Israeli Occupation Forces Fire at Palestinians
Marching on 67th Anniversary of the Catastrophe, Nakba, Freedom Flotilla
May 16, 2015
Scandinavian peace activists on Marianne ship, starting Freedom
Flotilla III to break the Israeli siege of Gaza, leaving Sweden
to Denmark then to other European countries in its way to
besieged Gaza Strip, May 15, 2015
South African students march in solidarity with the
Palestinian people against the Israeli racist, apartheid regime
in 67th anniversary of Nakba, 15th May 2015 |
Congress of South African Students
| Welkom (Free State), SA.
|Four Palestinians shot by
Israeli fire in Gaza for marching in Nakba anniversary, May 15,
||Marianne started Freedom
Flotilla III to break the Israeli siege of Gaza, leaving Sweden
to Denmark on May 10, to other European countries in its way to
besieged Gaza Strip, May 15, 2015
|A Palestinian shot by
Israeli fire in Ni'lin for marching in Nakba anniversary, May
||Israeli occupation soldiers
firing at Palestinians who marched on 67th Nakba
anniversary in Silwad, May 15, 2015.
Freedom Flotilla III starts with Marianne reaching
Copenhagen heading for Gaza
May 16, 2015, ANATOLIA, (PIC)--
Marianne reached Friday port of Copenhagen-Denmark after it kicked
off from Sweden heading to break the siege of Gaza as part of Freedom
Flotilla III, a peaceful nonviolent action to break the Israeli illegal
and inhumane blockade of the Gaza Strip.
On the 10 of May, the
trawler, which has been acquired by Ship to Gaza Sweden and Ship to Gaza
Norway jointly, departed for a voyage of almost 5000 nautical miles to
eastern Mediterranean and the blockaded Gaza Strip.
On board are
Danish and Norwegian members of Parliament as well as other well known
Scandinavian activists, artists and academics including Rosa Lund,
Member of Parliament (Denmark).
The Danish politician and Member
of Parliament for the Socialist People's Party (SF) Özlem Sara Cekic
stated that Marianne will join other ships and together they will form
the Freedom Flotilla III.
For her part, the Danish-Syrian doctor
Haifa Awad pointed out that cancer patients’ number has increased due to
the Israeli siege on Gaza Strip.
Spokesperson for the campaign
Stefan Garner appreciated the “great international efforts made to break
the Israeli siege of Gaza.”
Marianne will join other ships to
form Freedom Flotilla III. On its way Marianne will call at many
European and will serve as a focus for demonstrations and manifestations
against the blockade.
In 2010, Freedom Flotilla 1, comprised of 6
seats, was on its way to Gaza when it was attacked and boarded in
international waters by Israeli navy forces. During the attack, the
Israeli soldiers murdered 10 unarmed activists on Mavi Marmara.
In 2011, Freedom Flotilla 2 comprised of 12 boats attempted to sail from
Greece and Turkey. Most boats were prevented from leaving their ports;
however three of them sailed towards Gaza and were attacked by the
Israeli Navy. The boats were illegally confiscated by the illegal
Israeli occupation government.
Marianne of Gothenburg left her home port at 7 pm on the 10
Marianne of Gothenburg left her home port at 7 pm on the 10 of May.
The trawler, which has been acquired by Ship to Gaza Sweden and Ship to
Gaza Norway jointly, departs for a voyage of almost 5000 nautical miles
to eastern Mediterranean and the blockaded Gaza Strip.
Representatives of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) and partner
organizations traveled to Tunis last week where they participated in the
World Social Forum. During the WSF they met with several
Palestinian and Tunisian civil society organizations.
FFC representatives were also received by Dr. Moncef Marzouki, former
President of Tunisia and renowned Human Rights defender. During
the meeting Dr. Marzouki gave FFC his full support and confirmed that he
will be on board of one of Freedom Flotilla III (FF3) ships.
Freedom Flotilla III Heads for Gaza
Alternative Information Center (AIC), 12 May 2015
The ship Marianne of Gothenburg set sail Monday night on its journey
to break the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip. It's journey will mark
five years since the Israeli navy forcibly boarded the first Freedom
Flotilla's ship Mavi Marmara, killing nine Turkish activists.
Israel has announced it will not permit unauthorised ships to enter
its territorial waters.
Marianne will join additional ships to form the Freedom Flotilla III
to perform a peaceful, nonviolent action to break the illegal and
inhumane blockade of the Gaza Strip.
In passing, Marianne will call at European ports for demonstrations
and actions against Israel's blockade of Gaza.
