Longing for Palestine: Art of Resistance. Palestinians fight back with graffiti, and rap

Water shortages, movement restrictions, and the constant presence of the Israeli military – this is what life looks like for millions of Palestinians living in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. With no end in sight to the decades-long conflict, protests and clashes continue. RTD travels to the occupied territories to meet people of the Palestinian resistance, from members of the Tamimi family to activists expressing their anger and pain through art.

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Gazans prepare for ‘Friday of martyrs’ after carnage

Palestinians are gathering for fresh protests in the Gaza Strip after Israeli massacre of more than 60 people in the besieged enclave on Monday. 

The committee which organized weekly “March of Return” rallies has called on the Gazans to come out en masse on the first day of the fasting month of Ramadan, under the slogan “Friday for the martyrs and the wounded.”

Israeli snipers, tanks and armored vehicles remain deployed near the Gaza fence after they killed at least 62 Gazans on the same day the US opened its embassy in occupied Jerusalem al-Quds.

Tens of thousands of people have been protesting along the fortified fence since March 30, calling for Palestinian refugees and their descendants to be allowed to return to their homes now inside Israel.

On Thursday, Israel carried out airstrikes on what it described as militant sites in Gaza, apparently targeting Hamas which it accuses of organizing protest rallies. The Palestinian Health Ministry said one man was injured during the attacks.

UN voting to probe Gaza attacks

Israel was also scrambling to thwart a special session by the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday to decide whether to dispatch “an independent commission of inquiry” to investigate allegations of Israeli war crimes in Gaza.

The team would be mandated to look into “alleged violations and abuses, including those that may amount to war crimes and to identify those responsible,” read the text of a resolution submitted on Thursday night.

The commission should look at “ending impunity and ensuring legal accountability, including individual criminal and command responsibility, for such violations,” it added.

The Israeli mission at the United Nations has been ordered to prevent the investigation, said a Thursday report by Israel’s Channel 10.

Meanwhile, international condemnation of the Israeli killing, which shocked the world by its ferocity, continued. On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron condemned the “heinous acts” committed by Israel.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki, who was addressing a meeting of the Arab League, called the carnage “a bloody racist massacre committed by the Israeli occupation forces in cold blood against our defenseless people.”

More than 2,700 Palestinians were wounded as the Israeli forces used snipers, tank fire and tear gas to target the demonstrators. A Canadian physician was shot by an Israeli sniper in both legs while treating the injured.

“Canada deplores and is gravely concerned by the violence in the Gaza strip that has led to a tragic loss of life and injured countless people,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Thursday.

“We are appalled that Dr Tarek Loubani, a Canadian citizen, is among the wounded – along with so many unarmed people, including civilians, members of the media, first responders, and children.”

Palestinian protesters have hoped to draw attention to a dire humanitarian crisis in Gaza, where the economy has collapsed under an Egyptian-Israeli blockade since 2007.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Thursday he had made a rare decision to open the Rafah crossing with Gaza for a month, allowing Palestinians to cross during the holy period of Ramadan.

The Rafah crossing is Gaza’s only gateway to the outside world not controlled by Israel, but Egypt has largely sealed it in recent years under a security cooperation agreement with Tel Aviv.

 

Sorgente: PressTV-Gazans prepare for ‘Friday of martyrs’ after carnage

80+ INGOs demand accountability for Israel’s unlawful killing of demonstrators in Gaza strip

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AIDA, a network of more than 80 INGOs operating in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), on Tuesday condemned Israel’s unlawful killing of demonstrators at the border of the Gaza Strip on 14 May 2018. So far, 61 Palestinians have been killed, including one medic and eight children, and over 2,700 others have been injured, the majority by live ammunition fired at protesters by Israeli security forces, according to the Ministry of Health in Gaza. The casualties occurred in the context of protests near the fence with Israel.

“Israel’s continued use of lethal and excessive live-ammunition against protestors is not only deplorable, but also in sharp contravention of international law,” said William Bell, Head of Middle East Policy and Advocacy, Christian Aid.

Monday’s demonstration is a culmination of a sequence of protests organized since 30 March 2018 to mark 70 years since the expulsion of more than 750,000 Palestinians from their homes in 1948. More than 70 % of Gaza’s population are refugees, living under dire circumstances in the besieged Strip.

