Daily life of #Palestinians under #Israel #Occupation, it is miserable and humiliation lacking basic life needs.

Let’s make one thing clear. Israel has a right to exist and to defend itself. That is an indisputable fact. But so do Palestinians, and that’s a fact that’s often ignored. Palestinians are at best third-class citizens in the nation of their birth. The idea that it is even remotely controversial to call what Israel has imposed on Palestinians a form of apartheid is laughable.

One look at a current map of Israel, Gaza, and the occupied territories conjures up only one other example, apartheid-era South Africa. The Israeli government on an ongoing basis declares parcels of land on which Palestinians live to be either archeology important. Sometimes there’s a court case and almost always Palestinians lose.

Months or weeks later that important land becomes home to a brand-new Israeli settlement. As more and more Jewish settlers take over land on which Arabs live, the occupied west bank because de facto more Israeli and more Jewish. This is a long-standing attempt and deliberate attempt to force Arabs that have lived in that land, sometimes for hundreds of years, out.

It is an attempt to dilute their presence because to have Arabs as full participants are in the opinion of the Israeli government and their courts diluting Israel. Prior to the pandemic, I toured many of the contested areas and homes from which Arabs are being pushed you had out, both in Israel proper and in occupied territories.

Palestinians don’t control the important parts of their lives. Palestinian families are refused permits to build or renovate their homes when they connect their homes to the municipal water supply, Israeli soldiers sometimes cut the pipes. When they attempt to harness solar energies because their homes are not on the grid, Israeli soldiers come and remove solar panels from their homes.

I spent an hour and a half traveling alongside an elderly Palestinian woman being transferred between three ambulances from Gaza to the no-man’s land in between and then into Israel to get cancer treatment. Three ambulances over the course of one mile. More than an hour to cross the border.

That’s how Gazans live, without medical treatment because Israel prevents it, without electricity much of the time because Israel prevents it, without the ability to fish in the Mediterranean ocean buss Israel prevents it, without an airport or seaport because Israel prevents it. Like Israelis, Palestinians have a right to exist and to defend themselves, but there is no one willing to help them do that.

Not the Israeli courts and not the u.s. government. What the u.s. also shares with Israel is the belief that Hamas, the political party that governs Gaza, is a terrorist organization that calls for the destruction of Israel. Hamas is supported by the majority of Palestinians in Gaza. Hamas may not be in the best long-term interests of the Gazans but peace hasn’t really worked out for them.

Faced with an Israeli government that pins them into what has been called the world’s largest open-air prison, they have chosen a government most of us wouldn’t prefer, one not given to negotiation and moderation and respect for its neighbor. Israel needs a new approach to the Palestinians and America needs a new approach to Israel.

After more than seven decades of not just being deprived of land which they were evicted, Palestinian frustration runs deep. It may be worth going deeper than what you may hear inside your bubble and understanding the depth to which the Palestinian people are subject to apartheid in their own land, deprived of basic necessities, and subject to relentless civil rights violations.

This is not a secret.

 

Source Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDIVtKKsPs0

Eleven children receiving NRC trauma care killed in their homes by Israeli air strikes
The Norwegian Refugee Council confirmed today that 11 of over 60 children killed by Israeli air strikes in Gaza over the last week were participating in its psycho-social programme aimed at helping them deal with trauma.
All of the children between 5 and 15 years old were killed in their homes in densely populated areas along with countless other relatives who died or received injuries.

“We are devastated to learn that 11 children we were helping with trauma were bombarded while they were at home and thought they were safe,” said NRC’s Secretary General Jan Egeland. ” They are now gone, killed with their families, buried with their dreams and the nightmares that haunted them. We call on Israel to stop this madness: children must be protected. Their homes must not be targets. Schools must not be targets. Spare these children and their families. Stop bombing them now.”

The children NRC assisted included Lina Iyad Sharir, 15, who was killed with both of her parents in their home on 11 May in Gaza City’s Al Manara neighbourhood. Her two-year-old sister Mina sustained third-degree burns and remains in critical condition.

