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Eight Israelis were killed during the same period, including a soldier shot by a sniper in Gaza last month. For Palestinians a just peace includes a return to approximate borders, East Jerusalem is the capital of a future Palestinian state and a right of return for refugees which is a principle in international law. Trump has systematically worked to unhinge all of the above from the negotiating table.
Earlier this year the U. Thus the right of return would be taken out of the equation. Since UNRWA has provided essential services such as food, schools and free health clinics to Palestinian refugees. What Trump fails to grasp is the Palestinians have experienced the pain of displacement and occupation for 70 years. Maximizing pain only leads to more misery and violence. A peace deal that does not resolve the core issues is a non-starter.
Palestinians will not forfeit their dignity for a U. Essentially Trump wants to throw money at Palestinians as long as they agree to remain oppressed by Israel. His initiative is part of a broader push by the Trump administration and its allies in Congress to strip these Palestinians of their refugee status in the region and take their issue off the table in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
Mladenov said cuts would include the deferment of staff salaries in Gaza in July and starting the suspension of core operations in August. Republican and Democratic politicians voiced their horror at the pictures of thousands of children separated from their mothers and family members at the US-Mexico border where children were placed in cages and chain-link pens in filthy prison like conditions. Is most of the U. Congress not aware that for the past 51 years American tax payer dollars have contributed to the ripping apart of families in Palestine?
More than 46, children 10, - 12, since have been placed in a military detention system filled with systematic abuse and denial of legal rights. Human Rights Watch documented the use of chokeholds, beatings, and coercive interrogation on children. Palestinian child imprisonment is not the exception, it is routine in Israel. Congresswoman Betty McCollum Minn. As of this writing H. Resistance to the bill stems from Congress members fear of being targeted by the Israel lobby which may remove funding for members of Congress or undermine their re-election campaign.
Please stand up for the rights of Palestinian children and click on this Action Alert. It is a simple and direct way to contact your Congressional representatives and inform them of H. Congress takes action when constituents press them to do so. Since , Palestinian children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory have been living under Israeli military law and prosecuted in military courts. Israel is the only country in the world that automatically prosecutes children in military courts that lack basic and fundamental fair trial guarantees.
Approximately Palestinian children under the age of 18 from the occupied West Bank are prosecuted every year through Israeli military courts. The most common charge levied against children is throwing stones, a crime that is punishable under military law by up to 20 years in prison.
Since , more than 12, Palestinian children have been detained. Addameer has documented sexual assaults by Israeli interrogators against children Did you ever have to recite the Pledge of Allegiance? From now on the ending reads: That line is now the law of the land in Israel. This week the Israeli government passed the Nation-State Bill, a law which effectively repealed and superseded the equality and democracy provisions of Israel's Declaration of Independence as a guide for the future of the country.
Palestinians have always been 2nd class citizens in practice. But now it is enshrined in law. To quote Saeb Erakat: New Basic Law has distinct apartheid characteristics and requires racist acts as a constitutional value. The American Jewish Committee, a group representing the Jewish diaspora, said it was "deeply disappointed," saying the law "put at risk the commitment of Israel's founders to build a country that is both Jewish and democratic". Israel's new nation-state law "turns a 'de-facto' Apartheid regime into a 'de-jure' reality for all of historic Palestine," top Palestinian official and chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said in a statement on Thursday.
Pressure from the EU has thus far stopped Israel from its demolition plans. European governments and human rights organizations have been telling Israeli leaders that forcibly displacing a civilian population under occupation is a war crime. Donna will also report back on her recent one week visit to Gaza.
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If Israel were to demolish the village and other surrounding Bedouin communities and build here as planned, Palestinian territory in the occupied West Bank would be split in two, with a portion of it isolated from any future capital in East Jerusalem. Hope has been hard to come by. Then Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez happened.
Earlier this year she was working behind the bar at a taco restaurant in Manhattan. Fast forward to this coming November. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will likely be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. The moment she wins her Congressional seat in November, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will be the most outspoken Congressional critic of Israeli human rights abuses against Palestinians.
Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez is not an anomaly but evidence a seismic shift is occurring within the Democratic Party. As Sam Cook sang: Ocasio's victory is fresh evidence of the dramatic shift taking place inside the Democratic Party on Israel The Israeli government and the American Jewish establishment will be scared out of their minds. Last month, Sanders crossed one of the red lines demarcating politically acceptable Washington discourse about Israel. This seat is the opportunity to really champion some of the most ambitious and progressive legislation in the United States. When I first started this campaign, I started it out of a grocery bag And it was such a joke, I think, to the establishment and it was so small potatoes that nobody paid attention and nobody thought of us as a threat, which I think is a fabulous place to be.
I was at Standing Rock in December and when I saw how corporations had literally militarized themselves to do physical harm to American citizens, in particularly Native peoples And so, in a way, in New York City to challenge a kingmaker, you have to do it from the outside, because everyone else is too scared. The United States and prisons have a sordid history. Children forcibly separated from parents and held in prison like detention centers.
This Gaza Corner reports on a network of secret prisons where sexual torture is ongoing. Witnesses said Yemeni guards working under the direction of Emirati officers have used various methods of sexual torture and humiliation. They raped detainees while other guards filmed the assaults.
They sexually violated others with wooden and steel poles. From inside the prison in Aden, detainees smuggled letters and drawings to the AP about the sexual abuse. The drawings show a man hanging naked from chains while he is being electrocuted, another inmate on the floor surrounded by snarling dogs as several people kick him, and graphic depictions of anal rape.
He spoke on condition of anonymity because of security concerns. The UAE is likely creating many more terrorists with its brutal treatment of Yemeni detainees, and it is subjecting countless Yemenis to horrifying abuse while it occupies part of the country that they and their coalition allies are busy wrecking and starving. The UAE supports Yemeni forces that have arbitrarily detained, forcibly disappeared, tortured, and abused dozens of people during security operations. The globe is gripped by World Cup mania and Gaza is not immune.
Tens of thousands of Gazans gather to watch World Cup matches on large screens placed in public squares. In the simulation, 14 amputee players played who had lost a leg from the Israeli military either from the weekly marches that began March 31 or from three wars on Gaza during the past decade. Gaza has three special soccer teams whose players had their legs amputated due to Israeli fire.
The resilience of these soccer amputees is remarkable. Gaza is practically uninhabitable for healthy people let alone disabled Gazans. The Gaza blockade creates many barriers for people with disabilities to integrate into society due to lack of electricity and medical shortages. Most of the injured cannot leave Gaza for treatment. Gaza Corner looks into the plight of people with disabilities in Gaza.
These are life-long disabilities largely due to massacres committed by the Israeli military. Abdulsalam Haniya, a member of the Higher Council for Youth and Sport in Gaza, said that this event is a short message to all soccer fans that there are people who are isolated from the world who also likes to participate in sports and they are part of a life-loving society.
Baha Abu Ayash winced as a nurse unraveled the bandage around his right ankle. There was a whiff of rotting meat as a gaping bullet wound came into view. A doctor pinched his toes. They were black and cold. For six days, the year-old and his family had held out hope that his foot might be saved, if only he could be evacuated from the Gaza Strip. But it was too late now, the doctor from Jordan told them.
Even if Israel agreed to the transfer, the decision would be the same. Gaza health officials say they have submitted hundreds of such requests to evacuate the injured, but Israel and Egypt, which restrict who can leave Gaza for security reasons, have approved just a few dozen. According to Medical Aid For Palestinians research, more than 87 percent of Palestinians with a disability are unemployed, and one third will never get married. More than one-third of Palestinians with a disability have never been to school, while many do not use public transport as it is not adapted sufficiently.
More than 1, of these people, including about children, became disabled as a result of injuries incurred during the hostilities, including approximately amputees. Ten-year-old Maha suffers from quadriplegia as a result of a shrapnel injury to her neck that damaged her spinal cord. Israeli artillery shelling struck her home Seven family members, including her mother and two other sisters Apart from her inability to move her lower and upper limbs and difficulties with bladder elimination, Maha suffers from respiratory insufficiency and immune system paralysis, which puts her at a greater risk of lung infections.
She also relies on a vaporizer and an air mattress. Recently, Maha developed bedsores and her family fears lung infections, which have already resulted in hospitalization twice in the past two years. Many of the barriers to attaining full and equal participation in society for people with disabilities in Gaza are higher as a consequence of living under Israeli occupation — and that many of the disabilities themselves are a consequence of Israeli military action. Occupation, blockade and closure is detrimentally impacting the employment opportunities of Palestinians with disabilities.
