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SOS – Five Hospital Ships Needed to Save Gaza’s Children

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Five Hospital Ships Needed to Save Gaza’s Children

… by  Franklin Lamb,   … Palestinian camp, Baalbec, Lebanon

 

Ze'ev Jabotinsky - the founder of militant Zionism, carried on now by the Likuds

Ze’ev Jabotinsky – the founder of militant Zionism, carried on now by the Likuds

[ Editor's note: My spirits are up, as we have an uprising in progress against the Zio-Monsters. People are fed up with it. They know it will be a long fight to erase the stain of Zionism from the earth, as it will state-sponsored terrorism.

But these same folks are smart enough to know we need a big support project for Gaza that can be done now for the media attention and to keep the opposition movement becoming more active.

This hospital ship request is going to put anyone who can provide help on the hot spot if they say no. It is going to take a long time to bring Gaza back to being able to take care of over 10,000 wounded, many seriously. These hospital ships would go a long way toward bridging the gap.

Sisi in Egypt - I suspect as part of his agreement with Israel to keep the border shut - will wear the shame of not letting the Gazan wounded out or the Iranians in with all their medical help. The Egyptians literally blocked them from going in. It was an outrage, and the United Nations should address the closing of borders in these emergency cases.

I have a good feeling that when the Israelis stop shooting, we will not this time. So let's take the fight to them, bombarding them with boycott-rockets to disassociate ourselves from the criminal regime AND all those who support them, including the Christian Zionists here in the US. They also must pay for what they have done, like maybe 25-years worth of tithes... Jim W. Dean ]

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First published August 15,  2014  -

 

Why has not the UN pushed for hospital ships during Gaza turkey shoots before?

Why has not the UN pushed for hospital ships during Gaza turkey shoots before?

The statistics are just beginning to be analyzed—by UN agencies and a myriad of NGO’s whose mandates include salvaging young lives from the nearly incalculable ravages of the five-week (and counting) Zionist aggression upon Gaza.

It is of course the third aggression in six years against the 1.8 million Palestinians, sardine-canned into what is increasingly referred to as history’s largest open air prison, but the outcome this time is looking particularly cruel and grim.

As the Netanyahu regime announced (on 8/10/14) that its attacks on Gaza would continue, increasing numbers of obscene calls—for Israel to “finish the job” and “go all the way” etc.—are floating in the Zionist state’s malodorous public echo-chamber, emanating from such figures as the Knesset’s deputy speaker, who advocates driving Palestinians into the Sinai desert and resettling Gaza with Jews.

In Khuza’a “the Israeli military had trapped at least 32 people in a home and then prevented the Red Cross from evacuating them before shelling the area,” reported Lebanese-American journalist Roqayah Chamseddine. Hoping for safe haven, the people in the house sought refuge in the basement of a neighbor’s home, where they found additional families already inside.

“By that point we were 120 people, 10 men and the rest women and children,” Kamel al-Najjar recalled for Human Rights Watch.

After dawn and without warning (no polite leaflets or knocks on the roof apparently), Israel struck the house, killing three people and wounding 15 others.

The toll of the war on Gaza’s children has been “catastrophic,” according to UN agencies. At least 450 have been killed, and those not having their physical bodies buried have found their innocence entombed. It is another casualty in the war—a war against all things daring to live and resist in Gaza. According to Chamseddine:

“Israel has forced the children of Gaza to lay flowers atop headstones, and watch helplessly as coffins that are filled with not only their most beloved family members, teachers, neighbors, and friends but also their most treasured memories, lullabies, lessons learned and those that will never come, descend into the belly of the earth. Their lips will memorize and form prayers for the dead and the stars that defied the siege that flickered freely high above them will be snatched from their skies.”

Families are killed in their homes or UN centers...and Isarel blames Hamas

Families are killed in their homes or UN centers… and Israel blames Hamas

Increasingly it is being heard from Gazans that “Israel has stolen everything beautiful in our lives,” and Israel’s barbarity confirms this sentiment.

