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Israel Targets Gazas Children, Say Witnesses

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An Israeli soldier deliberately killed Faris, Zaqoul said. The Israeli soldier said on a loudspeaker you, with the white Tshirt, Ill shoot you, pointing at Faris. He was only 11.


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fly b (26)
Friday October 26, 2018, 8:24 am
Israel targets Gaza’s children, say witnesses.
24 October 2018

“He was everyone’s friend,” said a classmate of Nasir Musbah, whose life was cut short by an Israeli bullet.
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Every Friday for the past few months, Nasir Musbah insisted that he accompany his two older sisters to the Great March of Return. Both women are medics; Nasir used to carry their first aid bags.
Nasir’s mother, Samah, allowed him to go on the condition that he would stay at a tent east of Khan Younis city from where the medics worked. It was around 500 meters from Gaza’s boundary with Israel.

On 28 September, Nasir was at that tent when Islam, one of his sisters, called over to him, asking for the first aid bag. Nasir did as requested, then ran back towards the tent. On his return, he suddenly fell to the ground.

Nasir had been hit in the head with a bullet fired by an Israeli sniper. He was only 11.

“I saw a laser beam passing us and directed at the child’s head while he was running,” said Yasser Abu Khater, a protester who witnessed the killing. “I’m sure that it wasn’t random. Nasir was targeted directly.”

Islam and her sister Duaa were busy tending to the injured at the time Nasir was killed. When his sisters went to the medical tent, they were concerned that they could not find Nasir anywhere.

His body had already been brought to the European Gaza Hospital. Two hours later, they had to identify his body in the morgue.

“My little man”

“Nasir didn’t miss a day since the Great March of Return demonstrations were launched,” said Samah, his mother.

“He was a child with a big brain, he memorized the Quran, did kung fu and played football, loved to talk to adults, and helped us with the housework. He was my little man.”

“I have no idea why Israel killed him,” she added. “He wasn’t holding a weapon. All he did was to help people who had been injured.”

Samah has a back complaint. “Nasir wanted to be a doctor so that he could help me get better,” she said. “He was a very kind child.”

Wisam, 12, used to sit beside Nasir at school. “I miss everything about Nasir,” Wisam said. “He was like the scientist of the class. He used to explain the lessons to us and help everyone. He was everyone’s friend.”

Another child, 14-year-old Muhammad al-Hawm, was among the seven people shot dead during the Great March of Return on 28 September. In total, six children were killed in the boundary area between Gaza and Israel last month. A seventh died of injuries sustained in August.

Carte blanche to kill

At least 34 children have been killed by Israeli forces while participating in Great March of Return protests since they began on 30 March.

Amnesty International has criticized Israel’s newly announced “zero tolerance” approach to Palestinian protests in the boundary area.

Saleh Higazi, an Amnesty representative, expressed alarm that the policy would give Israeli forces “carte blanche authorization to carry out large-scale, unlawful killings escalating the bloodshed.”

Higazi noted that Israel has already “repeatedly used lethal force unnecessarily and excessively against unarmed protesters in shameless violation of international law.”

Higazi added: “It is now time the international community shows ‘zero tolerance’ towards Israel’s flagrant contempt for Palestinian lives and disregard for its obligations under international law.”

The September killings took place shortly before the anniversary of another child victim: Muhammad al-Dura. Aged 12, Muhammad was shot dead in Gaza on 30 September 2000. Filmed by the television channel France 2, his killing became synonymous with the second intifada.

More than 2,000 Palestinian children have been killed by Israeli armed forces or settlers in the past 18 years. Approximately 1,600 of those killings occurred in Gaza.

“I’ll shoot you”

The bloodshed is continuing.

On 3 October, Israel killed 15-year-old Ahmad Abu Habil by firing a tear gas canister into his head.

Ahmad, a resident of the Jabaliya refugee camp, was the youngest child in his family. “Our mother spoiled him,” said his sister Kifah. “He was funny. He loved to tell jokes.”

