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Urgent Call: UK Petition Urges Halt to Arms Sales to Israel amid Gaza Genocide

A petition calling on the UK government to halt arms exports to Israel wash haded in at 10 Downing Street. (Photo: Palestine Solidarity Campaign)

Several countries, including Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Spain, and Belgium, have announced halts to arms shipments to Israel.

A petition urging the UK government to cease arms exports to Israel has been submitted to the British Prime Minister by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and a bipartisan group of members of parliament.

Nearly 70,000 individuals have endorsed the petition, coinciding with remarks made by Alicia Kearns, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, who said: “The Foreign Office has received official legal advice that Israel has broken international humanitarian law, but the government has not announced it.”

According to the government’s arms export guidelines, it “will not grant a license if it determines there is a clear risk that the items might be used to commit or facilitate a serious violation of international humanitarian law.”

‘Stop the Genocide!’ – Protesters Demand UK Govt Halt Arms Sales to Israel

During a session in the Commons, Member of Parliament Zarah Sultana questioned Prime Minister Rishi Sunak regarding the veracity of Kearns’ statement.

“Was the Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee telling the truth – yes or no?” Sultana asked.

Sunak declined to directly address, stating only that Israel is capable of complying with international humanitarian law.

Over 1,000 legal professionals, academics, and retired judges, including former President of the Supreme Court Baroness Hale, have signed an open letter asserting that the continued provision of arms to Israel places the UK in violation of international law. 

Additionally, a bipartisan group of 135 parliamentarians previously urged the foreign and business secretaries to suspend arms export licenses to Israel.

Several countries, including Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Spain, and Belgium, have announced halts to arms shipments to Israel. However, Foreign Secretary David Cameron has affirmed the UK’s intention to continue arms sales.

‘Position Unchanged’  – UK Will Not Halt Arms Sales to Israel

Gaza Genocide

Currently on trial before the International Court of Justice for genocide against Palestinians, Israel has been waging a devastating war on Gaza since October 7.  

According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 33,843 Palestinians have been killed, and 76,575 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting.

Moreover, at least 7,000 people are unaccounted for, presumed dead under the rubble of their homes throughout the Strip. 

Palestinian and international organizations say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.

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The Israeli war has resulted in an acute famine, mostly in northern Gaza, resulting in the death of many Palestinians, mostly children. 

The Israeli aggression has also resulted in the forceful displacement of nearly two million people from all over the Gaza Strip, with the vast majority of the displaced forced into the densely crowded southern city of Rafah near the border with Egypt – in what has become Palestine’s largest mass exodus since the 1948 Nakba.

Israel says that 1,200 soldiers and civilians were killed during the Al-Aqsa Flood Operation on October 7. Israeli media published reports suggesting that many Israelis were killed on that day by ‘friendly fire’. 

(PC, MEMO)

‘Active Obstruction’ – UN Commission Accuses Israel of Impeding October 7 Probe

Former South African judge Navi Pillay. (Photo: Courtesy Eric Bridiers, Wikimedia Commons)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

“We have faced not merely a lack of cooperation but active obstruction of our efforts to receive evidence from Israeli witnesses and victims”.

Members of a United Nations commission said on Tuesday that Israel was impeding their investigation into potential human rights violations on October 7 and during the subsequent Israeli war on Gaza, Reuters news agency reported.

However, despite facing obstacles, the commission has still shared substantial evidence with the International Criminal Court (ICC).

“We have faced not merely a lack of cooperation but active obstruction of our efforts to receive evidence from Israeli witnesses and victims,” Chris Sidoti, one of the commission’s three members, stated at a briefing in Geneva.

Established in 2021 to probe human rights violations in Israel and the Palestinian territories, the commission has been accused of bias by Israel, which has refused to cooperate with what it deems an “anti-Israeli, antisemitic body.”

Top United Nations Official: ‘Nowhere is Safe in Gaza’

Israel has prevented the commission from visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories, and in January, it instructed Israeli medical personnel who treated victims of the October 7 attack not to engage with the panel, led by Navi Pillay, the former United Nations human rights chief.

