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Report: 83 Palestinians killed and 7,000 injured during past month

The report pointed out that 79 Palestinians were killed by Israeli occupation forces on the Gaza Strip border during the peaceful Return Marches

An official report has revealed that 83 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, including ten children, during the past month.

The Abdullah Al-Hourani Centre for Studies and Documentation which is supported by the Palestine Liberation Organization issued on Friday its monthly report on Israeli violations against the Palestinian people. It revealed that there was a significant increase in the number of fatalities and injured people during the past month due to the transfer of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, which also coincided with the 70th anniversary of the Nakba of the Palestinian people.

The report pointed out that 79 Palestinians were killed by Israeli occupation forces on the Gaza Strip border during the peaceful Return Marches and four others in the West Bank and Jerusalem. It noted that the occupation authorities are still holding the corpses of 23 martyrs from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Attacks on Gaza

With regard to the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, the report confirmed the killing of 79 citizens, including nine children, while 6,309 citizens suffered various degrees of injuries, 54 of whom were critically injured, bringing the number killed during the Return Marches to 129 and 13,306 injured, including 330 serious injuries.

The attacks included 164 shootings of farmers and shepherds, 26 artillery bombardments, 50 air raids as well as 20 incursions into eastern Gaza Strip governorates.

The fishermen were subjected to 49 shooting attacks from Israeli boats, which resulted in the arrest of four fishermen, the destruction of three fishing boats, confiscation of one boat and the attempt to sink another.

Finally, on 29 May, the Israeli Navy attacked a ship that broke the siege and arrested 17 individuals on board; they were taken to the Ashdod Port before it released them except for the captain of the ship. The occupation forces also arrested 23 citizens, including three citizens as they crossed Beit Hanoun (Erez) checkpoint.

(Source / 03.06.2018)

After killing Gaza nurse, Israel conducts air strikes in Gaza

Smoke rises after the Israeli Air Force carried out an air strike over Gaza City, Gaza on May 29, 2018 [Ashraf Amra / Anadolu Agency]

Smoke rises after the Israeli Air Force carried out an air strike over Gaza City, Gaza on May 29, 2018

Israel launched air strikes on Gaza last night, in retaliation to Hamas firing rockets in to Israel, according to the Israeli military.

In a statement, the Israeli military stated that at least four projectiles were fired from Gaza at Israel, adding that three were intercepted and one fell short.

Rocket alerts sounded in Israeli towns and villages near the border after dark, sending residents rushing to shelters. None of Gaza’s groups claimed responsibility for the rocket fire.

Residents in Gaza said Israeli aircraft struck at least three sites belonging to Hamas, the group which controls the enclave.

The Israeli military confirmed in a statement it had carried out the air strikes, adding that “the Hamas terror organisation is solely responsible for all events that transpire in the Gaza Strip and emanate from it.”

There were no immediate reports of casualties in any of the incidents.

The air strikes come a day after Razan Al- Najar, a 21-year-old volunteer medic, was shot as she ran toward the Gaza-Israel border fence in a bid to reach a casualty. Thousands attended her funeral in Gaza yesterday.

‘Hit me with your bullets. I am not afraid’ – Israel kills budding Gaza nurse

Israel and Palestinian groups in Gaza reached a de facto ceasefire this week after the most intense flare-up of hostilities since a 2014 war, both sides signalling they did not want a wider escalation.

Gazans fired dozens of rockets and mortar bombs at southern Israel throughout Tuesday and overnight into Wednesday, to which Israel responded with tank fire and air strikes on more than 50 targets in the small, coastal enclave.

Violence along the Israel-Gaza frontier has surged in recent weeks. At least 120 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops during mass demonstrations along the Gaza border that began on March 30.

Israel, which has drawn international condemnation for its use of deadly force, says many of those killed were Hamas members and militants trying to launch attacks under cover of the protests. The Palestinians say most of the dead and the thousands wounded were unarmed civilians against whom Israel was using excessive force.

More than two million Palestinians are packed into the narrow coastal enclave. Israel withdrew its troops and settlers from Gaza in 2005, but maintains tight control of its land and sea borders, citing security concerns.

Read: US isolated at UN, vetoes popular resolution and finds no backers for anti-Hamas bill

(Source / 03.06.2018)

Israeli Soldiers, Colonialist Settlers, Injure Six Palestinians, Including An Elderly Man, Near Nablus

03 JUN
10:18 AM

Israeli colonialist settlers invaded, on Saturday evening, ‘Orif Palestinian village, south of the northern West bank city of Nablus, attacked and injured an elderly Palestinian man, and two young men, before the soldiers invaded the village and injured three others.

Media sources in Nablus said the colonialist settlers invaded the village, and attacked Salim Shehada, in his seventies, causing various cuts and bruises, before he was rushed to Rafidia Hospital.

They added that the colonialist settlers also attacked a young man, identified as Bahjat Safadi, and injured him in the pelvis, in addition to striking another Palestinian with an iron bar on his head.

