On November 3rd, he was shot by an Israeli sniper while protesting near Maghazi refugee camp, in central Gaza.
However, he is yet to be buried as a martyr by his people because his body has been kidnapped by the soldiers who killed him.
When we asked Imad to have his photo taken, back on October 5, he obliged, but kept the serious look on his face as he quickly returned to the ‘frontlines’ raising his fist, chanting for a free Palestine, and telling his future killers that he would die before turning his back on Gaza.
Let’s too never turn out back on Gaza and Palestine so that we may stay true to the legacy of Imad Shahin.
When the Martyrs Go to Sleep
By Mahmoud Darwish
When the martyrs go to sleep I wake up to guard them against professional mourners
I say to them: I hope you wake in a country with clouds and trees, mirage and water.
I congratulate them on their safety from the incredible event, from
the surplus-value of the slaughter.
I steal time so they can snatch me from time. Are we all martyrs?
I whisper: friends, leave one wall for the laundry line. Leave a night
I will hang your names wherever you want, so sleep awhile, sleep on
the ladder of the sour vine tree
So I can guard your dreams against the daggers of your guards and the plot of the Book against the prophets.
Israeli warplanes destroyed a building in the center of Gaza City and caused serious damages to Palestinian homes and various buildings, including the Indonesian Hospital, during continuous airstrikes on predawn Saturday.
A Ma’an reporter said that Israeli warplanes targeted and fired missiles towards a four-story building that was still under construction in the center of Gaza City and destroyed it.
World is Bigger Than Five@dbbdernegi_en
The murderer Israel launched an airstrike on several points in Gaza including the Indonesian Hospital claimine that rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip to the Israeli side.The @UN remains silent about the issue.There is no information on the casualties#DontBelnSensitive
Jabbarin, from Yatta City in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, was shot and injured with five bullets by Israeli forces, after he carried out a stabbing attack killing the Israeli settler and far-right activist Ari Fuld, near the Gush Etzion settlement junction, north of Hebron, on September 16.
Though Israeli forces have claimed that Palestinians were allegedly attempting to carry out attacks in a majority of instances when Palestinians were killed, rights groups have disputed Israel’s version of events in a number of cases and argued that many alleged attackers could have been subdued in a non-lethal manner.
The rights groups’ statement accused Israel of “shamefully” carrying out an “unlawful” attack on the Bedouin village, which will leave more than 170 Bedouin Palestinians, including 92 children, displaced.
If you’ve been enjoying your summer holidays, then spare a thought for the children of Khan al-Ahmar school in the occupied #WestBank.
Saleh Higazi, Head of Office in Jerusalem for Amnesty International, said:
“With this shameful and manifestly unlawful ruling the Supreme Court has confirmed a pattern of complicity in the crime of forcible transfer of Palestinian communities for the expansion of Jewish only settlements … The court has not only completely denied the petitioners the protection provided to them by International Humanitarian Law, it has also validated the discriminatory policies of the Israeli authorities.”
Israel’s High Court gave a green light for the demolition of the Palestinian Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar. Palestinians in Khan al-Ahmar have been protesting the demolition of their homes for months now. Take a look at how Israeli forces responded to their protests in April.
A 36-year-old Palestinian was shot and killed by Israeli forces, on Monday evening, at a military checkpoint near the illegal Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba, in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron (Al-Khalil).
Eyewitnesses told Ma’an that Israeli forces fired several live bullets towards a Palestinian man after he allegedly attempted to carry out a stabbing attack at the al-Muhawel Israeli checkpoint, northeast of Hebron City.
Witnesses identified the killed Palestinian as Wael Abed al-Fattah al-Jaabari, a married father of two children and a resident of Hebron City.
A Ma’an reporter said that after Israeli forces shot al-Jaabari, they left him on the ground and prevented ambulances from reaching the area.
Sources confirmed that al-Jaabari eventually succumbed to his injuries on the scene.
