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‘I felt unable to move an inch, I fell on the ground,’ says sister of 12-year old Palestinian killed in deadliest day in Gaza in weeks

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Friday marked one of the deadliest days at the fence that divides the Gaza Strip from Israel since protests began in Gaza last March, as Israeli forced killed seven including two children.

Four of the seven were shot dead east of Gaza City in circumstances where it appears the demonstrators posed no threat to Israeli soldiers. “Amateur videos showed them kneeling down and kissing the ground on the Israeli side as gunfire could be heard,” the AP reported. 

The youngest casualties on Friday were Mohammed al-Houm, 14, and Nasser Mosabeh, 12.

Around 1,200 mourners took part in the funeral of Musabeh on Saturday. Mourners chanted slogans against the U.S. and Israel. The procession stretched across the streets of Khan Younis in southern Gaza. He was wrapped in a beige canvas and carried through the city on a stretcher hoisted overs shoulders.

Musabeh’s sister, Duaa Musabeh, 18, said she had brought her brother to the Friday protests where she worked as a volunteer medic, but ordered him to stay back in a safer space. She said he usually was around away 300 yards from the bulge of protesters. 

At the time of Musabeh’s killing, Duaa had approached the border fence to evacuate injured marchers. By the time she when returned to the area where she expected to find her brother it was after dark. Musabeh was missing. After a frantic, a man showed her a picture released by a nearby hospital that was trying to identify a boy who had been shot in the head and died. 

“I did not believe it. I felt unable to move an inch, I fell on the ground,” Duaa murmured slowly.

(Photo: Mohammed Asad)

(Photo: Mohammed Asad)

(Photo: Mohammed Asad)

(Photo: Mohammed Asad)

The Israeli military estimated around 20,000 Palestinians protested on Friday at multiple sites along the fence. At least 509 were injured, three in serious condition, according to Gaza’s ministry of health. Additionally four paramedics, four journalists and 90 children were shot with live ammunition.

“A total of 191 people have been killed since the start of demonstrations in Gaza on March 30th as recorded by the Ministry of Health,” said UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness, “176 were killed by Israeli forces during the demonstrations and 15 from Israeli airstrikes.” This figure includes 33 children, three three persons with disabilities, three paramedics and two journalists.

In this same period over 10,000 have been hospitalized for injuries, around half of them wounded by live fire. Gunness added, at least have been 77 cases of injuries required amputation, among them 14 children and one woman. Twelve patients have been paralyzed due to spinal cord injury and two of them have died, a UN spokesperson stated Saturday. 

The international aid group Doctors Without Borders says it had treated more than 2,000 injured with gunshot wounds, of whom 90 percent were hit in the lower limbs. Nearly half of those shot had fractures that included severely splintered bones. The youngest patient treated was seven years old, the group said in a statement.

“The threat of life-long disabilities for these patients is getting bigger as time goes on,” the group said.

(Photo: Mohammed Asad)

(Photo: Mohammed Asad)

(Photo: Mohammed Asad)

(Photo: Mohammed Asad)

While Musabeh’s burial was taking place, Gaza’s ruling party Hamas dispatched a delegation to Cairo in a desperate attempt to negotiate an easement to the 11-year blockade that has intensified in recent months. Gaza is home to some 2 million Palestinians, of whom 80 percent are aid dependent. Over recent months the Trump administration has cancelled all of their planned support to Palestinian refugees, totaling over $300 million. 

The World Bank warned last week that Gaza’s economy is in “free fall.” It cited the blockade as a factor but also economic sanctions from Hamas’s political rival, the Palestinian Authority, and a steep reduction in international aid, particularly from the Trump administration.

It said unemployment youth unemployment has skyrocketed to 70 percent.

“A combination of war, isolation, and internal division has left Gaza in a crippling economic state and exacerbated the human distress,” said Marina Wes, the World Bank Country Director for West Bank and Gaza, “A situation where people struggle to make ends meet, suffer from worsening poverty, rising unemployment and deteriorating public services such as health care, water and sanitation, calls for urgent, real and sustainable solutions.”

Ahmad Kabariti

Ahmad Kabariti is a freelance journalist based in Gaza.

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  1. Spring Renouncer on October 1, 2018, 2:07 pm

    I’m not the type of person who keeps the day of the week in my mind all the time. Every Friday (or Thursday evening on the East Coast) while reading the headlines on my phone I see a report on the latest ritual murder of Palestinian protestors, and I am reminded that it is Friday: the day of slaughter. Shame on the IDF and the occupation for killing and maiming so many innocent men, women and children just for daring to demand their basic human dignity. Shame on propagandists in America, Israel and beyond for lying about, ignoring and maligning the protestors.

