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As Soldiers, We Too Were Told to Open Fire at Protesters in Gaza


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Evelyn
- 341 days ago - 972mag.com
This situation - every year, at the same time, at the same place, with the high likelihood that a Palestinian, not an Israeli, would lose his life - makes sense only the first time around, especially in the eyes of a fresh-faced 18-year-old.



   

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Evelyn B (63)
Monday April 9, 2018, 11:32 pm
By +972 Blog - Published April 2, 2018
As soldiers, we too were told to open fire at protesters in Gaza

I was on the border with Gaza six years ago. The same marchers, the same protest. Even the orders to open fire at crowds of people remained the same.

By Shai Eluk

I was there six years ago. It was Friday, March 30, 2012. Land Day on the border with Gaza. Demonstrations began after Friday noon prayers. A group of snipers had set up its post the previous night, while the rest of the unit stood armed with riot dispersal weapons, closer to the fence. The order was clear: if a Palestinian crosses the “buffer zone” — 300 meters from the fence inside the Gaza Strip, one may shoot at the legs of the “main inciters.”

This order, which never explained exactly how a soldier is meant to identify, isolate, and shoot a “main inciter” out of tens of thousands of demonstrators disturbed me then. It continued to disturb me this past weekend, after IDF snipers opened fire on Palestinian marchers at the Gaza border. “How can opening fire at a crowd of people be a legal order?” I asked my deputy company commander six years ago. I have yet to receive an answer.

What would have happened had these soldiers spent their entire service on the Gaza front? As soldiers who have had just finished our course, “Land Day” was the perfect opportunity for us to see some “action.” The same can likely be said about the soldiers who shot dead at least 16 protesters on Friday. Their commanders were most likely also excited.

I am certain that had we been called up to do the same thing year after year, something would have changed. After all, this situation — every year, at the same time, at the same place, with the high likelihood that a Palestinian, not an Israeli, would lose his life — makes sense only the first time around, especially in the eyes of a fresh-faced 18-year-old.

But any soldier who would return to the Gaza border every year, who would see Palestinian after Palestinian fall to the ground, could figure out a better solution to the situation. Any soldier who would return to see the same marchers nearing that fence — which symbolizes, above all else, that death may not be such a bad alternative — understands that there must be an alternative.

One of my friends killed a demonstrator on the border with Gaza. I am part of a group that carries this death on its shoulders. The only difference between myself and my friend is chance. Had I been sent to the sniper course rather than the medics course, I would have been that shooter. The entire group lent its support to the operation, and the blood — despite the fact that we have all been released from the army — is still on our hands. I doubt if anyone but myself remembers.

Every year is a new one, and at the border with Gaza arrive new commanders and new soldiers — fresh blood and a leadership with short-term memory

Soldiers have a privilege. Every three or six months they move to a different area. They see only a fraction of Gaza’s despair, but before they even have a chance to process or think about it, they move on to see the despair in Hebron, Ramallah, and Nablus.

The soldier knocks on the Abu Awad family’s door in the middle of the night only once. He fires at protesters on Land Day only once. He carries out arrests for a few months. After that he is replaced by another soldier. Then he is released.

The residents of Gaza and the West Bank are marking 50 years under occupation. But they will not be replaced, and no one is coming to release them or help shoulder the burden. For us soldiers, everything is temporary. For them, it is permanent.


Shai Eluk is a former soldier in the Nahal Brigade and an activist with Combatants for Peace. This article was first published in Hebrew on Local Call. Read it here.
 

fly bird (26)
Monday April 9, 2018, 11:37 pm
I just saw this :April 8, 2018
B’Tselem under Investigation for urging Israeli Soldiers Not to Kill Gaza Protesters.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has asked Israeli Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit to investigate rights group B’Tselem for asking Israeli soldiers not to kill Gaza protesters.

In a tweet, Liberman urged the state to “probe the heads of B’Tselem for incitement to disobedience after their call for soldiers to refuse orders in defending the border.”

“This subversive and impermanent organisation, together with those who hate Israel and the international media who are trying to delegitimize our soldiers who are acting in a legal and moral manner in a complicated situation,” he says. “We will put an end to this.”

B’Tselem hit back at Lieberman, stressing that live fire to disperse demonstrators is illegal under Israeli law.

