Israeli ambassador slammed for exploiting death of young Palestinian citizen of Israel

Death of 16-year-old Nadeen Awad could have been avoided if village wasn’t systematically neglected by Israeli authorities, say Dahmash residents

Palestinian citizens of Israel from the village of Dahmash expressed their anger on Saturday over the instrumentalisation of a young resident’s death by an Israeli official during last month’s escalation of violence across Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.

Nadeen Awad, 16, and her father, Khalil Awad, 56, were killed on 11 May in Dahmash, 15km south of Tel Aviv, by a rocket fired from the besieged Gaza Strip.

Tensions in East Jerusalem over the planned expropriation of Palestinian residents of the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood and Israeli forces’ violent raids at al-Aqsa Mosque sparked widespread protests in the occupied West Bank and among Palestinian citizens of Israel in May.

Simultaneously, Israeli forces and the Palestinian Hamas movement waged an 11-day war, killing 248 people in Gaza and 12 in Israel, including the Awads, before agreeing to a ceasefire on 21 May.

On 16 May, Israel’s ambassador to the United States and permanent representative at the United Nations, Gilad Erdan, tweeted a photograph of himself holding a picture of Nadeen’s face as he criticised the UN for its alleged anti-Israel bias.


Translation: Today, I fought with all my might in the Security Council to expose the hypocrisy of the United Nations, which compares a jihadi terrorist organisation to a peace-loving democratic state. I told the international community that no matter what they choose to do, we will continue to destroy Hamas’ terrorist infrastructure and protect our citizens.

The head of the Dahmash popular committee, Arafat Ismail, addressed an open letter to Erdan on Saturday over his “humiliating” tweet.

“You have used Nadeen’s picture for your own interest, without mentioning the way you and Israel’s governments have treated Dahmash over the years,” Ismail wrote.

He went on to highlight Dahmash’s status as unrecognised by the Israeli government, like scores of other Palestinian-majority villages in Israel.

Unrecognised villages like Dahmash suffer from a lack of access to basic services and infrastructure, as well as frequent home demolitions, a contrast with services provided to Jewish-majority municipalities in Israel that has been denounced by rights groups as “discriminatory“.

While there are an estimated one million public and private bomb shelters across the Israel, residents of Dahmash have pointed out that their village, like many others inhabited by Palestinian citizens of Israel, does not have access a public shelter.

“If the state had treated the inhabitants of Dahmash as equal citizens, and at least installed shelters to protect them in wartime, the deaths of Khalil and Nadeen could have been prevented,” Ismail wrote.

“We ask you to apologise to Khalil and Nadeen’s family and to Dahmash in general for this humiliating tweet as soon as possible,” he added. “At the same time, we ask you to discuss frankly the case of Dahmash and to work towards recognising the village and affording it all the rights and services the people of Dahmash deserve.”

Making up around 20 percent of the country’s population, Palestinian citizens of Israel have long denounced their status as “second-class citizens,” facing legal, institutional and social discrimination compared to their Jewish-Israeli counterparts.

Most recently, the 2018 Nation-State Law officially declared that Israel was, in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s own words, “the nation-state of the Jewish people – and only it”.

Nadeen was one of 71 minors killed between 7 and 21 May in Israel and the occupied territories, including 66 killed by Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip, two killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank, and three inside Israel – two killed by rockets fired from Gaza, and one shot dead by Israeli police.

While Erdan has brandished Nadeen’s photograph to illustrate the impact of rockets on Israel, he has also taken to social media to attack news outlets covering the deaths of children, for the most part at the hands of Israeli forces, as he rejected any Israeli responsibility in the matter and blaming all deaths on Hamas.

Erdan has also accused UN bodies of anti-Israel bias, even as international leaders have repeatedly called on “both sides” to de-escalate violence.

(Source / 05.06.2021)

Father, daughter live in misery after family killed in Israeli bombing

Home of Palestinian family targeted directly by 6 rockets in Gaza Strip

The Israeli fighter jet attack claimed lives of the mother, Yasemin Hassan, 30, her sons Yusuf, 11, Bilal, 9, Yamin, 6, and daughter Maryam, 8.

The same attack killed Maha from the Hadidi family and her sons Suhaib, 14, Yahya,11, Abdurrahman, 8, and Osama, 6, who were visiting Abu Hatab family to celebrate the Eid.

Omar, five-month-old son of the Hadidi family, and Maria, four-year-old daughter of the Ebu Hatab family, were rescued from the debris of the targeted house.

As in many parts of Gaza, the Israeli attack turned the lives of the Abu Hatab family upside down.

Now, the remaining are father Alaa and daughter Maria from the family of seven people. The two are trying to hold on to life by bonding with each other.

The experiences of Maria, who was left alone with her father at the very beginning of her life, is like a summary of the pain Israel inflicted on the Palestinians in Gaza.

The good memories of the Abu Hatab family were buried in the rubble of the flattened house.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Alaa stated that he himself and his two sisters have grown up as orphans since childhood.

Recalling the day of attack, Alaa said his sister Maha visited them with her five sons to celebrate the Eid.

