"Worse than Saharonim" | Report on a visit by PHR-Israel's delegation to the "Holot" detention facility
10, 2014, a delegation of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel)
visited the "Holot" detention facility for asylum seekers in the
Negev, and met about a 100 detainees. During the visit, the team examined 63
asylum seekers and talked to some 30 more about their medical services and
Don't let death go unaccountable: Death of a prisoner in hospital must be investigated
On February 25, 2014 PHR-Israel together with Adalah wrote to the Attorney General of Israel, Mr. Yehuda Weinstein, requesting that he will order an investigation as to the death circumstances of Mr. Jihad Al-Tawil, 47 years old. Mr. Al-Tawil, a resident of Jerusalem died today – February 25th – in Soroka Medical Center in Beer Sheba, where he was referred to by the IPS 15 days ago.
منظمة أطباء لحقوق الإنسان وعدالة يطالبون المستشار القضائي للحكومة ووزارة الصحّة الاسرائيلية بسحب دعمهم لاقتراح قانون "التغذية القسرية" للاسرى المضربين عن الطعام
اقتراح القانون هذا يتضمن مسًا خطيرًا بحقوق الإنسان والأخلاقيّات الطبيّة؛ شرعنة قانونيّة لممارسات تندرج تحت تعريف التعذيب، من خلال السماح بتغذية وعلاج المضربين عن الطعام قسرًا؛ واستخدام الأطباء والطب من أجل تحصيل تفوّق سياسي-أمني؛ كما أنه يتناقض جوهريًا مع قانون حقوق المريض والمواثيق الدوليّة.
A new plan presents alternatives to child detention: Team of Experts to Israeli Government: End Detention of Migrant Children
The End Child Detention
Coalition (EDC) - comprised of the Hotline for Refugees and Migrants,
for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI)’s ‘Israeli Children’ project,
for Human Rights – Israel and the UNHCR, formulated an action plan in the past few months,
recommending alternatives for child detention in Israel. The plan was presented
for the first time yesterday, February 10th, in aspecial Knesset hearing regarding alternatives to child
detention. The hearing was in joint conference of the Knesset Committee on the
Rights of the Child and the Committee on Foreign workers.
Human Rights Organisations call on the Israeli government to recognise the protection needs and rights of asylum seekers on its territory
Physicians for Human
Rights-Israel, Hotline for Refugees and Migrants and the Euro-Mediterranean
Human Rights Network call on the Israeli government to recognise the protection
needs and rights of asylum seekers on its territory.
A Year Since the Assault on Gaza (Pillar of Defence(
The extensive and deep destruction inflicted by Israel in its attack on the Gaza Strip in 2009 (known as “Cast Led Operation”) received a detailed documentation in The Goldstone Committee Report and in the numerous accounts of civil society organizations both in Israel and in the OPT. Thus, the destruction inflicted on the Gaza Strip during the military attack in 2012 (Operation Pillar of Defense) that lasted 8 days, received only little attention. A year had passed and reality demands that we look into the living conditions in the Gaza Strip and in the cities of southern Israel. Contrary to official propaganda, the lives and safety of residents of southern Israel will not be secured by the destruction and oppression of the lives of Gaza Strip residents.
Call to Action of the Bellagio Conference on Protection of Health Workers | PHR-Israel
In November, 2013, the Center for Public Health and Human Rights of the Johns HopkinsBloomberg School of Public Health convened 19 experts from the fields of humanitarianpractice, human rights, human security, academic research, government, and philanthropy,along with UN representatives and leaders from health professional associations, at Bellagio,Italy to address the grave problem of attacks on and interference with health care, particularly intimes of armed conflict and internal disturbances.
Gaza, January 1988 it is very cold. The streets are deserted. Streets, to be exact, passages of mud, rainwater with no runoff mixed with sewage water which also have no efficient drainage. Young people, lips blue from the cold, allow our white van to pass despite the general strike declared in Gaza. A total strike: all the stores are closed and no cars are on the road.
Letter to the Pope | Sr. Azezet Habtezghi Kidane, Comboni Sisters | 'Physicians for Human Rights - Israel'
"In the last few years I am living in the holy land and as part of my mission I volunteer for a non-profit organization named Physicians for Human Rights-Israel. I allow myself to write you this letter, since I heard that on the first Friday of November a meeting about anti-human trafficking is going to take place in the Vatican."
The Palestinian territory is divided and separated by Israel into 3 regions: Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Each year around 200,000 Palestinians patients and their family members apply for permits from the Israeli army to access hospitals outside their "region". Around 20% of the applications for permits are refused or denied, harming around 40,000 people each year. That is, one out of five patients misses their hospital appointments due to not receiving permits on time.
Abeer, an 8 year old girl from the Gaza Strip | Case Report
Abeer (alias), an eight year old girl from the Gaza Strip, was diagnosed, at the local hospital, with leukemia. Similar to other cases in the Gaza Strip, There was no treatment available and accessible for Abeer within Gaza. As regular in such cases, the PA supplied the financial aid to cover the expenses of Israeli hospital, according to the arrangements between the PA and Israel. From that moment, Abeer's accessibility to medical care was in the hands of the Israeli security forces (DCO and GSS).
PHR-Israel calls for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Hassan Turabi
Hassan Turabi , 22, a cancer patient , died today in Haemek Medical Centre, after being released unexpectedly by IPS in early October this year, with severe and life-threatening internal bleeding. Hassan was arrested and held by the IPS from January 2013 to early October 2013 when he was suddenly released .
Eritrean refugees dying on the road to freedom | Azezet Habtezghi Kidane
Sister Aziza, an Eritrean nun living in Israel, and nurse who volunteers at Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, mourns the tragic loss of life of Eritrean refugees in the recent Lampedusa shipwreck, and calls for international action against the torture camps in the Sinai.
The Palestinian women harmed by the Citizenship Law are revealed
A guard attempted to remove Nujood from the delivery room because she had no I.D., and Suzanne wants to take her son to an after-school activity, but she isn’t allowed to drive. Now they are uniting to obtain rights.
Hunger Strikes, Force Feeding and Imprisonment | Joint Statement July 31, 2013
Following the growing international discourse surrounding hunger strikes and force-feeding of Palestinians in Israeli prisons, detainees in the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camp and California prisons, we the undersigned Palestinian and Israeli civil society organizations, express our solidarity with hunger striking prisoners and detainees across the globe and express our opposition to the suppression of legitimate protests through severe punitive measures and force feeding.
Physicians for Human Rights – Israel' medical delegation to Gaza Strip , March 14-15, 2013'
A Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) – Israel medical delegation entered the Gaza Strip on Thursday and Friday, March 14-15, 2013. Despite submitting a request several weeks in advance, PHR-Israel's medical coordinator was only notified that the delegation had been given clearance late Wednesday night, leaving only a day to carry out the necessary coordination with Palestinian partners in Gaza and contact our affiliated volunteers. Needless to say, all involved began preparing immediately.
Physicians for Human Rights – Israel' medical delegation to Gaza Strip , December 16, 2012'
On Tuesday, December 11, PHR-Israel obtained a permit allowing our medical delegation to enter the Gaza Strip. We had submitted an initial application a month prior, on the third day of fighting, requesting immediate entry in order to provide medical aid and assistance according to the needs on the ground.
European Parliament Fact-finding Mission on Palestinian Political Prisoners
Palestinian and Israeli civil society organisations, urge the European Parliament (EP) Committee on Foreign Affairs to immediately dispatch a parliamentary fact-finding mission “to assess the current situation with regard to the detention conditions of Palestinian prisoners, including women and children, and the use of administrative detention”, in line with an EP resolution of 13 March 2013.
Current challenges facing African asylum seekers arriving in Israel via Sinai
As of May 2013, there were approximately 54,580 (May, 2013) asylum seekers in Israel who entered via the Egyptian Sinai border. Of these, 66% areEritrean, 25% are Sudanese, and the rest are from Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Somalia and other countries.20% of this population is female. Of these, an estimated 7,000 are people who were tortured and/or extorted for ransom in the Sinai, either by groups paid to smuggle them to Israel, or increasingly, as a result of kidnappings from Sudan and Ethiopia.
PHR-Israel, PCATI and Adalah call on Israel to fully renounce torture and ill treatment, and to commit to ending impunity that has allowed torture to continue as a practice in Israel
Human rights organizations call on Israel to use the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention Against Torture to fully renounce torture and ill treatment, and to commit to ending impunity that has allowed torture to continue as a practice in Israel.
Disregard for the Safety of Palestinian Medics in East Jerusalem
Abid and Hayat are Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem; they are also paramedics and colleagues Their testimonies have revealed an unwavering dedication to serve their community in face of difficult conditions: the result of a highly volatile political climate and frequent clashes between police and residents of the city. Police disturbing the work of medics has become routine.