Furthermore, the soldiers attacked many Palestinians, who protested the invasion and assaults, before shooting one of them with a live round in his pelvis, and two others with rubber-coated steel bullets.

(Source / 03.06.2018)

‘Shame upon shame’: Iran blasts Israeli killing of medic

Mourners carry the body of Palestinian paramedic Razan al-Najjar, who was killed by Israeli forces as she tried to help injured Gaza protesters, during her funeral in Khan Yunis, the Gaza Strip, June 2, 2018. (Photo by Reuters)

Mourners carry the body of Palestinian paramedic Razan al-Najjar, who was killed by Israeli forces as she tried to help injured Gaza protesters, during her funeral in Khan Yunis, the Gaza Strip, June 2, 2018

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has condemned Israel’s killing of a young Palestinian paramedic near the Gaza fence as another stain of shame for the regime.

In a post on his official Twitter account on Sunday, Zarif also slammed the US’s veto of a UN Security Council resolution that condemned Israel’s use of force against Palestinians.

Javad Zarif

@JZarif

In a week when Israeli regime airs an absurd message to Iranians while its US patrons veto a resolution condemning its use of deadly force against unarmed protestors, its snipers murder a Palestinian medic tending to the wounded. Shame upon shame. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jpzh50lVyf0&feature=youtu.be 

Razan al-Najjar, 21, a volunteer with the Gaza Health Ministry, was fatally shot in the chest on Friday while treating injured Gaza protesters in a medical staff uniform.

Palestinian Health Minister Jawad Awwad denounced Najjar’s killing as “a war crime” and a blatant violation of international rules, which protect paramedics and medical personnel at times of conflict.

Yossef Abu Arrish, the head of Gaza’s health services, said the medical team that included Najjar had approached the Gaza fence “with raised hands and while they were in their white uniforms and still the army fired tear gas grenades at them.”

The Palestinian Medical Relief Society also demanded “an immediate international response to Israeli humanitarian law violations in Gaza.”

The Israeli military claimed that it was investigating the case.

 

In recent months, Israel has stepped up its extrajudicial killings of Palestinians in the occupied territories.

Israeli troops have on numerous occasions been caught on camera brutally killing Palestinians, with online videos going viral and sparking international condemnation.

Palestinian officials said before being killed, Najjar had given an interview during which she said she took pride in the aid she was providing to wounded Gazans.

Thousands of Palestinians attended Najjar’s funeral in the southern Gaza city of Khan Yunis on Saturday.

Her mother, Sabreen, told the Middle East Eye news portal that Israelis “know Razan, they know she is a paramedic, she has been helping treat wounds since March 30.”

“My daughter was a target for the Israeli snipers. The explosive bullet was directly shot in her chest; it was not a random bullet,” she added.

Tensions have been running high in Gaza since March 30, which marked the start of a series of protests, dubbed “The Great March of Return,” demanding the right to return for those driven out of their homeland.

At least 120 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the return rallies began.

The Gaza clashes reached their peak on May 14, the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Nakba Day (the Day of Catastrophe), which coincided this year with the US embassy relocation from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem al-Quds.

 

On Friday, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley rejected a Kuwaiti-authored Security Council resolution, which sought “international protection” for Palestinian civilians.

Israeli-Palestinian lawmaker Ahmad Tibi held Washington and its UN envoy responsible for Najjar’s death.

(Source / 03.06.2018)

Israeli Army Fires Missiles Targeting Fifteen Sites In Gaza

03 JUN
9:58 AM

The Israeli Air Force fired, overnight, many missiles targeting fifteen sites in the Gaza Strip, reportedly after several homemade shells were fired from Gaza into nearby Israeli areas.

Media sources in Gaza said that army fired missiles into a site, run by an armed resistance group, believed to be al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas.

The sources said Israeli F16 fighter jets, and armed drones, fired three missiles into the al-Hashashin area, west of Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

The army also fired three missiles into al-Yarmouk and Ein Jalut sites, in southern Gaza, in addition to firing missiles at other targets, including an observation post, east of Gaza city, and two targets in central and northern Gaza.

Furthermore, the soldiers fired two artillery shells into a site near Malka Junction, southeast of Gaza city.

There have been reports of property damage in the targeted areas, but no casualties.

The Israeli army said it attacked Gaza four shells were reportedly fired from Gaza and struck areas in Sderot, Lakish, Hof Ashkelon, Sha’ar HaNegev, Sdot Negev, and the Eshkol regional council of settlements, on Saturday at night.

The army also claimed some Palestinians attempted to breach the border fence, and hurled grenades at military infrastructures, in addition to launching burning kites setting several fields with fire.

The army also said that one if its targets was what it called Hamas naval post, in northern Gaza, and held the movement responsible for the escalation.

On Saturday, the soldiers killed a Palestinian worker, Rami Wahid Hasan Sabarna, 36, in Hebron, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, while he and other workers were conducting work for the Hebron City Council to rehabilitate and expand a road near the Ibrahimi Mosque.

