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A peaceful demonstration sit in "#Great Return March" INSIDE Gaza close to the border has been met by snipers using live & rubber bullets, and drones overflying hundreds of thousands of Palestinians within Gaza firing teargas. (shades of Standing Rock?)


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Evelyn B (63)
Saturday March 31, 2018, 1:27 am
27 March at 11:13 ·
General Principles of the Great Return March (GRM)

The Palestinian refugees issue is the core of the Palestinian cause. It is the issue of the expulsion of a nation from its original land 70 years ago usingterrorism, to be replaced by a nation who denies the existence of the expelled indigenous nation. Ownership of the land was given to the replacing nationunder the claim that “A land with no people for a people without land’. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were expelled from their homes and forced to leave their properties to become refugees in various surroundingArab countries and around the world. A new foreign entity was established on the ruins of their societies and homeland known as ‘Israel’.

Despite therecognition of the international community of the right of Palestinian refugeesto return and compensation, as guaranteed by the principles of the International law and international conventions and treaties and relevantUnited Nation’s resolutions, the International community has failed to enforce the relevant resolutions on the return of refugees. Despite the Palestinian refugees’ continuous struggle to secure their rights, the Israeli occupation continues to deny their right of return to their homelands which they were expelled from. Therefore, the refugees decided to take the initiative through peaceful movements and through the Great Return March. This comes as a continuation of the struggle of the Palestinian people for their right of return, the most important of which was the Return March in 2011, the Global March to Jerusalem (GMJ) in 2012 and the Palestinians’ marches in the areas occupied in 1948 on the 19th of April each year.

Definition of the Great Return March (GRM):
It is an organised public action, based on legitimate legal foundations and clear humanitarian principles, in which the masses of refugees embark on peaceful marches to implement paragraph 11 of UN Resolution 194 and to achieve thereturn of the refugees who were displaced in 1948 to their land, homes and properties. They are armed with firm faith that rights are not lost if pursued and that rights do not diminish with time. They base their movement on the legitimacy of the UN resolution 194 and their right to its application as officially registered refugees in the international organisation.

The GRM adopts the following general principles:

1. It is a sustained and cumulative struggle, not a seasonal or a one-day event. It will only end with the actual return of Palestinian refugees and the sit-in may last for weeks or months.

2. It is a national march in which Palestinians of all ages and various political and social groups and their supporters from the free world meet around the universal issue of the return of refugees and their compensation as a national consensus.

3. It is a humanitarian march calling for the human right of the return of refugees, failure to achieve that right is a justification to continue the march regardless of how long it takes. It has nothing to do with any political deals or offers from any side.

4. It is a legal march based on international resolutions, most notablyparagraph 11 from the UN Resolution 194, which explicitly calls for the return of Palestinian refugees as soon as possible to their villages and towns from which they were forcibly displaced and to be compensated.

5. It includes the various locations of Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Jerusalem, the areas occupied in 1948, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and other countries around the world. It aims to peacefully protest at the nearest points to their homes which they were forcibly displaced from.

6. Participants will be from all components of the Palestinian civil society and all political parties or factions that believe in peaceful public resistance as an effective way to contribute to achieving peace and justice based on the restoration of the national rights of Palestinians,foremost of which is the right of return.

7. It is a fully peaceful march from the beginning to the end. It adopts the style of open sit-ins, gradual progress, the construction of tents and the establishment of a normal life near the separation fence with their lands, homes and properties which they were forcibly removed from in 1948. The organisers are keen to invite international media to cover their message to all the world and are keen on the participation of international and human rights organisations to monitor and ensure the march is peaceful.

8. The organisers are keen to spread the culture of public resistance through the peaceful nature of the march and all accompanying events both inside and outside Palestine, and affirm that it is a new form of resistance different to confrontations and throwing stones. To ensure that the march does not deviate from its mission and to prevent anypretexts from stopping it, it is prohibited for the participating individuals and organisations to carry out any acts that violate the law. In Gaza Strip, as a central arena of the movement, it is preferable to start a sit-in 700 meters away from the separation fence to prevent the clash of young people with the occupation forces. Progress will be gradual and in accordance with the discretion of the committees and national bodies in charge, which can be done in stages to prolong the duration of internal and external mobilisation.