In a statement, the human rights group said that the order violates Section 110 of Israel’s penal code, and Lieberman’s efforts to have the group investigated are without merit.

“The defense minister is the one inciting to break the law, and it’s good that the attorney general will now have the opportunity to officially determine this,” B’Tselem says, according to Days of Palestine.

http://imemc.org/article/btselem-under-investigation-for-urging-israeli-soldiers-not-to-kill-gaza-protesters/
 

fly bird (26)
Monday April 9, 2018, 11:47 pm
What is happening at the Gaza border, firing on people, and killing protestors - is madness.

yes, if only people could walk in each other's shoes. and didn't just follow orders, all the time.

if, if...
I do not know how Palestinians have endured, all this time, and In Gaza, isolated, totally.
It is Gaza that is isolated, not Israel.
Israel has cut off Gaza, enforced a cruel siege of land, air and water.
For years, Gazans suffer, from this torture.

Across the ocean people can see, Israelis might, too, if they had the will, or, is it so hard to stand up and speak up, surrounded by the "status quo"?
Is this the 'human condition", or as human beings, must we rise, together, as one, above such monstrous actions, done to others, to accept we are all equal.
 

fly bird (26)
Tuesday April 10, 2018, 12:36 am
As Gaza Protests Resume, Urgent Call for Israeli Soldiers to Disobey 'Patently Illegal' Orders to Shoot Unarmed Demonstrators.

Despite demand by human rights group and warning from international community, Israeli soldiers reportedly began opening fire on peaceful demonstrators once more during protests Friday along the Israel-Gaza border.
April 06, 2018
Jake Johnson

As anti-occupation protests kicked off once more in Gaza on Friday just a week after Israeli soldiers massacred 17 Palestinians and injured over a thousand more, the prominent human rights group B'Tselem launched its first-ever ad campaign calling on Israeli soldiers to disobey "patently illegal" orders to shoot unarmed demonstrators.

"The use of live ammunition against unarmed persons who pose no danger to anyone is unlawful," B'Tselem noted in a statement on Thursday. "It is even more blatantly unlawful in the case of soldiers firing from a great distance at demonstrators located on the other side of the fence that separates Israel from the Gaza Strip."

Titled "Sorry Commander, I Cannot Shoot," the campaign was launched as Israeli officials indicated that they are once again planning to use deadly force against nonviolent demonstrators who come within 100 meters of the border fence separating Israel and the occupied Gaza Strip.

"We have defined the rules of the game clearly and we do not intend to change them," Avigdor Liberman, Israel's defense minister, said earlier this week. "Anyone trying to approach the fence is putting their lives at risk."

B'Tselem argued that such a policy constitutes a clear violation of international law, which restricts the use of deadly force "to instances involving tangible and immediate mortal danger, and only in the absence of any other alternative."

"The responsibility for issuing these unlawful orders and for their lethal consequences rests with the policy makers and—above all—with Israel's prime minister, defense minister, and the chief of staff," B'Tselem concluded. "That said, it is also a criminal offense to obey patently illegal orders. Therefore, as long as soldiers in the field continue to receive orders to use live fire against unarmed civilians, they are duty-bound to refuse to comply."

B'Tselem's ad campaign came as Palestinians began to gather for demonstrations on Friday, which are expected to consist of tactics deployed throughout the week, such as sit-ins, tire-burning, and the non-violent provocation known as "reading books."

According to Haaretz, several Palestinians are in critical condition after Israeli soldiers once more opened fire on peaceful protesters.

"The Palestinian Health Ministry reported of 40 wounded from gunfire, five of which were severely wounded from shots fired to the head and upper body," Haaretz reported. "All were evacuted to hospitals in the Strip, with dozens more being treated onsite mainly for smoke inhalation."

Ahead of Friday's demonstration, top officials—including UN secretary general António Guterres and Elizabeth Throssell, a spokesperson for the human rights council—warned Israel against using lethal forceon unarmed protesters.

Speaking from Geneva, Throssel said that if Israeli troops open fire and it is determined to be unjustified, it would constitute a breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention, for the wilful killing of civilians.

"I particularly urge Israel to exercise extreme caution with the use of force in order to avoid casualties," Guterres said in a statement. "Civilians must be able to exercise their right to demonstrate peacefully.I call upon all parties on the ground to avoid confrontation and exercise maximum restraint."

