JK Rowling’s letter in effect lets Israel continue the ethnic cleansing of Palestine

The ‘Culture for Co-Existence’ letter is a litany of the tired tropes and doublespeak employed by Israel and her apologists.

JK Rowling and Palestine

HOW disappointing to see JK Rowling and Hilary Mantel signing this nefarious letter calling for the need for ‘cultural bridges’ with Israel.

The letter, assembled by a new organisation calling itself Culture for Co-Existence, is a litany of the tired tropes and doublespeak employed by Israel and her apologists.

It opens, point blank, saying, “We do not believe cultural boycotts are acceptable.” Within two sentences the reader finds herself in the patrician hallways of the British conservative, being simply instructed what to think, what is polite. Cultural boycotts are never acceptable?Ever?

The lazy argumentation continues, with the limp disbelief that “the letter you published accurately represents opinion in the cultural world in the UK.” This is in reference to a letter published by Artists For Palestine UK in which 1000 UK cultural workers pledged to boycott Israel until it reverses its policies of apartheid and ethnic cleansing.

The letter struggles on with a series of meaningless assertions about the need to “inform and encourage dialogue” to “further peace.” When you’re dealing with the mechanized destruction of an entire people by one of the most technologically advanced and diplomatically shielded militaries in the history of mankind then talk, in 2015, of ‘cultural engagement’ is nothing more than further cover for Israel’s continuing colonization of what remains of Palestine.

Let us consider what the last twenty years of dialogue, mutual engagement and negotiation have brought us.

Since the Oslo Accords were signed in 1993 the Israeli government has constructed 53,000 homes to house 500,000 new settler-colonists in the West Bank, has subjected Gaza to a medieval siege for over 6 years, destroyed 15,000 Palestinian homes, expelled 11,000 Palestinians from Jerusalem and divided the West Bank into 167 segregated population zones that are divided from each other by a 440km cement wall and 522 military checkpoints.

It has suppressed a popular uprising and launched four major offensives that have left over 7,000 Palestinians dead.

Israel, for all of those years (and we’re not even going back to 1948 here), has enjoyed full diplomatic and economic relations with all the world’s major players, it is at the centre of global trade in arms, hi-tech and diamonds. It competes in European sporting and musical competitions and enjoys European trade benefits. It has the US Congress in thrall to its every whim and has an army of lobbyists at work in every Western capital. Israel does not suffer from a shortage of ‘bridges.’

Words such as ‘dialogue,’ ‘peace’ and ‘bridges’ are hallmarks of the peace industry that has built up around Palestine in these years since 1993.

Development money was released in reward for the PLO signing Oslo and foreign NGOs quickly came pouring into the West Bank armed with a new lexicon designed for annual reports and donor drives and an ultimate perpetuation of conflict and salaries.

In this new language ‘peace’ means ‘submission’ and ‘dialogue’ means ‘silence.’ It’s not an Apartheid Wall, it’s a Separation Barrier – sometimes even fence. It’s not a ‘massacre’ it’s ‘fighting.’ The word justice is nowhere to be found. When Rowling’s letter states that “cultural engagement builds bridges, nurtures freedom and positive movement for change” one can only applaud the crisp professional meaninglessness of it.

Who do we have to thank for this exercise in euphemistic insincerity?

They call themselves ‘Culture for Co-Existence’ and the coordinators include: an Executive Board member of One Family Israel, ‘a leading support organisation that deals with victims of terror in Israel’; the executive director of Friends of Israel Educational Foundation; an Israeli software designer whose Facebook profile picture is a big Star of David and an investment banker who assists campaigns for the charity Jewish Care.

Surely the Culture of Co-Existence Clan is missing something? Could they not find a single House Arab to sign on with them? Or did they decide that wasn’t even necessary?

Who exactly are they planning on co-existing with?

And then you realise. They are not actually talking about dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians. They are talking about dialogue between themselves and Israel. The Palestinians are irrelevant.

Peace, here, means being left at peace to keep doing business with the last apartheid state of the modern world. Dialogue and cultural exchange, in this lexicon, means that if speak out about Israel then you can exchange your job for another one.

