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The #GreatReturnMarch entered its third week in the Gaza Strip on Friday, 13 April with ongoing protests demanding Palestinian refugees right to return and an end to the siege on Gaza


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fly bird (26)
Friday April 13, 2018, 11:08 pm
The #GreatReturnMarch continues forward: Download posters, view list of global events and actions for Palestine.

The #GreatReturnMarch entered its third week in the Gaza Strip on Friday, 13 April with ongoing protests demanding Palestinian refugees’ right to return and an end to the siege on Gaza. As Palestinians continued to march to the colonially imposed “border,” where once again, they faced lethal Israeli live fire turned on a mass, popular protest. Palestinians in Gaza are over 70 percent refugees who have been denied their right to return home for 70 years after being driven from their land in 1948 by Zionist forces. Today, over 2 million Palestinians live in the Gaza Strip, where they continue to resist and struggle despite facing constant Israeli occupation attacks by air, sea and land. The Israeli occupation, with the cooperation of Egypt and international powers, has imposed a deadly siege on Gaza that has deprived Palestinians of power, electricity, clean water, utilities and key goods and other basic needs.

So far, one Palestinian, 28-year-old Islam Herzallah, was killed by Israeli occupation forces, in addition to the 32 lives taken in the past two weeks of protests. Hundreds more were injured, many by live fire in addition to tear gas, shrapnel and rubber-coated metal bullets.

Around the world, people have responded to this popular upsurge of Palestinians in Gaza with outrage at the Israeli crimes and solidarity with Palestinians continuing to march for return and liberation. These actions are continuing in the coming days, marking Palestinian Prisoners’ Day and joining in the #GreatReturnMarch for the liberation of Palestine.

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.

The following signs can be used in your own local events and actions. PDF download links are provided below!

1 – Right to Resist – Right to Return – Download PDF

2 – End Israel’s War on Palestinian Journalists – Download PDF

3 – Right to Resist – Right to Return – Download PDF

Upcoming Events

Our events calendar is constantly updated!

Friday, 13 April
•13 April, Albany: Emergency Protest of Israeli Massacre in Gaza
•13 April, Boston: Palestinian Political Prisoners
•13 April, London: Palestinian Prisoners Day Protest
•13 April, Padova: Rally in solidarity with Palestine
•13 April, Angers: Rally in Solidarity with Gaza
•13 April, Geneva: Rally for Gaza
•13 April, Lausanne: Condemn the Brutal Repression of the Israeli Army

Saturday, 14 April
•14 April, London: Protest outside Israeli Embassy – Free all Palestinian Prisoners!
•14 April, Manchester: Solidarity with Palestine! Picket Israel’s British sponsors!
•14 April, Sheffield: Solidarity Rally for Palestinians in Gaza
•14 April, Bristol: International Palestinian Prisoners’ Day
•14 April, Edinburgh: Palestine on Princes Street
•14 April, Belfast: Support the Right of Return
•14 April, Berlin: Freedom for all Political Prisoners
•14 April, Rome: Palestinian Prisoners in Israeli Prisons
•14 April, Paris: Rally against Israeli Massacres
•14 April, Beziers: Rally in Solidarity with Gaza
•14 April, Nimes: Rally in solidarity with Gaza!
•14 April, Maubeuge: Rally in Solidarity with the Palestinian People
•14 April, Lyon: Solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza
•14 April, Montpellier: Stop the massacres of Palestinian civilians in Gaza!
•14 April, Oslo: Solidarity Day for Palestine
•14 April, Aarhus: Solidarity March – Free Ahed Tamimi and the Children of Palestine
•14 April, NYC: Transnational Great Return March
•14 April, San Diego: Transnational Great Return March
•14 April, Los Angeles: Transnational Great Return March
•14 April, San Francisco: Transnational Great Return March – Bay Area
•14 April, Tampa: Great Return March
•14 April, Jacksonville: We will return! #GreatMarchOfReturn
•14 April, Detroit: Great Return March kick-off
•14 April, Washington DC: March on the White House: Stop the Wars!
•14 April, Austin: Gaza Great Return March and Candlelight Vigil
•14 April, Jerusalem: The prisoners’ situation – the boycott of occupation courts for the end of administrative detention

Sunday, 15 April
•Oakland: End the Wars at Home and Abroad Spring Action
•Minneapolis: Stop Endless U.S. Wars!
•New York City: End US Wars at Home and Abroad!
•Crosia: For Yaser Murtaja