When one is blind to occupation, one overlooks the struggle of little Rital to live | Nida Jeramana, Intervention Coordinator OPT Dept. PHR Israel
Rital Shwaki was born on April 1st 2013, a first child to Bashir and Jalal. Immidiately at birth she was diagnosed with a sever cardiac defect, which necessitate surgical intervention. But Rital – whose name means the a river in heavan – was born in Hebron, a city that like all others in the West Bank, is under Israel’s occupation. As is the rule in lives under occupation, some things are beyond reach, and indeed the city’s hospital lacks the required expertise and equipment needed to perform that surgery.
New Report: PHR-Israel Exposes Laundry List of Medical Ethics Violations Committed by the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) That Endangered the Lives of Hunger Striking Prisoners and Detainees | April 2013
Ahead of Palestinian Prisoners’ Day (April 17th) - and in light of the prolonged hunger strike currently waged by Palestinian Prisoner Samer ‘Issawi, as well as recent reports detailing the deaths of several Palestinian security prisoners - PHR-Israel releases an extensive report exposing a long list of medical ethics and human rights violations carried out by the IPS, specifically by prison medical practitioners, that endangered the lives of prisoners and detainees on hunger strike.
تصدر أطباء لحقوق الانسان تقريرا جديدا يكشف اخفاقات الجهاز الصحي التابع لمصلحة السجون الاسرائيلية وتعريضه لحياة الاسرى المضربين عن الطعام للخطر. تطالب المؤسسة باخراج الجهاز الصحي من سيطرة مصلحة السجون الى وزارة الصحة الاسرائيلية
بمناسبة حلول يوم الاسير الفلسطيني في 17 نيسان المقبل، ووقوفا عند الاضراب المطول والمتواصل عن الطعام للاسير سامر عيساوي وعدد آخر من الاسرى، وفي اعقاب استشهاد الاسير ميسرة ابو حمدية والاسير عرفات جردات، تنشر اليوم منظمة اطباء لحقوق الانسان تقرير شامل يكشف عن الفشل الاخلاقي والمهني الطبي لمصلحة السجون الاسرائيلية وجهاز الطبي التابع لها بشكل خاص وتعريضه حياة الاسرى للخطر وخضوعه المطلق لاعتبارات ادارية امنية وغير طبية مهنية او اخلاقية.
In the Spirit of Passover, Help PHR-Israel Defend the Health Rights of Refugees
Your support enables us to provide direct medical care to refugees and asylum seekers in our Open Clinic; to issue expert medical testimonies that prevent the deportation of critically ill patients and their families; to lobby the Ministry of Health and Members of Knesset (Parliament) to grant social residency, including health and welfare services, to victims of torture; and toact as ambassadors of change within our profession, training colleagues and medical students on medical ethics and the specific medical needs of asylum seekers.
Celebrate 25 Years of Human Rights Advocacy with a Donation to Physicians for Human Rights-Israel
Over the past 25 years, PHR-Israel’s dedicated members and volunteers have worked nonstop to defend human rights, express solidarity with society’s most vulnerable members, and oppose Israel’s ongoing military occupation. Each week, they join our Mobile Clinic, traveling throughout the West Bank to provide medical care to Palestinians living in rural areas.
This is Osama Rami, 15 years of age, who was treated yesterday during the PHR-Israel Medical Day that took place in the village of Qusra
This is Osama Rami, 15 years of age, who was treated yesterday during the Medical Day that took place in the village of Qusra. Osama was hit by a rubber bullet shot by the army at February 23rd, and he suffers from serious damage of the cornea.
14 Palestinian and Israeli Organisations Condemn Lack of Accountability for Torture of Palestinian Detainees
The Palestinian Human Rights Organisations Council (PHROC), along with Adalah, Public Committee Agains Torture in Israel and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, express their outrage at the death of Arafat Jaradat, 30, which, according tothe autopsy report of Dr Saber al-‘Aloul, Director of the Palestinian Medico-.legal Institute, was caused by torture and ill-treatment inflicted while in Israeli custody.
On route to Israel refugees are tortured for
ransom, in particular in the Sinai. About 1,5% of those held in the desert are
children accompanied by their parents, or single mothers; the vast majority is
from Eritrea. Once arrived in Israel, the Anti-Infiltration
Law foresees detention of refugees, incl. their children for up to three
years. Refugees from a so-called "Enemy State", e.g. Sudan may be
detained indefinitely, also their children. Child-detention is increasing and
prolonged confinement with limited access to legal presentation, health
services and primary education is the norm.
Immediate action needed to ensure Israel respects hunger-strikers’ rights
Addameer, Al-Haq and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel) express their grave concern for the health of four Palestinian hunger-strikers and outrage at the continued use by Israel of administrative detention.
Urgent Appeal: Prevent Deportations of Eritrean Asylum Seekers to Eritrea or Uganda
Israeli human rights groups are gravely concerned for the fate of 23 Eritrean asylum seekers under threat of deportation to Eritrea against their will. While the date of deportation remains unknown, we fear that thedeportations could happen over the next week. We ask that you urgently contact representatives in the Prime Minister's Office, Ministry of Interior, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to ensure that these deportations are prevented.
Israel Continues to Deny Hungers Strikers’ Basic Rights
'PHR – Israel' is gravely concerned by the conduct of various Israel authorities, whose actions repeatedly violate hunger strikers’ human rights and contravene Israeli laws and regulations, international conventions, and guidelines on medical ethics.
4 Palestinian Detainees on Hunger Strike - A Call for Urgent Action
PHR-Israel appeals to the Israeli and international public to help us in our determination to defend the right of these inmates to human dignity and to physical and mental health according to human rights and to medical professional and ethical norms.
After over a month and a half of intensive renovations, PHR-Israel's new and improved Open Clinic is open for business!
After over a month and a half of intensive renovations, PHR-Israel's new and improved Open Clinic is open for business! Over the duration of the renovations, the Open Clinic staff and volunteers encountered numerous asylum seekers and other status-less individuals who were denied access to basic medical and health services in emergency rooms, clinics, and hospitals.
PHR-Israel condemns the violent treatment of hunger striker, Samer Issawi and his family members while in Jerusalem’s Magistrate Court on Tuesday, December 18th and calls for the immediate release of Samer
When appearing for a court session in the Magistrate Court in Jerusalem, the Israel Prison Service (IPS) guards escorting Samer violently prevented him from establishing contact with his family members present in the court. This behavior is especially perturbing as it ignores his vulnerability following 123-days hunger strike, the fact that his life is at risk and he is almost completely incapable to move and uses a wheel chair.
Ayman Nasser, Human Rights Defender - Arrested by Israel
PHR Israel is concerned that Ayman’s arrest and persecution is part of an attempt to punish and curtail the work human rights defenders, thus criminalizing their work. During the past year PHR-Israel and Addameer jointly worked on behalf of the rights and demands of hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners and against arbitrary and administrative detentions. We view Ayman’s arrest as aiming to make such activities impossible.
Over 100 Women and Children Received Treatment in East Barta'a Yesterday, at a Special Mobile Clinic for Women Negatively Impacted by Israel's Citizenship Law
The special Mobile Clinic visit was conducted as part of a joint project of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel) and Shatil. The project aims to unbind social rights from civil status, and to assist Palestinian women (primarily those living along the Green Line) negatively impacted by the Citizenship Law in receiving social residency status that will enable them access to health and welfare services.
The Impacts of Operation "Pillar of Defense" on Children and Youth in the Gaza Strip and Israel
On November 20th, the world marked Universal Children's Day. On this day, the nations of the world commit to address the unique needs of children and youth, hear their voices, and take special measures to ensure their safety, security and wellbeing.
PHR-Israel’s Appeal to District Court Demanding: Immidately Transfer Ayman Sharawni to a Public Hospital without Shackling
Ayman’s Medical Condition: As PHR-Israel recently updated (23. Dec. 2012), our independent doctor visiting Ayman on November 22nd, determined that: “Ayman's physiological balance can be infringed at any given moment, and find its expression in life threatening disturbances as neurological damage or cardiac disorder.
Day 141 to Hunger Strike: Aymna Shawarni needs hospitalization. Since shackling is a condition - he refuses
Since his shackling both during his transference and hospitalization are thekey factor in Ayman's objection for such a referral, and since his extreme weakness makes such shackling completely unjustified, PHR Israel demands that Ayman will be immediately transferred to a public hospital unshackled.
Testimonies: On Medics under Fire and Medical Neutrality
On November 14thPhysicians for Human Rights–Israel (PHR Israel) called decision makersto avoid an attack on Gaza that could escalate the situation and claim more victims from both sides as indeed happens since. PHR Israel continues to advocate for non-violence and safeguarding of people’s lives.