9. The civilian bodies supervising the management of the march are decentralised units established in each location/country appropriately. The various units in all locations should coordinate to ensure the success of the project.

10.The only flag to be raised during the march is the Palestinian flag with no partisan slogans, in addition to the UN General Assembly Resolution 194 and humanitarian slogans explaining the just cause of refugees in Arabic, English and Hebrew.

11.Refugees are the responsibility of the United Nations. Therefore, human rights organisations have the task of contacting the United Nations and its international institutions to request their supervision for the marches and to send warning messages to the occupation not to target them.

12. Communication should be made with various activists and solidarity organisations supporting Palestinian rights around the world to create global support for the initiative of the Great Return March. All media, political, legal and solidarity efforts should be mobilised to protect the march from the potential Israeli violence.

The International Coordination Committee of the GRM
March 15th 2018

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday March 31, 2018, 1:36 am
I've been watching live videos from the area - shades of Standing Rock - crods, with all their families - because this is a NON VIOLENT movement.

But - as some Israeli and Jewish sources warned beforehand - Israel has done everything it can to paint the movement as dangerous, violent, a threat ...

B’Tselem: Gaza Not a “Combat Zone”, Shooting at Demonstrators a Crime

Jewish Voice for Peace

The only REAL element of threat is the fact that there are Palestinians, displaced from their homes by Israel ... their existence is a threat, because they have rights under international law that Israeli Zionists have no intention of respecting.

Haaretz- Opinion: Gaza's Refugees Have Always Haunted Israel. Now They're on the March

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday March 31, 2018, 1:48 am
typing error! "shades of Standing Rock - crowds, with all their families - because this is a NON VIOLENT movement.

I know one of the activists who has been engaged in this. He's not a Hamas supporter (nor an admirer of Fatah) - indeed he feels strongly that the political leadership has been, and is, letting down the Palestinians. Israeli false info that Hamas is behind this is typical manipulation by fear ... Neither Hamas nor Fatah could mobilise the huge numbers who joined this demonstration.

The driving force is the desire for justice, for the right to return to family homes & no longer struggle as refugees/ displaced people. Jews - especially those who've moved to Israel, should be able to empathise with this. After all, such a drive brought many to Israel after many centuries of absence; for Palestinians, it is at most 70 years ... less than a century, and the older generation remember their homes, even have the keys to their family homes, which they've kept since locking the doors before fleeing the threat of militia.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday March 31, 2018, 1:50 am
Noted and shared articles over social media.

Animae C (507)
Saturday March 31, 2018, 3:23 am
i just got it on our local news, i saw the ammo-drones & firing squads.... all for a few stones throwed!

TY Evelyn

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday March 31, 2018, 3:49 am
Thrown from 300 metres away from the boundary, Animae!!!
Such a high risk/threat to the IDF ...

Those stone throwers must be beating the Olympic shot putting champions by more than 10 times the distance!!! Even the hammer throwers haven't achieved 160 FEET yet!

Shot putting - Men's records
World United States Randy Barnes 23.12 m (1990)
Olympic United States Ryan Crouser 22.52 m (2016)
Women's records
World Soviet Union Natalya Lisovskaya 22.63 m (1987)
Olympic East Germany Ilona Slupianek 22.41 m (1980)

And - for the drones - great publicity for the Israeli arms industry - this was the field testing of new weapons.
They'll be getting lots of orders after people see how effective a weapon they are!! :>(

Peggy B (43)
Saturday March 31, 2018, 7:31 am

Derry Richardson (38)
Saturday March 31, 2018, 9:33 am
Noted with thanks.

fly b (26)
Saturday March 31, 2018, 10:23 am
Nothing on local news, that I have seen.
This is MURDER, ethnic cleansing of Palestine.. This is a provocation on Israel's part. Once again, they plead non guilty, and play victim -- because it is NOT defense!!

It is ongoing genocide - picking on people, who are not Jewish, trying to dominate by stealing their lands, occupying illegally, expelling, forcing out, dispossession, and killing those who resist.

sounds just like Nazis.
Thank you, Evelyn. This is not surprising - Israel has been doing this for over 70 years, thanks to U.S. $Billions in aid, every year!