“The Gaza Strip is on the verge of a humanitarian disaster as a result of 11 years of blockade, which has crippled Gaza’s economy and increased aid dependency, with some 84 % dependent on humanitarian assistance, and an unemployment rate which stands at a staggering 45 %. Gaza is an open air prison for 2 million women, men, boys and girls, living under air, sea and land blockade. People are losing hope that the untenable situation they find themselves in will ever be resolved”, said Chris Eijkemans, Country Director for Oxfam in the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel.

Since 30 March, more than 100 Palestinians have been killed, and another 12,271 injured, including hundreds of children. In addition, medical personnel and facilities have also come under fire, resulting in the injury of 211 medical staff and damage sustained to 25 ambulances, according to WHO. Hospitals are at the brink of collapse, unable to deal with the vast number of injured as a result of a decade-long blockade and insufficient electricity and medical supplies and equipment. Due to the near impossibility of obtaining a medical referral for surgery outside of the Gaza Strip, 21 Palestinians injured during demonstrations have so far had limb amputations since 30 March.

According to international law, lethal fire may only be used in circumstances where threat to life is imminent. Israeli forces are obliged to exercise restraint and refrain from excessive use of force, and respect Palestinians’ right to life, health and freedom of assembly. Targeting medical personnel is a breach of IHL and is considered a War Crime under the Rome Statute. Preventing injured persons from accessing treatment is a violation of their right to health, and amounts to collective punishment.

AIDA called on third states to condemn Israel’s unlawful killings and to step up their pressure on Israel to immediately halt its practice of using live ammunition against unarmed demonstrators, which runs contrary to Israel’s obligations under international law, and to lift its unlawful blockade of the Gaza Strip. Echoing the words of UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, AIDA urges third states to demand independent and credible investigations into the incidents, and for those responsible to be held to account.

Sorgente: 80+ INGOs demand accountability for Israel’s unlawful killing of demonstrators in Gaza strip – PNN

Names and faces of this weeks martyrs

Gaza killings: Names and faces of those killed by Israeli forces this week Eight-month-old Laila is youngest Palestinian killed in Gaza on Monday, the deadliest day since 2014 war * * * * List of names and ages … 1. Laila Anwar Al-Ghandoor, 8 months old 2. Ezz el-din Musa Mohamed Alsamaak, 14 years old […]

via NAMES AND FACES OF THIS WEEK’S MARTYRS — Desertpeace

Israeli forces shoot, injure 1,100 protesters in Gaza

Israeli forces have fired live rounds at Palestinians during anti-occupation protests and clashes along the border between the besieged Gaza Strip and occupied territories.

Medical sources said at least 82 people were shot and wounded, three of them critically, and over 800 more were treated for gas inhalation and other injuries along the Gaza side of the 40-kilometer border fence.

Palestinian youths reportedly rolled burning tires to within 500 meters of the fence, using the smoke as a screen to counter Israeli sharpshooters on the other side.

“If it wasn’t for the occupation, we would have lived as free as people like in other countries,” said Ahmed, 24, at a protest site east of Gaza City. “If they don’t allow us back, at least they should give us a state.”

An Israeli soldier, seen in the background, takes aim at Palestinian protesters from across the fence during clashes along the border with the Gaza Strip east of Khan Yunis on May 4, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

Nearly 50 Palestinians have lost their lives in clashes with Israeli forces during protests along the Gaza border since March 30.

The Israeli regime has faced international criticism over its use of live fire.

The Palestinian rally, known as the “Great March of Return,” will last until May 15, which coincides with the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day (Day of Catastrophe), when Israel was created. Every year on May 15, Palestinians all over the world hold demonstrations to commemorate the day, which marks the anniversary of the forcible eviction of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homeland by Israelis in 1948.

Since 1948, the Israeli regime has denied Palestinian refugees the right to return, despite UN resolutions and international law that uphold people’s right to return to their homelands.

Israel occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem al-Quds and parts of Syria’s Golan Heights during the Six-Day War in 1967. It later annexed East Jerusalem al-Quds in a move not recognized by the international community.

