gaza under siege

This photo is of children forced to study by candlelight because their enclave Gaza, which has been under siege by the israeli occupation army.
Gaza is the home of more than 1.7 million people, mostly refugees from other parts of Palestine who were forcibly removed from their homes in order to make way for Eastern European and American settlers.
Electricity is not the only thing that is in short supply in Gaza; basic staples needed to sustain the population are running out, hospitals are short of medicine and equipment, things that the rest of us take for granted, are simply prevented from reaching these people by a pseudo state that steals and murders as a matter of national policy, but still has the gall to present itself to the rest of the world as an enlightened, civilized society.
We don’t get to hear about it on the news for one good reason: the main international news outlets are controlled by the same people who support these Israeli atrocities!

Gaza under siege: naming the dead

Palestinian death toll continues to rise since Israel launched its “Operation Protective Edge”.

Ashraf al-Qedra, a spokesman for the Gaza health ministry, is providing Al Jazeera with a list the names of those killed since the start of Israel’s campaign on Monday, July 7. Casualties on the Israeli side are also listed below. The list is updated regularly.

1. Mohammed Shaaban, 24, killed in Gaza.

2. Amjad Shaaban, 30, killed in Gaza.

3. Khader al-Bashiliki, 45, killed in Gaza.

4. Rashad Yassin, 27, killed in the Nusseirat refugee camp.

5. Mohammed Ayman Ashour, 15, killed in Khan Younis.

6. Riad Mohammed Kawareh, 50, killed in Khan Younis.

7. Bakr Mohammed Judeh, 22, killed in Khan Younis.

8. Ammar Mohammed Judeh, 26, killed in Khan Younis.

9. Hussein Yousef Kawareh, 13, killed in Khan Younis.

10. Mohammed Ibrahim kawareh, 50, killed in Khan Younis.

11. Mohammed Aahed Habib, 22, killed in Gaza.

12. Ahmed Moussa Habib, 16,  killed in Gaza.

13. Saqr Ayesh al-Ajuli, 22, killed in Jabalia.

14. Ahmed Nael Mahdi, 16, killed in Gaza.

15. Basil Salem Kawareh, 10, killed in Khan Younis.

16. Hafez Mohammed Hamad, 30, Islamic Jihad commander, killed in Beit Hanoun.

17. Ibrahim Mohammed Hamad, 26 killed in Beit Hanoun.

18. Mahdi Mohammed Hamad, 46 killed in Beit Hanoun.

19. Fawziya Khalil Hamad, 62, killed in Beit Hanoun.

20. Dunya Mahdi Hamad, 16, killed in Beit Hanoun.

21. Suha Hamad, 25,  killed in Beit Hanoun.

22. Suleiman Salman Abu Sowaween, 22, killed in Deir al-Balah.

23. Siraj Ayad Abdelal, 8, killed in Khan Younis.

24. Abdel Hadi Jumaa al-Sufi, 24.

25. Rashid al-Kafarneh, 30, killed in Beit Hanoun.

26. Nayfeh Farajallah, 80,

27. Abdel Nasser Abu Kweik, 60, killed in Beit Hanoun.

28. Khaled Abu Kweik, 31, killed in Beit Hanoun.

29. Mohammed Arif, 13, killed in Gaza.

30. Mohammed Malake, 1½, killed in Gaza.

31. Hanaa Malake, 27, killed in Gaza.

32. Hatem Abu Salem, unreported age

33. Mohammed Khaled al-Nimre, 22, killed in Gaza.

34. Sahar Hamdan al-Masri, 40, killed in Beit Hanoun.

35. Mohammed Ibrahim al-Masri, 14, killed in Beit Hanoun.

36. Mohammed Khalaf al-Nawasra, 4, killed in al-Maghazi.

37. Nidal Khalaf al-Nawasra, 5, killed in al-Maghazi.

38. Aicha Najm, 20, killed in al-Maghazi.

39. Salah Awad al-Nawasra, 6, killed in al-Maghazi.

40. Mahmoud Nahed al-Nawasra, unreported age.

41. Amal Yousef Abdel Ghafour, 27, killed in Khan Younis.

42. Raneem Judeh Abdel Ghafour, 1½, killed in Khan Younis.

43. Ibrahim Daoud al-Balaawi, 24, killed in Rafah.

44. Abdel Rahman Jamal al-Zamli, 22, killed in Rafah.

45. Ibrahim Ahmed Abdeen, 42, killed in Rafah.

46. Mustafa Abu Murr, 20, killed in Rafah.

47. Khaled Abu Murr, 23, killed in Rafah.

48. Mazen Faraj al-Jarba, 30, killed in Deir al-Balah.

49. Marwan Isleem, 27, killed in Deir al-Balah.

50. Hani Saleh Hamad, 57, killed in Beit Hanoun.

51. Ibrahim Hamad, 20, killed in Beit Hanoun.

52. Salima Hassan Maslam al-Arja, 60.

53. Mariam Atiah Mohammed al-Arja, 11.

54. Hamid Shihab, 37, killed in Gaza.

55. Ibrahim Khalil Qanan, 24, killed in Khan Younis.

56. Mohammed Khalil Qanan, 26, killed in Khan Younis.

57. Suleiman al-Astal, 55, killed in Khan Younis.

58. Hamdi Badie Sawali, 33, killed in Khan Younis.

59. Mohammed al-Akkad, 24, killed in Khan Younis.

60. Ahmed Sawali, 28, killed in Khan Younis.

61. Raed Shalat, 37.

62. Mahmoud Lutfi al-Hajj, 58, killed in Khan Younis.

63. Asmaa Mahmoud al-Hajj, 22, killed in Khan Younis.

64. Tarik Saad al-Hajj, 18, killed in Khan Younis.

65. Saad Mahmoud al-Hajj, 17, killed in Khan Younis.

66. Najlaa Mahmoud al-Hajj, 29, killed in Khan Younis.

67. Fatima al-Hajj, 12, killed in Khan Younis.

68. Omar al-Hajj, 20, killed in Khan Younis.

69. Basima Abdel Fattah al-Hajj, 57, killed in Khan Younis.

70. Ahmed Salim al-Astal, 24, killed in Khan Younis.

71. Moussa Mohammed al-Astal, 50, killed in Khan Younis.

72. Raed al-Zawarea, 33, killed in Khan Younis.

73. Bahaa Abu al-Leil, 35, Islamic Jihad member, killed in Gaza.

74.Salem Qandil, 27, Islamic Jihad member, killed in Gaza.