END THE SIEGE OF GAZA! #Save Gaza #FreePalestine

fly b (26)
Saturday March 31, 2018, 10:26 am
Dozens gather on Gaza border as Palestinians mourn 'heinous massacre'.
Hundreds gathered across Gaza to pay respects to scores of Palestinians killed during Friday's violence.

Last update: Saturday 31 March 2018 14:29 UTC

Dozens of Palestinian youths gathered by the Gaza-Israel border on Saturday, though the area remained mostly quiet, a day after deadly violence broke out in one of the biggest Palestinian demonstrations there in years.

In the southern Gaza Strip, residents said Israeli troops fired warning shots towards a crowd of youths, some of whom burnt tyres. Health officials said thirteen people were wounded and an Israeli military spokesman said he was checking the details.

Hundreds also gathered on Saturday in Northern Gaza to pay their respects to the scores of Palestinians killed during Friday's violence.

Images posted online showed hundreds of mourners carrying the casket of some of the slain Palestinians through the streets of Gaza city as relatives were pictured weeping and crying for their loved ones.

Israeli security forces killed at least 16 Palestinians, injuring more than 1,400 people who had mobilised as part of the annual Land day protests, according to the Palestinian ministry of health.

The ministry also noted that at least 773 Palestinians were wounded with live ammunition.

Dr Ashraf al-Qidra, a spokesperson for the Palestinian Ministry of Health, said that "most the dead were aged between 17 and 35".

He also told the Guardian that the remainder of the wounded, some of whom were in a critical condition, had been "shot with live ammunition".

The Israeli army was unable to confirm how many live rounds were fired by its snipers after claiming to know where "every bullet landed in Gaza"

Mark Regev, Israel's ambassador defended Israel's response on Saturday saying it was proportionate and blamed Hamas for Friday's violence.

"We can’t allow our border to be porous, we can’t allow the Hamas activists to tear down our fence and enter Israel," Regev told the BBC. "We would be putting our people in danger."

Hamas confirmed in a statement on Saturday that five of the 16 people killed by Israel on the Gaza border were members of its armed wing.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared Saturday a national day of mourning, and a general strike was called across the occupied West Bank. Clashes were also reported in the West Bank city of Hebron between Palestinian protestors and Israeli soldiers.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also condemned Israel and said in a tweet that the "killing and wounding by Israeli forces of civilians demonstrating for Palestinian rights in Gaza is appalling".

Tens of thousands of Palestinians had gathered on Friday along the fenced 65km frontier, where tents were raised for a planned six-week protest pressing for a right of return for refugees and their descendants to what is now Israel. The Israeli military estimate was 30,000.

Families brought their children to the encampments just a few hundred metres from the Israeli security barrier with the Hamas-run enclave. Football pitches were marked out in the sand and scout bands played.

But as Friday wore on, Israeli soldiers on the other side kept watch from dirt mound embankments and shot at the protesters as violence broke out. The United Nations on Friday called for an independent and transparent investigation into the deaths and injuries of Palestinians on Israel's border with Gaza.

The Palestinian ambassador to the UN, Riyad Mansour, described Friday's violence as a "heinous massacre" at the UN. He said that Palestinians expected the UN Security Council to "defuse this volatile situation" and to "shoulder its responsibility".

A senior UN official also told the Security Council on Friday that the situation in Gaza "might deteriorate in the coming days" and called for civilians to not be targeted.

Nakba day protests

The six-week protest is scheduled to culminate on May 15, the day Palestinians commemorate what they call the "Nakba" or "Catastrophe," when hundreds of thousands fled or were driven out of their homes in 1948 when the state of Israel was created.

Israel has long ruled out any right of return, fearing an influx of Arabs that would wipe out its Jewish majority. It argues that refugees should resettle in a future state the Palestinians seek in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza. Peace talks to that end have been frozen since 2014.

Abbas's spokesman, Nabil Abu Rdainah, said: "The message of the Palestinian people is clear. The Palestinian land will always belong to its legitimate owners and the occupation will be removed."

Israeli military spokesman Brigadier-General Ronen Manelis said Hamas was using the protests as a guise to launch attacks against Israel and ignite the area. He said violence would likely continue along the border until 15 May.

