Monday, October 5, 2015

UPDATE NO 2 on the current situation in Occupied Palestine

Dear friends,
as you will be aware, the situation in Palestine continues to escalate. This is the second update, where I have attempted to give a brief update/round up of the current situation in both Occupied East Jerusalem and the Occupied West Bank.  In this update, I have attempted to collate a range of reports from on the ground in Palestine. You can click on the relevant links in the text for the full reports.  As things are currently very fluid, I will post another update as things continue to develop.

In solidarity, Kim

@ 4am (Palestine time), 6 Oct 2015

The Palestinian Red Crescent have reported that at least 499 Palestinians have been injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers and settlers across the Occupied Palestinian Territory in the past three day.  According to Palestinian Red Crescent spokesperson, Errab Foqoha at least 41 Palestinians had been shot with live rounds, while 143 were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets. Another 297 Palestinians have suffered excessive tear gas inhalation, while another 18 were injured when they were physically assaulted.  The Palestinian Red Crescent also reported that their ambulances and medical staff had been repeatedly attacked by Israeli colonists and Israeli military.


Israeli soldiers east of the West Bank city of Nablus, on October 3, 2015.

The latest escalation in violence comes in the wake of Israeli Occupation Forces repeated storming of the Al Aqsa Mosque compounded and assaulting Palestinian worshippers, as well as the murder of Dawabsheh family in Duma.  The Dawabsha's house was fire bombed by Israeli colonists, resulting in a 18 month old baby being burnt to death and the parents of the child later dying from burns caused by the fire.   On Thursday (1 October) , two Israeli settlers were killed in the Occupied West Bank, sparking widespread rampages by illegal Israeli colonists, who carried out attacks on Palestinian villages, setting fire to Palestinian fields and stoning Palestinian cars. Israeli settler violence has continued unabated across the Occupied West Bank on Monday. According to Palestinian news agency, WAFA, the Israeli military has done little to prevent attacks by the illegal colonists, with Israeli settlers stoning Palestinian vehicles at Huwwara checkpoint near Nablus and assaulting Palestinian children in Hebron.

Following the stabbing death of two colonists in Occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli settlers and non-Israeli Zionists demonstrated in Zion Square, chanting and calling to 'Let the People of Israel Enter the Gates and Kill Arabs' according to the Israeli press. Amongst the protesters were well known Israeli extremists, who were disciples of anti-Arab racist, Meir Kahane and members of the banned Jewish terror groups, Kach and Kahane Chai which were run by Kahane and his son. According to Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, leading the protest were Bentzi Gopstein, a former Kahane disciple who is the head of Lehava, a Zionist anti-Arab hate group which actively campaigns against marriage between Palestinians and Jews, segregation and ethnic cleansing of Palestinians and have also carried out arson and terrorist attacks against Palestinians. Also present were former Kahane disciples, right-wing extremists and illegal Israeli settlers, Itamar Ben Gvir and Baruch Marzel. Haaretz quoted on woman protester as saying: "We have to kill them all, including the Arab Druze in the army".

Israeli settlers calling for the murder of all Palestinians - 3 October in Occupied Jerusalem

On Sunday, Israeli police shot and killed 21 year old Palestinian youth Fadi Alloun from Al-Issawiya neighbourhood in Occupied East Jerusalem after the stabbing of an Israeli settler youth. Israeli authorities claimed Alloun was killed as a result of a stabbing attack that wounded an Israeli teenager, however, they presented no evidence connecting Alloun to the alleged stabbing. Video online show that Alloun was killed after he was chased by Israeli Jews calling for him to be killed.

On Sunday, clashes between Palestinian youth and Israeli Occupation Forces continued throughout the Occupied West Bank and Occupied East Jerusalem. In Occupied Bethlehem, Palestinian youth confronted the Israeli military for several hours after the killing of a Palestinian youth in Occupied East Jerusalem.   On Sunday morning (October 4), Israeli Occupation Forces shot and killed 18 year old.Huzeifa Othman Suleiman is Occupied Tulkarem. Thousands of Palestinians attended the youth's funeral on Monday.

On Monday (October 5), Israeli Occupation Force sniper shot 13 year old school boy, Abed al-Rahman Shadi Obeidallah through the heart in Aida refugee camp in Occupied Bethlehem.   He was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead. According to Defence for Children International in Palestine, Abed is the fourth Palestinian child to be killed by Israel's occupation forces with live ammunition.

In the wake of his death, hundreds of Palestinian youth in Occupied Bethlehem marched Israeli checkpoints, while Palestinian youth in Hebron, Ramallah and other Palestinian cities clashed with the Israeli military. 

Palestinian youth in Occupied Bethlehem protest the killing of 13 year old in Aida camp.

Occupied Hebron

In Hebron, at least 9 Palestinians were injured during the clashes, including one critically.  In Ramallah at least 12 Palestinians were injured by rubber coated steel bullets fired by Israel's occupation forces. 

In Palestine 48 (Israel) a general has been called and a "Day of Rage" will take place on Thursday, 8 October. In Nazareth, Palestinian youth confronted Israeli police and military.

In Gaza, the Israeli navy carried out attacks on Palestinian fisherman, kidnapping two fisherman. Israel war planes also bombard Gaza on Monday.

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