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Seven more are killed at Gaza fence as old man urges, ‘Sons, do not waste your life living in siege’

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Seven Palestinians were added today to the 199 killed during protests at the Gaza-Israel border throughout 29 successive weeks of the Great March of Return since the protests began March 30.

Another 250 were injured on Friday’s protest by the Israeli forces’ live fire, including one critically injured and five seriously wounded, the Gaza health ministry reported. Some 15,000 Palestinians were protesting at the border.

The soldiers killed five men east of Al-Bureij refugee camp. Young demonstrators were able to retrieve the bodies and they were transferred to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital. The sixth was killed east of Rafah in the southern enclave, while the seventh was killed in the “Malaka” area east of Gaza City. Local sources said.

Protests at the Gaza fence, Oct. 12, 2018, photo by Mohammed Asad.

The seven victims identified so far are Ahmed Ibrahim Zaki al-Taweel (27), Mohammed Abdulhafiz Ismail (29), Ahmed Abu Naeem (17), Abdallah al-Daghma (25) Afifi Mahmoud Afifi (18) Tamer Abu Ermana (22) and Mohammed Abbas (21).

Through the thick black smoke of burning tires, the crowds that gathered at the eastern border of the Strip could see scores of young men dragging wire fencing away from the Israeli border.

Protests at the Gaza fence, Oct. 12, 2018, photo by Mohammed Asad.

Many of the protesters wore gas masks made out of soda cans and pieces of cloth, as tear gas rained down periodically.

At the scene, ambulances roared through the fields gathering the wounded. When there were not enough vehicles, demonstrators lifted wounded people in their arms or onto gurneys to move them out of the impasse.

Protests at the Gaza fence, Oct. 12, 2018, photo by Mohammed Asad.

Walking slowly with a cane along the Malaka fence, Suliman Abu Arar, 80, was urging the young protesters to move forward to the barbed wire. He said: “Go ahead sons, run closer to the wire.. seventy years being refugees are enough…Do not waste your youth life living in siege.”

Protests at the Gaza fence, Oct. 12, 2018, photo by Mohammed Asad.

Ali Masoud, 27, who was wounded in both legs earlier in June, says that what is happening is a really like a “hell day”. “I don’t know which way to run away from the bullets buzzing everywhere. We are living in hell in central Gaza, and here their bullets are chasing us beside the border like hunting ducks in a closed lake,” Masoud told Mondoweiss.

Protests at the Gaza fence, Oct. 12, 2018, photo by Mohammed Asad.

Since March, protesters have orchestrated near-weekly protests along the fence, pressing to lift a stifling Israel siege imposed 11 years ago.

Today’s protest ended by sunset, and Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced he had instructed that fuel deliveries to Gaza through Israel be halted because of violence at the border. Lieberman said that “Israeli will not tolerate a situation in which fuel tankers are allowed to enter Gaza on the one hand, while terror and violence are used against IDF soldiers and Israeli citizens on the other.”

Protests at the Gaza fence, Oct. 12, 2018, photo by Mohammed Asad.

Hamas’ chief, Ismail Haniyeh, said, “The determination of the Palestinian people will break the siege.”

Earlier Friday, Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar reported that Hamas had received a letter from the UN’s deputy envoy to the Middle East James McGoldrick, which includes terms to ease conditions in the Gaza Strip in order to prevent further tensions.

Protests at the Gaza fence, Oct. 12, 2018, photo by Mohammed Asad.

According to the report, Israel demands the freezing of the weekly Palestinian protests, known as the March of Return, which started in March, as well as ending all attempts to cross the border, launch incendiary balloons and kites, and return to the cease-fire conditions of the summer of 2014.

At the same time, Hamas demands a 50-megawatt increase in the supply of electricity to Gaza and a solution to the enclave’s electricity service problems. Other demands include expanding the fishing zone to 12 miles from the coast, and then to 20 miles as was agreed to in the 1990s; unlimited entry of goods to Gaza; exports of goods; and Israeli work permits for 5,000 Gazans.