Middle East analysts point out that it is difficult to recall a time in modern history when there has been so much sustained slaughter of this region’s civilian population, with more than two-thirds of the victims being women and children.

For the past year, UN agencies and other humanitarian organizations have lamented a simple reality—that there is not a sufficient level of international aid to save lives and treat those in need of emergency and longer term medical care.

But now something is changing.

The horrors we have just witnessed, especially with respect to traumas inflicted on children, is producing, as should be the case, a major and rapidly growing international focus on salvaging young lives. Descriptions and evaluations of the consequences of Gaza wars are being published and urgently discussed. Some analysts and government officials, including Pentagon planners, are calling for a ‘Medical Marshall Plan,’ to save Gaza’s children. One proposed first step is the dispatching of a humanitarian support group of hospital ships that would sail to Gaza without further delay.

What can and must be done, by the United States and other countries with the naval and medical capacity to do so, is to organize a Hospital Ship flotilla to break the siege of Gaza, to anchor offshore, and to begin caring for the medical needs of all, with a special focus on children and their psychological well-being.

Call it a Mercy Mission. Initially it could include the following countries—all well known for their hospital ships with up-and-running medical staffs: the USA, UK, France, China, Russia, Spain, Argentina, and Australia. Within this group of nations are ships with hundreds of patient beds and fully stocked pharmacies.

Moreover, it is a group not likely to be interfered with by those who have imposed the inhumane blockade of Gaza (and of course it even includes some of their collaborators in the region), but perhaps most importantly, every country on the list possesses one or more hospital ships that are fully staffed and available to act.

France is reportedly ready to join such an effort and is also working on a related crisis—in Iraq, where it plans delivery of first aid equipment “in the coming hours,” according to the office of Francois Hollande. The French president has “reaffirmed the will of France to stand by the side of civilian victims of continued attacks” in Iraq, and his spokesmen said that “France will do the same thing for Gaza.”

“The European Union is called upon to also take necessary measures with great urgency to respond to immediate humanitarian needs,” the spokesman added.

Obama needs to take action on this

Obama needs to take action on this

Hundreds of EU citizens, with their specialized skills in fields of pediatric medicine and child psychology, are reportedly ready to help the children of Gaza.

Two fully stocked and staffed American medical ships, the USNS Mercy and the USNS Comfort, could contribute greatly to the effort.

Each ship’s hospital is a full floating medical treatment facility, containing 12 fully equipped operating rooms, a 1,000-bed patient capacity, digital radiological services, medical laboratory, pharmacy, optometry lab, and intensive care ward; each also has a dental clinic with full services, CT scanner, and two oxygen-producing plants.

Helicopter landing decks are available as well, for patient transports, and the ships also have side ports that could take on patients from Gaza fishing boats and other crafts at sea. In addition to these two mammoth-sized medical vessels, dozens of other US Navy ships also have hospitals on board.

For example, in one year, the medical department of the USS George Washington handled over 15,000 out-patient visits, drew almost 27,000 lab samples, filled almost 10,000 prescriptions, took about 2,300 x-rays, and performed 65 surgical operations—and nearly 100 other US ships are capable of doing the same.

Just one example with respect to capacity is illustrative. In April of this year, the USNS Comfort—a converted 70,000-ton tanker—sailed from Norfolk, Virginia carrying 900 doctors, nurses, and engineers, including staff from the U.S. military, civilian agencies, non-government charities, and even foreign navies.

The ship is designed to be deployed quickly for four month intensive full service medical assistance; yet similar capacities obtain in certain other US ships and in foreign navies as well. All of these resources must be put to immediate use to save Gaza’s children.

Gaza cannot wait to rebuild its medical facilities

Gaza cannot wait to rebuild its medical facilities

Looking at the longer term, the Pentagon should seriously consider ordering a sufficient number of catamaran transports and shallow-draft littoral ships to fill out the flotilla, vessels capable of delivering aid by sea via the relatively shallow Gaza coastline.

