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‘Heinous Acts’ – US Sanctions Israeli Group for Disrupting Gaza Humanitarian Aid

Israelis obstruct humanitarian aid trucks at the Karem Abu Salem Crossing. (Photo: video grab)

The statement stressed that the Israeli government has a responsibility to ensure the safety and security of humanitarian convoys traveling through Israel and the West Bank.

The US Department of State announced on Friday that it had imposed sanctions on an Israeli group for disrupting humanitarian aid to civilians in the Gaza Strip.

“The Department of State is today designating Tzav 9, a violent extremist Israeli group that has been blocking, harassing, and damaging convoys carrying lifesaving humanitarian assistance to Palestinian civilians in Gaza,” the department said in a statement.

For months, members of Tzav 9 have repeatedly attempted to block the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza, including by blocking roads on the routes from Jordan to Gaza, passing through the West Bank.

Horror on the Road to Gaza – Why Jewish Settlers Attack Palestinian Trucks

They have also damaged aid trucks and discarded life-saving humanitarian supplies onto the road. 

“On May 13, 2024, Tzav 9 members looted and then set fire to two trucks near Hebron in the West Bank carrying humanitarian aid destined for men, women, and children in Gaza,” the statement noted.

The department emphasized that providing humanitarian assistance is crucial to preventing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza from worsening and mitigating the risk of famine. 

It stressed that the Israeli government has a responsibility to ensure the safety and security of humanitarian convoys traveling through Israel and the West Bank en route to Gaza. 

“We will not tolerate acts of sabotage and violence targeting this essential humanitarian assistance,” the statement asserted.

The department added that the US will continue to use all available tools to hold accountable those who attempt or carry out such “heinous acts,” urging Israeli authorities to do the same.

Ongoing 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, 37,266 Palestinians have been killed, and 85,102 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.

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

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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, Anadolu)

Israeli Forces Injure Child, Detain Three – West Bank Update (VIDEO)

Israel intensified its raids in the occupied West Bank. (Photo: via WAFA)

The boy, who has not yet been identified, was shot while Israeli soldiers were forcing their way into the Al-Amari camp in Al-Bireh.

A Palestinian child was injured by Israeli army fire during a raid, and three Palestinians were detained during Friday’s incursion into refugee camps in the occupied West Bank, Anadolu news agency reported.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society reported that a critically injured 12-year-old boy with a bullet wound in his torso was transported to a hospital. 

The boy, who has not yet been identified, was shot while Israeli soldiers were forcing their way into the Al-Amari camp in Al-Bireh city.

Eyewitnesses told Anadolu that the Israeli army stormed the Al-Amari camp and also raided the Um Alsharayet neighborhood south of the city. 

According to the official Palestinian news agency WAFA, the Israeli army detained a young man during the incursion, though his name was not disclosed.

WAFA also reported an Israeli military presence at the entrance to Birzeit, north of Ramallah, and an invasion of Nabi Salih, northwest of the city. 

In northern Ramallah, Israeli forces arrested two young men in the town of Sinjil and closed its entrances.

Meanwhile, illegal Israeli settlers attacked cars belonging to citizens near the towns of Huwara and Burin, south of Nablus, causing damage, the news agency reported.

Earlier on Thursday, Israeli forces raided the town of Idhna west of Hebron (Al-Khalil) and stormed the home of a recently released prisoner. 

Israeli occupation forces vandalized the place where the family had gathered to receive well-wishers celebrating his release and forced everyone to leave.

Tensions have been high across the West Bank since Israel launched a deadly military offensive against the Gaza Strip on October 7.

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, at least 543 Palestinians have been killed and nearly 5,200 others injured by Israeli army fire in the occupied territory.

(PC, Anadolu)

‘Massacre of the Tents’ – NYT Investigation Debunks Israeli Claims on Rafah Airstrike

A New York Times investigation debunked Israeli claims about their Rafah massacre. (Photo: screen grab)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

A New York Times investigation published on Friday debunked Israeli claims about their Rafah massacre, confirming it targeted a well-known refugee camp and caused significant civilian casualties.

The Tents Massacre

At least 45 civilians were killed and many others were injured, mostly children and women, when Israel bombed tents of displaced people northwest of the city of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, on May 26.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza said in a statement on that day that Israel’s massacre happened in a supposedly safe area where thousands of people were displaced.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society reported that its crews transported a large number of bodies and injured after the occupation targeted the tents of the displaced in Rafah.

