Israel strikes children’s UN-run school in Gaza

This is not the first time that Israel bombs schools. During Israeli offensive on Gaza in 2008/9, Israeli occupation bombed UN-run school with white phosphorus, causing over 100 deaths and several hundreds wounded

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Israeli aircraft bombed on Thursday night several places in Gaza, including children’s UN-run school in the north-western side of the besieged enclave.

Palestinian Interior Ministry said that an Israeli war drone launched a missile at Al Shate’ Elementary School for Boys in the West of Gaza.

The UN Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) confirmed that an Israeli war drone bombed one of its schools located in Al Shate’ Refugee Camp in the northwest of Gaza City.

No human casualties were reported in the attack, but security and UN sources reported material damage.

Due to insecure situation, the UNRWA said that it closed its school until the remains of the missile is removed the damage is repaired.

It is worth noting that the Israeli occupation claimed it attacked military targets in Gaza belonged to the Palestinian Resistance Movement Hamas, but this proves that the Israeli claims were false.

This is not the first time that Israel bombs UN-run school.

One of its attacks took place during the Israeli offensive on Gaza in 2008/9 when Al Fakhoura School was bombed with white phosphorus as civilians were taking refuge inside it.

More than 100 Palestinian civilians were killed and several hundreds were wounded.

(Source / 13.08.2020)

Again, Israeli airstrikes hit besieged Gaza Strip

Israeli occupation uses different pretexts to attack the Gaza Strip in order to terrorise its 2 million residents

Israeli occupation jets, tanks and artilleries bombed several areas across besieged Gaza Strip; Health Ministry in Gaza reported 53 trauma cases.

The Israeli heavy attacks caused much material damage in civilian buildings and agricultural farms across the besieged enclave.

Interior Ministry reported that the attacks targeted a number of security bases and watchtowers along the eastern side of the Strip.

About the attacks, the Israeli occupation army claimed that it targeted infrastructure of the Palestinian resistance.

Israeli occupation uses different pretexts to attack the Gaza Strip in order to terrorise its 2 million residents.

The Israeli occupation turned the Gaza Strip into an open-air prison since 2007, when it imposed a strict siege over its people as a punishment for practicing their right if choosing their rulers through free elections.

(Source / 12.08.2020)

Israel closes main Gaza border crossings, tightening 14-year-old siege

Gaza Strip, with more than 2 million residents, have been under a strict Israeli siege since mid-2007

Israel occupation decided on Tuesday to close the Karem abu Salem crossing, Gaza’s main commercial trade route, to all entries except humanitarian aid and fuel.

The Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation said Defence Minister Benny Gantz ordered the closure due to the continued launching of incendiary balloons from Gaza.

A Palestinian official said that the Israeli occupation had been preventing the entry of construction materials to the Palestinian side for a couple of days.

Israeli media reported that tens of fires broke out near the eastern Gaza borders due to the launching of balloons towards Israeli settlements.

Gaza Strip, with more than 2 million residents, have been under a strict Israeli siege since mid-2007.

(Source / 11.08.2020)

Israeli warplanes strike Gaza Strip

Tens of Palestinian children and women reported admitted to hospitals for trauma treatment

Israeli warplanes attacked on Sunday night several areas across the occupied besieged Gaza Strip causing sever material damage in property.

The warplanes attacked farms in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia, causing huge fire in agricultural crops.

At the same time, the Israeli occupation forces opened its artillery fire at the Palestinian farms, east of the central area of the Gaza Strip.

Eyewitnesses said that a tractor and a number of agricultural equipment were damaged and water will used to irrigate hundreds of dunams of citrus and olive fields.

(Source / 10.08.2020)

What’s the capital of Israel? Not Jerusalem, says an Italian Court

Court of Rome’s Human Rights and Immigration ruled that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel, but the capital of Palestine, reinforcing Italian recognition that Jerusalem is occupied Palestinian city

Italian court has ended controversy sparked by popular Italian television show regarding whether Jerusalem is Israel’s capital or not, stressing that it is Palestinian occupied city.

