Marcia Ritorno: un bambino colpito al cuore dai soldati israeliani

Feb 23, 2019
Marcia Ritorno: un bambino colpito al cuore dai soldati israeliani

GAZA – Il ministero della Sanità palestinese nella Striscia di Gaza assediata ha riferito che, venerdì pomeriggio, i soldati israeliani hanno ucciso un ragazzino e hanno ferito altri 41 palestinesi, tra cui un medico, durante la violenta repressione di proteste della Grande Marcia del Ritorno.

Il dottor Ashraf al-Qidra, portavoce del ministero della Sanità a Gaza, ha reso noto che un bambino, identificato come Yousef Sa’id ad-Daya, 14 anni, è stato colpito al cuore da proiettili israeliani e che i medici non sono riusciti a salvargli la vita. Yousef si trovava nel quartiere di Zeitoun, nella città di Gaza.

Al-Qidra ha dichiarato che i soldati hanno sparato a 26 palestinesi con fuoco letale, aggiungendo che altri due hanno subito gravi ferite.

Uno dei palestinesi feriti è un medico volontario, identificato come Fares al-Qidra, che è stato colpito in testa da una bomba a gas a est di Khan Younis, nella parte meridionale della Striscia di Gaza.

Fonti dei media a Gaza hanno detto che i soldati hanno sparato raffiche di proiettili alla cieca, candelotti lacrimogeni contro i manifestanti  radunati nella parte orientale della Striscia, nella città di Gaza, a Jabaliya, nel campo profughi di al-Bureij, a Khan Younis e Rafah.

thanks to: Parstoday

Community leader, beloved grandfather shot dead by Israelis as he carried white flag

Gaza Strip

7 August 2014

Invading Israeli forces broke down the garage door of the Qdeih family home leading to the basement.

(Shadi Alqarra)Gaza

Muhammad Qdeih, 65, was shot dead while carrying a white flag to signal to Israeli soldiers that he was an unarmed civilian.

He was killed on 25 July right at the staircase of his house, where his daughter Mufida, a homemaker in her forties, stood speaking to The Electronic Intifada in the village of Khuzaa, east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip.

“They killed the man who taught me the meaning of devotion to the community and to the Palestinian cause,” Mufida said, gesturing towards the staircase. “He inspired me to take part in protests and solidarity events for prisoners.”

Down the stairs is the basement where the family and some neighbors had been hiding, seeking shelter from the Israeli onslaught.

Khuzaa was utterly devastated during Israel’s assault on Gaza which began on 7 July, and which paused for a 72-hour “humanitarian ceasefire” that was set to expire on Friday morning unless Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Cairo were able to agree on an extension.

Inside the house, Israeli soldiers left evidence of their presence in the form of some of their gear, including a few bullets that had not been fired.

“About twenty years ago, my father used to collect vegetables and fruits and distribute them to the families of Palestinian prisoners from the area who are in Israeli jails,” Mufida said. “Though he loved Palestine, he refused to join any political faction, as he believed that Palestine is greater than any faction.”

“I was very close to my father, even though I am one of three daughters and six sons. Four of my brothers live in France and my father used to visit them there often,” Mufida said. “God have mercy on him. I cannot believe he has been taken by their criminal hands,” she said of the Israeli soldiers who killed him.

A doting grandfather to more than a dozen children, Muhammad Qdeih was a respected member of the community in the Abu Irjela neighborhood where he lived and died, about two kilometers from the fence separating Gaza from present-day Israel.

Even during the Israeli onslaught he thought about others.

“The day before he was brutally shot dead, my father asked me to help him donate two thousand euros he had received from his son Mahmoud in France,” Mufida told The Electronic Intifada. “He told me, ‘I would love to donate this money to help people around here, as the war situation is so desperate.’”

Killed carrying a white flag

Muhammad’s son Ramadan, 34, who witnessed his father’s killing, was inspecting damage Israeli tank shells had caused to the house of his uncle, also called Ramadan.

“Everybody in this neighborhood respected my father,” Ramadan said. “Many people asked him to be the chief of our tribe, but he refused, saying that he preferred to remain loved by everyone. But still, he was able to help sort out many family disputes.”

Ramadan told The Electronic Intifada what happened when Israeli forces invaded the area.

“Early on Thursday, 24 July, the Israeli air strikes and tank shelling continued unabated and about 45 people, including myself and my father, went out of the basement, as the house of my uncle Ramadan was hit by tank shells,” Ramadan recounted. “We headed for the entrance of Khuzaa town, yet the Israeli tanks were already around, so we had to go back to the basement.”

Occupying Israeli soldiers left behind equipment in the Qdeih family home.

(Shadi Alqarra)

“When night fell, we could hear the strikes getting more intense and at dawn on Friday, we heard the Israeli soldiers breaking the doors of the garage, which leads towards the basement,” Ramadan said.