Rafah Massacre – Israel Targets Camp for Displaced Palestinians

The camp that was bombed is located in the Tal al-Sultan area, west of the city of Rafah. Sources reported that a large number of bodies of martyrs and wounded, the majority of whom were children and women, arrived at the Tal al-Sultan clinic.

Eyewitnesses indicated that the bombing led to the destruction and burning of a large number of tents in the Rafah camp.

The massacre sparked international outrage and the Israeli military denied striking the camp. 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu referred to the civilian deaths as a “tragic accident.” Daniel Hagari, the Israeli military spokesman, claimed there were “no tents in the immediate vicinity” of the targets.

An investigation conducted by the New York Times, however, debunked Israeli claims and confirmed that Israel dropped “250-pound bombs on temporary structures in the camp”. 

‘Destruction Indescribable’ – Majority of Buildings in Gaza Destroyed by Israel

Israeli Claims Debunked

“Lethal shrapnel hurtled in every direction and soon a fire was raging. By morning, dozens of Palestinians had been killed,” The New York Times reported on Friday. 

The “thorough investigation” was reportedly conducted by interviewing witnesses and munitions experts, reviewing videos, and analyzing satellite imagery to reconstruct the event.

Maj. Nir Dinar, another Israeli military spokesman, told The Times that Israeli forces were unaware that the targeted compound was serving displaced people.

However, the investigation revealed that “Israel bombed targets inside a camp that had existed for months, sheltering hundreds of people displaced by the war.” 

“The analysis raises questions about an assessment the Israeli military said it made before launching the strike that it was unlikely to harm civilians,” the paper reported.

Before Israel’s operation in Rafah began on May 6, the military issued evacuation orders for neighborhoods east of the city center but not for the area including this camp, which housed up to 350 families.

‘Israel is Committing Genocide, US is Complicit’ – Lemkin Institute for Genocide Prevention

The attack was carried out by Israeli jets, which reportedly deployed two American-made GBU-39 bombs, each weighing about 250 pounds and carrying 37 pounds of explosives. 

GBU-39 bombs are marketed as “low collateral damage” weapons and this led White House spokesman John Kirby to say that this was “certainly indicative of an effort to be discreet and targeted and precise”.

However, the investigation revealed that “the combination of weapon, location and timing caused destruction well beyond the target.” 

“Two videos posted to social media captured the moment of the strike, with metadata from the videos suggesting it occurred at 8:47 p.m,” the report stated, adding that “two minutes later, footage filmed from afar revealed large flames.”

Videos taken immediately after the strike showed “people running and screaming, pulling charred bodies from flaming wreckage, clambering over twisted metal as they tried to save the living. A man held up the headless body of a small child.”

According to the Israeli army, the deaths were caused by the fire. He speculated that  “weapons ‘which we did not know of” might have been stored nearby and detonated.” 

He also mentioned that the military was reviewing social media videos showing “secondary explosions,” though the NYT found no evidence of secondary explosions in the “dozens of videos” it reviewed.

‘One Million Palestinians Have Fled Rafah’ amid Israel’s Invasion – UNRWA

Ongoing 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, 37,266 Palestinians have been killed, and 85,102 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.

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

New Atrocity in Rafah – 20 Palestinians Killed in Displacement Camp Bombing

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)

Unsubstantiated – UNRWA Refutes Israeli Government’s Sponsored Links Claiming Hamas Infiltration

Israeli government’s assertions are appearing as “sponsored links” at the top of Google search results for UNRWA. (Photo: screen grab)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

The Israeli government’s assertions appear as “sponsored links” at the top of Google search results for UNRWA. 

The UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) has labeled the allegations in Israeli advertisements on Google as “unrealistic,” Anadolu news agency reported. 

UNRWA spokesman Jonathan Fowler confirmed to Anadolu on Thursday that claims of Hamas infiltration into the agency are baseless.

According to Anadolu, the Israeli government’s assertions appear as “sponsored links” at the top of Google search results for UNRWA. 

These links on the Tel Aviv administration’s website make unsubstantiated claims, including that UNRWA employees were involved in the October 7, 2023 operation carried out by the Palestinian Resistance movement Hamas and other groups.

‘We Call for Investigations Into All Violations Against UN’ in Gaza – UNRWA

Fowler explained that the agency has conducted multiple investigations and taken corrective measures whenever allegations of neutrality breaches arose, both during and before the Gaza conflict. 

