BOY SHOT ON THURSDAY IN OCCUPIED EAST JERUSALEM IS ALIVE IN A CRITICAL CONDITION

One of the two 14-year-old boys shot by Israeli occupation police officers in occupied East Jerusalem on Thursday August 15th is alive. Both boys were widely reported dead in the immediate aftermath and we followed this in our own post. Naseem Mokabeh Abu Roumi died on the scene of the incident but Hamouda Khader al-Sheikh is in a coma in a critical condition at an Israeli hospital. His family has not been allowed to visit Hamouda, who is claimed to have suffered injuries to his heart and arteries, but a lawyer was able to see him. The boys were shot as they tried to stab Israeli occupation police officers, injuring one lightly, and were repeatedly shot again after they had fallen to the ground.
(Source / 19.08.2019) 

ISRAEL KILLS 3 YOUNG MEN IN THE BESIEGED GAZA STRIP

Israel’s occupation forces killed 3 young men and wounded a fourth person at Beit Lahia in the besieged Gaza Strip in the early hours of the morning of Sunday August 18th.

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The dead victims have been identified as Mahmoud Adel al-Walayda(24), Mohammad Farid Abu Namous(27) and Mohammad Samir at-Taramisi(26).

Although there are contradictory claims of what took place, the most likely claim makes this incident similar to those of the last weekend, when a total of five young men were killed by Israeli occupation in two different incidents.

It appears that the young men were approaching the border with ethnically cleansed Palestine 1948 when they were attacked and killed by Israeli occupation troops, which then possibly attacked a nearby Hamas’ al-Qassam Brigades observation post with artillery and helicopter – in some reports this double attack targeted the young men who were killed.

A report that the deaths occurred at the observation post is likely wrong, but the one wounded person might have been injured there. One major reason is that in the funeral two of the victims’ bodies were covered with flags of other resistance groups than Hamas and an al-Qassam Brigades’ observation post would not have a mixed staff.

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The young meen seem to have had a mix of civilian and what appears to have been combat gear when their bodies were brought to the al-Andalusi hospital when paramedics were finally able to evacuate their bodies. This would imply that they would have attempted to attack the occupation forces.

In their funerals one of the victims’ body was covered with flag of Hamas, another with that of Islamic Jihad and the last one with that of al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade but this might only tell which resistance group contributed to their funeral, not direct personal affiliation.

  (Source / 18.08.2019) 

ISRAEL KILLS TWO CHILDREN IN OCCUPIED EAST JERUSALEM

Israel’s occupation forces killed two boys in their mid-teens near the al-Aqsa mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem on Thursday August 15th. Naseem Mokabeh Abu Roumi and Hamouda Khader al-Sheikh were captured on video rushing towards Israeli occupation police officers at the Gate of the Chain with knives in their hands, one of them stabbing and lightly injuring one Israeli occupation police officer before they were both shot multiple times and fell on the ground. The shooting didn’t stop then, but two occupation police officers continued to fire at the boys laying on the ground, one of them being shot at least twice again and the other at least once. (This video can be seen at our Twitter account.) One of them died on the scene and the other one in hospital in Thursday evening. Israeli occupation stopped Palestinian medics from reaching the boys and Israeli medics appear to have given preference to the lightly injured occupation police officer, aged 40, who had already been evacuated from the scene at the time the still surviving boy was given medical aid in another video. Both victims were from the neighbourhood of al-Issawiya, which has experienced daily occupation aggression for months, including the killing of Mohammed Samir Obaid(20) on June 27th. Their ages were reported as 14 or 15, with 14 given more often. A third person, guard in the al-Aqsa mosque, was wounded from the bullets fired by the Israeli occupation police officers. His condition was described as “moderate” in a news report.   

 (Source / 16.08.2019) 

BLOOD IN THE DARK: RECENT DEATHS ON THE GAZA BORDER

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Conflicting claims have been made about the five young men killed by Israel’s occupation forces in two separate occasions during the weekend of August 11th – 12th in the besieged Gaza Strip. Four youths were killed on the early hours of Saturday in the central part of the border at Deir al-Balah and a fifth on Sunday in the north at Beit Hanoun.

