Category: Israel

Melissa Parke incident raises difficult questions about Israel : Tony Walker

Former Labor candidate Melissa Parke angered the Jewish community with her support for Palestine.

In contrast with the United States, among constraints on a balanced discussion in Australia of the Arab-Israel issue is that liberal Jewish voices in Australia are barely heard. This inevitably skews the public debate in favour of an Israel “right or wrong” position and in turn, leaves non-Jewish writers about the Middle East exposed.
In an interview with the Jerusalem Post, Leibler alluded to contrasts between American and Australian Jewry in attitudes to Israel, in which the Australian version is more accepting, less critical, of Israel’s actions.

“Leibler noted that among Australia’s 120,000-strong Jewish community, unlike in the United States, differences people may have with the policies of the Israeli government … have not ‘developed into fundamental shifts in the relationship between Australian Jewry and Israel’,” the Jerusalem Post reported.

At this point, I should declare a personal interest. In 1984 I went to the Middle East as correspondent for Fairfax newspapers and the Financial Times.

In 10 years as Middle East correspondent my beat included Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.

During those years, I observed the spread, day-by-day, week-by-week, month-by-month, of Jewish settlements on land occupied in the 1967 war. In the half century since the Six Day War, 400,000 settlers have, for want of a better word, colonised sections of the West Bank.

Melissa Parke incident raises difficult questions about Israel : Tony Walker

Israeli army destroys video after settlers execute Palestinian | The Electronic Intifada

The true nature of the IDF and Israel today. Instead of being fastidiously honest corruption and deception is now the rule. (ODT)

Israeli settlers executed a young Palestinian father earlier this month and soldiers destroyed video evidence of the incident, according to an investigation by the human rights group B’Tselem.

Yehoshua Sherman, one of the shooters, told media that Muhammad Abd al-Fattah, 23, was holding a knife and tried to open his car door and attack his teenage daughter.

B’Tselem’s investigation revealed a very different scenario, one in which Abd al-Fattah was killed not in self-defense, but as he lay on the ground, himself defenseless.

via Israeli army destroys video after settlers execute Palestinian | The Electronic Intifada

Annexation is more than just a declaration – +972 Magazine

The Israeli separation wall surrounds the East Jerusalem settlement of Pisgat Ze'ev, April 9, 2011. (Activestills.org)

The only change is that Netanyahu has stopped paying lip service to the idea of a two-state solution; now he is going to take explicit credit for implementing the policy he has pursued unswervingly since entering politics — to prevent the creation of a Palestinian state .

For far too long the international community, supporters of Israel in the United States, and even those on the left in Israel have, by allowing themselves to be lied to about Israel’s intentions about a two-state solution, been naively deceiving themselves.

via Annexation is more than just a declaration – +972 Magazine

Shoot and lie | The Electronic Intifada

But like most of Israel’s attempts to justify its use of lethal force against Palestinians, it doesn’t hold water.

It is based on a lie, intended to cover up the intentional killing of a medic.

An investigation by the human rights group Al-Haq found that Mizher had not been on the rooftop before he was killed.

Additionally, the figure seen in the video is wearing a white shirt under his high-visibility vest. Mizher was wearing a black shirt under his vest, as is shown in a group photo of the volunteer medics taken hours before a bullet to the stomach took his life, published as an appendix in Al-Haq’s report.

The video, which includes no time stamps, shows a rooftop in al-Walajiya neighborhood, according to Al-Haq. Mizher was shot on Dheisheh’s main street, 300 meters away from the rooftop shown in the video.

Rather than throwing a stone – which would hardly justify the use of lethal force by heavily armed and armored soldiers, even if it were true – Mizher was “fatally shot while attempting to tend to an injured youth, as part of his duties as a first responder,” according to Al-Haq’s investigation.

via Shoot and lie | The Electronic Intifada

Five reasons why voting for Netanyahu was a rational choice for Jewish Israelis | +972 Magazine

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara address their supporters as the results of the Israeli general elections are announced, at the party headquarters in Tel Aviv, on April 09, 2019. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Yes, Netanyahu is facing corruption probes and is practically annexing the West Bank. But for many Jewish Israelis, he has also provided relative security, a better economy, and growing international legitimacy — which makes the unknown alternative much worse.

via Five reasons why voting for Netanyahu was a rational choice for Jewish Israelis | +972 Magazine

