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UNRWA condemns the Killing of 11 Year Old Boy in Gaza by Israeli Security Forces

PRESS STATEMENT
UNRWA Spokesperson, Chris Gunness

Relatives grieving at his funeral. Photo: EPA

Relatives grieving at his funeral. Photo: EPA

28 July 2018

Yesterday, during protests at the fence in Gaza, Majdi Ramzi Kamal Al Satari, an 11 year old boy and UNRWA student, was killed by Israeli Security Forces.

This dramatic incident brings to ten – nine boys and one girl – the number of UNRWA students killed near the fence in Gaza since 30th March when the present round of demonstrations began.

UNRWA condemns in the strongest possible terms the deaths of these children in Gaza. We have conveyed our condolences to Majdi’s family and loved ones.

Conditions in Gaza have reached extremes of hardship, fueled by ongoing conflict, blockade and occupation. The absence of horizon is impacting the community in multiple ways.

UNRWA endorses the statements of the United Nations Secretary-General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights that Palestinians have the right to peaceful assembly and expression. Lethal force may be used only when strictly unavoidable as a last resort in self-defense or in order to protect life. The killing and injuring of children – who enjoy additional protection under international law – is particularly appalling .

UNRWA calls for maximum restraint to prevent an escalation of the violence. Utmost efforts must be made to prevent any further loss of life, especially of children. Thorough, independent, and transparent investigations must be undertaken in relation to these incidents to ensure accountability in accordance with international standards.

UNRWA condemns the killing of a refugee child during military raid in the occupied Palestinian territory

PRESS STATEMENT
Chris Gunness, UNRWA Spokesperson

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Jerusalem, 25 July 2018: During a large scale incursion by the Israeli security forces (ISF) into Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem on 23 July, a fourteen year old Palestine refugee student at UNRWA’s Basic Boys School in the camp was shot and killed, reportedly with live ammunition. Preliminary reports suggest he was not armed. UNRWA condemns the killing of children and calls for an independent and transparent investigation to establish the cause and circumstances of this death.

Across all 19 refugee camps in the West Bank since the beginning of 2017 until now, 10 refugees have been killed and 129 (27 minors) injured by live ammunition. All of these fatalities occurred in the context of ISF operations in and around the camps. In Deheisheh alone since the beginning of 2017, three Palestine refugees have been killed and 55 (including 13 children) injured by live ammunition. Read more »

Hamas asserts right to retaliate to Israeli aggression

Press Statement
HAMAS

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The Israeli Occupation will have to face the repercussions after choosing to bomb Gaza and its people, and target unarmed protesters taking part in the Great March of Return.

The Palestinian resistance’s right to retaliation is internationally guaranteed and is carried out for only one purpose: to defend the people of Gaza.

It is also the resistance’s national duty to deter the Israeli Occupation from imposing its own rules of engagement upon innocent civilians.

The resistance will continue to uphold this equation no matter the sacrifices made because the people of Palestine fully support for their resistance.

Palestinians have the right to live in freedom and dignity, and international and regional leaders must work to end the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, end its siege and support the just Palestinian cause.

Fawzi Barhoum, spokesperson
Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas,

20 July 2018

560 Palestinian victims of Israeli gunshots are contacting the International Criminal Court

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PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release – 18th May 2018

ENGLISH VERSION – LA VERSION FRANCAISE SUIT

Israeli crimes committed in Gaza
560 Palestinian victims of Israeli gunshots
are contacting the International Criminal Court

On 17 May 2018, a group of 560 Palestinian victims of Israeli live fire during Gaza demonstrations sent Mrs Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, a complaint denouncing these war crimes and requesting that she refer it to the Court’s judges in order to obtain authorisation to open an inquiry.

1. A joint organised task from Palestine

The complaint was announced from Gaza, directly from the victims or a close relative.

It is the result of work carried out by the Independent Palestinian Commission for the Pursuit of Zionist Crimes against the Palestinians (TAWTHEQ) – a public entity created by the Palestinian Legislative Council on 29 October 2010 – together with some 40 lawyers working in Gaza in co-operation with renowned French lawyer Gilles Devers and lawyer Khaled Al-Shouli. The complaint has also been signed by 30 lawyers registering their involvement and solidarity.

