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Haaretz: Gaza Doctors: Israeli Fire at Border Protests Causing Wounds Not Seen Since 2014 War


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Evelyn
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The live-fire wounds suffered by more than 1,700 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip over the past month have been unusually severe, Palestinian and foreign doctors say. Israeli snipers came with pre-demonstration orders to shoot freely across the border



   

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Evelyn B (63)
Monday April 23, 2018, 1:31 am
The graphic used with this story is by Haaretz

Gaza Doctors: Israeli Fire at Border Protests Causing Wounds Not Seen Since 2014 War
Some 1,700 wounded within month ■ Doctors say wounds 'devastating,' most will result in disabilities ■ WHO: Lack of medical equipment endangering wounded
Amira Hass |  Apr 22, 2018 4:47 AM

The live-fire wounds suffered by more than 1,700 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip over the past month have been unusually severe, Palestinian and foreign doctors say.

Since the series of demonstrations known as the March of Return began on March 30, Israeli soldiers have killed 37 Palestinians and wounded about 5,000, of whom 36 percent were wounded by live bullets.

Doctors at Gaza’s Shifa Hospital said they haven’t seen such severe wounds since Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza in 2014. The aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres said its medical teams have given postoperative care to people “with devastating injuries of an unusual severity, which are extremely complex to treat. The injuries sustained by patients will leave most with serious, long-term physical disabilities.”

Since April 1, MSF has given postoperative care to 500 people with bullet wounds, mostly in the lower extremities. Most were young men, but some were women or children.

“MSF medical teams note the injuries include an extreme level of destruction to bones and soft tissue, and large exit wounds that can be the size of a fist,” the group said in a report on April 19.

It quoted Marie-Elisabeth Ingres, MSF’s head of mission in Palestine, as saying, “Half of the more than 500 patients we have admitted in our clinics have injuries where the bullet has literally destroyed tissue after having pulverized the bone. These patients will need to have very complex surgical operations and most of them will have disabilities for life.”

The report concluded: “Apart from regular nursing care, patients will often need additional surgery, and undergo a very long process of physiotherapy and rehabilitation. A lot of patients will keep functional deficiencies for the rest of their life. Some patients may yet need amputation if not provided with sufficient care in Gaza and if they don’t manage to get the necessary authorization to be treated outside of the strip.”

The London-based group Medical Aid for Palestinians echoed MSF’s findings. It quoted a Shifa surgeon as saying, “The bullets used are causing injuries local medics say they have not seen since 2014. The entrance wound is small. The exit wound is devastating, causing gross comminution of bone and destruction of soft tissue.”

The group’s April 20 report also said that Gaza surgeons had performed 17 amputations – 13 legs and four arms. In addition, a boy shot by Israeli soldiers on April 17 had his left leg amputated in Ramallah. His parents said he was playing soccer near the Israel-Gaza border fence east of the Al-Bureij refugee camp.

Both aid groups repeatedly used the same word to describe the bullet wounds – “destruction.”

To cope with the flood of patients, both official and private medical institutions in Gaza have beefed up their presence near the demonstrations that are taking place along the Gaza-Israel border.

The Palestinian Health Ministry set up five field clinics near the protests in order to stabilize patients before they reach the hospital. Each clinic has three beds plus several mattresses, and is staffed by up to 10 doctors and 15 nurses, plus volunteers.
In addition, the Palestinian Red Crescent has set up five emergency treatment stations. MSF has brought in surgical teams that work alongside Gazan teams at the Shifa and Al-Aqsa hospitals.

Yet the World Health Organization says the lack of medication and nonreusable medical supplies like bandages is undermining the ability to give patients proper care. The Palestinian Health Ministry urgently needs stocks of 75 essential drugs and 190 types of nonreusable medical supplies.

The WHO also criticized Israel for harming medical personnel, saying 48 medical staffers have been wounded by Israeli fire while trying to evacuate the wounded. At least three were hit live bullets. In addition, 13 ambulances were hit by live bullets or tear gas grenades.

Between March 30 and Thursday, 1,539 Gazans were wounded by live bullets and around 500 by sponge-tipped bullets, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. Of the victims, 62.3 percent were hit in the lower body, 16 percent in the upper body, 8.2 percent in the head or neck, 4.8 percent in the stomach and four percent in the chest. In addition, 4.7 percent had multiple injuries.

On Friday, the ministry said 729 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli bullets or riot-control equipment, of whom 305 required hospital treatment. Of the latter, 156 were hit by live bullets.

Fifteen of the 305 hospitalized patients were women, it added, while 45 were children. Altogether, 500 minors have been wounded by Israeli fire since March 30.
 

Evelyn B (63)
Monday April 23, 2018, 1:42 am
They've been targeting medical teams, ambulances ... clearly identifiable as Red Crescent/ Red Cross

And they've been targeting journalists - those with professional skills in presenting photographic & film evidence of the damage being done by IDF (and the limited violence of the demonstrators - witness of the falsehoods being presented by IDF/ Israeli government spokespersons).

BOTH categories of people whose professions are clearly identified on their clothing & their vehicles -
Professions that should be safe from being targeted.

No wonder Israelis of integrity are so ashamed of what is being done in their name ..
For example -
Uri Avnery: Eyeless in Gaza
asks:
"Write down: I, Uri Avnery, soldier number 44410 of the Israel army, hereby dissociate myself from the army sharpshooters who murder unarmed demonstrators along the Gaza Strip, and from their commanders, who give them the orders, up to the commander in chief.

We don’t belong to the same army, or to the same state. We hardly belong to the same human race.

Is my government committing “war crimes” along the border of the Gaza Strip? "

He also wrote:
"For me this is not a judicial question. It is a crime, not only against the unarmed protesters. It is also a crime against the State of Israel, against the people of Israel and against the Israeli army.

Since I was a member of that army on the day of its foundation, I think that it is also a crime against my comrades and me.

This week a short video, recorded by a soldier at the time of such an action, was widely seen in Israel.

It shows the action from the angle of a soldier who was obviously standing next to a sharpshooter. The sharpshooter sees the demonstrators from a distance of hundreds of yards. The hairs of his sights move at random, than settle on an individual. He shoots. The person drops on the spot.