Sharp Rise in Number of Palestinian Children Killed by Israeli Military in 2018

https://www.juancole.com/images/2019/04/501491C.jpg

The number of Palestinian children killed by Israeli forces in 2018 increased sharply from the previous year and reached 57 compared to 15 in 2017, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) said in a report published on Thursday marking Palestinian Child Day, which coincides on Friday.

via Sharp Rise in Number of Palestinian Children Killed by Israeli Military in 2018

Netanyahu Thanks Trump for Sanctioning Iran at His Request

US President Donald Trump hands his pen to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after signing a Proclamation on the Golan Heights in the Diplomatic Reception Room at the White House in Washington, DC, March 25, 2019. - US President Donald Trump on Monday signed a proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, a border area seized from Syria in 1967. "This was a long time in the making," Trump said alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House. US recognition for Israeli control over the territory breaks with decades of international consensus. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

“Now man you better come up with the money” (ODT)

On the eve of Israel’s election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took credit for President Donald Trump’s decision to impose sanctions on Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, by designating it a foreign terrorist organization.

“Thank you, my dear friend, President Donald Trump,” Netanyahu tweeted in Hebrew, “for answering another one of my important requests.”

via Netanyahu Thanks Trump for Sanctioning Iran at His Request

Israeli Snipers Kill 4, wound 207 as 40,000 Palestinians March Peacefully in Gaza for Right to Return

https://www.juancole.com/images/2019/03/israeli-snipers-kill-4-wound-207-750x422.jpg

Israeli Snipers Kill 4, wound 207 as 40,000 Palestinians March Peacefully in Gaza for Right to Return

and

After Israeli Army Injures 30,398 Palestinian Protesters in Gaza, Rights Groups Call on UN to Protect Them

Hundreds of Israeli activists protest Gaza blockade outside IDF headquarters | +972 Magazine

Israeli activists march during a protest in front of the Israeli army headquarter in Tel Aviv city in solidarity with the March of Return of the Gaza Strip and against the Israeli blockade, Israel, March 30, 2019. (Keren Manor/Activestills.org)

You will never see this in the Western MSM (ODT)

Israeli anti-occupation activists demonstrate in the heart of Tel Aviv in solidarity with Palestinians taking part in the Great Return March and against the continuing blockade on Gaza.

via Hundreds of Israeli activists protest Gaza blockade outside IDF headquarters | +972 Magazine

LISTEN: Suffering in Gaza isn’t a humanitarian issue, it’s an Israeli political decision | +972 Magazine

A Palestinian man checks the damage following an Israeli air strike in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Yunis, March 10, 2019. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

That’s what shames the Jews today is Israel and it politicians not it’s citizens. Fighting for Palestinians today is fighting for Judaism not against it. (ODT)

Recent rockets fired into central Israel by armed groups in Gaza were not ‘mistakes,’ as both Hamas and Israel claim. The counter-intuitive context, Tareq Baconi explains, is a Hamas attempt to get Israel back onboard with a cease-fire agreement. Excerpts from The +972 Podcast.

via LISTEN: Suffering in Gaza isn’t a humanitarian issue, it’s an Israeli political decision | +972 Magazine

How Trump Just Gave Alabama to Iraq by Giving Syrian Golan to Israel

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – The Trump administration’s illegal and unilateral recognition of Israeli annexation of the Syrian Golan Heights is an unfortunate return to the international jungle of the 1930s and 1940s, when Hitler annexed the Sudetenland and Mussolini annexed Nice from France.

Trump’s policy is Nazi law, as so many of his policies are. His first wife Ivana maintained that Trump kept a copy of Hitler’s speeches on his bed stand. It was said as part of a nasty divorce. But it is, sadly, nevertheless plausible.

The United Nations charter was crafted after World War II in an attempt to create a more just world order. One of the things the UN sought to do was to make aggressive warfare illegal, and to make annexation of other countries’ territory equally illegal.

Article 2, 4 says:

“All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.”

