The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa fully supports the 13th International Israel Apartheid Week and makes a special call for protection of Palestinian children to whom the negative psychological and health impact of shooting, tear gassing and bombing as a result of Palestinian land occupation can no longer be ignored.
Children in Palestine are no longer children, and most suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of experiencing violent shooting, bombing and tear-gassing on strangers, their parents and themselves at the hands of Israeli troops. Infants suffer from malnutrition and general poor health, something that they should not be subjected to. This has been going on for years to no end. As a result, many children in Palestine are taking part in the struggle for the liberation of their country in any way they could. They have become slaves of the unnecessary, which also affects them psychologically and behaviourally in their homes.
The Gaza Strip land occupation is also depriving the Palestinian citizens and children alike of a fundamental right to healthcare simply because they remain relentless in demanding justice and freedom of movement.
South Africa has had apartheid in its own shores and all the citizens who were subjected to that inhumane policy feel for the people of Palestine and the harshness that they are subjected to on a daily basis.
While health provision knows no boundaries, it should be concerning that the elderly, sick and children have their movements controlled by troops and thus are prevented from receiving the necessary medical attention.
Issued by the Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA)
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