Israeli forces attacked non-violent protesters in Gaza Friday, killing one Palestinian and wounding 57. The Palestinian protest organizers called this Friday’s protest the “Friday of 78 Children”, in honor of the 78 children killed by Israeli forces since the weekly marches began in March 2018.
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At the Gaza border in Rafah yesterday hundreds of protesters gathered for speeches and folk songs. Dozens approached the fence and threw stones and Molotov Cocktails, and Israeli soldiers responded with live fire, killing Saher ‘Awadallah Jaber ‘Othman (20).
Security forces of the Interior Ministry in Gaza have arrested ten persons who are believed to be members of the cell that carried out the two bombings on Tuesday evening that killed three security officers, a Hamas spokesperson say.
“Israeli forces have escalated their attacks against the medical personnel in the field, wounding 4 members of them” Friday, according to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights in Gaza. On the 56th Friday of the Great March of Return, Israeli forces injured 110 civilians.
A Palestinian teacher, Fatima Suleiman, 42, was killed Thursday morning near her home in the occupied West Bank, after being rammed by the car of an illegal colonialist settler. The soldiers later shot and seriously injured a Palestinian teen while handcuffed, when he reportedly attempted to run from the scene.
On Friday, Israeli soldiers attacked the weekly Great March Processions in the besieged Gaza Strip, killing one child, and injuring at least 55 others, including two medics. The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the slain child as Maisara Mousa Ali Abu Shallouf, 15, shot in the abdomen, east of Jabalia camp.
Violence is routine in occupied Palestine, as this week’s toll shows: olive trees bulldozed, seven hikers tear-gassed, hundreds of grape vines cut by settlers, a Palestinian boy in critical condition after being run over by a settler, and two 23-year-old men killed.
Sajed Mezher, a paramedic volunteer of 18, was killed by Israeli fire, Wednesday morning, during violent confrontations that broke out in Deheisheh refugee camp, in the south of Bethlehem. He was wearing his medical relief uniform when he was shot. The World Health Organization condemned the killing.
In May 2017, Donald Trump became the first sitting US president to visit the Western Wall. Now other international officials are following suit– despite the fact that it is illegally-annexed territory. A report from Raphael Ahren of the Times of Israel.
At Israel’s Checkpoint 300 in occupied Bethlehem, thousands of Palestinian workers queue for hours, starting at 3 am. The frantic clamouring has resulted in suffocation and broken ribs, and conditions have gotten worse in recent months, Al Jazeera reports.
The mayor of Hebron, Taysir Abu Sneina, held the Israeli army responsible for the death of a brother and sister, aged four years and 18 months, who died in a fire in their home, in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, after the military delayed Palestinian fire trucks and Red Crescent ambulances, at two roadblocks in the city.
The underground excavations carried out by Israeli settlers beneath Palestinian buildings in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan have caused landslides following the last winter storm. One slide has undermined a wall on a playground, and could be life-threatening.
Israeli soldiers assaulted, on Wednesday at dawn, a blind Palestinian man who also suffers from a kidney disease, after invading his home in Doha town, south of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank. “We first thought that they were thieves, and they started beating me up while shouting at me ‘we are the Israeli Defense Force’,” Monther Mezher said.
A Palestinian teen, Hassan Nabil Ahmed Nofal, 17, died on Tuesday in Gaza, four days after he was struck in the head by a teargas canister fired by Israeli soldiers during the Friday protests for the Great March of Return.
Palestinian teen boys Hasan Shalabi, 14, and Hamza Shteiwi, 18, were the latest victims of lethal Israeli gunfire during the weekly protest Friday, the 46th week of the Great Return March. Seventeen others were wounded by live fire, including four medics and two journalists.
On January 30, Israeli soldiers shot and killed, a Palestinian girl, 16, at the Zaim military roadblock, east of occupied Jerusalem, reportedly after she “attempted to stab them.” The Israeli Police claimed that the child, Samah Zoheir Mubarak, 16, was carrying her schoolbag when she “pulled a knife and attempted to stab the soldiers,” when the officers fired several live rounds at her.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will end all its projects in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip on January 31st following the US administration’s decision to cut funding to the Palestinians, Dave Harden, former USAID Mission Director and Managing Director of the Georgetown Strategy Group, confirmed on Thursday.
Last week, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs released statistics ahead of the new year that showed a 69 percent increase in settler attacks on Palestinians in 2018 compared to 2017. OCHA recorded 265 incidents in which Israeli residents of the West Bank allegedly targeted Palestinians or their property. In total, 115 Palestinians were injured in those attacks and 7,900 trees and 540 vehicles were destroyed.
Days after the New York Times said Israel’s killing of a Gaza medic was a possible war crime, Israeli forces targeted medical personnel at the Gaza fence on January 4 and wounded 6 of them, including one who was hit with a teargas canister while he was in an ambulance, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights reports.
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PNN: “According to Israeli information and reports, settler attacks on Palestinians classified as hate crimes have increased by 60%, from the previous year of 2017. Data indicate that, in 2017, there were 79 cases of aggression, but 2018 recorded 127 cases, which means approximately one assault every three days, to include the puncturing of car tires, the uprooting of trees, racist slogans painted on walls, physical assault, killing and assaulting animals.”
IMEMC reports: “An Israeli court sentenced the mother of a Palestinian who was killed by the army last year to eleven months in prison for what the military prosecution described as ‘incitement on social media.'”
The number of wounded during the Great March of Return has reached colossal proportions. Of the 10,511 protesters treated at hospitals and field clinics in Gaza so far, at least 6,392, or roughly 60 percent, have been struck in the lower limbs, according to Gaza’s Health Ministry.
An Israeli court ruled that the defense ministry did not owe anything to a Gaza doctor after three of his children were killed in their home by Israeli tank fire during an attack during Operation Cast Lead in the winter of 2008-2009.
Thousands of people shot by the Israeli army during protests in Gaza this year are overwhelming the Gazan medical system with complex wounds, infections, and disabilities, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said today. The vast majority of the 3,117 patients treated by MSF from March 30 to October 31 were shot in the legs, with about half suffering open fractures and others suffering severe soft tissue damage.