IOA arrests Palestinian academic at Karama crossing

Osaid Fatayer

The Israeli occupation authorities (IOA) arrested the Palestinian academic Osaid Fatayer at al-Karama crossing upon his return to the West Bank from Jordan on Thursday.

Fatayer’s family said that their son was supposed to return home on Thursday evening, but they were shocked by the news about his arrest.

They added that Osaid, a resident of Nablus, has recently obtained a PhD in Islamic Economics from Yarmouk University in Jordan.

The IOA repeatedly target the Palestinian citizens passing through al-Karama crossing, which links the West Bank with Jordan, with arbitrary arrests.

(Source / 05.05.2018)

3 Journalists injured by Israeli forces in Gaza

3 journalists injured

Three Palestinian journalists were injured east of Khan Younis on Friday as Israeli occupation forces attacked protesters in the ongoing Great March of Return at many encampments on the Gaza-Israel border.

Journalist Abdul-Rahman al-Khatib intensely suffocated from teargas inhalation, and journalist Sulaiman Abu Zarifa was hit and injured by a teargas canister in his foot, while journalist Hamza Shami was hit by a canister in his shoulder, according to press sources.

The 46-day Great March of Return protests started on March 30 and are set to reach their crescendo on May 15, which marks the 70th anniversary of the Nakba (catastrophe), in which over 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly displaced from their homes to make way for the creation of “Israel” in 1948.

(Source / 05.05.2018)

6 Injuries by IOF gunfire reported east of al-Maghazi

al Maghazi

At least six Palestinians were injured on Saturday afternoon after being targeted by Israeli occupation forces (IOF) east of al-Maghazi refugee camp in Central Gaza.

The PIC reporter said that IOF soldiers opened gunfire directly at the Palestinians and the ambulances leaving six citizens wounded including one paramedic and two children.

(Source / 05.05.2018)

IOF deliberately targets children, medical staff in Gaza protests

Target children

The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Friday heavily showered the medical tents erected near Gaza’s eastern border with teargas canisters injuring dozens of medics.

Spokesman for Gaza’s Ministry of Health Ashraf al-Qedra said that the IOF deliberately attacked medical tents east of Gaza, Khan Younis and Rafah cities causing dozens of suffocation cases among the medical staff.

He added that the Ministry’s ambulances were another target of the IOF fire, noting that these attacks hindered the work of the medical staff during the protests.

In a related context, the Ministry said that the IOF intensified their targeting of the children peacefully taking part in the protests.

Target children1

Target children2

(Source / 05.05.2018)


Israel to move Netzer Hazani settlers to West Bank

Netzer Hazani

Israeli agriculture minister Uri Ariel reportedly reached an agreement with the Jewish settlers living in Netzer Hazani settlement, north of the Gaza Strip, to relocate them to the occupied West Bank.

According to Israel’s Channel 7, the settlers of Netzer Hazani will be evacuated to the settlement of Ariel in southern Nablus.

Minister Ariel said in Facebook remarks that he had signed an agreement with the municipality of Ariel settlement to move Netzer Hazani settlers to live there.

As part of that agreement, new housing units, schools and service structures will be built in Ariel settlement at a cost of 46 million shekels ($13 million).

(Source / 05.05.2018)

Gazan patient dies after denied travel for medical treatment

Gazan died health problem

A Palestinian citizen, who suffered from a health problem, was proclaimed dead on Saturday morning in the besieged Gaza Strip after he was prevented by Israel from receiving medical treatment in hospitals in the occupied territories.

According to the National Anti-Siege and Reconstruction Commission, the Israeli authorities had rejected several requests submitted by 41-year-old Mohamed Dababesh asking for allowing him to enter the 1948 occupied lands for treatment.

More than two million Palestinians in Gaza have been under inhumane blockade for about 12 years. The siege claimed the lives of dozens of patients, who failed to receive medical treatment outside Gaza.

(Source / 05.05.2018)

Soldiers Abduct Palestinian Woman Minutes After Her Release From Prison

04 MAY
12:58 AM

Israeli soldiers abducted, Thursday, a young Palestinian woman just minutes after her release from HaSharon Israeli prison, after she served a one-year prison sentence.

The young woman, Aya Salem Shawamra, 24, from occupied Jerusalem, was taken prison on May 25, 2017, and was sentenced to one year in prison.

Minutes after her release from HaSharon Israeli prison, Thursday, and even before her family arrived to pick her up, the soldiers rearrested Aya, and moved her to the al-Jalama prison; she will be sent to court Friday.

Amjad Abu Assab, the head of the Jerusalem Detainees’ Committee, said the soldiers claimed that Aya “carried a sharp object,” al-though she was just released from prison, standing in front of the facility and waiting for her family.

It is worth mentioning that Aya is also a former political prisoner who was previously imprisoned by Israel for eight months.

(Source / 05.05.2018)

Palestinians face explosive bullets, dangerous gas bombs

Demonstrators suffer wounds of ‘unusual severity’ as Israeli forces introduce deadlier weapons in Gaza protests

A demonstrator hurls back a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border [Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters]

A demonstrator hurls back a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border

When he was hit by a bullet fired by Israeli forces during demonstrations in Gaza on April 6, Mohammed al-Zaieem lost so much blood, and his left leg was so deformed, he feared he wouldn’t survive.

