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In Worst Blaze to Date, Gaza Fire Kites Destroy Vast Parts of Nature Reserve

World  (tags: israel, middle-east, palestine, terrorism )

- 257 days ago -
Officials at the Israel Nature and Parks Authority estimated that at least one third of the Carmia reserve had been destroyed. They said it was likely the flames had caused massive damage to both the flora and the fauna in the reserve.


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Leo C (312)
Wednesday July 4, 2018, 10:44 am
Thank you for sharing!

Colleen L (3)
Wednesday July 4, 2018, 6:49 pm
Sad to read the evil ways these terrorist destroy the planet. Wish they'd vanish from the Earth. Thanks Chrissie

Animae C (507)
Wednesday July 4, 2018, 6:54 pm
"A blaze set by Palestinian protesters along the Gaza border devastated a nature reserve inside Israel on Saturday, in what officials said was the worst day of fires since the demonstrators adopted the fire kite tactics in the last few months."

That is so foolishly WRONG!!!!

Peggy B (43)
Thursday July 5, 2018, 8:54 am
Despicable. A few rogue protestors ruining it for the peaceful protesters. Every story has 2 sides and as the Times of Israel is an admitted US Jewish propaganda website can't be totally unbiased in reporting the whole story.


Melania Padilla (123)
Thursday July 5, 2018, 10:28 am
No words, why does it always the planet has to pay for humans' stupidity, arrogance, and greed??

Chrissie R (10)
Thursday July 5, 2018, 1:51 pm
"Peaceful" protesters???
"A blaze set by Palestinian protesters along the Gaza border devastated a nature reserve inside Israel on Saturday, in what officials said was the worst day of fires since the demonstrators adopted the fire kite tactics in the last few months."
Attacking civilian and neutral targets is a war crime by UN and EU definitions.

Roberto MARINI (88)
Friday July 6, 2018, 8:48 am
noted thanks

Janis K (129)
Friday July 6, 2018, 3:51 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Anne K (139)
Friday July 6, 2018, 5:09 pm
I think the sooner humans are extinct, the better.

Past Member (0)
Friday July 6, 2018, 11:59 pm

Margie FOURIE (148)
Saturday July 7, 2018, 1:14 am
Thank you

Janis K (129)
Saturday July 7, 2018, 11:16 pm
Thanks for sharing.

Winn A (179)
Sunday July 8, 2018, 12:45 pm
:-( So sad

Angela J (61)
Sunday July 8, 2018, 2:33 pm

fly bird (26)
Sunday July 8, 2018, 7:31 pm
Pope Says Walls, Occupation Prevent Mideast Peace (VIDEO)
July 7, 2018

Pope Francis said on Saturday that building walls, occupying territories, and religious fanaticism would never bring peace to the Middle East.

Speaking at the end of a summit of Christian religious leaders, Francis also repeated his view that the “status quo” of the contested city of Jerusalem should be respected, and backed a two-state solution to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, reported Reuters.

He said:

“Truces maintained by walls and displays of power will not lead to peace, but only the concrete desire to listen and to engage in dialogue will. Let there be an end to the few profiting from the sufferings of many. No more occupying territories and thus tearing people apart”.

He said every community in the Middle East should be protected, “not simply the majority,” and took a swipe at weapons procurement, saying:

“You cannot speak of peace while you are secretly racing to stockpile new arms”.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

fly bird (26)
Sunday July 8, 2018, 7:47 pm
IOF (Israel occupation forces) kill Palestinian, injure 396 others along Gaza borders.

2 days ago

On Friday, 06 July 2018, using excessive lethal force against the peaceful protesters in eastern Gaza Strip for the 15th Friday in a row, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian civilian and wounded 396 other civilians, including 24 children, 7 women, 5 paramedics and a journalist, in addition to dozens suffering tear gas inhalation.

Upon a Decision by the highest political and military echelons, the Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against the peaceful protesters, who posed no threat to the life of the soldiers.

