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Fly
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Over the past few years, Israel's ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world -- except the United States



   

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fly b (26)
Monday October 8, 2018, 3:59 pm
The Occupation of the American Mind (original 84-minute version)

Published on May 30, 2018
The Occupation of the American Mind documentary

Over the past few years, Israel's ongoing military occupation of Palestinian territory and repeated invasions of the Gaza strip have triggered a fierce backlash against Israeli policies virtually everywhere in the world -- except the United States. The Occupation of the American Mind takes an eye-opening look at this critical exception, zeroing in on pro-Israel public relations efforts within the U.S.

Narrated by Roger Waters and featuring leading observers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. media culture, the film explores how the Israeli government, the U.S. government, and the pro-Israel lobby have joined forces, often with very different motives, to shape American media coverage of the conflict in Israel's favor. From the U.S.-based public relations campaigns that emerged in the 1980s to today, the film provides a sweeping analysis of Israel's decades-long battle for the hearts, minds, and tax dollars of the American people in the face of widening international condemnation of its increasingly right-wing policies.

Narrated by Roger Waters / Featuring Amira Hass, M.J. Rosenberg, Stephen M. Walt, Noam Chomsky, Rula Jebreal, Henry Siegman, Rashid Khalidi, Rami Khouri, Yousef Munayyer, Norman Finkelstein, Max Blumenthal, Phyllis Bennis, Norman Solomon, Mark Crispin Miller, Peter Hart, and Sut Jhally.

https://youtu.be/dP0-YohJR-g
 

Colleen L (3)
Monday October 8, 2018, 7:53 pm
Will check it out.
Thanks Fly
 

fly b (26)
Tuesday October 9, 2018, 2:22 am
Imprisoning a Generation - Official Trailer.

Imprisoning a Generation is a documentary film which follows the stories of four young Palestinians who have been detained and imprisoned under the Israeli military system. Their perspectives, along with the voices of their families, combine to form a lens into the entangled structures of oppression that expand well beyond the prison walls.

For more information: http://www.anemoia.net

https://vimeo.com/293674390
 

fly b (26)
Tuesday October 9, 2018, 2:26 am
The Wanted 18
A documentary mooovie by Amer Shomali and Paul Cowan
CANADA/PALESTINE/FRANCE, 2014

It started simply enough, with the purchase of 18 cows. Bought by residents of the West Bank town of Beit Sahour, the cows were a symbol of freedom and resistance, allowing them to provide milk for their children rather than buying it from an Israeli company.

But these were not ordinary times. The first Palestinian popular movement in the West Bank was rising and soon the illegal cows, cherished by the Palestinians, were being sought by the Israeli army. With humour and passion, The Wanted 18 captures the spirit of the 1987 uprising through the personal experiences of those who lived it, bringing to life one of the strangest chapters in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

wanted18.com

https://vimeo.com/103524008
 

Evelyn B (63)
Tuesday October 16, 2018, 9:06 am
Thanks, Jess -

Too much truth for comfort ... for those who don't have time or motivation to check BOTH sides of the picture
 

fly b (26)
Thursday October 18, 2018, 8:17 pm
A message from Rasmea Odeh.
I’ve Been Away Now for a Full Year.

Today is the one year anniversary of my deportation, and I miss you all very much. I miss the colorfulness of my life with you, and the value that you added to it! My life now is as grey as everything else in Jordan, but it would be worse without the legacy of struggle that we built together. Our wonderful, strong relationships have deep roots that continue to grow, and these lovely memories accompany me every day, especially on the difficult ones.

This summer was busy and full, despite the fact that I did not have a regular work schedule. When people ask me how my day looks, I do not have an answer! Each day is different than the previous one, and it is extremely difficult to retain my commitment to order. I have never lived a life of such spontaneity. Others cannot understand this! To release this pressure, I go to the gym at least twice a week. Caring for my health and body reenergizes me!

Jordan links Palestine with all the other countries in the region, which causes a buzz here, especially during the summer, so on many days, I received visitors who were in transit to or from Palestine, as well as many from the U.S.

Some of these were already in my schedule, but I enjoyed offering space to those who were not, especially the young people, the oxygen of life and the instrument of change! I am eager to communicate with them and give them some of my time. (Coincidentally, I will be hanging out with two wonderful young Palestinian women from the U.S. today!)

Additionally, I am attempting to build a wide network of relationships with different segments of the citizenry, and restoring connections with old friends. Building and maintaining these relationships takes time and continuous effort, while I also keep up my activism through my travels and my writing.

My dear friends and supporters, I have already told you that you are my chosen family. This is not meant as a courtesy; it is a fact. You are an inseparable part of me, the blood that ran through my veins and the oxygen that kept me alive while the U.S. government tried to suffocate me! You embraced me and stood by my side at the toughest of times.

I spent more time with you than with my family. We combined joy with sadness, laughter and cheer with crying, precautions with courage, marches and demonstrations with strategic planning—all on the path to freedom, justice, and equality!

Lately, I have been pausing to recall the memories, both sweet and bitter, of my case, which persist in my heart and soul. They mean so much to me. I continue to follow your struggle in the U.S., as you, no doubt, follow my Palestinian people’s struggle here in the Arab World; and I continue to see the blossoming of our collective uprising against racism, exploitation, and injustice in the U.S., Palestine, and all across the world!

Our challenges are difficult, but we must elevate our will to struggle, and our determination to succeed, so that our tree of resistance is better able to withstand the storms that we face these days!

Before I close, I want to let you know that you are all, as individuals and collectively, valued treasures in my life; you are like bright full moons illuminating my darkest nights in the desert!

The power of your support flows in me despite
my exile and deportation. I know that we will continue to make new memories together while accomplishing the goal of making life better for us all. I met you along my Palestinian life’s journey on the path of social, political, and national resistance, and you have helped me appreciate and value it.

Our future will be full of sunshine, happiness, and love. We will draw strength from each other, because “that which does not kill me will strengthen me,” and I add, “…will also provide me with courage, confidence, and steadfastness.”

Even with the pain that was inflicted on me by the unjust deportation that turned my life upside down and forced me to re-arrange my entire life, I will never be discouraged or disillusioned! As I have already said so many times, I will continue my organizing wherever I land!

And so on this occasion, I want to repeat a piece of the poem I read in Arabic at my farewell event last year:

لن أدع الابعاد يكسرني
ولا المسافات تعزلني
دروس الثورة علمتني
بأن حبوب القمح
إذا جفت
تملأ سنابلها الوديان

I will not let the deportation break me
Nor distance isolate me
The lessons of the revolution taught me
That if wheat grain dries
It fills the valleys with stalks

I miss and love you all very much.

