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Red Cross Appeals for Medical Aid for Gaza (VIDEO)

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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) called for providing surgical and medical needs to the Gaza Strip yesterday, after thousands of demonstrators were injured during peaceful protests since March 30


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fly bird (26)
Friday June 1, 2018, 8:38 pm
Red Cross Appeals for Medical Aid for Gaza (VIDEO)

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) called for providing surgical and medical needs to the Gaza Strip yesterday, after thousands of demonstrators were injured during peaceful protests since March 30.

The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross for the Middle East, Robert Mardini, told a press conference in Geneva yesterday that the committee sent two surgical teams to Gaza and set up a unit at Al-Shifa Hospital to treat hundreds of injured protestors during the demonstrations.

Mardini said that facilitating the arrival of medical personnel and supplies would help fortify the medical facilities that are struggling to help the population. He pointed out that 13,000 Palestinians were injured during the protests, including 5,400 limb injuries.

The Ministry of Health said in a report that 120 Palestinians were killed during the March of Return, which started on March 30, while about 13,000 were injured either by live fire or the use of tear gas.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

fly bird (26)
Friday June 1, 2018, 8:39 pm
Updated: Army Kills A Medic, Injures 100 Palestinians, Including 40 With Live Fire, In Gaza.

Colleen L (3)
Saturday June 2, 2018, 11:44 am
I pray they get all that they need to help the ones in Gaza. Thanks Fly

Roberto MARINI (88)
Sunday June 3, 2018, 8:33 am
noted, thanks for this important humanitarian post.

Paola S (11)
Sunday June 3, 2018, 1:08 pm
Thank you for posting, last night 6.2. I heard on television that a sniper killed the Angel of Gaza, the 21-year-old girl who had long cared for the innocent victims of this disgusting war !

fly bird (26)
Tuesday June 5, 2018, 4:03 am
The language used about Palestinians is putting their lives at risk.
May 24 2018

OPINION: The language used by most mainstream media to report and analyse the events in Gaza is not just shameful, it risks Palestinian lives.

It appears the media's collective mind has been so saturated by Israeli propaganda that they are prepared to go as far as defying what they can see and hear with their own eyes and ears.

This is how BBC ended up describing the massacre we have witnessed in Gaza as "clashes", even though clearly one side is doing all the killing, and the other side all the dying.

This misapplication of language is not merely irksome, it is downright dangerous, because the language used in the media feeds into, and strengthens, the narrative that allows Israel to commit crimes against Palestinians with impunity.

Our brains are being trained to ignore the application of what is sane, reasonable and moral to Palestinians, and to assume that Palestinians are born inherently violent and are used to a way of life that makes getting shot an ordinary experience for them.

No human being will ever choose to get shot. But if, and only if, we choose to ignore that Palestinians are just like us, just as human, just as capable of feeling fear and suffering, just as capable of feeling joy and hope, then – and only then – can we possibly believe that they would willingly make a choice to get shot.

Encouraging this warped way of thinking is called dehumanisation of the Palestinians. Look for this type of dehumanisation in most reports you read about Palestinians and you will find it is there – sometimes explicitly and sometimes in the most subtle way.

Let's get the language right: Palestinians are being massacred by one of the most powerful armies in the world, which does not want to give them any option other than living in captivity, with daily humiliation.

The only choice the Palestinians have made for themselves is not to tolerate their oppression, not to be stripped of their dignity, and not to live in captivity.

Israeli sniper attacks have, so far, shot dead close to 100 Palestinian protesters and wounded thousands, during a peaceful protest march recorded and reported by the world media.

In these reports, we can see with our own eyes and ears that the civilians, including women and children, are unarmed – and there are no threats to Israeli lives or any risk of a "mass border breach". Yet our media is happy to allow the peaceful march of the oppressed people of Gaza to be labelled as "terrorist attacks".

This is truly outrageous. Where are the Palestinian voices?

The media is not interested in the Palestinian voices and their stories, and so it reinforces a narrative that we have heard repeated time and time again by the Zionist propaganda machine aimed at dehumanisation of Palestinians – namely that the Palestinians hate Israel more than they love their own children, or that they want the destruction of Israel more than they want peace.

This dehumanisation project is central to the Zionist agenda, because without it, there could be no justification for Israel's inhumane treatment of Palestinians.

We need to see and hear more from Palestinians. We need to hear narratives that are not framed entirely around the security concerns of Israel, or are not based on the depiction of Palestinians as terrorists bent on annihilation of Israel.

We need to hear about the aspirations and hopes of Palestinians and about their suffering and resilience.

It really is time for the media to make more room for Palestinians to tell their stories of displacement, humanity and resilience, and stop perpetuating a narrative that allows us to forget they are humans and not targets for Israeli sniper attacks.

