Gaza Diary – Haseeb Asghar

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Gaza Diary – Haseeb Asghar



Palestine is that land that lies between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River in western Asia. Along with Egypt, Syria and Arabia, Palestine is in a strategic location and is the birthplace of the Abrahamic religions is in the region of religion, culture, commerce and politics for a long and rich history. Palestine was occupied several times by the ancient Egyptians, Canaanites, Philistines, the ancient Israelites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Muslims, Crusaders, Ottomans and finally the British. Palestine was an independent state whose capital was Jerusalem. The city of Jerusalem is sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims Bait- al-Maqdis (Al- Aqsa) which is known as first QIBLA of Muslims is located here. Jerusalem, despite being so important for humanity, is being humiliated in Palestine, which has no example worldwide.

 

In the world there are nearly 30,000 organizations active in the fight for animal rights. Animal rights advocates are releasing funds and making billions of dollars to bring resolutions into law, but the defenseless and innocent people of Palestine are oppressed; worldwide organizations are blind about the Zionist massacres and brutal oppression that kills innocent women and children.

 

It said that it is a proven fact that whatever county, nation or religion a person belongs that there is an immense love for children no matter if the child of your enemy, whether it is your child or child of the enemy—children are children. For the children`s bright future everyone efforts according to his capabilities and try to provide all the luxuries of life but there is a region of the earth, the world knows the name of Palestine. Where the children and their childhood innocence has been removed by Israel, in such age they should be in school with fairy tale books, but they have toys of missiles, bullets and phosphorus bombs that kills them on daily basis.

 

Palestine is an unfortunate country in which human blood is cheaper than water. World peace candidate smoldering eyes from Palestine, as this is not the country of this world. Are not the children living here innocent? Their future? Their childhood? Children in other parts of the world are enjoying counter strikes and other video games, but the Palestinian children have been facing massacre since 1948. The children living in the Holy Land of Palestine do not have the basic needs of life. No gas. no electricity , no safe drinking water, no doctors, no medicine and nothing to eat. They are forced to live in refugee camps where there is nothing to eat in the harsh winter, and they have nothing to cover the bodies to stay warm. Aren’t these babies also the asset of world?? Their innocent childhood is being crushed, and their fate should be a concern for all peoples of the world. They do not have the lap of their mother but have monument of her grave. They do not have support of the compassionate father. but they have their father’s dead body. They do not have a sheltering home, only the debris of what was their home bombed by Israel. They do not have bread to eat, and the air they breathe is filled with toxic tear gas.

 

Gazans start their day mourning the death of their beloved. sorrow and anguish is written in the fate of Palestine, at any time during the day and night bombardment can begin. Palestine is the only country that has no army, it is a ruined country where graves outnumber homes, electricity is available here for few hours and there is nothing but mourning and death. Israeli soldiers can hunt anyone anywhere in Palestine and they are not held accountable anywhere in world. Gaza has schools, books and toys but everything telling stories about kindness of all the good of Israel. Is a tribute to those whose children are being slaughtered, whose houses are being burned, whose loved ones have been buried without shroud. However, they have not agreed to leave the Holy Land. They have no fear of death. This is Israel’s manifest failure.

 

The total area of the Gaza city is about 250 km; Israel has dropped thousands of kilograms of explosives on it, how kind of people are they? They are not concerned about the lives and the properties of the inhabitants of Gaza. Even so, in this fatal situation the the people of Gaza are thankful to Allah. In this case, will Israel be ashamed of their barbaric acts and massacres?

 

Actually, Israel is doing well, the people have lethal weapons.

 

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The methodical shooting of boys at work in Gaza by snipers of the Israeli Occupation Force

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Category: Palestine/IsraelPublished: 24 January 2011

Introduction

The deliberate injury of the limbs of 23 boys by high velocity weapons has been logged and described by Defence for Children International – Palestine Branch (DCI-P) since March 2010. (1) Some of the facts have been published in national newspapers. These barbarous acts contravene international and national law but there are no judicial responses. The caring professions see the physical and mental pain of those who suffer and they should be in the vanguard in calling for this great cruelty to cease forthwith. Political leaders have failed to act. The Geneva Conventions Act 1957, which is of central importance in holding war criminals to account in the jurisdiction of the UK, is being emasculated.

Context

Most of the 1.5 million population of the Gaza strip is impoverished. Half are refugees from Mandate Palestine or their children. About 50% of the male population is without work. It has been isolated and occupied for decades. A commercial port was being built in 2000 but that was bombed by Israel. The isolation and the hobbling of its commerce was increased by a siege which was started in March 2006 in response to the election of a majority of Hamas members to the legislature. It was further tightened in June 2007 after the Hamas government pre-empted a coup by the Fatah faction that was led in Gaza by Mohammad Dahlan.

The misery was further deepened with ‚Operation Cast Lead‘ that was unleashed 27/12/08. This was promised 29/02/08 (2). „The more Qassam fire intensifies and the rockets reach a longer range, [the Palestinians] will bring upon themselves a bigger shoah (holocaust) because we will use all our might to defend ourselves.” – Matan Vilnai Deputy Defence Minister to Israeli Army Radio. There was a massive bombardment which killed 220 adults and children in the first 15 minutes. This was followed by a full scale invasion. 1400 humans were killed and approximately 5000 injured physically. The minds of very many more were injured too. 4000 homes were totally destroyed, almost all the factories and 40 mosques. The two gleaming science blocks of the Islamic University of Gaza were flattened by very powerful thermobaric bombs, the blasts being heard throughout the 360 square kilometres of the Gaza ‚Strip‘. The siege has been even more draconian since. Cement, ballast and steel rods are only let in at about 5% of the rate needed for rebuilding, the pretext being that ‚bunkers‘ could be constructed. At the present rate it will take 78 years to rebuild Gaza. (3) Chocolate, writing paper and all manner of things have been blocked. The 1000 tunnels at Rafah have provided a way in for goods but in the face of bombing and roof falls.

The lack of any work and the extreme poverty of the large extended families has drawn the boys and men to scavenge for broken concrete (‚gravel‘) in the evacuated Eli Sinai ’settlement‘ and in the industrial zone by the Erez border control post at the northern limit of the ‚Strip‘. The factories of the industrial zone have been progressively demolished by Israeli shelling etc. They are seen to the west as one enters Gaza through Erez. A donkey and cart, shovel, pick, sieve, muscles and courage are the tools. The rubble is used to make blocks and poured concrete with the cement that is imported largely through the tunnels. Many dozens of men and boys do this work for precious shekels in the shadow of manned watch towers and under ‚drones‘ above.

The 23 boys who have been shot between 26/03/10 (Said H) and 23/12/10 (Hatem S) are listed in the table below with skeletal facts. These points are made:-

  • In 18 there were single shots and not automatic fire
  • The reported range in most cases confirms that the weapon was a sniper’s rifle in the hands of a sniper
  • Almost always there were many dozens of other men and boys at work; these victims were picked off
  • A leg was the target in most cases. Where the leg was not the target it is likely the sniper was ‚aiming up‘ so the flank, elbow etc was hit instead.
  • No weapons were being borne by the gravel workers so they posed no threat to the Israeli Occupation Force personnel. Instead they were bending their backs to their menial work within their internment camp
  • The histories refer often to the recovery of the injured boy by friends and relatives under fire. This was a feature during ‚Cast Lead‘ or instead the paramedics were barred from getting to the victims so they died without care.

The history of the injury and sequel for each boy are linked to in (1). It has been done meticulously and the translation into English is perfect. The pain, and often the terror, felt by the boy as the bullet struck home are vividly recorded. No bullets have been recovered yet so the calibre/type is unknown.

