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Bloody Friday as Gaza Marks Six Months of Protests


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- 15 days ago - electronicintifada.net
Friday marked what Gazas health ministry described as the single bloodiest day of the Great March of Return protests since 14 May, when Israeli occupation forces fatally injured more than 60 Palestinians



   

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fly b (26)
Saturday September 29, 2018, 8:46 pm
VIDEO Bloody Friday as Gaza marks six months of protests,
29 September 2018

Friday marked what Gaza’s health ministry described as the single bloodiest day of the Great March of Return protests since 14 May, when Israeli occupation forces fatally injured more than 60 Palestinians.

Seven Palestinians, including two children, were slain on Friday, two days shy of the six-month anniversary of the protest launch.

The two children were identified as Nasir Azmi Musbah, 11, shot in the head east of Khan Younis, and Muhammad Nayif Yusif al-Hawm, 14, shot in the chest east of Bureij.

An adult was also killed in Bureij, in central Gaza: Muhammad Ashraf al-Awawdeh, 25, shot with a live bullet to the chest. And in southern Khan Younis, Muhammad Ali Muhammad Inshasi, 18, was shot in the stomach.

Three were killed east of Gaza City: Iyad Khalil Ahmad al-Shaer, 18, shot in the chest; Muhammad Bassam Muhammad Shakhsa, 24, shot in the head; and Muhammad Walid Haniyeh, 32, shot in the face.

More than 250 Palestinians were injured during Friday’s protests, 163 of them by live fire, including 20 children, according to the Gaza-based human rights group Al Mezan.

One paramedic and four media workers were among those injured, including journalist Haneen Mahmoud Suleiman Baroud, 23, who was hit directly in the head with a tear gas canister, Al Mezan stated.

A graphic video published by Palestinian media outlets shows the moments after a man was shot in the back of his head during protests east of Gaza City on Friday:

The man was among a group including women and children waving flags near one of the fences along the Gaza-Israel boundary.

It was not immediately clear whether the injured man was among those who had died of their wounds.

Palestinian media also published a video said to show a paramedic mourning over the body of her brother, the slain child Nasir Azmi Misbah, in a hospital morgue:

Al Mezan blamed the “continued silence of the international community” for encouraging the continuation of the killings “without any fear of prosecution.”

These photos of 11-year-old Nasir Azmi Musbah were shared on social media following his death:

150 killed during protests

Israel’s use of deadly force against unarmed protesters on Friday is characteristic of its actions throughout the Great March of Return, during which more than 150 Palestinians have been killed, including 31 children, three persons with disabilities, three paramedics and two journalists.

More than 10,000 have been injured and required hospitalization, around half of them wounded by live fire. There have been 77 cases of injuries requiring amputation, among them 14 children and one woman. Twelve patients have been paralyzed due to spinal cord injury and two of them have died, a UN spokesperson stated Saturday.

In addition to those killed during protests, 52 other Palestinians in Gaza have been slain by Israeli occupation forces since 30 March and Israel is withholding the bodies of 10 of them.

Lethal fire against mass protests in Gaza is the subject of an ongoing investigation appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council, which was told by human rights groups this week that there is no evidence that a single protester killed by Israel during the Great March of Return was armed.

Israel’s violence has also generated an unprecedented warning from the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, who stated that Israeli leaders may face trial for the killings of unarmed demonstrators.

The prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, met with Palestinian Authority foreign minister Riyad al-Maliki in New York during the UN General Assembly this week:

Gaza economy “in free fall”

The World Bank stated this week that Gaza’s economy is “in free fall” after more than a decade of blockade, successive Israeli military assaults and internal division between Palestinian factions.

The Gaza economy shrank by six percent in the first quarter of this year, “with indications of further deterioration since then.”

“The result is an alarming situation with every second person living in poverty and the unemployment rate for its overwhelmingly young population at over 70 percent,” the World Bank added.

“The economic and social situation in Gaza has been declining for over a decade but has deteriorated exponentially in recent months and has reached a critical point,” Marina Wes, director for the West Bank and Gaza, stated.

“Increased frustration is feeding into the increased tensions which have already started spilling over into unrest and setting back the human development of the region’s large youth population.”

The UN’s Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov told the Security Council last week that “the power crisis in Gaza is coming to a head” as the last stocks of emergency fuel to operate critical health, water and sanitation facilities delivered to Gaza run out amid electricity shortages of around 20 hours per day.

