Tuesday, July 17, 2018 Last Update: 12:45 AM GMT

Violence Flares as Israel Strikes Besieged Gaza Strip

Israeli airstrikes targeting Gaza. (Photo: via Social Media, file)

Israel’s army said it had launched airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip early on Saturday, following Israeli violence at the Gaza fence that saw a Palestinian teenager shot dead and many injured.

The health ministry in the besieged enclave said that 220 Palestinians were injured in Friday’s protests on the Gaza border in addition to 15-year-old Othman Rami Halles who was shot dead.

A Palestinian child was killed today and another 43 people were wounded, during a protest in Gaza, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry in the besieged Gaza Strip. https://buff.ly/2La0HX6

Gepostet von The Palestine Chronicle am Freitag, 13. Juli 2018

Palestinians in Gaza have been demonstrating against Israel’s decade-long blockade of the territory and in support of their right to return to lands they fled or were driven from during the war surrounding the creation of Israel in 1948.

Since the protests began on March 30, they have been violently quashed by the Israeli army. Nearly 140 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire.

The majority of those killed were non-violent protesters, as well as journalists, bystanders, and a nurse, however, a small number were seeking to breach or damage the border fence.

No Israelis have been killed.

(Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, PC, Social Media)

Palestinian Child Killed, 43 Injured in Gaza Protests

Othman Rami Hilles, 15, was killed by israeli forces in Gaza. (Photo: via Facebook)

A Palestinian child was killed today and another 43 people were wounded, during a protest in Gaza, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry in the besieged Gaza Strip. 

Othman Rami Hilles, 15, was shot by Israeli soldiers who fired live bullets and tear gas canisters at a peaceful protest along the fence separating Gaza from Israel.

A 15-year-old #Palestinian, Othman Hilles, was shot and killed by an #Israeli sniper minutes ago while at least 43 other…

Gepostet von Women For Palestine am Freitag, 13. Juli 2018

The Ministry also said that at least 43 other people were wounded.

Since Palestinians began staging mass rallies near the Gaza-Israeli fence on March 30, over 140 protesters have been killed and thousands more injured by gunfire from Israeli troops and snipers.


UN: 1,400 Palestinian Protesters May Suffer Long-Term Disability

Palestinians take part in Gaza’s Great March of Return. (Photo: Abdallah Aljamal)

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)

Jewish Settler Who Killed Palestinian Toddler, Family to Be Released (VIDEO)

Ahmed Dawabsheh lost his baby brother and parents in an arson attack in 2015. (Photo: via Twitter)

An Israeli court on Thursday ordered a suspect in a firebombing that killed a Palestinian family to be released from prison to house arrest after throwing out parts of his confession.

The July 2015 arson attack killed a toddler and his parents, drawing international condemnation.

The release to house arrest of the suspect, a 17-year-old at the time of the attack who is being held in a special prison ward, was delayed until Sunday to give prosecutors time to appeal the ruling to the supreme court.

Court proceedings were closed to the public since the suspect, accused of being an accessory to racially motivated murder, is being tried as a minor and his identity has not been released.

Court officials and defense lawyers confirmed Thursday’s ruling.

Adi Kedar, one of the suspect’s lawyers, hailed the decision as a “success”.

Last month, the same district court in Lod in central Israel threw out parts of the confessions of both the minor and the main suspect, Amiram Ben-Uliel from the northern West Bank settlement of Shilo.

Eighteen-month-old Ali Dawabsha was burnt to death when the family home in the village of Duma in the Israeli-occupied West Bank was firebombed.

His parents later died of their injuries. His brother Ahmed, four at the time of the attack, was the sole survivor from the immediate family but was left with severe burns.

(Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, PC, Social Media)

Israeli Supreme Court Freezes Demolition of Khan Al-Ahmar (VIDEO)

Residents of Khan al-Ahmar block Israeli bulldozers to stop the demolition of their village. (Photo: Oren Ziv, Activestills.org)

Israel’s Supreme Court has suspended the planned demolition of a Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank pending an appeal amid international opposition to the move.

The court on Thursday extended a previous suspension of the corrugated shack encampment’s demolition until a hearing no later than August 15.

Israel claims Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem, was illegally built and has offered to resettle residents 12 kilometers away.

But critics say it is impossible for Palestinians to get building permits, and the removal of its roughly 180 residents is to make room for an Israeli settlement.

The pending demolition has drawn heavy international criticism and become a rallying cry for the Palestinians.

Leaders of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party gathered at the village on Thursday in solidarity with residents.

The UN’s humanitarian coordinator for the Palestinian territories, Jamie McGoldrick, has condemned the planned demolition.

He said:

“These demolitions are particularly outrageous because they target communities who already live in extremely difficult conditions, with high levels of humanitarian needs.”

The village is located in the 60 percent of the West Bank known as Area C, which remains under exclusive Israeli control and is home to dozens of Israeli settlements.

Israel places severe restrictions on Palestinian development in Area C, and home demolitions there are not unusual.

(Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, PC, Social Media)

Lieberman Calls to Shut Down Israeli Embassy in Ireland

Israel’s right-wing Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman. (Photo: ActiveStills.org)

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman called to shut down the Israeli embassy in the Irish capital Dublin, Thursday, in response to the Irish Senate’s decision to boycott Israeli settlements products.

Lieberman tweeted:

“It is pointless to summon the Irish ambassador to Israel for reprimand. Israel should close the embassy in Dublin immediately. We will not turn the other cheek to those who boycott us”.

Nation Radio reported that on Wednesday evening the Irish ambassador in Tel Aviv was summoned to the Israeli Foreign Ministry in after the Irish Senate took the decision.

