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Israeli Soldiers Killed at Least 58 Palestinians and Injured Thousands


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Protesters decried the relocation of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem and demanded justice for seventy years of Israeli dispossession and repression in Palestine.



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fly bird (26)
Monday May 14, 2018, 11:22 pm
May 15, 2018

Palestinians protest against Israeli occupation and the US Embassy in Jerusalem, May 14, 2018. Photo credit: OCHA.

Israeli soldiers killed at least 58 Palestinians, injured thousands and arrested dozens during mass protests across Palestine on May 14, 2018. Protesters decried the relocation of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to occupied Jerusalem and demanded justice for seventy years of Israeli dispossession and repression in Palestine.

Day 46 of the Great March of Return in Gaza

Israeli soldiers shot and killed 58 Palestinian protesters in the bloodiest day since the Great March of Return movement began on March 30, 2018. Six children and one health worker were among those killed, the Palestinian Health Ministry reports.

The UN Security Council announced it will hold an emergency session on Tuesday due to the Israeli massacre in Gaza today. Snipers shot fragmenting bullets at demonstrators, causing exit wounds to be the “size of a fist,” Gazan journalist Sharif Abdel Koudous told Democracy Now. Israeli soldiers dropped tear gas from drones and fired rubber coated steel bullets into crowds.

Palestinians pray at the Israeli wall besieging the Gaza Strip, May 14, 2018. Photo credit: B’Tselem.

Nearly 3,000 protesters were injured on Monday, with approximately 130 in critical condition. Since March 30, 97 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli soldiers in demonstrations, including 12 children. In total over 12,271 Palestinians have sustained injuries. The United Nations says that essential medical supplies, drugs and equipment have been exhausted in the Gaza Strip.

Most of the Palestinians in Gaza are refugees from cities and towns across territory occupied and annexed by Israel in 1948.

Palestinian children protest in Gaza, May 14, 2018. Photo credit: B’Tselem.

Protests spread throughout Palestine

Activists protest near the site of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, May 14, 2018. Photo credit: All That’s Left.

In Jerusalem, three activists were arrested near the site of the new US Embassy that was inaugurated by American and Israeli officials today. The arrests came after Israeli police assaulted hundreds of Palestinian and Israeli protesters who gathered to denounce the Embassy’s new location and the Israeli massacre in Gaza.

Palestinian Members of Knesset (MKs) took part in the demonstration and were also assaulted by police. MK Ahmad Tibi stressed at the demonstration: “We are here to demonstrate peacefully, we have no guns, no bullets, we are not attacking anyone.”

According to Middle East Eye, Israelis who came to the site in support of the US Embassy opening cheered when the police attacked the protesters and chanted, “burn them,” “shoot them,” “kill them.”

Palestinians protest at Qalandia checkpoint in the Jerusalem district, May 14, 2018. Photo credit: Hodaifa Sorour for WAFA.

At Qalandia checkpoint, the military checkpoint that disjoints Ramallah from Jerusalem, Israeli soldiers fired massive amounts of tear gas and rubber bullets at Palestinian demonstrators. There, 35 Palestinians were injured.

Israeli forces also attacked Palestinian protesters in Issawiya. They raided Silwan after Molotov cocktails were thrown at a police vehicle. In Abu Dis, two Palestinians were injured during protests. At Damascus Gate outside of the Old City, police aggressively stopped and frisked Palestinians and did not allow them to congregate on its steps. At night in the city center of west Jerusalem, two dozen activists with the Israeli group Free Jerusalem protested outside of the US Consulate and Netanyahu’s house in downtown Jerusalem. Dozens were arrested across the Jerusalem district today.

Shuafat also suffered from a settler attack on Monday. The attacker slashed the tires of 28 Palestinian-owned vehicles and vandalized Palestinian-owned buildings with racist graffiti in Hebrew.

Palestinians protest in Hebron, May 14, 2018. Photo credit: Samar Badr for WAFA.

Hundreds of Palestinians protested in many other areas of the West Bank, including Hebron, Nablus, Qalqiliya, Ramallah, Bethlehem and Jericho. In Jericho, two protesters were shot and injured in Aqbat Jaber refugee camp. In Hebron, Israeli soldiers shot tear gas into crowded residential areas and many suffered from tear gas inhalation.

Palestinians protest in Ramallah, May 14, 2018. Photo credit: Mohammad Farraj for WAFA.

In Haifa, dozens took to the streets with Palestinian flags and chanted in Arabic against the Embassy move. In Tel Aviv, about 20 activists protested for Gaza in Rabin Square.

Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas announced a three-day general strike in mourning of the Palestinians killed on Monday. Palestinian MKs also announced a general strike in territories occupied in 1948 tomorrow as well as a mass day of action on Friday.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu takes a picture with Jared Kushner, Ivakna Trump and Sara Netanyahu at the new site for the US Embassy, May 14, 2018. Photo credit: Netanyahu’s Facebook, GPO.

The UN reports that on Monday the first Israeli soldier was wounded since the Great March of Return started in March. Israeli authorities capped off the day of violence with a firework show over Jerusalem’s Old City and projections of American and Israeli flags onto its walls. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the day both “historic” and “a good day for peace” at the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem.

Projections of American and Israeli flags on the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City, May 14, 2018. Photo credit: Wadi Hilweh Information Center.

Protests will continue on Nakba Day throughout Palestine tomorrow. Nakba Day commemorates when Zionist militias expelled over 750,000 Palestinians during the creation of the Israeli state in 1948. Like today, protests are expected to be concentrated in Gaza tomorrow, where the day also marks the culmination of the Great March of Return campaign.

http://aicnews.org/index.php/2018/05/15/palestinians-protest-ongoing-nakba-meet-bloody-israeli-backlash/
 

fly bird (26)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 12:01 am
Will Gaza March End in Israel’s Worst Killings Yet? (3/3)

With the final demonstrations of the Great March of Return ahead, Israel could be preparing its worst killings of non-violent Palestinian protesters in Gaza to date, warns Norman Finkelstein.

Norman Finkelstein on Israel’s ‘Murderous Assault on Nonviolent Protesters’ in Gaza (1/2)
May 11, 2018

https://youtu.be/KVx4h3sM62o


Norman Finkelstein says that Israeli forces have conducted “a murderous assault on non-violent protesters” in Gaza’s Great March of Return because non-violent protest threatens not Israel, but its occupation.

https://therealnews.com/stories/norman-finkelstein-on-israels-murderous-assault-on-nonviolent-protesters-in-gaza
 

fly bird (26)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 12:19 am
“Horrific, unprecedented”: Israel massacres almost 60 Palestinians in Gaza. (PODCAST)
14 May 2018

A report from the Great March of Return, after Israeli forces kill dozens of Palestinians in Gaza; excerpts of talks by Ghada Karmi, Joseph Massad, Ilan Pappe and Salman Abu Sitta.

Read more here: electronicintifada.net/blogs/nora-ba…stinians-gaza

(Photo: Palestinian protesters demand their rights during the Great March of Return, Rafah, Gaza Strip, 14 May. Photo by Mahmoud Bassam/APA Images)

https://soundcloud.com/intifada/horrific-unprecedented-israel-massacres-more-than-50-palestinians-in-gaza
 

fly bird (26)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 3:06 am
IDF have ‘enough bullets for everyone’ – Senior MK from Israeli ruling party after Gaza violence.
15 May, 2018

Israel Defense Forces have enough bullets for everyone, a senior lawmaker party said, according to local media. Over 50 Palestinians, including children, were killed by Israeli gunfire on Monday during a wave of protests.

Avi Dichter, a senior member of Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud Party, made the controversial comment when speaking to Hadashot TV news on Monday afternoon.

The IDF has enough bullets for everyone,” said former director of Shin Bet internal security service and Minister of Internal Security Dichter, as cited by the Times of Israel.

“I think that ultimately, the means that the IDF prepared, whether non-lethal, or if needed, lethal, in cases where it’s justified by the open-fire regulations — there’s enough ammunition for everyone.”

The politician, who currently serves as a chair of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in the Knesset claimed that the IDF “won’t let anyone put soldiers, and certainly not civilians, in danger.”

At least 52 Palestinian protesters, including seven children, were killed by Israeli fire during demonstrations on the day of the US Embassy's inauguration in Jerusalem, according to the latest data from the Palestinian Health Ministry. More than 2,400 protesters were injured in what is considered the most violent day of the six-week-long Great March of Return.

Amnesty International called the situation in Gaza “another horrific example of the Israeli military using excessive force and live ammunition in a totally deplorable way.” A United Nations committee also called on Israel to stop using “disproportionate force” against demonstrators.

https://www.rt.com/news/426747-israel-bullets-for-everyone/

MORE: 'Horrific’ Israeli 'war crimes' in Gaza must end now, human rights watchdog says.
As the death toll among Palestinian protesters rises in Gaza, Amnesty International has called Israel’s crackdown “deplorable,” and the UN has called for an end to the Israeli military’s “disproportionate” use of force.