In just the last week both the US State Department and MSNBC have had to retract statements that fell short of the Israel lobby’s standards. What chance, then, do independent institutions like London’s Tricycle Theatre have to exercise their moral right to refuse funding from an apartheid state? The answer: none.

Because, remember, according to JK Rowling, cultural boycotts are never acceptable. A travelling troupe of KKK improvistas wants to ‘re-interpret’ a lynching in your school’s theatre to show the other side of the story? Right this way, sir. A cultural boycott would only single out white men from Mississippi unfairly when the world is so variously filled with wrong.

The Tricycle Theatre, like several politicians, popstars and athletes, was laid siege to last year when it tried to turn down Israeli government funding.  They were quickly dialogued into submission and bridges were forced onto them in a manner reminiscent of the British Opium Wars.

Considering that Ms Rowling’s trade is in language it is deeply surprising to see her name attached to such a letter. Clearly this Co-Existence Coterie, which consists of her agent and two trustees of her charity, Lumos, came into being entirely for her signature.

Many of their fans hope, though, that Ms Rowling and Ms Mantel reconsider their position and remove their names from this document. It is nothing more than a plea to allow Israel to continue the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

Economic and cultural isolation worked to end apartheid in South Africa and it can end it in Palestine too. If it is peace that people actually want, they have to recognize that it can only come with justice.

(Source / 27.10.2015)

IOF soldiers detain two sisters in al-Khalil

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detained two Palestinian sisters at one of the gates of al-Haram al-Ibrahimi Mosque in al-Khalil before noon Tuesday.

Eyewitnesses told the PIC reporter that Jihan and Noor Uraikat were about to enter the Mosque when the soldiers manning a barrier near it stopped them.

They added that the sisters, from Abu Dis in eastern Jerusalem, were searched then blindfolded and taken in an army jeep to an unknown detention center.

The locals pointed out that the same barrier witnessed the IOF killing of the girl Danya Ersheid three days ago.

(Source / 27.10.2015)

Dutch MPs call for halt to service dog exports to Israel

MPs from the opposition Liberal democrats D66, the left-wing green GroenLinks and the Socialist Party have asked the cabinet to stop selling dogs to the Israeli army. On Monday, the NRC reported that dogs sent to the Israeli army are used against Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, despite an EU ban on the export of strategic goods such as pistols and camouflage paint. ‘Service dogs’ do not fall under the same heading for exports, but the paper questions this because the Dutch police and defence ministry classify these dogs as ‘means to violence’ just like pepper spray and fire arms.

Israeli Army Exercise; Urban Warfare - A file photo of an Israeli soldier with dog

A file photo of an Israeli soldier with dog

Palestinians, including minors, are often bitten by Dutch dogs and the use of dogs is increasing as violence in the region flares up again. ‘It is very clear Dutch dogs are being used as weapons by the Israeli army and for suppressing the Palestinian people. They should not be supplied,’ SP spokesman Harry Bommel said. Palestinian officials have also called for the export of service dogs to be halted. ‘The dogs are being used to strengthen the illegal occupation. That makes the Netherlands jointly liable for the crimes which follow on from this,’ spokesman Hanana Ashrawi told the NRC. On Thursday, the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, prime minister Rami Hamdallah and foreign minister Riyad Al-Malki will be in the Netherlands for talks on cooperation between the two countries.

(Source / 27.10.2015)

Israeli forces storm East Jerusalem hospital, seize medical records

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Tuesday raided al-Makassed Hospital in the al-Tur neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem and seized the medical file of one of its patients, a staff member told Ma’an.The staff member said that “undercover” special units had stormed the hospital’s emergency department, demanding to see the file of a Palestinian they said was treated at the hospital several days before.They said that they had permission from an Israeli court to take the file, and refused to leave until it was handed over.An Israeli police spokesperson said he had no information of the incident.Israeli forces have frequently stormed hospitals to seize medical records and detain patients.At the beginning of the month, undercover forces, dressed as Palestinians, detained a Palestinian patient after storming al-Arabi Hospital in Nablus in the northern West Bank.In mid-October, the Palestine Red Crescent Society also decried the actions of Israeli forces toward its medical staff.The society said that Israeli forces had attacked its ambulance crews and detained Palestinian patients from inside ambulances. It said that the incidents were “a blatant violation” of international humanitarian law.

