Abdullah, 13, lost a leg to an Israeli sniper bullet. He’s not a cute kid who had a tragic accident. His story is the horror that Gaza has become for nearly every family.
Dr. Loubani, a Canadian physician, was apparently targeted and shot in both legs by Israeli snipers. He is among at least 17 paramedics injured; one was killed.
Reporters W/o Borders has asked Int’l Criminal Court to investigate Israeli sniper fire on journalists, which it regards as war crimes. 2 journalists killed, at least 90 injured since March 30.
Yousef Kronz was well within Israel’s designated “safe zone” in Gaza, wearing a Press vest, when he was shot in both legs. A young man who ran to help him was shot in the leg as well. Then Israel refused Yousef passage to the West Bank for treatment that would have saved at least one of his legs.
Since March 30, 2018 Palestinian refugees in the Gaza Strip–including families, women, and children–have gathered along the Israeli border to highlight their dispossession in 1948 and protest the growing humanitarian catastrophe. From that time through December 16th, 2019, Israeli forces have killed 364 Gazans and injured over 35,000, including women, children, disabled individuals, medics, and journalists. Many have been shot in the back, nearly all were unarmed and posed no risk to the heavily armed Israeli soldiers. During the same period, Gazan resistance forces killed 9 Israelis.
The most moral army in the world has a detractor: Tamer Abu Daqqa, the victim in the viral video of a sniper shooting a Palestinian, insists that he was doing nothing threatening when he was targeted.
Even before the protest began, Israeli spokespeople framed it preemptively as a Hamas production, even though it was supported by Gaza civil society organizations and all political parties. Civilian Gazans’ willingness to walk to that fence measures their yearning to express themselves as humans and claim their freedom, even at immediate risk.
On December 22, 2017 an Israeli sniper in a guard tower overlooking Gaza shot dead Mohamed Moheisen. This is a short video about him.