  • How many boys will regain full, or nearly full function is difficult to judge without the radiographs. Cases 3,4, 5,7,13 and 15 are likely to have joint involvement and thus some lifelong disability.
  • In cases 1 and 3 there is nerve injury. If that proves to be an axonotmesis in either, it is possible that a first class repair will not be available in Gaza.
  • The fractures are open by definition and no doubt comminuted. Delayed or non-union is possible. Deep infection is a real risk, antibiotic therapy not withstanding. The risk of deep infection relates to a. the possible inclusion of fabric b. the high energy injury causing irregular and wide devitalisation of the tissues c. the probability that these difficult bullet wounds were not laid open and a complete wound toilet performed. One or two of these boys might end with an amputation.
  • Almost all the boys have been frightened off or forbidden from gravel work. There are few, if any, other means of earning shekels.

The shooting to wound and kill Palestinians is relentless. DCI-P notes that according to a UN study, between January 2009 and August 2010, at least 22 Palestinian civilians in Gaza have been killed and 146 injured in the arbitrary live fire zone adjacent to the border with Israel and imposed at sea. At least 27 of these civilians were children. It also notes that the targeting of civilians is absolutely prohibited under international law, regardless of circumstances.

These quotations from the available stories convey a little of the poverty, the suffering and the courage:-

  • ‚The three of us would wake up every day at around 5:30am and leave to collect gravel. We were not the only ones doing this type of work. Hundreds of youngsters aged between 13 and 22 used to work with us, despite the danger we faced because we were close to the Israeli border.‘ Awad W- 3
  • The work was exhausting and dangerous. ‘Israeli soldiers would sometimes shoot at us, and sometimes shoot in the air to intimidate us,’ recalls Ibrahim . ‚Sometimes they would shoot at the carts, horses and donkeys we used to move the gravel. But we had to do the work despite the dangers, because we didn’t have any other job to do.’ Ibrahim K- 4
  • Mohammad was taught by his neighbours to watch for birds flying away from the watch towers, as this was a sign to start running, as it meant soldiers were climbing into the towers and the shooting would soon begin. Mohammad M – 6
  • ‚They killed our three horses and one donkey in four months, and we had to spend the money we earned on replacing them.‘ ….. ‘They were down on their stomachs pointing their rifles towards us, but they didn’t shoot. We got used to such things.’ Mohammad S – 11

Silence is complicity

References
1.http://www.dci-pal.org/english/doc/press/UA_4_10_Children_of_the_Gravel_UPDATE_29_DEC_%202010(b).pdf
2.http://www.haaretz.com/news/barak-hamas-will-pay-for-its-escalation-in-the-south-1.240417
3.http://www.amnesty.org.uk/uploads/documents/doc_21083.pdf

I thank Gerard Horton and DCI-P for the availability and excellence of this information, and for supporting publication in a medical forum. I also thank Dr Khamis Elessi in Gaza for information.

Conflict of interest: I founded the Dove and Dolphin Charity 110119 with a voyage to Palestine 8 years ago and chair its trustees. It attends to the welfare of children in Gaza in the main. No pecuniary benefit is derived from this charity.

FOOTNOTE

This paper was submitted to the Lancet and the British Medical Journal 4 January 2011 under the title ‚Ethical‘ with the following cover letter:

4 January 2011
To the editor of the British Medical Journal, Ms Fiona Godlee

Dear Fiona,

I wish you well for the new year.

I spent some time on the editorial board of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery so I have insights into review and publication. However, having been fully retired for about 7 years now I am a bit out of touch with how one should present material now. I have been involved with teaching and writing about essential clinical skills in Gaza. I have a good knowledge of the tremendous pressure the caring professions are under there and of the chaos that ensues.

The paper that I have written, and which is based on the reports from DCI-P that I follow carefully, should be put in front of doctors. I read the Christmas appeal to BMJ readers is for Save the Children. This link speaks of their rights denied. I know from previous correspondence that you would agree that intentions and words are alone insufficient. As I say in my paper, the professions should be in the vanguard of exposing the violation of children worldwide and insisting that it stop. I speak simply of healing.

http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/en/child-rights.htm

There is this side too. The professions are always picking up the pieces. I can think of the 5 million orphans in Iraq and the thousands of ex-servicemen with PTSD (three-quarters of a million in the US) whose GPs are powerless to help.

I attach the paper and table in pdf. I should be grateful to know as soon as possible. If this is highlighted in the BMJ, it is highly unlikely another child will be shot deliberately.

For truth, reason and justice

David Halpin

The refusal from the latter is here:

BMJ/2011/850099

The methodical shooting of boys at work in Gaza by snipers of the Israeli Occupation Force by David Sydney Halpin

Dear Mr. Halpin

Thank you for sending us your paper. We read it with interest but I regret to say that we have decided not to publish it in the BMJ.

Clearly soldiers shooting at children is awful, but we didn’t think your article gave a clear reason why we should be publishing it now. The information comes from the Defence for Children International (palestine section) website, there isn’t much context, there’s no description of the Israeli soldiers‘ explanation for these events, and the article just sort of ends.

We receive over 8000 submissions a year and accept less than 10%. We do therefore have to make hard decisions on just how interesting an article will be to our general clinical readers, how much it adds, and how much practical value it will be.

I am sorry to disappoint you on this occasion.

An editor at the British Medical Journal

The methodical shooting of boys at work in Gaza by snipers of the Israeli Occupation Force

Number
Name
Age
Date of injury
Distance
from
border
metres
Injury
Activity
Single shot heard?
Hospital
Rx
Outcome
?Work again near Erez
or other
Date report made – Arabic to English
1 Said H
15 yrs
26/03/10
100
Deep and tranverse, lower L thigh
Searching for brother
Y
3 days
‚Toe will not work‘ Persisting pain
Nerve injury
Lost 2 months training as plumber and car sprayer
27/10/10
2 Hasan W
17 yrs
22/05/10
300
Below R knee. ‚Shattered‘
2 months in plaster
Gravel
(G)
Y then
repeated
shooting
Home same day
(HSD)
Cannot walk. Pain on movement.
‚.. not be able to collect gravel though family needs money‘
01/09/10
3 Awad W
17 yrs
07/06/10
350
Shot in R knee
G
Y
HSD
NumbnessCannot walk as he used to.
Therapy from Doctors without Borders.Cannot work.
06/09/10
4 Ibrahim K 16 yrs
16/06/10
400
Shot in R knee
G
Y after
shooting
2 days
Pain in R leg
Forbidden by father to return to same work
16/09/10
5 Abdullah
M
16 yrs
22/06/10
60
Shot in R ankle
G
Y
HSD
Painful. ?Will be able to walk normally again
‚I will never collect gravel again.‘
08/09/10
6Mohammad
M 16 yrs
23/06/10
500
Shot in R flank
G
3 days
Very tired when he runs
Cannot work or play
30/09/10
7 Arafat S
16 yrs
10/07/10
50
Shot in R ankle
G
Y
HSD
Still some pain and a little limp
18/09/10
8 N’uman A
14 yrs
10/07/10
300
Shot R lower leg – not deep
G
Y
HSD
Forbidden by grandfather to return
20/09/10
9 Hameed O
13 yrs
14/07/10
50
L arm – not deep
G
Y
HSD
Occasional pain
No work.Forbidden by father to return
26/09/10
10 Khaled I
16 yrs
31/07/10
600
L thigh.’Cut artery and vein
G
Y
?Heavy machine gun
15 days
‚Considering what happened, not going to collect gravel again
27/09/10
11 Mohammad S
17 yrs
25/08/10
800
L thigh
G
HSD
Pain ‚I have nightmares about being shot by Israeli soldiers‘
‘I don’t think of going to the dangerous places anymore‘
30/09/10
12Mahmoud J
16 yrs
07/10/10
450
R thigh.Bled profusely.Exit wound diameter 5 cms.
G
Y
?From tank or jeep
‚I wanted to buy two pigeons and raise them on the rooftop of my house. I will never go back to that place.‘
27/10/10
13 Ahmad H
17 yrs
13/10/10
600 –
700
R foot/sankle’Big hole in my foot – 4 cms with small hole other side
G
Y
16/10/10
14 Yahia Z
16 yrs
14/10/10
450
R lower leg
G
Y
HSD
‘I will never go back to the industrial zone even if I starve to death.‘
16/10/10
15Shamekh D
15 yrs
27/11/10
150
L foot
G
Y
Operated
BK cast
Awaited
02/12/10
16Mokhles M
15 yrs
28/11/10
500
L lower leg
G
Y
?Op
BK cast
‘I’ll wait for my wound to heal before I go back to collect gravel.’
02/12/10
17 Belal L
16 yrs
04/12/10
600
L leg
G
Y
plus a second shot into the L leg of his 22 yr old cousin
Fractured in two places.External fixation above and below knee
‘I still feel pain in my leg,’ says Belal, ‘and I don’t know whether I will walk again or
not.’
‘I have come under fire several times from Israeli soldiers guarding the border. Once they shot and killed our horse.’’ Belal’s older brother Nedal (24) has been shot four times whilst collecting gravel,
‘three times in the left leg and once in the right leg,’ says Belal.
08/12/10
18 Suhaib M
16 yrs
10/12/10
250
Through and through,
just below L knee.Exit wound 5 cms diameter
Wood
Y
‚Bullet exploded in leg.‘
Long cast.
‚I don’t know if I
will be able to walk again,’ says Suhaib, ‘but certainly I will never go back to collecting gravel.’
18/12/10
19 Rasmi G
15 yrs
10/12/10
200
R lower leg. Fractured tibia
G
Y
External fixation
In Kamal Udwan hospital
‘I still feel great pain in my leg and don’t know whether I will walk again or not.‘
15/12/10
20 Fadi H
17 yrs
13/12/10
500
Below L knee
Goatherd
4 shots
HSD
Moving about at 2 days
28/12/10
21 Rami
17 yrs
21/12/10
400
R lower leg
G
Y
HSD
Will collect G again. ‚What can I do?’Disabled
father.Large family
28/12/10
22Mahmoud S
17 yrs
23/12/10
400
R elbow
G
Gun-shots
HSD
‚For the record, I will never go back to collecting gravel for it’s a death profession.‘
29/12/10
23 Hatem S
17 yrs
23/12/10
800
Head – back of.
Embedded ’shrapnel‘ from bullet
Collect
’straws‘
Gun-shots
HSD
Headache plus nausea
29/12/10
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The BBC, its former Gaza correspondent and an Arab