The Palestinian Wa’el Abdulfattah Aljabari (36 yrs) was executed in cold blood about 2 hrs ago, 1 of the Zionist Jewish colonist pushed him down to the ground & Zionist soldiers shot him ( a knife was planted by them following the execution), in the southern part of Alkhalil City
As part of Israel’s blockade of the coastal enclave since 2007, the Israeli army, citing security concerns, requires Palestinian fishermen to work within a limited “designated fishing zone,” the exact limits of which are decided by the Israeli authorities and have historically fluctuated.
The Israeli army regularly detains and opens fire on unarmed Palestinian fishermen, shepherds, and farmers along the border areas if they approach the unilaterally declared buffer zone.
Israeli human rights group B’Tselem recently concluded that Israel’s Gaza closure and “harassment of fishermen” have been “destroying Gaza’s fishing sector,” with 95 percent of fishermen living below the poverty line.
Meanwhile, dozens of Israeli settlers escorted by heavily armed Israeli forces raided the Palestinian village of Awarta, south of the Nablus district, and performed Jewish religious rituals in the area.
As of september 2, dozens of #Israeli settlers escorted by Israeli forces raided the Palestinian village of Awarta to perform Jewish religious rituals and residents of that village were forced to remain indoors while Israeli settlers performed the religious rituals! #Palestine
Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, with recent announcements of settlement expansion provoking condemnation from the international community.
Ramzy Baroud: ‘Palestinian women are hardly bystanders in the collective victimization’
By Ramzy Baroud
Hanan al-Khoudari resorted to Facebook in a cry for help when Israeli authorities rejected her request to accompany her three-year-old son, Louay, to his chemotherapy treatment in East Jerusalem.
The boy is suffering from an ‘aggressive soft tissue sarcoma’. Israeli authorities then justified their decision based on a vague claim that one of Hannan’s relatives is a ‘Hamas operative.”
The rights group, Gisha reported that the state remains unwilling to define precisely what it means to be a ‘Hamas operative.’ Even if an explanation is offered, denying gravely ill Palestinians from receiving life-saving treatment remains an immoral and illegal act.
“The state is sentencing the petitioners to death or a lifetime of suffering,” said Muna Haddad, an advocate with Gisha. By ‘petitioners’, she was referring to seven Gaza women who were denied access to urgent medical treatment by Israel, which required them to leave the besieged Gaza Strip.
The suffering of Gaza women rarely makes headlines. When Palestinian women are not invisible in Western media coverage, they are seen as hapless victims of circumstances beyond their control.
The fact that a woman from Gaza is ‘sentenced to death’ simply because a male relative is shunned by Israel is quite typical behavior from a country that oddly presents itself internationally as an oasis for equality and women rights.
It feeds into the false notion that Palestinian women are trapped in a “conflict” in which they play no part. Such misrepresentations undermine the political and humanitarian urgency of the plight of Palestinian women and the Palestinian people, as a whole.
In truth, Palestinian women are hardly bystanders in the collective victimization. They deserve to be made visible and understood within the larger context of the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
The seven women who petitioned the Israeli court, and the story of Hanan al-Khoudari, are but a small representation of thousands of women who are suffering in Gaza without legal advocates or media coverage.
I spoke to several of these women – whose suffering is only matched by their incredible resilience – who deserve more than mere recognition, but an urgent remedy as well.
Shaima Tayseer Ibrahim, 19, from the town of Rafah in southern Gaza, can hardly speak. Her brain tumor has affected her mobility and her ability to express herself. Yet, she is determined to pursue her degree in Basic Education at Al-Quds Open University in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip.
The pain that this 19-year-old is enduring is extraordinary even by the standards of poor, isolated Gaza. She is the oldest of five children in a family that fell into poverty following the Israeli siege. Her father is retired and the family has been struggling but, nevertheless, Shaima has been determined to get an education.
She was engaged to be married after her graduation from university. Hope still has a way of making it into the hearts of the Palestinians of Gaza and Shaima was hoping for a brighter future for herself and her family.
