Friday, 24 May 2013

Audio: Sahar Francis on connecting Israeli jails, Guantanamo and US mass incarceration

This week on The Electronic Intifada podcast:

- Settlers attack a West Bank farmer twice a week - Palestinian prisoners who starved for art are honored by a Gaza show - Human rights attorney Sahar Francis of the Palestinian prisoners’ advocacy organization Addameer speaks out about holding Israel accountable for its system of mass incarceration of Palestinians - Investigate the killing of a US teen, a rights group tells Obama - News from the global boycott, divestment and sanctions movement including activists gearing up for a protest in London to call for the cancellation of Israel as the location for the European Under-21 football championship

Toxic gas used as anesthesia in Gaza hospital

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – Anesthesiologists in Gaza hospitals confirmed Wednesday that a nitrous oxide canister, bought from Israel, contained carbon monoxide and was used mistakenly.

Gaza minister of health Mufeed Mukhallalati says medics at al-Shifa Hospital had an “unprecedented case which almost killed several patients at the hospital’s main operation room.”

He added that anesthesiologists noticed that the patients’ reaction to the anesthetic gas was very dangerous. Four patients suffered severe cardiac arrest but medics managed to save the patients’ lives.

“We decided to stop all surgeries Wednesday” as a precaution, he said. more

Gaza: 2 convicted collaborators sentenced to death

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) – A court in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Thursday sentenced two people to death and a third to hard labor after they were found guilty of collaboration with Israeli intelligence.

A Ma’an reporter said two convicts, one of whom is 43 years old, were sentenced to death by hanging. A 53-year-old man was sentenced to hard labor. Neither were identified by name.

A military high court in Gaza approved the verdicts.

The Hamas-run security services have cracked down on collaborators in the Gaza Strip since launching a campaign in the media to discourage working with Israeli intelligence. more