Israel is required to withdraw from all the territories seized in the war under UN Security Council Resolution 242, adopted months after the Six-Day War, in November 1967, but the Tel Aviv regime has defied that piece of international law ever since.

 

Sorgente: PressTV-Israeli forces shoot, injure 1,100 protesters in Gaza

Gaza children bearing brunt of Israeli violence: UN

Palestinian children look out from a tent near the site of clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces following a protest along the border with the occupied territories, east of Gaza City, on April 3, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

Palestinian children look out from a tent near the site of clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli forces following a protest along the border with the occupied territories, east of Gaza City, on April 3, 2018. (Photo by AFP)

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says children in the besieged Gaza Strip are the main victims of Israeli atrocities in the Palestinian sliver, amid an escalation of violence perpetrated by the Tel Aviv regime against some 1.8 million inhabitants of the coastal enclave.   

“The escalating violence in Gaza has exacerbated the suffering of children whose lives have already been unbearably difficult for several years,” said Geert Cappelaere, the regional director for the Middle East and North Africa at UNICEF, in a statement on Friday.

He added that apart from the physical injuries children sustain in Israeli attacks, they are increasingly showing symptoms of severe distress and trauma.

According to figures provided by the UN agency, over the past five weeks, five children lost their lives and hundreds more were wounded in largely peaceful protest rallies held along the border with the occupied Palestinian territories. Furthermore, at least half of the total child population in Gaza depend on humanitarian assistance, and one in four needs psychosocial care.

Cappelaere also said minors “belong in schools, homes and playgrounds” and hence, they should “never be targeted.”

Late last month, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein called on Israeli forces to curb the use of “lethal force against unarmed demonstrators” during protests, wondering “how children… can present a threat of imminent death or serious injury to heavily protected security force personnel.”

Nearly 50 Palestinians have lost their lives in clashes with Israeli forces during protests along the Gaza border since March 30. The Israeli regime has faced international criticism over its use of live fire.

The Palestinian rallies, known as the “Great March of Return,” will last until May 15, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day (Day of Catastrophe), when Israel was created. Every year on May 15, Palestinians all over the world hold demonstrations to commemorate the day, which marks the anniversary of the forcible eviction of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homeland by Israelis in 1948.

The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli siege since June 2007, causing a decline in living standards as well as unprecedented unemployment and poverty there.

In addition, the Israeli regime has imposed increasing power cuts and shortages in fuel in the sliver, hugely disrupting water and sanitation services. Medicines and health equipment are also in dire short supply, straining an already fragile health system.

Israel has also launched several wars on the Palestinian sliver, the last of which began in early July 2014 and ended in late August the same year. The Israeli military aggression killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians and injured over 11,100 others.

 

Sorgente: PressTV-Gaza children bearing brunt of Israeli violence: UN

3 palestinesi uccisi questo venerdì sulla frontiera

Gaza, Wafa – Tre palestinesi sono morti a causa di gravi ferite d’arma da fuoco sostenute questo venerdì, quando le forze israeliane hanno attaccato i manifestanti palestinesi per il quinto venerdì consecutivo dall’inizio delle proteste della Grande Marcia di Ritorno, lungo i confini settentrionali ed orientali tra Gaza e Israele.

Un palestinese identificato come Abdel-Salam Baker, 29 anni, è stato ucciso dopo essere stato colpito dall’esercito israeliano, quando questo attacava i manifestanti ad est della città di Khan Younis, nel sud della Striscia di Gaza.

Nel frattempo, il secondo palestinese è stato identificato come Mohammed al-Maqeed, 21 anni, mentre l’identità del terzo uomo rimane sconosciuta fino al momento.

Secondo il ministero della Sanità, almeno 611 palestinesi sono rimasti feriti, tra cui due casi gravi, sia da colpi d’arma da fuoco sia soffocati dall’inalazione di gas lacrimogeni.

Tra i feriti vi sono 11 medici e giornalisti.

