Palestinian-families

Keep your distance from the upcoming Wonder Woman movie. She is played by Gal Gadot, an Israeli who served in the military and supports the genocide of Palestinians. 

During Israel’s last major attack on Gaza in 2014, she said: “I am sending my love and prayers to my fellow Israeli citizens, especially to all the boys and girls who are risking their lives protecting my country…” 

Her words rubbed salt into the wounds when you remember that Israeli citizens were relaxing on hilltops overlooking Gaza as they watched Israeli jets focus on killing large Palestinian families

More than 2,100 Palestinians were killed, and six Israelis.

It’s impossible to hear of that movie and not immediately think ‘genocide’.

Last night, children were killed as they slept next to their parents on the floor of a classroom in a UN-designated shelter in Gaza. Children killed in their sleep; this is an affront to all of us, a source of universal shame. Today the world stands disgraced.
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United Nations officials described the killing of sleeping children as a disgrace to the world and accused Israel of a serious violation of international law after a school in Gaza being used to shelter Palestinian families was shelled on Wednesday.

At least 15 people, mostly children and women, died when the school in Jabaliya refugee camp was hit by five shells during a night of relentless bombardment across Gaza. More than 100 people were injured. Via the guardian

Gaza, one year on: 10 facts

A year has passed since the beginning of the assault on Gaza. In 51 days, over 2,200 Palestinians lost their lives and 11,200 were left injured. “Operation Protective Edge” was one of the most deadly attacks on Gaza and reduced entire neighbourhoods of the Strip to rubble. Today, the media spotlight has moved on, but Palestinian families are still living among the rubble of their destroyed houses, with little food, no electricity and no running water.

1.       Thousands of people are still homeless

  • 100,000 people whose houses were destroyed during the conflict are still without homes
  • Less than 1% of the construction materials required to rebuild houses has entered Gaza and at this rate, it will take decades to rebuild.

 2.       The children of Gaza are paying the highest price

  • More than 1,500 children lost one or both parents.
  • 1,000 out of the 3,000 children injured in the Gaza assault have life-long disabilities.
  • The vast majority of children suffer from severe emotional distress and trauma – the UN estimates that 373,000 children need psychological support.  

 3.       The health sector has been left shattered

  • 73 hospitals & healthcare facilities were damaged or destroyed during the assault.
  • 16 healthcare workers were killed, 83 ambulance drivers and volunteers were injured.
  • The total cost of the conflict to Gaza’s health care system is estimated at $50 million.
  • Medicines are at zero stock levels.
  • The destruction of Al-Wafa hospital has left Gaza with no rehabilitation centre and 1,000 disabled children without care.

 4.       Food insecurity is a major issue

  • Food insecurity was at 57% before the conflict. It now affects 73% of the population.
  • An estimated 80% of the population relies on humanitarian aid, mainly food assistance.
  • 10% of children under 5 in Gaza suffer from stunting or malnutrition.

 5.       Access to clean water is extremely difficult

  • 95% of the water is unfit for human consumption.
  • Lacking the money to buy bottled water, families often don’t drink for long periods.
  • At the beginning of 2014, only a quarter of Gazan households had access to running water every day, and only for a few hours at a time. The assault only made the situation worse, due to the severe damage to infrastructure.

 6.       Constant shortages of electricity

  • The only power plant was destroyed during last year’s assault and is now running at half capacity due to shortages in fuel with critical public service installations facing power cuts up to 18 hours per day.
  • Electricity deficit increased by almost 20%, reaching about 65%.

7.       Overwhelmed water supply and sewage systems

  • Theses electricity shortages, along with restrictions on the import of construction material, pumps and spare parts, have left Gaza’s water supply and sewage systems completely overwhelmed. 
  • Up to 90 million litres of partially-treated sewage are being discharged into the Mediterranean Sea on a daily basis. 
  • Experts deem Gaza’s current waste disposal operations unhealthy, causing a serious threat to public health.

 8.       Unemployment is at its highest

  • Gaza’s unemployment rate is 43% overall and youth unemployment rate is 67%, one of the highest in the world.
  • 40,000 people employed in the agriculture and fishery sector have been affected

 9.       A destroyed economy

  • Thousands hectares of cropland, including agricultural infrastructure (i.e., greenhouses, irrigation systems, livestock shelters, and fishing boats) were destroyed during the attack.
  • 963 enterprises in the manufacturing sector were hit during the assault.
  • The 8 years blockade has completely destroyed the economy, having put severe restrictions in place preventing goods from leaving Gaza.

