Ship with Medical Aid supplies for Gaza Needs “Your” Help.

January 12 2009

Cyprus

The Free Gaza Movement ship, “SPIRIT OF HUMANITY,” left Larnaca Port at 3:00 pm, Monday, 12 January, on an emergency mission to besieged Gaza .

It is expected to arrive in Gaza at approximately 11am (UST) Tuesday morning. Aboard the ship are 36 passengers and crew, representing 17 different nations. They are doctors, journalists, human rights workers, and five European parliamentarians representing Belgium , Greece , Italy , and Spain (see below for a complete passenger list). The mercy ship also carries desperately needed medical supplies meant for hospitals in the Gaza Strip.

This voyage marks Free Gaza’s second attempt to break through the blockade since Israel began attacking Gaza on 27 December. Between August and December 2008, the Free Gaza Movement successfully challenged the Israeli blockade five times, landing the first international ships in the port of Gaza since 1967.

The Israeli military violently attacked an earlier attempt by the Free Gaza Movement to send an emergency boat filled with doctors and medical supplies to Gaza . In the early hours of Tuesday, 30 December, the Israeli navy deliberately, repeatedly, and without warning rammed the unarmed ship, the DIGNITY, causing significant structural damage and endangering the lives of its passengers and crew. The DIGNITY found safe harbor in Lebanon , and is currently awaiting repairs.

Shortly before the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY left Cyprus today, the Cypriot authorities informed the Free Gaza Movement that the Israeli government had officially contacted their embassy in Tel Aviv, and warned them that they felt “justified” in using “any means available” to forcibly prevent the mercy ship from arriving in Gaza. At the request of the ship’s organizers, the Cypriot authorities searched the ship prior to its departure to certify that it only carried medical supplies.

Fouad Ahidar, a member of the Belgian Parliament sailing to Gaza aboard the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY, responded to concerns that Israel may attack the unarmed ship by saying, “I have five children that are very worried about me, but I told them: ‘you can sit on your couch and watch these atrocities on the television, or you can choose to take action to make them stop.'”

Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip have injured thousands of civilians and killed over 900 people, including hundreds of women and children. This ongoing Israeli massacre severely and massively violates international humanitarian law defined by the Geneva Conventions, especially the obligations of an Occupying Power and the requirements of the laws of war.

The United Nations has failed to protect the Palestinian civilian population from Israel ‘s massive violations of international humanitarian law. Israel has closed off Gaza from the international community and demanded that all foreigners leave. But Huwaida Arraf, an organizer with the Free Gaza Movements, stated that, “We cannot just sit by and wait for Israel to decide to stop the killing and open the borders for relief workers to pick up the pieces. We are coming in. There is an urgent need for this mission as Palestinian civilians in Gaza are being terrorized and slaughtered by Israel, and access to humanitarian relief denied to them. When states and the international bodies responsible for taking action to stop such atrocities chose to be impotent, then we–the citizens of the world–must act. Our common humanity demands nothing less.”

Israel has been notified that we are coming. A copy of the notification to the Israeli Authorities is attached. The Free Gaza Movement will hold Israel responsible for any harm that may be done to the ship or its passengers.

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WHAT YOU CAN DO

Take Action! CALL the Israeli Government and let them know that the SPIRIT OF HUMANITY is coming to Gaza . DEMAND that Israel immediately STOP slaughtering civilians in Gaza and STOP using violence to prevent human rights and humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian people.

CALL:

Mark Regev in the Prime Minister’s officeat +972 2670 5354 or +972 5 0620 3264

mark.regev@it.pmo.gov.il

Shlomo Dror in the Ministry of Defence at +972 3697 5339 or +972 50629 8148

mediasar@mod.gov.il

Major Liebovitz from the Israeli Navy:

+ 972 5 781 86248

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Official Notification of Intent to Enter

January 11, 2009

To: The Israeli Ministry of Defense, Fax: 972-3-697-6717

To: The Israeli Navy

To: The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Fax 972-2-5303367

From: The Free Gaza Movement

This letter serves as a formal notification to you as the Occupying Power and belligerent force in the Gaza Strip that on Monday, January 12 we are navigating the motor vessel, Spirit of Humanity, from the Port of Larnaca to the port of Gaza City. Our vessel will be flying the Greek flag, and, as such, falls under the jurisdiction Greece .

We will be sailing from Cypriot waters into international waters, then directly into the territorial waters of the Gaza Strip without entering or nearing Israeli territorial waters. We expect to arrive at the Gaza Port on Tuesday, January 13, 2009.

