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Fifteen Palestinians were reported killed in the Gaza Strip on Friday as Israel used massive violence against tens of thousands of demonstrators who had gathered along the Gaza-Israel boundary. Nearly 1,500 were injured


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fly bird (26)
Friday March 30, 2018, 10:34 pm

A wounded Palestinian is evacuated during a mass protest along the Gaza-Israel boundary, Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, on 30 March. (Ashraf Amra / APA images)

Fifteen Palestinians were reported killed in the Gaza Strip on Friday as Israel used massive violence against tens of thousands of demonstrators who had gathered along the Gaza-Israel boundary.

Nearly 1,500 were injured, according to Gaza’s health ministry, nearly half by live fire. Twenty were said to be in critical condition.

“Medical facilities in Gaza, which have already been overstrained by the longstanding shortages of medical supplies, electricity and fuel, are struggling to cope with the overwhelming number of casualties,” the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs stated.

Gaza’s health ministry “reported shortages of essential medical supplies, including emergency and anesthesia drugs and disposables, in addition to essential laboratory materials,” the United Nations group added.

One of those killed on Friday was farmer Omar Wahid Samour, 26, who died when Israeli forces fired artillery shells at him while he was on his land, more than 700 meters from the boundary fence, in southern Gaza.

The Gaza-based human rights group Al Mezan confirmed the deaths of eight protesters on Friday, all killed by live fire.

A Palestinian woman reacts to tear gas fired by Israeli occupation forces during a mass protest along the Gaza-Israel boundary, Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, on 30 March. (Ashraf Amra / APA images)

Two protesters were killed in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip: Amin Muhammad Muammar, 22, shot in the head, and Ibrahim Salah Abu Shaar, 20, shot in the neck.

East of Gaza City, Israeli forces killed four protesters: Muhammad Naim Muhammad Abu Amro, 35, shot in the stomach, Mahmoud Saidi Younis Rahmi, 34, shot in the chest, Ahmad Ibrahim Ashour Awda, 19, hit in the head and Jihad Muhammad Farina, 35, shot in the face.

In northern Gaza, Al Mezan confirmed the deaths of two protesters: Muhammad Kamal al-Najjar, 25, shot in the stomach, and Abd al-Fattah Bahjat Abd al-Fattah abd al-Nabi, 19, hit in the head.

Gaza’s health ministry announced the deaths of six additional Palestinians: Sari Walid Abu Awda, Abd al-Qader Mardi al-Hawajri, Hamdan Ismail Abu Amsha, Jihad Zuheir Abu Jamous, Badr Faiq al-Sabbagh and Naji Abdallah Abu Hujeir.

An Israeli drone drops tear gas grenades during on a mass protest along the Israel-Gaza boundary east of Gaza City on 30 March. (Dawoud Abo Alkas / APA images)

Also on Friday, occupation forces said they exchanged fire with two armed Palestinians who approached the boundary fence in northern Gaza in what Israel claimed was a thwarted attack.

The military said it hit three Hamas positions with fire from tanks and fighter jets following the incident.

The army refused to say whether it killed the Palestinians, according to The Times of Israel, but Gaza’s health ministry said that two Palestinians were killed by tank fire during the incident.

The Israeli military said it had deployed more than 100 army snipers to shoot at protesters who attempted to cross the boundary during the protest dubbed the Great March of Return.

Ismail Haniyeh, wearing white baseball cap, sits on ground and waves towards camera
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh performs Friday noon prayers during a tent city protest along the Gaza-Israel boundary on 30 March.
(Mohammed Dahman / APA images)

The protest was launched on Friday, which marks the annual Land Day commemoration of six Palestinians killed during protests against Israeli land confiscation in the Galilee in 1976.

Tents have been erected at five locations along Gaza’s eastern boundary for a six-week protest that will end on the 15 May, when Palestinians commemorate the Nakba, the mass expulsion that preceded and followed the declaration of the state of Israel in 1948.

Every two in three Palestinians in Gaza is a refugee. Israel has denied Palestinians from returning to the land from which they were expelled, a right enshrined in international law.

Israeli forces killed some three dozen Palestinian refugees who had marched to return to their homeland from Lebanon and Syria in 2011.

Gaza is in a chronic humanitarian crisis and on the edge of full-blown disaster after more than a decade of Israeli siege and three massive military onslaughts during that period.

Youths take cover in embankment with Israeli military jeep and soldiers in background
Palestinians react from tear gas fired by Israeli occupation forces during a mass protest along Gaza’s boundary with Israel east of Gaza City on 30 March. (Yasser Qudih / APA images)

With no end to Israel’s siege in sight, Palestinians in Gaza are politically isolated, increasingly impoverished and have precious few places to turn.

The spokesperson of the Great March of Return, Ahmad Abu Artema, estimated that 150,000 people had taken part in the protest, “sending a message of people power to the occupation”:

This participant said that her family were refugees from a village that is now in Israel and that she wanted to send a message to the Israeli army and to the Arab world that “one day we will return to our lands that are just behind us”:

Protest organizers and the ruling Hamas authorities in Gaza, keen to avoid another military confrontation with Israel, called for a peaceful mobilization and urged demonstrators not to approach the boundary fence.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh stated on Friday that the protest marks the beginning of a return to “all of Palestine.”

Another senior Hamas official said that “We have waited for too long to return to the lands from which our grandparents were expelled 70 years ago.”

A Palestinian woman holds a banner reading “We are returning to our village Karatia” during a tent city protest along the Gaza-Israel boundary in the central Gaza Strip on 30 March.
(Mahmoud Khattab / APA images)

The Israeli human rights group B’Tselem condemned Israel’s plans to use lethal force ahead of the protest on Thursday.

“Fragments of information reported by the media indicate that soldiers will be ordered to shoot anyone coming within 300 meters of the fence; snipers will fire at anyone touching it; live fire will be used also in circumstances which are non-life-threatening,” B’Tselem stated.

“[Israel] has made Gaza a huge prison, yet forbids the prisoners even to protest against this, on pain of death,” the group added.

Photo shows massive crowd, some holding Palestinian flags
Palestinians take part in a tent city protest along the Gaza-Israel boundary demanding refugees’ right to return to their homeland, east of Gaza City, 30 March.
(Mohammed Dahman / APA images)

On Friday the Palestinian human rights group Adalah called for an investigation into the use of lethal force against Gaza protesters.