This complaint is a continuation of an ongoing effort initiated nearly 10 years ago, the first complaint to the International Criminal Court having been made in January 2009 concerning the Israeli “Cast Lead” military attack. Read more »

Al-Sisi’s Band Aid: Egypt extends Rafah Crossing opening through Thursday.

SOURCE: alnafiza.net

Informed sources said that the Egyptian authorities decided to open the Rafah crossing in the southern Gaza Strip permanently due to the large number of wounded and injured who are scheduled to leave for Egypt to receive treatment, and also within the Egyptian facilities to come to the sector.

The sources confirmed that the crossing from the moment will remain permanently open without closing it completely, pointing out that the Egyptian leadership gave instructions to the competent authorities to keep the Rafah crossing open continuously.

She pointed out that the Egyptian authorities have given instructions to all concerned authorities to start receiving the wounded of the march of return and the millions of people who broke the siege, whose cases require treatment in Egyptian hospitals.

The Egyptian authorities decided to open the Rafah crossing for four days from Saturday to Tuesday evening, but announced the extension of the crossing until Thursday evening.

It is noteworthy that the Rafah crossing is considered the lifeline of the citizens of Gaza, since it connects the sector in Egypt, where the closure of the latter almost completely, since July 2013, and open it at intervals: for the travel of humanitarian cases, students and dependents only.

ENDS

Gaza: “We eat our bread with blood”

Julie Webb-Pullman

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In Gaza the funeral tents have all come down – although new ones go up almost daily as another victim of Israeli war crimes succumbs to their injuries received in last Friday’s March of Return.

“We eat our bread with blood,” Omar Samour’s mother told me – Omar, the young farmer who was killed by tank fire as he worked in the field scratching out 28 shekels a day to feed his family.

His 25 year-old wife barely has the time to grieve among the demands of a four month old baby and a toddler, let alone figure out how she is now going to raise her kids in a territory under siege, with women’s unemployment at 80%…

Shattered families are slowly putting back the pieces, knowing that this Friday yet another member may well be lost, leaving the crazy jigsaw of their lives with yet another gaping hole to emphasise its terminal incompleteness.

Hospitals and emergency workers are counting their stocks: not enough medicines, not enough hospital beds, not enough petrol to get ambulances to and from the crime scenes.

Not enough specialised surgeons to repair the massive vascular damage created each time an Israeli prohibited weapon tears through the flesh of people whose only sin is to have been born Palestinian.

Not enough international response to the blatant war crimes and crimes against humanity yet again being carried out by the rogue state of Israel against the original – and legitimate – owners of the land: the Palestinians.

Not enough justice: UN Resolution 194, guaranteeing Palestinians the right to return to the homes from which they were expelled in 1948, remains unimplemented and ignored by the international community.

It will NOT be ignored by Palestinians, however many fall each Friday.

Each death is a dragons’ tooth that will rise as an army of warriors until, like the Golden Fleece, Palestine is liberated.

Although Palestinians are being forced to eat their bread with blood, they chew it with the teeth of dragons.

UN rights chief denounces Israeli forces’ shooting of man in wheelchair

PRESS RELEASE
Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Photo: Irish Friends of Gaza

Photo: Irish Friends of Gaza

GENEVA (19 December 2017) — The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said Tuesday he was “truly shocked” at the killing of a wheelchair-bound amputee by Israeli Security Forces close to the fence between Gaza and Israel last Friday.

Ibrahim Nayef Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh, a 29-year-old man from Gaza who reportedly had both legs amputated after an Israeli attack on Gaza in 2008, was among hundreds of Palestinians who were marching across farmland towards the fence following Friday prayers on 15 December to protest against the United States’ decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. He appears to have been killed by a bullet to the head when he was approximately 20 meters from the fence.