Hala Hussein al-Rifi, 13, was killed on the night of 12 May when an airstrike hit the Salha residential building in Gaza City’s Tal Al-Hawa neighbourhood. The attack also killed four-year-old Zaid Mohammad Telbani and his mother Rima, who was five months pregnant. Zaid’s sister remains missing and is presumed dead.

Multiple air raids on 16 May in Al Wahda Street in central Gaza City killed eight children that NRC worked with, together with several family members. These included Tala Ayman Abu al-Auf, 13, and her 17-year-old brother. Their father, Dr Ayman Abu al-Auf, was the head of internal medicine at Gaza City’s Shifa hospital. He was also killed.

The same attacks also killed Rula Mohammad al-Kawlak, 5, Yara, 9, and Hala, 12 – all sisters – together with their cousin Hana, 14, and several other of their relatives, as well as sisters Dima and Mira Rami al-Ifranji, 15 and 11, and neighbour Dana Riad Hasan Ishkantna, 9.

In the same area on 17 May, Rafeef Murshed Abu Dayer, 10, another student helped by NRC, was killed after shrapnel hit her together with her two brothers, who were having lunch in the garden of the Ghazi Shawa building. Rafeef’s 11th birthday would have been next week on 25 May.

NRC assists 118 schools in the Gaza Strip, reaching more than 75,000 students through its psycho-social intervention, the Better Learning Programme.

“As an urgent measure, we appeal to all parties for an immediate ceasefire so that we can reach those in need and spare more civilians,” Egeland said. “But the truth is that there can be no peace or security as long as there are systemic injustices. The siege of Gaza needs to be lifted and the occupation of Palestinians must end if we are to avoid more trauma and death among children and new cycles of destruction every few years.”

Israeli warplanes today bombed several targets across the besieged Gaza strip , causing destruction at the
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GAZA, Wednesday, August 12, 2020 (WAFA) – Israeli warplanes Wednesday early morning bombed several sites across the besieged Gaza Strip, according to WAFA correspondent.

He said that the Israeli fighter jets bombed a site to the southwest of the Gaza city, and another in the city of Rafah in the southern coastal enclave.



Meanwhile, Israeli artillery opened fire on agricultural lands close to al-Bureij refugee camp and to the east of Rafah city.

Last night, Israeli attack helicopters pounded a site in the town of Beit Lahia in the northern coastal enclave.

The attacks resulted in material damages, but no human casualties were reported.

This came in retaliation for the launching of incendiary balloons from the strip towards nearby illegal Israeli settlement, setting lands and crops on fire.

Fourteen years following the Israeli “disengagement” from Gaza, Israel has not actually disengaged from Gaza; it still maintains control of its land borders, access to the sea and airspace.

Two million Palestinians live the Gaza Strip, which has been subjected to a punishing and crippling Israeli blockade for 12 years and repeated onslaughts that have heavily damaged much of the enclave’s infrastructure.



Gaza’s 2-million population remains under “remote control” occupation and a strict siege, which has destroyed the local economy, strangled Palestinian livelihoods, plunged them into unprecedented rates of unemployment and poverty, and cut off from the rest of the occupied Palestinian territories and the wider world.

Gaza remains occupied territory, having no control over its borders, territorial waters or airspace. Meanwhile, Israel upholds very few of its responsibilities as the occupying power, failing to provide for the basic needs of Palestinian civilians living in the territory.



Every two in three Palestinians in Gaza is a refugee from lands inside what is now Israel. That government forbids them from exercising their right to return as enshrined in international law because they are not Jews.

An anesthesiologist from Manila Doctors Hospital has given up the ghost thanks to COVID-19. The doctor was believed to possess contracted the virus from exposure to a COVID-19 patient who recently traveled abroad.




His wife, fellow anesthesiologist Dra. Evalyn Talens has also contracted COVID-19 and is currently hospitalized.

Manila Doctors Hospital released a press release confirming Dr. Macasaet’s death and grieved the loss of “one of the simplest anesthesiologists in our country” and described him as a “brave” frontline.