“Live gunfire on unarmed civilians constitutes a brutal violation of the international legal obligation to distinguish between civilians and combatants,” Adalah stated.

Human Rights Watch also protested “the shocking number of Palestinians killed and hurt” by Israeli forces on Friday:

Israeli soldiers operate under an apparent shoot-to-kill policy in Gaza’s boundary areas. The exact range of the zone is undeclared but is generally understood to be within 300 meters of the Gaza-Israel boundary.

Israeli forces killed 19 Palestinians inside the Gaza boundary between the beginning of 2017 and 3 March 2018, according to B’Tselem.

Eight Palestinians inside Gaza were killed protesting against Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December alone.

Friday marked the greatest number of Palestinian fatalities in a single day at the hands of occupation forces since a ceasefire ended Israel’s 51-day military assault on the Gaza Strip in summer 2014, which killed more than 2,200 Palestinians.

Israeli forces have killed 34 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip so far this year. Five Israelis were killed in the West Bank during the same period.

This story was updated since initial publication to include quotations from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and mention of 20 critically wounded persons.

fly bird (26)
Friday March 30, 2018, 10:38 pm
The number of Palestinians killed and gravely wounded by Israel's soldiers firing into #Gaza is shocking. @HRW statement

fly bird (26)
Friday March 30, 2018, 10:41 pm
To be gassed or not to be gassed: that is the question.
March 30, 2018

It is a question that the international community must answer about Friday’s ‘March of Return’ in Palestine.

The stated intention of Israeli authorities to flagrantly breach international law by dropping tear gas from riot control drones inside Gazan territory on this event is deplorable – and preventable.

The ‘March of Return’ sit-in is an entirely non-violent peaceful event being held at several locations along the Gaza border, at a distance of 700 meters from the border fence. Thousands of women and children are participating, along with their menfolk

Organisers have assured that there will be no weapons or guns used during this civilian protest; even stones will not be allowed to be thrown at Israeli soldiers.

Official statements reported in the Israeli and international media leave little doubt that the presence of law-abiding Palestinian women and children exercising their right to assemble in their own country will be met with a wildly disproportionate – and illegal – response from Israeli authorities.

Snipers, army battalions, and the afore-mentioned drones and tear gas have all been readied, and a practice attack using the drones was conducted by the Israeli Border Police on 09 March, 2018 at Shujeiyeh – an attack which was both indiscriminate in its effect, and conducted well inside the Gaza border in a blatant breach of Palestinian sovereignty.

Who knows what gases are being used in these drones? The effects of Israeli tear gas on Palestinians in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza strongly indicate that they have not merely been using CR, CN, CS and OC gases – what new chemical weapons are being tested on us? And now launched from drones?

Israeli authorities have widely and clearly made known their intention to repeat similar acts and more, in defiance of the prohibition by the traditional Charter system of the use of force in the sovereign territory of another, and in breach of the Geneva and Hague Conventions preventing the use of indiscriminate weapons, particularly against civilians.

These Israeli threats should be condemned by all who uphold the rule of law.

The international community is on notice, and must respond.

Their response must be immediate, and unequivocal: the use of drones to breach sovereignty in order to use indiscriminate weapons which may cause injury to civilians must be soundly, roundly and loudly rejected, and condemned by all with a genuine commitment to international law.

To do otherwise is to invite another holocaust.

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday March 31, 2018, 3:02 am
Claims that those shot were trying to cross the border don't match what I've seen on live videos from the March - 1,400 or more trying to cross??? In videos that happened to catch the moment when people were hit were filming the earth wall marking the edge of the sit-in zone ... approx 300 metres from the boundary - and in none of those cases was the victim moving down towards the boundary.

And families were there, picnicking, talking, singing, playing football - the important point was being PRESENT. And they were in Gaza territory. The earth wall & flat areas had been prepared in advance, to mark the demonstration zones. The guidelines are clear - NON VIOLENT - not even stone-throwing. Although once bullets started hitting peaceful people, it is hard to enforce no throwing of stones (which were no threat from 300 metres away from the border).

But Israel needs people to believe that this was an organised violent threat ...

Animae C (508)
Saturday March 31, 2018, 3:24 am
i just saw it on our local news, ammo-drones & firing squads!!

fly bird (26)
Saturday March 31, 2018, 10:49 am
Dozens gather on Gaza border as Palestinians mourn 'heinous massacre'.
Last update: Saturday 31 March 2018 14:29 UTC

Hundreds gathered across Gaza to pay respects to scores of Palestinians killed during Friday's violence.

Dozens of Palestinian youths gathered by the Gaza-Israel border on Saturday, though the area remained mostly quiet, a day after deadly violence broke out in one of the biggest Palestinian demonstrations there in years.

In the southern Gaza Strip, residents said Israeli troops fired warning shots towards a crowd of youths, some of whom burnt tyres. Health officials said thirteen people were wounded and an Israeli military spokesman said he was checking the details.

Hundreds also gathered on Saturday in Northern Gaza to pay their respects to the scores of Palestinians killed during Friday's violence.

Images posted online showed hundreds of mourners carrying the casket of some of the slain Palestinians through the streets of Gaza city as relatives were pictured weeping and crying for their loved ones.

Israeli security forces killed at least 16 Palestinians, injuring more than 1,400 people who had mobilised as part of the annual Land day protests, according to the Palestinian ministry of health.

The ministry also noted that at least 773 Palestinians were wounded with live ammunition.

Dr Ashraf al-Qidra, a spokesperson for the Palestinian Ministry of Health, said that "most the dead were aged between 17 and 35".

He also told the Guardian that the remainder of the wounded, some of whom were in a critical condition, had been "shot with live ammunition".

The Israeli army was unable to confirm how many live rounds were fired by its snipers after claiming to know where "every bullet landed in Gaza"

Mark Regev, Israel's ambassador defended Israel's response on Saturday saying it was proportionate and blamed Hamas for Friday's violence.

"We can’t allow our border to be porous, we can’t allow the Hamas activists to tear down our fence and enter Israel," Regev told the BBC. "We would be putting our people in danger."