Note that although the article does forbid aggressive warfare, it also is concerned to maintain the territorial integrity of existing states. Indeed, the maintenance of that integrity and sovereignty is considered key to the UN goal of preventing further world wars. Trump and Netanyahu have violated that principle of maintaining the territorial integrity of nation states, and it will certainly lead if not to war (Syria is weak) then to violence of some sort eventually.

via How Trump Just Gave Alabama to Iraq by Giving Syrian Golan to Israel

Everywhere you go in Gaza, you see people wounded in the Return March | +972 Magazine

Young Palestinian men who lost their legs after being shot by Israeli snipers in the Great Return March attend an Iftar dinner organized by a charity in Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, June 11, 2018. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

According to figures released by the United Nations this week, since the protests began last March 30th, Israeli forces have shot and killed 195 participants, including 41 children. More than 29,000 protesters were injured or wounded, more than half of them by Israeli gunfire. Some estimate even higher numbers.

via Everywhere you go in Gaza, you see people wounded in the Return March | +972 Magazine

Donald Trump signs proclamation recognising Golan Heights as Israeli territory – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

US President Donald Trump stands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

via Donald Trump signs proclamation recognising Golan Heights as Israeli territory – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

As Trump Gives Thumbs Up to ‘Illegal Annexation,’ Israel Starts Bombing Gaza Again

U.S. President Donald J. Trump (R) and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu (L) deliver remarks to members of the news media during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House March 25, 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Oh what a wonderful war. Trump needs a permanent war not wall like Israel for his 2020 future  (ODT)

via As Trump Gives Thumbs Up to ‘Illegal Annexation,’ Israel Starts Bombing Gaza Again

Israel Begins Terror-Bombing Gaza – Stephen Lendman

A screenshot of Glen Le Lievre's contentious cartoon in the Sydney Morning Herald.

State Crime in plain sight. Might is Right is the Rule applied Israel has become Goliath in 2019 this cartoon is anti-Israel not Anti- Semitic. My mother is on the wall of the righteous and Netanyahu shames her. (ODT)

In the White House with Trump, Netanyahu lied saying Israel is “responding forcefully to (Gazan) aggression.” As usual he has things backwards, adding “(w)e will do whatever we must do to defend our people and defend our state.”

Their only threats are internally created by extremist fascist rule. Contemptuous of Palestinian suffering, Trump expressed full support for Israeli aggression, falsely calling it self-defense.

Together with Netanyahu, he signed a proclamation, illegally recognizing sovereign Syrian Golan as Israeli territory – a flagrant international law violation.

via Israel Begins Terror-Bombing Gaza – Stephen Lendman

Reaching for political heights? Trump’s statement on Golan sparks int’l uproar — RT World News

Reaching for political heights? Trump's statement on Golan sparks int'l uproar

“I did it. It has been done and it’s fine,” he said, referring to the moving of the US embassy to Jerusalem, which also sent shock waves through the world at that time and sparked massive protests in the Middle East. He claimed that the Golan Heights “are the same thing.”

An EU spokeswoman said that the bloc does not recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the territories occupied by Israel since June 1967. The French foreign ministry noted that Israel’s claims for sovereignty over the Golan have been “recognized as null and void” by several UN Security Council’s resolutions.

Berlin said it rejected any unilateral steps, adding that the Golan Heights are still universally recognized as an occupied territory of Syria. “This is still a status quo under the international law,” the German Foreign Ministry’s deputy spokeswoman, Ulrike Demmer, sai

Trump maintained that it is supposedly all “about regional security” while denying that his call has anything to do with the forthcoming Israeli elections, which he claimed he “had no idea” about.

Reaching for political heights? Trump’s statement on Golan sparks int’l uproar — RT World News

and

‘Like Netanyahu’s spokesman’: What is behind Trump’s call to recognize Golan Heights as Israeli

Human Rights Attorney to Trump: “Israel Is Not Interested in the Golan Heights for Security” | Democracy Now!

‘Like Netanyahu’s spokesman’: What is behind Trump’s call to recognize Golan Heights as Israeli

Israel is not interested in the Golan Heights for security. If it were interested in that, then it wouldn’t be settling its civilians there. It has 34 settlements, 20,000 settlers. To put civilians into a place that’s known as a military zone is, one, either to belie that there’s actually a military threat or, two, to be using Israeli citizens as human shields. In both instances, it’s incredibly problematic and discounts the fact that there is no military threat to Israel from that border. Syria last launched a military attack on Israel in October 1973. Egypt and Jordan have established permanent peace with Israel. Iraq and Libya, which might pose a threat rhetorically, have been completely gutted and destabilized. There has been no threat. Even Hezbollah from the south of Lebanon, where Israel withdrew its forces in 2000, have not launched war against Israel. In fact, it was Israel that launched war against Lebanon in 2006. This framework of security is a cover and a veneer for Israel as an aggressor. It is not the David, it is the Goliath in the region. And Israel’s continuing warfare is what’s destabilizing the region.