75. Amer al-Fayyoumi, 30, Islamic Jihad member, killed in Gaza.

76. Abdallah Ramadan Abu Ghazal, 5, killed in Beit Hanoun.

77. Islamel Hassan Abu Jamaa, 19, killed in Khan Younis.

78. Mohammed Ehsan Farwane, 18, killed in Khan Younis.

79. Mahmoud Talee Wallud, 26, Islamic Jihad member, killed in Jabalia.

80. Hazem Ibrahim Baaloushe, 30, Islamic Jihad member, killed in a civilian car in Jabalia.

81. Udai Rafik al-Sultan, 27, killed in Jabalia.

82. Hassan Awda Abu Jamaa, 75, killed in Khan Younis.

83. Yasmin Mohammed al-Mutwak, 4, killed in Beit Hanoun.

84. Ahmed Zaher Hamdan, 24, killed in Beit Hanoun.

85. Mohammed Kamal al-Kahlout, 25, killed in Jabalia.

86. Sami Andan Shaldan, 25, killed in Gaza.

87. Jumaa Atiah Shallouf, 25, killed in Rafah.

88. Bassam Abdel Rahman Khattab, 6, killed in Deir al-Balah.   

89. Abdellah Mustafa Abu Mahrouk, 22, killed in Deir al-Balah.

90. Anas Rizk Abu al-Qas, 33 killed in Gaza.

91. Nour Marwan al-Najdi, 10, killed in Rafah.

92. Mohammed Mounir Ashour, 26, killed in Rafah.

93. Ghalia Deeb Jaber Ghanem, 57, killed in Rafah.

94. Wissam Abdel Razek Hassan Ghannam, 31, killed in Rafah.

95. Mahmoud Razek Hassan Ghannam, 28, Islamic Jihad member, killed in Rafah.

96. Kifah Shahadeh Deeb Ghannam, 33, killed in Rafah.

97. Raed Hani Abu Hani, 31, killed in Rafah.

98. Shahraman Ismaeil Abu al-Qas, 42, killed in Al-Breij.

99. Mazen Mustafa Aslan, 63, killed in Al-Breij.

100. Mohammed Rabih Abu Humeidan, 65, killed in northern Gaza.

101. Shahd al-Qreinawi, 7, killed in Al-Breij.

102. Abdel Halim Abdel Moeti, 54.

103. Hussein al-Mamlouk, 47, killed in Gaza.

104. Saber Sukkar, 80, killed in Gaza.

105. Nasser Mohammed Sammame, 49, killed in Gaza.

106. Rami Abu Musaed, 23, killed in Deir al-Balah.

107. Mohammed al-Sumeiri, 24, killed in Deir al-Balah.

108. Husam Eddine al-Razayne, 39, killed in Jabalia.

109. Anas Youssef Qandil, 17, killed in Jabalia.

110. Abdel Rahim Saleh al-Khatib, 38, killed in Jabalia.

111. Youssef Mohammed Qandil, 33, killed in Jabalia.

112. Mohammed Idris Abu Sanena, 20, killed in Jabalia.

113. Hala Weshahi, 31, killed in the disabled centre in Jabalia.

114. Suha Abu Saada, 38, killed in the disabled centre in Jabalia.

115. Ali Nabil Basal, 32, killed in Gaza.

116. Mohammed Bassem al-Halabi, 28, killed in Gaza.

117. Mohammed al-Suweiti, 20, killed in Gaza.

118. Ibrahim Nabil Hamade, 30, killed in Gaza.

119. Hassan Ahmed Abu Ghoush, 24, killed in Gaza.

120. Ahmed Mazen al-Balawi, 26, killed in Gaza.

121. Rateb Sobhi Youssuf al-Saifi, 22, killed in Al-Zaitoun.

