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Israeli authorities must put an immediate end to the use of excessive and lethal force to quell Palestinian protests in Gaza, Amnesty International said as new protests began Friday (April 13th).
After the death of 26 Palestinians, including three children and a photojournalist, Yasser Murtaja, and injuries to some 3,078 others during protests on two previous Fridays, Amnesty International calls once again for independent and serious investigations into reports that Israeli soldiers used excessive force, including firearms, against unarmed protesters, in violation of the law.
“For the past two weeks, the world has watched with horror as Israeli forces use excessive and lethal force against protesters, including children, who are demanding the end of violent policies against Gaza and claiming their right to live in Gaza. dignity. Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International, said Magdalena Mughrabi.
“The Israeli authorities must urgently change their policies and respect their obligations under international law. Their revolting use of live ammunition against unarmed protesters and the resulting deaths must be investigated to determine whether unlawful killings have occurred. ”
“The Israeli authorities must respect the right of Palestinians to demonstrate peacefully and, in case of violence, use only the force necessary to respond. Under international law, lethal force is legal only when it is strictly unavoidable to protect against an imminent threat of death. ”
Direct witnesses, as well as videos and photos taken during the demonstrations, show that in some cases unarmed Palestinian protesters were targeted by Israeli snipers while shaking the Palestinian flag. or that they ran away from the fence.
Those injured since Friday 30 March include approximately 445 children, at least 21 members of the Palestine Red Crescent emergency teams, and 15 journalists. According to the Gaza Ministry of Health, some 1,236 people were hit by live ammunition. Others were injured by rubber bullets or had to be treated after inhaling tear gas dropped by drones. The World Health Organization was worried that nearly 350 injured people would remain temporarily or permanently disabled. To date, at least four people have had one leg amputated.
On two consecutive Fridays, tens of thousands of Palestinians – men, women and children – gathered in five camps about 700 meters from the fence that separates the Gaza Strip from Israel to reaffirm their right of return. ‘demand the end of the Israeli blockade, in place for nearly 11 years. Although the demonstrations were largely peaceful, a minority of demonstrators threw stones and, according to the Israeli army, Molotov cocktails towards the fence. According to Israeli forces, the people who were killed were the “main leaders” or tried to cross the fence between Gaza and Israel. No casualties were lamented on the Israeli side.
The Israeli army said it would investigate the behavior of its forces during protests in Gaza, but Israeli investigations routinely flout international standards and almost never lead to prosecution. As a result, serious crimes against Palestinians generally go unpunished.
In a statement on 8 April, International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda expressed her concern over the Palestinian dead and wounded, recalling that her office had initiated a preliminary examination of the situation in Palestine.
“There is an urgent need for accountability, not only for this latest wave of violence that is characterized by excessive and lethal force by Israel, but also for all those decades of possible unlawful killings, including extrajudicial executions, and other crimes under international law. ”
The protests, known as the “Great March of Return”, began on the occasion of Palestine Earth Day. Protesters are demanding the right of millions of Palestinian refugees to return to their villages and towns that are now in Israeli territory.
The action of the Palestinians is expected to last until May 15, when they commemorate the Nakba, or “great catastrophe”. This day
Gaza is wracked by the siege and aggression. They are confined to death, their patients lying in hospitals without medication waiting for a long time, living in houses without electricity, no food or food, and even a drink of clean water and breadcrumbs has become a rare coin. Kill the sword.
In short, the story of the siege, did not exclude the children and adults, living by one and a half million people in the Gaza Strip and twenty, but the tragedies and repercussions of this scale began to indicate a humanitarian disaster has not witnessed the history of modern humanity.
The Gaza Strip experienced its bloodiest day on Friday for years 17 Palestinians were killed and thousands were injured, the majority by live ammunition, during a demonstration involving 30,000 people along the A border zone with Israel.