“The facts gathered so far by my staff in Gaza strongly suggest that the force used against Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh was excessive,” Zeid said. “International human rights law strictly regulates the use of force in the context of protests and demonstrations. The lethal use of firearms should only be employed as the last resort, when strictly unavoidable, in order to protect life. However, as far as we can see, there is nothing whatsoever to suggest that Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh was posing an imminent threat of death or serious injury when he was killed. Given his severe disability, which must have been clearly visible to those who shot him, his killing is incomprehensible – a truly shocking and wanton act.” Read more »

Song of Martyrdom: For Ibrahim Abu Thurayya

Dr Haidar Eid
Palestine Chronicle

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In 2009, 21-year-old Ibrahim Abu Thurayya, together with some other youngsters, was targeted by an Israeli F16. He lost both legs. On December 15, 2017, Ibrahim was killed by an Israeli sniper on the eastern borders of Gaza while carrying a Palestinian flag and peacefully protesting against American president’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Ibrahim was a wheelchair-bound double amputee!

What is the message that apartheid Israel wanted to send to us, Palestinian, by brutally killing Ibrahim in broad day light? Read more »

Fawzi Barhoum condemns assassination attempt of Abu Naim

PRESS STATEMENT
HAMAS

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The spokesperson of Hamas Movement , Fawzi Barhoum issued the following

The assassination attempt which targeted the General Commander of the Internal Security Forces in Gaza and one of Hamas leaders, Tawfiq Abu Naim is a cowardly act committed by the enemies of the Palestinian people. This act aims to target the security and stability of Gaza and the unity of our people and their national reconciliation. We urge the security forces to arrest the criminals, to prosecute them before court and to crack down on anyone who dares to tamper with the security and stability of our people

Fawzi Barhoum

Spokesperson of the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas”

27th of October, 2017

Haniyeh: The assassination attempt of Abu Naim will not weaken our resolve towards reconciliation

PRESS RELEASE
HAMAS

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The head of the Political Bureau of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh stated that the assassination attempt of Tawfiq Abu Naim, the General Commander of Internal Security Forces, will only strengthen the power and the steadfastness of Hamas.

This statement was made by Hanieyeh during the visit to Al Shifa Hospital to check on the health of Abu Naim after he survived a failed assassination attempt on Friday afternoon.

Haniyeh added, “It is wrong to believe that these crimes, whoever is behind them, can prevent us from moving ahead in the resistance path towards liberation.”

He assured that this criminal attempt will not diminish our resolve to achieve the Palestinian national reconciliation.

Haniyeh affirmed that Hamas is moving on to achieve reconciliation and to restore national unity.

He called on the Palestinian President, Mahamoud Abbas to accelerate the required implementations needed to fortify the home front against anyone who dares to tamper with the internal security and our political plans.

PFLP Statement on the Martyrdom of Comrade Raed al-Salhi

PRESS STATEMENT
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades join the masses of our people in mourning our comrade, the wounded prisoner, Raed As’ad al-Salhi, 21, who died from his injuries today in a Zionist hospital after he was kidnapped by the Israeli occupation in August, when he was shot at a point-blank range.

The Front offers its sincere condolences to the family, comrades and friends of the martyred comrade in Dheisheh refugee camp, torch of the Intifada and steadfast base of resistance. He has joined the long convoy of the martyrs of the Palestinian people at the hands of the occupation. He was always present to confront the occupation in the city of Bethlehem, where the occupation forces and their barracks have been met with numerous heroic clashes, confrontations and struggles by the Palestinian people.

Palestine, Dheisheh camp and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine have lost a courageous struggler committed to liberation of the Palestinian people from the Zionist occupation. This young struggler was committed in his very veins to loyalty to the Palestinian cause and to his people.

The Popular Front is committed to remain on the same path for which this martyr’s life was taken, the path of return, resistance and liberation. It is confident that its comrades in Dheisheh camp, who have always advanced the struggle and paid the deep prices of sacrifice, will continue to lift high the banner of resistance to the Zionist occupation, despite the continuous targeting of the comrades and the camp.