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/04/06/gaza-protests-resume-urgent-call-israeli-soldiers-disobey-patently-illegal-orders
 

Evelyn B (63)
Tuesday April 10, 2018, 1:09 am
This Israeli government's extremism does not represent the values of all Jewish Israelis, let alone all Jews in the world - and inch by inch, they are alienating Jews of integrity as cracks develop in the hasbara messages, revealing underlying intent to mislead about the "necessity" of breaking international (and Israeli) law concerning use of live ammunition against protesters who constitute no real threat.

And the video records - many, admittedly often of poor quality transmitted live by amateurs using cellphones - reveal the contradiction between Israeli official narrative & realities on the ground.

What threat did a man, praying, constitute to IDF soldiers when he was hit by a sniper???

Videos Show Israeli Soldiers Sniping Unarmed Protesters in Gaza
 

fly bird (26)
Tuesday April 10, 2018, 7:37 pm
Thank you for your comment, Evelyn
 

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday April 10, 2018, 8:12 pm
Whom ever was giving these orders should be punished and relieved of their command. . You don't shoot innocent people who are just voicing ttheir opinions Thanks Evelyn
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday April 11, 2018, 11:11 am
Noted and shared all the news articles over social media.
 

Anne K (139)
Wednesday April 11, 2018, 5:05 pm
Thank you Evelyn.
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday April 12, 2018, 7:42 am
15 April, New York City: End US Wars at Home and Abroad!

Sunday, 15 April
2:00 pm
Herald Square
34th St and 6th Avenue
March to Trump Tower
New York City
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2089893391248150/

More info: https://www.springaction2018.org/

U.S. Hands off Syria! Stop the massacres in Gaza!
Trump and Big Oil want a new war in the Middle East.

Already tens of thousands have died in U.S. effort to overturn the government. A U.S. attack on Syria could lead to World War III against Russia and China.

At the same time Israel has killed at least 30 Palestinians in Gaza, including children, and wounded thousands.

U.S. Out of the Middle East!
End U.S. Aid to Israel!
Solidarity with Gaza!

We Are United:

Oppose all U.S. wars, nuclear threats, sanctions, coups and bases

Fund Human Needs, Not Endless Wars

Solidarity with oppressed peoples under attack at home and oppressed people all around the world.

http://samidoun.net/2018/04/15-april-new-york-city-end-us-wars-at-home-and-abroad/
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday April 12, 2018, 3:52 pm
Palestinians resist brutal Israeli military and complicit US.

On April 6, as part of a six-week protest known as “The Great March of Return,” Palestinians in Gaza marched for a second time demanding theright to return to their homes in occupied Palestine. This campaign is slated to culminate on May 15, the 70th anniversary of thePalestinian Nakba or “catastrophe,” when the state of Israel was founded. Thousands have participated in this campaign. They represent the demands of the 2 million Palestinians who live in the Gaza Strip, 1.3 million of whom are refugees. The response by the Israeli military has been the murderous use of live ammunition that has killed over 20 and injured over 1,250. For the second Friday in a row, Israeli snipers killed unarmed protesters and injured hundreds more using live ammunition.

Jason Greenblatt, an assistant to President Trump representing the United States in the Middle East commented on the first round of murders: “We condemn leaders and protesters who call for violence or who send protesters — including children —to the fence, knowing that they may be injured or killed.”

Blaming the victim for the crimes of the victimizers is not a new tactic for U.S. representatives. This same argument was used by racist segregationists in the United States in defending the use of attack dogs and water cannons against the unarmed Black community protesting Jim Crow racism in the U.S. South.

Despite the contemptuous statements by Greenblatt and other U.S. officials, it is not the “leaders” that are sending people to confront the occupation force. It is a people, united in their desire for liberation and a return to their homeland, a people who were behind the first and second Intifadas that is the driving force this latest campaign of resistance.

U.S. officials ignore the consequences of three Israeli military offensives over the past six years and the continuing blockade. The blockade has damaged the “water, sanitation, energy, and medical facilities” and “coupled with slow reconstruction due to the blockade [has] led the UN in September to warn that Gaza could be“uninhabitable by 2020” (maannew.com).