According to the organization Transgender Europe , Turkey has the highest rate of murders of transgender people in Europe. The emergence of homophobia emerged in the late nineteenth century with the Westernization of Ottoman culture. The Ottomans tolerated homosexuality in public spaces and homoerotic verse flourished. That was a long time ago. These days the transgender community in Turkey fears for its life. Turkey, according to the organization Transgender Europe , has the highest rate of murders of transgender people in Europe.
Since forty-four have been reported. Before he came to power, he promised liberalism and gender equality, and he pledged to stop discrimination against LGBTI Turks. In Erdogan realized he had to change his policies to regain the nationalist vote which had alarming consequences for transgender people living in Turkey In , pride parades were recriminalized. Seyhan Arman is a Turkish transgender actor, using her art to tackle deep-rooted prejudice in a country with the highest murder rate of trans people in Europe.
As part of the BBC's Women season, we meet a woman risking her life to take a stand. Produced by Kelvin Brown and Emre Azizlerli. Seyhan Arman states in the video "A trans woman's options are limited. A great majority of us have to do sex work. Turkey has the highest rate of reported murders of trans people in Europe and national lawmakers and decision-makers are failing to change this.
She had been raped and tortured and her body burnt. Transgender Europe is a European human rights NGO working for the human rights and equality of all trans people.
She needed money to pay for gender reassignment surgery; she needed money to live. They both said in their last statements that they could not deal with the oppression and discrimination any longer. Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist and political scientist. Nowadays, Raqqa is seldom discussed in the media. This Gaza Corner describes the face of what American liberation in Raqqa looks like 9 months later.
Patrick Cockburn visited Raqqa in March and described the devastation as "apocalyptic". Raqqa is the poster child for the United States liberating a high profile city by first destroying it and then putting it back together. The problem is the U. Raqqa remains strewn with deadly unexploded ordnance, no running water, and no electricity. To add insult to injury, the US appears to be willfully misleading the civilian death count. The United States only admits to 24 despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
There is a growing sentiment among locals that the United States destroyed Raqqa but is unwilling to take responsibility for putting it back together. US officials indicate that the demining effort is needed to clear critical sites before infrastructure can get up and running again. Aid experts question whether Raqqa, a bellwether of the US-led effort to revitalize northeastern Syria, is getting enough support to remove remaining bombs and mines. The destruction of Raqqa and its slow recovery are contributing to a growing sentiment here that the United States wrecked the city but is unwilling to take responsibility for putting it back together.
Local officials warn that the U. According to Airwars, an independent research group that tracks American and Russian airstrikes in Syria, U. An Airwars analysis puts the number closer to 1, There are currently 6, open reports of human remains in rubble. Nothing is unaffected by the bombardment. Mosques, schools, squares and buildings have all taken hits, some repeatedly.
Trees on the street are burned. Insects and dust saturate the air. The stench of death rises from crushed buildings. After fleeing Raqqa during the coalition-led assault on the city, Abdu returned But local gangs had eyed him. He, like many others, lamented the loss of security, which he said was one prize feature of living under Daesh Islamic State.
This is an extensive article and highly recommended. The attacks left the city with no functional wells, said the humanitarian brief. Those Coalition attacks, which followed an alleged pattern of civilians being bombed near water sources, and the targeting of civilians trying to escape the city by boat earlier in the offensive, do not appear to have been widely picked up by English-language media.
The destruction is apocalyptic. Houses, hospitals, bridges, schools and factories are gone, turned into heaps of broken masonry. There is no electricity and little water. Another danger faces those whose homes were not hit in the battles: Isis was notorious for its copious use of mines and booby-traps. Its fighters specialised in placing well-concealed bombs in the homes of people known to oppose their organisation, and who had fled the city, but were likely to return when the siege was over. Three-and-a-half years of sadistic and pitiless Isis rule has left everybody in the city traumatised.
Until recently Palestinian voices were absent from western mainstream corporate media. The tide is turning. Gaza Corner features human rights attorney and co-founding editor of Jadaliyya , Noura Erakat who is emerging as an in demand voice for the Palestinian perspective in the mainstream media. Noura is an excellent choice as she is intelligent, articulate, charismatic and telegenic.