(Source / 27.10.2015)

Israel removes Waqf cameras in Al-Aqsa

File photo of Israeli forces at Al-Aqsa mosque compound

File photo of Israeli forces at Al-Aqsa mosque compound

Israeli police yesterday removed cameras that the Islamic Waqf in Jerusalem’s administration had installed at one of the entrances to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Director of the Waqf Sheikh Azzam Al-Khatib said.

In a written statement that was made available to the Anadolu Agency, Al-Khatib said: “Waqf teams installed surveillance cameras at the Mughrabi Gate but the Israeli police intervened and took them.”

“We condemn the Israeli intervention in the Awqaf’s affairs, and consider this a sign that Israel wants to install cameras to serve its interest only, and does not want cameras to show the truth,” he added.

Earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said: “Final arrangements for the manner and location of the cameras on the Temple Mount, which was agreed upon between Israel, Jordan and the United States, were supposed to be coordinated at the professional level.”

“The cameras will be installed according to the arrangements to be determined between the parties. Israel has already expressed its consent to start the process as soon as possible.”

The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, said on Saturday, after a meeting in Amman, Jordan, with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and King Abdullah II, that the latter suggested that surveillance cameras be installed to operate throughout the day in Al-Aqsa Mosque, and said that Netanyahu agreed to that “excellent suggestion”.

Palestinian territories and Arab towns in Israel are witnessing clashes that broke out between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces after extremist Jewish settlers repeatedly stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque under the protection of the Israeli army and police.

(Source / 27.10.2015)

Iraqi Government Quietly Gives Russia Green Light to Bomb ISIS in Iraq

Once it became clear that Moscow and Tehran had jointly planned the incursion in Syria with Russia promising full air support and Iran pledging ground troops from Hezbollah, its various Shiite militias, and the IRGC, we immediately suggested that Iraq was next on the agenda after the Assad regime is restored.

For those unfamiliar with the situation on the ground, we encourage you to read “Who Really Controls Iraq? Inside Iran’s Powerful Proxy Armies,” in which we outline the extent to which Tehran effectively controls both the Iraqi military and the politicians in Baghdad.

The U.S. allows this because i) there’s really not much Washington can do about it, and ii) even if there was, it would mean first trying to root out Iranian influence on the political process and second attempting to separate the Shiite militias from the Iraqi regulars, which would only serve to weaken the country’s ability to resist Sunni extremists like ISIS. The other important thing to understand about Iran’s proxy armies in Iraq is that they are the very same militias fighting alongside the Russians in Syria (we mean “very same” in the most literal sense possible as they were called over the border by Quds commander Qassem Soleimani himself). This means they are Washington’s allies in Iraq but as soon as they cross the border into Syria, they become the targets of U.S.-supported and supplied rebels battling at Aleppo. Obviously, that makes absolutely no sense and is emblematic of just how schizophrenic Washington’s Mid-East strategy has become. It’s also worth noting that these are the same Shiite militias who, with Tehran’s blessing, attacked US troops in Iraq after George Bush destroyed the U.S.-Iran post-9/11 alliance by putting the country in his infamous “Axis Of Evil” (see here for more).

Meanwhile, flying missions over Iraq is the logical next step for The Kremlin in Russia’s bid to supplant the U.S. as Mid-East superpower puppet master. One would be hard pressed to come up with a more humiliating scenario for Washington than for the U.S. to be effectively kicked out of the country it “liberated” over a decade ago by Vladimir Putin on the excuse that try as they may (or may “not”, depending on how prone you are to conspiracy theories), the Americans are apparently not very good at fighting terror.

