SELECTED NEWS OF THE DAY
| OCHA: ISRAELI FORCES KILLED 295 PALESTINIANS IN 2018
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that a total of 295 Palestinians were killed and over 29,000 others were injured in 2018 by Israeli forces. ___According to a recent report released by OCHA, 57 of those Palestinian fatalities and about 7,000 of the wounded citizens were under age 18. ___“This is the highest death toll in a single year since the Gaza conflict of 2014, and the highest number of injuries recorded since OCHA began documenting casualties in the oPt (occupied Palestinian territories) in 2005,” the report said. More . . .
| IOF KIDNAPS 25 PALESTINIANS IN WEST BANK RAIDS
The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) at dawn Monday arrested 25 Palestinians during West Bank sweeps. ___The PIC reporter said that the IOF raided Kobar village, north of Ramallah, and arrested 12 Palestinian citizens. ___Other Palestinians, including two ex-prisoners and a lawyer, were arrested in campaigns targeting Silwad and Ras Karkar villages, east and west of Ramallah respectively . . . More . . .
~~ Israeli forces demolish agricultural structure in Masafer Yatta More . . .
~~ Israel seizes 1,200 dunams of Palestinian land for new settlement More . . .
| ISRAEL CONTINUES TO DENY TREATMENT ABROAD TO GAZANS INJURED IN BORDER PROTESTS
The Israeli authorities continued in November to deny Gazans injured in the border protest access to medical treatment outside the besieged Gaza Strip. ___In its monthly report on health access barriers for patients in the occupied Palestinian territory for the month of November, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that out of 51 permit applications in November for people injured during the protests seeking treatment outside Gaza, only four applications were approved, six were denied and 41 delayed. More . . .
~~ Video: Israel-Palestine Tensions: UN says Israel has no justification for Gaza killings More . . .
~~ Israel Launches Aistrikes on Gaza More . . .
COMMENTARY AND OPINION
| WHO REPORT: PALESTINIANS’ ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE AT MERCY OF ISRAEL
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released its monthly report of the situation patients have been facing in Palestine in November 2018. ___Due to the impoverished circumstances in Gaza, many residents need to travel outside the confines of the Israeli-Gazan border to receive appropriate health care. However, despite necessity of medical care, access to these hospitals and facilities has been routinely obstructed by Israeli security. ___In November 2018, there were 2,519 applications to cross the Erez border for health care. 29% were children, 16% of applicants were 60 years plus, 43% female and 92% were medically funded by Palestinian Ministry of Health. More . . .
NOTICES FROM ORGANIZATIONS
| A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM MAP (MEDICAL AID TO PALESTINIANS) CEO AIMEE SHALAN
This year has been yet another difficult and tragic one for Palestinians. ___The shocking use of force by Israeli forces against demonstrators in Gaza has killed scores and injured thousands. . . ___Demolitions continue to be a day-to-day reality for many Palestinians in the West Bank. Not only have individual homes and buildings such as schools been demolished, but entire villages like Khan al Ahmar have been threatened . . . ___We have also witnessed a dangerous politicisation of humanitarian aid, with the US administration cutting all funding to UNRWA . . . These cuts greatly threaten Palestinian refugees’ access to healthcare, education and emergency food assistance. __Amid such bleak circumstances, I am incredibly proud of all that MAP has achieved and want to thank our supporters for their generosity and kind support – facilitating our essential and lifesaving work More . . . Donate . . .
POEM FOR THE DAY
“RE: CEMETERIES IN PALESTINIAN CAMPS SHORT ON SPACE/DAILY STAR/16.06.12,” BY JEHAN BSEISO
And so, the cemeteries are full –
In Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Gaza.
We will soon bury Palestinians above ground.
Nowhere to live and now,
No quiet place to die, with dignity.
Raise high the beams – carpenters, death architects.
Soon, your walls will reach the sky.
From: I REMEMBER MY NAME: POETRY BY SAMAH SABAWI, RAMZY BAROUD, JEHAN BSEISO. Vacy Vlazna, editor. London: Novum Publishing, 2016. Available from publisher.