Two days later, Faris al-Sarsawi became yet another victim of Israeli state violence. He was 13.

Faris hailed from the Shujaiya neighborhood of Gaza City. His grandmother Mutia has watched ambulances pass her home since the Great March of Return protests began in late March.

A woman and man sit on a twin-sized bed with three children and posters honoring their slain son on the wall behind them
The family of Faris al-Sarsawi, killed by an Israeli sniper during a protest earlier this month.
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She had seen a number of ambulances on 5 October and, as usual, said prayers for the people inside them. “I never expected that one of those ambulances would carry the body of my lovely grandson,” the 74-year-old said.

Faris had been named after his uncle who died during an Israeli offensive against Gaza in 2004. “My son Faris was killed in 2004,” said Mutia. “And now they have killed my other Faris.”

Maher Zaqoul, a neighbor, was standing near Faris at the 5 October protests. They were about 200 meters from the fence separating Gaza and Israel.

“An Israeli soldier deliberately killed Faris,” Zaqoul said. “The Israeli soldier said on a loudspeaker ‘you, with the white T-shirt, I’ll shoot you’ – pointing at Faris.”

Within minutes of that threat, Faris was shot in the chest. He died immediately.

“My son was innocent,” said his father Hafiz. “He had a lot to do in his life but Israel ended it very early.”

Sue H (7)
Friday October 26, 2018, 10:46 am

Colleen L (3)
Friday October 26, 2018, 5:26 pm
So tragic.
Thanks Fly

fly b (26)
Friday October 26, 2018, 6:27 pm
Israel Invokes Its “Fight for Survival” as It Descends into a Racist State.
23 October 2018

By Miko Peled

Israel’s former Chief Justice Aharon Barak stated in a recent lecture that “what happened in Germany [the rise of the Nazis] can happen here [in Israel].” He went on to say that a regime that does not respect the separation of powers or human rights cannot be called democratic. This statement brought about a swift, furious response via Twitter from Education Minister Naftali Bennet, claiming that what the Judge said was a “total lie” and that it is wrong to compare what he calls “Israel’s fight for survival in its own land” with the Nazi persecution of Jews.


The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza has confirmed that over 100 Palestinians were killed in a single day during the 30th March of Return held October 19, and yet the Israeli government is being criticized from within for not being tough enough. Hard as it may be to believe — even though Israel’s ongoing response to the Gaza Return March protests can only be described as extremely heavy-handed, injuring thousands and killing hundreds — there are calls from within the Israeli cabinet and the Knesset, as well as the press, demanding Netanyahu and his defense minister Lieberman adopt a more “heavy-handed” response.

Education Minister Naftali Bennet referred to Israeli policy as “restrained” when he stated that, “the policy of restraint has failed.” He criticized the army for being too weak and called on the government to step up its attacks against what he called “Hamas-led Gaza.” Adding to these voices is former Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, who stated in a radio interview that when he was in office “we killed 300 Hamas fighters in three-and-a-half minutes” and that “Prime Minister Netanyahu has surrendered to Hamas and cowers under fire.”

Now there are reports and photos of Israel amassing tanks along the Gaza border, and the Israeli cabinet is promising to “to escalate its response to any violent incidents originating from the Gaza Strip.” The Israeli papers are speculating whether or not Israel “wants” an escalation in Gaza — in other words, another massive attack by Israel.

“It is us or them”

As municipal elections draw near, campaign ads in the city of Ramle call “to keep the city Jewish” and warn of the dangers of assimilation and mixed marriages. The campaign ads show a girl in a Hijab, the traditional Muslim head cover, and the caption reads, “Tomorrow this could be your daughter.” Ramle, an ancient Palestinian city with a glorious Arab history that spans a thousand years, was destroyed in 1948 and subjected to a vicious campaign of ethnic cleansing. The few Palestinians remaining in the city today live in segregated enclaves and are governed by a municipality that wants to see them destroyed or, preferably, gone.

