Julie Webb-Pullman reports

Israel sends the kiss of death on Valentine’s Day

While the rest of the world sends expressions of love on Valentine’s Day, Israel sends the kiss of death to Gaza. A man now lies clinging to life in Kamal Adwan hospital after being shot in the stomach by Israeli soldiers east of Jabaliya on Friday, while another five also receive treatment for bullet wounds.

A seventh is nursing injuries from tear-gas canisters.

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An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed to Ma’an News that Israeli soldiers fired live bullets towards the legs of the young men. Tear-gas and ‘anti-riot’ methods were also used, she said.

Palestinian youth have been gathering on Palestinian land east of Jabaliya in northern Gaza every Friday for the last two months, to assert their rightful possession of it. Resentful of the crippling Israeli blockade that restricts their movement outside of the Gaza Strip, the young men manifest their legal right to assemble on their own land in their own territory, and to move freely within it.

Israeli soldiers on the border refuse to recognise this right, and frequently open fire on them, causing injury and death. On Thursday Ibrahim Suleiman Mansour, 26, was shot dead by Israeli occupation forces while he was collecting gravel to sell, his only means of livelihood.

Ibrahim Suleiman Mansour's body at al-Shifa Hospital (ALRAY Photo)

Ibrahim Suleiman Mansour’s body at al-Shifa Hospital (ALRAY Photo)

In July 2013 the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimated that prior to the November 2012 cease-fire agreement, 35% of Gaza’s agricultural land was within the Israeli-declared “security buffer zone,” resulting in losses to Palestinian farmers in Gaza of USD 50.2 million, per year.

The “security buffer zone” extends between 500 meters and 1500 meters into the Gaza Strip, effectively turning Palestinian farms into rifle-ranges for Israeli live-target practice.

For some unfathomable reason, there has been no international condemnation of the Israeli practice of enforcing a buffer zone on the OTHER side of its border.

The question that must be asked is, if Israel feels the need for a “security buffer zone” of 500 – 1500 meters, why don’t they withdraw that distance on their OWN side of the border? Or better still, to that distance behind the internationally-recognised borders of 1967?

Until and unless they do, it will not be the red of the roses of love that brightens the Gazan landscape every February 14, but the red of Palestinian blood as the life of its young is lost to Israeli land-grabs and guns.

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2 responses

  1. Roy Lebert

    Try not firing missiles at Israel. It may help eliminating the need for a “security buffer.”

    February 16, 2014 at 1:56 am

    • If Israel complied with international law ie every covenant, convention and treaty it has signed, and also with every UN Resoultion in relation to Israel, AS WELL AS stopped invading Gaza territory with tanks and bulldozers, flying drones, helicopters and F-16s over Gaza’s airsapce and firing missiles from them at its populations, and firing live fire, tear gas and other projectiles into Gaza territory there would be no need for the SELF DEFENCE of rocket fire from Gaza. If Israel withdrew to behind its internationally-recognised and authorised borders and stayed there, there would be no need for either rocket fire OR a buffer zone. It is the rogue state of Israel’s refusal to act in accordance with international law that is the problem – and the simple solution is in Israel’s hands – OBEY THE LAW. When Israel is fully compliant with international law, speak to me again.

      February 16, 2014 at 5:25 am

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