US Blocking UN Gaza Measures Enables Israel to Continue ‘Onslaught’ – Palestine

US Blocking UN Gaza Measures Enables Israel to Continue ‘Onslaught’ – Palestine:

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States blocked a draft UN Security Council statement to address the deadly clashes in Gaza which has enabled Israel’s defense forces to continue its onslaught, Permanent Observer of the State of Palestine to the UN Riyadh Mansour told reporters.

“It’s very unfortunate that a few minutes ago one country out of fifteen broke the silence this evening while the fourteen were ready to adopt this statement,” Mansour said on Friday. “This is very irresponsible and it lacks sensitivity by the delegation of the United States of America.”

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UK Labour leader slams Israel’s killing of over 30 Palestinians

UK Labour leader slams Israel’s killing of over 30 Palestinians:

UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has condemned the West’s silence over Israel’s killing of over 30 Palestinians during anti-occupation rallies in the Gaza Strip.

Corbyn read a message at a rally on Saturday outside Downing Street in London, saying “The silence from international powers with the responsibility of bringing a just settlement of the Israel-Palestine conflict must end.”

“The killing and wounding of yet more unarmed Palestinian protesters yesterday by Israeli forces in Gaza is an outrage,” he told the crowd, adding that “firing live ammunition into crowds of unarmed civilians is illegal and inhumane and cannot be tolerated.”

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IDF Kills 7 Palestinians During 2nd “Great March Of Return” Protest; 2 Teenagers Among The Dead

IDF Kills 7 Palestinians During 2nd “Great March Of Return” Protest; 2 Teenagers Among The Dead:

Update (3 pm ET): Now that the sun has set on Gazans’ second “Great Return March”, Reuters is reporting that Israeli troops shot and killed a total of seven Palestinian protesters while wounding at least 200 along the Israel-Gaza border.

That raises the death toll to 27 between today’s demonstration and last Friday.

The dead include two minors – a 16 and 17-year-old boy.

The crowds were slightly smaller than last week’s demonstration. Protesters gathered around five different encampments set up along the border, Reuters reported.

IDF snipers have been instructed to shoot any demonstrator who wanders too close to the border fence – something that many younger Gazans have tried.

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After more than 20 Palestinians were killed during protests along the Gaza border fence last Friday, all of whom were subsequently labeled as violent terrorists by the IDF, and hundreds more were wounded (many of them under the age of 18), thousands of Gazans marched to the border for the latest in a series of planned demonstrations leading up to the anniversary of Israel’s founding on May 15.

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Israel rejects calls for inquiry into Gaza violence

Israel rejects calls for inquiry into Gaza violence:

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s defense minister on Sunday rejected international calls for an investigation into deadly violence along Gaza’s border with Israel, saying troops acted appropriately and fired only at Palestinian protesters who posed a threat.

Fifteen Palestinians were killed and over 700 wounded in Friday’s violence near the Israeli border, according to Palestinian health officials. It was the area’s deadliest violence since a war four years ago.

Human rights groups have accused the army of using excessive force, and both the U.N. secretary-general and the European Union’s foreign policy chief have urged an investigation. In an interview, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel would not cooperate with a U.N. inquiry if there were one.

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Israel Will ‘Respond’ “Inside Gaza Strip” If “Organized Terrorist Operations” Continue

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On record:

Benjamin Netanyahu: ‘America is something that can easily be moved.’ ‘The world won’t say a thing.’ ‘The world will say we’re defending.’ (Video & Transcript)

Israel is only ‘defending’ & ‘responding’…

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Israel Will Respond “Inside Gaza Strip” If “Organized Terrorist Operations” Continue:

As Israel inches ever-closer to an all-out war against Hezbollah in Syria (a war that could expand to encompass southern Lebanon), the IDF this week also mercilessly crushed yet another massive Hamas-organized border protest in Gaza, deploying drones to shower thousands of demonstrators with tear gas while firing live rounds and rubber-coated steel pellets into the crowd. By the time yesterday’s border clashes had ended, at least 15 Palestinians were dead and over 500 were wounded.

Of course, a spokesman for the IDF – a Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis – denied allegations of excessive use of force. He said the men killed by the IDF belonged to a violent, militant faction of Hamas, and that several dozen people – at most – were injured by live fire while the rest were merely impacted by the tear gas and other crowd-control responses. Gaza’s Shifa Hospital received 284 injured people Friday – most of them with bullet wounds. Of those, 70 were under the age of 18. And 11 were women, per the Associated Press.

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Palestinians hold day of mourning after 773 ‘shot with live ammunition’

Palestinians hold day of mourning after 773 ‘shot with live ammunition’:

Gaza hospitals, running low on blood and overstretched by the huge number of wounded, were reeling after one of the enclave’s bloodiest days outside of open war, in which Israeli soldiers shot 773 people with live ammunition, according to the ministry of health.

Fifteen of the wounded died, said the ministry spokesperson Dr Ashraf al-Qidra. “Most of the dead were aged between 17 and 35 years old,” he said. “The injuries were on the upper part of the body.” He added that the remainder of the wounded, some of whom were in a critical condition, had been “shot with live ammunition”.

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Israeli Troops Kill Seven Palestinians, Wound 500 Amid Massive Border Protests

Israeli Troops Kill Seven Palestinians, Wound 500 Amid Massive Border Protests:

Deadly clashes broke out on Friday afternoon along the Israeli-Gaza border after Israeli security forces killed at least seven Palestinians and injured up to 500, where as previewed yesterday, a series of massive protests took place along the security fence surrounding the Hamas-controlled Gaza strip.

