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#1 2018-06-02 15:32:42

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Humanitarian Issues 2018

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#2 2018-06-05 22:44:56

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Re: Humanitarian Issues 2018

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Ninathedog wrote:

Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

In New Crime of Excessive Use of Lethal Force against Peaceful Protesters in Gaza Strip, Israeli Forces Go too Far in Their Crimes, Killing Volunteer Paramedic and Wounding 68 Civilians, including 7 Paramedics, 8 Children and 2 Journalists


Razan Ashraf al-Najjar (21), a volunteer paramedic
Today: shot with a bullet that entered her chest and exited her back when she was 200 meters away from the border fence, providing aid to one of those wounded.


Ref: 57/2018
Date: 01 June 2018
Time: 20:00 GMT

On Friday, 01 June 2018, using excessive lethal forces against the peaceful protesters in eastern Gaza Strip for the 10th Friday in a row, Israeli forces killed a volunteer paramedic and wounded 68 other civilians, including 7 paramedics, 8 children, and 2 journalists. 


PCHR strongly condemns the crime of killing a Civil Defense paramedic and wounding 223 members of the medical personnel, including 29 paramedics with live bullets or due to tear gas inhalation, since the beginning of the March of Return demonstrations on March 30.  This high number of casualties among the medical personnel proves there is an Israeli systematic policy of targeting the medical personnel while carrying out their humanitarian duty.

PCHR emphasizes that upon a decision by the highest political and military echelons, the Israeli forces continued to use excessive force against the peaceful protesters, who posed no threat to the life of the soldiers.



Table of Civilian Casualties due to the Israeli Suppression since the Beginning of the Great March of Return on 30 March


Investigations and observations by PCHR’s fieldworkers during this week emphasize the following:

¶¶ Dozens of Israeli Forces’ snipers continued to position on the hills, behind the sand barriers and in military jeeps along the border fence in front of the peaceful demonstrations in the eastern Gaza Strip.

¶¶ According to PCHR’s fieldworkers, the number of youth gatherings near the border fence augmented to reach dozens who set fire to tires and attempted to throw stones at the Israeli forces.

¶¶ The Israeli snipers deliberately and selectively opened fire at the participants in the peaceful demonstrations which included thousands of civilians in different areas in the eastern Gaza Strip.

¶¶ The Israeli forces continued to target the medical personnel directly and deliberately as they wounded 7 of them; most of them in eastern Khan Younis. Moreover, an ambulance sustained damage.  PCHR emphasizes that the medical personnel members, means of medical transport, and field hospitals were distinctively marked and easily identified as the medical personnel was wearing their distinctive medical uniform while the ambulances were marked with the PRCS and ICRC insignias in addition to the clear badges on the field hospitals. Despite all of this, they were under the Israeli forces’ attacks.

¶¶ The Israeli forces widely used bursts of tear gas canisters and from drones, targeting the center of the demonstrations and near the demonstrators near the border fence. As a result, many civilians were directly targeted and hit with tear gas canisters, causing serious injuries, while the gas coming of them made hundreds, including PCHR’s fieldworkers who were documenting the incidents, suffer tear gas inhalation, fainting and seizures. Some of them were transferred to hospitals, including few so far receive medical treatment.

¶¶ The demonstrations were as always fully peaceful, and PCHR’s fieldworkers did not witness weapons or armed persons even dressed in civilian clothes among the demonstrators, who were thousands of elderlies, women, children and entire families, demonstrating near the border fence and raising flags, chanting slogans and national songs, flying kites and burning tires.

¶¶ Journalists were again targeted with tear gas canisters, wounding a number of them in eastern Gaza and al-Bureij refugee camp.

¶¶ The Israeli unjustified and fallacious incitement against the peaceful demonstrations and encampments continues, perceiving the demonstration itself as danger. This hereby violates the right to peaceful assembly codified in all International instruments.


The incidents today, 01 June 2018, were as follows:

At approximately 16:00, hundreds of civilians, including women, children and elderlies within entire families, started swarming to 5 encampments established by the Supreme National Authority for the Great March of Return and Breaking Siege in eastern Rafah City; Khuza’ah in Khan Younis; al-Bureij in the Central Gaza Strip; Shija’eyah neighborhood in Gaza City; and eastern Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip.

