Stop the Gaza genocide immediately by Muhammad Abu Salmiya

PLEASE TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW AND SEND YOUR LETTER TO THE UN OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL ADVISER ON THE PREVENTION OF GENOCIDE AND THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT PROSECUTOR.

I am employed as the Director of Al-Shifa Hospital. What is happening in Gaza cannot be fully described in words. This brief Correspondence is a plea to every human being to help stop this genocide right now—we cannot live like this; the world should not be silent about the killing of civilians in the thousands.

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Morphine for Gaza? Limits of care during genocidal violence by Rachel Coghlan, James Smith, Osaid Alser

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  • In Gaza, during escalations in Israeli aggression and clearly illustrated in the current crisis, most palliative care needs are the direct consequence of life-threatening injuries sustained after Israeli military violence, coupled with the intentional decimation of the health-care system and the blatant denial of life-sustaining assistance. The decision to provide palliative care for many Palestinians is rarely—if ever—biomedically determined at the limits of comprehensive health-care provision. Rather, the threshold for palliative care is dynamic and politically determined by the Israeli state’s impunity to its international legal obligations as related to the right to health as an occupying power.
  • … We must expose and remediate these root causes of suffering by advocating for an immediate end to the genocidal violence perpetrated against the Palestinian people. Such acknowledgment and action is the necessary response from a profession whose role is to promote dignity, care, and compassion in death and dying.

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WHO’s erasure of Palestinians must cease by Richard Horton on The Lancet

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Palestinian life expectancy, infant and under-5 mortality, and maternal mortality were all worse than those of the occupying nation. Occupation created successive financial crises for the health sector. Movement restrictions, violence, obstructions to the delivery of health care, the arrest and detention of health workers, and damage to health facilities have all shrunk the humanitarian space for Palestinians. Dr Ghada Jadba, who leads UNRWA’s Gaza field health programme, reported the effects of four wars on the Gaza Strip since 2007. Dr Ameer Qoulaq, a UNRWA medical officer in Gaza, described how 22 of his relatives were killed during an attack in May, 2021.

… One choice his agency has made is to erase the existence of over 5 million people from its “comprehensive” assessment of world health—WHO’s flagship World Health Statistics 2022… WHO is guilty of nothing less than statistical genocide—the deliberate elimination of a people with the aim of extinguishing their existence.

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