Just like in Syria, Russian airstrikes would be supported by Iran-backed fighters on the ground, and thanks to the IRGC’s grip over Iraqi politics, Moscow would find Baghdad very receptive to Russia’s presence in the country.

The U.S. knows all of this of course and in an effort to get out ahead of the situation, Washington sent Gen. Joseph Dunford (chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) to Iraq this week to issue what can only be described as a petulant, childish ultimatum to PM Haider al-Abadi. “It’s either us, or the Russians,”Abadi was told, although not specifically in those terms. Here’s what Dunford actually said:

“I said it would make it very difficult for us to be able to provide the kind of support you need if the Russians were here conducting operations as well. We can’t conduct operations if the Russians were operating in Iraq right now.”

Although the PM purportedly pledged not to request Russian assistance, anyone who’s followed the story knows Dunford’s trip was far too little, far too late.

ISIS has been running amok in Iraq for more than a year and the U.S. appears powerless to stop them. As we noted, there are several theories as to why Washington is so intent on keeping Moscow out. The common sense theory that requires no conspiratorial ruminations says that the U.S. is desperate to avoid ceding Baghdad to Russia and the Pentagon knows that with Iran already effectively in control of the army and the government, Russia would find a very receptive military and political environment. For those inclined to think that in addition to any initial support (i.e. funding and training prior to the official formation of ISIS), the U.S. is still supporting Islamic State, well then the worry for Washington is that Russia simply wipes them out.

Whatever the case, Iraq has apparently had just about enough of it and indeed, one of the reasons Dunford made the trip was that last week, Abadi said he would “welcome Russian airstrikes.” Throw in the brand new intelligence sharing center in Baghdad jointly staffed by Russia, Iran, and Syria and it’s pretty clear that despite what Abadi might have told Dunford to reassure the Pentagon, the “red” coats (if you will) are indeed coming.

Sure enough, according to Turkey’s state run Anadolu Agency, Russia has now received permission from Iraq to target ISIS convoys coming from Syria. Here’s more:

“The Iraqi government authorized Russia to target Daesh convoys coming from Syria, a senior Iraqi official said.

The authorization for Russia to target Daesh inside Iraq comes amid security coordination between Iraq, Russia, Iran and Syria.

Hakem al-Zamli, chief of the Iraqi parliament’s security and defense committee, told Anadolu Agency on Friday that the measure contributed to weakening Daesh by cutting off its supply routes.”

That will be just the beginning. We assume the whole “convoys from Syria” language is an effort on Baghdad’s part to make it sound like this isn’t a green light for Russia to take over the skies above Iraq but one certainly wonders how Washington intends to respond given that Abadi just told Dunford Iraq wouldn’t allow this to happen.

And that’s not all.

Russia has now created yet another intelligence sharing cell in the Mid-East, this time in Jordan as Moscow and Amman are set to work together to rout ISIS. Here’s RT:

“Russia and Jordan agreed to create a coordination center in Amman, which will be used by the two countries to share information on the counter-terrorism operations, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.

Russia is already in touch with Iran, Iraq and Syria through a Baghdad-based center used for the same purpose. 

Lavrov said Jordan would play a positive part in finding a political solution to the Syrian conflict through negotiations between Damascus and opposition forces, an outcome that Russia itself is pursuing. 

“Under an agreement between His Majesty King Abdullah II and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, the militaries of the two countries have agreed to coordinate their actions, including military aircraft missions over the Syrian territory,”Lavrov said. His Jordanian counterpart Nasser Judeh said the center would serve as an efficient communication tool for the militaries of the two nations.”

As you might recall, Jordan’s King Abdullah wasn’t exactly pleased after ISIS released a video showing a Jordanian pilot being burned alive. Here’s the visual message he sent to the group after the video surfaced:


Once again, it’s important to understand that this is all made possible by the fact that the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey decided to use extremist groups as their weapon of choice to destabilize Assad. That gives Moscow all the political and PR cover it needs to not only make a pure power play in Syria, but to establish closer diplomatic and political ties in Iraq and now Jordan. Thanks to the fact that the Western media has held up ISIS as the devil incarnate, The Kremlin has a foolproof cover story for what is quite clearly becoming a sweeping attempt to establish Russian influence across the region.