 




Dr. Macasaet is survived by his wife and their son whom Dr. Macasaet asked people to worry about after his passing.

In a viral Facebook post, a netizen shared the last messages that Dr. Macasaet sent before he passed on.

Joey Bautista’s wife Belinda Bagatsing says he died from COVID-19

The text read:

 



“Good evening, my beloved brethren! The turn of events is simply not getting into my favor. the sensation you get, apart from extreme pains everywhere, the difficulty of breathing and as if all life is being sucked from your body!

“They are going to be putting hamper lines and central tubes on me anytime soon! If they intubate me and place me on the ventilator, then the sport is nearly over!

“If Ateng (referring to his wife) survives, then my wish for her and Raymond (his son who is with autism) for an extended and happy life will bear fruition!”

He added, “Raymond, however, needs financial and emotional look after the remainder of his life! Something I’ll not be ready to fulfill! it’s my fervent hope that each one of you’ll assist the remainder of my family in our most difficult times!”

He also detailed his battle with COVID-19 during a text message to his godson, which was shared on facebook

 

 

6 students killed, 15 schools damaged in Israeli attacks on Gaza

The Ministry of Education in Gaza has announced that 6 school students were killed and 15 schools were damaged in the latest Israeli aggression on Gaza.

The ministry said in a press statement that the martyrs are: Ismail Abdulal, Mohammed Atyya, Amir Ayyad, Muhannad al-Sawarka, Muath al-Sawarka and Wasim al-Sawarka.

It added that 15 schools were partially damaged by nearby airstrikes in different Gaza Strip areas.

The ministry pointed out that hundreds of school students have suffered from panic and trauma as a result of the shelling that targeted homes and civilians.

It called for international human rights organizations to assume their responsibilities toward the Palestinian civilians in Gaza and for holding the Israeli occupation leaders responsible before international courts for their crimes against humanity.

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Moaz Amarneh challenges Israel with one eye: “I will continue to expose you”

معاذ عمارنة

The scene was hard, everyone ran to the right and to the left in search of a savior, a smell of smoke covered the place, their eyes fixed in the sky, tongues murmuring calls to pray for the Lord of the the universe breaks the anxiety .. To save the offer .. To send periods to the weak …



Then, those who document these moments with the eyes of a press reporter in the country of grandparents go to all the agencies of the world to say the picture, the snapshot and the word that Palestine suffers. Gaza suffers .. His left eye in sacrifice for the homeland .. A sacrifice for His Majesty .. Documentation and expression of the sound of the camera that inhabited his goal (!)



The beginning was to wear Moaz Amarneh (35 years old), his bag in the middle of large gatherings that asked to end the Zionist occupation and the restoration of the Holy Land, did not realize that his eyes, which documented these incendiary events , would be the last moment to see the light of resistance. Even with a goal (!)

In a majestic scene, Maaz wore his camera, which was only documented that day, as the last snapshot to be seen and watched closely before these brutal bullets came from an Israeli soldier.



The band of memories comes back “banned” lightly on the bed of a hospital, where he described his injuries between the mean and critical times, recalling last Friday, who had witnessed the outbreak of some demonstrations rejecting the Zionist aggression in the Surif city, Hebron.

We contacted the Palestinian photographer whose portrait became an overnight icon, voiced by many stars of art and sport and the world over the total rejection of aggression and violence against the son of Palestine, including Cristiano Ronaldo, the Juventus striker who posted his photo a few hours ago. A cloud on his left eye, an expression of solidarity with Muath.

