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Israeli occupation wounds a Palestinian minor

Palestinian minor killed by the Israeli occupation soldiers today in the West Bank of Occupied Palestine

Palestinian minor killed by the Israeli occupation soldiers today in the West Bank of Occupied Palestine

London, May 20, 2012

A Palestinian minor was seriously injured by the Israeli occupation forces in the West Bank of Palestine Sunday morning.

The 17 year old minor known as Salah al-Zagheer, from the West Bank city of Bethlehem was seriously injured when the Israeli occupation forces shot him from a very close distance.

It is said by witnesses that he was shot while speaking with the Israelis occupation soldiers at Etzion Israeli checkpoint, west of Bethlehem.

At the beginning, Al Zagheer was believed dead as he was shot from a very close distance and he was not offered medical first aid directly. “He was left on the ground while some occupation soldiers humiliated him,” witnesses told reports.

The 17 year old citizen was handed an interrogation notice by the Israeli security at his home and he went to the interrogation interview next day. He was shot at the first Israeli checkpoint he passed across his way.

Israeli soldiers said that they have shot him because they thought that he was carrying a knife.

“Damn this pretext to kill an innocent child”

The wounded minor was not offered first aid as well as he was humiliated by the Israeli soldiers. Look at that one who is putting his dirty leg on the hand of the wounded.

The wounded minor was not offered first aid as well as he was humiliated by the Israeli soldiers. Look at that one who is putting his dirty leg on the hand of the wounded.

 

UN: 1100 Palestinian homeless in 2011

UN: some 660 demolished houses and more than 1100 Palestinian homeless in 2012

UN: some 660 demolished houses and more than 1100 Palestinian homeless in 2012

London, January, 2012

The Israeli demolition of the Palestinian houses and other buildings in 2011 has resulted in displacing more than 1100 citizens, UN report said Saturday morning.

UN demanded a direct halt of such activities of the Israeli occupation and asked it to bear the responsibility of protecting the Palestinian citizens.

“Israel as the Occupying Power has a fundamental responsibility to protect the Palestinian civilian population under its control and to ensure their dignity and well‐being,” Maxwell Gaylard, the UN humanitarian coordinator in the occupied Palestine, said.

“The current policy and practice of demolitions cause extensive human suffering and should end,” Mr Gaylard added.
He also criticised the policy of destroying the Palestinian homes and their livelihood and said that increases their misery. He confirmed that all those actions are not acceptable.

“The wholesale destruction of their homes and livelihoods is not consistent with that responsibility and humanitarian ideals. The current policy and practice of demolitions cause extensive human suffering and should end,” he said.

The report mentioned: “For the year 2011, some 622 homes and livelihood structures belonging to Palestinian families were similarly destroyed, forcibly displacing almost 1,100 people, over half of them children, and compromising the livelihoods of several thousand more.”

Mr Gaylard noted that these figures represent a dramatic increase compared with previous years, and that a much greater number, in the tens of thousands, remain under threat of dispossession, demolition and displacement.

Homeless since the war

My pickup, two story house and cheese diary after being attacked by the Israeli F16s

My pickup, two story house and cheese diary after being attacked by the Israeli F16s

London, December 30, 2011

In the third anniversary of the Israeli aggressive war against the Gaza Strip, my two story house and cheese factory are still rubbles on the ground.

Both properties were destroyed by the Israeli F16 warplanes in December 30, 2008 during the aggressive war against the Gaza Strip.

I and more than 60 members of my extended family used to live in two adjacent buildings and on that date, the Israelis called us and gave us only ten minutes to leave them in order to destroy them.

We directly took to streets, me, my old parents, brothers and their wives and kids, my small angels, without taking any necessary thing from the houses.

We also informed our neighbours to leave their houses as the F16 attacks destroy a big area, not only the target house. The same they did, all of them rushed to streets with their children without taking any small thing with their hands.