We will be carrying urgently needed medical supplies in sealed boxes, cleared by customs at the Larnaca International Airport and the Port of Larnaca . There will be a total of 30 passengers and crew on board, among them members of various European Parliaments and several physicians. Our boat and cargo will also have received security clearance from the Port Authorities in Cyprus before we depart.

As it will be confirmed that neither we, the cargo, any of the boat’s contents, nor the boat itself constitute any threat to the security of Israel or its armed forces, we do not expect any interference with our voyage by Israel ‘s authorities.

On Tuesday, December 30, an Israeli Navy vessel violently, and without warning, attacked our motor vessel Dignity, disabling the vessel and endangering the lives of the 16 civilians on board. This notice serves as clear notification to you of our approach. Any attack on the motor vessel, Spirit of Humanity, will be premeditated and any harm inflicted on the 30 civilians on board will be considered the result of a deliberate attack on unarmed civilians.

The Steering Committee of the Free Gaza Movement

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PASSENGERS & CREW OF THE SPIRIT OF HUMANITY

– Abufalah, Othman Mohammad, Journalist with Al Jazeera Television ( Jordan )

– Ahidar, Fouad, Member of Parliament ( Belgium )

– Arraf, Huwaida, human rights lawyer and Delegation Leader (Palestine/USA)

– Bitsanis, Konstantinos, human rights worker and crew ( Greece )

– Bolos, Nikolas, human rights worker and crew ( Greece )

– Bowden, David, Journalist with SKY TV ( UK )

– Caruso, Francesco, former Member of Parliament ( Italy )

– Dabbagh, Ali, Doctor ( UK )

– Dritsas, Theodoros, Member of Parliament ( Greece )

– Gentile, Alessandro, Journalist with CNN ( Italy )

– Gezelius, Mats, Journalist (Sweden/Finland)

– Giannopolis, Nikolaos, human rights worker ( Greece )

– Jacquier, Gilles, Journalist with France Channel 2 ( France )

– Kampani, Chalent, Orthopedic Surgeon ( Greece )

– Kanellakis, Yiannis, Journalist with Greek Mega TV ( Greece )

– Karatzias, Petros, Journalist with the Associated Press ( Cyprus )

– Kawkuby, Jasir, Doctor and Pediatric Intensive Care specialist ( Germany )

– Klontzas, George, Ship’s Captain ( Greece )

– Muncie , Andrew, human rights worker and crew ( Scotland )

– McLuckie, Garwen, Journalist with SKY TV ( UK )

– Mourad, Maimouni ( Belgium )

– Muir, Alistair, Journalist with the BBC ( UK )

– Nuet, Joan Josef, Member of Parliament ( Spain )

– Papachristopoulos, Athanasios, Surgeon ( Greece )

– Pissias, Vangelis, Univeristy Professor ( Greece )

– Pratt, David, Journalist with the Sunday Herald ( UK )

– Prieto, Monica, Journalist with El Mundo ( Spain )

– Rahali, Hassan, Journalist ( Belgium )

– Robbins, Sonia, Surgeon ( UK )

– Sakorafa, Sofia, Member of Parliament ( Greece )

– Shakir, Thair, Journalist with Al Jazeera television ( Iraq )

– Synodynou, Melina, Journalist with Ethnos ( Greece )

– Tsatsis, Angelos, Journalist with MEGA TV ( Greece )

– Vinci, Alessio, Journalist with CNN ( Italy )

– Yvon, Xavier, Journalist with RTL Radio ( France )

– Zdoukos, Theodoros, Doctor ( Greece )

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In December Israel ‘rammed’ medical aid boat headed to Gaza

This one must get through. Israel is continually committing violations on human rights and their war crimes are adding up. They need to be told clearly this ship must get through.

They have no right to stop the “SPIRIT OF HUMANITY” .

Only a terrorist state would do all the horrendous atrocities they have.

Voice your opinion. Break the sound barrier, if you must, but do everything thing you can to get this ship through.

Fax, Phone ,E-mail. Sit on their doorstep if you must but do everything possible to assure this much need Medical Aid gets through. Is there a government out there that will give this ship a ” Police Escort”.

How about every country on the Planet.

Give them a  “Police Escort”.

Get “Your Politicians”, to “Call those in Israel” and make it perfectly clear this ship, is to be let through. Would they ram this one to sure they would. The have blown up hospitals, UN schools, medical clinics, homes, places of worship, homes, and anything else they can think of.