Glory to the martyrs; victory is inevitable!

Hamas mourns death of Gaza security member

Press Statement
HAMAS

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In the name of Allah the most Merciful

Hamas’s spokesperson, Fawzi Barhoum, stated the following:

Hamas mourns the death of Nidal al-Ja’fari, a member of Hamas’s security forces, who was killed in the southern Gaza Strip by a suicide bomber, while carrying out the national duty of protecting his homeland borders. We wish the wounded a speedy recovery and our thoughts and prayers are with those affected.

While we strongly condemn this terrible crime, we highly value the role of Gaza’s Interior Ministry and the security services in enforcing the law and maintaining the security of the Palestinian citizens despite all the obstacles, challenges and difficulties facing the Strip.

The movement stresses the need for the Ministry of Interior to continue to play its vital security role and to strike those who break the law and the values ​ of the Palestinian people with an iron fist.

Fawzi Barhoum

Hamas spokesperson

17 August 2017

Die, Suffer, You Kahba

by Gideon Levy
Source: HAARETZ

A horrific incident took place in the occupied territories last Thursday. It was no less despicable than the shooting of an incapacitated terrorist by Elor Azaria. Watching the video clip that documented the event turns one’s stomach. It’s revolting and infuriating, yet no media outlet in Israel paid any attention to it, reflecting the depths of apathy to which we have sunk.

On that day, a group of soldiers stood around a dying Palestinian girl who was writhing in pain, lying bleeding on the road. The soldiers competed with each other to see who could curse her using more vile language. These are your soldiers, Israel, this is their language, these are their values and standards. No one even thought of offering her medical aid, no one thought of silencing the outburst of detestable obscenities flying around the girl who was bleeding to death. This was an apt gift for the jubilee celebrations – from the good-looking paratroopers at the Western Wall to this beastly act at the Mevo Dotan checkpoint. Fifty years of occupation have brought us to this. Read more »

EQB: Occupation is solely responsible for Fukaha assassination

Ezzedeen Al Qassam Brigades
PRESS RELEASE

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Ezzedeen Al Qassam Brigades on Sunday renewed the charge that Israel bears full responsibility for the assassination of al-Qassam commander Mazen Fuqaha in Gaza on March 24.

Al Qassam slammed Israeli war minister Avigdor Lieberman, who denied Israel’s involvement in the assassination, and accused him of trying to disavow the consequences of the crime.

“Lieberman’s statement demonstrates the extent of fear and pressure experienced by Israeli leaders,” Al Qassam spokesperson Abu Obeida said in a brief statement on Sunday evening.

“We affirm that no one is responsible for the crime apart from the Zionist enemy, and it will not succeed in any of its declared or hidden attempts to disclaim or to shuffle the cards,” the spokesperson said.

Earlier on Sunday afternoon, Lieberman said that Israel played no role in the assassination of Fuqaha.

Qassam: Israel fully responsible for assassination of Mazen Fuqha’a

PRESS RELEASE
Al Qassam Brigades

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Al Qassam Brigades confirmed that the Israeli occupation is fully responsible for the criminal assassination of Qassam leader Mazen Fuqha’a.

“The equation that the enemy wants to impose (the quiet assassination) will be broken and the enemy will regret this,” the statement said.

The Brigades added that the occupation will pay a heavy price for this crime.

Qassam leader Mazen Mohammed Fuqha’a, 38 years old and originally from Tubas, was gunned down in a cowardly assassination operation on Friday March 24th, 2017.

Khalil al-Haya, Hamas’s deputy chief in the Gaza Strip, said only Israel would benefit from the death of Fuqha’a, who was released along with over 1,000 other Palestinian inmates in a 2011 prison swap deal with Israel.

“This assassination does not serve anybody but the occupiers; it is of no interest to the other parties,” Haya said.

Before his release, Fuqha’a had served nine years of a life sentence in an Israeli prison for his prominent role in several heroic operations against the Israeli occupation. He was deported to Gaza following the prisoner exchange deal in 2011.