"We won't let this turn into a ping-pong zone where they perpetrate a terrorist act and we respond with pinpoint action. If this continues we will not have no choice but to respond inside the Gaza Strip," Manelis told reporters in a phone briefing.

Additional reporting by Chloe Benoit in Hebron.

fly b (26)
Saturday March 31, 2018, 10:50 am
The number of Palestinians killed and gravely wounded by Israel's soldiers firing into #Gaza is shocking. @HRW statement

fly b (26)
Saturday March 31, 2018, 10:58 am
To be gassed or not to be gassed: that is the question.
March 30, 2018

It is a question that the international community must answer about Friday’s ‘March of Return’ in Palestine.

The stated intention of Israeli authorities to flagrantly breach international law by dropping tear gas from riot control drones inside Gazan territory on this event is deplorable – and preventable.

The ‘March of Return’ sit-in is an entirely non-violent peaceful event being held at several locations along the Gaza border, at a distance of 700 meters from the border fence. Thousands of women and children are participating, along with their menfolk

Organisers have assured that there will be no weapons or guns used during this civilian protest; even stones will not be allowed to be thrown at Israeli soldiers.

Official statements reported in the Israeli and international media leave little doubt that the presence of law-abiding Palestinian women and children exercising their right to assemble in their own country will be met with a wildly disproportionate – and illegal – response from Israeli authorities.

Snipers, army battalions, and the afore-mentioned drones and tear gas have all been readied, and a practice attack using the drones was conducted by the Israeli Border Police on 09 March, 2018 at Shujeiyeh – an attack which was both indiscriminate in its effect, and conducted well inside the Gaza border in a blatant breach of Palestinian sovereignty.

Who knows what gases are being used in these drones? The effects of Israeli tear gas on Palestinians in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza strongly indicate that they have not merely been using CR, CN, CS and OC gases – what new chemical weapons are being tested on us? And now launched from drones?

Israeli authorities have widely and clearly made known their intention to repeat similar acts and more, in defiance of the prohibition by the traditional Charter system of the use of force in the sovereign territory of another, and in breach of the Geneva and Hague Conventions preventing the use of indiscriminate weapons, particularly against civilians.

These Israeli threats should be condemned by all who uphold the rule of law.

The international community is on notice, and must respond.

Their response must be immediate, and unequivocal: the use of drones to breach sovereignty in order to use indiscriminate weapons which may cause injury to civilians must be soundly, roundly and loudly rejected, and condemned by all with a genuine commitment to international law.

To do otherwise is to invite another holocaust.

Colleen L (3)
Saturday March 31, 2018, 11:23 am
Disgusting...stop the killings of innocent They should be allowed to protest in peace not shot. Thanks Evelyn

fly b (26)
Saturday March 31, 2018, 12:04 pm
It's another day of shame, for the 'most moral army in the world'......

"Friday: Israeli Soldiers Kill 15 Palestinians In Gaza, Injure 1416."

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fly b (26)
Saturday March 31, 2018, 9:37 pm
VIDEO - Israel admits, then deletes, responsibility for Gaza killings.
31 March 2018

The Israeli army posted a statement on Twitter on Saturday apparently accepting full responsibility for the killings a day earlier of 15 Palestinians as thousands took part in the Great March of Return in Gaza.

The army then quickly deleted the admission – as more evidence of war crimes by its soldiers came to light – but not before a copy was made by the human rights group B’Tselem.

The now-deleted tweet from the official @IDFSpokesperson account stated: “Yesterday we saw 30,000 people; we arrived prepared and with precise reinforcements. Nothing was carried out uncontrolled; everything was accurate and measured, and we know where every bullet landed.”

Sarit Michaeli, B’Tselem’s international advocacy officer, characterized the statement as meaning that the “Israeli army takes full responsibility for the killing of all unarmed protesters and the injuring of hundreds with live ammunition.”

The army’s deletion of the tweet is hardly surprising. The admission that its killings of demonstrators were premeditated down to the last bullet means it cannot deny responsibility for apparent war crimes, such as the lethal shooting of Abd al-Fattah Abd al-Nabi, 19, as he ran away from the Israel-Gaza boundary fence. Abd al-Nabi was reportedly shot in the head.