The number of participants gradually increased, reaching a peak at approximately 17:00, in the five demonstration areas, and they were estimated at thousands of men, elderlies, women and children.  They were inside and outside the encampment yards, raising flags, and chanting slogans and national songs in addition to flying kites, while hundreds of them, including children and women, approached the border fence, set fire to tires and attempted to throw stones at the Israeli forces.

The Israeli shooting which continued until 19:30 resulted in the killing of Razan Ashraf al-Najjar (21), a volunteer paramedic from Khuza’ah in eastern Khan Younis working for the Medical Relief Society after being shot with a bullet that entered her chest and exited her back.  She was wounded at approximately 18:45 when she was 200 meters away from the border fence, northwest of the Return camp in eastern Khzua’ah, providing aid to one of those wounded.  Her death was declared only minutes after her arrival at the Gaza European Hospital in Khan Younis, noting that Razan had been present since the first day of the opening of Return camp and worked as a volunteer almost daily evacuating and aiding dozens of civilians wounded.

Moreover, 68 civilians in the eastern Gaza demonstration areas were wounded with live bullets and direct hits of tear gas canisters, including 8 children, 7 paramedics and 2 journalists.  In addition, hundreds suffered tear gas inhalation and seizures after Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters.


¶¶¶ PCHR condemns this new crime committed by the Israeli forces, believing it is as a result of Israel’s enjoying impunity thanks to the U.S. and so encouraging the Israeli forces to commit further crimes upon an official decision by the highest military and political echelons.

¶¶¶ PCHR emphasizes that different attacks against the Palestinian medical personnel, especially those working in the field, constitute a serious violation of the international human rights and humanitarian laws and the international standards regulating the protection rules of medical personnel, including paramedics, their vehicles and medical facilities.  The serious violations and deliberate attacks against the medical personnel amount to war crimes according to the 1949 fourth Geneva Convention, particularly the scope of protection provided to them.

¶¶¶ PCHR emphasizes that continuously inflicting casualties, either killed or wounded, is unjustified and targeting and killing civilians, who exercise their right to peaceful assembly or while carrying out their humanitarian duty, using lethal force is a serious violation of the rules of intentional law and international humanitarian law.

¶¶¶ PCHR emphasizes that the demonstrations are fully peaceful and civilians have the right to raise their voices against the Israeli forces and closure and enjoy their right to return.  Thus, PCHR stresses that Israel shall be held accountable and prosecuted through investigating with it into these crimes.

¶¶¶ PCHR also stresses that this ongoing policy by Israel violates the Rome STATUTE OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT (ICC) and Fourth Geneva Convention, and its practices qualify to war crimes. Thus, PCHR calls upon the ICC Prosecutor to open an official investigation into these crimes in addition to prosecuting and holding accountable all of those involved in issuing decisions and orders in the Israeli forces at the political and security level and those applying the orders.

¶¶¶ PCHR asks for the presence of international observers from the United Nations (UN) bodies in the Gaza Strip to make sure that these demonstrations are totally peaceful and even if the Israeli authorities denied their access to Gaza, they can observe from the Israeli side of the borders.

¶¶¶ PCHR also reiterates its call upon the High Contracting Parties to the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfill their obligations under Article 1; i.e., to respect and ensure respect for the Convention in all circumstances and their obligations under Article 146 to prosecute persons alleged to commit grave breaches of the Fourth Geneva Convention.

¶¶¶ PCHR calls upon Switzerland, in its capacity as the Depository State for the Convention, to demand the High Contracting Parties to convene a meeting and ensure Israel’s respect for this Convention, noting that these grave breaches constitute war crimes under Article 147 of the same Convention and Protocol (I) Additional to the Geneva Conventions regarding the guarantee of Palestinian civilians’ right to protection in the occupied territories.

¶¶¶ PCHR calls for the prompt formation of an intentional commission of inquiry according to the UN Human Rights Council to investigate the crimes committed by the Israeli forces against unarmed civilians in the Return March activities.

© Copyright 2016 - Palestinian Center for Human Rights

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) based in Gaza City. ... More

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Over half the people living in Gaza are CHILDREN.


#3 2018-06-05 22:59:40

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Re: Humanitarian Issues 2018

Over half the people living in Gaza are CHILDREN.


