Palestine still ‘the Greatest Moral Issue of Our Time’

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Editor’s note: This post is an abridged version of John Pilger’s address to the Palestinian Expo in London last Saturday (pictured above). Pilger’s earlier documentary “Palestine Is Still the Issue” can be viewed below.

By John Pilger, TruthDig, 10 July 2017

Palestine Remains ‘the Greatest Moral Issue of Our Time’

When I first went to Palestine as a young reporter in the 1960s, I stayed on a kibbutz. The people I met were hard-working, spirited and called themselves socialists. I liked them.

One evening at dinner, I asked about the silhouettes of people in the far distance, beyond our perimeter.

“Arabs,” they said, “nomads.” The words were almost spat out. Israel, they said, meaning Palestine, had been mostly wasteland, and one of the great feats of the Zionist enterprise was to turn the desert green.

They gave as an example their crop of Jaffa oranges, which was exported to…

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Starved of power, Gazans suffer oppressive heatwave

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Electricity crisis is caused by the 11-year-old strict Israeli crisis imposed on Gaza

During the current heatwave, Gaza residents, who do not have electricity to cool themselves off due to Israeli siege, are struggling to survive.

“Sometimes I go around flipping on different sides of my bed for an hour before I can fall asleep. It is humiliating,” Sami told an Israeli newspaper

During the current heatwave, Gaza residents, who do not have electricity to cool themselves off due to Israeli siege, are struggling to survive.

Sami, a medical intern in the Gaza Strip, is struggling to sleep due to the heatwave which is roasting the region, where temperatures have been soaring to 37°C (98°F). The heat in his room is overpowering, and the mosquitoes do not help either. But due to an ongoing electricity crisis, he cannot cool himself off, or even plug in the device that wards off the biting insects.

“Sometimes I go around flipping on different sides of my bed for an hour before I can fall asleep. It…

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The Qatar crisis and the impact on Gaza

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The blockade of Qatar by other regional powers could descend into a major conflagration. It is also likely to have a serious impact on Gaza. Here is a selection of recent TV reports and viewpoints:

AP Archive report, 11 June 2017

The Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), Jan Egeland said on Tuesday he was concerned the dispute between Qatar and it’s neighbours could cut off Qatari help to the blocked Gaza Strip.
Qatar is among the biggest contributors to Gaza in terms of aid and infrastructure.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, as well as Egypt, severed diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday, accusing the gas-rich nation of supporting regional “terrorist” groups.
The four nations also moved to cut off Qatar’s land, sea and air routes to the outside world.
During a news conference in Jerusalem, Egeland said Gulf countries as well as Iran and…

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Palestinian prisoners’ health deteriorates as the hunger strike enters its second month

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This week approximately 1,000 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons entered their second month of a hunger strike over conditions and medical rights. Their demands to the Israeli Prison Services include better and consistent access to healthcare; more liberal family visit policies; and an end to solitary confinement and administrative detention.

The issue of prisoners’ access to adequate medical treatment was highlighted in a joint statement from Palestinian and Israeli human rights organisations (Addameer, Adalah, the Arab Association for Human Rights and Physicians for Human Rights – Israel) last week which urged Israel to “cease its ongoing, systematic human rights violations against the hunger-strikers”:

“The quality and range of healthcare services available to prisoners held in Israeli prisons and detention facilities are considerably lower than those provided to the general population in Israel. Further, the IPS and the Ministry of Internal Security administers the health care system in prisons, rather…

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‘Death is the only thing that will stop this’: Prisoners enter 33rd day of hunger strike

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Day 33 Hungerstrike

Some of Palestine’s most high-profile prisoners. From left to right: Fouad Shubaki, Nael Barghouthi, Karim Yunis, Ahmad Saadat, Marwan Barghouthi

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Palestinians have continued to be transferred between Israeli prisons and to prison field clinics as the health conditions of some 1,300 hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners have continued to deteriorate as they entered the 33rd day of the mass strike on Friday, while clashes have erupted with Israeli forces across the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip in support of the hunger strikers.

The media committee formed to support the hunger strike reported that Israel Prison Service (IPS) has continued transferring Palestinian hunger strikers between Israeli prisons, with many hunger strikers being transferred from prisons located in southern Israel to the north.
All hunger-striking prisoners in Israel’s Nafha prison, where 400 hunger strikers are being held — the largest group of hunger strikers among the prisons, to Hadarim prison, and…

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Health of 90% of hunger strikers seriously deteriorating

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Image of Palestinian hunger striker Mohamed Al-Qeq in hospital on 13 February 2016 [View from East Jerusalem/Facebook]

Middle East Monitor report, 15 May 2017

Health of 90% of hunger strikers seriously deteriorating

Ninety per cent of hunger striking Palestinian prisoners being held in Israel’s Nafha prison have seen their health deteriorate significantly, the strikers media committee revealed in a statement.

The Media Committee of the Freedom and Dignity Strike, a joint group formed by the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society (PPS) and Palestinian Committee for Prisoners’ Affairs, said the hunger strikers are falling unconscious as a result of their deteriorated health conditions as the strike enters its 28th day.

The statement quoted two Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike as saying:

The prisoners have lost about 20 kilogrammes each while the prison administration continues its crackdown on the prisoners, especially the raids and searches of their rooms.

They explained that prisoners are…

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