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Urgent call from MOH Gaza for international assistance to evacuate civilians

Press Release
Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine
August 01, 2014

The Ministry of Health Gaza calls for immediate international assistance to evacuate thousands of civilians trapped under heavy Israeli bombardment in Rafah, in which at least 40 have already been killed and over 150 injured.

Some five kilometres between Salah Al-Eddin street and Al Najjar Hospital is under intense and indiscriminate artillery fire, ambulances are unable to reach the wounded, and thousands of civilians are trapped in their homes. (more…)


MOH Gaza Press Release: Al-Shati Park massacre

Press Release
Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine
July 29, 2014

Victims of the Al-Shati Park massacre (AFP/Mahmoud Hams)

Victims of the Al-Shati Park massacre (AFP/Mahmoud Hams)

Eid al fitr. The end of Ramadan, the end of the fast. New clothes, lots of sweets, family visits. Celebrations of life and love.

Not in Gaza.

Instead, Israelis delivered a hefty dose of death and destruction in al-Shati Camp, splitting families and bodies alike.

Two adults and eight children killed as they rode the Ferris wheel or in a TukTuk in the park, over 40 injured, one of whom has since died.

This barbaric and deliberate attack on children in a public place on one of the two most significant Muslim holy days seals the Israeli reputation as one of the most perverse war criminals imaginable.

Many considered the calculated murder of the four children playing football on the beach on July 16, 2014 to be an atrocity and a clear war crime – nine more dead children in al-Shati’s park is an even more gross excess. (more…)


Ten children killed, 40 injured in Israeli strike on a park

At least ten ambulances and several carloads of dead and injured children poured into Shifa Hospital thisafternoon after an Israeli strike on a park in Shaati Refugee Camp in Gaza City. There are ten confirmed dead at this time, and 40 injured. The death toll is expected to rise.

This barbaric and deliberate attack on children in a public park on one of the two main Muslim religious holidays seals the Israeli reputation as the most perverse war criminal of all time.

One bomb struck a children’s ferris wheel, and the other a TukTuk taking children on rides.

Many considered the calculated murder of the four children playing football on the beach to be an atrocity and a clear war crime – but the international community remained passive.

Another ten innocent children have now lost their lives, playing in the park.

How many more will it take before the world says “Enough!”

How many more before the UN enforces international law without fear or favour, and demands the rogue state of Israel comply with international law?

When will the UN impose sanctions, and an arms embargo, to prevent the Israeli enabler the United States from furnishing it with the tools of destruction? From financing the pathological Zionist expansionist project?

When will the UN expel this rogue state from amongst its ranks – this rogue state that claims all the benefits of UN membership but scorns each and every resposibility incumbent upon it to behave with even the barest modicum of civilised bahaviour or humanity?

To remain silent now is to be complicit in these war crimes.


Medical facilities, personnel a red line, says Gaza MOH

Press Release
Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine

Two Palestinian girls run past a damaged ambulance in Gaza

Medical Facilities and personnel are a red line

The Ministry of Health Gaza strongly condemns two Israeli attacks on Gazan medical facilities and personnel in the last 24 hours.

The first resulted in the destruction of Al Durrah Children’s Hospital in Gaza City last night. A two year-old child in the Intensive Care Unit was killed, and 30 others injured.

The second was an attack this afternoon on an ambulance with two paramedics inside in Beit Hanoun, North Gaza. One was killed, and the other critically injured. (more…)


MOH Gaza Press Release: UNRWA school, ambulances attacked

Press Release
Gaza Ministry of Health, Palestine

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The Ministry of Health Gaza expresses its horror and outrage at the latest Israeli massacre a short while ago at an UNRWA school sheltering displaced persons in Beit Hanoun. 15 people have been killed and 70 wounded.

This follows hard on the heels of yesterday’s massacre in the governate of Khan Younis.

In the farming village of Khuza’a at least 25 civilians are believed dead and 16 wounded. Two thirds of the homes have been destroyed and 60 percent of the population has fled, while the rest are prevented from leaving by ongoing attacks and sniper fire.