Hamas confirmed in a statement on Saturday that five of the 16 people killed by Israel on the Gaza border were members of its armed wing.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared Saturday a national day of mourning, and a general strike was called across the occupied West Bank. Clashes were also reported in the West Bank city of Hebron between Palestinian protestors and Israeli soldiers.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also condemned Israel and said in a tweet that the "killing and wounding by Israeli forces of civilians demonstrating for Palestinian rights in Gaza is appalling".

Tens of thousands of Palestinians had gathered on Friday along the fenced 65km frontier, where tents were raised for a planned six-week protest pressing for a right of return for refugees and their descendants to what is now Israel. The Israeli military estimate was 30,000.

Families brought their children to the encampments just a few hundred metres from the Israeli security barrier with the Hamas-run enclave. Football pitches were marked out in the sand and scout bands played.

Hundreds gathered to pay respects to slain Palestinians across Gaza city (Reuters)

But as Friday wore on, Israeli soldiers on the other side kept watch from dirt mound embankments and shot at the protesters as violence broke out. The United Nations on Friday called for an independent and transparent investigation into the deaths and injuries of Palestinians on Israel's border with Gaza.

The Palestinian ambassador to the UN, Riyad Mansour, described Friday's violence as a "heinous massacre" at the UN. He said that Palestinians expected the UN Security Council to "defuse this volatile situation" and to "shoulder its responsibility".

A senior UN official also told the Security Council on Friday that the situation in Gaza "might deteriorate in the coming days" and called for civilians to not be targeted.

Nakba day protests

The six-week protest is scheduled to culminate on May 15, the day Palestinians commemorate what they call the "Nakba" or "Catastrophe," when hundreds of thousands fled or were driven out of their homes in 1948 when the state of Israel was created.

Israel has long ruled out any right of return, fearing an influx of Arabs that would wipe out its Jewish majority. It argues that refugees should resettle in a future state the Palestinians seek in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza. Peace talks to that end have been frozen since 2014.

Abbas's spokesman, Nabil Abu Rdainah, said: "The message of the Palestinian people is clear. The Palestinian land will always belong to its legitimate owners and the occupation will be removed."

Israeli military spokesman Brigadier-General Ronen Manelis said Hamas was using the protests as a guise to launch attacks against Israel and ignite the area. He said violence would likely continue along the border until 15 May.

"We won't let this turn into a ping-pong zone where they perpetrate a terrorist act and we respond with pinpoint action. If this continues we will not have no choice but to respond inside the Gaza Strip," Manelis told reporters in a phone briefing.

Additional reporting by Chloe Benoit in Hebron.

fly bird (26)
Saturday March 31, 2018, 10:54 am
Yes, Evelyn - Relying on the IDF for 'accurate reporting', is like carrying an umbrella, with holes, in the rain....
one knows, some rain will get through - regardless!

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday March 31, 2018, 11:14 am
More like carrying an umbrella with the handle up in the sky - collects more rain to pour through the holes but looks impressive!!

fly bird (26)
Saturday March 31, 2018, 11:52 am
See: "Israel Kills 15 Palestinians in Gaza Strip, wound 1416. "

Gienia posted, earlier. Please share.

fly bird (26)
Saturday March 31, 2018, 12:01 pm
Apologies, the corrected title: "Friday: Israeli Soldiers Kill 15 Palestinians In Gaza, Injure 1416."
(Gienia posted. Please share.)

Good analogy, Evelyn. You hit the 'nail' on the head! btw, I have recently seen advertised, umbrellas that open and close like that... for people getting in and out of cars, etc., in the rain - to make it easier....

Not sure what analogy can take from this, though. Any ploy will do, where this regime is concerned, umbrellas included, I wouldn't be surprised..

fly bird (26)
Saturday March 31, 2018, 9:28 pm
The number of Palestinians killed and gravely wounded by Israel's soldiers firing into #Gaza is shocking. @HRW statement

fly bird (26)
Saturday March 31, 2018, 9:33 pm
Israel admits, then deletes, responsibility for Gaza killings. VIDEO -
31 March 2018

The Israeli army posted a statement on Twitter on Saturday apparently accepting full responsibility for the killings a day earlier of 15 Palestinians as thousands took part in the Great March of Return in Gaza.

The army then quickly deleted the admission – as more evidence of war crimes by its soldiers came to light – but not before a copy was made by the human rights group B’Tselem.

The now-deleted tweet from the official @IDFSpokesperson account stated: “Yesterday we saw 30,000 people; we arrived prepared and with precise reinforcements. Nothing was carried out uncontrolled; everything was accurate and measured, and we know where every bullet landed.”

Sarit Michaeli, B’Tselem’s international advocacy officer, characterized the statement as meaning that the “Israeli army takes full responsibility for the killing of all unarmed protesters and the injuring of hundreds with live ammunition.”

The army’s deletion of the tweet is hardly surprising. The admission that its killings of demonstrators were premeditated down to the last bullet means it cannot deny responsibility for apparent war crimes, such as the lethal shooting of Abd al-Fattah Abd al-Nabi, 19, as he ran away from the Israel-Gaza boundary fence. Abd al-Nabi was reportedly shot in the head.

Video of the slaying, widely shared on social media, shows Abd al-Nabi running alongside two other Palestinians far away from the boundary fence when the crack of a gunshot is heard and he falls suddenly.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz published a video of the same incident from another angle:

Another video apparently shows a man being shot and injured as he prayed with a group of Palestinians, with the boundary fence visible in the far distance.

Times of Israel reporter Jacob Magid commented that the Israeli army is “gonna have a hard time saying this guy fell off his bike.”

This is a reference to the army’s transparently false claims that Muhammad Fadel Tamimi, the 15-year-old boy shot in the head by one of its soldiers in the occupied West Bank in December, had merely had a bicycle accident.

On 29 March, B’Tselem’s Michaeli noted that Ofir Gendelman, an Israeli government spokesperson, used a video of an unarmed Palestinian being shot in the leg while standing still to “threaten Gazans” on the day of the planned Great March of Return.

The Israeli army’s admission of responsibility accorded with reports prior to Friday that the military had prepared for the protests by deploying dozens of snipers with orders to shoot demonstrators entering an Israeli-imposed no-go zone extending hundreds of meters inside Gaza along the boundary.