    • Misterioso on October 2, 2018, 10:36 am

      @Spring Renouncer, et al

      For the record:
      “The theater where we felt free”

      By Sarah Algherbawi The Electronic Intifada, 27 September 2018

      “I only ever attended one event at the Said al-Mishal Cultural Center. In March 2017, my husband and I went there to see a play.

      “The theater on the second floor of this building enchanted me. The seats were a rich shade of red; the lights were turned off, except for those focused on the actors; the audience listened attentively to every word coming from the stage.

      “I had no idea that we had something so cool in Gaza. Nor could I have known that the next time I would visit this building it would be in ruins.

      “On 9 August this year, Israel bombed the five-story center.”

      “’When I look at the destroyed building, I can see my laughter, tears, screams and dreams buried under the rubble,’ said the theater director Ali Abu Yassin. He had been working at the center since 2004, first overseeing a production of Anton Chekhov’s The Bear.

      “Abu Yassin’s drama company Ashtar lost approximately $50,000 worth of equipment in the bombing. He described the facility as a ‘theater for the poor.’ Through it, people with limited means could gain an appreciation of the arts.

      “’I trained many actors and artists here, it was like our second home,’ he said. ‘It didn’t follow any political party or government. It was an independent institution. We felt free and alive at al-Mishal and it seems Israel didn’t like that.’”
      “Gazans recycle bomb wreckage to beat the blockade”
      “Rubble left after Israeli airstrikes is being used to repair roads and rebuild houses in coastal enclave”

      The Guardian, Sept. 23/18
      “Palestinians in Gaza have developed an industry that recycles twisted steel bars and smashed-up concrete from bombed structures as a way to rebuild the coastal enclave.

      “In a trapped society living under persistent attack, the reuse of materials has become a vital part of a construction sector flailing under the strain of an Israeli-Egyptian blockade that severely restricts imports.

      “Across the territory, among the dust and wreckage of buildings flattened in Israeli airstrikes, workers can be seen collecting chunks of walls and floors with diggers, and driving them off to be crushed.”

      Short video, June 29/16:
      On a bright note, informed and righteous Jews step forward and stand shoulder to shoulder with the indigenous Palestinian Arabs in their struggle against Zionist fascism.

      • Spring Renouncer on October 2, 2018, 5:04 pm

        Thanks for that @Misterioso. It’s impressive how people in Gaza manage to keep on going against all odds.

    • Jackdaw on October 2, 2018, 1:26 pm

      Shame on Hamas for sending ‘boy soldiers’ to breach the fence.

      • annie on October 2, 2018, 2:01 pm

        jack, it might behoove you to read the words of palestinians, many who have been featured on this site. no one needs to “send” anyone to protest, all the people in gaza know all too well the oppression they are under. it’s their initiative to be protesting. stop making excuses for israel’s genocidal actions. Shame on Israel for sending snipers (many very young) to massacre palestinians in gaza.

      • Jackdaw on October 2, 2018, 5:05 pm


        Even the idiotic denizens of Mondoweiss realize that the political consciousness of a teenage boy, is different than that of a mature adult.

        Or maybe I give Mondoweiss too much credit.

      • Mooser on October 2, 2018, 6:22 pm

        ” that the political consciousness of a teenage boy, is different than that of a mature adult.”

        Yeah, if these kids from Gaza weren’t influnced by Hamas, most would, upon “mature reflection”, become Zionists, maybe even settlers. You bet.

  2. Kay24 on October 1, 2018, 3:24 pm

    The BDS movement should push for Estee Lauder products (if it has not already) to be boycotted. This is where the poison starts, and then spreads from.
    So must all Muslims in the US and worldwide. Shame on this man, Ronald Lauder, who sells his products all over the world.

    What would the zionists say, had this been a Muslim leader?

    “U.S. Jewish Leader Ronald Lauder Gave $1.1 Million to Covert Group Pushing anti-Muslim Campaign
    Secure America Now reportedly used targeted advertising on Facebook and Google to reach potential voters in swing states and districts during the 2016 elections”

  3. CigarGod on October 3, 2018, 10:41 am

    So, I read the AP article that was linked.
    Apparently four of the dead were shot as they knelt and kissed the ground.

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