A claim has been made that most, if not all, would have been members of Hamas’ armed wing, the al-Qassam Brigades and especially of its group operating on the border with ethnically cleansed Palestine 1948, the so-called ‘Restraint Force’ which is intended to manage the border region and stop people from crossing or approaching too close to the border fence.

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Further it is alleged that in the Saturday’s incident three of those killed (Ahmed al-Adaini, Abdullah al-Ghamri and Abdullah al-Hamaydeh) would have tried to stop the fourth person (Ahmad Tarabin or Abdullah al-Masri according to different reports) from attacking Israel’s occupation forces or would have been targeted by Israeli occupation forces after the fourth person would have opened fire at occupation forces after crossing the border.

There are doubts about the details, and overall whether the young men (aged from 18 to 20) did belong to that particular group of al-Qassam Brigades; the solitary man killed on Sunday in another sources is claimed by a relative to have been a member of al-Qassam Brigades but his role is not elaborated further.

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This victim, Marwan Khaled Nasser is further reported to have tried to carry out an attack on the Israeli occupation forces on himself, both for political and personal reasons. After taking part in the Great Return March demonstrations he would have been experiencing difficult relationship with his family, which would have moved him from presence in demonstrations to a plan of a solitary attack.

There has now been three attempted attacks on Israeli occupation forces in August on the border, in two cases with solitary persons acting on their own, and none apparently with any support from any of the armed resistance factions. In Nasser’s case his relative, interviewed by the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, claimed that he acted on his own. There is little reason to doubt that, but to what extent these kind of individual and small group desperate actions are influenced by previous examples is open to debate.

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The amount of equipment in the Saturday’s case where the four young men were killed at least implies significant preparation, while the two other examples – the other beyond Nasser being that of Hani Abu Salah(20) on August 1st – could have been made based on little planning and could be driven by examples of similar acts.

(Source / 13.08.2019) 

INCENDIARY ISRAELI OCCUPATION ATTACK ON CROWDS AT AL-AQSA MOSQUE

65 people suffered injuries and 8 were arrested on Sunday August 11th when Israel’s occupation forces attacked crowds at the al-Aqsa mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem. 15 people of those who suffered injuries needed treatment in hospitals after being given first aid; several of those arrested were said to have been beaten by Israeli occupation forces. The occupation attack was done so that estimated 400 Israeli extremists from groups which wants to build a new Jewish Temple on the site could “tour” it.

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 Israeli prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu, preparing for September’s Knesset elections, also made a call for all Jews who wish to do so to visit the al-Aqsa mosque compound on Sunday. The Sunday incident was made even more incendiary by the fact that it took place during the major Muslim religious festival of Eid al-Adha.  (Source / 12.08.2019) 

YOUNG MAN KILLED IN BESIEGED GAZA ON SUNDAY BY ISRAEL

A young man was killed by Israel’s occupation forces in the besieged Gaza Strip on the morning of Sunday August 11th, a day after four young men were killed by Israeli troops.

Marwan Khaled Nasser, aged 25 or 26, was killed on the Sunday morning after ‘approaching’ the border with ethnically cleansed Palestine 1948 near Beit Hanoun in the northern part of the tiny coastal enclave.

Based on some reports Nasser was directly walking towards the border when attacked by Israeli occupation soldiers.

Early reports claimed that Nasser was killed in shelling by tanks, but this might have mistaken for Israeli occupation attacks on nearby resistance observation posts. According to Israeli occupation he was shot dead after allegedly ‘opening fire’.

Israeli occupation used the dehumanizing term ‘neutralized’ to describe his killing. Unlike in the case of Saturday’s victims, Nasser’s body was recovered by Palestinian paramedics.

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A photograph of Marwan Nasser’s body in the morgue shows him with a resistance bandana on his forehead, but the lack of it in earlier photographs show that it was placed on his body as it was being prepared for being put in a morgue refrigerator. Same bandana and what might be a flag of a minor Islamist faction can be seen on his body in photographs taken of his funeral procession, which took place later on Sunday.

(Source / 12.08.2019) 

CLAIMS MADE ABOUT THE IDENTITIES OF 4 YOUNG MEN KILLED IN BESIEGED GAZA BY ISRAEL

According to an unconfirmed claim in social media made by an alleged relative of one of the four men killed by Israel’s occupation forces early on Saturday August 10th in the besieged Gaza Strip, the names of the killed would be:

– Rashad al-Bodeini.
– Abdullah Ashraf al-Ghamri.
– Abdullah Ismael Hamayda.
– Ahmad Ayman Tarabin.

