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Israel Bans the famous doctor Mads Gilbert from Gaza and for life? Under which authority?

Israeli authorities cited security reasons for shutting Doctor Gilbert out from the Gaza Strip.

And it refused too the International investigative team to enter Gaza.

The Norwegian 67-year-old has travelled to and from Gaza to treat Palestinians.

This summer, the chief physician who lives and works in northern Norway, was back working at Shifa hospital, Gaza, where he spend more than 50 days treating many of the 11,000 injured.

14 Nov 2014

A Norwegian doctor, Mads Gilbert, has been hit with a lifetime ban from entering Gaza by the Israeli government.

The doctor was attempting to return to the region in October to help in the hospital and was stopped by Israeli officials from entering.

Gilbert says: “When we came back to the Erez border station, the Israeli soldiers told me that I could not go in to Gaza.”
Now the Israeli government is stating that Gilbert is banned for security reasons, according to an email from the Norwegian embassy in Tel Aviv.
The embassy took up the case on Gilbert’s behalf after he was refused entry last month.
Norway’s Secretary of State, Bård Glad Pedersen, said to VG:
 “From the Norwegian perspective, we have raised Gilbert’s exclusion from Gaza and asked Israel to change their decision. The humanitarian situation in Gaza is still difficult and there is a need for all health workers.”
Gilbert himself believes the decision is connected to his critical comments against the state of Israel.
The outspoken peace activist wrote a letter to the global media in July this year in which he spoke about the extreme conditions at the Gaza hospital where he worked.
Also,

Israel announced Wednesday it will refuse entry to United Nations human rights investigators who seek to probe potential war crimes committed in the latest 50-day military assault on Gaza.

The 47-member UN Human Rights Council in July approved the inquiry into “all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and the occupied Gaza Strip in the context of military operations conducted since mid June,” focusing on the actions of Israel as well as Hamas.

Twenty-nine nations voted in favor of the investigation, with the U.S. issuing the sole “no” vote.

In a Wednesday evening statement reported by numerous media outlets, Israel’s foreign ministry spokesperson Emmanuel Nahshon announced that Israel will not cooperate with the rights council’s commission, which is headed by international law professor William Schabas.

As a result, the investigators will not be allowed to enter Gaza through the Erez crossing, which is under Israel’s control. The Rafah crossing was recently closed off by the Egyptian government, meaning that entry is likely to be difficult for the UN team.

In his statement, Nahshon accused the rights council of “obsessive hostility toward Israel,” echoing Israel’s previous condemnation of the investigation as a “kangaroo court.”

Critics charge that the UN, in fact, does not go far enough, as U.S. veto power prevents the international community from acting on this and other inquiries, including the Goldstone Report, which reviewed a previous Israeli military attack on Gaza in 2009.

Nahshon’s statements are in keeping with Israel’s repeated dismissal of criticisms for the war on Gaza, which killed at least 2,194 Palestinians, at least 75% of them civilians and over 500 of them children.

Seventy-two Israelis, six of them civilians, also died in the conflict. Israel destroyed over half of Gaza’s hospitals and health centers and struck six UN schools sheltering Palestinians, including in cases where the UNRWA formally submitted coordinates of the shelters to the Israeli military. Israel has been accused of possible war crimes in the offensive by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. 

This is not the first time Israel has publicly criticized the rights council. Israel severed ties with the body in 2012, following the council’s launch of an investigation into Israeli settlements in the West Bank, considered illegal under international law.

It’s business as usual for Israel to commit severe human rights violations and war crimes and refuse to be held accountable,” Ramah Kudaimi of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation told Common Dreams. “Now it’s time for the international community to take real action and sanction Israel.”

Note: The letter of Gilbert that antagonized Israel establishment

“The heroes in the ambulances and in all of Gaza’s hospitals are working 12-24hrs shifts, grey from fatigue and inhuman workloads (without payment at all in Shifa for the last 4 months).

They care, triage, try to understand the incomprehensible chaos of bodies, sizes, limbs, walking, not walking, breathing, not breathing, bleeding, not bleeding humans.

HUMANS. Now, once more treated like animals by ‘the most moral army in the world” (as Israel disseminate this propaganda).

“My respect for the wounded is endless, in their contained determination in the midst of pain, agony and shock; my admiration for the staff and volunteers is endless; my closeness to the Palestinian sumud [steadfastness] gives me strength, although in [some of the] glimpses I just want to scream, hold someone tight, cry, smell the skin and hair of the warm child, covered in blood, protect ourselves in an endless embrace – but we cannot afford that: nor can they.

“Ashy grey faces – oh NO! Not one more load of tens of maimed and bleeding: we still have lakes of blood on the floor in the ER, piles of dripping, blood-soaked bandages to clear out. The cleaners [are] everywhere, swiftly shoveling the blood and discarded tissues, hair, clothes, cannulas – the leftovers from death – all taken away… [only] to be prepared again, to be repeated all over.