To fulfill its mandate from the UN Human Rights Council to pursue accountability for such crimes, the commission reportedly shared over 5,000 documents, including video evidence, with the ICC, which prosecutes individuals for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, according to The New York Times. 

The commission plans to present its findings on the Gaza conflict to the Human Rights Council in Geneva in June and to the UN General Assembly in October.

UN officials and international law experts have repeatedly criticized the International Criminal Court (ICC) for its slow handling of prosecuting those responsible for Israel’s war crimes in Gaza. 

‘Horrors of War’ – UNICEF Says 70 Children Injured Every Day in Gaza

Gaza Genocide

Currently on trial before the International Court of Justice for genocide against Palestinians, Israel has been waging a devastating war on Gaza since October 7. 

According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 33,843 Palestinians have been killed, and 76,575 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7.

Moreover, at least 7,000 people are unaccounted for, presumed dead under the rubble of their homes throughout the Strip. 

Palestinian and international organizations say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.

ICC ‘Too Slow’ in Prosecuting Israel for Gaza War Crimes – UN Officials

The Israeli war has resulted in an acute famine, mostly in northern Gaza, resulting in the death of many Palestinians, mostly children.  

The Israeli aggression has also resulted in the forceful displacement of nearly two million people from all over the Gaza Strip, with the vast majority of the displaced forced into the densely crowded southern city of Rafah near the border with Egypt – in what has become Palestine’s largest mass exodus since the 1948 Nakba.

 Israel says that 1,200 soldiers and civilians were killed during the Al-Aqsa Flood Operation on October 7. Israeli media published reports suggesting that many Israelis were killed on that day by ‘friendly fire’. 

(The Palestine Chronicle)

Forceful Evacuations – Israeli Forces Target Hundreds of Displaced People in Northern Gaza

The vast majority of Gaza civilians are displaced though they remain a target. (Image: Palestine Chronicle)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

The Israeli army surrounded Al-Mahdiya Al-Shawwa school in Beit Hanoun, where hundreds of displaced people had sought refuge.

The Israeli army forcefully displaced Paelstinians from the towns of Beit Hanoun and Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip amid a severe military offensive, the Gaza government media office said on Tuesday.

Salama Maruf, the head of the media office, condemned the actions in a statement, saying that the Israeli army conducted a military operation aimed at clearing the two areas. 

Maruf reported that the Israeli army surrounded Al-Mahdiya Al-Shawwa school in Beit Hanoun, where hundreds of displaced people had sought refuge.

He also stated that Israeli forces established an investigation center behind the school and demanded that everyone evacuate at gunpoint. 

“Women were forced to remove their hijabs, and men were stripped of their outer clothes,” Maruf said, adding that several young men were detained by Israeli occupation forces.

“This new crime was carried out under the cover of heavy artillery shelling, airstrikes, and intense gunfire,” he said.

The incident, according to Maruf, occurred amidst heavy artillery shelling, airstrikes, and intense gunfire in the area.

Gaza Genocide

Currently on trial before the International Court of Justice for genocide against Palestinians, Israel has been waging a devastating war on Gaza since October 7.  

According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 33,843 Palestinians have been killed, and 76,575 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7.

Moreover, at least 7,000 people are unaccounted for, presumed dead under the rubble of their homes throughout the Strip. 

Palestinian and international organizations say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.

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The Israeli war has resulted in an acute famine, mostly in northern Gaza, resulting in the death of many Palestinians, mostly children. 

The Israeli aggression has also resulted in the forceful displacement of nearly two million people from all over the Gaza Strip, with the vast majority of the displaced forced into the densely crowded southern city of Rafah near the border with Egypt – in what has become Palestine’s largest mass exodus since the 1948 Nakba.

Israel says that 1,200 soldiers and civilians were killed during the Al-Aqsa Flood Operation on October 7. Israeli media published reports suggesting that many Israelis were killed on that day by ‘friendly fire’. 