Monday, 16 April
•Manchester: Khaled Barakat speaks on Palestine, prisoners and revolution
•Poughkeepsie: Voices of Palestinian Resistance

Tuesday, 17 April
•London: 100 years of fighting Zionism, colonialism and imperialism
•Milan: Cambia Giro – Palestine and the Giro d’Italia
•Brussels: Solidarity with Palestinian Political Prisoners and Gaza
•Paris: Freedom March on Palestinian Prisoners’ Day!
•Lille: Solidarity with Palestinian prisoners! Solidarity with Georges Abdallah!
•Vancouver: Mark Palestinian Prisoners Day, Boycott HP
•Montevideo: March and Rally to the Zionist Embassy
•Claremont: Political Prisoner Letter Writing Night

Wednesday, 18 April
•Athens: East Med Pipeline, energy and dependence
•Dublin: Palestinian Child Prisoners in Apartheid Israel’s Prisons

Thursday, 19 April
•Gothenburg: People’s kitchen and Solidarity with Palestinian prisoners
•Raleigh: Voices of Palestinian Resistance

Friday, 20 April

•Charlotte: Voices of Palestinian Resistance

Saturday, 21 April
•Sydney: Speakout for Palestinian Prisoner Day – Free Ahed and all Prisoners
•Chicago: Stop the Wars! March and Rally!
•Copenhagen: Solidarity demonstration with Gaza!

Sunday, 22 April
•Donegal: Solidarity with the Great March of Return
•Stanford: Vigil for Gaza Massacre
•Columbia, SC: Voices of the Palestinian Resistance

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Saturday April 14, 2018, 1:41 am

Evelyn B (61)
Saturday April 14, 2018, 6:11 am
Convenient that the media is focused on Syria now ...

While this weekend has seen more paramedical personnel being targeted by IDF snipers ...

fly bird (26)
Saturday April 14, 2018, 11:36 am
Thank you for the update, Evelyn.
Yes, Syria has been a 'distraction' for a long time! Exploiting the suffering of people, indeed, causing or aiding in destruction and los of life, is despicable - wherever that may be!

Calling on world conscience. 7 April 2018

Much has already been written and said about the bloody events of the first Great March of Return protest on 30 March.

Some of it will be forgotten in the bloodshed of the second march, on 6 April, which predictably saw Israel respond in the same brutal manner to popular unarmed demonstrations that it simply won’t countenance.

Indeed, the date of the first protest coincided with the commemoration of Land Day, when Palestinians protesting land confiscation inside Israel in 1976 were also subjected to lethal crowd control tactics and six unarmed demonstrators were shot and killed.

On 30 March 2018 the result was even more bloody. Fourteen protesters died on the day, and others succumbed to their injuries over the following week, bringing the total fatalities to 17.

Human Rights Watch found no evidence of any credible threat to Israeli soldiers, operating under a shoot-to-kill policy, posed by demonstrators.

After nine were killed during protests on 6 April, including a journalist, and another protester was shot dead earlier in the week, the total number Great March of Return fatalities has reached 27. Nearly 2,000 Palestinians have been injured – more than half of them by live fire – since the launch of the protests.

The Great March of Return demonstrations – which are set to run until 15 May, when Palestinians commemorate the anniversary of the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine – have been called to restate demands for the right of return of refugees.

The right of return is an issue that, if it is broached at all, only receives the most cursory of attention from non-Palestinians and in the foreign and Israeli media and then only to be brushed aside.

And yet, it is an issue that lies at the very heart of the Palestine question.

A right to pass down the generations

It was this that motivated Halima Aqel, 76, to come to one of the gatherings of protesters on 30 March.

She had brought her seven granddaughters to an area on the eastern edge of the Zaytoun neighborhood, on the edge of Gaza City and in between the Nahal Oz and Karni commercial crossings – both long underutilized because of Israel’s 10-year-old blockade on Gaza – and not 900 meters from the barbed wire fence and concrete wall Israel has erected around the impoverished coastal strip of land.

“I still dream of returning to my village,” said Aqel, after taking a selfie with her granddaughters.

Aqel was six when she and her family had to leave the village of Burayr, and, like so many of her generation, she still carries the key to the family home, a key her father passed to her when he died and that she will pass to one of her sons.

“My participation today is to express this hope of return. And if I am not of the generation who will return, I’m here to instill the necessity of returning in my granddaughters’ minds and hearts,” she said. “They can complete the journey after us.”

It is 70 years now since the Nakba or catastrophe in 1948, when more than 750,000 Palestinians fled or were forced to flee their homes and lands in what was to become Israel.