Video of the slaying, widely shared on social media, shows Abd al-Nabi running alongside two other Palestinians far away from the boundary fence when the crack of a gunshot is heard and he falls suddenly.

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz published a video of the same incident from another angle:

Another video apparently shows a man being shot and injured as he prayed with a group of Palestinians, with the boundary fence visible in the far distance.

Times of Israel reporter Jacob Magid commented that the Israeli army is “gonna have a hard time saying this guy fell off his bike.”

This is a reference to the army’s transparently false claims that Muhammad Fadel Tamimi, the 15-year-old boy shot in the head by one of its soldiers in the occupied West Bank in December, had merely had a bicycle accident.

On 29 March, B’Tselem’s Michaeli noted that Ofir Gendelman, an Israeli government spokesperson, used a video of an unarmed Palestinian being shot in the leg while standing still to “threaten Gazans” on the day of the planned Great March of Return.

The Israeli army’s admission of responsibility accorded with reports prior to Friday that the military had prepared for the protests by deploying dozens of snipers with orders to shoot demonstrators entering an Israeli-imposed no-go zone extending hundreds of meters inside Gaza along the boundary.

In addition to the slayings, at least 1,400 Palestinians were injured as Israeli forces used live ammunition, drones firing tear gas and even artillery along the Gaza-Israel boundary where Palestinians had gathered Friday to commemorate Land Day and protest Israel’s refusal to allow them to return to lands from which Palestinians were ethnically cleansed.

The charity Medical Aid for Palestinians called Friday “the bloodiest day in Gaza since Israel’s 2014 offensive.”

According to the health ministry spokesperson in Gaza, at least three more people were injured with live ammunition on Saturday.

Also on Saturday, the human rights groups Adalah and Al Mezan issued an urgent call on Israel to allow medical teams to enter the no-go zone to search for two missing Palestinians whose condition is unknown.

“The Israeli military’s use of 100 snipers against unarmed Palestinian civilian protesters in the Gaza Strip is illegal,” Adalah stated Friday. “Live gunfire on unarmed civilians constitutes a brutal violation of the international legal obligation to distinguish between civilians and combatants” – in other words war crimes.

UN calls for inquiry

As Human Rights Watch on Friday condemned as “shocking” the number of Palestinians killed and injured by Israeli gunfire, the UN Security Council met that night to discuss the situation. Israel’s representatives boycotted the session.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for an independent inquiry into the violence.

Although such inquiries in the past have uncovered evidence of Israeli war crimes, they have never led to effective action to hold Israel to account.

Guterres himself, acting under US pressure, last year suppressed a UN report that found Israel practices apartheid against Palestinians.

It took until Saturday for the European Union to issue a statement that “mourns the loss of life.”

The EU acknowledged that Israel used “live ammunition during clashes and demonstrations” but endorsed Israel’s “right to protect its borders” with “proportionate” force.

The EU also endorsed the UN’s call for an investigation and, equating occupier and occupied, urged that “those concerned need to exercise restraint.”

Corbyn tones down criticism

In Canada, Hélène Laverdière, foreign affairs spokesperson for the center-left opposition New Democratic Party, condemned the “shocking situation” and demanded that Israel “must abide by its responsibilities under international law and respect human rights.”

After 24 hours of silence, Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the UK’s main opposition Labour Party, posted a statement on Twitter that the “killing and wounding by Israeli forces of civilians demonstrating for Palestinian rights in Gaza is appalling.”

But Corbyn – who has been under sustained attack from Israel lobby groups that have justified the massacre in Gaza – did not call for any action to hold Israel accountable.

Previously, Corbyn has called for an arms embargo on Israel and endorsed some tactics of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign for Palestinian rights.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the left-wing political leader in France who has also faced an Israel lobby smear campaign in recent days, offered condolences to the families of Palestinians killed and called for the deployment of UN forces.

But apparently secure that it will not face calls for real accountability – even from lifelong supporters of Palestinian rights such as Corbyn – Israel is issuing new threats to escalate its violence against Palestinian protesters.

Given ongoing official silence, complicity and inaction, Palestinians will be counting on a major escalation in grassroots support through boycott, divestment and sanctions campaigns to finally bring Israel to account.