(The Palestine Chronicle)

Jewish Settler Rampage Continues – Two Palestinians Killed in West Bank

Two Palestinians were killed by illegal Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank. (Photo: via social media)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

“We received a call about several injured people east of Aqraba, southeast of Nablus. We went to the location and examined them, two of whom showed no vital signs.”

Two Palestinians have succumbed to their injuries sustained in an attack by illegal Jewish settlers on a town south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank.

Abdulrahman Maher Bani Fadel, 30, and Mohammed Ashraf Bani Jame, 21, died on Monday, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported, citing officials.

Footage widely circulated online showed hordes of settlers storming farmland in Aqraba, resulting in confrontations with the locals.

WAFA said the settlers, under Israeli military protection, attacked Palestinian farmers tending to their farmland and shot live ammunition at them, wounding two.

Yousef Deirieh, an ambulance driver, reportedly told the Quds News Network “We received a call about several injured people east of Aqraba, southeast of Nablus. We went to the location and examined them, two of whom showed no vital signs.”

He said Israeli forces prevented them from “retrieving the two martyrs.”

The soldiers “attacked us and prevented us from transporting them. Their bodies are still being held by them.”

The deaths are the latest as a result of multiple attacks by settlers on several towns in the West Bank since Friday.

Three other Palestinians have also been killed in the attacks over the past few days in which armed settlers set homes and vehicles alight. The settlers also prevented ambulances from reaching the wounded.

West Bank Inferno – Jewish Settlers, Israeli Forces Storm Villages, Set Homes Alight

Armed Militias

On Monday armed settlers attacked Palestinians and their vehicles in multiple West Bank districts, WAFA reported.

Backed by the Israeli army, the settlers attacked Palestinians and vandalized houses and vehicles in Bruqin town, west of the city of Salfit, injuring members of Yasser Shafiq Abdullah’s family.

The casualties were rushed to Salfit Government Hospital, said WAFA.

The settlers, who came from the nearby colony of Bruchin, smashed the windows of a house and a vehicle belonging to Mohammad Shua‘aibi, a local doctor. They also smashed the windshields of two other vehicles.

In Bethlehem, settlers hurled stones at a Palestinian vehicle close to the Gush Etzion colonial settlement bloc, injuring the passengers.

Israeli War on Al-Mughayir – Mourning the Dead is Not Allowed in This Palestinian Village

Meanwhile, armed settlers, under Israeli military protection, reportedly attacked several houses in Shi‘b al Butum, one of the hamlets making up Masafer Yatta, in the southern Hebron (Al Khalil) hills, and set a vehicle ablaze.

Over 700,000 Jewish settlers are living in illegal outposts across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, reported WAFA.

Nablus Raid

Israeli occupation forces stormed Balata camp, east of Nablus, in the early hours of Tuesday.

WAFA reported that several military vehicles stormed numerous neighbourhoods of the camp and deployed snipers on rooftops, but no detentions or raids on homes were reported.

Israeli forces also bulldozed the facade of a commercial store named Al-Arayshi Mall, for the fourth time in a row.

The Israeli authorities on Tuesday issued demolition notices for seven Palestinian-owned homes in the village of Deir Ibzi’, west of Ramallah, under the pretext that they were built without a permit license, reported WAFA.

These policies are part of Israel’s systematic practices aimed at forcibly displacing Palestinians for the benefit of settlement expansion, the report added.

Arrests

Overnight on Monday into Tuesday, at least 25 Palestinians were detained across the West Bank, including a child and former prisoners.

The Detainees’ and Ex-Detainees’ Affairs Commission and the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society said arrests took place in the governorates of Qalqilya, Hebron, Jenin, as well as Bethlehem and Jerusalem, WAFA reported.

Moreover, the occupation forces continue to carry out widespread raids and torture, severe beatings, and threats against detainees and their families, in addition to widespread sabotage and destruction of citizens’ homes.

The Commission and the PPS added that the total number of arrests since October 7 amounted to more than 8,270, including those who were arrested from homes and at military checkpoints.

They pointed out that these arrest campaigns constitute the systematic policies used by the Israeli forces, as part of the “collective punishment” policy.

