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The Nazi occupation forces arrest two young Palestinians from Silwan

By: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

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Nazi Occupied Jerusalem : The Occupation Forces arrested two Palestinian youth, Thursday, after they stormed their homes in Jerusalem.

The Nazi occupation forces stormed at dawn today several neighborhoods in Silwan, and raided a number of Palestinian homes.

He added that the forces arrested the two youths, Baha Abu Tayeh and Nasrallah al-Awar, after they raided and searched their homes and tampered with their contents, and then took them to an investigation center in the city.

Other elements also stormed the village of Al-Issawiyah, northeast of Jerusalem, and stormed the homes of the young men whom the Nazi occupation authorities ordered to detain them at home during the night hours.

The Nazi occupation forces arrested the young man, Saed Yusef Obaid, at the eastern entrance to his neighborhood, after he was beaten.

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Coronavirus: how to keep safe when you go shopping

Elisabeth Perlman

There are measures you can take to stay as safe as possible while in the supermarket
There are measures you can take to stay as safe as possible while in the supermarketGETTY IMAGES

As food-delivery services struggle to meet demand during the Covid-19 pandemic, many people have little choice but to go to the supermarket. There were an additional 15 million supermarket visits in the week ending March 17, compared with the previous month, according to the market analyst Kantar. So if you are going out to buy your groceries, here’s how to stay safe.

Observe social distancing:

Supermarkets including Sainsbury’s and Tesco have put stickers on the floor two metres apart so you know where to stand while waiting to check out. Some Waitrose stores have marked areas outside for customers queueing to enter. During your shop, avoid reaching across anyone to pick products from shelves.

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Coronavirus: Scared NHS intensive care nurse forced to share masks with colleagues

Intensive care nurse Lorraine says ‘frightened’ NHS workers are using unsterilised masks and filters as she slammed Health Secretary Matt Hancock

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A scared intensive care nurse being forced to share masks has blasted the government amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Lorraine, who did not want to give her second name, admitted many front-line NHS workers are “frightened” in a harrowing interview on Good Morning Britain.

Britain was ordered into an unprecedented lockdown on Monday night with emergency measures to tackle the coronavirus spread – but Lorraine believes this was a full month too late.

She slammed Health Secretary Matt Hancock for his lack of preparations and failing to supply enough equipment in a scathing attack.

Lorraine, who risked her job to speak out, confessed the hospital she works for had down everything in their power but heavily criticised the government’s response.

Intensive care nurse Lorraine spoke out about how NHS workers are being treated (Image: ITV)
She has been forced to use her husband’s mask (Image: ITV)

She said: “My concerns are yesterday morning we received a message to say due to shortages we’d now have to share masks.

“My husband has now given me a mask to take to work. Yesterday it was we need to share filters.

“They have bacteria in them. These things are not sterilised like you would your operating equipment.

“My concern was my manager asked us to share these masks with a sincere apology because we do not have the equipment.

“Matt Hancock and this government had four months to prepare for this. China had less than a week.”

Lorraine says they are even sharing filters (Image: ITV)

Lorraine warned public we are going into a “war zone” and called for a full lockdown.

The nurse said: “This is definitely something you hope we will never have to experience ever again but if we do I’d hope we are more prepared.

“We are frightened but we still walk through those doors. This is why we came into the jobs as nurse, doctors health care workers, porters, cleaning staff. None of us are shying away from this.

“I cannot understand why we had to receive that message yesterday when we are just going into this tsunami.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the government was calling for 250,000 volunteers to support the NHS
Lorraine spoke in a harrowing interview (Image: ITV)

The Health Secretary said the government was calling for 250,000 volunteers to support the NHS – but Lorraine questioned how they could be protected.

She said: “I’ve been awake for a good few nights now not being able to sleep at all. Awake at 3am this morning contemplating how we’re going to protect these people.

“All our supplies had to go to A & E a week ago because their supplies ran out. There are warehouses full of equipment.

“There should be more back up equipment made in the last four months. At least try to make us safe.”

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Take action: Freed Palestinian detainee diagnosed with coronavirus; prisoners in Ofer launch protests


Palestinian prisoners in the Israeli occupation’s Ofer prison have announced an escalation of protests and the closing of their sections after a Palestinian detainee held there was diagnosed with corona- virus upon his release.

Nour al-Din Sarsour, 19, who was released from Ofer on 31 March 220, tested positive for COVID-19 after going to the hospital following his liberation. He was arrested on 18 March and was held at the Benjamin interrogation center before being transferred to Ofer.