Israeli tanks and special forces are currently surrounding emergency vehicles and ambulances seeking to retrieve the dead and wounded, and have seized some of the critically-wounded victims. (more…)


MOH Press Release: Another massacre, this time in Khan Younis

Ministry of Health Gaza
July 23, 2014

People fleeing by whatever means they can

People fleeing by whatever means they can

Another massacre is underway in Khan Younis, where relentless Israeli shelling and sniper fire are wreaking death and destruction on all that moves in the zone east of Khan Younis city.

The villages of Khuza’a, Al Fukhari, Abasan Alkabir, Abasan Al Sa’ir, Jarara, and Bani Suhela received no warning of the attacks, and no warnings to evacuate before the bombardment began at around 11pm last night.

The intensity of Israeli shelling around the Algerian Hospital in Abasan Alkabir shattered its windows, and led to its evacuation, leaving only the emergency department operational.

Despite residents’ frantic calls to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for help in finding a safe route and safe vehicles to escape, the ICRC was unable to get a response from Israeli authorities until dawn today, when five bodies and 17 injured were retrieved and taken to Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis.

An unknown number of dead and injured remain behind, as ambulances are prevented access. Read more HERE


MOH Gaza Press Release: Another Israeli attack on a hospital, another war crime

PRESS RELEASE
MINISTRY OF HEALTH GAZA

What is left of the emergency room at Al Aqsa hospital (MEE- Eloise Bollack)

What is left of the emergency room at Al Aqsa hospital (MEE- Eloise Bollack)

July 21, 2014

The Ministry of Health Gaza strongly condemns today’s attacks on health facilities and personnel by the Israeli occupation forces, and expresses its deep concern at the serious implications for patients, health personnel and provision of critical medical care.

Israeli tanks attacked Al Aqsa hospital in Deir Al Balah three times this afternoon, killing five patients and doctors, and injuring more than 70.

The third and fourth floors, housing the emergency department, orthopaedic department, surgical department, and the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) were destroyed. Operating theatres had to cease work because of the lack of oxygen. (more…)


Gaza streets awash with blood

Shajaia martyrs filling the morgue

Shajaia martyrs filling the morgue

The early morning massacre of civilians in the Shajai’a neighbourhoood of Gaza City killed at least 40 and left at least 200 injured. An unknown number of dead and injured still lie in the streets, unable to be retrieved because of continuing Israeli fire.

Hundreds of houses have been destroyed.

This atrocity is a blatant war crime.

The international community, and particularly the United Nations, are stained with the blood of the dead.

Their inaction in two weeks of escalating crimes against humanity, their failure to take decisive action to bring the rogue state of Israel under control, make them not only complicit, but active partners in the genocide of the people of Shajai’a, and of Palestine.

And all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten their little hands.


Dignity or death – we cannot give up now

by Julie Webb-Pullman

Noor Abu Jarad, survived but 8 of her family were killed

Noor Abu Jarad, survived but 8 of her family were killed

Three families who had their lives turned upside down by Israeli missiles strikes on their homes and bodies are adamant they will not give up now – they have lost too much.

Far from frightening the Gazan people into submission, the cruel carnage unleashed on the civilian population by the Israeli military machine has only served to strengthen their resolve to resist, at whatever cost. When you hear their stories you may understand why.

See more HERE


Ministry of Health Gaza Update 16/07/2014

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The Ministry of Health in Gaza reports the following statistics as at 1800 hours on Wednesday July 16, 2014:

Deaths: 213 – 46 children, 24 women 18-60 years, 13 persons over 60 years
Injuries: 1,623 – 474 children, 299 women 18-60 years, 56 over 60 years.
ICU: 21 patients (more…)


Israel kills, injures Gazan youths

Mousa Al-Za’anin, 21, and Sharif Samir Nasser, 25, were killed in drone strikes in Beit Hanoun, North Gaza a few hours ago.

Sharif Samir Nasser

Sharif Samir Nasser

Witnesses reported two strikes fired directly at a group of Palestinians in al-Sikka street.

