The names and faces of the 21 women killed in Egypt’s Rabaa

The names and faces of women killed in Egypt's Rabaa 2013

On 14 August 2013, Egyptian forces stormed the Rabaa Square killing many women who had gathered to protest against the ouster of Egypt’s first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi

Six years ago today Egyptian security forces stormed the Rabaa Square sit-in where thousands had gathered to protest against the ouster of Egypt’s first democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi.

Over 1,000 people were killed that day, including 21 women. The international rights organisation We Record has documented these women’s names.

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Under previous regimes women were a red line which no president crossed, but under the military general turned ruler Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi 2,761 women have been tortured and degraded.

Who were the women killed?

  1. Hind Hisham Kamal, 20

Injured after security forces stormed the field hospital at Rabaa Square, Hind was rushed to hospital to have two bullets removed; one from her kidney and the other from her spleen. Doctors said the bullets used had fragmented and lodged in her lung forcing them to put her on a ventilator. Shrapnel from the bullets had also struck her lower spine paralysing her. She later died in hospital.

Hind Hisham Kamal, a 20-year-old Egyptian women who was killed by Egyptian forces at the Rabaa Square sit-in in Cairo, Egypt on 14 August 2013

          2. Suaad Hassan Ramzi

          3. Habiba Ahmed Abdelaziz Ramadan, 26

A reporter for the Dubai-based Xpress newspaper, Habiba was shot by a sniper at the protests. She had arrived in Egypt two weeks earlier to film the sit-in. At 7.33am Habiba sent a text message to her mum to say she was leaving the centre of the square to get to the front lines. It would be the last time her family heard from her.

Habiba Ahmed Abdelaziz Ramadan was killed by Egyptian forces at the Rabaa Square sit-in in Cairo, Egypt on 14 August 2013

           4. Engy Mohamed Tag El-Din

           5. Asmaa Hisham Sakr, 32

  Killed after a bullet penetrated a wall and hit her in the head.

Asmaa Hisham Sak was killed by Egyptian forces at the Rabaa Square sit-in in Cairo, Egypt on 14 August 2013

              6.  Warda Mostafa Mohamed Bayoumi

              7.  Rosan Mohammad Ali

              8. Maryam Mohamed Ali Abdel Aal

Maryam Mohamed Ali Abdel Aal was killed by Egyptian forces at the Rabaa Square sit-in in Cairo, Egypt on 14 August 2013

                  9. Sanaa Hamdi Abdel Aziz 

                 10. Mervat Sayed Ali

                 11. Asmaa Beltagi, 17

Shot by a sniper in the square. Beltagi has became a symbol of resistance and is celebrated for her role in rejecting repression and the deprivation of liberty.

Asmaa Beltagi, a 17-year-old Egyptian teen was killed by Egyptian forces at the Rabaa Square sit-in in Cairo, Egypt on 14 August 2013

               12. Siham Abdullah Mohamed Metwally

               13. Sawsan Saad Hassan Ali

               14. Nadia Salem Ali Razek

               15. Heba Mohamed Fekry

Video footage circulating after the massacre showed Heba’s 11-year-old son crying over her corpse at Rabaa calling for her to get up. “Wake up mum… mum.. Wake up please,” he is heard saying.

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              16. Noha Ahmed Abdel Moaty Ahmed

              17. Eman Mahmoud Al-Husseini

              18. Haiam Abdu Ibrahim, 43

A mother of five and former teacher, Haiam was shot in the head at Rabaa Square and died immediately.

Haiam Abdu Ibrahim was killed by Egyptian forces at the Rabaa Square sit-in in Cairo, Egypt on 14 August 2013

           19. Huda Ahmed Saeed

           20. Huda Faraj Saeed Abdullah

           21. Suzan Mohammad Ali

READ: Husband and son in prison. Daughter shot in Rabaa. Asmaa Beltagi’s mum speaks on the massacre

(Source / 14.08.2019) 

Freedom of expression on Palestine is being suppressed says letter to the Guardian

Anti-Semitism and Criticism of Israel - Cartoon [Cartoon Latuff/MiddleEastMonitor]

Anti-Semitism and Criticism of Israel – Cartoon

Freedom of expression on Palestine is being suppressed in the name of a controversial definition of anti-Semitism, some two dozen signatories have claimed in a letter published by the Guardian.