They were never allowed to return to reclaim their possessions or properties which were instead either confiscated by the new state and doled out to Jewish-only arrivals, or, as in the case of some 500 villages, destroyed and left to disappear.

A little further toward the boundary with Israel, in the Malaka area, now just some 700 meters from the edge of Gaza, 22 tents had been erected, each carrying the name of a village or town those inside had left in 1948.

One of these was filled with members of the Labad family and bore the name Ashkelon, an ancient city, now one Israel’s main cities in the south, where al-Majadal Asqalan was once home to more than 10,000 Palestinians.

A note to the world

Ismail Labad, 58, told The Electronic Intifada that the tents were erected in an attempt to raise awareness internationally and “guarantee that out right of return is recognized by the international community.”

Labad, a clothes merchant, was speaking while preparing lunch with a dozen members of his family in front of the white tent that bore the name of the place they think of as home and next to which one of his children, Ibrahim, 12, was busy raising the Palestinian flag.

Hundreds of similar tents were erected from south to north in Gaza, both on 30 March and 6 April, and thousands of men, women and children took part. The crowds were not deterred by the violent response to the first protest and turned out again in their thousands for the second week.

They will turn out for the third too. The protest represents a sense of unity among Palestinians around a core cause that supersedes factional differences. Demonstrators held the Palestinian flag aloft, not their factional colors.

Organizers say the series of protests is an attempt at reminding the world of its responsibilities to Palestinian refugees, whose right of return is not only mandated by UN General Assembly Resolution 194, but in Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“The mass return march is a message from Palestinians to the world to reconsider our cause,” Yahya Sinwar, the head of Hamas in Gaza, told journalists at the start of the protest on 30 March.

“The activities of the march will not stop until we’re back to our lands occupied by Israel 70 years ago.”

Hamza Abu Eltarabesh is a journalist from Gaza.
7 April 2018

fly bird (26)
Saturday April 14, 2018, 12:01 pm
Israel targets reporters, medics in Gaza protests. 13 April 2018

Israeli forces injured around 1,000 protesters, 15 of them critically, on Friday as it used lethal force to crack down on demonstrations in eastern Gaza for the third week in a row.

One Palestinian, 28-year-old Islam Mahmoud Rushdi Herzallah, was reported by the Gaza health ministry to have died after being shot in the back east of Gaza City.

Herzallah was unarmed and was posing no threat to soldiers at the time he was shot, according to the Gaza-based rights group Al Mezan.

A photo of Herzallah circulated on social media following the announcement of his death:

More than 200 of those injured on Friday were wounded by live ammunition, according to the health ministry.

Some 100 children were among those injured on Friday, according to Al Mezan.

Israeli forces have killed 36 Palestinians in Gaza since 30 March, when the Great March of Return protests began. Twenty-seven of those killed, including three children and a journalist, were fatally wounded during protests.

More than 3,000 were injured during the first two Fridays of the Great March of Return, which is set to culminate on 15 May, when Palestinians commemorate the ethnic cleansing of the lands on which the state of Israel was declared in 1948.

Some 450 children, 21 medics belonging to the Palestine Red Crescent Society and 15 journalists are among those who have been injured since 30 March, Amnesty International stated on midday Friday, as the third week of protests was set to begin.

Nearly 350 of those injured may be temporarily or permanently disabled, according to the World Health Organization. At least four people have had leg amputations.

Magdalena Mughrabi, Amnesty International’s deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa, stated that deaths resulting from Israel’s use of live ammunition against unarmed protesters “must be investigated as possible unlawful killings.”

She said that “For the past two weeks, the world has watched in horror as Israeli forces unleashed excessive, deadly force against protesters, including children, who merely demand an end to Israel’s brutal policies towards Gaza and a life of dignity.”

Israel continued to crack down on protests on Friday despite a warning from the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court that Israeli leaders could face trial for the killings of unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza.

Three journalists and 14 medics were among those newly injured, according to the health ministry.

Journalist Ahmad Muhammad Abu Hussein, 30, was reportedly in critical condition after being shot in the stomach in northern Gaza. He was wearing a protective helmet marked “TV” and a flak jacket marked with the word PRESS when he was shot, according to Al Mezan.

Video apparently shows the moment when he is hit by an Israeli sniper:

Another journalist was wounded in Khan Younis

Israeli snipers fatally wounded cameraman Yaser Murtaja during last Friday’s Great March of Return protests, spurring worldwide condemnation.

