Palestinian Mother Dies From Wounds She Suffered In Gaza

Palestinian medical sources in the Gaza Strip said a mother has died from serious wounds she suffered when the Israeli army fired missiles, on May 16th, into homes in Gaza city, killing 37 Palestinians, including her two daughters,

The sources said the woman, Diana Ziad Abu al-Ouf al-Yaziji, suffered serious wounds, before she was moved to a hospital in Gaza then was transferred to Jerusalem, but succumbed to her injuries on June 3rd.

She was injured when the army fired many missiles and shells into homes and residential buildings in the al-Wehda Street, in the center of Gaza city, killing 37 Palestinians, including her daughters Rawan and Shaymaa.

It is worth mentioning that Shaymaa was studying to become a dentist and was engaged to be married after the al-Fitr Muslim feast.

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On the same day of her death, a young Palestinian man, identified as Yahia Bassem al-Ejla, 24, also succumbed to serious wounds he suffered during the Israeli offensive.

Yahia and his cousin, Majd, were seriously injured when the army fired missiles into stores in the ash-Sheja’eyya neighborhood in Gaza city; Majd remains in a critical condition.

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza said their deaths bring the number of Palestinians who were killed during the eleven-day Israeli offensive on Gaza this past May to 260, including 66 children, 40 women, and 17 elderly.

(Source / 05.06.2021)

WAFA: “19 Palestinians injured as occupation forces attack a marathon in Jerusalem”

JERUSALEM, Friday, June 4, 2021 (WAFA) – At least 19 Palestinians were injured today as Israeli occupation forces attacked and dispersed a marathon which was organized by Palestinian protesters outside the neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah in occupied Jerusalem.

The marathon was held to raise the voice of the dozens of Palestinian families facing an Israeli threat of eviction from their homes in Batn al-Hawa quarter, in the neighbourhood of Silwan, and in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood.

The Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC) said its medics provided medical treatment to 19 Palestinians who were wounded from stun grenades and due to beating by the Israeli police. One of the wounded was evacuated to a hospital.

WAFA correspondent said Israeli police fired teargas canisters and stun grenades at the competitors participating in the marathon, which set off from the entrance of Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood and passed through the Lions Gate and the Batn al-Hawa Quarter in the neighbourhood of Silwan. The marathon was dispersed as a result.

Police officers also assaulted reporters and cameramen working for the Palestine TV and smashed one of their cameras.

All of the competitors who were dispersed are citizens of occupied Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories occupied since 1948.

Asaad Dari, 24, one of the participants of the marathon, told WAFA that this initiative aims to raise the voice and highlight the dangers of displacement and eviction facing many Palestinian families in the occupied capital.

He added that this marathon is part of the solidarity activities with the families threatened with eviction from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan.

At least 28 families in Sheikh Jarrah and 86 families in Batn al-Hawa are facing an Israeli threat of eviction from their homes in favour of colonial settler groups.

The potential evictions have gained international attention amid calls by many of the world leaders upon the Israeli occupation authorities not to proceed with the arbitrary evictions.

(Source / 05.06.2021)

Israeli Soldiers Injure 113 Palestinians In Nablus

Palestinian medical sources have confirmed that Israeli soldiers injured, Friday, 113 Palestinians during a procession against the illegal colonies and annexation of Palestinian lands in Beita village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Ahmad Jibril, the head of the Palestinian Red Crescent’s (PRC) Emergency Department in Nablus, said the soldiers shot 16 Palestinians with live fire, and 20 with rubber-coated steel bullets, and added that 73 Palestinians suffered the effects of teargas inhalation.

The Palestinians were injured when the soldiers attack the nonviolent protests on their lands in Jabal Abu Sbeih Mountain, where Israeli colonists recently set up an illegal outpost, after placing 20 mobile homes on the Palestinian lands.

Jibril added that one of the injured Palestinians was shot with a live round in the neck and is currently in a profoundly serious condition.

The Palestinians have been holding processions protesting the illegal annexation of their lands and livelihoods.

During these protests, the soldiers killed two Palestinians, identified as Dr. Issa Barham, 40, a District Attorney with the Palestinian Public Prosecution Department, who was fatally shot by the soldiers on Friday, May 14th, 2021, and Zakariya Hamayel, 28, who was shot and killed on Friday, May 28th, 2021.

Dozens of Palestinians have been injured by live Israeli army rounds, in addition to rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

The WAFA Palestinian News Agency has reported that the number of colonists living in Jewish-only colonial settlements across occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in violation of international law has jumped to over 700,000 and colonial settlement expansion has tripled since the signing of Oslo Accords in 1993.

Israel’s nation-state law, passed in July 2018, enshrines Jewish supremacy, and states that building and strengthening the colonial settlements is a “national interest.”