This day of the “great march back” was undoubtedly the mark of a strategic turning point. The claim itself was not surprising: it was about claiming the Palestinians’ right to return to the lands they lost in 1948, when Israel was created. In Gaza, out of nearly 2 million people, there are 1.3 million refugees.
But this popular movement, which has taken off on social networks, has appealed to all segments of the Gazan population and is designed to last several weeks. Another notable fact is that Hamas’ presence was unobtrusive, at least apparently, last Friday, when Palestinian flags were mostly out. For the historian Vincent Lemire, finally, the date was also well calculated:
“The demonstration was launched on Pesach, the Passover, there was no policy on the Israeli side to react, the military were the only ones present on the ground: result, they defended the border without thinking of the political consequences “analyzes the author of” Jerusalem: history of a world city “at Flammarion.
In Gaza, the strategy of the Israeli army implicated by the large number of wounded by bullets
Since the beginning of the “return march”, nearly 1,500 civilians have been wounded while demonstrating unarmed and on the Palestinian side of the fence.
He guesses what they feel. He understands the conditions in which they target, shoot, wound, sometimes kill.
Nadar Weiman was a member of a sniper squad in the Nahal Brigade Reconnaissance Unit between 2005 and 2008. He became an activist with the Breaking the Silence organization, which collects soldiers’ testimonies, he thinks a lot about the shooters deployed along the Gaza border, facing the protesters.
“They are so close to the Palestinians that they can see the expressions on their faces, in the viewfinder. This is up to about 350 meters.
They are lying on the sand hills. They are not hit by projectiles. They can breathe, think. If the rules of engagement say you have to target the leaders, it’s up to them, 20-year-olds, to decide who they are. ”
Since the beginning of the “Great Return March”, gathering every Friday since March 30, thousands of people along the Gaza Strip, Israeli soldiers have killed 39 Palestinians. But the most telling is the number of bullet wounds: about 1,500, according to local medical authorities.
Several cases were filmed, nourishing the image effect sought by Hamas. This large number involves, above all, the rules of engagement adopted by the Israeli authorities. Unlike use, non-lethal means are not privileged. According to the army, the wind would reduce tear gas; Rubber bullets and water cannons would be ineffective because of distances.
A sense of impunity
“It’s SCANDAL to shoot children! The United Nations (UN) coordinator for the peace process, Nikolay Mladenov, was killed on Twitter after the death of a 14-year-old teenager on April 20 with a shot in the head. “The lives of Palestinians in Gaza have always been cheaper than in the West Bank.
Hollywood star says she is not boycotting Israel, but she will not accept the “Jewish Nobel” to not be seen as endorsing the prime minister
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party on Saturday called the actress Natalie Portman “hypocritical” after she made it clear that she refused to come to Israel to accept a prestigious award known as the “Jewish Nobel Prize”. because she did not want her presence to be seen as a support for Netanyahu, who was to speak at the ceremony.
“What hypocrisy! Natalie Portman talks about democracy, but she supported the V15 organization that attempted, thanks to funding from a foreign government, to sabotage democratic elections in Israel, “said Likud, referring to a group funded by United States who ostensibly tried to overthrow Netanyahu in the 2015 national elections.
Portman would have made a video for V15 – in response to a “Chuck Norris Made for the Likud” video – but it was never released. The State Comptroller has cleared the V15 organization of any inappropriate political interference in the 2015 election, of which he was accused by Likud.
“Portman speaks about human rights, but participates in festivals in countries that censor films and have a record of human rights records far below Israel’s,” Likud added. in the details.
“No excuse will be able to serve. Portman simply refuses to accept the choice of the people of Israel, “said Likud.
Portman, born in Jerusalem, was to receive the Genesis Award in Israel in June and said in a statement Friday night that her reasons for refusing to participate in the ceremony had been “misinterpreted” by some.
“Let me speak on my behalf. I chose not to attend because I did not want to appear to approve of Benjamin Netanyahu, who was scheduled to speak at the ceremony, “she wrote.