More than 100 cases came to Shifa [in the] last 24 hrs, enough for a large well trained hospital with everything, but here [there is] almost nothing: electricity, water, disposables, drugs, OR-tables, instruments, monitors – all rusted and as if taken from museums of yesterdays hospitals. But they do not complain, these heroes. They get on with it, like warriors, head on, enormous[ly] resolute.

“And as I write these words to you, alone, on a bed, my tears flow, the warm but useless tears of pain and grief, of anger and fear. This is not happening!

And then, just now, the orchestra of the Israeli war-machine starts its gruesome symphony again: salvos of artillery from the navy boats just down on the shores, the roaring F16, the sickening drones (Arabic ’Zennanis’, the hummers), and the cluttering Apaches. So much made and paid in and by US.

“Mr. Obama – do you have a heart?

“I invite you – spend one night – just one night – with us in Shifa. Disguised as a cleaner, maybe.

I am convinced, 100%, it would change history. Nobody with a heart AND power could ever walk away from a night in Shifa without being determined to end the slaughter of the Palestinian people.

“But the heartless and merciless have done their calculations and planned another Dahiya onslaught on Gaza. The rivers of blood will keep running the coming night. I can hear they have tuned their instruments of death.

Please. Do what you can. …This cannot continue.”

Who is doctor Mads Gilbert?
  • Born in Oslo, 1947.
  • Head physician specializing in anesthesiology at University Hospital of North Norway.
  • Over 30 years working in international conflict areas, especially Gaza.
  • Awards include Fritt Ords Honorary Prize (2009).
  • Appointed Commander to the Order of St Olaf (2013).
  • Received PhD at University of Iowa.

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Do you Acknowledge Apartheid Exists?

And Why the US didn’t want to bomb Israel as this apartheid State used chemical weapons on Palestinians, Lebanese…?

When discussing Israel’s use of chemical weapons, you hear many justifications, excuses and obfuscations to minimize the criminal element of “Operation Cast Lead” that lasted just over 3 weeks from December 28th, 2008 to January 18th, 2009.

The timing of Operation Cast Lead is important since the U.S. and the world was focused on the horror of an economic downward spiral and the hope of a new way forward …

President Barack Obama was waiting for his inauguration at this point.

Many Israel advocates like to claim that this isn’t illegal and that Israel used white phosphorous bombs (which is irrefutable and the Israeli government acknowledges) only as a smoke screen.

GAZA

No, this isn’t photoshopped.  If this isn’t a war crime then I don’t know what is.

See more at: http://www.apartheidexists.com/why-didnt-the-u-s-invade-israel-when-it-used-chemical-weapons-on-palestinians/#sthash.2MYn1PnE.dpuf

Under international law – white phosphorous may be used as a smoke screen but not on civilian populations.  Gaza is one of the most densely populated ares in the world and Israel’s use of white phosphorous is very clearly being used over civilian areas.  Operation Cast Lead resulted in 1,417 Palestinian and 13 Israeli deaths; 4 of them were from friendly fire.

The United Nations conducted an investigation and released the now famous Goldstone report which acknowledged that Israel’s use of white phosphorous was indeed a war crime.  It was after significant pressure and a couple of years later – the author retracted his report’s findings.

The United Nations Human Right Council, however, still found Israel guilty of war crimes and they ordered that Israel compensate Palestinian families for the damage caused by the Israeli government.  They wrote HERE:

The approval of USD 85 million worth of United Nations projects remains pending. Israel recently released 20,000 tons of construction materials for Gaza’s private sector. However, the border closures and restrictions on passage through border crossings continue to seriously negatively affect the population of the Gaza Strip. Over 75% of the units needed to replace homes destroyed during Operation Cast Lead have not been constructed. Gaza’s unemployment rate remains high. This combines with the urgent demand for construction materials to reconstruct homes, schools and other infrastructure to result in thousands of people continuing to risk their lives to work in tunnels along the border with Egypt.

If another country took this kind of action – the U.S. would be invading them.

Not only did the U.S. not invade Israel, we give them money to continue their human rights violations and we continue to veto any resolution to hold Israel accountable on the UN security council.  And we wonder why so many other countries hate the U.S.

Quite simply – we live by double standards:

We support democracy only if its the result we want is satisfactory. Cases of Gaza 2006, Iran 1953, Guatemala 1954, Congo 1960, Dominican Republican 1961, South Vietnam 1963, Brazil 1964, and Chile 1973 (source) to name only a select few not including many attempted coup attempts like Venezuela 2002 are proof enough.

The double standard continues for the use of chemical weapons.

