International Solidarity Movement http://palsolidarity.org Nonviolence. Justice. Freedom. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:26:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Young man injured by Israel army live ammunition in invasion of Iraq Bureenhttp://palsolidarity.org/2014/07/young-man-injured-by-israel-army-live-ammunition-in-invasion-of-iraq-bureen/ http://palsolidarity.org/2014/07/young-man-injured-by-israel-army-live-ammunition-in-invasion-of-iraq-bureen/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:33:26 +0000 http://palsolidarity.org/?p=39893 21st July 2014 | International Solidarity Movement, Nablus team | Iraq Bureen, Occupied Palestine

On Thursday, July 17, 19 year old Mohamad Yousef Kadan was shot  by an Israeli soldier in Iraq Bureen, near Nablus in the northern half of the West Bank, during an army invasion into the village.

Mohamad was playing football with his friends in Nablus. As he and a friend were returning home for work in Iraq Bureen, the youths were approached by an Israeli soldier. “He was screaming in Hebrew and shooting live ammunition into the air” said Mohamad.

The boys fled back to the village, where they were confronted by seven soldiers. Without warning, the soldiers shot at the boys from a ten-meter distance, hitting Mohamad in the groin, the bullet exiting his body through his buttocks.

The soldiers then proceeded to arrest him, when people from the village approached the scene. The soldiers pulled back, and Mohamad was brought to the hospital. Though his injuries were described as severe, Mohamad is preoccupied with the risk of arrest. “In many cases, when people come home from the hospital, they are arrested at home.”

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Video of Israeli sniper killing wounded civilianhttp://palsolidarity.org/2014/07/video-of-israeli-sniper-killing-wounded-civilian/ http://palsolidarity.org/2014/07/video-of-israeli-sniper-killing-wounded-civilian/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:28:43 +0000 http://palsolidarity.org/?p=39890 21st July 2014 | International Solidarity Movement | Gaza, Occupied Palestine

Yesterday, international and Palestinian volunteers accompanied Civil Defence and other rescue crews, as well as family members, into Shajiya neighbourhood in Gaza. They attempted to locate survivors of overnight and ongoing shelling by the Israeli army. A young Palestinian man in a green shirt hoped to find his family. He was shot by an Israeli soldier while crossing an alley between buildings. Two additional rounds struck him as he lay injured on the ground. His dead body could not be retrieved.

The ambulance shown in the video was shelled by the Israeli military, killing paramedic Faud Jaber.

Dr Mona el-Farra of the Red Crescent Society in Gaza told ISM that, “The Israeli military  is targeting medical facilities. 77% of medical facilities in Gaza have sustained damage, some of which have been completely destroyed.”

“They said we would be able to evacuate the injured from the disaster zone, but they have been shelling ambulances,” stated Dr Khalil Abu Foul of the Palestinian Red Crescent, speaking from Shajiya.

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‘Death Zone’ in Shajiyahttp://palsolidarity.org/2014/07/death-zone-in-shajiya/ http://palsolidarity.org/2014/07/death-zone-in-shajiya/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:57:03 +0000 http://palsolidarity.org/?p=39881 20th July 2014 | Rina Andolini | Gaza, Occupied Palestine

There was a ceasefire today for 3 hours – so some of us internationals went to the area which I refer to as the ‘Death Zone’ – Shajiya, we went to see if we could help with the masses of injured amongst the rubble.

The Death Zone is unlike any destruction I have seen in my life – there is no place left without bombing, shelling or sniper shots. Total devastation.

Photo by Joe Catron

Photo by Joe Catron

A destroyed ambulance (photo by Joe Catron).

A destroyed ambulance (photo by Joe Catron).

We reached and there was a beautiful brother who was looking for his family. Doing our job, we made the decision collectively to help find the brothers family amongst the annihilation.

Unfortunately, the danger starts, there is constant bombing very very very close by, drones literally above our heads and sniper shooting. We are ducking and diving, and weaving in and out of the rubble and destruction.

Photo by Joe Catron

Photo by Joe Catron

We have so much to worry about – 1- to find this brothers family, 2- to not get struck on the head by falling debris from the tops of buildings/houses, 3 – to ensure our safety from the Israeli Occupational Forces.

This is not a joke, this is what happened. I was there and I was in the middle of it along with the five other members including the brother who lost his family.