Palestinian voices must be heard in the mainstream media to counter the false narrative that has suffocated American public opinion and our governments that past 50 years. That time has arrived. Palestinian American human rights attorney Noura Erakat says protesters in Gaza aren't pawns of Hamas; they are struggling for the freedom all humans want. By its own definition, Israel has set up a mutually exclusive equation: Israel exists if Palestinians do not; Palestinians exist if Israel does not.
Rather than challenge this zero-sum equation of human existence, the United States has provided Israel with diplomatic cover and bottomless military aid. This is why Palestinians have been resisting for more than seven decades: They are fighting to remain on their lands with dignity. They have valiantly resisted their colonial erasure. This resistance is not about returning to the borders or some notion of the past, but about laying claim to a better future in which Palestinians and their children can live in freedom and equality, rather than being subjugated as second-class citizens or worse.
Israel and the Trump administration are trying to make permanent the exclusivist regime that they have imposed upon Palestinians — one based on racial and religious supremacy: During the interview, Erakat was hit with nearly every trope about the conflict currently circulating in the U. On March 30 when at least 14 Palestinians were gunned down, Israel explicitly said it would not investigate itself nor allow for an international probe, meaning that they defend their lethal use of force.
The fact that they asked me about Hamas shows that they are either willfully misleading their audience, or they just aren't doing the work. Both are horribly irresponsible. The one day carnage resulted in 62 Palestinians killed and over wounded. The death toll since the weekly protests began March 30 is and over 13, injured according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
Israel evidently changed its shooting tactics on May During the previous weekly protests, Israeli snipers shot dead non-violent protesters including children and also targeted clearly marked journalists killing two. But on the final day of protests Israeli snipers expanded their targets to field medics. Tarek Loubani, a Canadian emergency room medical doctor.
He was one of 19 clearly marked medics shot during the May 14 protest. Loubani was rescued by a paramedic who was shot and killed later that day. Laila Anwar al-Ghandour, an eight-month-old baby girl, died possibly due to tear-gas inhalation at dawn. On one side there is an occupying power that is incessantly rewarded by the international community, even as the Palestinians are being being pushed ever further out of their lands. Those who remain live under the harshest conditions: The denial of a right to live in dignity and freedom. Our ideas and dreams of liberation are swept into a corner because if we so much as dare to speak loudly and mobilize, we will find ourselves incarcerated or killed.
Palestinians are wedged between a painful exile and a butchered land. This is the definition of ethnic cleansing. The misconception is that we actually have a choice, that we are willfully choosing death. The truth is that the only remaining option is to silently be imprisoned, controlled, dispossessed, and attacked for being Palestinian.
There is no choice but to seek life, and that is all that we are doing. This is our crime. We are the criminals that dared to wish for life.
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Eyewitness testimonies, and video and photographic evidence suggest that many were deliberately killed or injured, while posing no imminent threat to Israeli soldiers and snipers. Many who have not died have suffered life-changing injuries , and will likely face further complications, infections and some form of physical disability. The high number of apparently unlawful killings, including possible wilful killings, and injuries in the context of these recent protests is unprecedented and requires accountability that we believe Israel is unwilling to deliver.
And then 5 minutes later: Israel is using new experimental and internationally banned weaponry such as butterfly bullets that pulverize internal organs that lead to lower limb amputation. Palestinians have also noted an unknown yellow-green toxic gas often launched from drones, which provoke severe convulsions and asphyxia. Imagine if scores of non-violent protesters were killed and wounded in SF, Paris, or London? The outcry would be deafening. It would be even more deafening if it occurred in Tehran. But when it comes to Israel…shh. Absent from the official discourse is the fact that, under international law, Israel has a responsibility to protect those civilians living under its occupation.
Absent, also, is the acknowledgement that Gaza is not a state bordering Israel. The Great March of Return is thus not just a story of Gaza. It is a deeper and more existential fear that dates back to —a fear that demands for Palestinian rights, which Israel has long worked to marginalize, might infiltrate the consciousness of a restive population. The past record is not encouraging, but something new has started. Most of the people are being shot in the lower extremities, in their legs. I saw one person shot in the throat. There are no bullets being fired by Palestinians on Israeli soldiers.