He added that essential medicines “are at critically low levels, with almost half of essential medicines at less than one-month’s supply and 40 percent completely depleted.”

Meanwhile the commissioner-general of UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees, said on Tuesday that the body has only enough funding to keep schools and clinics in operation through mid-October.

“We still need approximately $185 million to be able to ensure that all of our services, education system, health care, relief and social services and our emergency work in Syria and Gaza in particular can continue until the end of the year,” Pierre Krähenbühl added.

Two-thirds of Gaza’s population of two million are refugees from lands on the other side of the boundary with Israel. More than half of Gaza’s residents receive food aid packages from UNRWA, whose food aid budget will be exhausted by the end of the year.

Currently, the UN provides food aid packages to 1.3 million people in Gaza, up from just 130,000 in 2005.

The US announced last month that it would stop funding UNRWA after freezing $300 million in aid in January, throwing the agency into unprecedented financial crisis.

The US has also decided to cut $200 million more in bilateral aid to the West Bank and Gaza.

Meanwhile proceedings against the US were initiated at the International Court of Justice in The Hague on Friday over the relocation of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah says is a breach of the Vienna Convention.

This story was updated to include statistics about injuries and to correct the number of children killed during Gaza protests since 30 March.

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen-clare-murphy/bloody-friday-gaza-marks-six-months-protests
 

fly b (26)
Saturday September 29, 2018, 9:05 pm
".. a week of building huts ... while decimating the homes of children and killing them, and their families, is nothing but racist, bigoted, contortion and hypocritical.

The evil, repulsive ethnic cleansing of Palestine and Gaza and decades of crimes against Palestinians by the Israeli state will not whitewash, continually, or forever, any more than Nazi occupation did.

Truth will prevail. This history will not be erased, Palestine will not be erased.
The Israel state cannot control the narrative, history or keep Palestine captive.

 

fly b (26)
Saturday September 29, 2018, 9:12 pm
Electricity Crisis in Gaza Ushers in Water, Sewage Crises.
Sept 12, 2018

(MEMO) General Director of the Coastal Municipalities Water Utility (CMWU) Munther Shublaq warned yesterday of a near water and sewage crises in Gaza due to the continuous electricity crisis, Safa news agency reported.

In a press release, Shublaq said that the situation in Gaza deteriorated as the fuel offered by OCHA, which is needed to run the water and sewage plants, is running out.

He warned this would lead to a severe lack of running water, as well as sewage flooding the residential areas across Gaza, which has been under a 12-year Israeli siege.

Shubaq warned that the situation had already moved from the state of crisis to the “edge of a disaster,” citing deterioration of the water and sewage facilities in different areas across Gaza.

The Palestinian official also noted that water and sewage plants in Gaza need at least 400,000 litres of industrial fuel in order to keep running.

He added that the “amount of untreated sewage pouring into the sea has increased due to irregular operation of the sewage plants,” noting this causes high levels of pollution and negatively affects the public health of Gazans who have no other place to swim rather than the sea.

Concluding his conference, Shublaq appealed to all international humanitarian and relief organisations and UN institutions to urgently intervene and provide adequate quantities of fuel to ease the crisis of power cuts in the Gaza Strip and enable the CMWU to continue their work.Middle East Monitor

Palestine Files War Crime Claim to ICC over Khan Al-Ahmar Demolition.

(VIDEO) Israeli Forces Surround Khan al-Ahmar Village in Occupied Palestine.

http://www.occupypalestine.tv/electricity-crisis-gaza-ushers-water-sewage-crises/

https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20180906-electricity-crisis-in-gaza-ushers-in-water-sewage-crises/
 

fly b (26)
Saturday September 29, 2018, 9:18 pm
‘You cannot airbrush Palestinians out of history,’ UNRWA spokesperson warns US.
25 September 2018

UN agency's Chris Gunness deplores Washington's funding cuts, calling them a political attack on the status of refugees.

LIVERPOOL, UK - The US cannot “airbrush” Palestinians out of history by removing funding for refugees and denying their UN-mandated status, the spokesperson for the United Nation agency for Palestinian refugees has warned ahead of a new push for funds in New York this week to replace $305m axed by the Trump administration.

The US cut all funds to UNRWA’s programmes at the end of August in a move that jeopardises services to millions of refugees in the occupied Palestinian territories, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.