We were pretty much in the line of fire. However, this was not expected as we were under the impression that we had a ceasefire window to go and do our work and come back safely.

There was cover as we were walking but then, there was a clear opening….and we heard the first shot towards us. It missed us, but it split the group.

I was on the far side with Mohammed and the brother. And on the opposite side, there was Joe, Charlie and Fred. The brother was slightly near the opening and there was a second shot at 15.27 and he fell to the ground.

Nobody could help him, he was in two arms reach, and we could not go to him as the Israelis were shooting and there is no doubt in my mind that the rest of us would have died if we did try to go to him.

Photo by Joe Catron

Photo by Joe Catron

We could not even give him something to hold on to, we were just surrounded by rubble and cables that possibly were live. The mind was not at its most clearest of points right then.

Then there was a third shot at him, and a fourth that missed him. The second shot to the brother was what killed him. Yet, they shot him again. Four shots in total.

Our dear brother – dead, inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon [may he rest in peace]. The Israeli Occupational Forces murdered him. And what for?

Why, during a ceasefire were attacks being carried out against the Palestinian people?

I hear Charlie say, ‘ find something anything…” and Mohammed and I shouted, “he is already dead”.

There were four shots in total, miss, hit, hit, miss. Shrapnel flying everywhere.

THEY MURDERED OUR BROTHER.

We are all witnesses to this murder of an ordinary human being, a beautiful brother, who was merely looking for his family. He must have been about 20 years old., with piercing light eyes.

We still do not know his name but we are trying our best to find out.

My last words to him were “slow down, brother, slow down” – but he wanted his family. He wanted his lost family, and the Israelis killed him for that.

Photo by Joe Catron

Photo by Joe Catron

Who are the murderers here?

We are blessed that we made it out of the Death Zone alive. The brother will be a shaheed [martyr] and he died in the last 10 days of Ramadhan. May Allah grant him the highest ranks of jannah [heaven]. Ameen.

Image shows our brother, from the back, in Shajiya, in the green t shirt – a short while before his murder.

Photo by Joe Catron

Photo by Joe Catron

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Human rights defenders under live fire, one deadhttp://palsolidarity.org/2014/07/human-rights-defenders-under-live-fire-one-dead/ http://palsolidarity.org/2014/07/human-rights-defenders-under-live-fire-one-dead/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:20:27 +0000 http://palsolidarity.org/?p=39868 20th July 2014 | International Solidarity Movement | Gaza, Occupied Palestine

The Israeli military just shot a Gazan man trying to reach his family, during an announced ceasefire. He was with a group of municipality workers and international human rights defenders who were attempting to retrieve injured people in the Shajiya neighbourhood.

Photo by Joe Catron

Photo by Joe Catron

The international activists and municipality workers are being fired at by the Israeli military. The young man who was killed can be seen in green t-shirt.

The international activists and municipality workers are being fired at by the Israeli military. The young man who was killed can be seen in a green t-shirt.

“We all just watched a man murdered in front of us. He was trying to reach his family in Shajiya, he had not heard from them and was worried about them. They shot him, and then continued to fire as he was on the ground. We had no choice but to retreat. We couldn’t reach him due to the artillery fire and then he stopped moving.” Stated Joe Catron, U.S. International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activist in Gaza. “Shajiya is a smoking wasteland. We just passed two bombed out ambulances.”

Photo by Joe Catron

Photo by Joe Catron

Photo by Joe Catron

Photo by Joe Catron

The Israel military has also shelled Red Crescent ambulances as they attempted to retrieve injured people in the Shajiya neighbourhood, east of Gaza City. A ceasefire was announced, during which injured and dead people, could be evacuated from the area, in which at least 60 people have been killed today.

“They said we would be able to evacuate the injured from the disaster zone, but they have been shelling ambulances,” stated Dr Khalil Abu Foul of the Palestinian Red Crescent, speaking from Shajiya.

Now, the international volunteers, including some from the U.S., the UK, and Sweden, are in a rescue centre on the outskirts of Shajiya.

