Israel seizes oxygen machines donated to PA

Seven machines donated by Norwegian agency confiscated en route to PA over chance generators attached could be used for purposes other than medical treatment, Ma’an reports.

Israel has already deliberately caused severe damage to Gaza’s infrastructure, including electrical power plants.  One wonders why “the most moral army in the world” doesn’t storm hospitals in the West Bank and Gaza, and ‘confiscate’ the generators relied on to continue performing surgery in the event of a power outage? 

Just how the hell can anyone support “gallant little Israel”?   -JG.

June 26th, 2010.

By Haaretz Service

Israel confiscated seven oxygen machines en route to hospitals in the West Bank and Gaza based on the claim that there was a chance the generators attached to the machines would not be used for medical purposes, Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported Saturday.

According to Ma’an, the Ramallah-based health ministry said that the generators, which were donated to the Palestinian Authority by a Norwegian development agency, were seized by Israeli officials despite the fact that only one machine was bound for Gaza.

The generators “came under the category of possible use for non-medical purposes” if they were delivered to southern Gaza, the Palestinian health ministry said in a statement, adding that the six other machines were bound for government hospitals in the northern Gaza, inducing the European Hospital in Gaza City, the Rafdieyah hospital in Nablus, and other facilities in Ramallah and Hebron.

The Ministry of Health appealed to the Norwegian Development Agency, which supplied the machines, and asked that they intervene and demand the release of the equipment at the soonest possible date, Ma’an reported.

“Any delay in obtaining the medical equipment will negatively affect the health of patients,” the statement concluded.

See original here.

See also “Gaza’s only remaining power station shut down Saturday; causing widespread blackout” (June 26th, 2010) here.