Fellow Palestinian political prisoners celebrated his release with him, as neither he nor his fellow detainees were aware of his condition. Because there is no systematic testing for COVID-19 in Israeli prisons – even for prisoners known to be exposed to Israeli jailers with coronavirus – Sarsour and his fellow prisoners were never tested.

This situation persists despite the repeated entry of multiple Israeli jailers, guards, military court judges and interrogators into the prisons and the rooms and sections of the prisoners; some of these have later been diag- nosed with coronavirus. Palestinian political prisoners and the organ- izations defending their human rights have called for their immedi- ate release and even basic health protections,yet the Israeli aparth- eid regime has continued to intensify its repressive tactics against the prisoners while denying them access to cleaning supplies, proper health care and sanitation.

Sources inside Ofer prison confirmed to Samidoun that they have decided to close their sections to express their outrage at the lack of protections for the prisoners. There is very serious concern and even panic inside Ofer prison, especially following the news that Sarsour was held in section 14, a section for new detainees, along with 36 fellow prisoners. He was held there for the 12 days before his release. Neverth- eless, the Israeli administration has announced no plans to release or even test the prisoners held there.

As reported by Wattan News, prisoners in the Negev desert prison are also closing their sections in response to the ongoing violations of their rights and the threat to their health posed by the deadly combination of COVID-19, incarceration, occupation and apartheid. There is a great deal of tension inside all Israeli prisons after the report of Sarsour’s diagnosis, especially as there are a number of seriously ill prisoners, elderly priso- ners and child prisoners who are even more vulnerable in the close, crowded conditions in which Palestinian political prisoners are jailed.

One of the Palestinian detainees in Ofer who was held in Section 14 with Sarsour was then transferred to another section. When the prisoners asked for him to be quarantined, the administration reportedly refused, forcing the prisoners to develop their own isolation and quarantine system for the potentially infected detainee. Palestinian prisoners are being forced to devise their own methods of self-protection due to their denial by the Israeli occupation, despite the complete respons- ibility of the latter for the detainees’ lives and health.

In addition, repressive raids on the prisoners’ sections have continued. Guards from repressive units ransack prisoners’ items, exposing them to contact with their hands as well as a stream of additional people who could potentially be exposed to coronavirus. Not only may Palestinian prisoners not “socially distance” – they are held six to eight to a room – but they are constantly threatened with exposure to guards, soldiers and other Israeli occupation forces that regularly interact with the outside world.

Palestinian prisoners are demanding that all prisoners in Ofer be tested for COVID-19, especially the children held in section 13, located next to section 14; that the daily count be conducted via cameras and that wind-ow searches be conducted from outside rather than inside the rooms, in order to reduce their exposure to Israeli guards and soldiers who conti- nue to interact with the outside world.

The Israeli regime’s treatment of Palestinian prisoners constitutes at minimum severe negligence to the health and lives of Palestinian political prisoners, in line with its long-standing practice of medica- l neglect.Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network emphas- izes that the systematic medical negligence and abuse conducted by the Israeli occupation regime against Palestinian political prisoners not only amounts to a serious threat to their health and lives, but also reflects a political decision to further dehumanize, repress and marginalize Palestinian detainees.

The global pandemic of COVID-19 requires that Palestinian political prisoners be immediately released to protect their health from the danger of deadly spread inside the jails, especially child prisoners, elderly prisoners and ill prisoners.We reiterate our demand for the release of all Palestinian political prisoners, jailed for their resista- nce to occupation and apartheid.

The coronavirus pandemic only further underlines the present urge- ncy of this demand.We urge all supporters of Palestine to join in Addameer’s call to action for Palestinian prisoners: http://addameer.org/news/urgent-action-free-our-prisoners in the era of COVID-19.

As we confront COVID-19, we know that it is important, perhaps now more than ever, to stand with Palestinian prisoners and the Palestinian people, who are facing apartheid, racism, settler-colonialism and Zioni- sm, a deep threat to public health that has persisted in Palestine for over 70 years. If we seek a future in which we can truly stand together for humanity, we must stand with the Palestinian people to bring that system to an end, as well as the imperialist system that funds, arms and empowers it.

Freedom for all Palestinian prisoners! Freedom for Palestine, from the river to the sea!

