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‘Political tendency is to deny press freedom,’ say Tunisian journalists

Image of Tunisians protesting and holding banners in support of missing journalists [file photo]

Tunisians protesting and holding banners in support of missing journalists

The leader of the Tunisian Journalists’ Syndicate has accused political groups of having a “tendency” to deny press freedom. Naji Baghouri made his comments during a seminar on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day last Wednesday.

“The reality shows that the authorities have backed away from the philosophy upon which the Constitution was based and which aims at the distribution of power between executive institutions and independent constitutional bodies, similar to the High Independent Authority of the Audiovisual Commission (HAICA),” explained Baghouri. “There is a clear will to re-establish control over media structures and the media landscape, through draft laws that actually contradict with the principles of freedom of expression, freedom of the press and access to information.”

According to the head of the HAICA, Nuri Lajmi, “Seven years after the revolution, we have started to notice a certain decline in freedom of expression, which is reflected mainly in some distorted official speeches in the media, as well as draft laws that threaten the gains that have already been achieved.”

Imad Al-Hazki, meanwhile, said that, “A new bill to protect personal data, which is being prepared by the government, will constitute a violation of the principle of access to information because it does not distinguish between private personal data and data contained in public documents that relate to public affairs.” The head of the independent National Authority for Access to Information stressed the need to review this bill in order to preserve the gains made regarding access to information approved by Tunisian law.

Tunisia: Media sector crisis continues, entering decisive phase

A report by Reporters Without Borders ranks Tunisia 97th out of 180 countries in the 2018 Press Freedom Index, which is the same ranking it occupied last year. The Tunisian Centre for Freedom of the Press has revealed that nearly 70 per cent of Tunisian journalists do not have access to information even though in 2016 the state parliament ratified the first law to allow access to information from the authorities.

The government in Tunis, however, announced earlier its commitment to allow journalists to have access to information so as to keep citizens informed through the best protocols. It explained that this would happen within “the ethics of public officials” — guidance issued in 2014 — whereby information or official documents on subjects of interest to the public will not be disclosed without the prior permission of the duty official’s immediate supervisor.

Read: Tunisia journalists protest ‘erosion of press freedoms’

(Source / 05.05.2018)

As IDF Uses Gaza Protesters for Shoot-to-Maim Target Practice, Israel Argues Human Rights Don’t Apply to this “War”

Palestinian medics evacuate a wounded youth during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Friday, May 4, 2018. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)

The manner in which protesters, including children, have been injured – live ammunition fired at the groin, neck, limbs, and abdomen – suggests that Israeli troops intentionally aim to inflict maximum physical harm on the civilian participants in the marches

GAZA CITY, PALESTINE — Israeli officials have deemed peaceful protests by Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip to be tantamount to a “state of war,” arguing that soldiers were well within their rights firing live ammunition at unarmed protesters participating in ongoing mass mobilizations at the eastern fence enclosing the besieged territory.

In response to a High Court petition by human rights advocates, authorities in Tel Aviv noted that “the state opposes the applying of human rights law during an armed conflict,” arguing that even the Red Cross deemed human rights law inapplicable during wartime.

According to the Gaza Health Ministry, 50 Palestinians have been killed in the protests while over 6,200 protesters have sustained injuries at the hands of Israeli forces deploying live ammunition or rubber-coated steel rounds and other less-lethal munitions.

The state attorneys’ argument attempts to give international and domestic legal status to the military suppression of peaceful protest and the suspension of international human rights law enforcement, allowing occupation forces the right to use lethal force against unarmed demonstrators.

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Since March 30, residents of the captive region have held large-scale demonstrations to draw attention to the continuing dispossession of the people of Palestine and theft of their ancestral land by the Tel Aviv government, with the support of the U.S. government.

Organizers hope to continue the rallies until May 15, when Israelis will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel. The date is mourned by Palestinians as Nakba Day, or “The Day of Catastrophe,” when the ongoing process of ethnic cleansing and expansionism was commenced by the extremist Zionist militia, which later united as the “Israeli Defense Forces” or Israeli military. From 1947 to 1949, around 750,000 Palestinians out of a total population of nearly 1.9 million were expelled from the land of Palestine.

