What’s it like to be an emergency room doctor in Gaza? – Dr. Tarek Loubani says it isn’t exactly like you might think.

Dr. Tarek Loubani is a Palestinian nadian. He was born in Kuwait of Palestinian refugee parents. He frequently goes to Gaza where he works as an emergency room doctor at al Shifa hospital in Gaza City. On June 29th, the Ottawa Forum on Israel Palestine organized a zoom based expert panel of nadians to discuss his work with Dr. Loubani. Watch the video interview….


Coalition urges voters to consider human rights for Palestinians in upcoming vote

An ad hoc committee of nadian human rights organizations has launched a mpaign to remind voters that nada’s policy towards human rights for Palestinians needs attention. Peter Larson, Chair of the Ottawa Forum on Israel/Palestine interviews committee spokesperson Dania Majid about the objectives of the mpaign. Read more and watch the interview.

nadian courts continue to resist attempts by lobby groups to delegitimize critics of Israel

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An Ontario Appeal Court Judge has again rejected an attempt by B’nai Brith nada’s legal counsel David Matas (l) and CEO Michael Mostyn (r) to vilify the nadian Union of Postal Workers for its strong support of Palestinian rights. The Israel lobby has suffered a number of legal setbacks in the last year, as nada’s courts seem resistant to their pressure. Human rights lawyer Dimitri Lasris explained why to OFIP Chair Peter Larson. Read more and watch the interview with Mr. Lasris….


Five people represented Palestine at the Tokyo Olympics. One of them lives in Ottawa. OFIP talks to Yazan Al Bawwab about his experience

Yazan Al Bawwab is one of five Palestinians who represented the country in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He grew up in Dubai and holds both Palestinian and Italian citizenship. Al-Bawwab is an engineering student at rleton University in Ottawa. He competed in the men’s 100 meter freestyle on July 27, 2021, at the Tokyo Aquatics Center. CTIP ught up with him shortly after his return to Ottawa. Watch the interview.


“What does the future hold for three year old Ameer in a blockaded Gaza?” asks guest columnist therine sserly

Ameer, a three year old Palestinian boy in Gaza, is the human face of who is getting hurt by the perfect storm of pandemic, politics and a healthre system in crisis in Palestine argues CTIP guest columnist therine sserly. She compares his prognosis with that of her former husband who suffered a similar ailment but was treated in nada. Read more….

Guest columnist therine sserly is a retired federal public servant who has worked on many social justice issues including human and religious rights, refugee re-settlement, and justice circles. She has been awarded the Sovereign’s Award for Volunteers for her work at the  national and community level

In August 2019, Ameer was diagnosed with a ncer in his right eye lled a retinoblastoma.  He had surgery in Egypt which removed the ncer, and then received an ocular prosthesis – a custom-made ball that fits the socket to keep the shape of the eye. เว็บ บอล แจกเครดิตฟรีไม่ต้องฝากก่อน

Unfortunately, by January 2020, the ncer had spread to Ameer’s left eye, and he had further surgery.  In March 2020, the prosthesis for his left eye me out.  In 2021, Ameer was referred to a clinic for eye prosthesis at St. John’s Eye Hospital in East Jerusalem. His family has neither funds nor income to pay for his surgery. St. John’s is the only charitable provider of expert eye re in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. It treats patients regardless of ethnicity, religion, or ability to pay. But Ameer needs Israeli permission for him to go to Jerusalem.

Since February of this year, Ameer’s family has made more than five applitions to Israeli authorities for permits to exit Gaza so he could be treated at this specialist facility. Four of those permit applitions were not approved in time for the appointments, and one was ncelled beuse the hospital ncelled the appointment.  Then Ameer had an appointment for May 16, during the eslation of violence and aerial bombardment of Gaza.  He missed that one too.

“My children were really sred during the attacks,” said Ameer’s mother in the WHO report. “I was sred too, but I couldn’t cry in front of them. In those times I told myself it was good we didn’t get a permit to leave. Imagine if I had been in the hospital in Jerusalem with my kids here under the airstrikes. It was a blessing that we were all together during those difficult days.”

Ameer’s story moved me so much beuse of my own experience.  When my (late) husband was the same age, he faced the same situation.  The big difference was that it was the late 1940’s in Ottawa. At the time, this diagnosis was thought to be a sentence of death.  Instead, the specialists had no problem removing the eye and fitting it with a prothesis.  As he grew, the prothesis was changed many times.  It was just part of his growing up, graduating from university, and becoming a successful businessperson.  That surgery took place more than 7 dedes ago and since then most of the medil world has taken enormous steps forward, especially in ncer re.  Or at least one would think so.  

In 2021, Ameer’s family desperately wants him to receive re within Palestine.  Ameer’s next appointment for a prosthesis fitting was to be on July 11. His family is still waiting to hear if the Israeli authorities will allow him to receive the re he needs, and which is available within Palestine.

Before the blockade imposed by Israel, Gaza was one of the breadbaskets of Palestine. But today the majority of the approximately two million people who live there are Palestinian refugees living in poor, overcrowded mps with limited access to clean water and electricity.   The longstanding movement restrictions imposed by Israel have undermined Gaza’s economy, and resulted in high levels of unemployment, food insecurity, aid dependency and poor standards of hygiene and sanitation. 

Simply getting the required travel permit to access re outside Gaza has become an exercise in futility.  Within Gaza, half of the essential drugs list, including those for ncer chemotherapy, are at a zero-stock level.  Other key drugs are only given out in the most extreme situations. A recent CTIP zoom based webinar with Dr. Tarek Loubani underlined just how acute is the lack of essential drugs.

In 1948, a little three-year-old with retinoblastoma in Ottawa was given a future. In 2021, what does the future hold for Ameer?

therine sserly is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Ottawa Forum on Israel Palestine (OFIP). She visited Israel/Palestine in 2012.

St. John’s Eye Hospital in Jerusalem has clinics in the West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem and has been operating for over 137 years. The hospital is the main provider of eye re for Palestinians in East Jerusalem, and sees many of the most complex eye ses from across the oPt, which are referred to us from medil centres across the West Bank and Gaza. As it is the only charitable provider of eye re, the importance of the hospital for the region nnot be overstated. Anyone interested in making a charitable donation to its work in Gaza n do so at: https://www.stjohneyehospital.org/gaza-emergency-appeal/


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