Archive for the 'Casualties' Category

Badran calls on resistance to respond to Dawabsheh crime

Press Statement
Hamas

The Dawabsheh family - the child on the left is now the only survivor

The Dawabsheh family – the child on the left is now the only survivor

Hamas spokesman Husam Badran stated that martyrdom of the 28-year-old Mom Riham Dawabsheh emphasizes the size of the Israeli crime committed against the Dawabsheh family.

In a press statement on Monday, Badran called on the Palestinian resistance in the West Bank to carry out novel attacks that will deter the Israeli occupation and settlers.

Badran noted that this crime is not an exceptional case, but part of a malicious, systematic policy, supervised by the Israeli occupation’s leaders and pursued by Israeli soldiers and settlers against the Palestinian people.

He said that such Israeli policy is based on killing, displacement and terrorism, and aims at and terrorizing the Palestinian people in order to deter them from exercising their legitimate right of resisting the occupation. Read more »

Hamas condemns the Israeli execution of young Palestinian in Nablus

PRESS STATEMENT
Hamas

Israeli soldiers stand besides Abu Amsheh's body after shooting him

Israeli soldiers stand beside Abu Amsheh’s body after shooting him

Hamas spokesman Husam Badran condemned the execution on Monday afternoon of Mohammed Abu Amsheh, a young Palestinian man who was shot dead in cold blood by Israeli soldiers at Za’atara checkpoint south of occupied Nablus, calling for all resistance factions to respond to this crime.

In a press release, Badran demanded the PA to halt its crackdown on the resistance and release the activists it detains, calling for security coordination with the occupation to be ended, and for the Palestinian people to be given the opportunity to respond to the occupation crimes.

Badran stressed that ending security coordination with the occupation is an immediate necessity more than ever, especially with the daily spilling of Palestinian blood.

Badran offered condolences to the martyr’s family and hometown, confirming that the resistance has always had initiative, and that it needs permission from no one to respond to the Israeli aggression.

Badran: Father’s death highlights heinous Israeli crime

PRESS STATEMENT
The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas

Funeral of Saad Dawabsheh

Funeral of Saad Dawabsheh

Hamas spokesman Husam Badran stated Saturday that the slow and painful death of Saad Dawabsheh – father of burnt-to-death toddler Ali Dawabsheh – a week after the arson attack on their home highlights anew the atrocity and the gravity of the Israeli crime against the Dawabsheh family.

In a press statement, Badran said that the resistance in the West Bank has a right to self-defense and a duty to protect the Palestinian people, adding that the murderous Israeli settlers can only be deterred by responding decisively to their attack, and not by waiting for more attacks on our homes and villages. Read more »

PFLP mourns martyr Laith al-Khalidi, pledges resistance

PRESS RELEASE
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

Laith al-Khalidi murdered by Zionist forces near the Atara checkpoint

Laith al-Khalidi murdered by Zionist forces near the Atara checkpoint

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, on behalf of its General Secretary, Comrade Ahmad Sa’adat, Deputy General Secretary Comrade Abu Ahmad Fuad, and all of the cadres of the Front, deeply mourns the martyr, Comrade Laith al-Khalidi, son of Comrade Fadel al-Khalidi, murdered at dawn on Saturday, August 1, killed by Zionist forces as he protested near the Atara checkpoint against the settler attack and killing of 18-month-old child Ali Dawabsheh in Duma near Nablus.

The Front emphasizes that the blood of our martyrs shall not be shed in vain. Glory to the martyrs, freedom for the prisoners of freedom, and healing for the wounded. Victory is inevitable – no voice is louder than the voice of resistance.

PFLP: “Declaration of war” on settlements following burning of Palestinian baby

PRESS RELEASE
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

Ali Saad Dawabsheh, burned alive in Nablus by Israeli settlers

Ali Saad Dawabsheh, burned alive in Nablus by Israeli settlers

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine denounced the horrific crime by settlers, burning Palestinian homes in Duma, near Nablus and killing the baby Ali Saad Dawabsheh, 1 1/2 years old, and gravely injuring his mother, father and brother. The Netanyahu government of terrorists and murderers bears the responsibility for this crime of unspeakable cruelty, which requires all of us to escalate the resistance and declare war on the settlers and their colonies.