In addition to the slayings, at least 1,400 Palestinians were injured as Israeli forces used live ammunition, drones firing tear gas and even artillery along the Gaza-Israel boundary where Palestinians had gathered Friday to commemorate Land Day and protest Israel’s refusal to allow them to return to lands from which Palestinians were ethnically cleansed.

The charity Medical Aid for Palestinians called Friday “the bloodiest day in Gaza since Israel’s 2014 offensive.”

According to the health ministry spokesperson in Gaza, at least three more people were injured with live ammunition on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, the human rights groups Adalah and Al Mezan issued an urgent call on Israel to allow medical teams to enter the no-go zone to search for two missing Palestinians whose condition is unknown.

“The Israeli military’s use of 100 snipers against unarmed Palestinian civilian protesters in the Gaza Strip is illegal,” Adalah stated Friday. “Live gunfire on unarmed civilians constitutes a brutal violation of the international legal obligation to distinguish between civilians and combatants” – in other words war crimes.

UN calls for inquiry

As Human Rights Watch on Friday condemned as “shocking” the number of Palestinians killed and injured by Israeli gunfire, the UN Security Council met that night to discuss the situation. Israel’s representatives boycotted the session.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for an independent inquiry into the violence.

Although such inquiries in the past have uncovered evidence of Israeli war crimes, they have never led to effective action to hold Israel to account.

Guterres himself, acting under US pressure, last year suppressed a UN report that found Israel practices apartheid against Palestinians.

It took until Saturday for the European Union to issue a statement that “mourns the loss of life.”

The EU acknowledged that Israel used “live ammunition during clashes and demonstrations” but endorsed Israel’s “right to protect its borders” with “proportionate” force.

The EU also endorsed the UN’s call for an investigation and, equating occupier and occupied, urged that “those concerned need to exercise restraint.”

Corbyn tones down criticism

In Canada, Hélène Laverdière, foreign affairs spokesperson for the center-left opposition New Democratic Party, condemned the “shocking situation” and demanded that Israel “must abide by its responsibilities under international law and respect human rights.”

After 24 hours of silence, Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the UK’s main opposition Labour Party, posted a statement on Twitter that the “killing and wounding by Israeli forces of civilians demonstrating for Palestinian rights in Gaza is appalling.”

But Corbyn – who has been under sustained attack from Israel lobby groups that have justified the massacre in Gaza – did not call for any action to hold Israel accountable.

Previously, Corbyn has called for an arms embargo on Israel and endorsed some tactics of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign for Palestinian rights.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the left-wing political leader in France who has also faced an Israel lobby smear campaign in recent days, offered condolences to the families of Palestinians killed and called for the deployment of UN forces.

But apparently secure that it will not face calls for real accountability – even from lifelong supporters of Palestinian rights such as Corbyn – Israel is issuing new threats to escalate its violence against Palestinian protesters.

Given ongoing official silence, complicity and inaction, Palestinians will be counting on a major escalation in grassroots support through boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns to finally bring Israel to account.

Peggy B (43)
Sunday April 1, 2018, 6:39 am

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Sunday April 1, 2018, 12:01 pm

fly bird (26)
Sunday April 1, 2018, 4:00 pm
What would Jesus have said to this travesty?

fly bird (26)
Sunday April 1, 2018, 4:43 pm
Pope, after Gaza violence, says 'defenceless' being killed in Holy Land.
Reuters , Sunday 1 Apr 2018

Pope Francis, in his Easter address on Sunday, called for peace in the Holy Land two days after 15 Palestinians were killed on the Israeli-Gaza border, saying the conflict there "does not spare the defenceless".

The pope made his appeal in his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) message from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica to tens of thousands of people in the flower-bedecked square below where he earlier celebrated a Mass.

He also appealed for an end to the "carnage" in Syria, calling for humanitarian aid to be allowed to enter, and for peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Francis appeared to refer directly to the Gaza violence last Friday, calling for "reconciliation for the Holy Land, also experiencing in these days the wounds of ongoing conflict that do not spare the defenceless."

Israel's defence minister has rejected calls for an inquiry into the killings by the military during a Palestinian demonstration that turned violent at the Gaza-Israel border.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Federica Mogherini, the European Union's foreign policy chief, and other leaders have called for an independent investigation into the bloodshed.

The Pope also begged for peace for "the entire world, beginning with the beloved and long-suffering land of Syria, whose people are worn down by an apparently endless war."

"This Easter, may the light of the risen Christ illumine the consciences of all political and military leaders, so that a swift end may be brought to the carnage in course ... " he said.

He spoke a day after the Syrian army command said it had regained most of the towns and villages in eastern Ghouta.

Tens of thousands of people have now evacuated once-bustling towns in the suburbs east of the capital, which had nearly 2 million people before the start of the conflict and were major commercial and industrial hubs.

Francis called for international assistance for Venezuela, so that more people would not have to abandon their homeland because of the economic and political crisis.

He hoped the "fruits of dialogue" would advance peace and harmony on the Korean peninsula, where the two sides are set to hold their first summit in more than a decade on April 27, after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged his commitment to denuclearisation.

Francis, celebrating his sixth Easter as Roman Catholic leader since his election in 2013, urged his listeners to work for an end to the "so many acts of injustice" in the world.

He prayed the power of Jesus' message "bears fruits of hope and dignity where there are deprivation and exclusion, hunger and unemployment, where there are migrants and refugees - so often rejected by today’s culture of waste - and victims of the drug trade, human trafficking and contemporary forms of slavery".

fly bird (26)
Sunday April 1, 2018, 4:59 pm
Palestinian Land Day And Why It Matters Today. VIDEO - Israel's Next Move: To Annex The West Bank.

The 1948 Nakba, or catastrophe when 700,000 Palestinians were expelled from their houses, towns, and cities is ongoing.

Every March 30th since 1976 Palestinians commemorate Land Day to honor their struggle to hold on to their land and to their national identity in an increasingly hostile context.

Historically, Land Day remembers the day when Israeli soldiers shot and killed six Palestinian citizens of Israel who were protesting the expropriation of roughly 2,000 hectares of privately-owned Palestinian land in the Galilee to build Jewish communities.

On that day Palestinians within Israel, from the Galilee to the Negev, in the West Bank, Gaza and in refugee camps held strikes and street protests against the confiscation.