He went on saying that the bombing took place while he was going out to buy bread.

“The explosion sound came from a nearby area and smoke billows were rising. We ran towards the area of attack and I found out that it was my home that was targeted. Our home collapsed while my wife and children, my sister and her children were inside. It was a great disaster for me, I had a nervous breakdown. I couldn’t stand it and passed out. When I opened my eyes, I was in hospital,” Alaa said.

He stated that the attack was carried out without any warning shots and that there was no one who warned them by phone earlier.

“They directly hit the house with six rockets and destroyed it over their [relatives] head. They had no way of getting rid of the shrapnel pieces, nor the concrete and iron piles. The shredded bodies were exhumed while all of them were missing limbs. Their limbs are still sticking out from under the rubble,” he said.

Stating that he still does not understand why the attack in which ten people, including eight children and two women, lost their lives took place.

“I can’t get over this terrible massacre. No human can do this. Really, those who committed this massacre cannot be human … Why did they demolish the house on their heads? There were women and children in the house. I don’t know what they did to the Jews … Did they fire rockets at the Jews? Did they shoot at them, what did they do to them? They were probably looking for these innocent civilians, so they hit the house.”

Stating that his little daughter Maria was sleeping in her room at the time of the attack and that she was thrown from the window of their house to the stairs of the building next door in the explosion, the father said: “They found her on the stairs screaming. Her head was bleeding and she was calling her mother. My child was in a state of shock, covered in blood and dust.”

Maria was in the middle of the explosion and experienced great pain, Alaa said, adding: “Those terrible explosions, debris, destruction, fear, black dust, smoke, flames, the burning fire all these were engraved in her memory.

Noting that Maria did not talk to many people after the attack and that she needed serious psychological support, Alaa said: “Maria sometimes asks ‘where is my mother,’ I say ‘she went to heaven’.”

Alaa became homeless and had nowhere to go as their house was destroyed and stayed at his friends’ and sometimes at neighbors’.

He left Maria at her grandmother’s house, said the Palestinian father.

Explaining that he is the child of a Palestinian refugee family who had to leave their home in the city of Ashkelon and settled in Gaza due to Israeli practices, Alaa said: “Me and my children’s dream was to live in safety and peace … They wanted to return to their land, their hometown Ashkelon.”

(Source / 05.06.2021)

Israeli police attack peaceful sit-in protesting in Sheikh Jarrah

Days of Palestine – Jerusalem – Israeli occupation police violently attacked today Palestinians and activists taking part in a peaceful sit-in protest in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, held against the Israeli occupation attempts to forcibly expel hundreds of Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah in favor of Israeli settlers.

Israeli police attacked with stun grenades and tear gas canisters protesters who gathered in Sheikh Jarrah in solidarity with the Palestinian families facing the imminent threat of forced expulsion from their homes.

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Protester chanted slogans condemning the Israeli occupation policy of apartheid and calling on the international community to promptly move to stop the forced expulsion of Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah.

(Source / 05.06.2021)

Israeli forces shoot Palestinian child on the weekly Kufr Qaddoum protest

Days of Palestine – Qalqilya – A nine-year-old Palestinian child was shot in the arm with rubber-coated steel bullets as Israeli occupation forces attacked a peaceful anti-settlement demonstration in the village of Kufr Qaddoum, east of Qalqilia, the occupied West Bank, according to local sources.

Local sources said that the Israeli occupation forces attacked demonstrators with rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters, shooting and injuring a nine-year-old child in the arm as well as causing the suffocation of dozens of others from inhaling the tear gas.

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(Source / 05.06.2021)

Israeli forces deny access of farmers to their land in Bethlehem

Days of Palestine – Bethlehem – Israeli occupation forces today denied access to Palestinian farmers and banned them from working inside their land in the village of Husan, to the west of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, according to local sources.

Mohammad Hamamreh, a local Palestinian farmer, said that Israeli occupation soldiers denied them access to their own land, which is located inside the illegal Israeli settlement of Bitar Elit, illegally built on Palestinian-owned land.

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He said the land is a source of livelihood for several Palestinian households in the village.

Of note, Israeli occupation forces and armed Israeli settlers repeatedly harass Palestinian farmers working on their land and usually chase them out of their land.

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Armed settlers and soldiers also prevent Palestinian shepherds from herding in the open pastures of the occupied West Bank in order to force them to abandon the area.

(Source / 05.06.2021)

Thousands worshipers perform Friday prayers at Masjid Al-Aqsa

OCCUPIED AL-QUDS, PALESTINOW.COM — More than 25,000 of Palestinian worshipers observed the Friday khutba (sermon) and prayer at the Aqsa Mosque in Occupied Jerusalem despite Israeli security measures that restricted their access to the holy site, according to the Islamic Awqaf Administration in Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, the Israeli occupation police intensified the presence of their forces at road barriers outside the Aqsa Mosque’s gates, where Palestinian citizens underwent ID check and physical search.

Aqsa entry restrictions were imposed in particular on Palestinians under age 40, especially on those who hold Palestinian IDs.

(Source / 05.06.2021)