Monday, 23. July 2018

A protest demonstration was organized by PAME at the Israeli embassy in Athens, in the afternoon of Thursday, July 19th against Israel's continued murderous attacks on the Palestinian people.

Palestinian Peoples PartyThe Palestinian People's Party strongly condemned the leader of the German parliamentary faction DIE LINKE (The Left party), Dietmar Bartsch, for planting trees in an Israeli settlement near the Gaza Strip during his visit to Israel. A statement issued by the Palestinian People's Party on Tuesday morning said:

The Palestinian People's Party (PPP) strongly condemns the visit made by the leader of the German parliamentary faction DIE LINKE (The Left party), Dietmar Bartsch, to one of the settlements near the Gaza Strip, where he planted trees and expressed his solidarity during his visit to Israel. The visit was within the cooperation with the Zionist organization "Kern Kiemet", known for its great responsibility for the policy of ethnic cleansing against the Palestinians, and their force acts on expelling the Palestinians from their lands, homes, villages and cities.

A young Palestinian identified as Mohammad Nasser Shurrab, 20, from Khan Younis in the south of the Gaza Strip, died on Saturday, July 14, of wounds sustained from Israeli army gunfire during protests the day before along the Gaza border with Israel, according to medical sources. The European Hospital in Khan Younis announced that Shurrab succumbed to critical wounds he sustained hours earlier during the protests east of Khan Younis.

One Palestinian was killed and at least 396 others were injured as Israeli shelling and snipers targeted protesters who gathered along Gaza-Israel border for the 15th consecutive weekly “Great March of Return” nonviolent demonstration on Friday, July 6, according to the Palestinian news agency Wafa.

Mohammad Jamal Abu Halima, 22, died of a chest wound from the shelling which targeted a crowd of protesters along the Gaza border east of Gaza City. Eight others were wounded in the blast that killed Abu Halima, who became the 136 Gazan to be killed by Israeli forces since the weekly protests began on March 30.

Palestinians protested in and around Khan al-Ahmar on Wednesday, July 4, as Israeli forces began preparations to destroy the Arab-Bedouin village in the Palestinian occupied West Bank, despite international calls not to go ahead with the plan. Residents and activists climbed onto bulldozers and waved Palestinian flags in a bid to stop the demolition. 

The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that 35 people were injured, four of whom were taken to  hospital. The Israeli rights group B’Tselem said nine people were arrested – five from the village and four others, including the organization’s head of field research.

A stormy debate took place in the Knesset on Monday, July 2, during a forum on the subject of Palestinian children under occupation, initiated by four anti-occupation MKs: Joint List chairman Ayman Odeh (Hadash), Dov Khenin (Hadash – Joint List), Michal Rozin (Meretz) and Ksenia Svetlova (Zionist Union).

The meeting organized by the four MKs to highlight the plight of children in the Gaza Strip was so packed with lawmakers, journalists, activists and others that many had to line up outside the Knesset chamber in which it was held. Among those in attendance were diplomats from the EU, the Netherlands and the UK.

Four right-wing Knesset members were forcibly ejected from the emotionally charged meeting. Far right and settler MK Oren Hazan (Likud), who in January was banned from plenum and committee deliberations for six months following a series of offensive statements against MKs, was allowed to attend but at one stage was removed after he yelled at moderator, MK Rozin, “Do you have a face that can look in the mirror while you are betraying the state?”

Mass demonstrations along Israel’s perimeter fence with the Gaza Strip took place on Friday, June 8, for the eleventh consecutive week, as part of the “Great March of Return.” Israeli forces killed four Palestinians, and injured 618 demonstrators, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Gaza. 254 of the injuries were transferred to hospitals, including 117 wounded by live ammunition, according to the MoH. Eight of the wounded are in critical condition. One Israeli soldier was also reportedly slightly injured.

The Workers’ Party participated in a large rally in the centre of Belfast in solidarity with the Palestinian people.  The following address was made by Gerry Grainger, Director of International Affairs of the Workers’ Party of Ireland:

“Last Monday, as Israel in a deplorable display of triumphalism, celebrated the Trump administration’s opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, Israeli forces massacred 62 Palestinians in Gaza, bringing the death count since Israel began its murderous attacks on the Great Return March to at least 110. More than 12,000 have been injured; many so severely that they will require the amputation of their limbs.

A Palestinian from the Gaza Strip succumbed to his wounds on Saturday, May 26, sustained from Israeli army gunfire during the March of Return protests last week at the Gaza border with Israel, according to WAFA Palestinian News Agency correspondent. The journalist said that Hussein Salem Abu Aweida, 41, who was shot and critically injured while selling ice cream and other cold refreshments from a kiosk, died of his wounds at al-Shifa Hospital where he was receiving treatment.

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