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By David Halpin
David Halpin calls on the BBC to honour Alan Johnston by reporting Israeli war crimes, in particular the deliberate shooting and crippling of a Palestinian TV cameraman on 5 July 2007.
Thus is the image of the BBC. It has reporters worldwide and they are usually of high calibre. Listen to “From Our Own Correspondent” to hear good English and sharp observation. Its natural history, Open University programmes and a minority of its documentaries are peerless. But the rub comes with its “news” and current affair programmes. Its motto “Nation Shall Speak Peace Unto Nation” has a very hollow ring when it chooses to interview the discredited “bomber” John Bolton several times about his current target – Iran.

The balance of its coverage in the many months before “shock and awe” was disgraceful but BBC chutzpah did not betray it. Media Lens noted the following in an instructive letter to the then head of BBC News, Richard Sambrook, dated 1 January 2003: „A BBC News Online search for 1 January 2002 – 31 December 2002 recorded the following mentions: Noam Chomsky, 5. Noam Chomsky Iraq, 1. Donald Rumsfeld, 302. Donald Rumsfeld Iraq, 164. Richard Perle Iraq, 6. Denis Halliday, 0. George Bush Iraq, 1,022. Tony Blair Iraq, 651. Tony Benn Iraq, 14. George Galloway Iraq, 42. Dick Cheney Iraq, 102.“

You have noted the Halliday/Bush ratio.

On 31 January 2003, I was on the bridge of a cargo vessel I had chartered to take ourselves and 50 tonnes of first class food and other aid to the poorest families in Gaza. I was being interviewed on camera by a young reporter from BBC Spotlight South West. The ship was to slip its moorings the next day. I explained that I was doing it to focus attention unresolved conflict (dreadful euphemism for genocide, in fact) and to demonstrate our common humanity. I went on to say that the second purpose was to stand for peace and reason against the unreason and destructiveness of the looming war on Iraq.

“Stop the recording. We cannot include that, Mr Halpin. There is no balancing comment,” the reporter said.

I replied that we had suffered wall to wall warmongers like Perle, Edelman, Wolfowitz and their like on the BBC for months. My voice would move the balance by a fraction in the opposite direction.

The camera rolled, the same words were said, and again the interview was stopped. The interview was only allowed to proceed with the future incineration of Iraqi children excluded. The ITN interviews, on the other hand, included this second reason for the voyage of the Dove and the Dolphin. It was obvious that the BBC reporter had been given his battle orders.

The kindly Alan Johnston, the BBC’s Gaza correspondent, was kidnapped on 12 March 2007. That caused widespread alarm, although the risks were known. It later emerged that he was being held by the Army of Islam. I am told that this clan “army” had been allied early on with Hamas until it was enticed into the grouping favoured by Israel and the West. Demands were made later for the release of certain Muslim leaders that had featured strongly in Western propaganda. It seemed likely that the purpose of his incarceration was to add to the chaos and thus to the instability designed to unseat Hamas, although many thousands of assault rifles, other weapons and ammunition were the main ingredient. The BBC, journalists worldwide and his many friends demonstrated for his humane treatment and prompt release. I echoed this in March before cameras and microphones on behalf of the seven doctors whom I led; we had just spent a useful 30 minutes with a gracious and thoughtful Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.

All the Palestinians we met were upset for Alan. And then came his joyful and noisy release on the 4th of this month. Now he feels the Scottish winds on his scalp, having swapped the din and heat of Gaza for the greens of Argyll.

In the early hours of Thursday 5 July, an Israeli special forces unit penetrated about 1 km from the eastern border of the Gaza Strip towards the Al-Bureij refugee camp – refugees from the nakba, the catastrophe of spring 1948. Hamas resistance fighters responded and a gun battle ensured. The Israeli occupation forces called in tanks and aircraft. A cameraman who was filming for the Al-Aqsa channel was shot and fell. Further shots were fired as he lay.

Comment – note explosive bullet and long first and highly relevant comment – ?from Pilger

A Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance was destroyed. That cameraman has since had both legs amputated and resides in the intensive care unit of the Al-Shifa hospital with the many others injured by the most modern weaponry.

Although I have no power as a UK citizen and BBC licence payer, I emailed the BBC News website, the BBC’s Middle East editor, Jeremy Bowen, and two other BBC correspondents in the area. I quoted these links [link-1 and link-2] and said: “The BBC should report the alleged details about the shooting and the ambulance and crew. It should honour Alan as a journalist by reporting the facts, uncomfortable as they might be to Israel. For truth, David.”

I know of no such report from the BBC but a report by the International Herald Tribune is detailed. It reports that the International Federation of Journalists, in a statement from Brussels, Belgium, denounced Israel for what it said was „a vicious and brutal example of deliberate targeting of a journalist“.

A Reuters video entitled “Shot while filming a gun battle” shows a supine man with the microphone sticking up from the camera by his shoulder while more bullets pluck at his body. It advised viewer discretion and stated the facts: a Palestinian camerman is hit by a volley of bullets while filming clashes between Israeli occupation soldiers and Palestinian resistance fighters in Gaza.

Having seen the video and read the written evidence, listen to Major Avital Leibowitz saying: “He was a legitimate target, you can’t wait to see whether he pulls out a gun or not.” It has to be said that he was not wearing a distinctive jacket but then James Miller and Tom Hurndall were wearing very distinctive jackets before they were gunned down by the Israeli troops.

We ask the BBC again to honour Alan Johnston by reporting the several likely war crimes committed this last Thursday [5 July] and to press for an international investigation of them. Could not “embedded” journalists in the Green Zone be treated as members of a militant group using Liebowitz’s rules.

I am told by one of many trusted friends in Gaza that Imad Ghanem, this now legless cameraman, often led the demonstrations of journalists clamouring for Alan’s release.