Mousa was pronounced dead on arrival at Kamal Adwan hospital, and Sharif died a short time later. Two others were injured.


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.

valentine day

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.


Israel conducts dawn raids in Gaza

Shortly before dawn on Friday 31 January, Israel warplanes carried out a series of air-strikes in locations across Gaza.

In a most cynical exercise in excess, three missiles struck a children’s entertainment centre, “Bissan City.”

Children's entertainment centre bombed into oblivion

Children’s entertainment centre bombed into oblivion

Another air-strike targeted a military site of Al-Quds Brigades in Rafah, causing injury.

A residential house in the area of Ferdaws in the city of Rafah was targeted, with injuries reported.

A further attack in the northern Gaza Strip resulted in the arrival of two injured to Balsam Hospital.

The spokesperson of the Ministry of Health, Ashraf Al Qudra, has confirmed that the early-morning strikes caused a total of eight injured, including children.

Some of today's injured being treated in Gaza

Some of today’s injured being treated in Gaza


Gaza: escalation or provocation

Israeli military forces this morning shot and killed a Palestinian civilian in the Northern Gaza Strip. Bilal Owaida, 20 years old, was walking with friends in land close to the buffer zone near Jabalia camp when Israeli forces opened fire on them, killing him and injuring three others.

Bilal Owaida

Bilal Owaida

There is widespread belief that Israel is trying to provoke an escalation, having killed five Palestinians and wounded 23 already this month, including members of the Al Quds Brigades and Islamic Jihad, as well as civilians.

Coupled with the US State Department’s announcement of the addition of Islamic Jihad’s Deputy Secretary-General Ziyad al-Nakhalah to the list of “terrorist organizations and individuals” there is concern that the US has given Israel political and legal cover to target leaders of the Palestinian resistance.

The spokesman for Islamic Jihad, Daoud Shihab, told AlMonitor on Thursday that his movement was not responsible for the recent escalation.

“We in Islamic Jihad hold Israel responsible, because it wants to evade the understandings of the truce and is once again resorting to assassinations,” he said. “There has been no military response from the Al-Quds Brigades. Israel’s allegations are false and are aimed at harming the resistance factions.”

Shihab said there is a consensus among the resistance factions to commit to the truce, despite the large number of violations and attacks carried out by Israel.

“If Islamic Jihad was behind the rocket launches [last week], we would have announced that very clearly,” Shihab said. “We will not escalate or initiate anything that breaks the agreement.”

Israel appears to have no such qualms. Not satisfied with making deposits in the “bank” of resistance leader targets that it wants to liquidate, it has increasingly taken to the withdrawal of civilians, as today’s death shows.


MOH final report on Gaza deaths, wounded 01-30 November 2012

In its November Monthly Report dated 02 December 2012 on Israeli aggressions against the Gaza Strip covering the period 01 – 30 November 2012, the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza reported the following:

Total number of officially registered victims: 1683 (191 martyrs and 1492 wounded)

Martyrs:
The total number of martyrs 191 ( 167 male , 24 female )

DATE_________________________________DAILY TOTAL_________________CUMULATIVE TOTAL
1-13/11/2012______________________________9____________________________9
14/11_____________________________________8___________________________17
15/11____________________________________11___________________________28
16/11____________________________________12___________________________40
17/11____________________________________16___________________________56
18/11____________________________________24___________________________80
19/11____________________________________37__________________________117
20/11____________________________________29__________________________146
21-30/11_________________________________45*_________________________191
___________________________TOTAL______191

Note:
* Six martyrs died due to previous wounds, and four martyrs died from direct attacks after the ceasefire was declared on 21st of November.

Wounded:

Total number of wounded: 1492 ( 1076 male , 416 female )

DATE_________________________________DAILY TOTAL_________________CUMULATIVE TOTAL
1-13/11/2012_____________________________54_____________________________54
14/11___________________________________125____________________________179
15/11___________________________________118____________________________297
16/11____________________________________74____________________________371
17/11___________________________________188____________________________559
18/11___________________________________167____________________________726
19/11___________________________________220____________________________946
20/11___________________________________240___________________________1186
21-30/11________________________________306**_________________________1492
___________________________Total_______1492

Note:
**Fifty-four (54) civilians were wounded after the ceasefire.

