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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.”

Israeli warplanes targeted a home in Eastern Gaza killing a pregnant woman and her child.
The Gaza Health Ministry have confirmed the death of, 1 year old, Seba Arar and her pregnant mother Falasteen Arar (37 years old) after Israeli warplanes targeted their home in Eastern Gaza Strip, two sisters were also critically injured in the attack.




In the past 24 hours, Israel has injured upwards of 100 Palestinians and killed 7, in the besieged Gaza Strip.

BELOW ARE THE NAMES OF THOSE MARTYRED:

1. Seba Abu Arar (1 year 2 months old)

2. Falasteen Arar (37 yrs old and pregnant)

3. Raed Abu Tair (19 yrs old)

4. Emad Nasser (22 yrs old)

5. Alaa Al-Boubali (29 yrs old)

6. Ramzi Abdo (31 yrs old)

7. Abdullah Abu Malouh (33 yrs old)




The armed wings of Hamas and Islamic Jihad have responded with the firing of 300 rockets into Israel, no Israelis have been killed.

Israel has used drones, artillery, warships, warplanes, tanks and helicopter strikes against Gaza. The strikes are ongoing and every section of Gaza has been struck, including notably homes and a university, critically injuring scores.

The situation is ongoing.

On Friday, 21 December 2018, the Israeli army murdered five Palestinians, one of whom was disabled, and a 16-year-old, and wounded another 42-temporary-with live ammunition.
A dramatic end of year 2018 for the Palestinians of Gaza!
It’s terrible!


Until when are these Israeli massacres against our youth and our people?
These Palestinians were demonstrating peacefully near the security buffer zones imposed by the Israeli occupation forces on the Gaza Strip’s borders.
More than 13,000 Palestinians in Gaza massively resembled this Friday, December 21, 2018 for the 39th week of the great “March of Return” on the borders-on Friday of “Tribute to Resistance in the West Bank” – in a non-violent initiative in order to show the Palestinians’ attachment to their land, that the right of return is sacred to all the Palestinian people, and to demand the lifting of the inhumane Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip.
Israeli soldiers on the border opened fire killing five people and injuring forty-two
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Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people continue!
The demonstrators and despite the brutality of the Israeli occupation forces, the real bullets, the tear gas of the occupier, are more than ever determined to continue this type of action. They develop non-violent strategies in the face of this blind occupation
They defy Israeli soldiers with their Palestinian flags in their hands and their peaceful actions.
Shame on this illegal occupation!
Shame on this apartheid state!
Shame on these Israeli crimes against Palestinian civilians!
Shame on this inhuman and deadly Israeli blockade!
Shame on this official international community complicit!
Long live solidarity!
Gaza under blockade resists
Gaza dignity persists
And Gaza the hope exists!
Gaza the brave defies the occupation!
Gaza the abandoned lives!
Gaza the worthy is more than ever determined!
Here, our land and here, our Palestine!
The struggle continues !
Palestine will live!
Justice will triumph!


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Israeli crimes against the Palestinian people continue!
The demonstrators and despite the brutality of the Israeli occupation forces, the real bullets, the tear gas of the occupier, are more than ever determined to continue this type of action. They develop non-violent strategies in the face of this blind occupation
They defy Israeli soldiers with their Palestinian flags in their hands and their peaceful actions.
Shame on this illegal occupation!
Shame on this apartheid state!
Shame on these Israeli crimes against Palestinian civilians!
Shame on this inhuman and deadly Israeli blockade!
Shame on this official international community complicit!
Long live solidarity!
Gaza under blockade resists
Gaza dignity persists
And Gaza the hope exists!
Gaza the brave defies the occupation!
Gaza the abandoned lives!
Gaza the worthy is more than ever determined!
Here, our land and here, our Palestine!
The struggle continues !
Palestine will live!
Justice will triumph!

chorook 22 years old gaza

chorook 22 years old gaza




“At ten, hemophilia began to penetrate my blood, and my immunity began to weaken somewhat. I spent most of my childhood in the hospital isolation rooms. I remember that my mother could not enter those rooms to relieve me, she was waving through the glass with her hands all the time. The same thing happened in my childhood if I were to spend one holiday outside the hospital, and thanks to the daily conversations between me and the doctors and doctors who turned to provide medical care to me I loved medicine, I planted a dream in Bali, to become a neurologist. , But worsened h Which is more, and this reflected on my average, who did not help me to enter medicine, so I joined the specialty of nursing, which is closest to what I was carrying a dream .. ”

chorook 22 years old gaza

 




ربما تحتوي الصورة على: ‏‏شخص واحد‏، و‏‏جلوس‏‏‏

“From the first moment I followed Israel’s repression of unarmed young people on the Gaza border, and fatal injuries with explosive bullets, I committed myself to go to the nearest border post to rescue the wounded there, better than keeping my house locked or feeling bad, feeling that you have something to offer while you abstain. The first ambulance over the past months to more than 400 injured, and the recovery of two injured until I broke the bullet of an Israeli sniper chest and emerged from my back a week ago, my lungs were damaged a lot and almost doctors would be removed if not for the kindness of God I am breathing now by an industrial tube and I do not know for any reason they intended to hit me, And I am That waiting for pain: not only interested to save the lives of others … I am very scared, I have a beautiful old kid and a half years to come back to him and hugged him .