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Soldiers Injure Ten Palestinians, One Seriously, In Nablus
Jun 4, 2021, at 15:00

Israeli soldiers shot, Friday, ten Palestinians with live fire, including one who suffered life-threatening wounds, after the army attacked a procession on Palestinian lands in Abu Sbeih Mountain, in Beita town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Ahmad Jibril, the head of the Ambulance and Emergency Department at the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said the medics rushed ten Palestinians, who were shot with live fire, to a hospital in Nablus, including one who suffered profoundly serious wounds.

PRCS medics also provided treatment to several Palestinians who were shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, and those who suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.

The Palestinians were nonviolently marching on their lands during a procession that was organized by local social and political organizations, in addition to popular nonviolent resistance committees, protesting the illegal Israeli colonialist takeover of Palestinian lands.

It is worth mentioning that the illegal Israeli colonists installed a new outpost, earlier on May of this year, on Palestinian lands in Abu Sbeih Mountain, leading to daily protests.

During these protests, the soldiers killed two Palestinians, identified as Dr. Issa Barham, 40, a District Attorney with the Palestinian Public Prosecution Department, who was fatally shot by the soldiers on Friday, May 14th, 2021, and Zakariya Hamayel, 28, who was shot and killed on Friday, May 28th, 2021.

Dozens of Palestinians have been injured by live Israeli army rounds, in addition to rubber-coated steel bullets, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

(Source / 05.06.2021)

Israeli Forces Shoot, Injure Two in Ni’lin, Suffocate Dozens at Weekly Kufur Qaddoum March

Israeli forces cracked down on the weekly procession in the village of Kufur Qaddoum, causing dozens of inhalation injuries, and in Ni’lin, two Palestinians were shot with live rounds during a peaceful protest against Israeli colonial activities.

In Kufur Qaddoum, east of Qalqilia in the northern occupied West Bank, Palestinian citizens gathered for the weekly peaceful demonstration to express their objection to the illegal settlements, and demand the main road to the village be reopened.

Mourad Eshteiwi, the media spokesman for the Wall and Settlement Resistance Commission stated that the army fired
teargas canisters and rubber-coated steel rounds at the demonstrators, causing dozens to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation. All injuries were treated at the scene.

For several years the residents of Kufur Qaddoum have held weekly processions in rejection of the illegal Israeli settlements, the apartheid wall, and the closing of the main road to the town.

Israeli soldiers opened fire at the peaceful protest in the village of Ni’lin, west of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, injuring two civilians with live rounds, the Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

The army fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel rounds, teargas canisters and stun grenades at protestors, striking two with live rounds. Both of the injured men were transferred to hospital for treatment.

Demonstrators assembled to express their rejection of the illegal Israeli settlements and the threat of annexation of Palestinian land.

The army uses excessive use of force against peaceful demonstrators, causing bodily harm and death. Just recently a young Palestinian man named, Zakaria Hamayel, 28, was shot with a live round in the chest while participating in a peaceful rally near Nablus.

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(Source / 05.06.2021)

OCHA: Protection of Civilians Report [May 24 – 31, 2021]

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Occupied Palestinian Territory (OCHA) Protection of Civilians Report | 24-31 May 2021

Highlights from the reporting period

Israeli forces shot and killed three Palestinians, bringing to 36 the number of Palestinian fatalities in the West Bank so far in 2021, including six children. On 24 May, a 17-year-old Palestinian stabbed an Israeli civilian and an Israeli soldier in East Jerusalem, and was subsequently shot and killed by an Israeli police officer. The next day, Israeli undercover forces shot another Palestinian during an operation near Al Amari refugee camp (Ramallah). On 28 May, Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian during a protest against the establishment of a new Israeli settlement outpost near the village of Beita (Nablus).

Overall, Israeli forces wounded 100 Palestinians across the West Bank. At least 69 of them were injured during the above-mentioned demonstration in Beita, 15 in a separate protest against settlement expansion near the village of Ni’lin (Ramallah), ten in a protest against the closure of the main entrance to Al Mughayyir village (Ramallah) by Israeli forces, and six in other incidents across the West Bank. Overall, 50 people were treated after inhaling tear gas, 18 were shot by rubber bullets, 16 were hit by live ammunition, and 16 others were physically assaulted or hit by tear gas canisters.

In Gaza, on 24 and 26 May, two Palestinian men died of wounds sustained during the escalation.Israeli forces carried out 115 search-and-arrest operations and arrested 145 Palestinians across the West Bank. The majority of the operations were conducted in the Jerusalem governorate, mostly in East Jerusalem. Since unrest and violence increased in East Jerusalem in mid-April, Israeli forces have conducted 99 search-and-arrest operations in the city, detaining 97 Palestinians, including six journalists.