Rasmea Odeh
September 19, 2018

http://www.fightbacknews.org/2018/9/19/message-rasmea-odeh
 

fly b (26)
Thursday October 25, 2018, 8:34 pm
PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (18 – 24 October 2018)
October 25, 2018

Israeli forces continued with systematic crimes in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for the week of (18 – 24 October, 2018.

Israeli soldiers continued to use excessive force against unarmed civilians and peaceful protestors in the Gaza Strip. A Palestinian youngster was killed in eastern Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza, while
342 civilians, including 60 children, 4 women, 6 journalists and 3 paramedics, were wounded; 14 of them sustained serious wounds.

Shooting:

Israeli forces continued to use lethal force against Palestinian civilians, who participated in peaceful demonstrations organized within the activities of the “Great March of Return and Breaking the Siege” in the Gaza Strip, which witnessed for the 30th week in a row peaceful demonstrations along the eastern and northern Gaza Strip border area. During the reporting period, the Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian, and wounded 342 civilians, including 60 children, 4 women, 6 journalists, and 3 paramedics. The injury of 14 of them was reported serious. Moreover, 2 civilians were wounded during an Israeli airstrike. In the West Bank, a Palestinian civilian was killed and 6 Palestinians were wounded by the Israeli forces in separate shooting incidents.

In the Gaza Strip, on 23 October 2018, the Israeli forces killed Montaser al-Baz (18), from al-Nussairat after being with a bullet to the head while participating in the Return and Breaking the Siege.

As part of the use of lethal force against the peaceful protestors along the border fence during the reporting period, Israeli forces wounded 342 civilians, including 60 children, 4 women, 6 journalists and 3 paramedics. Fourteen of them sustained serious wounds.

As part of targeting Palestinian fishermen in the Gaza Sea, the Israeli forces continued to escalate their attacks against the Palestinian fishermen, pointing out to the ongoing Israeli policy of targeting their livelihoods. During the reporting period, the Israeli forces opened fire 5 times at the fishermen; 2 incidents in the north-western Beit Lahia; 1 off al-Sudaniyah shore in western Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip; 1 in al-Sheikh ‘Ejleen, south of Gaza City; Deir al-Balah in the Central Gaza Strip. As a result of those attacks, 6 fishermen were arrested while 2 boats were confiscated.

As part of the Israeli airstrikes, on 19 October 2018, the Israeli drones launched 2 missiles at a group of Palestinians in an olive field, west of the Return encampment in Khuza’ah, east of Khan Younis. As a result, 2 civilians were wounded. On 20 October 2018, an Israeli drone launched a missile at a motorbike “Tok Tok” in eastern al-Fokhari, southeast of Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip. As a result, the motorbike burned but no causalties were reported. In the 2 incidents, the Spokesperson of the Israeli Forces declared targeting a cell launching incendiary Balloons at the Israeli communities adjacent to the southern Gaza Strip.

On 24 October 2018, Israeli drones launched 2 missiles; only minutes between each, at a border control point belonging to the Palestinian armed Groups in eastern al-Shokah village, east of Rafah City in the southern Gaza Strip. However, no casualties were reported.

As part of targeting the border areas, on 08 October 2018, the Israeli forces opened fire at the agricultural lands along eastern al-Shokah village, east of Rafah City in the southern Gaza Strip. However, no casualties were reported.

In the West Bank, as part of use of lethal force against Palestinian civilians, on 24 October 2018, the Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 3 others in Tamoun village, southeast of Tubas. This happened when the Israeli forces moved into the above-mentioned village from all its entrances and patrolled their vehicles. Thus, dozens of Palestinian youngsters and young men gathered to throw stones and Molotov Cocktails at the Israeli soldiers who then heavily fired live and rubber-coated metal bullets and teargas canisters.

During the reporting period, the Israeli forces wounded 6 Palestinian civilians in spate shooting incidents.

Incursions:

During the reporting period, Israeli forces conducted at least 84 military incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 6 similar ones into Jerusalem and its suburbs. During those incursions, Israeli forces arrested at least 35 Palestinians, including 8 children, in the West Bank. Meanwhile, 12 other civilians, including 2 children, were arrested in Jerusalem and its suburbs. Among those arrested in Jerusalem was the Governor of Jerusalem, ‘Adnan Gheith, and Director of the Palestinian Intelligence Service in Jerusalem, Colonel Jihad al-Faqih, who were both arrested on 20 October 2018 and released on 22 October 2018.

Israeli Forces continued to create a Jewish Majority in occupied East Jerusalem:

As part of the Israeli house demolitions and notices, on 21 October 2018, the Israeli forces handed 3 civilians from al-Waljah village, west of Bethlehem, notices to stop the construction works in their houses in Khelet al-Samak and al-Thaher areas under the pretext of building without a license. It should be noted that an Israeli force accompanied with Jerusalem Municipal staffs moved into “‘Ein Jweizah” area, northwest of the village on 18 October 2018 and handed Najlaa’ Abu al-Haiijaa’ a notice to demolish her inhabited house which is 120 square meters. Moreover, they handed ‘Alaa’ Salim Abu Rezeq a decision to destroy retaining walls.

As part of the attacks on the holy sites, on Wednesday morning 24 October 2018, the Israeli forces suppressed a sit-in organized upon calls from Coptic Bishop Anba Antonius in front of Deir al-Sultan Monastery next to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City to protest the Israeli-led restoration works at the site which they say favour Ethiopian monks living in the monastery and arrested a monk.

Israeli Forces continued their settlement activities, and the settlers continued their attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property

As part of demolition of houses and other civil objects, on 18 October 2018, the Israeli forces demolished a 4-storey building in the Tall Mount Area, east of al-Bireh under the pretext of un-licensed building. The building was established on area of 145 square meters and belonged to Khamis Jamil ‘Abed Matariyah.

On the same day, the Israeli forces demolished an agricultural shed in Kherebet al-Marajem, east of Doma village, southeast of Nablus. The shed was built of bricks and roofed with tin plates on an area of 60 square meters. It belonged to Musalam Ma’rouf Musalam and used for agricultural purposes.

On 22 October 2018, the Israeli forces demolished 3 water wells and levelled 15 dunums; part of which were planted with olive trees in Kherebet Jamrourah, west of Tarqoumia village, west of Hebron.

On 23 October 2018, the Israeli forces dismantled 2 mobile houses in Bazeeq area in the northern Jordan Valleys, east of Tubas and confiscated them. The houses are used as 2 rooms for the school principle and staff in al-Tahadi 10 School. The Principle was also handed a demolition notice for the school and another for confiscation of school contents in addition to a third notice to suspend classes in the Abovementioned School.

