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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Dorchester Hospital saving money and hacking off everyone.‏

Dorchester County Hospital

I have sent the following message to the DCH Facebook page and to my GP's surgery.  

I have just had yet another unsuccessful telephone call to the Hematology Dept secretaries to obtain the results of a blood test I had on the 17th July at my local GP Surgery. I have regular blood  tests to determine the dosage of Hydrea I should take until the next test. (I used to attend the hospital for this  which was done and the new dosage advised at the same time. The new visit the GP then ring the hospital was introduced to "save money".)
The "form" is that I have the test, ring DCH a few days later for Dr. Moosa to advise the level of medication.
For the last two, at least, calls to the hospital, I have been subjected to a seemingly endless list of "options", none of which meets the requirements of the call. The recorded message ends with "For any other needs, please ring back during office hours".
Mind boggling .
This is  the last occasion that I shall waste my time (and money) calling the hospital on a futile exercise. In future you can send the results to me and to my GP surgery.

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Operation "Protective Edge". July 2014.

"To sin by silence when we should protest makes cowards out of men"



Tuesday, 22 July 2014

A ceasfire but not at any price.


Israeli bombardment continues with destruction of five mosques as international pressure for ceasefire grows.


Smoke rises from  Shejaiya during an Israeli military operation in  of Gaza





As the Israeli bombardment of Gaza moves into its third week, the leaders of the Western world scurry off to Cairo, Qatar, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, in an attempt to bring about a ceasefire between the Palestinians in Gaza and the invading Israeli forces. This is against a background of the most vicious, indiscriminate and constant bombardment and killing of civilians in the area, currently in excess of 500 killed and more than 100 of those children. I have never witnessed, in all the history of Israeli incursions into Gaza, such ferocity and indiscriminate bombardment from Israeli tanks, warships, aircraft and infantry, used against the civilian population and schools, homes, civilian infrastructure and hospitals. 




 President Obama has sent John Kerry to the Middle East to join United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in an attempt to broker some sort of arrangement between the parties for a ceasefire. In the meanwhile the aggression of the Israelis against the Palestinians continues unabated and in fact has been seen over the past 24 hours to be intensifying in its ferocity.It is difficult to see how those Western leaders who have consistently supported Israel in its aggression in Gaza, using the well worn phrases, “Israel has the right to defend itself, and “We support Israel,” can have any credibility in creating the conditions which could bring an end to the fighting. In previous conflicts in the area, any resulting ceasefire has always been to revert to the situation as it was prior to the fighting. At no time have the Palestinians been given any option but complete and abject surrender to the invading forces. The leaders in the West have always taken the view that Israel can do no wrong and that any fighting is always the fault of the Palestinians. The blockade of Gaza, by land sea and air has remained in place, the occupation of Palestinian land by Israeli forces has continued and become even more oppressive. The indications are, that this time, there will be no return to the status quo.

Historically, the obsession with appeasement to Tel Aviv in response to Israeli aggression in Gaza and other theatres in the Middle East, has been met with only half-hearted condemnation, calls for restraint, mock sympathy for the civilians caught in the hostilities and American use of their veto at the United Nations, of any resolution critical of Israel. At the present time it is perhaps only with the growing feeling of indignation and the growing anger of the public, that governments in the West have been moved to take any action at all. In the current round of diplomatic activity, we have already seen a less than honest attempt by Al Sisi in Egypt, to offer essentially what was no more than a reiteration of the 2012 ceasefire following the “Cast lead” operation, which had been brokered by President Mohammed Morrsi before he was overthrown in a coup, organised in conjunction with Tel Aviv and Washington. It does not go unnoticed that the borders between Egypt and Gaza have been closed since Al-Sisi seized power and only recently humanitarian, medical and other essential supplies were prevented from entering Gaza, by Egyptian security forces. How can the leader of any state, when being so clearly in the pay of the United States and Israel, be taken as an honest broker when trying to secure a ceasefire in Gaza?


"President" Al Sisi



The credentials of the other leaders of the Western world, are also questionable when they have consistently supported the excesses of Israel in the occupied territories, in the aggression against Palestinians and now in Gaza. Western leaders have for years either by accident or more probably design, betrayed the Palestinians and allowed a situation to persist which has resulted in the blockade of Gaza, preventing the free movement of people between countries, restricting fishermen from operating outside a 3 km fishing limit, the prevention of essential supplies including medicines, building materials, food and many other materials deemed by the Israelis to be useful in the manufacture of weapons.