Protests at the Gaza fence, Oct. 12, 2018, photo by Mohammed Asad.

The protesters are demanding an end to an Israeli and Egyptian blockade on the narrow coastal strip, which is home to around 2 million Gazans.

They also seek the right to return to lands that Palestinians fled or were driven from upon Israel’s founding in 1948.

By the nightfall, the old man who was staring at the almost deserted protest location told Mondoweiss that “One dreary day has been added on Gaza’s thousands of such days”.

Protests at the Gaza fence, Oct. 12, 2018, photo by Mohammed Asad.

Ahmad Kabariti

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  1. Maghlawatan on October 13, 2018, 1:34 pm

    Rabbinical Judaism features the god Moloch to whom children were sacrificed.
    In modern Judaism Israel is Moloch.

    • jon s on October 14, 2018, 10:24 am

      It looks like Hamas is busy sacrificing their own people, urging them to attack across the fence, hoping for casualties to use for propaganda.
      The day fuel was delivered- they escalated the violence.
      Think of the millions of dollars Hamas is wasting on these violent riots, instead of investing in better lives for their people.

      • Maghlawatan on October 14, 2018, 11:43 am

        The Gaza Strip is under siege so investment doesn’t achieve anything because Jews with guns will destroy it.

        The logic of Palestinians being responsible for their own murders is pure Nazi.
        What a history teacher.

      • Misterioso on October 15, 2018, 9:35 am

        @jon s

        And you are a monster, a cowardly, murderous fascist attempting in vain to rationalize the slaughter of innocent children whose terrible plight in the world’s largest outdoor prison is the result of the mass ethnic cleansing, beginning in late 1947, of their defenseless fathers and mothers and grand parents (who including their ancestors, have lived for about 15,000 years between the River and the Sea) by Zionist Jews of foreign origin by means of well documented force of arms, several massacres, mass rape and intimidation.

        “Israel has assaulted Gaza heavily three times since the end of 2008, which caused the deaths of thousands as well as enormous damage to its infrastructure and crippling Gaza’s economy. Severe cuts to electricity have had a devastating impact on medical aid, food and technology. The water situation is dire – since Israel destroyed Gaza’s sewage infrastructure, raw sewage flows into the ocean, polluting their beaches and leaching into and polluting almost all of Gaza’s groundwater, making it undrinkable. Almost everyone in Gaza depends on water delivered by tanker trucks. Since building materials are prohibited from being allowed into Gaza, valuable infrastructure cannot be rebuilt. Being a fisherman in Gaza is now a very dangerous occupation, for the IDF routinely fires on fishing boats, injuring, arresting and killing fishermen, as well as confiscating and even destroying fishing boats. How might any of us react to such an inhumane blockade? Would we risk our lives to protest?” (!topic/palestine-l/mDI7SMY2Avo
        “Coming to terms with my Jewish upbringing” by Tsiporah Grignon, August, 2018)

        “Think of the millions of dollars Hamas is wasting on these violent riots, instead of investing in better lives for their people.”

        Typical Zionist bull crap. The horrors engulfing the Gaza Strip are entirely the fault of the entity known as “Israel,” a well documented serial and escalating violator of hard won international law.

        To wit:
        The International Committee of the Red Cross: “The whole of Gaza’s civilian population is being punished for acts for which they bear no responsibility. The closure therefore constitutes a collective punishment imposed in clear violation of Israel’s obligations under international humanitarian law. The Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, ratified by Israel, bans collective punishment of a civilian population.”

        On 16 June 2009, after meeting with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Ismail Haniya, prime minister of Hamas’s Gaza Strip government, announced that “If there is a real plan to resolve the Palestinian question on the basis of the creation of a Palestinian state within the borders of June 4, 1967 [i.e. 22% of historic Palestine] and with full sovereignty, we are in favour of it.”…
        “‘We accept a Palestinian state on the borders of 1967, with Jerusalem as its capital, the release of Palestinian prisoners, and the resolution of the issue of refugees,’ [**] Haniyeh said, referring to the year of Middle East war in which Israel captured East Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories. ” (Haaretz, December 1, 2010) No response from the entity known as “Israel.”