As part of the Israeli settlers’ attacks against the Palestinians civilians and their property, on 18 October 2018, a group of settlers under the protection of the Israeli forces attacked al-Safafir area, east of ‘Orif village, south of Nablus. On 20 October 2018, another group under the protection of the forces attacked Khelet Abu al-‘Aqareb area, east of Burin village, south of the city. The settlers threw stones at a house belonging to Bashir al-Zeben and removed the iron fencing established around the house outside fence to protect them from the settlers’ attacks. Due to the attack, the windshield of the car belonging to the coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Wall was broken.

On 22 October 2018, a group of settlers attacked Marda village, north of Salfit, and punctured tires of 7 cars parked in front of the houses.

Use of Force against Demonstrations in Protest against the U.S. President’s Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel:

Israeli forces continued its excessive use of lethal force against peaceful demonstration organized by Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and it was named as “The Great March of Return and Breaking Siege.” The demonstration was in protest against the U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration to move the U.S. Embassy to it. According to PCHR fieldworkers’ observations, the border area witnessed large participation by Palestinian civilians as the Israeli forces continued to use upon highest military and political echelons excessive force against the peaceful demonstrators, though the demonstration were fully peaceful. The demonstration was as follows during the reporting period:

Gaza Strip:

•The Northern Gaza Strip: 66 civilians, including 25 children and an old lady, were wounded. Fifty three of them were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel and 13 were hit with tear gas canisters. Doctors classified injury of 4 civilians as serious.

•In Gaza City: 103 civilians, including 10 children, 2 paramedics and 4 journalists, were wounded. Forty nine of them were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel, 11 were hit with rubber bullets and 43 were hit with tear gas canisters. The wounded paramedics were identified as:
1.Mai Nasser Labad wallababdah (21), a volunteer paramedic at the Palestinian Ministry of Health, was hit with a rubber bullet to the left arm.
2.Hasan Nather Hasan Abu Sa’adah (31), a paramedic at the Civil Defense, was hit with a rubber bullet to the left eye.

The wounded journalists were identified as:
1.Husein Abdul Jawad Husein Jarbou’a (43), a journalist at “Global Media”, was hit with a rubber bullet to the neck.
2.Ahmed Walid Khalid al-Halabi (21), a reporter at ” Kan’aniyat News Agency”, was hit with a rubber bullet to the hand.
3.Yahiya Walid Khalid Heles (21), a reporter at Palestine Today Agency, was hit with a tear gas canister to the face.
4.Mohammed Nahrou Abdul Karim al-Thalathini (26), a freelance photojournalist at Deutsche Presse Agentur (DPA), was hit with a shrapnel to the head.

•The Central Gaza Strip: 39 civilians, including 5 children and 2 journalists, were wounded. Thirty three of them were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel and 6 were hit with tear gas canisters during their participation in the March of Return and Breaking Siege, east of al-Buraij. Doctors classified one civilian’s injury as serious. The wounded journalists were identified as
1.Fadi Wahid Hamad Thabet (28), a freelance journalist from Gaza Valley village, was hit with a live bullet to the left leg.
2.Mahmoud Zakaria Mohammed Musalam (23), a journalist at al-Hadath Newspaper from al-Maghazi, was hit with a live bullet to the right ankle.

•Khan Younis: 44 civilians, including 8 children, a woman and a volunteer paramedic, were wounded. Thirty six of them were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel and 8 were hit with tear gas canisters. Doctors classified 3 civilians’ injuries as serious. The wounded journalist was identified as Hasan Rateb Hasan al-‘Esawi (40), a volunteer paramedic at “Rozan” Medical Team, was hit with a live bullet to the right leg.

•Rafah City: 15 civilians, including 7 children and 2 women, were wounded. Fourteen of them were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel and one female civilian was hit with a tear gas canister. Doctors classified one civilian’s injury as serious.

•At approximately 15:00 on Monday, 22 October 2018, Israeli gunboats stationed offshore, and Israeli forces stationed along the border fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel, opened fire and fired sound bombs at dozens of Palestinian civilians who were at the Return camp along the border coastal, adjacent to adjacent to “Zikim” military base , northwest of Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. It should be noted that this is the 13thtime for Palestinian boats to sail for Breaking the Siege. As a result, 60 civilians, including 15 children, were wounded. Forty six of them were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel and 14 were hit with tear gas canisters. Doctors classified 4 civilians’ injuries as serious.

•On Tuesday, 23 October 2018, Israeli forces killed Montaser Mohammed Ismail al-Baz (18), from al-Nuseirat, after he sustained a live bullet wound to the head during his participation in the March of Return and Breaking Siege, east of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip. al-Baz was taken to al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah, but due to his serious health condition, he was transferred to al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. At approximately 20:20, medical sources at al-Shifa hospital announced his death. Moreover, 7 civilians were wounded and doctors classified a civilian’s injury as serious.

•On the same day, a 26-year-old civilian was hit with a live bullet to the foot, adjacent to the Return encampment, east of Khuza’ah village, east of Khan Younis.

•On Wednesday evening, 24 October 2018, 7civilians, including journalist Anas Rawhi Abdullah al-ghoul (21), were hit with live bullets and their shrapnel during their participation in the March of Return activities established in the east of al-Shawkah village, east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

West Bank:

•At approximately 15:30 on Friday, 19 October 2018, Palestinian civilians organized a demonstration in the center of Qalqiliyah and headed to the western entrance to the city Israeli forces charged with guarding the annexation wall, adjacent to al-Naqqar neighborhood (the western entrance) fired rubber bullets, sound bombs and tear gas canisters at the protestors. As a result, a 25-year-old civilian was hit with a rubber bullet.
•House Demolitions and Notices:

•At approximately 09:30 on Sunday, 21 October 2018, Israeli forces moved into al-Waljah village, west of Bethlehem. They notified 3 civilians to stop construction works in their houses located in Khelet al-Samak and al-Dohur, under the pretext of non-licensing. Activist Ibrahim ‘Awadallah said that the Israeli forces moved into the village and then stationed in Khelet al-Mayiah area as tightening security restrictions were imposed on the area. The Israeli soldiers deployed in the village neighborhoods and its main streets and then took photos of houses. The Israeli forces also handed 3 notices to stop construction works for 3 civilians; one of them was identified as Hasan Mostafa Salah, who was notified to stop construction works in his 120-square-merter house, which is in al-Dohur area. It should be noted that on late Thursday, an Israeli force accompanied with a Jerusalem Municipal staff moved into ‘Ain Jowizah area, northwest of the village, and then handed Najlaa Abu al-Hijaa’ a notice to demolish his inhabited house built on an area of 120 square meters. They also handed ‘Alaa Saleem Abu Rezeq a notice to demolish his retaining walls.