The success of breaking the siege of Gaza will likely give impetus to a UN Security Council decision to construct a seaport for Gaza, perhaps with a shipping channel to Cyprus.

Similarly, the UK hospital ship, RFA Argus, designated as a ‘Primary Casualty Receiving Ship,’ is moored in Falmouth, England, and is also uniquely designed for this type of humanitarian crisis; and it, too, is reportedly ready to sail once given the green light by Downing Street.

Five Hospital ships are urgently needed along Gaza’s shoreline at the following locations: opposite Jabaliya and North Gaza, Gaza City, Deir al-Balah, Khan Younis, and Rafah.

Although attacking a hospital ship is clearly a war crime, the Israeli pattern of targeting medical facilities in Gaza is well known, and threats from the settler movement and the right wing Likud Party to “sink any ship that enters Gaza waters if judged to be aiding the terrorists” must be taken seriously. Yet one imagines the occupation regime would have to think carefully about sinking another US Navy vessel as it did in 1967 with the repeated bombing of the USS Liberty.

Instead of recycling raw combat power, the White House can best meet the demands of a war-weary American public through an emphasis on missions such as those the USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort are designed for. Poll after US public opinion poll reveal that Americans believe their humanitarian values are best reflected when our navy is tailored for delivering humanitarian aid to places like Gaza, and not by delivering munitions to occupying colonial regimes.

Franklin Lamb is a visiting Professor of International Law at the Faculty of Law, Damascus University and volunteers with the Sabra-Shatila Scholarship Program (sssp-lb.com).

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15 Comments for “SOS – Five Hospital Ships Needed to Save Gaza’s Children”

  1. Thank you DR. LAMB;

    IN GAZA We just observed the equivalent of 2-3 September 11 cold-blooded massacres .
    The thousands injured are worse off that the ones who were murdered since they’ll be in agony & live painful lives while dying every minute of their remaining days.

    To help reduce these satanic massacres it is necessary to understand the nature of the beasts behind this chronic CANNIBALISM.

    a part of that nature is documented in the below interviews with two actual victims & witnesses of ZIO-CANNIBALISM which is apparently centered in England & hosted by the English Royal Lizards.

    My related comments & links at this Dr. Preston James link;

    *********www.veteranstoday.com/2014/08/17/chumps-r-us-club-part-ii/comment-page-1/#comment-555778

    -lc

    • Where do I start contacting people to push this brilliant lifeline of hope into reality? Please give me some emails and addresses or suggestions. Thank you

  2. Excellent article. For what it is worth, I just sent the following letter to President Obama via the White House website

    Dear President Obama,

    As a United States citizen and one who served his country in the U.S. Navy for nearly 23 years, I respectfully request that you exercise your power as Commander-in-Chief and immediately order that the USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort deploy to Gaza to provide much needed medical aid to the surviving Palestinian women, the elderly and especially, the children of Gaza after Israel’s latest ethnic cleansing campaign. You should also encourage other countries with similar hospital ships like the UK, France, China, Russia, Spain, Argentina, and Australia to form a flotilla to break Israel’s inhumane blockade and have said ships escorted by one of our nuclear aircraft carriers which also have medical facilities onboard that could provide aid.

    I am confident that the Zionist terrorists that currently rule Israel will not attempt to sink any of those ships like they tried to do back in June 1967 when they nearly sank the USS Liberty and successfully murdered 34 of our sailors and critically wounded 140 others.

    You are in great need of redemption Mr. President for allowing Israel to carry out their murderous acts with total impunity. With all due respect, it is time to step up to the plate and redeem yourself.

    I await your response.