On Friday, the soldiers a young Palestinian woman, a volunteer medic identified as Razan Ashraf Najjar, 22, and injured 100 Palestinians, including 40 with live fire, in the Gaza Strip.

(Source / 03.06.2018)

Israel Starts Expanding An Illegal Colony Near Hebron

03 JUN
11:59 AM

Israeli soldiers, and personnel of the “Civil Administration Office,” run by the military in the occupied West Bank, started the construction work to expand an illegal colony, which was built on Palestinian lands, in the southern West Bank governorate of Hebron.

Ahmad Salhoob, the Mayor of Doura city, southwest of Hebron, said the army started bulldozing and preparing work for expanding Negohot illegal colony, on lands owned by villagers of Fqeiqis village, west of Doura city, southwest of Hebron.

He added that, three months ago, Israel decided to expand the colony, and issued orders for the illegal annexation of 210 Dunams of Palestinian lands.

Salhoob said the soldiers placed two mobile homes on the lands, before started preparation work for expanding the colony.

(Source / 03.06.2018)

Israel Collected 100.000 Shekels In Fines From Palestinian Children In May

03 JUN
12:32 PM

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee has reported that Israeli courts have collected, in May, more than 100.000 Shekels in bail and fines, imposed on detained Palestinian children, held in Ofer Prison, near Ramallah, in central West Bank.

In a report released on Sunday morning, the committee stated the soldiers have abducted twelve children in March and sent them to the children’s section of Ofer prion.

It added that twelve of the children were taking prisoner during violent Israeli army invasions and searches of homes, while eighteen were taken from the streets, one after stopping him at a military roadblock, and one was abducted for entering Jerusalem without a permit.

The Committee also stated that two of the detained children were shot before the soldiers abducted them, and ten others were repeatedly attacked by the army, in addition to being tortured during interrogation.

37 of the imprisoned children have already been sent to military courts and were sentenced to prison terms varying between three and twenty months in prison.

Two children are currently imprisoned under arbitrary Administrative Detention orders, without charges or trial.

The Committee said the courts have imposed fines amounting to at least 100.000 Shekels, punishing the imprisoned children and their families.

It added that, while the Palestinians continue to face deteriorating financial conditions in the occupied territories, the excessive fines became another form of abuse and blackmail, putting the impacted families under serious restraints and hardships.

(Source / 03.06.2018)

Mandla Mandela calls for Israeli ambassador to be banished

Mandla Mandela. File photo

Mandla Mandela

Mandla Mandela‚ grandson of the late former president Nelson Mandela‚ has called on the South African government to send Israel’s ambassador‚ Lior Keinan‚ packing back to his country.

Mandela was among several high profile religious‚ civic and political leaders who were part of a protest march in Durban on Saturday to highlight the plight of Palestinians.

The protest‚ organised under the banner of “People Against Oppression”‚ garnered strong support from civic bodies‚ faith-based groups‚ political parties and human rights organisations.

Before taking to the streets of Overport‚ a suburb of Durban‚ scores of pro-Palestine supporters listened to Mandela’s brief address. They were also addressed by Bishop Rubin Phillip of the Anglican Church as well as Ntuthuko Nkosi of the Lutheran Church.

Mandela said: “We want to call on our South African government‚ in an act of protest…. should immediately send the Israeli ambassador back to Israel where he belongs.

“He has no home in South Africa. We will not sit by silent‚ when Madiba said this Palestinian struggle is the greatest moral issue of our time.

“It is our turn to adhere to the international solidarity movement that called for a free South Africa‚ that called for a free and release Mandela campaign. Today we are gathered here to say to say that we calling for all political prisoners to be released by the Israeli government.

“We are calling on the Israeli government to give the six million Palestinians living in exile the right of return‚” Mandela added.

He said “apartheid Israel must be held accountable for genocide and crimes against humanity”.

“Madiba said that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinian people. For myself personally‚ it is a continuation of Madiba’s commitment…” Mandela said.

The march – which saw hundreds of supporters brandishing pro-Palestine placards and flags – formed part of nationwide protest action following the May 14 killing of over 55 Palestinians‚ including children‚ at the hands of Israeli forces.

South Africa responded to the massacre by withdrawing its ambassador to Israel.

In a memorandum addressed to‚ among others‚ President Cyril Ramaphosa‚ People Against Oppression called on government “to implement without delay the ruling party’s 54th National Conference resolution for the immediate and unconditional downgrade of the SA embassy in Israel to a liaison office until Israel respects international law”.

“This is our one and clear demand. We salute the oppressed Palestinians who are refusing to die slow deaths on their knees and displaying unfathomable courage in confronting their oppressors.”

Ahmed Hansa‚ a co-ordinator of the march‚ said Palestine supporters in South Africa have called for sanctions to be imposed against Israel.

Muhammed Desai‚ co-ordinator of Boycott Divestment Sanctions SA‚ said more marches were to follow in Mpumalanga next week. Protest action has already been held in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

(Source / 03.06.2018)