Clashes with the Israeli army came to an end immediately after Friday prayers, “said Moaz, who, for lack of vision completely after that moment, felt nothing but a pain accompanied by a heavy blood also documented by the crimes and violations of the occupation forces. ”



Muath continues to speak
The Israeli army tried to prevent my fellow journalists from transporting me to the hospital or the nearest ambulance, “she said. This can result in heavy bleeding which, in turn, moves to the right eye as soon as it is uprooted.
Moaz’s voice laughs and ends his speech: I will continue to film to expose your violations, and I will not stop telling the truth;

Israel’s precision propaganda tries to justify the slaughter of innocents

The seriously misnamed Israel Defence Forces (IDF) and its supporters get very upset when members of the fifth largest army in the world are accused of targeting innocent women and children. They issue vehement denials to the world even though that is exactly what happens as a direct consequence of firing high explosives into densely populated civilian areas.

Even as the bombs are falling, Israeli propaganda goes into top gear. An IDF tweet yesterday announced dramatically: “BREAKING: We just targeted Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza, Baha Abu Al Ata. Al Ata was directly responsible for hundreds of terror attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers. His next attack was imminent.” This was followed quickly up by another post which claimed that the deadly attack was a “precision strike”.

 


That claim is debateable. What the IDF hasbara team failed to mention was that while targeting Abu Al-Ata the occupation army also killed his wife, and seriously injured four of their children and a neighbour. There was nothing “precision” or “surgical” about this strike; it was arguably a war crime.

When you lob Hellfire missiles — “used in a number of targeted killings of high-profile individuals,” explains Wikipedia — and other so-called smart bombs into a civilian area you will kill civilians. Non-combatant civilians were not protected in such a way during World War Two, which is why Article 33 of the 1949 Geneva Conventions was drawn up. It states that no one should be punished for an offence he or she has not personally committed. Reprisals against protected persons and their property are prohibited.



Live: Gaza in flames as Israel kills senior Islamic Jihad official 

Now we have to sit back and witness the twin obscenities not only of Israel ignoring the Geneva Conventions and killing civilians, but also of pro-Israel lobbyists defending such action. Among the many tweets posted in support of the military strike, one which caught my eye came from the public relations director of a German NGO; Josias Terschüren challenged me when I had the temerity to point out that there was no such thing as a “surgical strike” in civilian areas.

The New Women of Gaza

The inspiring story of five women striving to make a difference in Gaza under siege.

As the crippling blockade of Gaza by Israel and Egypt continues, poverty levels continue to rise in the territory, a narrow strip of land along the eastern Mediterranean coast.

Gaza is home to more than 1.5 million Palestinians, half of them under the age of 15. Unemployment stands at 52 percent, according to the World Bank. Gazans face poor water and sanitation conditions and overstretched hospitals, among other adversities, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights.




This film follows five strong-willed women who are doing their utmost to make a difference in Gaza in different walks of life – medicine, social work, photojournalism, music and local government. Despite the socio-economic conditions in Gaza, the five of them work to make life better for their families and communities.

Filmmaker Mariam Shahin tells Al Jazeera: “Nour, Mona, Itimad, Haifa and Heba represent a new generation of Palestinian women in the Gaza Strip who have freed themselves psychologically of restrictions that society placed on them.”

She says that they defy stereotypes of women in the Arab world and have carried out a “quiet revolution” by using their work and activities to follow their chosen paths.

“They have also chosen to carry men with them rather than stand against them, in an effort to reform their society without causing major upheaval,” Shahin adds.




Nour Halaby is a photographer who has documented the experiences of many Palestinians, including some of the women in this film. Itimad Al Tarshawi is a local politician used to work in the Ministry of Social Affairs but has now moved to the Ministry of Labour. Haifa Farajallah is a singer trying to make her way in the creative sector as well as being a young divorcee. Dr Mona Kiskin is a neurosurgeon at Al Shifa Hospital who is also a mother of three. Heba Mahmoud Abu Shalouf was badly injured in an Israeli attack but married, has two children and trained to be a trauma therapist.

“Seven years ago, people looked down on injured and disabled people. People said that girls with injuries should just stay at home and do nothing. Now things have changed. Every home has someone injured or disabled. Children with disabilities weren’t allowed into regular schools. They were kept at home. This has now changed. Schools, organisations, and universities now admit disabled people,” Shalouf tells.



