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    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 4, 2007
      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

      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
      mailing lists


      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
      killed outright.

      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."

      Legal objections

      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
      highly politicised.

      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
      school bag."

      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@...

      Dear Minister,

      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

      Yours sincerely

      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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