Ten minutes left and nothing happened. We were hesitant to return back or stay away, but the last decision was to stay away. It was the right decision as three minutes later, we saw the F16s flying on the air and two rockets hit one of the houses and the cheese factory.

A huge cloud of fire and ash spread around a large area above the houses. Just minutes later, the fire and the ash have evaded and a hill of rubbles emerged at the place of my house.

The van used for distributing cheese after the attack

The van used for distributing cheese after the attack

The second building and the houses of the neighbours were partially destroyed. Wall had big holes and doors, windows, furniture were all destroyed. They became inappropriate for life.

How did we spent time

Some of us stayed with relatives and neighbours, mainly women and children, and some stayed wandering in the streets.

There were no communications at that time, and so we were apart from each other and we did not know anything about each other.

I myself associated my older brother and spent time walking in the streets, going to Al Shefa Hospital see wounded and martyrs, to cemeteries, to news agencies to report something as I used to report to Al Jazeera English Satellite Channel and The Radio of South Africa. I spoke also with the BBC.

We did not have money, so that, we spent that time either hungry or even hungry. But it was a difficult time as sounds of explosions and scenes of destruction were everywhere and every single minute.

What made it so horrible for me is that I heard that the house of my relatives, with whom my kids were staying, was attacked. But things went well when I knew that it was attacked by an artillery shell, not F16.

One of the neighbours looking at the cheese in site of the attack

One of the neighbours looking at the cheese in site of the attack

At that time, people considered artillery shells as a kind of mercy if compared with the F16 destructive rockets.

After the war, all of us joined together and, thanks to Allah, we found that no one was killed or injured. We really were lucky despite the destruction of our houses and the livelihood factory.

Some families lost one, two, three, … 20, 40, and more. Some families were completely eradicated such as Al Daya and Al Sammouni families in the nearby neighbourhood.

We stayed in the open air for a while and then were could have some makeshift homes. But, of course, we were lucky because we are, to some extent, considered wealthy if compared with other Gaza residents. We have enough area of land and some vegetable and fruit trees.

We managed to do something for ourselves before receiving helps from others. We did not consider receiving helps because others are needier than us and there have been shortage of aids until today.

But the makeshift houses took us 50 years back through time. My kids always complain, but I and my wife always ask them to be patient as later on we will have a new beautiful house.

But, unfortunately, today is the third anniversary of the demolition of our houses and cheese factory, and we are still waiting for the world to petition for the Israelis to left the siege.

One of my cousins walking at the site of the diary wondering why do the Israelis attack the diary

One of my cousins walking at the site of the diary wondering why do the Israelis attack the diary

I think, the world, I mean the West which rants about democracy and human rights, is biased because when they see that the Gazans launch a useless homemade rocket on the Israelis, they turn the whole world upside down and suspect Palestinians of being terrorists.

But, on the other hand, there is a strict siege imposed on the Gaza Strip for 5 years and people are dying of hunger and sickness, children attend school lessons in caravans, no access to clean drinking water, shortage of medicines, and the world does not just have a look.

In the third anniversary of the aggressive Israeli war against the Gaza Strip, experts say that Gazans need 100,000 housing unit urgently.

So that, let me know now, who is the one who produces terrorist?

A civilian killed, several wounded in an Israeli air-strike

An Israeli airstrike against the Gaza Strip resulted in the death of a civilian and several wounded

An Israeli airstrike against the Gaza Strip resulted in the death of a civilian and several wounded

 

London, December 27, 2011

A 22-year-old civilian has been killed and 10 others wounded; tow of them suffered serious injuries, by two separate Israeli air-strikes in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday evening, medical resources said.

The civilian killed in the strike known as Abdullah al Telbani. He was attacked while driving a motor tricycle towards the north of the Strip.

The two seriously wounded were seating with him. All of them were taken to hospital by paramedics.

Witnesses said that an unmanned Israeli plane attacked the motor tricycle and that was confirmed by a statement of  the spokesman of the Israeli occupation forces.