But March 12 changed all of that.
On that day, Shaima was diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer. Just before her first surgery at Al-Makassed Hospital in Jerusalem on April 4, her fiancé broke off the engagement.
The surgery left Shaima with partial paralysis. She speaks and moves with great difficulty. But there was more bad news; further tests in a Gaza hospital showed that the tumor was not fully removed and it must be quickly extracted before it spreads any further.
To make matters worse, on August 12, the Ministry of Health in Gaza announced that it would no longer be able to treat cancer patients in the Israel-besieged enclave.
Shaima is now fighting for her life as she awaits Israeli permission to cross the Beit Hanoun checkpoint (called the Erez Crossing by Israel) to the West Bank, through Israel, for an urgent surgery.
Many Gazans have perished that way, waiting for pieces of paper, a permission, that never materialized. Shaima, however, remains hopeful, while her whole family constantly prays that their eldest daughter prevails in her fight against cancer and resumes her pursuit of a university degree.
On the other side of Gaza, Dwlat Fawzi Younis, 33 from Beit Hanoun is living a similar experience. Dwlat, however also looks after a family of 11, including her nephews and her gravely ill father.
She had to become the main breadwinner of her family when her father, 55, suffered kidney failure and was unable to work.
She would look after the entire family with the money she earned as a hairdresser. Her brothers and sisters are all unemployed. She used to help them, too, whenever she could.
Dwlat is a strong person; she has always been that way. Perhaps it was her experience on November 3, 2006, that strengthened her resolve. An Israeli soldier shot her while she was protesting with a group of women against the Israeli attack and destruction of the historic Umm Al-Nasr mosque in Beit Hanoun. Two women were killed that day. Dwlat was hit by a bullet in her pelvis, but she survived.
After months of treatment, she recovered and resumed her daily struggle. She also never missed a chance to raise her voice in solidarity with her people at protests.
On May 14, 2018, when the United States officially transferred its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, 60 Palestinian protesters were killed and nearly 3,000 were wounded at the Gaza-Israel fence. Dwlat was shot in her right thigh, the bullet penetrating the bone and cutting through the artery.
Her health has deteriorated quickly since then, and she is now unable to work. But Israel still has not approved her application to be transferred to Al-Makassed Hospital in Jerusalem to receive treatment.
Yet, Dwlat insists she will continue to be an active and empowered member of the Gaza community, even if it means joining the protests along the Gaza fence on crutches.
In truth, these women embody the remarkable spirit and courage of every Palestinian woman living under Israeli Occupation and siege in the West Bank and Gaza.
They endure and persist, despite the massive price they pay and continue the struggle of generations of courageous Palestinian women who came before them.
Jewish settlers regularly set fire to Palestinian lands, destroying crops and olive trees
By Ramona Wadi
In less than three months, Jewish settlers have destroyed over 2,000 trees and grapevines in the occupied West Bank. Rights group B’Tselem has issued a detailed report on this destruction, including testimony from Palestinian farmers. Bales of hay and barley fields were also destroyed. The destruction wrought by Israel’s settler-colonists equates Palestinian agriculture to terrorism; slogans sprayed on Palestinian property following the destruction included “No to farmer terrorism”.
The personal testimonies show that Israel has once again refused to act in order to deter settler violence against Palestinians and their land. Ultimately, the aim is to displace Palestinians forcibly by terrorizing those seeking access to their own land. “This process has erected invisible walls throughout the West Bank, which Palestinians know crossing will expose them to violence and even danger to their lives,” says B’Tselem.
Israel is using complementary forms of violence: direct destruction by targeting crops and using the same destruction to levy a psychological threat against the colonized population. In the documented cases, the destruction was so severe that new plants have to be cultivated, thus having a negative impact on the sliver of economic independence that Palestinians can gain from agriculture.
There is an outcome of resilience mingled with imposed resignation; the farmers will still tend to their fields yet the threat of another round of settler violence fuelled by impunity is always imminent. No matter how well rights organizations document the violations, though, the Palestinians have no recourse other than awareness. This is partly because Israel has moved ahead in terms of normalizing colonial expansion.