WAFA noted that the data related to arrests includes those who were kept in detention as well as those who were later released.

(PC, WAFA)

‘How Do You Sleep at Night?’ – Smotrich Booed Off Stage at Right-Wing Conference

Israeli Minister Bezalel Smotrich. (Image: Palestine Chronicle)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

Smotrich was shouted down even before beginning his on-stage discussion at the conference.

Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich was forced to leave a conference in Ashkelon on Tuesday after being heckled by some of the attendees, the Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom reported.

The event, titled ‘Tomorrow’s Conference’, was to focus on “challenges that emerged following the events of October 7th,” the paper said.

These were “challenges” such as “restoring a sense of security to residents of attacked communities, rehabilitating abandoned areas, strengthening the healthcare system, and providing solutions for children and youth left without organized educational frameworks.”

But Smotrich was shouted down even before beginning his on-stage discussion with one of the paper’s journalists.

‘You’re a Disgrace’

As the politician took the stage, shouts of “How do you sleep at night?” came from the attendees, the paper said.

One woman reportedly yelled: “Your economic plan isn’t even close to fixing what’s happening here. You’re a disgrace. Your son isn’t enlisted but mine is.”

“How can you sit here with a captives’ pin when you don’t see the reality we’re living in – not economically, not security-wise, and not regarding the captives?” she added.

The paper said that when Smotrich was asked about the captives’ situation, he said he decided on October 7, “never to return in any way to October 6.”

“It takes two to have a dispute. I will no longer be the other side – if there is some small, extremist minority trying to drag Israeli society into division, evil, and hatred. Israeli society doesn’t buy the hatred you’re selling here.”

Following these comments, the yelling from the audience continued “until the minister left the stage.”

Concern Over Captives

The paper further quoted Kibbutz Movement Secretary General Lior Simcha who said: “Our role is to see how we gather the communities, return home.”

Simcha stated: “Until October 7, the state forgot the importance of settlement – everything became economic. On October 7, the agreement was broken; in Nir Oz, no battle was fought – kibbutzim were destroyed. If we don’t know how to return the captives, we can’t talk about rehabilitation. The Tekuma plan is a good professional plan, but not a single home has been renovated in six months.”

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On X, Smotrich shared a post from one the paper’s journalists, Shirit Avitan Cohen, who said Israel Hayom had scheduled the conference “as a message of strengthening the city and the entire region after the October seven.”

She said various figures had been invited “to mark the vision for the future of Israeli society.”

“And once again a small and violent group has arisen that decides who to listen to and who to shut up,” she added.

Protests

In recent weeks, Israelis have increased pressure on the government through protests to negotiate an agreement with the Palestinian Resistance to release captives and reach a ceasefire deal.

Smotrich in January reportedly told the families of captives held in Gaza that he could not commit to bringing them all back alive.

‘Zionist Response’ to EU Declaration – Smotrich Calls for Expanding Illegal Settlements

Last month Smotrich slammed an agreement by the European Union to impose sanctions on settlers who attack Palestinians in the West Bank, saying the proper response is to expand settlement activity there.

“There is one holistic Zionist response to this (EU) declaration – strengthening and entrenching settlement in all parts of the Land of Israel,” he reportedly said in reference to Jewish settlements across the occupied West Bank.

Smotrich had announced in February plans to build 3,300 new units in illegal West Bank settlements.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

‘Horrors of War’ – UNICEF Says 70 Children Injured Every Day in Gaza

Displaced Palestinian children in Rafah. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

“From devastating injuries sustained in airstrikes, to the trauma of being caught in violent clashes, their stories paint a harrowing picture of the human consequences of conflict.”

A UNICEF official has said that what struck her the most about her recent visit to the besieged Gaza Strip was the staggering number of wounded children whose lives have forever been “changed by the horrors of war.”

“The total number of injured children in this conflict is quite difficult to gather, but the most recent data from the Palestinian Ministry of Health documents more than 12,000 children – or almost 70 children every day – injured in Gaza since the current conflict began,” UNICEF Communication Specialist Tess Ingram told a UN press briefing in Geneva on Tuesday.

