ICC Actions Against Israel: A New Chapter

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has taken a significant step by suspending Israel’s perceived impunity, seeking arrest warrants for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant. This marks a watershed moment, challenging the long-held notion that Israeli leaders are beyond the reach of international law. The ICC’s chief prosecutor, Karim Khan, has punctured the myth of Israel’s immunity, opening the door for further legal scrutiny of actions taken by Israeli officials and soldiers since 7 October 2023.

Thisdevelopment has far-reaching implications. The ICC’s move is a direct response to Israel’s actions during its offensive in Gaza, which has resulted inthe displacement of 1.93 million Palestinians and the deaths of over 400,00individuals, predominantly women and children. By pursuing these warrants, the ICC aims to hold Israeli leaders accountable for policies that have inflicted severe humanitarian crises, including the long-standing siege of Gaza. This legal action underscores the court’s commitment to uphold justice and challenges the international community to reconsider its stance on Israel’s actions.

For Palestinians and the global community, this represents a critical moment of reckoning. The ICC’s intervention seeks to address the longstanding grievances of Palestinian communities and to challenge the cycle of violence and impunity. As the situation continues to evolve, the ICC’s actions may pave the way for broader international accountability and a renewed focus on human rights in the region.

The United Nations’ Role and Failures in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

The United Nations has played a crucial role in addressing the longstanding conflict between Israel and Palestine, actively engaging in efforts to seek a peaceful resolution. However, despite these efforts, the recent escalation of violence on October 7, 2023, marked by Palestinian armed groups launching rockets towards Israel and breaching the perimeter fence of Gaza, has led to devastating consequences.

In response to the escalation, the Israeli military declared a state of war alert and initiated strikes on targets within the Gaza Strip, including residential buildings and healthcare facilities. The resulting casualties and displacement have been staggering, with thousands killed and over a million individuals displaced, leaving parts of Gaza in ruins.

Despite its mandate to promote peace and security, the United Nations has faced criticisms for its perceived failure to effectively support the Palestinian population during these dire circumstances. Many have questioned the adequacy of the UN’s response in mitigating the humanitarian crisis and fostering a sustainable path towards peace in the region.

It’s imperative for the international community, including the United Nations, to redouble efforts to address the root causes of the conflict and to provide meaningful support to all affected parties, with a focus on alleviating the suffering of civilians and advancing the prospects for a just and lasting peace in the region.

Health Sector Challenges and Anticipations

On behalf of the health professionals and the entire staff of the Palestinian Ministry of Health, I would like to express my deepest gratitude for your kind personalities attending this conference entitled (Health Sector Challenges and Anticipations) aiming at discussing the challenges and the future anticipations of the health sector in Gaza Strip to coordinate the efforts towards meeting the growing needs of the health sector in Gaza Strip, that has been under blockade for 15 years.

We in the Palestinian ministry of health would like to assure you that your support has been directed towards people who suffer not only four wars and the Great March of Return since 2008 but also the consequences of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic on 2 million populations who live in poverty and pain.
The last Israeli aggression puts the health care system on the verge of collapse. With every Israeli aggression, violation of the international laws are being committed, Israeli aggression forces have deliberately been targeting health facilities including hospitals, primary health care centres, doctors, paramedics, ambulances and main roads leading to hospitals delaying the accessibility of patients and wounded to health services. In the last Israeli aggression, the Israeli airstrikes killed Dr. Ayman Abu al-Auf, may he rest in peace, he was the head of an internal medicine department in Al-Shifa hospital, leading the battle against COVID-19 in Gaza Strip.
The death toll of the last aggression has risen to 257, including 66 children, 39 women and 17 elderly. The injured have reached 1948, including 277 children and 412 women. The Israeli aggression was coincident with an ongoing closure of the Beit Hanoun crossing, denying the accessibility of patients for treatment in the West Bank and Jerusalem. There have been Israeli claims of allowing critical cases but despite that, they refused to respond to dozens of permit requests applied by the Health Ministry’s Coordination and Liaison department on behalf of patients with serious diseases, whose treatment is not available at Gaza hospitals. Between the 25th and 30th of May 138 patients out of 151 were denied access to their treatment to succumb to their destiny from treatable complications, and let me commemorate all those who passed away while awaiting their travel permission including Hasan Ahmed Abed Al-Kharti, who had tongue and throat cancer, and died on Sunday, 30th May, 2021.
According to records of the Palestinian Ministry of Health, hospitals, and medical centres in Gaza Strip currently suffer from a serious shortage of 45% of the essential drugs list and 33% of medical consumables and 56% of the laboratory products and blood banking supplies. Health care personnel are working with only 50% of their salaries.
Today we have thousands of patients who are expecting MOH to continue treating them for instance there are 1000 patients with renal failure and in need for dialysis. Around 8700 cancer patients are waiting for their treatment permission across the Beit Hanoun checkpoint.
The Israeli drone threats are still existing in our sky, the blockade is tightened, and the problem of medication shortage is not yet solved.
All thanks to the medical staff who dedicated their efforts to help and protect their people even if this means putting their lives at risk. The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza highly appreciates your presence here today, your efforts to stand with the health care system supporting it, trying to rebuild its capacity and strength in those difficult times to enhance our preparedness and readiness.
All proposals are available on request at the International Cooperation Department in MOH, Gaza.
kindly, accept my high appreciation and steamed respect.
Thank you

Dr. Yousef Abu Al-Rish

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Thousands march for Palestinian rights in London amid G7 summit

Thousands of people have attended a pro-Palestine solidarity march in London, calling on the Group of Seven (G7) leaders currently meeting in southwest England to support Palestinian rights.

As part of the “Resist G7: Day of Action for International Justice” rally, demonstrators on Saturday marched towards Prime Minister Borris Johnson’s official residence in Downing Street, chanting and holding placards to protest Israel’s policies in the occupied Palestinian territory.

The protesters demanded an end to what they said is complicity in Israel’s war crimes against the Palestinians by the United Kingdom and other G7 governments.

Former Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn attended the march and addressed the crowd.

“At today’s Justice For Palestine demonstration in London, I also called for a halt to arms sales,” Corbyn wrote on Twitter.

“UK-made weapons are killing civilians – including children – in conflicts abroad. This must stop,” he said.

The rally came as the informal club of seven leading economies – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States – were meeting in Cornwall face-to-face for the first time in two years to tackle the global health crisis and climate change.

Israel’s 11 day bombing killed 253 Palestinians, including at least 66 children, leaving behind many buildings, homes and infrastructure destroyed in the besieged enclave.

UN appeals for $95m for urgent Palestinian aid

United Nations says appeal will mostly address ‘very immediate needs’ in Gaza such as food, health and medical supplies after 11 days of fighting. The United Nations has appealed for $95m to help Palestinians over the next three months in Gaza, the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, after 11 days of the worst fighting between Israel and Palestinians in years.

Lynn Hastings, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the Palestinian territories, said the UN was currently looking at immediate aid needs and would then assess the longer term damage and how much might be needed for reconstruction.

Image: Palestinians sit in a makeshift tent amid the rubble of their houses which were destroyed by Israeli air strikes [Mohammed Salem/Reuters]

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