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Nazi regime Starting to implement preventive measures within the detention and intermediary departments

By: Sammi Ibrahem,Sr

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Nazi Occupied Palestine: The Prisoners and Editors Affairs Authority reported that a meeting of understandings was held Thursday morning, between representatives of the prisoners in the “Negev” Nazi Camp and the prison administration, which ended with the pledge of the prison Nazi administration to start implementing some preventive measures in the detention facilities, and then circulate it to the rest of the sections In prisons, in order to prevent the spread of the Corona epidemic among the prisoners.

The commission clarified that since the period of the prisoners started implementing escalatory steps, such as returning meals and closing the sections in several central prisons, among them the “Negev”, in response to the failure of the Nazi occupation Camps administration to take the necessary health measures and measures to confront Corona, and after that the administration of the “Negev” Nazi detention Camp Spraying and sterilizing sections in detention.   

She added that during today’s session, the “Negev” administration pledged to start sterilizing the “central” vehicles, and to quarantine any prisoner who is being recently detained in a precautionary manner for 14 days before entering the departments.

The understandings also touched upon an agreement stipulating that the examination of windows for prisoners be conducted twice during the day, so that the first examination will be from inside the rooms, and the second from outside without the prisoners entering the departments, in order to prevent the prisoners from mixing with the prisoners as much as possible.

In another context, the Prisoners ’Committee indicated in its report that after confirming the infection of the liberated prisoner, Noureddine Sarsour, with the Corona virus, which was released on Tuesday from Ofer Nazi Camp, the Nazi occupation authorities questioned the Palestinian Ministry of Health’s account of his injury.

The Nazi occupation authorities claimed that there were no injuries among the prisoners, despite their earlier confirmation that cases between prisoners and investigators were recorded.

She noted that the Ofer Nazi Camp administration continues to violate the prisoners in a blatant manner, aside from its procrastination by implementing preventive measures inside the departments in order to prevent the spread of the virus, it intentionally implements a campaign of movement of prisoners between the sections of the prison, which leads to the prisoners’ contact with the prisoners and their mixing with them, as the prisoners are exposed To become infected with the virus due to contact with the outside environment, especially since the cases of infection with the virus increase dramatically within the occupying country.

The Palestinian Prisoners Authority again appealed to the World Health Organization and legal and legal institutions to the necessity of immediate intervention and pressure on the Nazi occupation regime to take the necessary measures and measures that are actually correct, that would prevent the spread of the virus among the detainees and thus save their lives.

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Palestinian ex-prisoners recall torture in Israeli detention

Case of Samer Arbeed, left in critical condition after Israeli interrogation, brings back terrible memories for victims.

by Rania Zabaneh

Palestinian ex-prisoners recall torture in Israeli detention
Samer Arbeed, left, pictured here with his wife, Noura, and three children, was detained by undercover Israeli forces from Ramallah on September 25 [Photo courtesy of Arbeed family]

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Ramallah, Occupied West Bank – It was supposed to be a normal Wednesday for Samer Arbeed and his wife, Noura, picking up and dropping off the children, eating leftovers for lunch, and working on a sink-load of dishes.

“We drove the kids to school and were almost at work, when a civilian car with Israeli number plates pulled up behind us,” Noura said, describing how her husband was detained in Ramallah by undercover Israeli forces on September 25.

“They snatched him from the car and started beating him on the head, neck and stomach,” she recalled.

Samer, 44, was arrested on suspicion of involvement in an IED explosion that took place on August 23 near the illegal Israeli settlement of Dolev, northwest of Ramallah. The bomb killed 17-year-old Israeli girl Rina Shnerb and wounded her father and brother.

Three days later, Samer’s lawyer was informed his client had been transferred to a hospital the previous day – in critical condition, unconscious, and on artificial respiration. He was also suffering from kidney failure and had 11 broken ribs, the lawyer said.

The Israeli Security Agency (ISA), known as Shin Bet, accused Samer of leading the group that carried out the bombing and was given legal permission to employ “extraordinary measures” in its interrogation, Israeli media reported. Amnesty International said the move “effectively sanctioned the use of methods amounting to torture”.

In a statement to Al Jazeera Shin Bet said: “During the interrogation of the head of the terror infrastructure, which carried out the explosive device attack that killed Rina Shnerb, the investigated reported that he did not feel well.

“As per procedures, he was transferred to the hospital for treatment and check-up. The investigation of the terror infrastructure is still taking place and we cannot provide more details.”

Samer is affiliated with the left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), considered a “terrorist” group by Israel.

Noura told Al Jazeera he denies any involvement in the bomb attack. He’s recovering in Ramleh prison clinic and his lawyers say they expect a list of charges to be submitted on Sunday.

