Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Israel's Gaza ceasefire violations go unreported

Israel's Gaza ceasefire violations go unreported

Leslie Bravery | Palestine Human Rights Campaign |20 August 2014

It seems that it is only ceasefire violations that emanate from the Palestinian side that ever get publicised.

With the latest news of rockets from Gaza triggering a deadly Israeli response it is important to set the record straight. This month, on 11 and 12 August, no missiles were fired towards Israel from the Gaza Strip. Yet while people injured in Israeli air strikes were dying from their wounds, the youngest of them aged 18 months, Israel continued its violence against Palestinians both in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. An Israeli Army explosive device planted on West Bank pastoral land detonated, killing a shepherd and injuring his brother. Israel carried out four live-fire attacks in the West Bank (armed settler terrorists also carried out an attack) but of course they do not count in the ceasefire statistics. However, on 12 August, the Israeli Navy opened fire on Palestinian fishing boats – a ceasefire violation. The next day, more Palestinian missiles were fired with six Palestinians in the Gaza Strip being killed in Israeli air strikes and the Israeli Navy continuing to target Palestinian fishing boats.

On 14, 15, 16 and 17 August, again, no Palestinian missiles were fired from the Gaza Strip. However, on 14 August the Israeli Army shelled Khan Yunis farmland in al-Qarara and the Israeli Navy continued to open fire on Palestinian fishing boats – more Israeli ceasefire violations. Meanwhile, in the West Bank, armed settler terrorists stormed Irtas village with indiscriminate fire and Israeli soldiers abducted 11 Palestinian youngsters aged from 15 to 17 years.

On 15 August, the Israel Army opened fire on east al-Farahin farmland in the Khan Yunis district – another clear ceasefire violation. In the West Bank the Israeli Army opened live fire in five areas. The worst attack, in the Bab al-Zawiya area of Hebron, resulted in 17 people being wounded.

On 16 August, the Israeli Navy again attacked Palestinian fishing boats, violating the ceasefire yet again.

On 17 August, the latest report to hand confirms that no Palestinian missiles were fired from the Gaza Strip. While there were no direct Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip or its residents, the Israeli Navy continued to enforce an economically crippling fishing restriction on the beleaguered community.

It seems that it is only the ceasefire violations that emanate from the Palestinian side that ever get publicised. Every day, whether ceasefires are in force or not, the lives, boats and even equipment of Palestinian fishermen are constantly in danger from a menacing, foreign, military presence.

The references to violence in the West Bank have been included in order to help provide some context and understanding of the wider picture. All Palestinians are affected by what happens to them, both in Gaza and the West Bank. The recurring, massive, Israeli blitzes on the Gaza Strip tend to push the plight of the belligerently-occupied Palestinian community as a whole, out of sight.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

#SaveCampbellLive : Mediaworks Delivered 104,000 Petition Signatures At TV3's Newton HQ
#PonyTailGate #TailGate Full Coverage

Pukeahu Park : ANZAC 100th Anniversary Dawn Service In Pictures

Roughly 18,000 people gathered this morning at Pukeahu Memorial Park for the Anzac day centenary. Anticipating the large turnout, patrons arrived as early as 4.30. It was virtually impossible to get near the Memorial after 5am. By 6, the crowds on Taranaki Street had stretched as far back as the Z Petrol station.

The screens erected around the park displayed the live events to those who had turned up. The heat generated by the huge number of people caused many to take a turn. Medics and ambulances were on hand for the fainting crowd members. Only twenty minutes into the ceremony, one medic said they had already dealt with 15 to 20 spells. More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

War: What’s To Commemorate?

Gordon Campbell in Werewolf: Is there anything that can be validly commemorated on this 100th anniversary of Gallipoli? Beyond, that is, a fleeting sense of empathy with the thousands of soldiers killed or wounded on April 25 1915 and in the months thereafter, until the whole thing was finally called off in December 1915. More>>

MORE IN WEREWOLF:

ALSO:

Peter Ellis Case: Minister Declines Request For Commission Of Inquiry

Justice Minister Amy Adams has declined a request from supporters of Peter Ellis for a Commission of Inquiry on the basis that an inquiry cannot be used to determine the liability of any person. More>>

Quakes: New Process For Red Zone Crown Offers

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced a process to give everyone a say on the Crown offers to owners of vacant, commercial/industrial and uninsured properties in the Residential Red Zone. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Battle Obama Is Waging Over The TPP

For the past two and a half years, this column has been arguing that the fate of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal will hinge on whether US President Barack Obama can win Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) from Congress... Last week, the White House finally, finally unveiled a draft TPA Bill. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Govt Breaks Free Doctors Visit Promise To Kids

Documents obtained by the Green Party show that the Government decided to fund only 90 percent of doctors’ visits for children suffering from an injury in an attempt trim the cost of the so-called “free” visits. More>>

ALSO:

Other Wars: Extension Of NZDF Commitment In Afghanistan

The New Zealand Defence Force’s commitment of mentors and support staff to the Afghan National Army Officer Academy in Afghanistan has been extended out to December 2016, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

PM's Press Conference: Auckland Property Prices Increasing "Too Rapidly"

John Key accepted that Auckland property prices 'are going up too rapidly” in a press conference held today in Wellington, however he said that this is not anything new. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: ANZAC PMs Concerned About ISIL Bringing The War Home

Prime Minister Key and Prime Minister Abbott spoke of the bond formed between Australia and New Zealand in the “baptism of fire” of Gallipoli. Abbott stated that New Zealand and Australia’s values and interests are linked, and this is reflected in the joint operation in Iraq which will begin shortly. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
More RSS  RSS News AlertsNews Alerts
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news