Racist Israeli Campaign Ad

READ MORE:Gaza and the Politics of “Greater Israel”

In Tel-Aviv — Israel’s metropolis by the sea, the city that is considered to be the bastion of Israeli liberalism, sunshine and fun — similar ads are displayed. In the ads in Tel-Aviv there is a photo of what looks like a Hamas fighter and the caption reads, “The Islamic movement of Yaffa, or a Jewish City. It is us or them.”

Racist Israeli Campaign Ad

This should come as no surprise following the desperate plea made by Prime Minister Netanyahu during the last elections. He came out with a warning for Jewish Israelis to go to the polls, because “the Arabs are going to vote in droves.”

Two celebrities with Israeli citizenship — one a Jewish movie star who had a role in the hit series “Fauda;” and the other a Palestinian news anchor — recently drew sharp criticism when their wedding was revealed. They had been in a relationship that was kept secret for several years and finally decided to tie the knot. While the harshest criticism came from the most fanatic and violent Zionist member of Knesset, more “moderate” leaders joined in — including Interior Minister Ariye Der’i of the religious party Shas, and Yair Lapid of the secular “Yesh Atid” party, both of whom called the union, and mixed marriages in general, wrong.

The value of a Palestinian life?

Israel’s Tourism Minister Yariv Levin described the killing of a Palestinian woman by settlers in West Bank by as a “scrap of an incident.” He was referring to an incident in which settlers threw stones at a Palestinian car causing it to crash and resulting in the death of 47-year-old Aisha Muhammad Talal Al-Rabi.

When settlers torched the home of the Dawabsheh family in the village of Duma near Nablus, killing an 18-month old baby, not one person spent more than an insignificant time in prison, as would be expected for such a heinous crime.

Elor Azaria, a medic in the Israeli army, executed a helpless wounded man who posed no threat and was lying on the ground barely able to move. He did so in broad daylight and in front of countless witnesses who thought nothing of the matter. Azaria ended up being indicted and facing charges in a military court only because a Palestinian caught his actions on video and posted them on social media. Still, he was in and out of prison in less than eight months. Upon his release, he visited Hebron and was given a hero’s welcome.

Then there is Gaza, where the death of over one hundred civilians in a single day, not to mention three hundred in three minutes, does not raise a single word of criticism in the press or from Israeli society in general. It seems that killing Palestinians is a sure source of respect and the more one kills, and the faster one kills them, the better.

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, or IHRA, has issued a definition of anti-Semitism according to which merely stating that Israel is a racist endeavor qualifies as anti-Semitism. The IHRA campaign to have its definition accepted intentionally has succeeded and several states and non-governmental agencies have adopted it. One must see this campaign in the context of the reality Israel has imposed in Palestine for over seven decades. It is a reality that cannot be described as anything but a ruthless racist endeavor.

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Miko Peled is an author and human rights activist born in Jerusalem. He is the author of “The General’s Son. Journey of an Israeli in Palestine,” and “Injustice, the Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five.”

The original source of this article is MintPress News

fly b (26)
Sunday October 28, 2018, 4:52 pm
Gaza is at the forefront of Palestine’s pain.
Oct 25 2018

Gaza is at the forefront of Palestine’s pain, and the priority of political and humanitarian calculations alike. It occupies the most extensive areas on the maps of Palestinian and regional political balances and is considered one of the pillars of international polarisation regarding managing the conflicts in the region.

Gaza, which represents the essence of the Palestinian political situation at this point in time, holds all the strings of the cause, the issues of which are intertwined within each other. The Palestinian -Palestinian reconciliation, the truce with the occupation, the UNRWA crisis, the disputes over the form and type of resistance, the organisation of Palestinian legitimacy, and other issues, all involve Gaza.