Numbers of martyrs by special categories

Children – 48
Females aged 18+ – 12
Elderly – 20
Children aged less than 5 years – 16

Numbers of wounded by special categories

Children – 504
Females aged 18+ – 254
Elderly – 103
Children aged less than 5 years – 195

Distribution of martyrs by governorate

North Gaza – 16%
Gaza – 42%
Middle – 24%
Khan Younis – 7%
Rafah – 11%

Distribution of wounded by governorate

North Gaza – 29%
Gaza – 46%
Middle – 9%
Khan Younis – 9%
Rafah – 7%


Gaza: Truce or False?

30 November 2012

Since the Egyptian-sponsored ceasefire agreement between Gaza and Israel came into effect on 21 November 2012, Israeli military attacks on Gaza were supposed to end. Truce or false? See for yourself:

FISHERMEN

1. On Monday, 26 November 2012, Israeli gunboats intercepted a fishing boat while it sailed at 8 nautical miles out of the Gaza city shore. According to fisherman Amjad Ismail Ahmed al-Sherafi (38) from Gaza, at approximately 09:30, he and his brother Mohammad (34) sailed their in the Gaza waters when an Israeli gunboat intercepted him and forced him to stop at gunpoint and sail back without pulling his fishing nets out of the sea.

2. At approximately 10:00 on Wednesday, 28 November 2012, Israeli forces chased a fishing boat belonging to Murad Rajab al-Hessi, from Gaza, at nearly 6 nautical miles off the shore from Deir al-Balah. Mohammad Murad al-Hessi (39), Ahmed Murad al-Hessi (32), Murad Mohammad al-Hessi (18) and Rajab Rashad al-Hessi (36) were on board of the boat. 4 Israeli gunboats opened intensive fire at the boat, which caused damage to the boat. The Israeli soldiers then ordered the fishermen to jump into the water and swim towards the gunboat. They were all arrested and interrogated at gunpoint. 3 hours later, 4 of them were released. However, Mohammad Murad al-Hessi remains in detention. In addition, the boat still remains confiscated.

3. At approximately 08:00 on Wednesday, 28 November 2012, Israeli gunboats opened intense and direct fire at a Palestinian fishing boat, belonging to Khader Jamal Baker (20), from Gaza, while he sailed at 3.5 nautical miles. As a result, the fishing boat was destroyed. Baker was arrested by Israeli soldiers who interrogated with him at gunpoint for 3 hours before releasing him.

4. At approximately 11:00 on Wednesday, 28 November 2012, Israeli gunboats opened intense fire at a Palestinian fishing boat with 3 fishermen on board, belonging to Wafdi Suheil Baker (24), from Gaza, while sailing at 5 nautical miles off the Gaza shore. As a result of the shooting, the engine of the boat was damaged. The soldiers subsequently arrested the three fishermen, who were identified as: Wafdi Suheil Baker (24), Khaled Suheil Baker (20) and Mohammad Suheil Baker (18), all from Gaza.

5. At approximately 12:00 on Wednesday, 28 November 2012, Israeli gunboats opened fire directly and intensively at two Palestinian fishing boats belonging to Mohammad Najib Baker (60) and Tal’at Kamel Baker (22), both from Gaza, while they sailed at 3 nautical miles off the Gaza shore. As a result of the shooting, both boats were damaged.

6. At approximately 10:15 on Thursday, 29 November 2012, Israeli naval forces stationed off the Beit Lahia shore intercepted a fishing boat with 6 fishermen on board, belonging to Fahed Ziad Baker (38), from Gaza, while sailing at approximately 5 nautical miles off the Beit Lahia shore, in the northern Gaza Strip. The soldiers arrested the fishermen and investigated with them aboard the Israeli gunboat at gunpoint. Until now the fishermen remain in detention. The arrested fishermen were identified as: Fahed Ziad Baker (38), Ihab Jawad Baker (36), Mohammad Ziad Baker (32), Nai’m Fahed Baker (16), Ziad Faged Baker (18) and Ali Alaa Baker (18).