He stressed that no evidence has been found implicating any UNRWA employees in the October 7 attack on settlements near the Gaza Strip.

He further mentioned that ongoing investigations are looking into allegations against around a dozen employees, emphasizing that these remain allegations regardless of how they are presented. 

An investigation by the United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services on April 26 cleared one of the 19 UNRWA employees accused by Israel of involvement in the October 7 attack. 

Investigations into four employees were halted due to insufficient evidence provided by Israel.

Independent investigations are still underway for the remaining 14 employees, and so far, no misconduct has been uncovered.

Meanwhile, Google did not respond to Anadolu’s query about whether the ads targeting UNRWA were restricted to searches within the United States. 

UN Report: Israel Lacks Evidence for Allegations Against UNRWA Employees

Google stated that it had reviewed the advertisements and found no violations of its advertising policies.

Promoting False Allegations

Last March, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that social media researchers had found an Israeli influence operation that used fake accounts on a number of platforms to spread Israeli allegations against UNRWA.

According to Haaretz, the campaign was aimed at “amplifying claims and reports regarding the involvement of UNRWA workers” in the October 7 operation.

The Israeli disinformation watchdog group Fake Reporter reportedly found that three ‘news sites’ had been “created especially for the operation”.

“The sites published reports that were copied from other, real news outlets, among them CNN and The Guardian,” the report explained.

Then, hundreds of fake accounts “intensively promoted” content from these websites, along with “screen captures from real ones”.

Over 500 different ‘avatars’, or fake accounts, were found on Facebook, Instagram and X, according to Haaretz.

“They pushed out posts with almost identical wording and links to what Fake Reporter called the ‘three main assets’ in the influence operation: UnFold Magazine, Non-Agenda and The Moral Alliance,” the report noted.

How Israel Uses Fake Social Media Accounts to Promote Allegations against UNRWA – Report

Haaretz reported that “the operation began a few weeks after the war broke out and is still active today.”

During the first weeks of the war, the content published by the ‘three assets’ was described by Haaretz as “being of interest to general progressive audiences.”

“The different avatars retweeted, shared and posted similarly worded posts, and many began their digital lives with a declaration of identity,” the report said.

The avatar shared content on a variety of topics, “including lack of safety for Jewish Americans on college campuses and discrimination against Jewish students”.

Content “dealing directly with the Gaza war” was taken from other websites, like the Jewish Chronicle, the Jerusalem Post, along with mainstream Western media that were “considered liberal-leaning, like CNN, The Guardian and others.”

(PC, Anadolu)

‘We Need a Clear Position’ – Osama Hamdan on Ceasefire Talks

Top Hamas official Osama Hamdan in an interview with CNN. (Photo: video grab)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

Hamas called on the Biden administration to pressure the Israeli government, accusing it of continuing a mission of killing and extermination. 

In an interview with CNN, top Hamas official in Lebanon Osama Hamdan stated on Thursday that the movement requires a clear and definitive position from Israel to agree to a ceasefire in Gaza. 

He emphasized that statements from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken about Israeli approval of the latest proposal are insufficient, unless confirmed by Israeli officials.

We need to see facts on the ground. We need to know what exactly the (US) President (Joe Biden) means by saying a ceasefire and a withdrawal,” Hamdan said.

“We need a clear position from Israel to accept the ceasefire, a complete withdrawal from Gaza and let the Palestinians determine their future by themselves,” he added.

Hamdan explained that the military operation on October 7 was a response to Israeli occupation, asserting that Israel is responsible for the fate of detainees and that there is no clear information on the number of prisoners still alive.

Responding to US President Joe Biden’s claim that Hamas is the main obstacle to a ceasefire and the release of detainees, the movement maintained that it maintained a positive stance on Biden’s speech but had only heard war rhetoric from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Hamas called on the Biden administration to pressure the Israeli government, accusing it of continuing a mission of killing and extermination. 

“If the US Administration acts in a positive way, not only in the eyes of Israel, we can reach soon an agreement.”

The movement noted that while Blinken mentioned Israel’s approval of the latest proposal, no such approval had been heard from any Israeli official. 

The Netanyahu government’s rejection of a permanent ceasefire contradicts the United Nations Security Council resolution and Biden’s initiative.

Hamas reiterated that it agreed to the proposal from mediators on May 6, but Netanyahu responded with an attack on Rafah. Although the movement welcomed the Security Council resolution, it pointed out that Israel had not officially approved it.