122. Azmi Mahmoud Taha Obeid, 51, killed in shelling on Radwan street.

123. Nidal Mohammed Ibrahim Abu al-Malsh, 22, killed in shelling on Radwan street.

124. Suleiman Saeed Younis Obeid, 56, killed in shelling on Radwan street.

125. Ghassan Ahmed al-Masri, 25, killed in shelling on Radwan street.

126. Mustafa Mohammed Taha Anabe, 58, killed in shelling on Radwan street.

127. Rifaat Yousef Amer, 36, killed in Gaza.

128. Mohamed Idriss Abo Sowaylim, 20, killed in Jabalia.

129. Fadi Yaqoub Sukar, 25, killed in Gaza.

130. Qassim Jabr Adwan Ouda, 16, killed Khan Younis.

131. Mohammad Ahmed Bassal, 19, killed in Gaza.

132. Muhannad Yousuf Daheir, 23, killed in Rafah.

133. Mahmoud Abdallah Sharahta al-Shammal, 53.

134. Shadi Mohammed Zaareb, 21, killed in Rafah.

135. Imad Bassam Zaareb, 21, killed in Rafah.

136. Nahed Naeem al-Batesh, 41, killed in Gaza.

137. Bahaa Majed al-Batesh, 28, killed in Gaza.

138. Qusai Issam al-Batesh, 12, killed in Gaza.    

139. Aziza Yousuf al-Batesh, 59, killed in Gaza.

140. Mohammed Issam al-Batesh, 17, killed in Gaza.

141. Ahmed Naaman al-Batesh, 27, killed in Gaza.

142. Yahia Alaa al-Batesh, 18, killed in Gaza.

143. Jalal Majed al-Batesh, 26, killed in Gaza.

144. Mahmoud Majed al-Batesh, 22, killed in Gaza.

145. Marwa Majed al-Batesh, 25, killed in Gaza.

146. Majid Sobhi al-Batesh, unkown age, killed in Gaza.

147. Khaled Majed al-Batesh, 20, killed in Gaza.

148. Ibrahim Majed al-Batesh, 18, killed in Gaza.

149. Manar Majed al-Batesh, 13, killed in Gaza.

150. Amal Hassan al-Batesh, 49, killed in Gaza.

151. Anas Alaa al-Batesh, 10, killed in Gaza.

152. Qusai Alaa al-Batesh, unknown age, killed in Gaza.

153. Rami Abu Shanab, 25, killed in Deir al-Balah.

154. Khawla al-Hawajri, 25, killed in Nuseirat.

155. Mohammed Ghazi Arif, 35, killed in Gaza.

156. Ghazi Mustafa Arif, 62, killed in Gaza.

157. Ahmed Yousef Dalloul, 47, killed in Gaza.

158. Hijazia Hamed al-Hilou, 80, killed in Gaza.

159. Muayed al-Aaraj, 3, killed in Khan Younis.

160. Fawziya Abdelal, 73, killed in Gaza.

161. Haitham Ashraf Zaareb, 21, killed in Rafah.

162. Laila Hassan al-Awdat al-Maghazi, 41.

163. Hussam Ibrahim al-Najjar, 14.

164. Ruwaida Abu Harb, 30.

165. Izzedine Bulbul, 25, killed in Gaza.

166. Hussein Abdel Qader Muheisen, 19, killed in Gaza.

167. Qassem Talal Hamdan, 23, killed in Beit Hanoun.

168. Maher Thabet Abu Mur, 24, killed in East Rafah.

169. Mohammed Salem Abu Breis, 65, killed in east Deir al-Balah.

170. Saddam Mousa Moammar, 23, killed in east Deir al-Balah.

171. Moussa Shahda Moammar, 60, killed in east Deir al-Balah.