Yeah, welcome to Israel. Welcome to Palestinian lives, of being literally dehumanized, killed, ridiculed, accused and blamed for their own deaths, for the sake of domestic politics, for the sake of international politics, while the rest of the world watches. When Israel massacred 58 Palestinians on May 15th last year, when the embassy was moved and when Palestinians continued their Gaza Great March of Return, you know what U.S. headlines ran? They said, “How dare Hamas ruin and spoil Israeli celebrations!” The level of dehumanization that is at play is astounding, absolutely astounding.

via Human Rights Attorney to Trump: “Israel Is Not Interested in the Golan Heights for Security” | Democracy Now!

Netanyahu advisers hatched anti-Semitic conspiracy against George Soros | The Electronic Intifada

Yair Netanyahu, the son of the Israeli prime minister, shared this meme on Facebook depicting George Soros as a puppet master, an image reminiscent of classic anti-Semitic propaganda.

Israeli leaders helped birth today’s most notorious anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.

That’s the conclusion from recent reports about the origins of a right-wing plot against liberal Jewish billionaire George Soros.

The demonization of Soros – often in overtly anti-Semitic terms – has become a leading theme of the international right in recent years.

And two of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s key advisers were responsible for it.

via Netanyahu advisers hatched anti-Semitic conspiracy against George Soros | The Electronic Intifada

Israel kills Gaza protesters as UN body condemns “unlawful” force | The Electronic Intifada

Israeli forces killed two protesters in the occupied Gaza Strip on Friday as the UN Human Rights Council condemned the “apparent intentional use of unlawful lethal and other excessive force” against Great March of Return demonstrators.

Around 190 Palestinians were injured during Friday’s protests, more than half of them by live fire, according to Al Mezan, a human rights group in Gaza. Two were critically injured, the health ministry said.

Four journalists were hit by tear gas canisters and live fire while covering the protests, according to Al Mezan.

Nearly 200 Palestinians have been killed during the Great March of Return mobilizations, including 41 children, two women, two journalists, three paramedics and eight persons with a disability, Al Mezan said.

via Israel kills Gaza protesters as UN body condemns “unlawful” force | The Electronic Intifada

WATCH: Israeli soldiers break into Palestinian school, arrest 10-year-old | +972 Magazine

Fully armed soldiers enter the school in occupied Hebron, threaten teachers, and take away a child they likely exceeded their authority to arrest because of his age.

via WATCH: Israeli soldiers break into Palestinian school, arrest 10-year-old | +972 Magazine

‘The entire world knows the settlers have declared war on us’ | +972 Magazine

Munir Suleiman, fro the Palestinian village of Urif, points the a bullet hole in his home, which was targeted by settlers. 'Sometimes they come down with the army, sometimes the army joins later, after the entire village comes out to defend itself.' (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

State Sponsored Christchurch terror in the West Bank of Israel (ODT)

In the occupied West Bank, Palestinians living near extremist settlements have been seeing a drastic increase in violence. Israeli authorities refuse to take responsibility, while the villagers are left to fend for themselves.

via ‘The entire world knows the settlers have declared war on us’ | +972 Magazine

A spike in censorship: Israel censored on average one news piece a day in 2018 | +972 Magazine

An Israeli soldier attempts to block the view of a photographer as soldiers body search Palestinian men in the West Bank city of Hebron on June 22, 2017. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

The IDF Censor prohibited the publication of more news reports last year than in almost any other year this decade. While fewer articles were submitted for review than in previous years, the percentage of stories that were partially or fully censored was significantly higher.

Beyond the direct harm to freedom of the press – with 22,371 stories over the past eight years that were disqualified entirely or in part – it is likely to assume that the mere existence of a censor creates a chilling effect. Israeli journalists know what issues they cannot report on, and often simply avoid them to begin with.

via A spike in censorship: Israel censored on average one news piece a day in 2018 | +972 Magazine

Netanyahu: Israel Is The National State ‘Only Of The Jewish People’ | HuffPost

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on March 10, 2019. (Gali Tibbon/Poo

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel is the homeland “only of the Jewish people,” in a new jab at the country’s Arab minority ahead of April’s election.