The indicated that the strike was carried out jointly by two Israeli security apparatuses and that the target had been a squad involved in recent terror activity.

Palestinian officials and activists confirmed that the Strip lives a state of quietness for months and there were no Gaza home-made rocket launches.

The other 7 civilians were wounded by an earlier Israeli F 16 strike which the Israelis said that militants were their target.

Meanwhile, paramedics and other witnesses said that the target apparently was a civilian car and all the wounded were civilians. “That refutes comletely the Israeli claims of targeting militants,” a paramedic said.

Homeless versus Settlers in Palestine

A Gaza engineer is lamenting the destruction of his house by the Israeli balldozers

A Gaza engineer is lamenting the destruction of his house by the Israeli balldozers

By: Motasem A Dalloul

The Palestinian case has become more ironic at the recent days. Israelis, obviously and deliberately, have been violating the international law regarding the rights of the Palestinians while the International Community turns its back to them.

The originally large number of homeless Palestinians has been increasing rapidly since the end of the Israeli war against the Gaza Strip. That war has resulted in thousands of homeless in Gaza, and the silence of the International Community encouraged the Israelis to intensify their frenzy eviction campaign against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem. So that, new hundreds of Palestinians are included to the list of homeless everyday.

Amid this reality of the Israeli oppression against the Palestinians who used to live peacefully in their own land, there has been an intense campaign of building new homes for new exotic settlers.

The Israeli Government either, illegally seizes land or forcefully evicts citizens from their homes, and so it builds new houses for those settlers.

Quartet, which consists of the UN, USA, EU and Russia, is always described as it is highly dedicated to peace and encouraging democracy in the developing countries. The Quartet watched the war crimes committed in Gaza during the Israeli war and it is aware of the effects of the strict siege imposed on the Strip. It also watches what’s going on in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

It knows everything about those homeless and also knows everything about the Israeli oppressive actions. Principals of the Quartet always show their deep feeling of depression over the misery of those sick and homeless. They always promise them that they will do their best to solve their problems. Therefore, they ask them to maintain self control in order to be able to get the permission for them to do something. May be they want to discuss if Palestinians can organize a peaceful march or not?

They ask the homeless to maintain self control and when the Israelis escalate their discrimination and eviction campaigns and when they commit war crimes they ask the homeless also to maintain self control. Also for the same reason.

The Israelis decided to include historical Islamic sites to their heritage, the Quartet didn’t move. The Israelis broke into and desecrated Al Masjed Aqsa and Masjed Haram Al Khalil, the Quartet said it’s worried about that move. The Israelis intensified settlement activities and toughened the siege, the Quartet increased moves in order to find a peaceful solution for that problem.

In addition to all those Israeli violations against the Palestinians, the US also asks the Palestinians to maintain self control and promise to find a peaceful solution for these problems. In order to keep control in its hand, the step that may favour the Palestinians, it says that “the USA is obligated to the safety of Israel”.

Continuous daily killings of the Palestinians are always nonsense. However, an attempt of self defense by a Palestinian is something dangerous and anti-Semitic and strict procedures must be taken in order not to be repeated.

Palestinians are always being pushed out of their lands, their homes are being destroyed, their historical and Islamic sites are being profaned and stolen and their rights are being violated. The same procedures also are being taken. The victim must keep silent and the victimizer must raise his voice and complains against the oppressed victim.

This is the theory of the double standards which the Quartet deals with when something is related to the Palestinians and the Israelis or the Arabs and Muslims and the Western interests.

But this will not continue forever. People will not keep silent forever. They will sometime and somehow rebel against their oppressive governments and stop their oppression. So that, principals wherever they are should prepare themselves to be one day in the dock.

Constructing new settlements in the West Bank

Constructing new settlements in the West Bank

Maniac Israeli settlers defy the Israeli forces and attack Palestinians in the West Bank

Maniac Israeli settlers defy the Israeli forces and attack Palestinians in the West Bank

Israelis settlements under construction in Jerusalem

Israelis settlements under construction in Jerusalem