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Pope Expresses Deep Sorrow Over Gaza Massacre

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I am very concerned about the escalating violence in the Middle East and in the Holy Land, which causes further deviation from the path of peace, dialogue, and negotiation


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fly bird (26)
Wednesday May 16, 2018, 3:41 pm
Pope Expresses Deep Sorrow Over Gaza Massacre.
May 16, 2018

The Pope expressed his deep sorrow over the “deaths and injuries” caused by the Israeli occupation army on the border of the Gaza Strip, stressing his solidarity with them.

The Pope said:

“I am very concerned about the escalating violence in the Middle East and in the Holy Land, which causes further deviation from the path of peace, dialogue, and negotiation.”

He added:

“I feel very sad for the deaths and injuries and stand by those who suffer and I’m praying for them. I repeat once again that violence will never lead to peace.”

The Pope called on all concerned parties and the international community to renew their commitments in order to achieve dialogue, peace, and justice in the Middle East.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

fly bird (26)
Wednesday May 16, 2018, 3:43 pm
ISM: “We witnessed at least 40 Palestinians dropping to the ground from tear gas inhalation.”
May 16, 2018

On Monday, the 14th of May, at 11am, thousands of Palestinians gathered in Arafat Square in Ramallah and proceeded to march to Qalandia checkpoint, to confront Israeli forces. The US embassy was officially moved to Jerusalem on this same day. Palestinians held signs and placards to assert their right of return and in remembrance of Al Nakba (The Catastrophe). Palestinian children released black balloons with Palestinian flags attached into the skies when they reached Qalandia.

Hundreds of Palestinians then proceeded to protest against the Israeli occupation. Palestinian press and medics were assaulted by Israeli forces before the march even made its way to Qalandia. Israeli forces used weapons of violence to suppress a peaceful march, attended by men, women and children. Many were injured by rubber coated steel bullets and foam batons fired by Israeli forces. The amount of tear gas used was shocking.

One International Solidarity Movement activist stated: “We witnessed at least 40 Palestinians dropping to the ground from tear gas inhalation, today, at Qalandia checkpoint.”

Live ammunition and stun grenades were also used against the demonstrators as Palestinian medics kept rushing with stretchers and returning to ambulances with those who were injured.

Over 531 Palestinian villages were ethnically cleansed during the Nakba, as massacres took place. 800,000 Palestinians were forced out either internally displaced or forced out of their homeland. Palestinians will never forget and will not give up on the right of return.

#OccupiedPalestine #Nakba70 #RightOfReturn #GreatReturnMarch #FreePalestine

Visit the International Solidarity Movement (ISM).

05/10/18 Higher National Commission of Great March of Return and Breaking of Siege Appeals to International Community to Save Gaza

fly bird (26)
Wednesday May 16, 2018, 3:47 pm

In New Crime of Excessive Use of Lethal Force against Peaceful Demonstrators in Gaza Strip, Israeli Forces Kill 2 Palestinian Civilians; One of Them is Child, and Wounded 45 Others, including 3 Journalists, Female Paramedic and 5 Children.
16 May 2018

Yesterday afternoon, 15 May 2018, Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians; one of them is a child, and wounded 45 others, including 3 journalists, a female paramedic and 5 children, in excessive use of force against the peaceful demonstrators in the eastern Gaza Strip. In the afternoon, those demonstrators swarmed to the border area, east and north of the Gaza Strip, to continue the activities of the March of Return and Breaking the Siege declared one month and a half ago. Those events came after a bloody day when the Israeli forces recruited the most violent force against those peaceful demonstrators and killed 42 Palestinian civilians, including 5 children, in addition to wounding 1500 other civilians, including dozens of children and women. Meanwhile, PCHR is still investigating into the killing of 17 other Palestinians, including a child, near the Eastern Cemetery, east of Jabalia.

The two civilians killed were identified as:
1.Naser Ahmed Mahmoud Ghorab (51) was hit with a bullet to the chest when he was near a tent in the Return encampment in eastern al-Bureij refugee camp around 600 meters away from the border fence with Israel.
2.Belal Budeir Hussein al-Ashram (17) was hit with 2 bullets to the chest and left leg when he was 150 meters away from the border fence with Israel in eastern al-Bureij refugee camp.

The following table shows the number of civilian casualties due to the Israeli suppression of the Return demonstrations since 30th March.

