In Occupied Palestine – 05 July 2024

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In Occupied Palestine

Zionism in practice

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

08:00, 05 July until 08:00, 06 July 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 entire Gaza shoreline.

Victims: 29 more people killed in Gaza now brings the total number of deaths, since 7 October, to at least 38,098. With another 100 wounded, that figure has risen to more than 87,705. The daily average of men, women and children killed in Gaza is at least 140 and, of those injured, the daily average is over 322.

Palestine today – Don’t say you didn’t know

(From Ali Kazak)

A new documentary from Al Jazeera

The Night Won’t End’

The Night Won’t End, a new documentary from Al Jazeera English which takes an in-depth look at attacks on civilians by the Israeli military in Gaza and the United States’ role in the war. The film follows three Palestinian families as they recount the horrific experiences they have endured under relentless Israeli assault, including the family of 6-year-old Hind Rajab, the young Palestinian girl who made headlines when it emerged in January that she had been trapped in a car with family members deliberately killed by Israeli ground troops.

As Israel’s bombing campaign continues in Gaza and the humanitarian crisis deepens to catastrophic levels, the Biden administration has not wavered in its support for Israel.

United States weapons transfers – from 2,000-pound bombs to artillery shells and tanks – have been a crucial part of the Israeli military campaign.

https://www.aljazeera.com/program/fault-lines/2024/6/21/the-night-wont-end-bidens-war-on-gaza-2

Five UK pro-Palestine independents elected as MPs in ‘historic moment’

Former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was among five pro-Palestinian independents elected when UK voters went to the polls on Thursday. Five pro-Palestinian independents won seats at the UK general election on Thursday in a “historic moment” that blew expectations out the water. The independents’ victories follow anger, particularly in the Muslim community, over Labour’s handling of Israel’s war on Gaza. “We as a city have done this. We as a city are a shining example to the rest of the world, that it is [the] people that matter, not the people that rule over us,” Adam said in a speech after winning his seat by under 1,000 votes. “A voice for the voiceless. It’s very small. It brings nothing to those across the world, and it’s a humble token, a humble gesture.”

The Muslim Vote, a campaign group which supported pro-Palestinian candidates not standing under the Labour or Conservative banners, had endorsed all five of the new independent MPs. “To sit here at the end of the day and to have five is real proof that the Labour Party no longer can walk around and pretend to represent people who they don’t,” he added.

‘How can we remain silent?’ UN Rapporteur says on famine in Gaza

The UN’s Special Rapporteur on Palestine, on Friday, questioned how the world could remain “silent” or “indifferent” on the situation in Gaza, where Israeli attacks since 7 October, 2023 has killed more than 38,000 Palestinians, and rendered most of the population homeless and hungry, Anadolu Agency reports. In a post on X, Francesca Albanese said: “How can we remain silent, indifferent, or inactive in the face of this abominable injustice, and not feel hypocritical when commemorating the victims of any other genocide?” she questioned. According to the latest UN-partnered IPC report on hunger levels, 96 per cent of the population – some 2.15 million people – face acute food insecurity at “crisis” level or higher. Albanese’s remarks were in response to post by Michael Fakhri, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, who said “Famine in Gaza has spread from the north to the entire Strip.”

READ: Saudi Arabia’s Gaza aid threatened by Rafah closure, aid official says “Every Palestinian in Gaza is now facing famine because of Israel’s intentional and targeted starvation campaign,” he said.

Israel’s starvation policy in Gaza is forcing people to eat tree leaves

The state of hunger in Gaza has not ended. Its long-term health effects are starting to show. The markets, now little more than bombed-out remains, are empty of all basic needs, including vegetables, meat, and fruits. For the majority of people, such luxuries are unavailable except at unimaginable prices. Most vegetables, rare though they are, come from people’s gardens. The state of starvation in Gaza has not ended. In northern Gaza, it has dramatically increased, but in ways that are different from how it was at the war’s outset. Protracted periods of malnutrition and deprivation from vital nutrients are having a cumulative impact on Gaza’s population, especially for those who most need it, such as children and pregnant women. Some residents of Gaza City have resorted to using tree leaves, such as mulberry leaves, to prepare dawali, a dish typically comprised of fragrant rice wrapped in grape leaves. “People are cooking weeds,” Mahmoud Issa, a local journalist and resident of Gaza City, told  Mondoweiss shortly before the Shuja’iyya invasion. “They cook leaves in water and spices. Even using the water is risky, because there’s no power to run the desalination plants.” 

