In Occupied Palestine – 07 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, 07 June until 08:00, 08June 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 Navy continues to fire missiles, targeting facilities and buildings along the shoreline of the whole of Gaza.

Victims: 70 more people killed in Gaza brings the total number of deaths, since 7 October, to at least 36,801. With another 150 wounded,that figure has risen to more than 83,680.

Palestine today

Don’t say you didn’t know

(With thanks to Ali Kazak)

Did anyone hear the local mainstream Jewish organisations condemn Jewish anti-Arab racism in Israel? Generations of Jewish extremists are injected by Israeli educational curricula with racism, hatred, and extremism against everyone who is not Jewish. Israeli youth attacked Palestinians and journalists including the ABC reporterAllyson Horn during their march through the Muslim quarter of Jerusalem under Israeli occupation army protection chanting “Death to Arabs” and calling for “burning Arab villages down”.

Israel added to UN ‘blacklist’ of parties that harm children in conflict

The United Nations has placed Israel on a blacklist of countries that have committed abuses against children, after Israeli forces killed thousands of Palestinian children in its ongoing war on Gaza.  That report will be presented to the UN Security Council on 14 June. Reuters reported citing a UN official that the Palestinian groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad would also be added to the list. The list includes the countries of Russia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Somalia and Syria. It also includes non-state actors such as the Islamic State (IS) group, al-Shabaab, the Taliban and al-Qaeda, among others. According to the government media office in Gaza, Israeli forces have killed more than 15,571 Palestinian children in the besieged enclave during its war. Rights groups and UN agencies have decried the impact Israel’s war has had on the Palestinian civilian population, including its acute impact on children. The UN children’s fund (Unicef) said that nine in 10 Palestinian children in Gaza face “severe child food poverty” which the agency said is “one of the highest percentages ever recorded”. Several Palestinian children have died from starvation, thirst and acute malnutrition. The World Health Organisation (WHO) said last week that four in five Palestinian children in Gaza “did not eat for a whole day” for at least one out of the past three days.

Israel’s treatment of Palestinian workers denounced at UN meeting

The head of the International Labour Organisation on Thursday criticised the decimation of Palestinian workers’ labour rights since the start of the war in Gaza and called for an end to new restrictions blocking them from working in Israel. Israel’s treatment of Palestinian workers, under scrutiny for decades by the UN labour body, has increased since the Oct. 7 war with criticism focused on more than half a million job losses and Israel’s exclusion of some 200,000 Palestinians from Israel for security reasons. “This has been the hardest year for Palestinian workers since 1967,” ILO Director-General Gilbert Houngbo told the Geneva meeting, referring to the date of the war when Israel seized the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan and the Gaza Strip from Egypt.

ILO: Gaza unemployment since start of Israel’s war soars to nearly 80%

Unemployment in the Gaza Strip has hit a “staggering” 79.1 percent since Israel launched its military onslaught on the besieged and bombarded territory in October last year, according to the United Nations labour agency. In its latest assessment of the impact of the war on employment, the International Labour Organization (ILO) also said on Friday that joblessness in the occupied West Bank, which has also been hit by the crisis, had also reached nearly 32 percent. The figures, however, do not include those who have exited the labour force altogether amid worsening job prospects, the ILO said, warning that the actual numbers were higher. “Imagine with this very high level of unemployment, people will not be able to secure food for themselves and for their families,” Jaradat said. “This is also impacting their health … Even if they have money, there are no hospitals that can accommodate the catastrophic situation there.”

Israel continues its crime of ethnic cleansing by destroying 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 Nation 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. 

US-made bomb used in Israel’s deadly Gaza school strike

A Sky News investigation has uncovered evidence that an American-made bomb was used in yesterday’s Israeli strike on a school in Nuseirat refugee camp, a town in the central Gaza Strip. The attack, which occurred overnight, claimed the lives of 40 people, including 14 children. An additional 23 children were reported to have been wounded in the strike, taking the total dead and injured to nearly 200,000. Experts consulted by Sky News identified a fragment visible in a verified video as part of an American-made GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB). Rahul Udoshi, a weapons specialist at the defence intelligence company Janes, and Trevor Ball, a former US Army explosive ordnance disposal technician, both concluded that the fragment was from a GBU-39 bomb. The GBU-39 is a guided glide bomb designed for precise, targeted attacks and is manufactured in the US. According to the Sipri Arms Transfers Database, 1,000 GBU-39 bombs were sent to Israel in late 2023, with the delivery expedited by Boeing following the 7 October attack.

UN Agency urges probe into all Israel violations against United Nations in Gaza

The UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) called for investigations into all violations against the UN in Gaza, “including attacks on our buildings”, Anadolu Agency reports. “We call for investigations into all violations against the United Nations, including attacks on our buildings,” UNRWA’s Communications Director, Juliette Touma, told The Washington Post Thursday.

“UN Facilities are protected under International Humanitarian Law & must be safe shelters for civilians,” UNRWA wrote on X Friday. An Israeli warplane targeted, on Friday, the UN-run Asma School in the Al-Shati Refugee Camp, according to Palestinian Civil Defence spokesman, Mahmoud Basal. This is the second incident in two days that a school has been struck by Israeli forces. On Thursday, Israel bombed a school sheltering thousands of displaced people in the Nuseirat Refugee Camp in central Gaza.