‘Continuing Risks’ – UNICEF Vehicle Attacked in Gaza

Ingram, who left Gaza on Monday after spending two weeks there, said the figure was “almost certainly an underestimate because only a small number of all reported injuries are disaggregated to specify when it is a child that has been injured.”

“These children have become the faces of the ongoing war,” she said. “From devastating injuries sustained in airstrikes, to the trauma of being caught in violent clashes, their stories paint a harrowing picture of the human consequences of conflict.”

Harrowing Testimonies

The UNICEF official shared stories of wounded children that she had met.

“Imagine being strip-searched, left naked and questioned for hours. Told that you are safe and you can leave, you quickly walk away down the street, praying. But then, you are shot at. Your father is killed and a bullet penetrates your naked pelvis causing serious internal and external injuries that will require reconstructive surgery,” she said, adding that it was the story of Yousef, aged 14, that she met at field hospital in Khan Younis.

She also met: a 9-year-old girl with major open wounds from a blast; a 16-year-old girl, orphaned and recovering from a broken leg; a 13-year boy still recovering three months after a difficult arm amputation without anaesthetic, and “a 10-year-old boy in intensive care after being shot in the head while buying herbs – he died the next day.”

‘War against Children’ – UNICEF Spokesman Calls for Ceasefire in Gaza

“That’s just five children of those injured in the past six months. I met so many others and there are thousands of similar stories, likely far exceeding 12,000,” said Ingram.

Disproportionate Impact

She said the thousands of injured children in Gaza reflect two things:

“(1) the nature of this war – volatile, often affecting civilians, including children, and costing tens of thousands of them their lives; and (2) its disproportionate impact on children – every second person in Gaza is a child.

Children are “wearing a tremendous share of the scars of this war,” the UNICEF representative said.

She also lamented that the thousands of injured in Gaza struggle to receive the medical care they need.

“The medical directors of some of the 11 partially functioning hospitals that remain told me that the lack of staff and supplies – needles, stitches, anaesthetic – is negatively impacting the care they can provide, especially for surgeries. And so injured children often languish in pain.”

Under 20 Medivacs a Day

She explained that medical evacuations are also difficult to get, with less than half of the patients who submitted requests for medical evacuation having been approved, according to WHO.

“Only about 3,500 people, mostly children, have been medically evacuated abroad. That’s less than 20 a day.”

Deaths of Gaza Children ‘Likely to Rapidly Increase’ amid Israeli Siege – UNICEF

Ingram explained that with at least 70 children injured every day, the number of medical evacuations has to increase “so children can access the care they urgently need.”

“And with one child killed or injured every ten minutes, above anything else, we need a ceasefire. It is the only way to stop the killing and maiming of children.”

Over 33,800 Killed

Currently on trial before the International Court of Justice for genocide against Palestinians, Israel has been waging a devastating war on Gaza since October 7.

According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 33,843 Palestinians have been killed, and 76,575 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza.

Moreover, at least 7,000 people are unaccounted for, presumed dead under the rubble of their homes throughout the Strip.

Palestinian and international organizations say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.

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The Israeli war has resulted in an acute famine, mostly in northern Gaza, resulting in the death of many Palestinians, mostly children.

The Israeli aggression has also resulted in the forceful displacement of nearly two million people from all over the Gaza Strip, with the vast majority of the displaced forced into the densely crowded southern city of Rafah near the border with Egypt – in what has become Palestine’s largest mass exodus since the 1948 Nakba.

Israel says that 1,200 soldiers and civilians were killed during the Al-Aqsa Flood Operation on October 7. Israeli media published reports suggesting that many Israelis were killed on that day by ‘friendly fire’.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

‘Evolving Situation’ – Britain’s easyJet Halts Flights to Israel until October 

Easy Jet decided to cancel flights to Israel. (Photo: ERIC SALARD, via Wikimedia Commons)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

The suspension, which follows Iran’s attack on Israel on Saturday night, “is expected to impact thousands of Israeli travelers who have already booked flights”.

