Saturday, December 27th 2008, Gaza was attacked by the Israeli army. Israel launched the deadliest attack on Palestinian territory. Almost every printing and electronic media directly reported many civilian victims as the result of these attacks. During this time, homes, schools, mosques, and even a UN center were all attacked by the Israeli army.

As the result of the 22 day Israeli aggression, a total number of 1366 people died as martyrs, which consisted of 437 children, 110 women and 123 of the elderly (data of the Ministry of Health, Gaza).

After waiting for two weeks on the border, on 17 January 2009 MER-C team succeeded to enter the Gaza strip. On that time Gaza was still under serious attacks.

During the emergency phase, right after the Israeli army launched their missiles and bombs on Gaza, aside of deploying its surgical team in order to help the victims of the aggression, MER-C also distributed the donation form the people of Indonesia in the form of medicines and an ambulance.

In the week during MER-Cs stay in Asy Syifa, Gaza city, MER-C found many victims with heavy trauma injuries, where in some cases these people had to loose parts of their body due the Israeli army bombardment.

MER-C also saw how the available hospitals in Gaza were overwhelmed in treating so many victims of aggression, furthermore those from the northern pat of Gaza, that was located not far from the border with Israel. Being a warzone, Gaza also had one rehabilitation hospital, which was also attacked by the Israeli army.


MER-C Signed an MoU of the construction of Indonesia Hospital with the Palestinian Health Minister in Gaza

Friday, 23 January 2009, after acknowledging the need of a health facility, especially one that focuses on trauma and rehabilitation, as well as due to the sufficient funds donated by the people of Indonesia at that time, MER-C, accompanied by a number of Indonesian journalists paid a visit to the Health Minister of Palestine in Gaza, dr Bassim Naim. That rare occasion was used by MER-C to present the plan to construct Indonesia Hospital on the Gaza strip.

The plan was highly welcomed. So on behalf on the people of Indonesia, represented by dr Joserizal Jurnalis SpOT, and on behalf of the people of Gaza, represented by dr Bassim Naim, an MoU was signed for the construction of Indonesia Hospital in Gaza. The signing of the MoU was witnessed by dr Sarbini Abdul Murad (MER-C Chief Presidium at that time), Drs HM Mursalin (Forum Umat Islam/the Muslimin Front), Ir Hanibal WY Wijayanta (ANTV Journalist), Andi Jauhari (ANTARA Journalist) and some of the Islamic scholars of Gaza.

It is hoped that the existence of Indonesia Hospital could deliver medical assistance to those with physical trauma and rehabilitate them in order for them to have independence and so that they could be active again.


Why is it named Indonesia Hospital?

Firstly, because all the funds come from the people of Indonesia.

Secondly, this hospital is expected to serve as a proof of long-term relationship between the people of Indonesia and the people of Palestine.

Thirdly, with the name and the establishment of the hospital we would like to convey the message that on the land of Palestine there is an asset and donation from the people of Indonesia and the people of Palestine.


The Long Road of Indonesia Hospital Program



2 February 2009: Following the MoU signing, MER-C Team  returned to Indonesia and presented the plan of Indonesia Hospital construction to the Indonesian Health Minister at that time, DR dr Siti Fadilah Supari, Sp. JP(K).



January - May 2009: MER-C appointed its second team to follow up the MoU of Indonesia Hospital. The team stayed in Gaza for four months in order to conduct assessment and coordination with various parties in Gaza. 3 May 2009: MER-C received a piece of benefactory land document for Indonesia Hospital from the Prime Minister of Palestine in Gaza, Ismail Haniya.



May 2010: After one year of no access to enter Gaza, MER-C alongside other activists from many countries participated in Freedom Flotilla Mission, boarding a ship belonging to Turkish NGO IHH, "Mavi Marmara".

31 May 2010, the Israeli attack on Mavi Marmara caused nine activists died and dozens wounded. Those who survived the attack, including MER-C team was put under arrest and imprisoned in Israel. The hope of entering Gaza in order to follow up the construction of Indonesia Hospital was gone.



July 2010: Huge international pressure following the "Mavi Marmara" attack had resulted in the loosening of access to Gaza. In July 2010, MER-C team alongside a number of media could finally enter the Gaza strip.



July 2010: MER-C team, consisting of doctors and engineers explained the design of Indonesia Hospital to the Prime Minister of Palestine in Gaza Ismail Haniyah and the Health Minister of Palestine in Gaza dr Bassim Naim.



August 2010: MER-C Gaza Branch was opened and received formal recognition from local authorities.




8 - 10 August 2010: MER-C team together with the Faculty of Technique, Islamic University of Gaza, conducted soil investigation test to the land designated for the construction of Indonesia Hospital followed by further land survey in order to obtain land contour topography.