A joyous cry “Yesh” is heard all around from unseen soldiers who have been watching. “Yesh” means “got him”, a jubilant yell, such as would accompany a hunter’s success in killing a rabbit. "
 

Evelyn B (63)
Monday April 23, 2018, 2:39 am
Barbara T - SO good to see you back on Care2!!
 

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Monday April 23, 2018, 4:46 am
It's on our news every day, but as it is with all things, even the most horrible bloody scenes lose their shock value after a while.
That video you are speaking of was on our news too, but I couldn't embed it and linking to Dutch news with Dutch comment wouldn't be very informative. It was a shocking video in itself, but most of all it was the comment that these soldiers made while filming that turned my stomach. The complete detachment, like they were playing a game, and the dehumanisation that came through loud and clear was it's most shocking aspect. So much for that "most ethical army in world" the IDF prides itself on.
 

Sue H (7)
Monday April 23, 2018, 8:57 am
Prayers Up for Peace.
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday April 23, 2018, 10:28 am
Noted and shared news article over social media
 

Colleen L (3)
Monday April 23, 2018, 2:37 pm
Such sad news. I too pray for Peace. Sick of all of the violence all over the world. Why can't we we have PEACE?? Violence isn't he answer. PEACE and LOVE is. Thanks Evelyn
 

fahad Al fahad (140)
Tuesday April 24, 2018, 3:40 pm
The Zionist state despises and kills and uses internationally banned weapons against isolated persons! The world and the so-called United Nations is watching !! there is no life to those you calling
 

MmAway M (519)
Tuesday April 24, 2018, 9:29 pm
Noted
 

fly bird (26)
Wednesday April 25, 2018, 8:15 pm
This is appalling.
Noted with utter disgust!

27 April, NYC: Rally for Palestinian Right of Return.

25 April 2018

Friday, 27 April 2018
12:00 pm
Washington Square Park
NYC
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/418520531921974/

As Palestinians in Gaza and across protest for their right to return to the homes they have been exiled from for 70 years, the Israeli regime responds with snipers, tanks, drones and tear gas, murdering more than 40 martyrs and injuring over 1500, and Zionists at NYU celebrate 70 years of Israel’s existence as a settler colonial state with the absurd Rave in the Park | 2018.

We refuse to let such a disturbing public celebration of colonialism and apartheid on our campus and in our park go by without a response. Join us in Washington Square Park this Friday and help us show that NYU and New York City stand in solidarity with the Palestinian liberation struggle and demand for the right of return.

http://samidoun.net/2018/04/27-april-nyc-rally-for-palestinian-right-of-return/

Events for April/May 2018

http://samidoun.net/events/
 

fly bird (26)
Wednesday April 25, 2018, 8:15 pm
Thank you for sharing, Evelyn
 

fly bird (26)
Wednesday April 25, 2018, 8:41 pm
Gaza is Under Siege But Not Alone! Let’s Build Towards a Military Embargo.
April 12, 2018

Strengthening, mainstreaming and popularizing Palestinians’ call for a two-way military embargo on Israel is the most effective response to Israel’s ongoing massacre. This means working to end all weapons sales and purchases to and from Israel, and ending military or police partnerships with the Israeli state.

We are witnessing Israel’s ongoing massacre against unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza. Through inspiring popular demonstrations, they are protesting Israel’s 12-year siege, and demanding their UN-sanctioned right of return to the homes they were ethnically cleansed from.

Palestinian activists in Gaza are asking, “What is the world doing while Israel’s massacre is live streamed?” It’s up to us to make sure they are not facing Israel’s crimes alone.

We must channel our rage at Israel’s atrocities into effective actions to hold Israel accountable. Together, we can escalate Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns.

Our concrete, strategic solidarity will send a strong message of support to Palestinians in Gaza: You are not alone, and we will work to hold Israel accountable for its murder of Palestinian protesters.

Strengthening, mainstreaming and popularizing Palestinians’ call for a two-way military embargo on Israel is the most effective response to Israel’s ongoing massacre. This means working to end all weapons sales and purchases to and from Israel, and ending military or police partnerships with the Israeli state.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee, Palestinian civil society’s largest coalition, calls on people of conscience, unions, municipalities, political parties, social movements, student groups, academics, artists, churches and LGBTQI groups, around the world to:

•Plan actions to intensify and amplify campaigns that are linked to the call to end military and security ties with Israel. For example, a protest against G4S, HP, or complicit banks (like Axa and HSBC) and companies with military ties, spreading campaigns to end partnerships with Israeli police, such as the Deadly Exchange campaign, etc. Include the hashtag #MilitaryEmbargo or #StopArmingIsrael

•Demand a position and/or debate on a military embargo against Israel in your parliament: Pressure your political parties, elected representatives and government to end military ties with Israel.

•Pass a motion to demand a military embargo against Israel at your city council, church, union or other civil society organizations. These motions are essential to popularize the demand for a military embargo on Israel, a demand which we can build in a sustained manner from the grassroots level.

•Organize a protest to pressure your government: Mobilize protests to pressure your government to end military and security ties with Israel.

•Write your local paper to express why you support a military embargo.

Visit the BNC’s military embargo campaign page for more information.

Please write to us with your action plans, questions and photos!

Two million Palestinians in the occupied Gaza Strip are showing incredible courage and determination to attain their rights. The #GreatReturnMarch continues despite Israel’s deliberate murder of more than 30 unarmed protesters and injuring of over 3,000. Palestinian journalists, children, women, youth and medical personnel have all been among those targeted.

Together, we can ensure they are not alone!

https://bdsmovement.net/news/gaza-under-siege-not-alone-let%E2%80%99s-build-towards-military-embargo
 

fly bird (26)
Wednesday April 25, 2018, 8:54 pm
Snipers ordered to shoot children, Israeli general confirms.
22 April 2018

An Israeli general has confirmed that when snipers stationed along Israel’s boundary with Gaza shoot at children, they are doing so deliberately, under clear and specific orders.

In a radio interview, Brigadier-General (Reserve) Zvika Fogel describes how a sniper identifies the “small body” of a child and is given authorization to shoot.

Fogel’s statements could be used as evidence of intent if Israeli leaders are ever tried for war crimes at the International Criminal Court.

On Friday, an Israeli sniper shot dead 14-year-old Muhammad Ibrahim Ayyoub.