Yet a Twitter post with a photograph of three of the men gives the identities as, giving different names for two of them:

– Ahmed al-Adaini.
– Abdullah al-Ghamri.
– Abdullah al-Hamaydeh.
– Abdullah al-Masri.

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All men would be from Wadi al-Salqa in Deir al-Balah according to this same source. Yet another Twitter post gives al-Ghamri’s age as 18. They are described as “best friends” in a few of these Twitter posts.

Israeli occupation has released photograph of a body of one of the men; his face can’t be seen and compared to the alleged photographs of the three of the men posted to social media. A second, blurry photograph showing part of a body makes any attempt to connect it to the photographs of the young men even less likely.

Israeli occupation has also published photographs of what it claims are recovered equipment and weapons carried by the men taken when its occupation forces crossed to besieged Gaza Strip to take their bodies. Although the men are claimed to have been involved in an extended firefight, what seem to be bazookas have not been used and the equipment overall seems to have suffered no apparent damage.

The incident in which they were killed began after 03:00 a.m. and had ended by 04:45 p.m. During it Israeli occupation bombed two observation posts by Hamas’ al-Qassam Brigades nearby beyond killing the men, who so far have not been reported to have had any known affiliation to resistance groups or political movements.

(Source / 11.08.2019) 

ISRAELI OCCUPATION KILLS 4 PEOPLE IN THE BESIEGED GAZA STRIP

Israel’s occupation forces killed four people described as ‘young men’ in the besieged Gaza Strip early on Saturday August 10th and took their bodies.

The four unidentified persons were killed before 04:45 local time east of Deir al-Balah; early reports spoke of them being killed in a drone strike, later ones that they had been shot dead.

Their bodies were taken from the Gaza side by Israeli occupation troops using an armoured bulldozer, although Israeli occupation claims that one of them would have been killed on the side of ethnically cleansed Palestine 1948.

Israeli occupation claims that the four persons would have been armed with Kalashnikov rifles and hand-grenades and speculates that they would have tried to kidnap an Israeli occupation soldier – there is no confirmation of these claims.

(Source / 10.08.2019) 

CONTINUED ISRAELI OCCUPATION HARASSMENT AT SUR BAHER

Israel’s occupation forces have contnued to harass people at the site of July’s mass demolition southeast of occupied East Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank. After a raid on Thursday night when they confiscated a solidarity tent put up on the site of the mass demolition of apartment houses at Sur Baher’s Wadi al-Hummus on Monday July 22nd, Israel’s occupation forces attacked a protest meeting on the site on Friday August 2nd. The attack began with firing of tear-gas just after a Friday prayer held on the site had ended and led to a minor injury to photographer Iyad Hamad while one person was arrested by Israeli occupation troops.

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 On July 22nd Israel’s occupation forces destroyed ten apartment buildings – some finished and housing 24 people while most were in process of being built – in Wadi al-Hummus claiming that the buildings built on area directly controlled by Palestinian Authority would have been too close to the illegal Wall Israel built on the area to separate Sur Baher from the occupied West Bank. When finished, the buildings would have housed an estimated 500 people. (Source / 04.08.2019) 

FOUR YEARS SINCE THE ARSON ATTACK IN DUMA THAT LEFT AHMED DAWASHEH ORPHAN

On July 31st 2015 illegal Israeli settlers’ arson attack in the occupied West Bank village of Duma left the married couple of Riham(28) and Sa’ad Dawasheh(32) with fatal injuries which claimed their lives in the coming weeks while their younger, 1.5 y/o son Ali burned alive in his crib.

Their older son Ahmed, then 5,  survived with severe burns, scars of which he will carry rest of his life along with the mental ones left by the loss of his parents and baby brother. He had been carried out of the family’s burning home by his father.

There has been no convictions in Israeli courts for this attack on July 31st 2015, for which three illegal settlers are suspects, or for the later arson attack on the home of the main eye-witness Yassir Dawashehon May 11th 2018.

(Source / 02.08.2019)