Physicians for Human Rights - Israel: Worrisome testimonies regarding obstruction the orderly function of emergency and rescue teams in Gaza strip
On the evening of the third day of the attack on Gaza Strip, Physicians for Human Rights began receiving worrisome and severe reports regarding the obstruction of the activity of emergency and rescue teams.
"Physicians for Human Rights – Israel" call decision makers to refrain from an attack on Gaza that may cause many victims in Gaza and Israel - INC. UPDATES
Up to this moment, at least 40 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and 3 Israelis have been killed. Of those killed 8 were children, 3 women an 4 elderly. Over 300 Palestinians and 74 Israelis were reported wounded.
Ayman Sharawni, day 134 to the Hunger Strike is still prevented from seeing PHR Israel’s independent doctor (Updated Nov 11)
Today (November 11) is Ayman Sharawni’s 134thday of hunger strike, the longest hunger strike ever reported. His health condition reached extremely critical stages. He has reported to his lawyer that he was told by the medical staff in the hospital during one of his visits there, that he has developed a kidney problem. This is in addition to the other medical complications already reported by PHR-Israel’s volunteer doctor when visiting him on September 10th2012.
Tortured in Sinai, Jailed in Israel - New Report by PHR-Israel & Hotline for Migrant Workers
A new report by PHR-Israel & Hotline for Migrant Workers.The report aims to present the consequences of the general Israeli government policy toward asylum seekers, as it is applied on trafficking, slavery and torture survivors arriving Israel from the Sinai desert.
The New York Times: Sinai Becomes Prison for African Migrants
AL-MEHDIA, EGYPT — Frisgy Gamienbay, a 21-year-old Eritrean, was emaciated when Egyptian Bedouins discovered him late one September evening in the Sinai Desert near the Egyptian-Israeli border. A few weeks later, he died in an Egyptian hospital near the Rafah border crossing into Gaza.
Open Letter on British Delegation to Sinai, October 2012
Prime Minister David Cameron will be sending an important delegation
of UK military personnel and field experts, including Sir David Richards, to
advise Egypt on the issue of security in the Sinai region. It is paramount that
combating human trafficking and torture in Sinai is seen as a priority by this
Israel: Asylum Seekers Blocked at Border; Eritreans Pushed Back to Egypt, Despite Risk of Abuse
The Israeli military has since June 2012 prevented dozens of asylum seekers, most of them Eritreans, from crossing Israel’s newly constructed fence on its border with Egypt, Human Rights Watch, the Hotline for Migrant Workers, and Physicians for Human Rights – Israel said today. Israel has also unlawfully deported dozens more back to Egypt, the three groups said. Israel should stop rejecting asylum seekers at the fence unless its officials determine in a fair procedure that they do not face threats to their lives or freedom or inhuman and degrading treatment because of that rejection.
h, the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, Physicians for Human Rights – Israel, and Al Mezan Center for Human Rights in Gaza submitted reports on Israel to the United Nations Committee Against Torture and the United Nations Human Rights Committee in 2012 in advance of the treaty bodies’ preparation of List of Issues Prior to Reporting for Israel.
PHR-Israel's doctor visits 3 hunger strikers and is alarmed at their deterioration - Imminent life danger hovering over the three hunger-striker detainees
PHR Israel's volunteer doctor visiting them today, had determined that the all hunger strikers must be immediately transferred to a public hospital for comprehensive medical query of their severe conditions. Imminent life danger hovering over the three hunger-striker detainees - Sammer Al-Bark on his 112 day, Hassan Safadi on his 82 day and Ayman Sharawni on his 72 days.
Thirteen days of trauma: A testimony by Rawhi Qarqaz
Three years ago, Rahwi Qarqaz (42) had an accident on his motorbike and as a result he fractured his right shoulder and suffered a breakage in the cartilage of his left knee. Since then, he has undertaken numerous surgeries on several occasions, the most recent was in April 2010 after his knee ruptured. On the 15th of July 2012, Rahwi was arrested at the Erez checkpoint after applying for a permit to enter Israel and seek further treatment. He was subsequently detained for 13 days.
PHR - Israel' will lead a convoy of medical professionals to asylum seekers at border'
Tomorrow, Thursday September 9th, 'Physicians for Human Rights - Israel' will lead a delegation to the Egyptian border demanding that the asylum seekers stuck at the border be permuted to enter Israel and that PHR be permitted to check on their health statuses. Tomorrow morning we will head to the border, because we can now allow ourselves to stay at home in the face of such horrible injustice.
Imminent danger to lives of hunger strikers Samer Al-Barq on his 104th day of renewed hunger strike and Hassan Safadion his 74th day of renewed hunger strike
Despite their severe medical conditions, both Samer and Hassan are still denied family visits and access to independent physicians and independent medical care. Addameer, Al-Haq and PHR-IL are outraged by the IPS’ practice of approving visits by independent doctors only after court orders are issued, and by the Israeli District Court of Petah Tikva’s unwillingness to order the IPS to allow frequent and consistent visits by independent doctors to hunger strikers.
The "Refugees' Rights Forum" Position Paper - August 2012: African Asylum Seekers Arriving in Israel via the Sinai Desert
Since 2009, smugglers in the Sinai have imprisoned refugees (mainly Eritreans) en route to Israel in harsh conditions, which include severe torture, sexual assault and rape, and demands for large sums of money for their release. 4 Testimonies of over 1,3005 survivors recorded at PHR-Israel's Open Clinic since 20106 revealed that 59% of the interviewees described being subjected to torture7 by smugglers who threatened them at gunpoint while they were chained.
Urgent: Hunger striker Hassan Safadi’s head violently slammed against cell door by prison guards
As a result of this cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, Mr. Safadi subsequently announced that he would no longer be drinking water, which had so far been his only sustenance throughout his hunger strike. To protest the IPS’s brutality, the other prisoners in Ramleh also began to return their meals.
The 'Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land' has launched a renewed appeal in favor of the victims of human traffickers in the Sinai.
The 'Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries in the Holy Land' has launched a renewed appeal, published on
August 9, 2012, in favor of the victims of human traffickers in the Sinai. This
comes in the light of the deployment of Egyptian military forces there.
Doctor and lawyer visits to hunger strikers reveal mistreatment by Israeli Prison Service
PHR-IL, Addameer and Al-Haq are outraged by the mistreatment and violent attacks on Palestinian prisoners in general, and especially in the cases of these fragile hunger strikers. PHR-IL, Addameer and Al-Haq urge the international community to intervene with Israel on behalf of these detainees before their conditions deteriorate even further and demand:
A Request for Intervention: 4 Palestinian Patients and a System that Denies Medical Care
Kamil, Abed Al-karim and Muhammed are residents of the Gaza Strip. They are also all in need for critical medical care. Their requests to exit Gaza to receive medical care in Palestinian medical centers in the West Bank or East Jerusalem were rejected by the Israeli authorities, disregarding the harsh consequences on their lives and health.
Concern Mounts for Three Remaining Hunger-Strikers
Ramallah-Jaffa, 30 July 2012
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-IL), Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association and Al-Haq are gravely concerned for the life and health of the three remaining Palestinian hunger strikers held by Israel.
PHR-I. Adalah & PCATI: EU Critical of Israel’s Human Rights Violations While Strengthening Economic Cooperation
Adalah, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I) and the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) welcome language in the statement calling for rectification of human rights violations in Israel and the OPT.
PHR-I & Al Mezan: Israeli Authorities Escalate Blackmail and Detention of Gazan Patients. Israeli army Arrests Another Patient at Interview with Israeli Intelligence at Erez Crossing
The Israeli authorities are continuing their policy of blackmailing patients and using the Gaza Strip’s border crossings, over which they exercise absolute control, to arrest Palestinians compelled by humanitarian needs to travel through them. Hence on Sunday, 15 July 2012, the Israeli Occupation Forces Israeli Army arrested a patient at Erez crossing, after they had called him on a previous occasion for an interview.
Concern mounts for the life of Akram Rikhawi on his 85th day of hunger strike
Following the visit to Akram, the PHR-IL doctor reported the alarming deterioration of Akram’s asthma, which continues to be unstable. The doctor believes Akram has been given very high doses of steroids as treatment, which can cause severe long-term and irreversible damage. The doctor reiterated recommendation for immediate examination by a lung specialist, which was not performed as recommended after the last visit by an independent doctor on 6 June.
Physicians for Human Rights - Israel General Assembly, May 2012: President’s Speech
"A human rights organization is a political, radical organization by nature. We are political in that we want to bring about social change, shake the political structure which oppresses Palestinians in the Occupied Territory, and migrant workers, women, the elderly, refugees and other groups inside Israel. In our view, joining forces with the existing, oppressive, power structure necessarily prevents the much needed change."