“This is another horrific example of the Israeli military using excessive force and live ammunition in a totally deplorable way,” Amnesty International’s Philip Luther said. “This is a violation of international standards, in some instances committing what appear to be wilful killings constituting war crimes.”

Over 2,700 people have been injured, many with live ammunition. The Palestinian health ministry places the death toll at 55.

14 May, 2018
https://www.rt.com/news/426699-amnesty-israel-war-crimes/
 

fly bird (26)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 10:26 am
Today’s lead ‘NY Times’ article on the Gaza massacre is a model of dishonesty.
May 15, 2018

Today’s main New York Times article on Israel’s massacre of Gazan demonstrators — the lead front-page story in the print edition — is a masterpiece of deceit. The article, by David Halbfinger, employs the time tested tools of distortion, including classic Orientalism, dueling narratives, one-sided use of sources, and hiding the perpetrators behind passive sentences, topped off by outright dishonesty.

The distortion starts in the first sentence. “Across the Gaza Strip on Monday morning, loudspeakers on minarets urged Palestinians to rush the fence bordering Israel. . .” An Orientalist gem, insinuating that Gazan protesters are motivated by religious primitivism, instead of Israel’s crushing blockade and regular armed attacks.

“. . where they [the Gazans] were met by army snipers.” “Met” is hardly the appropriate word here, especially after another Times correspondent, Declan Walsh, has already described how far off Israeli snipers shot a woman in the stomach right in front of him on Sunday night.

“At least 58 were killed and thousands injured. . .” Passive voice; conceal the killers.

In paragraph 4, Halbfinger turns explicitly to dueling narratives. “For generations, both sides of the conflict have been locked in competing mutually negating narratives. . .” The implicit question: Who knows which side is right? This is post-modernism gone lethal, a view favored by Western liberals who sense something is terribly wrong but who are too cowardly to criticize Israel. Sometimes, one side of a dueling narrative is fundamentally true, and the other is a pack of lies.

Lower in the article are 4 short paragraphs reported from the standpoint of the Gazan demonstrators themselves.

But then immediately, a reverent respect for the Israeli military’s point of view. For 7 paragraphs, Halbfinger took dictation from the army’s mouthpiece, Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, who asserted that the Gazans were: “planting or hurling explosives”; flying flaming kites into Israel; trying to slip armed fighters into Israel to “wreak havoc”; launching an armed attack on the border fence; and firing “numerous shots” at Israeli soldiers — all of which amounted to an “unprecedented level of violence.”

Next, stenographer Halbfinger writes that “Israel responded with gunfire and tear gas, and Israeli jets struck five targets in a Hamas military training facility. . .” This is Orwellian. Lt. Col. Conricus makes up or grossly exaggerates Gazan actions, and Halbfinger then calls Israel’s vicious attacks a ‘response’ to things that never happened.

Conricus also alleges that “one Israeli soldier was wounded by shrapnel from what was believed to be an explosive device.” Halbfinger fails to report that if true, this would be the very first injury to any Israeli whatsoever, whether soldier or civilian, in nearly 7 weeks of protest during which Israel has killed 107 Palestinians and injured another 13,000.

You have to pause to see what is happening here. Israel has just committed the biggest single massacre since its 2014 invasion of Gaza. The Times has 3 correspondents in Gaza, including the aforementioned Walsh, Iyad Abuheweila and Ibrahim El-Mughrabi — all of them doubtless risking their lives to report from amid the mass killing, and their shorter secondary article in today’s Times is helpful. But the paper’s main report gives them 4 puny paragraphs and devotes twice as much space to unsubstantiated claims from the proven liars of the Israeli military. This is truly taking “dueling narratives” to ugly ends.

Halbfinger does not quote a single human rights group, not even the respected Israeli organization B’Tselem, which has implored Israel’s soldiers not to fire at the Gazan demonstrators. Palestinians are dying by the dozens and being grievously wounded by the hundreds — Medicines Sans Frontieres said sniper bullets are leaving exit wounds the size of a fist — but Halbfinger did not let the Palestinians speak.

