In Occupied Palestine – 10 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, 10 June until 08:00, 11 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: 40 more people killed in Gaza brings the total number of deaths, since 7 October, to at least 37,164. With another 120 wounded, that figure has now risen to more than 84,832.

Click here: online missing incidents not included in OCHA Update #177

Palestine today

Don’t say you didn’t know

(With thanks to Ali Kazak)

Complete halt’: Hamas delivers official response to Gaza ceasefire proposal

Hamas responded on Tuesday to a ceasefire proposal outlined by US President Joe Biden on 31 May, capping days of waiting for an official response from the group. “The state of Qatar and the Arab Republic of Egypt announce that they have received today a response from [Hamas] and the Palestinian factions regarding the most recent proposal for a ceasefire deal and the exchange of prisoners and detainees,” a statement from Qatar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs read. White House Spokesperson John Kirby said the US had received the response Hamas delivered to the mediators, and that the US was “working its way” through it. “The response prioritises the interests of the Palestinian people and emphasises the need for a complete halt to the ongoing aggression in Gaza,” Hamas and Islamic Jihad said in a joint statement. They said they were ready to “engage positively to reach an agreement that puts an end to this war”.

Spain’s Premier: ‘Gaza’s humanitarian catastrophe is seriously undermining international law’

The humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza “is seriously undermining international law, the multilateral system, and the rules-based order,” Spain’s Prime Minister said Tuesday. Speaking at the Urgent Humanitarian Response for Gaza conference in Jordan, Pedro Sanchez called on both Israel and Hamas to “act in a responsible manner”. “Seize the opportunity for peace,” he said, referring to the US ceasefire resolution that, on Monday, won the support of the UN Security Council, which he applauded. “We must increase the pressure for a ceasefire,” Sanchez added. In recent weeks, the Spanish government has not only recognised Palestinian statehood but also announced that it will join South Africa’s genocide case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Israel’s slaughter of Palestinians is the first step towards their extermination

The excessive killing of civilians without any ‘operational need’ has only one explanation: the Zionist state seizes any opportunity to shed the blood of as many Palestinians as possible. On the morning of Saturday, 8 June, the racist Zionist colonial army carried out horrific massacres in the middle governorate, killing at least 274 Palestinian civilians, including women, children and men.

Hours later, they announced that these massacres were a cover to free four Israeli captives in the Nuseirat camp. At the time of the massacre, I was visiting the middle governorate and heard Israeli bombing everywhere. F-16 fighter jets, Apache helicopters, artillery and warships were all involved in the random bombing of civilian gatherings. People fled in all directions, not knowing where to go, as there is no safe place in Gaza. The most significant observation about this massacre is that there was no operational necessity for it. The occupation army could have freed the captives with far fewer Palestinian casualties, with the basic principle that killing even one civilian is a crime that demands accountability. It sees the killing of every additional Palestinian as a gain since its project is fundamentally based on the idea of ethnic cleansing. It wants to instil in the Palestinian consciousness that the cost of any attempt to rebel against the colonial project will be high.

Israel is not alone in devaluing Palestinian lives. The friendly governments of this colonial state, primarily the US administration, adopt rhetoric that legitimises the genocidal crimes committed by this colonial state. Since the beginning of this genocidal war, western officials have called for the release of Israeli hostages, implying that the only problem in Gaza is the hostages’ detention.

Rights group decries Israeli military’s use of ‘aid truck’ disguise in Nuseirat massacre

Humanitarians have denounced reports that the Israeli military used an aid truck as a disguise for its brutal attack on the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza, which saw hundreds of Palestinians killed during an operation to rescue captives held by Hamas. The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS), one of the main medical organisations in Gaza, decried what it said was the Israeli military’s covert use of a humanitarian truck to infiltrate the Palestinian camp, which it said puts the lives of aid workers in danger. In a statement posted to social media site X on Monday, PRCS said that the covert operation was “troubling for several reasons”. “One is using a trusted source for people trapped in the conflict is a violation of international humanitarian and customary law, which prohibits the crime of perfidy,” the organisation said, referring to the military’s apparent duplicity. “The hiding of military forces inside an aid truck is considered a war crime against civilians. The occupation forces deceived people by pretending to be giving aid.”

