Army Opens Fire At Shepherds In Gaza

19 JUN
1:53 PM

Israeli soldiers opened fire, on Tuesday morning, at many Palestinian shepherds, hundreds of meters away from the border fence, in the Gaza Strip.

Media sources said the soldiers, stationed in Kissufim Crossing, fired many live rounds at shepherds, east of Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza.

They added that the army also fired live rounds at Palestinians, east of Abasan al-Kabeera town, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

The attacks did not lead to casualties, while the army said it opened fire at the Palestinians for “approaching the border fence.”

(Source / 19.06.2018)

Soldiers Start Preparation Work For New Base Near Hebron

19 JUN
2:50 PM

Israeli soldiers started, Tuesday, preparation work for the construction of a new military base on Palestinian lands, east of the southern West Bank city of Hebron.

Dozens of soldiers invaded the Palestinian lands in Wad al-Hasseen area, east of Hebron city, and started the preparation work.

They brought heavy equipment, and concrete walls, and started the work on private Palestinian lands owned by Jaber family.

The area where the military is preparing for its new camp is located near Keryat Arba’ illegal colony.

In related news, groups of extremist illegal Israeli colonizers invaded Palestinian farmlands near Tiwana village, east of Yatta town, south of Hebron, and uprooted dozens of trees.

(Source / 19.06.2018)

Israel soldiers set dogs on elderly Palestinians and teens in Jenin refugee camp

Israeli solider can be seen with a dog [File photo]

Israeli solider can be seen with a dog

Israeli occupation forces set dogs on elderly Palestinians and teenagers in their homes during a raid of Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank last month.

According to rights group B’Tselem, on 7 May, a group of some ten Israeli soldiers raided Jenin refugee camp at around 4am, along with “two attack dogs”. The soldiers “forcibly entered two homes, woke up all the residents, turned the homes topsy-turvy, and detained two people”.

In one house, home to Zahra Ya’qub, 85, her son Salah, 44, his wife Sabah, 40, and their three children, soldiers “muscled in”, and “assaulted the couple with dogs that knocked down Sabah”.

B’Tselem continued: “One soldier kicked Sabah while she was lying on the ground and shoved her into the bedroom. Salah pulled her into the bedroom and then helped his mother in. Two soldiers stood by the door and prevented the members of the family from leaving.”

In the meantime, the account continues, “the soldiers went into the other rooms in the house, conducted searches, and arrested one of the sons, ‘Abd a-Rahman, 20, who has intellectual disabilities. The soldiers led ‘Abd a-Rahman into the bedroom, handcuffed with plastic cable ties”.

Read: Israeli forces fire grenade at couple holding baby

The next house to be raided was the home of the Salit family, where ten people live: 73-year-old Hashem; his 46-year-old son Samir with his wife and seven of their children, three of whom are minors aged 7 to 13.

Here, “the soldiers broke down the front door and entered the ground floor”, where “the soldiers, accompanied by one dog, assaulted the grandfather”, with the dog “knock[ing] the 73-year-old man onto his back and scratch[ing] his arms. The soldiers left him lying there injured.”

The soldiers then went into another room, and “set the dog on Muhammad (13). The dog knocked the boy to the floor and bit his finger through the muzzle. The soldiers handcuffed Muhammad, threw him to the floor, and covered him with sheets to keep him from seeing what was going on.”

B’Tselem notes that “night raids by the Israeli military on the homes of Palestinians in the West Bank have long since become a regular part of the routine imposed by the occupation regime”.

“In these raids, everyone in the home, including small children, is made to get out of bed. In this instance, the soldiers even had dogs with them, and they used them to assault some of the people in the home and terrorize the others.”

The NGO concluded:

This conduct is not a local initiative by individual soldiers or commanders in the field. It is part of the Israeli military’s policy in the West Bank. Therefore, it is abundantly clear that no one will be held to account in any way for what happened in Jenin R.C. last month.

(Source / 19.06.2018)

Red Cross: Israel’s use of live fire in Gaza triggered ‘unprecedented’ crisis

Palestinians take cover as Israeli forces fire bullets during demonstrations against US President Donald Trump’s decision on Jerusalem in Gaza on 29 December 2017 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Palestinians take cover as Israeli forces fire bullets during demonstrations against US President Donald Trump’s decision on Jerusalem in Gaza on 29 December 2017

The use of live ammunition by Israeli occupation forces against Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip “has left health workers struggling to cope with an unprecedented crisis, with more than 13,000 wounded, a senior Red Cross official said Monday”, reported AFP.