Sorgente: 3 palestinesi uccisi questo venerdì sulla frontiera | Infopal

“Mi vergogno di essere israeliano”. Sospeso conduttore radiofonico per aver criticato la mattanza di Gaza

Mi vergogno di essere israeliano. Sospeso conduttore radiofonico per aver criticato la mattanza di Gaza

Il principale annunciatore radiofonico della radio dell’esercito israeliano, Kobi Meidan, è stato sospeso dal suo incarico dopo aver affermato di essersi vergognato di essere israeliano e per aver criticato duramente il massacro di 17 palestinesi nella Striscia di Gaza durante la lunga marcia del ritorno, protesta svoltasi nell’ambito della Giornata della Terra della Palestina.

“Oggi mi vergogno di essere un israeliano”, ha scritto Kobi Meidan, principale conduttore della Radio militare di Israele sul suo social account Facebook.

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Secondo il quotidiano israeliano ‘Haaretz‘, dopo questo commento, il capo della radio israeliana, Shimon Elkabetz, ha annunciato che Meidan non dovrebbe più lavorare lì, anche se non è ancora chiaro se la sua sospensione sia temporanea o permanente.

Il commento di Kobi Meidan ha provocato, inoltre, la reazione del ministro degli affari militari di Israele, Avigdor Lieberman.

“Questo ho detto alla radio israeliana che gli avrebbe procurato “imbarazzato per avere un tale annunciatore su una stazione radio militare”. “Se (Meidan) si vergogna, lui stesso deve trarre conclusioni e lasciare la stazione”, ha aggiunto Lieberman.

Poco tempo dopo che il capo dell’opposizione, il laburista Avi Gabay, si è schierato a difesa di Meidan tramite il suo account Twitter, notando che “Lieberman è un ministro della difesa e non può assegnare agli annunciatori radiofonici dell’esercito”.

“Sono molto orgoglioso di essere un israeliano, ma sono totalmente contrario a licenziare le persone per motivi di libertà di espressione”, ha scritto.

Fonte: Haaretz
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Grande Marcia per il Ritorno, padre Musallam: USA e Israele sono i veri terroristi

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Gaza – PIC. Manuel Musallam, sacerdote della Chiesa romana di Gaza e membro dell’Organizzazione islamo-cristiana, ha dichiarato: “Il popolo palestinese perderà il suo diritto al ritorno se resta in silenzio e non resiste per recuperare i suoi diritti”.

Nell’intervista realizzata da PIC, Musallam ha sottolineato che la Grande Marcia per il Ritorno è un messaggio forte rivolto a Donald Trump: “Da 70 anni il popolo palestinese è in rivolta e continua a lottare per i suoi diritti”, ha dichiarato, ricordando che chi non resiste perderà il suo diritto al ritorno.

Musallam ha spiegato che incoraggia le persone che vanno alla frontiera con l’obiettivo di far ritorno nel loro Paese, dal quale furono espulsi dai sionisti. Ha inoltre lanciato un messaggio ai partecipanti alla Marcia: “Alzate le vostre mani verso Gerusalemme e dite ‘oh Gerusalemme, siamo i tuoi figli e ti offriamo tutte le nostre forze, il nostro spirito e i nostri sacrifici affinché tu sia liberata. Siamo determinati nel proteggerti e nel restituirti il tuo aspetto storico sacro perché noi siamo gli autoctoni”, riaffermando l’importanza del ritorno di ogni rifugiato alla sua terra da dove lui o i suoi antenati furono espulsi.

“Israele e l’America dovrebbero avere paura del sangue versato. Noi non resteremo schiavi perché non hanno umanità”, ha aggiunto.

Ha respinto ogni concessione a scapito dei diritti dei palestinesi, ripetendo “chi vuole diventare un asino in Israele, potrà farlo e dovrà sopportare tutti i fardelli dell’umiliazione, mentre gli uomini liberi combattono e non rinunciano mai a una singola briciola della loro patria. Israele non ha alcuna legittimità sui nostri Territori occupati”.

Musallam ha descritto Trump e Israele come dei terroristi: “Chi manipola il diritto internazionale, non lo rispetta e lo viola è il vero terrorista, nel verso senso della parola”.

Traduzione per InfoPal di Chiara Parisi

Sorgente: Grande Marcia per il Ritorno, padre Musallam: USA e Israele sono i veri terroristi | Infopal