Daily Archives: February 20, 2009

Focus on Gaza: A Crime of War?

Human rights investigators continue to look into allegations that Israeli soldiers may have committed crimes of war during their Gaza military campaign. As the first Focus on Gaza A Crime of War…

Human rights investigators continue to look into allegations that Israeli soldiers may have committed crimes of war during their Gaza military campaign.

As the first Focus on Gaza A Crime of War? looks at the story of an alleged war crime that occurred during the war in the small village of Khuzaa, half a kilometre from the Israeli border.

Ayman Mohyeldin speaks with village residents who tell the story of a Gazan woman who was killed with a single shot to the head while waving a white flag as she led children to safety.

Escort service

By Amira Hass

GAZA – The question “Who is it?” was answered with: “The Israel Defense Forces.” Majdi Abed Rabbo, 39, who is a Palestinian Authority (Ramallah) employee and a member of its intelligence apparatus, went down to open the door. Standing there was the son of his neighbors, Mahmoud Daher, and behind him a soldier whose rifle was jammed into Daher’s back. The soldier pushed Daher aside and aimed the rifle at Abed Rabbo.

“He ordered me to pull down my pants. I pulled them down. He demanded that I raise my shirt. I raised it. That I turn around. I turned around,” Abed Rabbo related. And then the room filled up with soldiers. “Twelve, or something like that.”

This was in the morning of Monday, January 5, 2009, about 40 hours after the start of the Israeli ground offensive in Gaza.
The soldiers had already taken over Daher’s house on Sunday evening, located in I’zbet Abed Rabbo, an eastern neighborhood of Jabaliya city. First they gathered the family on the ground floor. Gunfire rang out around the house. Then they moved the family up to the first floor. The family wondered why the soldiers had taken them upstairs, to the cold, uncomfortable room – parents, children, two infants and an elderly mother. But they could not refuse, and they did not yet know that the move upstairs brought them closer to the range of fire. Only later did they learn about the three fighters from Iz al-Din al-Qassam, Hamas’ military wing, positioned in the empty house to the northeast of them. The regular occupants of the house, owned by their neighbor Abu Hatem, had long since gone abroad. Abed Rabbo’s tall house stood next to Abu Hatem’s narrow, empty one.

At about 7 A.M. on Monday, the soldiers took Shafiq Daher – a 53-year-old financial manager who gets his salary from the PA in Ramallah – as well as Mahmoud and two other sons from their home, and then separated them from each other.

The soldiers took the elder Daher to the house of his neighbor to the east, Jaber Zeydan. The door had already been broken, and the neighbors were huddled in one room. The search here, as in the four other homes Daher was forced to enter that day, was conducted in the same way: He entered first, with the soldiers behind him. One soldier placed his rifle on Daher’s right shoulder, and pressed down on his left shoulder. The members of the Zeydan family were taken into the adjacent house, owned by Tawfiq Katari. The hands of all the men, including boys of 14 and 16, were tied, some behind the back, some in front.

Protecting soldiers

The soldiers also took over Katari’s house on Sunday night, January 4. The Kataris, too, were rounded up and taken to the ground floor. There was shooting all around. The soldiers took up positions on one of the upper floors and turned the northeast window, close to the Abu Hatem home, into a firing position. “There was one nice soldier who told us that where we were sitting was dangerous and moved us next to an inner wall,” one of the women related.

At about 9 A.M. on Monday, the soldiers took Katari’s son Jamal from the house. During the next four days Jamal accompanied the soldiers and performed several tasks. He was made to enter what he estimates were 10 houses, going in first and calling on the occupants to come downstairs. He preceded the huge army bulldozer that forced its way through the neighborhood, ripping up the streets. “I am afraid the soldiers will shoot me,” he told a soldier, who replied: “Don’t be afraid.”