David Halbfinger is a skilled reporter and he must know exactly how he is distorting what is really happening in Gaza. We suspect he is under tremendous pressure — from the Israeli government, from his editors, from some of his readers. Until the pressure to tell the truth increases, he (and his colleagues) will continue to whitewash.

http://mondoweiss.net/2018/05/article-massacre-dishonesty/
 

fly bird (26)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 11:36 am
Events for May 15 2018

Window Rock: Nakba: Diné Solidarity with Great Return March
Across France: Protests against the Massacre in Gaza
Houston: Emergency Protest for Palestine
Cape Town: National Protest for the #GreatReturnMarch and Against Israeli Apartheid
Olympia: Commemoration of 70 Years of Nakba
Orlando: Stand in Solidarity with Palestine
Edinburgh: National Nakba Commemoration Scotland
Brussels and Throughout Belgium: Silent Circles to Remember the Nakba
Vancouver: Mark Nakba70 – End Canadian Complicity
Washington, DC: Nakba Teach-In at Schumer’s Office – Free Gaza, Free Palestine
Ankara: 70 Years of Nakba
Johannesburg: Palestine Picket at the US Consulate
Amsterdam: Remember the Nakba – Stand for the Right of Return
San Francisco: 70 Years of Palestinian Resistance and Resilience
Copenhagen: Nakba=Catastrophe
Chicago: Emergency Rally – Reject US Embassy Move & Israeli Massacres
Winnipeg: Al-Nakba 70 – Hope Lives in Remembrance
Tucson: Nakba Day Vigil
Boston: Remember and Resist – 70 Years of Ethnic Cleansing in Palestine
15 May, Odense: Commemoration of al-Nakba
Aalborg: We will never forget al-Nakba!
Washington DC: 70 Years too Long – Nakba Vigil and Storytelling
Oslo: Marking the Nakba, 70 Years of Exile
Helsinki: Protest 70 Years of Nakba
Gothenburg: Demonstration for Palestine
London: Gaza – Stop the Massacre, Emergency Protest
Buenos Aires: Stop the Genocide of the Palestinian People
Rome: Solidarity Demonstration for Palestine
Stockholm: 70 years of displacement – Rally for a Free Palestine
London: Nakba Candlelight Vigil 1948-2018
Athens: 70 Years of Nakba, the struggle continues until the liberation of Palestine
Berlin: 70 Years of Nakba – Solidarity Demonstration for Palestine
Adana: 70 Years of Nakba
Albertville: 70th Anniversary of the Nakba
Brussels: Stop the Gaza Massacre! Protest for Gaza
Dublin: Nakba Day Vigil – in Solidarity with the #GreatReturnMarch
Paris: Rally against the Massacre in Gaza
Calgary: Emergency protest for Gaza – Palestine
Sydney: Protest for Palestine – 70 Years of Nakba
Malmo: Film and Conversation – Al Nakba, 70 Years of Exile
Manchester: Solidarity with Student Prisoners! Resist political detention!
Montevideo: 70 Years of Al-Nakba, 70 Years of Resistance
Istanbul: 70 Years of Nakba
Edmonton: Emergency Rally for Gaza Palestine
Bologna: Enough with the Israeli crimes!
Sevilla: Nakba – 70 years of the occupation of Palestine
Santiago: 70 Years Resisting the Nakba – Manifestation for Palestine
Valladolid: Rally to commemorate Al-Nakba
Barcelona: 70 Years of Resistance in Palestine, 1948-2018

http://samidoun.net/events/2018-05-15/

Events for 16 May 2018

Paris: Rally against the Massacre in Gaza
Stains: Solidarity with the Palestinian People
Lille: Stop the Massacre in Gaza!
Toulouse: All to Capitole for Gaza and Jerusalem

http://samidoun.net/events/2018-05-16/

Events for 17 May 2018

Saint-Etienne: Rally in support of the Palestinian People

http://samidoun.net/events/2018-05-17/

Events for 18 May 2018

NYC: Nakba Day 2018 – Rally and March for 70 Years of Resistance
May 18 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Times Square, Times Square
New York, NY United States

Cleveland: Nakba70 – Gaza – Jerusalem
May 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Public Square, Public Square
Cleveland, OH United States

http://samidoun.net/events/2018-05-18/

http://samidoun.net/events/
 

fly bird (26)
Tuesday May 15, 2018, 11:56 am
Events for 19 May 2018

Bonn: 70 years of expulsion and occupation are enough!
Clermont-Farrand: Nakba – Gaza – BDS Demonstration
Montpellier: Stand with Gaza – Protest the Massacre
Florence: Protest to support Palestine and its resistance

http://samidoun.net/events/2018-05-19/
 

fly bird (26)
Wednesday May 16, 2018, 11:55 am
No More U.S. Weapons to Israel.

