Israeli Soldiers Abduct Four Palestinians Near Hebron And Bethlehem

01 APR
9:13 AM

Israeli soldiers abducted, on Sunday at dawn, four young Palestinian men, including two teenage siblings, from their homes near Hebron and Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank.

Several army jeeps invaded the al-‘Arroub refugee camp, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, searched homes and abducted Ahmad Amjad Jawabra and a teenage boy, identified as Mahmoud Yousef Madhi.

The soldiers also stopped and searched cars at the main entrance of the refugee camp, and interrogated many Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

In addition, the soldiers invaded the al-Khader town, south of Bethlehem, also searched homes, before abducting Mohannad, 18, and his brother Hamza Mahmoud Darwish, 16, in the al-Jabal area.

(Source / 01.04.2018)

Child Injured by Israeli Forces near Qalqilia

31 MAR
10:13 PM

A Palestinian child was injured on Staurday, during confrontations with Israeli occupation forces in the village of Kafr Qaddoum, to the east of Qalqilia city in the West Bank, according to local WAFA sources.

Murad Shtewi, a local activist, said a rally set off in the village in condemnation of Israeli forces’ fatal shooting of 16 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Friday.

He said the soldiers attacked the protesters with rubber-coated steel rounds and teargas canisters, injuring 14-year-old Majdi Juma’a with a steel round in his back.

(Source / 01.04.2018)

Hamas: Gazans Will Continue to Protest on the Border, Will Not Give Up Right of Return

31 MAR
10:07 PM

Hamas resistance leadership has announced that the protests on the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel will continue, after visiting the various protest locations.

Head of the Hamas political bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, was east of Gaza City. Hamas leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, was in the southern Gaza Strip and Gaza Interior Minister Fathi Hamad was in the north of the region. They were seen among the crowd, encouraging the people and showing their support.

“This march demonstrates that there are no alternatives to Palestine and the right of return (for the Palestinian people),” Haniyeh told exuberant gatherers, praising their decision to leave their home and attend the protest to “write the future.”

Haniyeh then brought to attention the goal of the march, telling attendees it constitutes “the beginning of a return (of the Palestinian people) to the entirety of the land of Palestine.”

“We will not give up and we will not bargain with the Zionist entity over even a small piece of the land of Palestine,” Haniyeh continued, according to the PNN, stressing they will reject any deal proposed by the Donald Trump administration, who he blamed for trampling Palestinian right by “Trump’s decision to grant Jerusalem to Israel.”

“Israel’s threats do not scare us. Our people went out today to make it clear that we will not give up Jerusalem and that there is no alternative to Palestine and the right of return.

“We will not accept the right of return staying only a slogan,” he concluded, telling the crowd, “walk in the path of God—you are the victors.”

Sinwar, meanwhile, said the protests are a signal to Israel and the world that “our people will not accept the continuation of the siege.”

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum praised the turnout. “The large crowds … reflect the Palestinian people’s determination to achieve the right of return and break the siege and no force can stop this right,” he said.

(Source / 01.04.2018)

Lieberman Refuses Investigation, Vows “Harsher” Military Response

01 APR
12:43 PM

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said, Sunday, that Israel will not hold any investigation, or cooperate with international inquiries, into the excessive use force against unarmed protesters in Gaza, Friday, leading to the death of sixteen Palestinians, in addition to hundreds of injuries.

Lieberman did not only refuse any investigation into the deadly Israeli military assault, but also said that Israel will not cooperate with any inquiry, including potential international investigation.

The Israeli official who lived in an colony in the occupied West Bank, even threatened stronger and more violent military measures against the Palestinian protesters, “especially if any of them try to cross the border fence.”

The Israeli official also echoed previous baseless allegations claiming that “%90 of the protesters, and their families, were paid by Hamas.”

He also attacked statements by the head of Meretz party Tamar Zandberg, who called on the army to investigate the excessive use of force and described the soldiers as trigger happy.

Furthermore, Lieberman said that Meretz Israeli left-wing party “represents the Palestinians, instead of serving Israel’s interests.”

Lieberman went on to claim that at least ten of the slain Palestinians were “members of Hamas,” and added that the soldiers “performed what was necessary and deserve a medal.”