I am not part of the BDS
“I am not part of the BDS movement and do not approve of it,” she said, referring to a global movement of boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, led by the Palestinians.
“Like many Israelis and Jews around the world, I can criticize the leaders of Israel without boycotting the entire nation. I love my Israeli friends and family, Israeli food, books, art, movies and dance. ”
The news of Portman’s decision not to attend the event angered some members of the Israeli political class on Friday.
This was due to the fact that on Thursday Portman, through a representative, told the Genesis Prize Foundation that she felt a “deep distress” at attending the ceremony and that she would not feel comfortable participating in public events in Israel.
To further justify his position, Portman said in his Friday statement: “Israel was created exactly 70 years ago as a refuge for Holocaust refugees. But the mistreatment of those who suffer today’s atrocities simply does not fit with my Jewish values. Because I care about Israel, I have to fight against violence, corruption, inequality and abuse of power.
She added that she intended to “privately support a number of charitable organizations in Israel,” which she will soon announce.
She asked not to “give me comments that did not come directly from me”.
The statements of the actress did not specify what events specifically caused her distress.
They could refer to the Israeli government’s controversial efforts to deport tens of thousands of African asylum-seekers to African third countries where their safety may not be guaranteed.
Much of the American Jewish community has disagreed with the right-wing Israeli government in recent years over Israel’s position on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, its support for ultra-Orthodox Jews on issues of identity and religious practices, and his position on African migrants.
An Israeli minister wrote to Portman Friday after his decision not to come to Israel to receive the award, telling the Hollywood-born Hollywood star that she had been deceived by Hamas propaganda and urging her to come see the truth on the spot.
Portman initially accepted the $ 2 million prize at a ceremony scheduled for June.
But on Thursday, the foundation said it had been informed by the Portman representative that “recent events in Israel have been extremely painful for her and she does not feel comfortable participating in public events in Israel. Israel “and that” she can not in good conscience participate in the ceremony “.
Portman will no longer be able to choose the recipient of its $ 2 million prize. On the contrary, it is the Genesis Prize Foundation that will decide where the money goes.
“It seems that the events you are referring to are those that took place on our border with Gaza,” Strategic Affairs and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan wrote in Portman.
“Unfortunately, it seems that you have been influenced by the campaign of media misinformation and lies about Gaza orchestrated by the Hamas terrorist group,” he said, inviting him to visit the border, his communities and Israeli soldiers guarding it.
His invitation came the day of other clashes when some 3,000 Palestinians protested along the Gaza border with Israel, burning tires and flying fiery kites on the other side of the border to set fire to the fields. Israelis, said witnesses and the army. Soldiers responded with tear gas and live fire, killing four Palestinians, including a 15-year-old, according to the Hamas-run Ministry of Health.
“It is not surprising that you have seen media reports that have distorted the truth and portrayed the recent peaceful demonstrations on the border between Israel and Gaza, and Israel’s response as disproportionate,” wrote Erdan. “It is precisely this story that Hamas was hoping to portray when it organized the protests. Unfortunately, it seems that this story designed by Hamas has had an impact on your decision. ”
Erdan said the truth was that Hamas was using “protests as cover to carry out armed terrorist attacks”.
Erdan urged Portman to come see the situation for herself, warning that the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign was “taking advantage” of her attitude.
Earlier, Minister of Culture Miri Regev had criticized Portman, saying she had “fallen into the hands” of the BDS campaign to isolate the Jewish state.
Regev said she was sorry that Portman had “fallen like a ripe fruit into the hands of BDS supporters”.
She added, “Natalie, a Jewish actress born in Israel, joins those who tell the story of the success and wonderful rebirth of Israel as a dark story.”
Calling Interior Minister Aryeh Deri to cancel Israeli citizenship in Portman, MP Likud Oren Hazan described her as “an Israeli Jew who, on the one hand, cynically uses her origins to advance her career and who, d on the other hand, prides itself on having avoided being enlisted in the Israeli army “.