9 December 2010 - 6 january 2011: The effort to end the blockade on Gaza continued. In this time the people of Asia joined in "Asian People's Solidarity for Palestine" went on a convoy called "Asian Solidarity Caravan for Gaza" on 2 December 2010-6 January 2011, which was followed by 160 activists from 13 Asian countries.   

Indonesia participated by deploying its delegation, comprising of 11 activists and 2 journalists from MER-C, Voice of Palestine (VOP), Hilal Ahmar Society of Indonesia (HASI) and Aqsa Working Group (AWG). There had been obstacles of permits in order to enter Gaza, and in the end this convoy succeeded to enter Gaza on 2 January 2011. Two MER-C volunteers in Gaza, Abdillah Onim and Ir Nur Ikhwan Abadi joined to welcome the convoy.

As much as 5 volunteers from AWG/Al Fattah Boarding School, later on decided to stay in Gaza in order to help the costruction of Indonesia Hospital in Gaza. This opportunity was also used by 2 HASI volunteers to conduct further survey for a blood bank unit within Indonesia Hospital.



With 5 more volunteers, the total number of Indonesian volunteer on duty in Gaza became 7, namely Abdillah Onim, Ir Nur Ikhwan Abadi, Ir Edy Wahyudi, Ir Ahmad Fauzi, Abdurrahman, Darusman and Muhammad Husein.




February - April 2011: Following the complete land data and the whole design of Indonesia Hospital was approved by the Health Minister of Gaza, then according to the procedure of the Palestinian authority in Gaza, on 2-3 February 2011 MER-C placed a tender advertisement for the first stage of the structure construction of Indonesia Hospital in a local newspaper, Felesteen. As much as five contractors were chosen to take part in the tender.




20 April - 20 May 2011: MER-C Construction team, headed by Eng. Faried Thalib, went to Gaza to decide and contact the winner of the tender. But after one month in Gaza, MER-C team could not obtain the permit to enter Gaza. The process of tender winner was finally done by a teleconference among MER-C team in Egypt, MER-C team in Gaza, and the contractors in Gaza.

28 April 2011, First Company contractor was set as the tender winner for the first stage of the structural construction of Indonesia Hospital.


So the construction of Indonesia Hospital began...


14 May 2011: The structural construction of Indonesia hospital commenced. This stage took 9 months to complete, which was then followed by the architecture and Mechanical Electrical construction.

In this program, MER-C was assisted by Al Fattah Boarding School in Cileungsi in the deployment of volunteers with construction skill.

Meanwhile, Hilal Ahmar Society Indonesia (HASI) would complete the hospital with a blood bank unit.



12 - 24 November 2011: MER-C Construction team, headed by Eng Faried Thalib as the head of MER-C Construction Division went to Gaza to directly supervise the structure construction of Indonesia Hospital. This team also conducted the survey of material availability for the second stage of construction, which is the construction of architecture and mechanical electrical.



28 April 2012: Alhamdulillah, due to the prayers and support from the people of Indonesia, structure construction of Indonesia Hospital, consisting of two floors plus a basement and a middle area was completed.

The next stage of the construction would involve more Indonesian volunteers because this stage would be done completely by volunteers from Indonesia.


2nd stage, Indonesia Hospital Construction.



20 July 2012: MER-C deployed 4 technical volunteers to Gaza, where they joined with 3 other volunteers who were already in Gaza, in order to prepare the arrival of more volunteers and conduct the second stage construction of Indonesia Hospital.



21 October 2012: MER-C deployed its biggest team yet to Gaza, consisting of 30 members. The team was made of 21 technical volunteers, 3 doctors, 3 engineers, and 6 journalists. The technical volunteers stayed back in Gaza to joined the other 7 volunteers, making the total number of volunteers to become 28 members. They were appointed to stay in Gaza until the second stage of Indonesia Hospital construction is completed.




1 November 2012: The second stage of the construction was launched, under the direction of Eng Nur Ikhwan Abadi, This stage was scheduled to be completed in 1,5 years.




14-21 November 2012: On 14 November 2012, an Israeli attack had caused the death of Hamas Military Chief Ahmad Al Jabari. This later led to the increased tension on the Gaza strip. With the increasing attack on the Gaza strip, MER-C volunteers, under the instruction of MER-C HQ in Jakarta, took cover o the hospital basement. During the 8-day attack, Praise be to Allah, all of the volunteers were unharmed and continued the construction of the hospital. The work only stopped on the first day of the attack. The hospital did not face any major impact due to the attack, despite the fact that there were times where bombs and missiles landed not far from the hospital. Only a number of window glass broken due to the bombs shook the window glass.