Around two-thirds of Gaza’s 2 million Palestinians are war refugees, or their descendants, who are confined to what is tantamount to a large-scale, open-air prison camp. Speaking to Reuters, 24-year-old protester Ahmed said:

If it wasn’t for the occupation we would have lived as free as people like in other countries … If they don’t allow us back, at least they should give us a state.”

 

Grim facts reveal intentional abuse

The manner in which protesters, including children, have been injured – live ammunition fired at the groin, neck, limbs, and abdomen – suggests that Israeli troops intentionally aim to inflict maximum harm that could result in life-altering disabilities, paralysis, amputation or the sterilization of civilian participants in the marches.

Many are struck by a new explosive type of ammunition known as the “butterfly” bullet, which causes massive deformities and creates exit wounds as large as a fist. The bullet expands upon hitting targets, decimating human flesh and bone or “pulverizing” internal organs, according to local health officials.

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Butterfly bullet is a type of bullets that launched faster than sound and causes severe damage in flesh layers and bone when hitting the human body. It is used by the Israeli army snipers against the armless demonstrators on the borders of gaza. @basemn63

According to Marie-Elisabeth Ingres, the head of the Doctors Without Borders mission in the Occupied Palestinian Territories:

Half of the more than 500 patients we have admitted in our clinics have injuries where the bullet has literally destroyed tissue after having pulverized the bone … These patients will need to have very complex surgical operations, and most of them will have disabilities for life.”

The Israelis, however, cite the law when justifying their use of deadly force. In a statement to Al Jazeera, an Israeli military official said:

The IDF only employs means that are lawful under international law. No new bullets or gas have been employed during the recent events in the Gaza Strip.”

 

Cold-blooded mass murder and repression

While Israeli authorities claim that the peaceful protests in Gaza constitute a state of war, videos captured of Israeli soldiers show them casually discussing how best to inflict harm on unarmed Palestinians while facing little to no danger from protesters.

In a video released in April, a sniper can be seen expressing elation after shooting a protester who was allegedly throwing rocks, exclaiming “Yes!”

According to a new survey by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University, 83 percent of Israeli respondents “strongly support” the open-fire policy while around 71 percent of Israelis reject the easing of a crippling blockade imposed on Gaza for the past 11 years.

Israeli authorities consistently claim that the protests are organized by Islamist Palestinian resistance group Hamas, which has ruled the Strip since winning elections in 2007, and that the protest aims to provide cover for alleged “terrorist attacks” using stones and Molotov cocktails. Various factions and civil-society groups have endorsed the march, however, and deny that Hamas has a monopoly on leading the mass actions or that the protests have any ulterior motives beyond the stated demands for the right to return to their former homes in historic Palestine.

Palestinian academic Rashid Khalidi noted that the methods used by the Israeli army indicate a fear of peaceful protest as well as an inherently racist attitude toward the people of Palestine:

So, heavily armored Israeli soldiers with sniper rifles at hundreds of meters are picking off, systematically, Palestinian protesters or people who try to approach the fence or whatever. And that this is a policy that the government is proud of … I think it tells us a lot about Israel’s attitude towards Palestinians, that they are subhuman.

… [A]t the rate at which things are going, unfortunately, we’re probably likely to see even more savage, vicious, brutal, murderous repression.”

(Source / 05.05.2018)

Israel declares Gaza protests ‘state of war’: Paper

Tear gas canisters are fired by Israeli troops at Palestinian demonstrators during protests demanding the right to return to their homeland, at the Gaza fence, east of Gaza City, on April 27, 2018. (Photo by Reuters)

Tear gas canisters are fired by Israeli troops at Palestinian demonstrators during protests demanding the right to return to their homeland, at the Gaza fence, east of Gaza City, on April 27, 2018

Israel says protests near the Gaza fence amount to an act of war, and thus it is right to respond fatally to the demonstrations in which 45 Palestinians have been killed in recent weeks.

The daily Ha’aretz cited a regime statement as saying that Tel Aviv sees the ongoing “March of Return” protests as “part of hostile acts by Hamas against Israel.”