Today, Palestinians in Israel and the West Bank continue to struggle to maintain ownership of their land, and Palestinian refugees continue to be denied their right to return while Jewish people from around the world, with no connection to the land, can claim citizenship and settle in Israel or in Jewish settlements of the West Bank.

This year, the entire Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in Southern Israel is scheduled to be destroyed between April 15 and 29. The Jewish community of Hiran will be built on its ruins. The destruction of Umm al-Hiran will displace at least 350 Palestinians

In the Jerusalem governorate of the West Bank, the Bedouin town of Khan al-Ahmar is also facing demolition. The area where the Bedouin enclave has historically existed has been surrounded by two Jewish settlements, Maale Adumim and Kfar Adumim. Maale Adumim is one of Israel’s largest settlements in the West Bank; plans to connect it to the occupied city of Jerusalem has warranted new threats of displacement for Bedouins.

Furthermore, recent declarations of Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel is another reminder that the 1948 Nakba, or catastrophe when 700,000 Palestinians were expelled from their houses, towns, and cities is ongoing.

For these and other reasons, Friday an estimated 100,000 Palestinians will commemorate Land Day by installing tent cities in the border between Gaza and Israel. Israeli occupation forces have already announced they are deploying sharpshooters in response to the protest.

fly bird (26)
Monday April 2, 2018, 4:44 am
2 April, Washington, DC: Rally for Gaza – Speak Out Against Israel’s Criminal Actions.

Monday, 2 April
4:00 pm
White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC


Organized by CODEPINK

fly bird (26)
Monday April 2, 2018, 6:00 am
Palestinian Dies From Wounds Suffered Friday In Gaza.
April 2, 2018

Palestinian medical sources have reported that a young man died, Monday, from serious wounds he suffered last Friday, when Israeli soldiers attacked nonviolent protesters in several parts of the Gaza Strip, killing 17 of them, and wounding hundreds.

Dr. Ashraf Al-Qedra, spokesperson of the Health Ministry in Gaza, said the Palestinian, Fares Roqab, 29, was shot with a live round in his abdomen, east of Khan Younis, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip.

He added that the Palestinian remained in a very critical condition until he died from his wounds despite all efforts to save his life.

Dr. al-Qedra stated that dozens of wounded Palestinians are still receiving treatment, including some who were shot with the Dumdum expanding bullets.

* The main photo by AFP is of Fares while helping in rescuing a wounded Palestinian, before he was shot.

Israel confirms holding two bodies of Palestinians killed Friday – Total now 17

Marija Mohoric (25)
Monday April 2, 2018, 12:00 pm
Israelis are allowed to do everything to Palestinians due to USA support...

fly bird (26)
Monday April 2, 2018, 2:39 pm
Israeli Troops Fire on Gaza Protesters, Killing 18 and Wounding 1,700.
Apr 02, 2018

In the Gaza Strip, at least 18 Palestinians were killed and as many as 1,700 were wounded Friday, after Israeli forces opened fire with live bullets on a protest near Gaza’s eastern border with Israel. Video posted online shows unarmed Palestinians being shot in the back as they fled from tear gas and gunfire. The deaths and injuries came as 30,000 Gaza residents gathered near the wall, as part of a planned 6-week-long nonviolent protest against the blockade of Gaza and to demand the right of return for Palestinian refugees. This is Gaza resident Abed al-Qader Al Haddad.

Abed al-Qader Al Haddad: “They are hoping—they say that the old will die and the young will forget; however, no, the young are children sitting here, saying that they want to go back to their families’ lands, the lands of their fathers and grandfathers. They want to go back. The young have more ambition, more than their fathers and grandfathers.”

Another 49 Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces during protests on Saturday. Israel’s actions have been condemned around the world, but Israel is rejecting calls to investigate the killings. Meanwhile, at the United Nations, the U.S. blocked a move by the U.N. Security Council that called for an investigation. After headlines, we’ll go to Gaza for the latest on Israel’s bloody crackdown on protests.

fly bird (26)
Monday April 2, 2018, 2:41 pm
VIDEO. Massacre in Gaza: Israeli Forces Open Fire on Palestinians, Killing 18, Wounding As Many As 1,700.
(Wilde posted - New/World)

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Monday April 2, 2018, 9:54 pm
Events for April 2018

fly bird (26)
Tuesday April 3, 2018, 9:53 am
In Words and Deeds: The Genesis of Israeli Violence.
January 16, 2018
By Ramzy Baroud

Not a day passes without a prominent Israeli politician or intellectual making an outrageous statement against Palestinians. Many of these statements tend to garner little attention or evoke rightly deserved outrage.

Just recently, Israel’s Minister of Agriculture, Uri Ariel, called for more death and injuries on Palestinians in Gaza.

“What is this special weapon we have that we fire and see pillars of smoke and fire, but nobody gets hurt? It is time for there to be injuries and deaths as well,” he said.

Ariel’s calling for the killing of more Palestinians came on the heels of other repugnant statements concerning a 16-year-old teenager girl, Ahed Tamimi. Ahed was arrested in a violent Israeli army raid at her home in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh.

A video recording showed her slapping an Israeli soldier a day after the Israeli army shot her cousin in the head, placing him in a coma.

Israeli Education Minister, Naftali Bennett, known for his extremist political views, demanded that Ahed and other Palestinian girls should “spend the rest of their days in prison”.

A prominent Israeli journalist, Ben Caspit, sought yet more punishment. He suggested that Ahed and girls like her should be raped in jail.

“In the case of the girls, we should exact a price at some other opportunity, in the dark, without witnesses and cameras”, he wrote in Hebrew.

This violent and revolting mindset, however, is not new. It is an extension of an old, entrenched belief system that is predicated on a long history of violence.

Undeniably, the views of Ariel, Bennett and Caspit are not angry statements uttered in a moment of rage. They are all reflections of real policies that have been carried out for over 70 years. Indeed, killing, raping and imprisoning for life are features that have accompanied the state of Israel since the very beginning.

This violent legacy continues to define Israel to this day, through the use of what Israeli historian Ilan Pappe describes as ‘incremental genocide.’

Throughout this long legacy, little has changed except for names and titles. The Zionist militias that orchestrated the genocide of the Palestinians prior to the establishment of Israel in 1948 merged together to form the Israeli army; and the leaders of these groups became Israel’s leaders.