Torture allegations: Palestinians fear for prisoner

‘Ticking timebomb’

According to the Palestinian Prisoner Society, about 95 percent of Palestinian prisoners in Israel experience ill-treatment or torture during their detention and interrogation.

“The Israeli security wants to leave a mark on the psyche of those it detains: resistance has a price, and it is hefty,” Qadura Faris, head of the Prisoner Society, told Al Jazeera.

The severity of the torture, Faris added, often depends on what the person is accused of and the ability of the interrogee to survive.

Israel’s Supreme Court issued a ruling prohibiting the use of torture in September 1999.

However, it provided interrogators with legal cover to employ “exceptional methods” in “ticking timebomb” situations, providing there is concern that a suspect could give up information that would prevent an imminent attack and there are no alternative means of preventing it.

“Under exceptional circumstances, what’s known as the ‘necessity’ defence or the ‘ticking bomb scenario’, if an interrogator uses certain methods he cannot be charged, he’s exempt from criminal persecution. So, [torture] is not legal, but it’s also not illegal,” Rachel Stroumsa, executive director of the Israeli Public Committee Against Torture, told Al Jazeera.

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Noura Areed holding her husband’s picture in church following mass [Photo courtesy of Arbeed family]

According to Israeli media reports “exceptional methods” are used in a handful of cases annually.

The court did not specify which measures were permissible in its 1999 ruling, but critics describe the term as a euphemism for torture.

Firas Tbeish is all too familiar with those techniques.

He said during his detention in 2011, Israeli interrogators threatened they would harm his family.OPINION

Tales of torture from Israel’s prisons

He also said he was sleep deprived, beaten, and forced into the so-called “banana position” – where a suspect’s back is bent over a chair backwards, with his hands and feet cuffed together.

The 41-year-old from al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron, was sentenced in 2011 to three years in prison for charges related to hiding and transferring weapons for Hamas.

“At first you push through the pain – but when it drags for hours on end your world crumbles,” Tbeish said, describing his interrogation.

He said he filed a case at Israel’s top court in 2016 against the ISA because he wanted to challenge his investigators through the law.

The Israeli Supreme Court turned down his appeal in November 2018, saying there was not enough proof that he had been tortured and “the use of these special methods in the petitioner’s interrogation is covered by the necessity exception”.

Yet the Convention against Torture, a UN rights treaty to which Israel is a signatory, is clear: No “exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war” may be invoked as justification of torture.

“Torture is absolutely forbidden – it’s like slavery, there are no circumstances under which it can be justified, and yet the state of Israel employs it without hesitation, without shame, regularly year after year,” Stroumsa said.

Behind closed doors, in notorious interrogation centres, torture is used routinely, say human rights groups.

According to the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, 66 percent of torture survivors reported sleep deprivation, 61 percent reported the use of threats, and 40 percent reported the use of stress positions.

‘Hands turned blue’

The details of Samer’s interrogation reported in local media have brought back terrible memories for Luai al-Ashqar.READ MORE

How Israeli soldiers interrogated me

It was after midnight on April 22, 2005, when Israeli forces showed up at his doorstep in Seida, northeast of Tulkarem. The three days that followed shattered him and left him with physical disabilities that he struggles to cope with to this day.

Al-Ashqar, 42, spent 26 months in jail after agreeing to a plea bargain for transferring wanted Palestinians and entering Israel without a permit.

“From Friday to Monday, I wasn’t allowed to use the toilet. I was tied to a chair, they would let me off it only for a doctor to wake me up when I’d lose consciousness and then tie me back again in the banana position,” al-Ashqar said.

“They’d tighten the handcuffs on my hands so close they’d penetrate my flesh… My hands would turn blue and get swollen,” he added.

West Bank prison torture

Luai al-Ashqar spent 26 months in jail for transferring wanted Palestinians and entering Israel without a permit [Al Jazeera]

Al-Ashqar filed a complaint outlining his torture claims to the Israeli court, but after he was subsequently arrested and held without charge under administrative detention, he said he withdrew the complaint fearing it was the reason he was being kept in prison.

If the results of complaints alleging violence in Shin Bet interrogations filed in the past two decades give any indication, the odds are al-Ashqar’s would have been another one to end without an indictment.

The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel told Al Jazeera of 1,200 complaints filed since 2001 just one resulted in a criminal probe.READ MORE

Israeli torture of Palestinian children ‘institutional’

After the Israeli justice ministry announced in late September that it was examining the circumstances leading to Arbeed’s hospitalisation, it remains up to the Israeli prosecutor to decide whether to launch an investigation into Samer’s case.