Sign this petition to the U.S. government:

End the provision of free weapons to the government of Israel.

https://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action4/common/public/?action_KEY=13358
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday May 17, 2018, 8:52 am
Events for 17 May 2018

Pensacola: Pensacola Stands for Palestine!
May 17 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Plaza, N Palafox St
Pensacola, FL United States

Regina: Emergency Rally for Gaza
May 17 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Victoria Park, Victoria Park
Regina, Canada

Milan: Protest for Palestine outside the RAI
May 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
RAI office, Corso Sempione
Milan, Italy

Siena: Rally in Solidarity with the Palestinian People
May 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Piazza del Duomo, Piazza del Duomo
Siena, Italy

Cologne: 70 Years of Nakba – Solidarity with the Palestinian people
May 17 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hauptbahnhof – Köln, Hauptbahnhof
Cologne, Germany

Saint-Etienne: Rally in support of the Palestinian People
May 17 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Place d’Hotel de Ville, place d'Hotel de Ville
Saint-Etienne, France

http://samidoun.net/events/2018-05-17/


Events for 18 May 2018

Toronto: Emergency Action for Palestine at Chrystia Freeland’s Office
May 18 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Chrystia Freeland’s Office, 344 Bloor St W
Toronto, Canada

Venice: Mobilization Against the Giro d’Italia
May 18 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Via Brigata Aosta and Via Zateri, Via Brigata Aosta and Via Zateri
Nervesa della Battaglia, Italy

NYC: Nakba Day 2018 – Rally and March for 70 Years of Resistance
May 18 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Times Square, Times Square
New York, NY United States

Cleveland: Nakba70 – Gaza – Jerusalem
May 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Public Square, Public Square
Cleveland, OH United States

Chicago: Jan Schakowsky – Justice for Palestinian Protesters
May 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Jan Schakowsky’s Office, 5533 N Broadway St
Chicago, IL United States

Rome: Rally for Palestine at the US Embassy
May 18 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Piazza Barberini, Piazza Barberini
Rome, Italy

Nottingham: Gaza – Stop the Massacre
May 18 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Brian Clough Statue, King Street
Nottingham, United Kingdom

Tampa: Emergency Rally to Reject US Embassy Move and Israeli Massacres
May 18 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
N 56th St and East Fowler Ave, N 56th St and East Fowler Ave
Temple Terrace, FL United States

http://samidoun.net/events/2018-05-17/

Events for 18 May 2018

NYC: Nakba Day 2018 – Rally and March for 70 Years of Resistance
May 18 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Times Square, Times Square
New York, NY United States

Cleveland: Nakba70 – Gaza – Jerusalem
May 18 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Public Square, Public Square
Cleveland, OH United States

http://samidoun.net/events/2018-05-18/

Events for 19 May 2018

Glasgow: End Israel’s Bloody Massacre in Gaza
May 19 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Buchanan Steps, Buchanan Steps
Glasgow, United Kingdom

London: End British Support for Israel! Solidarity with Gaza!
May 19 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Barclays Bank London, Tottenham Court Road 190
London, United Kingdom

Cardiff: Gaza – Stop the Massacre
May 19 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Nye Bevan Statue, Queen Street
Cardiff, United Kingdom

Bonn: 70 years of expulsion and occupation are enough!
May 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Münsterplatz, Münsterplatz
Bonn, Germany

Clermont-Farrand: Nakba – Gaza – BDS Demonstration
May 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Place de Jaude, Place de Jaude
Clermont-Farrand, France

Montpellier: Stand with Gaza – Protest the Massacre
May 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Place de la Comedie, Place de la Comedie
Lyon, France

Florence: Protest to support Palestine and its resistance
May 19 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Piazza di San Marco, Piazza di San Marco
Florence, Italy

Hamburg: Freedom for Palestine – Stop the Massacre in Gaza!
May 19 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Hamburg Hauptbahnhof, Hachmannplatz
Hamburg, Germany

Milan: March in support of Palestinian Resistance
May 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Piazza San Babila, Piazza San Babila
Milan, Italy

http://samidoun.net/events/2018-05-19/

Events for 20 May 2018

Anaheim: Nakba 70 and the Great March of Return
May 20 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
611 S Brookhurst St, 611 S Brookhurst St
Anaheim, CA United States

Boston: Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Nakba in Palestine
May 20 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
City School, 614 Columbia Road
Dorchester, MA United States

http://samidoun.net/events/2018-05-20/

http://samidoun.net/events/
 
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