Flavio Insinna, the host of the popular Italian television quiz, L’Eredita, asked a competitor about Israel’s capital and got the answer: Tel Aviv. He did not accept the answer and went on to correct the contestant by saying it was Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Association in Italy, and the Association of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, however, were not happy.

The Italian courts – where the matter ended up – agreed. The subsequent court ruling stated that “International law does not recognise Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.”

On June 5, Insinna tried to end the controversy by reading out a clarification. “We can involuntarily find ourselves at the centre of a controversy that calls into question events that certainly do not belong to a programme like ours to intervene.

“On the issue, however, there are different positions. In view of this, we must not enter into such a delicate dispute, and we apologise for having raised it involuntarily.”

The case, which was settled in the Court of Rome’s Human Rights and Immigration division, found that “it is the Italian state that does not recognise Jerusalem as the capital.”

The court went on to clarify itself

“It is known that on December 21, 2017, Italy voted in favour of the United Nations General Assembly resolution that rejected the United States’ decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“As it is known, the United Nations itself has repeatedly talked about the issue, condemning the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and East Jerusalem, and denying any legal validity to Israel’s decisions to make it its capital.”

The court concluded: “The UN resolutions constitute conventional law directly applicable in our legal system. Taking for granted that the city of Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel is the dissemination of incorrect information.

“Defining the issue as a ‘dispute’, as was done by RAI [the Italian television station], is not enough to correct what happened”.

Italy’s national broadcaster, RAI, was ordered to pay all costs.

(Source / 09.08.2020)

Israeli forces shoot dead Palestinian mother of 3 kids in West Bank

Director of Palestinian Red Crescent said that Israeli occupation forces opened fire at an ambulance that evacuated the young mother from her house

Israeli occupation forces shot dead on Friday 23-year-old Palestinian mother of three children in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin.

Palestinian Health Ministry confirmed that Dalia Samoudi was shot by the Israeli forces in the chest at dawn and suffered critical wounds.

In the afternoon, the ministry pronounced the young mother dead.

The mother was shot while she was in the kitchen of her house preparing breakfast for her three little children.

According to the ministry statement, she was shot with a bullet that penetrated her liver, pancreas and aortic artery.

In the early morning hours of today, Israeli forces raided al-Jaberiyyat neighborhood, where they interrogated and threatened to re-arrest a former prisoner after breaking into his house.

During the raid, the Israeli occupation forces opened fire towards local teens who attempted to block their passage.

Mahmoud al-Sa‘di, the director of the Palestinian Red Crescent, said that the Israeli occupation forces directly opened fire at an ambulance trying to reach and evacuate the the mother from her house, with two bullets that penetrated it.

(Source / 08.08.2020)

Israel whitewashes its barbarism through offering help to Lebanon

Lebanon does not want help from the state that invented the Dahiya Doctrine, which is a military strategy based on destroying civilian infrastructure under the claim of preventing combatants from using it

By Motasem A Dalloul

In the middle of the tragedy of Beirut, Israel offers to help Lebanon. Offers were ignored, but Israel insists to whitewash its barbarism through trying to persuade the world that it has a humanitarian face.

A massive explosion hit the Lebanese Port of Beirut on Tuesday, causing much havoc in the capital city, with more than 140 deaths and 5,000 wounded, while hundreds are still missing raising fears that the death toll will rise significantly.

The blast turned more than 300,000 people homeless according to the governor of the city, and the Lebanese authorities declared Beirut a “disaster city” before imposing a two-week state of emergency.

Eyewitnesses confirmed that the wounded are stranded in hospitals with long waiting times for medical attention. The country, which has already been suffering severe humanitarian, economic and political crises, is clearly unable to deal with such a large-scale disaster.

However, several countries including Turkey, Qatar, Jordan and Iraq have already sent field hospitals and medical aid after the Lebanese Health Minister Hamad Hassan expressed on Thursday that the country needed more assistance to deal with the aftermath of the catastrophe.

“We are in contact with Arab and European countries to secure medical aid for Lebanon,” Hassan told Sawt Lebnan Radio. “What is required today is to set up field hospitals in the capital and this should include military hospitals.”

