By Julie Webb-Pullman
Source: Gaza SCOOP
With the help of New Zealanders the Palestinian Family Charitable Association in Beit Hanoun has done it again – provided warm winter clothes and blankets for some of the neediest children in Gaza as the wintry weather begins to bite.
Not that there are very many children in Beit Hanoun who are not needy – 1,500 apartment blocks were destroyed in this town during the 51 day Israeli offensive in July-August, leaving many thousands homeless and their schools full of displaced families. (more…)
The International Community Must End Israel’s Collective Punishment of the Civilian Population in the Gaza Strip
As international and criminal law scholars, human rights defenders, legal experts and individuals who firmly believe in the rule of law and in the necessity for its respect in times of peace and more so in times of war, we feel the intellectual and moral duty to denounce the grave violations, mystification and disrespect of the most basic principles of the laws of armed conflict and of the fundamental human rights of the entire Palestinian population committed during the ongoing Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip. (more…)
by Julie Webb-Pullman
Gaza’s hospitals are in crisis. No drugs, no disposables, no fuel to generate electricity. About the only thing they do have are staff and patients – and thanks to Israel’s current military offensive, there are plenty of the latter.
In the three days since Israel’s Operation Protective Edge was launched, over 250 injured Palestinians have presented for emergency treatment to services lacking such fundamental basics as trolleys and emergency department beds.
Patients arrive in ambulances, vans, private cars, taxis – however they can get there – and are then carried, assisted, or struggle to walk into the emergency department for treatment.
So far 23 percent of them have been children and 18 percent women. These civilians were invariably in or near their homes when destruction rained down on them. Read more here
by Julie Webb-Pullman
Behind each death statistic is a human tragedy. The neighbours who tried to form a human shield by gathering on the roof of the al-Kaware family home after a drone fired a warning flare, imagining that the presence of women and children would prevent the attack. It didn’t, and Abduallah Kaware, Mohammad Ashour, 13, Riyadh Kaware, Mahmoud Judeh, Bakir Mahmoud Judeh, 22, Ammar Mohammad Judeh, 22, and Hussein Mohammad Kaware, 14, were all killed. Read more here