#4 2018-06-07 14:52:34

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Re: Humanitarian Issues 2018

Netanyahu confronted over Gaza deaths by
prominent UK politician

By Laura Smith-Spark, CNN
Updated 1:50 PM EDT, Thu June 07, 2018

London (CNN) A former leader of the UK Conservative Party challenged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday over the use of live ammunition against Palestinians during recent protests along the Gaza-Israel border fence.

Michael Howard, who led the Conservatives between 2003 and 2005, asked Netanyahu why Israeli forces didn't use alternatives like rubber bullets.

Netanyahu said other methods had been tried, but didn't work.

The Israeli leader was in London as part of a tour of Germany, France and the UK capitals during which he has attempted to persuade European leaders to ease their support for the Iran nuclear deal.

He faced questions on a range of issues at an event in London organized by the Policy Exchange think tank.

Howard, a prominent Jewish figure in British politics who is now a member of the House of Lords, said that many would understand the need to prevent protesters scaling the border fence during violent demonstrations. "Fewer people ... sympathize and understand the proposition that the only way to stop them scaling the fence was to kill them," he added.

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"Why couldn't you use rubber bullets? Why couldn't you -- if in extremis you had to use live ammunition -- why couldn't you shoot them in the legs? Why did you have to kill them to stop them scaling the fence?"

Netanyahu responded that everything suggested by Howard had been tried, along with other methods, but that they hadn't worked. "Nobody intentionally went out to kill anyone," he said.



The Israeli leader pointed the finger at Hamas, the militant group that runs Gaza, saying it had wanted more Palestinian deaths. "Their goal was to have as many casualties. Our goal was to minimize casualties and avoid fatalities," he said.

The questions from Howard came a day after UK Prime Minister Theresa May told Netanyahu that her government was "concerned" about the loss of Palestinian lives in Gaza.

"The UK absolutely recognizes that Israel has a right for self defense," May said during an on-camera conversation in Downing Street, but added that she hoped Israel could alleviate the "deteriorating" situation in Gaza.

Responding, Netanyahu said the issue was "rooted in the fundamental goal of Hamas to destroy Israel."


"This is not a non-violent protest, quite the contrary," Netanyahu said, referring to the Palestinian Great March of Return, a series of Friday demonstrations over six weeks from March to May. More than 100 Palestinian protesters were killed by Israeli fire during the protests, according to a CNN count based on Palestinian Health Ministry figures.

Netanyahu said the Israelis were doing "everything we can" to minimize civilian casualties, "and at the same time protect Israeli lives."


Israel faced international condemnation last month after Israeli forces killed dozens of Palestinians in bloody clashes at the Gaza border as the US officially opened its Embassy in Jerusalem just 50 miles away.

The Israeli Defence Forces, or IDF, said protesters were trying to storm the border fence between Israel and Gaza. It accused Hamas of "leading a terrorist operation" and inciting the protesters to conduct what Israel described as terror attacks.


Palestinian leaders said the protests were peaceful and the use of force was wholly disproportionate to the threat.



The aim of the March of Return movement is to highlight the Palestinian right to return to homes and villages lost by their ancestors in the 1948-49 Arab-Israeli war.

CNN's Hilary McGann contributed to this report.

© 2018 Cable News Network. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. … index.html

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Over half the people living in Gaza are CHILDREN.


#5 2018-06-11 15:21:41

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Re: Humanitarian Issues 2018

Italy’s New Populist Government Turns Away Ship With 600 Migrants Aboard

Migrants were rescued by the search-and-rescue ship Aquarius in the Mediterranean on Sunday.CreditKarpov, via Reuters
By Gaia Pianigiani and Jason Horowitz
June 11, 2018

ROME — Italy’s new populist government, following through on its campaign promise to crack down on immigration, refused to let a rescue boat with more than 600 migrants dock on Sunday and threatened to do the same to other ships on Monday.

The action set off a day of diplomatic confrontation with the European Union and its Mediterranean neighbors, until Spain said Monday afternoon that it would break the deadlock and accept the ship, the Aquarius, which had been at sea under a sweltering sun since Saturday.

But the blocking of the ship made for the first real test of whether Matteo Salvini, the country’s powerful interior minister and the leader of the anti-immigrant League, would keep the hard-line campaign promises to expel hundreds of thousands of migrants and to prevent new arrivals from landing on Italian shores.