Making Gaza uninhabitable, as the U.N. report states, is not an accident, it is a part of a conscious plan by the Zionist government. The Israeli leaders, despite what they say, do not want peace with the Palestinians. They want all of Israel, including the West Bank and Gaza, rid of Palestinians.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Liz Throssell condemned the latest murders by the IDF in a statement on April 8 that read, “Given the large number of injuries and deaths, the ominous statements made by Israeli authorities in the days leading up to the protest, as well as indications that the individuals killed or wounded were unarmed or did not pose a serious threat to well-protected security forces – and in some cases were actually running away from the fence – there are strong indications that security forces used excessive force.”

The “ominous statements” Throssell refers to are remarks by Israel’s Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman. In response to calls by the U.N.and the E.U. for investigations into the first round of murders, this mass murderer stated, “from the standpoint of the [Israeli Defence Force] soldiers,they did what had to be done. … all of our troops deserve a commendation.”

According to international law, which U.S. officials talk about defending when demonizing independent nations like Venezuela, North Koreaor Syria, the shooting of unarmed protestors in an occupied territory is a war crime and those who carry out or order such acts are war criminals.

The Arab League, the European Union, Cuba, Venezuela, Uruguay, South Africa and others have condemned Israel’s most recent actions. The Unites States has used its veto power twice the past week to block U.N. Security Council resolutions calling for an independent investigation into the use offorce by the Israeli Defense Force. The vetoes make it clear the U.S.government is complicit in the actions being carried out by the Israeli military.

This stands in contrast to how quickly, without an investigation, any proof or a U.N. resolution, the United States has blamed Syria for the horrible deaths of people recently killed in Douma in an apparent chemical weapons attack. A similar story and rush to judgement in April 2017 resulted in the launching of 59 tomahawk missiles by the Pentagon on Syrian military targets. Almost a year later, in February 2018, Secretary ofDefense Mattis tells the media the United States never had any evidence the Syrian government used Sarin nerve gas against its people. U.S. hypocrisy is only surpassed by its criminality.

The Palestinian people have been resisting the occupation of their homeland since Al Nakba. For decades, the Zionists and their imperialist backers have schemed to make the Palestinian people disappear. The Zionists tried to falsify the founding of Israel by calling Israel a “land without a people for a people without a land.” They made it a crime to fly the flag of Palestine or be found with a Palestinian flag. While never giving up their flag, in response the Palestinian people dressed in the flag’s colors of black, white, green and red.

The Zionist colonizers have the most sophisticated weapons, resources and technology. They have the economic, political, financial and military backing of U.S. imperialism. They create outdoor prisons like Gaza, they routinely torture prisoners, destroy crops, redirect water, separate families and violate international law each day.

Yet the Palestinian people have not just endured, they continue to resist. They will win.

Long live Palestine! Down with Zionism! Free Palestine!

https://www.liberationnews.org/heroic-palestinian-people-resist-brutal-israeli-military-and-complicit-hypocritical-u-s-government/
 

Angela J (61)
Friday April 13, 2018, 2:34 pm
Thanks
 

Janet B (0)
Friday April 13, 2018, 8:44 pm
Thanks
 

S J (124)
Saturday April 14, 2018, 11:23 am
Only cowards hurt the weakers, soldiers won't
Meows Evelyn
 

fly bird (26)
Saturday April 14, 2018, 11:43 am
SJ - so many cowards seem to run world affairs, and their armies..

The cowards in this life, and all the others, like you said, hurt the weak, exploit and profit, and rob life, and the future, from others, and their loved ones.
To destroy for one's own gain, is a miserable act of cowardice and lack of conscience.
 

fly bird (26)
Saturday April 14, 2018, 11:44 am
Calling on world conscience. 7 April 2018

Much has already been written and said about the bloody events of the first Great March of Return protest on 30 March.

Some of it will be forgotten in the bloodshed of the second march, on 6 April, which predictably saw Israel respond in the same brutal manner to popular unarmed demonstrations that it simply won’t countenance.

Indeed, the date of the first protest coincided with the commemoration of Land Day, when Palestinians protesting land confiscation inside Israel in 1976 were also subjected to lethal crowd control tactics and six unarmed demonstrators were shot and killed.

On 30 March 2018 the result was even more bloody. Fourteen protesters died on the day, and others succumbed to their injuries over the following week, bringing the total fatalities to 17.