Four years after the original filming of The New Women of Gaza, filmmaker Mariam Shahin returned to see how these five women in Gaza were coping with the continued blockade. This film reflects the changes in their lives since and the work they have done to improve the lives of others in Gaza.

“It is great to be able to enter the world of others with the camera and document their lives. It is even greater to be able to capture the changes that take place after the initial film is finished,” Shahin explains.

“Returning to the women we documented in 2015 gave them a sense of comfort and the knowledge that we did not ‘steal’ their stories but continue to be interested in allowing their voices to be heard and their continued struggles not to be forgotten.”

Source: Al Jazeera

 

For eight years, the residents of the northern occupied West Bank village of Kafr Qaddum have protested every single Friday, rain or shine, against Israeli land confiscations and the closure of the village’s southern road by Israeli forces.

The villagers have faced their fair share of bullets, tear gas, injuries, and even death. But nothing could have prepared them for what happened on Friday, July 12, when Israeli snipers set their sights on 10-year-old Abdul Rahman Shteiwi.

It was a normal summer Friday in the village. Following the conclusion of the afternoon prayers, residents gathered in the sweltering heat and began their march, as they always did, from the town center towards the nearby Israeli settlement of Kedumim.

They carried posters and Palestinian flags, and chanted slogans demanding that the village’s road be opened.

Abdul Rahman Shteiwi, 10, was shot in the head by Israeli forces in Kafr Qaddum on Friday, July 12, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Murad Shteiwi)

“Our protests are always non-violent. We are armed only with signs and flags,” Murad Shteiwi, head of the popular resistance committee in Kafr Qaddum told Mondoweiss.

“At most, sometimes the young men throw stones in response to the soldiers, but that’s it. Never more than that.”

It wasn’t long, Shteiwi said, before the demonstration divulged into more violent confrontations, with Israeli forces firing tear gas, rubber bullets, and sound bombs into the crowd.

“But this Friday, they were using live ammunition, and they weren’t just firing it in the air. They were firing it at the people,” he told Mondoweiss, adding that there were Israeli snipers targeting people.

All of a sudden, the villagers saw Abdul Rahman fall to the ground, blood spilling from his head. “He wasn’t even at the front of the clashes, there were tons of other young men in front of him. But they aimed at the child on purpose and shot him,” Shteiwi recounted.

After driving Abdul Rahman to the nearest hospital 20 kilometers away, Nablus’ Rafidia Surgical Hospital, he was rushed into surgery, where doctors spent three hours trying to control the bleeding and stabilize him.

Doctors told the boy’s family that he was shot with an expanding live bullet that exploded into more than 100 fragments after it lodged in his head, wreaking havoc on his brain and causing severe damage to three major blood vessels.

“The doctors told us that by the way he was shot, and the kind of bullet he was shot with, it is clear that the soldiers’ intention was to kill. Abdul Rahman was not supposed to live,” Shteiwi told Mondoweiss.

Middle East Eye quoted an Israeli army spokeswoman as saying that soldiers “used riot dispersal means” in the town, when questioned about the shooting of Abdul Rahman.

According to the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), whose activists were present on Friday’s protest, Israeli forces denied the use of live ammunition.

However, the group said in a statement that its activists “found a 5.56 bullet case on the ground where protesters had been standing some 15 minutes before. The case was hot to the touch suggesting it had been fired that afternoon. Dozens more bullet cases were also found by villagers following the protest.”

Shteiwi insists that the shooting was intentional. “The sniper was professional, he knew what he was doing. This could not have been an accident, or just crowd control as they say,” he told Mondoweiss.

‘Indescribable feeling’

Since his surgery, Abdul Rahman was transferred to the Tel HaShomer hospital in Tel Aviv, where he has remained in a coma. His father has remained by his side and has been giving updates to the town on his son’s condition.

Shteiwi, a relative of the family, says that the entire village has been in mourning since Friday, with shops shuttering their doors, and others canceling their weddings.