The decision to summon the Irish ambassador came after the Israeli Foreign Ministry issued a statement, describing the bill passed by the Irish Senate as “dangerous, extremist and anti-Israeli”.

The communiqué mentioned also that the decision would

“harm the chances of establishing a dialogue between Israel and the Palestinians and would have a negative impact on the diplomatic process in the Middle East”.

The Irish Senate voted on Wednesday in favor of a bill that would punish “anyone who imports or assists in the importation or sale of Israeli goods or offers services to Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories since 1967”.

The bill also penalizes all those who participate in or play a role in the exploitation of natural resources in the occupied Palestinian territories and their territorial waters.

The bill, submitted by independent Senator Francis Black, was passed by 25 votes against 20 rejections and 14 abstentions.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

Israel Demolishes Palestinian School near Hebron (PHOTOS)

Israeli forces demolished the school ‘Khallet al-Daba’ in the city of Yatta, near Hebron. (Photo: via Twitter)

Israeli occupation bulldozers yesterday demolished mobile classrooms in Al-Tawani neighborhood in the southeast of Yatta in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron (Al-Khalil), Quds Press reported.

Occupation forces also confiscated school kits which were in the classrooms before demolition.

Head of the Town Council Mohammed Al-Rabae said that the Israeli occupation demolished the mobile classrooms just one day after sending demolition orders, claiming they were not licensed.

Al-Rabae said that this Israeli policy aims to rid the area of its residents by demolishing their facilities without giving enough time for them to appeal against the demolition orders.

On Tuesday, the Israeli occupation raided the area and stormed the local school, damaged much of its content and threatened to demolish it.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

Israel is Legitimizing ‘Piracy’ by Seizing Freedom Flotilla

The International Freedom Coalition has set sail again to challenge Israel’s blockade on Gaza. (Photo: via Facebook)

An Israeli court decision to approve the blocking of humanitarian ships which aim to break the illegal siege of Gaza is a “pre-emptive attempt to legitimize Israeli piracy in international waters”, activists have said.

Israeli media reported that the Jerusalem District Court issued a temporary confiscation order yesterday for two Norwegian ships which are sailing to Gaza in an effort to break the 12-year blockade of the Strip in the coming days.

The court’s decision allows for the boats to be towed to an Israeli port where their value, thought to be $87,600, will be donated to Israeli “terror victims and their families as compensation”.

Organizers of the flotilla say that if they succeed in reaching Gaza they will donate the ships to civilian organizations and local fishermen.

Responding to the decision, Zaher Birawi, head of the International Committee for Breaking Gaza Siege and founder member of Freedom Flotilla Coalition, said:

This decision is a dangerous precedent and a pre-emptive attempt to legitimize Israeli piracy in international waters, but this will not absolve the occupying state of its legal responsibility in the event of attacks on ships carrying peaceful activists demanding the breaking of the illegal and immoral blockade of Gaza.”

He added:

We confirm that the decision of the central court in Jerusalem will not affect the plan of the fleet of freedom alliance and the programme of the voyage of ships which plans to sail from Italy to Gaza in a few days.”

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

Knesset Committee Advances Bill to Restrict Palestinian Access to Supreme Court

The Israeli Knesset. (Photo: File)

An Israeli parliamentary committee yesterday approved legislation that would limit Palestinian access to the Supreme Court with regard to land cases, reported The Jerusalem Post.

According to the paper,

“the legislation has advanced after a first reading, but needs to return to the plenum for a second and third reading before it becomes law.”

The move is being driven by right-wing Israeli politicians, who argue that the law reduces the court’s caseload, and, more pertinently,

“helps normalize land issues in Area C of the West Bank by sending them to district courts, which handle such matters within sovereign Israel”.

Opponents say that the law,

“is part of a series of steps right-wing politicians have taken to annex the West Bank” and claim that “it will be harder for the Palestinians to access the District Courts”.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

Irish Senate Supports Bill Banning Trade with Israeli Settlements (VIDEO)

In a historic vote, the Irish Senate passed a bill prohibiting the import of goods produced in illegal Israeli settlements. (Photo: File)

The Irish Senate gave its support on Wednesday to a legislation prohibiting the import or sale of goods and services produced in occupied territories around the world, including Israeli settlements considered illegal under international law.

The proposed law – passed 25 to 20 – to make it an offense to trade in such goods and services was introduced by an independent senator and drew support from all Ireland’s major political parties except the governing Fine Gael party.

The bill will now go to the lower house of parliament for a debate and vote. If passed, the bill will have to go through several more stages of review and amendment before it is signed into a law.

Saeb Erekat, senior leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, called the move by Ireland’s upper house, Senead, “historic” and urge other countries to do the same.

Erekat said in a statement:

“Today the Irish Senate has sent a clear message to the international community and particularly to the rest of the European Union: the mere talking about the two-state solution is not enough without taking concrete measures.”

He added:

“Those trading with Israeli settlements are complicit in the systematic denial of the Palestinian right to self-determination.”

There are 150 illegal Israeli settlements in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank home to about 750,000 settlers.

The “Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill 2018” was put forward by Irish independent Senator Frances Black and co-signed by Senators Alice-Mary Higgins, Lynn Ruane, Colette Kelleher, John G Dolan, Grace O’Sullivan and David Norrison on January 24 this year.

The settlements are an intentional obstacle put in place by successive Israeli governments to thwart any peace agreement with the Palestinian people and to further Israel’s control over the entire region.

Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said the vote would have “a negative impact on the diplomatic process in the Middle East”.

(AJE, PC, Social Media)