        ** By calling for a “resolution of the issue of refugees,” Haniyeh was in accordance with UNGA Res. 194, which calls for financial compensation as an option for the Palestinian refugees rather than their inalienable “Right of Return.”

        In its revised Charter, April, 2017, Hamas again agreed to a Palestinian state based on the 4 June 1967 borders. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the entity known as “Israel” promptly rejected the Hamas overture instead of using it to open a dialogue.…
        “Senior Hamas Official: ‘I Think We Can All Live Here in This Land – Muslims, Christians and Jews.’” By Nir Gontarz. March 28, 2018, Haaretz. No response from the entity known as “Israel.”

      • eljay on October 15, 2018, 9:53 am

        || jon s: It looks like Hamas is busy sacrificing their own people, urging them to attack across the fence, hoping for casualties to use for propaganda. … ||

        Strange, isn’t it? That fence has been there for centuries, walling off the people of Gaza from the rest of their homeland of (geographic) Palestine, and all that time no-one ever bothered to cross it. Then one day Zionists and their “Jewish State” project militarily-occupied and colonized most of (geographic) Palestine and – just like that! – the people of Gaza decided that they must cross the fence. It’s clear that anti-Semitism and “Jew hatred” are the only possible motives for this change in behaviour.

      • jon s on October 16, 2018, 4:30 pm

        Maghlawatan ,
        the entity known as “Misterioso”,
        I never blamed the Palestinian people , they are very much the victims. And I ceratainly never rationalized or justified the slaughter of innocent children.

        Gaza urgently needs rebuilding . It needs massive investments in infrastructure: power plants, a port, clean water. Investment in agriculture, industry, commerce and an end to the blockade. Sadly, for the Hamas leadership all that boring stuff is way down in their list of priorities. Instead, let’s send young men -preferably with some kids-to attack across the fence, lets use baloons and kites to set fire to forests, nature preserves and agriculture…

      • Maghlawatan on October 17, 2018, 1:15 am


        It’s all Hamas’ fault and Israel has carte blanche to kill as many Hamas people plus collateral damage as it deems necessary. That is your view. Because the Jewish state trumps everything else.

        And it is deluded. Gaza is the gimp because of the demographics of occupation. Israel has to pauperise it to make the numbers look good.

    • Mooser on October 15, 2018, 7:02 pm

      “Rabbinical Judaism features the god Moloch to whom children were sacrificed.”

      I thought we were supposed to stop putting our children through the fire for Moloch. Feh, who can keep up with all the parenting advice these days.

  2. Misterioso on October 15, 2018, 10:28 am

    For the record re Gaza:

    “Meet ten corporate giants helping Israel massacre Gaza protestors” Mint Press News, Oct. 12/18 by Joe Catron, Mint Press, Oct. 12/18

    “As Israeli soldiers gun down unarmed Palestinian demonstrators in the Great March of Return, their lethal operations depend on an array of contractors and suppliers, many of them companies based outside Israel.”

    “’The Israeli military relies on a network of international companies, supplying everything from sniper rifles to tear gas, to carry out its massacres of protesters in Gaza,’ Tom Anderson, a researcher for Corporate Occupation, told MintPress News. ‘These companies are knowingly supporting war crimes, and are complicit in state-orchestrated murder.’

    “‘Since the mobilization began on March 30, Israeli forces have killed 205 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip,’ the United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territory reported on October 4.