Medics at a field clinic east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza were forced to evacuate after their tent was hit by tear gas on Friday:

Paramedic Ashraf Wawi was shot in the knee while on duty in Rafah, southern Gaza, the Palestine Red Crescent Society reported:

A video shows injured paramedics being transferred to a hospital in central Gaza:

The charity Medical Aid for Palestinians warned of burnout and emotional exhaustion among Gaza’s medical workforce on Friday.

“Even before Israel’s violent response to the protests, health workers in Gaza were under huge strain due to the cumulative effects of a decade of blockade, which has degraded health and other essential services as well as the economy and living conditions, in addition to previous mass casualty events,” the group stated.

“Now, they are once again experiencing the most difficult conditions, working long hours in tense situations and assisting casualties with often horrifying and life-changing injuries,” the charity added.

Gaza’s health ministry stated on Friday that “there is a shortage of specialized medical professionals, particularly surgeons, anesthetists and forensic pathologists,” according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

“Yesterday, 12 April, Gaza’s sole power plant was forced to shut down after being unable to replenish its fuel reserves, triggering outages lasting 20 hours per day, up from 18 hours previously,” OCHA added.

“The UN, under the coordination of OCHA, continues to provide a number of critical health facilities in the Gaza Strip, including public hospitals, with emergency fuel to run backup generators.”

Palestinians prepare to set fire to an Israeli flag featuring the images of US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at a protest east of Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, on 13 April.

OCHA stated on Wednesday that public hospitals in Gaza are in need of replenishment of 59 essential drugs and 128 types of medical disposables.

On Friday a group of former Israeli army snipers joined the chorus of condemnation of the killing of unarmed demonstrators in Gaza.

“Instructing snipers to shoot to kill unarmed demonstrators who pose no danger to human life is another product of the occupation and military rule over millions of Palestinian people, as well as of our country’s callous leadership, and derailed moral path,” the five former soldiers stated in a letter published by The Guardian.

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday repeated his call for an “independent and transparent” investigation into casualties in Gaza.

Meanwhile the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee is calling for a two-way arms embargo as “the most effective response to Israel’s ongoing massacre.”

The group stated on Thursday that “This means working to end all weapons sales and purchases to and from Israel, and ending military or police partnerships with the Israeli state.”

Palestinian women prepare traditional bread at a Great March of Return tent city encampment at the Israel-Gaza boundary, Jabalia, northern Gaza Strip, 13 April.

In a legal analysis published on Friday, the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem puts the army’s open fire regulations being used on the Gaza boundary into a long history of Israel invoking hypothetical “worst-case scenarios” or “exceptions in international law” in order to justify routine human rights violations on a massive scale.

B’Tselem states: “For years, Israel relied on the extreme ‘ticking bomb’ scenario to justify torturing tens of thousands of Palestinians, most of whom were suspected of involvement in minor offenses, despite the absolute and unequivocal prohibition on torture in international law.”

“Pressing military need” was the pretext for the destruction of “hundreds of hectares of farmland at the beginning of the second intifada, mostly in Gaza,” according to the rights group.

That measure is also the justification given by Israel for its routine detention of Palestinians without charge or trial under administrative detention orders.

“Israel is highly experienced in breaking the law and trampling basic moral principles underfoot without being called to task in any way,” B’Tselem adds.

“It is certainly not held accountable domestically, as the judiciary fully cooperates with this criminal state of affairs and the public generally supports the scope of the killings, injuries and destruction in Gaza, or at least remains indifferent to it, nor is Israel called to task by the international community.”

Despite this decades-old grinding machinery of repression, Palestinians remain defiant and insist on their freedom and full rights.

fly bird (26)
Saturday April 14, 2018, 6:53 pm
Austin: Gaza Great Return March and Candlelight Vigil.

Saturday, 14 April
6:00 pm
South Entrance of the Capitol Building
112 E. 11th St
Austin, TX

International call to action in support of The Great Return March!

We are calling our community and allies to take action and launch demonstrations in support of the Great Return March on April 14th, just as the righteous resisters in Gaza have declared. The time has come for our youth wherever they may be to raise their voices in support of the rightful struggle of our people in Gaza, and for our youth in diaspora to proclaim we will never surrender the right of return. Now more than ever when we seem the most divided, we must come together in collectively asserting our right to return and our dream of the total liberation of our people and homeland. There will be no solution without the total end of the Zionist colonization of Palestine–return is our right, and demand: we will return! Palestine will be free!