The statement came in response to a High Court petition filed by human rights groups, declaring that Israel “opposes the applying of human rights law during an armed conflict.”

“The Israeli forces’ rules of engagement comply with both Israeli and international law,” Ha’aretz quoted the statement as saying.

Gazans have been protesting each Friday at the fence since March 30, demanding the right to return to their homeland.

Israel’s Knesset on Monday passed a controversial law that allows the prime minister to bypass parliament and declare war or order a major operation on his own after only consulting his minister for military affairs.

Apart from the 45 fatalities, more than 5,500 Palestinians have been injured since Israel began responding to the popular protests with lethal force.

“The loss of life is deplorable, and the staggering number of injuries caused by live ammunition only confirms the sense that excessive force has been used against demonstrators – not once, not twice, but repeatedly,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said last Friday.

Videos of Israeli soldiers celebrating after shooting Palestinian protesters have gone viral around the world and provoked international outrage.

video, released by Jerusalem-based Israeli rights group B’Tselem on Tuesday, shows three soldiers discussing the best way to shoot at the protesters. In the video the soldiers say the protesters are throwing rocks.

One of the soldiers then fires, before laughing and saying “the son of a bitch.”

It was the second video released in April showing Israeli soldiers celebrating after shooting unarmed Palestinian protesters.

The first, in early April, was footage of a shooting near the Gaza fence, where an Israeli sniper shoots and injures a Palestinian, while a voice is heard to say: “Wow, what a video!… YES! That son of the bitch.”

Naftali Bennett, Israel’s minister of education, told Hebrew news sites at that time: “Since when do we judge a soldier according to the elegance of his speech? I prefer a cheerful soldier from a grieving father.”

Hanan Ashrawi, a senior Palestinian Authority official, said the video showed what Palestinians have long alleged regarding soldiers’ actions at the Gaza fence, “but nobody has been listening.”

“We have been complaining about this, but unfortunately nobody believes it unless an Israeli source documents it,” Ashrawi told AFP.

“The issue of sniper fire is not something new at all, but it is time for the world to see and to believe what we have been saying all along.”

(Source / 05.05.2018)

‘Partners in crime’: Israel settlers and soldiers attack Palestinians in West Bank village

Israeli forces stand between Israeli settlers and Palestinians

Israeli settlers attacked Palestinians in the West Bank village of ‘Einabus with the assistance of Israeli soldiers, according to a new report by human rights NGO B’Tselem.

On the morning of 6 March, two Palestinians – ‘Ahed Hamad and Yasser Hamad – went to the northern part of the village to pave a road intended to help residents access their farmland.

Shortly after they began work, some 30 Israeli settlers, “some of them masked”, arrived from the direction of the notorious Yitzhar settlement, located some four kilometres away.

“The settlers surrounded the bulldozer and began throwing stones at it, breaking the windshield,” stated B’Tselem. “The two men tried to escape, but some of the settlers pursued them, throwing stones and hitting them, until they managed to escape into the village.”

“The settlers who remained near the bulldozer threw stones and sticks at it and slashed its tyres.”

Read: Parents of Palestinian teen burned alive by Israeli settlers sue killers for damages

Some 50 village residents then went to protect their lands, after which “the settlers returned in larger numbers, accompanied by soldiers”.

Settlers and Palestinian residents “threw stones at each other”, while Israeli occupation forces “fired live bullets, rubber-coated metal bullets and teargas” at the Palestinians. Six Palestinians were injured, of whom four were taken to hospital.

According to B’Tselem: “This incident is not unusual: settlers have attacked Palestinians in the presence of soldiers hundreds of time, with the soldiers sometimes – as in the present case – joining in the assault.”

Israel effectively condones this conduct and reaps the benefits: the Palestinian residents, who know they face a possible attack with no protection at any given time, hold back from going to their farmland – to tend the land or graze flocks – and this makes it easier for the state to take over the land.