In the meantime, that same Monday morning, Shafiq Daher, too, was continuing his mission of protecting Israel Defense Forces soldiers. The second house he was made to check was also empty. It belonged to the Al-Ajarmi family. Daher did not know that his two oldest sons were accompanying other groups of soldiers, and were being forced to smash holes in the walls of houses using sledgehammers. Nor did he know that at that very moment, a soldier was jamming his rifle into the back of his third son, standing at the door of Abed Rabbo’s home.

Abed Rabbo himself, after being forced to smash a hole in the wall that separated his roof from his neighbors’ roof and to accompany the soldiers inside, was made to enter several houses near the mosque, break into a car and then go into the Zeydan house. He was then taken to the Katari family’s home, where he met Shafiq Daher and told him that his son was all right. At about 2 P.M., a soldier took him outside, pointed to the Abu Hatem house and said, according to Abed Rabbo’s testimony: “There were armed people in that house. We killed them. Take off their clothes and take their weapons.” At first he refused and said that was not his job. “Obey orders,” he was told.

Dead or alive?

Abbed Rabbo went to the Abu Hatem house, shouting in Arabic that he was the owner. In the house, he found three very much alive members of Iz al-Din al-Qassam. They told him to leave and threatened him not to come back, “because we will shoot you.” He returned to the soldiers, who made him undress and turn around, and then told them that the three were alive. The officer on hand asked to see his ID card and discovered that Abed Rabbo was a member of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ intelligence. He was handcuffed and moved aside. He heard shooting. Then he was again sent to check the Abu Hatem house, after being told the three militants were now dead; he found one wounded and the others “all right.” One of them said: “Tell the officer that if he is a man, he can come up here himself.”

The soldiers didn’t like what they heard. One of them cursed, said Abed Rabbo, who was handcuffed again and made to wait. It began to grow dark when he heard a helicopter approaching, followed by the sound of a missile exploding. One of the soldiers said: Now we have killed them, with a missile. Come over here. Abed Rabbo complied and saw, with horror, that the missile had struck his house.

He told the soldier that the missile had missed. “Are you majnoun [nuts]?” the soldier asked him. “No,” Abed Rabbo replied. “The missile hit my house.”

There was a huge mess: Water was bursting out of pipes, pieces of concrete were lying all over. And all around the shooting continued unabated, interspersed with the sounds of many explosions and helicopters flying overhead.

At about midnight, between Monday and Tuesday, Abed Rabbo was forced to go for a third time, to ascertain whether the three Hamas militants were dead. The soldiers lit the way for him. He found two of the gunmen, still alive, but buried under the rubble; the third was still holding his weapon. Abed Rabbo returned to the soldiers, stripped down again and repeated that the three were alive.

“Are you majnoun?” they demanded.

“No, I am not majnoun, I am telling you what I saw,” he replied. Hungry, thirsty and with a throbbing headache, Abbed Rabbo was taken back to the Katari house.

At 6:30 A.M. he was brought out, in front of what was once his house. Soldiers brought a megaphone, he recalled later, and started to shout: “Ya, armed people, you have 15 minutes to turn yourselves in. Come down, remove your clothes, the Red Cross is here, the journalists are here, we will treat the wounded men.”

The soldiers then sent a dog into the house. One of the Hamas fighters shot and killed it. The soldiers again started calling on them to come out. There was no reply. “And then a bulldozer arrived and started to demolish my house, right before my eyes.” Abed Rabbo was sent into the Katari house as the bulldozer started to wreck Abu Hatem’s house. He heard sporadic gunfire shots. When he emerged, two hours later, he found two of the armed men “sprawled on the demolished concrete, dead.” He did not see the third man.

“What kind of army is this, which can’t break into one house where there are armed men?” Abed Rabbo asked himself.

The IDF responds

Haaretz spoke with eight residents of I’zbet Abed Rabbo neighborhood, who testified that they were made to accompany IDF soldiers on missions involving breaking into and searching houses – not to mention the family members who remained in the houses the army took over, which were used as firing positions. The eight estimated that about 20 local people were made to carry out “escort and protection” missions of various kinds, as described here, between January 5 and January 12.