He also alleged that Hamas “allotted 15 Million US Dollars for the processions,” and that “%90 of the protests were Hamas members, and their families, who are paid salaries.”

His statements came to justify the excessive use of force against nonviolent protesters, largely refugees displaced and expelled from their homes and lands when Israel was established in the historic Palestine in 1948.

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza said the soldiers killed 16 Palestinians during the processions, and injured 1479 others, on Friday and Saturday.

It added that 805 of the wounded Palestinian were shot with live fire, 154 with rubber-coated steel bullets, 425 suffered the effects of teargas inhalation and 95 suffered burns, cuts and bruises.

In the morning to noon hours of Sunday, the soldiers injured more than 100 Palestinians, many of them with live fire, and the rest suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

(Source / 01.04.2018)

Israel uses drones to drop tear gas on Gaza marchers

Israeli security forces launch tear gas canisters on Palestinian protesters

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) used drones to drop tear gas canisters on the unarmed Palestinian civilians taking part in the Great March of Return in Gaza on Friday. As tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered at five locations along the eastern borders of the Gaza Strip, the occupation IDF used live ammunition and tear gas to disperse them, as well as the occasional artillery and tank shells.

The drones flew between 10 and 20 metres over the heads of protesters and dropped tear gas canisters on every flypast, causing huge panic among the people. It is believed that they carry 20 tear gas canisters on each flight.

“This is the first time that I have seen drones like this,” Rami Abu Dalal told MEMO. “I have been here several times since Trump’s decision on Jerusalem.” He explained that he was shot in his leg with live ammunition three weeks ago but insisted to his family that he had to take part in the Great March of Return.

According to Israeli Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, “The use of unmanned aerial vehicles to launch gas is a recent innovation.”

Read: The Palestinians have started their Great March of Return

(Source / 01.04.2018)

Erdogan calls Israel premier ‘occupier’ and ‘terrorist’

President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech in Ankara, Turkey on 8 February 2018 [Kayhan Özer/Anadolu Agency]

“You are also a terrorist. History is recording what you have done to all those oppressed Palestinians,” Erdogan said, adding that he believes Israelis too are disturbed by Netanyahu’s misdeeds

Turkey’s president on Sunday criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his remarks targeting Turkey’s ongoing anti-terror operation in Afrin, Syria.

“He says our soldiers are oppressing people in Afrin. Netanyahu, you are very weak, very poor,” said Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“We are dealing with terrorists, but you are not. Because you are a terror state,” Erdogan told the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party Congress in the southern Adana province.

Erdogan’s remarks came after at least 16 Gazans were martyred and hundreds injured on Friday when Israeli forces opened fire on protesters marking “Land Day.”

Land Day is an annual Palestinian commemoration of the deaths of six Arab citizens of Israel killed by Israeli forces in 1976 during demonstrations over government land confiscations in northern Israel.

Calling the Israeli leader “an occupier” in Palestine, Erdogan said Netanyahu has no right to criticize Turkey.

“You are also a terrorist. History is recording what you have done to all those oppressed Palestinians,” Erdogan said, adding that he believes Israelis too are disturbed by Netanyahu’s misdeeds.

Friday’s rallies were the start of a six-week protest that culminates on 15 May, the day the Palestinians call “Nakba,” or the Catastrophe, when Israel was founded.

The demonstrators are demanding that Palestinian refugees be allowed the right of return to towns and villages which their families fled from, or were driven out of when the state of Israel was created in 1948.

(Source / 01.04.2018)

‘We will not wait 70 years more’: scenes from Gaza’s March of Return

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A young Palestinian looks at a poster listing the villages that demonstrators at the Great March of Return plan to return to once the Palestinian right of return is honored

Amid thousands of semi-cultivated wheat and barley fields in the area of Abu Safia, east of Jabalia in North Gaza, around 30 beige canvas tents have been set up within 700 meters of the adjacent Israeli border fence, ahead of a six-week protest camp under the gaze of wary Israeli soldiers.

Those crops could hardly be seen due to tens of thousands of participants joining the encampment, an unprecedented number according to the organizers of the Great March of Return.

The first rally was kicked off on Friday, March 30th when Palestinians worldwide mark Land Day, commemorating the killing of six unarmed Palestinians protesters in Israel in 1976.