FARMS

1. On 22 November 2012, 6 Palestinians were wounded when the Israeli Forces at the border fence, east of al-Faraheen area in the southern Gaza Strip opened fire at dozens of Palestinians who headed to the fence.

2. On 22 November 2012, 2 Palestinians were wounded when the Israeli Forces opened fire at dozens of Palestinians who headed to the border area in the east of al-Shouka village, east of Rafah. Their wounds were described as moderate.

3. On 23 November 2012, 1 Palestinian was killed and 19 wounded when the Israeli Forces opened fire at a group of citizens gathered to perform Friday prayers on their land east of Khan Yunis. The dead man was identified as Anwar Abdul Hadi Qudaih (20).

4. On 25 November 2012, a Palestinian child was wounded when the Israeli Forces at the border fence, east of Khan Yunis , opened fire at a group of children who approached the fence in the east of Abassan, east of Khan Yunis.

5. On 26 November 2012, the Israeli Forces positioned at the border fence in the east of Khan Yunis fired at a group of children, who approached the border fence in the east of Abassan village. As a result, a child sustained minor injury.

6. On 26 November 2012, 2 Palestinians were wounded when the Israeli Forces positioned at the border fence in the east of Jabalya, in the northern Gaza Strip, opened fire at a group of civilians and famers, who were present near the border fence to challenge the Israeli decision to impose a buffer zone along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

7. On 27 November 2012, a Palestinian civilian was wounded when the Israeli Forces stationed at the border fence in the east of Abu Safiya gate, east of Jabalya, fired bullets and tear gas canisters at a number of civilians and farmers near the border fence.

8. On 27 November 2012, a Palestinian civilian was wounded when the Israeli Forces positioned at the border fence to the east of al-Shouka village, east of Rafah, opened fire at dozens of Palestinians near the border area.

9. On 28 November 2012, a Palestinian civilian was wounded when the Israeli Forces at the border fence in the east of Beit Hanoun opened fire at a group of Palestinian civilians and farmers near the area.

10. On 28 November 2012, 8 civilians, including 3 children, were wounded when the Israeli Forces fired at dozens of Palestinians who headed to the border fence in the east of al-Bureij and al-Maghazi refugee camps in the central Gaza Strip.

(Data from Palestinian Centre for Human Rights and Palestinian Ministry of Health)


Ismail Haniyeh honours martyred, wounded journalists

26 November 2012

At an event in Gaza City today organised by the Government Media Office to honour the journalists killed and wounded by Israel during the so-called Operation Pillar of Defence, Imad Al Franji, head of al-Quds TV, spoke on behalf of all of the shelled media offices in Gaza.


Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh presenting posthumous awards to the families of martyred journalists

Al Franji said they will renew their demand that the International Federation of Journalists cancels Israel’s membership, and that IFJ send a delegation to Gaza to investigate Israeli crimes against the media during the recent offensive.

“Do not kill Palestinian journalists twice, once by Israeli rockets, and the second time by international silence about these crimes leaving Israel unaccountable for them,” he pleaded.

Yasser Abul Heen, President of the Palestinian Journalists’ Union, celebrated today’s resignation of Ehud Barak as a potent symbol of Palestinian victory.

Abu Heen advised that a delegation of journalists from 40 unions in the Arab Jounalists Union will arrive in Gaza on Thursday to see the Israeli crimes with their own eyes, and assist in holding Israel to account for them.

The father of martyred journalist Hossam Salama broke down in tears as he asked the international media how they could stand by and watch as women and children were killed, and his son was burning.

Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh expressed his appreciation for the great work done by journalists during the eights days of Israeli attacks on Gaza.

Haniyeh said that the Palestinian media conquered the Israeli media, in the same way that the Palestinian Resistance conquered the Israeli armed forces.