The boy, shot in the head east of Jabaliya, was the fourth child among the more than 30 Palestinians killed during the Great March of Return rallies that began in Gaza on 30 March.

More than 1,600 other Palestinians have been shot with live ammunition that has caused what doctors are calling “horrific injuries” likely to leave many of them with permanent disabilities.

As eyewitnesses and video confirmed, the child Muhammad Ayyoub posed no conceivable danger to heavily armed Israeli occupation forces stationed dozens of meters away behind fences and earthen fortifications on the other side of the Gaza boundary when he was killed.

Even the usually timid United Nations peace process envoy Nickolay Mladenov publicly declared that the slaying was “outrageous.”

Targeting children.

On Saturday, Brigadier-General Fogel was interviewed by Ron Nesiel on the Israeli public radio network Kan.

Fogel is the former chief of staff of the Israeli army’s “southern command,” which includes the occupied Gaza Strip.

Ahmad Tibi, a Palestinian lawmaker in Israel’s parliament, drew attention to the interview in a tweet.

A recording of the interview is online (it begins at 6:52). The interview was translated for The Electronic Intifada by Dena Shunra and a full transcript follows this article.

The host Ron Nesiel asks Fogel if the Israeli army should “rethink its use of snipers,” and suggests that someone giving orders “lowered the bar for using live fire.”

Fogel adamantly defends the policy, stating: “At the tactical level, any person who gets close to the fence, anyone who could be a future threat to the border of the State of Israel and its residents, should bear a price for that violation.”

He adds: “If this child or anyone else gets close to the fence in order to hide an explosive device or check if there are any dead zones there or to cut the fence so someone could infiltrate the territory of the State of Israel to kill us …”

“Then his punishment is death?” Nesiel interjects.

“His punishment is death,” the general responds. “As far as I’m concerned then yes, if you can only shoot him to stop him, in the leg or arm – great. But if it’s more than that then, yes, you want to check with me whose blood is thicker, ours or theirs.”

Fogel then describes the careful process by which targets – including children – are identified and shot:

“I know how these orders are given. I know how a sniper does the shooting. I know how many authorizations he needs before he receives an authorization to open fire. It is not the whim of one or the other sniper who identifies the small body of a child now and decides he’ll shoot. Someone marks the target for him very well and tells him exactly why one has to shoot and what the threat is from that individual. And to my great sorrow, sometimes when you shoot at a small body and you intended to hit his arm or shoulder, it goes even higher.”

For “it goes even higher,” Fogel uses a Hebrew idiom also meaning “it costs even more.”

In this chilling statement, in which a general talks about snipers targeting the “small body of a child,” Fogel makes crystal clear that this policy is premeditated and deliberate.

While presenting unarmed Palestinian children as dangerous terrorists worthy of death, Fogel describes the snipers killing them in cold blood as the innocent, vulnerable parties who deserve protection.

“We have soldiers there, our children, who were sent out and receive very accurate instructions about whom to shoot to protect us. Let’s back them up,” he says.

Lethal policy

Fogel’s statements are no aberration but represent Israeli policy.

“Israeli officials made it clear that the open-fire regulations would permit lethal fire at anyone attempting to damage the fence, and even at any person coming within 300 meters of it,” the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem stated in a recent analysis of Israel’s illegal targeting of unarmed civilians who pose no threat.

“Nevertheless, all state and military officials have steadfastly refused to cancel the unlawful orders and continue to issue – and justify – them,” B’Tselem added.

B’Tselem has called on individual soldiers to defy such illegal orders.

Following its investigation of the “calculated” killings of unarmed demonstrators on 30 March, the first day of the Great March of Return rallies in Gaza, Human Rights Watch concluded that the lethal crackdown was “planned at [the] highest levels of the Israeli government.”

Two weeks ago, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court issued an unprecedented warning that Israeli leaders may face trial for the killings of unarmed Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip.

Potential defendants would be giving any prosecutor a gift with such open admissions that killing unarmed people in an occupied territory who pose no objective threat is their policy and intent.

The question remains whether anything will finally pierce the shield of impunity that Israel has enjoyed for 70 years.

Full Transcript

Brigadier-General (Res.) Zvika Fogel interviewed on the Yoman Hashevua program of Israel’s Kan radio, 21 April 2018.

Ron Nesiel: Greetings Brigadier General (Res.) Zvika Fogel. Should the IDF [Israeli army] rethink its use of snipers? There’s the impression that maybe someone lowered the bar for using live fire, and this may be the result?

Zvika Fogel: Ron, let’s maybe look at this matter on three levels. At the tactical level that we all love dealing with, the local one, also at the level of values, and with your permission, we will also rise up to the strategic level. At the tactical level, any person who gets close to the fence, anyone who could be a future threat to the border of the State of Israel and its residents, should bear a price for that violation. If this child or anyone else gets close to the fence in order to hide an explosive device or check if there are any dead zones there or to cut the fence so someone could infiltrate the territory of the State of Israel to kill us …

Nesiel: Then, then his punishment is death?

Fogel: His punishment is death. As far as I’m concerned then yes, if you can only shoot him to stop him, in the leg or arm – great. But if it’s more than that then, yes, you want to check with me whose blood is thicker, ours or theirs. It is clear to you that if one such person will manage to cross the fence or hide an explosive device there …

Nesiel: But we were taught that live fire is only used when the soldiers face immediate danger.

Fogel: Come, let’s move over to the level of values. Assuming that we understood the tactical level, as we cannot tolerate a crossing of our border or a violation of our border, let’s proceed to the level of values. I am not Ahmad Tibi, I am Zvika Fogel. I know how these orders are given. I know how a sniper does the shooting. I know how many authorizations he needs before he receives an authorization to open fire. It is not the whim of one or the other sniper who identifies the small body of a child now and decides he’ll shoot. Someone marks the target for him very well and tells him exactly why one has to shoot and what the threat is from that individual. And to my great sorrow, sometimes when you shoot at a small body and you intended to hit his arm or shoulder it goes even higher. The picture is not a pretty picture. But if that’s the price that we have to pay to preserve the safety and quality of life of the residents of the State of Israel, then that’s the price. But now, with your permission, let us go up one level and look at the overview. It is clear to you that Hamas is fighting for consciousness at the moment. It is clear to you and to me …

Nesiel: Is it hard for them to do? Aren’t we providing them with sufficient ammunition in this battle?