Human Rights Watch found no evidence of any credible threat to Israeli soldiers, operating under a shoot-to-kill policy, posed by demonstrators.

After nine were killed during protests on 6 April, including a journalist, and another protester was shot dead earlier in the week, the total number Great March of Return fatalities has reached 27. Nearly 2,000 Palestinians have been injured – more than half of them by live fire – since the launch of the protests.

The Great March of Return demonstrations – which are set to run until 15 May, when Palestinians commemorate the anniversary of the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine – have been called to restate demands for the right of return of refugees.

The right of return is an issue that, if it is broached at all, only receives the most cursory of attention from non-Palestinians and in the foreign and Israeli media and then only to be brushed aside.

And yet, it is an issue that lies at the very heart of the Palestine question.

A right to pass down the generations

It was this that motivated Halima Aqel, 76, to come to one of the gatherings of protesters on 30 March.

She had brought her seven granddaughters to an area on the eastern edge of the Zaytoun neighborhood, on the edge of Gaza City and in between the Nahal Oz and Karni commercial crossings – both long underutilized because of Israel’s 10-year-old blockade on Gaza – and not 900 meters from the barbed wire fence and concrete wall Israel has erected around the impoverished coastal strip of land.

“I still dream of returning to my village,” said Aqel, after taking a selfie with her granddaughters.

Aqel was six when she and her family had to leave the village of Burayr, and, like so many of her generation, she still carries the key to the family home, a key her father passed to her when he died and that she will pass to one of her sons.

“My participation today is to express this hope of return. And if I am not of the generation who will return, I’m here to instill the necessity of returning in my granddaughters’ minds and hearts,” she said. “They can complete the journey after us.”

It is 70 years now since the Nakba or catastrophe in 1948, when more than 750,000 Palestinians fled or were forced to flee their homes and lands in what was to become Israel.

They were never allowed to return to reclaim their possessions or properties which were instead either confiscated by the new state and doled out to Jewish-only arrivals, or, as in the case of some 500 villages, destroyed and left to disappear.

A little further toward the boundary with Israel, in the Malaka area, now just some 700 meters from the edge of Gaza, 22 tents had been erected, each carrying the name of a village or town those inside had left in 1948.

One of these was filled with members of the Labad family and bore the name Ashkelon, an ancient city, now one Israel’s main cities in the south, where al-Majadal Asqalan was once home to more than 10,000 Palestinians.

A note to the world

Ismail Labad, 58, told The Electronic Intifada that the tents were erected in an attempt to raise awareness internationally and “guarantee that out right of return is recognized by the international community.”

Labad, a clothes merchant, was speaking while preparing lunch with a dozen members of his family in front of the white tent that bore the name of the place they think of as home and next to which one of his children, Ibrahim, 12, was busy raising the Palestinian flag.

Hundreds of similar tents were erected from south to north in Gaza, both on 30 March and 6 April, and thousands of men, women and children took part. The crowds were not deterred by the violent response to the first protest and turned out again in their thousands for the second week.

They will turn out for the third too. The protest represents a sense of unity among Palestinians around a core cause that supersedes factional differences. Demonstrators held the Palestinian flag aloft, not their factional colors.

Organizers say the series of protests is an attempt at reminding the world of its responsibilities to Palestinian refugees, whose right of return is not only mandated by UN General Assembly Resolution 194, but in Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“The mass return march is a message from Palestinians to the world to reconsider our cause,” Yahya Sinwar, the head of Hamas in Gaza, told journalists at the start of the protest on 30 March.

“The activities of the march will not stop until we’re back to our lands occupied by Israel 70 years ago.”

Hamza Abu Eltarabesh is a journalist from Gaza.
7 April 2018
https://electronicintifada.net/content/calling-world-conscience/23846
 

fly bird (26)
Saturday April 14, 2018, 12:02 pm
Israel targets reporters, medics in Gaza protests. 13 April 2018

Israeli forces injured around 1,000 protesters, 15 of them critically, on Friday as it used lethal force to crack down on demonstrations in eastern Gaza for the third week in a row.

One Palestinian, 28-year-old Islam Mahmoud Rushdi Herzallah, was reported by the Gaza health ministry to have died after being shot in the back east of Gaza City.

Herzallah was unarmed and was posing no threat to soldiers at the time he was shot, according to the Gaza-based rights group Al Mezan.