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Occupied Palestine: Children Hold a Historic Right of Return Demonstration

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The Future Belong’s to Palestine: Part Two

See Part (1) here

Mike Farah – with special thanks to Wafa Aludaini in Gaza, for her contribution to this article.

For the first time in the history of humankind, 1000+ children marched for their lives at the Great Return demonstration in Gaza, with one simple cry they desperately need the world to hear:

“Stop killing us please!”

When in history have you heard of children gathering in such numbers, pleading for an end to their ongoing extermination? Is this the point we’ve come to? Can civilization fall any lower? Through organized criminal censorship, Zionists have turned corporate media into accomplices to these Crimes Against Humanity.

Have we completely lost our ability to feel compassion or empathy for the screams of innocent children? At what point did we loose our moral compass? There wasn’t even a peep in the media about the children’s protest! Seriously, does every column inch have to be bought and paid for in Palestinian blood? Who is left standing with the integrity required to give these children a voice?

The same two civil organizations which coordinated the Great Return March, the Higher Committee and Breaking The Siege, also coordinated the massive children’s initiative which was held two km from Erez Crossing in Gaza.

Our most beloved Palestinian cubs bravely roared like Lions on Tuesday, calling on the international community to take action and stop the Israeli massacres of  children and civilians.They are screaming for us to break the 11-year long siege which impacts their most basic daily necessities of life.

Israel is routinely slaughtering these children as part of a wholesale collective punishment of the entire Palestinian population. This medieval siege is being sadistically enforced through the ongoing testing of every conceivable variety of the latest high-tech weapons, made in our 21st Century. Israel cynically uses Gaza as a shop window on which to experiment and sell the most highly developed, banned weapons which are guaranteed to their customers as “battlefield tested.”

This unique selling point brings a much higher profit to the US, UK and Israeli arms industry, giving the Israeli military industrial complex a unique selling point and a reason to protect their lucrative financial interests in this ongoing genocide.

By keeping Gazans confined to the largest open air prison and weapons testing laboratory in the world, Israel is literally making a killing through ongoing siege and civilian massacres. Let’s not forget that the carnage is subsidized by American taxpayers, to the tune of 14 million Dollars per day.

Torturous attrition doesn’t begin to describe the acute and long-term traumatic effects of the crimes committed against these innocent and defenseless children, nearly all of whom have lost one or more and in some cases all of their beloved family.


In a grossly disproportionate response, Israel closed the only entry and exit for supplies to Gaza on May 12th. Limiting Palestinian fishermen to under 3 miles and increasing military strikes, Israel aims to compound the pressure on Gaza civilians and Hamas, to stop exercising their inalienable right to gather in nonviolent protest.

Israel’s criminal Zionist leaders are calling for another ‘Extermination of People,’ (Russell Tribunal on Palestine, 2014) through a full-scale military assault on the besieged strip of land. Israel is accusing Hamas of “forcing” them to have to kill Gaza civilians. The last thing Gaza and their children need is another “war.” They certainly don’t need more traumatic stress. Palestinians have the highest number of children suffering from the most severe PTSD in the world.

Can this seriously be called a war? There is no equal proportionality when one side has the 4th largest military in the world and is an undeclared nuclear power. Compare this to the indigenous Palestinian population which has no army, navy or air force. Are we watching the real life Avatar movie?

The Native Palestinian people only have a democratically elected government and resistance, with a dramatically limited capacity when compared to their occupier. Even though international law gives all Palestinians the legal right bear arms against this military occupation, the protection of these rights are not being enforced. These children desperately need an international protection force and they need their Right of Return, as stated in UN Resolution 194.

“We come here to speak up for our rights and put an End to the Israeli violation of international laws,” said Aya, one of the child participants.

The children were divided into groups and each group shared a story. One of the groups shed light on the intolerable suffering of child medical patients and the lack of medicine due to the criminal siege. Other groups focused on the prolonged electrical outages and the undrinkable water, 97% of which is polluted and slowly poisons them.

“I was born in 2007. I never experienced 24 hours of electricity or uncontaminated water,” 12-year-old Amera stated.

Since the siege began in 2007, Gaza children Amera’s age have already endured 3 horrific, full-scale military assaults on the strip.

“Day by day we prove that our Great Return March is a popular and peaceful protest,” one of the organizers, Mohammed Thrayya confirmed.

Since the beginning of the Great Return demonstrations, 18 children were deliberately shot and murdered by illegal Occupation snipers. By the IOF’s own admission, these children were precisely targeted with internationally banned explosive bullets and murdered.

With no mercy in sight from Israel, Gaza children continue to pay the price for Zionist greed. As the global community’s awareness grows, the  children of Gaza cling to the hope that the international community will  step up and take direct action to protect them.

WWR-help.com has recently appointed a team manager in Gaza who provided this exclusive footage shot from the children’s march.

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The Future Belongs to Palestine: Tribute to the Great Return March as it continues

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More photo’s from the children’s protest below

 

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The Future Belongs to Palestine: Homage to the Great Return March as it Continues

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 Mike Farah

More people were injured by Israeli violence in 7 weeks of the Great Return March protest in Gaza, then during the entire 51 days of what the Russell Tribunal on Palestine ruled an ‘Extermination of People,’ in 2014.

According to Pierre Krahenbuhl, the Commissioner General of UNWRA, 12,000 people were wounded during the 2014 slaughter, perpetrated by Israel upon Gaza, which they ironically coined “Protective Edge.” However, a staggering 13,900 were injured including approximately 3,778 by live ammunition during the Great Return March and climbing.

Editors note: OPTV updated the number of causalities from the Great Return March demonstrations, on June 8th

Times of Islamabad has reported on June 4th, that 187 Palestinians including 31 children have been killed by Israel to date.

No amount of words will assuage the excruciating agony and grief so nobly laid before the alter of human sacrifice in Gaza, which demonstrates the ongoing 70-year catastrophe of the Palestinian Al-Nakba.

Never before has the price for column inches in the mainstream media been so dearly paid in the precious blood of unarmed, non-violent people, screaming for their most basic right to life, freedom and self-determination, in the face of a criminal occupation that has enforced an 11-year medieval siege on Gaza, leaving it unsustainable for the two-million inhabitants.

Razan Al-Najar, a 21-year-old volunteer paramedic, 
was murdered by Israeli snipers as she ran toward the 
separation barrier with her hands 
in the air, in a bid to administer first aid to a 
wounded civilian.

It was stated in a UN report in 2012 that Gaza would be unlivable by 2020. However, in 2017 Robert Piper, UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development said “that unlivable threshold has been passed a long time ago.”

At present, 97% of Gaza’s water is undrinkable and it’s population is being slowly poisoned and starved. The Trump Administration’s $65 million cut in USAid to UNWRA this year, has compounded the misery of up to 80% of Gazans who relied on UNWRA food aid to survive, as well as UNWRA education and medical care.

As a result of these cuts, many Gazans are now going days without food, according to our sources at the ICSPR and Ministry of Health in Gaza. The flood of casualties from the Great Return March has been catastrophic for what remained of Gaza’s already crumbling health infrastructure. Even the best equipped medical units in Europe would not be able to cope with the huge numbers of casualties and complexities of the life-changing injuries caused by Israel’s illegal use of banned weapons.
Exploding lead bullets called “The Butterfly” are being used to permanently maim the civilian protesters. An extraordinary number of limbs have been amputated.

Israel is also testing chemical weapons that were fired as “tear gas” from Israeli drones. The symptoms have never been seen before by Gaza’s medical personnel.

Former British PM, David Cameron and Noam Chomsky have both called Gaza an “open air prison.” In actuality, Gazans might be better off in prison, where bombs aren’t dropping on their heads, electricity is available, they get three square meals a day, clean water, access to medical treatment and a guaranteed release date.

It must be mentioned that Israel profits by keeping Gaza on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe and under siege, in multiple ways, as explained in a +972 article.