Finally, don’t forget that with each move Russia makes towards replacing the U.S. as Mid-East superpower puppet master, Iran gets that much closer to supplanting Saudi Arabia as regional power broker. The Kremlin’s alliance with Jordan plays right into that dynamic as the Moscow-Tehran nexus is literally encircling Riyadh, Doha, and the UAE…


(Source / 27.10.2015)

4 Palestinians kidnapped by IOF, others choke on tear gas in al-Khalil

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– At least four Palestinian youngsters were kidnapped and several others choked on tear gas at dawn Tuesday after the Israeli occupation forces rolled into al-Khalil’s northern town of Beit Ummar, in the southern West Bank.

Spokesperson for the popular anti-settlement committee Mohamed Awad said the Israeli occupation soldiers rolled into Beit Ummar town and ravaged scores of Palestinian family homes before they rounded up four Palestinians, including two minors.

The activist identified the captives as 15-year-old Muayad Abu Marieh and his 17-year-old brother Mohammed, along with Muhab Bahar, 21, and Nabil Abu Marieh, 30.

The IOF further summoned Muayad’s father, 42, and 11-year-old brother, Malek, along with the citizen Ahmad Abu Hashem for interrogation.

Scores of other Palestinian civilians sustained breathing disorders after they were hit by randomly-discharged barrages of tear gas canisters.

At least 45 Palestinians, including 22 minors, have been kidnapped by the Israeli occupation forces from Beit Ummar town since October 7, Awad further reported.

(Source / 27.10.2015)

20 families evacuated as rain brings floods to northern Gaza

Last year’s flooding in Gaza

GAZA (Ma’an) — Gaza’s Civil Defense had to evacuate 20 families from their homes as rain brought flooding to parts of the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday.Muhammad al-Majdanah, chief spokesperson for the Civil Defense, told Ma’an that 17 families were evacuated from the Jabalya area of northern Gaza and another three families from the nearby Beit Lahya.He said that a large fire had also broken out in a plastic factory near Beit Lahya due to a short circuit caused by the rainwater.Majdanah said that no injuries were reported, but the families’ homes were damaged by the floodwater, and the factory had suffered significant damage in the fire.Meanwhile, five Palestinian students were injured when their car flipped over in Gaza, apparently due to slippery roads.Gaza has been hit by severe flooding in the past.In December last year, a major storm left streets in Gaza City flooded with water and sewage, worsening the situation for more than 100,000 Palestinians left homeless by Israel’s offensive last summer.UNRWA said: “The flooding is exacerbating the already dire humanitarian situation in Gaza caused by blockade and the unprecedented destruction from the latest Israeli offensive.”The year before, in December 2013, heavy rain caused the displacement of more than 40,000 across the Gaza Strip.The floods are exacerbated by a chronic lack of fuel that limits how much water can be pumped out of flood-stricken areas.These fuel shortages are the result of an eight-year Israeli blockade, which also limits the import of other kinds of machinery related to pumping and sewage management that Gazans require to combat the floods.

(Source / 27.10.2015)

Three Palestinians killed on Monday; 61 Palestinians Killed This Month, Including 14 Children

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Three were killed by Israeli troops gunfire on Monday meanwhile at least 40 others injured as clashes continue all over the occupied West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza.

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Abdul-Rahman Obeidallah, 13, killed by the Israeli army in Bethlehem on October 8

Israeli soldiers shot and killed, on Monday morning, a young Palestinian man, at the Beit ‘Einoun Junction, north of the southern West Bank city of Hebron. Israeli media sources said the Palestinian was shot dead after stabbing a soldier. The slain Palestinian, Raed Jaradat, 22 years of age, from Sa’ir town, is a student of the Al-Quds Open University. He suffered multiple gunshot injuries, and was left to bleed to death, eyewitnesses said.