UNRWA’s closure plan in Jerusalem .. How do refugees hurt?

The girl woke up early in the morning, got up from her bed to wear her planned school uniform in white and green, and wrapped her hair in a ponytail on her back and went to her UNRWA school in the Bab al-Magharba neighborhood of Silwan, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

organized with her colleagues in the morning queue and then proceeded to reveal her fears of the recent decision of the Israeli mayor Nir Barakat to close all UNRWA schools in Jerusalem at the end of the current academic year.


UNRWA’s closure plan in Jerusalem .. How do refugees hurt?

She looked coherent when she knew about herself and said she was currently studying in seventh grade and joined this school in the first grade. But the hushja soon appeared in her voice when she talked about her feelings about the school. “Here is my home and my second family, It is our right to learn in the place we have chosen. ”

“I have learned to read and write and do not belong anywhere else,” Nur said. “The option to attend a municipal school was available, but my parents, as well as my school enrollment, are affiliated with the agency, and I will try to stay there. “sHe said.

UNRWA schools




The three students, together with 50 other students in this school, are studying from the first to the ninth grades and are now threatened with closure, as well as six UNRWA schools in the occupied city, with some 1,800 students studying.

According to the statement issued by the municipality of the occupation, Barakat plans to build municipal schools to accommodate these students, especially those who are educated in UNRWA schools in the Shuafat refugee camp, claiming that it is the only camp in the West Bank that is within the municipal jurisdiction.

There are three UNRWA schools in the camp, two for females and one for males, with a total of 850 students.

We left the Maghrabi neighborhood school in Silwan and went to the UNRWA clinic near Bab al-Sahera in the Old City of Jerusalem. The mayor’s plan is aimed at all the agency’s institutions in the city, and aims to liquidate it and stop its work.

We met with Halima Za’atara (70 years old) with the identity of the West Bank. She was forced to cross military checkpoints to receive free treatment at the Agency’s clinic.

“If I shut down this medical facility, thousands of Palestinians will depend on it for disaster,” Halima said. “I brought my children from a very young age to treatment here and receive vaccinations.

 

Israel to close UNRWA schools in Jerusalem to end refugee ‘lie’

Israel to close UNRWA schools in Jerusalem to end refugee ‘lie’

Israeli Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, yesterday announced that he plans to remove the United Nations’ agency for Palestinian refugees from occupied East Jerusalem, accusing it of “operating illegally and promoting incitement against Israel”.

Following the announcement, the Jerusalem Municipality confirmed that UN schools, which serve about 1,800 students, would be closed by the end of the current school year.

The municipality did not provide a specific time schedule for the closures.

Barkat said in a statement that schools, clinics, and sports centres, among other services operated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in East Jerusalem, will be transferred to the Israeli occupation authorities.



He claimed that bodies were “illegal” and “operate without an Israeli licence”.

The decision, he added, was triggered by the US’ announcement that it had ended all funding to the UN body.

He said that “The US decision has created a rare opportunity to replace UNRWA’s services with services of the Jerusalem Municipality. We are putting an end to the lie of the ‘Palestinian refugee problem’ and the attempts at creating a false sovereignty within a sovereignty.”

Barkat added that the decision was in coordination with the Israeli government.

 

Classmates mourn boy shot dead by Israeli troops in Gaza border

Classmates mourn boy shot dead by Israeli troops in Gaza border

KHAN YOUNIS, Gaza Strip

The school friends of Nassir al-Mosabeh sat tearfully in their classroom in Khan Younis on Sunday and mourned their 12-year-old friend who was killed in a protest on the Gaza-Israel border.

Gaza health officials said Israeli soldiers on Friday shot dead seven Palestinians, who were among thousands who thronged to the fortified border as part of weekly protests launched six months ago. Mosabeh was one of those killed.

“I cried for him like I have never cried before. I do not know what the (Israeli) occupation saw in him to kill him? What did he do to them? Did he kill anybody? I do not know what happened,” Mosabeh’s friend, Dia’ Abu Khater said.

Mosabeh’s classmates in the school in the southern Gaza Strip decorated his chair with his picture ringed by red and white flowers and green leaves, the Palestinian colors.

Mosabeh was always at the border to assist medics in the Friday protests, his sister, Eslam, said.

A classmate of 12-year-old Palestinian boy Nassir al-Mosabeh, who was killed during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border fence, reacts in a classroom at a school, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip September 30, 2018. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

 




“Nassir always came with us. Everyone in the field hospital knows him and he always helped us. Nassir was our right hand, he would always bring us equipment whenever we needed something. May God bless his soul,” she said.

Israel said it held Islamist group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, responsible for the violence.