Fogel: We’re providing them but …

Nesiel: Because it does not do all that well for us, those pictures that are distributed around the world.

Fogel: Look, Ron, we’re even terrible at it. There’s nothing to be done, David always looks better against Goliath. And in this case, we are the Goliath. Not the David. That is entirely clear to me. But let’s look at it at the strategic level: you and I and a large part of the listeners are clear that this will not end up in demonstrations. It is clear to us that Hamas can’t continue to tolerate the fact that its rockets are not managing to hurt us, its tunnels are eroding …

Nesiel: Yes.

Fogel: And it doesn’t have too many suicide bombers who continue to believe the fairytale about the virgins waiting up there. It will drag us into a war. I do not want to be on the side that gets dragged. I want to be on the side that initiates things. I do not want to wait for the moment where it finds a weak spot and attacks me there. If tomorrow morning it gets into a military base or a kibbutz and kills people there and takes prisoners of war or hostages, call it as you like, we’re in a whole new script. I want the leaders of Hamas to wake up tomorrow morning and for the last time in their life see the smiling faces of the IDF. That’s what I want to have happen. But we are dragged along. So we’re putting snipers up because we want to preserve the values we were educated by. We can’t always take a single picture and put it before the whole world. We have soldiers there, our children, who were sent out and receive very accurate instructions about whom to shoot to protect us. Let’s back them up.

Nesiel: Brigadier-General (Res.) Zvika Fogel, formerly Head of the Southern Command Staff, thank you for your words.

Fogel: May you only hear good news. Thank you.

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/snipers-ordered-shoot-children-israeli-general-confirms
 

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday April 26, 2018, 10:02 am
Jess - that last one is one of the most depressing articles I've read yet -
Would a majority of citizens in ANY other national community accept such official cynical dismissal of lives of children?

And how can a nation that has constructed the whole justification for their people being accorded a state of their own on the basis of cruel dismissal of their rights as human beings by others ... HOW can they endorse high level instructions to abuse another population in such a way?

It seems that bullies are the role models preferred by a majority of vocal Israeli Jews at present -
I can't believe that they constitute a majority of Israeli Jews, but they are allowed to flourish due to the silence of many of the Israelis who, deep down, do not approve ... and due to the lack of integrity of world leaders who allow fear of being called anti-Semitic &/or geo-political economic interests to muzzle criticism of Israeli wrong-doing ...
 

Paola Scodellari (11)
Thursday April 26, 2018, 12:31 pm
Thank you for posting
 

Anne K (139)
Thursday April 26, 2018, 4:41 pm
Thanks, Evelyn. Maybe it's time for the human race to go extinct. There is no end to the violence.
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday April 26, 2018, 6:10 pm
‘Pure Propaganda’: B’Tselem Slams Israeli Announcement to Look into Killings in Gaza.
April 26, 2018

Israeli human rights group B’Tselem described the military’s announcement that the general staff investigation mechanism led by Brig. Gen. Motti Baruch will look into the incidents in which Palestinians were killed, focusing on civilian deaths, as “pure propaganda, intended – among other things – to prevent an independent international investigation.

B’Tselem in a position paper entitled, “If the heart be not callous: On the unlawful shooting of unarmed demonstrators in Gaza,” said Israel is treating the protest in Gaza as it has handled similar events in the past: Broad, unlawful use of lethal force at a heavy price to lives, baseless legal interpretations issued to justify this policy, and whitewashing the crimes within days.

The paper provides legal analysis explaining why the orders given the soldiers, permitting live fire at unarmed civilians who do not pose a danger, are unlawful.

B’Tselem said Israeli officials are relying on worst-case scenarios to justify these orders. Yet hypothetical situations – such as thousands of Palestinians crossing the fence into Israel – are not enough to justify prior permission to open lethal fire at demonstrators.

The center stressed that given the combination of local public opinion, which ranges from ardent support to indifference, and a judiciary skilled in draining moral rules of meaning and whitewashing crime, it is difficult to imagine the necessary substantive change coming from within Israel.

BTselem maintained that although many countries violate human rights, yet Israel is unique in insisting that its unlawful actions are in keeping with international law.
”This challenges the very foundations of international law – unlike the conduct of states that make no attempt to lend a semblance of legality to their actions.”

B’Tselem stressed that if the international community does not come to its senses and force Israel to abide by the rules that are binding to every state in the world, it will pull the rug out from under the global effort to protect human rights in the post-WWII era.

“This is not a merely theoretical concern: Until Israel changes its policy, the Palestinians will continue pay for this state of affairs with life and limb,” said the Israeli human rights center.

The number of Palestinians killed by the Israeli army in the Gaza Strip has reached 40 since March 30 when the Great March of Return commenced.

(Wafa, PC, Social Media)

http://www.palestinechronicle.com/btselem-israeli-announcement-to-look-into-killings-in-gaza-is-pure-propaganda/
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday April 26, 2018, 9:15 pm
Evelyn, I'm sorry to say, that it appears that you are right.
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday April 26, 2018, 9:24 pm
(Goading Palestinians is something the state of Israel has always done. I have come to this conclusion from many observations, over time, and patterns that do not change, "as a whole', for all I can see.

I found this image very moving:

Palestinian medics attempt to reach injured Palestinians during the inaugural Great March of Return protest in the eastern Gaza Strip on 30 March. (Mohammed Zaanoun / ActiveStills)


"Gaza is about to explode, " warns UN envoy. (VIDEOS)

26 April 2018

The Israeli human rights group B’Tselem urged the United Nations on Thursday to “do all in its power – and its responsibility” to protect unarmed demonstrators in Gaza, one day after journalist Ahmad Abu Hussein died of injuries sustained while covering protests on 13 April.

Abu Hussein, a photographer for Voice of the People Radio, is the second journalist to be killed by Israeli occupation forces during the Great March of Return protests along Gaza’s eastern boundary since 30 March.

Like Yaser Murtaja, who was fatally wounded while covering the protests on 6 April, Abu Hussein was wearing a protective helmet marked “TV” and a flak jacket marked with the word PRESS when he was shot.

Video shows Abu Hussein, 24, wearing a blue helmet when he was hit amid a crowd of protesters in northern Gaza:

“Protective gear that clearly indicates individuals are members of the press should afford them extra protection – not make them targets,” Sherif Mansour from the Committee to Protect Journalists stated on Wednesday.

