What ceasefire? Israeli soldiers shoot five Palestinians in latest in series of violations

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Palestinians hang flags in the Israeli imposed “buffer zone” in the Gaza Strip after a protest in 2010 (Photo: Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

The world’s cameras have turned away, but Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip continues unabated. The latest Israeli violation of the ceasefire agreement occurred last week when Israeli soldiers fired on Palestinians near the Gaza/Israel border, injuring five.

The agreement that ended the November Israeli assault on Gaza stipulated that Israel “should stop all hostilities in the Gaza Strip.” But the military has violated that agreement time and time again.

Ma’an News covered the latest Israeli attack:

Israeli forces shot and injured five Palestinians on Friday in the northern Gaza Strip, a health ministry spokesman said.

Ashraf al-Qidra said five Palestinians were hospitalized with moderate wounds after being shot near the border with Israel.

The news agency also notes that “Israeli troops have shot at Gazans near the border at least 10 times since the end of an eight-day offensive last month. Some 30 people have been wounded in the incidents, Gaza officials said.”

The shooting and injuring of 5 Palestinians was only the latest provocation, but Western media has largely allowed the violations to go unnoticed.

But the Washington, D.C.-based Palestine Center has been doing the media’s job. They list every single violation here:


“Israeli forces shot and injured a Palestinian man east of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip late Thursday after he approached a fence on the border, medics said.” (Read more)


“Israeli forces opened fire at a group of Palestinians in Gaza on Sunday, lightly injuring one man, a Gaza medical official said.” (Read more)


“Two people were shot by Israeli forces east of Rafah on Monday, a health ministry spokesman said, in the second consecutive day of shooting along Gaza’s border.” (Read more)


“Israeli forces detained nine fishermen off Gaza’s north coast on Wednesday, a local official said. As part of a ceasefire to end Israel’s recent eight-day war on Gaza, Israel agreed to allow fishermen to sail six nautical miles off the coast of Gaza instead of three, which had been the limit under Israel’s siege”(Read more)


“Israeli military vehicles crossed near the al-Qarara town northeast of Khan Younis on Thursday in a new breach of the Gaza ceasefire, a Ma’an reporter said.” (Read more)

“On Wednesday Israeli forces shot and injured seven Palestinians near the border in the central Gaza Strip, medics said. Seven people were shot at east of al-Maghazi and al-Bureij refugee camps and transferred to the al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital. One man sustained serious injuries, medical officials told Ma’an.” (Read more)

“Earlier, 27-year-old Hassan Ahmad Nseir was shot by Israeli forces near Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip while collecting iron and gravel, medics told Ma’an.” (Read more)


“On Friday, 11 Palestinians sustained wounds by Israeli fire along the borders between the Gaza Strip and Israel.” (Read more)


“The Israeli navy on Saturday stopped 13 Palestinian fishermen and detained them off the coast, a Gaza official said.” (Read more)


“An unexplained explosion in the central Gaza Strip injured three people on Sunday morning, a medical official said.” (Read more)

“A young Palestinian man died late Friday of wounds he sustained hours earlier by Israeli gunfire east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.” (Read more)


“Israeli soldiers shot and injured a Palestinian teenager on Monday near a border fence area of central Gaza, medics said.” (Read more)


“Witnesses said Israeli military vehicles crossed the border into the Gaza Strip near Khan Younis on Monday morning.” (Read more)


“A young Palestinian man was shot and injured Friday evening by Israeli soldiers east of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip, medical officials said.” (Read more)


“A Palestinian man was shot in the chest by Israeli forces near the Gaza border on Sunday, witnesses said.” (Read more)


“Israeli naval forces shot and wounded a Palestinian fisherman in waters off the northern Gaza Strip on Monday, sources on both sides said.” (Read more)


“On Tuesday morning, a number of Israeli military vehicles invaded the eastern part of Khan Younis to the south of the Gaza Strip.” (Read more)


“Israeli forces shot and injured five Palestinians on Friday in the northern Gaza Strip, a health ministry spokesman said. Ashraf al-Qidra said five Palestinians were hospitalized with moderate wounds after being shot near the border with Israel. ” (Read more)

Palestinian armed factions have barely responded, save for a rocket fired in the direction of Israel that landed in an open area in Gaza.

Yet you won’t find these facts blared out in The New York Times.

About Alex Kane

Alex Kane is a freelance journalist and graduate student at New York University's Near East Studies and Journalism programs. Follow him on Twitter @alexbkane.

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8 Responses

  1. American
    December 24, 2012, 2:12 pm

    The Scorpion and the Frog

    A scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the
    scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The
    frog asks, “How do I know you won’t sting me?” The scorpion
    says, “Because if I do, I will die too.”

    The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream,
    the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of
    paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown,
    but has just enough time to gasp “Why?”

    Replies the scorpion: “Its my nature…”


    It’s the nature of Zionism……anyone expect anything different this time?

  2. OlegR
    December 24, 2012, 3:57 pm

    Actually the fired a rocket towards the sea in a rocket test, not at Israel.
    And i guess the rest of the info is just as reliable.

    • ritzl
      December 25, 2012, 12:53 am

      “A rocket.”

      And if they fired a rocket into the sea (as AK put it, “Gaza territory”) who cares? Does it matter at all whether a rocket was fired into the Med, in terms of whether Israel is shooting Gazans’?

      Pretty vague, vs. the detailed descriptions of multiple Israeli violations over the past few weeks to what they specifically agreed to (but as everyone knows by now will never adhere to).

      Blah, blah, blah.

      Facts, mate. Facts.

    • Talkback
      December 25, 2012, 5:58 am

      OlegR says:”Actually the fired a rocket towards the sea in a rocket test, not at Israel.
      And i guess the rest of the info is just as reliable.”

      Not the rest of information is very reliable. Because unlike the information you’re refering to it’s not from your beloved Apartheid force Propaganda Office (see link).


  3. Talkback
    December 24, 2012, 7:33 pm

    Hasbara refers to this as “Israel is showing restraint while being under constant rocket fire.”

  4. just
    December 24, 2012, 8:52 pm

    No, no, NO.


    America, wake up!

    Thank you, Alex, Palestine Center, Ma’an News, and Mondoweiss.

  5. Annie Robbins
    December 24, 2012, 10:39 pm

    the iof also attacked a funeral in the WB over the last couple days.

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