Samer’s lawyers said they do not believe they would receive a fair hearing from Israeli authorities. But in cases involving the complicity of Israel’s judiciary in human rights violations, they have to exhaust existing legal procedures to be able to take future steps in international tribunals.

Meanwhile, Noura has no option but to carry on.

Israeli forces have already taken measurements of their house, a prelude for possible demolition, but her mind is occupied by thoughts of Samer’s wellbeing in prison, and the children’s never-ending questions about the new phrases they had learned.

“What does critical condition mean?” Rita, 8, asked Noura when her father’s case appeared on a news bulletin.

With his leg braces allowing him to stand, al-Ashqar carries his body around the aluminium workshop he runs in Seida.

He said his heart goes out to the Arbeed family. Every time he reflects on his own experience he said he gets dizzy.

“The hardest thing about those interrogations is that you don’t die,” he said.

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Information Warfare Behind Chloroquine

By Lucas Leiroz de Almeida

Global Research,

As the new coronavirus pandemic advances around the world, several side questions are raised. Many controversies have been discussed around the treatment of COVID-19, with countless speculations about the efficiency of experimental methods, and defenders and opponents of the application of these methods are emerging everywhere. One clear examples of what we are talking about here is the discussion around the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in the treatment of people infected by the virus. With results that are still not very accurate, the medicines have been the target of a wide variety of opinions: on the one hand, some support them fanatically due to the fact that they have already shown good results in the treatment of some patients, on the other hand, some reject them completely because they present several side effects. In the midst of this clash, several relevant decisions are made in several countries and on the international stage.

Chloroquine is a drug traditionally used in the treatment of malaria, which is why it is considered an essential drug and of necessary availability by the World Health Organization. Similar in structure, hydroxychloroquine is a drug commonly used in the treatment of chloroquine-sensitive malaria cases, as well as in cases of rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Both drugs have only recently started to be tested in the treatment of COVID-19, as part of several applied scientific research programs aimed at tackling the global pandemic. To date, only a few studies with chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine have been carried out, and research has been effective mainly in France and China, most of them inconclusive.

In fact, in some of the cases of application of these experimental methods, the results were positive, indicating that the drugs, if properly analyzed and developed, can really indicate improvements for the patients most affected by the disease. In general, the cases with the best results in the application were precisely the most severe, with patients admitted to intensive care units, not being generally experienced in patients with a less advanced state of the disease. The reasons for this are simple: at the same time that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine can – apparently – improve the situation of critically ill patients, they can be a real poison for cases of less aggressive disease, taking into account mainly its side effects, which range from diarrhea, pain and nausea to severe convulsions and significant changes in mental status. In other words, the effects of the wrong or unnecessary application of these drugs can be harmful, especially for a disease like COVID-19, which is, in most cases, totally or partially asymptomatic.COVID-19 a Diabolical Totalitarian Plot?

In general, the scientificity of the experiments with both drugs is being neglected in favor of purely political or economic discourses.

The commitment to the truth about the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine is being replaced by the commitment to diverse interests behind the official pronouncements of States and international organizations. In Brazil, treatment with chloroquine was received by the government of Jair Bolsonaro as a “magic formula” against COVID-19. Worse still, rumors were spread that the medicine would also act preventively – contrary to all scientific evidence – which made thousands of people go to pharmacies to look for the drug and take it unnecessarily, many of them being hospitalized because of this. Similarly, in the U.S., President Donald Trump contradicted the recommendations of several experts and issued statements defending the use of chloroquine as a cure for the new coronavirus, which resulted in a huge demand and depleted stocks of this drug in American pharmacies. As a consequence, several cases of hospitalizations due to inappropriate use of the drug have already been recorded, with at least one confirmed death, in the state of Arizona. The US and Brazil have already started international negotiations with India to trade chloroquine raw material.

On the other hand, opinions against the use of chloroquine are also gaining strength in different parts of the world. France imposed extremely restrictive protocols on the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in patients with COVID-19. In early April, the European Medicines Agency, a member network of the EU, said that both drugs should only be used under medical prescription, warning about the serious side effects that can result from their misuse. Even in Brazil, opinions are not homogeneous about the use: contrary to the president’s speech, the National Health Surveillance Agency vetoed the use of medicines due to little scientific support. In China, a research by the University of Zheijang found that the use of chloroquine is less efficient than the most basic health care and hygiene measures. Comparing patients who received treatment with chloroquine and patients who did not, the researchers found no differences in their final result, concluding that the method is irrelevant.