Thirty-five Palestinians, including four children, have been killed during the protests that are set to culminate around the 15 May commemoration of the Nakba – the ethnic cleansing of the lands on which the state of Israel was declared in 1948.

“These horrific casualty figures – the 35 Palestinians killed and 1,500 injured by live ammunition – are the predictable outcome of the manifestly illegal rules of engagement implemented during the demonstrations, of ordering soldiers to use lethal gunfire against unarmed demonstrators who pose no mortal danger,” B’Tselem director Hagai El-Ad stated in a letter to UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

“Like so many other Palestinians in Gaza, it is highly likely that they never had a chance to leave the small patch of land – roughly half the size of New York City – which is the Gaza Strip,” El-Ad added.

“They lived their lives without any political rights, devoid of any hope for a reasonable future, totally subject to the decisions and policies of the Israeli government.”

El-Ad pointed to Israel’s political leadership, in particular Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and the army chief of staff, for “responsibility for these fatal outcomes.”

“Powder keg”

Middle East peace envoy Nickolay Mladenov, meanwhile, warned the UN Security Council on Thursday that “Gaza is about to explode.”

He called on Israel to “calibrate its use of force and minimize the use of live fire.”

“Lethal force should be used only as a last resort,” he said, also urging Hamas and protest leaders to keep demonstrators away from the Gaza boundary fence.

Mladenov said that the Palestinian Authority’s suspension of payment of salaries to some 20,000 civil servants in Gaza has had a “devastating” impact and called for the resumption of public sector salaries “without delay.”

“The combination of the security, development and humanitarian deterioration that we see in Gaza, coupled with the political impasse, make the Strip a powder keg,” he said.

Ten Democrats in the US House of Representatives called on Israel “to immediately stop using deadly force against unarmed protesters” on Thursday:

Last week five members of Congress broke the near-silence on Israel’s lethal force against Gaza demonstrators by backing B’Tselem’s call on Israeli soldiers to defy illegal orders to open fire on unarmed Palestinians.

In their statement released on Thursday, the Democrat representatives, like Mladenov, called on both Palestinians and Israeli forces to exercise restraint. However, not a single Israeli has been reported injured as a result of the protests, compared to more than 5,500 Palestinians who have been injured, according to figures released by Gaza’s health ministry on Thursday.

More than 1,700 Palestinians have been wounded by live fire during the protests, and 143 are in critical condition, according to the health ministry.

“Horrifying trend”

The human rights groups Adalah and Al Mezan petitioned Israel’s high court this week to order the military to stop using live fire against demonstrators in Gaza.

The army’s “open-fire policy against protesters in Gaza is patently illegal … This policy perceives the [Palestinian] human body as an expendable, worthless object,” Adalah attorney Suhad Bishara argues in the petition.

The petition includes “12 video clips documenting Israeli soldiers shooting unarmed protesters – including women and children – who did not endanger any lives,” Adalah stated.

“Testimony and video documentation reveals a chilling picture of live ammunition fired routinely and in large quantities at protesters who posed no threat or danger,” the petition states.

“Videos and first-person testimonies also reveal a horrifying trend of shooting at specific demonstrators in order to kill or harm them.”

Multiple human rights groups have accused Israel of deliberately injuring and maiming Palestinian civilians during the protests.

Doctors have reported “horrific injuries” likely to leave many of them with permanent disabilities.

Three medics carrying a folded up stretcher put their arms in the air in front of Gaza-Israel boundary fence

In addition to targeting journalists, human rights groups have accused Israel of attacking paramedics and their equipment.

Nearly 80 medics have been injured during the Great March of Return protests, five of them by live fire, according to Al Mezan, and 20 ambulances have been damaged by Israeli shooting.

Medics have reported being wounded while transferring injured protesters to ambulances.

“Israeli forces’ attacks on Palestinian medical staff in Gaza only compound the dire reality of the health sector, defined by lack of resources,” Al Mezan stated.

UN humanitarian coordinator Jamie McGoldrick stated this week that “Over the course of four Fridays of demonstrations, far more Palestinians have been injured in the Gaza Strip than in the preceding three years combined.”

In addition to Israel’s crackdown having a “catastrophic impact” on Gaza’s long-struggling medical sector, McGoldrick added, “For every Palestinian killed or injured in recent weeks, there is a family that is also affected. The physical and psychological impact of recent events will last for years.”

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has released more than $2 million in funds to meet urgent humanitarian needs resulting from the massive number of casualties in Gaza.

It said another $3 million is required “to respond to needs emerging since 30 March, on top of the $406 million required in 2018 to meet humanitarian needs in Gaza, stemming primarily from the ongoing Israeli blockade, alongside internal Palestinian political divisions.”

Meanwhile, UNRWA, the UN agency for Palestine refugees, warned that it may run out of emergency food aid for a million Palestinian refugees in Gaza after the Trump administration withheld $305 million in funding.

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/maureen-clare-murphy/gaza-about-explode-warns-un-envoy

How can this not be on U.S. news? Because the truth is being withheld!
 

fly bird (26)
Thursday April 26, 2018, 9:29 pm
Lona said it is on the news, every day. I'm glad to hear that. This must be exposed.

It is not being reported on mainstream U.S. news, apparently.
This is a travesty.

 

fly bird (26)
Friday April 27, 2018, 5:07 pm
Ahmad Abu Hussein: second Palestinian journalist slain in the Great March of Return.

27 April 2018

Palestinian journalist Ahmad Abu Hussein died in Ramallah on 25 April, killed by the injuries inflicted upon him on 13 April by Israeli occupation forces during the Great March of Return in Gaza. He was shot with live ammunition in the stomach by Israeli occupation snipers as he photographed the march near Jabaliya, wearing a visible “Press” vest. Abu Hussein, 25, worked for Sawt al-Shaab (Voice of the People) radio station. He is the second Palestinian journalist to have been killed by Israeli occupation forces while covering the Great Return March; Yaser Murtaja of Ain Media was killed by occupation forces on 7 April. The journalists are two of a total of 42 Palestinians who have been shot dead by occupation forces as they march in thousands for their right to return and to break the siege on Gaza.