The British low-cost airline easyJet announced on Tuesday that flights to Israel have been suspended until October 27.

“As a result of the continued evolving situation in Israel, easyJet has now taken the decision to suspend its flights to Tel Aviv for the remainder of the summer season,” a spokesperson for the company said in a statement, according to the Anadolu news agency.

The airline added: “We are continuing to closely monitor the situation.”

Iran’s Retaliatory Attack – Tehran Announces Half of Its missiles Hit Israeli Targets

The suspension, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz,  “is expected to impact thousands of Israeli travelers who have already booked flights” with the airline “for the upcoming Passover and summer vacation.”

On Sunday, the company announced that it halted flights to Israel until Tuesday, following Iran’s attack on the country.

EasyJet was also among the airlines that canceled flights to Israel immediately after the October 7 resistance operation. It resumed flights in March this year.

Irish airline Ryanair canceled all its flights to and from Israel for the months of March and April amid the ongoing genocidal war on Gaza, Aviation News Israel reported.

No Way to Israel – Ryanair Cancels All Flights to Tel Aviv

Targets Hit

Israel closed its airspace on Saturday evening after Tehran launched its first direct attack on the country in history, deploying drones and missiles.

The attack was in response to an Israeli missile strike on the Iranian consulate in Damascus, resulting in the death of seven Iranian Revolutionary Guard members, including General Mohammad Reza Zahedi.

Iranian Retaliation – Biden Advises Netanyahu against Israeli Response

According to Iran’s official news agency IRNA half of the missiles aimed at Israel hit their targets.

In a call on Saturday, US President Joe Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Washington will not support any Israeli response to Iran, the news website Axios reported.

This decision comes amid heightened concerns that “an Israeli response to Iran’s attack on Israel would lead to a regional war with catastrophic consequences,” Axios said, citing US officials.

(PC, Anadolu)

Horror and Neglect – Palestinian Prisoner’s Amputation Exposes Torture, Brutality in Israeli Custody

Sufyan Abu Salah, a released Palestinian prisoner, recounted a harrowing ordeal of medical negligence while in Israeli detention. (Photo: via social media)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

Despite requesting medical attention and hospitalization, he was denied proper care until his condition deteriorated to the point where amputation was necessary.

Sufyan Abu Salah, a released Palestinian prisoner, recounted a harrowing ordeal of medical negligence while in Israeli detention, according to Quds News Network.

Abu Salah reportedly revealed to Palestinian journalist Hassan Alish that his leg was amputated due to severe infections that went untreated during his detention. 

Despite requesting medical attention and hospitalization, he was denied proper care until his condition deteriorated to the point where amputation was necessary.

Abu Salah, a resident of Khan Yunis, in southern Gaza, initially entered detention without any health issues. The loss of his leg was due to the appalling conditions and deliberate neglect he experienced while in Israeli custody.

Recent reports from Israeli newspaper Haaretz shed light on the dire situation faced by Palestinian prisoners from the Gaza Strip. 

An Israeli doctor working in a field hospital detailed in a letter to government officials the use of torture methods, including handcuffing that led to severe injuries and amputations for some detainees. 

The doctor further described inhumane treatment such as force-feeding, confinement in diapers, and constant handcuffing even during medical treatment.

The field hospital, lacking adequate medical supplies, reportedly subjected patients to further harm and neglect. Detainees are often blindfolded, shackled, and forced to endure unsanitary conditions. 

Palestinian Prisoners Subjected to ‘Starvation, Torture, Abuse’ – NGO

The doctor’s letter highlighted instances where detainees underwent major surgeries only to be hastily discharged without proper post-operative care, leading to complications and, in some cases, death.

Multiple sources corroborated the doctor’s accounts, revealing a pattern of mistreatment and neglect of Palestinian prisoners.

Many detainees, including those with chronic illnesses or war-related injuries, suffer due to the lack of proper medical attention and hygiene standards.

