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Epidemics on the rise and masses injured and ill in Gaza – as planned by Israel’s government?

An injuried girl lies on the floor of Nasser Hospital in Gaza on January 22: victims of Israel’s genocide are now being treated on hospital floors because there is no space anywhere else.

It has been suggested that Israel’s military have been destroying Gaza’s health system, not in search of terrorists lurking under the hospitals, but to increase the likelihood of serious illness and death.

And now…

Gaza’s healthcare system was already struggling to function before the war; after more than 100 days of fighting, it has reached a catastrophic low. With more than 60,000 people injured and tens of thousands ill, their chances of receiving proper care – including life-saving interventions – are rapidly dwindling.

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According to the World Health Organization, of the 36 hospitals operating in the Gaza Strip before the war, only 14 are now functioning – seven in the north and seven in the south. Yet even they are only partly operational: only some departments are working, with medical teams stretched far beyond capacity and contending with severe shortages of staff, equipment, medication, fuel for running the facilities, and food and water for patients and teams. With the hospitals working at more than double their capacity, patients are treated on the floor. Another two hospitals, in Khan Yunis, are providing basic services alone, and only to people sheltering there. Since the war began, more than 90 healthcare facilities and 80 ambulances have been damaged.

Aid organizations report that Israel is placing insurmountable obstacles on transferring medical supplies to hospitals, primarily in northern Gaza, and that they are hard pressed to evacuate wounded people due, among other things, to relentless bombings, destruction of roads, fuel shortages and difficulties coordinating the transfer of supplies or injured persons.

The lack of basic medical services is especially worrying given the steady spread of infectious diseases, due to harsh conditions in the overcrowded IDP camps: more than 1 million people huddled together without clean water, enough food or conditions for maintaining basic hygiene.

Tens of thousands of cases have already been reported of respiratory infections, diarrhoea (especially in children under 5) and Hepatitis-A – all going untreated. This situation also naturally exacerbates chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart conditions, high blood pressure, cancer and mental disorders.

Israel argues that the responsibility for this dire reality lies solely with Hamas, for using hospitals to establish command centres, dig tunnels underneath, hide weapons, and stage attacks, among other things.

However, these claims do not override the special protection granted by international humanitarian law to hospitals, medical teams, patients and displaced persons.

They certainly do not absolve Israel of its obligations, as the principle of reciprocity does not apply in this body of law: one party violating the rules does not permit the other party to follow suit. The actions of Hamas in no way relieve Israel of its responsibility for the harm caused to civilians.

International humanitarian law provides special protection for the most vulnerable populations that cannot protect themselves, to ensure that every person who needs medical care receives it.

Denying it sentences thousands of people in Gaza to death, pain and indescribable suffering. This approach is both immoral and illegal, and empties a key moral principle of international humanitarian law of meaning.

No doubt the International Court of Justice and the governments of, for example, the United Kingdom and the United States have been thoroughly briefed on this.

But the two governments named still claim to be unable to form an opinion on whether Israel is breaking international law and should be deprived of the weapons it is using to perpetuate the bloodshed in Gaza.

Are our governments deliberately attacking international law in order to support genocide?

Source: Epidemics on the rise and masses injured and ill – yet Gaza’s healthcare system is barely functioning | B’Tselem


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Crowdfunder by wheelchair user who was attacked in Hull hits target straight away

Karl Dean: this image was taken shortly after the incident on August 23, showing the head injury he sustained.

A wheelchair-user who was tipped out of his chair in a disablist attack by a thug has launched a crowdfunding appeal to replace equipment that was damaged – and it has already hit its target.

Karl Dean asked for £3,000 to replace the talker machine he uses to communicate, along with his head switch.

He also wants to put CCTV cameras on his wheelchair. This Writer can only conclude that this is to ensure that anyone carrying out attacks in future may be identified easily afterwards.

The appeal has passed its target with 27 days left, thanks to contributions from 125 supporters.

It doesn’t surprise me. One of the commenters to the Vox Political Facebook page is a friend of Mr Dean and described him as “a lovely man”.

So I would urge anyone who wants to show their support to contribute a little to the crowdfunder as a sign of solidarity.

And a man has been arrested for the crime.

Alex Procter, 20, was set to appear at Hull Magistrates Court today (August 27), charged with causing Actual Bodily Harm, common assault and criminal damage.

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Put the blame for the Paris attacks where it belongs: On terrorists, not Islam

A French police officer takes cover while on the lookout for the shooters who attacked the restaurant 'Le Petit Cambodge.'

The horrific attacks on the people of Paris prompted an outpouring of anti-Muslim sentiment on the social media, long before Islamic State took responsibility for what happened.

We all know the score now – or at least we should: At least 127 people lie dead and many more injured, and France is in a state of emergency after a series of bomb and gun attacks in Paris on the evening of Friday 13 November. The terrorist group Islamic State claimed responsibility, several hours after the attacks took place.

The social media – in particular, Twitter – responded with hysteria that was mostly directed at Muslims, regardless of whether people of that religion supported the atrocities or not. This Writer has Muslim friends who were extremely distressed by the hatred shown to them.

And rightly so. Islamic State does not represent the Muslim faith, no matter what its title claims. This organisation is a gang of faithless bandits – no more, no less – who are trying to hijack an entire religion in order to create hatred and division among people beyond the borders of its own illegal caliphate.

Let’s put that in context: IS represents all of Islam to around the same degree as Zionists represent all of Judaism. Both groups have committed atrocities against others in the name of a wider religion – atrocities that the majority of the members of those religions don’t want.

As I stated on Twitter in the early hours of November 14, I’m not going to blame all of Islam for the actions of a few idiots.

And I’m not going to let anyone use Paris to justify the murder of Mohammed Emwazi – the man dubbed ‘Jihadi John’ by his colleagues in Islamic State.

The attack by US forces, approved by UK prime minister David Cameron, represents a lowering of standards. There was no justice to it – no attempt to make the man stand trial for his alleged crimes. It was state-sponsored murder of one of our own citizens – no more, no less.

In approving this raid, the British authorities have lost any claim to the moral high ground.

One more point. After the attack, France’s President Hollande promised “pitiless war” on the perpetrators. I was particularly struck by the response on Twitter from Chris Hayes of MSNBC. He wrote:

“Hollande’s pledge of ‘pitiless’ war is, I have no doubt, the kind of thing many people *want* to hear. But the US learned the hard way after 9/11 how hard it is to translate rhetoric, resolve and massive military advantage into actual security, peace or anything that resembles lasting and definitive ‘victory’.”

How true those words are.

America’s war on terror has been a crushing failure, not because of any military disadvantage but because of a lack of imagination. The terrorists were engaged on their own terms and simply turned military defeats into recruitment drives.

The message is clear: You don’t change people’s minds by killing their friends and families.

This is one reason Jeremy Corbyn is right to oppose the renewal of Trident; it is no deterrent against fanatics who want to attack the UK (just ask MI5) – and without knowing where they are based, where would the UK point its missiles?

No. The only effective response to this attack is intelligence. We all need to get smart.

And we can start by blaming the people responsible, rather than whoever they want us to.

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