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Yorkshire Woman’s Freedom Flotilla Experience

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“A woman from Huddersfield has been speaking today of her determination to return to Palestine to complete the aid mission she never completed. Paveen Yaqoob was on board the ship stormed by Israelii troops back in May. She now vows to continue humanitarain work in memory of her nineteen year old friend who was among the nine Turkish people killed.” — ITV Yorkshire Regional News, Sat 31 July ’10

In the clip, Paveen can be seen reading the recently published report from IHH about the Freedom Flotilla. Download here…

[Thanks to Jim for sending the video link]

Their Loss of Innocence. Our Shame.

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Following Reading PSC’s January exhibition of Gazan Children’s Art at Reading library, the exhibition continued around the UK. Here’s a report from Elizabeth Morley at Aberstwyth PSC after their recent show:

Loss of Innocence, Aberystwyth - photo: Nida Shoughry

An exhibition of Gazan children’s art compiled by Rod Cox was on display in the Officers Club Gallery, Aberystwyth, 12-17 July.

On Friday evening Rod gave a talk about the pictures, which communicate the children’s experience of death and destruction, the loss of their childhood.

The continuous bombardment (from 27th December 2008 to 18th January 2009) of this narrow strip of land, where 1.5 million people live caged in by barbed wire, was devastating. Of the 1,400 killed almost 300 were children. Those who didn’t die will bear the physical and psychological scars for the rest of their lives.

When we hear of people suffering our hearts go out to them; we reach into our pockets and we want to help. When the victims are Palestinian, we find obstacles to giving aid, and what is worse, even to voicing our compassion. What, asked Rod, are Palestinians to make of it that when they are injured the world seems to look the other way?

photo: Nida Shoughry

That the tide may at last be turning could be inferred from remarks made by the two guest speakers. Cross-party co-operation at the National Assembly on the issue of Palestine was referred to by Elin Jones AM. Although foreign policy, she pointed out, wasn’t devolved to Wales, that didn’t deter her colleagues from discussing the situation in Gaza, for example. Raising awareness was important, she said.The role of education was emphasized also by Mark Williams MP. Teachers here, he said, could help children understand that children in Palestine long for a sign of recognition and friendship even more than aid. He hoped that schools in Wales would be encouraged to twin with schools in Palestine.

photo: Sue Young

Thanks to UNWRA and charitable organisations, Rod explained, laptops and computers are available to schools in Gaza and the West Bank. Language isn’t a problem, either, as many teachers know enough English to enable the children to exchange simple emails. He mentioned the Britain-Palestine Twinning Network, which is there to help schools make the link.

For anyone who missed the exhibition here, it will be in Bangor Cathedral from 18-23 July before it goes on up to Manchester Cathedral from 24 July to 7 August.

Read about Aber PSC and see more photos from the event on their “Get 2 Know a PSC” page.

The Lancet: Health in the Occupied Palestinian Territory 2010

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When The Lancet published its Series on Health in the occupied Palestinian territory in March, 2009, we pledged to return to the issues raised in the series in subsequent years. On March 1-2 this year, we took part in a research conference on Palestinian health that was held at Birzeit University in the West Bank.

Billed as the 2nd Lancet-Palestinian Health Alliance Conference, our goal was to nurture and encourage a network of local and international scientists to do work that would advance the health of Palestinians in East Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip, as well as the wider Palestinian diaspora.

The best peer-reviewed abstracts of that meeting are today published online. We also publish 3 Comments, to set the context for that meeting and to describe the current status of the Palestinian health predicament.

The abstracts provide a window into life as it is in the occupied territory. We plan to track what we hope will be progress in coming years with annual research-based meetings of the Lancet-Palestinian Health Alliance.

We have combined all comment and abstracts in a single PDF file…

The Lancet’s Editor, Richard Horton, provides an audio podcast to accompany the report(s):

Uruknet also has text of the abstracts here…

42-page Flotilla Report

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from Freegaza,  a 42 page comprehensive Report and contains many full resolution photographs. Please download, read and distribute to all your lists and media contacts.


(Istanbul, June 29, 2010)

On May 31, 2010, the six ships in the Freedom Flotilla were 75 miles away from the coast of Israel. We constantly reiterated that we were traveling in peace and carrying nothing but humanitarian and construction aid to the people of Gaza. At around 3:00 am, the battleships were still following us along with nearly 30 zodiacs that surrounded the flotilla in international waters.

At 4:10 am, messages from the ship, Define, stated, “Mavi Marmara, all of the boats and ships are approaching you.” Shortly after, when most of the participants were performing their morning prayers, pursuit boats carrying masked, armed soldiers came alongside the boats. At least 10 Israeli soldiers were in every boat. As they tried to get on board, they began shooting. Then we heard sounds that were similar to gas bombs. The third sound was the constant sound of machine gun fire. At the same time, military helicopters full of armed soldiers rappeled down, shooting as they descended.

This operation was hostile from the very beginning, directed towards killing and killing as many as possible. Israeli soldiers did not open fire on the ships as a warning. They opened fire to kill. The first two people on board were shot in the head, killing them instantly.

For a detailed report on who IHH is, why they joined the flotilla and what happened on that fateful morning, please download the report here… (pdf)

Israeli Attacks on Palestinian Disabled Persons in the Gaza Strip

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The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) has published a new report: “Israeli Attacks on Palestinian Disabled Persons in the Gaza Strip.” The report documents crimes committed by Israeli occupation forces against disabled Palestinians in the Gaza Strip during the period (1 September 2003 – 30 November 2009).

The report presents information regarding the killing of Palestinian civilians with disabilities by Israeli forces, it presents cases wherein Palestinian civilians suffered disabilities as a result of Israeli actions. Of particular concern are Israeli attacks against Palestinian disabled persons during the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip. Finally, the report details the impacts of the illegal closure that has been imposed on the Gaza Strip for over 2 and a half years; the closure has negatively affected the performance of rehabilitation institutions dedicated to the care of persons with disabilities and these institutions’ ability to offer health, social and educational services to all sectors of society, including women and children.

During the reporting period, 31 Palestinian disabled persons were killed, including 4 women and 6 children; 4 of whom were killed during the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip. The killings of disabled persons varied; 9 persons were mentally disabled, 14 were physically disabled, 7 were suffering from psychological disorders, and one person was deaf and dumb.

During the reporting period (excluding the Israeli offensive), 5,496 civilians in the Gaza Strip were wounded. Hundreds of them sustained injuries, which resulted in permanent disabilities. Disabilities ranged from amputation of the upper or lower limps or both of them, due to which, most of them resulted in total or partial physical disabilities. A lot of them are suffering from loss of hearing or vision.

The latest 23-day Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip on 27 December 2008 led to an unprecedented increase in the number of the wounded and disabled persons. 5,300 Palestinians were wounded, including 600 ones who sustained permanent – mostly physical – disabilities.

The Israeli closure imposed on the Gaza Strip, which has been illegally imposed for over 2 ½ years, has negatively affected the performance of institutions of rehabilitation of persons with disabilities. These institutions have not been able to properly offer health, social and educational services to all sectors of the society, including women and children. Moreover, IOF have imposed restrictions on the movement of persons with disabilities to receive medical treatment abroad or to have access to equipment necessary for their training and rehabilitation. At the same time, foreign medical and technical personnel have not been able to enter the Gaza Strip to assist the disabled and provide them with necessary medical and rehabilitation services.

The report is currently available in Arabic – an English version will be available soon.

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