Such heinous crimes against children are an integral part of the ongoing Zionist terror against our people which has not stopped for over 67 years, and massacres are part of the strategy of the Zionist settlers in their war against the Palestinian people and reflect the nature of the Zionist state in Palestine. Read more »

Mishaal deplores settler’s killing of toddler, calls for response

Source: Palestine Information Center

Hamas Political Bureau chief Khaled Meshaal

Hamas Political Bureau chief Khaled Meshaal

Head of Hamas’s political bureau Khaled Mishaal denounced the murder of 18-month-old Palestinian toddler Ali Dawabsheh in Jewish settlers’ arson attack on his parents’ home yesterday in Nablus as a “heinous crime against the Palestinian people and the entire humanity.”

In press remarks on Friday, Mishaal said that such crime vindicated further that the essence of the conflict is the occupation and its settlements.

He added that “the settler’s burning of this toddlers today and earlier 16-year-old child Mohamed Abu Khudair would only be quenched by sweeping the occupation and its settlements off the Palestinian land.”

The Hamas official called for responding to this new crime and the repeated violations against Jerusalem and the Aqsa Mosque through escalating the resistance against the Israeli occupation state and its settlers.

Al-Qassam holds Israel responsible for Nablus arson attack

Source: Palestine Information Center

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Al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, held the Israeli occupation leaders fully responsible for the consequences of the settlers’ arson attack on a Palestinian home, which rendered a Palestinian toddler dead in Nablus yesterday.

In a press release on Friday, spokesman for the Brigades Abu Obeida said that the Palestinian people and their resistance would not stay passive towards what he described as the heinous crime of killing Palestinian toddler Ali Dawabsheh and wounding his family.

“The resistance has the right to burn the ground underneath of those who burned toddler Ali Dawabsheh,” the spokesman warned.

A horde of extremist Jewish settlers at dawn Friday torched two Palestinian house on the outskirts of Duma village, south of Nablus city, killing Ali Dawabsheh, 18 months, and seriously injuring his parents and four-year-old brother.

Hemaya: UN spurns Palestinian children

PRESS RELEASE
Hemaya Center for Human Rights
08 June 2015

Shifa Hospital 19 July 2014

Shifa Hospital 19 July 2014

Ban Ki-moon’s decision not to include Israel on the list of violators of children’s rights twists the knife in the heart of every Palestinian parent, making it very clear that in the eyes of the United Nations, Palestinian children’s lives don’t count.

When a military with the most sophisticated and accurate weaponry on the planet can kill more than 500 children in cold blood with complete impunity, as Israel’s absence from the list shows, it reveals more than just the complete disregard for Palestinian lives that has become so commonplace in the halls of power. It also makes it abundantly clear that the UN, the single most important international organisation charged with protecting the lives of the most vulnerable, is failing spectacularly. Read more »

NZ Superannuitants Profit from Palestinian Children’s Suffering

Opinion
Dr Vacy Vlazna

Hamza Mus'ab Almadani

Hamza Mus’ab Almadani

The shocking decision by government-owned New Zealand Super Fund (NZSF) NOT to divest from Israel Chemicals Ltd (ICL), manufacturer of white phosphorus, blatantly violates the NZSF Responsibilities of:

“ethical investment including policies, standards and procedures for avoiding prejudice to New Zealand’s reputation as a responsible member of the world community”

and Standards for Human Rights: –

1. Support and respect human rights 2. No complicity in abuses..

set out in the NZSF impressive-but-brushed-off Responsible Investment Framework. Read more »

Deir Yassin to Yarmouk and beyond

by Mazin Qumsiyeh

Deir Yassin

Deir Yassin

On 9 April 1948, my mother’s friend in school (both 18 at the time in teacher school in Jerusalem) chose to go back to her village of Deir Yassin. That was the last time my mother saw Hayah Balbisi was dead in a massacre.

