Thursday, December 20, 2007
Authenticated Israeli Crime in Gaza: killing patients in cold blood
Dec 20th 2007, PCAS
For the past 6 months Israeli occupation has committed illegal and savage massacres against Palestinians. The actions they have undertaken (massacres), are flagrant and obvious violations of human rights law, the IV Geneva Convention and other international human rights laws and charters. Infants, old men and old women have been killed in cold blood. Yet Israel and its occupation forces say, "we are defending ourselves and own country!" Therefore, we ask a question! Are old men, old women and infants holding guns? Are they firing rockets? Are they…. Are they and are they! Wonders will not end by the end of these words.
The more astonishing reality is the fact of those people in the following pictures. They are mostly patients with chronic diseases. They are being killed due to the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip. Israel is firing, shooting and preventing them from having medicine (nothing is allowed to enter into Gaza) as well as banning them from traveling abroad to recieve medical cure.
Ironically, those patients are in serious health situations and they are spending their time in Intensive Care Unit, ICU. However, Israel is always rejecting their medical requests to leave for medication outside Gaza! The pretext given by Israel is, "they are a source of danger to our state."
Hence, we raise some questions with the help of patients' pictures in Gaza's hospitals. Are those powerless people able to bother Israel by blowing themselves up? Are they able to fire or shoot? Why they are banned from having medications abroad? Why are Israelis rejecting letting medicine into the Gaza Strip?
It's remarkable that the health sector has been rapidly and dramatically affected by the siege. According to the latest Humanitarian Situation Report of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) released on October 9th, 2007, fewer than five patients crossed into Israel/West Bank each day for medical treatment compared to an average of 40 patients per day in July. The World Health Organization has indicated, though, that an average of 1000 patients used to leave Gaza for treatment each month prior to the mid-June closures. But now, all patients are banned from leaving besieged Gaza for urgent surgeries and medication!
The following pictures exclusively have been taken by Popular Committee Against Siege (PCAS). They are some of siege ramifications on the health sector.