 

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Israeli settlers attack Palestinian family in Hebron, injuring five people including a childhttp://palsolidarity.org/2014/07/israeli-settlers-attack-palestinian-family-in-hebron-injuring-five-people-including-a-child/ http://palsolidarity.org/2014/07/israeli-settlers-attack-palestinian-family-in-hebron-injuring-five-people-including-a-child/#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 01:55:11 +0000 http://palsolidarity.org/?p=39847 20th July 2014 | International Solidarity Movement, Khalil team | Hebron, Occupied Palestine

At midnight this evening in al-Khalil (Hebron), a large group of settlers from nearby illegal settlements, attacked the home of the Al-Sharabati family. 

Some of the settlers were intoxicated as they forcefully attempted to enter the Palestinian home; Israeli soldiers nearby watched the incident and made no attempt at intervention. Other Palestinians arrived as the settlers succeeded in entering into the house.

The settlers threw stones inside their house and attacked the family. Eventually the Israeli military arrived, and their response to the settler violence was to throw tear gas grenades and spray pepper spray at the Palestinians.

A 12-year-old boy was hit by a stone and knocked unconscious; he was rushed to hospital in H1 [supposedly under full Palestinian Authority civil and security control].

Four more people from the ages of 15 to 55-years-old were injured. Four of the people, including the 12-year-old child, had to be carried through a checkpoint as the Palestinian ambulance was not allowed to enter the H2 [under full Israeli military civil and security control] area of al-Khalil.

After 30 minutes the Israeli military finally allowed one ambulance to pass through and drive away with one injured person.

Photo by ISM

Photo by ISM

The Israeli military detained one youth for two hours. For an hour and 30 minutes the solders prevented Palestinians and internationals from walking near the Al-Sharabati family home.
Photo by ISM

Photo by ISM

Some of the solders appeared to make jokes with each other, posing for cameras, and when a Palestinian asked a solder if he would arrest the settlers if they attacked him, the solder responded, “no.”

 

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‘Jews Against Genocide’ hold memorials for killed Palestinian children in front of Israeli govt buildings around the worldhttp://palsolidarity.org/2014/07/jews-against-genocide-hold-memorials-for-killed-palestinian-children-in-front-of-israeli-govt-buildings-around-the-world/ http://palsolidarity.org/2014/07/jews-against-genocide-hold-memorials-for-killed-palestinian-children-in-front-of-israeli-govt-buildings-around-the-world/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:27:48 +0000 http://palsolidarity.org/?p=39835 19th July 2014 | Jews Against Genocide, posted here | Occupied Palestine

Jews Against Genocide (JAG) held a memorial service in front of the Knesset for Palestinian children killed by Israel in its current attack on Gaza. A pile of bloody dolls was placed at the Israeli Parliament and at other locations around the world. In addition to Jerusalem, memorials were held at the Israeli Ministry of Defense in Tel Aviv, in front of the Israeli Consulates and embassies in Madrid, San Francisco, Stockholm, and Copenhagen. Other memorials will be held in different locations around the world in the coming days. JAG set aflame to the pile of dolls covered in red paint at Yad Vashem, Israel’s holocaust memorial museum, on July 12th.

“Jews Against Genocide” protest outside the Knesset.

“Jews Against Genocide” protest outside the Knesset.

“Jews Against Genocide” protest in Copenhagen.

“Jews Against Genocide” protest in Copenhagen.

JAG spokesperson Miko Peled, an Israeli writer, human rights activist, and author of “The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine” stated, “At least 39 children have been killed, and the number continues to rise. I call on people of conscience around the world to support the Palestinian struggle and unite to call for an end to the apartheid regime in Palestine.”

JAG Member Ilan Pappe author of “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine,” Professor at the College of Social Sciences and International Studies in the United Kingdom, director of the university’s European Centre for Palestine Studies, and co-director of the Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies wrote, “Cessation of the incremental genocide in Gaza and the restitution of the basic human and civil rights of Palestinians wherever they are, including the right of return, is the only way to open a new vista for a productive international intervention in the Middle East as a whole.”

“Jews Against Genocide” protest in Madrid.

“Jews Against Genocide” protest in Madrid.