•Attacks on religious sites and shrines:

•At approximately 09:00 on Wednesday, 24 October 2018, Israeli forces suppressed a sit-in protest organized by Coptic Bishop Anba Antonius in front of al-Sultan monastery, next to the Sepulcher Church in occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City. The sit-in protest was organized to oppose the Israeli-led restoration works at the monastery in favor of the Ethiopian monks. Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli forces beat and pushed the monks of the Coptic Church and forcibly disperse them from the entrance to the al-Sultan monastery in so that the Israeli Municipality staff could enter and conduct restoration works. The eyewitnesses also said that the Israeli forces detained and handcuffed a monk identified as, Macarius Orshalemy, for few hours after beating him. The Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate in Jerusalem organized the sit-in after the Israeli authorities refused to allow the Coptic Church to carry out the restoration works in al-Sultan monastery. The Israeli Municipality conducts restoration works inside al-Sultan monastery in favor of Ethiopian monks without getting any approval from the church. The Patriarchate pointed out in a statement that the restoration works violate Status Que Agreement and seek to erase the identity of the Coptic Monastery. The Coptic Bishop in Jerusalem along with Orshalemy issued a statement stating that the sit-in was peaceful and organized to protest the Israeli forces’ entering construction materials for carrying out the restoration works without getting the approval from the church. The Israeli forces violently beat the monks participating in the protest. The Coptic Bishop in Jerusalem and Orshalemy said that they continuously contacted the Egyptian Embassy, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, to see the latest developments. He pointed out that the sit-in protest was fully peaceful to demand the Coptics’ rights as owners of the monastery and legal solutions will be sought, in addition to contacting the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to solve the matter in a diplomatic way. He also pointed out that the Coptic Orthodox Church will never leave the monastery because it is the original property of Egypt and the Egyptians. He added that the Israeli forces attacked the monks and did not respect the peaceful protest or the fact that they are clerics.

The Monastery of the Sultan is an ancient monastery of the Orthodox Copts located inside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem in the Christian neighborhood next to the Church of St. Helena, the Church of the Angel and the passage from the Church of Helena to the Wall of Sepulcher Church and built on an area of 1800 square meters.

Settlement activities and attacks by settlers against Palestinian civilians and property

Israeli forces’ attack:

•At approximately 03:30 on Thursday, 18 October 2018, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles and accompanied with a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration, 3 diggers and 2 bulldozers moved into al-Bireh and then stationed in the vicinity of Majed As’ad Stadium in al-Taweel Mount area. The Israeli forces surrounded a 4-storey building and imposed a security cordon on the area. They also prevented anyone from approaching even the house owner. The Israeli vehicles and bulldozers completely demolished the building under the pretext of non-licensing. It should be noted that the 145-sqaure-meter house belongs to Khamis Jameel ‘Abed Matriyia.
•At approximately 05:00 on Thursday, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles and accompanied with a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration and a bulldozer moved into Kherbit al-Marajem, east of Duma village, southeast of Nablus. The Israeli bulldozer demolished a 60-square-meter agricultural barrack built of bricks and roofed with tin plates. The barrack belonged to Musallam Ma’rouf Saleem Musallam. It should be noted that it was the second time that this barrack was demolished, as it was previously demolished on 15 July 2018. The abovementioned barrack was used for storing agricultural tools.

•At approximately 10:00 on Monday, 22 October 2018, Israeli forces backed by military vehicles and accompanied with a vehicle of the Israeli Civil Administration and a bulldozer moved into Kherbet Jamrourah, west of Tarqumiyia village, west of Jenin. The Israeli forces stationed on Palestinian civilians’ lands, which are around 1 kilometers away from the annexation wall, and then demolished 3 water wells and leveled 15 dunums planted with olive trees 6 years ago. The Israeli authorities claimed that this area is considered state lands within areas under the Israeli security control. It should be noted that the plot of land is surrounded from the eastern side by the annexation wall and Tarqumiyia commercial crossing. The material damage was as follows:

Name Age Demolition Land and plants levelled Previous notices The body Funding the reparation
‘Ali ‘Awwad Fataftah 55 77- cubic-meter well 9 dunums, stone chains, and barbed wires – The Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture
Mohamed Kamel al-Ja’afrah 52 70- cubic-meter well 2 dunms, stone chains and uprooting olive and almond trees – Self-funding
Hussain Jaber al-‘Asafrah 50 70- cubic-meter well 4 dunums and stone chains – Self-funding

•At approximately 05:00 on Tuesday, 23 October 2018, Israeli forces accompanied with a bulldozer and a mounted-crane truck moved into northern Jordan valleys, east of Tubas. The Israeli forces dismantled 2 mobile houses used as rooms for the School principle and teachers and then handed the principle 3 notices; the first one for demolition, the second one for confiscating the school supplies and the third one for suspending classes. Director of Education in Tubas village, Saied Qabbha, said to PCHR’s fieldworker that: “ on 20 August 2018, ACF established 3 rooms built of bricks and belonging to al-Mujali Family in Buzaiq area in order to use them as a school for the village students. Moreover, the ACF established in the vicinity a playground, bathrooms and water tanks. The school opening was at the beginning of the 2019-2019school semester. The Ministry of Education in Tubas provided a car to transport students because of difficulties that teachers and students face while heading to school. A month earlier, the Israeli forces moved into the area 3 times, surveyed it and then took photos of it without handing anything. On 20 August 2018, the school added 2 mobile houses used as room for the principle and teachers. The school includes 5 teachers and 24 students. At approximately 05:00, the Israeli forces accompanied with a mounted-crane truck raided the school and declared it as closed military zone. At approximately 06:10, Principle Feras al-Daraghmah, along with 4 students arrived at the school; meanwhile, the Israeli forces detained them and confiscated their cell phones. After that, a number of journalists and the Director of Education arrived at the school and were prevented from entering it. At approximately 08:30, the Israeli forces dismantled the mobile houses and before their withdrawal, they handed 3 notices to the headmaster regarding the demolition of the school, confiscation of its supplies and suspending classes at the school.”

Israeli settlers’ attack:

•At approximately 10:40 on Thursday, 18 October 2018, a group of Israeli settlers, protected by the Israeli forces, from “Yatizhar” settlement, moved into al-Safafeer area in the eastern side of ‘Oreef village, south of Nablus. The Israeli settlers threw stones at ‘Oreef secondary school; meanwhile, a group of Palestinian young men gathered and threw stones at the Israeli forces and settlers. After that, the Israeli forces fired live and rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at them. As a result, a 26-year-old male was hit with a live bullet to the right thigh and was then taken to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus, where his injuries were classified as moderate.

