COVID-19 has entered Gaza

COVID-19 has entered Gaza

The Coronavirus has entered Gaza. It's a catastrophe underway. Tell the World Health Organization and the U.N. to issue statements and resolutions. Israel must lift the siege immediately. 

Please sign the petition (you will be automatically redirected) to the WHO and the U.N. telling them to speak out and issue statements and resolution and

Join the webinar Monday, March 23, 2020 at 11:00 Eastern time. We will be talking with Raed Shakshak in Gaza and Geri Haynes, a palliative care consultant who just returned from Gaza two weeks ago with Washington State Physicians for Social Responsibility. The webinar will be co-hosted by We Are Not Numbers and the U.S. Boat to Gaza. 


Dear World Health Organization and U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, 

Palestinian officials have announced the first two cases of COVID-19 in the besieged Gaza Strip.

According to Deputy Health Minister Youssef Abulreesh, the two cases are  Palestinian men who returned from Pakistan through Gaza's Rafah on Thursday, March 21 and were placed under quarantine. On Saturday, March 22 their tests were confirmed positive for COVID-19. 

The two are now in a field hospital in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Gaza's two million residents are being asked to practice social distancing. Hamas has shut down restaurants, reception halls and Friday prayers at mosques. Gaza is not only one of the most densely populated place on earth and the world's largest open-air prison, but 97% of the water there is unfit for human consumption, electricity is rationed, and there was already an extremely severe shortage of resources, medical supplies and personnel. 

Israel has supplied Gaza with only a few hundred COVID-19 tests for its almost 2 million people. It's a catastrophe in the making. Health officials warn that containment and treatment under the Israeli blockade will be impossible.

This crisis has been building since Israel's life-threatening blockade began 13 years ago. By supporting this siege, the U.S. is complicit in any Gaza COVID-19 crisis that might occur. Please use your voice to compel Israel to immediately lift its siege. 

Sincerely,

Comments

  • John Estes Estes
    signed 2020-03-28 01:15:24 -0400
    AL
  • Eman Almagaida
    signed 2020-03-28 00:34:33 -0400
  • Tagforgood
    @tag4good tweeted link to this page. 2020-03-27 18:46:50 -0400
    Israel and the US are culpable for every coronavirus death in GazaThe siege must be lifted Tell @WHO @UN @HouseDemocrats @SenateDems @HouseGOP @SenateGOP to SPEAK OUT! https://www.codepink.org/covid19gaza?recruiter_id=916185
  • Elise Sommers
    signed 2020-03-27 12:00:56 -0400
    Elise Sommers
  • Melissa Josue
    signed 2020-03-26 18:55:55 -0400
  • William Stewart
    signed 2020-03-26 18:53:19 -0400
    I stand for a free, un-harassed Palestine
  • Art & Gloria Imagire
    signed 2020-03-26 18:48:40 -0400
  • Frank Capria
    signed 2020-03-26 15:03:49 -0400
  • Adam Bristow
    signed 2020-03-26 14:52:37 -0400
  • Nuraan Abrahams
    signed 2020-03-26 11:17:26 -0400
    Stop these international criminals
  • Gregory Casey
    signed 2020-03-26 10:54:31 -0400
  • Patricia Taylor
    signed 2020-03-26 10:51:38 -0400
    Patricia Taylor Midland Ont.Can L4R 4B6

    Please act Quickly
  • Sue Breen
    signed 2020-03-26 09:42:10 -0400
  • Louise Garrett
    signed 2020-03-26 09:25:42 -0400
  • Lizza Littlewort
    signed 2020-03-26 08:47:22 -0400
  • bincol m
    signed 2020-03-26 00:56:12 -0400
  • @DublinActivist Palestine
    @dublinactivist tweeted link to this page. 2020-03-26 00:37:53 -0400
    Israel and the US are culpable for every coronavirus death in GazaThe siege must be lifted Tell @WHO @UN @HouseDemocrats @SenateDems @HouseGOP @SenateGOP to SPEAK OUT! https://www.codepink.org/covid19gaza?recruiter_id=801633
  • Amanda Crawford
    signed 2020-03-26 00:37:26 -0400
    Calling on all those with an iota of humanity left in them. You, I, ALL of us are in this fight against the virus, but we have some chance because we have reasonably good health services.. In Gaza they have nothing! A few hospital, bombed time & time again, by Israel, with the complicity of the US, no medicine to fight ordinary sickness, never mind this virus. If WE ALL don’t take action, WE ARE ALL RESPONSIBLE in the end, responsible for the deaths that will sweep through this broken place, broken by israel. The citizens of Gaza, the men, women, and especially the little ones, already have no drinkable water. No electricity. No ventilators. No hope. No life. For the love of God, SIGN & take ACTION!
  • Rev. Stephen Brackens Brinkley
    signed 2020-03-25 22:28:30 -0400
    The entire world is complicit in Gaza’s suffering by not acting against the Illegal occupation by Zionist Israel
  • Kathi Ridgway
    signed 2020-03-25 22:05:06 -0400
    Kathi A Ridgway
  • Erin Wade
    signed 2020-03-25 21:55:19 -0400
    Israel created this crisis in the making by isolating Gaza and closing its borders. Unless something changes quickly, I fear that massive illness and deaths will ensue. How can Gazans self-quarantine at home when so many of the homes are piles of rubble? Along with the issues of lack of clean water, lack of sewage treatment, hospitals’ lack of supplies and all the other pre-existing conditions created by Israel.
  • Claire M. Cohen
    signed 2020-03-25 19:02:01 -0400
  • Stanley Paul Thomas
    signed 2020-03-25 18:16:45 -0400
    If ever there is to be justice and peace in that land, Israel must lift the siege of Gaza.
  • Maria Rua
    signed 2020-03-25 17:05:42 -0400
    Maria Rua #EthnicCleansing is a #CrimeAgainstHumanity and we should not turn a blind eye to it, let alone be complicit in it.
  • Firas Thneibat
    signed 2020-03-25 16:08:50 -0400
    Save Ghaza
  • Gloria Fooks
    signed 2020-03-25 15:49:42 -0400
  • John Mims
    signed 2020-03-25 14:53:45 -0400
  • Dorothy Anderson
    signed 2020-03-25 14:32:42 -0400
    Dorothy Anderson
  • Magda Pavitt
    signed 2020-03-25 13:40:35 -0400
  • Gillian Sobocinski
    signed 2020-03-25 12:17:39 -0400

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Dear World Health Organization and U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, 

Palestinian officials have announced the first two cases of COVID-19 in the besieged Gaza Strip.

According to Deputy Health Minister Youssef Abulreesh, the two cases are  Palestinian men who returned from Pakistan through Gaza's Rafah on Thursday, March 21 and were placed under quarantine. On Saturday, March 22 their tests were confirmed positive for COVID-19. 

The two are now in a field hospital in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

Gaza's two million residents are being asked to practice social distancing. Hamas has shut down restaurants, reception halls and Friday prayers at mosques. Gaza is not only one of the most densely populated place on earth and the world's largest open-air prison, but 97% of the water there is unfit for human consumption, electricity is rationed, and there was already an extremely severe shortage of resources, medical supplies and personnel. 

Israel has supplied Gaza with only a few hundred COVID-19 tests for its almost 2 million people. It's a catastrophe in the making. Health officials warn that containment and treatment under the Israeli blockade will be impossible.

This crisis has been building since Israel's life-threatening blockade began 13 years ago. By supporting this siege, the U.S. is complicit in any Gaza COVID-19 crisis that might occur. Please use your voice to compel Israel to immediately lift its siege. 

Sincerely,

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