Evelyn B (63)
Sunday April 1, 2018, 3:57 am
Tell Israel to Stop Firing at Peaceful Protesters!

fly b (26)
Sunday April 1, 2018, 4:42 pm
Pope, after Gaza violence, says 'defenceless' being killed in Holy Land.
Reuters , Sunday 1 Apr 2018

Pope Francis, in his Easter address on Sunday, called for peace in the Holy Land two days after 15 Palestinians were killed on the Israeli-Gaza border, saying the conflict there "does not spare the defenceless".

The pope made his appeal in his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) message from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica to tens of thousands of people in the flower-bedecked square below where he earlier celebrated a Mass.

He also appealed for an end to the "carnage" in Syria, calling for humanitarian aid to be allowed to enter, and for peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Francis appeared to refer directly to the Gaza violence last Friday, calling for "reconciliation for the Holy Land, also experiencing in these days the wounds of ongoing conflict that do not spare the defenceless."

Israel's defence minister has rejected calls for an inquiry into the killings by the military during a Palestinian demonstration that turned violent at the Gaza-Israel border.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Federica Mogherini, the European Union's foreign policy chief, and other leaders have called for an independent investigation into the bloodshed.

The Pope also begged for peace for "the entire world, beginning with the beloved and long-suffering land of Syria, whose people are worn down by an apparently endless war."

"This Easter, may the light of the risen Christ illumine the consciences of all political and military leaders, so that a swift end may be brought to the carnage in course ... " he said.

He spoke a day after the Syrian army command said it had regained most of the towns and villages in eastern Ghouta.

Tens of thousands of people have now evacuated once-bustling towns in the suburbs east of the capital, which had nearly 2 million people before the start of the conflict and were major commercial and industrial hubs.

Francis called for international assistance for Venezuela, so that more people would not have to abandon their homeland because of the economic and political crisis.

He hoped the "fruits of dialogue" would advance peace and harmony on the Korean peninsula, where the two sides are set to hold their first summit in more than a decade on April 27, after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged his commitment to denuclearisation.

Francis, celebrating his sixth Easter as Roman Catholic leader since his election in 2013, urged his listeners to work for an end to the "so many acts of injustice" in the world.

He prayed the power of Jesus' message "bears fruits of hope and dignity where there are deprivation and exclusion, hunger and unemployment, where there are migrants and refugees - so often rejected by today’s culture of waste - and victims of the drug trade, human trafficking and contemporary forms of slavery".

fly b (26)
Monday April 2, 2018, 4:42 am
2 April, Washington, DC: Rally for Gaza – Speak Out Against Israel’s Criminal Actions.

Monday, 2 April
4:00 pm
White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC


Organized by CODEPINK

fly b (26)
Monday April 2, 2018, 4:42 am

fly b (26)
Monday April 2, 2018, 7:06 am

Palestinian succumbs to wounds sustained during Friday protests in Gaza.
April 2, 2018

Spokesperson of the Gaza Ministry of Health, Ashraf al-Qidra, confirmed that Fares al-Ruqab, 29, succumbed to his wounds on Monday.Al-Ruqab was shot in the stomach with live ammunition during protesters in eastern Khan Younis, in the southern Gaza Strip on Friday, when 16 other Palestinians in Gaza were killed by Israeli forces along the border — one of them a farmer, 15 of them protesters.

Rights groups condemned Israel’s excessive use of force against protesters, who were participating in “The Great March of Return,” a weeks-long planned protest during which Gazans have demanded their right to return to their original homelands inside Israel.

Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights, released a statement on Friday condemning Israel’s use of military snipers against the civilian protesters.
Palestinian succumbs to wounds sustained during Friday protests in Gaza.
April 2, 2018

29-year-old Palestinian succumbed on Monday to wounds he sustained during Land Day protests on Friday near the eastern borders of the besieged Gaza Strip.

“The Israeli military’s use of 100 snipers against unarmed Palestinian civilian protesters in the Gaza Strip is illegal, the statement said, adding “live gunfire on unarmed civilians constitutes a brutal violation of the international legal obligation to distinguish between civilians and combatants,” the group said.