Netanyahu on Sunday addressed “slightly confused people” after an Israeli celebrity defended the rights of Israel’s Arab population. Arabs comprise about 20 percent of Israel’s 9 million residents. They have full citizenship rights but have faced decades of discrimination.

Netanyahu responded: Israel “is the national state, not of all its citizens, but only of the Jewish people.”

via Netanyahu: Israel Is The National State ‘Only Of The Jewish People’ | HuffPost

Israel lobby funders back breakaway British MPs | The Electronic Intifada

A multi-millionaire pro-Israel lobbyist is funding the UK Parliament’s new Independent Group, it was revealed this week.

Others are likely to follow.

David Garrard told newspapers he had already donated to the MPs who broke away from the opposition Labour Party and the ruling Conservative Party.

The Independent Group is expected to eventually register as a party.

Garrard has for many years been a major financial backer of Labour Friends of Israel, a front group for the Israeli embassy, and was recently appointed to its board.

Prior to left-wing Palestine solidarity activist Jeremy Corbyn becoming party leader in 2015, Garrard donated almost $2 million to Labour under former leaders Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband.

Garrard was so dismayed after Corbyn’s leadership election in September 2015, that he called in a loan of more than $2.5 million he had made to the party.

Despite this, Labour was last year reported to be Britain’s richest party, thanks to a massive influx of members enthused by Corbyn’s popular, moderately socialist agenda.

Despite leaving the party, Garrard has continued to fund individual anti-Corbyn MPs within Labour.

The Independent Group was formed last week by eight Labour MPs who quit the party, while alleging that Labour is now “institutionally anti-Semitic.”

via Israel lobby funders back breakaway British MPs | The Electronic Intifada

Israeli PM Netanyahu partners with Kahanist Terrorist Elements, seeking another Term

Kahane, a major violent hate group leader, founded the Jewish Defense League, seen by the FBI as the most active and dangerous terrorist group in the United States in the 1970s and 1980s. He also founded the party Kach, which has many affiliates, including Kahane Chai, which was listed as a terrorist group by the US government. Kahanists are alleged to have been behind the murder by pipe bomb of Arab-American activist Alex Odeh in 1985. In 1994, Kach member Baruch Goldstein shot and killed 29 Palestinians at the Cave of the Patriarchs at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron. Thereafter the party and its affiliates were banned in Israel and parties that had racism as their basis were not allowed in Parliament.

via Israeli PM Netanyahu partners with Kahanist Terrorist Elements, seeking another Term

Israel wants to deport 300 refugees to one of the world’s most dangerous countries | +972 Magazine

Julie Wabiwa Juliette, a Congolese asylum seeker, seen in her apartment in Holon, just south of Tel Aviv. 'I am afraid for my life, for my family, and for my kids.' (Ben Toren)

Israel’s 300 Congolese asylum seekers have been living in the country for well over a decade. Now the Israeli government is trying to deport them back to their home country, considered one of the most dangerous in the world.

No surprise it’s Israel they have a history and knowledge of transportation (ODT)

via Israel wants to deport 300 refugees to one of the world’s most dangerous countries | +972 Magazine

Israeli Troops in Palestine Detained over 500 Palestinians, including 89 Children

The joint statement said this brings the number of Palestinians held in Israeli prisons to around 5,700 by January 31, 2019. They include 48 women and 230 children under 18 years of age.

About 95 Palestinians are held in administrative detention without charge or trial for various periods of time in January, 50 of them were newly detained, to bring the total number of administrative detainees to 500.

The three rights groups said Israel is holding 18 journalists, including three women, three held in administrative detention, two serving life sentences and two long prison terms.

The statement added that Israel has intensified its collective punishment policy against families of Palestinian alleged to have attacked Israelis, including the detention of several members of the immediate and distant relatives for various periods of time.

via Israeli Troops in Palestine Detained over 500 Palestinians, including 89 Children

Palestinian teen dies from tear gas canister injury | The Electronic Intifada

Bugger the just keep dying it’s conspiracy against us the IDF claim (ODT)

A 16-year-old Palestinian died on Tuesday from wounds sustained during protests along Gaza’s eastern boundary last week, the health ministry in the territory stated.

