The Lancet


By suzanna
July 6, 2011
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LONDON, 5 July 2011 (IRIN) - For three years now a UK medical journal, the Lancet, has been working with Palestinian health professionals and researchers to document the effects of stressful living - coping with economic difficulties and shortages, restrictions on movement, political tensions and fear of outside attack - and has just published its latest findings.

Restrictions on movement are an everyday irritant in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt): Apart from tedious and humiliating searches at checkpoints, residents never know for sure how long their journeys will take, or whether, indeed, they can be made at all. But in a medical emergency these restrictions can be a matter of life or death.

Last year the Lancet's collaborators described vividly the terror of women waiting to give birth during Israeli bombing raids on Gaza in early 2009: They knew they might need urgent medical care at a time when they were trapped in their homes during the attacks. This year another of their researchers has looked at what happens to women already in labour who are caught at oPt checkpoints.

Halla Shoaibi of Ann Arbor University in the USA estimates that in the period she studied (2000-2007) 10 percent of pregnant Palestinian women were delayed at checkpoints while travelling to hospital to give birth. One result has been a dramatic increase in the number of home births, with women preferring to avoid road trips while in labour for fear of not being able to reach the hospital in time.

Their fears are well founded. Ms Shoaibi says 69 babies were born at checkpoints during those seven years. Thirty five babies and five of the mothers died, an outcome which she considers to amount to a crime against humanity.

When the Lancet group held their first meeting in March 2009, Gaza was still reeling from the Israeli attacks known as Operation Cast Lead, which led to the deaths of well over a 1,000 people. In the latest publication, researchers return to that period, with further analysis of survey material about the effects of the attack on the civilian population.

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Harvey

Wed, 07/06/2011 - 14:17

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JC mods
Is it not about time you removed polemicists such as this current blogger. Time and again you have chosen to allow meaningless hate filled diatribes without context or balance . The JC should not be a repository for this sort of message . The" Suzannahs " are running rings round you and having a laugh at your expense . These miscreants have their own sites to post propaganda . It should not be here in just the same way that my post would not be allowed up on their sites .
Beneath the line comment is bad enough . Allowing typical Ism / PSC above the line posts is simply unforgivable
Please remove forthwith together with the individual concerned.


Joe Millis

Wed, 07/06/2011 - 14:21

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Who the hell are you, Harvey, to decide what goes in or out of what is an independently run newspaper?


Harvey

Wed, 07/06/2011 - 14:37

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Who the hell are you to tell me what I should or should not object to


Joe Millis

Wed, 07/06/2011 - 15:19

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You can object to whatever you like. But you don't to determine what is or isn't appropriate for this blog.


Harvey

Wed, 07/06/2011 - 15:52

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Lump it millis . It's my perogative and the fact that you are happy to see a troll post above the line agit prop places you firmly in the same camp . But then that's nothing new .
If you took the trouble to read this scurrilous post and had a scintilla of genuine concern for israel you too would demand its removal.

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