‘Political Reasons’ – Gantz Accuses Netanyahu of Obstructing Prisoner Exchange Deal

Since Hamas delivered its response to Biden’s proposal last Tuesday, based on the Israeli War Council plan involving a three-stage prisoner exchange and a ceasefire, the US administration has accused the movement of obstructing an agreement and making unworkable demands.

Hamas clarified through one of its leaders in a statement to Reuters that the amendments it requested were minor. They included the complete withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza, assurances that Israel would end the conflict and not resume fighting after the initial truce phase, and reservations about excluding 100 Palestinian prisoners with high sentences from the Israeli list, and limiting the remaining sentence period to no more than 15 years.

Ongoing 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, 37,266 Palestinians have been killed, and 85,102 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. 

Child Dies of Malnutrition in Central Gaza, Death Toll Rises to 40 

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

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, AJA)

Child Dies of Malnutrition in Central Gaza, Death Toll Rises to 40 

12-year-old Mustafa Hijazi has died due to dehydration and malnutrition in Gaza Because of the blockade imposed by Israel. (Photo: video grab)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

Mustafa Hijazi, 12, succumbed on Friday to severe malnutrition and dehydration amid a critical shortage of medical supplies at the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah, central Gaza, the report said.

Another child has died in the besieged Gaza Strip due to starvation and dehydration, bringing the total number of malnutrition-related deaths in the enclave to 40, according to medical sources cited by the official Palestinian news agency, WAFA.

Mustafa Hijazi, 12, succumbed on Friday to severe malnutrition and dehydration amid a critical shortage of medical supplies at the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah, central Gaza, the report said.

Medical sources previously reported that 50 children in northern Gaza are suffering from malnutrition and starvation.

According to reports from Kamal Adwan Hospital in northern Gaza, about 50 children were suffering from malnutrition due to Israel’s blocking of humanitarian aid into the region, said WAFA.

Famine Looming

The sources told WAFA that “The specter of famine looms over Gaza, and signs of malnutrition are evident in some children. We are attempting to provide minimal medical services despite the fuel shortages.”

Relief officials and health experts have warned of famine in Gaza this Summer unless Israel lifts the restrictions on aid, stops the aggression, and restores vital services, the report said.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently warned that many Gaza residents are facing “catastrophic levels of hunger and conditions resembling famine.”

Horrific Images

On Tuesday, the UN International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) warned that almost 3,000 children have been cut off from treatment for moderate and severe acute malnutrition in southern Gaza, putting them at risk of death.

“Horrific images continue to emerge from Gaza of children dying before their families’ eyes due to the continued lack of food, nutrition supplies, and the destruction of healthcare services,” said Adele Khor, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa in a statement.

“Unless treatment can be quickly resumed for these 3,000 children, they are at immediate and serious risk of becoming critically ill, acquiring life-threatening complications, and joining the growing list of boys and girls who have been killed by this senseless, man-made deprivation.”

This number, based on reporting from UNICEF’s nutrition partners, equates to approximately three-quarters of the 3,800 children who were estimated to be receiving life-saving care in the south ahead of the escalating conflict in Rafah.

Almost 3,000 Children at Risk of Death in Gaza – UNICEF

Ongoing 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, 37,232 Palestinians have been killed, and 85,037 wounded. Moreover, at least 11,000 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.

‘Nine out of 10 Children’ Suffer Severe Food Poverty in Gaza – UNICEF

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)

‘War Robbed Gaza Children of Their Childhood’ – UNRWA Chief 

The majority of Palestinians killed by Israel in Gaza are women and children. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, The Palestine Chronicle)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

The head of the UN Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) has warned that without a cease-fire in the besieged Gaza Strip, the children of the enclave will become a “lost generation.”

“Children suffer first + suffer most in conflicts & wars. In Gaza it is no different,” Philippe Lazzarini, UNRWA’s Commissioner-General, said on X on Thursday. “Children have gone through what no child anywhere in the world should see or undergo.”

Lazzarini said: “Far too many were killed, far too many were injured & far too many will be scarred for life. Those who survived are in deep trauma.”

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Education, more than 15,000 children have been killed since the start of Israel’s aggression on the Gaza Strip, the majority of them schoolchildren.

“Their schools have been destroyed & they lost a whole school year, with no education or play,” stated Lazzarini. “The war robbed the children of Gaza of their childhood.”