The status of Gaza was expressed by UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, during his monthly report to the UN Security Council at a meeting on the Middle East last Thursday, October 18th, as Gaza takes the lion’s share of his monthly briefings.

The briefings go beyond the language of reporting information and data, reaching the language of appealing and urging, as he stated “the urgency of the situation that we face on the ground is desperate – Gaza can explode any minute,” especially as the calmness is fragile and decisive measures must be taken. He sounds the alarm, indicating the presence of danger that could have repercussions outside of the Gaza Strip.

Mladenov has clearly described the gravity of the situation in Gaza, pointing out that the consequences will be very severe in the event of failure to achieve a truce. He noted the possibility of being dragged into a cycle of war if measures are not taken to stop the deterioration and if the state of tension in the region returns.

The UN official’s discourse includes a level of insistence on not abandoning Gaza, stressing that the issue is not only humanitarian but also political. He urges all Palestinian parties, especially the Palestinian Authority, not to do so.

He does not disregard the essences of the problem, which lies in the occupation’s imposition of a blockade on Gaza, despite not implicitly stating this. He did, however, call on the occupying state to ” restore the delivery of critical supplies to Gaza and improve the movement and access of goods and people [and] exercise maximum restraint in the use of live ammunition,” when dealing with the protestors on the eastern border.

In the context of his call to work to prevent terrible consequences, he talks about efforts to resolve the UNRWA crisis. He thanked Qatar for its immediate and generous response by providing $60 million to buy fuel to increase electricity supply to the Gaza Strip, in addition to some countries pledging to provide $122 million to the Agency.

“The endless cycle of emergency responses and stop‑gap measures must be broken, with the Palestinian people accorded a sustainable and just solution that allows them to be masters of their own fate living in peace and security with Israel, without walls of occupation,” added Mladenov.

He also said that the Palestinians deserve the chance to regain their dignity and to build a better future for themselves, noting that they deserve the right to self-determination and be governed by democratically elected institutions. He also noted their right to have a state in which they live in peace and security with Israel, without the occupation’s walls, fear of reprisal or displacement, and without fearing to live their whole lives fighting an endless struggle.

The details of the other Palestinian suffering are not less severe or important. Mladenov allocated part of his briefing to Israel’s blatant violations, including its continued demolition of Palestinian buildings and properties in the West Bank, in addition to the occupation’s relentless campaign to destroy Al-Khan Al-Ahmar in Jerusalem.

The UN official pointed out Israel’s allocation of funds to build settlements in Hebron, stressing the illegality of this activity, without reducing the danger of settler practices and attacks on Palestinians, which he considers a source of concern.

Perhaps Mladenov’s words in his briefing on the Palestinian situation addressed many of the focuses and issues of the daily Palestinian suffering, both systematically and professionally, and may have sought to get as close as possible to facts that reveal the bitter reality of the Palestinian cause. However, it is a very brief form of describing the Palestinian situation.

Attempting to address the situation in the Palestinian territories would require a state of deep understanding of the pulse of the suffering of the Palestinian individual. This is helped by looking into the details of the humanitarian distress suffered by the children of Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem, day and night. It is also helpful to explicitly identify the cause of such chronic suffering and to openly hold them responsible.

What is required of the UN officials, who convey the image of the tragedy of the Palestinian people to the international community, resulting from the political repercussions of the occupation’s practices, is to identify, in a genuine, accurate and frank manner the cause of this tragedy, i.e. the occupation, the occupation and occupation. We understand and keep in mind the considerations of diplomatic work and the fact that it requires a moderate tone under various pretexts, including preserving a sense of balance in position, in order not to provoke parties allied with the occupation that largely control international decision-making.

However, we firmly believe that the Palestinian situation cannot bear many interpretations, as the core of the issue is the occupation’s frantic attempts to deprive the Palestinians of their rights. Therefore, the international community must hold the occupation legally and morally responsible for its continued violations against the Palestinian people and put an end to them.

Source: Middle East Monitor’s-pain
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