Palestine's Hospitals Collect Blood for Gaza

Palestine’s Hospitals Collect Blood for Gaza

Israel’s crimes against humanity reached a new level with the bombing of hospitals in Gaza.

Al-Wafa hospital that takes care of elderly people has suffered  five ‘warning’ missiles and was told by the occupation to evacuate. The people – staff and patients – refused.

The Israeli war machine also targeted a care home for orphans and people with disabilities. Two residents – 30 and 46 years old and with severe mental health issues – were murdered.

Attacking hospitals is a war crime.

As of late afternoon Saturday 12 July, the Israeli regime has murdered more than 120 Palestinians in Gaza, including at least 22 children and babies. The number of the injured has long passed 1,000.

In the West Bank, hospitals are getting ready to respond and are inviting people to donate blood for Gaza.

“We have experience in this kind of crisis. This is not the first war Israel is raging against our people,” says Mohammed Othman, head of the Paramedics Unit at Rafidiya Hospital in Nablus. “And we are getting ready for the worst.”

On Friday, the Palestinian Ministry of Health informed all hospitals in the West Bank to be on high alert and issued an order to collect blood for Gaza. It being the Muslim Holy month of Ramadan, hospitals expect residents to arrive in high numbers after the Iftar, the break of fast once the sun sets. Donated blood will then be transferred to the central blood bank in Ramallah, where it will be checked for Hepatitis and HIV before final approval.

The Red Cross will then, as it has before, negotiate with occupier Israel for blood transfer from the West Bank to Gaza.

Israel’s war on Gaza in 2008-2009, when almost 1,500 people were brutally murdered by the occupation regime, was the last time the West Bank’s hospitals were engaged in such an operation; back then, Palestinians from the West Bank sent 500 units of blood to people of Gaza (1 unit is 500 cc) – and the majority, around 350 units, came from Nablus.

Now that Gaza’s hospitals have become, together with mosques, orphanages, civilian homes, cafes, and journalists, a routine target for the Israeli war machine, no-one is safe.

“If they bomb this hospital, what am I supposed to do? Pack up and leave?” says Othman. “No. I will not leave. I will stay here, whether there is a war or not. I will stay here to serve the people, the patients that need our help.”

To donate blood for Gaza, please go to your nearest city hospital in the West Bank.