•At approximately 11:00 on Saturday, 20 October 2018, a group of Israeli settlers, protected by the Israeli forces, from “Kafat Ronim“ settlement extended from “Bracha “ settlement, moved into Khelet Abu al-‘Aqareb area in the eastern side of Bureen village, south of Nablus. The Israeli settlers threw stones at a house belonging to Bashir Hamza al-Zebin and then removed iron fencing placed on the house wall that was donated by the Popular Committee against the Wall and placed on the wall on the same day morning. The Israeli settlers attacked the representatives of the Popular Committee against the Wall and threw stones at the windshield of a car belonging to Jamal Yousef Jum’a, the Committee’s coordinator. It should be noted that the car was with an Israeli registration plate.

•At approximately 03:00 on Monday, 22 October 2018, a group of Israeli settlers attacked Merda village, north of Salfit, and then punctured the tiers of 7 vehicles parked in front of houses. The vehicles belong to Omar Sedqi Khafash, Nash’at Khafash, Hussain Hasan Sa’ied, Ahmed Saleh Ibdah, Sameeh Indah, Mohamed Ibdah, and Sa’ied Taha Ibdah. The Israeli settlers also wrote racist slogans against Arabs on the vehicles.

Recommendations to the International Community.

PCHR warns of the escalating settlement construction in the West Bank, the attempts to legitimize settlement outposts established on Palestinian lands in the West Bank and the continued summary executions of Palestinian civilians under the pretext that they pose a security threat to the Israeli forces. PCHR reminds the international community that thousands of Palestinian civilians have been rendered homeless and lived in caravans under tragic circumstances due to the latest Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip that has been under a tight closure for almost 11 years. PCHR welcomes the UN Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334, which states that settlements are a blatant violation of the Geneva Conventions and calls upon Israel to stop them and not to recognize any demographic change in the oPt since 1967. PCHR hopes this resolution will pave the way for eliminating the settlement crime and bring to justice those responsible for it. PCHR further reiterates that the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are still under Israeli occupation in spite of Israel’s unilateral disengagement plan of 2005. PCHR emphasizes that there is international recognition of Israel’s obligation to respect international human rights instruments and international humanitarian law. Israel is bound to apply international human rights law and the law of war, sometimes reciprocally and other times in parallel, in a way that achieves the best protection for civilians and remedy for the victims.
1.PCHR calls upon the international community to respect the Security Council’s Resolution No. 2334 and to ensure that Israel respects it as well, in particular point 5 which obliges Israel not to deal with settlements as if they were part of Israel.
2.PCHR calls upon the ICC this year to open an investigation into Israeli crimes committed in the oPt, particularly the settlement crimes and the 2014 offensive on the Gaza Strip.
3.PCHR Calls upon the European Union (EU) and all international bodies to boycott settlements and ban working and investing in them in application of their obligations according to international human rights law and international humanitarian law considering settlements as a war crime.
4.PCHR calls upon the international community to use all available means to allow the Palestinian people to enjoy their right to self-determination through the establishment of the Palestinian State, which was recognized by the UN General Assembly with a vast majority, using all international legal mechanisms, including sanctions to end the occupation of the State of Palestine.
5.PCHR calls upon the international community and United Nations to take all necessary measures to stop Israeli policies aimed at creating a Jewish demographic majority in Jerusalem and at voiding Palestine from its original inhabitants through deportations and house demolitions as a collective punishment, which violates international humanitarian law, amounting to a crime against humanity.
6.PCHR calls upon the international community to condemn summary executions carried out by Israeli forces against Palestinians and to pressurize Israel to stop them.
7.PCHR calls upon the States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC to work hard to hold Israeli war criminals accountable.
8.PCHR calls upon the High Contracting Parties to the Geneva Conventions to fulfill their obligations under article (1) of the Convention to ensure respect for the Conventions under all circumstances, and under articles (146) and (147) to search for and prosecute those responsible for committing grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions to ensure justice and remedy for Palestinian victims, especially in light of the almost complete denial of justice for them before the Israeli judiciary.
9.PCHR calls upon the international community to speed up the reconstruction process necessary because of the destruction inflicted by the Israeli offensive on Gaza.
10.PCHR calls for a prompt intervention to compel the Israeli authorities to lift the closure that obstructs the freedom of movement of goods and 1.8 million civilians that experience unprecedented economic, social, political and cultural hardships due to collective punishment policies and retaliatory action against civilians.
11.PCHR calls upon the European Union to apply human rights standards embedded in the EU-Israel Association Agreement and to respect its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights when dealing with Israel.
12.PCHR calls upon the international community, especially states that import Israeli weapons and military services, to meet their moral and legal responsibility not to allow Israel to use the offensive in Gaza to test new weapons and not accept training services based on the field experience in Gaza in order to avoid turning Palestinian civilians in Gaza into testing objects for Israeli weapons and military tactics.
13.PCHR calls upon the parties to international human rights instruments, especially the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), to pressurize Israel to comply with its provisions in the oPt and to compel it to incorporate the human rights situation in the oPt in its reports submitted to the relevant committees.
14.PCHR calls upon the EU and international human rights bodies to pressurize the Israeli forces to stop their attacks against Palestinian fishermen and farmers, mainly in the border area.

Fully detailed document available at the official website of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR).

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fly b (26)
Thursday October 25, 2018, 8:36 pm
In 6 Months of Gaza Protests, Israeli Forces Fatally Shoot 31 Palestinian Children
October 25, 2018

Since Land Day of this year, 30 March, 2018, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been regularly holding mass protests near the Gaza perimeter fence, in numbers ranging from hundreds to tens of thousands.

During the demonstrations, which are usually held on Fridays, under the title, “The Great March of Return”, some protesters approach the fence and Israeli occupation forces fire tear gas and live ammunition.

The protesters often respond by burning tires to block the vision of the Israeli snipers and throw stones at them, but their stones can hardly harm the Israeli soldiers who are always more than 200 metres away from them.

In just over six months, since this wave of mass protest began, Israeli forces have killed at least 205 people, including 31 minors, and injured more than 5,800, out of 22,000, with live fire. Most of the casualties posed no danger to Israeli troops.

Such a high number of casualties is a direct outcome of the shoot-to-kill policy that Israel employs along the Gaza perimeter fence, including during demonstrations held near the fence.

Although the lethal outcomes of this criminal policy are well-known, Israeli occupation authorities refuse to change it, remaining indifferent to the lives and deaths of Palestinians.

In fact, the prime minister and his government prefer to continue this hardline approach (with cabinet members arguing over the numbers – the minister of defense boasts of the many dead wounded while the minister of education demands even higher numbers).

The military executes this political directive, even safeguarding it with whitewashing mechanisms to ensure that, with the exception of very rare cases, no one will be held accountable for killing Palestinians.

Here is a sampling of testimonies that the Israeli rights group B’Tselem collected in its investigation of the deaths of four out of the 31 children killed up until 8 October 2018.

