In Occupied Palestine – 01 June 2024

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In Occupied Palestine

Zionism in practice

Israel’s Daily Toll on Palestinian Life, Limb, Liberty and Land

08:00, 01 June until 08:00, 02 June 2024

[Source of statistics: Palestinian Monitoring Group]

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Gaza Strip

Air strikes: Heavy aerial bombardment on buildings, homes and many facilities.

Attacks: All over Gaza, there are air strikes, heavy gunfire, tank and artillery shelling, as well as missiles fired from Israeli forces and military occupation, especially in Khan Yunis. The Israeli Navycontinues to fire missiles, targeting facilities and buildings along the shoreline of the whole of Gaza.

Victims: 60 people killed in Gaza brings the total number of deaths since 7 October to at least 36,439. With another 220 wounded, that figure has risen to more than 82,627.

Palestine today

Don’t say you didn’t know

(With thanks to Ali Kazak)

Australia uni students vote to divest from Israel

Students at Australia’s University of Queensland voted on Wednesday to cut ties with weapons manufacturers and divest from Israel in a meeting attended by 1,500 people. According to Green Left, the Student General Meeting (SGM), organised by Students for Palestine from the UQ Gaza Solidarity Encampment, was the first SGM initiated through a petition of two per cent of the student population rather than by the UQ Union (UQU) student council. All three motions passed almost unanimously, sparking chants of “Free, free Palestine” and leading to a 1,500-strong march to the administration building.

Belgium’s Ghent University Severs Ties With All Israeli Universities

Pro-Palestinian protesters in Ghent have been protesting against Israel’s military offensive in Gaza and have been occupying parts of its campus since early May. The university, which already severed ties with three Israeli institutions, had 18 ongoing partnerships with Israeli academic institutions. Belgium’s Ghent University has severed ties with all Israeli universities and research institutions, as they no longer align with its human rights policy, the university said on Friday.

Jabalia left an ‘unrecognisable’ wasteland after Israeli assault

After 20 days of bombing and siege, Israel’s army leaves once-vibrant refugee camp a lifeless pile of rubble. Piles of rubble and mounds of sand as far as the eye can see. This is the view in Gaza’s Jabalia refugee camp following a 20-day Israeli assault, says Ibrahim Rabaa. The camp resident fled his home earlier this month after the Israeli military launched a large-scale aerial and ground attack there. For nearly three weeks, bombs rained down relentlessly on the densely populated area as tanks and troops advanced on the ground and laid siege to it. “Something out of the ordinary happened here,” Rabaa told Middle East Eye. “They must have used different kinds of bombs. I’ve never seen destruction like this in any other area of Gaza.” Basic infrastructure was destroyed, including all wells, the main sewage pump, utility poles and telephone lines. The central open market was flattened, while the Fallujah cemetery was razed and bodies exhumed from it. 

Other corpses of those killed in recent weeks were strewn on the streets, decomposing and covered only with blankets. Two hospitals, raided by Israeli troops during the assault, were no longer functional. A vital UN clinic serving thousands of people was torched and the central police station lies in ruins. There is a street housing schools used as shelters that has been completely wrecked.

It’s a disaster area that is no longer suitable for human habitation, witnesses say. 

Israel continues its crime of ethnic cleansing by destroying the last neighbourhoods, UN shelter centres in Jabalia camp

Throughout its three-week military operation against the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, the Israeli army has deliberately continued its crime of forcibly uprooting Palestinian civilians. Israeli forces have completely destroyed all of the camp’s remaining necessities of life, housing, and survival—including entire residential blocks—as well as destroyed, either partially or fully, the United Nations shelter centres there. Israel’s army has been conducting a large-scale military operation in the Jabalia camp since 11 May, which it began only a few hours after suddenly issuing forced displacement orders against thousands of local residents. The Israeli army has struck residential neighbourhoods and other civilian objects in the vicinity with fire belts, and has been continuously bombarding civilian targets with intensive and indiscriminate artillery attacks. This is in flagrant violation of international humanitarian law regulations pertaining to proportionality, military necessity, and taking all necessary precautions. 

What is the Israel-Hamas Gaza ceasefire deal presented by Joe Biden?