“Everyone is distraught,” Shteiwi said, adding that Abdul Rahman’s mother had just undergone open heart surgery two weeks before her son was shot. “Just since Friday, we have had to take her to the hospital three times because her health keeps deteriorating,” he said.

Murad Shteiwi is a Kafr Qaddum native, and the northern West Bank coordinator of the popular resistance committee.(Photo courtesy of Murad Shteiwi)

Shteiwi told Mondoweiss that he could not begin to describe the pain of Abdul Rahman’s parents, even though it is one he himself knows well.

“My own son was shot in the leg during protests once,” he said. “The pain of watching your son get shot in front of you, it is indescribable.”

A history of violent suppression

Ever since the villagers of Kafr Qaddum began their weekly marches in 2011, they have been met with violent suppression by Israeli forces.

In the first three years, between 2011-2014, Shteiwi says two residents were disabled for life after being badly injured by Israeli forces.

One man was shot in the mouth with a tear gas canister, fracturing the bones in his face and jaw to the point where he has been unable to speak since. Another, Shteiwi says, was shot in his eyes with a rubber bullet, blinding him.

In 2014, the village was shook when a 75-year-old man participating in the demonstration suffocated and died from tear gas inhalation. He was the first “martyr” from the village.

Before 2014, Shteiwi says that soldiers used rubber bullets and tear gas against protesters. But from 2014-2016, they began employing the widespread use of .22 caliber bullets, or “tutu bullets.”

The Israeli army had long classified .22 caliber rifles as crowd control weapons, but in 2001, they were banned by the Israel military advocate general as a means for crowd dispersal due to the fact that, while small, they can be lethal.

Shteiwi estimates that more than 85 people from Kafr Qaddum were injured with “tutu bullets” between 2014-2016, a large part of them children under the age of 18.

Child hit by teargas canister is taken away at Kafr Qaddum

“After we put so much pressure on the Israelis through the media and the international community, after 2016 they stopped using the tutu bullets as much,” Shteiwi said.

But at the beginning of this year, the villagers noticed the soldiers’ method of “crowd control” take a deadly turn.

“They have started to use live bullets a lot more. Just in january, they shot five guys with live bullets. One kid was shot in the neck and was in critical condition,” Shteiwi said.

In general, he said, soldiers have been shooting live ammunition into the air above the crowds. But on Friday, they were aiming directly at the people.

Why are children at the protests?

Over the years, Shteiwi has been interviewed by countless foreign journalists in regards to the protests in Kafr Qaddum.

One of the most common questions he is asked, when the injury of a child is involved, is “why was the child participating in such activities” that are known to get violent?

Expressing his frustration over such questions, which he says play into the hands of the Israeli occupation, Shteiwi told Mondoweiss: “When people ask why kids are participating, its because they are protesting what they see, what they experience every day under occupation. They feel that they are in a jail, and don’t have basic rights to live. They see that every day, so why wouldn’t they protest?”

“Our message to the international community, is when things like this happen, don’t ask why kids are in the protests, and blame us for what happens to our kids,” he continued.

“Ask instead, what are the circumstances that are forcing children to go protest in the first place? That  is where you will find your answer.”

Martyr and 30 wounded on the Gaza Strip border on Friday

Gaza city, (Gaza News)  A Palestinian civilian was killed and 30 others were injured during Friday’s march on the 59th anniversary of the march.

The Ministry of Health announced the death of Abdullah Juma ‘Abd al-Aal, 24, from wounds he sustained during marches today east of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.




According to our correspondent, thousands of people began to flock to the five return camps east of the Gaza Strip.

Israeli soldiers fired live bullets, rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at peaceful demonstrators. According to the Ministry of Health, 30 citizens were injured, including four children and a paramedic.

The Supreme National Authority for Return and Breaking the Siege has called on the people of the Gaza Strip to participate in the day and raise the banner of “united against the deal”.

She stressed that participation “emphasizes our rejection of all the projects of the Palestinian cause, foremost of which is the deal of the century.”

The Authority confirmed the peaceful march and its popular character, warning the Israeli occupation against committing any folly against peaceful demonstrators.