In light of this context, Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner’s speech at the opening ceremony of the US Embassy in Jerusalem on May 14th, is an Orwellian distortion of truth that could only be surpassed by the late Joseph Geobbels, if he were describing the inmates of the Warsaw Ghetto during their uprising in Nazi occupied Poland.

While unarmed, non-violent Gazans protesting their inhuman living conditions, were being murdered and maimed, Kushner callously referred to the Great Return March by saying, “As we have seen from the protests in the last month and even today, those provoking violence were part of the problem, not part of the solution.”

Seriously Mr. Kushner, who is provoking violence and what do you see as a final solution?

Who is the terrorist? 

187 Palestinians murdered — Zero Israeli’s killed.

13,500 Palestinians wounded — Zero Israeli’s wounded.

 

What Palestine’s Great Return March has exposed is Israel’s Achilles heal and it’s most feared nightmare, NON-VIOLENCE! The dilemma now facing the most sadistic, weaponized society on Earth, whose very survival is dependent on just two tools in their toolbox; deception and brute military force, is how do they deal with coordinated, unarmed resistance?

Israel owning 96% of the mainstream media, through 6 corporations, has a massive industrialized PR machine which distorts, censors and controls the narrative, always blaming their victims.

Despite this, the powerful images of Israel’s murderous war crimes against journalists, medics,disabled, women, elderly, and children, still managed to break through the traditional wall of media silence and complicity, flying in the face of their fake narrative.

Palestinians ran for cover from "tear gas" disseminated from drones hundreds of yards from the separation barrier in the Gaza Strip, east of Jabalia. A new type of unknown chemical agent caused dozens of civilians to seizure violently and enter a coma. MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images

The potency of the graphic video images of Israeli snipers administering kill shots to the heads and chest of children and of protesters being shot in the back and while praying, to the maiming of thousands with internationally banned explosive lead bullets, which tore through organ and bone, has resonated far beyond the die hard activists, spawning a great awakening of millions who were previously unaware.

Israel’s usual propaganda tricks have been rendered impotent due to Palestine’s diligent reporting and live streaming on social media, which cannot be refuted. Israel’s efforts to dehumanize the civilians they murder by labeling the dead and maimed as “Hamas terrorists,” can be seen for the ridiculous lie that it is. So successful are the raw images reported by Palestinians and activists, that Israel has proposed another draconian law to criminalize documentation of Israeli occupation “soldiers” human rights violations in the occupied territories.

Palestine’s people power

In truth, the Great Return March, which started on the 30th of March, is a grass roots initiative based on one man’s vision of birds flying over Gaza’s barrier fence, towards his stolen ancestral land. Which begged the question, “if birds decide to fly, so they fly. Is it not the right of people to move freely like birds as they wish?”

Who could of guessed the vision of Ahmad Abu Artema, a 33-year-old Palestinian writer and activist, would mobilize millions with a simple idea. From the seeds of this vision, the “National Committee of the Great March of Return” was born and supported by every sector of Palestinian civil and political society throughout Gaza, West Bank, globally and even in Israel itself.

Ahmad Abu Artema says he is inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. Photo credit: CNN

What we are witnessing here is a genuine expression of ‘people power’ in one of the largest and most exemplary demonstrations of non-violent resistance the world has ever seen. We’ve often heard the call, where is the Palestinian Ghandi? What the world is witnessing in this historic march for freedom, is the essence of a population without an army, air force or navy, that has the spirit of 12 million Ghandi’s.

Even the elected Hamas government was inspired by the people’s initiative. Hamas Chief, Ismail Haniya is seen below, giving a speech at Gaza’s eastern separation barrier, in support of the non-violent demonstrations and the right of return for all Palestinians.


Palestinian Hamas Chief Ismail Haniyeh speaks during a protest demanding the right to return (UN Res. 194) to their homeland, at the Israel-Gaza separation barrier, east of Gaza City April 9, 2018. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

Despite Israel’s and the mainstream media’s efforts to demonize Hamas and dehumanize all legitimate resistance, Hamas proved to the world their willingness to react non-violently to Israeli aggression.

Showing remarkable discipline, Hamas purposefully did not return fire when Palestinian civilians were being maimed and murdered. This was illustrated in video footage Hamas released, showing they had Israeli snipers in their scopes multiple times, including an high-ranking officer who was within range and on target, named Yoav Mordechai, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories.

In fact, Hamas demonstrated to the occupation a powerful lesson in non-violent restraint. Something mainstream media will never dare to report!

Video shows senior Israeli commander in Palestinian sniper spotlight – (translated from Spanish)

It’s well documented that when it comes to ceasefires, Israel is almost always first to violatethem. War crimes are not self-defense!

The EU proposed to remove Hamas from the EU Terror List in 2014.

Palestine’s right to exist

So often we are told that Palestine deny’s Israel’s right to exist. When in truth, the PLO  recognized Israel’s right to exist in the 1993 agreements, brokered by President Clinton.

Even Hamas accepted the 1967 boarders, should Palestine be awarded it’s own state. But Israeli rejected that, according to top Hamas leader Khaled Meshal, who also confirmed Hamas’s recognition of the 1967 boarders with former President Jimmy Carter.

It’s time for Israel to recognize Palestine’s right to exist! 


At present, Palestinians are not even acknowledged as human beings. Just look at some of the most recent comments by Israeli Occupation leaders.

On April 8th, ‘Defence’ Minister Abigdor Leibermanclearly illustrated their institutionalized contempt for Palestinian life by declaring, “there are no innocent people in Gaza.”

On the day of the May 14th massacre, as the death toll was still rising, Avi Dichter, Chair of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and ‘Defence’ confirmed Israel’s position by stating, “the IDF has enough bullets for everyone.”

In fact, the Israel admitted themselves, through an IDF Tweet, that they “know where every bullet landed.” Realizing their admission, they quickly deleted the tweet.

This disturbing dehumanization is endemic within the psyche of Israeli society, from cradle to grave, as illustrated in Nurit Peled-Elhanan’s book titled, Palestine in Israeli School Books: Ideology and Propaganda in Education. Nurit is an Israeli Professor of Language and Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

What is even more unnerving is that this Zionist ideology is now being openly parroted as government policy in Washington, like never before under the present Trump Administration. On April 10th, when an Al Quds reporter asked if there are any civilians in Gaza, the US State Department refused to give a definitive answer, they simply would not acknowledge the existence of civilians in Gaza.

Israel’s “Systematic Murder” and weapons testing on Gazans, which continues to play out in front of the world, has drawn global recognition. Gazans noble and agonizing  sacrifice for freedom, has brought the Palestinian people’s inalienable right of return enshrined in UN Resolution 194, right back into center stage, preempting Trump’s “deal of the century”:

The United Nations General Assembly adopts resolution 194 (III), resolving that “refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date, and that compensation should be paid for the property of those choosing not to return and for loss of or damage to property which, under principles of international law or equity, should be made good by the Governments or authorities responsible.”

Now it’s time to realize Palestine’s right of return! 

International response to the carnage

Throughout the history of humanity, every struggle for social justice has seen it’s turning point. America had it’s My Lai Massacre in Vietnam, South Africa had it’s Sharpsville Massacre and Ireland had it’s Bloody Sunday inflicted by the British. We are witnessing a moment in history, when the tide of global opinion ultimately swings against Israel.

The first tectonic shift occurred in 2014, during and in the aftermath of the last ‘Extermination of People’ in Gaza. Now the world is once again horrified by Israel’s sadistic behavior on the killing fields during the Great Return March.

Shock waves are resonating across the globe and echoing through the corridors of power. South Africa is diminishing it’s diplomatic ties with Israel. Turkey’s President Erdogan accused Israel of carrying out “genocide” and announced he would withdraw Turkey’s Ambassadors from Israel and the US.

Kuwait and Turkey rallied the Middle East and the world to unite in an unprecedented initiative led by Erdogan, calling for an international protection force for Palestine. In isolation, America has vetoed that noble initiative.