On Friday, US President Joe Biden announced a three-phase ‘Israeli proposal’ that aims to end the war on Gaza. The “comprehensive” plan includes a ceasefire and the release of hostages held by Hamas. Biden’s announcement came as previous efforts to reach a ceasefire deal faltered. Last month, Hamas accepted a full Egypt-Qatar ceasefire plan, also supported by the US, which would have seen all Israeli captives released. However, Israel rejected the deal and pressed ahead with a brutal military assault into the southern Gaza city of Rafah, which has forcibly displaced about 1 million Palestinians over the past month. The New Arab looks into the details of this new plan, its timing and framing by the US and how Hamas and other interested parties have reacted to it.

Israel pounds Gaza after Biden outlines ceasefire plan

Despite Joe Biden claiming Israel wants to end the war on Gaza, Tel Aviv continues to pummel the Palestinian enclave. Israeli forces hammered Rafah in southern Gaza with tanks and artillery Saturday, hours after US President Joe Biden said Israel was offering a new roadmap towards a full ceasefire. Shortly after Biden’s announcement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted his country would still pursue the war until it had reached all its aims. He reiterated that position on Saturday, saying that “Israel’s conditions for ending the war have not changed: the destruction of Hamas’s military and governing capabilities, the freeing of all hostages and ensuring that Gaza no longer poses a threat to Israel”. Hamas, meanwhile, said it “views positively” the Israeli plan laid out by Biden.

Mads Gilbert: The doctor who’s witnessed Israel’s wars against Palestinians since 1982

Mads Gilbert is a Norwegian emergency medicine specialist who has made frequent trips to Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza since 1982. In this episode of UNAPOLOGETIC, the doctor shares his experiences of helping deliver urgent medical care to Palestinian victims of Israeli atrocities. A firm advocate of the right for Palestinians to resist occupation within the confines of International law, Gilbert says Israel is intent on wiping out the Palestinian people. “There shall be no trace of Palestinian society, culture, history because they going to be wiped out… This is I think the plan for the Zionists,” he says. UNAPOLOGETIC is a show that unapologetically looks at the life, times and views of some unapologetic and not so unapologetic humans.

Resentment against US grows in Egypt’s defence establishment as Rafah heats up

Four decades after brokering a historic peace deal, the US is back to solving a basic problem – stopping Egyptians and Israelis from fighting. The Biden administration’s near unconditional support for Israel’s war on Gaza is stoking resentment towards the US among Egypt’s powerful defence establishment, complicating the administration’s bid to revive ties between Cairo and Israel to reach a Gaza ceasefire. Egypt’s Supreme Military Council, the General Intelligence Service and other defence officials are angry that the US has sided with Israel over its invasion of Rafah and seizure of the Philadelphi Corridor, a former Egyptian official briefed by members of Egypt’s intelligence community, told Middle East Eye. “Within the defence and intelligence establishment Camp David is dead,” the former official said, referring to the 1978 accords that laid the foundation for a peace treaty between Israel and Egypt a year later, underwritten by the US. The belief among influential camps in Egypt’s military establishment is that the US is no longer an honest broker. 

You Can’t Turn Back the Clock on Genocide: “Easily 200,000 Deaths in Gaza.”

According to a bleak report released in March by UNICEF, the thousands of infants born in Gaza over the previous two months (and ever since) are at great risk of dying. Many already have, although numbers are hard to come by. “There are babies who died in their mothers’ wombs and surgeries were performed to remove the dead fetuses,” said Dr. Muhammad Salha, acting director of Al-Awda Hospital, where the situation couldn’t be more dire. But death figures can also impart meaning, as the long-time consumer-rights activist Ralph Nader recently pointed out. He happens to believe that Israel could have killed at least 200,000 Palestinians in Gaza. “The undercount is staggering,” said Nader, “The whole thing is one death camp now. It’s easily 200,000 deaths in Gaza,” he insisted, citing the number of bombs dropped, which have, by some estimates, exceeded 100,000. We know that at least 45,000 missiles and bombs had been used in Gaza within three months of the beginning of Israel’s military campaign. As a result, as many as 175,000 buildings have been damaged or destroyed by Israel. So, he seems to be on to something.

