At 19:00 Beit Hanoun Hospital was hit by an Israeli tank shell. Inside the hospital are 61 medical staff, civilians, three patients and two ISM volunteers Charlie Andreasson and Fred Ekblad, both from Sweden, who are all trapped inside.
Israeli soldiers are in the area, approximately 150 meters behind the hospital. Gunfire can be heard in the area.
We need you to call your own representatives to demand that they fulfill their obligation to insure that Israel adheres to international law and immediately cease to target medical staff and facilities. Read more
reposted from the Washington Report on Mid East Affairs
Bloody violence has descended once again on the Palestinians living in Gaza. American-made Israeli jets have dropped bombs on Palestinian homes, businesses, a mosque, and even a rehabilitation center for the disabled, threatening the already-tenuous existence of Gazan families. Despite the pleas of the United Nations, UNRWA, UNICEF, the Arab League, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary William Hague the Israelis and Hamas have not agreed to a ceasefire. Innocent civilians of Gaza are paying the price for this violence. Read more
In the last two weeks, the Israeli military has arrested over 566 Palestinians in the West Bank, they have stormed homes, invaded cities, and murdered seven Palestinians.
By Hagai El-Ad | reposted from Ha’aretz
He was a premature baby when his mother was in the seventh month of pregnancy. When he was finally released from the hospital he still suffered from jaundice. In second grade, a passing car hit him after he played at the neighbors’ house. He was thrown in the air by the force of the blow from the car, and after two days in the hospital he was released. He loved to play on his Playstation and learned how to type quickly, and sometimes even typed in the dark. At 16 he began to feel grown up and rebel against his mother’s wishes. He loved her very much. Read more
Palestinians have denounced the sweeping raids, arrests, and travel restrictions that have followed the disappearance of three teenage settlers near Hebron in the occupied West Bank last Thursday, and accused Israeli authorities of dishing out “collective punishment.” Read more
reposted from the New York Times
A decision by the pension board of the United Methodist Church to sell its stock in a company that provides security equipment to Israel has set off a backlash from supporters of Israel, who are gearing up for another fight over divestment this week at the convention of another mainline Protestant denomination, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Read more
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