Nuseirat, anatomy of Israel’s massacre in Gaza

How was the killing of nearly 300 people justified in the name of extracting four? It was hailed as a great success in Israel. A bloody, violent ambush that turned into a massacre of nearly 300 displaced people who were going about their day as best they could. Suddenly, they found themselves “descending into the depths of hell”. An Israeli raid on the Nuseirat refugee camp, ostensibly to free four Israeli captives held there, but reportedly resulted in the death of three more including one US citizen, according to the Qassam Brigades. That is, besides the at least 274 Palestinians killed. What happened in Nuseirat? How did Israel kill so many people? Here is a breakdown of the attack:

Calls to end Gaza ‘bloodbath’ after Israeli attack kills 274 Palestinians

Several countries and international organisations have condemned the Israeli killing of at least 274 Palestinians during an operation to free four Israeli captives in central Gaza’s Nuseirat refugee camp. Authorities in the Gaza Strip on Sunday said at least 698 others were injured in “an unprecedented brutal attack”, some in critical condition, as hospitals struggle to cope with the flow of wounded or dead bodies. Reporting from inside Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in central Gaza’s Deir el-Balah, Al Jazeera’s Hind Khoudary on Sunday said civil defence crews are still finding dead or wounded Palestinians from under the rubble in the aftermath of the Nuseirat attack, as more air strikes target areas across the enclave. “The bombardment continues intensely and it is very hard for the emergency responders to reach the killed and injured Palestinians. They are telling us that there are still people on the roads and under the rubble that they could not reach,” she said.

Palestinians describe Israeli killings in Gaza raid to free captives

Palestinians in central Gaza have accused Israeli forces of executions and mass killings during a major attack to free four Israeli captives.

UK drones reportedly helping Israel to find Gaza captives

UK and US drones are reportedly scouring the skies of Gaza to help Israel find and rescue captives held by Hamas. British and American officials and drones are assisting Israel in efforts to find captives held by Hamas in Gaza, an Israeli official told The New York Times on Monday. The official said drones operated by the UK and US have gathered information that Israeli drones haven’t been able to, mostly because of the huge numbers of US drones flying over Gaza. British and American drones and officials are “part of the largest intelligence effort ever conducted in Israel, and probably ever”, Avi Kalo, an Israeli reserve officer who once headed a military intelligence department told The New York Times. However, they have had little success so far in finding the hostages with  many killed by Israeli artillery fire or airstrikes.

UK approved more than 100 arms export licences to Israel since Gaza war

The UK has issued more than 100 arms export licences to Israel between October and May, according to government figures. Of the 108 licences, 37 were categorised as military and 63 as non-military, which may include telecommunications equipment for use by the Israel Defence Forces (IDF). In total, there are currently 345 licences for arms sales to Israel, including those issued before 7 October. The Department for Business and Trade released these figures today in response to what it described as “exceptional circumstances, and the significant Parliamentary and public interest”. No licence was revoked since Israel launched its brutal bombing campaign in Gaza, which experts have said is genocidal, nor have any been refused, with 185 applications still pending.

Emily Apple, media coordinator of the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), criticised the figures for not revealing the value or details of what arms are being supplied, rather only the number of licences issued. “This data release was supposed to address the political and public interest in arms sales to Israel. The figures released do not do this as they do not give any details of the equipment exported or its value,” Apple said.

Trudeau government raises concerns with Israel about ‘Islamophobic’ misinformation campaign that is ‘targeting Canadians’

The federal government says it has raised concerns directly with Israel over allegations of a “co-ordinated” and “Islamophobic” misinformation campaign that targeted Canadians online. 

The government disclosed this to the Star when asked about a recent report in a prominent Israeli newspaper, which alleged a branch of the Israeli state hired a private firm that conducted an operation to sway public opinion in Canada and the United States over its conduct during the ongoing war in Gaza.  

Israel hits deepest strike in Lebanon since clashes began

An Israeli air strike hit a convoy of trucks in Lebanon’s Hermel region near the border with Syria, killing several people. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says three Hezbollah members were among those killed. This marks the northernmost strike on Lebanon since clashes erupted between Israel and Hezbollah on 8 October, a day after the beginning of the war in Gaza.

Tensions between Hezbollah and Israel has been mounting over the past weeks, with Israeli officials threatening to expand their military operations in Lebanon.

Calls grow louder for Israel to be excluded from Paris Olympics over Gaza war

Calls have grown louder for Israel to be excluded from participating in the Olympics in similar style to Russia’s exclusion following its war on Ukraine. A petition calling for Israel to be banned from the Paris Olympics over its war on Gaza has reached over 370,000 signatures as the Olympics board is due to meet in Switzerland less than a month before the games. The petition on Tuesday had collected 379,821 signatures from across the world and is aiming to reach half a million by 12 June, when the IOC Executive Board meeting takes place in Lausanne, Switzerland where discussions will revolve around the upcoming games. Avaaz said: “As the world comes together for the Olympics, we have the chance to send a message that mass killing of civilians will not be tolerated by the global community. Pressure is building for a plan that would see Israeli athletes compete – just not under Israel’s flag.”