Returning to find a city filled with rubble

Massive destruction has been inflicted on Khan Younis in southern Gaza. The city’s residents were forced to flee en masse when Israeli troops invaded in December. The ground offensive lasted several months. When people returned, they were shocked to see what remained. Many areas of the city were almost unrecognizable. People either had to set up tents where they used to live or try to reclaim part of homes that had been damaged – often badly – and move back in. Khaled al-Sir, 50, had to evacuate his home in the center of Khan Younis during January. He went to the outskirts of the city and sought basic shelter in a tent. It offered no real protection from the elements. “I kept on getting sick during the winter months,” he said. “When temperatures began to rise, it was as hot as hell inside the tent.”

Israel’s Right Wing Has Found a New Way to Torture Gazans

After prominent figures already exhausted almost all methods of evil against the residents of Gaza, someone there searched and found a victim into whom they could rub salt into the wound: Gaza workers who were seriously injured on the job in Israel more than 30 years ago whom the National Insurance Institute recognizes as “disabled workers” with at least 20 percent disability and who are therefore eligible – heaven forbid – to a disability pension. Like flies drawn to dung, members of Israeli Right-wing NGO “Im Tirtzu” called on the public to send a “structured message” – i.e. pre-written – about the disclosure to the defense minister and labor minister, “Just press and send. Two seconds of effort and together we will stop the National Insurance payments to Gaza residents.” And to conclude, the gang of thieves doesn’t worry. The money doesn’t come “from the pockets of Israeli citizens,” per her allegation. 100,000 Palestinians worked in Israel until eight months ago, and at least three million shekels a month was deducted from their salaries for National Insurance, which is 36 million shekels a year.

France Bans Israeli Companies From Annual Eurosatory Arms Fair

Conditions are no longer met to host Israeli companies at the show at a time when the President is calling for Israel to cease operations in Rafah, the French Defense Ministry said. France has banned Israeli companies from participating in this year’s annual Eurosatory arms and defense industry exhibition in Villepinte near Paris next month, the event’s organizers and the French Defense Ministry said on Friday. “Following a decision by government authorities, there will not be an Israeli stand at the Eurosatory 2024 salon,” a spokesperson for the organisers said via email.

West Bank

[Palestinian Monitoring Group]

Israeli Army attack – 1 youngster killed, another wounded: Jericho – 19:50, Israeli Occupation forces fired live ammunition, rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades towards people, near the Aqbat Jabir refugee camp cemetery, killing a 16-year-old youth, Ahmed Ashraf Walid Hamidat, and wounding another youngster: Muhammad Musa Muhammad al-Bitar (aged 17.)

Home invasion: Nablus – 08:4509:50, Israeli Occupation forces raided the village of Orif and invaded a home.

Home invasion and demolition: Bethlehem – morning, Israeli forces demolished a house in the village of al-Walaja.

Israeli Army assault with rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters: Hebron – 14:10, Israeli Occupation forces fired rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades towards people,north of Beit Ummar.

Israeli Army assault with rubber-coated bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters: Hebron – 16:25, Israeli forces fired rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades towards people, near Halhul Bridge.

Israeli Army assault – arson and agricultural sabotage: Hebron – 16:25, the Israeli Army, firing stun grenades, forced off farmers from their land, near Beit Ummar, and started a fire, destroying ten hectares of agricultural land planted with grapevines and almond trees, along with greenhouses, tools and equipment.

Occupation settler vandalism: Nablus – 15:4517:50, Israeli Occupation settlers raided the village of al-Badhan and smashed the windows of two motor vehicles.

Occupation settler arson and agricultural sabotage: Nablus – 21:1001:45, Israeli settlers set fire to crops on Awarta village farmland, as well as stoning vehicles passing through Awarta checkpoint.

Occupation settler arson and agricultural sabotage: Nablus – morning, Israeli settlers set fire to olive trees as well as wheat crops, on Duma village farmland.

Occupation settler arson and agricultural sabotage: Salfit – 19:55, Israeli Occupation settlers invaded farmland west of Kafr al-Dik, and set fire to a barn.

Occupation settler violence and pastoral sabotage: Hebron – 12:30-13:50, Israeli settlers forced off shepherds from pastoral land, east of Yatta.

Occupation settler land-grab: Hebron – 12:35, Israeli Occupation settlers parked three mobile homes on land in the Shaab al-Butm area, east of Yatta, in order to establish a new settlement outpost.