The letter highlights the recent decision by Tower Hamlets council in London to prevent a fundraising bike ride from using space in one of its parks.

It was subsequently revealed that officials refused to host the charity event for the Big Ride for Palestine because of “fears their criticism of Israel could breach antisemitism guidelines”.

In the letter, the signatories point to the emails published under a freedom of information request, showing that “the council feared that this advocacy for Palestine would violate the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s working definition of antisemitism”.

“This use of the IHRA definition demonstrates the real threat to freedom of expression that it represents, ignoring its protection in our national rights legislation,” the letter states.

“Palestinian groups, eminent lawyers, academic experts on antisemitism, prominent British Jews and bodies such as the Institute for Race Relations previously raised these concerns publicly,” it continues.

READ: UK council’s ban on cycle ride for Palestine proof anti-Semitism definition is about protecting Israel

“The rights of all British citizens to accurately describe, inform and convey the reality of ongoing Palestinian dispossession, and to call for action to resist these illegalities, belongs in the public space. All public bodies have an obligation to protect and defend these rights, to maintain democracy.”

The letter concludes by describing the local authority’s decision as a dramatic demonstration “that freedom of expression on Palestine in this country is now being suppressed”.

“This is exactly what we and many others have repeatedly warned of. This dangerous silencing now underway must stop,” it concludes.

Signatories include Palestine Solidarity Campaign Chair and Director Professor Kamel Hawwashand Ben Jamal respectively, Salma Karmi Ayyoub Barrister and member of British Palestinian Policy Council, Geoffrey Bindman QC, as well as many other academics, human rights advocates and lawyers.

(Source / 14.08.2019) 

Violent Israel raids spoil Eid festivities in Jerusalem village

Israeli forces attack Palestinian worshippers in Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque on 11 August 2019 [Faiz Abu Rmeleh/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli forces can be seen arresting a Palestinian man on Eid day in Jerusalem on 11 August 2019 

Violent raids by Israeli occupation forces have continued through Eid Al-Adha in Issawiya village, spoiling festivities for local residents.

According to a report in Haaretz, during one incident, “while most of the village’s inhabitants were sitting down to a festive meal, a large police force arrived, entering the Masri family’s parking lot and shooting point blank at a person’s leg” with a sponge-tipped bullet.

The paper adds that “a video recording of the incident shows policemen running into the parking lot and pushing Karim Masri”. Although the shooting is not seen in the video, it “can be heard clearly”.

In later videos, Haaretz reported, “children are seen crying due to the violence and police presence”.

“We were having a party, my brothers, our children and wives,” relates Masri, a 32-year-old teacher.

READ: ‘In what state did you come Eid?’

“[The policeman] didn’t let me speak. Someone shoved me and the other shot me point blank. Then they started beating everyone there, my brothers, my mother, everyone.”

In another incident, a resident was arrested by Israeli occupation forces “after playing with his three-year-old son with a plastic pistol”, and then “beaten while being arrested”.

“I didn’t see them coming. I told them it was plastic but they started beating me. I was handcuffed and taken to the station, continually beaten all the way. I heard them say they’d caught a terrorist.”

Haaretz reported that while “police confirmed it wasn’t a real gun,” the man was “summoned again the next day.”

School headteacher Khader Abeid said: “This is the first time we’ve celebrated the festival without opening holiday booths, with no shopping or preparations.”

Israeli authorities have targeted Issawiya with a campaign of harassment, “law enforcement”, and violent arrest raids for two months.

Police have been entering the village daily, writing reports, searching and detaining residents. Many businesses remain closed. “People are afraid, you think twice before leaving home,” said Abeid.

READ: Palestinian to sue Israel Police for planting weapon in his home

(Source / 14.08.2019) 

Saudi journalist: Palestinians are a scourge on the countries that host them

Saudi columnist Mohammed Al Shaikh

Saudi columnist Mohammed Al Shaikh

A Saudi columnist has called Palestinians a scourge on the countries that host them.

