A new year brings Palestinians more injustice and tragedy, as Israeli soldiers shoot and tear gas unarmed protesters in Gaza, and shoot alleged attackers with liberality.
For the 11th year, Gaza’s Christian minority celebrates Christmas under Israeli siege, unable to join family in West Bank. Travel requests are mostly denied or ignored from an occupying country that claims to promote freedom of religion and worship.
Palestinians in Gaza are dealing with more fallout from the blockade – and their protest against it. Now in addition to thousands of gunshot wounds from Israeli snipers, and their accompanying disabilities and amputations, many are at risk of infection. The healthcare sector is lacking in supplies thanks to import restrictions; patients can not go abroad for treatment thanks to visa restrictions.
One Israeli human rights org reports over 180 Palestinians killed (31 of them minors) and 21,000 injured.
“When life gives you lemons”: Muath can’t make a living as a house painter in Gaza, but he can make ends meet by selling fish caught on his boat made of water bottles collected on the beach.
The luxury of evacuation: a form of Jewish privilege based on the myth of Israeli vulnerability, while Gazans suffer and die
Evacuation is another form of Jewish Israeli privilege, based on the myth of vulnerability (Israel’s borders are secure) and existential threat (Israel has one of the most powerful armies in the world, and is in no danger of annihilation).
Another Gazan shot by Israeli forces while participating in the Great March has died… meanwhile, Gaza cancer patients suffer and die as Israel prevents medicines from entering Gaza, and prevents patients from going abroad for treatment.
Water and freedom are commodities that Palestinians are sorely lacking. Israel is building barricades in the sea, shooting at fishermen, and denying access to fresh water.
Israel’s government is withholding medical exit permits from Gazans as a bargaining chip to get IDF soldier Hadar Goldin’s remains back from Hamas.
Divinia Levrini describes how flotilla activists were treated in prison: withholding of medical treatment, beatings, “mind games,” strip searching, theft, & death threats.
Gaza desperately needs power for fresh water production. The EU donated a new solar energy field to do the job, but Israeli restrictions keep it from being used.
1st half of 2018, 25 Palestinian children killed by Israeli forces – each posed no threat; Israeli Supreme Court stands behind the killings, which contravene intl law.
Israeli passenger says 1st Freedom Flotilla vessel was captured with some violence in int’l waters; passengers’ safety in question. Israel must be held accountable.
Organizers say a Freedom Flotilla vessel was ‘hijacked’ and towed to Ashdod; IDF confirms it intercepted the boat, says it was in violation of blockade.
Israel caves: Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman offered a deal to Hamas, including reopening Kerem crossing and expanding fishing zones, “if situation remains calm.”
The apparently deliberate bombing of the Arts & Crafts Village destroyed Palestinian archeology & art – a “deliberate and barbaric assault against Palestinian heritage & history.”
Israeli President Reuvin Rivlin speaks as though Israel alone has Gaza’s best interests in mind, but a little digging proves his words to be utterly disingenuous.