“Hamas continues to orchestrate belligerent activity throughout the Gaza Strip, cynically using Gazan civilians and endangering children by sending them to the security fence as a cover for terror activity,” the Israeli military said in a statement that summarized Friday’s events.

Israel said troops resorted to live fire and an air strike after explosive devices and rocks were thrown at them and to prevent breaches of the border fence. It posted a video clip showing a controlled detonation of many explosive devices.

Gaza health officials said 505 people were wounded on Friday, 89 of them by gunshots.

Two million Palestinians, mainly stateless descendants of people who left what is now Israel 70 years ago, live in the Gaza Strip, which has been controlled by Hamas for more than a decade, during which it has fought three wars against Israel.

Israel and Egypt say the blockade is necessary for security reasons. The World Bank says it has reduced the territory’s economy to a state of collapse, with residents suffering a lack of clean water, electricity and health care.



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At least 191 Palestinians have been killed since the Gaza protests began on March 30. The protesters are demanding the right of return to lands that Palestinian families fled or were driven from on Israel’s founding in 1948, and the easing of an Israeli-Egyptian economic blockade.

Reporting by Abed Shanaa; Writing by Ori Lewis; Editing by Peter Graff

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Organizing a trip for the children of Gaza

In the Gaza Strip, where Israel is fighting a war against Hamas, the various Israeli clashes and raids have led to the death of many children.

Attacks often target public places that often turn into shelters for civilians, such as schools, hospitals, etc. Beyond the lives lost, tens of thousands of children are injured and some will remain handicapped for life.



Flashbacks, nightmares, agoraphobia: the damage of the war does not spare children

Israel’s occupation of Palestine has a daily impact on children’s lives. The Palestinian Authority is highly dependent on international aid, financial resources are scarce and public services are not up to par.

The consequences of poverty on the lives of children are many: their training is often incomplete because they leave school very early, especially to work and provide for their families.

In Palestine, the infant mortality rate is seven times higher than that of Israel. Indeed, 30% of Palestinian children die before the age of five. The causes of this high infant mortality are varied: anemia, nutritional deficiencies or severe chronic malnutrition.

There are reports that families were stranded by the Israeli army when they wanted to go to a hospital to care for their sick children. Sometimes, if the care is too long, the outcome can be fatal. During the conflict, many hospitals and clinics were also destroyed, depriving children of their right to health.


Organizing a trip for the children of Gaza

SOS gaza children  team decided to take a leisure trip for a number of children

In order to alleviate the psychological suffering of children in Gaza

We do not know yet how much we can make a happy child on this trip, but we hope you will help us make these children spend a special trip



Your generosity gives the children a smile

With  your donation  we will be able to organize a school trip

Poverty promotes child labor in Gaza

Ahmad *, 13, does not go to school every morning like other children of his age. Instead, he will work

“Every day, I’m going to look for scrap and gravel in the rubble of houses destroyed during the past wars,” he says. “Every day, I carry steel and stones, I load them on my donkey and I go to the market to sell them to companies that will make gravel and construction materials. It’s a very difficult job. ”



Ahmad’s father is sick and can not work. The 11 members of his family live under a tin shelter in one of the poor neighborhoods of Gaza City. In summer, the heat becomes unbearable under the metal roof, while in winter, they are not protected from cold or floods.

The family gets help from charitable organizations, but that is not enough to make ends meet.

“My brothers and I are working to earn a few shekels. I never know how much I’m going to leave, it all depends on how much steel and gravel I’m going to find and how much time I can spend working before the donkey and I start to tire. It’s always exhausting that I come home, “says Ahmad.

Ibrahim*, l’un des frères d’Ahmad, âgé de 10 ans, le rejoint pour travailler à la fin de sa journée d’école.

“I dream of being able to move with my family to a big, beautiful house and to wear nice clothes,” says Ibrahim.

Degradation of economic conditions




According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, child labor has increased significantly over the past five years as the economic situation in the Gaza Strip deteriorates. This rise contradicts the trends: in 2013, the International Labor Organization reported that the number of working children had fallen by one-third since 2000. Nearly 40% of Palestinian families in the Gaza Strip live in poverty. poverty threshold and 70% depend on some form of external assistance.

Omar *, 13, is another child forced to work. His father does a good job, but even with the subsidies, the family barely has enough to pay for food and safe drinking water

“Every day after school, I go to the Gaza port to sell cookies and sweets. Sometimes I do not go to school at all. My family is poor, I have to work if we want to eat, “he explains.

Omar is not the first of his siblings to work. His two older brothers dropped out of school to work, and Omar had to start working after school. Gradually, he missed more and more hours and sometimes jumps days to help his family. He says he needs the money to help cover the household expenses, including drugs for his two other brothers and a sister who are all suffering from zinc deficiency.



Omar does not like his job because he does not feel safe.

“I’m always scared when I work at the port. I never felt protected. I am embarrassed at having to sell cookies to people and some people do not treat me well. Sometimes I see children my age playing and laughing with their parents while I sell my cookies. It makes me jealous, “he says.