Chris Gunness, who spoke at a meeting of Labour Friends of Palestine and Middle East group at the party's conference on Monday, said that the funding cuts were a “political attack” on the Palestinian people and the agency, but that only the UN could change the status of refugees and UNWRA’s mandate.

“You cannot airbrush out of history 5.4 million people who belong to a UN-protected community, you cannot wish away their rights, their right to education, their rights to health and their rights to self determination," Gunness said.

Gunness said UNRWA had opened schools for 270,000 refugee children at the end of August, but only had money to keep them open until the end of September.

UNRWA is holding its third fundraising conference this year in New York on Thursday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (GA) meeting, as it attempts to plug the gap caused by the US withdrawal of support.

Gunness said the loss of funds had come as a surprise after an assurance from the US State Department at the end of 2017 that its funding was assured for 2018. Weeks later, only $60m out of a promised $125m arrived.

“It became apparent to us that this was not a funding attack, this was a political attack on a people whose society had been dismantled, their communities had been dismantled, in a very specific historical episode, the 1948 war."

UNRWA runs 270 schools in Gaza for 270,000 students, and provides schooling to a total of half a million children in the occupied West Bank, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

It has recently had to suspend 500 counsellors who treat traumatised children in Gaza because of US funding cuts.

Broken promises

Gunness said despite the US and Israeli move to shut down UNRWA, it was a UN mandated agency and could not be dismantled at the whim of the US president, nor could the status of refugees be swept away.

“No single UN member state can unilaterally change our mandate. We are mandated by the General Assembly, and in 2016, 167 members of the General Assembly voted to endorse wholeheartedly our mandate.

"The same is true of refugee definitions, it is the General Assembly that defines that and approves that, and no single member-state can unilaterally change the definition.”

“We were first told by the Americans that our reform programme was not up to scratch, having told us several weeks earlier that we were getting top marks for a lot of these reforms," he added.

"Then through the UN ambassador [Nikki Hayley] we were told that UNRWA wasn’t getting any money because Palestinians weren’t coming to the negotiating table, which again was very odd for us because as a humanitarian organisation we never were invited to the negotiating table, so it was odd to be punishing us for something we weren’t actually responsible for.

“And then finally we learnt through the media that there appeared to be many other reasons: the General Assembly’s definition of refugees was deemed to be problematic, refugee descendants were deemed not to be refugees, the right of return was something we were meant to deny to Palestinian refugees."

He also said attempts to shift responsibility for Palestinian refugees to the UNHCR, the agency responsible for most of the world's refugees, would “dramatically” increase the number of registered Palestinians and the pressure to resettle them.

“The UNHCR registers refugees through both the male and female line, UNRWA registers refugees just with the male line. So if in some fictional world we were to be shut down and the GA handed Palestinian refugees over to the UNHCR, the number of refugees would increase dramatically.”

Severe implications

Since the US cuts, Saudi Arabia and Qatar donated $50m each, and the UK increased its contribution by $10m. Following two international fundraising drives other UN member-states have helped reduce the $305m deficit at the beginning of the year to $186m, he said.

UNWRA services include 143 primary health clinics, with health visits and consultations for 3.5 million patients, assistance to 14,000 disabled refugees, and summer camps for 200,000 children, most of whom are girls.

“A huge amount is at stake if we can’t raise this money. This is not rhetoric, these are real services to real human beings. Without UNRWA, this has severe implications for the next generation."

Last year, he said, UNRWA managed to enrol 43,000 Palestinian children in Syria into its schools, despite seven years of civil war in the country.

Gunness said the underlying cause of the Israel-Palestine conflict had to be resolved to end the crisis.

“UNRWA’s financial crisis would go away if the underlying causes of this conflict were to be dealt with. First of all, more than a decade of blockade in Gaza, more than half a century of occupation in Gaza and the West Bank, seven years of war in Syria, [and] most important - 70 years of dispossession.”

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/unrwa-head-warns-us-and-israel-you-cannot-air-brush-palestinians-out-history-2084062924
 

Colleen L (3)
Saturday September 29, 2018, 10:46 pm
Disgusting.....All having to do with dealing with the conflicts starting from the bottom up. Why can't they do this???
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.

https://diy.rootsaction.org/petitions/israel-military-must-release-medical-supplies-on-gaza-flotilla
 
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