Mohammad Samara, a nurse in the West Bank city of Nablus, explains what life and work has looked like during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hamza Abu Al-Tarabeesh’s fear of the coronavirus is based on his late grandfather’s death during a Tuberculosis epidemic in Gaza’s refugee camps during the mid-1960s. “I have no idea what the future holds for the refugee camps in Gaza,” Abu Al-Tarabeesh writes, “but I do know when it comes to infectious diseases and viruses, the past has been alarming.”
Mathematical models developed by Ines Abdeljaoued-Tej aim to determine the actual number of COVID-19 cases in Palestine, and predict the course of the epidemic. Those models currently predict between 11,014 and 113,171 cases of COVID-19 in Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.
Dr. Tarek Loubani is using 3D printing to produce PPE for frontline workers in both Gaza and North America.
During the first three weeks of April, B’Tselem documented 23 settler attacks against Palestinians. In all of March, 23 incidents were documented, 11 of them after the severe restrictions on movement and social gatherings were imposed. In comparison, 11 attacks were recorded in January and 12 in February.
Gaza has long dealt with lockdown. Karama Fadel is an English teacher, who has never left the Gaza Strip in her life, and the coronavirus pandemic has scotched her scholarship in the U.S. Meantime, Mohammed Abu Matar uses a 3D printer to produce masks, and valves for a ventilator.
The IMEMC reports that Israeli colonial settlers unleashed their cattle, on Wednesday, onto Palestinian-owned farmlands in the northern Alghour area of the Jordan Valley, in the West Bank.