Not a single Israeli soldier has been injured. This is a way of pushing their bodies up against their confinement. So, this is really more of a broad-based, grassroots movement. Medics on the ground say Israeli forces are shooting at demonstrators with a new type of round - never seen before - known as the "butterfly bullet".
Ashraf al-Qedra, Gaza's health ministry spokesman explained "Normally, a regular bullet breaks the leg [upon impact].
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But these bullets create massive wounds, indicating that an explosion happened inside the body. It's an expanding bullet. It pulverizes the leg, and the leg gets cut off [as a result]. Explosive rounds were banned internationally under the Hague Convention because of the "unnecessary injury and suffering caused from large bullet wounds". Palestinians have also noted an unknown toxic gas The yellow-green gas has caused many who were exposed to it to convulse, their legs and bodies thrashing violently as they lay on the ground.
Dr Ashraf Joma'a, a chemistry specialist from Gaza reported "These are internationally prohibited weapons, and we call on the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the international community to send an investigative committee. On Friday Amnesty International issued a report. Some of these cases appear to amount to willful killing, a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions and a war crime. Israel is carrying out a murderous assault against protesting Palestinians, with its armed forces killing and maiming demonstrators who pose no imminent threat to themwith what appear to be deliberately inflicted life-changing injuries — during the weekly Friday protests that began on 30 March.
The international community must act concretely and stop the delivery of arms and military equipment to Israel. These people are merely protesting their unbearable conditions and demanding the right to return to their homes and towns in what is now Israel These apparently deliberate attempts to kill and main are deeply disturbing, not to mention completely illegal. Some of these cases appear to amount to wilful killing, a grave breach of the Geneva Conventions and a war crime Producer Hugh Berkeley uncovered a little known archive that shed new light about the role iconic American jazz musicians played during the height of the Cold War as cultural ambassadors.
Some musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie were well aware of what they were getting into. Dizzy distanced himself from American nationalism and reveled in promoting jazz as a universal world-music. Jazz diplomacy during the Cold War underscored the importance of cultural diplomacy. But as documentary producer Hugh Berkeley found out, the results were anything but straightforward. Jazz could be embraced by U. The State Department relied on black jazz musicians to present a rose-colored image of American race relations, even as Jim Crow laws were still in place.
Yet, even if the musicians did not believe that they were representing a color-blind nation, many African-American jazz artists such as Duke Ellington took great pride in representing their race as well as their nation. Others, including Dizzy Gillespie, distanced themselves from American nationalism and promoted jazz as a universal world-music.
We were sent to where there were going to be problems. We first went to Poland in At that time you would call that "behind the Iron Curtain. That trip was not good, to be blunt. We discovered, "This is the first time we're in trouble. There's something going on. Right after we left, they killed everybody in our hotel.
The Iraqi army came to rescue people out the back door of the hotel in trucks that were army trucks with the canvas over it. The lead truck stopped and they couldn't get it going again. Everybody in two trucks were pulled out and killed in the street. That I missed - by a few days. What was important about this tour was the connection with the students, and the musicians, and the artists, and some politicians. Because, if we don't start understanding each other, there's not going to be a world.
Saudi Arabia has one of the highest execution rates in the world. Most executions are public beheadings. Drug offenders account for about 40 percent of total executions. Non-violent anti-government protests are also punishable by death. As of the end of that total is up to abolitionist countries.
Saudi Arabia has executed 48 people since the beginning of , half of them for nonviolent drug crimes. Saudi Arabia has carried out nearly executions since the beginning of , over of them in drug cases. The Death Penalty Worldwide Database, which collects information on executions across the globe, shows that Saudi Arabia has one of the highest execution rates in the world. There were also protests against anti-Shiite discrimination in Saudi Arabia, where a conservative form of Sunni Islam known as Salafism prevails.
Saudi security forces cracked down on the protests, arresting scores and killing several demonstrators. One of those arrested was Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, a Shiite cleric who called for free elections in the state and greater rights for Shiites. Nimr was arrested in and executed along with 46 others in January Saudi Arabia, Iran, North Korea and Somalia are the only countries in the world that still execute people in public.