Hassan ‘Issa discovered that 168 out of 250 grapevines in his fields had been destroyed by settlers. “What happened to my vines feels like a terrible injustice, and I feel incredibly frustrated and sad.” It is painful to read this. Compare the vagueness of ‘Issa’s statement — made in the knowledge that there are no rights for the colonized in apartheid Israel — with the threat left by the settlers: “No to farmer terrorism.”
The value of people and land is misplaced to set the accelerated pace for forced displacement and a re-enactment of the image of Palestine being barren, one of the false premises behind Palestine’s colonization by Israel. The only difference is that Israel now prefers sustained acts of violence that are documented and discussed almost routinely.
“Farmer terrorism” is, of course, a complete falsehood, yet it is on such premises that expansion has been facilitated. The more that Israel utilizes such absurd claims, the further it is removed from reprimand by the international community. This lends Israel ample time and space — and total immunity — to construct its variety of “terror” narratives to make such purported threats endemic to its settler-colonial presence. Why would anyone even seek to challenge the notion of “farmer terrorism”? At first glance, it is void of any logic; a second reading flaunts its depravity, embodied by state and settlers alike.
Palestinian resilience has always laid bare the Zionist myths. Having no other means to sustain itself, Israel is eager to create the conditions for myths to become a manifested reality, even if it means acknowledging Palestinian existence through accusations which serve to embellish its purported “security concerns”. Nothing, though, justifies the wanton destruction of crops by illegal Jewish settlers or anyone else.
Scores of Palestinians were killed and thousands wounded as Israeli soldiers continue to open fire at Palestinians protesters at the Gaza border. The Palestine Chronicle is following the developing story.
Saturday, July 14
Gaza Under Attack
7:00 pm (GMT + 3)
Two Palestinian children were killed and dozens injured so far, after Israeli warplanes bombed a building in Gaza City, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health in the besieged Gaza Strip.
Ziad Jadallah Bureim was also shot dead while he was participating in the protests in southern Gaza Strip, while Imad Nabil Abu Darabi, 26, was killed east of Jabalia town in northern Gaza Strip, Wafa added.
525 casualties reported, including 26 children, two paramedics, and five journalists. 192 people transferred to hospital, including 92 injured by live ammunition.
Death Toll Mounts as Protests Continue
Gaza’s Health Ministry says that two Palestinians have been killed and more than 500 protesters have been wounded by Israeli forces at the Gaza Border.
Palestinian photojournalist Mohammed Albaba (AFP) was shot in his leg by an Israeli sniper at the Gaza border.
Israeli Snipers in Action
Israeli snipers are shooting at unarmed protesters at the Gaza border.
Great Return March@GreatReturnMa
Video shows the moment of targeting Palestinian unarmed protester by israeli terrorist sniper around 100 meters away from the fence.
What a hard severe injury#GreatReturnMarch#AlQudsDay
Palestinians called for a march to Jerusalem today.
Tuesday, June 5
The Israeli army had today deployed large numbers of troops along its border fence with Gaza in anticipation of protests to mark Naksa Day, the anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, Golan Heights and its annexation of Jerusalem.
Speaking to reporters at a White House briefing, White House spokesman Raj Shah accuses Hamas’ leaders of making a “gruesome and unfortunate propaganda attempt” after the killing of 55 Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces.
Deputy press secretary Raj Shah said the White House believes Hamas is “solely” responsible for the deaths of more than 50 people who were killed during clashes with Israeli security forces on the Gaza border https://cnn.it/2GfYRNL
“Shocking killing of dozens, injury of hundreds by Israeli live fire in #Gaza must stop now. The right to life must be respected. Those responsible for outrageous human rights violations must be held to account. The int’l community needs to ensure justice for victims” – #Zeid.
“The Hamas terrorist organisation declares it intends to destroy Israel and send thousands to breach the border fence in order to achieve this goal. We will continue to act with determination to protect our sovereignty and citizens.”