Investigations and Field observations by PCHR’s fieldworkers emphasize the following:
•Dozens of Israeli Forces’ snipers continued to position on the hills, behind the sand barriers and in military jeeps along the border fence in front of the peaceful demonstrations in the eastern Gaza Strip.
•According to PCHR’s fieldworkers, the number of youth gatherings near the border fence augmented to reach dozens who set fire to tires and attempted to throw stones at the Israeli forces.
•The Israeli snipers deliberately and selectively opened fire at the participants in the peaceful demonstrations which included thousands of civilians in different areas in the eastern Gaza Strip.
•The Israeli forces widely fired bursts of tear gas canisters and from drones, targeting the center of the demonstrations and near the demonstrators near the border fence. As a result, many civilians were directly targeted and hit with tear gas canisters, causing injuries, while the gas coming from them made hundreds suffer tear gas inhalation, fainting and seizures. Some of them were transferred to hospitals; including few so far receive medical treatment.
•The demonstrations were as always fully peaceful, and PCHR’s fieldworkers did not witness armed manifestations or armed persons even dressed in civilian clothes among the demonstrators, who were hundreds of elderlies, women, children and entire families, demonstrating near the border fence and raising flags, chanting slogans and national songs, flying kites and burning tires.
•The Israeli forces targeted many times the places where the ambulances belonging to the Ministry of Health were parked, causing severe damage to them.
•The Journalists were again targeted by tear gas canisters, resulting in the injury of 3 of them in eastern Khan Younis.
•The Israeli unjustified and fallacious incitement against the peaceful demonstrations and encampments continues, perceiving the demonstration itself as danger. This hereby violates the right to peaceful assembly codified in all International instruments.

PCHR emphasizes that the increasing number of casualties, deaths or injuries, is unjustified and proof of targeting civilians who practice their right to peaceful assembly. Moreover, killing them using the deadly force is a serious violation of international law and international humanitarian law.
•PCHR emphasizes that the demonstrations are fully peaceful and civilians have the right to raise their voices against the Israeli forces and closure and enjoy their right to return. Thus, PCHR stresses that Israel shall be held accountable and prosecuted through investigating with it into these crimes.
•PCHR also stresses that this ongoing policy by Israel violates the Rome STATUTE OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT (ICC) and Fourth Geneva Convention, and its practices qualify to war crimes. Thus, PCHR calls upon the ICC Prosecutor to open an official investigation into these crimes in addition to prosecuting and holding accountable all of those involved in issuing decisions and orders in the Israeli forces at the political and security level and those applying the orders.
•PCHR asks for the presence of international observers from the United Nations (UN) bodies in the Gaza Strip to make sure that these demonstrations are totally peaceful and even if the Israeli authorities denied their access to Gaza, they can observe from the Israeli side of the borders.

•PCHR hereby condemns this new crime committed by the Israeli forces, believing it is as a result of Israel’s enjoying impunity thanks to the U.S. and so encouraging the Israeli forces to commit further crimes upon an official decision by the highest military and political echelons.

•PCHR also reiterates its call upon the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations under Article 1; i.e., to respect and ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances and their obligations under Article 146 to prosecute persons alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

•PCHR calls upon Switzerland, in its capacity as the Depository State for the Convention, to demand the High Contracting Parties to convene a meeting and ensure Israel’s respect for this Convention, noting that these grave breaches constitute war crimes under Article 147 of the same Convention and Protocol (I) Additional to the Geneva Conventions regarding the guarantee of Palestinian civilians’ right to protection in the occupied territories.

•PCHR calls for an international commission to investigate the crimes committed by the Israeli forces against the unarmed civilians participating in the Return March activities.

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The Final Toll for Bloodiest Day since Beginning of Return and Breaking Siege March in the Gaza Strip, 42 civilians, including 5 children, were killed while 1697 others, including 288 children, 70 women, 12 journalists, and 3 paramedics, were wounded
May 15, 2018

Freya H (358)
Wednesday May 16, 2018, 4:02 pm
Expressing sorrow is fine, but we need some action to back it up.

Judy C (91)
Wednesday May 16, 2018, 4:10 pm
This whole situation is outrageous and sad. It's hard to sell them how any people who believe in the same God could be treating one another so badly. Do the Zionists really believe that this is their God's will? I'm glad the Pope is publicly condemning all this.

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday May 16, 2018, 7:27 pm
We do need something done. You'd think the dip sh*t in office who caused all of this to say or do something to calm this situation that he caused. I like the Pope am furious that this is going on and Pray for peace. Thanks Fly

fly bird (26)
Wednesday May 16, 2018, 10:02 pm
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fly bird (26)
Thursday May 17, 2018, 8:48 am
Events for 17 May 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Events for 18 May 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Events for 18 May 2018

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

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

Events for 19 May 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Events for 20 May 2018

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

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

fly bird (26)
Friday May 18, 2018, 7:20 pm
‘Killing Gaza’: A New Documentary on Palestinians Under Siege. 23:15
May 18, 2018

In their new film “Killing Gaza,” journalists Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal capture the harrowing stories of Palestinians who survived the 2014 Israeli assault, and their struggles to recover and persist under a crippling blockade. Watch video.
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