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Palestinians Continue Mass Protests in Gaza for Fourth Week in Row (PHOTOS)

Palestinians continue protesting for the fourth week in row in Gaza as part of the Great March of Return (Photo PC, Abdallah Aljamal)

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have continued protesting at the Gaza borders for the fourth week in row as part of the Great March of Return. Today, Israeli snipers killed four Palestinians and injured 430 others. These are exclusive photos of the Palestine Chronicle taken by Abdallah Aljamal.

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PA: Israel Faked Information regarding EU Funding of Palestinian School Curriculum

Zahwat al-Quds school was reportedly targeted because the staff refused to teach Israeli curriculum. (Photo: via Al Jazeera]

By Palestine Chronicle Staff

Palestinian Ministry of Education denied reports that the European Union (EU) decided to suspend funds allotted for school curriculum, saying there is no change in EU policy in this regard.

“These reports originated in Israel and that they were baseless,” the ministry said in a statement.

After contacting the Foreign Ministry and Palestine’s ambassador to the EU, it was found that Israel attempted to distort information from an annual regular meeting held since 2013 for an EU committee that reviews the EU budget, according to the statement.

Israeli media reports claimed that the European Parliament adopted a bill introduced by the Committee on Budgetary Control and related to funds allocated for Palestinian education. An Israeli organization assisted in formulating the bill.

The ministry recently refused attempts to change Palestinian curriculum in East Jerusalem by offering amended textbooks with a curriculum that promotes the Israeli narrative of the 70-year-old conflict.

Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem has long bypassed the encroachment over land to that of Palestinian education. Last year, the Israeli government approved a plan to provide financial incentives to East Jerusalem schools to switch to the Israeli school curriculum.

Under the plan, funding could be tripled per pupil at the schools opting for the Israeli curriculum, an Education Ministry source explained.

The PA condemned the school curriculum plan, pushed forward by Israel’s far-right Minister of Education Naftali Bennett, saying that it aimed to impose the Israeli narrative on the younger Palestinian generation at the detriment of their Palestinian history and understanding of the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“Israeli authorities have for years neglected the education system in East Jerusalem,” said Nisreen Alyan, Head of the Jerusalem Program at The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI), in an interview with Reuters.
“While it is the first time the government and municipality see a need to close the gaps in East Jerusalem, the program is designed according to a political agenda,” she added.

(PC, Reuters, Al Jazeera)

Under Israeli Pressure, EU Parliament Alters Resolution on Gaza

European Parliament in Strasbourg. (Photo: File)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff

European Union (EU) Parliament adopted on Thursday a resolution on the situation in the Gaza Strip. The resolution, however was altered from its original script. 

The original text recognized Israel’s right to “protect its borders and defend its legitimate security interest”. It also underlined its disproportional use of force. Moreover, it calls for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate Israeli violence at the Gaza border. 

Following a campaign launched by the Israeli Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the motion was significantly altered, according to Israeli media.

Other provisions were added; for the first time, EU openly condemned Hamas for using civilians as human shields and called for the release of Israeli soldiers allegedly held in Gaza.

However, the resolution also affirmed the Palestinians’ right to peaceful protests and called for “an immediate and unconditional end of the blockade and closure of the Gaza Strip”.

(PC, Social Media)

Two More Palestinians Killed by Israeli Forces in Gaza

Palestinians take part in the Great March of Return in the Gaza Strip. (Photo: Abdallah Aljamal, the Palestine Chronicle)

Protests have continued to take place on the Gaza border today as thousands of Palestinians demonstrate for the fourth week as part of the “Great March of Return”, leaving at least two dead and dozens injured.

Twenty-five-year-old Ahmed Abu Aqel and 24-year-old Ahmad Rashad Al-Athanna were killed earlier today after being shot by Israeli snipers, raising the death toll to 35.

Some 40 others have been injured, adding to more than 4,000 people that have been wounded in the past three weeks. Several of the injuries were caused after Israeli occupation forces fired a barrage of gas canisters to disperse protesters.

Arab media reported today that Israeli forces had positioned some 120 snipers on the border in preparation for the demonstrations. Israeli authorities have permitted soldiers to shoot at anyone who approaches the Gaza side of the fence, despite widespread condemnation from NGOs and the UN over the practice.