“They shouted at us to come out and suddenly, a soldier stopped my father who went up first, holding a white flag. I was behind my father as the soldier ordered him to stay where he was and abruptly, the same soldier shot him in the chest, killing him instantly.”

Muhammad’s 22-year-old nephew Alaa was also there that day.

“I heard the soldier telling Ramadan that his father, my uncle, was taken by the soldiers for medical aid and that he was not dead,” Alaa said. “But a few hours later, we found my uncle laying dead in an a partially-built bathroom in the garage,” Alaa told The Electronic Intifada, while showing a photo of his uncle’s body on his mobile phone.

Killings of civilians in Khuzaa

The killing of Muhammad Qdeih was not the only such crime in Khuzaa. Human Rights Watch collected testimonies of other crimes in the village between 23 and 25 July in which Israeli soldiers “killed civilians in apparent violation of the laws of war.”

On the morning of of 23 July, Israeli forces ordered a group of approximately one hundred Palestinians in Khuzaa to leave a home in which they had gathered to take shelter. “The first member to leave the house, Shahid al-Najjar, had his hands up but an Israeli soldier shot him in the jaw, seriously injuring him,” according to the testimonies collected by Human Rights Watch.

In another incident on 25 July, Israeli forces shelled a basement where 120 civilians were sheltering, killing three.

The survivors fled and walked to Khan Younis, “carrying white flags and raising their hands when they came across Israeli soldiers. An Israeli missile strike hit one group of them, killing a man and wounding his cousin,” Human Rights Watch reported.

Israeli strikes destroyed swaths of Khuzaa village east of Khan Younis, photographed on 5 August.

(Yasser Qudih)

Israel’s assault has so far left almost 1,900 Palestinians dead — one in every thousand residents of the occupied Gaza Strip. Each one had a life and a story that ended brutally.

Three months ago, Muhammad Qdeih left Gaza to pay a visit to his son Mahmoud in France. He had traveled abroad frequently, and, according to the family, lived for a spell in Spain, where he succeeded in obtaining citizenship.

“I feel very sorry and sad for the loss of my grandfather. He was so kind and tender to us all,” Iman Abu Rjaila, Mufida’s 18-year-old daughter, said.

“A month before the war on Gaza started, my grandfather used to call me every day from France to check on me as my high school exams were underway,” Iman said.

“Why did they kill him, why did they steal him from us?” she asked.

It is a question many bereaved and heartbroken families in the devastated Gaza Strip are posing as they wait to see what the days ahead will bring.

Rami Almeghari is a journalist and university lecturer based in the Gaza Strip

thanks to: Rami Almeghari


La forza di una madre e le lacrime di un’altra, entrambe colpite da vicende tragiche

di Rosa Schiano

Mohammed Helles, il bambino ferito alla testa lo scorso venerdì da un candelotto di gas lacrimogeno lanciato dall’esercito israeliano, è uscito dalla terapia intensiva ed è ricoverato nel reparto di chirurgia. Siamo andati a visitarlo di nuovo questa mattina nell’ospedale Shifa di Gaza city. E’ stato sottoposto a due interventi chirurgici al cervello, presenta multipli danni cerebrali ed è in stato di irritabilità dovuto a convulsioni. La sua testa era fasciata, gli occhi chiusi, si lamentava e muoveva braccia e gambe. I suoi familiari, tra cui la madre, risistemavano con amore e pazienza la coperta e gli bagnavano il viso con un asciugamano umido. Ho dovuto trattenere le lacrime, non avrei potuto piangere davanti a sua madre. L’ho abbracciata. Non potevo fare altro. Non sappiamo che possibilità di recupero ci siano per il bambino. Come non definire questo un crimine?

Nel pomeriggio abbiamo visitato la madre della donna di 58 anni uccisa venerdì sera lungo il confine ad est di Khan Younis, nel sud della Striscia di Gaza. Resga Khodeih, l’anziana madre di 90 anni, era circondata dalle parenti e vicine di casa riunite in lutto. La donna uccisa, Amna Atia Khodeih, soffriva di problemi psicologici. Verso le 21.00, dopo una festa di matrimonio, con il bel vestito che aveva indossato quella sera, si era avvicinata al confine e l’esercito dell’occupazione israeliana non ha esistato a sparare uccidendola. Non è un film, è reale. L’ambulanza non ha potuto raggiungere l’area immediatamente perché l’esercito continuava a sparare. Amna era stata ferita da un proiettile all’addome. Il suo corpo è stato ritrovato solo verso le 7 del mattino. Se l’esercito avesse permesso all’ambulanza di raggiungere immediatamente il corpo, forse la donna sarebbe sopravvisuta. “Perché le hanno sparato? Aveva problemi psicologici, perché l’hanno uccisa?”, ci ha detto la sua anziana madre con gli occhi lucidi. Ogni tanto, Resga si asciugava le lacrime con un panno.