~Days of Palestine


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fly b (26)
Thursday October 25, 2018, 8:48 pm
In 6 months of Gaza protests, Israeli forces fatally shoot 31 Palestinian minors
15 October 2018

Since Land Day of this year (30 March 2018), Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been regularly holding mass protests by the Gaza perimeter fence, with numbers of protesters ranging from hundreds of individuals to tens of thousands. During the demonstrations, which are usually held on Fridays, some protesters torch tires and throw stones at Israeli troops on the other side of the fence. The forces fire tear gas and live ammunition at the protesters. In just over six months since this wave of mass protest began, Israeli forces have killed at least 166 people, including 31 minors, and injured more than 5,300 with live fire. Most of the casualties were not endangering the forces, who were on the other side of the fence.

Such a high number of casualties is a direct outcome of the open-fire policy that Israel employs along the Gaza perimeter fence, including during demonstrations held near the fence. Although the lethal outcomes of this criminal policy are well-known, Israeli authorities refuse to change it, remaining indifferent to the lives and deaths of Palestinians. In fact, the prime minister and his government prefer to continue this hardline approach (with cabinet members arguing over the numbers – the minister of defense boasts of the many dead wounded while the minister of education demands even higher numbers). The military executes this political directive, even safeguarding it with whitewashing mechanisms that ensure that, with the exception of very rare cases, no one will be held accountable for killing Palestinians.

Following are a sampling of testimonies B’Tselem collected in its investigation of the deaths of four out of the 31 minors killed until 8 October 2018.

The killing of ‘Iz a-Din a-Samak (13) east of al-Bureij Refugee Camp, 14 May 2018

On Monday, 14 May 2018, at around 8:00 A.M., three boys – ‘Iz a-Din a-Samak (13), Hareth a-Samak (14) and Ibrahim al-Hur (14) – from al-Bureij R.C. headed to a demonstration held by the perimeter fence, east of the camp. They sat down on a dirt pile about 300 meters away from the fence, near the protest tents, and watched the demonstrators. ‘Iz a-Din was shot in the abdomen and died of his wounds in hospital.

Hareth a-Samak, a relative of ‘Iz a-Din’s, gave his testimony to B’Tselem field researcher Khaled al-‘Azayzeh on 16 May. He recounted what happened that day:

At about ten o’clock in the morning, the three of us headed out there and went over to a cart filled with stones that was standing about 200 meters south of the tents. We collected a bunch of stones, put them into a cloth sack and went back. We sat down by a dirt pile about 300 meters from the fence, the Jakar Road. ‘Iz a-Din sat on the sack of stones, in front of us. Two other guys were sitting with us. Suddenly we heard live gunfire. ‘Iz a-Din raised his right arm, lowered it and stayed still. Ibrahim and I tried to pull him towards shelter with us, and then I saw there was blood pouring down his back, all the way down to his knees. He was unconscious.

Ibrahim al-Hur related in a testimony that he gave B’Tselem field researcher Khaled al-‘Azayzeh on 16 May:

Suddenly I heard live gunfire. I looked at ‘Iz a-Din, who was sitting in front of me. He raised his right arm, lowered it and stayed seated. I reached out to pull him away and saw that he was bleeding from the back. I realized he’d been hit. He was losing a lot of blood and it was dripping down to his knees. He couldn’t talk. He had passed out. He was taken by ambulance to Shuhada al-Aqsa Hospital. My friends and I went home to tell his family. About an hour later, we were told that he’d died as a martyr while the doctors were operating on him.

‘Iz a-Din loved to play soccer and swim in the pool. He was a good swimmer and a top student, and everyone liked him. He told us that his dream was to be a famous soccer player and he was a Barca fan. I still feel he’s alive. It’s a nightmare. I can’t believe he’s gone and won’t be back. I can’t eat or sleep properly. I can’t imagine my life without him.

The medical team found that a-Samak had been injured by a bullet that entered his abdomen and exited through his back. He died in surgery.

In a testimony that his mother, Suheila a-Samak (54), a mother of eight, gave B’Tselem field researcher Olfat al-Kurd on 29 August 2018, she said:

‘Iz a-Din was my youngest, my little boy. In primary school he was one of the best in his class, and in high school he got very high grades. The teachers always told me he was a top student, but he preferred to play soccer in the yard with his friends. He wrote the names of the Barca players he admired on a wall at home. He was crazy about that team. He also played on the team of a nearby mosque.

When the Return Protests began, ‘Iz a-Din started taking part in the processions east of al-Bureij R.C. along with his friends and other kids from the neighborhood. He was affected by the political situation and by the blockade that Gaza’s been under for so many years. He knew, from things that his father and I told him, that we own land in the city of Jaffa, from which we were expelled by the occupation in 1948. It was important to him that the world hear the message that he, and all kids in Gaza, are suffering under the blockade and in pain over the situation.

In the first two weeks after they killed him, I went into his room only once. I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I started looking at his stuff. I saw his prayer mat. I made his bed and took his clothes out of the wardrobe to smell him, and put them away again. I hugged his pillow and started crying on his bed.

He’s never out of my mind, not even for a second. I sit outside the house and wonder, might he walk in? Sometimes, when I look at his picture on the wall, I can’t believe he was killed. I tell myself that he’s not dead. But then my head starts throbbing and I feel as if someone’s telling me that he really is a martyr now. When I go to sleep, I remember how he used to stroke my face and say: I want to sleep next to you.

Today was the first day of school. From 6:30 in the morning, I sat outside the house and remembered how he used to go off to school. I saw his friends go by and cried. My daughter asked me what was wrong and I said it was nothing, that I felt suffocated and stunned. Since they killed ‘Iz a-Din, I’ve stopped seeing people and hardly leave the house. I only go out to visit my son’s grave. When I go there, I stay about an hour and a half. I pray for his soul and recall all the phases of his development, from the time he was baby to the last few days before he was killed.

The killing of Yasser Abu a-Naja (11) north of the town of Khuza’a, 29 June 2018

On 29 June 2018, during a demonstration along the fence north of the town of Khuza’a, Israeli security forces shot Yasser Abu a-Naja, an 11-year-old from Khan Yunis, in the head while he was hiding behind a shelter improvised out of concertina wire, tires and a dumpster. According to the military, that day, Molotov cocktails were lobbed in the Khan Yunis area.