    Very respectfully,

    Victor M. Trinidad
    YNC, USN-RET

  3. Thank you for this great article, Dr. Lamb.
    I think we people have to do some serious re-thinking about a lot of OLD and outdated premises. I still read and hear occasionally that the American Military is the greatest in the world. Well, this is great bullkacke. It´s high time that we all acknowledge that Israel has long taken over his spot. Israel does the killing and America and its other Western lapdogs send in AID ? These scum hypocrites even make fun of us. Instead of all of them simply telling Israel to stop the killing at once, they actually prefer to send the Zios more guns and then tell us powerless idiots that they help the wounded? This is a world upside down! America is like a tranquillized pit bull watching a rat nibbling away at the baby.
    We people have either “tipped over“ into the insane already, or, are about to do it.

  4. they attacked an INSPECTED floatilla just a few years ago, why would anyone think they wouldnt attack anyone else trying to offer help to their victims?
    “HOW DARE THEY HAFF TUNNELS WHERE WE CANNOT KILL THEM EASILY,
    VEE MUZT DESTROY ZE TUNNELS MACH SCNELL!!!” yeah, think about it.

  5. The only way out of this is to do thus
    1) Vote every effing congresscritter out and replace them with nationalists/libertarians; People with moral compass and integrity.
    2) Arrest and charge every former politician with treason. Give them swift and speedy trials and them put them up against a brick wall and shoot them all.
    3) Arrest all members of AIPAC. Charges them with treason, espionage, blackmail, child prostitution, murder, extortion….just about every crime in the book. Give them swift and speedy trials and give them the brick wall treatment.
    4) Arrest every zionist organization in America and charge them with treason and every criminal activity they’ve committed. Again, the same treatment.
    5) Arrest every izrahelli operative, mossad agent and spy. Charge them accordingly and throw them into a FEMA camp.

    • 6) Arrest every dual citizen and send them to izrahell.
      7) End all aid to izrahell.
      8) Close the U.S. embassy in izrahell and return all American personnel to the states.
      9) Izrahell has 48 hours to close its embassies and other offices in America and leave. Otherwise arrests will be made.
      10) Temporary nationalize all radio, TV and newspapers. The owners to be arrested for treason and tried in courts. The radio, TV stations to be auctioned off to people whose interests lie with America, not izrahell. The same for newsprint.
      11) Any retaliation by izrahell will be considered an act of war.

      • Great post, John and, obviously, I second.
        But those clear thoughts aren´t new John. I KNOW, that about 80 years ago, long before I was born, a bunch of sane and brave men sat together, somewhere in Germany and thought about a way to get rid of Hitler and his scum. Well, their thoughts went along the lines you just posted, NATURALLY.
        But guess who won? The German version, and invention, of what is now known as the Dept. Of Homeland Security.

        • John and Gerry Kraut…both excelleent responses to a exact article..I third it…if only we could!!!!!!!!!

  6. Do I understand correctly that this Medical Marshall Plan is underway or just being discussed? What a great opportunity to not only do good for the Palestinians, but to have a coordinated effort with Russia which would do a great deal to repair our mutually destructive negative relations with them.

  7. I think many Jews, decent Jewish men and women, must now be thinking about leaving the fold.

    • A deep well of hatred for Israelis is in the hearts of most Palestinans. The sooner they are treated decently the sooner things will improve. The way Israel is behaving now is likely to bring increasing horrors for Israel. The Palestinians have nothing to lose, The Israelis have everything to lose.

    • Charlotte NC Bill

      Oh no, shame on the Palestinians ( who don’t belong in Palestine; rather Khazars do ) ..shame on them for displaying their ” telegenic dead” ( translation We’d rather not let the whole world know just how much we enjoy killing defenseless, unarmed Palestinian men, woman and children…

  8. Israel will make sure their blackmailed stooge in the Pink House shows no mercy on the Palestinians.

  9. UN agencies are worthless. They are only applicable within the countries the US has no grudge with. Their influence on the world is as much as the red algae with detrimental effect on the plancton. Obama better not do anything, the best probably would be to end its world domination and allow for other nations to be a world cop, the US had its chance for over 60 years, they only developed strong addiction and turned cop into command and conquer RoboCop.

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