Almost 3,000 Children at Risk of Death in Gaza – UNICEF

“Without a ceasefire they will become a lost generation, easy to fall prey to exploitation. For the sake of children: Palestinians and Israelis, #CeasefireNowInGaza,” the UNRWA chief emphasized.

UN Blacklist

On Tuesday, the UN International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) warned that almost 3,000 children have been cut off from treatment for moderate and severe acute malnutrition in southern Gaza, putting them at risk of death.

“Unless treatment can be quickly resumed for these 3,000 children, they are at immediate and serious risk of becoming critically ill, acquiring life-threatening complications, and joining the growing list of boys and girls who have been killed by this senseless, man-made deprivation,” Adele Khor, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa said in a statement.

Earlier this month, the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres informed Israel’s UN ambassador Gilad Erdan that “Israeli Security Forces” would be named in their annual report which names and shames States/groups that harm children.

This would place Israel on an infamous UN “blacklist” that includes the likes of ISIS and Al-Qaeda.

Staggering 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, 37,232 Palestinians have been killed, and 85,037 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7.

Moreover, at least 11,000 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.

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)

‘Political Reasons’ – Gantz Accuses Netanyahu of Obstructing Prisoner Exchange Deal

Benny Gantz (L) and Benjamin Netayahu. (Image: Palestine Chronicle)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

Gantz said in an interview with Israel’s public broadcaster on Thursday that Netanyahu is blocking the prisoner exchange deal.

Former Israeli war cabinet minister Benny Gantz has reportedly accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of obstructing a prisoner exchange deal with the Palestinian Resistance in the Gaza Strip for “political reasons.”

Gantz, who leads the National Unity Party, resigned Sunday from the emergency government, claiming that Netanyahu’s actions were preventing “true victory” in Israel’s onslaught against Gaza.

According to the Anadolu news agency, Gantz said in an interview with Israel’s public broadcaster on Thursday that Netanyahu is blocking the prisoner exchange deal based on personal political calculations rather than the interests of Israel.

“Netanyahu has made several decisions recently for personal and political reasons,” Gantz said, without elaborating, reported Anadolu.

“I have tried for several months to influence decisions within the War Cabinet for Israel’s benefit, but to no avail,” he added.

‘War of Annihilation’ – Hamas Criticizes Blinken for Exonerating Israel over Ceasefire Obstruction

The Jerusalem Post reported that in an interview with Israel’s Channel 14, Gantz said Netanyahu blocked “his own hostage deal proposal.”

“He approved a plan to return hostages and did nothing to promote it due to political considerations. Netanyahu did not advance the matter strongly enough,” the paper quoted him as saying.

‘Year or Two-Year’ Ceasefire

The National Unity party leader stated that Israel should pay the price of a “year or two-year-long” ceasefire in Gaza in exchange for the return of all hostages, said the paper.

Gantz also said, “There needs to be pressure on Qatar and Egypt, and we need to seize the moment when we can make a plan. Otherwise, the price will be higher. It is necessary to understand that the hostages need to return home.”

Asked about the day after a potential resolution, Gantz reportedly said: “Palestinian forces will receive international support. We told Netanyahu that we needed to deal with the day after because it is a complex matter that wont solve itself.”

‘Israel Responsible for War Crimes in Gaza’ – UN Commission of Inquiry Report 

He added “The fact that we didn’t deal with it only delayed the security. Meanwhile, a vacuum and chaos will be created, and the soldiers will continue to fight.”

Gantz and his fellow party member, Gadi Eisenkot, who also resigned from the emergency government, called for an agreed-upon date for early parliamentary elections.

Their withdrawal does not dismantle the government as Netanyahu still enjoys the support of 64 of 120 Knesset members.

Over 37,000 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, 37,232 Palestinians have been killed, and 85,037 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7.

Moreover, at least 11,000 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, Anadolu)

‘A Solution’ – Israel Freezes Work Permits for 80,000 West Bank Workers 

Palestinian workers in Israel do not have their rights as workers protected and are vulnerable to exploitation by employers. (Photo: via B’tselem)

Israel does not allow Palestinian workers to pass through Israeli checkpoints except after obtaining permits from the Israeli military.

Israeli authorities have begun freezing work permits for around 80,000 Palestinians from the occupied West Bank, according to Israeli media.

“The Israeli Civil Administration, which is a unit in the Ministry of Defense, has begun freezing nearly 80,000 work permits for Palestinian workers from the West Bank,” the Israeli public broadcaster is cited as saying on Thursday by the Anadolu news agency.