Recently, the US and Israel lost two major votes at the UN:

1. The first was a humiliating defeat for the Trump Administration and it’s declaration of Jerusalem as the “capital of Israel,” which the UN vote determined was null and void. In defiance, Zionists moved the US Embassy to Jerusalem anyway on May 14th, in breech of international law.

2. A second resolution called for an investigation into Israeli war crimes in Gaza during the Great Return march. This was supported overwhelmingly by 29 countries. Only the US and Australia voted against it, with 14 countries abstaining, including Britain and Germany.

UN High Commissioner, Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad, said about the brutal siege of Gaza:

“they are in essence caged in a toxic slum from birth to death; deprived of dignity; dehumanized by Israeli authorities to such a point it appears officials do not even consider that these men and women have a right, as well as every reason to protest.”

Prince Zaid said that “under international law, Israel was obligated to protect the population of Gaza and ensure their welfare, but there is little evidence of any attempt to minimize casualties.”

Prince Zaid also said, “the stark contrast in casualties on both sides is suggestive of a wholly disproportionate response. Killings resulting from the unlawful use of force by an occupying power may also constitute ‘willful killings’ – a grave breech of the Fourth Geneva Convention” he told the United Nations Council.

The US and the British Conservative Party were arguing that Israel should once again be allowed to investigate itself after it’s depraved use of live fire against unarmedprotesters. We need look no further than the 2014 massacre in Gaza as a prime example of what happens when Israel is allowed to be judge and jury. They found no wrong doing in their extermination of whole family’s and their use of a plethora of internationally banned weapons, such as white phosphorous, DIMEand more.

The UK’s leading opposition Labour party declared Britain’s abstention at the UN, “disgusting.” The Shadow Foreign Secretary, Emily Thornberry, slammed PM Teresa May’s weakened conservative party, demanding those responsible for the carnage be held to account, with an independent and impartial investigation.

This is remarkable considering the ongoing pernicious campaign by the UK Zionist lobby to brand the Labour party as “anti-Semitic,” in their attempt to silence any criticism of Israel.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour party leader has been a life-long supporter of Palestinian rights. In response to the lethal force used on the 9th of April in Gaza, he called for a full review of UK’s arms sales to Israel. In a statement Corbyn posted for a demonstration in the UK against the atrocities, he said “the killing and wounding of yet more unarmed Palestinian protesters yesterday by Israeli forces in Gaza is an outrage. Firing live ammunition into crowds of unarmed civilians is illegal and inhumane and cannot be tolerated.”

Corbyn made a manifesto commitment during the last election, to recognize the state of Palestine if he is elected PM. This is the first time a leader of the opposition in Britain has taken a stand such as this for Palestine. It also explains the sustained attacks by the Zionist Lobby.

In Ireland, Jino Kenney of the Irish political party, Solidarity–People Before Profit, referred to Israel as “murdering bastards” at the Parliament.

Amnesty International called for a complete Arms Embargo against Israel on April 27th.

The Arab League called for a criminal investigation and the ICC will investigate a Systematic Murder complaint over the Gaza killings.

Regardless of international consensus, the Israeli “Supreme Court” passed a ruling on May 24th, giving Israel the green light to continue using live-fire against unarmed Gazans. This ruling was passed just after the May 14th massacre, when ‘IDF’ snipers murdered 63 civilians on a single day, 7 of which were children, who were administered kill shots to their heads and chests.

When is the US going to stop using it’s VETO to sanction genocide? The Palestinian people have deserved an impartial peace broker and an international protection force a long time ago.

Let us remind the world in the context of international law, that Israel was permitted to join the global community at the United Nations based on the following preconditions, which have never been ratified.

The three conditions Israel SIGNED and AGREED to are:

1. The status of Jerusalem would not be altered.
2. The Palestinians would be permitted to return.
3. The partition agreement would become the final boarders.

Israel was accepted into the UN on condition that it was to accept the Right of Return of Palestinian refugees. Admission of Israel to membership in the UN (General Assembly Resolution 273, of May 11th 1949) requires Israel to comply with General Assembly Resolution 194 of December 11th, 1948 and Israel stated it agreed to comply with this resolution.

Israel has never upheld any of their agreements, to date.

The Great Return March continues…

Something unique is occurring among the make-shift tents and stages of this great nation’s gathering. The people’s rising has sparked a cultural renaissance which is revitalizing Palestine’s ancient spirit and resolve.

What the Palestinian people have achieved with their Great Return March, is an empowerment of ordinary civilians to determine their own destiny. It is the Palestinian people who possess the moral high ground and it is their faith that defines the future.

The US and Israel are now scrambling to impose Donald Trump’s so called “deal of the century.”The Zionists aim to grind the occupied people down into the dirt so they will accept anything they are offered, which is always bread crumbs, or a chance to redecorate their prison cell.

Any deal that ignores the voices and aspirations of the oppressed people is doomed, “null and void,” just like Donald Trump’s impetuous US Embassy move to Jerusalem.

The National Committee of the Great March of Return has called for an international boycott of all countries that move their embassy to Jerusalem in defiance of international law. The protests will continue. Every Friday Palestinians will gather at the illegal separation barrier in Gaza, until they are free.

The National Committee has planned for the largest mass protest in Gaza (as well as in the West Bank) on June 5th and June 8th, to end the illegal blockade and occupation of Palestine. They have issued an urgent call for the entire world and activists, to mobilize in solidarity:

“we need you to scream out against injustice and double standards and urge your governments to carry out their moral and legal duties to protect the civilians of Palestine.”

Israel can no longer deny the Palestinian people a one state solution, with equal rights for all, while making the two-state solution impossible.

What the Zionist occupiers may have hoped for, has literally failed. PM, Ben Gurion’s infamous statement, “the old will die and the young will forget,” is the delusional, colonialist fallacy that will lead to their own demise.

There are still Palestinian elders living in the refugee camps in Gaza who are older than the 1948 Israeli Occupation. These elders can literally see their ancestral homes from within their open-air prison. The majority of Gazans who are attending the Great Return March and those being murdered and maimed on the killing fields, are third generation refugees. Essentially, the old have not died and the young will never forget.

The question is, will they forgive?

Image of Mohamed Ayyash using an onion mask to protect himself from Israeli tear gas went viral on social media. Photo credit: Al Jazeera

When truth speaks to power, history reveals that struggles for freedom are not won by those with the most powerful army, but by the hearts and minds of the people.

Be there no doubt that the future and quality of life for all humanity is dependent on justice for the Palestinian people and their inalienable Right of Return.

THIS IS THE KEY THAT UNLOCKS THE DOOR TO GLOBAL PEACE.

Editors note:

In 1919, the Palestinian people were provisionally recognized as a State by the League of Nations, as indicated in the 1922 Mandate for Palestine addressed to Great Britain. The UN’s 1947 partition plan (UN Gen. Ass. Res. 181(II)) would have created a Palestinian State, except that Zionist paramilitaries sabotaged it.

Please see: 
Occupied Palestine: Children Hold a Historic Right of Return Demonstration

HERE


Mike Farah is the son of a Palestinian born into exile UK … He is a spokesperson for wwr-help.com, Gaza.
An environmental consultant, teacher and human rights defender.

 

 

 

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International Activists Join Gaza Protestors in the Great Return March Friday Protest

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International Activists Join Gaza Protestors

By Wafa Aludaini 

In the morning of October 12, 2018, ten activists from around the world delivered messages of support to the Great March of Return in the Eastern Gaza Strip via Skype, as a part of a ‘virtual rally’ entitled “Words Over Walls.”

The speakers hailed from countries as diverse as the US, UK, Brazil, South Africa and Norway. They included authors Mike Peled, Denny Cormier, Robert Martin, Mike Farah, and International Solidarity Movement volunteer Kristin Foss. Participants expressed their solidarity with the Marchers, their tactics and their goals. Musician and composer Mike Farah then sang an original song about the Palestinian’s Right of Return.