(Source / 05.05.2018)

Israeli forces break arm of Palestinian woman as she attempts to prevent arrest of son

Break arm woman

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli soldiers assaulted and broke the arm of a Palestinian woman as she attempted to prevent them from detaining her son before dawn on Friday, in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the home of Bassam Abu Aisha in the Jabal Abu Rumman neighborhood of Hebron, in order to detain his son Saed.
During the raid, Bassam’s wife attempted to prevent soldiers from taking her son. The soldiers assaulted her and broke her arm.
The soldiers also allegedly confiscated an undisclosed amount of money from Abu Aisha’s home.
Also in the Hebron district, Israeli forces raided the town of Dura and searched the house of Hamas leader Ayed Dudin. Dudin had recently been released from Israeli prison after finishing a one-year-and-a-half sentence.
Israeli forces raided several homes in the town of Beita Awwa in the southern Hebron district, including the home of former prisoner Nabil Masalmeh. No detentions were reported.
In the Hebron-area town of Beit Ummar, local activist Muhammad Ayyad Awad told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the al-Turbeiqa area of the town and searched a home belonging to Hilmi Shibli Abu Ayyash.
Awad added that soldiers also delivered an interrogation summons notice to Abu Ayyash.
He pointed out that youths of the town threw rocks at Israeli soldiers who fired tear gas canisters in the area.
Meanwhile, Israeli forces detained four Palestinians from different areas of the West Bank.
Israeli forces detained Palestinians identified as Muhammad Hamdan Mirweh from the Askar refugee camp in Nablus, Bilal Ali Assi, Ahmad Amin Marie and Musaab Moussa Marie from Qarawat Bani Hassan in Salfit.
Israeli forces claimed, in a statement, that a detainee from Nablus was armed, in addition to allegedly finding weapons and money to “fund terrorism” — an M-16 gun and live ammunition, in a house in Hebron.
(Source / 05.05.2018)

Israel stops car imports to Gaza Strip

The Erez Crossing between Gaza and Israel, closed on the Gaza-side by Hamas officials in response to the assasination of one of it's leaders, Mazen Fuqaha, in the Gaza Strip on March 24, 2016 [Mohammed Asad / Middle East Monitor]

The Erez Crossing between Gaza and Israel in the Gaza Strip on 24 March, 2016

The Automobile Importers Association in the Gaza Strip said yesterday that Israeli occupation authorities have stopped allowing cars into the besieged enclave, Turkey’s Anadolu Agencyreported.

The association said in a statement that the Palestinian Ministry of Transport and Communications in the city of Ramallah confirmed that Israel has stopped “allowing cars in to Gaza without giving any reasons”.

The association explained that about 88 vehicles were currently stationed at the Israeli controlled Erez (Beit Hanoun) crossing, waiting to enter Gaza ahead of the Jewish holidays.

“We initially thought that the cars were not ready to enter due to security checks, but after an inquiry from the Ministry of Transport and Communications in Ramallah, they confirmed that the entry was stopped without mentioning the reasons,” the statement said.

Read: Israel force Gazans to give up information to travel through Erez

According to the association, not allowing the cars to enter will cause heavy losses to Palestinian merchants.

It noted that the occupation is holding about “300 cars in Israeli ports, and forces Palestinian traders to pay fees for storing them there, which leads to additional financial burdens.”

In the statement, the association called on the responsible authorities to intervene and pressure the Israeli side to allow the entry of cars.

(Source / 05.05.2018)

Anger as Palestinian Authority cuts Gaza salaries

Palestinian Authority employees stage a protest after 30% is cut from their salaries.

Palestinian Authority employees stage a protest after 30% is cut from their salaries

The Palestinian Authority cut salaries for its staff in Gaza by 20 per cent yesterday and failed to make up for skipping the previous month’s pay, leaving civil servants in the impoverished territory fuming.

Some 38,000 civil servants in the Gaza Strip learned of the new disruptions to their incomes upon arriving at their banks on payday, intent on withdrawing cash ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which begins on 15 May.

Last month, they were not paid at all. Many were hoping for two months’ pay this month, but instead received a reduced rate of a single month’s pay, with no explanation.

PA salaries in the Israeli-occupied West Bank were paid in full.

Many Gazans believe they are being used as pawns in a power-struggle between Fatah and Hamas.