May 14, 9:00 pm (GMT+3)
Kuwait requests an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council on Tuesday, the country’s mission to the UN said Monday, condemning Israeli army’s conduct in Gaza.
#Saudi & Kuwait call for urgent UNSC meeting to discuss Gaza : 43 Killed by Israel forces, >1800 wounded
سكاي نيوز عربية-الآن
مندوبو فلسطين والسعودية والكويت في الأمم المتحدة يدعون إلى جلسة طارئة لمجلس الأمن لبحث التطورات في غزة
The Department of International Relations released this statement:
“The latest attack has resulted in scores of other Palestinian citizens reported injured, and the wanton destruction of property. Given the indiscriminate and gravity of the latest Israeli attack, the South African government has taken a decision to recall Ambassador Sisa Ngombane with immediate effect until further notice.”
The French presidency condemned “the violence” in Gaza on Monday after 52 Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli forces during protests over the US embassy opening in Jerusalem.
“We will use all of our available rights in the security council to see it shouldering its responsibility to condemn this massacre and bring those responsible to justice. Very tragic that they (America) are celebrating illegal action while Israel is injuring and killing thousands of Palestinians.”
May 14, 7:08 pm (GMT+3)
The Palestinian Ministry of Health has put out a call on Twitter for people in Gaza to head to donation centers to donate their blood.
UPDATE: 37 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in Gaza today, confirmed by the Gaza Ministry of Health. pic.twitter.com/B6t4N2d532
UPDATE: The Gaza Ministry of Health confirms 41 Palestinians have been killed, including 5 children and nearly 2000 injured. Doctors are asking people for blood donations for the injured. pic.twitter.com/9mC2UD7fEw
Palestinian leaders and Arab-Israeli MKs have accused Israel of committing a “massacre” in Gaza.
Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said Israel was threatening Palestinian protesters with “killing and terrorism” and condemned the show of violence against unarmed protesters.
May 14, 3:31 pm (GMT+3)
At least 30 people have now been killed by Israeli forces in Gaza, with over 1,600 injured.
Fadi Abu Saleh, whose legs were amputated during the first Israeli war on Gaza, was killed today by occupation forces while participating in the Great March of Return #مسيرة_العودة_الكبرى#مليونية_العودة
الشهيد فادي أبو صلاح (29 عاما) بُترت قدماه في الحرب الإسرائيلية الأولى على غزة، ويشارك في مسيرات العودة بشكل يومي الى أن ارتقى اليوم شهيداً برصاص الاحتلال شرق خانيونس
At least two children are believed to be among the total death toll for today, as well as double leg amputee Fadi Abu Saleh, 29, who was reported to have been shot by Israeli forces in the east of the Strip, despite being bound to a wheelchair.
May 14, 3:26 pm (GMT+3)
At least 25 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza and more than 900 others wounded as the Israeli army fired live ammunition and teargas and firebombs at protesters assembled along several points near the fence with Israel.
An explosion in the east of Rafah is also believed to have killed three people, according to Quds News.
Tens of thousands of Palestinians have arrived to participate in the rally.
Monday’s protest comes ahead of the annual commemorations of the Nakba, or “catastrophe”, when the state of Israel was established on May 15, 1948, which led to the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their villages.
The protests were also planned to coincide with the moving of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in line with the US’ recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December, furthering stoking tensions and angering Palestinians.
Protests also kicked off in the occupied West Bank cities of Ramallah and Hebron, as a response to the US embassy move. In Ramallah, Palestinians are expected to protest from the city center to the Qalandia military checkpoint, the main northern crossing separating Ramallah from Jerusalem.
The demonstrations in the Gaza Strip are part of a weeks-long protest calling for the right of return for Palestinian refugees to the areas they were forcibly expelled from in 1948.
Organizers of the Great March of Return say they are expecting as many as one million people to join the demonstration and attempt to cross the fence with Israel from various points across the border.