The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit stated in response: “The IDF is a moral army and its soldiers operate according to the spirit and values of the IDF, and we suggest a thorough examination of the allegations of Palestinian elements with vested interests. The IDF troops were instructed unequivocally not to make use of the civilian population within the combat framework for any purpose whatsoever, certainly not as ‘human shields.’

“Following an examination with the commanders of the forces that were in the area in question, no evidence was found of the cases mentioned. Anyone who tries to accuse the IDF of actions of this kind creates a mistaken and misleading impression of the IDF and its fighters, who operate according to moral criteria and international law.”

source: Haaretz

ElBaradei: Ignoring Israel undermines NPT

Mon, 16 Feb 2009 19:11:59 GMT

The UN nuclear chief says a double-standard approach to Israel’s nukes has undermined the non-proliferation regime.

Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said Monday that Arab nations believe that Israel has undermined the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and this is a major obstacle to nuclear disarmament.

“What compounds the problem is that the nuclear non-proliferation regime has lost its legitimacy in the eyes of Arab public opinion because of the perceived double-standards concerning Israel, the only state in the region outside the NPT and known to possess nuclear weapons,” he wrote in The Herald Tribune.

Israel is largely believed to posses the only nuclear arsenal in the Middle East and has refused to sign the NPT or put its nuclear facilities under the UN supervision.

Former US president Jimmy Carter confirmed in May 2008 that Israel has 150 nuclear weapons in its arsenal.

ElBaradei’s remarks come amid speculations that the new administration of Barack Obama intends to engage Iran in direct negotiations over the country’s nuclear program.

The UN nuclear watchdog has been investigating the Iranian program but its findings are often ignored by the international community.

“The UN and related agencies must be given adequate authority and funding and put in the hands of leaders who have vision, courage and credibility,” the UN official added.

ElBaradei also blamed the US and Israel’s unilateral policies for encouraging other nations to develop nuclear arms.

“Above all, we need to halt the glaring breach of core principles of international law such as limitations on the unilateral use of force, proportionality in self-defense and the protection of civilians during hostilities in order to avoid a repeat of the civilian carnage in Iraq and, most recently, in Gaza.”

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ONCE YOU SEE WHAT TRULY HAPPENED IN GAZA, IT WILL CHANGE YOU FOREVER

ONCE YOU SEE WHAT TRULY HAPPENED IN GAZA, IT WILL CHANGE YOU FOREVER

By Medea Benjamin

When I traveled to Gaza last week, everywhere I went, a photo haunted me. I saw it in a brochure called “Gaza will not die” that Hamas gives out to visitors at the border crossing. A poster-sized version was posted outside a makeshift memorial at the Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. And now that I am back home, the image comes to me when I look at children playing in the park, when I glance at the school across the street, when I go to sleep at night.

It is a photo of a young Palestinian girl who is literally buried alive in the rubble from a bomb blast, with just her head protruding from the ruins. Her eyes are closed, her mouth partially open, as if she were in a deep sleep. Dried blood covers her lips, her cheeks, her hair. Someone with a glove is reaching down to touch her forehead, showing one final gesture of kindness in the midst of such inhumanity.

What was this little girl’s name, I wonder. How old was she? Was she sleeping when the bomb hit her home? Did she die a quick death or a slow, agonizing one? Where are her parents, her siblings? How are they faring?

Of the 1,330 Palestinians killed by the Israeli military during the 22-day invasion of Gaza, 437 were children. Let me repeat that: 437 children — each as beautiful and precious as our own.

As a Jew, an American and a mother, I felt compelled to witness, firsthand, what my people and my taxdollars had done during this invasion. Visiting Gaza filled me with unbearable sadness. Unlike the primitive weapons of Hamas, the Israelis had so many sophisticated ways to murder, maim and destroy-unmanned drones, F-16s dropping “smart bombs” that miss, Apache helicopters launching missiles, tanks firing from the ground, ships shelling Gaza from the sea. So many horrific weapons stamped with Made in the USA. While Hamas’ attacks on Israeli villages are deplorable, Israel’s disproportionate response is unconscionable, with 1,330 Palestinians dead vs. 13 Israelis.

