Thursday, July 24, 2014

Reporting from Gaza: Israel carries out airstrike against UN school housing displaced Palestinians, kills 16 people

Dear friends,
Israel continues its murderous onslaught against the people of Gaza.  As of today, the Palestinian ministry of health have reported that more than 800 people have lost their lives, the majority civilian, including hundreds of children.

Since Israel's assault began 18 days ago, the United National Reliefs and Workers Agency which works with Palestinian refugees has been providing refugee for Palestinians in the schools that it runs.  

On Thursday, July 24, Israel carried out an airstrike against one of the schools housing refugees in Beit Hanoun killing 16 people (mostly children) and injuring more than 160. UNWRA spokesperson, Chris Guiness noted on twitter, that it was not the first time that the Israeli Occupation Forces had struck a UN school housing refugees, despite the fact that the UN had provided the military with the exact coordinates of the schools.

Al Jazeera has also reported on the airstrike against the school. You can read it here.


The following tweets document the attack on the UN school, as well as document the displacement of Palestinians as a result of Israel's aggression.


The tweets included in this post are from the following journalists, photographers and bloggers (click on their names to go to their accounts):  

Maram Humaid - Gazan blogger/tweeter
Ayman Mohyeldin - Egyptian reporter, reporting for NBC
Sherine Tadros - Sky News journalist in Gaza
Daniel Rivers - ITV News
UNRWA - UN Relief and Works Agency
Chris Gunness - UNRWA  
Anne Paq - French independent journalist & photographer, who also part of the works Israeli based anti-occupation activist photography collective, ActiveStills.   

You can read the earlier posts in this "Reporting from Gaza" by clicking on the titles blow:


in solidarity,  Kim






 









 

 









 




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Reporting from Gaza: 21 & 22 July - There is nowhere safe to run

Dear friends,
Israel has continued its brutal and cold blooded massacre in Gaza.  The death toll is now in excess of 680 Palestinians, the vast majority of whom are civilians. More than 132 children have lost their lives, as Israel continues to indiscriminately bomb Gaza.  More than 4,500 people are injured.  

The Palestinian human rights organisation, Al Mezan Centre in Gaza noted in an interview with Al Jazeera that Israel's "warnings" to the areas for people to "evacuate" encompasses 43% of the Gaza Strip, which is only 360 sq km. Issam Younis from Al Mezan noted that the warning were "red herrings", because "forcing people to vacate their homes is a war crime on its own".  More than 100,000 people have now been displaced from their homes. 

Israel has struck more than 25 health facilities in the Gaza Strip since the beginning of its military offensive against the besieged coastal enclave earlier this month, according to Palestinian health officials. - See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/health-facilities-hit-israels-gaza-attacks-death-toll-rises-over-640-129158985#sthash.YKDeSO2Z.dpuf
Israel has struck more than 25 health facilities in the Gaza Strip since the beginning of its military offensive against the besieged coastal enclave earlier this month, according to Palestinian health officials. - See more at: http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/health-facilities-hit-israels-gaza-attacks-death-toll-rises-over-640-129158985#sthash.YKDeSO2Z.dpuf
Israel has now struck more than 25 health facilities in Gaza since the beginning of their offensive in Gaza.  Gaza's Health Ministry noted that Israel had also been targeting ambulance crews attempting to aid the injured. 
 
The following tweets document the second major attack on the Shejaiya district in Gaza City, as well as Israel's attacks on hospitals. These attacks came just hours after Israel had massacred more than 100 people in the Shejaiya district.


 
The tweets included in this post are from the following journalists, photographers and bloggers (click on their names to go to their accounts) documenting the situation on the ground in Gaza from the afternoon of the 21st July until just after midnight on 22 July.  

Mohammed Suliman - Gazan blogger (see also his article on Gaza in Alkhabar)
Maram Humaid - Gazan blogger/tweeter
Emad Shoukri - Gazan blogger/tweeter
Lazar Simeonov - freelance photographer
Jonathan Miller - Channel 4
Anne Paq - French independent journalist & photographer, who also part of the works Israeli based anti-occupation activist photography collective, ActiveStills.  

You can read the earlier posts in this "Reporting from Gaza" by clicking on the titles blow:
in solidarity, 
Kim
  
 





 


























Israel kills 132 Palestinian children in two weeks between 7 July and 21 July, 2014

Dear friends, 
as you will be aware the vast majority of Palestinians killed by Israel in Gaza have been civilians, primary women and children.  According to the Palestinian Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights in Gaza, between 7 July and 21 July, Israel murdered 132 children.  On 22 July, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinians Territories (UN OCHA oPt) reported noted that "One child has been killed in Gaza every hour for the past two days".

Below are some infographis published in the British The Telegraph, based on the statistics provided by Al Mezan.


In an interview with Al Jazeera, Issam Younis from Al Mezan Centre and Raji Sourani from the Palestinian Centre Human Rights, which is also in Gaza, accused Israel of war crimes.


Sourani noted in the interview that forcing people to evacuate their home under fire "is beyond a war crime". He went on to say that Netanyahu and his army have no right to demand people to vacate their homes and having demanded the people to do so, "proves the willful war crime".

The so-called Israeli warnings for the areas people should've evacuated, Younis said, encompassed 43 percent of the Gaza Strip, which is only 360sq km. "This is all red herrings, because forcing people to vacate is a war crime on its own."

You can read the full interview by clicking here.


In solidarity, Kim



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Palestinians stage general strike & protests in the West Bank and Israel against war crimes in Gaza

Dear friends,
on Monday 21 July, Palestinians held a general strike across the West Bank and inside Israel in response to Israel's massacre on Sunday and Israel's war crimes and ongoing indiscriminate attack on civilians in Gaza, which has now left almost 600 Palestinians dead. 

The general strike in the Occupied West Bank was called by Palestinians trade unions, as well as other Palestinian institutions.  Public Service Workers Union, Bassem Zakarneh, told media that the general strike was being observed by Palestinian shops, banks,  universities public and private institutions and ministries in condemnation of Israeli massacres committed against Palestinians and in solidarity with the people in Gaza.

Palestinians across the Occupied West Bank also took to the streets in protest against Israel's massacre in Gaza.  According to the Palestine News Network more than 1500 Palestinians took part in the demonstration which Occupied Bethlehem. As protesters marched towards Rachel's tomb, they were attacked by Israeli Occupation Forces, who started firing teargas. Demonstrations also took place in Ramallah, Hebron, Nablus, Tulkarem and Occupied East Jerusalem.


Palestinian citizens of Israel also joined the general strike, with the main shops and other Palestinian institutions closing for the day.  In Nazareth, the main commerical street closed down and more than 3000 Palestinians took to the streets to protest Israel's war crimes in Gaza.  According to Al Jazeera, the Israeli police clashed with protesters, arresting at least a dozen protesters. Other protests against Israel's assault on Gaza had also taken place in other cities the previous week, including Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jaffa.


Please find below some photos and tweets about the general strike.

In solidarity, 
Kim

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Above and below: Palestinian youth fired fireworks as they clashed with Israeli Occupation Forces 




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