New information has emerged that is not being reported prominently in the Western corporate media. I don't know if a chemical attack occurred in Douma and if so, who is responsible. Fisk was among the first western journalists to enter Douma this past Monday. Information about the alleged chemical attack leading up to the U. Assim Rahaibani, one of the doctors at the Syria clinic at the centre of the chemical attack allegations. The doctor says the patients were not overcome not by gas but by oxygen starvation called hypoxia on a night of heavy bombardment and wind that caused a dust storm.
But the fact that this revelation has been so under reported suggests the Western corporate media has taken sides as it deliberately blocks information from one of the most respected and experienced journalists based in the MIddle East. Douma based doctor Assim Rahaibani interviewed by the first western journalist to visit Douma, Robert Fisk:. There was a lot of shelling [by government forces] and aircraft were always over Douma at night — but on this night, there was wind and huge dust clouds began to come into the basements and cellars where people lived.
People began to arrive here suffering from hypoxia, oxygen loss. People started throwing water over each other.
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Yes, the video was filmed here, it is genuine, but what you see are people suffering from hypoxia — not gas poisoning. Before we go any further, readers should be aware that this is not the only story in Douma. The doctor said no chemical attack occurred. The video footage from last week was genuine, the doctor added, but it showed civilians who had inhaled dust after a Syrian bombing attack, not gas. So the Guardian appears to have intentionally blocked its readers from learning about the Fisk report. Western corporate media are clearly not fulfilling their self-declared role either as an impartial messenger of news, or as a watchdog on power.
They have taken a side — that of the governments of the US, UK and France, their regional partners Saudi Arabia and Israel, and what are by now mostly proxy jihadi fighters in Syria. Why the rush to bomb? What makes this alleged attack a red line the U. There have been unconfirmed reports of both Syrian rebels and Turkey using chemical weapons inside Syria yet there was no uproar by Western powers.
A half million Syrians have been killed in this proxy war. What kind of government expresses outrage at the sight of Syrian civilians attacked by chemical weapons yet refuses to admit Syrians as refugees? Israel used the chemical weapon white phosphorus against Gazan civilians Human Rights Watch. White phosphorus burns the skin and flesh so only the bones remain. The Chemical Weapons Convention, which is the central international legal instrument Nowhere does the Convention provide for unilateral uses of force in response to a breach of the Convention.
It is often presented as a legal argument, but it is not. It is a claim that illegal behavior can nonetheless, in some circumstances, be legitimate. But legitimacy is in the eye of the beholder. Nations that do not share Western conceptions of legitimacy could justify uses of force based on their own conceptions of legitimacy.
The United States, the UK and France launched air strikes on Syria this morning just as inspectors from the UN chemical weapons agency, the OPCW, had arrived to investigate whether a chemical weapons attack — the official justfication for the strikes — had taken place in Douma last week and, if so, who was responsible.
It looks suspiciously like the strikes were timed to pre-empt, and foil, the UN investigation. For all of Mr. Defense Department officials underscored the need to show the world convincing evidence that Mr. If there was a need to display convincing evidence that Assad was responsible for the chemical attack in Douma, why bomb Syria the day the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons OPCW was scheduled to arrive in Damascus to investitgate the chemical attack? No Israeli soldiers have been wounded. Civilians are being killed just for exercising their right to protest peacefully.
Yesterday Israeli snipers shot to death Gazan video journalist Yaser Murtaja.
Snipers also shot and wounded at least six other journalists despite all wearing vests clearly identifying them as press. Their only weapons were cameras and recorders. Firing live ammunition into crowds of unarmed civilians is illegal and inhumane and cannot be tolerated. If you believe Israel should be held accountable for killing and wounding unarmed peaceful protesters, take a few moments to contact your Congressional representatives and express your outrage. Your voice makes a difference.
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Noteworthy articles published after the Gaza Corner broadcast:. Yasser Murtaja, a self-taught photojournalist Since the protests began, Israeli forces have killed at least 29 Palestinians and wounded more than 1, There have been no known Israeli casualties. Journalists have a right to work, and people have a right to demonstrate peacefully — and to assume that responsible authorities will ensure that they can do so without being shot. While filming a documentary about the demonstrations, Yaser Murtaja Second, the Israeli Army bragged a couple of days ago on Twitter that their soldiers know where they put every bullet and where every bullet landed.