Medical services in the Gaza Strip had reported the arrival of more than 520 wounded on Friday at 17:00 local time (14:00 GMT), whether by live ammunition shots from the Israeli army or shots of gas, including a substance of green color, unknown to date, and apparently very toxic.
The Director of Shifa Hospital, Dr. Abbas Mehdat, with whom we correspond directly, adds that the positioning, with precise GPS coordinates, of different emergency clinics set back from the disarmed demonstration of tens of thousands of civilians had been reported well in advance to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for repercussion on the occupation army.
Well, the soldiery was “just right”: the health posts in the open countryside, well back from the event, have been copiously sprinkled with gas at the end of the morning.
At 16:00 local time, the Ministry of Health happily recorded no deaths for the day, but a total of 363 wounded, 256 of whom were taken care of at the health posts and 107 in the hospitals where all the planned interventions had been postponed so that it can cope with the most urgent situations.
Of the 107 hospitalized patients, of whom more than 20 were children, 59 had been wounded by live ammunition, another 5 by live bullets covered with rubber, 24 by gas poisoning, 7 by ammunition shards, and 12 by other causes. The condition of 8 of these wounded was described as “serious” and that of 58 others of “moderate”.
The care teams count in their ranks 1 wounded by bullet and 13 by gas poisoning.
The surgeon Christophe Oberlin, arrived Sunday in the Gaza Strip in a French team of 5 caregivers, told us a little earlier in the day that these professionals had been able to treat twenty wounded previous demonstrations since the beginning of their mission.
“We have mainly treated patients who have been hit by bullets, and you should know that an operation like this can easily take 4 hours, which is why even before the demonstration that will begin earlier, we already have a lot of waiting patients, “he said.
Several of the photos illustrating this article were sent to us by French doctors on site, while the others come from news agencies.
The leader of the British Labour Party has called on the British government to stop selling arms to Israel after the massacre of 31 unarmed Palestinians in Gaza.
For months, he has been the target of an ignominious campaign on the part of the Israeli lobby, which is calling him an anti-Semite at every turn to try to destroy his great popularity, condemned Tuesday the Israeli “violence”. and the silence of Western leaders about it.
“The dead and wounded by the Israeli army, facing unarmed protesters, is a shame,” said Corbyn, who could become the British prime minister.
“They have the right to protest against their appalling situation and the blockade continues, as well as against the occupation of Palestinian lands, and for the implementation of their right to return to their homes and their self-determination “.
A journalist was reported among the dead, on Friday, as Israeli troops opened fire during the second round of mass protests in eight days. Hundreds more were injured.
Protesters in Gaza have taken to the streets twice for the “March of Return” demonstrations, over Palestinians’ demand for a right of return to land lost to Israeli occupation in 1948.
31 Palestinians were killed and about 3,000 were wounded as Israeli occupation forces opened live fire against protesters
Palestinian Children’s Day, the palestinian prisoners ‘affairs and the prisoners’ club said; 350 Palestinian children are currently in Israeli jails, including eight underage girls.
Since the beginning of the year, the occupation has arrested at least 353 children.
The statement, which comes on the occasion of Palestinian Children’s Day,
The Israeli authorities issued 102 house arrest orders against children, most of them from Jerusalem From the beginning of January 2017 until the end of February 2018 An increase of 15.5% over the year 2016 Pointing out that it has turned 25 of them children to arrest effectively after the end of the period of house arrest
The statement said that the Israeli occupation authorities carried out many violations against child prisoners From the moment they were arrested to the brutal way they were taken from their homes late at night.As well as extract confessions from them under pressure and threats Imposing high fines and fines, and other daily violations Since the outbreak of the Al-Aqsa Intifada in September 2000, Israel has arrested at least 7,000 Palestinian children.