TWO AL-QASSAM FIGHTERS KILLED IN BESIEGED GAZA ON SATURDAY

On Saturday at dawn Israel’s occupation forces fired at four sites belonging to al-Qassam Brigades across the besieged Gaza sites, killing two members of the armed wing of Hamas.
 
Mahmoud Mohammad at-‘Atal(aged 28 or 29) and Mohammad Jabr as-Safadi(aged 25 or 29) were killed when Israeli missiles hit an al-Qassam site south of Gaza City; the bodies of the men were found in the rubble by rescue crews.
 
Whether Maher Atallah(54), who died late on Friday evening of his wounds, was shot or died from wounds in an Israeli air-strike is not totally sure based on the sources we have, but most sources say that he was.
 
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TWO KILLED AND AT LEAST 767 INJURED ON FRIDAY BY ISRAEL’S OCCUPATION FORCES

During demonstrations for Jerusalem on Friday, two Palestinians were killed by Israel’s occupation forces and two others (one of them a baby) were critically wounded and their deaths were at one point declared.
 
TWO SHOT TO DEATH
 
Of the two people who were killed, Mahmoud Abdulmajid al-Masri, aged 28-30 was shot east of Khan Younis during protests along the border with Palestine in 1948 earlier on the day.
 
Another person, whose death was at first announced but who was later clarified to be in a critical condition, was shot apparently at the same incident.
 
Later in the evening Maher Atallah(54) died of his wounds in a hospital; he had been shot when ‘Israeli soldiers opened fire at Palestinians in northern Gaza’. We have no more details at th moment.
 
AIR-STRIKES
 
After attacking demonstrators along the border earlier in the day, Israel shelled an empty field in Beit Hanoun with tanks and later attacked Jabalia with air-strikes, claiming that it had intercepted a rocket fired from besieged Gaza Strip. In some sources up to three rockets are mentioned.
 
At least 25 people were wounded in these air-strikes including elderly people and children as Israel’s occupation forces’ bombed two resistance sites belonging to Hamas’ armed wing, the al-Qassam Brigades.
 
Among the wounded was a baby, Yusuf Emad Askhian, whose condition has been described as ‘very critical’ and whose death was at one point already announced.
 
At least 767 people were wounded in the occupied East Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank on Friday; of them 61 were shot with live ammunition, 200 were shot with steel-coated rubber bullets while among others a great majority, 479 people, suffered from effects of tear-gas inhalation.
 
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AT LEAST ONE KILLED IN BESIEGED GAZA BY ISRAEL

“During the riots IDF soldiers fired selectively toward two main instigators and hits were confirmed” – with these words Reuters nonchalantly reports the killing of at least one, possibly two protestors in the besieged Gaza Strip today.

The death of Mahmoud Abdulmajid al-Masri, aged 28 or 30 has been confirmed. A video of his shooting exists and has been seen by us (because of problems with videos on WordPress we are experiencing we can’t link it here), and his body has been photographed on the morgue and are seen below.

He was shot east of Khan Younis on the besieged coastal enclave, during clashes that no way threatened the safety of the occupation forces’ soldiers, who were behind a fence.

Another death has been reported, but has not yet been verified.

35 people have been wounded in the Gaza Strip today and 245 people have been wounded in the occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

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OVER 158 PEOPLE INJURED BY ISRAEL’S OCCUPATION FORCES IN PALESTINE ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY

Over 50 people have been injured today in the occupied East Jerusalem, Gaza Strip and the West Bank by Israel’s occupation forces, who have attacked demonstrations against the decision by the United States’ president Donald Trump to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the US embassy there.
 
9 people have been shot and wounded with live ammunition, 5 in the besieged Gaza Strip where clashes have taken place at the border with Palestine 1948 and 4 in the city Ramallah on the West Bank.
 
On Thursday 108 people were injured across the occupied Palestinian territories by Israel’s occupation forces, 32 of them in the city of Tulkarem and 57 in the city of Nablus and its surrounding areas, where over 10 000 people took part in demonstrations.
 
The picture accompanying this article comes from the city of Hebron, where there have been clashes after Israel’s occupation forces reportedly brought hundreds of extra troops to the streets in the centre of the city.
 
PHOTO: Abed Hashlamoun via Younes Arar and (separately) Shehab News Agency.
 