If the invasion was designed to destroy Hamas, it failed miserably. Not only is Hamas still in control, but it retains much popular support. If the invasion was designed as a form of collective punishment, it succeeded, leaving behind a trail of grieving mothers, angry fathers and traumatized children.

To get a sense of the devastation, check out a slide show circulating on the internet called Gaza: Massacre of Children (www.aztlan.net/gaza/gaza_massacre_of_children.php). It should be required viewing for all who supported this invasion of Gaza. Babies charred like shish-kebabs. Limbs chopped off. Features melted from white phosphorus. Faces crying out in pain, gripped by fear, overcome by grief.

Anyone who can view the slides and still repeat the mantra that “Israel has the right to self-defense” or “Hamas brought this upon its own people,” or worse yet, “the Israeli military didn’t go far enough,” does a horrible disservice not only to the Palestinian people, but to humanity.

Compassion, the greatest virtue in all major religions, is the basic human emotion prompted by the suffering of others, and it triggers a desire to alleviate that suffering. True compassion is not circumscribed by one’s faith or the nationality of those suffering. It crosses borders; it speaks a universal language; it shares a common spirituality. Those who have suffered themselves, such as Holocaust victims, are supposed to have the deepest well of compassion.

The Israeli election was in full swing while was I visiting Gaza. As I looked out on the ruins of schools, playgrounds, homes, mosques and clinics, I recalled the words of Benjamin Netanyahu, “No matter how strong the blows that Hamas received from Israel, it’s not enough.” As I talked to distraught mothers whose children were on life support in a bombed hospital, I thought of the “moderate” woman in the race, Tzipi Livni, who vowed that she would not negotiate with Hamas, insisted that “terror must be fought with force and lots of force” and warned that “if by ending the operation we have yet to achieve deterrence, we will continue until they get the message.”

“The message,” I can report, has been received. It is a message that Israel is run by war criminals, that the lives of Palestinians mean nothing to them. Even more chilling is the pro-war message sent by the Israeli people with their votes for Netanyahu, Livni and anti-Arab racist Avigdor Lieberman.

How tragic that nation born out of the unspeakable horrors of the Holocaust has become a nation that supports the slaughter of Palestinians.

Here in the U.S., Congress ignored the suffering of the Palestinians and pledged its unwavering support for the Israeli state. All but five members out of 535 voted for a resolution justifying the invasion, falsely holding Hamas solely responsible for breaking the ceasefire and praising Israel for facilitating humanitarian aid to Gaza at a time when food supplies were rotting at the closed borders.

One glimmer of hope we found among people in Gaza was the Obama administration. Many were upset that Obama did not speak out during the invasion and that peace envoy George Mitchell, on his first trip to the Middle East, did not visit Gaza or even Syria. But they felt that Mitchell was a good choice and Obama, if given the space by the American people, could play a positive role.

Who can provide that space for Obama? Who can respond to the call for justice from the Palestinian people? Who can counter AIPAC, the powerful lobby that supports Israeli aggression?

An organized, mobilized, coordinated grassroots movement is the critical counterforce, and within that movement, those who have a particularly powerful voice are American Jews. We have the beginnings of a such a counterforce within the American Jewish community. Across the United States, Jews joined marches, sit-ins, die-ins, even chained themselves to Israeli consulates in protest. Jewish groups like J Street and Brit Tzedek v’Shalom lobby for a diplomatic solution. Tikkun organizes for a Jewish spiritual renewal grounded in social justice. The Middle East Children’s Alliance and Madre send humanitarian aid to Palestine. Women in Black hold compelling weekly vigils. American Jews for a Just Peace plants olive trees on the West Bank. Jewish Voice for Peace promotes divestment from corporations that profit from occupation. Jews Against the Occupation calls for an end to U.S. aid to Israel.