Evelyn B (63)
Monday April 2, 2018, 10:11 am
NB - the use of drones to drop 'chemical weapons' ... including tear gas (which is both chemical & a weapon) is illegal in conflict situations, under international conventions

And when the users of the weapon are using them across a border, on people in a territory over which they have NO official role ... their action comes under "conflict". They have no legal 'crowd control' role within Gaza ...

Marija M (25)
Monday April 2, 2018, 12:10 pm
Poor Palestinians, Israel is allowed to do crimes all the time...what say UN?

fly b (26)
Monday April 2, 2018, 9:25 pm
In Words and Deeds: The Genesis of Israeli Violence.
January 16, 2018
By Ramzy Baroud

Not a day passes without a prominent Israeli politician or intellectual making an outrageous statement against Palestinians. Many of these statements tend to garner little attention or evoke rightly deserved outrage.

Just recently, Israel’s Minister of Agriculture, Uri Ariel, called for more death and injuries on Palestinians in Gaza.

“What is this special weapon we have that we fire and see pillars of smoke and fire, but nobody gets hurt? It is time for there to be injuries and deaths as well,” he said.

Ariel’s calling for the killing of more Palestinians came on the heels of other repugnant statements concerning a 16-year-old teenager girl, Ahed Tamimi. Ahed was arrested in a violent Israeli army raid at her home in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh.

A video recording showed her slapping an Israeli soldier a day after the Israeli army shot her cousin in the head, placing him in a coma.

Israeli Education Minister, Naftali Bennett, known for his extremist political views, demanded that Ahed and other Palestinian girls should “spend the rest of their days in prison”.

A prominent Israeli journalist, Ben Caspit, sought yet more punishment. He suggested that Ahed and girls like her should be raped in jail.

“In the case of the girls, we should exact a price at some other opportunity, in the dark, without witnesses and cameras”, he wrote in Hebrew.

This violent and revolting mindset, however, is not new. It is an extension of an old, entrenched belief system that is predicated on a long history of violence.

Undeniably, the views of Ariel, Bennett and Caspit are not angry statements uttered in a moment of rage. They are all reflections of real policies that have been carried out for over 70 years. Indeed, killing, raping and imprisoning for life are features that have accompanied the state of Israel since the very beginning.

This violent legacy continues to define Israel to this day, through the use of what Israeli historian Ilan Pappe describes as ‘incremental genocide.’

Throughout this long legacy, little has changed except for names and titles. The Zionist militias that orchestrated the genocide of the Palestinians prior to the establishment of Israel in 1948 merged together to form the Israeli army; and the leaders of these groups became Israel’s leaders.

Israel’s violent birth in 1947- 48 was the culmination of the violent discourse that preceded it for many years. It was the time when Zionist teachings of prior years were put into practice and the outcome was simply horrifying.

“The tactic of isolating and attacking a certain village or town and executing its population in a horrible, indiscriminate massacre was a strategy employed, time and again, by Zionist bands to compel the population of surrounding villages and towns to flee,” Ahmad Al-Haaj told me when I asked him to reflect on Israel’s past and present.

Al-Haaj is a Palestinian historian and an expert on the Nakba, the ‘Catastrophe’ that had befallen Palestinians in 1948.

The 85-year-old intellectual’s proficiency in the subject began 70 years ago, when, as a 15-year-old, he witnessed the massacre of Beit Daras at the hands of Jewish Haganah militia.

The destruction of the southern Palestinian village and the killing of dozens of its inhabitants resulted in the depopulation of many adjacent villages, including al-Sawafir, Al-Haaj’s home village.

“The notorious Deir Yasin massacre was the first example of such wanton killing, a model that was duplicated in other parts of Palestine,” Al-Haaj said.

The ethnic cleansing of Palestine at the time was orchestrated by several Zionist militias. The mainstream Jewish militia was the Haganah which belonged to the Jewish Agency.

The latter functioned as a semi-government, under the auspices of the British Mandate Government, while the Haganah served as its army.

However, other breakaway groups also operated according to their own agenda. Two leading bands amongst them were the Irgun (National Military Organization) and Lehi (also known as the Stern Gang). These groups carried out numerous terrorist attacks, including bus bombings and targeted assassinations.