They even Kill those who work for the UN. They kill children, men woman, anyone they feel like. The prevented the Red Cross from getting to injured victims for 4 days. They Herded over a 100 people into a house and then shelled it. Their intent was mass murder. Then they proceed to lie to all of us as to why they did it. They are a rogue state,  a terrorist state, war criminals,  and should be treated as such. They are polluting the area for thousands of miles around with Toxic slop that will kill future generations for years to come. The aftermath will be horrifying.

They are not to be trusted. They have proved “beyond a shadow of a doubt” they are criminals. We the people of the world are the jury.

I find them guilty as charged.  What about you?

With “evidence” I have before me, I find them “guilty of all the crimes ” and those responsible should be “jailed for life”. No parole ever.

That is what you do to murderers is it not?

They are just as guilty as the “Hitler Regime”.

Let them know the World is Watching them.

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As Budgets Tighten, More People Decide Medical Care Can Wait

By Ceci Connolly and Kendra Marr

October 16, 2008

To monitor the multiple sclerosis attacking Ann Pietrangelo’s central nervous system, her doctor recommends an annual MRI. Last year, the 49-year-old Winchester, Va., woman had to pay a $3,000 co-payment to get the imaging done.

This year, she’s skipping the test. Even with insurance, it’s more than her budget can tolerate, especially with the roller coaster on Wall Street devouring her retirement savings.

“I’m doing everything I can to avoid going to the doctor,” she said.

From Park Avenue dental offices to the Arlington Free Clinic, the global economic crunch is forcing a growing number of Americans to scale back on medical care. Consumers are attempting their own form of triage, pushing off seemingly less-urgent services in the hope that their financial health will improve. But the danger, say physicians, is that the short-term savings may translate into more severe long-term health implications.

At the extreme are cases such as the Texas woman who went to the hospital complaining of back pain. Physician Doug Curran immediately spotted cancer on the X-ray.

“She’d had a lump in her breast for a while, but things were tight and she said she couldn’t get it looked at,” he recalled. “We’re going to see more of that.”

Nationwide, the number of consumers who went without a prescription, tapped into retirement savings to pay for health care or skipped a doctor visit for themselves or a child has risen since last year, according to a survey released this summer by the Rockefeller Foundation and Time magazine. One-quarter of the 2,000 respondents, for example, said they had decided not to see a doctor because of cost in 2008, up from 18 percent the year before. Ten percent said they did not take a child to the doctor for the same reason.

“When the economy is in the situation we have today, people make tough choices,” said Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger, who is head of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

“Things are just not going to get done.”pharmacists see a spike in cheaper gen

After nearly a decade of steady — often double-digit — increases in drug spending, the research company IMS Health this summer recorded the first actual decline. And a survey by the Center for Studying Health System Change found that nearly 20 percent of Americans report having difficulty paying medical bills.

Layoffs, shrinking bank accounts, rising medical prices and widespread anxiety that the economy is likely to worsen are prompting people to split pills, forgo screening tests such as colonoscopies, delay elective procedures such as laser eye surgery and turn to home remedies as cheaper alternatives. Hospitals report that unpaid medical bills are on the rise, pharmacists see a spike in cheaper generics, and demand for low-cost care is climbing.

Falls Church music teacher Lisa Emrich is coping with a dwindling number of piano students by cutting back on physician visits.

“I have too many doctors and specialists who all wish to see me twice a year,” said Emrich, who is being treated for multiple sclerosis and arthritis. “Sometimes I might skip one if I’m doing well in that area. . . . When I see my neurologist, I’ll ask about my arthritis, which doesn’t make much sense. But I try to get as much as possible out of my doctor visits.”

For Sandra Harrington, a waitress from Oxon Hill, the trade-off comes in treatment for an infected eye. Her doctor prescribed administering steroid drops twice a day. But as her tips have shrunk, she has decided that applying the $100 medication once a day is all she can afford.

“It’s a vicious cycle,” she said, explaining that because it is too painful for her eye to be exposed to direct sunlight, she works only night shifts. “People cut back. Then people like me suffer.”

In the past month, traffic on the five-year-old advice site JustAnswer.com rose 14 percent. The site, which allows customers to pose a health question and “bid” $9 to $30 for a doctor’s or a nurse’s response, had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days, said chief executive and founder Andy Kurtzig. In a telling sign, inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.

At the Arlington Free Clinic, the surge in people seeking care has been overwhelming, said Executive Director Nancy Sanger Pallesen. Last week, the clinic provided free preventive screenings to 19 new patients, but it turned away 27 others, she said.