April 9th is a day before good Friday on our Eastern Christian Traditions. My mother, now 82 years old, told me not to travel and that she has been having bad dreams. I reassured her even though my own heart sends me negative signals.

Deir Yassin was not the first or the largest massacre committed by Zionist forces during that era of
ethnic cleansing. But it was prophetic and emblematic for us because its deliberate effect was magnified to scare the villagers (even some survivors were paraded in the streets of Jerusalem and loudspeakers told of more impending massacres).

Dozens of massacres were indeed committed just in the six weeks leading up to Israel’s creation and more after. 534 villages and towns were depopulated in the bizarre 20th century attempt to transform a multicultural/ multireligious Palestine to become the “Jewish state of Israel”.

67 years later massacres are still being committed whether in Gaza last year or in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk. Read more »

Palestinian Killed, Two Detained as Israeli Navy Targets Gaza Fishermen

WAFA

Israeli naval boats opened gunfire Saturday on Palestinian fishermen offshore al-Sudaniya to the northwest of Gaza, killing one and detaining two others.

According to WAFA reporter, Israeli naval boats opened heavy gunfire on fishermen sailing within the unilaterally-imposed six-nautical-miles fishing zone offshore al-Sudaniya, injuring a fisherman.

Tawfiq Abu Rayyala, 25, was shot with a bullet in the abdomen and was transferred to hospital where he succumbed to his wounds. Read more »

Hebron: Schoolchildren, Teachers, Suffer Effects Of Teargas Inhalation

Source: IMEMC

Medical sources have reported that scores of children, and teachers, suffered the effects of teargas inhalation, in southern Hebron city, in the southern part of the occupied West Bank, during clashes that took place after Israeli soldiers harassed them while heading to school.

Ra’ouf Snober, 14, Injured Near Ramallah - Quds News

Ra’ouf Snober, 14, Injured Near Ramallah – Quds News

The sources said that the soldiers fired dozens of gas bombs into the Hebron Elementary School, Khadija Bin al-Waleed School and the Ibrahimi School, causing scores of students to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation.

One teacher, identified as Hani Haddoush, 37 years of age, was moved to a local hospital due to severe effects of tear gas inhalation. Read more »

PFLP: In response to murder of Abu Ein, escalate resistance in all forms

PRESS RELEASE
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

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The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine joins the Palestinian people in mourning the martyred leader Ziad Abu Ein, a member of the Revolutionary Council of Fateh movement and Chair of the Committee Against the Wall and Settlements.

Abu Ein died after being attacked by Israeli occupation soldiers who assaulted him with tear gas during a procession to plant olive trees on the land of Turmusayya village, north of Ramallah, threatened with confiscation and colonization. Read more »

Samidoun demands end of security cooperation following assassination of Palestinian Authority Minister Ziad Abu Ein

Press Statement
samidoun

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Ziad Abu Ein, Palestinian Authority minister and head of the Committee Against the Wall and Settlements, was killed on Wednesday 10 December at a protest and olive-tree planting in Turmusayya village outside Ramallah after being hit, choked and tear-gassed by Israeli occupation forces.

Abu Ein was previously the deputy minister of prisoners’ affairs, and served 13 years as a political prisoner in Israeli prisons, including as an administrative detainee without charge or trial.

The murder of Abu Ein must be a clear imperative to finally cancel the treacherous “security coordination” between the PA and the Israeli occupation, which has led to the imprisonment and killing of Palestinians and betrays and undermines all Palestinian organizing and resistance. Read more »

Har Nof Synagogue attack: Israel’s chickens come home to roost

by Julie Webb-Pullman

A body being removed from the Har Nof synagogue (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)

A body being removed from the Har Nof synagogue (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)

Israel’s chickens are coming home to roost, along with those of the UN and the international community. How can anyone be surprised?

You cannot subject a people to 50 years of illegal occupation and expect no response. To illegal demolition of their houses, arbitrary detention, torture and inhumane prison conditions and expect no response. You cannot subject a people to ongoing theft of their land for the construction of illegal settlements, to living behind an illegal apartheid wall and expect no response. You cannot subject a people to an illegal siege and expect no response.