“All people of conscience, all people who have a heart, regardless of nationality or religion, must stand with the brave people of Gaza and support their demand to be free and to return to their land and homes in Palestine. The siege on Gaza must be broken and the prison walls that surround Gaza must come down. Palestine must be free,” said author Mike Peled.

 

Another activist said:

“[I’m] just an Australian man who wanted to see the truth, so I went to Palestine and was struck by the blatant abuse of Palestinians by Israel and the loving and welcoming by the Palestinian people,” said activist Robert Martin: “Everything I had read was wrong, the media had lied and I was embarrassed that I had believed [it].”

Additionally, group of anti-Zionist Israelis went near the fence to show solidarity with the Great Return March. They met and spoke with Palestinians activists but were separated by the Israeli siege fence and the Israeli Occupation Forces, who forced them to leave.

The Palestinian Media Youth Group, also known as the “16th October Group,” wishes to thank all of the speakers and hopes to see them soon in a free Palestine. 16th October is a youth Group from Gaza that works with internationals to reveal what is happening in Occupied Palestine, and to expose the brutality of the occupation.

7 brave Palestinians were executed by Israeli Occupation snipers today.

 

 

 

 

 

 




Peter Cohen:

This Friday 12. October:

7 demonstrators killed, at least 252 injured, 154 of them shot by Israeli gunfire, including 50 children, 10 women, 2 medics and a journalist. That makes well over 200 unarmed protestors murdered by Israel since March 30th.

How many Palestinians does Israel have to kill for it to qualify as „news“ in the US?

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Trump to Sever all US Aid to UNRWA and Violate Right of Return for Millions of Palestinian Refugees

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The Future Belongs to Palestine: Part Three

by Mike Farah

The Trump Administration announced Friday it’s plans to cut all US aid to UNRWA, withdrawing a whopping $368 Million in annual support to Palestinian refugees. They also announced plans to strip Palestine of their inalienable Right of Return, snubbing UN Resolution 194 and breaking international law with premeditated criminal intent.

UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) serves the 5 million displaced refugees in Gaza, West Bank, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. UNRWA funds hundreds of schools and dozens of hospitals. It also finances water, sanitation, civil society and governance projects, including health care.

The US Government was the number one aid contributor to the Palestinian people, comprising one quarter of the overall humanitarian assistance Palestine receives. These cuts will directly target more than half of the population which is reliant on UNRWA aid to survive.

The global Palestinian population totals 12.7 million. According to UNRWA figures, 5.9 million are registered refugees. More than half the population was forced into exile since the al Nakba terror of 1948.

Within occupied Palestine, 42% of the population are registered refugees on their own land. Of the 2 million population in the besieged Gaza strip, 70% are registered refugees.

The actual number of Palestinian refugees is in reality higher than the UNRWA figures because not all refugees register in the UN system. According to UNRWA figures, we know for a fact that over 75% of the entire Palestinian population are refugees. 

The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) released a report in 2016 with documented evidence that the Israeli occupation controls 774 Palestinian towns and villages. During the al Nakba in 1948, Zionist militia destroyed 531 indigenous towns and villages. The Jewish-Zionist Mafia continued their terrorist activities with a further 70 massacres.

There are ten recognized UNRWA camps for Palestinian refugees in Jordan and 12 in Lebanon. These are utterly impoverished camps, among the poorest on Earth.

Of the Palestinian refugees in Syria, 98% of them rely on UNRWA aid to survive. Over 80% of Gazans need UNRWA aid to prevent starvation. 97% of the water supply in Gaza is poisoned and undrinkable. As predicted in UN reports, Gaza is currently unlivable.

Cutting financial support to UNRWA is premeditated evil, a full frontal assault on the most vulnerable members of society, in which over 50% are innocent children. They didn’t choose the circumstance of their birth, they were born into it. Trump has just signed their death warrants.

U.S. aid to Palestinians takes three main forms:
  1. About $320 million goes toward humanitarian work and projects, and is disbursed by the U.S. Agency for International Development.
  2. $368 million goes to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
  3. Approximately $36 million helps the Palestinian Authority with security.

70% of Mercy Corps runs programs that provide support for communities that have lived through the crises of war. It also works with health centers in the Palestinian territories to develop technology systems, such as electronic medical record-keeping systems and stock-management systems for pharmaceutical supplies, in order to help facilitate better access to health care.

According to The Atlantic, The entire UNRWA funded program will close in September, laying off a total of 20,000 people in Gaza. The Palestinian Authority has already cut salaries to their 40,000 civil servants in Gaza. The unemployment rate of youth between the ages of 18 and 29 in Gaza, is 62% and it is the youth that has the highest rate of suicide and suicide attempts.

Right of Return “off the table”

In an act of “Diplomatic” terrorism, the Trump Administration moved the US Embassy to Palestine’s capital city of Jerusalem on March 30th, directly violating international law. If any U.S. President executes the interests of a foreign power (Israel), placing them above the interests of the American people, that constitutes treason.

This impeachable offense not only empowered the Rothschilds banksters “Deep State,” who literally make a killing from Trump’s record breaking military spending, weapons testing in Gaza and Israeli arms sales. It also rewarded one of Trump’s Jewish Mafia handlers, Sheldon Adelson, who essentially bankrolled Trump’s campaign.

The American President is colluding with a foreign power that carried out the USS Liberty terror attack against the American people and has their fingerprints all over 9/11.

Next, Trump withdrew the US from the world’s most important human rights body in June. It was the first time in history, a member state has voluntarily left the United Nations Human Rights Council (UN).

The Trump Administration’s is Collectively Punishing the entire Palestinian population, in a vulgar demonstration of the Jewish Mafia’s New World Order agenda. Essentially, Jewish supremacists are extorting the Palestinian people into compliance with selling their capital city of Jerusalem as part of the Greater Israel project.

No U.S. President before Trump has stooped this low, treating refugees this inhumane. But it gets even worse.

The Trump Administration also announced it’s plans to strip nearly 5 million Palestinian refugees of their Refugee Right of Return and their children’s Right of Return as stipulated in UN Resolution 194. Who could have seen this coming?

Three quarters of the indigenous Palestinian nation have been ethnically cleansed and displaced from their homeland. When this is brought to an international court of law as evidence, it will constitute the colossal crime of genocide. This is one reason why the Jewish Mafia wishes to strip Palestinian refugees of their right of refugees to return. They are attempting to escape punishment and retribution to the Palestinian people, for their Crimes Against Humanity. Just as the US Government had to pay billions in retribution to the Native American tribes for it’s colonial genocide.

Another key reason for striping Palestinians of their Right of Return is so that Israel can maintain it’s Jewish majority within their Apartheid political system.

Trump’s Zero Tolerance policy in the U.S. that was implement in May, also criminalized all refugees entering the U.S., profiting private military contractors and prison corporations. As the walls go up across our globe, even those refugees fleeing life-threatening situations and their children, are penalized.

The most vulnerable time for an any evil empire is when they believe they are at the zenith of their power. History has proven that all it takes is enough good people to remain steadfast and hold the moral high ground, for the seeds of their destruction is sewn within their own corruption.

 

 

Mike Farah is the son of a Palestinian born into exile UK … He is a spokesperson for WorldWide Resistance-Help e.V. 
wwr-help.com
, Gaza.
An environmental consultant, teacher and human rights defender.

 

 

 

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Adham Alhajjar, journalist from Gaza Strip

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Adham Alhajjar, journalist from Gaza Strip.



Adham:

„I was about to turn 32 when I dealt with my first life-changing experience.
I loved to play sports, whether it was basketball, football, swimming, or running. I dreamed of being an international journalist covering the most crucial events in the world to uncover the truth and to serve humanity.

However, it all changed on one morning when I was covering the events of the Great return march in Gaza Strip on 6th April, 2018.

 

I was doing my job and I was really interested in transferring the truth of what happening for the whole world

when an Israeli sniper shot me in my left knee with an exploded bullet. This bullet cost me a lot it damaged my nerves, knee’ bones and the joint in my knee, after I got shot they took me to the hospital where I wait for three days bleeding and waiting for a medical intervention from someone who know what to do to save me.