Since the start of Tel Aviv’s genocidal assault on Gaza on October 7 last year, Israel has prevented workers from the West Bank from accessing the Israeli labor market.

‘Forcibly Disappeared’ – Around 1,000 Palestinian Workers Missing in Israel

The Jerusalem Post reported that the Civil Administration “convened on Thursday for a discussion on the policies and procedures for bringing Palestinian workers into the industrial and settlement areas of the West Bank.”

It was a follow-up to a January meeting, which “was aimed at examining whether any changes had been made since the previous discussion.” Council heads had then claimed, “they are obligated to admit workers who have been granted approval their areas.”

The paper said that it was revealed last month that the Civil Administration “continued to issue tens of thousands of employment permits to workers in the West Bank.” In addition,  the department had already begun renewing the work permits of those granted before October 7.

‘Clear Rules’

The Civil Administration “was established by the military and is the body responsible for implementing civilian and security policies,” the paper said, citing its website. The administration serves “as the executive arm “of the Israeli military leadership in the West Bank area.

‘A Million Deaths a Day’: Testimonies of Gaza Workers who were Trapped in Israel

The paper quoted the Head of the Civil Coordination Branch, Lt. Col. Moran Hadad, who announced freezing employment licenses at the meeting, as saying: “This means that when a police officer stops a worker and sees that his license is not valid, he can arrest him.”

“This issue of freezing the licenses is supposed to provide a solution,” he reportedly continued. “There are clear rules for employers, which include a pickup point from the crossing to the work area. If a worker leaves the approved area, he is committing an offense – and the Israel Police will handle him. The process is the same for private employers.”

The paper further cited the Israeli KAN news outlet as saying that the freezing of the work permits will “last until the government decides to lift the lockdown in Palestinian cities and villages in the West Bank.”

Source of Income

Before the war on Gaza, more than 170,000 Palestinians were working in Israel, constituting an important source of income for the Palestinian economy, reported Anadolu.

What is the Beit Hanoun Crossing? And How Is It Linked to the Palestinian Protests in Gaza? – PHOTOS

Israel does not allow Palestinian workers to pass through Israeli checkpoints except after obtaining permits from the Israeli military.

Previous estimates from the Israeli Ministry of Finance indicate that the absence of Palestinian workers in the construction, agriculture, and industrial sectors resulted in a monthly loss of 3 billion shekels (840 million dollars), according to Anadolu.

Tensions have been running high across the West Bank since October 7, resulting in the deaths of more than 500 Palestinians and the arrests of more than 9,000.

(PC, Anadolu)

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Israel continues to carry out massacres against Palestinian civilians in Gaza.(Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour, Palestine Chronicle)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

Israeli forces continued to bomb several areas throughout Gaza, targeting civilian homes in Al-Bureji camp, in the central Strip.

Two women were killed in southern Lebanon as a result of Israeli bombings while 20 people were injured.

Five anti-tank missiles were fired from Lebanon towards Israeli soldiers and farmers in Metulla.

According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 37,266 Palestinians have been killed, and 85,102 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7.

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CHANNEL 12 (citing informed sources): the Northern Front Command is preparing for a large-scale attack on Lebanon, and explained that the leadership is awaiting the decision of the political leadership.

Friday, June 14, 11:00 pm (GMT +2)

ISRAELI ARMY RADIO: A large fire had broken out near Kibbutz Ya’ron in the Galilee due to Lebanese Hezbollah missiles, and confirmed that the fire was threatening other towns.

ISLAMIC RESISTANCE IN IRAQ: The Islamic Resistance in Iraq announced a drone attack targeting the port of Haifa.

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YEDIOTH AHRONOTH: 10 missiles were launched from Lebanon towards the town of Metulla in northern Israel.

ISRAELI CHANNEL 12 (citing Mayor of Medulla):

The Israeli government has lost the northern region and does not seem to care about it

More than 190 homes were damaged by the missiles, which constitute about 35% of the town’s homes

Hezbollah missiles led to massive destruction of infrastructure, streets, the electricity network, and agricultural areas

The fires that broke out as a result of the missiles reached several homes in the town

JERUSALEM POST: Thousands of Israeli soldiers suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Friday, June 14, 8:30 pm (GMT +2)

YEDIOTH AHRONOTH: Two missiles were launched from the Gaza Strip towards the Gaza envelope.