A photo of Herzallah circulated on social media following the announcement of his death:

More than 200 of those injured on Friday were wounded by live ammunition, according to the health ministry.

Some 100 children were among those injured on Friday, according to Al Mezan.

Israeli forces have killed 36 Palestinians in Gaza since 30 March, when the Great March of Return protests began. Twenty-seven of those killed, including three children and a journalist, were fatally wounded during protests.

More than 3,000 were injured during the first two Fridays of the Great March of Return, which is set to culminate on 15 May, when Palestinians commemorate the ethnic cleansing of the lands on which the state of Israel was declared in 1948.

Some 450 children, 21 medics belonging to the Palestine Red Crescent Society and 15 journalists are among those who have been injured since 30 March, Amnesty International stated on midday Friday, as the third week of protests was set to begin.

Nearly 350 of those injured may be temporarily or permanently disabled, according to the World Health Organization. At least four people have had leg amputations.

Magdalena Mughrabi, Amnesty International’s deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa, stated that deaths resulting from Israel’s use of live ammunition against unarmed protesters “must be investigated as possible unlawful killings.”

She said that “For the past two weeks, the world has watched in horror as Israeli forces unleashed excessive, deadly force against protesters, including children, who merely demand an end to Israel’s brutal policies towards Gaza and a life of dignity.”

Israel continued to crack down on protests on Friday despite a warning from the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court that Israeli leaders could face trial for the killings of unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza.

Three journalists and 14 medics were among those newly injured, according to the health ministry.

Journalist Ahmad Muhammad Abu Hussein, 30, was reportedly in critical condition after being shot in the stomach in northern Gaza. He was wearing a protective helmet marked “TV” and a flak jacket marked with the word PRESS when he was shot, according to Al Mezan.

Video apparently shows the moment when he is hit by an Israeli sniper:

Another journalist was wounded in Khan Younis

Israeli snipers fatally wounded cameraman Yaser Murtaja during last Friday’s Great March of Return protests, spurring worldwide condemnation.

Medics at a field clinic east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza were forced to evacuate after their tent was hit by tear gas on Friday:

Paramedic Ashraf Wawi was shot in the knee while on duty in Rafah, southern Gaza, the Palestine Red Crescent Society reported:

A video shows injured paramedics being transferred to a hospital in central Gaza:

The charity Medical Aid for Palestinians warned of burnout and emotional exhaustion among Gaza’s medical workforce on Friday.

“Even before Israel’s violent response to the protests, health workers in Gaza were under huge strain due to the cumulative effects of a decade of blockade, which has degraded health and other essential services as well as the economy and living conditions, in addition to previous mass casualty events,” the group stated.

“Now, they are once again experiencing the most difficult conditions, working long hours in tense situations and assisting casualties with often horrifying and life-changing injuries,” the charity added.

Gaza’s health ministry stated on Friday that “there is a shortage of specialized medical professionals, particularly surgeons, anesthetists and forensic pathologists,” according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

“Yesterday, 12 April, Gaza’s sole power plant was forced to shut down after being unable to replenish its fuel reserves, triggering outages lasting 20 hours per day, up from 18 hours previously,” OCHA added.

“The UN, under the coordination of OCHA, continues to provide a number of critical health facilities in the Gaza Strip, including public hospitals, with emergency fuel to run backup generators.”


Palestinians prepare to set fire to an Israeli flag featuring the images of US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at a protest east of Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, on 13 April.


OCHA stated on Wednesday that public hospitals in Gaza are in need of replenishment of 59 essential drugs and 128 types of medical disposables.

On Friday a group of former Israeli army snipers joined the chorus of condemnation of the killing of unarmed demonstrators in Gaza.

“Instructing snipers to shoot to kill unarmed demonstrators who pose no danger to human life is another product of the occupation and military rule over millions of Palestinian people, as well as of our country’s callous leadership, and derailed moral path,” the five former soldiers stated in a letter published by The Guardian.

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday repeated his call for an “independent and transparent” investigation into casualties in Gaza.

Meanwhile the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee is calling for a two-way arms embargo as “the most effective response to Israel’s ongoing massacre.”

The group stated on Thursday that “This means working to end all weapons sales and purchases to and from Israel, and ending military or police partnerships with the Israeli state.”