He did, and after Spain offered to take the migrants, he declared victory for his government, saying at a news conference at his party’s headquarters that raising his voice had clearly paid off. … ctionfront

Let's focus on Unity & Peace!


#6 2018-06-16 16:13:19

Registered: 2018-03-31
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Re: Humanitarian Issues 2018

Trump suggests separation of families at border is a negotiating tool
By Kate Sullivan
Updated 1:36 PM EDT, Sat June 16, 2018

(CNN) President Donald Trump suggested Saturday that he is using his administration's separation of families at the US border as a negotiating tool to get Democrats to cave on his immigration demands, which include funding for a border wall, curbing legal immigration into the US, and tightening the rules for border enforcement.

Trump again falsely blamed Democrats for his administration's actions, and said they could put a stop to the family separations by working with Republicans in Congress. Nearly 2,000 immigrant children were separated from parents over a period of about six weeks in April and May, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

"Democrats can fix their forced family breakup at the Border by working with Republicans on new legislation, for a change!" Trump wrote in a tweet.

According to reporting by The Washington Post, White House officials said President Donald Trump has calculated he will gain leverage in congressional negotiations by enforcing a policy he claims to hate.

"I hate the children being taken away," Trump said Friday morning. But Trump suggested Friday in an interview on Fox News' "Fox and Friends" he would not reverse his administration's policy unless Democrats agreed to his longstanding immigration priorities.

RELATED: Republicans scramble to understand if Trump just sunk their immigration effort

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Thursday that she sees "no prospects" for a legislative fix.

The separations stem from a deliberate policy shift by the Trump administration, which it has the power to unilaterally reverse.

CNN's Tal Kopan, Lauren Fox and Phil Mattingly

If he hates it so much, maybe he can stop making it happen? Human dignity is at stake. I pray for a reconnection to the awareness that all are sacred. If he has strayed that far into the darkness, that he thinks holding kids in the middle is an acceptable tactic, then he has rejected the sanctity, or notion of family.
Had he said they were being temporarily housed..., that would be one thing, but he did not say that.
"... being taken away", is what he said. If you take something, without asking, it is called theft, or stealing.
I pray he turns away from sin. I rebuke the actions he has done, and the spirit that guided him to do those actions.

May our future generations, forgive us. It is not too late to prevent the creation of more enemies. Extend respect to all. What burns into the minds of those seeing The U. S. as a monster? This fire needs to be put out, and quickly.

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#7 2018-06-19 13:17:04

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Re: Humanitarian Issues 2018 … concludes/

What I heard in an audio clip/s, of children being separated from their parents, were clearly traumatic events.

DHS Secretary Nielsen has claimed that the children are getting everything they need. I don't think she is qualified to make such claims.

What are the children being taught in the "schooling" areas of these internment-like facilities? Excuse me...just tasting a bit of bile coming up, as I am revolted at even the thought.

This reminds me of the movie "Hook", where Captain Hook takes Peter's kids, and tries to use various means of manipulating their minds, to endear them to their captor, with a result of souring against their parents. Hook's fear is the ticking of clocks, and his downfall comes not from Peter's sword, but at the collapsing of time.
This is just a feeling. I don't know all of what is going on in these places.

What I can see is levels of propaganda. Those that have been here, may be desensitized to it, having been inundated for so long.

You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and for some already, that impression is a wall. Separation is another word for a partition, or wall. So when I here Neilson say "Until the wall is built...", I am traumatized by her ignorance (of the importance of child parent contact, especially for the very young), her lack of respect (for the laws of nature), and appalled by her (and cohorts') toxically inhospitable stance, that seems devoid of moral questioning (I vas only following orders line).

If someone doing these separations, no matter which gang is claimed, speaks to me of traditional American family values, I will gladly hand them some toilet paper, and let them know that they have a little something on the side of their mouths. I'm sorry, but they have broken with tradition, and are an affront to humanity.

Where can bridges be built to bring humanity together?
We are all learning as we go, and I pray for my own ignorances and blockages to be removed, as well as those in others. Lord knows the logs in my eyes, but there is nothing that is too hard for the Creator to do.
I must give myself to the will of the Creator, and exercises the fruit of the spirit, against such there is no law.

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