/3133419086708544

The campaign on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlMezanCenter/status/1270735409597886465

Gaza freedom is freedom for Palestine, a letter on the second anniversary of the March for Return

March 30, 2020

We4Gaza, salute Gaza people in the Land day and in the second anniversary of the March for Return and bring again to you our solidarity, as people of the world, to the struggle for the freedom, autonomy and return to their land of Palestinians.

Meanwhile, more attacks have been waged against the reunion on their land of Palestinians, against your sovereignty in and on it, and against your supporters abroad. And the siege on Gaza continues.

The price payed for the pacific quest for freedom and for showing the unity of the people of Gaza behind this quest, has been met with violence, fear and purposeful aggressivity and this finally has produced more attention and understanding by the world of your reasons, and of the criminality in the response and may be also matter of investigation in International criminal court, if the harassment that its personnel is recently denouncing will not prevail to mute it.

We today mourn again with the families of the victims of the March of return, we remember those who lost their ability to live a normal life and were maimed and we hope that the recognition that they are our living memory can be of support for them, while we try to help them to find a way in life.

We today find Gaza under a shared alarm, braced to do its best to contain and limit the spread of the viral infection which is riding the world. We are directly aware that even in European countries better off of in term of public health the capabilities to confront the epidemic are insufficient.

We are aware of the difficulties imposed on the Gaza health system by the precarity, purposefully imposed by the siege, and its aggravation by the equally purposeful maiming of thousands of protestors in the March of return and we understand and admire the present efforts of containment, quarantine, sanitation that Gaza is undertaking.

And while we hope our collective help will be able to reach you, we hope this emergency will not leave Gaza even less capable to run its public health, as at each previous emergency the system of occupation managed to make this happen. So, meanwhile and till we succeed, we continue to ask for the lifting of the siege and for an open channel by sea with the world through international waters and the building of a port.

We join the request to free the Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, the children prisoners, the administrative prisoners and for the health security now and the possibility to communicate with the families of all prisoners.

We, as people of the world are with you and will do our best to support in the emergency and for the long term struggle for freedom, return and better resources.

In solidarity

The people of the we4gaza appeal


ITALIAN

30 marzo 2020

Noi di We4Gaza salutiamo la gente di Gaza nella Giornata della Terra e nel secondo anniversario della Marcia per il Ritorno e mandiamo a voi la nostra solidarietà, come persone del mondo, nella lotta per la libertà, l’autonomia e il ritorno nella loro terra dei Palestinesi.

Nel frattempo sono stati lanciati ulteriori attacchi contro la riunione nella loro terra dei Palestinesi, contro la vostra sovranità dentro e su di essa e contro i vostri sostenitori all’estero. E l’assedio a Gaza continua.

Il prezzo pagato per la pacifica ricerca della libertà e per mostrare l’unità del popolo di Gaza dietro questa ricerca è stato accolto con violenza, paura e aggressività intenzionale; questo alla fine ha prodotto più attenzione e comprensione da parte del mondo delle vostre ragioni e della criminalità nella risposta e può anche essere oggetto di indagine presso il tribunale penale internazionale, se le molestie che il suo personale sta recentemente denunciando non prevarranno per silenziarlo.

Oggi piangiamo di nuovo con le famiglie delle vittime della Marcia del ritorno, ricordiamo coloro che hanno perso la capacità di vivere una vita normale e sono stati mutilati e speriamo che il riconoscimento che essi sono la nostra memoria vivente possa essere di supporto per loro, mentre cerchiamo di aiutarli a trovare una soluzione per la loro vita.

Oggi troviamo Gaza sotto un allarme condiviso, pronta a fare del suo meglio per contenere e limitare la diffusione dell’infezione virale che sta cavalcando il mondo. Siamo direttamente consapevoli che anche nei paesi europei meglio dotati in termini di salute pubblica le capacità per affrontare l’epidemia sono insufficienti. Siamo consapevoli delle difficoltà imposte al sistema sanitario di Gaza dalla precarietà, intenzionalmente imposta dall’assedio, e dal suo aggravamento causato dalla mutilazione altrettanto intenzionale di migliaia di manifestanti nella marcia del ritorno e comprendiamo e ammiriamo gli attuali sforzi di contenimento, quarantena, servizi igienico-sanitari che Gaza sta intraprendendo. E, mentre speriamo che il nostro aiuto collettivo sia in grado di raggiungervi, speriamo che questa emergenza non lascerà Gaza ancora meno in grado di gestire la sua salute pubblica, dato che, purtroppo, ad ogni precedente emergenza il sistema di occupazione è riuscito a farlo accadere. Quindi, nel frattempo e fino a quando non riusciremo ad avere successo, continueremo a chiedere la sospensione dell’assedio e un canale aperto via mare con il mondo, attraverso le acque internazionali e la costruzione di un porto.

Ci uniamo alla richiesta di liberare i prigionieri palestinesi nelle carceri israeliane, i bambini prigionieri, i prigionieri amministrativi e di garantire la sicurezza sanitaria e la possibilità di comunicare con le famiglie di tutti i prigionieri.