Palestinian women prepare traditional bread at a Great March of Return tent city encampment at the Israel-Gaza boundary, Jabalia, northern Gaza Strip, 13 April.


In a legal analysis published on Friday, the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem puts the army’s open fire regulations being used on the Gaza boundary into a long history of Israel invoking hypothetical “worst-case scenarios” or “exceptions in international law” in order to justify routine human rights violations on a massive scale.

B’Tselem states: “For years, Israel relied on the extreme ‘ticking bomb’ scenario to justify torturing tens of thousands of Palestinians, most of whom were suspected of involvement in minor offenses, despite the absolute and unequivocal prohibition on torture in international law.”

“Pressing military need” was the pretext for the destruction of “hundreds of hectares of farmland at the beginning of the second intifada, mostly in Gaza,” according to the rights group.

That measure is also the justification given by Israel for its routine detention of Palestinians without charge or trial under administrative detention orders.

“Israel is highly experienced in breaking the law and trampling basic moral principles underfoot without being called to task in any way,” B’Tselem adds.

“It is certainly not held accountable domestically, as the judiciary fully cooperates with this criminal state of affairs and the public generally supports the scope of the killings, injuries and destruction in Gaza, or at least remains indifferent to it, nor is Israel called to task by the international community.”

Despite this decades-old grinding machinery of repression, Palestinians remain defiant and insist on their freedom and full rights.

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen-clare-murphy/israel-targets-reporters-medics-gaza-protests
 

fly bird (26)
Saturday April 14, 2018, 12:05 pm
US lawmakers urge Israeli soldiers to defy order to shoot Palestinian protesters. VIDEO
13 April 2018

Excerpt -

Activists on Thursday confronted Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, on her government’s blocking of any international investigation into Israel’s killings in G

As the video above shows, Haley had no answer as members of the antiwar group CODEPINK stated that “Israel deserves to be held accountable just like any other country” for the “killing of peaceful protesters.”

Meanwhile, five members of the US Congress are breaking the near-silence.

They are backing B’Tselem’s call on Israeli soldiers to defy illegal orders to open fire on unarmed Palestinians taking part in protests in the occupied Gaza Strip.

“We applaud Israeli human rights groups that are calling on Israeli soldiers to resist such illegal orders from their superiors, and are urging IDF forces to fully comply with international law and exercise utmost restraint in their use of deadly force,” the lawmakers said on the eve of the third Friday of Great March of Return rallies.

“Such measures must only be used as a last resort to stop an imminent threat to life.”

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/us-lawmakers-urge-israeli-soldiers-defy-order-shoot-palestinian-protesters
 

ewoud k (68)
Sunday April 15, 2018, 6:14 am
A far to complex situation going on for far too long to hope for a real, peaceful and lasting outcome.

"Imagine there's a war going on somewhere and nobody wants to go there to participate"..... naive maybe, but this war wouldn't last long...
 

fly bird (26)
Sunday April 15, 2018, 4:55 pm
much of what seems 'complex', is not so complex... it has been seen over and over.

yake from some for others, and step in people, over many years..finally people, and the world have had enough.

Stand up! Stand up for your rights!
Even when things are bleak, and tyranny is the law of the day, each person's life is their's - their's to live in peace and hope.

End the occupation of Palestine, siege of Gaza, NOW!!
End all U.S. aid to Israel!

When women did not have a vote, it took sacrifice, toll, persistence, courage, and so much more.
Same with apartheid in South Africa.
Still, now Native Americans are STILL fighting for their rights, and land rights.

The only thing worse than tyranny, is standing by and doing nothing, if one can help, in any way, even if it is in a small way, it does count.

Discounting human rights, is discounting the rights of everyone, everywhere. ( I know Martin Luther King, Jr, said than in his words, and so did Nelson Mandela, I believe.)

Thank you.
 

fly bird (26)
Sunday April 15, 2018, 4:57 pm
Never give up!!

(corrections - typos.. 'Take from some.. and step on people for years..)
 

Marija Mohoric (25)
Tuesday April 17, 2018, 7:04 am
Never give up! _ fly b /agree with you/ - thank you.
 

Shirley S (187)
Friday April 27, 2018, 9:32 pm
noted
 

Animae C (507)
Saturday May 5, 2018, 9:09 pm
Shared!

TY Evelyn
 
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