Robert Mardini, head of Middle East for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), told reporters that the “vast majority” of the 13,000 hospitalised protesters had suffered severe wounds, including multiple gunshot wounds.

“This is I think a crisis of unprecedented magnitude in the Gaza Strip,” said Mardini.

NGO: Israel ‘policy’ of using live fire on Palestinian demonstrators

According to reports, “the Red Cross is planning to open a new 50-bed surgery unit at Gaza’s Al-Shifa Hospital to help deal with the surge in gunshot wounds.”

AFP added that “some 1,400 patients have been hit by three to five bullets, many in the legs, which require several complex orthopaedic and reconstructive surgeries.”

“The wounded caseload from the seven weeks of protest had surpassed that of the 2014 war,” the report further noted.

(Source / 19.06.2018)

UK vows to vote against Palestine at UN Human Rights Council

UK British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson [BackBoris2012 Campaign Team/Flickr]

UK British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson

The UK has joined the US in condemning an alleged anti-Israel bias at the UN, pledging to vote against issues on Palestine brought by the Human Rights Council.

Foreign Minister Boris Johnson yesterday urged the council to reform its treatment of Israel, objecting to the permanent Agenda Item 7 which deals with Israeli abuses in the Palestinian territories.

“We share the view that the dedicated Agenda Item 7 focused solely on Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories is disproportionate and damaging to the cause of peace, and unless things change we shall vote next year against all resolutions introduced under Item 7,” Johnson said.

Whilst some European states and Australia have also criticised Item 7 in the past, the Trump administration has raised the prospect of the US withdrawing from the council unless it is scrapped.

Last week, US diplomats told reporters on condition of anonymity that it appeared more a matter of when, not if, the pull out threatened last year by the US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, will happen. With some believing it could happen as early as this week.

Read: UN votes against Israel aggression, in ‘major defeat for US’

“As we have said numerous times, the UN Human Rights Council must be reformed to ensure it has the ability to realise its important mission,” the US State Department said on Friday.

The US has already pledged to leave the UN’s cultural arm UNESCO in protest of its recent resolutions recognising Palestinian heritage that they deemed “anti-Semitic”. Israel subsequently announced it would follow suit, having cut funding to the organisation on multiple occasions, after the agency voted in favour of the Palestinians.

Israel has also attempted to change its image at the international forum, with Israeli envoy Danny Danon hosting some 40 UN representatives, a fifth of all ambassadors, in the country for Independence Day in April. Taking the envoys on a tour of occupied East Jerusalem and settlements close to the Gaza border, Israel hopes to change the negative perception of the country and garner more favourable votes at the UN by presenting the “history of Jewish connection” to the sites.

Last month, the UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution calling for the establishment of an observer mission in Gaza later, after near unanimous condemnation of Israel’s killing of Palestinian protesters from national representatives.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry rejected the decision, claiming in a statement that the council’s decision proved once again that it was “a body with an automatic majority hostile to Israel dominated by hypocrisy and absurdity.”

Read: Bahrain to host Israel delegation at UN meeting

(Source / 19.06.2018)

Palestinian child dies of wounds sustained in March of Return

Israeli forces fire tear gas at Palestinian protesters at the Gaza and Israel border on 1 June 2018

A 13-year-old Palestinian child succumb to his wounds after being shot by Israeli occupation forces during the Great March of Return, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

Zakariya Beshbesh had been taking part in events east of Al-Buraij in central Gaza Strip.

Ministry of Health spokesman, Ashraf Al-Qudra, said that the child was receiving treatment in the intensive care unit at Al-Shifa Hospital.

More than 135 Palestinians have been killed as a result of Israeli occupation forces’ use of live ammunition and tear gas to disperse unarmed Palestinian protesters taking part in the March of Return in Gaza. The bodies of seven are being detained by Israel. More than 13,000 Palestinians were injured during the demonstrations.

Mother of shot Gaza medic: ‘She thought the white coat would protect her’

(Source / 19.06.2018)