    Caterpillar, Inc. – “Caterpillar is known internationally for Israel’s use of its bulldozers to demolish Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank and inside Israel itself, as well as for its role in the killing of Rachel Corrie, an International Solidarity Movement activist from the United States, who was crushed to death by one of the company’s Israel-operated machines in the southern Gaza Strip on March 16, 2003. In Gaza, Caterpillar is notorious for Israel’s deployment of its equipment to reinforce a military barrier around the Strip, as well as to level Palestinian farmland inside it. These leveling operations both destroy Palestinian agriculture, keeping Gaza a captive market for Israeli producers, and maintain a clear line of fire for Israeli soldiers to shoot Palestinians.”

    Combined Systems, Inc. – “Combined Systems — a Jamestown, Pennsylvania-based manufacturer owned by Point Lookout Capital and the Carlyle Group — supplies light weaponry and security equipment, such as tear gas and flash grenades, to repressive governments worldwide. In May, Corporate Occupation researchers spotted an Israeli vehicle, with police markings but obviously intended for military use, equipped with the company’s ‘Venom’ tear gas launcher next to the Gaza barrier.”

    Ford Motor Company – “While other manufacturers, like General Motors, also provide vehicles used by the Israeli army to deploy its soldiers along the Gaza barrier, Ford’s are distinctive for their creative use. In 2003, Israeli vehicle manufacturer Hatehof began retrofitting Ford F550 trucks as armored personnel carriers. By 2016, Israel had moved on to F350s, modified by Israeli military electronics company Elbit Systems as autonomous unmanned vehicles capable of remotely controlled fire.”

    Monsanto – “Along with herbicides from the Dow Chemical Company and ADAMA Agricultural Solutions, an Israeli unit of China’s state-owned National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina), Israel sprays Bayer subsidiary Monsanto’s notorious Glyphosate (marketed as Roundup), a known human carcinogen, on Palestinian fields across its military barrier with Gaza several times annually. As does its deployment of Caterpillar bulldozers to level the same fields, the aerial application, conducted by two civilian Israeli companies under contract to the army, serves both Israeli economic and military interests — preventing Palestinian self-sufficiency in agriculture, while allowing its forces to easily detect and fire upon Palestinian farmers and other civilians using their own land.”

    G4S plc – “Formerly one of Israel’s biggest occupation contractors, G4S sold its major Israeli subsidiary, G4S Israel, in 2016, but kept a stake in the construction and operation of Policity, Israel’s privatized national police academy. Israel claims that its police enjoy civilian status, but routinely deploys them in military operations against Palestinians in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, including their use of both Combined System’s ‘Venon’ tear-gas launcher and weaponized drones to repress the Great March of Return.”

    Hewlett Packard – “Now three companies with interlocking operations — HP Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and DXC Technology — HP equips the Israeli military with computers and has undertaken contracts to ‘virtualize’ IDF operations, starting in 2007 with a pilot program for the Israeli navy, which enforces the blockade of Gaza.”

    HSBC Bank plc – “HSBC provides extensive financing to some of the most notorious military manufacturers in the world, several of them Israeli.

    “’HSBC holds over £800m worth of shares in, and is involved in syndicated loans worth over £19b to, companies that sell weapons and military equipment to the Israeli government,’ Huda Ammori, campaigns officer for the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, told MintPress. ‘These investments include Elbit Systems, Israel’s largest private security firm, which markets its weapons as ‘field-tested,’ due to them being tested on Palestinian civilians in Gaza.’

    “A leading drone manufacturer, Elbit has played a key role in aerial attacks on the Great March of Return.”

    Motorola Solutions Inc. – “Motorola provides the encrypted smartphones the Israeli military uses to deploy soldiers, as well as radio and communications services for the Israeli police.”

    Remington – “Among casualties of the Great March of Return, Amnesty International reports, some “wounds bear the hallmarks of U.S.-manufactured M24 Remington sniper rifles shooting 7.62mm hunting ammunition, which expand and mushroom inside the body,” along with others indicative of Israel Weapon Industries’ Tavor rifles. “In the United States this is sold as a hunting rifle to kill deer,” Brian Castner, a weapons specialist for the human-rights organization, said in April.”

