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In photos: after airstrikes and funerals, Palestinians in Gaza celebrate Ramadan

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After a weekend of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza and rocket fire into Israel, Palestinians began the holy month of Ramadan amid clearing rubble from destroyed buildings and holding funerals. Over the course of two days Israeli forces killed 24 Palestinians including two pregnant women and two babies, and Palestinians fire killed four Israelis, with a tentative ceasefire taking effect in the early morning hours on Monday, the first day of Ramadan.

Palestinians walk past the rubble of a building that was destroyed by Israeli air strikes, in Gaza city on May 7, 2019. About 130 residential apartments were completely destroyed, while 700 others were partially destroyed in the three day Israeli strikes on Gaza, Housing Ministery reported. Photo by Ashraf Amra

Palestinians walk past the rubble of a building that was destroyed by Israeli air strikes, in Gaza City on May 7, 2019. About 130 residential apartments were completely destroyed, while 700 others were partially destroyed in the three day Israeli strikes on Gaza. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

A Palestinian relative carries the body of Maria al-Ghazali, a 4-month old Palestinian killed by an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City on May 6, 2019. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour/APA Images)

A Palestinian relative carries the body of Maria al-Ghazali, a 4-month old Palestinian killed by an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City on May 6, 2019. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour/APA Images)

Mourners carry the body of Palestinian Iman Usraf during her funeral in Gaza City on May 6, 2019. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour/APA Images)

Mourners carry the body of Palestinian Iman Usraf during her funeral in Gaza City on May 6, 2019. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour/APA Images)

A Palestinian vendor prepares qatayef, traditional pancakes that are popular at a market during the second day of Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Gaza City, on May 7, 2019. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour/APA Images)

A Palestinian vendor prepares qatayef, traditional pancakes that are popular at a market during the second day of Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Gaza City, on May 7, 2019. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour/APA Images)

A Palestinian baker arranges Qatayef, in Gaza City, May 7, 2019. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour/APA Images)

A Palestinian baker arranges Qatayef, in Gaza City, May 7, 2019. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour/APA Images)

Palestinians shop at a market during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, in Gaza city on 07 May 2019. Muslims around the world celebrate the holy month of Ramadan by praying during the night time and abstaining from eating, drinking, and sexual acts during the period between sunrise and sunset. Photo by Ashraf Amra

Palestinians shop at a market during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, in Gaza city on May 7, 2019. Muslims around the world celebrate the holy month of Ramadan by praying during the night time and abstaining from eating and drinking during the period between sunrise and sunset. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

Palestinian reads verses from the Koran at al-Omari mosque, during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, in Gaza city on 07 May 2019. Muslims around the world celebrate the holy month of Ramadan by praying during the night time and abstaining from eating, drinking, and sexual acts during the period between sunrise and sunset. Photo by Ashraf Amra

Palestinian reads verses from the Koran at al-Omari mosque in Gaza City on May 7, 2019. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

Palestinians pray at al-Omari mosque, during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, in Gaza city on 07 May 2019. Muslims around the world celebrate the holy month of Ramadan by praying during the night time and abstaining from eating, drinking, and sexual acts during the period between sunrise and sunset. Photo by Ashraf Amra

Palestinians pray inside al-Omari mosque in Gaza City, May 7, 2019. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

Palestinians pray at al-Omari mosque, during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, in Gaza city on 07 May 2019. Muslims around the world celebrate the holy month of Ramadan by praying during the night time and abstaining from eating, drinking, and sexual acts during the period between sunrise and sunset. Photo by Ashraf Amra

Palestinians walk through the courtyard of al-Omari mosque, during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, in Gaza City on May 7, 2019. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

Palestinians shop at a market during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, in Gaza city on 07 May 2019. Muslims around the world celebrate the holy month of Ramadan by praying during the night time and abstaining from eating, drinking, and sexual acts during the period between sunrise and sunset. Photo by Ashraf Amra

Palestinians shop at a market during in Gaza city on May 7, 2019. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images)

Palestinian children play with fireworks after breaking the fast during the first day of Muslims holy month of Ramadan, in Gaza city on May 6, 2019. Muslims around the world celebrate the holy month of Ramadan by praying during the night time and abstaining from eating, drinking, and sexual acts during the period between sunrise and sunset. Photo by Mahmoud Ajjour

Palestinian children play with fireworks after breaking fast after the first day of the Muslims holy month of Ramadan, in Gaza City on May 6, 2019. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour/APA Images)

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  1. Kay24
    Kay24 on May 8, 2019, 12:26 pm

    The Palestinians have shown remarkable resilience throughout their lives of pain and suffering.
    Strangely, the whining comes from the stronger side that inflicts the pain.

    • eljay
      eljay on May 8, 2019, 1:47 pm

      || Kay24: The Palestinians have shown remarkable resilience throughout their lives of pain and suffering. Strangely, the whining comes from the stronger side that inflicts the pain. ||

      Yup, it sure is a tough gig for Zionists, playing victim even as they continue with impunity* to do their preferred brand of “necessary evil” unto the non-Jews of geographic Palestine.
      _________________
      (*Thanks to “unshakeable bond” / “no light between” / “shared common values” military, economic, political and financial support of the U.S.)