Update on the current situation of Palestinian prisoners and detainees in Israeli custody, six weeks after the conclusion of an agreement between hunger-strike leaders and the Israeli Prison Service (IPS)
On 14 and 15 May, an agreement was concluded between hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners and detainees and the Israeli Prison Service (IPS). Its provisions included the release of hunger-striking administrative detainees whose lives were in danger at the end of their current terms; ending the use of long-term solitary confinement for “security” reasons for 19 prisoners; renewal of family visits from the Gaza Strip and alleviating restrictions for families from the West Bank; ending punitive measures such as night raids and restrictions on access to legal counsel and education; improvement of conditions of incarceration including medical care; and limiting the use of administrative detention as a whole.
On Torture – A journal published by Adalah, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel and Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, Adalah and Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights are pleased to announce the publication of our journal, “On Torture”. “On Torture” is an edited volume of essays by Palestinian, Israeli and international legal and medical experts and practitioners based on presentations that they gave during a workshop held in Jerusalem in April 2011 entitled, “Securing Accountability for Torture and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment (CIDT) in Israel: New Trends and Comparative Lessons”. The essayists explore the history of torture in Israel, the daily challenges that practitioners face in seeking accountability for torture and CIDT in Israel, and the changing face of torture.
Selected testimonies of Sinai victims collected by Sister Aziza in PHR-I open clinic:
I was beaten and chained and you can still see the scars on my body. The person who was chained with me died but the smugglers left the body chained with me for two days. They beat me on the soles of my feet and they burned my hands with fire. When I was chained, wounds burst on my legs. I also suffered from extreme hunger and thirst. I got one piece of bread every 24 hours and 1 1/2 liter of water for 32 people." Read More
بيان صحفي : عزيزة كيداني، راهبة من إرتريا متطوّعة في العيادة المفتوحة التابعة لمنظمة أطباء لحقوق الإنسان، تُمنح اليوم جائزة تقديرية أمريكية رفيعة خاصة بالناشطين في حقل مناهضة الاتجار بالبشر
In view of the upcoming adoption of the country human right strategy for Israel, PHR Israel, Adalah, the Public Committee against Torture in Israel (PCATI) and Amnesty Intl. (Israel) made observations and recommendations as to Israel's policy towards human right.
New report from Physicians for Human Rights and Gisha: "Realizing Potential" Transitioning from preventing humanitarian crises to developing the Gaza Strip
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel is pleased to present a new report, "Realizing Potential: Prospects for the Development of the Palestinian Health System and Economy in the Gaza Strip," written jointly with Gisha - Legal Center for Freedom of Movement.
PHR-IL: Allowing Alquds University graduates to approach medical licensing exam
We are astound that the Ministry of Health prevents tens of the university’s graduates, residents of East Jerusalem from taking the governmental exam, and in so, harming their freedom of employment and forbidding them to practice medicine in their own city, and worse, harming the possibility to promote the health services provided to the population of East Jerusalem. Read More
PHRI and PCHRO statement on the hunger strikers Sarsak & Rikhawi
PHR-Israel's independent doctor strongly recommended that both Mahmoud and Akram be immediately transferred to a hospital, as they are at immediate risk of death. These recommendations were given directly to the IPS doctor present with him during the visit. It should be emphasized that contrary to medical ethic and professional standards, the IPS refused the request of the independent doctor to go over the full medical files of both Mahmoud and Akram. He stated that according to the limited information accessible to him, the medical follow-up they have been receiving is insufficient both in frequency and scope.
PHR Israel: A significant achievement in the struggle against administrative detention and prisoners’ rights
We regret that Israel’s authorities had for years violated inmates rights, so they had to risk their lives in their struggle. The Palestinian inmates had proved that a non-violent and just struggle can bring important achievement and raise international awareness. The question of administrative detention must be resolved.
PHR-IL: Hunger Strikers fasting for over 40 days must be transferred from Israel Prison Service (IPS) clinics to hospitals
We wish to emphasize that the transfer of hunger strikers to hospitals should not be delayed until your investigation or queries are answered, but must be done immediately. PHR-Israel strongly believes that as public authorities responsible for health and as bodies in possession of the above information, the MoH and the IMA have equal responsibility to that of the IPS for the lives and health of hunger strikers.
German parliament member Annette Groth: 'Physicians for Human Rights IL' must be given unrestricted access to those prisoners whose life is in danger"
Press release by Annette Groth, spokesperson for human rights of the left party in the German parliament: "'Physicians for Human Rights IL' must be given unrestricted access to those prisoners whose life is in danger."
Breaking: on his 72 of hunger strike, Bilal Diab has been transferred from Assaf-HaRofe hospital to prison
Shockingly, PHR Israel learnt that Bilal Diab, now on his 72nd day of hunger strike, was moved yesterday back to the IPS clinic. This in a day when ICRC issued a press release specifically urging the detaining authorities to transfer others in similar stages of hunger strike to hospitals.
Updated 14/05/12 • Physicians for Human Rights-IL Establishes A Situation Room on the Issue of the Mass Hunger Strike by Palestinian Prisoners and Detainees held in Prisons inside Israel
Updated 14/05/12 Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR) is establishing a situation
room today (07/05/12) for the mass hunger strike by Palestinian detainees and
prisoners held in prisons inside Israel. The situation room will operate
around the clock and work to gather and distribute any relevant
information and to enable a public campaign for supporting the demands
by the prisoners to respect their human rights.
Hunger Strike Update May 7th': court rulings fail to give remedies
Against Administrative Detention: Thaer and Bilal’s HCJ appeal against their administrative detention was rejected today. If no decision is taken by the government, this could mean their death sentence.
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel is fighting for the medical rights of Bilal Diab and Thaer Halahala, among others, Palestinian administrative detainees in the advanced stages of a hunger strike. We are in urgent need of financial support. Following the submission of 16 court petitions on behalf of hunger strikers since January, PHR-Israel’s allotted legal funds for the year are now fully depleted.
May 06 /12: Day 69 of administrative detainee Bilal Diab's hunger strikes
May 5 2012 | Press Release : Day 69 of administrative detainee Bilal Diab's hunger strikes.Physicians for Human Rights - Israel: Diab refuses medical tests. He requires an immediate visit by an independent doctor by his family
Why Gaza's Healthcare Fails Thousands of Injured - Interview with Kifah Abdul Halim, PHR - Israel
In 2011, over 9,000 patients from Gaza received emergency care in Israeli hospitals. Many of the admitted were injured in Israeli attacks on the strip. Tarachansky speaks to Kifah Abdul Halim the director of Physicians for Human Rights’ occupied Palestinian territories division about why Gaza's healthcare system fails to treat the thousands of injured who are forced to seek treatment outside the strip. Read More
'PHR - Israel' Position Paper: Administrative Detainees on Hunger Strike - April 10, 2012
Bilal Diab and
Thae'r Halahla, administrative detainees, are on the 41st day of their
hunger strike. Bilal Diab's medical condition is particularly serious
because he stopped drinking water on April 8.
After a long struggle by PHR & Association for Civil Rights: Police escort to MDA teams called to East Jerusalem will be limited
After a long struggle by Physicians for Human Rights and the Association for Civil Rights, including discussions with the Ministry of Health, MDA and the Israel Police, we were informed that “the escort procedure will be limited to areas where disturbances are expected.”
Hundreds of Refugees Held Hostage in Sinai Torture Camps Need Rescuing
Claims that a large number of refugees have been released from Sinai camps following media reports represents only a partial picture of the current situation on the ground. Human rights organizations worldwide have come together to publish up-to-date information in their possession which shows that the smuggling networks are still up and running and that hundreds of refugee hostages are being tortured by human traffickers in the Sinai.
Haaretz 25.3.12: Israel's arrest of Bedouin man sheds light on Sinai kidnappings of African refugees
Rahat resident allegedly secured ransom payments for gang that abducted Eritrean and Sudanese refugees; Israel Police says 'well-oiled' system of kidnappers working in concert with Hebron money changers.
Appeal from the Ordinaries of the Holy Land regarding human trafficking and hostages in Sinai
The Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land expresses its deep concern about the horrific situation of African asylum seekers who are being held hostage in the Sinai and calls for an immediate end to human trafficking.
19/3/12: On the 33rd day of her hunger strike, administrative detainee Hana Shalabi is in danger of imminent death.