On Monday afternoon, two Palestinians young men were killed in two separate attacks in Hebron and nearby Sa’eer town. Sa’ed Al Atrash, 19, was killed by Israeli soldiers in Hebron old city near the Ibrahemi mosque. According to eyewitnesses, Sa’ed was walking home when soldiers operating a checkpoint ordered him to show them his ID card. As soon as he tried to get it out Israeli troops shot him then left him to bleed to death.

Meanwhile, Eyiad Jaradat, 19, was killed during clashes with invading Israeli troops in the southern entrance of Hebron city. According to Palestinian sources, Eyiad was shot in the head and was moved to Hebron city hospital for treatment but died of his wounds.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said that 61 including 14 children; Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since the beginning of this month. 43 of them have been killed in the occupied West Bank, and occupied Jerusalem, 17 in the Gaza Strip, including a pregnant woman and her two years of age child, and one in Houra, in the Negev. Moreover, 2120 have been injured by Israeli army gunfire since October 1. Including 820 with live gunfire and more than 900 by rubber-coated steel bullets.

On Monday clashes between local youth and invading Israeli troops were reported in Bethlehem and Hebron cities, southern West Bank, in addition to Nablus and Ramallah northern and central West Bank. moreover in Jerusalem clashes were reported in old city part, Eswayia town and in Abu Diees. Palestinian sources said that at least 40 Palestinians were injured by Israeli gunfire and tear gas during clashes on Monday.

Earlier on Monday at dawn, Israeli soldiers have kidnapped at least thirteen Palestinians from their homes, in occupied East Jerusalem, Nablus, Jenin and Hebron. Later on Monday morning, Paramilitary settlers attack homes and stores in Nablus, and assaulted olive pickers.

The names of those killed by the army in October:

West Bank and Jerusalem:

1.Mohannad Halabi, 19, al-Biereh – Ramallah. Shot after allegedly grabbing gun and killing two Israelis. 10/3
2. Fadi Alloun, 19, Jerusalem. Israeli claim of ‘attack’ contradicted by eyewitnesses and video. 10/4
3. Amjad Hatem al-Jundi, 17, Hebron.
4. Thaer Abu Ghazala, 19, Jerusalem.
5. Abdul-Rahma Obeidallah, 11, Bethlehem.
6. Hotheifa Suleiman, 18, Tulkarem.
7. Wisam Jamal Faraj, 20, Jerusalem. Shot by an exploding bullet during protest. 10/8
8. Mohammad al-Ja’bari, 19, Hebron.
9. Ahmad Jamal Salah, 20, Jerusalem.
10. Ishaq Badran, 19, Jerusalem. Israeli claim of ‘attack’ contradicted by eyewitnesses. 10/10
11. Mohammad Said Ali, 19, Jerusalem.
12. Ibrahim Ahmad Mustafa Awad, 28, Hebron. Shot at protest by rubber-coated steel bullet in his forehead. 10/11
13. Ahmad Abedullah Sharakka, 13, Al Jalazoun Refugee camp-Ramallah.
14. Mostafa Al Khateeb, 18, Sur-Baher – Jerusalem.
15. Hassan Khalid Manassra, 15, Jerusalem.
16. Mohamed Nathmie Shamassnah, 22, Kutneh-Jerusalem.
17. Baha’ Elian,22, Jabal Al Mokaber-Jerusalem.
18. Mutaz Ibrahim Zawahra, 27, Bethlehem. Hit with a live bullet in the chest during a demonstration.
19. Ala’ Abu Jammal, 33, Jerusalem.
20. Bassem Bassam Sidr, 17, Hebron.
21. Ahmad Abu Sh’aban, 23, Jerusalem.
22. Ibraheem Dar-Yousif, 46, Al Janyia village Ramallah( Killed while harvesting olives)
23. Fadi Al-Darbi , 30, Jenin – died in Israeli detention camp.
24. Eyad Khalil Al Awawdah, Hebron.
25. Ihab Hannani, 19, Nablus.
26. Fadel al-Qawasmi, 18, Hebron. Shot by paramilitary settler, Israeli soldier caught on film planting knife near his body.
27. Mo’taz Ahmad ‘Oweisat, 16, Jerusalem. Military claimed he ‘had a knife’. 10/17
28. Bayan Abdul-Wahab al-‘Oseyli, 16, Hebron. Military claimed she ‘had a knife’. 10/17
29. Tariq Ziad an-Natsha, 22, Hebron. 10/17
30. Omar Mohammad al-Faqeeh, 22, Qalandia. Military claimed he ‘had a knife’. 10/17
31. Mohannad al-‘Oqabi, 21, Negev.
32. Hoda Mohammad Darweesh, 65, Jerusalem.
33. Hamza Mousa Al Amllah, 25, from Hebron, killed near Gush Atzion settlement near Hebron.
34. Odai Hashem al-Masalma, 24, Beit ‘Awwa town near Hebron.
35. Hussam Isma’el Al Ja’bari, 18, Hebron.
36. Bashaar Nidal Al Ja’bari, 15, Hebron.
37. Hashem al-‘Azza, 54, Hebron.
38. Moa’taz Attalah Qassem, 22, Eazaryia town near Jerusalem.

