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27th Straight Bloody Friday in Gaza. Israeli Forces Kill Children

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Killed seven Gazans, including two children, injuring over 500 others, around 90 from live fire. Israel gets away with murdering Palestinians and other horrific human rights abuses because


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fly b (26)
Saturday September 29, 2018, 8:35 pm
Israel gets away with murdering Palestinians and other horrific human rights abuses because the international community fails to hold it accountable.

Peaceful Gazan Great March of Return protests began on March 30, continuing each Friday, yesterday for the 27th consecutive time, the horrific death and injury toll mounting.

According to Gaza’s health ministry, Israeli forces Friday 28, 2018 killed seven Gazans, including two children, injuring over 500 others, around 90 from live fire.

Ministry spokesman Dr. Ashraf al-Qedra said “the types of injuries, and the deliberate use of sniper fire against the protesters, reflect one of the bloodiest and most brutal military assaults against the processions in the Gaza Strip, since the massacre of May 14” when Israeli forces massacred 60 Palestinians, including six children, injuring over 2,700 others.

On Friday, 35 children, four women, four medical workers, and two journalists were wounded, including from live fire.

At least 10 Palestinians sustained serious wounds, some life-threatening.

Since March 30, Israeli forces killed nearly 200 Gazans, around 20,000 others wounded, nearly half from live fire, including by exploding dumdum bullets, able to inflict fist-sized wounds and destroy internal organs.

According to Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) field workers,

“border area(s) witnessed heavy deployment of the Israeli forces this week as the latter heavily fired live bullets, increasing the number of causalities,” adding:

“The Israeli forces continued to use upon highest military and political echelons excessive force against the peaceful demonstrators who posed no threat or danger to the life of Israeli soldiers in the areas of demonstrations.”

Actions since March 30 have been peaceful, protesters courageously putting themselves in harm’s unarmed. Israeli claims otherwise are bald-faced lies, trying to unjustifiably justify cold-blooded murder.

Thousands of Gazans turned out yesterday, including women, children and the infirm, peacefully protesting against suffocating blockade responsible for protracted humanitarian crisis conditions.

Gathering around 300 meters from the border fence, demonstrators displayed Palestinian flags. They chanted slogans, sang national songs and set tires ablaze.

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Some threw stones and launched flaming kites cross-border. Countless numbers were harmed by toxic tear gas inhalation, the same pattern repeating each Friday.

Lethal and other brute force against defenseless civilians flagrantly violates the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Fourth Geneva, and other international law.

Israeli officials have never been held accountable for decades of high crimes, including premeditated wars of aggression. They enjoy world community immunity to keep committing what no just societies tolerate.

On the same day, Israeli forces invaded Ahed Tamimi’s Nabi Saleh village, kidnapping three Tamimi family children, two aged-11, the other aged-12.

They’re held at an unknown location incommunicado, denied access to their parents and legal counsel.

Israeli forces abduct, traumatize, and brutalize Palestinian children as young as age-six, holding them in seclusion, harshly interrogating them for days, forcing them to sign confessions in Hebrew they don’t understand for offenses they didn’t commit or are too minor to matter.

According to Defense for Children International Palestine (DCIP), up to 700 Palestinian children are kidnapped, detained, and prosecuted in rubber-stamp military tribunals annually.

Most are charged with stone-throwing. Imprisonment up to 10 or 20 years can follow, depending on the child’s age.

The vast majority of victims experience physical violence during arrest, detention and interrogation.

Abductions nearly always occur pre-dawn by dozens of heavily armed soldiers. Victims are terrorized, traumatized, beaten, sleep-deprived, and otherwise harshly abused – physically, emotionally, and verbally, leaving permanent scars.

According to DCIP, child fatalities in Occupied Palestine are at a record-high this year – other than when Israeli wars of aggression were waged.

“Israeli forces have operated with near complete impunity for so long that unlawful killings and other flagrant violations of international law have become the norm,” DCIP’s Accountablity Program director Ayed Abu explained, adding:

“Impunity combined with the rise in Israel’s use of live ammunition as a method of quelling demonstrators since 2014 means there is no legal mechanism that will halt this bloodshed.”

Last May, Israel’s Supreme Court OK’d use of live fire against peaceful Palestinian protesters. It rejected petitions by the Adalah Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Yesh Din, Gisha, and HaMoked.