KAN (quoting Israeli security sources): Current estimates indicate that Israel needs a deal with Hamas in order for Hezbollah to stop its attacks on the northern front.

KAN: According to estimates, the Israeli operation in Rafah will end in two weeks.

G7:

We are united in support of the proposed agreement for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and the release of all captives.

We call on all parties to take all possible steps to protect civilian lives.

Israel must fully comply with international law in all circumstances.

AL-JAZEERA: Israeli occupation aircraft launched 3 raids on the town of Aitaroun and the vicinity of the town of Ramia in southern Lebanon.

Friday, June 14, 8:30 pm (GMT +2)

HEZBOLLAH: We bombed with missiles a gathering of Israeli occupation soldiers in Khallet Wardah and achieved a “direct hit,” noting that it bombed the Israeli Ramim barracks with missile weapons.

AL-JAZEERA: Several Palestinians were killed following an Israeli bombing on the Shaboura camp in the center of Rafah.

AL-QASSAM BRIGADES: We blew up a house that had been pre-rigged with Israeli force, leaving its members “killed and wounded” east of the Zaytoun neighborhood in Gaza City.

Friday, June 14, 7:30 pm (GMT +2)

UN OFFICIAL: We continue to call on the parties to ensure that aid reaches Gaza.

AL-JAZEERA: Sirens sounded again in Margaliot in the Upper Galilee due to the launching of missiles from Lebanon.

AXIOS: An American envoy will visit Israel to prevent the escalation with Hezbollah from turning into a comprehensive war.

ISRAELI ARMY RADIO: 60 rocket shells were fired from Lebanon today.

UN OFFICIAL: What I saw during my visit to Gaza was complete destruction of many areas.

AL-JAZEERA: Sirens sounded in the town of Metula in the Upper Galilee, northern Israel.

BEN-GVIR: The police chief and the judicial advisor are trying to obstruct my work.

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Friday, June 14, 6:30 pm (GMT +2)

AL-JAZEERA: Sirens were sounding in Shtula, northern Israel.

ASSOCIATED PRESS: The campaign against the Ansarallah is the most intense naval battle since World War II

US STATE DEPARTMENT: We included the Israeli extremist group Tsav 9 on the sanctions list.

ISRAELI ARMY: A soldier was injured as a result of being run over, west of Ramallah.

KAN: The Public Prosecution reveals that Minister Ben Gvir violated the law and interfered unacceptably in the work of the police force.

Friday, June 14, 5:30 pm (GMT +2)

US TREASURY: We imposed sanctions on the Israeli organization Tsav 9.

AL-QASSAM BRIGADES: The occupation army killed two of its prisoners in an air strike on the city of Rafah a few days ago, noting that “the Israeli government does not want the prisoners to return except in coffins.”

GALLANT: We will not give France a role in discussions regarding security needs in Lebanon.

YEDIOTH AHRONOTH: Halevy is disturbed by the demands for his resignation.

HEZBOLLAH: We bombed a gathering of enemy soldiers in the vicinity of Horsh Baram.

Friday, June 14, 4:30 pm (GMT +2)

REUTERS (quoting US officials): Washington will impose sanctions on an Israeli group that attacked aid convoys to the Gaza Strip.

AL-JAZEERA: An Israeli raid targeted the town of Houla in southern Lebanon.

LLOYD AUSTIN: Israel must make efforts to reduce the number of civilian casualties.

Friday, June 14, 3:30 pm (GMT +2)

GAZA HEALTH MINISTRY: 37,266 Palestinians have been killed, and 85,102 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7.

HEZBOLLAH: We targeted Israeli enemy soldiers in the vicinity of the Ramtha site in the occupied Lebanese Kfar Shuba hills with missiles.

DIRECTOR OF GAZA HEALTH MINISTRY: Goods and nutritional supplements for children have not entered the Strip for two months.

AL-QASSAM BRIGADES: We bombed the enemy forces penetrating southwest of the Tal Al-Sultan neighborhood in the city of Rafah with mortar shells.

Friday, June 14, 3:00 pm (GMT +2)

AL-JAZEERA: An Israeli bombing targeted the town of Al-Shouka, east of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, leaving two dead and others injured.

AL-QASSAM BRIGADES: We targeted 3 Merkava tanks with “Al-Yassin 105” shells in Rafah.

MSF: A nurse from our team and her child were seriously injured.

HEZBOLLAH: We destroyed the spy systems at the Misgav Am site.

