Israel confiscates Palestinian clinic tents designated for coronavirus treatment

28th Mar 2020
Israel confiscates Palestinian clinic tents designated for coronavirus treatment

B’tselem (Israeli human rights group): Israel confiscated materials used to build a field clinic designated for coronavirus treatment for Palestinians.

On Thursday, 26 March, at around 7:30 am, officials from Israel’s Civil Administration in the West Bank arrived with a military jeep escort, a bulldozer and two flatbed trucks with cranes at the Palestinian community of Khirbet Ibziq in the northern Jordan Valley. They confiscated poles and sheeting that were meant to form eight tents, two for a field clinic, and four for emergency housing for residents evacuated from their homes, and two as makeshift mosques. The force also confiscated a tin shack in place for more than two years, as well as a power generator and sacks of sand and cement. Four pallets of cinder blocks intended for the tent floors were taken away and four others demolished.

As the whole world battles an unprecedented and paralyzing healthcare crisis, Israel’s military is devoting time and resources to harassing the most vulnerable Palestinian communities in the West Bank, that Israel has attempted to drive out of the area for decades.

Shutting down a first-aid community initiative during a health crisis is an especially cruel example of the regular abuse inflicted on these communities, and it goes against basic human and humanitarian principles during an emergency.

Unlike Israel’s policies, this pandemic does not discriminate based on nationality, ethnicity or religion. It is high time the government and military acknowledged that now, of all times, Israel is responsible for the health and wellbeing of the five million Palestinians who live under its control in the Occupied Territories.

In addition to the shocking destruction of the clinic under construction, the Civil Administration is continuing its demolition routine. Today, it demolished three seasonal homes of farmers who are residents of Jerusalem, in the village of ‘Ein a-Duyuk a-Tahta west of Jericho.

Whilst on Friday, accroding to imemc,org, Israeli settlers attacked Palestinian herders and other civilians in the village of Al-Tuwani, south of Hebron in the southern occupied West Bank, according to a local activist.

Fo’ad Amour, a local rights activist, told Palestinian WAFA News Agency that Israeli settlers, accompanied by attack dogs, assaulted herders in the village and injured one of them in his abdomen and hand. He was moved to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.

It is important to note that illegal Israeli settlers attacked and injured 2 Palestinian farmers with sharp tools, on Tuesday, as they worked on their land in Umm Safa, northwest of Ramallah.

In addition, on Wednesday, several illegal Israeli settlers, invaded the sacred al-Aqsa Mosque, under police guard, despite the closure due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to Days of Palestine.

Local sources said that dozens of extremist settlers, escorted by police officers, forced their way into al-Aqsa Mosque compound and performed Talmudic rituals near the al-Buraq Wall.

Jerusalem’s Department of Islamic Awqaf and Aqsa Mosque’s Affairs recently closed holy al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem to Muslim worshipers as a precautionary measure to combat the spread of the coronavirus in the occupied territories.

[Photo: A healthcare worker checks a baby at a school which is turned by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) into a clinic for patients with respiratory system disorders as a precaution against the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Gaza City, Gaza on March 18, 2020.

[Photographer: Ali Jadallah/AA]

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