Mohammed Al Shaikh who writes for Al Jazirah newspaper posted a tweet on 9 August which he reposted yesterday to say: “Palestinians are a scourge on the countries that host them. Jordan hosted them and it was a black September, Lebanon suffered a civil war. Kuwait hosted them and they became soldiers for [former Iraqi President] Saddam [Hussein].”

He went on to accuse Palestinians of using social media and other platforms to “insult” Saudi Arabia and its positions.

“No one is able to deal with them except the Israeli Defence Forces,” he concluded.

Al Shaikh is the latest Saudi to attack Palestinians. Earlier this month, activist Souad Al-Shammari appeared on Israeli TV and said “many Saudis” want to visit the occupation state.

READ: Saudi Arabia’s normalisation with Israel

“Visiting Israel is probably the dream of many Saudis and those of the Gulf and Arab states alike.”

Her appearance on Israeli TV has sparked further criticism of Saudi Arabia, which has been seen to be normalising relations with Tel Aviv in recent months.

Last month, Saudi blogger Mohammed Saud toured occupied Jerusalem following an invitation from Tel Aviv. He met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son Yair and visited the Muslim holy site of Al-Aqsa Mosque however he was forced out of the area after he was insulted by Palestinian worshippers who called him a “traitor”.

He later called on Israelis to come to Saudi.

Saudi King Salman regularly reiterates the kingdom’s commitment to attaining the rights of Palestinians however his son, the de facto ruler of the oil-rich state, has been seen to be cosying up to Western states and Israel to ensure his continued reign.

READ: Israel FM sends Bahrain counterpart and ‘friend’ Eid greetings

(Source / 14.08.2019) 

Israel army admits blindfolding Palestinians against protocol

Palestinian detainees by Israeli soldiers [file photo]

Israeli soldiers and Palestinian detainees

A petition to Israel’s Supreme Court has forced the Israeli army to admit that its soldiers break protocol by blindfolding Palestinians in their custody.

At the end of May, a petition was filed to Israel’s Supreme Court by a group of left-wing activists who had compiled two and a half years’ worth of evidence from Palestinians in the occupiedWest Bank’s Jordan Valley who were routinely detained by Israeli army soldiers.

During their detention, the Palestinians were handcuffed and often blindfolded for several hours, a practice the Israeli army has now been forced to admit breaks the institution’s own protocol, Haaretz reported yesterday.

The petition argued that the large number of cases of detention and blindfolding points to “an obscene habit of the Jordan Valley Brigade [of the Israeli army], aimed at punishing the Palestinian shepherds and/or simply abusing them.” It also stated that in some cases, Israeli activists accompanying the shepherds were also detained, but unlike the Palestinians they were not blindfolded, indicating a clear policy of discrimination, the Israeli daily added.

On Sunday, the state prosecution submitted its response to the May petition, seeking dismissal of the case on the grounds that “military orders and regulations forbid the blindfolding of detainees, and action to clarify the rules to the troops acting in the region has been taken and will continue to be taken on a continuous basis.”

Itay Mack, the attorney for the activists, therefore agreed to withdraw the petition since the goal of forcing the Israeli army to admit its soldiers had broken protocol by blindfolding the detained Palestinians had been achieved.

READ: Israel settlers set up mobile homes in Jordan Valley

The incidents described in the Supreme Court petition are commonplace.

In March, a video emerged of Israeli soldiers from the Netzah Yehuda Battalion of the Kfir Brigade — which is stationed in the northern West Bank city of Jenin – beating a Palestinian father and son in the back of their army vehicle.

The video showed an unnamed 50-year-old Palestinian lying on the floor of the truck, clearly blindfolded using a white rag. Though their faces are pixelated, the soldiers could be seen hitting the Palestinian on the head while laughing and joking for the camera. “It’s your party, say hello,” the soldiers told the man, while forcing him to say hello to the camera.

Three soldiers who took part in the incident were subsequently convicted of aggravated assault and aggravated battery, being handed 190-day jail terms after they “expressed remorse” for their actions and reached a plea bargain.

READ: Israel summons 8-year-old Palestinian girl for interrogation

During the first six months of 2019 alone Israeli forces detained 2,759 Palestinians, including 446 minors and 76 women. A joint statement issued by Palestinian rights groups the Prisoners Affairs Commission, the Palestinian Prisoner Society and Addameer added that some 5,500 Palestinians were being held in Israeli jails as of 30 June, including 43 women and 220 minors.