Press Release: On the 33rd day of her hunger strike,
administrative detainee Hana Shalabi is in danger of imminent death. An
independent physician from Physicians for Human Rights - Israel
(PHR-Israel) examined her today and determined that she must be
hospitalized immediately. Physicians for Human Rights: the Prison Service treatment of Shalabi violates medical ethics
March 13 2012:Serious Danger to Health of Administrative Detainee Hana Shalabi, on Day 27 of Her Hunger Strike
PHR Israel & Addameer Press Release: Serious Danger to Health of Administrative Detainee Hana Shalabi, on Day 27 of hunger strike. A Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel) doctor visited Ms.
Hana Shalabi for the second time yesterday, 12 March 2012, expressing
concern about her current condition.
March 6 2012: Hana Shalabi Continues to Protest administrative detention, 20 Days on Hunger Strike
Notwithstanding the Israeli Military Court decision on 4 March to shorten her administrative detention order from six months to four months, Hana Shalabi expressed her undeterred intention to continue her hunger strike, now on its 20th day, in protest of the torture, assault and degrading treatment to which she has been subjected and of her ongoing detention without charge or trial.
night, 27 February 2012, Khader Adnan went through surgery at Ziv Hospital, due to problems in his digestive system. PHR-Israel's volunteer doctor reached the hospital immediately to speak to Mr. Adnan and his doctors before the operation. He reported to us today that the operation went well and that Mr. Adnan's condition is currently stable. Mr. Adnan is now in the surgical wing of the hospital.
Israeli Human Rights Groups Call to Lift Travel Ban Against Palestinian Human Rights Defender
Israel's Supreme Court today will hear a petition filed by Shawan
Jabarin, General Director of the human rights organization Al-Haq,
against atravel ban that, based on classified information, has prevented
him from leaving the West Bank for the past six years.
Khader Adnan: Joint Press Release, PHR-I and Addameer
Khader Adnan Begins His Slow Recovery While Israeli Court Issues a Decision to Remove His Shackles.Following the cessation of his 66-day hunger strike on the evening of 21 February 2012, a Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-Israel)-affiliated doctor and Addameer lawyer Samer Sam’an visited Khader Adnan today, 23 February, to closely monitor his current condition.
A Word of Thanks from PHR-Israel: The Case of Khader Adnan
Khader Adnan is expected to go through a complex recovery process and
will have to undergo a variety of medical procedures, some of them
risky. PHR-Israel's affiliated doctor will continue to accompany Khader
through his recovery process.
visited this afternoon by PHR Israel affiliated physician (the one who has been treating Adnan over the last few weeks) we can confirm that after 66 days of hunger
strike, and following an agreement reached earlier today which secures his
release from administrative detention
on April 17th, Khader Adnan has ended his hunger strike a short while ago.
Adnan is expected to go through a long and complicated recovery process.
Physicians for Human Rights Israel will issue updates regarding his
19/2/12 O GLOBO ( Brazil) : Until the law separate them: Veto on citizenship for Palestinians married to Israelis divides the country: security or racism?
. Since 2003 thousands of couples have not been able to rectify the situation of their Palestinian spouses. Even those who have managed to receive temporary residence documents - allowing them to reside within Israel- are prevented from working, studying in public schools, opening bankaccountsor driving. They also do not have the right to public health insurance.
According to a Medical Opinion Issued by PHR - Israel Affiliated Doctor: Adnan's Life is in Immediate Danger
Press Release: Khader Adnan's Lawyer Files Urgent Appeal Against his Administrative Detention; According to a Medical Opinion Issued by a Physicians for Human Rights-Israel Affiliated Doctor: Adnan's Life is in Immediate Danger
The Guardian: Egyptian authorities look the other way as Bedouin kidnap refugees
Over the past 18 months, PHR has interviewed 900 people who have been tortured in the Sinai, and have traced a human traffickingnetwork that extends to the refugee camps in Sudan and Eritrea. Read More
BBC Radio 15/2/12 – Sinai Torture Camps
Shahar Shoham (PHR-I) tell about the victims of torture from Sinai that we meet in our Open Clinic.
Urgent Appeal: hunger striker must see independent doctor he trusts
Today, 6.2.12, PHR Israel issued an urgent appeal to foreign embassies to assist in the case of Khader Adnan Mousa, a Palestinian administrative detainee on 52nd day of a hunger strike who is denied examination by an independent doctor.
Khader Adnan, a Palestinian Administrative Detainee, On Hunger Strike for the 45 day, Struggling for His freedom & Human Dignity, at Potential Life Risk
PHR-Israel appealed urgently on 29 January 2012 to allow one of their physicians to see Mr. Adnan, in keeping with guidelines drawn from the World Medical Association (WMA) Declaration of Malta of 1991, as well as Israeli law. A military medical officer has responded that this request was received and is in process. Adnan conditioned his referral to a hospital on being examined by PHR Israel's physicians, when such a commitment was granted by the IPS, two of PHR-Israel's doctors met him at the hospital, examined his condition and answered his questions regarding the current and predicted effects of his hunger strike. For now, he decided to continue his hunger strike.
26/1/12 The REAL NEWS: Israel to become biggest jailer of refugees
On January 11th the Israeli parliament passed an amendment to the so- called Infiltrators Law. This revision allows the authorities to automatically imprison asylum seekers for three years. The plan includes constructing a 10,000 person jail to house the refugees. According to Amnesty International, this puts Israel at the top of the Western World for length of imprisonment of refugees. Today Israel is home to nearly 50,000 asylum seekers from Africa, 85% of whom are from Eritrea and Sudan. The Real News' Lia Tarachansky spoke to Nic Schlagman and Johannes Bayu of the AfricanRefugeeDevelopmentCenter, Ran Cohen of Physicians for Human Rights, and "Ibrahim", an Eritrean asylum seeker in Israel for ten years.
Health and Health Services in the Negev: Position paper presented to the TheMarker 2012 conference, to the sit on Accessibility and upgrading of public services and infrastructure in the Negev, December 08, 2011
ARTE 27.12.11 Durch die Hölle nach Israel- Sinai victims at PHR-Israel's Open Clinic
ARTE reports the story of asylum seekers captured and tortured in Sinai on their way to Israel. The report includes interviews with Azezet, an Eritrean nurse and nun interviewing the Sinai victims at the PHR's Open Clinic, and Shahar Shoham, director of the Migrants Department.
Happy Holidays from Physicians for Human Rights-Israel
Happy Holidays from the Staff and Board of Physicians
for Human Rights-Israel.
With thanks for your help in raising health equity as a
key issue in 2011, and for contributing to a transformed atmosphere for the work
that PHR-Israel is doing and will continue to do in 2012, and beyond.
Another Bill in the Wall: on a new bill to restrict funding: JNEWS
JNews: "The new version follows the freezing of the voting process on a previous version by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu last week, due to public criticism of the bill by the international community including the US, EU and UK."
Struggling against Physicians Compliance with Torture
Torture constitutes the worst imaginable human rights abuse. It is a crushing blow to the body and spirit and destroys the trust between human beings. From its establishment, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel has taken a significant part in the struggle against torture in Israel (see past position papers and reports) and has set the struggle against doctors’ involvement in torture as a main goal, grounded in the belief that the chances for abolishing torture from the world would be higher if doctors were not used to mask this practice.
new PHR position paper: False Confessions by Palestinian Children and adolescents under Coercion
The new position paper of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, Adalah and Al-Mezan addresses the extreme vulnerability of Palestinian children to specific conditions and practices of detention, and the illegitimate and cruel interrogation methods to which they are subjected, and which result in extortion and false confessions.
The position paper is based on an expert psychiatric opinion that describes the mental and developmental factors that lead children to make false confessions during interrogations, and the implications of these confessions. The expert opinion was written by Dr. Graciela Carmon who specializes in child and youth psychiatry and member of PHR-Israel’s board of directors.
Coerced False Confessions: The Case of Palestinian Children
"The groups most vulnerable to these methods of interrogation, which have a high likelihood of providing a false confession under coercion, are children and adolescents, drug addicts and/or alcoholics, and people with mental illness or mental retardation." Psychiatric Expert OpinionBy Graciela Carmon, M.D.Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and PHR-Israel Board Member.
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel has submitted input to the European Union for its European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) annual country progress report on Israel for 2011. The input outlines health rights issues within Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, as well as recent challenges to freedom of assembly, association and expression in Israel.
Arab-Palestinian Citizens of Israel: Discrimination in Access to Health; Lower Health Indicators
Since the founding of the State of Israel, the Arab-Palestinian minority in the country has suffered systematic discrimination as compared to Israel's Jewish citizens in allocation of public funding and in access to services and conditions that are preconditions for a healthy life. This document outlines some basic disparities in allocation of specific resources relevant to health, and the resultant inequalities in basic health indicators, with special focus on the Bedouin-Arab community in the Negev desert in southern Israel, which has the lowest health indicators in the country. Factors such as poverty; discriminatory budget allocation; access to education, employment and safe housing; and access to basic services including clean water, sanitation and electricity, are known to be health-defining factors. Their restriction ultimately results in significant health inequality between Jews and Arabs.