Mohammad Jamal Abu Halima, 22, was killed in the artillery bombing which targeted a crowd of protesters at Gaza border east of Gaza City. Others were also injured in the shelling.

According to medical sources, at least 396 Palestinian protesters were either injured by live bullets or suffered from suffocation due to teargas inhalation as Israeli forces continued to crack down on the 15th consecutive Friday of the ‘Great March of Return’ non-violent protests at the Israeli installed barbed-wire fence along Gaza borders.

For his part PCHR said at approximately 16:00, hundreds of civilians, including women, children and entire families, started swarming to 5 encampments established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return and Breaking Siege in eastern Rafah City; Khuza’ah in Khan Younis; al-Bureij in the Central Gaza Strip; Shija’eyah neighborhood in Gaza City; and eastern Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip.

The number of participants gradually increased, reaching a peak at approximately 16:30, in the five demonstration areas, and they were estimated at thousands of men, elderlies, women and children. They were inside and outside the encampment yards, raising flags, and chanting slogans and national songs in addition to flying kites, while hundreds of them, including children and women, approached the border fence, set fire to tires and attempted to throw stones at the Israeli forces. Moreover, the protestors removed the barbed wire fence established by the Israeli forces inside the Palestinian territories around 50 meters away from the main border fence.

The Israeli shooting which continued until 20:00 resulted in the killing of Mohamed Jamal ‘Eliyan Abu Halimah (22), from Shija’eyah neighborhood in Gaza City. Mohamed was with a live bullet to chest while participating in the protests in eastern Gaza City.

Moreover, 111 civilians, including 24 children, 7 women, 5 paramedics and a journalist, were wounded. In addition, hundreds suffered tear gas inhalation and seizures, including PCHR’s fieldworkers while covering the suppression of demonstrations, after Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters.

PCHR condemns this new crime committed by the Israeli forces, believing it is as a result of Israel’s enjoying impunity thanks to the U.S. and so encouraging the Israeli forces to commit further crimes upon an official decision by the highest military and political echelons.

PCHR emphasizes that continuously inflicting casualties, either killed or wounded, is unjustified and targeting and killing civilians, who exercise their right to peaceful assembly or while carrying out their humanitarian duty, using lethal force is a serious violation of the rules of intentional law and international humanitarian law.

PCHR emphasizes that ongoing attacks against the Palestinian medical personnel, especially those working in the field, constitute a serious violation of the international human rights and humanitarian laws and the international standards regulating the protection rules of medical personnel, including paramedics, their vehicles and medical facilities. The serious violations and deliberate attacks against the medical personnel amount to war crimes according to the 1949 fourth Geneva Convention, particularly the scope of protection provided to them.

PCHR believes that continuously targeting journalists while on duty with bullets and tear gas canisters proves that there is an Israeli policy to target journalists in order to prevent them from covering the Israeli suppression of the peaceful protestors, in violation of the rule of international humanitarian law.

PCHR emphasizes that the demonstrations are fully peaceful and civilians have the right to raise their voices against the Israeli forces and closure and enjoy their right to return. Thus, PCHR stresses that Israel shall be held accountable and prosecuted through investigating with it into these crimes.

PCHR also stresses that this ongoing policy by Israel violates the Rome STATUTE OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT (ICC) and Fourth Geneva Convention, and its practices qualify to war crimes. Thus, PCHR calls upon the ICC Prosecutor to open an official investigation into these crimes in addition to prosecuting and holding accountable all of those involved in issuing decisions and orders in the Israeli forces at the political and security level and those applying the orders.

PCHR asks for the presence of international observers from the United Nations (UN) bodies in the Gaza Strip to make sure that these demonstrations are totally peaceful and even if the Israeli authorities denied their access to Gaza, they can observe from the Israeli side of the borders.

PCHR calls for the prompt formation of an international commission of inquiry according to the UN Human Rights Council’s Resolution to investigate the crimes committed by the Israeli forces against unarmed civilians in the Return March activities.