172. Hanadi Hamdi Moammar, 27, killed in east Deir al-Balah.

173. Adham Mohammed Abdel-Fatah Abdelal, 25, killed in Gaza.

174. Hamid Suleiman Abu al-Araj, 60, killed in Deir al-Balah.

175. Abdallah Mahmoud Baraka, 24, killed in Khan Younis.

176. Tamer Salam Qudeih, 37, killed in Khan Younis.

177. Ziad Maher al-Najjar, 17, killed in Khan Younis.

178. Ziad Salem al-Shawi, 25, killed in Rafah.

179. Mohammed Yassir Hamdan, 24, killed in Gaza.

180. Mohammed Shakib al-Agha, 22, killed in Khan Younis.

181. Mohammed Younis. Abu Youssef, 25, killed in Khan Younis.

182. Sara Omar Sheikh al-Eid, 4, killed in Rafah.

183. Omar Ahmed Sheikh al-Eid, 24, killed in Rafah.

184. Jihad Ahmed Sheikh al-Eid, 48, killed in Rafah.

185.  Kamal Atef Yousuf Abu Taha, 16, killed in Khan Younis.

186. Ismael Nabil Ahmed Abu Hatab, 21, killed in Khan Younis.

187. Ahmed Younis. Abu Youssef, 28, killed in Khan Younis.

188. Bushra Khalil Zaareb, 53, killed in East Rafah.

189. Atwa Umeir al-Ammour, 58, killed in east Khan Younis.

190. Ismael Salim al-Najjar, 46, killed in Khan Younis.

191. Mohammed Ahmed Ibrahim al-Najjar, 49, killed in Khan Younis.

192. Suleiman Abu Louli, 33, killed in Khan Younis.

193. Sobhi Abdel Hamid Mousa, 77, killed in Khan Younis.

194. Ismael Fattouh, 24, killed in Gaza.

195. Saleh Saeed Dahleez, 20, killed in Rafah.

196. Yassir Eid al-Mahmoum, 18, killed in Rafah.

197. Khalil al-Ashafi, 66, killed in Hajar al-Deek.

198. Mohammed Abdallah al-Rahuk, 23, killed in Rafah.

199. Mohammed Ismael Abu Ouda, 27, killed in Rafah.

200. Mohammed Sabri al-Debari, 20, killed in Rafah.

201. Abdallah Mohammed Abdallah al-Arjani, 19, killed in Khan Younis.

202. Ahmed Adil Ahmed al-Nawajha, 23, killed in Rafah.

203. Mohammed Tayseer Sharab, 23, killed in Khan Younis.

204. Farid Mahmoud Abu Daqqa, 33, killed in Khan Younis.

205. Ashraf Khalil Abu Shana, 33, killed in Rafah.

206. Khodra Salameh Abu Dakka, 24, killed in Khan Younis

207. Omar Ramadan Hassan Abu Dakka, 24, killed in Khan Younis.

208. Ibrahim Ramadan, 10, killed in Khan Younis.

209. Ahed Bakr, 10, Gaza beach

210. Zakaria Bakr, 10, Gaza beach

211. Mohammed Bakr, 11, Gaza beach

212. Ismail Bakr, 9, Gaza beach

213. Abdel Rahman Khalil al-Sarhi, 37, killed in Gaza

214. Hamza Raed Thari, 6, killed Jabalia.

215. Akram Mohamed Abo Amer, 34, Killed in Khan Younis.

216. Kamal Mohamed Mohamed Abo Amer, 38, killed in Khan Younis.

217. Hussein Abdel Latif Al Astal, 23, killed in Kahn Younis.

218. Roqayyah Al Astal, 70, killed in Khan Younis.

219, Yasmin Al Astal, 4, killed in Khan Younis.