Russian-born Menachem Begin was the leader of the Irgun which, along with the Stern Gang and other Jewish militants, massacred hundreds of civilians in Deir Yassin.

‘Tell the soldiers: you have made history in Israel with your attack and your conquest. Continue this until victory. As in Deir Yassin, so everywhere, we will attack and smite the enemy. God, God, Thou has chosen us for conquest,” Begin wrote at the time. He described the massacre as a “splendid act of conquest.”

The intrinsic link between words and actions remain unchanged.

Nearly 30 years later, a once wanted terrorist, Begin became Prime Minister of Israel. He accelerated land theft of the newly-occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, launched a war on Lebanon, annexed Occupied Jerusalem to Israel and carried out the massacre of Sabra and Shatilla in 1982.

Some of the other terrorists-turned-politicians and top army brass include Begin, Moshe Dayan, Yitzhak Rabin, Ariel Sharon, Rafael Eitan and Yitzhak Shamir. Each one of these leaders has a record dotted with violence.

Shamir served as the Prime Minister of Israel from 1986 – 1992. In 1941, Shamir was imprisoned by the British for his role in the Stern Gang. Later, as Prime Minister, he ordered a violent crackdown against a mostly non-violent Palestinian uprising in 1987, purposely breaking the limbs of kids accused of throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers.

So, when government ministers like Ariel and Bennett call for wanton violence against Palestinians, they are simply carrying on with a bloody legacy that has defined every single Israeli leader in the past. It is the violent mindset that continues to control the Israeli government and its relationship with Palestinians; in fact, with all of its neighbors.

– Ramzy Baroud is a journalist, author and editor of Palestine Chronicle. His forthcoming book is ‘The Last Earth: A Palestinian Story’ (Pluto Press, London). Baroud has a Ph.D. in Palestine Studies from the University of Exeter and is a Non-Resident Scholar at Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, University of California Santa Barbara.

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Monday April 2, 2018, 9:59 pm
Events for April 2018

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Thursday April 5, 2018, 10:28 am
Take Action: Petition to Bernie Sanders: Condemn the Land Day Massacre — No Arms for Apartheid Israel

The following petition to U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders was initiated by Jews for Palestinian Right of Return. You can sign on to the petition here:

April 4, 2018

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Letter from a Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

On April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. courageously condemned the Vietnam War, declaring, “For the sake of the hundreds of thousands trembling under our violence, I cannot be silent.”

On this, the 50th anniversary Dr. King’s assassination, we follow his example by condemning Israel’s premeditated massacre of unarmed Palestinians in Gaza on March 30, 2018, which left at least 17 dead and 1,400 wounded — some of them shot in the back by snipers while fleeing.

They were among 30,000 participants in the Great Return March demanding their right, enshrined in UN Resolution 194, to return to homes from which they were expelled during the 1948 Nakba (Catastrophe) that created the Israeli settler-colonial state.

“I will not whitewash colonial violence by describing it with benign terminology,” says Palestinian-American scholar Steven Salaita about the massacre. “It is cruel, depraved, gratuitous, racist, and genocidal.”

The massacre took place on Land Day, which commemorates Israel’s 1976 killing of six Palestinians during mass protests against land theft, and is part of Israel’s crippling twelve-year siege on Gaza, including the military assault in 2014 that murdered 2,200 Palestinians, including 500 children.

By weaponizing Israel to the tune of $3.8 billion a year, the U.S. government — with virtually unanimous bipartisan support — shares full responsibility for all these crimes.

Evoking memories of racist violence at Sharpesville, South Africa in 1960 and Selma, Alabama in 1965, this latest massacre exposes the innate inhumanity of the entire Zionist project, while only strengthening refugees’ resolve.

“Being a Palestinian and standing up for our rights has meant sacrifice since our first displacement in 1948,” explains Rana Shubair. “My family and I will not back down.”

More than ever, in solidarity with this popular resistance, we call on all people of conscience to support the full Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions platform, which demands an end to Israeli occupation and apartheid, full equality for Palestinians, and — what BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti describes as “absolutely the most significant right in the BDS call” — refugees’ right to return to their homes and lands.

From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!

Jews for Palestinian Right of Return

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Saturday April 7, 2018, 7:50 am
SOLIDARITY - Events for April 2018
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