We will meet at 6:00 PM at 112 E 11th Street, south entrance of the capitol building Austin, Texas for Candlelight vigil. Please bring candles and lighters to share. Flags, signs and statements will be appreciated as well.

fly bird (26)
Saturday April 14, 2018, 7:08 pm
21 April, Copenhagen: Solidarity demonstration with Gaza!

Saturday, 21 April
4:00 pm
Den Sorte Plads
Mimersgade 98
Copenhagen, Denmark

Solidarity with Gaza! Join the street on Saturday, April 21, and show your support to the many thousands of people who are currently demonstrating in Gaza and who are risking their life every day!

Let us condemn the brutal violence and the killing that the Israeli military is responsible for these days!

Since the protests started last week, more than 21 Palestinians, including children, have been killed and more than 1400 are injured by shots, tear gas, rubber balls and drones.

Such military acts of violence must never be accepted and shall be condemned!

Info about the conflict:
The major demonstrations in Gaza began on March 30, 2018, on the anniversary of the 1976 demonstration, where six Palestinian protesters were killed by the Israeli military.

The ongoing protests are called “The Great Return Day” and the protesters calls for the Palestinian refugees and their descendants to be given the opportunity to return and to stop the siege of Gaza.

The protests will last six weeks – until 15 May. This is the day that marks the violent displacement of several hundreds of thousands of Palestinians during the conflict about the establishment of the Israeli state in 1948.
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We start at Den Sorte Plads at 16.00 and go together to Blågardsplads.

Speaks, music and precise route are published as soon as possible.

See you!

Solidaritet med Gaza! Gå med på gaden lørdag den 21. april, og vis din støtte til de mange tusinde mennesker, der lige nu demonstrerer i Gaza, og som bliver mødt af kugler og tåregas!

Lad os fordømme den brutale vold og de drab, som det Israelske militær i disse dage er ansvarlig for!

Siden protesterne startede i sidste uge er mere end 21 palæstinensere, herunder flere børn, blevet dræbt og mere end 1400 er såret af skud, tåregas, gummikugler og droner.
Sådanne militære voldshandlinger må aldrig accepteres og skal fordømmes!

Info om konflikten:
De store demonstrationer i Gaza begyndte den 30. marts 2018 på årsdagen for den demonstration i 1976, hvor seks palæstinensiske demonstranter blev dræbt af det israelske militær.

De igangværende protester bliver kaldt “Den store march for tilbagevenden” og der demonstreres for, at de palæstinensiske flygtninge og deres efterkommere får mulighed for at vende tilbage, og at belejringen af Gaza stoppes.

Protesterne vil efter planen vare seks uger – frem til 15. maj. Dette er dagen, der markerer den voldsomme fordrivelse af flere hundredetusinde palæstinensere under konflikten omkring oprettelsen af den israelske stat i 1948.

Vi starter på Den Sorte Plads kl 16.00 og går samlet til Blågardsplads.

Taler, musik og præcis rute offentliggøres snarest.

Vi ses!

fly bird (26)
Saturday April 14, 2018, 7:11 pm
15 April, Crosia: For Yaser Murtaja.

Sunday, 15 April
6:00 pm
Mirto Lungomare
Crosia, Italy

On Friday, 6 April 2018, our brother Yaser was hit by a bullet from an Israeli sniper. Yaser Murtaja was a journalist and Israel knew it – his vest with the word “PRESS” left no doubt. At about 2:00 am, Yaser bled to death after doctors could not stop his internal bleeding. After the silence of memory, the time has come to react.

On 22 May 2011, when Gaza was facing one of so many Israeli bombardments, we in Jasmine Crosia created a mural, “Crosia is Gaza.” The photo was spread widely on social media – and it was Yaser Murtaja who responded to us, on the walls of his city, “Gaza is Crosia.” The link overcame virtual barriers and became real as we established a twinning across borders. We must not be silent!

Venerdì 6 aprile 2018, nostro fratello Yaser è stato colpito da un proiettile di un cecchino israeliano, che lo aspettava da tempo.
Yaser Murtaja era un giornalista ed Israele lo sapeva: la sua pettorina con la scritta ‘PRESS’ non lasciava alcun dubbio.
Verso le 2 della notte successiva, Yaser è morto dissanguato, i medici non sono riusciti a fermare l’emorragia, a Gaza pure gli ospedali sono sotto assedio e non dispongono di strumentazioni sofisticate e adatte.

La sua morte ci ha annichiliti, bloccati. Dopo il silenzio della commemorazione, è giunto il tempo di reagire.

Non possiamo restare in silenzio!