JAG member, Nurit Peled-Elhanan, a professor at Hebrew University, the co-initiator of the Russel Tribunal on Palestine, and a Laureate of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Human Rights stated, “The international community has not done enough to stop the Israeli regime of occupation… As a result, Israel does not pay any price for seriously violating international law and human values… We, the citizens of Israel and the stateless people of Palestine, cannot bring about the end of the occupation or stop the bloodbath by ourselves… We need you to prosecute the Israeli government and army, we need you to boycott Israeli economy and culture, we need you to urge your government to stop profiting from the occupation…”

“Jews Against Genocide” protest in Stockholm

“Jews Against Genocide” protest in Stockholm

“Jews Against Genocide” protest in San Francisco

“Jews Against Genocide” protest in San Francisco

“Jews Against Genocide” protest in Madrid

“Jews Against Genocide” protest in Madrid

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El-Wafa hospital staff attempted to retrieve medicinehttp://palsolidarity.org/2014/07/el-wafa-hospital-staff-attempted-to-retrieve-medicine/ http://palsolidarity.org/2014/07/el-wafa-hospital-staff-attempted-to-retrieve-medicine/#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 12:11:55 +0000 http://palsolidarity.org/?p=39831 19th July 2014 | International Solidarity Movement| Gaza, Occupied Palestine

Hospital staff and international activists, from the U.S., Sweden, and the UK, attempted to travel to the  recently bombed el-Wafa hospital, in an attempt to retrieve salvageable medical supplies.

When they arrived at the hospital it was, “still smoking from the attack this morning.” Stated U.S. International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activist, Joe Catron. The staff and activists were forced to retreat.

Charlie Andreasson, Swedish (ISM) activist, states, “We were waiting to get clearance from the Red Cross to go back to el-Wafa. This is urgent because without medicine, the patients cannot receive proper treatment, and coordination through the Red Cross has not been possible. ”

Previous attempts by the Red Crescent to enter the Shajaiya neighbourhood to retrieve wounded people from this area were met with live ammunition from the Israeli army. El-Wafa hospital is just outside of Shajaiya.

On July 17th, the Israeli military fired rockets and shelled the hospital, forcing patients to be evacuated to Al Sahaba medical complex.

Basman Alashi, executive director of el-Wafa hospital told ISM, “Due to the emergency evacuation we were forced to move quickly, and had to leave behind important medication, supplies are now running low.”

The embassies of the international activists were informed by the ISM, and asked to do everything in their power to fulfil their responsibility to ensure that Israel respects international law and does not target this delegation of Palestinian and international human rights defenders.

The staff and internationals may try to retrieve supplies again, for now it was impossible.

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Israeli forces shoot 20-year-old with live ammunition during Ni’lin demonstrationhttp://palsolidarity.org/2014/07/israeli-forces-shoot-20-year-old-with-live-ammunition-during-nilin-demonstration/ http://palsolidarity.org/2014/07/israeli-forces-shoot-20-year-old-with-live-ammunition-during-nilin-demonstration/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:53:13 +0000 http://palsolidarity.org/?p=39820 18th July 2014 | International Solidarity Movement, Ramallah | Ni’lin, Occupied Palestine

Today at the weekly demonstration in the village of Ni’lin near Ramallah, the Israeli military shot live ammunition at protesters.

Youths from the village in a cloud of tear gas before one 20-year-old protester was shot with live ammunition (photo by ISM).

Youths from the village in a cloud of tear gas before one 20-year-old protester was shot with live ammunition (photo by ISM).

Palestinians, Israeli activists, and internationals marched through the olive groves belonging to the village, demanding their land back and freedom for all Palestinians, only to be met by a cloud of tear gas.

The group split up as people ran through the trees. The army continued shooting at different groups of people and soon changed their weapons to rubber-coated steel bullets. For ten minutes the army continued to shoot at Palestinians and internationals, as well as the clearly defined Red Crescent paramedics.

The Israeli military slowly moving closer to the crowd of demonstrators. The solders then changed their weapons and began shooting live ammunition at the crowd, shooting a 20-year-old Palestinian in his leg.

Villagers reported that the army has previously used this method to arrest Palestinians, where they shoot protesters in their feet, beat them, and arrest them. At the demonstration today the young man escaped with the help of Red Crescent paramedics.

A Palestinian Red Crescent medic aids the injured youth, while other protesters escspe the continued fire of rubber-coated steel bullets (photo by ISM).

A Palestinian Red Crescent medic aids the injured youth, while other protesters escspe the continued fire of rubber-coated steel bullets (photo by ISM).

The injured 20-year-old is carried up a hill after injury from the Israeli military (photo by ISM).