Despite international outcry and documented evidence of abuse, the detainees continue to endure appalling conditions, further exacerbating their physical and mental health.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

A Parallel War – International Hackers Target Sensitive Israeli Databases

International hackers targeted Israeli databases. (Design: Palestine Chronicle, via Screen grab, Oxford University website)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

The site has already posted thousands of documents reportedly acquired by infiltrating systems associated with the Israeli Ministry of Defense and other ‘sensitive websites’.

International hackers have launched a dedicated website for releasing information obtained from recent breaches into sensitive Israeli databases, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Tuesday. 

The site has already posted thousands of documents reportedly acquired by infiltrating systems associated with the Israeli Ministry of Defense, the National Insurance, the Ministry of Justice, and the Dimona nuclear research facility, according to Haaretz.

The leaks were reportedly attributed to a newly emerging hacker group dubbed ‘NetHunt3rs’, which demanded the release of 500 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for withholding the entirety of the disclosed information. 

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While the Israeli Ministry of Defense acknowledged the breaches, labeling the affected websites as “non-sensitive websites,” an investigation by Haaretz reportedly revealed that the leaked materials included sensitive data from administrative portals, such as employee identification information, defense tenders, and details on Israeli military technological systems, including armored vehicles and satellite photography systems.

According to the report, another group, named ‘Tafari HaNasser’, claimed responsibility for hacking into Israel’s National Insurance Institute. 

It said that it possesses personal data of 8 million Israeli citizens, including bank account details and residential addresses. Although the National Insurance denied any breach, the group circulated a video purportedly showcasing access to Israeli citizens’ personal information.

According to Haaretz, the leaked materials were disseminated via a dedicated website called ‘Cyber Court’, defined as a pro-Palestinian version of WikiLeaks.

Although Israel rarely acknowledges these incidents, the paper also stated that cyber attacks on Israel “sharply increased (…) since the outbreak of the war in Gaza”.

(The Palestine Chronicle)

Death and Destruction in Gaza: Palestinian Casualties Mount as Israeli Airstrikes Continue

Israel continued to carry out massacres in Gaza. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

Scores of Palestinians were killed and others injured on Tuesday, in Israeli airstrikes that targeted different areas in the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza said that Israeli warplanes targeted Al-Fakhoura Mosque, west of the Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, causing several casualties.

‘We Will Teach Our Children in Tents’ – Israel’s War on Gaza Schools, Mosques Continues

The airstrike also caused a massive destruction to the neighboring areas and homes.     

In central Gaza, intense artillery and missile shelling continued on the Nuseirat refugee camp for the sixth day in a row, resulting in at least five casualties and significant property damage.

Meanwhile, the occupation aircraft bombed multiple homes in Al-Mughraqa and the neighboring city of Al-Zahraa.

Israeli artillery also fired a number of shells in the western area of Deir al-Balah, in central Gaza.

Additionally, Israeli occupation forces detained dozens of Palestinian men after abusing them, according to the official Palestinian news agency WAFA.

The heavily-armed soldiers further forced the women and children to leave two schools where they had sought refuge.

In Khan Yunis, in southern Gaza, Israeli artillery bombed several neighborhoods, especially in the eastern regions, Abasan, Bani Suhaila, and Khuza’a, amid massive destruction of properties.

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Rising Death Toll

Currently on trial before the International Court of Justice for genocide against Palestinians, Israel has been waging a devastating war on Gaza since October 7. 

According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 33,843 Palestinians have been killed, and 76,575 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7.

Moreover, at least 7,000 people are unaccounted for, presumed dead under the rubble of their homes throughout the Strip. 

Palestinian and international organizations say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.

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The Israeli war has resulted in an acute famine, mostly in northern Gaza, resulting in the death of many Palestinians, mostly children. 

The Israeli aggression has also resulted in the forceful displacement of nearly two million people from all over the Gaza Strip, with the vast majority of the displaced forced into the densely crowded southern city of Rafah near the border with Egypt – in what has become Palestine’s largest mass exodus since the 1948 Nakba.

Israel says that 1,200 soldiers and civilians were killed during the Al-Aqsa Flood Operation on October 7. Israeli media published reports suggesting that many Israelis were killed on that day by ‘friendly fire’. 

(PC, WAFA)