Read: Abbas cuts salaries of Gaza prisoners inside Israeli jails

“If they’ve failed to resolve this issue through dialogue, it can’t be resolved by [using] the poor employee,” said Eyad Kalloub, a 40-year-old civil servant, as he queued at his bank.

The Gaza wage cuts were the second round in as many years imposed by the Palestinian Authority, which still administers the payroll for civil servants in the territory run by Hamas.

In April 2017, Abbas slashed Gaza salaries by 30 per cent. He has also slashed PA staff numbers in Gaza from 60,000 last year, by ordering early retirement for nearly a third of employees.

PA officials said at time that those moves were meant to pressure Hamas to relinquish Gaza control. However, last month they blamed the latest hold-up in wages on technical problems.

Read: 100 NGOs call for Abbas to pay salaries of PA employees in Gaza

More than half of Gazans depend on international aid, and 43.6 percent of workers are unemployed, the highest rate in the world. Basic utilities such as water purification and power have deteriorated.

Jamal Abu Gholy, 38, a civil servant, came to his Gaza bank hoping to draw on his April salary, only to learn that it had not been deposited. Instead, he owed the bank for an overdraft.

“What shall I do about Ramadan?” he asked. “I can’t just put out cheese and jam. We tell President Abbas: please show mercy towards us.”

(Source / 05.05.2018)

Israel troops have wounded 8,000 peaceful protesters since 30 March

A wounded Palestinian is being moved away from the site after Israeli forces fire at protesters during the 'Great March of Return' in Gaza on 30 March 2018 [Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency]

A wounded Palestinian is being moved away from the site after Israeli forces fire at protesters during the ‘Great March of Return’ in Gaza on 30 March 2018

Israeli occupation soldiers have wounded around 8,000 unarmed Palestinians taking part in the Great March of Return activities along the eastern border of the Gaza Strip, local medical sources have revealed.

According to the Ministry of Health in Gaza, the Israeli troops had wounded 6,793 protesters by Thursday, including 24 who have each had one of their limbs amputated as a direct result of their injuries. On Friday evening, ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qidra announced that a further 1,143 protesters had been wounded, bringing the total since 30 March to 7,936. With no fatalities recorded on Friday, the total of those killed by the Israelis since the end of March stands at 45.

Read: Scores of Gazans injured by Israel in sixth week of protests

That figure does not include three Palestinians killed on 30 March prior to the official start of the Great March of Return. One of those killed was a farmer, who was shot dead while on his farm in Khan Younis; the others were two youths shot and killed near the border.

Palestinians have been gathering since 30 March in encampments along the eastern border of the Gaza Strip in protests intended to highlight their legitimate right of return to their land from which they were driven out by Zionist militias and terrorist gangs in 1948. The protests will culminate on the 70th anniversary of the Nakba (Catastrophe) on 14 May.

Israel: Human rights laws do not apply to March of Return

(Source / 05.05.2018)

Palestinian cyclists protest against Giro d’Italia ‘Judaisation’ race

Giro D'Italia participants passing through Pisa, Italy, during the third leg of the race on May 10, 2011 [US Army Garrison Livorno / Flickr]

Giro D’Italia participants passing through Pisa, Italy, during the third leg of the race on May 10, 2011

Dozens of Palestinian cyclists staged a protest on Friday morning against the Giro d’Italia Cycle Race that is, they insist, part of Israel’s “Judaisation” of Jerusalem, Anadolu has reported. The protest started in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah and headed towards occupied Jerusalem.

Giro d’Italia is an Italian race which is, for the first time, being held outside Europe. Competitors were in Jerusalem to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Israel, what the Palestinians refer to as the Nakba, Catastrophe, because the state was established on their land.

The Palestinian protest was organised in cooperation with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Protesters were stopped at the Qalandia Checkpoint, an Israeli military base between Qalandia and Jerusalem.

“The message of the cyclists’ protest is to tell Giro d’Italia: Stop your support for the [Israeli] occupation,” BDS activist Zaid Al-Shoabi told Anadolu. He stressed that the international race is intended to support the Israeli occupation of the capital of the Palestinian state, Jerusalem.