23.2.2011 Hostages, Torture, and Rape in the Desert: Findings from 284 Asylum Seekers about Atrocities in the Sinai
Groups of refugees, mainly from Eritrea, are being held captive by smugglers at torture camps in the El-Arish area while on the journey through the Sinai to Israel. The smugglers are demanding ransoms of thousands of dollars for the release of each captive. Methods used to apply pressure on the captives’ relatives to pay up include systematic violence and torture of the hostages. Smugglers telephone captives' relatives so they can hear the cries of pain over the phone. Survivors report the use of systemic violence, including punching, slapping, kicking, and whipping. Forms of torture include burial in sand, electric shocks, hanging by the hands and legs, branding with hot metal, as well as rape and sexual abuse.
Input for ENP country progress report for Israel, November 2011
Prior to the prisoner swap agreement concluded for the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in October 2011, over 5,000 Palestinians, classified by Israel as “security” prisoners or detainees, were imprisoned by Israel. Two of these individuals were detained under the Incarceration of Illegal Combatants Law, and close to 300 were being held in 'administrative detention' (detention without trial). The vast majority of all prisoners and detainees are held within the borders of the State of Israel, and not in the OPT.
Palestinian political prisoners and detainees incarcerated by Israel are subject to harsher pre-trial detention laws (e.g., lengthy prohibition on meeting with lawyers, proceedings being held in their absence, etc.), interrogations and conditions of confinement than other prisoners and detainees held in Israel. For example, no family visits to hundreds of prisoners from Gaza have been permitted since 2007, in violation of international law.
In Israel Security Agency (ISA or shabak) facilities, testimonies taken by human rights organizations in past years indicate clear patterns of torture and/or cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of Palestinian detainees.
Urgent Call: New Bills to Curtail the Work of Israeli Civil Society Organizations
Sunday, November 13th, the Ministerial Committee on Legislation will vote on two bills that are intended to curtail the work of Israeli civil society organizations by severely restricting their foreign state entity funding. 18 civil society organization protest these bills.
New Report Reveals: In Israel's Health Care System Covering Up Torture and Ill Treatment is the Norm
A new report by the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) and Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHR) based on over 100 complaints reveals that medical professionals are involved in torture and in covering it up, in violation of ethical obligations.
CNN: Death in the Desert: Part 1 - a deadly journey through the desert
The CNN documentary "Death in the Desert" showed the remarkable risks Africans were prepared to make to try to get to Israel. A hazardous trip across Africa to Egypt where Bedouins would take them across the Sinai Desert but also hold them as bonded labor. And if they couldn't pay, bodies have been found with organs missing and fresh scars - signs, experts say, of organ trafficking. Now watch the documentary in full online in three parts.
new PHR report: The imprisonment of asylum seekers who are suffering from tobeculosis
Asylum seekers diagnosed with TB and held in Saharonim Detention Center, even those not in the contagious stage, are not released from detention until their completion of the full drug therapy. This is although free treatment for TB is available out of the prisons doors.
Following PHR-Israel Advocacy: Army limiting the use of soldiers in medical experiments
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel welcomes the new and rigorous regulations adopted by the army, limiting the use of soldiers in medical experiments. Nonetheless, the organization saw fit to add: “It is unfortunate that the Knesset does not acknowledge this issue just as seriously as the army by promoting legislation, or by establishing the protection of soldiers as avulnerable population in the law statute.”
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, Adalah and Al Mezan support the demands of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike
The undersigned human-rights organizations express their concern at the deterioration of the conditions of Palestinian prisoners and are of the opinion that their demands are justified. Their right to autonomy of body and life should not be denied as a result of imprisonment; a prison sentence cannot serve as an excuse for denial of basic rights. (photo: Miki Kratzman)
From October 2000 to the Prawer Plan: A Policy of Discrimination and Dispossession
Today, two processes are unfolding in Israel, both of which bear immense potential for substantial change: a surge of protests for social justice on the one hand, and an attack, led by the state institutions, against its Arab citizens. Niv Michaeli explores the current Israeli reality, including the Prawer Plan in sight of the 2000 October events and the Or Committee conclusions.
Magen David Adom, Israel's ambulances service, was attacked for signing an agreement with the Palestinian Red Crecent Society. In a letter to Haaretz, Hadas Ziv explains the value of the agreement and the faults of the attacks
Samer Allawi, Al-Jazeera’s Afghanistan Bureau Chief, is the 5th Palestinian journalist to be arrested by Israel. On 1 September 2011, PHR-I, Adalah & Al Mezan filed a prisoners' appeal demanding that the IPS the ISA (shabak) allow an independent physician from PHR-Israel, to immediately visit him. (photo: Herald Sun)
Yediot Ahronot, Soldiers: "We could returning refugees to their death".
The UN defined this act as illegal. The IDF declared before the High Court of Justice that it no longer commits these acts but soldiers' testimonies reveal: the army continues to return to Egypt refugees who cross the border.
"When we observe them," says a soldier, "we see the Egyptians beating them, kicking them and stomping on them."
The IDF: "The procedure has been frozen. When a deviation is suspected, we look into it.
Hostages, Torture, and Rape in the Sinai Desert - Media Timeline
Following the plight of refugees and asylum-seekers who come to Israel through the Sinai desert Read More
Appeal for Urgent Intervention to Ensure the Safety of Asylum Seekers in Sinai
Strengthening the forces of the Egyptian army in the Sinai Peninsula, in coordination with Israel, as well as the violent events which recently took place on the Israel-Egypt border drew the public attention to the security aspect of what is going on in Sinai. However, the subject of the hostage and torture camps, where during the last two years thousands of asylum seekers have been held, has been pushed aside and has not attracted the attention which it deserves.
PHR – Israel has set up a first-aid tent on Rothschild taking part in the struggle for social justice. While its volunteers are able to provide first-aid to those around the tent city who may need them, they are no less members of the protests, and bring in PHR-Israel's special emphasis on equality in health.
Channel 4: In the Sinai desert, thousands of African immigrants fleeing conscription, torture and conflict in East Africa risk being shot by border guards and held ransom by people smugglers as they try to get to Israel
Over 150,000 Protesters Take to the Streets in Israel as Pressure on Netanyahu Reaches Critical Mass
Daily Kos: Over 100,000 protesters swarmed the streets of 11 cities across the country, dancing to performances by some of Israel's most popular musicians and screaming angry slogans at PM Binyamin Netanyahu.
The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, Physicians for Human Rights - Israel, Adalah, and the Coalition of Women for Peace pointed to the "absurd result" that "a boycott call by the residents of East Jerusalem against the settlements" would give settlers the right "to demand compensation from victims of the occupation."
Anti-boycott law effectively a legal annexation of the West Bank
A new Israeli law passed on Monday prohibits boycott of businesses, universities, and social and cultural institutions based in Israel and the illegal settlements, and imposes heavy financial sanctions against civil society organisations and businesses that participate in boycotts.
The Tel Aviv Police Department has
decided not to grant us the appropriate permits for tomorrow's event honoring
World Refugee Day. Therefore we have been forced to cancel the event scheduled
to take place at the Old Central Bus Station in Tel Aviv. We are working on
finding an alternative location. Please check ourfacebookpage for further updates
Gali Liron, a physiotherapist, volunteering in the Open Clinic: "Inside the small room, bare of equipment, I listen to these people’s personal stories. People who... went through a long, traumatizing, violent journey, ...I understand: I need now ...to listen, be empathic, and continue offering touch."
A book launch event upon the publication of "Threat "
Invitation to a book launch event upon the publication of "Threat: The Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israel, on the occasion of the international day against torture Read More
"In a course on community social work devoted to the promotion of solutions for social problems, I was part of a group which chose to seek solutions for the healthcare problems of asylum seekers." The students decided on a protest action, spreading postcards calling government to implement National Health Insurance on asylum seekers. Avia, a student of social work recalls her experience.
Yaniv Fenig, a student of medicine and volunteer of Open Clinic: "Because of the limited resources, most patients ...do not get full medical treatment in accordance with western standards. This fact is especially frustrating since in many cases, the possibility to affect their prognosis, ...is substantial."
Intl. Refugee Day: Breaking through Language Barrier
Michal who organized translator course and Genet who participated speak about its significance: "Many of the people sitting in the room with Genet struggled to communicate with the volunteers... When these patients discovered that Genet was able to communicate so effectively with the Clinic staff and volunteers, they turned to her for help."
