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An indirect ceasefire was reached between Hamas and Israel on Friday night, following extensive Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip, and the killing of four Palestinian fighters and one soldier. Hamas spokesperson said that “through Egyptian, and international mediation, a ceasefire understanding was reached between the occupation and the resistance.”
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Earlier this week Israeli forces shut down the Hind Al-Husseini College, a campus for al-Quds University located in East Jerusalem near the Old City– “until further notice.”
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Two Palestinian minors were killed and over 200 wounded by Israeli forces during the 16th “Great March of Return” in the besieged Gaza Strip, in support of residents of Khan al-Ahmar, on Friday.
Israel’s high court issued a decision on Monday that delayed the demolition of the Bedouin village Khan al-Ahmar until at least July 16.
After an 11-month walk to the Palestine border, Swedish activist Benjamin Ladraa was denied entry by Israel. One reason cited was that he would visit the occupied village of Nabi Saleh, which has been resisting Israeli forces.
Palestinians take to the streets in protest of Donald Trump’s peace plan.
Two Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces and hundreds of others were injured during the “Great March of Return” protest alongside the eastern borders of the Gaza Strip on Friday. The dead were a 14-year-old, Yasser Abu al-Najja, and Muhammad Fawzi Muhammad al-Hamaydeh, 24.
The U.S. has quietly frozen its aid to the Palestinian Authority on Tuesday, a provision of the Taylor Force Act passed earlier this year, according to the Israeli news reports.
A group of extremist Israeli colonizers burnt, on Friday evening, dozens of dunams of Palestinian olive orchards in Burin village, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus. The attack was said to be committed by fanatics from the illegal Yitzhar colony, and not their first.
AFP reports “The United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday, condemning the ‘hypocrisy’ of its members and its alleged ‘unrelenting bias’ against Israel.”
A Palestinian Boyhood, the new autobiography by Palestinian writer Reja-e Busailah, relates a remarkable story about overcoming the challenges of growing up blind in Palestine in the years up to and including the 1948 Nakba, which uprooted his family. Georgia Beeston: “Simply written, the book takes the reader through the author’s daily life, underlining the everyday challenges of the visually impaired.””
“The gruesome photos show a man desperately grasping at his throat for air as smoke pours from his cheek.” A searing report by the National on the disfigurement of Haitham Abu Sabla, whose head was penetrated by a tear gas canister fired by an Israeli sniper on the Gaza border June 8, leaving him severely compromised.
Musicians in the Alanwar band were arrested Monday by Israeli forces for creating tunes of incitement.
Yesterday Israeli snipers killed four more Palestinians protesting on the Gaza border, and shot another 114. In the nine weeks since the beginning of the Great Return March, Israel has killed 127 Palestinians, and injured 14700 others, including women, children, medics and journalists.
The AP reports, “The Palestinian men who chant and beat drums to wake up the faithful during Ramadan in Jerusalem’s Old City say they are being unfairly targeted by Israeli police over their early-morning tradition.” The wakers, called “musaharati,” canvass Jerusalem’s Old City at 2 a.m., calling Muslims to rise for the last meal before the Ramadan fast begins.
The killing of Razan al-Najjar, 21, a medic, brings the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli army fire since the beginning of the Great Return Match on March 30th to 119, including another medic. More than 13,400 have been injured, including 330 who suffered life-threatening wounds.
Two boats sailed today from the Gaza Strip in an attempt to break Israel’s siege. All of the passengers were Palestinians who were injured by Israel in recent protests. The boats were promptly intercepted by the Israeli navy.
Israel’s Supreme Court has unanimously rejected two petitions brought by human rights groups demanding Israel’s army to stop using snipers and live ammunition against unarmed Palestinian protests in the Gaza Strip.
Phil Weiss interviews Jim Zogby to mark the joint Mondoweiss-Arab American Institute publication of Zogby’s important book ‘Palestinians: The Invisible Victims’, a critical examination of the ideology and practice of Political Zionism. ‘Palestinians: The Invisible Victims’ will be available on June 1, but you can pre-order it now.
According to the Palestinian Health Ministry in the Gaza Strip, since the Great Return March protests started on March 30th:
– Israeli soldiers have killed 112 Palestinians, and injured 13,190
– 13 Palestinian children have been killed and 2,096 have been injured
– 502 Palestinians were shot in the head and neck.
– 283 Palestinians were shot in the chest and back.
– 225 Palestinians were shot in the abdomen and pelvis.
– 1,117 Palestinians suffered various cuts and bruises to several parts of their bodies.
– 27 of the wounded Palestinians suffered amputations of their legs, one of his arm, and four others had fingers severed by Israeli fire.