Amid the heart-breaking disaster, several Israeli occupation officials affirmed that Israel is ready to help Lebanon. Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi disclosed that Israel approached Lebanon through international defence and diplomatic channels to offer the government humanitarian aid.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed National Security Council Head Meir Ben-Shabbat to speak with United Nations (UN) Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov to clarify how Israel can further assist Lebanon.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin offered his condolences for the deceased and injured, tweeting: “We share the pain of the Lebanese people and sincerely reach out to offer our aid at this difficult time.”

Of course, Lebanon has so far ignored Israel and the Israeli offers of aid despite this tweet posted by the spokesperson of the Israeli occupation forces: “This is the time to transcend any conflict.”

In fact, Lebanon, which has endured national hardship even before the explosion occurred, is in need of any assistance offered – but not from Israel – which early this week pledged to destroy its infrastructure.

During meetings with Israeli Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi and other members of the general staff held last Thursday, Gantz instructed the Israeli Defence Forces to bomb Lebanese infrastructure in any potential conflict with Lebanon. This came following days of tension in the northern front.

Lebanon does not want help from the state that invented the Dahiya Doctrine, which is a military strategy based on destroying civilian infrastructure under the claim of preventing combatants from using it.

To achieve this end, the Israeli forces are allowed to employ disproportionate power. This strategy is named after the Dahiya neighbourhood of Beirut which was completely destroyed by Israel in 2006.

The former Israeli Defence Minister Naftali Bennett once told the Israeli daily Haaretz that: “The Lebanese institutions, its infrastructure, airport, power stations, traffic junctions, Lebanese Army bases – they should all be legitimate targets if a war breaks out. That’s what we should already be saying to them and the world now. If Hezbollah fires missiles at the Israeli home front, this will mean sending Lebanon back to the Middle Ages.”

Gantz, who declared that he approached Lebanon through international and diplomatic channels to offer humanitarian aid, once bragged about the destruction of the Gaza Strip and sending it back to the Stone Age.

As he put his foot at the doorstep of politics, the former Israeli chief of staff took pride in the killing of Palestinians. Only recently in 2014, when he was chief of staff, his army killed more than 2,260 Palestinians in a 51-day onslaught in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu, who claimed that he contacted a UN envoy on the same day of the explosion to inform him that Israel is ready to help Lebanon, was reported by Israeli media as threatening to attack Lebanon as tension between the two countries increased.

Referring to his threats, he avowed: “These are not vain words; they have the weight of the State of Israel and the IDF behind them and this should be taken seriously.”

This is enough to prove that Israel is not a state that offers humanitarian aid, but rather causes humanitarian tragedies. It is a state built on the bones and skulls of Palestinians who have been living in Palestine for thousands of years, and the Zionist Jews killed them and displaced them under the pretext that they are “God’s chosen people” who are entitled to live alone in the Holy Land.

Like most people around the world, I do not believe that Israel has a humanitarian face. When it proposes humanitarian help, surely it has in mind another purpose – possibly collecting intelligence in Beirut.

If Israel has a humanitarian face, why is it imposing a strict siege on the Gaza Strip and preventing its residents from receiving proper treatment? Why is it cutting the occupied West Bank into cantons and surrounding Palestinian cities and villages with the apartheid wall? Why does it not offer proper medical treatment for prisoners inside its jails, resulting in unnecessary, senseless deaths every year? There exists an unlimited number of similar questions.

I am sure that the real Israeli face was reflected through the veteran Israeli politician, Chairman of Zehut Party Moshe Feiglin. He celebrated the Beirut explosion and claimed it was a “gift” from Gaza to the Jewish people, claiming that he wished Israel was responsible for it.

The former Israeli MK posted on Facebook on Wednesday: “In honour of [Tu B’Av – the Jewish holiday of love which took place on Tuesday and Wednesday], we got a ‘spectacular pyrotechnics show’ in the Port of Beirut. If it was us, and I hope it was us, then we should be proud of it, and with that we will create a balance of terror. By avoiding saying it’s us – we are putting ourselves on the dark side of morality.” This is the real Israel, not the one claiming to belong to humanity.