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On the first day of the exceptional event, which was called by the Palestinian factions for the past several weeks, the Gaza Health Ministry reported that 15 Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops along the eastern border of the besieged strip.

Masses of angry young people tried to ignore the event organizer committee’s recommended safe distance from the border, but the tear gas bombs fired by the Israeli soldiers on the other side of the border forced them to back off.

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Meanwhile, a wedding ceremony between groom Alaa Shahin and bride Maryam Hamdouna was able to capture the campers’ attention for a while with an unusual scene, a wedding in the middle of the growing tension at the border.

Alaa, 23, who was carried over his relative’ shoulders amid traditional wedding songs, said that this rally is the best place to start his new life.

“Few hundred meters away from those soldiers eyes, I would emphasize my right and the whole Palestinian peoples’ right to return home after 70 years of displacement, we will not wait another 70!” Alaa told Mondoweiss.

“Today, I will be at the nearest point of my home town Ni’ilya,” he said, adding, “with my wedding suit and tie I dance and sang with the melodies of the Return.”

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Maryam’s family is originally from Majdal village — now Ashkelon in southern Israel — which was only 3 kilometers from Alaa’s village of Ni’ilya. Maryam, 21, explained, “It is said that there was a route linking Ni’ilya with Majdal, making its way between orchards. I told Alaa, one day, we will travel that route with our children at the time of the return of the country”.

Five main camp sites have been set up spreading the length of the coastal enclave from near the Erez border crossing in the north to Rafah in the south, which is adjacent to Egypt. Camping and protests are expected to continue until May 15, the anniversary of the Nakba and around the time the Trump administration is set to move its controversial embassy to Jerusalem.

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Before leaving the couple’s celebration, I met Suad Abdrabbou, who just arrived with her grandsons.

Suad, 67, who numbered her tent “1967”, said that she felt heartbreak once she saw the border for the first time.

“I recall the 1967 war, once Israel occupied the lands where I used to harvest the sweet cactus and figs, but all that became nightmares”.

The grandmother, whose origin is also from Ni’ilya, has not believed in peace with the Israelis for a day. “We have experienced them over seventy years, so I should not wait to be 140 years to return”.

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Some families moved many of their household items to the tents, meaning that they will spend a long time in the encampment. Military and political leaders in Israel seem concerned.

Israel’s Chief of Staff, General Gadi Eisenkot, has warned of escalating tensions along Israel’s borders and said reinforcements, including more than 100 special forces snipers, had been deployed to the Gaza frontier and the army was prepared for all scenarios.

“We won’t allow mass infiltration into Israel” or damage to the border barrier, he told the Yediot Aharonot newspaper.

According to the United Nations, some 1.3 million of Gaza’s 1.9 million residents are refugees or their descendants. The event organizers said that tens of thousands of meals would be delivered for more than 100,000 expected participants, while dozens of wooden toilets were set up and large generators whirred to life.

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In the back row of demonstrators, 84-year-old Ahmed Abu Meteq recalled when the fathers and grandfathers of the youth protesting entered Gaza through those same borders.

“All I need is to return to Hiribya – located 14 kilometers northeast of Gaza – I would die over there. We don’t want to cross to others’ countries, we just would apply the UN resolution to go back home to our original villages,” Ahmed told Mondoweiss.

“I was 14 when my father said that we have 30 dunums in Hiribya, where we were planting watermelon which he said ‘was as big as your head, son’”.

Palestinians have long demanded that as many as five million of their compatriots be granted the right to return to their homes and lands. Israel rules this out, fearing an influx of Palestinians would eliminate its Jewish majority. Israel argues the refugees should be resettled in a future state that the Palestinians seek in West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

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(Source / 01.04.2018)

Israel arrests Palestinian for crossing Gaza border

Israeli army says the Palestinian was unarmed

Palestinians took part in a march towards the Israeli border in the build up to the Great March of Return on 29 March 2018

Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian while trying to sneak into Israel from the Gaza Strip, according to the military.

In a statement on Sunday, the army said the detained Palestinian was unarmed and was taken into custody for investigation, according to Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.

Israeli forces have rounded up nine Palestinians for allegedly sneaking into Israel from Gaza over the past week.