Il 22 maggio del 2011, mentre Gaza era stretta nella morsa dagli ennesimi bombardamenti israeliani, noi di Jasmine Crosia abbiamo lanciato il primo messaggio verso quella striscia di terra sotto assedio: sul ponte che solca la SS 106 a Mirto-Crosia abbiamo scritto “CROSIA IS GAZA”, perché tra le macerie della città palestinese abbiamo intercettato le tracce dello stesso dolore che soffoca la Calabria: Il silenzio.

Le foto del murales postate sui social corrono veloci e ricevono subito una risposta da Gaza. Era Yaser, Yaser Murtaja che sui muri divelti della sua città scriveva, rispondendoci, “GAZA IS CROSIA”.
Il legame supera velocemente le barriere virtuali e diventa reale, palpitante… La comunicazione tra Crosia e Gaza si fa sempre più serrata. A Yaser si uniscono subito due amici, Rushdi e Asem, e presto tanti altri. Nasce così Jasmine Gaza: in quel momento tra le due sponde del Mediterraneo si è instaurato un gemellaggio, un ponte ideale.

Nel maggio del 2013, finalmente i primi di noi, Vincenzo e Liana, riescono a oltrepassare il confine egiziano ed entrano nella Striscia di Gaza attraverso il valico di Rafah. Lì ad attenderli c’è Yaser, che da subito gli fa da madre e da padre, così come avrebbe fatto con tutti i gelsomini italiani che nelle settimane seguenti sono giunti a Gaza.
Il nostro ponte ideale si fa finalmente abbraccio di corpi, che cambierà per sempre la vita di tutti noi.

Dall’incontro fisico delle due realtà si sviluppa un nuovo concetto di Ain Media, trasformandosi in una piccola agenzia di comunicazione che da lì a pochi mesi avrebbe cambiato il modo di fare comunicazione dall’interno della Striscia di Gaza.

Durante quei mesi di vita trascorsi fianco a fianco, Yaser affina la sua innata capacità fotografica e di reporter grazie all’aiuto di Sami, che mette a disposizione la sua conoscenza di fotografo professionista, e a quello di Vincenzo, che ha alle spalle tanti anni di esperienza nel settore della comunicazione. Entrambi sono per Yaser modelli da cui imparare, e lo fa in fretta e con un entusiasmo contagioso.

Nel dicembre del 2013 gli ultimi di noi lasciano Gaza, ma la collaborazione e il legame umano non si interrompono, tutt’altro.
In continuo contatto con Sami e Vincenzo ormai ad Amman, Yaser porta avanti Ain Media insieme a Rushdi, e il loro lavoro di informazione dalla Striscia comincia a raggiungere un pubblico sempre più ampio, diventando sempre più scomodo per Israele.

La loro comunicazione è fatta di volti, di persone vive, che nell’immaginario collettivo avevano assunto la forma di una moltitudine informe, violenta e terrorista. Attraverso l’occhio di Ain Media, gli abitanti di Gaza assumono ora contorni estremamente umani e finalmente vicini alla verità delle cose.
Per le strade della città sotto assedio scopriamo le ragazze che si recano a scuola, i pescatori che quando possono escono a largo (si fa per dire) per pescare, l’università, i tanti negozi con la merce esposta sulle strade affollate. Ecco una città nuova, familiare, ma continuamente violata dell’assedio incessante del suo oppressore. Questa “nuova” Gaza corre sui social e smaschera le menzogne di Israele, rendendo ben presto nostro fratello Yaser un “obiettivo”.

La verità spaventa i regimi, tutti i regimi. Ed Israele non fa eccezione.

Domenica 15 aprile, vogliamo affermare che Yaser era un obiettivo di Israele, e che tutti i giornalisti in Palestina lo sono. Yaser è stato ammazzato mentre svolgeva il suo lavoro di giornalista durante una manifestazione disarmata e pacifica nella Striscia di Gaza -sotto assedio israeliano- che costituisce una flagrante violazione del diritto internazionale.

Nessuna democrazia mette un bavaglio alla stampa, solo i regimi totalitari reprimono la libertà di espressione.

Noi chiediamo alle associazioni di categoria calabresi, a uomini e donne di sollevarsi e marciare pacificamente con noi. Perchè Yaser è uno di noi! Yaser sognava di venire a Crosia, e siamo certi che lo ha sognato fino alla fine.. Yaser è un padre di famiglia calabrese, assassinato perché ribellatosi al potere mafioso. A Gaza, come in Calabria,ci sono vittime innocenti e non ci sono mai colpevoli.

