Magazine article New Internationalist

Fighting the Viruses of Injustice

Magazine article New Internationalist

Fighting the Viruses of Injustice

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'The award cam· at the perfect rime!' says Hadas Ziv, executive director of PHRI. Along with other human rights organizations, PHRI is currently being delegitimized by the state, following its testimonies to the Goldstone Commission on Israel's war crimes during the country's attack on Gaza (known as Operation Cast Lead) two years ago. 'It's as if we're getting a confirmation from a very respected organization that we are doing the right thing. It gives us legitimacy and international awareness,' she explains. The attack on NGOs and Israel's attempts to restrict their activities have to be taken seriously, but not overestimated. '[We shouldn't be] tearful - we have nothing to justify or apologize for.'

PHRI provides medical assistance and advocacy for marginalized communities in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Its open and mobile clinics treat migrant workers and asylum seekers, prisoners and detainees; many of whom have been tortured and Bedouins of the unrecognized villages in the Negev Desert, to whom Israel, intent on moving them to purposefully designed townships, denies access to infrastructure, water and electricity.

But its biggest project is in Palestine, getting patients in and out of Gaza. PHRI's medical staff are all volunteers. In Gaza, they work hand in hand with their Palestinian counterparts. This, Ziv says, is crucially important: ? feel extremely fortunate that we have good Palestinian partners. Even at very difficult and tense times, there is trust that we can work together. …

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