Israel’s use of rape against Palestinian detainees from Gaza exposed

A shocking three-month investigation by the New York Times has revealed gruesome details of abuse, torture and mistreatment of Palestinians held at Israel’s Sde Teiman detention facility. The exposé, based on interviews with former detainees, Israeli military officers, doctors and soldiers who served at the site, paints a harrowing picture of the conditions endured by the roughly 4,000 Palestinian detainees who have passed through the facility since 7 October. Sde Teiman, an army base in southern Israel, has become a makeshift interrogation site where most Gazans captured by the occupation army have been brought for initial questioning. Detainees, classified as “unlawful combatants” under Israeli legislation, can be held for up to 75 days without judicial permission and 90 days without access to a lawyer or a trial. Former detainees described a litany of abuses at the hands of their captors, including beatings, electric shocks, humiliating treatment and rape. The Times’ investigation also uncovered allegations of sexual abuse and torture. Muhammad Al-Hamlawi, a 39-year-old senior nurse, recounted a horrific ordeal in which a female officer ordered two soldiers to lift him up and press his rectum against a metal stick fixed to the ground. The stick penetrated his rectum for roughly five seconds, causing it to bleed and leaving him in “unbearable pain.”

Hundreds of Gaza-bound aid trucks pile up as Israel Occupies Rafah border

Gaza’s health system is under major strain as it runs short of vital supplies, including fuel and medicines, as Israel’s month-long blockade of the Rafah crossing pushes the enclave further into a humanitarian crisis. Hundreds of aid-filled lorries were sighted in Sinai over the past week, destined for Gaza but unable to cross through Rafah after Egypt refused to cooperate with the Israeli forces occupying the border area. Independent Egyptian NGO the Sinai Foundation for Human Rights shared a video showing hundreds of lorries in rows parked off a highway near Al-Arish International Airport where tons of international aid for Gaza arrives. The Rafah border crossing, which serves as Gaza’s only pedestrian exit point, was seized by Israeli forces on 7 May when they stormed the southern governorate following months of warnings.

 

West Bank

[Palestinian Monitoring Group]

Israeli Army attack – killed – 2 taken prisoner: Tulkarem – dawn, Israeli Occupation forces, firing live ammunition, stormed Anabta, killing one person, Moamen Omar Abu Asal, and taking prisoner two other residents.

Israeli Army attacks: Jericho – dawn, Israeli forces stormed Jericho, the Ein al-Sultan refugee camp and the village of Ein al-Dyouk.

Israeli Army attack – killed and 2 taken prisoner in refugee camp: Jericho – dawn, the Israeli Army, firing live ammunition stormed the the Aqbat Jabir refugee camp and invaded homes, wounding eleven residents.

Home invasion and forced personal demolition: Jerusalem – the Israeli Occupation forced a resident, name, to destroy his home in al-Issawiya – or otherwise be forced to pay an extortionate sum to the Israeli Occupation demolition squads, who would be sent in to do it.

Home invasion: Jenin – dawn, Israeli forces raided Silat al-Dahr and searched a house.

Home invasions – 1 resident taken prisoner: Qalqiliya – evening, Israeli forces raided Jayus, invading homes and taking prisoner one resident.

Home invasions: Qalqiliya – evening, Israeli forces raided Azzun and invaded a number of homes.

Home invasions: Nablus – dawn, the Israeli Army raided the village of Salem and searched a number of houses.

Home invasion: Bethlehem – evening, Israeli troops raided Za’tara and invaded a home.

Home invasions: Bethlehem – dawn, the Israeli military raided the village of Marah Rabah and searched a number of houses.

Occupation settler arson: Ramallah – Israeli Occupation settlers invaded the northeastern outskirts of Deir Dibwan and set fire to dry grassland, close to the homes of villagers in an attempt to burn them down.

Occupation settler arson: Ramallah – Israeli settlers invaded the northern and eastern outskirts of the village of Burqa and set fire to olive trees, damaging dozens of trees as well as destroying vehicles.

Occupation settler violence and hospitalisation of victim: Jericho – evening, Israeli Occupation settlers beat-up and hospitalised a resident in the Ras al-Ein Bedouin community area of al-Auja.

Raidrubber-coated bullets and stun grenades: Jenin – evening, Israeli Occupation forces, firing rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades, raided Ya’bad.

Raid – beating-up: Jenin – evening, Israeli forces raided Araba, beating-up a villager: Sultan Bilal Al-Shalabi.

Raid: Jenin – dawn, the Israeli Army raided the village of Faqua.

Raid – 1 taken prisoner: Tulkarem – dawn, Israeli troops raided the village of Ramin, taking prisoner one person.

Raid – Army and settlers: Jericho – morning, the Israeli military, accompanied by settlers, raided the city.

Raid – populationcontrol: Bethlehem – morning, Israeli soldiers raided the village of Husan, forcing the shop to close.

Raid – Army and settlers: Hebron – morning, Israeli Occupation forces, accompanied by settlers, raided Carmiel.

Raid – Army and settlers: Hebron – morning, Israeli forces, accompanied by settlers, raided al-Samou.

Raid: Hebron – dawn, the Israeli Army raided and patrolled al-Shuyukh.

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