After three days of the continuing bleeding I have been entered to nerves repairing surgery by a group of doctors supervised by a foreign delegation. Then they told me that I need Knee replacement operation in upcoming months and that it should be done by experts due to the complexity of my case.

I tried my best but I didn’t transferred to be treated outside with financial coverage from the government so I contacted hospitals outside and I got and admission from Hidelberg hospital in Germany to do the surgery of knee replacement.

I covered the expenses of the outpatient consultation but I can’t afford the surgery expenses.
Each day I delay the surgery my knee become worst due to the shortage happen in my nerves and muscles where am losing my chance to walk again.

Before  getting injured I was running from place to another I was helping others but now I can’t even help myself in doing my daily life activities ,
I can’t afford the burden of going to the toilet by myself so, am always in need for help by someone else.“




WWR-Help GAZA Crisis medical aid fund…

Since the start of the Historic Great Return March 30/3/2018… Gaza has experienced an over whelming number of casualties.

Many as a result of having being shot by Israeli IOF snipers using exploding bullets (banned under International Law).
Over 150 unarmed Gazans have been killed outright and thousands have been wounded. Many now suffering life changing and catastrophic injury.

This is the case with Adham Khaled Alhajjar a 32yr Palestinian Journalist.
While covering the story of the Great Return March on the 6-4-2018, Adham was hit in the left leg with an exploding bullet fired by an Israeli sniper.
It is inconceivable that the sniper, could not have know that Adam ,who was clearly identifiable as a member of the press at the time was a journalist.
The exploding bullet tore through his flesh, muscle tendons and bone while critically damaging his knee.

From that day Adhams life has been cruelly changed forever.

Even the most basic tasks are now a huge struggle, he relies on help to get through the day and all movement is extremely painful. Although Gazas limited and overwhelmed health care system has done its best, Adham needs expert treatment.

He can only receive this in modern well equipped specialised hospital. He has been offered treatment and surgery for joint replacement in Germany, Heidelberg. This would dramatically help improve the extreme pain he suffers, his mobility and the future quality of his life.

For this WWR-Help aims to raise funding for Adham medical expenses and travel. WWR-Help is launching this special appeal and asking you to donate what ever you can.

With your help we can bring back some quality to Adhams life and hope.

He still has so much potential, he is still so young.
Please help us to help Adham get the medical treatment he so desperately needs.

We thank you for your help and we will assure you that your money will be transmitted 100%.
We cover all banking fees!  100% of your donation goes directly to Gaza!

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Qurbani Gaza 2018 Deutsch

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DAS QURBANI-FLEISCH FÜR DIE NOTFAMILIEN

 

Hintergrund:

Angesichts der schlechten wirtschaftlichen und sozialen Bedingungen und des Anstiegs der Arbeitslosenquoten im Gaza-Streifen werden Nahrungsmittel unsicher als langfristiges Problem betrachtet, das von den wirtschaftlichen Bedingungen beeinflusst wird. Der Gazastreifen gilt als einer der am meisten überfüllten Orte der Welt, während es keine Ernährungssicherheit gibt. Die Folge sind die Hindernisse, die den im Gazastreifen lebenden Palästinensern auferlegt werden, wie Belagerung, Schließung der Grenzen, Gesundheitskrisen, Brennstoffmangel, Stromkrisen, Unbeweglichkeit für die Bauern, um zu ihren Bauern zu gehen, Lohnkürzungen und die Zunahme von Arbeitslosenquote. Aufgrund der oben genannten Punkte haben die jüngsten Studien erklärt, dass die Situation im Gazastreifen dreimal schwieriger ist als in der Westbank.

Im Gazastreifen verbreitet sich die Unterernährung unter den Menschen, besonders die Kinder unter 5 Jahren über 50% von Gaza Kinder sind unterernährt. „Gaza durch Dürre, Kulturen sind nicht gültig. Der Markt ist voll von Produkten, aber die vorsätzliche israelische Politik, die palästinensische Wirtschaft durch die Einführung der Schließungspolitik zu zerstören, wirkt sich negativ auf Naturkatastrophen aus „, sagte dieser Beter Hanson, der für die UNO autorisierte General.

Die WWR Association betont daher, dass sie mit dem palästinensischen Bürger die Ernährungssicherheit erreichen muss, um dazu beizutragen, dass er eine bessere Lebensbedingung erhält und ihn vor Unterernährung schützt. Jüngsten Studien der Universitäten Jerusalem und Heiketer zufolge zeigt die Studie, dass die Anämie zwischen palästinensischen Kindern unter fünf Jahren 19,7% beträgt.

Die Weltgesundheitsorganisation (WHO) erwähnt in ihrem Bericht über diesen Status mit verhülltem Hunger. Mit anderen Berichten für die Ernährungs- und Landwirtschaftsorganisation zur Bewertung der Ernährungssicherheit im Gazastreifen und im Westjordanland heißt es, trotz des Ausströmens der Entwicklungshilfe und humanitären Hilfe von der lokalen und internationalen Organisation in diese beiden Bereiche, sind diese Hilfsmittel geringer als die erwarteten und notwendigen Hilfen besonders für die armen Familien. Wir wollen aus der Rolle des WWR heraus in die palästinensische Gemeinschaft gehen und versuchen das Qurbani Projekt zu implementieren, wo WWR das Fleisch an arme und bedürftige Familien in Gaza Middle Area Camps verteilt, die das am meisten marginalisierte Gebiet im Gazastreifen sind. Mit dem Ziel, den sozialen, wirtschaftlichen und Lebensstatus der armen Haushalte während des Eid al-Adha zu verbessern, indem man ihnen und ihren Kindern das reine, frische Fleisch bietet, das teuer ist und sich nicht leisten kann.

 

Projektziele:

  • Verbesserung der sozialen, wirtschaftlichen und Lebensbedingungen der armen Haushalte während Eid al-Adha, indem man ihnen und ihren Kindern das reine, frische Fleisch bietet, das teuer ist und sich nicht leisten kann.
  • Verringerung der Belastung für die palästinensischen Haushalte, die es sich nicht leisten können, Fleisch für ihre Kinder zu kaufen
  • Lächeln auf den Kindergesichtern zeichnen und das Glück ihren Familien zeigen.

Beschreibung der Zielgruppe

Dieses wichtige Projekt soll bedürftigen und palästinensischen Familien, die an Dystrophie und Anämie leiden, mit Fleisch versorgen. Abhängig von der Datenbank, die der Verband regelmäßig aktualisiert hat.
Der Begünstigte aus dem Projekt:

  • direkter Begünstigter:

Die Majorität der Familien des Mittleren Gebiets lebt in sehr schwierigen Umständen als; Waisenfamilien, Märtyrerfamilien und die bedürftigen Familien. Sie alle gehören den palästinensischen Flüchtlingsfamilien. Diese Familien leiden seit langer Zeit und leiden immer noch unter der schlechten wirtschaftlichen Situation. Während ihre Häuser von israelischen Truppen abgerissen wurden, finden wir, dass ihre Farmen planiert wurden.
Darüber hinaus gibt es behinderte Kinder und Kinder, die Väter in israelischen Gefängnissen gefangen genommen oder sogar getötet haben.

Diese Familien sind 1250 aus dem mittleren Bereich der Zielgruppe.

  • indirekte Begünstigte:
  1. Die Familien, die von dem Projekt profitieren.
  2. Die lokale Gemeinschaft (Kaufleute und Bauern).

 

Budget:

 


N.O

Kategorie

Betrag

Familiezahl

Kilo Preis $

Betrag
1. Kalbfleisch 1250Kg 1250 8 10,000$
2. Schneid- und Taschengebühren S. L. S. L. 200 200$
3. Nylon Taschen 1250 1250 150 150$
Gesamtbetrag 10,350$

 

Spendenkonto:

 

Janine Abuayyash
IBAN: DE21 6042 0020 9640 1638 41
BIC : WBAGDEA1

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