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This pandemic is yet another deadly challenge for the people of occupied Palestine

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If ever a nation was prepared for the onslaught of the Covid19 virus and all the disruption and fear that comes with it, some might think that the Palestinians would be in pole position. After all, they have endured lockdowns, segregation, isolation, food shortages and being banned from living a normal life for decades in the occupied West Bank, Gaza Strip and even inside Israel, where they make up one-fifth of the population.

No one knows better than Palestinian doctors, surgeons, clinicians, paramedics and other health workers the frustration of not having the right medicines, disposables and equipment, and of working in a crisis with an acute shortage of beds. No one knows better than Palestinian teachers and schoolchildren the challenges of delivering and receiving an education when the school run involves being shot at and harassed at military checkpoints, and where they aren’t even safe in their classrooms.

Then again, no other nation in the world has to deal with Israel’s brutal military occupation. What does this mean? Unbelievably in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, it means Israeli soldiers spitting on Palestinians and their homes quite deliberately; it also means Israeli soldiers descending in their jeeps on the Palestinian community of Khirbet Ibziq in the Jordan Valley to escort a bulldozer and two flatbed trucks with cranes to destroy an emergency field clinic and hospital set up to deal with Covid-19. A full report on this criminally malicious act was filed by the Israeli Information Centre for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, known around the world as B’Tselem. Typically, while the world’s attention is........

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