UNICEF: 1,000 children injured by Israeli gunfire in Gaza protests

Back shooting

Over 1,000 children have been injured by Israeli forces in the besieged Gaza Strip during demonstrations since March 30, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The UN body pointed out that some injuries had been severe and potentially life-altering, including amputations.

“Recent violence has exacerbated the already weak health system in the Gaza Strip, which is crumbling because of the severe power cuts and shortages of fuel, medicine and equipment,” UNICEF said in a statement.

“Medical facilities are buckling under the strain of additional casualties,” it further warned.

On Wednesday, UNICEF and its partners delivered two truck-loads of urgent medical supplies to the Gaza Strip for an estimated 70,000 people.

(Source / 17.05.2018)

Palestinian schoolchildren choke on Israeli-fired teargas

Choke on teargas

Several Palestinian schoolchildren sustained breathing disorders on Thursday due to heavy inhalation of teargas randomly discharged by Israeli soldiers near the Khader town schools, south of Bethlehem.

Eye-witnesses said clashes burst out in al-Berka and al-Tel areas, in the Old City, between schoolchildren and heavily-armed Israeli patrols.

The occupation forces showered the area with spates of teargas canisters and acoustic grenades, resulting in several suffocation cases among Palestinian pupils.

(Source /17.05.2018)

Israeli warplanes hit blockaded Gaza with 7 rockets

7 rockets on Gaza

Israel’s fighter jets at dawn Thursday struck the besieged Gaza Strip with seven air raids, resulting in heavy material damage.

A PIC news correspondent said Israeli warplanes targeted the Ashkelon military site belonging to the Qassam resistance brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, with three missiles, resulting in heavy material damage.

The Israeli jets also hit a resistance site in al-Sudaniya, north of the blockaded Gaza Strip, with two missiles.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said a Palestinian was rushed to the Indonesian Hospital in Gaza to be treated for wounds he sustained in his feet.

The occupation army claimed responsibility for air raids on Hamas facilities north of the Gaza Strip.

The strikes targeted resistance facilities and buildings, along with a weapon store.

The Israeli army claimed the raids came in response to machinegun fire unleashed toward Sedrot sometime earlier.

(Source / 17.05.2018)

Middle East will be under Israel surveillance by 2025, claims ex-intel chief

Former head of intelligence at the Israel army, Aharon Zeevi Farkash

The entire Middle East region will be under Israel’s surveillance by 2025, the former head of intelligence at the Israel army has claimed.

Speaking at an intelligence conference in Tel Aviv yesterday, Aharon Zeevi Farkash revealed that at least 10,000 satellites would provide the state of Israel with constant video surveillance on its neighbours in the region.

The ramped-up surveillance will allegedly enable the Israeli military to conduct more efficiently targeted killings of those they deem to be a threat “at any time and any place”, Farkash claimed.

Read: Israel settlement to use drone for Palestinian surveillance

Other rapid advances of Israeli intelligence capabilities include the fact that they will soon reach a point where they will be able to immediately convert oral communication into digital form, which will then be sent for immediate use by the navy, air force and ground forces.

While praising Israel’s supremacy in intelligence from the air, Farkash admitted that it lacks that supremacy of intelligence on the ground, stressing that “we will not be able to stop rockets against us until we gain ground warfare supremacy”.

These new claims on developing intelligence for ground forces comes a day after the Israel army shot thousands of unarmed Palestinian protestors on the border with Gaza. Palestinians were demonstrating as part of the ongoing Great March of Return which began on 30 March. As a result of Israel’s over-reactive response, over 60 protestors were killed and over 2,700 injured as occupation forces indiscriminately used live fire, tear gas, and firebombs on the protestors.

Read: Former CIA director: Trump and Netanyahu responsible for Gaza massacre

(Source / 17.05.2018)

Iraq’s Sadr to form government of technocrats in Iraq

Leader of Iraq’s Sadrist Movement, Moqtada Al-Sadr

Iraqi Shia cleric, Moqtada al-Sadr called for a government of technocrats.

Al- Sadr’s remarks came after preliminary results revealed that his cross-sectarian coalition, Sairon appeared in the lead in Iraq’s parliamentary elections, meaning that the coalition will have the opportunity to form the next government.

The parliamentary elections which took place on Saturday, are the first after defeating the Daesh and the US withdrawal from Iraq in 2011 .

According to Transparency International Iraq has been one of the world’s most corrupt countries for the past few years.

Read: Democracy has taken a leap forward in Iraq

(Source / 17.05.2018)

Israel mayor: Expel students who support Palestinian protests

Arab students at Tel Aviv University protest against the massacre in Gaza on 15 May 2018

The Mayor of the Israeli town of Kiryat Shmona Naseem Malka has called for a college to expel Palestinian Israeli students who held a minute’s silence in memory of those killed by the Israeli army in the besieged Gaza Strip this week.

