Monday, 21. May 2018

The continuous aggression and brutality being waged against the Palestinians in Gaza during the past seven weeks has resulted in the killing by Israeli army snipers of more than 100 Palestinians, including children, and the severe wounding of thousands of others who are liable to become handicapped if they survive. The hospitals in Gaza Strip are in great distress and are crying out for both medical and humanitarian aid to enable their medical staffs to continue performing vital, life-saving surgery.

At a demonstration held on Tuesday, May 15, in the northern Arab city of Umm al-Faham, which was organized by the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee, the head of the Joint List Knesset faction, MK Ayman Odeh (Hadash), said: “The Arab population in Israel, along with Jewish democratic forces, is fighting against the slaughter in Gaza. We call for a peace agreement based on the 1967 lines.”

Omar Abu Fool, 30, died on Tuesday, May 15, of the wounds he sustained during unrestrained Israeli fire against Gazans protesting near the border fence the previous day, according to sources at the Shifa Hospital in Gaza where he had been hospitalized. Abu Fool was the 60th fatality of the brutal Israeli massacre along the Gaza border in which another 2,400 were wounded.

At least 52 Palestinians were killed on Monday, May 14, in the Gaza Strip and more than 2,400 others were wounded as the Israeli army fired live ammunition and tear gas at protesters assembled at five points along the border fence with Israel.

The Workers Party of Ireland condemns today’s murderous attacks on Palestinian civilians by the Israeli state. At present, sources suggest that at least 55 Palestinians have been killed and 2,400 wounded by Israeli forces, on what has been described as the deadliest day of violence since the 2014 attacks on Gaza.

Hundreds of Israelis marched through downtown Jerusalem Saturday night, May 12, to protest against the politically volatile moves of the United States next week that will increase tensions with the Palestinians and the Arab World.  The protesters marched from King George Street downtown to the Old City’s Jaffa Gate. Along the way, they chanted slogans: “We oppose an escalation [of the security situation],” “Jerusalem capital of two states – Israel and Palestine,” “End the occupation of east Jerusalem,” and “Netanyahu – resign! Peace is worth more [than the embassy move].”

Israeli forces fired live ammunition and tear gas at Palestinian protesters along the border with Gaza on Friday, May 11, this for the seventh consecutive week. Friday’s protests were part of the 45-day “Great March Return,” which began on March 30, and which are set to culminate on May 15, Nakba Day.

At least 15,000 Palestinians took part in Friday’s protests at several locations along the Gaza-Israel border fence. Jabr Salem Mustafa, 40, was shot in the chest Israeli forces and died while participating in the nonviolent protests along the border east of Khan Younes, in southern Gaza Strip. Israeli soldiers wounded dozens more during the protests. Among the wounded was a 16-year-old boy who was shot in the head and was listed as being in critical condition.

The Ministry of Health has yielded to pressure from the Knesset committee for the Status of Women and Gender Equality by ordering hospitals to stop destroying evidence of rape. Chairman MK Aida Touma-Sliman (Hadash – Joint List) declared, “It shows that it is possible to bring about change. In times like these, such things cannot be taken for granted.”

The committee continued on Monday, May 7, to discuss the need to collect and preserve forensic evidence from victims of sexual assault, an issue it began deliberating on in January 2017. At present, hospitals often destroy samples taken from rape victims within three months, whether or not a complaint has been filed with the police.

Elor Azaria, the Israeli soldier who cold-bloodily killed a wounded Palestinian, Abdel Fattah al-Sharif, in the West Bank city of Hebron in 2016, was released on Tuesday, May 8, after serving only nine months in prison. According to Haaretz, his release was brought forward by two days following Azaria’s request so that he could attend his brother’s wedding.

On 24 March 2016, Azaria shot al-Sharif in the head as the latter lay on the ground following a reported stabbing of another solider. The extrajudicial execution of the Palestinian was captured on video by B ‘Tselem.

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