“Dear journalists and media persons, you are heroes,” he said. “You moved around under fire and the sound of drones and F-16s to find and expose the truth.”

The Prime Minister announced a one-year exemption from licence fees for television and radio stations, in recognition of their valuable contribution to the Palestinian victory.

Translation: Fatma Al Hasham


Gaza media professionals pay tribute to dead, wounded journalists

24 November 2012

In two separate press conferences in Gaza City today members of the media, the Journalists Union, and the Ministry of Information paid tribute to the three Gazan journalists killed, and the seventeen wounded during the 8-day Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip.

They noted that media offices were targeted because they were revealing the crimes of the Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) and the lies of the Israeli media. The three dead were Mahmoud Al-Komi and Hossam Salama, photographers for Al Aqsa Channel, and Mohammad Abu Aisha, Manager of Education Al Quds Radio Station.

Mohammad Abu Aisha tribute outside Karmel Building, Gaza City

The offices of three media agencies were damaged – Al Quds TV, Al Aqsa Visual, and Al Jil Al-Kadim, while 24 media offices were partially damaged when the buildings in which they are housed were targeted. The buildings were Shawa Al-Hosari, Al-Shrouk, and Neama Building and some of the agencies affected were Al Jazeera, Sky News Arabia, German TV station ARD, Arab TV stations MBC and Abu Dhabi TV, Al-Arabiya, Reuters, Russia Today and the Ma’an news agency.

Radio stations and channels like Al Quds, Al Aqsa, and Palestine Today were hacked, and electronic attacks were also carried out on Safa, Sama, Palestine Today and The Independent newspaper.

At a wake at the home of Hassam Salama Director of the Government Media Office Ihab al-Ghussein praised the work of the media during the recent offensive, condemned the crimes against them and expressed his hope that those killed will rest in peace, and that their work will be continued by those left behind.

Yasser Abu Heen, Head of Gaza Journalists Union called on the International Journalists Federation and Reporters Without Borders to intervene immediately to fulfill their obligations towards Palestinian journalists and to take legal action against the head of the IOF to hold them accountable.

They also called upon the Federation of Journalists to send a delegation to see with their own eyes what has occurred in Gaza, and on Arabic and Islamic journalists’ associations to fund-raise for specialised training courses such as working safely in a time of war.

They concluded with a call for the Palestinain Government, particularly the Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, to provide help and support for local Palestinian media agencies who performed so well during the time of war.

At an event outside the Karmel Building, co-workers paid tribute to Mohammad Abu Aisha, who died when his house was bombed. “Killing the journalists of Gaza will not stop the media covering the crimes of the IOF,” they said, adding that they promise to honour Mohammad by completing his duty and doing his job as if he is still among them.

Translation: Fatma Al Hasham


Ceasefire and shocking defeat for the enemy

22 November 2012

Al-Ray Online

by Ismail Thawabta

Firstly, I would like to send warm condolences to families of the Palestinian martyrs and to the wounded. Nearly 160 Palestinian were killed including 42 children, 11 women and 18 elderly persons, and 1222 others were wounded including 431 children, 207 women and 88 elderly.

These statistics indicate that the occupation was brutal and ferocious, and its military intelligence was so deficient they didn’t know what to do. As a result they did whatever they could to inflict the maximum pain on the people of the Gaza Strip through the killing of women, children, and the elderly, journalists and other civilians.

Praise to our heroic people who presented a great example of survival, generosity and sacrifice.

Now, we are going to discuss something else.

In previous years, the Palestinian resistance was not capable of winning battles with the Israeli enemy in the manner we have witnessed today. The united Palestinian resistance have succeeded in achieving, to a considerable extent, a balance of power and deterrence that we never expected at all. Better still, the occupation forces, with all their military might including aircraft, tanks and warships failed to subdue the will of the resistance.

Today the enemy backed off, and announced that Israel is ready to implement a ceasefire in accordance with the conditions laid down by the valiant Palestinian Resistance. This time is different. Netanyahu and his ministers have raised the white flag and surrendered to the valiant Resistance. Israel contacted more than 10 regional states and Europe in order to intervene with Hamas, who convinced them to accept the truce.