After he was shot, he was forced to wait for two days to be transferred from Gaza to Ramallah for treatment, finally receiving permission on 15 April. Once he arrived, his condition was so critical that he was transferred again to Tel Hashomer hospital four days later. Ashraf al-Qidra of the Ministry of Health in Gaza, said that the Israeli “security” delay prohibiting Abu Hussein’s immediate transfer ensured his death, while Osama al-Najjar of the Health Ministry in Ramallah said that he “needed a miracle to save his life” after his arrival. He was accompanied by his mother Rajaa, who refused to leave his bedside; his younger brother Diyaa, 16 was denied permission to join them due to “security” pretexts; he also has a 20-year-old sister, Luna.

Abu Hussein and his family are Palestinian refugees; he lived in the Jabaliya refugee camp. They are among 70 percent of the Palestinian population in Gaza who are refugees denied their right to return to their homes and villages in Palestine ’48 for 70 years by the Israeli occupation. The Great March of Return, in which tens of thousands of Palestinians have participated, demands the implementation of their right to return home and an end to the siege on Gaza. The Israeli occupation has hit these mass, popular protests with intense violence, live ammunition and the death of dozens, the amputation of hundreds of limbs and the wounding of thousands.

Rami al-Sharafi, general secretary of the Democratic Press Association, said in an interview with Middle East Eye that “Ahmad was wearing a blue vest marked as press in fluorescent color…They have committed a crime against Yaser Murtaja, and today Ahmad Abu Hussein. This says that every journalist documenting the truth along the borderline is an Israeli target.”

In addition to working as a journalist with Sawt al-Shaab radio for the past five years, Abu Hussein was an activist with the Progressive Student Labor Front and a member of the Democratic Press Association. Thousands of Palestinians marched in a mass funeral when his body was returned, only hours before thousands would again take the streets in Jabalya to mourn Dr. Fadi al-Batsh, the Palestinian electrical engineer assassinated in Malaysia on 20 April by the Israeli Mossad, according to evidence collected by the Malaysian police.

The Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate also held a symbolic funeral for Abu Hussein in Ramallah in Manara Square, denouncing the ongoing Israeli targeting of Palestinian journalists, noting that this is a “clear attempt to conceal the truth and prevent the media from covering and exposing the ongoing crimes against our people, including the use of internationally prohibited weapons against journalists and demonstrators.” The syndicate called for occupation officials to be held accountable and for the files on the assassination of journalists, including Abu Hussein and Murtaja, to be brought to the International Criminal Court.

The Democratic Press Association issued a statement urging international organizations, human rights groups and the International Federation of Journalists to take action against the ongoing, deliberate targeting of Palestinian journalists. “This continuous targeting is inseparable from the crimes of the occupation against our people. The Palestinian media is in the forefront of uncovering and documenting the crimes of the occupation for decades, and this targeting is a systematic and deliberate crime to stop this role in struggle.”

The International Federation of Journalists issued a statement joining the condemnation and call to action of the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate.

“The PJS stresses that the occupation authorities and their leader bear full responsibility for these ongoing crimes and reiterates its emphasis on intensifying its efforts to go after the occupation leaders for their crimes against journalists, especially the deliberate and documented killings of journalists Ahmad Abu Hussein and Yassir Murtaja, and it vows not to rest until the perpetrators are brought to justice,” said the union in a statement.

“It is clear that after Israeli soldiers murdered a journalist the authorities are more interested in spouting propaganda and engaging in a cover-up than in carrying out a thorough and transparent investigation and bringing Hussein and Yasser’s killers to justice,” said IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network denounces the killing of Palestinian journalists Ahmad Abu Hussein and Yaser Murtaja and notes that these killings take place as part of a systematic attack on Palestinian journalists that includes targeting them for death, injury and imprisonment. Israeli occupation forces have repeatedly targeted journalists, and Palestinian journalists are routinely subjected to imprisonment, frequently administrative detention without charge or trial. The cases of Mohamed al-Qeeq, Omar Nazzal and Bushra al-Tawil are three among dozens that underline this policy, alongside historic assassinations of Palestinian writers like that of groundbreaking novelist, writer and revolutionary Ghassan Kanafani in 1972. The work, the images and the words of Palestinian journalists are critical in sharing the Palestinian experience, narrative and struggle with the Palestinian people, the Arab world and international audiences. Palestinian journalists must receive international solidarity and Israeli occupation forces must be held accountable, including through global sanctions and an arms embargo, for their targeting of Palestinians who document the stories of their people. Ahmad Abu Hussein lives on!

The following 42 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli occupation forces while participating in the mass popular demonstrations, the Great March of Return, which began in Gaza on 30 March – Land Day – and will continue through 15 May – Nakba Day:

1. Abdel-Qader Marda al-Khawari
2. Naji Abu Hajir
3. Amin Mansour Abu Ma’amar
4. Mahmoud Sa’adi Rahmi
5. Wahid Nasrallah Abu Samur
6. Mohammed Na’im Abu Amro
7. Ahmad Ibrahim Ashour Odeh
8. Jihad Ahmad Farina
9. Mohammed Kamal al-Najjar
10. Sari Walid Abu Odeh
11. Abdel-Fattah Abdel-Nabi
12. Ibrahim Salah Abu Sha’ar
13. Bader Fayek al-Zubair
14. Hamdan Ismail Abu Amsha
15. Jihad Zaher Abu Jamous
16. Omar Wahid Samour
17. Faris al-Rukab
18. Ahmad Omar Arfa
19. Shadi Hamdan al-Kashef
20. Marwan al-Khadari
21. Thaer Mohammed Rabea
22. Hussein Madi
23. Ala al-Din al-Zamali
24. Majdi Shueibat
25. Hamza Abdel-Aal
26. Mohammed Saleh
27. Sidqi Abu Attawi
28. Ibrahim al-‘Ar
29. Yaser Murtaja
30. Osama Qadih
31. Marwan Qadih
32. Abdel-Sheikh al-Shahri
33. Islam Shadi Herzallah
34. Atamna Ahmad Rashed
35. Mohammed Ibrahim Ayoub
36. Saad Abu Taha
37. Ahmed Nabil Abu Aqel
38. Nayef Thaer al-Zu’ri
39. Abdullah Mohammed Jibril Shamali
40. Mohammed Nimer al-Muqadma
41. Tahrir Wahbe
42. Ahmed Abu Hussein

http://samidoun.net/2018/04/ahmad-abu-hussein-second-palestinian-journalist-slain-in-the-great-march-of-return/
 