220. Osama Mahmoud Al Astal, 6, killed in Khan Younis.

221. Hussam Jamal Shamloukh, 23, killed in Sheikh Ajleen in Gaza.

222. Mohamed Kamel Abdel Rahman, 30, killed in Gaza.

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Infographic by Michal Vexler: “Divide and Conquer. The Palestinian people may share one national identity, but they are divided by Israel into several different citizenship categories, each one with a different set of rights and restrictions:

  • Israel: Palestinians living within the ‘48 borders. Full Israeli citizenship. Vote for parliament, freedom of movement, equal rights under law, de-facto discrimination. Population: 1,413,500.
  • East Jerusalem: Palestinians living in Jerusalem neighborhoods conquered in 1967. Israeli residency, no citizenship. De-facto discrimination, freedom of movement, no right to repatriate after leaving Israel. 208,000.
  • West Bank: Palestinians living in area conquered in 1967. No citizenship, subject to martial law. Restricted freedom of movement. Discrimination by law. 2,361,000.
  • Gaza Strip: Palestinians living in Gaza Strip. No citizenship, under siege, separated from other Palestinians. 1,562,000
  • Refugees: Palestinians who were exiled in 1948 and their descendants, living mostly in Jordan, others in Lebanon and Syria - 436,000. Registered as refugees with UNRWA, and have no citizenship - 487,000. 1,980,000 [total].

Spatial Separation:

  • Refugees: Some people in this category were born in Palestine, but their return to their land, even for a visit, is rigorously denied.
  • Palestinians with Israeli citizenship/residency: Like their Jewish counterparts, they enjoy freedom of movement in the entire area controlled by Israel apart from the Gaza Strip, from which they are banned, even if they are journalists. In addition, they are prohibited by law from visiting enemy states, namely - the vast majority of the Middle East.
  • Palestinians in the West Bank: Their freedom of movement is restricted even inside the West Bank: access to settlement areas, the Jordan Valley and vast areas in Area C (making up 60% of the West Bank) is scrutinized and subject to a complex permit system. The only way they can go abroad is by driving to Jordan through Israeli-controlled border crossings.
  • Residents of Gaza: The Gaza Strip is under siege. Palestinians living in this area are completely prevented from leaving it - including into the West Bank, Egypt (due to agreements between Egypt and Israel), and the Mediterranean Sea, beyond a 5.5-km-wide fishing strip.” 
  • palestinians: hey, israel is occupying palestinian land. gaza is under siege, 50% of the population is living in poverty, a lot of children suffer from ptsd. israel keeps building settlements, palestinians are under risk from being evicted from their homes in jerusalem and
  • zionists: sweetie, source? i live here (:

A letter to the Worlds Children 
As Palestinian kids who are living in the besieged Gaza Strip, we call on our friends all over the world to help us to lift the horrible siege that made us live in a big prison and prevented us from our basic natural right in living in peace and getting our rights in medicine , education, food and play.
Help us to leave our prison!

England: Activists occupy Israel-owned arms factory 

A group of twelve pro-Palestine protesters from londonpalestineaction have occupied the roof of an arms factory owned by an Israeli military company in Staffordshire on Tuesday, with the goal of closing the factory down.

The activists, who had been protesting since 5 am, had chained shut the doors of the building and attached a rope from one of the banner to the neck of an activist. They warned that if the banner is taken down it may seriously injure the activist. 

The factory operates under a UK registered company that is owned by Elbit Systems, simultaneously the largest global manufacturer of drones and Israel’s largest weapons company.

‪Gaza‬ : The main problem that will face Gaza and the medics in the Gaza Strip in the next hours is the shortage of the medical supplies. Actually that have nothing that can last for more than few hours in such situation. If the people of Gaza do not die from heavy bombardment, they will die from the lack of medical supplies. Gaza has been under Israeli siege for 8 years.

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The situation in Gaza is not about Hamas. If it was, over 800 innocent people (over 200 of whom are children) would not be dead. If it was, Israel would not be bombing hospitals, and UN schools. They wouldn’t be shooting at ambulances trying to get to those who are injured. 

A few weeks before all of this happened Hamas agreed to step down from power in Gaza and let the PLO (the party in power in the West Bank) take over. The last thing Israel wants is a united people; it’s easier when they can divide and conquer. 

Gaza has been under siege for years, the people dying a slow death. People are not let in and out. Food is not let in. Medicine is not let in. Water is not let in. If fisherman try to catch food in the sea, they are shot at. They were and still are dying a slow death at the hands of the Israeli government.

Gaza has been targeted by Israel before Hamas was ever created, and they will continue to be after they’re gone. Hamas refuses to agree to a cease-fire because Israel refuses to meet their one condition: that the siege be over so that things don’t go back to the way they were before. So that they can live like human beings instead of like helpless animals trapped in a cage.