Gaza: Human Shields at Shifa Hospital


Due to recent attacks by Israeli forces on hospitals in Gaza, a group of volunteer international activists are organizing to take shifts as human shields at Shifa Hospital. According to International Solidarity Movement:

International volunteers from countries including Spain, Sweden, the United states, the United Kingdom, France, New Zealand, Australia, and Venezuela have begun a constant protective presence in various locations at the al-Shifa Hospital.

We’ve made a twitter list called “Gaza Intl Activists” which you can subscribe to for updates from all activists. Here are the names and links to individual twitter accounts for the activists who will be stationed at Shifa Hospital:

Joe Catron – @jncatron
Rina Andolini – @RinaAndolini
Fred Ekblad – @FredEkblad
Manu Abu Carlos – @Manu_Abu_Carlos (Spanish speaking)
Valeria Cortes – @ValeriaCortesM (Spanish speaking)
Denny Cormier – @santafeez
Charlie of Ship to Gaza Sweden – @ShiptoGazaSE
ISM Palestine – @ISMPalestine

* we are missing 2 activists’ accounts from this list but will update as soon as they are available.

Rina Andolini posted the following notice on her facebook today:

#‎gazaunderattack‬ [URGENT] Press release for safeguarding Shifa Hospital. The international crew – consisting of Denny Cormier, Joe, Huda, Fred Ekblad, Manu Abu Carlos Unadikum, Valeria, Sara, Charlie, and myself, carried out a press conference outside Shifa, to alert the world to the potential danger that Shifa Hospital could face.

With so many medical facilities and staff being attacked, we cannot guarantee the safety of Shifa Hospital. All we can do is let the world know what Israel is doing, and hope that action will be taken against the ‪#‎IOF‬.

Many of us will be taking shifts to stay at the hospital as human shields and will do all we can to safeguard the hospital. We are slowly running out of medical facilities and soon, patients will end up on the streets and we will have no place for the shaheed.

We are not saying that international presence is going to have any effect on the actions of ‪#‎Israel‬. All we can do is show our solidarity to the Palestinians and let them know we are here to help in any way we can.

We are not saying that Shifa has been threatened, this is merely a warning of the potential danger it could be in, and if anything does happen, let it be known that the world was warned, yet stood by and did nothing.


International Solidarity Movement

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