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Earlier this year, more than 100 people in the UK, Palestine and around the world joined our campaign in solidarity with Palestinian health workers battling COVID-19 by sharing their #IsolatedButTogether selfies and messages of support.

With the help of our local partners, over the summer we took these selfies to Palestine virtually by sharing them across social media in English and Arabic.

With winter fast approaching and the pandemic continuing to spread, many Palestinian health workers are under-resourced and exhausted. In addition to MAP’s vital work providing essential equipment and medicines to help them save lives, we want to remind these heroes of the support they have from people around the world.

We will be hiring billboards in Gaza and the West Bank to show your #IsolatedButTogether selfies to health workers on the frontline against coronavirus in Palestine, and to share important health information with the wider population. Before we launch the billboards we want to give you the chance to share a selfie if you haven’t already, and to make sure we have your permission to add your picture to the billboard if you have already taken part.

If you have not yet taken part, please submit your #IsolatedButTogether selfie by 8 November by clicking below:

Post an #IsolatedButTogether selfie

If you have already shared a selfie, please let us know if you would be happy for us to include your selfie on the billboards by clicking here.

(Note: If we don’t receive your photo and permission by 8 November we won’t add your selfie to the billboard)

Why it’s vital we support Palestinian health workers

Isolated from the world by 13 years of illegal closure and blockade, Gaza’s health system teeters on the brink of collapse. The current COVID-19 outbreak is stretching the capacity of Gaza’s beleaguered health system, which suffers crippling shortages of essential supplies and human resources. As one of the most densely-populated places on earth, effective social distancing is near-impossible. With little clean water and widespread poverty, preventing the spread of coronavirus is a monumental challenge.

In the occupied West Bank, a surge in COVID-19 cases is also compounding threats to health and lives. In both Gaza and the West Bank, high rates of malnutrition and poorly-managed underlying health conditions among the elderly leave many Palestinians vulnerable to the disease.

What is more, one year ago a UN investigation called the occupied Palestinian territory “one of the most dangerous places in the world for healthcare workers.” As our new report shows, attacks on Palestinian health workers by Israeli forces happen time and time again. Those responsible are almost never held accountable, and victims and their families are thus denied justice.

It is important now more than ever that health workers are supported to do their vital work without fear of attack. Violence against health workers anywhere is a threat against health workers everywhere.

Take an #IsolatedButTogether selfie

Please click the button below to post your selfie of support for Palestinian health workers.

Post an #IsolatedButTogether selfie

If you have access to a printer at home, you may wish to download and print our selfie card to hold. If not, you can make your own. This could be as simple as writing #IsolatedButTogether on a piece of paper, or for those with an artistic flair why not get creative in your design. You can also add a message of support to your photo.

We look forward to seeing your #IsolatedButTogether selfies!

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To learn more about chronic impunity for attacks on Palestinian health workers, read our new report:

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