The Israeli authorities continued restricting the access to Al Ja’ouni area of Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem. Since 3 May, access to the area is permitted only for ambulances, UN vehicles and Palestinian residents who must undergo strict ID checks. These restrictions follow protests against an Israeli plan to evict Palestinians families from their homes in the neighbourhood, due to case courts filed by Israeli settler groups, and clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces.

On 31 May, the Israeli authorities confiscated five structures in the communities of Umm Zaitunah and Al Buweib in Hebron for lack of building permits, displacing nine people, including four children, and undermining the livelihoods of 17 others. The structures included three residential structures and two livelihood structures. This follows a reduction in demolitions during Ramadan and the May escalation.

People known or believed to be Israeli settlers injured five Palestinians and damaged dozens of Palestinian-owned trees. On 24 May, a guard in the Israeli settlement of Dolev (Ramallah) shot and injured a 16-year-old Palestinian boy in unclear circumstances. In other incidents, settlers in Hebron city and in Deir Jarir (Ramallah) pepper-sprayed three Palestinians, including a boy and an elderly man, and other settlers physically assaulted a farmer who was working his land in Qaqiliya. Another farmer was physically assaulted near Ar Rihiya village (Hebron), where crops belonging to Palestinians were uprooted and at least 100 olive trees were set on fire. Also, around 70 trees were damaged in Sinjil (Ramallah. Palestinians reported that settlers stole over 100 bales of hay in Burin (Nablus) and took over a water cistern in Kisan (Bethlehem).

Stone throwers known or believed to be Palestinians injured one Israeli woman while she was driving inside the West Bank and damaged 17 Israeli-plated cars, according to Israeli sources.The Kerem Shalom Crossing for goods remains open for the entry of specific basic commodities, including fodder, medical supplies, and supplies and fuel for the private sector and UNRWA. No goods have been authorized to leave Gaza through the crossing since 10 May. The Erez Crossing remains closed for most Palestinians in Gaza. Only a very limited number of urgent medical referrals have been allowed to exit through Erez. Since 25 May, fishing has resumed off the Gaza coast, but only for six nautical miles.

(Source / 05.06.2021)

Facebook Employees Call for Investigation into Censorship of Pro-Palestine Content

June 1, 2021 (Financial Times) – Close to 200 Facebook employees have signed an open letter calling for the company’s leadership to address concerns that pro-Palestine voices on the social network are being suppressed by content moderation systems.

The letter, seen by the Financial Times, urges Facebook to introduce new measures to ensure pro-Palestinian content is not unfairly taken down or down-ranked, as some staff and critics claimed happened during the recent conflict in Gaza.

It calls on management to order a third-party audit of Facebook’s enforcement actions around Arab and Muslim content, and to refer a post by Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu — which the letter claimed “mischaracterized Palestinian civilians as terrorists” — to Facebook’s independent oversight board.*

It also calls for an internal task force to “investigate and address potential biases” in both its human and automated content moderation systems.

Posted on the company’s internal message board by employee groups called ‘Palestinians@’ and ‘Muslims@’, it had garnered at least 174 anonymous signatures by Tuesday afternoon.

“As highlighted by employees, the press and members of Congress, and as reflected in our declining app store rating, our users and community at large feel that we are falling short on our promise to protect open expression around the situation in Palestine,” the letter said.

“We believe Facebook can and should do more to understand our users and work on rebuilding their trust.”

The letter also calls on Facebook to commit to hiring more Palestinian talent, publish more data on government-sponsored requests for content takedowns, and clarify its policies around anti-Semitism.

During the Gaza conflict, Facebook’s algorithms had labelled words commonly used by Palestinian users, such as “martyr” and “resistance”, as incitements to violence and removed posts about Al-Aqsa mosque after mistakenly associating the third holiest site in Islam with a terrorist organization, according to US media reports.

The Financial Times on Sunday reported that Facebook-owned Instagram was changing its algorithm to show more viral and current affairs posts following concerns that users re-sharing posts about the recent conflict in Gaza were not reaching a wide audience.

“We know there were several issues that impacted people’s ability to share on our apps. While we fixed them, they should never have happened in the first place and we’re sorry to anyone who felt they couldn’t bring attention to important events, or who believed this was a deliberate suppression of their voice,” Facebook said on Tuesday.

“We design our policies to give everyone a voice while keeping them safe on our apps and we apply them equally, regardless of who is posting or what their personal beliefs are.”

(Source / 05.06.2021)

UK politicians, lawyers, rights advocates to launch initiative promoting Palestinians’ rights

London (QNN)- A group of politicians, lawyers, and human rights advocates announced forming an independent organization to support the rights of the Palestinian people and aim to protect their rights through the law.

The International Centre of Justice for Palestinians (ICJP), which will be launched next Wednesday, is formed of lawyers, politicians and academics who support Palestine. Its principal objective is “to coordinate and support legal work which supports the rights of Palestinians in Israel, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and the wider diaspora”, according to its website.