Shirley S (187)
Friday April 27, 2018, 9:13 pm
A tragedy that needs to be exposed.
 

fly bird (26)
Friday April 27, 2018, 9:44 pm
Amnesty demands arms embargo to end Israel’s “murderous assault”. (Video)

27 April 2018

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/amnesty-demands-arms-embargo-end-israels-murderous-assault
 

fly bird (26)
Friday April 27, 2018, 10:05 pm
Join the “Tent Campaign” for solidarity with Gaza and truth-sharing.
April 28, 2018

http://imemc.org/article/join-the-tent-campaign-for-solidarity-with-gaza-and-truth-sharing/
 

Evelyn B (63)
Sunday April 29, 2018, 3:43 am
Too true, Shirley -

Too many people are unaware of most of what is really happening on the Gaza border - Zionist hasbara has such a powerful hold on mainstream media and considerable outlets among alternative media ...

And the very last thing they want reaching common knowledge is the "authorised" - indeed ordered - behaviour of the so-called "model, moral" army.

Who are targeting the Press and the paramedical teams - to prevent visual information getting out and demonstrating the lies being fed to most western media outlets, & to prevent lives being saved.
 

fly bird (26)
Saturday May 5, 2018, 7:27 pm
Gaza is Under Siege But Not Alone! Let’s Build Towards a Military Embargo.

Strengthening, mainstreaming and popularizing Palestinians’ call for a two-way military embargo on Israel is the most effective response to Israel’s ongoing massacre. This means working to end all weapons sales and purchases to and from Israel, and ending military or police partnerships with the Israeli state.

We are witnessing Israel’s ongoing massacre against unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza. Through inspiring popular demonstrations, they are protesting Israel’s 12-year siege, and demanding their UN-sanctioned right of return to the homes they were ethnically cleansed from.

Palestinian activists in Gaza are asking, “What is the world doing while Israel’s massacre is live streamed?” It’s up to us to make sure they are not facing Israel’s crimes alone.

We must channel our rage at Israel’s atrocities into effective actions to hold Israel accountable. Together, we can escalate Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaigns.

Our concrete, strategic solidarity will send a strong message of support to Palestinians in Gaza: You are not alone, and we will work to hold Israel accountable for its murder of Palestinian protesters.

Strengthening, mainstreaming and popularizing Palestinians’ call for a two-way military embargo on Israel is the most effective response to Israel’s ongoing massacre. This means working to end all weapons sales and purchases to and from Israel, and ending military or police partnerships with the Israeli state.

The Palestinian BDS National Committee, Palestinian civil society’s largest coalition, calls on people of conscience, unions, municipalities, political parties, social movements, student groups, academics, artists, churches and LGBTQI groups, around the world to:

•Plan actions to intensify and amplify campaigns that are linked to the call to end military and security ties with Israel. For example, a protest against G4S, HP, or complicit banks (like Axa and HSBC) and companies with military ties, spreading campaigns to end partnerships with Israeli police, such as the Deadly Exchange campaign, etc. Include the hashtag #MilitaryEmbargo or #StopArmingIsrael


•Demand a position and/or debate on a military embargo against Israel in your parliament: Pressure your political parties, elected representatives and government to end military ties with Israel.


•Pass a motion to demand a military embargo against Israel at your city council, church, union or other civil society organizations. These motions are essential to popularize the demand for a military embargo on Israel, a demand which we can build in a sustained manner from the grassroots level.


•Organize a protest to pressure your government: Mobilize protests to pressure your government to end military and security ties with Israel.


•Write your local paper to express why you support a military embargo.


Visit the BNC’s military embargo campaign page for more information.

Please write to us with your action plans, questions and photos!

Two million Palestinians in the occupied Gaza Strip are showing incredible courage and determination to attain their rights. The #GreatReturnMarch continues despite Israel’s deliberate murder of more than 30 unarmed protesters and injuring of over 3,000. Palestinian journalists, children, women, youth and medical personnel have all been among those targeted.

Together, we can ensure they are not alone!

https://bdsmovement.net/news/gaza-under-siege-not-alone
 

Animae C (509)
Saturday May 5, 2018, 9:12 pm
Shared Evelyn!
 

Animae C (509)
Saturday May 5, 2018, 9:14 pm
BTW i have noticed Barbara T as well but i can't find a profile for her & she only 'notes', so i left a message on one of her very old posts.
 

fly bird (26)
Sunday May 13, 2018, 11:16 pm
Video: World Press Freedom Day 2018: Journalists demand British media institutions to break the silence and stand with Palestinian journalists under occupation.
12 May 2018

On World Press Freedom Day 2018, the Journalist Support Committee held a conference in London on the “Challenges of Palestinian Journalists” living and working under occupation. Prominent journalists, media analysts and activists demanded British media institutions and agencies to break the silence and stand in solidarity with Palestinian journalists living and working under occupation.

Roshan Salih, a prominent Journalist at Press TV, said: “Compared to western journalists, Palestinian journalists are heroes. Palestinian journalists go out and they literally don’t know whether they are going to come back home in body bags, or end up losing a limb, or whether they are going to end up in prison for months on end”.

“International journalists show absolutely no solidarity with Palestinian journalists under occupation. If a western journalist gets kidnapped or killed somewhere, you see reports, statements and hash-tags all over the place, demanding his/her freedom. But when a Palestinian journalist gets killed or arrested, no one cares.”

An Australian independent documentary film maker Daz Chandler said: “I was sick of not being able to use the word occupied, for example, next to the word Palestine when I was reporting to news agencies about what I was seeing in occupied Palestine. So I decided to make documentaries independently about what was happening on the ground and I wanted to be able to present them in the way that I felt was true. I did not want to compromise on what was actually going on.”

“It is a really important thing to recognize that on this occasion of World Press Freedom Day”, Chandler adds, “that in 2018 it is still very difficult for journalists who are based in occupied Palestine to report the truth because they have to then take their materials back to an editorial team that talks about something called “balance”, but it is not actually about balance at all”.

