From Gaza, with Love

Monday, December 11, 2006

Apeal from Gaza

From Gaza, where we write as different health NGOs and individuals working
in the health field, we send our deep feelings of appreciation for your
gathering . We see it as a genuine attempt to say “stop – enough of
ongoing health violations of human rights by Israel”. These have greatly
> intensified during the last 4 months of the ongoing Israeli military
> operation against Gaza.
>
> During the latest assault against the village of Beit Hanoun in the north
> of Gaza, civilians were greatly affected by the brutal practices of the
> Israeli army during six continuous days. Women in labour gave birth on the
> road while waiting for permission to go to hospital. Some of the injured
> bled to death while waiting for the same permission. Four emergency health
> rescue officers were killed while on duty and wearing clearly visible
> uniform. Within the last 4 months, the movement of ambulances was greatly
> hindered by the army.
>
> We, the Palestinian health providers in the non governmental sector
> express our deep concern at the rapid deterioration of health conditions.
>
> A whole nation of 1.4 million is living under disastrous humanitarian
> conditions. We have endured without electricity for a continuous 4 month
> period, we watch daily as increasing numbers of cancer patients die while
> waiting to cross the borders for futher treatment in Egyptian hospitals –
> they were denied the right of treatment because of the imposed border
> closure between Gaza and Egypt. Economic sanctions imposed by Western
> governments have left 70% of Gazans living below the poverty level . As a
> consequence 42% of Gaza children under 5 years of age suffer from iron
> deficiency anaemia. Post traumatic stress disorder has reached 60% amongst
> children in the north of Gaza , where the atrocities reached their
> maximum.
>
> Medics are working under fire. Many hospitals were either randomly
> attacked or besieged, preventing the injured from reaching them as
> happened recently in Beit Hanoun.
>
> It is time now for all of us who believe in justice and peace, believe in
> humanity as one family, and in solidarity between health workers
> worldwide, to take a further step and stronger stand – a non violent act
> of sanctions against Israeli health institutions, those various
> universities and hospitals that support the inhuman acts against
> Palestinian people through the Israeli occupation. At the same time we
> need to strengthen our relations and bonds with those courageous Israeli
> health institutions and organizations who refuse the brutal acts of the
> Israeli occupation and work hard for peace and stability in the region,
> based on recognition of the Palestinian people’s inalienable rights.
>
> From our big prison where we are incarcerated in our own country, where we
> do not feel that any place is safe or anybody is immune, where we cannot
> even protect our children or our patients, we thank you for your
> solidarity. We hope for a better future for generations to come when this
> conflict ends and this Israeli occupation passes into history, along with
> the South African apartheid regime.
>
>
> [signatures to follow]

Palestinian Non govermental organisations networking(PNGO)
health sector organisations of PNGO
union of health work committees
Palestinian red crescent society
Gaza community mental health programme
union of Palestinian health welfare committees
medical releif society
Univeristy Teachers' Association-Palestine
The Idependent Palestinian Association for Tracking Israeli War Criminals
The Arab Forum
The Nasserist Current

Palestinian red crescent society

AlAWDA hospital .emergency room nurses and doctors-jabalia refujee camp
>> . ambulance drivers of AlAwda hospital
community based rehabilitation center
>> union of palestinian women committees
adameer for human rights association
middleast children alliences -Gaza
DR. Mona Elfarra
dr. rmuhanna
dr. yuosef moussa
dr. aed yagi
dr. tayseer sultan
and many more living and working in Gaza

for more information plz contact
dr. Mona ElFarra -Gaza- AlAwda hospital health and development consultant
, human rights nd women aactivist in Gaza
mona@gaza-health.org

6 Comments:

  • It's a really sad story, I hope you guys will find a happy ending.
    Thanks.
    Helen

    By Blogger Helen, at 12/13/2006 6:08 AM  

  • I was very moved by this post as well as the letter from Ghassan Abdullah. I wish for peace and am thinking of you. Stay strong.

    By Blogger Hot Toddy, at 12/15/2006 1:26 AM  

  • Hello Mona, Just letting you know that I am still thinking of you and your family. I now have two blogs one which is dedicated strickly for showing and hopefully will get the word out to many Americans that do not hear of what it actually is like in Palestine. If you don't mind I am still going to copy and paste some of your posts to ensure that many more get to read what you have to say. I have many readers, mostly American lately and want to reach them. I have recieved emails from some who very much support the Palestinian cause. My prayers go out to you and your family and all the Palestinians. God Bless and stay safe. I will put a link in these posts in hopes that many will be directed to your site to read all of what you are experiencing.

    By Blogger Chet, at 12/17/2006 8:30 PM  

  • STAY STRONG dear ... it breaks my heart only reading that! What can we do to help? Is there ANYTHING .. except educate about the truth and stand by your side? Let me Know ...

    LOVE YOU ALL!! I'm sending you ALL a truckload of strength!!

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