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Dagelijks archief 9 april 2018

Arab MK calls on West Bank Palestinians not to leave Gazans alone

Haneen Zoabi

Israeli Arab MK Hanin Zoabi

Israeli-Arab MK Hanin Zoabi yesterday called on Palestinians in the occupied West Bank to organise anti-Israeli demonstrations and not to leave Gazans alone, Shehab.ps reported.

“We need to organise popular demonstrations to remind the world of the siege,” she said. “We need millions of Palestinians to advance towards Jerusalem. This is our [Arabs in Israel] ambition, but we cannot do this because the Israelis will kill us.”

She stressed that Israel has become a “racist” and “fascist” state and called for carrying out an investigation into the killing of Palestinian demonstrators on the borders of Gaza.

“Israel is not defending itself as it claims,” she said, “the occupation and imposing a siege is not self-defence, it is an act of terror.”

Zoabi reiterated that the demonstrations on the eastern borders of Gaza are “peaceful” and this is the only way to unite the Palestinians and lead to the end of the Israeli occupation.

Read: Why Israel Feels Threatened by Popular Resistance in Palestine

Palestinians launched mass protests on Land Day on 30 March which are expected to continue until Nakba Day on 15 May to mark 70 years since nearly one million Palestinians were forced out of their homes ready for the creation of the state of Israel.

Some 32 Palestinians have been killed since 30 March when the Right of Return March was launch. A further 2,850 were injured. Amongst those killed was Yaser Murtaja a Palestinian journalist who was wearing a blue flak jacket clearly marked with the word “PRESS” when he was targeted.

(Source / 09.04.2018)

3 Palestinian school children hit by settler car

Palestinian students are seen after Israel carried out airstrikes near the primary school in Rafah, Gaza on 27 February 2017 [Ali Jadallah - Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian school children are seen after Israel carried out airstrikes near the primary school in Rafah, Gaza on 27 February 2017

Three Palestinian school children were injured after being struck by a settler’s car in the northern occupied West Bank this morning.

According to the head of Git Village Council, Omar Yameen, the three school children, aged between ten and 11, were wounded after a settler driving near the main entrance to Git’s Boys School hit them.

The three children were evacuated to the Nablus Special Hospital for urgent treatment.

Read: Israeli settlers attempt to abduct Palestinian boys in West Bank

An Israeli military patrol showed up at the scene moments later. The Israeli driver has neither been arrested nor interrogated.

Over recent years, Git Village Council has frequently launched appeals to build a pedestrian bridge after hit-and-run accidents by Israeli settlers increased.

(Source / 09.04.2018)

Journalist killed by Israel was not operating camera drone

Palestinian journalists hold placards to commemorate Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja, who was martyred by Israeli soldiers during "Great March of Return", during a protest in Nablus, West Bank on April 07, 2018 [Nedal Eshtayah / Anadolu Agency]

Palestinian journalists hold placards to commemorate Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja, who was martyred by Israeli soldiers during “Great March of Return”, during a protest in Nablus, West Bank on 7 April, 2018

Ain Media, the production company which was cofounded by Yaser Murtaja, refuted claims by Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman that the journalist was operating a camera drone when he was targeted by Israeli forces near Gaza’s border fence on Friday, Shehab.ps reported yesterday.

Palestinian Journalists Arrested by Israel - Cartoon [Sarwar Ahmed/MiddleEastMonitor]

The media company said that Murtaja was using a handheld camera and wearing a blue flak jacket with the word “PRESS” printed on it when he was targeted.

“The Israeli occupation forces bear full responsibility for targeting Yaser, who was wearing a helmet and a protective vest marked ‘PRESS’, clearly identifying him as a journalist,” a statement released by the company said.

One of the company’s producers, Rushdi Al-Sarraj, published a photograph of Murtaja taken moments before he was shot by an Israeli sniper. In it, Murtaja can be seen holding a camera and taking pictures of the protests during what has been dubbed as the Friday of Tyres.

Murtaja was hit in his abdomen on Friday afternoon and remained in intensive care until Saturday when he was pronounced dead.

In response, Israel’s Defence Minister Lieberman said: “Anyone who operates drones above IDF soldiers needs to understand he’s putting himself in danger.”

Ain Media stressed that “the crimes of the occupation will not silence the voice of truth and will not intimidate free journalists wherever they are”.

Read: Why Israel Feels Threatened by Popular Resistance in Palestine

(Source / 09.04.2018)

Israel’s Lieberman: No innocent civilians in Gaza

Funeral procession of Gazan video journalist and photographer Yaser Murtaja, killed by Israeli snipers despite wearing a vest marked ‘PRESS’, while covering the The Great March of Return on April 6, 2018 [Mohammad Asad / Middle East Monitor]

Funeral procession of Gazan video journalist and photographer Yaser Murtaja, killed by Israeli snipers despite wearing a vest marked ‘PRESS’, while covering the The Great March of Return on 6 April, 2018

No Palestinians taking part in the Great March of Return are “innocent”, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said yesterday, referring to all the peaceful protesters as “Hamas members”.

“In the march of terror there were no innocent civilians, they were all Hamas members.”

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman

Lieberman slammed calls for an investigation in to the fatal shooting by Israel of Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja saying: “The demand to investigate the shooting…is hypocrisy.”

“We have seen dozens of cases of Hamas activists were disguised as medics and journalists. We also saw a journalist approach the border and operate a drone, we do not take chances in those cases.”

“All the demonstrators near the security fence in the Gaza Strip receive salaries from Hamas,” Liberman said in an interview with Reshet Bet. “Those who try to break through the border are members of the military wing of Hamas.”