Madlen al-Aqra’, a 19-year-old journalist from Deir al-Balah, was reporting on the demonstration. She fainted after inhaling tear gas fired at the journalists and protesters, and was taken to the tent area. Some time later, she approached the fence again. In a testimony she gave B’Tselem field researcher Khaled al-‘Azayzeh on 1 July 2018, al-Aqra’ described what happened that day:

In a testimony she gave B’Tselem field researcher Khaled al-‘Azayzeh on 1 July 2018, Madlen al-Aqra’ described what happened that day:

I went back out into the field to report and stood next a colleague of mine from the news agency. We were both standing behind the protesters. I looked towards the fence and saw several boys and young men taking cover behind a makeshift shelter made of a few tires and bits of barbed wire people had got hold of in previous demonstrations. They were a few dozen meters from the fence. I was a few dozen meters from their shelter. A few guys rolled tires over to another group, so they could torch them next to the fence.

At that time, around 6:50 P.M., I was looking at the shelter. I heard live gunfire and saw a kid hiding behind it fall down. He hadn’t done anything. A bunch of guys gathered around him and started shouting for an ambulance.

They helped the paramedics carry the kid on a stretcher to the ambulance. I ran over with the paramedics and filmed them live, on my cellphone, carrying him to the tent. He had been hit in the head. They tried to give him first aid and then quickly shifted him to a Red Crescent ambulance that took him to hospital.

Ahmad al-Qara (29) from Khuza’a, an administrative staff member of Al-Aqsa University in western Khan Yunis, described in a testimony he gave B’Tselem field researcher Khaled al-‘Azayzeh on 1 July 2018 what he saw at the time of the shooting:

At about 6:55 P.M., I saw three kids around twelve or thirteen years old hiding behind a dumpster and a pile of junk about 100 meters from the fence. There was a lot of tear gas so people were running west, but the three kids stayed put behind the dumpster with a few other guys. At the same time, I saw a soldier behind a small dirt pile. He climbed off it and onto a higher one, and then I heard a single shot. I saw one of the kids come out from behind the dumpster and walk towards me. He was checking his body. His clothes were bloodstained and I heard him shout: “Martyr… martyr”. I saw several dozen people run towards the dumpster and the guys pick up one of the two remaining kids and carry him away.

Abu a-Naja was taken to the European Hospital south of Khan Yunis, where he died of a bullet wound to the head.

The killing of ‘Othman Hiles (14) east of Gaza City, 13 July 2018

On Friday, 13 July 2018, at around 2:00 P.M., three 14-year-olds from Gaza City – ‘Othman Hiles, ‘Abdallah al-‘Arej and Muaiad Jundiyeh – came to the protest area east of the city. Once there, they sat down at a spot about 200 to 300 meters from the fence. According to the military, that evening one of the protesters in the area hurled a grenade that moderately injured an officer.

At approximately 6:00 P.M., they decided to get closer to the fence, where several young men and two women were standing with Palestinian flags. In video footage posted on social media, Hiles is seen approaching the fence, starting to climb it and then being shot.

In a testimony that ‘Abdallah al-‘Arej gave B’Tselem field researcher Olfat al-Kurd on 15 July 2018, he described how the incident unfolded:

‘Othman told us to get closer to the fence so he could touch it. We got up to about twenty meters from it, where we found a few guys and some girls holding Palestinian flags. ‘Othman told me he wanted to go over to the two girls because he was stronger and braver than them, and that he would touch the fence. I told him that the military would shoot us because we’re boys, but wouldn’t shoot the girls. I said: “‘Othman, no, let’s go back, the army will snipe at us.” He didn’t listen.

A minute later, ‘Othman walked towards the fence, with me and Muaiad next to him. We got so close to the electronic fence that we could touch it. ‘Othman said to me: “I’ll touch the fence and go back, leave me be, I don’t want to go back.” I was about a meter away from him. He just managed to touch the fence and climb on to it, when the Israeli military shot live gunfire at him. He fell down. Tear gas canisters were fired and I choked up and couldn’t help him. Scared, I moved a back a little and I started shouting that ‘Othman had fallen as a martyr and that we needed a stretcher there to get him medical care. I couldn’t lift him. He was all bloody. The bullet went into his chest and out of his back.

Wael Hiles (30) from Gaza City is a relative of ‘Othman’s. In testimony he gave B’Tselem field researcher Olfat al-Kurd on 24 July 2018, he described what he had seen:

At 6:00 P.M. I was about twenty meters from the perimeter fence. I saw a few girls waving Palestinian flags very close to it. A few kids went over to them. I saw them from behind and from a distance, so I didn’t recognize ‘Othman and or realize that he was one of the kids. I saw a kid climb the fence and then the Israeli military shoot him. He fell down and stopped moving. One of the bullets hit him in the chest, near the heart, and came out through the back.

As I ran over, one of the demonstrators told me that the kid who’d been sniped at was a relative of mine. I got close to ‘Othman but couldn’t get to him to help him, because he was surrounded by demonstrators trying to help him. There was a lot of blood and I immediately understood that he was dead.

The young men took Hiles to a-Shifaa Hospital in Gaza City, where he was pronounced dead.

‘Othman’s mother, Asmahan Hiles (39), a married mother of six, gave her testimony to B’Tselem field researcher Olfat al-Kurd on 1 August 2018:

‘Othman was my third child. I didn’t like it that he went to the Return marches. He told me that he always stayed very far from the fence and that I shouldn’t worry. That evening, at exactly six o’clock, my husband Rami called and said ‘Othman had been injured at the demonstration and was being taken to a-Shifaa Hospital. I was visiting relatives and he asked me to go back home. I refused and went straight to the hospital to make sure ‘Othman was okay. On the way, I prayed to God that he wasn’t badly injured. I hoped I’d see him in bed, laughing and smiling, and then I’d say: “‘Othman, you had me so worried. See, you did get hurt.” When I got to the hospital, I heard people saying there was a martyr from the Hiles family, but I didn’t think it would be ‘Othman. I went into the ER to see him, but they wouldn’t let me near and a security guard talked to my brother-in-law who was there. I asked my brother-in-law and he said that ‘Othman was okay. Later, in the waiting room, I heard people say there was a boy martyr named ‘Othman Hiles.
I fainted. When I came to, I started crying and shouting. My brother-in-law asked me to go back home but I wouldn’t. I wanted to see ‘Othman. I went to the body refrigerator and saw his body. I cried and screamed. I told them that I wanted to stay with him and not leave him alone in the refrigerator. Then I fainted again. When I woke up, I was at home. All the women were around me, crying and keening. I asked them to take me back to ‘Othman. I told them that he was alive and that he hadn’t been killed. I started saying, “‘Othman is alone in that refrigerator now. ‘Othman is afraid of being alone. Take me there, I want to be with him. ‘Othman is a little boy. Why was he shot? How did he become a martyr?”

Ever since ‘Othman was killed, I’ve watched the footage over and over, asking myself, “What did he do that was so terrible?”. I watch the video and cry my heart out. I ask myself, how did he feel when the bullet pierced his body? Did it cause my little boy a lot of pain? How could he bear the pain of the bullet when it hit him?

