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Photo Essay: Gaza buries medic Razan Ashraf Al-Najjar, 21, killed by Israeli sniper

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Today, Palestinians mourned the funeral of 21-year-old Rawan al-Najjar, carrying her body with on top her medic vest soaked in blood, in the city of Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip.

Razan al-Najjar was a medic who was shot the day before by an Israeli sniper as she was attempted to reach the injured during the protest at the Gaza fence, near Khuza’a.

According to health ministry spokesman, Najjar was a volunteer with the ministry, wearing the white uniform of a medic when she was shot in the chest.

Thousands of Palestinians protested at several locations along the Gaza fence on Friday, calling for their right of return and the end of the siege on Gaza. Since the beginning of the Great Return March, a wave of protests started on Land Day and officially finished on Nakba Day, but continued afterwards, 123 protesters were killed by the Israeli army, and thousands were injured by live ammunition.

The Palestinian mother of 21-year-old Rawan al-Najjar reacts during the funeral of her daughter, in the city of Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip, June 2nd, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Zaanoun/ Activestills.org)

The Palestinian mother of 21-year-old Rawan al-Najjar mourns during the funeral of her daughter, in the city of Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip, June 2nd, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Zaanoun/ Activestills.org)

Palestinians mourn during the funeral of 21-year-old Rawan al-Najjar, in the city of Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip, June 2nd, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Zaanoun/ Activestills.org)

Palestinians mourn during the funeral of 21-year-old Rawan al-Najjar, in the city of Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip, June 2nd, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Zaanoun/ Activestills.org)

(Photo: Mohammed Zaanoun/ Activestills.org)

Palestinian nurses hold a poster in a ambulance, honouring 21-year-old Rawan al-Najjar during her funeral, in the city of Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip, June 2nd, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Zaanoun/ Activestills.org)

Palestinian nurses hold a poster in a ambulance, honouring 21-year-old Rawan al-Najjar during her funeral, in the city of Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip, June 2nd, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Zaanoun/ Activestills.org)

A Palestinian woman mourns during the funeral of 21-year-old Rawan al-Najjar, in the city of Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip, June 2nd, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Zaanoun/ Activestills.org)

Palestinian relatives mourn during the funeral of 21-year-old Rawan al-Najjar, in the city of Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip, June 2nd, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Zaanoun/ Activestills.org)

Palestinians mourn during the funeral of 21-year-old Rawan al-Najjar, in the city of Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip, June 2nd, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Zaanoun/ Activestills.org)

Palestinians mourn during the funeral of 21-year-old Rawan al-Najjar, carrying her body with on top her medic vest soaked in blood, in the city of Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip, June 2nd, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Zaanoun/ Activestills.org)

Palestinians mourn during the funeral of 21-year-old Rawan al-Najjar, in the city of Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip, June 2nd, 2018.

Palestinian nurses hold a poster honouring 21-year-old Rawan al-Najjar during her funeral, in the city of Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip, June 2nd, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Zaanoun/ Activestills.org)

Palestinian nurses mourn during the funeral of 21-year-old Rawan al-Najjar, in the city of Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip, June 2nd, 2018.  (Photo: Mohammed Zaanoun/ Activestills.org)

Palestinians mourn during the funeral of 21-year-old Rawan al-Najjar, in the city of Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip, June 2nd, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Zaanoun/ Activestills.org)

Palestinian nurses mourn during the funeral of 21-year-old Rawan al-Najjar, in the city of Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip, June 2nd, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Zaanoun/ Activestills.org)

Palestinians hold a poster honouring 21-year-old Rawan al-Najjar during her funeral, in the city of Khan Yunis, Gaza Strip, June 2nd, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Zaanoun/ Activestills.org)

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  1. just
    just
    June 2, 2018, 5:47 pm

    Thank you for allowing us to share the visceral grief that is so horribly necessary after this vicious and heinous Israeli war crime and waste of a gentle Palestinian nurse’s life, Mohammed Zaanoun.

    I don’t know why, but I can’t get the pictures/video of Salem Khaleel Shamaly and Nadeem Nawarah out of my head. This angel joins too many other innocents. It’s unbearable to witness, and I am not even present to offer any comfort and apology. I keep trying to change the status quo, but the politicians are stubborn and lazy fools who will be held accountable one day… soon, I pray. America was, and is, essential to the original and ongoing sin(s) of Israel.

    • ejran
      ejran
      June 4, 2018, 8:40 am

      It really is unbearable. I watched the interview with her and I couldn’t stop crying.
      She could have been my sister, my friend, my colleague. What consolation could one offer to her grieving mother? She was so young, so determined and so joyful. She had given her life to saving others. She had so much energy, so much strength. As a woman in this culture, I am humbled to tears by her persistence. “If they do not want to accept us (women) by choice, they will be forced to accept us. Because we have more strength than any man.”

      It was premeditated. She was targeted. Like so many others. And the fact that this will most definitely be brushed aside, whitewashed, justified as “self-defense”- the fact that Israelis will call her a “terrorist”- already makes me sick to my stomach.

  2. JLewisDickerson
    JLewisDickerson
    June 2, 2018, 8:08 pm

    RE: “Gaza buries medic Razan Ashraf Al-Najjar, 21, killed by Israeli sniper”

    THE ÜBER-EMPATHETIC HASBARIST SEZ:
    You’ve got to break some eggs to make an omelet!

  3. chocopie
    chocopie
    June 2, 2018, 8:58 pm

    And people have the nerve to ask where is the Palestinian Gandhi.

  4. Maghlawatan
    Maghlawatan
    June 2, 2018, 11:30 pm

    Settler colonialism : settlers vs natives from ‘stralia

    It is always the same bullshit

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/03/bairnsdales-bat-battle-photo-essay

  5. Citizen
    Citizen
    June 3, 2018, 5:03 am

    I can’t even talk about this with anybody I personally know because none of them care.

  6. Maghlawatan
    Maghlawatan
    June 3, 2018, 8:32 am

    Legendary Irish broadcaster Mike Murphy on the evil of the occupation :

    https://www.rte.ie/eile/2018/0524/965675-why-ireland-should-boycott-the-eurovision/

    “I visited South Africa during the apartheid era and I believe that the Israeli Policies of deprivation and humiliation are as evil, if not more so than those perpetrated by the Boers. And it is frustrating, for those of us who would like to be of some use, to feel that it’s impossible to get the ear of politicians, and governments, and the lamentable UN, to enact some practical expression of support for the forgotten people of Palestine.”

    Powerful

    Israel is dogshit in PR terms. There is a reason why Hillel behaved as he did. Because it works. Zionism does not.

    • just
      just
      June 3, 2018, 11:35 am

      If only there were more honest broadcasters like Mike Murphy. I must say that many Irish and Scots have done much to advance the Palestinians plea for justice.

      The US and other western MSM have nada, zip, zero, nothing. All cowards, none of them even cringing as they grasp their paycheck and sit for their makeup artist to provide their disguise as reporters of the ‘news’.

      Informed humans all around the world know better.

      • Maghlawatan
        Maghlawatan
        June 3, 2018, 3:32 pm

        It’s just a matter of time before the US Media are liberated. Most US journos self censor because of the power of the lobby. Nobody privately respects Israel. Its career suicide to speak out.
        Some day Israel will be poison and journalists will no longer be afraid. . Everything is moving in that direction.

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