Israel’s violent birth in 1947- 48 was the culmination of the violent discourse that preceded it for many years. It was the time when Zionist teachings of prior years were put into practice and the outcome was simply horrifying.

“The tactic of isolating and attacking a certain village or town and executing its population in a horrible, indiscriminate massacre was a strategy employed, time and again, by Zionist bands to compel the population of surrounding villages and towns to flee,” Ahmad Al-Haaj told me when I asked him to reflect on Israel’s past and present.

Al-Haaj is a Palestinian historian and an expert on the Nakba, the ‘Catastrophe’ that had befallen Palestinians in 1948.

The 85-year-old intellectual’s proficiency in the subject began 70 years ago, when, as a 15-year-old, he witnessed the massacre of Beit Daras at the hands of Jewish Haganah militia.

The destruction of the southern Palestinian village and the killing of dozens of its inhabitants resulted in the depopulation of many adjacent villages, including al-Sawafir, Al-Haaj’s home village.

“The notorious Deir Yasin massacre was the first example of such wanton killing, a model that was duplicated in other parts of Palestine,” Al-Haaj said.

The ethnic cleansing of Palestine at the time was orchestrated by several Zionist militias. The mainstream Jewish militia was the Haganah which belonged to the Jewish Agency.

The latter functioned as a semi-government, under the auspices of the British Mandate Government, while the Haganah served as its army.

However, other breakaway groups also operated according to their own agenda. Two leading bands amongst them were the Irgun (National Military Organization) and Lehi (also known as the Stern Gang). These groups carried out numerous terrorist attacks, including bus bombings and targeted assassinations.

Russian-born Menachem Begin was the leader of the Irgun which, along with the Stern Gang and other Jewish militants, massacred hundreds of civilians in Deir Yassin.

‘Tell the soldiers: you have made history in Israel with your attack and your conquest. Continue this until victory. As in Deir Yassin, so everywhere, we will attack and smite the enemy. God, God, Thou has chosen us for conquest,” Begin wrote at the time. He described the massacre as a “splendid act of conquest.”

The intrinsic link between words and actions remain unchanged.

Nearly 30 years later, a once wanted terrorist, Begin became Prime Minister of Israel. He accelerated land theft of the newly-occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, launched a war on Lebanon, annexed Occupied Jerusalem to Israel and carried out the massacre of Sabra and Shatilla in 1982.

Some of the other terrorists-turned-politicians and top army brass include Begin, Moshe Dayan, Yitzhak Rabin, Ariel Sharon, Rafael Eitan and Yitzhak Shamir. Each one of these leaders has a record dotted with violence.

Shamir served as the Prime Minister of Israel from 1986 – 1992. In 1941, Shamir was imprisoned by the British for his role in the Stern Gang. Later, as Prime Minister, he ordered a violent crackdown against a mostly non-violent Palestinian uprising in 1987, purposely breaking the limbs of kids accused of throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers.

So, when government ministers like Ariel and Bennett call for wanton violence against Palestinians, they are simply carrying on with a bloody legacy that has defined every single Israeli leader in the past. It is the violent mindset that continues to control the Israeli government and its relationship with Palestinians; in fact, with all of its neighbors.

– Ramzy Baroud is a journalist, author and editor of Palestine Chronicle. His forthcoming book is ‘The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story’ (Pluto Press, London). Baroud has a Ph.D. in Palestine Studies from the University of Exeter and is a Non-Resident Scholar at Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, University of California Santa Barbara.

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Tuesday April 3, 2018, 10:15 am
Palestine Towards Return and Liberation: The Land Day Massacre and the #GreatReturnMarch.

The Martyrs of the Land and the Prisoners of Return: A Call to Action for Liberation on Palestinian Prisoners’ Day.

Send your events and actions to us at, on Facebook, or use the form to tell us about your actions in response to the Land Day Massacre and for Palestinian Prisoners’ Day. We will be publishing an international list of events and actions that will be regularly updated.

The 30th of March, Land Day, was first inscribed in Palestinian history in 1976, when a mass, popular uprising in occupied Palestine ’48 confronted land confiscation and expropriation at the hands of the settler-colonial Zionist state.

On that day in 1976, six Palestinians were killed as they protested in a general strike against the ongoing Nakba, after thirty years of repression and dispossession. Their names have become indelibly inked in Palestinian history and the history of those who struggle around the world – Kheir Mohammad Salim Yasin, Khadija Qasem Shawahneh, Raja Hussein Abu Rayya, Khader Eid Mahmoud Khalayleh, Muhsin Hasan Said Taha and Raafat Ali Al-Zheiri – shot down as they marched to defend their land.

Today, in besieged Gaza, occupied Palestine, tens of thousands of marchers rose up once again in a mass, popular march commemorating that day 42 years ago with today’s demand to liberate the land, centering the right to return of Palestinian refugees – the Great March of Return. Over 70 percent of the Palestinian population in Gaza are refugees denied their right to return to their homes, lands and villages for 70 years.

And once again, the Israeli state revealed its nature, shooting down 16 martyrs of the land and return in another Land Day massacre, 42 years after the first. The day began with the killing of Palestinian farmer Omar Samour by an Israeli tank shell. This latest murder of a Palestinian farmer further illustrates the unending drive to seize Palestinian land and attack Palestinian productive capacity and self-sufficiently, farmers in Gaza have been under severe attack. The so-called “buffer zone” imposed on farmers in Gaza has seized 30 percent of the land, including the most fertile. Indeed, Palestinian fishers and Palestinian farmers have particularly borne the brunt of repeated Israeli fire, attacks and murders, aimed at eliminating Palestinian self-sufficiency even in the narrow Gaza Strip, hemmed in by sky, land and sea by deadly occupation forces.

And as thousands of Palestinian refugees in Gaza massed in a popular march near the illegitimate colonial barrier and so-called “borders” imposed by the occupation state, occupation forces and sharpshooters opened fire directly on popular demonstrators calling for their rights – for return, liberation, an end to the siege. Their names are now also immortal in Palestinian history and the history of those who struggle – Naji Abu Hajir, Mohammed Kamal Al-Najjar, Wahid Nasrallah Abu Samour, Amin Mansour Abu Muammar, Mohammed Naeem Abu Amr, Ahmed Ibrahim Ashour Odeh, Jihad Ahmed Fraina, Mahmoud Saadi Rahmi, Abdel Fattah Abdel Nabi, Ibrahim Salah Abu Shaar, Abd al-Qader Marhi al-Hawajri, Sari Walid Abu Odeh, Hamdan Isma’il Abu Amsha, Jihad Zuhair Abu Jamous, and Bader al-Sabbagh.