    Sabra Dipping Company, LLC – “The White Plains, New York-based food manufacturer, co-owned by PepsiCo and Israeli foodmaker Strauss, has donated food packages to the Israeli Army’s Golani Brigade, notorious for its human-rights abuses in both Gaza and the West Bank.”

    “’We must channel our rage’ – As the Great March of Return, now in its 29th week, continues, participants and supporters say targeting firms complicit in its repression is one of the most effective means of solidarity.

    ‘We must channel our rage at Israel’s atrocities into effective actions to hold Israel accountable,’ the BDS National Committee said in a statement on April 12. ‘Together, we can escalate Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns.’

    “‘Israel is meeting the Palestinian protesters with live fire, massacring over 190 Palestinians to date,’ Ammori told MintPress. ‘Israel’s racist discrimination and brutal violence is evident, and the campaign to end complicity is vital.’

    “Joe Catron is a MintPress News journalist covering Palestine and Israel. He is also a solidarity activist and freelance reporter, recently returned to New York from Gaza, Palestine, where he lived for three and a half years. He has written frequently for Electronic Intifada and Middle East Eye, and co-edited The Prisoners’ Diaries: Palestinian Voices from the Israeli Gulag, an anthology of accounts by detainees freed in the 2011 prisoner exchange.”

  3. jon s on October 16, 2018, 9:47 pm

    About an hour ago a rocket from Gaza hit Beersheva, not far from here. We’re Ok.

    • Mooser on October 17, 2018, 12:08 am

      “About an hour ago a rocket from Gaza hit Beersheva, not far from here. We’re Ok.”

      Oh, shut up. Stop whining. This is the game you wanted to play. I hope you choke on it.

      • annie on October 17, 2018, 12:51 am

        I hope you choke on it.

        mooser? composure — they rhyme

        We’re Ok

        has anyone in beersheva ever died from a “rocket” from gaza? aren’t you guys always “ok” after one of those ‘attacks’?

        rocket landed in the courtyard of the house. Residents received treatment for shoc but were not harmed physically … were all treated for shock. Police said their house might collapse as a consequence of the explosion.

        something tells me their house won’t “collapse”. treated for shock? that reminds me of all the dead kids in gaza, the ones with missing limbs and dead parents and siblings. and all those kids in the WB who’ve been arrested and tortured, witnessed murder, late night home invasions and/or watched their homes demolished by bulldozers. have they been treated for shock?

        meanwhile, who benefits from this? isn’t there an election coming up? hasn’t netenyahu/lieberman been itching for grassmowing? i wouldn’t put it past israel to hit a courtyard in beersheva where nobody gets hurt. oh, wait:

        two neighbors were lightly injured as they were scrambling to reach a protected area.

        stubbed a toe? turned the wrong way and ran into a cactus? do tell.

      • jon s on October 18, 2018, 4:04 am

        The decent, human, reaction to someone writing something like what I wrote is “good to hear that you and your family are OK” – and then continue to discuss or argue whatever is on the thread. But I suppose that’s just for decent humans.

        As to the” points” in your obnoxious comment:
        “Rocket” -in quotation marks . Implying that it wasn’t a real rocket? This was a serious weapon, carrying 20 kg of explosives.
        Casualties: Noone was killed in this event thanks to the early-warning system and the “security rooms” that we have and especially , in this case , the presence of mind of Mrs. Miri Tamano, mother of the family, who managed, at 03:45, in 45 seconds , to wake three kids sleeping in three rooms, and bring them downstairs to the security room and shut the door, just before the rochet demolished the upper floor. If not, we would have had a dead family.
        The house that was hit is near here, on a street I go by every day. I’m not an engineer , but the damage is extensive and the house is no longer livable.
        Then you invent some silly, half-baked, conspiracy theory- the Israelis fire rockets at themselves. Yeah, sure. Even Hamas doesn’t make such claims.
        “Grassmowing”- do you realize how offensive to the Palestinians that term is? These are real Palestinian lives , not grass.
        And not a single word of condemnation for the terrorist act itself: firing a potentially lethal rocket -meant to kill- at innocent civilians asleep in their homes.
        A disgusting and outrageous comment, Annie. You should be ashamed.

        pictures :,7340,L-5372931,00.html

      • gamal on October 18, 2018, 11:57 am

        The decent, human, reaction to someone writing something like what I wrote”

        what the fuck would you know about either decency or humanity?

