Four brothers unable to walk unaided after being shot by Israeli snipers

4 Palestinian brothers who have been injured by Israel

Four brothers living in Al-Bureij Refugee Camp in the middle of the Gaza Strip are unable to walk unaided after being shot by Israeli snipers when they took part in the great March of Return protests, Anadolu has reported. Mohammed and his twin Ahmed, 29, and Bilal, 27, are relatively lucky; they can walk with crutches. Their other brother, Said, 19, has to use a wheelchair, having been shot in both legs.

Despite the shocking wounds caused by so-called “butterfly bullets” which explode on impact, the brothers still have hope for the future. Their injuries, they insist, will not prevent them from taking part in the protests against the siege of Gaza and the Israeli refusal to allow the Palestinian refugees to exercise their legitimate right to return to their land.

Said was shot on 30 March, the first day of the protests. He has undergone five operations and still has external fixators attached to both legs. His injuries meant that he was unable to sit his General Secondary School examinations, and he was marked as failed. “I lost one year of my life,” he explained, “but I will not surrender and will sit for the exam when I am better.”

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The other three brothers were shot on 11 May. All have faced a number of operations for their injuries, with Ahmed alone having 14.

Mohammed is the only one of the brothers who is married; his daughter is just under two years old. He lives with his wife and daughter in a rented house for which he can no longer afford the rent, having been unable to work since being shot. His brothers live at home with their mother. None have any source of income and they are unlikely to be able to go back to making bricks due to the nature of the job.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza, since the start of the Great March of Return protests the Israeli occupation forces have killed 156 men, women and children in the coastal enclave and wounded more than 17,000 others.

(Source / 01.08.2018)

Bethlehem: Protest in solidarity with hunger striking prisoner, Hassan Shoka

Solidarity Hassan Shoka

Various prisoners ‘institutions in the Bethlehem governorate on Wednesday organized a protest in solidarity with prisoner Hassan Shoka (30) who has been leading a hunger strike for 60 days today against administrative detention.

According to the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners’ Affairs, the judge of the military appeals court in Ofer had frozen the administrative detention order. However, chairman of the committee, Issa Qaraqe,  said that the prisoner has not suspended his hunger strike despite the court’s freeze decision, saying that the it was only Israeli game until the health situation improved.

He said that he will continue his hunger strike until he is released from Israeli jail.

Shoka’s health situation has been deteriorating since the as he has lost his sight and ability to walk due to the strike.

Four other prisoners have also been on hunger strike for nearly two weeks in protest against the policy of administrative detention.

The Israeli occupation forces arrested Shoka on September 28, 2017 and held him in administrative detention. On October 11, 2017, Shoka announced that he would be going on a hunger strike. The hunger strike lasted for 35 days, at which time it was suspended after converting his file into a case. He was released on June 3, 2018, but the occupation authorities then returned him to arbitrary administrative detention. He announced the same day that he would be going on hunger strike until his release.

Shoka has spent twelve years of his life in Israeli prisons; eight of them in administrative detention.