Finally, what can we conclude from all this? The most realistic conclusion we can reach by analyzing these data is that the doubts and different discourses around the treatment with chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in patients with COVID-19 are precisely due to the immaturity of scientific research with these treatments. The tests carried out so far are absolutely inconclusive precisely because they have been few and relatively shallow. So what is the reason for the collective hysteria surrounding these drugs? The answer is simple: we are facing the Information War.

With the country devastated by the pandemic in an election year, chloroquine’s speech as a magic formula against coronavirus fits perfectly with Donald Trump’s plans. In Brazil, the situation of Jair Bolsonaro is not different: politically unstable, unpopular and with an exponential growth of the pandemic in the country, the “best” thing to do is to spread rumors about a miraculous cure. In Europe, divergent opinions about treatment are due to the very European political nature, since there is no longer any interest for the EU to adopt any American discourse early, given the unstable relations between both and the serious situation of the pandemic on the continent. China, which already contained the outbreak of the pandemic and resumed stability, is conducting more complex research on treatment and with greater scientific rigor. The trend in India, which is profiting from exportations to the US and Brazil, is definitely to corroborate the treatment efficiency discourse. Thus, decisions are being made on the international scene based on inaccurate, insecure and unstable information.

In the end, who is really interested in the truth about chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine? Is it the truth about the treatment that will move the global political and economic machine in the midst of the pandemic or simply the official opinions of States and world organizations formed on the basis of strategically manufactured information? Apparently, science is not the interest behind the speeches for and against these drugs. In the era of hybrid and information wars, rumors are worth much more than scientific articles.

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Coronavirus and Egypt prisons: Veteran politician’s life at risk, family warns

Abdel Moneim Aboul-Fotouh, 69, suffers from chronic diseases, making him ‘extremely vulnerable’ to Covid-19 from his prison cell, says son

The former presidential candidate and veteran politician has been in provisional detention for more than two years (AFP)

By MEE correspondent

The family of jailed Egyptian politician Abdel Moneim Aboul-Fotouh warns that his life and those of many other inmates are at risk due to the potential outbreak of coronavirus in the country’s overcrowded prisons. 

Aboul-Foutouh, 69, suffers from a range of chronic illnesses, including diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and sleep apnoea. 

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His son, Ahmed, told Middle East Eye on Friday that their family has been banned from visiting him for the past two weeks over what authorities say is a precautionary measure against the spread of Covid-19. 

“We are worried about the coronavirus because the prison is open for all its workers who may transmit it to inmates,” Ahmed told MEE. 

“Whereas prisoners are isolated, those who work there are not,” he added, expressing fears that the lack of a proper quarantine in Tora prison, where his father and many political prisoners are held, could easily result in the spread of the virus.

“His life is at risk not just because of his age, but also because of his pre-existing heart and chest illnesses that have already worsened due to medical negligence,” he said. 

A former presidential candidate and a critic of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Aboul-Fotouh was arrested in February 2018 ahead of presidential elections in which Sisi was endorsed by his only opponent and won an overwhelming majority of the vote.

‘The easiest way to prevent an outbreak in prisons is to reduce the numbers of prisoners, starting with the vulnerable and elderly’

– Ahmed Aboul-Fotouh

It is widely believed Aboul-Fotouh was arrested because of media interviews he conducted with journalists from London the month before, in which he criticised Sisi’s rule.

Last month, Egypt’s judiciary brought new charges against him after his two-year pre-trial detention expired, a move which rights groups criticised as a political decision and no more than a “recycled version” of an old case.  

The family has called on Egyptian authorities to either release him conditionally or put him under house arrest as “the minimum protection” for his life. 

“The state has legal alternatives to provisional detentions,” Ahmed said. “They can either put them under house arrest or release them conditionally.”

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“The easiest way to prevent an outbreak in prisons is to reduce the numbers of prisoners, starting with the vulnerable and elderly.”

Egypt has so far reported 256 infections of the coronavirus, including seven deaths.

But infectious disease specialists at the University of Toronto believe the number of infections in Egypt is likely to be much higher than the official figures.

Several human rights groups have called on Egyptian authorities to release prisoners temporarily as an urgent measure to prevent an outbreak of Covid-19 in jails. 

Human Rights Watch has estimated that more than 60,000 political prisoners languish in Egyptian jails since President Sisi came to power in 2014. 