They were farmers, students, talented artists, fathers, sons and loved ones, who loved their people, their land, and their vision of freedom, and their loss is painful and immense. It must also be an urgent call to action to honor the sacrifices of the martyrs of the land and return, to demand the freedom of the prisoners and the freedom of all of Palestine – the implementation of Palestinian refugees’ right to return, at the heart of the Palestinian cause.

Of course, this is far from the first such massacre. It comes in a long line of massacres and attacks targeting Palestinian popular resistance, especially that of Palestinian refugees demanding their right to return. We remember the murders of Palestinian refugees from Lebanon and Syria who marched to the borders and braved the crossing to their long-denied homeland in May and June 2011. We also recall the decades of killings of Palestinians labeled “infiltrators” for seeking to return to their own stolen land from exile.

These deaths must not be allowed to pass unnoticed and unremarked, and the movement for which their lives were taken must be supported with the widest popular mobilization. Let us take to the streets in every city in response to this massacre. Land Day has lived on to become an eternal anniversary because, everywhere, Palestinians, Arabs and supporters of the Palestinian cause responded to the land confiscation and the massacres with intensified struggle and resistance. Today’s sacrifices demand the same response.

Infamous IDF general and war criminal Gabi Eizenkot, the promoter of the “Dahiyeh Doctrine” for its murderous assault on the people of the southern suburbs of Beirut in a (failed) attempt to smash the resistance, personally commanded the attacks on Palestinian marchers in Gaza. Of course, Eizenkot and his gunmen did not act alone – they are the vicious arm of an entire state project attacking the Palestinian people’s very existence. And their weaponry is backed up by the United States, Canada European states and other imperialist and colonialist powers, with the complicity of Arab reactionary regimes.

These 16 precious lives deserve all of our mourning, but more urgently, all of our action. Demonstrations, mobilizations, artistic, cultural and legal actions to hold war criminals accountable and to end international imperialist backing for the ongoing war crimes in Gaza and against the entire Palestinian people are all urgently needed – today, tomorrow, in the coming week.

April 17 is Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, a national and international day of action for the freedom of all Palestinian political prisoners, the prisoners of freedom, the prisoners of return and liberation, behind Zionist bars because of their commitment to the freedom of their people and their land. This year, April 17 can and must be a day of mobilization to liberate Palestinian prisoners, free the land and people of Palestine, break the siege on Gaza and confront all imperialist and Zionist attacks.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network urges supporters of Palestine around the world to mobilize in immediate and ongoing response to the Land Day massacre in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza and the entire Palestinian people – including all of the millions of Palestinian refugees in exile and diaspora who struggle for their right to return home, the key to Palestinian liberation.


Send your events and actions to us at, on Facebook, or use the form to tell us about your actions in response to the Land Day Massacre and for Palestinian Prisoners’ Day. We will be publishing an international list of events and actions that will be regularly updated.


Friday, 30 March:
•30 March, New York City: Emergency rally: solidarity with Gaza #GreatMarchofReturn

Saturday, 31 March:
•31 March, London: Land Day: Protest British imperialist support for Israel!
•31 March, Milan: Denounce the Zionist crimes and support Palestinian resistance
•31 March, Helsinki: Palestinian Land Day
•31 March, Amsterdam: Palestinian Day of the Land
•31 March, Istanbul: Palestinian Day of the Land
•31 March, Bray: 1916 Easter Rising Commemoration
•31 March, Paris: Salute to Ahed Tamimi
•31 March, Athens: Appeal for Action for the Palestinian People
•31 March, Belfast: Protest the slaughter of Palestinians by apartheid Israel
•31 March, Edinburgh: Demo in Support of the Great March of Return
•31 March, San Francisco: Emergency Protest of Israeli Massacre in Gaza
•31 March, San Diego: Emergency Protest of Israeli Massacre in Gaza
•31 March, Charlotte: Land Day in Palestine

Sunday, 1 April
•1 April, Berlin: Candlelight Demonstration Against Israeli Aggression in Gaza
•1 April, Montreal: Stand with Palestine, Stand with Gaza
•1 April, Paris: Rally of Solidarity with Gaza
•1 April, Lille: Rally – Stop the Massacre in Gaza

Monday, 2 April
•2 April, Copenhagen: Protest for a Free Palestine!
•2 April, Lyon: Stop Israeli Crimes, Sanctions on Israel Now!
•2 April, Zaragoza: Demonstration against the massacre in Gaza
•2 April, Waterford: Expel All Israeli Diplomats from Ireland
•2 April, Boston: Emergency Rally in Solidarity with Gaza and the #GreatMarchofReturn
•2 April, Washington, DC: Rally for Gaza – Speak Out Against Israel’s Criminal Actions

Tuesday, 3 April
•3 April, Strasbourg: Rally in Solidarity with Gaza, Palestine
•3 April, Saint-Etienne: Rally to Support the Palestinian People
•3 April, Manchester: Vigil Against Israeli Army Killings in Gaza
•3 April, Victoria: Support the Palestinian March of Return

Wednesday, 4 April
•4 April, Cagliari: Planning for Actions of Solidarity with Palestine
•4 April, Bristol: Protest for Gaza: Stop The Killing

Thursday, 5 April
•5 April, Copenhagen: Write a letter of solidarity to Palestinian child prisoners
•5 April, Boston: Put Israel on Trial, Not Ahed & Palestine!
•5 April, Brussels: Rally: This one is for Gaza!
•5 April, Albertville: Rally in Solidarity with Gaza

Friday, 6 April
•6 April, Albany: Emergency Protest of Israeli Massacre in Gaza
•6 April, Vancouver: Solidarity Vigil with Palestine – Denounce Land Day Massacre

Saturday, 7 April
•7 April, Melbourne: Protest Israel’s Massacre in Gaza
•7 April, Manchester: Boycott Barclays – Protest British Imperialist Support for Israel
•7 April, Manchester: Emergency Protest – Stop the Massacres! Stop Arming Israel!
•7 April, London: Protest for Gaza – Stop the Killing
•7 April, Derry: RALLY – Solidarity with Murdered Land Day Protesters in Gaza
•7 April, Dublin: Expel All Israeli Diplomats from Ireland Protest
•7 April, Copenhagen: Boykot Israel on the Streets at Norreport
•7 April, Jersey: Vigil to Support the Great Return March – Gaza
•7 April, Bordeaux: Rally to Support Gaza!