Yaser Murtaja: the Martyr who sought to expose the ugly reality of Israel’s occupation

Palestinian Journalists Arrested by Israel - Cartoon [Sarwar Ahmed/MiddleEastMonitor]

On Friday, Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja was shot in the abdomen while covering the protests near Gaza’s border with Israel. At the time he was wearing a blue flak jacket with the word “PRESS” clearly written on it. He died from his wounds in hospitals the following day.

His company, Ain Media, has denied Israel’s claimsthat he was operating a camera drone when he was shot.

One of the company’s producers, Rushdi Al-Sarraj, published a photograph of Murtaja taken moments before he was shot by an Israeli sniper. In it, Murtaja can be seen holding a camera and taking pictures of the protests during what has been dubbed as the Friday of Tyres.

(Source / 09.04.2018)

Israelis watch ‘outdoor cinema’ on Gaza border, cheer as Palestinians killed

A photo of young Israelis sitting atop a watchtower at the Gaza border and cheering as Israeli forces fired at Palestinian protesters on April 2018 [Twitter]

A photo of young Israelis sitting atop a watchtower at the Gaza border and cheering as Israeli forces fired at Palestinian protesters on April 2018

A photo of young Israelis sitting atop a watchtower at the Gaza border and cheering as Israeli forces fired at Palestinian protesters has generated outrage on social media this weekend.

Israeli Channel 2 journalist Nir Dvori posted the photo on Twitter on Friday showing seven Israelis waving as they sat on an observation tower in Nahal Oz, outside the fenced-off Gaza Strip watching Palestinians being attacked. Dvori captioned the photo: “Best show in town. Residents of Nahal Oz in the stands.”

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ההצגה הכי טובה בעיר. תושבי נחל עוז ביציע

Critics on social media likened the set up to an “outdoor cinema”, with dozens condemning the scene as disgusting and barbaric.

“It is so, so dangerous for Israeli civilians outside the fenced off Gaza strip [sic] that they came out to watch their military pick off protesters,” Executive Director of the US Campaign Youssef Munayyer tweeted, challenging the Israeli narrative that armed demonstrators were using the protests to attack soldiers.

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@YousefMunayyer

It is so, so dangerous for Israeli civilians outside the fenced off Gaza strip that they came out to watch their military pick off protesters. https://twitter.com/ndvori/status/982182282558562306 

Some 32 Palestinians have been killed over the past ten days in protests as part of the Great March of Return. Ten Gazans died over the weekend, with over 1,000 injured as Israeli forces fired live ammunition and tear gas at protesters. Quds Press also reports that the military has been using drones to drop “strange gases” on the demonstrations, causing protesters’ bodies to convulse, tremble and lose consciousness.

Read: Israel threatens to bomb Gaza ‘just to reassure settlers’

On Friday, Palestinian video journalist and photographer Yaser Murtaja, who had been contracted to work with MEMOdied after being shot in the abdomen by Israeli snipers while covering the march. Murtaja was shot despite clearly wearing a vest marked “PRESS”. Six other journalists were reportedly injured while covering the mass demonstration.

Yesterday, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Fatou Bensouda, issued a statement warning Israeli authorities over the use of lethal force against civilian protesters in Gaza.

Solidarity protests also took place in the Palestinian territories and elsewhere over the weekend. On Saturday, thousands rallied in London and in New York to show their support of Gazan protesters and condemn the brutal Israeli attack.

Jewish organisations were also present at the demonstration in London, calling for peace and solidarity with the Palestinians. They rejected that the Israeli government’s massacres in Gaza were in the name of the Jewish people and announced the launch of a campaign entitled “Not In My Name” to confirm their rejection of Israel’s use of force in dealing with peaceful demonstrators.

The protests in the besieged Gaza Strip, which started on Palestine Land Day, will culminate on 15 May, a day which marks the 70th anniversary of the Nakba and the establishment of Israel.  Protesters are calling for the right of return for Palestinian refugees and their descendants, to what is now considered Israeli territory.

Read: Israel forbids Friday call to prayer at W. Bank mosque

(Source / 09.04.2018)

Israel using ‘strange gases’ against protesters in Gaza

A drone photo shows smoke rising as Palestinian protestors burn tyres during confrontations with Israeli forces during a demonstration, organised within the "Great March of Return" despite Israel's threats, with tear gas near the Gaza/Israel border in Khan Yunis, Gaza on April 06, 2018 [Stringer / Anadolu Agency]

A drone photo shows smoke rising as Palestinian protestors burn tyres during confrontations with Israeli forces during a demonstration, organised within the “Great March of Return” despite Israel’s threats, with tear gas near the Gaza/Israel border in Khan Yunis, Gaza on April 06, 2018

Israeli occupation forces used “strange” and “unknown” gases against unarmed, peaceful protesters in Gaza, Quds Press reported the central commission for documentation and pursuit of Israeli war criminals –Tawtheeq saying.

Head of the commission Imad Al-Baz told Quds Press that Israel used strange gases against the protesters for the first time last Friday as Palestinians continued their peaceful activities as part of the Great March of Return.

The gases caused protesters’ bodies to convulse and tremble, he explained. Many lost consciousness as a result for several hours, he added.

“We do not know the kind of gases which were used for the first time,” he said, “but we took cultures from the blood and urine of those affected and we expect the results will be shocking.”

Read:Why Israel Feels Threatened by Popular Resistance in Palestine

Israeli occupation forces used unmanned drones to drop the gas on the demonstrators, Al-Baz said.

Protesters were being targeted in their lower body, Al-Baz said, with 55 shot with live ammunition in their genitals, likely in an effort to cause infertility.

Some 32 Palestinians have been killed since 30 March when the Right of Return March was launch. A further 2,850 were injured.

(Source / 09.04.2018)