Feiglin thanked God for organising such a “marvellous celebration”, referring to the blast. “Today is Tu B’Av, it is a day to rejoice – and a sincere and great thanks to the Lord and all the geniuses and heroes (!) who organised this marvellous celebration in honour of the holiday of love,” he wrote.

This is Israel – no more, no less.

(Source / 08.08.2020)

It is early to leave us alone, Palestinian infant tells his mother killed by Israeli forces

Opening fire at the ambulance which evacuated the Palestinian mother, who was critically wounded, proves that the Israeli occupation intentionally wanted her to die

By Thayer Abu Bakr

On Friday at dawn, Israeli occupation forces raided the West Bank city of Jenin and opened fire at Palestinians. A live bullet penetrated wall of Palestinian, hit young mother and ended her life.

“I am hit, Bassem. Take care of the children,” Dalia Smoudi, 23, yelled to her husband before she fell on the ground, bleeding after she was hit by a fatal Israeli bullet in the chest that penetrated the liver, pancreas and artery.

Friday at dawn, when, Dalia, a Palestinian mother, was preparing breakfast for her children, a bullet surprised her. She did not know that closing the windows of her kitchen to protect her 4-month-old baby, Iyas, and his brother, Siraj, who is a year-and-a-half, would be the last thing to do to protect her kids in this life.

After the Israeli occupation forces, which raided the West Bank city of Jenin had fired heavy tear gas and this toxic gas started to enter into her kitchen, Dalia immediately decided to close the windows of her house, starting by the kitchen window.

Dalia’s father, Ahmad Istiti, himself a former prisoner who spent several intermittent periods in the prisons of the Israeli occupation, told WAFA, with pain in his heart: “I had Dalia while I was a prisoner in the occupation jails in 1996, and I named her Dalia (grapevines) as a reflection of my belonging and love for Palestine, its land and its grapes.”

He added: “The cold-blooded murder of my daughter is not the first and it will not be the last. It is a systematic policy by the occupiers against our women, children and elderly people while they are in their homes without any real deterrent that would stop this tragedy that is repeated continuously.”

Dalia did not pose a threat to the occupiers when she was shot, he said, adding that, the unruliness of the soldiers was evident when they opened fire at the Red Crescent ambulance that came to save her life, hitting it with two bullets.

“Why was my niece murdered?” wondered Dalia’s uncle, Omar. “She was martyred while holding her children, trying to protect them from the bullets of the occupation forces and the teargas canisters they were madly shooting everywhere, as usual, without any consideration for anyone’s life.”

Dalia’s grieving mother, still under shock, had only to call on her daughter not to leave them. “Don’t go away, Dalia. Stay with us,” she said as she wept by her side while getting ready to bury her.

While holding putting his cute infant between his two arms and closing him to his chest, husband of the beautiful Palestinian mother spoke on behalf of the little kid saying: “It is early to leave us alone. We still need you.”

(Source / 08.08.2020)

Israel offer help to Lebanon might be cover to harvest organs like what happened in Haiti

Israel has been known as the hub for human organs trafficking. Several international reports proved this and provided details about it

Israel offered to send humanitarian aid to Lebanon to deal with consequences of explosion at Port of Beirut, but this might be the guise to harvest organs like what happened in Haiti.

On Wednesday, Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi issued a joint statement to say that Israel approached Lebanon through international defence and diplomatic channels to offer the government humanitarian aid.

Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed National Security Council head Meir Ben-Shabbat to speak with UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov in order to clarify how Israel can further assist Lebanon.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin offered his condolences for the dead and injured. In a tweet that was posted in Arabic, Hebrew and English, Rivlin wrote: “We share the pain of the Lebanese people and sincerely reach out to offer our aid at this difficult time.”

But humanitarian offers might be the guise that Israel would use to cover potential organs harvesting like what allegedly happened in Haiti more than a decade ago or at least to collect intelligence material.

Israel has been known as the hub for human organs trafficking. Several international reports proved this and provided details about it.