We need greater coordination among these groups and within the broader movement. And we need more people and more sustained involvement, especially Jewish Americans. In loving memory of our ancestors and for the future of our-and Palestinian-children, more American Jews should speak out and reach out. As Sholom Schwartzbard, a member of Jews Against the Occupation, explained at a New York City protest, “We know from our own history what being sealed behind barbed wire and checkpoints is like, and we know that ‘Never Again’ means not anyone, not anywhere — or it means nothing at all.”

On March 7, I will return to Gaza with a large international delegation, bringing aid but more importantly, pressuring the Israeli, U.S. and Egyptian governments to open the borders and lift the siege. Many members of the delegation are Jews. We will travel in the spirit of tikkun olam, repairing the world, but with a heavy sense of responsibility, shame and yes, compassion. We will never be able to bring back to life the little girl buried in the rubble. But we can-and will–hold her in our hearts as we bring a message from America and a growing number of American Jews: To Gaza, With Love.

For information about joining the trip to Gaza, contact gaza.codepink@gmail.com.


Medea Benjamin is cofounder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK:Women for Peace.

© 2009 Independent Media Institute. All rights reserved.

US congressmen express shock at Gaza devastation

US congressmen express shock at Gaza devastation

US Democratic representatives Brian Baird and Keith Ellison expressed shock at the plight of the war-shattered Gaza Strip during a rare visit to the Hamas-run Palestinian enclave on Thursday.

“The amount of physical destruction and the depth of human suffering here is staggering” Baird said in a statement issued jointly with Ellison during their visit which coincided with a similar trip by US Senator John Kerry.

The visits were the first by US lawmakers since Hamas, an Islamist movement Washington blacklists as a terrorist organisation, seized control of the overcrowded territory in June 2007.

Ellison, a representative from Minnesota, harshly criticised restrictions on the delivery of desperately needed goods into the coastal strip that has been under a crippling Israeli blockade imposed after the Hamas takeover.

“People, innocent children, women and non-combatants, are going without water, food and sanitation, while the things they so desperately need are sitting in trucks at the border, being denied permission to go in,” he said.

“The stories about the children affected me the most,” said Ellison. “No parent, or anyone who cares for kids, can remain unmoved by what Brian and I saw here.”

Baird, from Washington state, said the situation he saw was “shocking and troubling beyond words.”

“The personal stories of children being killed in their homes or schools, of entire families wiped out, and relief workers prevented from evacuating the wounded are heart wrenching,” he said.

Ellison, the first Muslim elected to the US Congress, hailed US President Barack Obama for acting “quickly to send much needed humanitarian funding to Gaza for this effort.”

“However, the arbitrary and unreasonable Israeli limitations on food, and repair and reconstruction materials are unacceptable and indefensible,” he added.

Ellison and Bair both stressed that their visit did not have the official sanction of the Obama administration.

They said they held talks with civilians and relief workers, while Palestinian officials stressed they did not meet with any representatives of Hamas.

During their visit, the pair visited Izzbet Abed Rabbo, a community in northern Gaza devastated during the deadly 22-day Israeli offensive that ended on January 18.

An estimated 14,000 to 20,000 homes and other buildings were damaged or destroyed during the military offensive in which more than 1,300 Palestinians were killed.

“The first and most urgent priority must be to help the people in Gaza. At the same time, the rocket attacks against Israeli cities must stop immediately,” Baird and Ellison said in their joint statement.

“Just as the people of Gaza should not be subject to what they have experienced, the Israeli civilians should not have to live in fear of constant and indiscriminate rocketing,” they added.

On Friday, the two planned to tour the Israeli towns of Sderot and Ashkelon, which are regularly targetted by the almost daily rocket attacks from Gaza.