The people in Gaza have endured three weeks of intense bombardment resulting in the destruction of schools hospitals and homes, the complete disruption of electricity and water supplies, and incessant threat and terrorism from Israel, but the West has been reluctant to criticise Israel other than to issue half-hearted platitudes calling for restraint, which is, even then qualified, to include “restraint” from Palestinian civilians being bombed shelled and killed by Israeli forces.

Any ceasefire being brought about within the next few days or weeks, must include provisions for the immediate and unconditional ending of the blockade and an Israeli commitment to lift the occupation of Palestinian lands within a short specified time. This will undoubtedly be difficult if not impossible for Israel to understand. The Western Nations have the obligation to humanity to impress upon Tel Aviv, that Israeli hatred of the Palestinian people and their repeated policy of resorting to force to impress their will and determination to annex more land is no longer acceptable. No doubt the pro-Israeli lobby in the capitals of nations around the world, will see this as an anti-Semitic move which will weaken Israel at the expense of those nations who are currently hostile to Tel Aviv and its actions. However it is difficult to see how the leadership in the West can do what is right, rather than persist with the present unqualified support for Israel. It is perhaps only the populations of the world which can impress upon their governments, that continued Israeli aggression against Gaza and the occupied Palestinian Territories is no longer acceptable.

No matter how much Tel Aviv, Washington, London or other capitals of Europe, supported by the vast sections of Western media, may wish it were otherwise, ordinary people throughout the world are recognising that Israel has become, over the past 68 years, a nation which through the acquiescence and support of the West, is now a threat to its neighbours and probably the rest of the world.

Failing a settlement which includes the provision for the lifting of the blockade and the ending of the occupation, then the lives of those hundreds of people women and children lost in the current conflict and the lives of all those others in previous conflicts in the area would have been in vain and we may expect that within a couple of years or even a few months, the same cycle of aggression and resistance will be repeated. No reasonable person should expect or demand Gaza or anywhere else, to submit to unconditional surrender and complete capitulation.


"It’s not Hamas who is ordering us in this, it’s the Israelis.” Abdullah al-Daweish: Resident of Gaza,

The myth of Hamas’s human shields 


No matter what, Netanyahu, Regev,Lt. Col Peter Lerne and the rest will continue to trot out the well worn lie (along with all the other lies) about the "Hamas human shield". Sadly there are those who still believe the Israeli propaganda, particularly when it is echoed by the Americans and repeated by Hague,Cameron,Hammond and other UK government sources (who will repeat, parrot fashion,everything that the Americans say)

Israel targets hospitals in their campaign of hatred against the Palestinians in Gaza.

Tanks 'shell Gaza hospital' killing four and wounding 30 medical staff

We had many nurses injured," said a nursing supervisor in the ER at Al Aqsa.

Palestinian patients sit in a hallway of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital .

Mark Regev claimed on Aljazeera yesterday, that this hospital and other hospitals in Gaza are being used as underground communication centres and storage facilities for Hamas rockets and are therefore legitimate military targets. Mark Regev is a spokesman for Benjamin Netanyahu.
The Israeli armed forces are carrying out what is in effect a genocide of Palestinian people, with almost 600 civilians killed in the past 2 weeks (and of which more than 100 were children), which Regev and the others seek to justify with the lies and distortions of, "protecting our people from the Hamas rockets raining down on our cities".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's spokesperson Mark Regev

This is the third time that the armed forces of Israel have attacked Gaza, and on the two previous the resulting "cease fire" has seen only the continuation  of the occupation and the continued barbarity of the blockade. I have never witnessed, in all the history of Israeli incursions into Gaza, such ferocity and indiscriminate bombardment from Israeli tanks, warships, aircraft and infantry, used against the civilian population and schools, homes, civilian infrastructure and hospitals.
The Israeli's are intent on killing as many Palestinians as may be possible on the pretext of "the right to self defence" and western governments support that justification for the attempted murder of an entire nation. (a sinister echo from the Europe of 1930's and 1940's)
The Israelis' will not have their blood lust satisfied until they have eventually annexed all the land from the "Nile to the Euphrates", and they have little regard for any schools, hospitals or people they destroy in the process..

Sunday, 20 July 2014

The evil axis from Tel Aviv to Cairo and Washington .

Stop these Israeli's before they kill everybody !!


Gaza. 19July 2014


In June of 1942, the village of Lidice in Czechoslovakia, was completely destroyed by German forces of the SS. All inhabitants of the village, including women and children were either executed or deported to concentration camps in Germany. This atrocity was only part of a number of atrocities carried out by German forces against civilians in towns and villages throughout Europe during the last war.