Noi, persone del mondo, siamo con voi e faremo del nostro meglio per sostenere l’emergenza e la lotta a lungo termine per la libertà, il ritorno e risorse migliori.

In solidarietà

Le persone dell’appello di we4gaza

 

Avviso

Oggi, in segno di solidarietà, nelle nostre case, proietteremo un breve film fatto dalla nostra amica Monica Maurer, regista, del cineforum Palestina

 


LA LIBERTÉ POUR GAZA C’EST LA LIBERTÉ POUR LA PALESTINE – UNE LETTRE POUR LE DEUXIÈME ANNIVERSAIRE DE LA MARCHE DU RETOUR

30 mars 2020

Nous-Pour-Gaza, saluons le peuple de Gaza à l’occasion du deuxième anniversaire de la Marche du Retour et renouvelons notre solidarité en tant qu’habitants du monde, à la lutte pour la liberté, l’autonomie et pour le retour des Palestiniens sur leur terre

Cependant, de nouvelles attaques ont été menées contre la réunification de la terre palestinienne, contre votre souveraineté sur cette terre et contre ceux qui vous soutiennent à l’étranger. Et le siège de Gaza continue.

Le prix payé pour la quête pacifique de la liberté et pour montrer l’unité du peuple de Gaza derrière cette quête, a rencontré la violence, la peur et une agressivité ciblée, ce qui a finalement entraîné plus d’attention et de compréhension de vos raisons dans le monde, compréhension aussi du caractère criminel de la réponse et peut –être aussi matière à enquête de la cour pénale international, si le harcèlement récemment dénoncé par son auteur ne parvient pas à le faire cesser.

Aujourd’hui nous sommes en deuil avec les familles des victimes de la Marche du retour, nous nous souvenons de ceux qui ont perdu leur capacité à vivre une vie normale et ont été mutilés. Nous espérons que la reconnaissance qu’ils sont notre mémoire vivante peut leur être un soutien, tandis que nous cherchons à les aider à trouver une solution pour leur vie.

Aujourd’hui, Gaza est sous le coup de la même alarme, prête à faire de son mieux pour contenir et limiter la diffusion de l’infection virale qui se répand dans le monde. Nous savons très directement que même dans les pays européens où la santé publique est meilleure, les capacités à faire face à l’épidémie sont insuffisantes.

Nous sommes au courant des difficultés imposées au système de santé de santé de Gaza par la précarité volontairement imposée par le siège et de son aggravation due à la mutilation de milliers de manifestants de la Marche du retour et nous comprenons les efforts actuels de confinement, de mise en quarantaine et d’hygiène entrepris à Gaza.

Et nous espérons que notre soutien collectif pourra aller jusqu’à vous, nous espérons que cette urgence ne mettra pas Gaza encore plus en difficulté pour assurer la santé publique, comme le système d’occupation s’est débrouillé pour le faire à chaque situation d’urgence précédente. Aussi, jusqu’à ce que nous réussissions, nous continuons à demander la levée du siège et l’ouverture d’une voie maritime vers le monde dans les eaux internationales, ainsi que la construction d’un port.

Nous demandons aussi la mise en liberté des prisonniers palestiniens des prisons israéliennes, les enfants prisonniers, les prisonniers en détention administraitve et nous demandons la sécurité sanitaire immédiate et la possibilité de communiquer avec les familles pour tous les prisonniers.

Nous, habitants du monde, sommes avec vous et ferons de notre mieux pour soutenir la lutte pour la liberté dans l’urgence et à long terme, pour le retour et pour de meilleures ressources.

Solidairement

Ceux de l’appel “Nous-Pour-Gaza”

EU and Israel – the Case of Complicity

EU research funds have been a very important source of funding for Israeli academics, corporations, and state institutions, among them a number of military companies and those involved in illegal Israeli settlements. Although Israel is not an EU country, since 1995 Israeli applicants have been able to access EU research funds on the same basis as EU member states through the EU- Israel Association Agreement.

For many years European and Palestinian civil society and human rights organisations have been raising concerns over EU taxpayers’ money being channeled to Israeli companies and institutions accused of war crimes and involved in violations of international law and human rights.

Read the full EU_Israel_Complicity declaration by ECCP.

PHROC Condemns the Death of Palestinian Sick Prisoner Sami Abu Diyak

On 26 November 2019, Palestinian prisoner Sami Abu Diyak died in al-Ramleh Prison Clinic. Abu Diyak was arrested on 17 July 2002, two of his friends were killed during his arrest and another injured. After his arrest, he went through intensive interrogation at the Jalameh interrogation center where he was subjected to various types of physical and psychological torture. During the interrogation period, he was transferred to the hospital three times as a result of the torture and after each time the Israeli occupation forces brought Sami Abu Diyak directly from the hospital to the interrogation rooms once again. After 75 days of this intensive interrogation and torture, the military occupation court sentenced Sami Abu Diyak to three life sentences and 30 years in prison. He has served 17 years, many of them being transferred in and between prisons, clinics, and hospitals.

Read the full statement of the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council.