Despite the wide exposure in the media, the Open Clinic continues receiving information and testimonies indicating that the torture camps are still operating. Given these findings, the silence and inaction of the Ministries of Welfare and Health is more than striking.
Intl. Refugee Day: Dr. Lurie on Satisfaction & Frustration
Dr. Ido Lurie, volunteer, medical manager of the Open Clinic: My work at the Open Clinic at Physicians for Human Rights is marked by a combination of plenty of satisfaction and plenty of frustration. Read More
JPost: 'Questions surround death of Eritrean at Egypt border'
Jpost: IDF says it’s looking into incident; examining doctors, Physicians for Human Rights say injuries not consistent with soldiers’ report. Read More
Haaretz: Israeli rights groups that cooperated with Goldstone may no longer get National Service volunteers
Haaretz: Association for Civil Rights, Amnesty, Public Committee Against Torture and Physicians for Human Rights could lose eligibility under new proposed criteria. Read More
IRIN: Tortured for ransom in the Sinai desert
IRIN: "Over the past year, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel's Open Clinic has treated thousands of victims of torture who have entered Israel after surviving captivity and torture in the Sinai desert."
CNN: Two women from Eritrea - whose identities are hidden - came separately to Israel seeking a better future."I thought things would be much different from Africa," say one of the women. "I got information from people who already arrived before me in Israel that the lifestyle is much better than Eritrea." Read More
Channel 4: Unreported World - Breaking Into Israel
Channel 4: In the Sinai desert, thousands of African immigrants fleeing conscription, torture and conflict in East Africa risk being shot by border guards and held ransom by people smugglers as they try to get to Israel. Read More
Occupation's 44th year: A Doctor's Visit to Gaza
From the Diary of a Doctor, Dr. Rafik Masalha in a Visit to the Gaza Strip(Feb. 2011): "At the Erez Checkpoint, as I was standing in front of the concrete walls and the enormous iron doors ...I felt - as a neurologist and a member of PHR Israel - that I can break the walls of the blockade with my humble reflex hammer."
Haaretz: When two shepherd boys were badly burned after finding a metallic object, the IDF sent a team to scour the area. So why did another boy find a similar object in the same place just two days later? Read More
Occupation's 44th year:Jerusalem, Occupation & Health Care
Dr. Abdul Shaif on Palestinian hospitals in Jerusaelm "At the advent of my career in Jerusalem, I met a scholar, who was interested in the city’s history. He stated that most Palestinian cities and communities had either economic or military significance, however, Jerusalem had neither! ...I mention this to stress the dependence of Jerusalem on the rest of the country for its viability, in all aspects of life, the health industry being no exception!"
Occupation's 44th Year: A Joint Struggle of PHR Israel & PMRS
An Interview with Dr. Skafi of the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS): "We emphasize as well that Israel does not fulfill its responsibility towards the people of the Occupied Territories, but rather this is done by international, Palestinian and Israeli organizations and peace movements – they are the ones that help. But we shall not forget, it is the occupier’s responsibility..."
An Interview with Dr. Ruchama Marton, PHR Israel's founder and president: "I am for being active, for recognizing what is wrong and acting against it. It is necessary to have a vision. Without an image of a better world, we cannot recognize the injustice, a necessary condition for the struggle."
Around 40 people participated in a tour (May 27th 2011) to south Hebron area. The tour organized jointly by PHR Israel, Solidarity and Ta’ayush, exposed the collaboration of settlers, army, and civil administration in dispossessing Palestinians of their lands and livelihood. Read More
More Than 1,000 Palestinians Receive the Gift of Hearing as Part of Israel-Palestine Hearing Mission of Peace
Starkey Hearing Foundation, Sheba Medical Center, American Friends of Sheba Medical Center, and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel Team up in Cross-Border Humanitarian Effort.
JPost: Eilat mayor: Terrorists could infiltrate Israel's border
JPost: Residents shocked as African migrants knock on doors, asking for water; Eilat mayor calls on Barak to take measures to stop influx of African migrants. Read More
Russian Today: Palestinians pay high price for refusing to collaborate with Israelis
Russian Today: Israel is accused of blackmailing people in Gaza to become collaborators. Palestinians say they are trapped and are often only allowed to leave by agreeing to become informers for Israeli intelligence.
BBC: Eritreans 'being tortured in Egypt's Sinai for ransom'
BBC Africa analyst Martin Plaut says this testimony has been supported by an Israeli group, Physicians for Human Rights, which has documented the evidence of torture on 300 Eritreans who survived a similar ordeal. Read More
The Huffington Post: Why We Must Sail to Gaza
The Huffington Post: The restrictions on the movement of Gaza residents imposed by the Israeli government are quite literally a matter of life and death. In October, Physicians for Human Rights -- Israel reported that Nasma Abu Lasheen, a two-year-old girl diagnosed with leukemia, died in Gaza after Israeli authorities refused her permission to enter Israel for emergency treatment. Read More
International Nurses Day - ‘Closing the gap: increasing access and equity'
International Nurses day: Gaps between Periphery and center
Although researches indicate that a rise of 10% in the number of
certified nurses with a first degree reduced the risk of a patient to die
during the 30 first days following a surgery, the profession still suffers from
chronic shortage in human power. The shortage in more acute in the periphery.
Alicia arrived first. Here
service in the convent with Palestinians in Jerusalem
and the West Bank served a basis for the
acquaintance between PHR Israel and this rare woman. She introduced us to
Azezet. It was for us, a love at first sight for the two women. Read More
International Nurses Day: Vision on Inmates
On International Nurses day, here is a short description on this
issue as it relates to inmates. Unfortunately, the Israeli Prison Service
almost does not hire nurses, and their role is given to paramedics. This
affects the level of medical care given to inmates, mainly because the training
of a paramedic fall short in comparison to that of a nurse, and cannot be
considered as an adequate replacement.
Friday, April 8th,
PHR Israel held a conference for nurses, at the request of the council of
nurses in the West Bank Read More
International Nurses Day: PHR-Israel Greetings
May 12th, is the international nurses day, that celebrates the
significant role nurses play in every patient's lives. We the members, staff
and board of PHR Israel wish to convey our deep appreciation to all nurses
working in Israel
for the benefit of the patients as well as for social change.
Hearing Aids Project in Tulkarem, West-bank, April 4 – 6, 2011. By Sheba medical center, Tel-Hashomer hospital, Physicians for Human Rights (Israel) and Starkey Company (USA).
During three consecutive days, a group of medical doctors and technicians form Sheba medical center in Tel-Hashomer hospital, had joined together to set up Hearing Aid Project that targeted inhabitants of the West-Bank (Palestine) who are in need of hearing aids. They set up a center in Tulkarem for patients from all over the West-Bank, from Hebron in the South up to Jenin in the North. Read More
Youth Leader: Ruchama & PHR-Israel: Physicians Protecting Human Rights
Youth Leader: Physicians for Human Rights PHR combine alleviation of human rights abuses on-site, conducting investigations into human right violations, advocacy and recommendations for policy changes. Read More
Haaretz: IDF reserve refuses to carry out return of African refugees to Egypt, 22.4.2011
Haaretz: Soldiers and officers had heard descriptions from colleagues who regularly serve in the area about abuse of the Africans by Egyptian border policemen.
US: Israel is not properly ensuring refugee rights
JPost: Israel has dragged its feet in ensuring the rights of asylum seekers, the US
State Department stated in a report issued last week. The 2010 Annual
Report on Human Rights states that Israel “has not enacted legislation
implementing the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967
Concern for the wellbeing of approximately 40 Eritrean asylum seekers denied entry into Israel at the Israeli- Egyptian border
On the eve of Pesach 2011, while we are celebrating liberty, we
ask you to join us in a call to the Israeli authorities, to ensure the
safety and well being of a group of approximately 40 Eritrean asylum
seekers, women and man, and by no circumstances return them to
Egypt. Testimonies received yesterday evening (17.4.11) by both
Physicians for Human Rights - Israel and the Hotline for Migrant
Workers, raise grave concern to the lives of the group members.
The Huffington Post: Any Gauze in Gaza? Supply Shortages Add to Medical Misery Inside Strip
The Huffington Post: Four doctors from the Physicians for Human Rights, Israel, on a rare overnight visit to Gaza were appalled that the sole CT machine available in the Nasser Children's hospital has been out of service for months. They reported that new drugs are not in use and that no blood tests were carried out in January because of equipment shortages. Read More
PHR-Israel's Mobile Clinic provides services in the village of Al-Akaba in the Jordan Valley.
On the morning of Saturday, the 9th of April, the mobile clinic traveled to Al-Akaba village in the Jordan Valley, northeast of Tubas, to provide services and express solidarity with village residents after a wave of house demolitions by the Israeli Military and left dozens homeless a week before.