(Source / 06.08.2020)

Remembering Israel’s 2014 attack on Gaza’s universities

At the height of the 2014 onslaught on Gaza, Israel shelled kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, UN run education facilities and several higher education centres


Six years ago, Israeli occupation forces targeted the Islamic University of Gaza (IUG) in one of the deadliest military offensives against the two million Palestinians living within the besieged enclave.

The bombardment left 2,251 people dead, with more than 11,000 wounded, according to Palestinian and UN sources.

A further half a million Palestinians were displaced. Six years on, the UN has complied an extensive report on the scale of destruction to Gaza’s higher education facilities during the 51-day onslaught which began 8 July 2014.


The occupied Gaza Strip


2 August 2014

What happened?

At the height of the 2014 onslaught on Gaza, Israel shelled kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, UN run education facilities and several higher education centres.

A UN report found that the centres of learning were directly targeted during the deadly attack on the besiegedpopulation. Over 2,251 Palestinians were killed, 500 of whom were children.

Israel’s military offensive on the Gaza Strip took place against the backdrop of a second Palestinian unity government being formed in early June by the Islamic Resistance Movement — Hamas — in the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

Threatened by the reconciliation between the two main Palestinian factions, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that the PA had to choose between peace with Hamas or peace with Israel.

Ten days later, on 12 June, three Israeli settlers went missing in the West Bank, an incident for which Israel blamed Hamas, despite providing no evidence to back the allegation.

Netanyahu also stated that the kidnapping proved that the unity pact between the Palestinian factions could not be endorsed.

In the aftermath of the abduction, Israel launched a crackdown on alleged Hamas associates in the West Bank, triggering a cycle of events which led to the Zionist state launching a full scale military invasion of Gaza dubbed “Operative Protective Edge”.

What happened next?

The Islamic University of Gaza, which has nearly 20,000 students was targeted along with dozens of other higher education institutions (HEIs).

A UN school was also targeted during the bombings prompting outrage from the international community – including the US, which said it was “appalled” by the “disgraceful” shelling of the UN run school.

Sparking some of the harshest language ever to be directed against the Zionist state, Washington called the attack “totally unacceptable and totally indefensible.”

Student deaths, caused by disproportionate Israeli shelling, made up more than a quarter – or 27.4 per cent – of total civilian deaths incurred in Gaza. In total, 407 students from 20 out of 26 HEI’s were killed.

While male students accounted for the highest number of deaths, a total of 38 female students also lost their lives, 15 of whom were studying at the IUG and ten at Al-Quds Open University.

With 95 fatalities, IUG also suffered the heaviest male deaths; followed by Al-Aqsa (49 deaths) and Al-Quds Open University (44 deaths).

Of the 626 students that were injured, 286 suffered “shrapnel wounds, including fractures”. A further 235 incurred “shrapnel wounds, other wounds & fractures, including burns” according to the UN report.

Israel’s bombardment caused extensive damages to the homes of students. Pupils at 23 out of 26 HEIs had their homes destroyed.

A total of 7,169 students – or 7.5 per cent of the student population at all HEIs – were affected in this manner. The worst affected were enrolled at Al-Azhar University, where 3,932 pupils – 66 per cent of all students at the institution – lost their homes.

Five IUG staff members made up a total of nine academics and administrative staff that were killed in four HEIs. Another 21 suffered injuries. The homes of 393 staff were destroyed in the bombings, including 31 that belonged to teachers at the IUG.

Large-scale damage and destruction to HEI buildings, facilities and equipment during the bombardment totalled more than $16 million. While the total cost of the damage and destruction to Gaza’s homes and infrastructure has been estimated at $7.8 billion.

The stark and shocking details of the destruction was uncovered in the UN report. It shows how HEIs were attacked by Israeli drone strikes, high explosive anti-tank weapons, and direct and indirect air strikes.

Such indiscriminate attack, concluded the report, deliberately placed students and lecturers on the front line of the conflict and left many sites littered with explosive remnants of war. Given the level of damage at some sites, students and staff could face ongoing and serious risks to their safety.

The UN urged the international community to protect Gaza’s HEIs and safeguard the right to education for its besieged population guaranteed under international law.

(Source / 06.08.2020)