Tension has risen up across the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip since Friday when at least 15 Gazans were killed and hundreds injured by Israeli gunfire during rallies demanding the return of refugees.

READ: Why did Palestinians take part in the Great March of Return? 

(Source / 01.04.2018)

Gaza under attack, in pics

Today KhamakarPress received this news and pictures of The Great March of Return

A civilian was shot to the east of Zaytoun neighborhood in eastern Gaza.
The forces of the occupation raided the area of ​​Aljawaya east of the city of Yatta and prevent citizens from digging a well for the family of Shuahin and complete the building of the camel family Nawaja and try to confiscate Tartur (Baqer)
Pictures
A calm and young men who are in the return tent east of Khan Younis, in addition to the spread of snipers of the occupation army on the border strip and the positioning of a tank at least within the border strip.
Photo by our correspondent: Professor Abu Issa
The Minister of the Israeli occupation, Avigdor Lieberman, doubts the possibility of Palestinians moving towards the border again after Friday, threatening to use force more.
Press Release 
A press release issued by the Information Office of the Resistance Committees: Resistance Committees The American position in the Security Council is an active participation in the Zionist massacre against civilians participating in the march of return and affirms the American hostility to our people. The Palestinian Resistance Committees in Palestine said that the American position in the Security Council and its frustration with any decision condemning the Zionist occupation for its terrible crime against the unarmed civilian population participating in the return marches constitutes an active American participation in the Zionist massacre. The resistance committees stressed that the American administration is not ashamed to support Zionist terrorism and provide the Zionist entity with the tools and means of killing and terrorism and provide it with cover to become above international law and thereby striking the wall of the international will that stipulates the return of the Palestinian people to their homes and land. The resistance committees added that the US administration insists on the hostility of our Palestinian people and is working to target our national cause and our entrenched and steadfast rights. This denies the claim of honest mediation or the presentation of political initiatives which are essentially liquidation projects for the Palestinian cause. The resistance committees have shown that the Palestinian people are committed to their rights and homeland and will provide all that they have to achieve freedom and independence and defeat the occupation no matter how great the sacrifice. Resistance Committees in Palestine Sunday, 1-4-2018, corresponding to 15 Rajab 1439 Hijri.
News of the martyrdom of a young man shot by the occupation east of Khan Younis south of the sector
Gaza
The occupation forces Al-Aqsa Mosque guards Fadi Alian with a decision to prevent him from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque and prevent him from entering his job in the mosque.
Saqib Erekat *: The US administration decided to burn all bridges with international law by its continued bias to the occupation state, and failed to issue any statement by the Security Council to condemn the murder of sixteen Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
Israeli occupation forces fire tear gas at demonstrators east of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip

Israel’s Netanyahu thanks troops for killing Palestinians

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the annual health conference in Tel Aviv on March 27, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the annual health conference in Tel Aviv on March 27, 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has praised Israeli troops for killing at least 17 Palestinians during Friday’s Land Day rallies, amid widespread global condemnation of the Tel Aviv regime’s aggression against the Palestinian people. 

Netanyahu praised the troops via his official twitter account late on Saturday for their actions which he claimed were aimed at guarding Israel.

The message was posted after Israeli soldiers wounded about 70 Palestinians during protests earlier in the day along the Gaza border with the occupied Palestinian territories.

On Friday, at least 17 Palestinians lost their lives and more than 1,400 others sustained injuries when Israeli military forces opened fire on thousands of protesters who had flocked to a sit-in near the Gaza border.

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Turkey condemns Israel’s ‘inhuman attack’

On Saturday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan “strongly condemned Israel for its inhumane attack” against the Palestinian people.

“Have you heard any noteworthy objections to the massacre by Israel that happened yesterday in Gaza from those who criticize the Afrin operation?,” he added.

Turkey began the so-called Operation Olive Branch in Afrin on January 20 to clear the northern Syrian border of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), a US-backed Kurdish militant group which Ankara associates with the homegrown Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) fighting for autonomy on Turkish soil.

“This is the biggest proof of insincerity of those who fixate on us but say nothing about Israel using heavy weapons to attack people who are protesting on their own lands,” he added.

(Source / 01.04.2018)