“Those numbers are higher than what we were seeing just this summer,” she said. “Unfortunately, we can’t take them all in.”

Even free care may not be a good deal for people with limited means. For some, the price of transportation is prohibitive; others fear discovering an illness they do not have the money to treat.

Many are forced to juggle competing medical needs. Pietrangelo must balance the importance of the MRI, which detects brain lesions, and the costly medications that prevent her from relapsing. She pays co-payments of $500 per drug per month. There are no generic alternatives.

“I can’t shop around,” she said. “My hands are tied.”

Most analysts expect the medical crunch to worsen.

“We know from past experience that an economic downturn drives more people to be uninsured,” said Len Nichols, director of health policy at the nonprofit, nonpartisan New America Foundation, a think tank. “They lose their jobs, they lose their income and their insurance.”

That is what happened to Tim Doss. On Sept. 18, after driving a cement truck for an Indiana company for 10 years, he was laid off.

“They told me, ‘As of midnight, your insurance is lapsed,’ ” he said. Doss, 50, and his wife have illnesses that require medications, regular doctor visits and tests. Creditors have come to their home trying to collect the $3,000 they owe in hospital co-payments from when they did have insurance.

The couple decided that Doss’s annual checkup took precedence because he needed it to keep his commercial driver’s license. The checkup, plus blood work for a fatty liver and high cholesterol, cost $300. He persuaded his doctor to provide free samples of his liver medicine.

Helen Doss does not plan to get an annual mammogram this year, even though her mother died of breast cancer at age 56. Doss was offered a free stress test at St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital, but she is afraid it will turn up more problems that she can’t take care of.

“I’m just holding off for a year and hoping nothing happens,” she said.

Their primary-care physician, Steven Wilk, is devoting more time to helping patients decide what to postpone.

“Folks are asking us to try to limit what we order or pare it down to the bare-bones minimum,” he said. “As a doctor, I worry about the risk of missing something at an early stage. It could lead to more serious problems down the road.”

In past recessions, health-care spending briefly spiked — as people raced to doctors before their insurance ran out — and then fell sharply, according to industry analysts.

“Many times in health care there’s a lag of three to six months before it hits really hard,” said Donald Fisher, president of the American Medical Group Association, which represents large, multi-specialty providers. “If they have a problem, they get it fixed while they still have health insurance. Then we see a decline in elective procedures, and then we really see a drop-off.”

In Plano, Tex., life feels like an endless downward spiral, Victoria Freudiger said, for herself and her husband. Losing jobs meant eliminating health insurance. No insurance meant Thomas Freudiger went to the hospital when he developed pneumonia this summer. That resulted in a $363 bill they couldn’t pay. Now their credit is shot.

As the economy crumbled, both started canceling preventive screenings. She hasn’t had a pap smear or a mammogram for close to two years; he is overdue for a colonoscopy. They use do-it-yourself dental cement to patch their teeth and put their best face forward in job interviews. And although her doctor prescribed Neurontin for her seizures, Victoria Freudiger tries calming techniques instead of the pills.

“Instead of taking them every day, I wait until I start feeling sick, and then I take them again,” she said. “Both of us are suffering mentally, emotionally and physically.”

Though the burden is especially heavy for uninsured Americans, even those who have coverage are feeling the pinch as employers shift higher deductibles and co-payments onto employees.

“The reason why health care was immune [to recessions] in the past was because most people were covered under good insurance plans,” said Jean Mitchell, a professor of public policy at Georgetown University. Now, “people are realizing, ‘Oh my gosh, I have to pay for this out of pocket.’ “

In Durango, Colo., Marsha Porter-Norton and her husband, both entrepreneurs in their mid-40s, switched to a high-deductible plan when insurance premiums skyrocketed. Their new catastrophic policy costs $479 a month, but they have to pay the first $6,000 in expenses.

She is supposed to get ultrasounds twice a year to check on the fibroid tumors in her uterus. But the couple’s retirement portfolio “has taken a massive hit,” and they worry about their jobs, Porter-Norton said. So, for now, she’s going to wait on the $500 ultrasound.

“I’m going to take a gamble,” she said.

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Would you believe Insurance companies are corrupt, money grubbing, profiteers.

They care nothing for people, just the profits. Profiteers for sure.

The price paid for Drugs is also way too high. Of course drug companies are profiteers as well.  I am still trying to fathom the $100 for eye drops. What a rip off. TALK about over priced.

No wonder people are losing their homes, going bankrupt and dieing for lack of health care…..

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