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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.

Comment by the Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville, on the killing of a Palestinian man in Hebron

Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Photo: MaanImages/Zeidan al-Sharabati

Photo: MaanImages/Zeidan al-Sharabati

GENEVA (30 March 2016) — We are extremely concerned about the apparent extra-judicial execution of a Palestinian man in the occupied West Bank on Thursday 24 March.

Two Palestinian men allegedly stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier at a checkpoint in the Israeli-controlled area of Hebron on Thursday morning, and were both shot during the attack. A video later emerged appearing to show one of the alleged Palestinian assailants, subsequently identified as Abd al-Fatah al-Sharif, lying injured but still alive on the ground. Medical staff were shown attending to the wounded soldier, who was driven away in an ambulance, but did not appear to offer any medical assistance to Mr. al-Sharif.

The video then shows an Israeli soldier shooting Mr. al-Sharif in the head, killing him. What is particularly chilling is the way none of the 20 or so people at the scene, including medical personnel, appear to pay any attention to the wounded man while he was still alive, and also barely show any reaction in the immediate aftermath of his killing. Read more »

Al Qassam: The blood of our children will not flow in vain

Al Qassam

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Al-Qassam Brigades mourned the two children from the Abu Khoussa family who were killed in Israeli air strikes on Saturday, affirming that their innocent blood will not be wasted.

In a brief statement issued on Saturday March 12, 2016 the Brigades mourned the two children, Israa and Yassin Abu Khoussa, who were killed while asleep in their beds at dawn, and sent wishes for a speedy recovery to a brother also wounded in the airstrikes.

The Brigades stressed that the children’s blood will not be in vain.

“The occupation must know that patience of al-Qassam Brigades and the resistance factions has its limits,” the Brigades said.

Qassam members martyred in tunnel collapse

Al Qassam

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Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades, military wing of Hamas movement, announced that seven members were martyred in tunnel collapse on Thursday east of Gaza Strip.

In a statement, the Brigades identified its members as Ghazwan Ash-Shubaki, Waseem Hassouna, Nidal Oda, Kamal Basal, Jaafar Hamada, Thabet Ar-Rifi, Ezzedeen Qasem, all of them are from Gaza City.

Earlier, the Brigades announced that it has lost contact with an elite unit of its members inside a tunnel after its collapse in the Gaza Strip.

In a brief press released yesterday, the Brigades stated that the incident happened on Wednesday night as a result of the bad weather conditions.

A number of Freedom fighters in Gaza have been martyred by accidents during military training exercises in recent years, and the tunnel networks, which are largely used for resisting the Israeli forces during Israeli Offensives against Gaza Strip.

14 Palestinian workers missing in Gaza tunnel flooded by Egypt

Source: PNN

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Fourteen Palestinian workers Tuesday morning were announced “lost” in a tunnel east of Rafah city on the Gaza-Egyptian border, that was flooded by the Egyptian Army with seawater. Seven more workers have been rescued.

According to the Civil Defense Forces in Gaza, the tunnel collapsed due to Egypt pumping seawater into it.

A total of 21 workers were lost in the tunnel, and attempts to locate the missing 14 are continuing.

On Monday alone, Egypt destroyed 20 new-found tunnels, saying that it needs to defend itself and its borders from “terrorist attacks” in the Sinai desert which have caused the death of dozens of Egyptian soldiers.

The Egyptian Authorities control the only non-Israeli crossing into Gaza, which has largely been closed since last year’s Israeli offensive, opening for only a few days at a time.

After more than 100 days of closure, Egypt opened the crossing point for two days last Friday and Saturday, enabling only a fraction of the 25,000 humanitarian cases stuck inside Israeli-blockaded Gaza to leave, and some of the thousands on the Egyptian side to enter.

Pregnant woman, child killed in Israeli air raids on Gaza


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An Israeli aerial attack on the Gaza Strip at dawn Sunday destroyed a Palestinian home, killing a pregnant woman and her little girl, and injuring three other family members.

A spokesman for the health ministry said that Nour Hassan, who was five months pregnant, and her two-year-old daughter Rahaf Yehya were both killed when their home collapsed as a result of an Israeli air raid on a nearby location in Azzeitoun neighborhood east of Gaza City.

Three other people from the same family also suffered injuries in the attack.

Eyewitnesses said the house was reduced to rubble as a result of the strong blast that was caused by an Israeli airstrike on a nearby resistance training site.

With Sunday’s raid casualties the number of Palestinians killed in Gaza since Friday rises to 11, including 9 civilians killed earlier in cross-border shootings at protesters.

5 Palestinians killed, 40 injured in Gaza clashes

Palestinian Information Centre

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Five Palestinians were killed and 40 others were injured including two journalists as Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) opened fire at a demonstration by the border fence east of Gaza City and near Khan Younis on Friday.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said Shadi Hussam Dawla, 20, Ahmad al-Harbawi, 20, and Abed al-Wahidi, 20, were shot and killed east of the al-Shujaiyeh neighborhood, while 15-year-old Muhammad al-Raqeb and Adnan Abu Alyan, 22, were killed after being shot by Israeli forces near Khan Younis. Read more »

Badran calls on resistance to respond to Dawabsheh crime

Press Statement

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


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

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

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

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

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

Dr Vacy Vlazna

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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


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 »

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