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The Palestinian Authority warned on Thursday that the international race promotes the Israeli narrative about the holy city. According to the Foreign Ministry, the route of the race included 10 kilometres through the occupied city of Jerusalem. “This is a flagrant violation of international law,” it added.

Giro d’Italia 2018 included two teams from the UAE and Bahrain, part of the Arab rush to normalise ties with the Israeli occupation state.

A meme urging the famed cycling race Giro d’Italia to relocate the start of its 2018 race from Israel

(Source / 05.05.2018)

Scores of Gazans injured by Israel in sixth week of protests

Palestinians carry an injured protestor at the Gaza-Israel border as part of the fifth week of the Great March of Return on April 27, 2018 [Mohammad Asad / Middle East Monitor]

A wounded Palestinian is being moved away from the site after Israeli forces fired at protesters during the ‘Great March of Return’ in Gaza on 27 April 2018

At least 170 Palestinians have been injured today, including journalists and medical staff, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health as thousands protested once again on the Gaza border as part of the Great March of Return.

As of the 5:30pm local time, the Palestinian Red Crescent said it was dealing with at least 22 injuries which had been caused by Israel firing live ammunition, while others where the result of firing rubber-coated steel bullets of canisters of tear gas.

At least three journalists, Abdel Rahim Al-Khatib, Suleiman Abu Zarif and Hamza Al-Shaami, have been injured after Khan Younis was bombarded with canisters of tear gas. Some 70 journalists have been wounded by Israeli forces since the march began five weeks ago.

One paramedic is also suffering from suffocation after Israel fired tear gas at medical tents aiding the injured along the border. Gaza health authorities have accused the occupation of deliberately targeting medics, with some 44 wounded over the past month and 19 ambulances attacked.

An Israeli drone was also downed by Palestinian protesters earlier today near Rafah. Used to film the masses of Gazans gathering at the border, protesters reportedly threw stones causing the aircraft to fall, marking the second drone to have been downed near Khan Younis.

Israel: Human rights laws do not apply to March of Return

Today’s march, following Labour Day earlier this week, was dubbed the “Friday of Palestinian Workers” and aimed to draw attention to the difficult economics conditions faced by Palestinians in Gaza. Over 40 per cent of the Strip’s population is unemployed, with the figure rising for the youth. Nearly two in three young Gazans are unable to find steady, permanent work, despite being highly qualified.

Palestinian Authority (PA) civil servants in the Gaza Strip have also suffered from repeated salary cuts, in an attempt to pressure Hamas to reconcile with the West Bank authority. With the blockade now in its eleventh year, international agencies have warned that Gaza is de-developing at a rapid rate.

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Some 6,800 Gazans have been wounded during the demonstrations and at least 49 people have been killed by Israeli forces over the past six weeks. Israel’s Channel 20 reported earlier today that the military was also deploying over 200 snipers along the border in order to target Palestinian youths releasing kites; Israel claims they are used to film soldiers on the border.

Concerns have also been raised over the type of wounds being caused by Israeli forces; over 1,700 people have been wounded as a result of live fire, with Israeli forces using the “butterfly bullet” that explodes after becoming lodged in the victim, resulting in irreparable damage to the tissue. Gaza doctors say they have not seen such severe wounds since Israel’s “Operation Protective Edge” war in 2014.

Israel stops car imports to Gaza Strip

The Israeli army’s disproportionate use of force during the protests has drawn international criticism and calls for an independent probe – which Israel has rejected.

Last week, Israeli human rights group B’Tselem published a letter they have sent to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urging intervention to stop Israel’s use of lethal force against Palestinian protesters in the occupied Gaza Strip.

“These orders are unlawful under both international law and Israeli law. Responsibility for these fatal outcomes rests with the policy makers and – above all – with Israel’s prime minister, defence minister and chief of staff,” it continued.

The planned six-week protest, which began on 30 March marking Palestinian Land Day, is set to end next week on 15 May – the 70th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe), in which more than 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly displaced by Israeli forces in 1948 Arab-Israeli war.

83% of Israelis ‘strongly support’ shooting of Gaza protesters

(Source / 05.05.2018)