“I see this very seriously, and I will not allow Tel Hai College to turn into Birzeit University, anyone who goes out against the state, against the soldiers of the army and against the citizens of the state, should look for another place to study,” Malka was quoted as saying by Haaretz on Tuesday.

“I call on the heads of the college to expel these students from the college. Those who support the saboteurs have no place with us.”

A strike was held across Arab towns in Israel on Tuesday in protest against the brutal killing of 62 unarmed Palestinians who were demonstrating against the transfer of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, calling for their right of return and an end to the 11-year siege on the Strip.

Read: Israel denies West Bank medical team entry to Gaza

Shops and schools closed as part of the strike and protests were held in many cities.

Washington chose 14 May as the date of the inauguration of its embassy in occupied Jerusalem by way of celebrating Israel’s Independence Day which is celebration on that day. Palestinians see this as their Nakba when nearly a million were forced out of their homes and made refugees in preparation for the formation of the “Jewish” state.

US embassy moved to Jerusalem - Cartoon [Chappatte/MiddleEastMonitor]

(Source / 17.05.2018)

Award-winning photographer shot by Israel soldier in the West Bank

Internationally-acclaimed and award-winning photographer, Tanya Habjouqa

An internationally-acclaimed, award-winning photographer was shot by an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, reports the Art Newspaper.

Tanya Habjouqa, who won the 2014 World Press photo award, was struck in the leg by a rubber-coated metal bullet fired by Israeli occupation forces during a protest near Bet El checkpoint.

Habjouqa told the paper that she was some 40 metres from Palestinian protesters “when Israeli soldiers in the distance started shooting rubber bullets and tear gas in several directions”.

“She also saw soldiers aim at a Palestinian gas station where there were no protesters, just people filling up their gas tanks,” the report added.

“I was on the side with my camera at the beginning of the protest with cameras around my neck, so I feel I was definitely targeted though thankfully they chose not to aim for my head,” Habjouqa tells us. “It hurts like hell and the bruise is spreading front and back.”

Read: Media freedom watchdog warns of more Israel attacks on journalists in Gaza

Habjouqa is a founder of Rawiya, the first all-female photo collective in the Middle East, as well as a member of the Noor Photography collective, a Magnum Foundation grantee, and the author of the photo book Occupied Pleasures that the Smithsonian named one of the best photo books of 2015.

Her work is in the permanent collections of the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Institut du Monde Art in Paris.

(Source / 17.05.2018)

Bullets first and aid later is a perverse Israeli tactic

Palestinian protesters gather during clashes with Israeli security forces in a tent city protest where Palestinians demand the right to return to their homeland, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the "Nakba", and against U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem at Israel-Gaza border at the Israel-Gaza border, in east of Gaza city on 14 May, 2018 [Ramez Habboub/Apaimages]

Israeli forces fire tear gas at Palestinian protesters who are commemorating the 70th anniversary of Nakba in Gaza on 14 May 2018

By Ramona Wadi

Predictably, Israel has attempted to play the humanitarian card after inflicting severe injuries upon thousands of Palestinians, many of whom will remain scarred for life; at least 111 men, women and children have also been killed by Israeli troops over the past few weeks. On Wednesday, during a lull in their murderous shooting spree, the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) sent two truckloads of medical supplies into Gaza. The aid was rejected by Hamas, which only accepted supplies sent by the Palestinian Authority and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Israel sought to frame the refusal within its perverted colonial narrative. “The Hamas terrorist group [sic] on Wednesday refused to accept two shipments of medical supplies for Gaza hospitals, which are struggling with shortages, after seeing they were sent by Israel,” said the Times of Israel.

Also on Wednesday, Haaretz reported Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman declaring Hamas leaders to be “a bunch of cannibals who also treat their own children as ammunition.” The far-right extremist claimed that the IDF “acted in accordance with ethical norms that we have not seen anywhere else in the world.” Both statements are blatant lies which will not gain any truck with most of the international community.

However, Lieberman’s lies serve to promote the false image of a benevolent Israel ready to send humanitarian aid to a vulnerable Palestinian population; such a view would, of course, be for its own propaganda purposes.

Read: Medics in Gaza report Israel forces using devastating ‘butterfly bullet’

Lieberman and those like him fail to mention that the medical crisis in Gaza is just one result of Israel’s 12-year blockade. The health sector in Gaza has been on the verge of collapse for months, if not years, so why only send aid now? The two trucks of medical supplies can only be viewed as an attempt to divert attention from the IDF’s massacre of Palestinians and the suffocating siege against which they were protesting when they were shot and tear-gassed. Bullets first and aid later is simply another perverse Israeli tactic.

Unbelievably, Lieberman’s repugnant rhetoric was actually overshadowed by comments made by Israeli government spokeswoman Michal Maayan to an Irish journalist. When asked why Israel is shooting at Palestinians participating in the Great Return March, she responded, “Well, we can’t put all these people in jail.”

