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At 2pm tomorrow, November 19, Palestinian activists joined by international supporters will hold a non-violent demonstration at the Qalandia checkpoint near Ramallah against the ongoing Israeli attacks in Gaza and the Beit Hannoun massacre. The demonstration will be a “die-in”, with protesters donning white t-shirts splattered with mock-blood.
Although the Western media’s attention seems to have moved on from it’s fleeting glance at the massacre in Beit Hannoun, the Israeli aggression there continues.
Today alone, the Israeli media reported that ground troops in Beit Lahia, northern Gaza Strip killed a 20-year-old Palestinian, while Israeli warplanes fired missiles into Gaza city.
According to the BBC, over 400 Palestinians in Gaza have been killed by the current Israeli offensive, mostly civilians. Although Israel claims this is in “response” to Palestinian rocket fire, the 57-year-old Israeli woman killed in Sderot on Wednesday was one of only nine Israelis ever to have been killed by the homemade Qassams, the BBC says.
The current phase of the violence started in early June before the Israeli soldier held by Palestinians was taken on June 25. Huda Ghalia’s entire family was killed by Israeli artillery fire on a Gaza beach on June 9, leaving her an orphan.
The UN General Assembly on Friday overwhelmingly passed a motion against the Beit Hannoun massacre, promising to establish a committee to “to look into the facts” of the killing of 19 Palestinian civilians by Israeli artillery. Israel and the US where among the seven nations who voted against, while 156 nations voted in favor.
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