* Donna Miles-Mojab is a Scottish-born Iranian New Zealander.
- The Dominion Post

Danuta W (1251)
Tuesday June 5, 2018, 8:15 am

fly bird (26)
Wednesday June 6, 2018, 8:57 am
Israeli army says the killing of Palestinian medic Razan al-Najjar was ‘just an accident’.
June 6, 2018

Jonathan Ofir

“Israeli soldiers did not fire directly at Razan al-Najjar, a Palestinian medic who was killed on Friday during protests on the Gaza border, a preliminary military investigation found”, Yaniv Kubovich reports for Haaretz.

The probe is not concluded, it is only in its early stages. Yet they can already tell us about this unequivocal finding. It was an accident. From Haaretz:

“The probe was based primarily on interviews with soldiers who were on the scene. As part of the inquiry, which the military said hasn’t concluded yet, the military examined who opened fire during the event and how much ammunition was used. The investigation found the soldiers opened fire at other demonstrators, and not directly at Najjar.”

Here is the tweet from the Israeli Defense Forces.
Now, why should we not believe this? The “most moral army in the world” said it, that couldn’t possibly be wrong, right?

Well you don’t have to go far back in time to understand why Israeli army investigations have a huge credibility problem.

The case of the Samir Awad

This week, in the case of the 2013 killing of 16-year-old Samir Awad of Budrus when he posed absolutely no danger (8 bullets in the back, including one to the head), the state prosecution decided to drop the charges earlier this week, charges that had been watered down to “negligence”.

As John Brown notes in the detailed account (Hebrew, Haaretz ), the investigation proved to be full of lies. First the force claimed to not have used live fire at all, but only means for dispersing stone-throwing demonstrations. Except that stones were not even thrown there. After it became clear that the boy died of his wounds, the version was changed into them shooting non-lethal warning shots and that Samir merely fell and died of his fall. When it was revealed from the autopsy that Samir had died from a bullet to the head, the version was changed into one wherein Samir supposedly posed a lethal threat to the lives of the soldiers. In the end, the forensic examination was so sloppy, that it could not be determined which of two soldiers fired the lethal shot.

It took a whole lot of effort to get to indictment, with the help of B’Tselem, and it ended only with a charge of “negligence”, but even that was dropped. The defense’s threat to open up the can of worms regarding many other cases was apparently too serious a threat for the state.

Israeli legal human rights organization Yesh Din said in a statement issued in response:

“The prosecutor’s announcement of the cancellation of the indictments against the two soldiers involved in the killing of the youth Samir Awad constitutes another example of the impunity enjoyed by soldiers who wound Palestinians.”

“The bottom line is that the military system protects soldiers who violate the law and wound Palestinians, while leaving Palestinians defenseless.”

Gaby Lasky, a lawyer who represents the Awad family, commented:

“[The decision to withdraw the charges was] another case of whitewashing the killing of Palestinians. A teenager was shot in the head with his back to the soldiers on his way to the village where he lives. There are no legal orders that permit shooting at the upper body under such circumstances, in which there is no danger to the lives of the soldiers or other people and no danger whatsoever. If there are rules of engagement that permit such shooting, then those rules themselves are illegal.”

“Falling off a bike”

In the case of the December 2017 shooting in the head of 15-year-old Mohammed Tamimi (Ahed’s cousin), who miraculously survived, an Israeli general seriously claimed that Mohammed’s injury was simply due to his falling off his bike.

Major General Yoav Mordechai, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), claimed on a Facebook post that Mohammed was not hit by a bullet, but rather fell from his bicycle. Mordechai is the highest direct authority of the Israeli occupation, and he wrote this on the COGAT official Arabic Facebook page. “A culture of lies and incitement continues for young people and adults in the Tamimi family”, he wrote. The post was plastered with a red stamp saying “fake news” in Arabic. This ran against forensic evidence, of which there was no lack of. The army had simply managed to extract a “confession” from Mohammed, obtained under the usual criminal duress. There is no shame here.

Assumption of innocence

Israelis seem to love this assumption of innocence when it regards soldiers. The myth of the “most moral army in the world” is so addictive, that there is a reflexive proneness to believe anything that may confirm it, and to assume this innocence in advance. As I had mentioned two days ago, this assumption even comes from prominent Haaretz journalists, as in the actual case of Razan al-Najar. Asaf Ronel of Haaretz simply assumed that “it’s unlikely that a sniper deliberately killed Razan al-Najjar” – with absolutely no evidence to back it. Such assumptions are so common in Israel that they are hardly noticed anymore.

It is extremely rare that Israeli military cases involving killings actually get to indictment, and it usually requires an actual close-up filming of the event (with the shooter and the victim) to qualify it for some sort of indictment (as in the Azarya case), or sometimes extreme legal pressure from organizations and also international pressure, as in the case of the killing of British photographer and human rights activist Tom Hurndall in Gaza, 2004 (see on that in the link above re. Azarya).

Should we thus take the army by the word, and assume that the soldiers simply killed Razan al-Najjar by accident? That would be an extremely irresponsible thing to do. The army proclamation of innocence is meant for those who are already Hasbara-junkies, those who already believe the “most moral army” in advance. Because Israeli soldiers “are not murderers”.

H/t Hala Gabriel, Nasser Butt

Angela J (61)
Friday June 8, 2018, 11:40 am
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