At the Conference, Samidoun – Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network demanded the release of over 20 Palestinian journalists from Israeli jails and called for an arms embargo on Israel. It also condemned the role of the Palestinian Authority, asserting its complicity in the denial of rights to Palestinian journalists, under the so-called Electronic Crimes Law.

An Iraqi journalist and an attendee at the conference, Yusra Mhadi, said “I think there is a very important point that we have to focus on and that is that Palestinian journalists are not just being oppressed by the Israeli entity but also by the Palestinian Authority; Palestinian journalists are being attacked and imprisoned by the Palestinian Authority. So, it is important for us to stand by Palestinian journalists to protect them against all those who have failed them. And it is important that we build a wall to protect Palestinian journalists because it is important for their voices to reach everywhere in the world. And we know that the PA is also playing a part in depriving this voice from reaching the world”.

The conference talked about Palestinian journalists Ahmed Abu Hussein and Yaser Murtaja, both killed by an Israeli sniper while covering the Great Return March in besieged Gaza.

Jehan Farra, Palestinian journalist and a friend and colleague of Yaser Murtaja, said “Yaser always made us laugh whenever he comes into the office, he had such a big bright smile; he was a very vibrant person, lively and optimistic too, regardless of everything he went through. Yaser was hard working; he started a small media agency from scratch; began with him and his friend and two cameras and ended up with 15 staff members. He was a talented and ambitious young man”.

Palestinian journalist Mohammed Hassan, a SOAS University student and colleague of Ahmad Abu Hussein, said “Ahmad had a very charismatic personality. He was a hard working and courageous young journalist; his latest work on the Great Return March was outstanding, his wish was that one day he will report from Palestine 1948; after our people in Gaza achieve victory in smashing the borders”, said Mohammed, “Ahmad will continue to live in our hearts and our struggle for return and liberation”.

Speakers and attendees criticized the complicit role of news agencies and media institutions in Britain and the silence on the killing and imprisonment of many Palestinian journalists. “This media silence in Britain is shameful and cowardly, unfortunately it is not surprising a lot of these people are told by their superiors what they are not meant to report on and what they are meant to report on, and this is one of the things they are not meant to report on” said Daniel O’Brien, media analyst and member of the CPGB-ML.

“The media in Britain is largely state apparatus”; said Kit Whylett from the Revolutionary Communist Group, “it is the mouthpiece of British imperialism; their entire job is to serve the British state and that is why they have been so silent and refusing to acknowledge the work of many Palestinian journalists”.

(Concluding the conference, members of the Lebanese, Iraqi, Algerian and Yemeni communities in Britain saluted the martyrs of the Great Return March and asserted their solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for liberation. And activists announced upcoming actions in solidarity with the Great Return March and the Nakba )

Samidoun’s statement on Palestinian journalists for the event, presented by Lara Khalidi:

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network stands in solidarity with Palestinian journalists on World Press Freedom Day, as they regularly face imprisonment, repression, surveillance, targeting and outright assassination. The cases of two Palestinian journalists, Ahmed Abu Hussein and Yaser Murtaja, shot and killed by Israeli soldiers during the Great March of Return in Gaza – as well as the injury of many more – have highlighted the daily threat under which Palestinian journalists labor.

Palestinian journalists face not only a threat to their lives, but a constant threat to their liberty. Journalist Bushra al-Tawil, also an advocate for Palestinian political prisoners, is herself jailed without charge or trial in Israeli jails under administrative detention; she is among three women and 500 Palestinians total held without charge or trial at this time. Omar Nazzal, member of the Secretariat of the Palestinian Journalists’ Union, was held in administrative detention for 10 months after he was seized at the Karameh crossing to Jordan while traveling to attend the conference of the European Federation of Journalists in Sarajevo. Palestinian refugee journalist Nidal Abu Aker, who produces a program on Palestinian prisoners for Wihda Radio, the only station based in Dheisheh refugee camp, has been held in administrative detention for nearly two years.

The repeated detention of Palestinian journalist Mohammed al-Qeeq also highlighted the situation of Palestinian journalists. He spent 94 days on hunger strike to demand his release and won his freedom; in 2017, he was again jailed after attending demonstrations to demand the release of Palestinians’ bodies held hostage by the Israeli occupation.

In addition, Palestinian journalistic institutions like the Elia Association for Youth in Jerusalem have been targeted for closure under the orders of far-right Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman. Palestinian radio station Sanabel was seized by Israeli forces and five of its staff arrested and imprisoned. Palestinian television stations regularly face closure, while staff members are arrested for doing their jobs in the media.

The Palestinian Authority is also complicit in the denial of rights to Palestinian journalists, including the arrest and interrogation of journalists who publish critical stories about PA officials to the blocking of multiple news websites to Palestinians under occupation under the so-called Electronic Crimes Law. This cannot be separated from the commitment of the PA to “security coordination” with the Israeli occupation, as the silencing of Palestinian journalists serves the strategic objectives of the Israeli state.

The targeting of journalists and writers is nothing new; we remember the historic assassinations of Palestinian writers like that of groundbreaking novelist, writer and revolutionary Ghassan Kanafani in 1972. The work, the images and the words of Palestinian journalists are critical in sharing the Palestinian experience, narrative and struggle with the Palestinian people, the Arab world and international audiences.

On World Press Freedom Day, Yaser Murtaja and Ahmad Abu Hussein live on in the work of every journalist who exposes the reality of the Palestinian situation. Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network salutes Palestinian journalists in occupied Palestine, in the refugee camps and in exile bringing the Palestinian story to the world despite repression, racism and attempted criminalization. We demand the release of over 20 imprisoned Palestinian journalists and an end to the systematic closure, prohibition and targeting of Palestinian media agencies and workers. Palestinian journalists must receive international solidarity and Israeli occupation forces must be held accountable, including through global sanctions and an arms embargo, for their targeting of Palestinians who document the stories of their people.

http://samidoun.net/2018/05/world-press-freedom-day-2018-journalists-demand-british-media-institutions-to-break-the-silence-and-stand-with-palestinian-journalists-under-occupation/
 

Margie FOURIE (148)
Saturday June 2, 2018, 3:02 am
I am sitting on the fence
 

Margie FOURIE (148)
Monday June 4, 2018, 1:00 am
Thanks again
 

Margie FOURIE (148)
Monday June 11, 2018, 12:49 am
Thanks again
 
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