Action Alert for Paralyzed Kid in Jerusalem Hospital
- Maria is the little girl who the IOF paralyzed for
life (and killed most of her family), and who the
military is now trying to rid itself of responsibility
for. Am resending the info about her, below. Her
picture is in the attachment. Please send birthday
greetings via Lea Lior lior-lea @ internet-zahav.net
After killing 2 children last week, the IOF killed
2 more children (10 and 12 years old) today in Gaza
and seriously injured a 3rd). Bravo! IOF knows well
how to show that it is the 'most moral army in the
URGENT APPEAL: Ref: UA 17/ 07.
29 August 2007
JUSTICE For PALESTINE MATTERS
NAME: Maria Amin (5)
VIOLATIONS: Threat of deportation from a Jerusalem
Hospital to Ramallah.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please copy the letter below the
Background information or write in your own words and send to:
Mr EHUD BARAK , Minister for Defense, pniot @ mod.gov.il
AND Cc: (simply copy all addresses together and paste into Cc).
mail @ palestine-un.org; triantaphyllides @ europe.com;
YaelK @ justice.gov.il; srsgcaac @ un.org; ask @ alyn.org
Please cut and paste and send this appeal to your
Paralysed Gaza girl faces uncertain future
By Katya Adler , BBC News, Jerusalem
Five-year-old Maria Amin from Gaza is putting on a
brave face in the hydrotherapy pool. Two therapists at
the Alyn Children's Hospital in Jerusalem are helping
her. Maria cannot kick her legs or even feel the water
she's floating in. She is permanently attached to a
Maria was paralysed from the neck down by an Israeli
rocket attack in May 2006. The missile was aimed at a
leader of the armed Islamic Jihad movement, who was
So were Maria's mother, her grandmother and
seven-year-old brother, who were driving past at the
time. Maria was blown through the car window,
suffering severe injuries.
Israeli law denies compensation to victims of what it
calls its "acts of war", but Maria's story was taken
up by local as well as foreign press.
Under pressure, Israel's Defence Ministry has been
paying for her rehabilitation treatment at the
specialist hospital in Jerusalem. But now it wants to
deport Maria to a Palestinian clinic in the West Bank.
Staff at the hospital in Jerusalem are helping Maria
to become as independent as she can be. They are
teaching her to use her mouth to work a computer.
The head of the hospital, Shirley Meyer, doesn't want
to let Maria go. "Without going into politics - that's
not my role and not my business - my first priority is
to make sure my patients receive the care they need,"
she says. "I don't care where that is, but as far as
we know, this is the only hospital in the Middle East
that can look after Maria properly. "Her case is
extremely complicated. So we will not agree to
discharge her until we are satisfied she will be
adequately cared for elsewhere."
Israel's Supreme Court will hear Maria's case at the
end of September.
If the country's Defence Ministry gets its way, Maria
will be sent to the Abu Raya Rehabilitation Centre in
the West Bank town of Ramallah. In a statement, the
ministry said Maria would fare better in her "natural
Her father Hamdi is fighting to keep her in Jerusalem.
"It's a matter of life and death for Maria. She can
only survive 50 seconds without the ventilator and
there are often complications. Here they are experts.
In Ramallah they are not," he says.
"Israel's air strike killed my son and my wife. All I
ask is that they look after my daughter."
Maria's lawyer, Adi Lustigman, has several objections
to the Defence Ministry's plan: Maria is Gazan and has
no family in Ramallah; Abu Raya has not got the
experience or equipment to deal with complications
such as hers; far less severe cases are sent to the
Alyn Hospital in Jerusalem.
Frequent hold-ups at checkpoints between Ramallah and
Jerusalem could cost Maria her life. She would not be
the first Palestinian to die that way.
Israel's Defence Ministry has offered to send staff
from Abu Raya to Jerusalem for training. It says it
will pay for some of Maria's medical equipment and for
her father's rent in Ramallah for a year.
"But then what?" asks her lawyer. Maria's paralysis,
her frequent infections and fevers, her need for new
medical equipment as she gets bigger, are all ongoing.
Everyone involved in Maria's case says they have her
best interests at heart but, like so much else in this
conflict, the fate of this Gazan child has become
Maria will turn six next week. She says she just wants
to lead as normal a life as possible. "I want them to
give me a home for me and my father and my little
brother where I can bathe by myself, get dressed by
myself and everything," she says. "I want them to make
a kitchen so I can cook for my father and my brother
whatever they want. "I would love to go to school. But
first I would have to shower, get dressed and have a
Maria's father is constantly by her side. He feeds
her, cleans her ventilator and brushes her hair. He
even paints her nails, although he knows she will
never use her hands again.
Mr EHUD BARAK ,
Minister for Defense,
Government of Israel pniot@...
On humanitarian grounds I appeal to you to allow Maria
Amin (5) to continue her rehabilitation treatment at
Alyn Children's Hospital in Jerusalem at the behest of
Shirley Meyer, the Director General, of the hospital.
As you are aware, Maria's paralysis was caused by an
Israeli rocket attack which also killed her mother,
her grandmother and 7 year old brother.
Deporting little Maria to Ramallah would come at a
great risk to her life. She deserves the best
treatment which is assured at the Alyn Children's
Copies sent to:
Israeli Ministry of Justice YaelK@...
Mrs SHIRLEY MEYER, Director General, Alyn Pediatric
and Adolescent Rehabilitation Hospital, Jerusalem
ask @ alyn.org
Mrs RADHIKA COOMARSASWAMY Special Representative of
the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict
srsgcaac @ un.org
H.E RIYADH MANSOUR, Ambassador, Permanent Observer
Mission of Palestine to the United Nations
mail @ palestine-un.org
Mr Kyriacos Triantaphyllides, Chairman, EU Delegation
for the relations with the Palestinian Legislative
Council triantaphyllides @ europe.com
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