Thousands had gathered along the border for a six week-long “Great Return” protest when the violence broke out. IDF troops fired live rounds, rubber-coated steel pellets and tear gas at the protesters during the ongoing violence.

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Israel Deploys Tear-Gas Drones On Gaza Protesters

Israel Deploys Tear-Gas Drones On Gaza Protesters:

It’s a mini-drone which has the capability of flying over certain zones and certain areas and then letting go of tear gas in areas that we want to prevent protesters from reaching.

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Caught On Camera: Israel Targets Civilians With A Chemical Weapon Drone (Video)

Caught On Camera: Israel Targets Civilians With A Chemical Weapon Drone:

For the first time, Lebanon-based Al-Mayadeen TV released new dramatic footage showing Israeli forces using a weaponized unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) against a Hamas rally in the Gaza Strip, according to the Times of Israel.

The short video clip published by Al-Mayadeen shows a weaponized unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) targeting demonstrations in the southern Gaza Strip, controlled by the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

The UAV is seen flying through the skies above hundreds of protestors, while operators of the aircraft drop chemical weapons into the crowd. The Times of Israel states that the UAV released tear gas, formally known as a lachrymator agent, which causes severe eye and respiratory pain, skin inflammation, bleeding, and even blindness.

The intense footage could provide us with the early knowledge that governments are willing to use high-tech military technology against civilians in a non-combat environment…

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Stephen Hawking Stood up for Palestinians, Supported Boycott of Israel

Stephen Hawking Stood up for Palestinians, Supported Boycott of Israel:

(MEE) — Tributes were being paid on Wednesday to renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking – not only remembering him for the brilliance of his scientific mind but as an impassioned campaigner who lent his unique voice to causes including Palestinians’ right of resistance and to call for an end to the war in Syria.

Hawking, who died early on Wednesday at the age of 76, achieved international acclaim following the publication in 1988 of A Brief History of Time, his book on theoretical physics’ search for a unifying theory that would resolve general relativity and quantum mechanics.

H/t reader squodgy:

“He da man.”

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Lack of evidence put Hawking’s Nobel hopes in black hole:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Hawking won accolades from his peers for having one of the most brilliant minds in science, but he never got a Nobel Prize because no one has yet proven his ideas. The Nobel committee looks for proof, not big ideas. Hawking was a deep thinker — a theorist — and his musings about black holes and cosmology have yet to get the lockdown evidence that accompanies the physics prizes, his fellow scientists said.

“The Nobel Prize is not given to the smartest person or even the one who makes the greatest contribution to science. It’s given to discovery,” said California Institute of Technology physicist Sean Carroll. “Hawking’s best theories have not yet been tested experimentally, which is why he hasn’t won a prize.”

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Israeli border officer throws stun grenade at West Bank couple & baby (VIDEO)

Israeli border officer throws stun grenade at West Bank couple & baby (VIDEO):

Footage has emerged that appears to show an Israeli officer throwing a stun grenade at a couple and their baby in the West Bank. The incident reportedly occurred as they were fleeing to their home amid a violent protest.

The video, taken by an activist for the Israeli human rights group Yesh Din, shows the family of three fleeing to their home in the village of Burin, as the father carries their infant. Four Israeli officers are walking behind the family, and one can be seen throwing what appears to be a stun grenade, despite the couple not appearing to pose any threat. The two parents become startled after realizing what has happened, and begin to pick up their pace.

The incident occurred on Friday, amid protests which were sparked in the area after Israelis from nearby settlements attempted to enter the village, according to Palestinians cited by Haaretz. Israeli security forces also said a violent demonstration was taking place nearby.

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Israeli planes spray Palestinian farmlands in Gaza with toxic herbicides

Israeli planes spray Palestinian farmlands in Gaza with toxic herbicides:

Israeli planes have sprayed toxic chemical substances and dangerous herbicides on farmlands across the besieged Gaza Strip as the Tel Aviv regime continues its acts of aggression against the impoverished Palestinian enclave.

Nizar al-Wahedi of the Palestinian Agriculture Ministry said that the herbicides were used along the border between the Gaza Strip and the occupied Palestinian territories on Sunday.

He said the Palestinian ministry was not aware of the composition of the Israeli chemicals being sprayed on Palestinian farmlands.  

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Israel hits Hamas targets in Gaza with tank fire & airstrikes after 4 soldiers wounded in blast

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Israel hits Hamas targets in Gaza with tank fire & airstrikes after 4 soldiers wounded in blast:

At least four Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers were injured when a patrol was hit in an IED explosion in the Gaza Strip. Following the incident, Israel responded with tank fire and airstrikes at Hamas targets.

The IDF troops were patrolling an area near the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip when the explosion took place, the military tweeted. Four servicemen sustained injuries in the incident, the IDF spokesman, Jonathan Conricus, said in a Twitter post, adding that two of them were “severely” injured.

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Israel’s governing Likud party approves draft resolution calling for annexation of parts of occupied West Bank

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‘They overreacted’: US Israeli envoy on Palestinian reaction to Jerusalem decision

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Young Palestinians being arrested by Israeli soldiers in Yabad

Young Palestinians being arrested by Israeli soldiers in Yabad

H/t reader squodgy:

“And on, and on, and on…….until they are exterminated by genocide.

There can never be world peace while israel exists.

Merry Christmas to Palestine.”

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