His arteries, veins and a large piece of bone were destroyed. His right leg wasn’t spared either as the round created a massive exit wound and then hit it as well.

By the time he was transferred to Istishari Arab Hospital in Ramallah after undergoing seven surgeries in Gaza, there was nothing doctors could do to save his left leg.

It had to be amputated, unbeknown to al-Zaieem, 22, who was unconscious at the time.

“No one dared to tell him [when he woke up from the surgery]. I couldn’t,” said his cousin of the same name, who lives in the occupied West Bank.

“As he was trying to get up, he suddenly felt the imbalance in his legs. He was in shock. It’s like he was searching for his leg. It was the hardest moment for him. He was silent for five minutes while I was talking with him.”

Al-Zaieem is among the 24 Palestinians who have had their limbs amputated since the March of Great Return mass protests started on March 30.

Medics on the ground say Israeli forces are shooting at demonstrators with a new type of round – never seen before – known as the “butterfly bullet”, which explodes upon impact, pulverizing tissue, arteries and bone, while causing severe internal injuries.

All 24 amputees were shot with a single explosive bullet, including journalists Yaser Murtaja and Ahmad Abu Hussein who succumbed to their wounds after being shot in the abdomen.

“All of their internal organs were totally destroyed, pulverized,” said Ashraf al-Qedra, Gaza’s health ministry spokesman.

The bullets are the deadliest the Israeli army has ever used, according to al-Qedra.

“Normally, a regular bullet breaks the leg [upon impact]. But these bullets create massive wounds, indicating that an explosion happened inside the body. It’s an expanding bullet. It pulverizes the leg, and the leg gets cut off [as a result],” al-Qedra explained.

A wounded demonstrator is evacuated at a recent March of Great Return protest, where Palestinians demand the right to return to their homeland

At least 45 Palestinians have been killed since the March of Great Return movement began a month ago – the vast majority by this new type of explosive bullet, health officials say. About 7,000 Palestinians have been wounded.

Gaza’s medics have struggled to cope, not just with the sheer number of injured demonstrators that rush through the hospital doors every Friday, but also to properly treat these kinds of ghastly wounds.

Medical staff from Doctors Without Borders (MSF) operating in Gaza say patients who have been shot with the rounds have sustained fist-sized wounds of an “unusual severity” and will have to undergo “complex surgical operations”.

“Half of the more than 500 patients we have admitted in our clinics have injuries where the bullet has literally destroyed tissue after having pulverized the bone,” said Marie-Elisabeth Ingres, head of MSF in Palestine, in a report.

“Managing these injuries is very difficult… A lot of patients will keep functional deficiencies for the rest of their life.”

Explosive rounds were banned internationally under the 1899 Hague Convention because of the “unnecessary injury and suffering caused from large bullet wounds”.

Under international law, when the use of force is unavoidable, law enforcement officials must make all efforts to minimise injury.

“We know about the kind of wounds that this bullet creates in the body and from the remnants of the bullets, the shrapnel that they take out. We know that this is something that we’ve never seen before,” al-Qedra said, adding that the rounds have been used since the March of Great Return movement began.

A spokesperson from the Israeli army rejected the allegations.

“The IDF only employs means that are lawful under international law. No new bullets or gas have been employed during the recent events in the Gaza Strip,” the spokesperson said in an email to Al Jazeera.

View image on TwitterView image on Twitter

Jamal Naim@jnaim1

Butterfly bullet is a type of bullets that launched faster than sound and causes severe damage in flesh layers and bone when hitting the human body. It is used by the Israeli army snipers against the armless demonstrators on the borders of gaza. @basemn63

Many have documented how Israel has “turned the occupied territories into a laboratory for refining, testing and showcasing its weapons systems”, which it later sells worldwide with the advertisement that the products have been “tested in combat”.

Israel is smaller than New York, yet it’s believed to be the largest per capita weapons exporter in the world.

The butterfly bullet, however, isn’t the only new weapon featured prominently in the protests in Gaza.

Palestinians have also noted an unknown toxic gas launched at demonstrators, which provokes severe convulsions.

The yellow-green gas has caused many who were exposed to it to convulse, their legs and bodies thrashing violently as they lay on the ground.

Others suffered from asphyxia or experienced extreme migraines and rapid heart rates.

“It’s much more dangerous than tear gas, and its symptoms are more severe,” explained Dr Ashraf Joma’a, a chemistry specialist from Gaza, noting it is difficult to find an appropriate treatment.

“One of the cases is Ahmed Zo’rob, 18, who has lost his consciousness since the first Friday of the march [March 30] and has been transferred to Egypt for treatment,” Joma’a said.

“We have unexploded gas bombs as samples here, but the scientific potential in Gaza is too weak to properly detect the various advanced gases used by the Israeli occupation,” Joma’a said.

“These are internationally prohibited weapons, and we call on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the international community to send an investigative committee.”