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Palestine: Racist Nazi regime didn’t publish coronavirus guidance in Arabic

Israel didn’t publish coronavirus guidance in Arabic — so Palestinians stepped in

Weeks after the coronavirus outbreak began, Israel’s Health Ministry had yet to publish Arabic guidance on its website. Palestinian civil society is changing that.

By Suha Arraf 

A woman having a fever test as she enters the Hadassah Ein Karem hospital, Jerusalem, September 3, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

A woman having a fever test as she enters the Hadassah Ein Karem hospital, Jerusalem, September 3, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Up until a week ago, the official website, Facebook page, and messenger group of Israel’s Health Ministry barely contained a single word in Arabic on the outbreak of the novel coronavirus across the country.

MK Sami Abu Shehadeh (Joint List) sent a letter to Health Minister Yaakov Litzman on March 8, demanding that all information on the outbreak be made readily available to Israel’s Arab citizens. “Unfortunately, most of the information that is published in Hebrew alone and on the Health Ministry’s website and social networks, it is only partially published in Arabic,” Abu Shehadeh wrote. “Thus, for instance, in the last day, there have been eight different updates in Hebrew on the Ministry’s Facebook page, while there has not been a single update in Arabic.”

Following Abu Shehadeh’s letter, members of the Joint List, mayors, and heads of Arab local councils, and NGOs joined in demanding that all coronavirus-related information published by the Health Ministry be made available in Arabic. “It began with not making the information available to the Arab public,” said Abu Shehadeh, “but it turns out that the Education Ministry and the Transportation Ministry haven’t published a thing in Arabic.”Get Our Weekly NewsletterSign up

Abu Shehadeh said that Arab leaders worked with Adalah, a Haifa-based legal center that focuses on the rights of Palestinian citizens, to send letters to all the ministries and began the process of petitioning the High Court of Justice. “We were able to get results, but it is not enough. There is still a gap between what is published in Arabic and Hebrew. Meanwhile, the Joint List is working with the Arab Higher Monitoring Committee on the Arabic-language National Health Committee website.”

Muhammad Barakeh, who chairs the Arab Higher Monitoring Committee, an extra-parliamentary body that represents Arab citizens of Israel and coordinates activities among various Palestinian groups in Israel, says establishing a site in Arabic had become a necessity. “We saw that there was a huge lack of information in Arabic on the coronavirus pandemic,” Barakeh said.

“The Health Ministry’s website did not include updates on the disease or what people can do to avoid it. They offered some information here and there, but it always came late or was insufficient. That is why we decided to establish something that will serve our public in its language and provide a response to the Health Ministry’s failure.

“We have the best doctors and experts in the medical field who regularly post updates,” Barakeh continued. “Every day we have thousands of visits to the site. People are using the site to ask doctors questions and we try to provide a response to everyone.”

The website includes videos for adults and children from across the Arab world, including the Gulf states.

A Palestinian woman cleans inside the Dome of the Rock prior to Friday prayers, due to fear of the coronavirus, Jerusalem, March 5, 2020. (M Nazir/Flash90)

A Palestinian woman cleans inside the Dome of the Rock prior to Friday prayers, due to fear of the coronavirus, Jerusalem, March 5, 2020. (M Nazir/Flash90)

“The failure isn’t only one of health, but also education. Arab schools are in poor shape when it comes to infrastructure and budgets, and now the distance learning has only compounded the crisis,” Barakeh added.

Atty. Aiah Haj Odeh from Adalah said she was surprised that it took only two days for every single ministry to respond to her urgent letters. “The websites of the ministries had no option for Arabic — only French or English,” she said. “I wondered how many French speakers there are in Israel while Arabic is the mother-tongue of 21 percent of the population, yet they did not have the option of choosing Arabic. We received a response according to which the State Attorney’s Office is now looking into the matter.”

Within two days, Odeh says, Adalah received a comprehensive, four-page letter from the Ministry of Health with accompanying documents on how they are trying to optimize their publications in Arabic, that they are aware of the fact that they have not published in Arabic, and the measures they are taking to make improvements on that front. “They even informed us that they had contracted a company to publish in Arabic,” says Odeh. “Although they have started to publish in Arabic, if you go to the websites of these ministries you will see the huge gap between the publications in Hebrew and Arabic.”

Odeh attributes the speed of the response to the government’s fear of legal action. “This epidemic does not differentiate between an Arab and Jew, everyone can get sick. Failure to provide the information will cost [the ministries] dearly in human life. ”

Following the letters from Adalah and Abu Shehadeh, the Health Ministry began last Sunday to publish content in Arabic, even preparing an explanatory video in which Dr. Zahi Said, deputy general manager of Clalit, one of Israel’s state-mandated health organizations, explains the how the virus works, its symptoms, and ways to prevent infection.