Last night in Gaza, the Israeli army tanks and infantry, supported by air force jets and naval ships, carried out its largest bombardment yet of the northern area of Gaza, killing more than 40 civilians including more children. This morning the skyline of Gaza, is almost obscured by thick black smoke still rising from buildings within the area as the bombardment continues unabated.

The comparison between the German army atrocities in Europe in the 1940s and the Israeli Armed Forces in Gaza last night and over the last two weeks, is not unintentional since in both instances these acts were carried out against a civilian population, which had little if any defence. In many ways the situation in Gaza today is even more barbaric since the weapons of today's armies are far more destructive than those of the 1940s.

Over the course of the last 12 hours Israeli tanks and infantry have pounded the northern areas of Gaza forcing civilians to flee the area. It is reported that due to the density of the population and the severity of the Israeli bombardment it has been impossible to evacuate large areas of the city. Emergency vehicles and paramedics have been unable to reach the injured due to the damage caused by shells and bombs. The known death toll from last nights' bombardment is over 40 and it is reported that more casualties remain in the rubble of destroyed buildings. This is without doubt the most outrageous escalation of the current conflict. Added to this it is reported that the Egyptian government of Abdel Fatah Al Sisi, who seized power in Cairo in the coup of July of 2012 in his latest betrayal of the Palestinian people, has closed the border between Egypt and Gaza to prevent medical supplies and more importantly, medical teams and doctors reaching those civilians in desperate need of medical treatment. It is reported that even as writing this blog post a number of medical teams are stranded at the Raffah crossing. Other aid convoys carrying food and blankets and other essential supplies have been stopped in Sinai by Egyptian army units to prevent them reaching the people of Gaza.

Nasser hospital in Khan Younis. 10th July 2014

Aid convoy to Gaza stopped at the border

Notwithstanding world public opinion the Israelis seem intent on destroying the entire open air prison which constitutes Gaza today together with the men women and children who have lived there for the past 65 years. Meanwhile the governments of the world seem intent on doing nothing in the face of this ongoing obscenity and the world's media seem intent on ignoring the situation which is deteriorating on an hour by hour basis. There are rumblings of a UN sponsored peace initiative involving the United States, Qatar, Egypt and other countries which even now see a peace deal as no more than complete capitulation by the Palestinians in Gaza and a return to the status quo of blockade and continuing occupation.

The apparent indifference of the Western media towards the situation in Gaza, is demonstrated again this morning, with a 20 minute report from correspondents in Kiev, Schiphol airport, London and Moscow covering the crash site and aftermath of the Malaysian airlines flight MH 17 crash on 17 July. Following this extended report which appeared on both BBC News 24 and on sky News there was a brief comment from just one reporter and a few live pictures of the skyline in Gaza, on the events which had taken place over the last 12 hours. I have said previously that the media coverage of the events in the Middle East particularly in respect of the actions of the Israeli government and its armed forces is a disgrace to journalism and shows complete bias which can only have been exercised on the instructions of Western governments or government spokespersons. The collective guilty conscience of the Western governments with regard to Israel extends not only from Washington, London and other capitals of Europe, but into the editorial offices of national newspapers and television stations.


Faces of fear.

It must be abundantly clear to any right minded person that the excesses of the Israeli army and its almost hysterical government must be stopped. They should be stopped by diplomacy if possible which must include a commitment by Israel to lift the illegal blockade of Gaza and end the occupation of Palestinian land, including East Jerusalem. Failing any diplomatic agreement containing these provisions, the governments of the Western world should commit to the use of force to prevent further killings of Palestinians in Gaza and the occupied territories. This action is not without precedent as Western governments and NATO have in the past used humanitarian justifications for invasions and bombing of targets in Bosnia, Yugoslavia, Libya and even Iraq. However, this is unlikely to be brought about as Western governments are notorious for doing only that which is in their political interests. In the case of the Balkans and in Iraq, the political interests were clear. When it comes to the actions of Israel I have argued that the West are prepared to allow Israel to carry out any action or activity which it considers necessary to “defend its citizens”, no matter how barbaric such actions may be. The historic relationship between the United States and Israel together with the collective guilty conscience of other western governments, including United Kingdom, will once again result in the expectation that the Palestinians will accept a ceasefire or truce which in effect will grant all demands of Israel and return Gaza and the occupied territories to the status quo of blockade and occupation. At the end of the day it must be for public opinion to change the minds of governments in the West and to prevent ethnic cleansing to take place in Palestine. Israel has for far too long enjoyed a unique position in world politics whereby they can do no wrong and can defy United Nations resolutions and censure with complete impunity.

The civilised world will long regret any repetition of atrocities against civilians, similar to those as occurred in Lidice, occurring in the Middle East in the first part of the 21st-century.