PCHR also reiterates its call upon the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations under Article 1; i.e., to respect and ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances and their obligations under Article 146 to prosecute persons alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

PCHR calls upon Switzerland, in its capacity as the Depository State for the Convention, to demand the High Contracting Parties to convene a meeting and ensure Israel’s respect for this Convention, noting that these grave breaches constitute war crimes under Article 147 of the same Convention and Protocol (I) Additional to the Geneva Conventions regarding the guarantee of Palestinian civilians’ right to protection in the occupied territories.

Paola S (10)
Monday July 9, 2018, 12:52 pm
And the humans, animals and nature that the Israelis are exterminating for years? If you only care about the animals thought at the Gaza Zoo !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Angela J (61)
Monday July 9, 2018, 3:58 pm

Danuta W (1251)
Wednesday July 11, 2018, 3:37 am

Margie FOURIE (148)
Thursday July 12, 2018, 12:13 am
Thanks again

Richard A (2)
Thursday July 12, 2018, 12:25 pm
Indiscriminate violence against others and nature should not be condoned nor accepted.

fly bird (26)
Friday July 13, 2018, 7:53 pm
UN: 1,400 Palestinian Protesters May Suffer Long-Term Disability.
July 13, 2018

Some 1,400 Palestinians shot by Israeli forces during “Great March of Return” protests in the occupied Gaza Strip face the possibility of “long-term disability”, a United Nations agency has said.

The UN OCHA report, contributed by the World Health Organization and the Disability Working Group, said:

Gaza’s “health sector has continued to struggle with the cumulative caseload of serious injuries, particularly those requiring long-term rehabilitation”.

One obstacle, for example, is that,

“the import to Gaza of materials required for the production of artificial limbs, including carbon fiber and epoxy resins, is restricted, due to Israel’s consideration of these materials as ‘dual use’ items, which could be used also for military purposes.”

Since the start of demonstrations on March 30 up to June 30, says the report, a total of 15,501 Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces, of whom 8,221 required hospitalization.

As of July 3, 53 Palestinians had received lower limb amputations and eight had upper limb amputations, with 11 children among the amputees.

OCHA added:

“Additionally, at least ten other Palestinians have been left paralyzed following spinal cord injuries.”

As of June 26, meanwhile, more than 1,400 Palestinians “with severe injuries are at risk of longer-term physical disability”.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

fly bird (26)
Friday July 13, 2018, 8:46 pm
Israel wants to break Gaza once and for all.

War on Gaza agriculture.

According to Gaza’s agriculture ministry, some 2,000 acres of pasture land have been damaged this year alone by herbicides sprayed by the Israeli military.

Israel has been spraying Gaza farmland with herbicides since 2014, destroying livelihoods and exposing people and the environment to toxins. Some 3,500 acres have been damaged by spraying during that time, according to the ministry.

“The chemicals used for spraying stay in the soil for months and even years, and may have negative health consequences for people who consume contaminated crops and/or inhale the herbicide,” the International Committee of the Red Cross told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

Israel caused half a billion dollars of direct and indirect damage to the farming sector during its 2014 assault on Gaza by destroying infrastructure such as irrigation wells and greenhouses as well as killing livestock.

Margie FOURIE (148)
Saturday July 14, 2018, 1:09 am
What does BDS have to say?

fly bird (26)
Saturday July 14, 2018, 8:18 am
BDS and reference to your question, Margie:

Why Palestine Matters.


fly bird (26)
Saturday July 14, 2018, 8:01 pm
Update (Re: Margie's question)
Socialist International of 140 Global Political Parties Adopts BDS, Calls for Military Embargo on Israel.

Association of 140 global political parties, including 35 parties in government, adopts BDS and calls for a military embargo on Israel until it ends its violations of Palestinian rights. This is the most significant call for sanctions against Israel to date.

Margie FOURIE (148)
Sunday July 15, 2018, 2:09 am
I read your references fly bird.
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