The international community has sat on its hands while the Israeli rogue state rode roughshod over the few rights left to Palestinians, with total impunity.

The UN has not enforced international law even ONCE in response to at least 80 breaches of UN Security Council Resolutions. The US has vetoed many more.

Endless negotiations with dishonest brokers have yielded less than nothing for Palestinians – less land, less water, less natural resources, less houses, less jobs, less opportunities, less travel. It is nothing less than scandalous that this has all taken place under the watch of the Useless Nations. Read more »

Football no fun anymore for the Bakr boys

by Julie Webb-Pullman

Brothers Montasr (left) and Younis Khamis Bakr (Photo: Yousef Al Rantisi)

Brothers Montasr (left) and Younis Khamis Bakr (Photo: Yousef Al Rantisi)

Flashback. July 16, 2014.

Boys. Beach. Sun. Sea. Sand. Football. Fun. An ordinary summers’ day like that in any other coastal city in the world.

Bomb. Blood. Missile. Martyrs. Mayhem. Mourners. An ordinary summer’s day in Gaza 2014.

Three months later the world has all but forgotten the “Bakr Boys,” the group of cousins playing on the beach that afternoon. Four of them – Ismail, Zakaria, Ahed and Mohamed – were killed. Four more survived the horror, physically at least.

Montasr, Hamada, Sayed and Younis are all now out of hospital, and could even play football again, despite legs peppered with shrapnel scars. But they don’t. Read more »

Mass Murder in the Mediterranean: Mohammed’s Story

by the Al Rantisi Family
Source: Middle East Monitor

Mohammed Al Rantisi (right) with his friend and business partner Sajed (left). Their business was destroyed by five missiles from Israeli F16s.

Mohammed Al Rantisi (right) with his friend and business partner Sajed (left). Their business was destroyed by five missiles from Israeli F16s.

Over 400 asylum seekers, including 100 children, were drowned in international waters on their way to Italy after the boat they were travelling on was rammed on 10 September, 2014 by people-smugglers angry because the migrants refused to transfer to a smaller boat.

As a report into the mass murder by human rights organisation EuroMid says, the travellers from the Gaza Strip, Syria, Egypt and Sudan had been promised a safe journey to Europe on a secure and comfortable ship.

One of them was our son and brother, Mohammed Al Rantisi, a 23 year old Management and Technology graduate heading to Europe in search of a brighter future. His favourite song was a message of farewell. Read more »

MOH Gaza Final Report

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Palestinian MOH-Gaza Update as at 1900 hrs 25/08/2014

The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 1900 hours on Monday August 25, 2014.

Total number of victims:13,196 (2,130 Martyrs; 11,066 Injured)
Distributed As
Deaths: 2,130 – 577 children, 263 women, 102 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 11,066 – 3,374 children, 2,088 women, 410 persons over 60 years

Fatima was at her front door when a drone struck, killing her niece and grand-daughter, and injuring her two sons and a grandson. She has shrapnel embedded in her head, face, neck and all over her body.

Fatima was at her front door when a drone struck, killing her niece and grand-daughter, and injuring her two sons and a grandson. She has shrapnel embedded in her head, face, neck and all over her body.

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The difference between children

By Gideon Levy
Source: Haaretz
August 24, 2014

 Palestinian mourners cry at Gaza City's al-Shifa hospital after an explosion killed at least seven children in a public playground Photo by AFP

Palestinian mourners cry at Gaza City’s al-Shifa hospital after an explosion killed at least seven children in a public playground Photo by AFP

It is human that the killing of an Israeli boy, a child of ours, would arouse greater identification than the death of some other child. What is incomprehensible is the Israeli response to the killing of their children.

After the first child, nobody batted an eye; after the 50th not even a slight tremor was felt in a plane’s wing; after the 100th, they stopped counting; after the 200th, they blamed Hamas. After the 300th child they blamed the parents. After the 400th child, they invented excuses; after (the first) 478 children nobody cares.

Then came our first child and Israel went into shock. Read more »

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