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For Palestinian refugee women in Lebanon, a diagnosis of breast cancer is almost always a death sentence

October is breast cancer awareness month.

Please take a moment to read this appeal from the American Friends of UNRWA. For Palestinian refugee woman living in camps in Lebanon, a diagnosis of breast cancer is almost always a death sentence. Because of the horrible restrictions refugees endure in Lebanon, most of them are unable to find work and most of them cannot afford health insurance. Many woman are never diagnosed in the first place because they can’t afford to go to the doctor. But even for those who are diagnosed, they are unable to afford the specialized treatment. Please help.

This is one area where our activism can have an immediate and direct impact.

~ Kristin

 Dear Friend,

Breast cancer doesn’t care if you’re a refugee. It doesn’t care if you have access to cancer screening or if you can afford treatment.

Breast cancer doesn’t care if you’re in the United States, Palestine, or Lebanon. It doesn’t care if you’re a mother, a wife, a sister, or a daughter. Breast cancer doesn’t discriminate. More than one million women around the world will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. For most women diagnosed in the US, there’s a prospect for recovery, but for Palestinian refugee women living in Lebanon, a breast cancer diagnosis is almost certainly a death sentence.

Recurring violence and movement restrictions make it very difficult for many Palestinian refugees to access adequate health care. But for those living in Lebanon, the challenges are nearly insurmountable. In Lebanon, Palestinian refugees are granted only limited Lebanese citizenship status. This makes finding meaningful employment nearly impossible and prevents most from being able to afford health insurance. Currently, 95 percent of refugees in Lebanon cannot afford healthcare, making specialized treatment and extended hospital stays impossible.

For refugee women in Lebanon, life-threatening diseases like breast cancer go undetected and untreated. Sadly, most women don’t survive.

Over half the refugee women in Lebanon diagnosed with breast cancer are under the age of 50, meaning most of their children will face growing up without a mother. Let’s break this cycle of despair.

Breast cancer does NOT have to be a death sentence. With early detection and appropriate treatment, refugee women in Lebanon can beat this disease and go on to live long and healthy lives.

Please show them that they deserve a fighting chance by supporting AFU’s groundbreaking campaign to promote breast cancer awareness, screening, and treatment in Lebanon.

For only $50.00 you can provide one refugee woman in Lebanon with the appropriate breast cancer screening and potentially save her life.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and during this time of heightened awareness, we ask that you please give the refugee women of Lebanon and their families hope for tomorrow. Breast cancer doesn’t care if these women are refugees, but we know you care. Please show your generosity and compassion by making a tax-deductible donation today.

With great thanks,

Abby Smardon

Acting Director
American Friends of UNRWA

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AMP condemns Israeli attack on Lebanese border

Provocation, shelling show Israel not interested in peace with its neighbors

(CHICAGO 08/03/2010) – The American Muslims for Palestine, a national, grassroots organization dedicated to educating Americans about Palestine, condemn in the harshest possible terms Israel’s attack at the Lebanese border today that resulted in the deaths of three people, including a journalist.

Though Israel claims it was fired upon first, the Associated Press is reporting that the confrontation occurred after Israeli soldiers tried to remove a tree from the Lebanese side of the border. An AP photo shows a soldier standing on crane that is reaching over the border fence into Lebanon, the AP reported.

Furthermore, media reports indicate Israel has continued shelling the Lebanese border intermittently.

“This latest aggression against Lebanon by Israel, its war-mongering over Iran, and its recent deadly attack against the unarmed humanitarian aid effort, the Freedom Flotilla, proves that Israel is not interested in peace in the region,” said Dr. Hatem Bazian, AMP chairman and professor of Near East and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. “Israel continues to prove it is a rogue state that is in a perpetual state of war readiness.”

While the United States continues to struggle with recession and has cut spending to education, senior citizen programs and other social programs, it continues to send Israel more than $5 billion every year in unconditional military aid, loan guarantees, other grants and reduced cost or free weaponry.

AMP demands the U.S. hold Israel accountable for its illegal and unjustifiable actions by withholding the more than $7 million per day of taxpayer money that is sent to Israel and used to support that country’s internationally illegal activities.

The American Muslims for Palestine is a national, grassroots organization whose mission is to educate the  American public about issues relating to Palestine and its rich, cultural heritage. For more information, contact Kristin Szremski, director of media and communications, at 708.598.4267 ext. 22 or at media@ampalestine.org. To learn  more, go to www.ampalestine.org.

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