L’appuntamento è alle Cento Fontane per marciare verso il murales “Free Gaza”, simbolo del primo contatto tra Gaza e Crosia.

Domenica 15 aprile quel Mediterraneo, che è diventato ormai il cimitero degli ultimi, tornerà ad essere un ponte di speranza tra i popoli.

fly bird (26)
Saturday April 14, 2018, 7:12 pm
14 April, Beziers: Rally in Solidarity with Gaza.

Saturday, 14 April
3 pm to 5 pm
Allees Paul Riquet
Beziers, France
More info:

Followed by a unified march from 5 pm departing from the Beziers theatre.

Rassemblement de 15 H à 17 h sur les allées Paul Riquet. Puis manifestation unitaire à 17 H au départ du théâtre de Béziers.

fly bird (26)
Saturday April 14, 2018, 7:14 pm
22 April, Donegal: Solidarity with the Great March of Return.

Sunday, 22 April
12:00 pm
Station Road Roundabout
Letterkenny, Ireland

The Great Return March.

On Friday March the 30th, thousands of Palestinian refugees embarked on The Great Return March to protest against Israels refusal to allow refugees to return home. An estimated 30,000 Palestinians set up camp 700 metres back from the border. The tents being a symbol of the Palestinian Refugee problem that began with the Nakba, when Israel forcibly displaced 700,000 Palestinians from their home in 1948. The Great March Return was a peaceful non violent demonstration telling the whole world that the Palestinians have been suffering for almost 70 years and their lives have been awful since.

They were met with sniper fire, the IDF were ordered to shoot, drones flooded the peaceful demonstrators with tear gas, you will have seen the footage of the man getting shot while praying, a couple getting shot in the back as they ran away, a lady walking about with a flag, these people were hundreds of metres back from the border fence, there is a huge electric fence between them and the IDF, they were no threat to anyone, this demonstration was peaceful from the Palestinian side, but Israel that day murdered 15, 3 more died from their injuries since, they wounded over 1400, 750 of those were shot. Today Friday the 6th of April the death count is 8 Palestinians and 1070 wounded today. Palestine’s hospitals had to release patients who were not ready to be released yesterday to make room for today’s casualties. Please come show your support to these people, this is one of the gravest crimes against humanity, this is going on almost 70 years. There are vigils going on all over the world.

Also we are asking all Irish elected representatives to act for the Palestinian people and to carry out the following actions.

1 . Officially recognize the state of Palestine.

2. Impose economic sanctions on Israel.

3 End all diplomatic ties with the apartheid state.

Israel will continue showing flagrant disregard for international law and commit war crimes with impunity until Ireland and the International community hold them to account.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday April 15, 2018, 2:22 am
Noted and shared ALL links over social media.

TOM T (248)
Wednesday April 18, 2018, 9:30 am
S & N Thanks for sharing .....

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Wednesday April 25, 2018, 5:20 am

fly bird (26)
Tuesday May 22, 2018, 7:08 am
Things have continued, to this day, sadly!

Born in Deir Yassin (TRAILER) 3:02

Born in Deir Yassin, Neta Shoshani, Israel, 2016

One of the most important documentaries shown at the November 2017 edition of The Other Israel Film Festival held by the Manhattan JCC [Jewish Community Center] was Born in Deir Yassin by Neta Shoshani. She introduces her production with text stating the essentials:

April 1948: The Jewish state and army are soon to be established in Palestine. The underground paramilitary organizations – the liberal “Haganah” and the radical “Irgun” and “Lahi” are still in conflict over the identity of the new nation. “Irgun” and “Lahi” attack and conquer the Arab village of Deir Yassin near Jerusalem. Rumors of a massacre spread, causing a mass exodus of Arabs from all over the country. What happened in Deir Yassin is controversial to this day. Since 1951, on the streets of Deir Yassin, stands the “Kfar Shaul” government Mental Health Hospital.