Approximately 500 of these prisoners were held in administrative detention, under which detention can be extended indefinitely without charge or trial.

Once imprisoned, Palestinians are subjected to punitive conditions which include denying them family visits, obstructing meetings with their lawyers and repeatedly transferring them to other prisons. In July, the Supreme Court threw out a petition to allow underage Palestinians to call their parents from prison, claiming that the proceedings had to be filed on behalf of individuals.

Although HaMoked – the human rights organisation which filed the petition – pointed to “the near-impossibility of convincing a terrified minor to sign on to such a petition” as justification for not naming individuals, the court still refused to act to improve detention conditions for Palestinians.

READ: 7 Palestinians arrested in Israel raids in West Bank

(Source / 14.08.2019) 


Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli authorities issued Tuesday demolition notes against seven houses in occupied Bethlehem and Hebron under the pretext of being built without a permission.

Israeli forces broke into villages near occupied Bethlehem to force owners of two houses to stop construction.

Last week, Israeli soldiers broke into Nahhalin village in Bethlehem and delivered a demolition note to Shakarneh family after confiscating concrete pouring equipment and two cement mixers.

Other five houses in Msafer Yatta village in occupied Hebron are to be demolished by Israeli forces as well.

(Source / 14.08.2019) 


Nablus (QNN)- Dozens of Jewish female and children armed settlers broke into Masoudiyha village in Nablus on last Monday to conduct military training under protection of the Israeli army.

WAFA quoted Ghassan Daghlas, who is responsible for settlement affairs in the north of occupied West Bank, saying that dozens of settlers broke into the village and conducted military training under IOF protection.

Al Masoudiya is a tourism destination, which usually attracts Palestinians. It is also an archaeological site, which was the anchor point between the cities of Palestine and Jordan on the other side of the Jordan river before the creation of ‘Israel’. It still has some structures, which were used during the Ottoman period to transport passengers, as the village was a main station for the Hijaz railway at the time.

(Source / 14.08.2019) 

IOF shot Palestinian young man and his wife near Tulkarm

TULKAREM, PALESTINOW.COM — Israeli soldiers shot, Tuesday, a young Palestinian man and his wife, near the Annexation Wall, west of Zeita village, north of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers, stationed at the gate of the Annexation Wall in that area, opened fire at Yahia Abu Khater, 25, and his wife, while they were walking near it.

The Palestinian couple were both injured, before the soldiers abducted the husband and took him in an Israeli ambulance, while his wife was transferred by Palestinian medics to a governmental hospital in Tulkarem.

There were no protests or incidents taking place when the soldiers opened fire at the Palestinian husband and his wife, and it remains unclear why the soldiers opened fire in the first place.

(Source / 14.08.2019) 

Zionist officer kidnap Palestinian with special needs in Al-Quds

AL-QUDS, PALESTINOW.COM — The Israeli occupation police on Monday kidnaped a Palestinian citizen with special needs from his home in Issawiya district, east of Jerusalem.

Head of the Issawiya follow-up committee Mohamed Abul-Hems said that police forces stormed the house of Jarrah Naser in Abu Riyallah neighborhood in the district and rounded him up, with no regard for his medical condition.

Naser has been suffering from hemiplegia (paralysis) since his birth, according to Abul-Hems.

(Source / 14.08.2019) 

Israel Plans To Demolish The Al Aqsa Mosque

Occupied Jerusalem

On Sunday, the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on the international community and the Arab and Islamic world to take urgent action to protect [the] Al-Aqsa Mosque from the conspiracy targeting it, led by Israel.

In a press release, the ministry called on the international community and the relevant UN organizations, especially UNESCO, to raise their voices in the face of the violations and crimes of the occupation.

The release said that the Israeli occupation seeks to provide an arena for the establishment of settler Talmudic rituals, as a first step towards the full occupation of Al-Aqsa fully, and then to demolish it.

The official position of the Palestinian government is now that Israel is attempting to destroy Al Aqsa and presumably the Dome of the Rock.

(Source / 14.08.2019)