Israeli drones drop Ramadan blessings leaflet on Gaza– before four more are killed

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Four Palestinian protesters were killed and hundreds others wounded by Israeli sharpshooters during the eleventh weekly protests along the Gaza – Israel fence, the Gaza Ministry of Health reported.

The ministry said a total of 618 people were wounded yesterday. Seven are in serious condition and 120 were struck by live fire at the protest over the course of the bloody day.

At least 122 unarmed protesters have been killed and close to 3,800 have been wounded by Israeli army fire since the marches began March 30.

Tear gas canisters fall on Gaza, June 8, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

Among those injured were an AFP photographer, Mohamed al-Baba, shot in his foot, a second unidentified photographer working for al-Aqsa Radio and a 23-year-old protester who was on life support after a gas canister hit his face.

Tires burn and tear gas falls at demonstrations in Gaza. June 8, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

Demonstrators burned tires, hurled stones and flew flaming kites as part of March of a ‘Million for Jerusalem’, marking both International Jerusalem Day and the 51st anniversary of the 1967 Middle East war.

Paramedics carrying a wounded woman. June 8, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

The Israeli army said about 10,000 protesters had gathered in five places along the fence after the Friday prayer.

The Israeli forces dropped leaflets by drones on the Gaza Strip Thursday morning, warning residents “not to get close to the border or try to attack Israelis”.

“Residents of the Gaza Strip! Greetings, and may Ramadan bring you blessings,” the leaflets said. “A wise man considers the results of his actions in advance and chooses the action whose benefits outweigh the costs. If you consider this with regard to approaching or crossing the fence, you’ll reach the conclusion that this act isn’t worthwhile and is even harmful.”

Protester holds picture of the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. June 8, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

No Israeli casualties have occurred in the more than two months of rallies along the tense border. However, Israeli farmers have lost wide spaces of agricultural fields and forests due to flaming kites launched by the Palestinians.

The protests have focused on lifting a decade-long Israeli-Egyptian blockade of the territory. Residents have demanded the right of return to ancestral homes in Israel for Palestinian refugee families.

Some protesters threw stones. June 8, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

Israel had predicted that the rallies would be a similar size and urgency as the demonstrations that occurred on May 14, the day the U.S. embassy was moved to Jerusalem, when 62 Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire. Nevertheless, it appeared that turnout was lower than expected due to heat and fasting of Holy Ramadan.

Ahmed Abu Ertima, one of the original organizers of the protests, urged demonstrators not to moving too close to the fence to avoid being shot. He said the protests would be more successful if they were peaceful.

Oula al-Rabaey. June 8, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

Oula al-Rabaey, 43, Arabic literature instructor, said that she came to the protest for the first time after seeing images of the killed and wounded on social media.

“Even being a woman, sitting at home motivates a shamed feeling in your mind,” she told Mondoweiss.”All of us are obligated to scurry to retake Jerusalem and our stolen lands”.

A selfie for memories, at the Gaza border. June 8, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

Rabaey, who was holding a banner reading, “We will pray in Jerusalem”, believes that “our miserable situation of multi-blockade by Israel and Egypt will not be changed until hundreds of daily and weekly protesting. Then some wise European or western leaders might move to our benefit”.

Tayseer Abu Mouammer, June 8, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

While Tayseer Abu Mouammer, a 44-year old cement mixer driver, shielded his face as tear gas was thrown near him. He said that the young generation lost all hopes for improving their non-ending siege comparing their situation to even the most poor in countries like Jordan or Egypt.

“I am sure the whole world are sympathetic with some burnt fields by paper kites, but who will pay attention for those who die every sun set or sun rise?” he added. And why are innocent civilians banned from receiving medical treatment in abroad? he added. Gaza has poor medical experiences.

Wounded man removed by paramedics. June 8, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Asad.

People do not die normally in Gaza, he said. “You will either die by medical mistake or by desperation,” Abu Mouammer told Mondoweiss.

Young women at the protests. June 8, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Asad.
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“A wise man considers the results of his actions in advance and chooses the action whose benefits outweigh the costs.”

Said the fool wrecking what little is left of Israel’s reputation.

“A wise man considers the results of his actions in advance and chooses the action whose benefits outweigh the costs”

They forgot to insert “Zieg Heil” or the appropriate Zio equivalent after this bit.

This is as disgusting as the nazis wishing their victims a Happy Hanukkah. These zionists are sadistic, and have a cruel streak in them.

FOLKS- When I read the headline for this article, I was reminded of something most Americans are unaware of. At the end of World War II, after the Japanese had unconditionally surrendered but before the US Congress accepted their surrender, the US Air Force launched a 1000-plane bombing of Japanese cities to demonstrate their logistical prowess. They also dropped leaflets. “No one considers an apology for the 1000-plane raid five days after Nagasaki on what… Read more »

Nothing in US cable tv news shows about this. NO surprise, when’s the last time you saw an actual homeless US soldier veteran being interviewed on those shows, or one who can’t get timely, proper treatment from the VA?