Gaza, 2 marzo 2014

thanks to: Rosa Schiano


Family of Cast Lead victims wins “compromise, not compensation” from Israel

Adela Shurrab lost two of her brothers when Israel attacked them in January 2009. She recently heard that an Israeli court had agreed that her family should be paid $108,000. “If this were hundreds of thousands of millions of dollars, it wouldn’t compensate our great loss,” Adela said.

Her brothers, 28-year-old Kassab and 18-year-old Ibrahim, were driving between their farm and home in Khan Younis, a city in southern Gaza. They were ordered from their car and shot by Israeli soldiers, who were detaining several other men in a nearby house. Kassab died instantly; Abbas was shot in the knee and bled for a long time. Ibrahim died the following day after the Israeli troops denied him access to medical attention.

Their father was also in the car. He was wounded in the attack but survived.

The attack took place at a time when Israel was supposedly observing a truce, in order to allow the delivery of essential supplies to Gaza.

With the help of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), the Shurrab family filed a law suit against the Israeli military.

“We didn’t think of any financial compensation,” said Adela. “We wanted to send out a message that Israel’s actions against us civilians are brutal and that Israeli soldiers who committed such a crime should be punished — even internationally. It is our right to bring Israel to justice.”

“Never bargain your brother’s eyes”

Adela had to comfort her grieving mother, Um Kassab, before speaking to The Electronic Intifada. Um Kassab started yelling as this reporter approached the family’s home: “Enough, enough, do not renew my grief, do not renew my pain. We do not need journalists to talk about us, leave us alone.”

“Since they have been killed, my mother has not stopped crying almost on a daily basis,” Adela said. “My elder sister will get married in two weeks and my mother is now in a very bad state of mind, crying and praying against Israel all day long.

“Imagine that my brothers were not killed, our joy would be real. I have two other brothers who are outside of the country; one is studying at a California university in the United States. Only myself and two other sisters and a brother live along with our parents here.”

The Shurrab family is considering donating the Israeli payment to other families who lost loved ones during Operation Cast Lead, Israel’s all-out attack on Gaza that began in December 2008 and lasted for 23 days. To explain how she felt about the Israeli payment, Adela quoted the Egyptian poet Amal Donqol: “Never bargain your brother’s eyes for another’s eyes. Even if these eyes are replaced by two jewels, never bargain them.”

According to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, the Shurrabs are the second family in Gaza to have been given a financial payment by an Israeli court in relation to Cast Lead (“In the second case of its kind, PCHR succeeds in ensuring reparation for the family of two victims of the Israeli offensive in Gaza,” 9 September 2012). In July 2011, PCHR negotiated with Israel to secure a slightly larger payment (approximately $120,000) to the Abu Hajjaj family. Raya Abu Hajjaj, 67 years old, and her daughter Majida, 37, were both killed by Israeli troops during the same offensive.

Refusal of responsibility

Mohammed al-Alami, a lawyer with PCHR, asserted that Israel did not agree to pay compensation to the two families. Instead, it agreed to a compromise.

“In the case of the Abu Hajjaj family, Israel did not admit any legal or moral responsibility for the killing of the two women,” al-Alami said. “Can you imagine: the Israeli officer who shot dead the two women was sentenced to 45 days of imprisonment and this was not enough in legal terms [to illustrate Israeli responsibility]?”

PCHR has begun proceedings in 100 cases since Cast Lead. So far, however, Israel has only offered financial payments to the Shurrab and Abu Hajjaj families.

Israeli courts have rejected 26 of the cases.

The Israeli government had previously tried to prevent Gaza-based organizations such as PCHR from suing its troops on the grounds that it had declared Gaza to be a “hostile entity” in 2008. Yet PCHR successfully challenged the Israeli decision.

Earlier this month, an Israeli court in Nazareth dismissed a claim filed by PCHR on behalf of the al-Daya family in Gaza. Even though 22 members of that family were killed when Israel bombed a two-story building during Cast Lead, the court ruled that Israel was not responsible for their deaths as it was conducting a military operation (“In continued denial of access to justice, the Israeli Central Court dismisses a claim filed on behalf of the al-Daya family,” Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, 11 September 2012).

“My entire family — including my pregnant wife, five children, parents, sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews — were all killed at once during the war,” Mohammad al-Daya, a 32-year-old survivor of Cast Lead, said.

“What did a pregnant wife, elderly parents and little children do to be killed that way? I appeal to all concerned bodies, including the International Court of Justice, to bring to justice those who committed the crime against my family. I am not asking for any funds or money, what I am asking for is that justice prevails and that we in Gaza feel safer.”

Editors note: an earlier version of this story identified one of the two killed brothers as Abbas Shurrab. The article has corrected with the correct name of Ibrahim Shurrab.

Thanks to: Rami Almeghari that is a journalist and university lecturer based in the Gaza Strip.
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