President Obama is looking to attack Syria after an apparent chemical weapons attack although there are reports that these chemical weapons attack were in fact not committed by the Syrian government (source).

President Obama claims that we must set a red line for those countries willing to utilize chemical weapons; he has however not taken the same stance with the Israeli government despite countless human rights violations.

One of the most ironic elements of this entire situation is that the #1 force pushing for an attack on Syria is Israel and their lobbying arm AIPAC (source).

Israel’s military has said that it will not use white phosphorous “for the time being” with two exceptions that the state attorney would not disclose in a public hearing in front of the Israeli High Court; the Israeli High Court dismissed a petition to make the use of white phosphorous illegal (source).

So – the Israeli military can’t be held accountable externally because the U.S. blocks any resolutions on the UN Security Council and it won’t be held accountable internally because the Israeli High Court has prioritized the promises of the military over “right and wrong”.

The impact of white phosphorous:

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Photo Fady Awan Gaza City January 8 2009

Palestinian Mohamed Ahmed is treated for burns at the Nasser Hospital in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on January 12, 2009.

Ghada Abu Halima, 21, who was gravely injured by IDF white phosphorus in Gaza. Abu Halima later died of her wounds (photo: Muhammad Sabah / B’tzelem) White Phosphorous victim in Gaza

Banned Willie Pete victim in Gaza

Remember these images when someone tries to make excuses for Israel’s use of chemical weapons on the Palestinian people.

– See more at: http://www.apartheidexists.com/why-didnt-the-u-s-invade-israel-when-it-used-chemical-weapons-on-palestinians/#sthash.2MYn1PnE.dpuf

“Time for Outrage”, “Indignez-vous”: Who are Gene Sharp, Stephane Hessel, Assad Abou-Khalil, Adonis49?

Gene Sharp, 83-year old, have been disseminating for decades articles on non-violent revolutions such as “From dictatorship to democracy” that has been on the net in 24 languages.

Sharp served a prison term of 9 months as a conscious objector to the war in Korea and participated in sit-ins against black segregation in the 60’s.

Sharp is overwhelmed by the discipline of the Egyptian demonstrators and their poised calm.  “When the people is no longer scared of the dictator, it means the dictator is not going to last for long” writes Sharp.

Sharp studied Gandhi’s teachings and methods to promoting civic rights, freedom of speech… The conclusions were that for snatching liberty, the non-violent movements have got to be organized and methodical.

Ahmed Maher, an Egyptian activist of the April 6 Movement, discovered Sharp’s files while studying the Serbian movement Otpor, which contributed to the downfall of Slobodan Milosevic. A clandestine group organized a meeting in Cairo a few years ago to discuss non-violent uprising and Sharp’s strategies for non-violent protests were analyzed.

Hugo Chavez, and the Iranian and Burman regimes accuse Sharp of being an infiltrated CIA agent. In 1989, Sharp happened to be in China to witnessing the Tiananmen Square upheaval.  In 1990, Sharp was in Myanmar at the invitation of the retired colonel Robert Helvey.

The founder of the blog “The angry Arab news services“, Assad Abou-Khalil, is contesting the role of Sharp in the current Arab people uprising:  The western media are looking for a new Lawrence of Arabia to explaining the successes of the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt.  As if only foreign western impulses guarantee successes in the Arab World.

The late French Stephane Hessel, 93-year old, published lately a pamphlet of 27 pages titled “Indignez-vous”.

Hessel has published “Citizens without frontiers” and “Dance with the century”.

He wrote: “The foundation of the French resistance was based on indignation of German occupation. This was a straightforward indignation.  It is more complex to get outraged now, and to formulate rationally the causes for our wrath .  Indignation is shared by immigrants, downtrodden, ethnic minorities, and their realization of the increasing huge gap between the rich and the poorer classes.”

Hessel managed to enter Gaza on diplomatic visa after the Goldston report and witnessed the facts of crimes against humanity perpetrated by the Israeli army during 3 weeks of savage genocide on Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Adonis49 has been very angry lately and vented his wrath. He published a dozen articles on the social platform wordpress.com, sharp and to the point articles, on the events taking place in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen, Bahrein, Algeria, Morocco, Saudi Arabia…

He is reminding the people in the USA that all indicators are in favor of an US mass uprising by the lower middle class and the 20% of the downtrodden in this highly capitalist structured system, dominated by the multinational financial companies and the elite “old-money” classes.  I opened a special category called “Time for Outrage”

People marching counter to the wind” was coined by the Omaha Sioux tribe.  The international organizations such as Attac, Amnesty, International Federation for human rights… are the striking proof of this awareness.

Gene Sharp is about to publish “Sharp’s Dictionary of Power and Struggle”.

It is great to express your indignation and joining mass peaceful protesters and discussing plans for a better future and the array of valid non-military jobs and opportunities.


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