Israel to hold $35m from Palestinian money

Israel’s far-right Finance Minister, Bezalel Smotrich, decided Tuesday to deduct some $35 million from the Palestinian tax revenues, Anadolu Agency reports.

In a statement, Smotrich said that the withheld money would be transferred to Israeli families whose members were killed in Palestinian attacks.

Last week, the Shin Bet domestic security agency warned that the Israeli government policies against the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the Occupied West Bank may lead to its collapse.

The PA paid only 50 per cent of salaries to civil servants last month following an Israeli decision to hold tax revenues from the Ramallah-based authority.

The tax revenues – known in Palestine and Israel as maqasa – are collected by the Israeli government on behalf of the PA on Palestinian imports and exports and Israel, in return, earns a commission of 3 per cent.

West Bank

[Palestinian Monitoring Group]

Israeli Army attack: Jerusalem – 21:5004:35, Israeli Occupation forces, firing live ammunition, stormed al-Eizariya.

Israeli Army attack – 1 wounded and taken prisoner: Jerusalem – 21:5004:35, Israeli forces, firing live ammunition, stormed Abu Dis, wounding a resident and taking him prisoner.

Israeli Army attack – 4 killed and 8 (including 1 child) wounded : Ramallah – 21:0503:00, the Israeli Army, stormed Kafr Ni’ma village, opening fire on a vehicle and killing all four occupants:Muhammad Raslan Abdo, Muhammad Jaber Abdo, Waseem Bassam Azidan Bou Adi and Rushdi Samih Omar Ataya. The Israeli Army wounded eight other people during the assault, including a 15yearold boy: Rami Kamal Yassin.

Israeli Army attack – 1 wounded: Nablus – 23:30, Israeli troops opened fire on, and wounded, a man, Omar Ahmed Omar Shehadeh, near the Barakhah Occupation settlement road junction.

Israeli Army attack – 1 youngster wounded in refugee camp: Nablus – 01:35, the Israeli military, firing live ammunition, stormed the Balata refugee camp, wounding a 16-year-old youth:Muhammad Abd Kamal Salama.

Israeli Army attack: Bethlehem – 23:5005:00, Israeli soldiers, firing live ammunition, stormed Bethlehem.

Israeli Army attack – 1 taken prisoner in refugee camp: Bethlehem – 23:5005:00, Israeli Occupation forces, firing live ammunition, stormed the Dheisheh refugee camp, taking prisoner one resident.

Home invasion and demolition: Jerusalem – 12:30, Israeli Occupation forces demolished a house, near the Jaba village roundabout.

Home invasions: Ramallah – 21:25, Israeli forces raided the village of Bil’in and invaded a number of homes.

Home invasion: Qalqiliya – 02:4005:30, the Israeli Army raided Hablat and searched a house.

Home invasions: Nablus – 01:3504:20, Israeli troops raided the city and invaded a number of homes.

Home invasions child injured: Nablus – 01:3504:20, the Israeli military raided the Balata refugee camp, injuring a a child as they invaded refugee homes.

Home invasion: Nablus – 02:5004:15, Israeli soldiers raided Urif village and searched a house.

Home invasion: Hebron – 11:00, Israeli Occupation forces raided Beit Awa, invading a home as well as shops.

Home invasion and control: Hebron – 20:55, Israelis, from the Kiryat Arba Occupation settlement, invaded the home of Walid Al-Habari and raised the Israeli flag on the roof, in order to seize possession.

Israeli police and settlers’ mosque violation: Jerusalem – 08:00, settler militants, escorted by Israeli police, invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and molested worshippers.

Israeli Army armed robbery: Jerusalem – 18:20, Israeli Occupation forces seized a truck belonging to resident, Ahmed Atallah, near al-Sawahra al-Sharqiya.

Israeli Army armed robbery: Tubas – 00:20, Israeli forces seized a bulldozer being used by a person in Kardala village.

Israeli Army agricultural sabotage: Nablus – 09:15, the Israeli Army demolished an agricultural facility in the village of Faroush Beit Dajan, as well as an agricultural irrigation pond.

Israeli Army economic sabotage: Nablus – 12:40, Israeli troops demolished a business premises in Sebastia and removed a communications network.