The injured 20-year-old is carried up a hill after injury from the Israeli military (photo by ISM).

A Red Crescent paramedic attends to the injured youth (photo by ISM).

A Red Crescent paramedic attends to the injured youth (photo by ISM).

The army continued to shoot at the crowd with rubber-coated steel bullets as they ran away with the injured youth.

After the 20-year-old protester was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment, the demonstration continued with the military firing many more tear gas canisters at the groups of protesters.

Photo by ISM

Photo by ISM

Two protesters view the Israeli soldiers present and a nearby illegal settlement (photo by ISM).

Two protesters view the Israeli soldiers present and a nearby illegal settlement (photo by ISM).

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Yesterday at 20:40 the Israeli military contacted el-Wafa hospital in Gaza and stated, “Why don’t you care about your family? Why don’t you care about your patients?”

Some of the staff at el-Wafa hospital (Photo by Charlie Andreasson).

Some of the staff at el-Wafa hospital (Photo by Charlie Andreasson).

The receptionist replied, “Sir, you can’t bomb the hospital. We cannot move the patients.”

Several minutes later, two rockets were fired at the hospital, and two more shortly after. The fourth rocket penetrated through the concrete walls.

The shelling then began heavily, hitting the hospital from all sides. Nurses ran through the halls screaming.

Dr. Basman Alashi, executive director of el-Wafa hospital, stated, “They are going to destroy the hospital.” Soon after the hospital lost electricity.

Alashi stated, “If these patients die, I hold Netanyahu personally responsible for their souls.”

All but four of the 17 patients were evacuated. Two of the four remaining patients were dependent on oxygen and were unable to be immediately moved. There were also four staff members and two Spanish international activists inside el-Wafa.

Patients at el-Wafa, forced to be evacuated (Photo by Charlie Andreasson).

Patients at el-Wafa, forced to be evacuated (photo by Charlie Andreasson).

At 21:45, the Israeli military called the Red Cross and asked them to contact el-Wafa to ask how much time was needed to evacuate the rest of the hospital. Alashi told them that he needed two hours to fully evacuate the hospital.

The last shelling occurred at 22:00 and the last patient was evacuated at 22:45 to Al sahaba medical complex.

According to Dr. Basman Alashi, “There were no physical injuries but emotionally, it is indescribable for the staff.”

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El-Wafa Elderly Nursing Home shelled by the Israeli militaryhttp://palsolidarity.org/2014/07/el-wafa-elderly-nursing-home-shelled-by-the-israeli-military/ http://palsolidarity.org/2014/07/el-wafa-elderly-nursing-home-shelled-by-the-israeli-military/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:37:12 +0000 http://palsolidarity.org/?p=39806 16th July 2014 | International Solidarity Movement, Charlie Andreasson | Gaza, Occupied Palestine

After a night of heavy shelling in the area, the day is dawning in Gaza. The clock ticks pass 08:00; past the evacuation time the Israeli military gave to el-Wafa hospital the previous evening.

The patients were not evacuated; there is nowhere for them to go. The entire Shajajia area where the hospital is located, with a population of around 100,000 inhabitants, has also been ordered to evacuate, as well as other areas around the Gaza Strip. For so many people to move to other areas cannot be done, and without shelter they can only rely on God and their luck.

During the night’s bombardment, when el-Wafa hospital shook several times with explosions, suspicions were raised that the hospital had been hit. In fact, the building close by, el-Wafa Elderly Nursing Home was shelled by the Israeli military.

Photo by Charlie Andreasson

Photo by Charlie Andreasson

The upper part of the Nursing Home was peppered with machine gun fire and non-explosive grenades penetrated the concrete walls.

Photo by Charlie Andreasson

Photo by Charlie Andreasson

Photo by Charlie Andreasson

Photo by Charlie Andreasson

Lying on the floor lay the used grenades, business cards from the world’s “most moral” army.

Photo by Charlie Andreasson

Photo by Charlie Andreasson

The news that gradually circulates tells the story of a violent night in Gaza, with Israeli air strikes across the Strip. The number of deaths has now risen to over 200, higher than the death toll of the last war two years ago. From a window in el-Wafa hospital, the characteristic clouds of smoke, sand, and dust rise towards the sky.

Photo by Charlie Andreasson

Photo by Charlie Andreasson

The violence will apparently continue for another day.

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