15 February 2013: MER-C deployed Ir. Edy Wahyudi as an additional engineer to Gaza. This was Edy's second deployment in Gaza. Previously Edy stayed in Gaza for 1,5 years during the first stage of Indonesia hospital construction. Now Edy is back in gaza to help monitor the second stage of Indonesia hospital construction. Three volunteers from al Fattah boarding were also deployed together with eng Edy Wahyudi. Aside of monitoring Indonesia hospital construction, these three volunteers also joined a tahfidzul Quran program (Tajul waqar method) in ma'had tahfidzul quranul Karim was sunnah Gaza.



15 March 2013: Seven Supervisors for Indonesia hospital construction, headed by eng Faried Thalib as the head of Merc construction division were deployed to gaza. The team's agenda was to supervise the second stage of Indonesia hospital construction. Supervision was scheduled to be done in every four months.



23 July 2013: Indonesia hospital which was under construction was visited by pm Ismail Haniya.

Haniya and his companies visited the hospital site to directly meet and enjoyed iftaar together with the entire Indonesia hospital volunteers. This event took place on the basement of Indonesia hospital site



Facts surrounding Indonesia Hospital

Benefactory land: the land of Indonesia Hospital, consisting of 16261 m2 was donated as benefaction from the Palestinian authority in Gaza.

Funds from the people of Indonesia: the funds of Indonesia Hospital was donated only from the donation of the people of Indonesia, which a large part of it comes from those who are not well of, there is no foreign donation as well as from the government of Indonesia.

Done by volunteers: the Indonesia Hospital, starting from the idea, the designing process, including its structure, architecture and mechanical electrical up to the engineer and technical resources who have been involved are volunteers from Indonesia. They delivered their services with no fee, and they do it in order to present their professional jihad.

Biggest, most unique building: The Indonesia Hospital building is the most unique and biggest building on the Gaza strip, where most buildings in this occupied territory come in the shape of square.

Broke records in Gaza: The construction of Indonesia Hospital broke two records of the biggest casting in Gaza, in which the first one was the casting of the second floor of the hospital, consisting of a 483 m2 area. Two months later, on March 2012, casting for the third floor was done, to a 500 m 2 area, which was completed in 8 hours.


What do they say about Indonesia Hospital in Gaza


"I would like to thank the people of Indonesia for their contribution of the hospital which is currently under construction. Oh beloved people of Palestine, do not despair for you have the people of Indonesia behind you"

 - Ismail Haniyah, Prime Minister of Palestine, Gaza.

"I would like to thank the people and the government of Indonesia for all of their help they have given in helping the people of Gaza. Indonesia Hospital would serve as the main hospital in Gaza, and it would also serve as the main center in delivering aids to the people of north Gaza." - dr Mufeed Mukhalat, Health Minister of Palestine in Gaza.

"This location (Bayt Lahiya, north Gaza) is the right location to built a hospital, considering that it is located near to the Israeli settlement, during the war most victims are found on this location. We have seen how beautiful the building of this hospital is in its octagonal shape, it looks as beautiful as the hearts of the people of Indonesia who have, with all their hearts, healped their brothers and sisters in Gaza, Palestine. With our shared efforts, Allh willing this will be a washilah and the cause of the freedom of masjidil Aqsha and he liberty of Palestine." - dr Bassim Naim, Former Minister of Health of Palestine in Gaza.



"The design of this hospital is s beautiful, it would be the most beautiful hospital in Gaza. The design resembles that of the Dome of the Rock." - Jamila Shanti, Minister of Women Affairs of Palestine in Gaza.





"This project is the proof of hard work and great collaboration. This is the result of collaboration, helping one another and involving every element available on the Gaza strip. Indonesia Hospital as a mandate from the people of Indonesia to the people of Palestine would be one of the biggest hopital on the Gaza strip, even in the whole Palestine. Indonesia Hospital would also be the main hospital in north Gaza." - DR Naji Sarhan, Deputy Minister of Public Works of Palestine in Gaza.


Description of Indonesia Hospital

Type: trauma center and rehabilitation

Locatioin: Bayt Lahiya, north Gaza

Land status: benefaction from the government of Gaza

Land size: 16261 m2

Capacity: 100 beds

Floors: two floors and a basement


According to the needs and direct request of the government of Palestine in Gaza in July 2010, the building of Indonesia hospital, which was originally designed to be comprised of two floors, was added with a basement.

Thanks to the support and prayers form the people of Indonesia, the physical construction of Indonesia hospital is scheduled to complete by the end of 2013. The next effort is to complete the hospital with its interiors and health facilities. Knowing the large amount of funds needed, MER-C still believes that the people of Indonesia could realize this mandate.


Donation Account:  

Bank Syariah Mandiri (BSM)

Acc. No. 700.1352.061, Kramat branch

Bank Central Asia (BCA)

Acc. No.686.0153678, Kwitang branch

Bank Negara Indonesia Syariah (BNI Syariah)

Acc. No. 081.119.2973, East Jakarta branch

Under the name of Medical Emergency Rescue Committee

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