        “Grassmowing”- do you realize how offensive to the Palestinians that term is? These are real Palestinian lives , not grass”

        yes Palestine, Palestine always on your mind

        “And not a single word of condemnation for the terrorist act itself: firing a potentially lethal rocket -meant to kill- at innocent civilians asleep in their homes”

        thats self serving fantasy, like your ‘history’, we know who to condemn

        “A disgusting and outrageous comment, Annie. You should be ashamed”

        oh not at all I’d like to second it, with more swearing, and Jon while i realise imitation is the sincerest etc, you don’t have chops man you are a squalid little thief and liar, not one gives shit what you think, you look stupid, I guess Hamas is to blame.

      • annie on October 18, 2018, 12:43 pm

        The decent, human, reaction to someone writing something like what I wrote is “good to hear that you and your family are OK”

        note how jon didn’t address my question: aren’t you guys always “ok” after one of those ‘attacks’?

        i put quotemarks around rocket because when i think of rockets, i think of these:

        from jon’s link:

        After the early morning rockets, Hamas and Islamic Jihad released a joint statement in which they said they “oppose rocket fire that hurts the efforts to lift the siege.”

        again: who benefits from this?

        7 kids were slaughtered by israel last friday, 7 people were treated for shock after the attack in beersheva. your declarations of what a “decent, human, reaction” are not shared by me given the inequivalent circumstances. prior to the ‘attack’ were press reports israel was going to invade gaza, that this is what lieberman wanted. there were even op eds that this is what hamas has been inciting for with the protests. so the timing of this attack, one in which has made headlines around the world, in contrast to the continued slaughter of gazans which barely makes a bleep in the msm, and is the justification for israeli “retaliatory” air strikes against the backdrop of this:

        Hamas and Islamic Jihad denied responsibility for the rocket fire, issuing an official joint statement hours after the attack that said, “The Joint Operation Room of the Palestinian Factions lauds the efforts exerted by Egypt to serve the Palestinians their legitimate demands, and we reject any other attempt to undermine the Egyptian endeavors, including the launch of a rockets took place last night.”

        leads me, a person who is aware of and written about israel’s historical record of covering up their deliberate efforts to frame hamas for their previous grassmowing efforts, to regard a “decent, human, reaction” to this attack, is to question who was behind it. again: who benefits from this? , this attack that led to victims being treated for “shock” and provides the pretext for another mass slaughter of civilians in a year leading up to the israeli elections and torpedoes the current Egyptian endeavors?

      • Mooser on October 18, 2018, 7:10 pm

        ” But I suppose that’s just for decent humans.” “Jon s”

        At long last, have we no decency? Zionists, of course, are eminently well-qualified to pass judgement on ‘decency’.

        Shorter “Jon s”: ‘But you must sympathize with me, after all, those people Arabs!’

    • eljay on October 17, 2018, 7:46 am

      || jon s: About an hour ago a rocket from Gaza hit Beersheva … ||

      I suppose that’s to be expected in a town that’s one big human shield for the Israeli military.

  4. Ossinev on October 18, 2018, 2:19 pm

    ” provides the pretext for another mass slaughter of civilians in a year leading up to the israeli elections and torpedoes the current Egyptian endeavors?”

    When it comes to pretexts with Israeli Zionists a photograph of a full moon can be evidenced as a bomb loaded Hamas “terrorist” balloon (apologies to David Niven).

    Serial liars like leopards do not change their spots(Jeremiah 13:23)

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