ICJP’s advisory board includes well-known figues, such as Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC, founder of the leading London Human Rights law firm Bindmans LLP and former legal adviser to the Race Relations Board and thereafter to the Commission for Racial Equality. Sir Bindman was knighted in 2007 for his efforts advocating human rights and was appointed honorary Queen’s Counsel.

The advisory board also includes Sir Alan Duncan, who served as the British government’s Minister of State for International Development and the UK’s Foreign Minister responsible for Europe and the Americas. Also, the Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Foreign Affairs and International Development and the Member of Parliament Layla Moran, former executive director of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa Sarah Leah Witson, Professor John Dugard, Wadah Khanfar, and Dr Tim Moloney.

(Source / 05.06.2021)

Israeli police crack down on Marathon rejecting expulsions

Occupied Jerusalem (QNN)- The Red Crescent said 23 runners were injured when Israeli police fired tear gas and stun grenades at a Marathon in solidarity with Palestinian families facing forced expulsion in occupied Jerusalem. Among the wounded was a medic.

Hundreds of runners participated in the event on Friday which began in Sheikh Jarrah and ended 3.5km (2 miles) away in Silwan. Dozens of Palestinians living in the two neighbourhoods face the threat of losing their homes to Israeli settlers.

The unners were wearing white T-shirts with “7,850” printed on them, representing the number of people facing forced expulsion in the city.


(Source / 05.06.2021)

Sinwar: Any further battle with ‘Israel’ would change Middle East

Gaza (QNN)- The elected leader of Hamas inside Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, said today that any further battle with the occupation state would “change the Middle East and make it different from it now”.

During a meeting with academics and authors, Sinwar said that “the resistance is in a very good condition”, stressing that if the occupation state attacks Gaza again, the resistance with fight back.

“Israeli will not stand to be targeted in a real attack”, Sinwar said. “What happened [in the recent battle] was only an exercise to test our capabilities and to show Israel a simple example of what a war could be like.”

Sinwar’s remarks come after the Isreali expected next Prime Minister said that he would not hesitate to launch another war on Gaza or Lebanon should the need arise.

(Source / 05.06.2021)

Gazan children killed by ‘Israel’ remembered at arms firm’s gate in Lancashire

London (QNN)- More than 2,000 people staged a funeral procession to the gates of a BAE Systems factory in Lancashire in London yesterday, in memory of more than 60 children killed in Israel’s recent aggression on the Gaza Strip.

Children from local communities carried dozens of small coffins representing the children who were killed in the aggression to the gates of the factory in Samlesbury, outside Blackburn, where BAE makes vital parts for F-35 fighter jets supplied to ‘Israel’ by the United States.

The jets were used in Israel’s latest bombardment of Gaza which killed more than 250 Palestinians, including 67 children and 41 women and injured 1,910 others.

Also, more than 90,000 Palestinians were displaced from their homes, and much of Gaza’s infrastructure and many residential buildings were completely destroyed or levelled.

Health centres, media offices, as well as schools were among the structures targeted during the 11-days of constant bombardment.

The coffins were then placed at the factory gates by children.

Each tiny coffin bore a photograph of one of the children killed in Gaza.

The protest was organised by the Lancashire Peace Forum and supported by Friends of Al Aqsa and Manchester Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC).

Photographs of the children killed in Gaza also adorned a large banner which protesters fixed to the factory gates, and balloons were released in their memory.

One of the protest organisers, Hanif Dudhwala, said: “During the month of May over 60 children were mercilessly martyred by the Israeli army in Palestine, attacking from the air using fighter jets and Apache helicopters. These weapons of mass destruction are made with components manufactured in the UK.”

Asif Mahmoud of the Lancashire Peace Forum spoke out against Israel’s “continuous atrocities” and “gross violation of human rights.”

He said that Israel’s actions had been condemned by the United Nations as “collective punishment,” and slammed Israel’s “apartheid policies that clearly discriminate against Arabs living in Israel, treating them as second-class citizens.

“In today’s world, no human being must be living under such conditions, let alone for the past 70-plus years,” he said.

“It is time the international community, including our UK government and corporates such as BAE, recognised their obligations and stop supporting and arming an apartheid state.

“As a starting point, the international community, including the UK, must compel Israel to cease all settlement activity, dismantle all settlements and move its civilians from occupied territory.

“We also call upon BAE to stop supplying components of the US F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Programme.

“The UK industry produces 15 per cent of the components of every F-35, which was used in the assault against Gaza a few days ago, indiscriminately killing over 200 civilians, including 63 children.

“BAE Systems must stop supporting the continued oppression and occupation of the Palestinian people and display its corporate ethics.

“We will continue our demonstrations until BAE Systems stops arming the Israeli state.”

(Source / 05.06.2021)