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Israel steps up attacks on Palestinians with US backing

Israel steps up attacks on Palestinians with US backing


This weekend, Israeli shelling in Gaza did not abate, even as security forces cracked down on Nakba Day protests in the occupied West Bank.

In Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) attacked Hamas and other militant groups, assassinated senior Hamas officials, and terrorized Gaza's defenseless population with ruthless airstrikes. Among the targets was the home of Yehya al-Sinwar, the top Hamas official in Gaza, who heads the group's political and military divisions. This is the third such attack on the home of a senior Hamas official. Hamas and Islamic Jihad have confirmed that 20 of their operatives have been killed. The IDF asked for permission to carry out further attacks against Hamas, including assassinations.

On the night of Saturday to Sunday, a single bomb attack in Gaza City - the deadliest since Mo

nday - killed at least 42 people, including 12 women and eight children, and injured 50 others. This toll is likely to increase as rescuers lift the victims from the rubble. Another airstrike hit a house in Shati refugee camp in Gaza City, killing at least 10 extended family members, most of them children, while at least eight, mostly children. civilians were killed and 45 others injured on Saturday evening, including two doctors.


Israel steps up attacks on Palestinians with US backing


The  Palestinian health ministry in Gaza has confirmed that at least 192 Palestinians have been killed, including 58 children, and around 1,200 injured since Israel began bombing the besieged enclave on Monday evening. About 220 houses were destroyed or damaged, leaving 20,000 people homeless.

Indicating the one-sided nature of the massacre, Israel reported 10 dead, including two children and a soldier, as 3,000 projectiles were fired from Gaza, most of which landed inside Gaza or were intercepted by the military. Israel's sophisticated Iron Dome system, funded by the US to the tune of $ 1.5 billion.


On Saturday afternoon, the IDF brought down the media tower in Gaza, which housed the offices of Al Jazeera, the Associated Press (AP) and other media, after giving the occupiers less than an hour to clear out. The attack follows the bombing of two other buildings that housed media earlier this week in a deliberate attempt to silence reporting on Israel's crimes.

Even though the IDF claimed the building was used by Hamas, they provided no evidence. Gary Pruitt, the director of AP, said that despite using the building for 15 years, AP had never seen any indication that the building was being used by Hamas. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu applauded the air raid as a successful attack on "terrorist organizations".

Palestinians in distress now face a power shortage as Israel cut off the diesel supply to the Gaza power plant days ago and the power lines connecting Israel to Gaza have been hit. .


The IDF staged a brutal crackdown on protests across the West Bank to mark Nakba Day, also known as “Palestinian Catastrophe”. This day, which is usually commemorated on or around May 15, marks Britain's official departure from Palestine in 1948 and the establishment of the State of Israel. This date marks the start of the first Arab-Israeli war, the destruction of Palestinian society and the permanent displacement of the vast majority of the Palestinian people. Between 750,000 and 900,000 Palestinians became refugees or internally displaced persons after fleeing the war or were forced to leave their homes, as part of a campaign of ethnic cleansing,


Today, Palestinians and their descendants number around 13 million worldwide. Of these, 5 million live in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, 1.5 million in Israel and 6.5 million live as refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Syria or are scattered around the world. They have been denied the right to return to their homeland, although in many cases they still hold title to their property, while Jews who have never lived in Palestine have the right to claim the land. Israeli citizenship under the law of return.

However, while their dispossession has been maintained through numerous wars and repressions, their numbers in Israel / Palestine will soon exceed that of the Jews. It is the realization that Palestinian residents of occupied East Jerusalem and Israeli citizens themselves will now be subjected to the ethnic cleansing that has brought so many Palestinians to the streets. In East Jerusalem, the families of Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan face court-ordered evictions to make way for Jewish homes. In Israel, ultra-nationalist and fascist parties have been calling for “population transfers” for years, and far-right forces have established themselves in mixed-population towns like Lod,


In the West Bank, the IDF dispersed angry protesters with rubber bullets, stun grenades and tear gas, killing nine people. The soldiers killed two other protesters, allegedly because they were trying to carry out a terrorist attack, but they were in fact unarmed, making the day the deadliest since the military invasion of the West Bank in April 2002 This brings the number of people killed in the West Bank so far this week to 14. The military has deployed additional troops to the West Bank, nearly doubling the usual number, including regular units and reservists to replace border police sent to crush Palestinian protests in Israel.

Defense Minister Benny Gantz, who earlier in the week pledged that "Gaza would burn," said Israel was witnessing an "escalation" of tensions and conflicts in the West Bank and that he was "ready to face any scenario ”. He threatened that if the Palestinians do not submit to Israeli rule calmly and without resistance: "we will be forced to reverse measures designed to help the Palestinian economy and society after the year of the coronavirus."

Israel rejected Hamas's attempts to achieve a ceasefire, as well as Egypt's efforts to negotiate an agreement that aimed to end the fighting. Saturday evening, reassured by the unconditional support of US President Joe Biden, who sent to Israel only a middle-ranking diplomat, Hady Amr, Deputy Secretary of State for Israeli and Palestinian Affairs, in order to achieve a ceasefire On fire, Netanyahu said that the attack on Gaza would not be lulled. He said Israel was "still in the middle of this operation, it is not yet over and this operation will continue as long as necessary."

He warned Hamas that Israel had a list of assassination targets, saying: “You cannot hide, neither above nor below the earth. No one is immune ”and thanked the US president for his“ clear and unequivocal support ”.

Netanyahu condemned the recent riots in Israeli cities sparked by vigilantes belonging to his far-right allies and Jewish supremacists that turned mixed-populated towns into war zones while police turned a blind eye. A dozen people died and nearly 1,000 were arrested, most of them Palestinians. He said: “The Jewish state will not tolerate pogroms against our citizens. We will not allow our Jewish citizens to be lynched or live in fear of murderous Arab gangs. We will not allow synagogues to be set on fire and property to be burnt. Anyone who incites violence will pay a heavy price ”.


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