Israeli Army populationcontrol: Salfit – 15:1017:00, the Israeli military closed, for a time, the western entrance to the village of Marda.

Israeli Army violence beating-up and hospitalisation: Bethlehem – 06:50, Israeli Occupation forces, at the Container checkpoint, beat-up and hospitalised with severe injuries, an al-Khadr resident: Baraa Muhammad Ali Issa.

Israeli Army armed robbery: Hebron – 23:00, Israeli forces, in Beit Ummar, seized an engineering vehicle working on road-building in the Wadi Al-Sheikh district.

Israeli Army populationcontrol: Hebron – 15:40, the Israeli Army, for a time, closed the entrances to Ras al-Joura and Farsh al-Hawa.

Occupation settler stoning: Ramallah – 21:1522:50, Israeli Occupation settlers stoned passing vehicles, near the northern entrance to al-Bireh.

Occupation settler arson and violence: Nablus – 15:15, Israeli settlers set fire to a bulldozer being used to build a road in the Jabal al-Ahmar area of Beita, and assaulted the driver.

Occupation settler populationcontrol: Nablus – 16:55, Israeli settlers prevented vehicles from accessing the Awarta checkpoint.

Occupation settler violence –1 youngster and 1 adult beaten-up: Nablus – 17:20, Israeli Occupation settlers beat-up and hospitalised two people, 16-year-old Muhammad Ibrahim Ziada and Yazan Ahmed Hassan Abu Ghalioun, in the village of Madama.

Occupation settler violence: Nablus – 19:3521:55, invading Israeli settlers, in Huwara, pepper-sprayed in the face one person: Tahseen Ahmed Kharsa.

Occupation settler arson and agricultural sabotage: Bethlehem – Israeli Occupation settlers set fire to olive trees and grapevines, on land in Nahalin.

Occupation settler pastoral sabotage: Hebron – 11:45, Israeli settlers broke into farmland, east of Yatta, and vandalised a shelter for sheep, stealing some of the flock and cutting off branches from trees.

Raid: Jerusalem – midnight-01:30, Israeli Occupation forces raided and patrolled al-Ram.

Raid: Ramallah – 07:30, Israeli forces raided the village of Kafr Ni’ma and invaded the Kafr Ni’ma Industrial School, detaining for a time administrative staff.

Raid: Ramallah – 12:05-12:30, Israeli Occupation forces raided and patrolled Deir Dibwan.

Raid rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades fired : Ramallah – 21:1503:00, the Israeli Army, firing rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades, raided and patrolled Beitunya.

Raid: Ramallah – 21:15, Israeli troops raided the village of Kharbatha Bani Harith.

Raid 1 taken prisoner: Ramallah – 03:3507:30, the Israeli military raided the village of al-Mughayir, taking prisoner one person.

Raid 1 taken prisoner: Ramallah – 07:00, Israeli soldiers raided the village of Kafr Malik, taking prisoner one person.

Raid: Jenin – 19:4001:00, Israeli Occupation forces raided and patrolled the village of Deir Da’if.

Raid: Jenin – 19:55-20:10, Israeli forces raided and patrolled the village of al-Taybeh.

Raid: Jenin – 01:4003:00, the Israeli Army raided and patrolled the village of Tura.

Raid 2 taken prisoner: Tubas – 11:1012:15, Israeli troops raided the city, taking prisoner two people.

Raid: Tulkarem – 19:05, the Israeli military raided and patrolled Anabta.

Raid 2 taken prisoner: Qalqiliya – 00:5005:30, Israeli soldiers raided Azzun, taking prisoner two people.

Raid youngster beaten-up: Nablus – 15:45, Israeli Occupation forces, raiding Nablus, detained and beat-up one youngster: Adham Abu Hawash.

Raid: Nablus – 22:05, Israeli forces raided and patrolled Qabalan.

Raid: Hebron – 18:4519:55, the Israeli Army raided and patrolled the town of Beit Awa.

Raid 1 taken prisoner: Hebron – 22:55, Israeli troops raided Bani Naim, taking prisoner one person.

Raid 4 taken prisoner: Hebron – 23:5007:15, the Israeli military raided the city, taking prisoner four people.

Raid 1 taken prisoner: Hebron – 01:3507:15, Israeli soldiers raided Dura, taking prisoner one person.

Raid 3 taken prisoner: Hebron – 01:4507:15, Israeli Occupation forces raided Yatta, taking prisoner three people.

Raid 1 taken prisoner: Hebron – 01:5502:40, Israeli forces raided Beit Kahil, taking prisoner one person.

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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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