Ahmad was just 16 years old when he was taken from his family on July 23. For five days, he was used as a human shield by the Israeli military and he was verbally and physically abused, and deprived of food and sleep.
Thousands of people came to Oakland Port on Saturday, August 16, 2014 to stop an Israeli ship from docking and unloading. This action was the first of four days of actions that successfully blocked the ship from unloading in Oakland!
MECA's Dr. Mona El-Farra joins other civil society leaders in calling for four basic rights. Important read as negotiations continue in Cairo. "As academics, public figures and activists witnessing the intended genocide of 1.8 million Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip, we call for a ceasefire with Israel only if conditioned on an end to the blockade and the restoration of basic freedoms that have been denied to the people for more than seven years."
“I’m worried about this generation, what memories are in their mind, what will happen after a few years. No matter what you ask the children to draw, the drawings will come back with blood.” - MECA's Dr. Mona El-Farra speaking to the New York Times.
From bombing schools and universities, to restricting movement, to raiding and arresting students, Al-Shabaka says: "The long-term effects of these accumulated violations are manifold. Academic achievement at school level has plummeted in recent years due to the persistent insecurity and hardship caused by Israel’s protracted occupation and military attacks. The increasing isolation of Palestinian universities, due to movement restrictions, is also having a detrimental impact on the development of Palestinian higher education as a whole. And this, in turn, is leading to "brain drain," especially at the post-graduate level, as those students who are financially able to do so opt to study abroad.
Israeli shelling killed a 10-year-old boy at a mosque in northern Gaza Friday, medics said, making it the first death since fighting renewed following the expiration of a three-day truce. Health ministry spokesperson Ashraf al-Qudra said the boy, Ibrahim al-Dawawisa, was killed at the Nour al-Mohammedi mosque as Israel's occupation army bombed a number of sites in Gaza Friday morning and Palestinians renewed rocket fire from the besieged strip.
The Gaza Strip lies in ruins. The destruction of Shujaiya is difficult to comprehend. Even the power plant has been destroyed. How will our hospitals operate? How will the sewage treatment centers run? How will we access safe water? We demand justice. We demand accountability. We demand to be treated as human beings, to have our inherent human dignity recognized. We demand an end to the closure of the Gaza Strip.
Early this morning, Israeli tanks shelled a home in Khan Younis and killed nine members of Dr. Mona's family including 5 children. Ten more relatives are injured and five of them are in critical condition.
I've covered numerous conflicts and wars in Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen during my ten years as a journalist, but I've never seen so many dead or wounded children. “It's a war against the children,” I heard several foreign journalists say. By
Dr. Mona El-Farra writes of being knocked on the floor overnight during heaving shelling in Gaza City and MECA partner, Al-Awda Hospital, sent chilling photos of some of the injuries after Israel once again targeted a UN school where displaced families were seeking safety and shelter in Gaza. At least 17 people were killed at the school.
We are appalled by the military onslaught on civilians in Gaza under the guise of punishing terrorists. This is the third large scale military assault on Gaza since 2008. Each time the death toll is borne mainly by innocent people in Gaza, especially women and children under the unacceptable pretext of Israel eradicating political parties and resistance to the occupation and siege they impose.
Videos and other updates from International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) as Jews answer the call to “besiege Israeli consulates,” and to protest Zionist events attempting to justify Israel’s massacre of Palestinians.
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