Israel uses water as a weapon of its genocide in Gaza

Through persistent, systematic, and widespread targeting of the Gaza Strip’s water sources and desalination plants, Israel is using water as a weapon against Palestinian civilians. In addition to imposing famine, Israel is deliberately reducing the amount of water available to residents of the Strip—especially potable water sources—intentionally targeting the over 2.3 million people who live there as part of its genocide, ongoing since last October. On Monday, July 1, the Euro-Med Monitor field team observed significant damage to a desalination plant in the Al-Zaytoun neighbourhood, south of Gaza City, as a result of direct Israeli targeting. This also resulted in the killing of a young man who was filling a gallon with water, plus the wounding of other individuals. The station, which provided services to at least 50,000 people in several nearby residential neighbourhoods, sustained significant damage after being bombed by the Israeli army with a GBU missile that broke through multiple stories and detonated on the ground floor. As summer temperatures rise, the people of the Gaza Strip are facing significant challenges in accessing water. Estimates show that since October of last year, the per capita share of water in the Gaza Strip has decreased by 97% due to the extensive destruction of water infrastructure by Israel. Therefore, as a result of the genocide, the per capita share of water in the Strip has decreased to between 3 and 15 litres per day, while in 2022 it was approximately 84.6 litres per day. In view of the ongoing crimes against the Palestinian people that deprive them of necessities for survival—such as the destruction of over 700 wells and water desalination plants since the start of the genocide—all areas of the Gaza Strip are experiencing a shortage of water, and the sewage system is collapsing.

Israel and the enforced disappearance of Palestinian from Gaza

Israel has used all means to target Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, in addition to internationally prohibited weapons that wiped out people, trees and stones, Israeli forces have randomly arrested thousands of civilians including women and children, doctors, journalists from different areas of the Strip during the ground military operations since the beginning of the war. And the violations did not stop there, as they turned into enforced disappearances, with families left with no information about the fate of their loved ones. Enforced disappearance means making a person disappear beyond his or her will, and the International Convention for the Protection of all person from Enforced Disappearance defines it as “the arrest, detention, kidnapping or any form of deprivation of liberty carried out by state officials, or by persons or groups of individuals acting with or without permission support or approval by the state followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of a person’s liberty or concealment of the fate or whereabouts of the disappeared person this depriving him of the protection of the law.” It is a strategic method that dates back centuries and was a feature of dictatorships in Latin America and is used in wars to spread terror in society as a whole, 

Israel recognises 3 outposts, approves 5,295 housing units in West Bank

Israel’s government has recognised three new settlement outposts built on Palestinian land and authorised the construction of 5,295 new housing units in several illegal settlements across the occupied West Bank, an Israeli advocacy group has reported. Peace Now, which monitors settlement expansion, warned yesterday that the new approvals are likely to escalate tensions, especially as Palestinians in the occupied West Bank endure intensified raids by Israeli forces and settlers amid Israel’s ongoing war on Gaza. “Our government continues to change the rules of the game in the occupied West Bank, leading to irreversible harm,” Peace Now said in a statement. “This annexationist government severely undermines the security and future of both Israelis and Palestinians, and the cost of this recklessness will be paid for generations to come,” it said. Estimates indicate that around 700,000 Israeli settlers live in roughly 300 illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. All Jewish settlements and outposts in the Occupied Territories are considered illegal under international law.

West Bank

Israeli Army attack – 1 killed – 2 wounded: Ramallah – 23:55, Israeli Occupation forces opened fire towards people near Beit Ur al-Fawqa village, killing one person, Ahmed Muhammad Abd al-Hafiz Suleiman, and wounding two others: Abdullah Rabhi Salah Jadallah and Ali Amjad Ali Jaber.

Israeli Army attack – 4 wounded: Hebron – 15:00, Israeli forces, firing live ammunition, stormed Beit Ummar, wounding one woman and three men.

Death: Tulkarem – evening, Ashraf Hani Muhammad Abdullah (aged 20) has now died from wounds sustained during an Israeli Army attack in the Nur Shams refugee camp on 01 July.

Home invasions in refugee camps: Jericho – 01:3004:50, Israeli Occupation forces searched three homes, during raids on the Ein al-Sultan and Aqbat Jabir refugee camps.

Home invasions: Nablus – 00:3501:55, the Israeli military raided the western area of ​​Nablus and invaded a number of apartment buildings.