It hurts so much. Saying goodbye to ‘Othman is so hard. The fact that he touched the fence had no effect on the Israeli military. He didn’t have any weapon to attack the military. He wasn’t holding a stone. He wasn’t masked. I pray to God to give me strength to carry on. My heart aches when I see his friends playing soccer in the street, and he isn’t there with them. They stole away my boy’s life and childhood. My husband and sons still can’t believe he’s gone, either. My husband says he keeps imagining that ‘Othman will open the door and just walk in any minute now. He says that without ‘Othman, our home means nothing.

I pray to God for the strength to continue without my son. I pray for his soul and hope that God will be merciful to him and take him under His wing.

The killing of Ahmad Abu Tyour (16) east of Rafah, 7 September 2018

On Friday, 7 September 2018, at approximately 6:00 P.M., a member of the Israeli security forces shot Ahmad Abu Tyour, a sixteen-year-old from Rafah, who was standing near concertina wire laid out by the military about ten to twenty meters away from the fence. At the same demonstration, protesters sent up a flaming kite that landed on an Israeli communications tower on the other side of the fence.

In video footage posted on social media, Abu Tyour is seen waving to soldiers who were about ten meters away from the fence, on the other side of the fence. He is then seen picking up a stone, throwing it in their direction, waving at them again, and then getting shot in the leg.

In a testimony that Ahmad’s brother, Tamer Abu Tyour (28) – a married father of four from Rafah – gave B’Tselem field researcher Muhammad Sabah on 10 September 2018, he related what happened that day:

On Friday, 7 September 2018, at about 2:00 P.M., I walked over to eastern Rafah. When I got there, I met a few young guys and kids, including my brothers Haytham, Thaer and Munzer. My brother Ahmad was distributing tires by the fence so that when the other protesters arrived, at about 4:30-5:00, they’d set them on fire.

The protesters arrived at 5:00 and started torching tires and throwing stones at the soldiers, who responded with live gunfire and tear-gas canisters. There were soldiers on the red tower and behind dirt barriers. Some of them were snipers positioned to shoot at the protesters. There were also three jeeps with a device for firing tear-gas canisters. Some of the protesters cut the concertina wire and the fence.

I passed tires along and so did Ahmad. He also lit them. He was about twenty meters from the fence. Soldiers fired live bullets at us from the red tower. Ahmad was standing by the fence with his hands up in the air, about 25 meters away from me, when suddenly he fell down. Paramedics rushed over to him and took him away in an ambulance. I tried to get in but they wouldn’t let me. I forced my way in, and the ambulance took us to a field hospital. Ahmad said that it felt like an electrical shock. His leg was bleeding badly. He had a bullet hole above his right knee. He was carried out of the ambulance and given first aid. Our mother came to see him. I told her it was only a light injury, so she wouldn’t worry.

Then, Ahmad was taken to the European Hospital. My mother and I were with him. We stroked his face and tried to calm him down. He asked for water. When we got to the hospital, he was X-rayed and taken into the operating room. He only came out at midnight. Later, they operated on him again to suture the severed artery. We waited for him to come out. He was given several transfusions because of the bleeding. All this wasn’t enough. The next day – Saturday, 8 September, at 11:00 A.M. – he was declared a martyr.

Ahmad’s mother, ‘Aidah Abu Tyour (49), a mother of eleven, described the events of that day in a testimony she gave B’Tselem field researcher Olfat al-Kurd on 7 October 2018:

Ahmad took part in the Return Marches from the beginning. He went there every Friday at 9:00 o’clock in the morning. I tried to stop him because I was afraid he’d get hurt, but he wouldn’t listen and said I couldn’t keep him from going. Because I was worried about him, I made a point of attending the processions every Friday.

On Friday, 7 September 2018, I didn’t see Ahmad in the morning. He had slept over at a friend’s house and come home in the morning while I was out. My daughter-in-law told me that he’d gone out to the march at nine. I had a feeling that something bad was about to happen. I kept asking about Ahmad. I decided to go to the march and got there at 4:30 P.M. I asked one of the young guys about Ahmad. He told me that he was by the fence and was fine. I couldn’t get closer because there were a lot of demonstrators and the soldiers were firing tear gas and live bullets. I prayed that Ahmad would come home safe and sound. I was very worried about him because of the intensive shooting.

At around 5:00 P.M., I was sitting with some other women when a young masked guy came up to me and said: “Your son Ahmad has been hit, he was in the ambulance that just drove by.” I rushed after the ambulance to the medical tent. I found Ahmad inside, lying on a bed, with doctors bandaging his leg. I said: “Thank God the bullet only hit him in the leg.” He was screaming and yelling in pain. I said to him: “Ahmad, thank God, it’s a light injury, it’s your leg.” He yelled and said: “There’s electricity going through my leg.”

On Saturday morning, I went home to pick up some things and then go back to Ahmad. I had a feeling he’d be in hospital for a long time. Suddenly, I got a call from my son Tamer. He asked me to come to the hospital. I asked him if Ahmad was okay and he said he was. At the hospital, I asked Tamer again and he said that Ahmad was all right. I said he was keeping something from me and that something was wrong with Ahmad. I asked his brother Iyad, and he told me that Ahmad’s heart had stopped twice during surgery and that he had fluid in his lungs. Just then I asked a doctor about Ahmad. He told me that they needed thirty blood units for him because he was bleeding heavily and it still hadn’t stopped. I immediately called Ahmad’s friends and asked them to come give him blood.

I sat down by the entrance to the operating room, hoping to get good news. At about 11:00 A.M., a doctor came out and called: “Abu Tyour.” I went over with my sons Iyad and Munzer. The doctor wouldn’t let me in the room. My sons came out of the room shouting: “Ahmad fell as a martyr.” I started shouting and begged the doctors: “Please, let me in, I want to see Ahmad.” I went in and saw Ahmad lying on the bed. His face and legs were pale. I hugged him and kissed him all over, crying all the time.
It was the hardest day of my life. I wish I’d seen Ahmad that morning, before he went to the demonstration. I so much want to say to him: “Take care, don’t go near the fence, I want to see you back home in the evening, and have dinner with you and your brothers. I want you to tell me what happened at the march.” He left me in sorrow and pain. I still can’t believe Ahmad was martyred and that I’ll never see him again. When I’m at home, I feel him laughing by my side. Ahmad loved to listen to dahiya dance music and dance the dabkeh. Since he died, I haven’t been able to hear dahiya songs because they remind me of him. I keep watching the footage of his injury over and over again, despite the pain. His crying out still pain me. I wish I’d taken the bullet instead of him.

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