Israel is asking for calm, and the Resistance is imposing the conditions in an advanced step sccoring more points in their favor. On the other hand, the Israeli Interior front is deteriorating.

The enemy (Israel) led by Netanyahu fell to its knees and bowed its head in front of the greatness and might of the Palestinian Resistance, which crossed what were considered Israel’s red lines.

This Israeli retreat establishes the methodology that Hamas seeks in the next battle of liberation.

Journalists and media professionals in this battle demonstrated heroism of the highest order. Their role in exposing the crimes of the occupation is well-known. This is what lead Israel to deliberately target and bomb media institutions, journalists and media workers. Journalists risked their lives for the truth. We highly appreciate and respect their dedication, and they deserve the highest accolades for all their work.

There is an equation that never leaves our minds, nor the minds of the Israeli occupation. This equation can be translated as follows:
1. The resistance succeeded in targeting cities in the 1948-occupied Palestine such as Tel Aviv and Occupied Jerusalem.
2. The resistance dared to cross a red line that was never reported by the occupation, namely, targeting war-planes and successfully destroying more than one type of aircraft.
3. The resistance used mortar rockets, which form a severe blow to the Zionist military intelligence.
4. The resistance also targeted the navy and hit Israeli warships in the sea, forcing them to retreat from the coast.
5. The resistance succeeded in targeting jeeps and tanks more than three times, using Kornet and other types of missiles.
6. The resistance reported bombing cities in 1948-occupied Palestine using Fajr-5 model, resulting in confusion in occupation reporting.
7. The resistance struck a blow to the occupation when announced it was using M75 missile. M for Maqadmah, a Hamas leader who was assassinated by Israel, and 75 for the distance 75 Km.
8. The resistance repeatedly launched Grad rockets, which caused panic among the occupation and the settlers. As a result, they left their homes to live in underground shelters.
9. The resistance used missiles of the type 107, which raised the ire of the occupation, and turned the streets of Israel into ghost towns.
10. The final straw from the resistance on the last day, was a rearguard action, the bombing of a bus in Tel Aviv.

In addition to this, Israeli occupation forces failed once again to achieve the goals set by Israeli leader before the aggression on the Gaza Strip. The Israeli operation aims against the Gaza Strip were as follows:
1. to stop all types of rockets from the Gaza Strip. The Occupation failed and, on the contrary, they increased, surprising occupation forces.
2. to assassinate Hamas leaders, to overthrow its government, and to assassinate leaders of the resistance. Doomed to failure.
3. to eliminate weapons stores. The occupation forces failed, and rockets continued rain on them until the last minute.
4. to secure the buffer zone. Failure. The resistance continued to target border patrols using Kornet missiles.

Again, all praise to our proud steadfast Palestinian people. We wish the highest reward for our heroes and martyrs. We wish a speedy recovery for the brave wounded Palestinians. We pray to God to give strength our people.

ends

Translation: Mohammed Mustafa
Revision: Julie Webb-Pullman


Gaza hospitals and health workers victims of crimes against humanity

21 November 2012

Israeli war crimes now extend from civilians and journalists to the health sector.

At least three Gaza hospitals have been targeted in Israeli attacks, resulting in the Jordan Field Hospital in Gaza City being damaged beyond repair and rendered completely unusable, the Emergency Department of the European Gazan Hospital in Khan Younis being severely damaged, and the Beit Hanoun Hospital suffering damage to stairways and wards from two shells fired from tanks.

In addition, the Hijazi Clinic in Northern Gaza sustained damage.

Health workers have also been victims of the Israeli attacks – Hussam Abdijawad, an administration worker in Al Rimal Clinic was killed by a rocket while walking home from work. Dr Fadel Juda, the Medical Director of Al Awda Hospital who was walking with him, was injured.

A pharmacist and another four medical staff were also injured while performing their duties, including ambulance worker Wael Awda, Ziyad Almasri, Ramadan Al Housu, and Osama Al Hessi.