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

Injured Palestinian Child Arrives in Ramallah, But It Was Too Late (VIDEO)

Abdulrahman Nofal, 12, who was shot in his leg by an Israeli sniper at the Gaza border. (Photo: via Twitter)

Abdulrahman Nofal, 12,  was shot in the leg by an Israeli sniper at the Gaza border, reportedly with the prohibited expanding bullets of Dumdum.

🇵🇸#Palestine || #Video || The injured Child Abdullrahman Nofal who was shot in the leg by Israeli sniper at the eastern borders of Gaza by using prohibited expanding bullets of Dumdum which caused serious injuries to his leg . . . Israeli occupation authorities refused the request of Palestinian Military of Health to give a permission for the injured Palestinian child Abdullrahman Nofal (11) to get medical treatment aboard in attempt to save leg . . لقاء مع عائلة الطفل عبد الرحمن نوفل الذي أصيب بطلق ناري متفجر في ساقه . . 🇹🇷 #TR : #Filistin : Yasaklı Genişleyen Mermi !! #Gazze 'nin #doğu sınırlarında işgalci israil keskin nişancısı tarafından, yasaklanmış genişleyen mermi kullanılarak bacağından vurularak çok ciddi yaralanmasına sebep olunan yaralı çocuk Abdullrahman Nofal .. . israil işgal yetkilileri, Filistin Ordusu'nun, 11 yaşındaki yaralı Filistinli Abdullrahman Nofal'in bacağını kaybetmemesi için tıbbi tedavi alması konusundaki izin taleplerini reddetti. . 🇩🇪 #DE : Das palästinensische Kind Abdulrahman Nofal (11) wurde von einer Kugel in seinem Bein getroffen, die von den israelischen Besatzungskräften bei dem östlichen Grenzen Gazas gefeiert wurde. . . 🇮🇩 #IDN : Anak yang terluka Abdullrahman Nofal yang ditembak kakinya oleh sniper Israel di perbatasan timur Gaza dengan menggunakan peluru yang terlarang dari Dumdum menyebabkan luka serius di kakinya. . . Otoritas Israel menolak permintaan dari Palestina Militer Kesehatan untuk memberikan izin untuk anak Palestina yang terluka Abdullrahman Nofal (11thn) untuk mendapatkan perawatan medis di kapal dalam upaya untuk menyelamatkan kakinya.

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In the beginning, Israeli occupation authorities refused to give the boy permission to get medical treatment abroad, in order for his leg to be saved.

The military’s authorization to leave Gaza for medical treatment was only released on Wednesday, and the child was moved to Ramallah, where he arrived in the evening, along with his grandmother.

Unfortunately, the surgeons were forced to make the difficult decision to amputate Abdulrahman’s leg, in order to save his life.

(WAFA, PC, Social Media)

UN to Israel: Stop Displacing Palestinian Bedouin Communities in West Bank

A Bedouin Palestinian girl stands in Khan al-Ahmar. (Photo: ActiveStills.org)

The United Nations warned Israel of the repercussions of deporting Palestinian Bedouins from occupied East Jerusalem.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator Jamie McGoldrick said:

“We are monitoring the situation in Khan al Ahmar closely and are deeply concerned by what we see here, and in the scores of other vulnerable Bedouin communities.”

Mr. McGoldrick, along with UNRWA’s Director of Operations in the West Bank, Scott Anderson visited Khan al Ahmar-Abu al Helu, on the outskirts of East Jerusalem, which is home to 181 people, 53 percent of whom are children and 95 percent of whom are Palestinian refugees.

The Bedouin community is at risk of forcible transfer.

“The humanitarian impact of home demolition is severe and long-lasting. It is well documented in previous instances that the transfer of Bedouin communities into urban settings is socially and economically non-viable. The Khan al Ahmar-Abu al Helu community has repeatedly called for the provision of suitable planning solutions and services in its current location,” Anderson warned.

He added:

“We call on the Israeli authorities to respect their legal obligations, as the occupying power, including through stopping the demolition of Palestinian-owned structures and ceasing plans for the relocation of Palestinian Bedouin communities.”

(MEMO, PC, Social Media)

Barnard College in New York Votes for BDS

Students at Barnard College voted for BDS. (Photo: File)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff

Students at Barnard College, the liberal arts women’s foundation, which is one of the top 60 campuses with the largest Jewish population in North America, voted to ask the university administration to divest from eight companies that do business in Israel.