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CHILD IN BESIEGED GAZA STRIP DIES OF WOUNDS SUFFERED IN ISRAELI ATTACK IN 2014

A child has died of wounds suffered during occupier Israel’s 51-day-long attack on the besieged Gaza Strip in the summer of 2014.
 
Mohammad Saleh Abu Haddaf(4) died on the morning of Wednesday December 6th from critical wounds he suffered when Israel fired missiles at his family home in al-Qarara at the southern part of Gaza on August 8th 2014.
 
At least three cousins were killed – one source says that four family members died – and five others were wounded beyond Mohammed, a toddler at the time. He never recovered from his injuries.
 
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PHOTO: Muthana Najar via Imemc News and Shehab News Agency.

Young Man Shot In Chest As Israel’s Occupation Forces and Illegal Israeli Settlers Continue Attacks On Qusra Village

Illegal Israeli settlers and Israel’s occupation forces have today continued their joint attacks on the village of Qusra, situated south of Nablus on the occupied West Bank.
 
Two young local men were shot and wounded while three others were kidnapped by Israel’s occupation forces, as illegal Israeli settlers burned fields and rioted in the village.
 
Ahmed Fayez Darwish was shot in chest with a live bullet and suffered ‘serious’ wounds; it was earlier reported that the more seriously injured youth would have been named Ahmed Hassan. It’s possible that Ahmed Hassan is the name of the other wounded young man.
 
On November 30th local farmer Mahmoud Odeh, 47, was shot and killed by an illegal Israeli settler during an attack on his agricultural land by a group of 15 illegal Israeli settlers.
 
The killer has not been arrested or charged by Israel, whose occupation forces let him go after questioning him. He has since been honoured by the local illegal Israeli settlers’ council and the illegal Israeli settlers feel emboldened by the killing going without consequences for them.
 
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ISRAEL CANCELS PARTICIPATION IN DEAD SEA SCROLLS EXHIBITION IN GERMANY OVER QUESTION OF OWNERSHIP

Israel uses the Dead Sea Scrolls, found in the occupied West Bank, to propaganda purposes and tries to legitimate the occupation and planned annexation of the West Bank through them and archaeological sites connected to them – as we have previously brought up.
 
Now Israel has suffered a major setback in its Dead Sea Scrolls -fuelled propaganda efforts in Germany, cancelling its participation in planned exhibition in a Protestant-funded Bible museum after Germany’s federal government wouldn’t outright accept the Israeli ownership of any material from the occupied West Bank loaned to the exhibition.
 
WHO OWNS THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS?
 
Israel has cancelled its participation in an exhibit of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Frankfurt Bible Museum (Bibelhaus Erlebnis Museum) planned for 2019 after Germany’s federal government didn’t give a guarantee that items loaned to the exhibit would be returned even if their ownership would be challenged by Palestine or Jordan.
 
According to Germany’s government, the ownership of the items – which have been discovered in Palestine’s occupied West Bank starting from the British Mandate period in 1946 through Jordanian rule and Israeli occupation – is not clear.
 
Jordan has in the past demanded that Israel gives it items taken from museums in the West Bank after the 1967 war, which according to Jordan were its property.
 
Boris Rhein, minister representing the local government of the state of Hesse claimed that he would himself have given Israel a guarantee that no demands from Palestine or Jordan would be considered.
 
The Frankfurt Bible Museum’s director Jürgen Schefzyk claimed that Austria or neighbouring Netherlands wouldn’t have taken Palestinian or Jordanian demands into consideration, but would dismissed them.
 
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FRANKFURT BIBLE MUSEUM
 
The Protestant-run Frankfurt Bible Museum is said to have been working closely with Israel’s state archaeological authorities, which raises possible ethical and legal questions about the museum’s activities.
 
Israel’s state archaeological authorities routinely remove archaeological items from the occupied territories against international law, permit digs by Christian Zionist groups with limited to no scientific training and hide results of archaeological digs and location of items found in the occupied territories are often kept secret.
 
Even the names of Israeli archaeologists digging in the occupied West Bank can be hidden based on the decision of Israel’s High Court.
 
Currently the Frankfurt Bible Museum is participating in the celebration of the 500 year anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant reformation led by Martin Luther(1483-1546) – who was, even in the context of his time, known for vicious antisemitism in his writings (most famous ‘On the Lies of Jews’, from 1543) which were used for propaganda by the Nazis.
 
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PHOTO: From Jaffa – Gate to the Holy Land exhibition in the Frankfurt Bible Museum in 2013 via http://www.lesando.de.