Hasan Nabil Ahmad Nofal, struck in the head by an Israeli-fired tear gas canister east of Bureij in central Gaza, is the third child to have died after being injured during Great March of Return protests on 8 February.

The other two children killed were Hamza Muhammad Rushdi Ishtaiwi, 17, and Hasan Iyad Abd al-Fattah Shalabi, 13.

Hamza Ishtwaiwi was sitting some 200 meters from the Gaza-Israel boundary fence when he was hit in the neck by a live bullet, according to Defense for Children International Palestine.

Muhammad Hussam Habali, a 22-year-old resident of Tulkarm refugee camp “born with a mental disability, causing him difficulties to recognize his surroundings and identify threats and risk consequences,” was shot in the head with a live bullet on 4 December.

Video footage of the incident shows that Habali posed no threat to soldiers and was walking away from them when he was shot from behind.

Palestinian teen dies from tear gas canister injury | The Electronic Intifada

Former Israeli Defense Minister Supports Beheading Palestinians – Stephen Lendman

Image result for avigdor lieberman

Ultranationalist Arab-hater Avigdor Lieberman represents the worst of Israel’s lunatic fringe.

He once advocated drowning Palestinians in the Dead Sea or executing Israeli Arab citizens who interacted with Hamas.

He earlier demanded Israeli Arabs declare loyalty to a “Jewish, Zionist, and democratic state,” its emblems and values, along with performing military or equivalent service as a condition for a national identity card signifying citizenship.

He’s one of the most ruthlessly dangerous figures in Israeli history, a criminal psychopath, earlier serving as defense minister and in other high-profile posts.

via Former Israeli Defense Minister Supports Beheading Palestinians – Stephen Lendman

‘In Balata camp, every single child suffers from psychological problems’ | +972 Magazine

A young Palestinian boy and girl stand near a painted mural in Balata Refugee Camp in the West Bank city of Nablus. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

These are the children some Frummer Rabbi’s tell their followers should be killed like vermin and develop hostile minds (ODT)

via ‘In Balata camp, every single child suffers from psychological problems’ | +972 Magazine

Israeli Ministers Sign Petition to Settle 2 Million Israelis in Palestinian West Bank

The Zionist State abandons the 2 state solution (ODT)

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, with recent announcements of settlement expansion provoking condemnation from the international community.

via Israeli Ministers Sign Petition to Settle 2 Million Israelis in Palestinian West Bank

Palestinian battling cancer is denied exit from Gaza for treatment | +972 Magazine

Ahlam Abu Musa, 20, was diagnosed with cancer in May 2018. The treatment she needs is not available in the strip, but the Israeli army has denied her multiple requests to exit through the Erez Crossing. (Photo by Amjad Yaghi)

Ahlam Abu Musa, 20, was diagnosed with cancer in May 2018. The treatment she needs is not available in the strip, but the Israeli army has denied her multiple requests to exit through the Erez Crossing. (Photo by Amjad Yaghi)

via Palestinian battling cancer is denied exit from Gaza for treatment | +972 Magazine

Israel kills two children in Gaza protests | The Electronic Intifada

Israeli occupation forces killed two protesters in Gaza on Friday, both of them children, according to Al Mezan, a human rights group in the territory.

The deaths bring to three the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces during the week. Abdallah Faisal Tawalbeh, 21, was shot dead by soldiers in the northern West Bank on Monday.

Also on Friday, Yasir Hamid Ishtayeh, from the West Bank city of Nablus, was reported to have died in Israeli prison, two days after the death of Faris Baroud in his 28th year of imprisonment.

On Friday, Hasan Iyad Abd al-Fattah Shalabi, 14, died after he was shot in the chest while 60 meters from the boundary fence with Israel in Khan Younis, southern Gaza.

Hamza Muhammad Rushdi Ishtaiwi, 17, was fatally shot in the neck when he was 50 meters from the fence east of Gaza City. A photo of the slain teen circulated on social media after his death:

During Friday’s protests Israeli forces injured more than 100 Palestinians, including 43 children, five women and a paramedic, according to Al Mezan.

Nearly two dozen were injured by live fire during the protests, while nearly 50 people were hit directly with tear gas projectiles, critically wounding one.

More than 7,600 Palestinians have been injured by live fire during the protests since their launch.

via Israel kills two children in Gaza protests | The Electronic Intifada