The despicable motive behind the IDF sending aid to Gaza is clear; it is the cheapest way for Israel to restrain the Palestinians’ anti-colonial struggle. Killing them is preferable, proof — if any is needed — that the colonial penchant for exterminating Palestinians has not altered since the Nakba started in 1948. The remote involvement of the Israeli troops – snipers killing and maiming at a range of hundreds of metres – allows Israel to include itself amongst the plethora of observers, thus shifting the focus upon the Palestinians and their protests. However, as in other previous massacres, Israel is trying to occupy a high ground that is neither moral nor supported by international acquiescence to its violence.


Hamas’s refusal to accept IDF aid is a principled stance which is tethered by limitations. There is no denial from Hamas regarding the shortages of medical supplies and it has allowed truckloads to enter Gaza from other organisations which also operate within their own restrictions or, in the PA’s case, collaboration with the occupation. However, accepting IDF aid would have been tantamount to giving a green light to Israeli snipers.

Endless attempts to strip Gaza of its dignity have been in vain. While impoverished, brought to the brink of becoming uninhabitable and treated grotesquely as objects of study to determine the heightened levels of implosion, Palestinians in the enclave are admirably consistent, to the point that Israel’s humanitarian propaganda has been exposed by a simple refusal to allow IDF aid trucks into the enclave. Without denying that the refusal comes at a cost in terms of medical necessities and survival, it is Israel that has forced Palestinians to choose between death and a slow death. They will undoubtedly choose dignity over anything else.

(Source / 17.05.2018)

Army Kills Two Palestinians In Gaza

16 MAY
5:01 AM

Israeli soldiers killed, on Tuesday evening, two Palestinians, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza, and injured more than 417, in several parts of the coastal region.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said the soldiers killed Bilal Bodeir al-Ashram, 18, from the Nusseirat refugee camp, east of Deir al-Balah, in Central Gaza.

The Palestinian was shot in the chest, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, with a live round fired by an Israeli army sniper stationed on one of the sand hills installed by the military across the border fence.

The soldiers also killed Nasser Ahmad Mahmoud Ghorab, 51, from the Nusseirat refugee camp, after shooting him with a live round, east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, in central Gaza.

The Palestinian was shot with a live round in the chest, and died from his serious wound shortly after his injury.

The soldiers also shot two other Palestinians with live fire east of the al-Boreij refugee camp, and one in Abu Safiyya area, east of Jabalia in northern Gaza.

In addition, Israeli drones fired gas bombs at the tents of the Return Camp, including medical tents, in Khuza’a town, east of the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis. Many Palestinians, including volunteer medics, suffered the severe effects of teargas inhalation.

It is worth mentioning that Israeli planes also dropped Sim cards at the protesters in al-Boreij and Khan Younis, in an attempt to recruit collaborators who would inform on their people.

The soldiers also fired smoke bombs that produce very bad smells and toxins at the Return Camps, east of al-Boreij.

On Tuesday morning, the Palestinian Health Ministry stated that a child died from serious wounds he suffered, Monday, after Israeli soldiers shot him east of Gaza City.

The Ministry said the child, Talal Adel Ibrahim Matar, 16, was shot with live fire, east of Gaza city, and remained in a critical condition at the Shifa Hospital in Gaza, until he succumbed to his serious wounds.

Also on Tuesday morning, a man identified as Omar Abu Fol, 30, died from serious wounds he suffered, Monday, after Israeli soldiers shot him, east of Gaza City.

Their deaths bring the number of Palestinians who were killed by Israeli army fire to sixty-two since Monday, including an infant, only eight months of age, identified as Laila Anwar al-Ghandour.

The soldiers also injured 3188 others, including 288 children, 70 women, 10 paramedics and twelve journalists, in addition to causing damage to two ambulances, since Monday.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers also killed Edrees Shaker Jabareen, 58, in the ad-Dowwara area, in Sa’ir town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.


(Source / 17.05.2018)

Israeli Colonialist Settler Shoots A Palestinian Man In Hebron


16 MAY
11:32 AM

An Israeli colonialist settler shot, on Wednesday at night, a young Palestinian man, in Khirbat Qalqas area, south of Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said its medics rushed the wounded young man, identified as Bilal Za’tari, 28, to a hospital in Hebron, after he suffered a moderate gunshot injury in his arm.

The wounded Palestinian was shot by the colonialist settler who was driving in the area, and tried to ram him, with his car, but when he failed in doing so, he stopped his vehicle and opened fire at several Palestinians, wounding the young man, before fleeing the scene.

Eyewitnesses said the illegal colonialist settler opened fire at many cars near the entrance of Khirbat Qalqas, before fleeing the scene.

After hearing the gunshots, Israeli soldiers rushed to the scene, apparently believing the shots were fired by Palestinian fighters, and deployed a large military force in the area and its surroundings.

(Source / 17.05.2018)