The referendum, which was promoted by Jewish Voice for Peace and Students for Justice in Palestineasked whether the student government should encourage Barnard to divest from companies that “profit from or engage in the State of Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.”

At a school that's 33% Jewish, 49% of the student body came out to vote and 64% voted yes — if this isn't an indication that many Jewish students support BDS, we don't know what is.

Gepostet von Columbia/Barnard Jewish Voice for Peace am Donnerstag, 19. April 2018

The BDS campaign reported a 64%-36% victory.

(PC, Social Media)

Moroccans to Sue Security Firm over Israeli Propaganda

The institute offers military training under Israeli field supervision, says Hanawi, Director of the Moroccan Observatory Against Normalization. (Photo: via Twitter)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff

A privately owned Moroccan body-guarding company has been accused of propagating Zionism and jeopardizing national security, revealed monitor groups in Rabat.

National Action Group for Palestine and Moroccan Observatory Against Normalization said in a joint press conference they have spotted a training institute named “Alpha Institute for Special Guards Training” in Meknes which uses public halls to hold martial arts and weapons training and promote Zionism in cooperation with Israeli security officers.

The findings point to alarming recruitment and the staging of military and paramilitary training of groups in several areas across the country, coupled with an indoctrination of the Zionist ideology, the groups added.

Abdel Qadir al-Alami, the coordinator of the Group, said,

“representatives of the two bodies met with Minister of State for Human Rights Mustafa Al-Ramid in February, and presented a special memorandum on the issue, with which the Minister promised to deal in all seriousness and responsibility.”

However, al-Alami has received no response two months after the meeting, which prompted the two bodies to reveal the issue to the public and communicate with parliamentarians to present it before the official parties, while announcing their resolve to request the opening of a probe by the public prosecutor into their findings.

Director of the Observatory, Aziz Hanawi, said,

“the institute offers military training under Israeli field supervision, and publishes pictures, speeches and provocative videos aimed at demoralizing members of the Moroccan army.”

Hanawi played a video showing the ‘suspicious’ director of the institute accompanied by the head of the ‘takeover’ unit in a Tel Aviv prison and an Israeli rabbi as they supervised a training course.

There are no official diplomatic relations between Morocco and Israel. Upon Morocco’s independence, the Israeli intelligence agency (Mossad) set to persuade thousands of Moroccan Jews to leave their homes and move to Israel.

(PC, Al Jazeera, Social Media)

UNRWA Suffering $300m Financial Deficit

Children in Gaza pose with the flag of UNRWA. (Photo: Days of Palestine)

Spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in the Gaza Strip, Adnan Abu Hasna, said that the agency still suffers from a $300 million financial deficit, which it considers as an existential threat.

Abu Hasna told Voice of Palestine radio, on Wednesday, that the agency continues to work at all levels through the global fundraising campaigns, both in the Arab and international world, while the agency follows an “austerity” policy to eliminate unnecessary expenses.

He added that the current deficit will make the task of UNRWA difficult after next August, stressing that the agency will continue to provide services to refugees in all areas of work and said that, if the agency succeeded in crossing safely until the end of this year, it will recover its financial well.

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and mandated to provide assistance and protection to some 5 million registered Palestine refugees.

Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip achieve their full human development potential, pending a just and lasting solution to their plight.

UNRWA services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, protection and microfinance.

(IMEMC, PC, Social Media)

Prisoner’s Day: Thousands of Palestinians in Israeli Jails (VIDEO)

Wheelchair race in Gaza, in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners. (Photo: via Twitter)

Palestinians are marking Prisoners’ Day – showing their solidarity with thousands of Palestinians being held in Israeli jails.

There are more than 6,500 Palestinians – including 350 children and more than 60 women – currently in Israeli prisons.

More than 400 are being held without charge or trial under so-called “administrative detention”.

According to rights groups, 1,800 prisoners are in need of medical care, and 700 of them suffer from serious and chronic conditions.

On April 17, each year, Palestinians mark Palestinian Prisoner Day, which commemorates the release of the first Palestinian to be captured by Israel following the 1967 war, Mahmoud Bakr Hijazi, on April 17, 1971.

(Aljazeera, PC)