 10.   Academic achievement is dropping

  • 30% of education facilities sustained damage or were destroyed during the assault.
  • Traumatised children have weakness in memory and decreased concentration. They absorb less material, lack a desire to learn and also lack proper conditions to study.
  • University students struggle to cope with the loss of their peers and the lack of opportunities after graduation.

Please send a letter to the UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs today.

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That scarf around my neck is called a keffiyeh, and this one was given to me by a Palestinian family in Bethlehem. Palestinians live under an apartheid rule by the state of Israel, and are denied many of the rights and privileges given to their Israeli counterparts. Their situation is very similar to the plight of black people and I believe if I’m fighting for my rights and my freedom it is only right I fight for theirs as well.

So here’s a smile and a laugh for Palestine, hoping one day they can do the same.

Happy Blackout.

All the #family’s are #dead by #USA #weapons .

هنا #غزة .. كتب على ركام المنزل “ جميع افراد هذة العائلة قتلوا باسلحة امريكية ”
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#Palestine #Palestinian #man #picoftheday #photooftheday #bestoftheday #instagood #Life #Islamic #Islam #Hijab #KSA #USA #UAE #wow #sweet #فلسطين #القدس #الامارات #السعودية #me #Gaza #Turkey #home

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9,600 Gaza students will not attend school at start of academic year
September 14, 2014

Around 9,600 students would not be able to start the new academic year in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, a United Nations agency has said.

This is particularly so because Palestinian families – whose homes were destroyed during Israel’s latest war on the Gaza Strip – have come to seek refuge at three Gaza schools and refuse to leave those schools, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) added late on Saturday.

UNRWA spokesman Adnan Abu Hasna told Anadolu Agency that the three schools are located in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun, noting that the schools would not welcome their students for the new academic year, which will start on Sunday, because displaced Gazans are refusing to leave.

He added that this means that the 9,600 students enrolled in these three schools would not be able to start their academic year on Sunday.

The Palestinian Education Ministry said earlier that the new academic year would start in Gaza on September 14.

The academic year should have started in the Palestinian enclave – home to 1.9 million people – earlier, but it had to be delayed because of Israel’s offensive on it.

The 51-day offensive had come to an end on August 26 by a cease-fire deal that was signed by the Palestinians and Israel in Cairo.

The war left 2,156 Gazans dead and more than 11,000 others injured.

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Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestine is not just history. It’s now.

A Palestinian man starts to demolish his own home to carry out an Israeli court order which ruled that the house was built without a municipality permit, in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Shuafat in Palestine. 

Israel does not allow Palestinians to build on their own land, while they themselves continue building illegal Jewish settlements on Palestinian land. 

Many Palestinians end up demolishing their homes themselves to avoid the high cost of paying for Israeli government bulldozers, or being sent to prison for not being able to pay.

We’re only in February and Israel has so far demolished 106 structures this year (this does not include homes demolished by Palestinians themselves), displacing 179 people

No alternative housing or compensation is ever given to Palestinian families whose houses are demolished.

Photo: Ahmad Gharabli / AFP

Since 1967 Israel has illegally imprisoned 800,000 Palestinian
(that’s 20% of the Palestinian population living in the Palestinian Territories)

Also 70% of the Palestinian families have had one or more of their family members illegally imprisoned to do time in Israeli jails.

And from 2000 to 2009 Israel has wrongfully detained 7,000 Palestinian kids between the ages of 12 and 18

And today there are about 6,000 Palestinian illegally imprisoned in Israeli jails.

And these prisoners on regular basis get physically and psychologically abused.

War criminal Binyamin Netanyahu is arriving in London next month. He is responsible for the massacres of over 2,000 Palestinians last summer. 

Israel’s main aim of that assault on Gaza was to wipe out large Palestinian families. One of many instances is when they massacred 26 (yes, twenty-six) members of the Abu Jame’ family - including 18 children - in a single strike.

There is a petition calling for this criminal’s arrest but, as expected, the UK government is defending Israel’s genocide of Palestine and continue spreading their lies of “self-defense”. 

At the very least, if this petition reaches 100,000 signatures it will be considered for debate in Parliament. It currently has 79,154. Sign here.