Israeli Jets launch at least 30 airstrikes in the Gaza strip

Gaza is currently under attack. Palestinians on social media have reported multiple bombings on the Gaza strip today, October 5, 2016.

The last known strike was in Shijaia town, east of Gaza city. Some Gazans were able to capture photos of the strikes from a distance, they are presented below.

At least 30 airstrikes were carried out by Israel’s brand new F-16 fighter jets which were recently supplied to them compliments of U.S. arms manufacturers.

An eyewitness from al-Zaitoun neighborhood stated that Palestinian families whose houses were located at borders were evacuated.

The timing of these attacks is peculiar as they were perpetrated at the same time that the Zaytouna Olivia flotilla, or “Women’s Boat for Gaza” was on route to Gaza with aid in an attempt to break the seige of Gaza. The boat was recently intercepted by the Israeli Navy and is being led to the Israeli port of Ashdod.

Injuries and casualties have not yet been reported during these attacks.

Brian Hazel

Israeli Jets launch at least 30 airstrikes in the Gaza strip

Israeli Navy intercepts Flotilla attempting to break siege on Gaza

 

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The Zaytouna-Oliva flotilla was intercepted by the Israeli Navy in international waters today on Wednesday, October 5th.

The Zaytouna-Oliva was a boat carrying 13 female activists who are part of the freedom flotilla known as “Women’s Boat to Gaza.” These activists were attempting to break the decade-long illegal siege of Gaza and provide aid to those in need.

These activists include Irish Nobel Peace laureate Mairead Maguire, Malaysian doctor Fauziah Hasan, and retired US army colonel Ann Wright.

These 13 activists began their journey on the 14th of September, setting sail from a port in Barcelona. Just hours ago they were intercepted by the Israeli navy and are being lead to the Israeli port of Ashdod.

Ann Wright has sent out an SOS video online informing the public that her and her crew have been captured by the Israeli Navy, urging US citizens to call president Barack Obama and urge him to demand their immediate release. See the video below.

 

 

The Amal-Hope, the second boat in the freedom flotilla, unfortunately broke down before it could begin its journey.

2016 has marked the 10 year anniversary of the devastating siege in Gaza imposed by the state of Israel. Because of the siege, Gazans do not have access to the adequate resources necessary to help them cope with serious health problems, massive impoverishment, destruction of infrastructure and crippling economic instability.

The Palestinian Ministry of health in Gaza has reported chronic shortages of medicines and hospital disposals. “Shelves are empty due to the restrictions imposed by the Israelis on people and goods going in and out of the coastal enclave,” an MOH spokesman stated.

Many attempts to break the siege in Gaza have been made. One of the most notable ones was when a Freedom Flotilla was attacked by Israeli commandos in May of 2010. Nine Turkish activists were killed in the assault and several others were wounded. The ship was towed into an Israeli port and the remaining survivors were then arrested.

Brian Hazel

 

Israeli Navy intercepts Flotilla attempting to break siege on Gaza

Palestinians living in Israel mark Anniversary of devastating October Riots

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On Saturday, October 1st Palestinian ‘Israelis’ marched in the city of Sikhnin to commemorate the anniversary of the death of the Palestinians killed in the deadly October 2000 riots.

Mohammad Barakeh, the head of the High Monitoring Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel, made a speech at the rally. He said that Israel had not learned the lessons of the October riots. Barakeh stated that, the Israeli establishment, rather than embracing its Arab minority, was attempting to “tear it apart” and “destroy its political leadership.”

“They will not break our spirit,” said Barakeh, according to the Ynet news website. “We are excluded from all events, and all of a sudden its important for Israel if we participate in the funeral Shimon Peres?”

Shimon Peres, president of the state of Israel from 2007 to 2014, is a highly regarded Israeli official who is often painted as some sort of ‘Peacemaker’ in Israel. However, many people would beg to differ, and regard him instead as a blatant war criminal. Peres very recently passed away on September 28th, 2016.

The Joint List endured much criticism when its party members unanimously decided to boycott the funeral of the late Israeli president Peres.

On October 1st, 2000,  during the height of the Second Intifada, Arab Israeli citizens took to the streets to protest the visit of then opposition leader Ariel Sharon on the Temple Mount. This lead to high tensions and clashes with police. In the heat of the moment, Israeli police officers took the lives of 13 Palestinian protesters.

Brian Hazel

Palestinians living in Israel mark Anniversary of devastating October Riots