NYT: An investigation by the American newspaper The New York Times+ revealed that the Israeli army bombed a camp for displaced people in Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, and later denied the presence of tents in the targeted area.

LIBERMAN: Extending reserve force service for an additional year is shameful

Friday, June 14, 2:00 pm (GMT +2)

GALLANT: Israel will not be a partner in a committee to resolve the security situation on the northern border if France participates in it, considering that Paris is adopting policies hostile to Israel.

MEDICAL SOURCES: 20 Palestinians were killed in Israeli raids on various areas in the Gaza Strip since dawn today.

ISRAELI ARMY RADIO: Severe damage to property and infrastructure as a result of 7 rockets falling in the Kiryat Shmona settlement.

CHANNEL 12: The army recommends to the political leadership to end the Rafah operation as soon as possible and advance the attack on Lebanon.

AL-JAZEERA: Three Palestinians were martyred in an Israeli bombing that targeted the Saudi neighborhood west of the city of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip.

COMMANDER OF ISRAELI ARMY’S SOUTHERN COMMAND: The army will continue moving forward until their goals in Gaza are achieved.

Friday, June 14, 12:30 pm (GMT +2)

AL-QUDS BRIGADES: Our fighters targeted with anti-personnel lightning bombs the Israeli occupation army soldiers penetrating the center of the city of Rafah.

CHANNEL 12: A number of fires broke out in Galilee as a result of rockets fired from southern Lebanon.

PALESTINIAN MEDIA: A child was killed in an artillery shelling by Israeli vehicles penetrating the Al-Zaytoun neighborhood, southeast of Gaza City.

ISRAELI ARMY: 35 missiles were launched from Lebanon towards the Galilee panhandle.

DIRECTOR OF KAMAL ADWAN HOSPITAL: We recorded symptoms of malnutrition in more than 200 children in the Gaza Strip.

LEBANESE PM: Israel’s killing South Lebanon is a terrorist aggression, and the international community must put an end to its crimes.

AL-JAZEERA: Sirens sounded in Kiryat Shmona and its environs at the Galilee panhandle.

Friday, June 14, 11:00 am (GMT +2)

AL-JAZEERA: A child was killed as a result of malnutrition and dehydration in the northern Gaza Strip.

KAN: Damage to two homes in Metulla and a huge fire breaking out.

PALESTINIAN MEDIA: A person was killed in a bombing by Israeli gunboats near the port area, west of Khan Yunis.

HEZBOLLAH: We targeted a gathering of Israeli occupation army soldiers in Khallet Warda with missile weapons.

AL-JAZEERA: Since the beginning of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip, hospitals have been suffering from a shortage of blood units due to the high number of injured people.

Friday, June 14, 10:00 am (GMT +2)

AL-JAZEERA: 6 missiles were fired towards an Israeli site in the occupied Shebaa Farms in southern Lebanon.

Friday, June 14, 09:30 am (GMT +2)

ISRAEL HAYOM: Five anti-tank missiles were fired from Lebanon towards Israeli soldiers and farmers in Metulla, without injuries.

LEADER OF ISRAELI LABOR PARTY: It is impossible to free the detainees and destroy Hamas.

CHANNEL 12: A fire broke out in the Avivim settlement as a result of two anti-tank missiles fired from Lebanon.

MAARIV: Gantz’s party would obtain 24 seats in the Knesset if the elections were held today while the Likud party, led by Netanyahu, would win 21 seats.

LEBANESE CIVIL DEFENSE: A second woman was killed in the Israeli raid on the town of Janata in southern Lebanon, and it also confirmed that 20 civilians were injured.

Friday, June 14, 08:00 am (GMT +2)

ISLAMIC RESISTANCE IN IRAQ: Our fighters targeted – at dawn on Friday – the Israeli air base of Ramat David with drones.

AL-JAZEERA: Sirens sounded in the Kiryat Shmona settlement and its surroundings in the Hula Plain and Upper Galilee in northern Israel.

Friday, June 14, 07:00 am (GMT +2)

OSAMA HAMDAN (to CNN): If Washington acts positively and not just with Israel’s eyes, an agreement can be reached.

Friday, June 14, 05:00 am (GMT +2)

USAID: The humanitarian situation in Gaza is very bad and a ceasefire is necessary.

Friday, June 14, 4:30 am (GMT +2)

AL-JAZEERA: Israeli warplanes targeted a house near the entrance to Al-Bureij camp in the central Gaza Strip.

(The Palestine Chronicle)