Israeli police and settlers’ mosque violation: Jerusalem – 13:30, settler militants, escorted by Israeli police, invaded the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and molested worshippers.

Israeli Army – abduction: Ramallah –14:10, Israeli Occupation forces abducted a 17-year-old youth, Hassan Hilmi Barakat, near the entrance to Burqa village.

Israeli Army – assault with stun grenades: Nablus – 15:45, Israeli forces, firing stun grenades, raided Yatma village.

Occupation settler intrusion: Ramallah – 12:4013:50, Israeli settlers invaded farmland between the villages of Umm Safa and Deir alSudan.

Occupation settler stoning: Ramallah – 17:40, Israeli Occupation settlers stoned passing vehicles, near the village of al-Mughayir.

Occupation settler violence: Tubas – 17:40, Israeli settlers raided the village of Ein al-Bayda and assaulted a number of residents.

Occupation settler violence: Hebron – 14:50, armed Occupation settlers, in the al-Masafer area of east Yatta, assaulted a number of residents.

Occupation settler stoning: Ramallah – 23:05, Israeli settlers stoned people’s homes, in the village of Tabqa.

Raid: Ramallah – 10:55, Israeli Occupation forces raided and patrolled Atara.

Raids: Ramallah – 12:1014:20, Israeli forces raided and patrolled Rawabi as well as the village of Ajul.

Raid rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades fired: Ramallah – 16:2501:35, the Israeli Army, firing rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades, raided and patrolled the village of al-Mugheir.

Raid: Ramallah – 21:1001:35, Israeli troops raided and patrolled al-Bireh.

Raid 4 taken prisoner: Ramallah – dawn, the Israeli military raided the village of Qibya, taking prisoner four people.

Raid 3 taken prisoner: Jenin – 01:4004:50, Israeli soldiers raided the village of Rumana, taking prisoner three people.

Raids: Jenin – 01:5504:50, Israeli Occupation forces raided the villages of Deir Abu Daif and Beit Qad.

Raids including refugee camp: Jenin – 03:55, Israeli forces raided and patrolled Jenin as well as the refugee camp.

Raids: Jenin – 04:25, Israeli troops raided and patrolled the villages of al-Jalama and Arranah.

Raid: Tubas – 01:50, the Israeli military raided and patrolled the village of Ein al-Bayda.

Raid: Tulkarem – 14:55, Israeli soldiers raided and patrolled the city.

Raid: Tulkarem – 23:0000:40, Israeli Occupation forced raided and patrolled the Shweika suburb of the city.

Raid: Tulkarem – 23:40, Israeli forces raided and patrolled the Ertah suburb of Tulkarem.

Raid: Qalqiliya – 11:30, the Israeli Army raided and patrolled the village of Kafr Qaddum.

Raid: Qalqiliya – 03:3506:25, Israeli troops raided and patrolled the village of Seir.

Raid rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades fired: Nablus – 14:0517:35, the Israeli military, firing rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades, raided and patrolled Beita as well as the village of Odala.

Raid: Nablus – 14:30, Israeli soldiers raided and patrolled the village of Burin.

Raid: Nablus – 17:3522:30, Israeli Occupation forces raided and patrolled the village of Deir Sharaf.

Raid: Nablus – 19:25-20:50, Israeli forces raided and patrolled the eastern area of ​​Nablus.

Raid: Nablus – 23:3504:55, the Israeli Army raided and patrolled Tal village.

Raid: Nablus – 00:2501:50, Israeli troops raided and patrolled Beita.

Raid: Salfit – 19:1022:00, the Israeli military raided and patrolled the village of Iskaka.

Raid: Bethlehem – 09:20, Israeli soldiers raided and patrolled al-Khadr.

Raid: Bethlehem – 16:10-17:10, Israeli Occupation forces raided and patrolled the village of Wadi Fukin.

Raid rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades fired: Bethlehem – 22:4001:05, Israeli forces, firing rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades, raided Beit Fajjar.

Raid: Hebron – 10:05, the Israeli Army raided the city.

Raid: Hebron – 17:20, Israeli troops raided and patrolled al-Samou.

Raid: Hebron – 19:45-21:10, the Israeli military raided and patrolled the town of Dura.

Raid: Hebron – 21:0023:10, Israeli soldiers raided and patrolled the village of Beit Amra.

Raid: Hebron – 23:3507:45, Israeli Occupation forces raided the city.

Raid: Hebron – 00:5007:45, Israeli forces raided and patrolled al-Dhahiriya.

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