Seventy-five people are currently being hospitalised because of exposure to the gas.

Last Friday, Gaza’s Ministry of Health reported that Israeli forces launched unidentified gas bombs at medical service centres, east of al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza, which resulted in severe vomiting, convulsions and asphyxia for dozens.

“For regular gas, it takes just a few minutes to apply treatment,” Qedra said. “But in these cases it often takes patients seven hours in the hospital to recover.”

Tear gas canisters are fired by Israeli troops at Palestinian demonstrators at the Israel-Gaza border [Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/ Reuters]

In another first, the Israeli army also experimented with “crowd control” methods last March by using drones to drop tear gas on protesters.

On Friday Amnesty International issued a report calling on governments worldwide to impose an arms embargo on Israel following the country’s “disproportionate response” to the demonstrations along the border fence.

“The nature of these injuries shows that Israeli soldiers are using high-velocity military weapons designed to cause maximum harm to Palestinian protesters that do not pose imminent threat to them,” said Magdalena Mughrabi, Amnesty’s deputy regional director for the Middle East and North Africa.

“These apparently deliberate attempts to kill and main are deeply disturbing, not to mention completely illegal. Some of these cases appear to amount to willful killing, a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions and a war crime.”

For Palestinians in Gaza, there are few options. The situation is dire but protesting for change comes at a huge risk.

On that fateful afternoon on April 6, al-Zaieem had seen a wounded protester, bleeding from the leg, lying on the ground about 70 metres away from the fence and fully exposed to the line of fire.

He ran over and quickly dragged the wounded young man to a safer area behind the nearest sand mound.

The Israelis shot at them several times, but they were unscathed. Al-Zaieem waited about 10 minutes for the shooting to calm down – but the Israelis were waiting as well, his cousin recounted to Al Jazeera from the West Bank.

The moment al-Zaieem stood up to run and call the paramedics, he felt the “electricity” run through his leg as an explosive bullet hit him.

“Later he said, ‘It’s okay’ and that ‘It’s God’s will; praise be to God’. But he’s just pretending,” his cousin said sadly.

“His disability is a death penalty for him. He lost his future. Deep down, he wishes he died instead. He loved football so much, but now he won’t even be able to walk without crutches. What a loss.”

Soldiers Abduct A Young Palestinian Woman In Jerusalem

05 MAY
1:44 PM

Israeli soldiers abducted, Saturday, a young Palestinian woman, near the Al-Aqsa, in occupied Jerusalem.

The soldiers stopped the young woman, identified as Aya Abu Naab, 19, from Bab Hotta neighborhood, adjacent to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in the Old City, and abducted her.

The young woman was cuffed before she was taken to a nearby interrogation facility.

It is worth mentioning that Aya was detained by the army three times over the last several years, and received various orders preventing her from entering the holy site.

She was placed on a “blacklist” preventing her from entering Al-Aqsa for life, for protesting ongoing invasions by soldiers and colonialist settlers, and their provocative tours, in the holy site.

Following her first abduction in 2016, she was interrogated and beaten by the soldiers, and received an order preventing her from entering Al-Aqsa for 15 days.

In related news, the soldiers invaded and searched many homes in Yatta town, south of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, causing property damage, and installed several roadblocks.

The soldiers also installed roadblocks at the main roads leading to Sa’ir and Halhoul towns, and at Hebron’s southern entrance, before stopping and searching dozens of cars, and interrogated several Palestinians while inspecting their ID cards.

(Source / 05.05.2018)

Palestine May Soon Take ‘Serious’ Steps Against Israel, US

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas

GAZA (Sputnik) – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has warned that Palestine will soon take “serious and dangerous steps” against Israel and the United States.

“We will soon take serious steps in relations with our neighbours and the United States. You will see them, these steps will be serious and dangerous,” Abbas said in a televised statement.

Abbas also said that the Arab Spring was provoked by Washington with the aim to split the Arab world.

“The Arab Spring is a lie invented by the United States for splitting the Arab World,” Abbas added.

In December, US President Donald Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructed the US State Department to launch the process of moving the US Embassy, currently located in Tel Aviv, to Jerusalem. The step has prompted criticism from a number of states, especially Palestine and those in the Middle East, and triggered a wave of protests in the region.Palestine intends to continue its peaceful mass protests in the Gaza Strip and begin similar rallies in the West Bank on the day of the US embassy’s move to Jerusalem, scheduled for May 14, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Maliki told Sputnik on Wednesday.

Abbas has also called for creation of an international council in mid-2018 to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and voiced Palestinian demands for reaching peace with Israel.

“Our proposals for a peace agreement are as follows. To form an international council in mid-2018. To recognize the full-fledged state of Palestine in the United Nations. To stop all unilateral measures that prevent the achievement of a peace agreement, such as the construction of settlements and recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. To recognize the Arab peace plan after reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinians. To adopt the principle of two states for the two peoples within the borders that existed before June 4, 1967. To solve the problem of refugees on a fair basis,” Abbas said in a televised statement in Ramallah. According to Abbas, there will be no peace without recognition of East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine.

(Source / 05.05.2018)