Sunday, June 20, 2010

Beit Jala June 20th // ICRC Video Call to End of Gaza Closure & Related

Israeli occupation forces today in Beit Jala engaged in beatings, burning of
fields, and attacking peaceful demonstrators, bystanders, and reporters.

Two young Palestinians: Mohammed Masalma and Thaer Mahmoud were injured after
severe beatings with hands and clubs (they were both near their homes and
not participating in the demonstration). Several demonstrators were also
roughed-up. Occupation enforcers also attacked six reporters and prevented
them from doing their job of covering the event: Yousef Shahin (Palmedia),
AbdelHafith Hashlamon (European News Aghency), Nasser AlShayukhi (associated
Press), Mamon Wazwaz (APA), Musa AlShaer (France Press), and Najeh Hashlamon
(ABA). The Israeli occupation forces (thugs) also aimed their gas canisters
at dry fields managing to set a fire that engulfed an olive grove
(fortunately, the Palestinian fire department quick response saved most of
the field and the nearby homes). The apartheid forces also aimed tear gas
at far away homes in Beit Jala to senda message of fear to the local
population. And Israeli Occupation ‘intelligence’ Officer Fadi came and
then tagged us and as we were trying to leave in my car mocked us and call
out my name with his loud speaker. Video of much of the action at

Where is the Palestinian Gandhi by Mazin Qumsiyeh, The Link - Volume 43,
Issue 3, July - August 2010

Proof of doctored videos and audio now surfaces after the Israeli attack and
propaganda campaign

Why, really, was the USS Liberty attacked by Israel?
Alan Hart’s keynote address to the annual re-union dinner of the Liberty
Veterans’ Association – Long Island, 12 June 2010.

Mazin Qumsiyeh, PhD
A Bedouin in Cyberspace, a villager at home
Professor, Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities
Chairman of the Board, Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People,
HumanRights newsletter
From 14-06-2010 Video Collection
International Committee of the Red Cross/Red Crescent

An end to the Gaza closure
The closure imposed on the Gaza Strip is about to enter its fourth year, choking off any real possibility of economic development. The whole of Gaza's civilian population is being punished for acts for which they bear no responsibility. The closure therefore constitutes a collective punishment imposed in clear violation of Israel's obligations under international humanitarian law. Béatrice Mégevand-Roggo, the ICRC's head of operations for the Middle East, calls on the Israeli authorities to end the closure imposed on Gaza and to open the way for its people to live normal lives again. To see short video GO here for International Committee of the Red Cross - ICRC
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) - Comité international de la Croix-Rouge or (CICR) then to English, then to Gaza Blockade - not another year.


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