PFLP denounces the assassination of young Palestinian struggler and leader Basil al-Araj

PRESS RELEASE
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine joins with the masses of our resisting people in mourning one of the most prominent young Palestinian strugglers, Basil al-Araj, who was assassinated today by the cowardly Zionist occupation. The martyr fought a heroic battle after many months of pursuit. The Front called on resistance actions to come together in unity and coordination to respond to this crime and intensify operations against the Zionist occupation.

The Front emphasized that Palestine today has lost one of the finest young strugglers of Palestine, who paid with his life for his principles and values. He was committed to rejecting all capitulatory solutions and a clear vision of liberation, and he worked to chronicle the history of Palestine and confront all attempts to liquidate the Palestinian cause. Read more »

Al Qassam Brigades mourn Tunisian Commander Zawari

Press Release
Al Qassam Brigades

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Al Qassam Brigades mourned, in a military communiqué, the Qassam commander Mohammed Zawari to the Arab and Muslim nations.

The brigades said that the treacherous hands of Zionists have assassinated the Qassam leader on December 15th, 2016, in the city of Sfax in Tunisia.

The Qassam Brigades revealed that commander Zawari was one of the commanders who oversaw the project of Ababil drones.

It noted that Zawari had joined the Palestinian resistance and the Qassam Brigades ten years ago, and served in the Brigades, just like many Arabs and Muslims do, who defended Palestine on behalf of the entire nation. Read more »

UNRWA Condemns Killing of Four Palestine Refugees, calls for Full Humanitarian Access to Khan Eshieh Refugee Camp in Syria

Press Statement
UNRWA Spokesperson Chris Gunness

Khan Eshieh Camp, June 2016 (UN File Photo)

Khan Eshieh Camp, June 2016 (UN File Photo)

Four Palestine refugees were killed on the night of 18 October as they attempted to leave the Khan Eshieh Palestine refugee camp, south of the Syrian capital, Damascus, to which access has been highly restricted. Nofeh Mohammed Jarad, who was in her 60’s, her daughter Ibaa Saeed al-Nader, 22, their driver and a one-year old baby were all killed when their vehicle was shelled around 10 p.m. The mother of the baby, a Syrian citizen, also died in the incident.

UNRWA condemns this attack and the killing and wounding of all civilians including Palestine refugees. It calls on those responsible to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law and demands that the parties to the conflict do their utmost to protect civilian life in accordance with international law. Read more »

Israeli forces execute Palestinian near Nablus

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Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian man at Huwwara checkpoint, south of Nablus in the north of the occupied West Bank, on Sunday evening.

Eyewitnesses said the soldiers fired many live rounds fired at the Palestinian after dragging him out of his car, while the army claimed, “he ran toward the soldiers.”

The slain Palestinian was later identified as Rami Ortani, 31 years.

The Israeli soldiers prevented Palestinian ambulances from entering the area, and refused to allow the medics to approach him to provide the urgently needed medical treatment.

The Palestinian bled to death, while the soldiers closed the entire area, and declared it a closed military zone.

Eyewitnesses confirmed that the soldiers forced Ortani out of his car, and executed him at close range.

Four Palestinians injured in dawn Israeli airstrikes on Gaza

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Four Palestinian citizens were injured on Thursday at dawn after Israeli warplanes launched several airstrikes on different Palestinian targets across the Gaza Strip.

Local sources said that an elderly Palestinian and three children was injured in the Israeli airstrikes in the center and north of the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed the injury of Hassan Hassanein, 65 years, who was wounded in the hand and shoulder in an Israeli airstrike on a workshop in the Al Zeitoun neighborhood east of Gaza.

Our correspondent said that the Israeli airstrikes targeted several areas: an open area on Al Sourani Mount east of Al Tuffah neighborhood; resistance training sites east of Al Shijae’ya neighborhood; and the town of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip.

The Israeli airstrikes came after the intervention of Egyptian mediators to restore the cease-fire between the resistance and the occupation forces on the eastern border of the Gaza Strip following several Israeli incursions east of Rafah and Gaza.

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