الجمل يتسبب فى رسوب 15 ألف طالب

الجمل يتسبب فى رسوب 15 ألف طالب


بعد قرار إلغاء اللجان الخاصة

رغم أن قرار الجمل صدر فى الأصل لمنع تكرار حوادث الغش الجماعى التى وقعت العام الماضى بعدد من اللجان الخاصة بمستشفى المنيا، إلا أن العدد الضخم للمتضررين منه يجعل فرصة إيقافه كبيرة من خلال الطعن عليه أمام القضاء، كما يقول الناشط فى مجال حقوق السجناء أيمن عقيل مضيفا “قرار إدارى فاسد، لأن ضرره أكبر من نفعه، وإذا افترضنا أن السجناء يمكنهم أداء الامتحان فى لجانهم الأصلية فماذا يفعل المرضى؟”..

يامشحتينا ..يامجوعينا…واحنا ننضرب بالجزمة علشان انتو تتهنوا..عرفتوا لييه مابنتقدمش…تحيا المجانية

شوفوا انا سأترككم مع الاندهاش

علشان مايجراش لى حاجه

ولايصرفوا لنا الكادر

ويحاسبونا بالمليم

بينما نحن نشترى العلاج على حسابنا

تعليم وصحة ودروس وعلاج وكتب كله من جيبنا وتعبنا

وهما

منكم لله

مجموعه من الظلمه

بطرس غالى مشحتنا علشان هو يتهنى ويتعالج بامريكا واحنا

نموت مش مشكلة

هى دى الاسباب التى قامت من اجلها ثورة 23 يوليو

صحيح الدنيا ماتهونش الا على الفقير

هى دى مسانده الدولة لمحدودى الدخل

هو ده مجلس الشعب والشورى

هى دى الصحافة القومية

هو دة الحزب الوطنى

بينما الواحد لايذهب للتأمين علشان دوا سكر او ضغط

او للعلاج بمستشفيات التأمين الصحى اللى هو مشارك فيه

ويقول اتركة اليوم لمن يستحق

ومن اجل الذل اللى بنشوفه علشان تأشيرة

وورق يوقع عليه الفاشل والناجح

وممكن الواحد يموت وهو لسه ماتعالجش

ويمكن يطلع لييك واحد مضروب على قفاه ويقولك انته بتتمارض

لا ودمغات وتحليلات واشعه وذل مابعده ذل

تقف فى طابور علشان الكشف

وبعدين اخصائى

وبعدين استشارى

وبعدين المنطقة

وبعدين يطلع العلاج

تراب

تخيل رغم كل ده

واحنا المدرسيين الغلابة

اللى مابنديش دروس ولاعندنا سبوبة رزق

ممكن نجمع من بكرة فلوس تبرعات كمان لييكم

علشان احنا غلابة وماشيين بالبركة

بينما انته مطلع عيننا وتروح تسافر وبعدين الفلوس

واحنا هنا الحمد لله

الشكوى لغير الله مذله

وعلشان احنا اللى اخترناة مليون و200 الف معلم وكمان تارك وزير التعليم يبيع ويشترى فيينا

طيب بعد ماجيت بالسلامة من امريكا

تعالى وزورنا فى المدرسة

انته ونظيف ووزير التعليم

وادخل الفصول والحمامات والادارة التعليمية وشوف الكادر ابو ملالييم

اللى ماصرفناهوش

وشوف عيادة التأمين وخد جرعة من العلاج

وشوفوا بنفسكم

علشان مابتصدقوناش

لا دا الواحد يموت ارحم

يامشحتينا ..يامجوعينا…واحنا ننضرب بالجزمة علشان انتو تتهنوا..عرفتوا لييه مابنتقدمش…تحيا المجانية

صحيح ماهو انته وزير المالييه بحالها

حد هيقول لك لألألألأ

ولاهو السفر الى امريكا انته والعائلة أصبح تبع التأمين الصحى

كل حاجه لييكم حلال

ياجدعان احنا ماشفناش خير على ايديهم

«المصرى اليوم» تكشف: علاج وزير المالية فى أمريكا تكلف ٦٠ ألف دولار.. و٣٦٥ ألف جنيه مصاريف سفر.. وصرف بدلات وزير له ولمرافقته