The targeting of hospitals, clinics, and medical workers are blatant war crimes, and must not go unpunished.


Gaza: Press TV journalist injured

Akram Al-Satarri, a Palestinian from Gaza who has been working for Press TV, was injured in a strike on the hotel in which he was staying in Gaza City.

He has been taken to Shifa hospital.

I worked with Akram for several months over the past year, and am appalled at this attack on him as a member of the working media.

Updates on his condition will follow.


Gaza: Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville

20 November 2012

Press Release

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville

Location: Geneva

Subject: 1) Gaza

The High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, is acutely concerned about Palestinian and Israeli civilians caught up in the ongoing crisis in Gaza and southern Israel.

She is dismayed by the marked surge in the number of Palestinian civilians, including women and children, killed and injured over the past 48 hours as a result of Israeli military action. According to information gathered by OHCHR monitors on the ground, the civilian death toll has more than doubled during this period. As of this morning, at least 57 civilians, including 18 children, have been killed and hundreds have been injured since 14 November.

The High Commissioner deplores attacks such as the bombing of a house in Gaza which killed at least eight members of the Al-Dalou family, including 4 young children on 18 November.

The High Commissioner appreciates statements made by Israeli officials about the precautions taken to avoid harm to civilians. However, attacks affecting schools and religious sites, as well as the reported targeting of homes and media outlets during the past 48 hours raise serious concerns about Israel’s commitment to its obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law. The High Commissioner therefore calls on Israel to scrupulously meet its legal obligations to distinguish at all times between civilians and combatants, and to take precautions and all possible measures to avoid the loss of civilian life and damage to civilian property.

The High Commissioner reiterates her condemnation of the continuing indiscriminate attacks and targeting of civilians in Israel by militants in Gaza which have killed three civilians as well as causing civilian injuries and damage to civilian property.

High Commissioner Pillay strongly supports the Secretary-General’s efforts toward a cease fire agreement, and hopes that any such agreement contains commitments by both sides to respect international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

The High Commissioner recalls the need to ensure accountability for any violations of international law, including through prompt, impartial, independent and effective investigations into credible allegations of violations.

In response to a follow-up question on attacks on homes, schools and religious site,the spokesperson said that UN human rights staff had received reports that 31 residences had been hit directly as well as two buildings housing media. They had also received reports of damage to some 30 schools, but no direct hits that they were aware of, and reports of damage to ten religious sites, but again with no direct hits.

In response to a question as to whether any of these attacks constituted war crimes, the spokesperson said that would depend on the specific circumstances in each incident, and that the information to make that type of assessment was not yet available. He noted that in this type of situation, under international humanitarian law, three key principles apply: these are ‘distinction’ (making every effort to distinguish between combatants and civilians); ‘precaution’ (taking all possible precautions to avoid civilian casualties); and ‘proportionality’ (refraining from launching an attack when it is expected to cause excessive loss of civilian life in relation to the anticipated military advantage).


BREAKING NEWS: TWO JOURNALISTS KILLED IN NEW STRIKE IN GAZA

Ramez Najeeb Harb, 39 years old, Journalist and Salem Swelam, a Palestinian christian cameraman were killed and another cameraman injured in an Israeli  strike on the Al-Shrouq Building in Gaza City at 14:05 Gaza time, 19-Nov-2012

Head of Gaza Journalists’ Union condemns Israeli attacks on media offices

Yasser Abu Heen, Head of Gaza Journalists Union, sent a strong message of resistance and defiance to Israel on behalf of journalists, at a Press Conference held outside the bombed Al Quds Satellite Channel in Gaza City yesterday morning.

Five Al Quds workers were injured in the explosion in the Shawa Al-Hosari Tower, and another three journalists were injured in a later attack on the al-Shorouq building housing several international media offices in addition to Al Aqsa Television studios.

In further criminal attacks on the media today, a car carrying journalists in Tal Al Hawa was hit by a rocket, killing the driver and injuring the other occupants.