      • Kay24
        Kay24 on May 8, 2019, 6:29 pm

        They have the megaphone, so they can show false outrage, and whine about the world picking on them. The US is complicit in all the crimes, including the endless killing of unarmed civilians in Palestinian territories by Israel.

  2. Misterioso
    Misterioso on May 9, 2019, 10:39 am

    For the record regarding “Israel, a light unto nations [NOT !!.]”

    “New push to stop US funding torture of Palestinian children”
    By Nora Barrows-Friedman, Rights and Accountability, 1 May 2019. Electronic Intifada.

    “The US State Department has acknowledged Israel’s routine and systematic abuse of Palestinian children by Israeli forces.

    “Israel would be banned from using US aid to detain and torture Palestinian children if a new bill becomes law.

    “The Promoting Human Rights for Palestinian Children Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act was brought before the US Congress on Wednesday by Betty McCollum, an elected representative for Minnesota.

    “McCollum introduced a similar bill in 2017, the first in US history that called for accountability and transparency for aid to Israel.

    “The abuse of Palestinian children ‘is perpetrated not only with intent, but systematically applied to intimidate, control, and create fear amongst families, communities and an entire population,’ McCollum stated on Wednesday.

    “If approved, the new bill, HR 2407, would amend a section of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, known as the Leahy Law, which prohibits the US government from funding foreign armed forces when there is credible information implicating such forces in gross violations of human rights. New provisions would be added, limiting US military aid from being used to abuse, torture, detain and interrogate children in violation of international law.

    “The legislation would also authorize the release of at least $19 million per year to monitor human rights abuses of Palestinian children and to provide treatment and rehabilitation for child victims of military detention, abuse and torture.

    “McCollum explained that the act ‘gives my congressional colleagues a clear choice – support human rights for Palestinian children and their families or support perpetuating the occupation and repression in the name of Israel’s security.’

    “Israel is the perpetrator”
    “McCollum’s bill references the US State Department’s own acknowledgment of Israel’s systematic abuse of Palestinian children, including solitary confinement, beatings and coerced confessions.

    “The bill also highlights data compiled by Defense for Children International-Palestine, which found that 73 percent of children detained between 2013 and 2018 ‘endured physical violence following arrest.’

    “Israel military law prevents children from having a lawyer present during interrogation. And 96 percent of children did not have a parent accompanying them when interrogated, according to data provided by DCI-Palestine.

    “’The children this legislation seeks to protect are Palestinians who have lived their entire lives under Israeli military occupation,’ McCollum added in her statement.

    “’The perpetrator of this system of child abuse is the government of Israel and its military, police, and intelligence apparatus occupying the Palestinian West Bank,’ she said.

    “Each year, $3.8 billion is provided to Israel by the US. Such aid ‘helps to cover the cost of Israeli soldiers arresting, interrogating, and abusing children, some as young as 9 years old, in the name of Israeli security,’ said McCollum.

    “’Israel has the dubious distinction of being the only country in the world that systematically prosecutes an estimated 500 to 700 children each year in military courts lacking fundamental fair trial rights,’ according to the No Way to Treat a Child campaign, a joint project of the American Friends Service Committee and DCI-Palestine which aims to end Israel’s military detention and abuse of Palestinian children.

    “Ahed Tamimi, a former child prisoner, said that McCollum and the co-sponsors of the bill ‘are
    providing Palestinian kids, and our families, a glimmer of hope that after so many decades of darkness under Israeli occupation, the US may stop funding Israeli apartheid and help us get free.’

    “Tamimi was sentenced at the age of 16 to eight months in jail for slapping and shoving a fully armed Israeli soldier in a video recorded by her mother in December 2017. She turned 17 in prison.

    “Israeli interrogators sexually harassed Tamimi during a taped interrogation.”

    “’I’m just one of the thousands of Palestinian kids who have been subjected to the horrors of Israeli military detention,’ Tamimi added.

    “’Families are being torn apart by Israel because they think they can pressure us to give up our struggle for freedom, justice and equality – but we will never give up on our human rights.’

    “Mobilize others”
    “Human rights advocates praised McCollum’s legislation, which they say signals a major shift in contesting US support for Israeli policies.

    “Jennifer Bing from the American Friends Service Committee said that the bill is a boost to those who are organizing for Palestinian rights.

    “’Representative McCollum is a midwestern member of Congress, not necessarily a political radical, but someone who understands fairness and the need to protect children,’ Bing told The Electronic Intifada.

    “’The fact that she is speaking unequivocally in defense of Palestinian children in a political environment in the US that is often hostile to Palestinian rights – and doing this over several years – really gives us hope that policies will change,’ Bing added.

    “’I hope we can mobilize others to follow her lead.'”

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