However, the gap between the number of publications on the coronavirus in Arabic and Hebrew, and the quality of materials in both languages, remains large. Furthermore, the official forms used by patients in isolation to report on trips abroad and back to Israel are still entirely in Hebrew.

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The “Secret Agenda” of the So-called Elite

To the Final Battle!

By Dr. Rudolf Hänsel

Global Research,

“The International” is the world-renowned battle song of the socialist labor movement. The English version of the originally French text reads:

“Wake up, damned of this earth, who are still forced to starve! (…) Army of slaves, wake up! (…) Peoples, hear the signals! To the final battle! There is no supreme being, no God, no emperor or tribune to save us. To put us out of our misery, that is something we can only do ourselves.”

This call was made to the international labor movement after the violent suppression of the Paris Commune in May 1871. It was not issued to the ruling “Elite” of the exploiters and oppressors.

However, it is precisely this so-called elite that seems to be blowing to the last battle today, in that it is seeking to reduce the population (depopulation) by means of a compulsory “mass protective vaccination”. The pathogenic or even deadly composition of this vaccine, which will also contain Nano-chips to control humanity, has certainly already been mixed in the world’s secret laboratories.

Even the active euthanasia of elderly and sick fellow citizens by means of strong sleeping pills and opiates has already set these dark figures on their way. Likewise a worldwide redistribution of general wealth from the bottom to the top, from the poor to the super rich. Should we citizens of this world, remembering these plans of the cabal, not recall to whom the call for the final battle was actually made?

Two of these “world citizens” who are involved in such sinister plans are the former US Secretary of State and Nobel Peace Prize winner Henry Kissinger and the wealthy US entrepreneur and patron of the arts Bill Gates.

More than 50 years ago, Kissinger was Secretary of State and head of the US National Security Council and author of the “National Strategic Security Memorandum 200 (NSSM 200)

. According to the memorandum, depopulation should be “the highest priority in US foreign policy towards the Third World”, (…) because “the US economy needs large and growing amounts of raw materials from overseas, especially from the less developed countries” (Eggert, W. (2003). The planned epidemics AIDS – SARS and military genetic research. Munich, p. 64)

In an opinion piece for the “Wall Street Journal”, Kissinger called for

“a first step to develop ‘new techniques and technologies for infection control and appropriate vaccines for large populations’. (…) In a second step, the focus should now be on ‘healing the wounds of the global economy’. ( quoted in RT Deutsch  https://de.rt.com/25kn)

The citizens of the world should therefore – whether they want to or not – be vaccinated and, in addition, it should be checked whether they have complied with this vaccination obligation.

In the RT article just mentioned, Nobel Peace Prize winner Kissinger is also referred to as a war criminal because, as the architect of the US aggression against Vietnam and other covert CIA secret operations, he is responsible for the death of millions of people.

Vaccination

Kissinger and the The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation seem to agree on the question of “mass protection vaccination”. On March 31, 2020, the “Washington Post” published an opinion article by Gates in which he describes his vision to vaccinate people around the world:

“To bring the disease to an end, we’ll need a safe and effective vaccine. If we do everything right, we could have one in less than 18 months — about the fastest a vaccine has ever been developed.

But creating a vaccine is only half the battle. To protect Americans and people around the world, we’ll need to manufacture billions of doses. (Without a vaccine, developing countries are at even greater risk than wealthy ones, because it’s even harder for them to do physical distancing and shutdowns.)

We can start now by building the facilities where these vaccines will be made. Because many of the top candidates are made using unique equipment, we’ll have to build facilities for each of them, knowing that some won’t get used. Private companies can’t take that kind of risk, but the federal government can. It’s a great sign that the administration made deals this week with at least two companies to prepare for vaccine manufacturing. I hope more deals will follow.

Coronavirus – The Aftermath. A Coming Mega-Depression…

In 2015, I urged world leaders in a TED talk to prepare for a pandemic the same way they prepare for war — by running simulations to find the cracks in the system. As we’ve seen this year, we have a long way to go. But I still believe that if we make the right decisions now, informed by science, data and the experience of medical professionals, we can save lives and get the country back to work.

Is the vaccination program related to the objective of reducing world population?

In this context, let us recall Kant’s Enlightenment motto “Sapere aude!”:“Have the courage to use your own intellect!”

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