Neta Shoshani’s documentary elucidates the 1948 massacre at Deir Yassin with archival material and numerous interviews with surviving senior members of the paramilitary organizations who participated or witnessed the killing. Jewish authorities, including Haganah, the Chief Rabbinate, and David Ben-Gurion, had condemned the attack. The careful reconstruction of the event is accompanied by a parallel narration, the story of a Hanna Nissan who spent her life in the Yassin mental hospital built in 1951 on the ruins of Yassin. Her adult son Dror, who was born and raised in the hospital, and an East Jerusalem orphanage, visits Yassin and the hospital. He is filmed quoting from a copy of his mother’s file given to him by the hospital. It contained her medical records, letters and correspondence. None of the Jewish participants of the massacre disputed that it took place though accounts differed in detail such as the number of civilians from the village who were killed, the survivors, the motivation for the attack, and presence of armed Arab men among the villagers. Lehi member Moshe Edelstein was horrified by the images of blown up women and children. According to Ami Isseroff, members of a Jerusalem youth group were ordered to bury remaining corpses because Irgun and Lahi members refused to complete the cleanup. They were 17 years old and not prepared for the massacre. Yehoshua Zettler, Lehi Commander of Jerusalem, acknowledged that he ordered the destruction of Deir Yassin. Uri Yankovski from the Haganah who took photos admitted that “they did a dirty job” but emphasized that “from a practical point of view Deir Yassin helped to reach our objectives”. The commander of the Irgun group, Ben Zion Cohen expressed pride in his role at Yassin “If there would have been more Deir Yassins not one Arab would be left in the land of Israel”. The paramilitary combatants carrying out the attack apparently had no military training or information about Deir Yassin. Ben Zion Cohen reports initiating the attack after he was shot in the leg by a sniper. Combatants were ordered by Cohen to destroy everything, to blow up the houses one by one with the 28 bombs they had and throw grenades into the houses knowing that there were children and women inside.

Dror’s mother pleads in a voice over with texts taken from her clinical files, that her son should not visit Yassin since it is an evil place and states that she named him Dror meaning freedom. She was diagnosed with signs of psychosis but no awareness of the illness. When the hospital staff advised her to have an abortion she refused, believing that having a child would balance her life. After her young son was taken from her, she escaped from the hospital and was found wandering the street medicated. Placed in a closed ward she was diagnosed as suffering from psychosis and amnesia. A 1967 report about Dror notes the rich fantasy life of the six year old child, his requests to see his mother, and suggests that he be given up for adoption. After some time in an East Jerusalem orphanage he became a member of a kibbutz and began exchanging letters with his mother. Grown up he succeeded in visiting her at the Kfar Shaud mental hospital. By that time his mother’s latest diagnosis stated that...” patient has paranoid hallucinations hearing voices warning her of murder…she is kept in isolation [and] attempts to heal her failed”.

As ordered by Cohen, the Irgun went from house to house leaving no survivor behind though a girl about 6 years old was found alive by Uri Yankowski. Political leaders ordered that the massacre be covered up but also requested photos be taken. Meir Pa’il from the Haganah information service standing next to the photographer observed men, women and children lined up against a wall and shot. There was pressure to act because UN representatives were expected to show up. Meir did not see photos or ask questions assuming Zionists did not want them to be seen “If Jews commit a massacre it is an atrocity” Uri Yankovski never saw the pictures he took either but recalled clearly what he observed. Yehoshua Zettler reported that some survivors were trucked to Jerusalem. Those refusing to be moved were told that they would be shot. It took two days to clean the site and get rid of the bodies. 30 half burnt corpses were stored in one room, a pile of burnt corpses was found at the entrance of the village. The cleanup crew included 17-year-old boys from the Haganah youth battalion. Sara Ben-Or from the youth group identified her post traumatic stress disorder as the consequence of being exposed as a young woman to the killed villagers and her discovery of a beheaded woman sitting on a chair. Most of the more than 100 victims were women, children and old men. When queried by Shoshani about the impact of their action which turned Arabs into refugees and the Israelis into occupiers, her respondents indicated that they were not aware of it but stressed that they failed to explain what happened.

Her attempt to view the photos from the massacre failed because IDF argued that “[it] cannot release photos because it may be detrimental to foreign relations”. There is no remedy apart from a Supreme Court appeal. When she again gets in touch with some former members of the para-military organizations involved in the Deir Yassin massacre who she had interviewed for the documentary they refuse to confirm their statements. All had received calls ordering them to be silent. This order was bizarre because their on the record statements were an important part of the documentary and there were apparently no attempts to prevent their use in the documentary. As her last remedy Shoshani filed a request with the Supreme Court to open the files. Her demand to release classified documents and photos of the 1948 massacre at Deir Yassin was denied in 2016 by three judges from Israel’s Supreme Court invoking the following reason:

The problems entailed is Israel’s foreign relations related to the events of 1948 have not been solved and the conflict has not ended yet. Therefore, we are convinced that publishing the documentation and photographs is liable to harm Israel’s foreign relations. We are particularly worried about the harsh visual effect. This effect is present in certain photos in the archive. Therefore, we find no grounds to intervene at this time.
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