A Talk April 7th: Dr. Xenakis against Torture and Guantanamo
April 7th: Come listen to Dr. Stephen Xenakis, a retired brigadier general in the U.S. army and a psychiatrist who examined victims of torture of Guantanamo and fought against torture and the involvement of psychologists in interrogations.
Israeli Human Rights Organizations Response To Goldstone's Article, 4.4.2011
The recent statements by Richard Goldstone support the consistent position we have been upholding since the operation in Gaza, that when concerns arise regarding harm to civilians due to violations of international law, an independent investigation must be launched. Read More
Ynet News: Thousands mark Land Day: 'Israel humiliating Arabs', 30.3.2011
Ynet News: Hadas Ziv, director of Physicians for Human Rights Public Outreach Department, also attended the rally in Al-Arakib. "Land Day not only reminds us of the historic injustice of land expropriation, it is marked to protest against the continued policy of dispossession and plundering aimed at reminding the country's Palestinian citizens that they are not wanted in their homeland," she said. Read More
Haaretz: First, do no harm, 1.4.2011
Dr. Stephen Xenakis, a psychiatrist and former medical corps brigadier general who spent years in the U.S. Army, has become one of the most vociferous critics of the "special investigation methods" used on terror suspects. Xenakis is coming to Israel this week to speak at a conference of Adalah - The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, Physicians for Human Rights, and the Palestinian Al-Mezan Center for Human Rights. Read More
Haaretz: Two foreign workers and their children nabbed for deportation, 28.3.2011
Haaretz: The organization Physicians for Human Rights criticized the government's conduct in the case, saying: "The State of Israel continues to treat individuals it brought to the country as disposable slaves that can be expelled and deported after they have fulfilled their function." Read More
Evacuation of Patients in and to Jerusalem by the Palestine Red Crescent Society
In 2005 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Israel's emergency evacuation service, Magen David Adom (MDA), and the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS),paving the way for their joining the International Federation of the Red Cross. The MoU included recognition of PRCS responsibility for medical evacuation within the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, and provisions for enabling access of its ambulances to Jerusalem. Today, five years after the signing of the MoU, PHR-Israel has reexamined the situation regarding emergency evacuation of patients and the operation of PRCS' ambulances in Jerusalem, as well as important aspects of the agreement’s implementation. Read More
Haaretz: Sore Eyes, 4.3.2011
Haaretz: After many delays, a diabetes patient from the Gaza Strip was finally allowed to travel to a Ramallah hospital for surgery. A fraught journey through the land of the checkpoints. Photo by: Hamada Abu Khamer Read More
JPost: Protesters: Refugee status in Israel, democracy in Eritrea, 11.3.2011
JPost: Eritreans also say recent turmoil in Middle East gives hope that popular uprising could topple regime in Asmara. Shahar Shoham, head of the migrants & refugees department in PHR-Israel : “The refugees demand democracy in Eritrea, status as refugees in Israel and international interference to stop the torture that is going on in Sinai.” Photo By Karen Zack - Activestills Read More
Physicians for Human Rights – Israel strongly condemn the appalling attack in Itamar
Physicians for Human Rights – Israel strongly condemn the appalling attack in
Itamar and calls the state of Israel and the
Palestinian Authority to act in order to bring those responsible individuals to
trial. Once again we learn that fences and security systems are not a guarantee
for security. Only brave steps towards peace agreement and putting end to the
conflict will bring end to these murderous acts
JPost: Rights group: IDF troops returned African migrants to Sinai, 10.3.2011
JPost: According to PHR-Israel, a 20-year-old Eritrean man who came to the organization’s free clinic in Jaffa at the beginning of March said that in late February, he had been part of a group that IDF caught crossing Egypt-Israel border and were sent men back over to Egypt. Read More
BBC World: Interview With Eritrean Refugee Who's being Held By Human Smugglers In Sinai
For the first time since the October 2000 incidents, police used rubber-coated bullets against Israeli citizens. Medics report injuries from rubber-coated bullets. Prof. Raphi Walden, PHR-Israel: "The house demolition policy is detrimental to the inhabitants' fabric of life, health, and physical and mental integrity". Photo By Daniel Cherin.
Jewish Journal: Oscar winner ‘Strangers’ promises no Hollywood ending, 1.3.2011
Jewish Journal: One day after an Oscar went to the 40-minute documentary “Strangers No More,” about the Bialik-Rogozin School in south Tel Aviv and its undocumented students from 48 countries across the Third World — a 12-year-old girl named Esther who stars in the movie is facing probable deportation from Israel, along with an estimated 120 of the 800 pupils in the school. Read More
Haaretz: Majority of asylum-seekers in Israel are seriously abused in Sinai, report reveals, 23.2.2011
Haaretz: A Physicians for Human Rights survey reveals that most sub-Saharan Africans seeking refugee status in Israel suffer horrible violence at the hands of those that smuggle them into the country. Read More
To commemorate 6 years of struggle, Physicians For Human Rights-Israel mobile clinic will visit Bil'in this Saturday
To commemorate 6 years of struggle, and as an act of solidarity and protest against the Occupation, this Saturday February 19, 2011, Physicians For Human Rights –Israel (PHR-Israel)'s mobile clinic, will hold a medical day in the village of Bil'in. PHR-Israel's Mobile Clinic has provided medical care for Palestinians living under occupation for more than 20 years, A team of approximately 30 affiliated physicians, nurses, pharmacists and translators are expected to participate in the medical day.
iReport. CNN: Physicians for Human Rights in the West Bank
Marc Cohen: Recently I went on a trip to the West Bank for Physicians for Human Rights. They take physicians who want to help people in need. Read More
Knesset Investigation into Israeli Human Rights Organizations Suppressing the Truth, 9.2.2011
Palestinian Council of Human Rights Organizations are standing up for Israeli human rights groups that are currently being investigated by the Israeli parliament. "We are talking about a direct offensive to cover up the truth," accused the Palestinian activists. Palestinian groups have praised the Israeli organizations for "their professional work and their call for transparency."
Health and Environment in the Unrecognized Villages, Discussion in the Knesset's Internal Affairs and Environment Committee, 31.1.2011
During the discussion, PHR-Israel presented a position paper reviewing the severe health implications of the lack of appropriate environmental conditions in the unrecognized villages, including the lack of water services and infrastructure, electricity, roads, and sewage and sanitation systems. The paper also raised other issues such as house demolitions, lack of garbage removal services, and the environmental hazards and pollution emanating from industrial plants located next to population concentrations.
Israeli and American Jewish Groups strongly oppose Beer Sheva District court decision permitting Israeli Govt & JNF to wipe out a Bedouin village in the Negev, 27.1.11
18 Israeli and American Jewish groups: Strongly Oppose Beer Sheva District Court’s failure yesterday to grant a permanent injunction preventing Israeli Government and JNF bulldozers from resuming work to plant a JNF forest in place of the Negev Bedouin village of Al-Arakib | Strongly Object to Israeli Government and Jewish National Fund (JNF) for 9th Demolition of Al-Arakib | Call on all who care about Israel to join the over 10,000 who have already signed our new petitions of protest to Prime Minister Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Lieberman, Leaders of the Israel Lands Administration and JNF Leaders in Israel and the US
In Reaction to the publication of the Turkel Commission Report Part I: PHR Israel: The Turkel Commission suffers from moral and legal blindness
Two weeks after the publication of PHR-IL's reportHumanitarian Minimum, which presents grave data about food and water insecurity in Gaza, growing unemployment rates and the dependency of 80% of Gaza's residents on humanitarian aid which keeps them on the verge of hunger - the members of Turkel Commission authorized Israel to continue its policy of systematic human rights violations in the Gaza Strip. It seems that the Commission's conclusions will be used as a rubber stamp for the continuous policy of occupation.
Medical Conference, 6th in the series, held in Jenin on the 14th of January, 2011
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel has taken upon itself to hold medical conferences and advanced schooling for Palestinian doctors whos ability to attend meetings and advanced training courses is restricted, and to bring them the latest updates in several medical specialties. This last Friday (14 January 2011) the second medical meeting was held in Jenin, the 6th of a series of meetings in the West- Bank, in cooperation with the Palestinian Medical Association (PMA).
Ynet: Bedouin village razed again; residents: Fascist state , 16.1.11
Ynet: Land Administration bulldozers demolished structures in the Bedouin village of al-Arakib for the ninth time on Sunday. The village, located in the Negev region, is not recognized by the state. Bulldozers razed 11 makeshift structures that were built in the village illegally. Dr. Yunes Abu Rabiyeh of the Physicians for Human Rights organization said Israel's demolition policy is devastating to the health of the Negev's Arabs and Bedouins and only increases their sense of frustration and discrimination.