39. Mohamed Khalid Ighnimat, 20, Sourif
40. Ahmad Mohamed Sa’eed Kmiel, 17, Qabatyia
41. Danyia Jihad Irshied, 17, Hebron.
42. Sa’ied Mohamed Yousif Al atrash, 20, Hebron
43. Raed Sakit Abed Al Raheem Thalji Jaradat, 22, Sa’eer – Hebron
44. Eyiad Rouhi Ihjazi Jaradat, 19, Sa’er – Hebron

Gaza Strip:

45. Shadi Hussam Doula, 20.
46. Ahmad Abdul-Rahman al-Harbawi, 20.
47. Abed al-Wahidi, 20.
48. Mohammad Hisham al-Roqab, 15.
49. Adnan Mousa Abu ‘Oleyyan, 22.
50. Ziad Nabil Sharaf, 20.
51. Jihad al-‘Obeid, 22.
52. Marwan Hisham Barbakh, 13.
53. Khalil Omar Othman, 15.
54. Nour Rasmie Hassan, 30. Killed along with her child in an Israeli airstrike. 10/11
55. Rahaf Yihiya Hassan, two years old. Killed along with her mother in an Israeli airstrike. 10/11
56. Yihya Farahat, 23.
57. Shawqie Jaber Obed, 37.
58. Moahmed Ehmeed, Age unknown.
59. Ahmad al-Sarhi, 27.
60.Yihyia Hashim Qarirah, 20.
61. Khalil Hassan Abu Obeed, 25.

(Source / 27.10.2015)

Yemen hospital hit by Saudi-led airstrikes – Medecins Sans Frontieres

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Saudi-led coalition airstrikes have hit a Yemeni hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), the international humanitarian aid organization said on Tuesday.

An “MSF facility in Saada, Yemen was hit by several airstrikes last night with patients and staff inside the facility,” the group tweeted.

Sadaa is the largest city in Sadaa province, northwestern Yemen.

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According to Yemeni Saba news, the target was Heedan hospital. Several people were injured in the airstrikes.

“The air raids resulted in the destruction of the entire hospital with all that was inside – devices and medical supplies – and the moderate wounding of several people,” Heedan hospital director Doctor Ali Mughli said.

The Saudi-led coalition launched its anti-Houthi campaign in March 2015 in response to the “Ansar Allah” Houthi movement capturing large territories of Yemen, including Sanaa, the capital and the country’s second largest city, Aden.

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The Saudi-led campaign has been receiving much criticism over civilian deaths of late. Over 2,300 civilians have been killed in the campaign in the last six months, according to the UN.

READ MORE: 135 civilians killed in alleged coalition airstrike on Yemen wedding

One of the deadliest attacks took place in al-Wahijah village in Taiz province, when at least 135 people, mostly women and children, were killed in an airstrike on a wedding party.

According to the UN children’s agency UNICEF, the operation has caused the deaths of 505 children.

READ MORE: Saudi Arabia sinks UN war crimes probe in Yemen, Washington stays silent

(Source / 27.10.2015)