Occupation settler beatings-up and agricultural sabotage: Hebron – evening, Israeli settlers beat-up three farmers in the Khallet al-Daba area, east of Yatta, and prevented them from working their land.

Raid – 2 taken prisoner: Jerusalem – 05:10, Israeli Occupation forces raided Kafr Aqab, taking prisoner two people.

Raids: Ramallah – 09:50-12:00, Israeli forces raided and patrolled the town of al-Mazra’a al-Sharqiya, as well as the villages of Deir Bazi’ and Kafr Ni’ma.

Raids – including refugee camp: Ramallah – 13:35-17:00, the Israeli Army raided and patrolled Bir Zeit, Jifna, Dura al-Qarara’, Ein Sina as well as the Jalazoun refugee camp.

Raid: Ramallah – 13:40-14:30, Israeli troops raided and patrolled Deir Dibwan.

Raids: Ramallah – 15:20-17:20, the Israeli military raided and patrolled the villages of Ajul and Umm Safa.

Raid: Ramallah – evening, Israeli soldiers raided and patrolled al-Bireh.

Raid – 6 taken prisoner: Ramallah – 03:0006:25, Israeli Occupation forces raided Beitunya, taking prisoner six people from the Gaza Strip.

Raid: Jenin – 15:25, Israeli forces raided and patrolled the village of al-Jalama.

Raids: Jenin – evening, the Israeli Army raided and patrolled Silat al-Dahr as well as the villages of Jalboun and al-Atarah.

Raid – 2 taken prisoner: Jenin – 03:3505:15, Israeli troops raided Jaba, taking prisoner two people.

Raid – populationcontrol: Tulkarem – 15:55, the Israeli military raided the village of Kor, as well as the headquarters of the Village Council, removing the Palestinian flag from it.

Raid: Tulkarem – 20:3522:35, Israeli soldiers raided and patrolled Anabta.

Raid: Qalqiliya – 14:45, Israeli Occupation forces raided and patrolled Jayus.

Raid: Qalqiliya – 14:45, Israeli forces raided and patrolled the village of Seir.

Raid: Qalqiliya – 19:4523:30, the Israeli Army raided and patrolled the village of Hajjah.

Raid: Qalqiliya – 21:3000:45, Israeli troops raided Jayus and searched a Department Store.

Raid: Nablus – 17:15, the Israeli military raided and patrolled Salem village.

Raid – 1 taken prisoner: Nablus – 01:50, Israeli soldiers raided the village of Madama, taking prisoner one person.

Raid: Salfit – 17:30, Israeli Occupation forces raided and patrolled Qarawat Bani Hassan.

Raid: Salfit – 17:35, Israeli forces raided and patrolled the village of Iskaka.

Raid: Salfit – 20:35, the Israeli Army raided Deir Ballut.

Raid: Salfit – 21:25, Israeli troops raided and patrolled the village of Haris.

Raid – 2 taken prisoner: Bethlehem – dawn, the Israeli military raided al-Khadr, taking prisoner two people.

Raid – 1 taken prisoner: Hebron – 08:40, Israeli soldiers raided Beit Ummar, taking prisoner one person.

Raid: Hebron – 10:45, Israeli Occupation forces raided and patrolled the city.

Raid – refugee camp: Hebron – 23:2000:50, Israeli forces raided the al-Aroub refugee camp.

Raid – 2 taken prisoner: Hebron – 02:2004:20, the Israeli Army raided al-Dhahiriya, taking prisoner two people.

Raid – refugee camp: Hebron – 02:20, Israeli troops, firing stun grenades, raided the al-Arroub refugee camp.

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Leslie Bravery
Leslie Bravery is a Londoner with vivid World War Two memories of the Nazi blitz on his home town. In 1947/1948 His father explained to him what was happening to the Palestinians thus: “Any ideology or political movement that creates refugees in the process of realising its ambitions must be inhuman and should be opposed and condemned as unacceptable.” What followed confirmed this assessment of the Zionist entity a hundredfold. Now a retired flamenco guitarist, with a lifelong interest in the tragedy of what happened to the Palestinian people, he tries to publicise their plight. Because the daily injustices they suffer barely get a mention in the mainstream news media, Leslie edits/compiles a daily newsletter, In Occupied Palestine, for the Palestine Human Rights Campaign. These days, to preserve his sanity, he enjoys taking part in a drama group whenever possible!

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