Justices called use of live fire in accordance with Israeli law, falsely claiming Palestinian protesters endanger Israeli soldiers, civilians and security.

A joint Adalah/Al Mezan statement said the following in response to the ruling:

“The Israeli Supreme Court completely ignored the broad factual basis presented to it by the petitioners, which includes multiple testimonies of wounded and reports of international organizations involved in documenting the killing and wounding of unarmed protesters in Gaza,” adding:

Justices “refused to watch video clips, documenting Israeli shootings of demonstrators and, rather than actually examining the case, fully accepted the claims presented to it by the state.”

“The extreme nature of the ruling is also highlighted by the striking absence of any mention of the casualty figures that had been presented to the court.”

Israel’s High Court unjustifiably justifying live fire against peaceful Palestinian demonstrators flagrantly violates core international law.

World community indifference to fundamental Palestinian rights lets Israel get away with murder and other flagrant human rights abuses time and again.

fly b (26)
Saturday September 29, 2018, 9:15 pm
Palestine files war crime claim to ICC over Khan Al-Ahmar demolition.
September 12, 2018

Palestine yesterday filed a war crime claim to the International Criminal Court (ICC) over Israel’s planned demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar.

Chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, stated that the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) delivered a submission to ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda yesterday over Israeli war crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt), particularly the slated demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar, a Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank.

Speaking at a press conference in Ramallah, Erekat explained that the claim “included a focus on the war crimes facing Khan Al-Ahmar, specifically the crimes of forcible displacement, ethnic cleansing and the destruction of civilian property,” Wafa reported.

Erekat also released a video on the PLO Negotiations Affairs Department’s Twitter page urging Bensouda to meet with the council of Khan Al-Ahmar and Walid Assaf, head of the Committee against the Wall and Settlements. Erekat added that “we hope an official investigation can be opened as soon as possible – we are determined to pursue this line and continue our fight in the [UN] Security Council and General Assembly, the Human Rights Council and the International Court of Justice (ICJ).”

READ: Palestinians build new village near Khan Al-Ahmar

The move comes just days after US National Security Adviser John Bolton threatened sanctions against the ICC and claimed that the organisation is “dead to [us]” in a bid to protect its own and Israel’s interests. Bolton explained that “the United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court. We will not cooperate with the ICC. We will provide no assistance to the ICC. We will not join the ICC. We will let the ICC die on its own.” Responding to Bolton’s comments, the ICC said today that it will “continue to do its work undeterred, in accordance with […] the overarching idea of the rule of law”.

This is not the first time Palestine has submitted a file to the ICC. In May, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Maliki submitted a request to the ICC to investigate human rights violations inherent in Israel’s settlement policy. The submission referred to the forcible transfer of Palestinians, unlawful killings, illegal appropriation of land and property, demolition of Palestinian homes and other properties, repression of dissent through the unlawful killing of peaceful protesters and the policy of mass arbitrary detention and torture.

Also in May, the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS) filed a case to the ICC against Israeli officials and institutions directly involved in crimes against Palestinian media. The case aimed to highlight the killing of Palestinian journalists Yaser Murtaja and Ahmed Abu Hussein, as well as the injury of about 90 journalists by Israel in the Gaza Strip since the beginning of 2018 amidst the Great March of Return.

Khan Al-Ahmar, the Bedouin village to which the most recent Palestinian ICC submission refers, has been slated for demolition by Israel since it was alleged that the village was built on Israeli state land. Last week, Israel’s High Court gave the green light for the demolition, rejecting pleas to save the village and rescinding the temporary injunctions that had barred Israeli authorities from proceeding with the evictions. The question of where Khan Al-Ahmar’s 180 inhabitants will be forced to live remains to be answered after alternative sites suggested by Israel were rejected. Israel has previously suggested the Bedouin be relocated to a landfill site belonging to the nearby town of Abu Dis or a site southwest of Jericho, both of which would amount to forcible transfer which constitutes a war crime under Article 8 of the Statute of the ICC.

READ: Israel settlers expand outposts in the Jordan Valley

Colleen L (3)
Saturday September 29, 2018, 10:35 pm
Killing innocent human beings including children and their community won't hold them accountable, is a bunch of sh*t. Something must be done.
Thanks Fly

fly b (26)
Monday October 1, 2018, 9:14 pm
Please sign our demand that the Israeli military release 114 boxes of medical supplies-sterile gauze and sutures- to the Gaza health system.
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