Each time, there are injuries and deaths among journalists. How is it possible to look at these protesters and not see the disaster wrought first and foremost by Israel. No one can deny the hardheartedness that has befallen it Israel , so hard that it blocks humanity and compassion from reaching the heart, which has been scarred and blocked permanently.
Noteworthy articles published prior to the Gaza Corner broadcast:. The killing and wounding of yet more unarmed Palestinian protesters yesterday by Israeli forces in Gaza is an outrage. The majority of the people of the Gaza Strip are stateless refugees, subject to a decade long blockade and the denial of basic human and political rights. More than two thirds are reliant on humanitarian assistance, with limited access to the most basic amenities, such as water and electricity. They have a right to protest against their appalling conditions and the continuing blockade and occupation of Palestinian land, and in support of their right to return to their homes and their right to self-determination.
Imagine for a moment that it was not the two million Palestinian in Gaza, who are mostly refugees from , but the six million Syrian refugees in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan who had staged a march to return to the homes that they have lost in Syria since Suppose that, as they approach the Syrian border, they were fired on by the Syrian army and hundreds of them were killed or injured. Syria would certainly claim that the demonstrators were armed and dangerous, though this would be contradicted by the absence of casualties among the Syrian military. The international outcry against the murderous Syrian regime in Washington, London, Paris and Berlin would have echoed around the world.
The tragedy lies not only in the killing of Palestinians, but in the responses of Israel and the United States to this massacre. It has become commonplace, indeed expected, that the killing of Palestinians is either ignored or, more frighteningly, applauded by Israelis. Calls by Palestinians, the European Union and the United Nations for an independent investigation were swiftly rejected, with both Israel and the Trump administration blocking any endorsement of an investigation by the Security Council The message that Israel and the United States have sent is that Palestinian lives are dispensable, unworthy of any investigation, even when it is clear that their lives were taken unlawfully.
The right of return is enshrined in international law. The IDF readied itself for the protest by deploying snipers to the Gaza border, as well tanks and drones. It's well documented that Israeli soldiers routinely shoot Palestinian civilians. But few could have imagined the horror that unfolded. In one day 17 Palestinian protesters were shot dead. As far as I know Israel has never cooperated with an independent investigation of its military.
Without independent investigations Israel will continue to perpetuate a culture of impunity. One mourner, Mohammad Sabbagh, 30, recalled seeing his brother Bader,10 years his junior, shot through the head on Friday. I carried him to the ambulance, and he was dead There is no future for the youth, it was destroyed, they wanted just a better life. Unfortunately there is no better life but for dead people. More than 1, others wounded by Israeli forces during march calling for return of Palestinian refugees to their lands.
Friday's demonstration commemorated Land Day, which took place on March 30, , when six unarmed Palestinian citizens of Israel were killed by Israeli forces during protests against the Israeli government's decision to expropriate massive tracts of Palestinian-owned land. Some 70 percent of Gaza's two million population are descendants of Palestinians who were driven from their homes in the territories taken over by Israel during the war, known to Arabs as the Nakba.
Adalah, a legal centre for Palestinian rights in Israel, condemned the Israeli army's use of force, calling it a violation of international law. The new situation on the Israel-Gaza border has the potential makings of a third intifada. But is there will on the Palestinian side? In April , the Israel Defense Forces made a decision to go back to using live fire against Palestinian protestors. The IDF snipers had orders to aim for ankles, and only shoot to kill at individuals with weapons Footage from the scene shows that in at least a handful of cases, Palestinians were also shot when trying to run out of the buffer zone, and there are those who claim to have been shot farther away.
The fact that live ammunition has been used against unarmed protesters is deeply troubling, and these deaths must be investigated as possible unlawful killings A failure to do so will only perpetuate years of impunity Having consistently ignored the human rights of Palestinian refugees for 70 years, Israel must at least hear their demands and allow peaceful demonstrations and protests to take place. Israel plans to deport as many as 40, mostly Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers starting April 1.
The asylum process doesn't work as evidenced by a refugee recognition rate of less than 1 percent. It authorizes the detention only of African asylum seekers and not the tens of thousands of asylum seekers from countries such as Ukraine and Georgia.