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غالى

حصلت «المصرى اليوم» على مستندات رسمية تكشف سفر الدكتور يوسف بطرس غالى وزير المالية، إلى الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية للعلاج على نفقة الدولة وحصوله على بدلات سفر يومية كوزير هو ومرافقه مرتين، كانت الأولى بتاريخ ١٤/٨/٢٠٠٨، والثانية بتاريخ ٤/١/٢٠٠٩، وفى كل مرة بتكاليف علاج بلغت ٣٠ ألف دولار ليصبح الإجمالى ٦٠ ألف دولار.

فضلاً عن مصاريف السفر على الطائرة بالدرجة الأولى مع المرافق وبدل السفر بالفئة المقررة للوزراء والمرافق عن كل ليلة تقضى خارج دور العلاج، وقيمة البدل يصل إلى ٨٨٨٧ دولارا عن الليلة الواحدة للوزير وللمرافق مثله، ولمدة أسبوعين فى كل مرة، إلى جانب مصاريف السفر بالطائرة التى وصلت فى المرة الأولى إلى ١٦٧ ألفاً و٧٣٠ جنيهاً، وفى الثانية ٢١٩ ألفاً و٦٠ جنيهاً، بإجمالى ٣٩٥ ألفاً و٧٩٠ جنيهاً فى المرتين.

ومن بين المستندات، صورة لقرار رئيس مجلس الوزراء رقم ٣٤ لسنة ٢٠٠٩ بتاريخ ٥ يناير الماضى، يحمل موافقة الدكتور أحمد نظيف على سفر غالى للعلاج ونصه: «بعد الاطلاع على الدستور، وعلى قرار رئيس الجمهورية رقم ٦٩١ لسنة ١٩٧٥ بشأن علاج العاملين والمواطنين على نفقة الدولة.

تقرر سفر الأستاذ الدكتور يوسف بطرس غالى وزير المالية إلى الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية للعلاج فى مستشفى جونز هوبكنز بمدينة بلتيمور بولاية مريلاند لمدة أسبوعين، ومعه مرافق بنفقات علاج مقدارها ٣٠ ألف دولار أمريكى بخلاف مصاريف السفر بالدرجة الأولى بالطائرة له وللمرافق، وبدل السفر المقرر للسادة الوزراء، لسيادته وللمرافق عن كل ليلة تقضى خارج دور العلاج، بالإضافة إلى رسوم التحويل، ويخصم بالتكاليف على الاعتماد المدرج لعلاج المواطنين وعلى الجهات المختصة تنفيذ القرار».

ومستند آخر عبارة عن خطاب رسمى من شركة مصر للسياحة فرع قصر النيل موجه إلى وزارة الصحة، يحمل الفاتورة رقم ١٤٦٧٧٢ الخاصة بسفر الوزير ومرافقته السيدة ميشال خليل صايغ، ويفيد بأنه لم يكن يوجد طيران مباشر إلى واشنطن، لذلك تم الحجز لسيادته عن طريق القاهرة – لندن – واشنطن- لندن – القاهرة.

وتفيد بيانات الفاتورة المحررة فى ٢٧ يناير الماضى، بمطالبة وزارة الصحة والسكان إدارة العلاج بالخارج بمبلغ ٢١٩ ألفا و٦٠ جنيهاً قيمة تذكرتى سفر السيد يوسف بطرس غالى ومرافقته السيدة ميشال خليل من القاهرة إلى لندن ومنها إلى واشنطن والعودة.

بقى أن نذكر أن عدد الأيام التى تم صرف بدل عنها لم تذكر صراحة فى المستندات، خاصة أنها محددة بالليالى التى تقضى خارج دور العلاج.