Saturday, 22 March 2014

Malignant tumors and disabilities soar among Palestinian prisoners

Attorneys of the Palestinian Ministry of Detainees Affairs expressed grave concerns over the health status of several Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli prisons.

The health status of several Palestinian prisoners is extremely worrisome as they suffer from serious spreading diseases, especially malignant tumors, disabilities and palsy (paralyses), coupled with deliberate medical negligence.

WAFA reports that the health status of Yusri ‘Attya, sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment in Eshel, is extremely serious, as he suffers from lymphatic cancer that is spreading to new parts of his body, attorney Rami al-‘Alami said.

The health status of Muʻtasem Raddad, a prisoner sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment in Hadarim, is deteriorating every day as he suffers from intestinal cancer and massive bleeding (hemorrhage), according to attorney Ashraf al-Khatib.

Al-Khatib added that Muʻtasem is supposed to undergo a surgery to excise his intestines and that he suffers from intestinal bleeding, anemia, weight loss, arthritis, and chronic blood pressure.

He considered the Israeli court’s refusal to release Muʻtasem before the end of his sentence as ‘a decision to assassinate him’ since the court is aware of his serious status. more

Royal Institute of British Architects backs Israel boycott motion

The Council of the Royal Institute of British Architects has voted to call on the International Union Of Architects to exclude the Israeli Association of United Architects over its refusal to oppose Israel’s construction of illegal settlements on occupied Palestinian territory.

Abe Hayeem, RIBA member and chair of Architects and Planners for Justice in Palestine, said:

“This motion sends a clear message that there is a price to pay for Israel’s decades long impunity in pursuing these apartheid policies, and that the humane principles of our profession cannot be ignored. One small step by the RIBA Council in supporting this motion – one landmark leap for ethics, justice and integrity for our profession.”

Responding to the news, Rafeef Ziadah, a spokesperson from the Palestinian BDS National Committee, the coalition of Palestinian trade unions, campaigns, NGOs and political parties that works to lead and support the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, said:

“Architects and planners are central to Israel’s colonisation of Palestinian land and the forced displacement of Palestinian people. Given the complicity of the Israeli Association of United Architects in Israel’s construction of illegal Israeli settlements, it is only right that it is excluded from international forums.

“Following on from major pension funds divesting from Israel and mainstream artists joining the boycott, the RIBA vote shows how the boycott of Israel has entered the mainstream. Congratulations to Architects and Planners for Justice in Palestine and RIBA for their principled stance.”

After a tough and passionate Council debate on 19 March 2014, the pillar of the UK’s architects’ professional association, the RIBA , passed the motion supporting action that should be taken by the International Union Of Architects’ to suspend the Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) from the world body of architects, the UIA. The Motion was passed by 23 votes to 16 with 10 abstentions. The vote follows a similar motion earlier in the week by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).

“Since the Israeli Association of United Architects (IAUA) has paid no regard to the UIA resolution 13 of 2005 and 2009, the RIBA calls on the UIA, as the international guardian of professional and ethical standards in our profession, to suspend the membership of the Israeli Association of United Architects, until it acts to resist these illegal projects, and observes international law, and the UIA Accords and Resolution 13,” the RIBA motion reads. more