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Thursday April 5, 2018, 10:25 am
Take Action: Petition to Bernie Sanders: Condemn the Land Day Massacre — No Arms for Apartheid Israel

The following petition to U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders was initiated by Jews for Palestinian Right of Return. You can sign on to the petition here:

April 4, 2018

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Letter from a Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

On April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. courageously condemned the Vietnam War, declaring, “For the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.”

On this, the 50th anniversary Dr. King’s assassination, we follow his example by condemning Israel’s premeditated massacre of unarmed Palestinians in Gaza on March 30, 2018, which left at least 17 dead and 1,400 wounded — some of them shot in the back by snipers while fleeing.

They were among 30,000 participants in the Great Return March demanding their right, enshrined in UN Resolution 194, to return to homes from which they were expelled during the 1948 Nakba (Catastrophe) that created the Israeli settler-colonial state.

“I will not whitewash colonial violence by describing it with benign terminology,” says Palestinian-American scholar Steven Salaita about the massacre. “It is cruel, depraved, gratuitous, racist, and genocidal.”

The massacre took place on Land Day, which commemorates Israel’s 1976 killing of six Palestinians during mass protests against land theft, and is part of Israel’s crippling twelve-year siege on Gaza, including the military assault in 2014 that murdered 2,200 Palestinians, including 500 children.

By weaponizing Israel to the tune of $3.8 billion a year, the U.S. government — with virtually unanimous bipartisan support — shares full responsibility for all these crimes.

Evoking memories of racist violence at Sharpesville, South Africa in 1960 and Selma, Alabama in 1965, this latest massacre exposes the innate inhumanity of the entire Zionist project, while only strengthening refugees’ resolve.

“Being a Palestinian and standing up for our rights has meant sacrifice since our first displacement in 1948,” explains Rana Shubair. “My family and I will not back down.”

More than ever, in solidarity with this popular resistance, we call on all people of conscience to support the full Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions platform, which demands an end to Israeli occupation and apartheid, full equality for Palestinians, and — what BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti describes as “absolutely the most significant right in the BDS call” — refugees’ right to return to their homes and lands.

From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!

Jews for Palestinian Right of Return

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Thursday April 5, 2018, 6:17 pm
Israel Opens Fire on Palestinian Protesters in Gaza; Trump Envoy Blames “Hostile March”.

Robert Mackey
March 30 2018

“On the Jewish festival of freedom of all days, the residents of the world’s largest prison are asking to live,” Odeh wrote. “Men, women, and children, residents of Gaza, are marching to demand their freedom, facing off against indifference and cruelty. From Israel’s perspective, there is no legitimate form of Palestinian protest. Even such a model of nonviolent popular struggle is met with armed soldiers who do not hesitate to fire at unarmed demonstrators.”

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Friday April 6, 2018, 6:06 pm
As Gaza Protests Resume, Urgent Call for Israeli Soldiers to Disobey 'Patently Illegal' Orders to Shoot Unarmed Demonstrators.

Despite demand by human rights group and warning from international community, Israeli soldiers reportedly began opening fire on peaceful demonstrators once more during protests Friday along the Israel-Gaza border.
April 06, 2018
Jake Johnson

As anti-occupation protests kicked off once more in Gaza on Friday just a week after Israeli soldiers massacred 17 Palestinians and injured over a thousand more, the prominent human rights group B'Tselem launched its first-ever ad campaign calling on Israeli soldiers to disobey "patently illegal" orders to shoot unarmed demonstrators.

"The use of live ammunition against unarmed persons who pose no danger to anyone is unlawful," B'Tselem noted in a statement on Thursday. "It is even more blatantly unlawful in the case of soldiers firing from a great distance at demonstrators located on the other side of the fence that separates Israel from the Gaza Strip."

Titled "Sorry Commander, I Cannot Shoot," the campaign was launched as Israeli officials indicated that they are once again planning to use deadly force against nonviolent demonstrators who come within 100 meters of the border fence separating Israel and the occupied Gaza Strip.

"We have defined the rules of the game clearly and we do not intend to change them," Avigdor Liberman, Israel's defense minister, said earlier this week. "Anyone trying to approach the fence is putting their lives at risk."

B'Tselem argued that such a policy constitutes a clear violation of international law, which restricts the use of deadly force "to instances involving tangible and immediate mortal danger, and only in the absence of any other alternative."

"The responsibility for issuing these unlawful orders and for their lethal consequences rests with the policy makers and—above all—with Israel's prime minister, defense minister, and the chief of staff," B'Tselem concluded. "That said, it is also a criminal offense to obey patently illegal orders. Therefore, as long as soldiers in the field continue to receive orders to use live fire against unarmed civilians, they are duty-bound to refuse to comply."

B'Tselem's ad campaign came as Palestinians began to gather for demonstrations on Friday, which are expected to consist of tactics deployed throughout the week, such as sit-ins, tire-burning, and the non-violent provocation known as "reading books."

According to Haaretz, several Palestinians are in critical condition after Israeli soldiers once more opened fire on peaceful protesters.

"The Palestinian Health Ministry reported of 40 wounded from gunfire, five of which were severely wounded from shots fired to the head and upper body," Haaretz reported. "All were evacuted to hospitals in the Strip, with dozens more being treated onsite mainly for smoke inhalation."

Ahead of Friday's demonstration, top officials—including UN secretary general António Guterres and Elizabeth Throssell, a spokesperson for the human rights council—warned Israel against using lethal forceon unarmed protesters.

Speaking from Geneva, Throssel said that if Israeli troops open fire and it is determined to be unjustified, it would constitute a breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention, for the wilful killing of civilians.

"I particularly urge Israel to exercise extreme caution with the use of force in order to avoid casualties," Guterres said in a statement. "Civilians must be able to exercise their right to demonstrate peacefully.I call upon all parties on the ground to avoid confrontation and exercise maximum restraint."
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