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Palestinins who live in the costal enclave are under attack by the israli occupation forces. For more than a decade, the life of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip has been deeply impacted by he effects of an Israeli-imposed blokade on Gaza`s coast and the border crossings to Gaza. The protests, then, also highlight what the United Nations (UN) warned in January 2019; a growing humanitarian crisis has brought the area to the brink of collapse. Many in the international community are unaware og the urgent humanitarian crisis that has brought the Gaza Strip to a dire tipping point. In the densely populated Gaza Strip, explosions echoed every single minute that shaking buildings and lighting the besieged coastal enclave. The Israeli warplanes hit several targets in the last few hours, including Governmental institutions, car driving School, residential building, agricultural lands, resitsances sites.
++There is no immediate confirmation or comment yet on Egyptian-brokered ceasefire. The Israeli occupation raids on Gaza are still ongoing. Due to the urgent humanitarian crisis in gaza Strip and the collapse of the Gazan`s economic situation where many people are struggling to keep surviving and they are in a mass need for help specially after the Israeli escalation and the several airstrikes lunched against Haza Strip. Nour el Marifa Association and WWR-Help. WorldWide Resistance-Help e.V. calling on the local and internatinal NGOs to help Palestinian refugees living in Gaza Strip with this urgent intervention of providing urgent food parcels & urgent assistance to the most needy, vulnerable and affected families in Gaza.
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.
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.
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 didnt 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 didnt shoot. We got used to such things. Mohammad S 11
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.
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
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.
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
The refusal from the latter is here:
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
Date of injury
Single shot heard?
?Work again near Erez
Date report made – Arabic to English
1 Said H
Deep and tranverse, lower L thigh
Searching for brother
‚Toe will not work‘ Persisting pain
Lost 2 months training as plumber and car sprayer
2 Hasan W
Below R knee. ‚Shattered‘
2 months in plaster
Home same day
Cannot walk. Pain on movement.
‚.. not be able to collect gravel though family needs money‘
3 Awad W
Shot in R knee
NumbnessCannot walk as he used to.
Therapy from Doctors without Borders.Cannot work.
4 Ibrahim K 16 yrs
Shot in R knee
Pain in R leg
Forbidden by father to return to same work
Shot in R ankle
Painful. ?Will be able to walk normally again
‚I will never collect gravel again.‘
M 16 yrs
Shot in R flank
Very tired when he runs
Cannot work or play
7 Arafat S
Shot in R ankle
Still some pain and a little limp
8 N’uman A
Shot R lower leg not deep
Forbidden by grandfather to return
9 Hameed O
L arm not deep
No work.Forbidden by father to return
10 Khaled I
L thigh.’Cut artery and vein
?Heavy machine gun
‚Considering what happened, not going to collect gravel again
11 Mohammad S
Pain ‚I have nightmares about being shot by Israeli soldiers‘
I dont think of going to the dangerous places anymore‘
R thigh.Bled profusely.Exit wound diameter 5 cms.
?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.‘
13 Ahmad H
R foot/sankle’Big hole in my foot 4 cms with small hole other side
14 Yahia Z
R lower leg
I will never go back to the industrial zone even if I starve to death.‘
L lower leg
Ill wait for my wound to heal before I go back to collect gravel.
17 Belal L
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 dont know whether I will walk again or
I have come under fire several times from Israeli soldiers guarding the border. Once they shot and killed our horse. Belals 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.
18 Suhaib M
Through and through,
just below L knee.Exit wound 5 cms diameter
‚Bullet exploded in leg.‘
‚I dont know if I
will be able to walk again, says Suhaib, but certainly I will never go back to collecting gravel.
19 Rasmi G
R lower leg. Fractured tibia
In Kamal Udwan hospital
I still feel great pain in my leg and dont know whether I will walk again or not.‘
20 Fadi H
Below L knee
Moving about at 2 days
R lower leg
Will collect G again. ‚What can I do?’Disabled
‚For the record, I will never go back to collecting gravel for it’s a death profession.‘
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.
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 oneor more and in some casesall of their beloved family.
In a grossly disproportionate response, Israel closedthe 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 severePTSD 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.
The Future Belongs to Palestine: Tribute to the Great Return March as it continues
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
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?
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
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)
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.
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.
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 thepeople.
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.
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.
Occupied Palestine: Children Hold a Historic Right of Return Demonstration
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.
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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