The ship is bringing a limited cargo of solar panels and medical
equipment for the people of Gaza. The group Ship to Gaza stated that “In
the blockaded Gaza Strip, where the infrastructure has been demolished,
solar cells will thus provide an opportunity to independent local
production of clean energy. The sun can not be blockaded.”
In addition to a crew of five people, Marianne will have up to eight
delegates as passengers in each section of the route.
The Freedom Flotilla's first attempt to break the blockade ended in
the deaths of nine Turkish activists after Israeli Navy commandos on May
31, 2010 boarded the Mavi Marmara. The United Nations declared that
Israel used excessive force in stopping the ship, and a diplomatic
crisis opened between Turkey and Israel which has yet to fully subside.
A second attempt was turned back in October 2012.
Without relating specifically to the Marianne of Gothenburg, Foreign
Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon told the Jerusalem Post that “if
the so-called helpful Gaza flotillas were really interested in the
welfare of the population in Gaza, they would send their aid via Israel.
The fact that they insist on a flotilla demonstrates this is an
Israel is clearly concerned about the possible ramifications of
Freedom Flotilla III, however; the Foreign Ministry has appointed a
point-person to coordinate policy on the matter between the foreign
ministry, the prime minister’s office, and the defense ministry.
Nakba Solidarity: South African Students Protest Woolworths
Friday May 15, 2015 22:36 by Congress of South African Students -
International Solidarity Movement (ISM)
More than 10,000 South African students marched, earlier today, in
protest against Woolworths Stores' trade agreements with Israel.
The #BoycottWoolworths protest was led by the Congress of South
African Students (COSAS) in the Free State. COSAS represents school
children in all 9 SA provinces and is arguably the largest school
learner organization in the country.
Click here for photos from today’s COSAS protest against Woolworths.
The 15th of May was chosen for the protest to also mark the 67th
year of the Palestinian
Nakba “Catastrophe” (the 1948 establishment of the modern State of
Israel that was the start of the displacement and oppression of the
indigenous Palestinian people).
According to COSAS Free State,
the protest march by COSAS against Woolworths is “in solidarity with the
people of Palestine who continue to experience the harshest form of
apartheid by the Israeli regime”.
Sipho Tsunke of COSAS Free State said: “We are therefore mobilizing
all young people and parents to boycott Woolworths which continues to
have relations with Apartheid Israel. We will not be misled by
Woolworths and their silly PR campaigns for example their MySchool
programme or that of bringing USA musician Pharrell Williams to South
Africa. We are telling Pharrell Williams, as school learners of South
Africa, to cancel his shows in South Africa until Woolworths ends its
relations with Israel.”
Today’s protest march started at Thabong
Community Center at 09h00 and ended at Goldfields Mall (where Woolworths
store is located) in Welkom in the Free State. The protest, according to
police estimates, drew between 10 000 and 13 000 young learners from
various areas in and around the Free State province of South Africa.
Further COSAS protests against Woolworths are due to take place in
coming weeks in other provinces.
In August 2014 a call for the
complete boycott of Woolworths until it ends its Israeli trade links was
made by BDS South Africa, COSATU, ANC Youth League, MJC, SACP, YCL,
SASCO, PSA, COSAS and various others including the National Coalition 4
Palestine (a coalition of more than 30 organizations, trade unions and
other groups). An
independent #BoycottWoolworths impact report by a Wits University
researcher has found that Woolworths is losing over R30 million (close
to R8 million per month) since the start of the BDS #BoycottWoolworths
campaign. According to the report the actual impact “could be in the
hundreds of millions”.
15th May 2015 |
Congress of South African Students |
Welkom (Free State), SA
Dozens of Palestinians injured during Nakba marches
May 16, 2015, RAMALLAH, (PIC)--
Violent clashes broke out on Friday as Israeli Occupation Forces
(IOF) suppressed Palestinian peaceful marches in West Bank marking the
A number of injuries and breathing problems were
reported when IOF opened fire at Palestinian protesters while
commemorating the 67th anniversary of the mass displacement of
Palestinians during Israel's creation at the expense of Palestinian
villages and towns in 1948.
Israeli forces fired live and rubber
bullets towards the protesters who were taking parts in Nakba marches
organized in Ramallah, Qalqilia, and Gaza. Heavy tear gas canisters and
sound bombs were also fired.
Three Palestinian youths were
injured by Israeli fire during clashes that erupted near Ofer prison in
Ramallah. The three injured were taken to hospital for treatment.
Three other injuries were reported as IOF suppressed Kafar Qadum
weekly march in Qalailia.
Similar clashes broke out afternoon in
Khudar town in Bethelehem. A Palestinian minor was nabbed during the
confrontations before the intervention of local residents who managed to
Along the same line, PA security forces suppressed a
march in Bthelehem organized to commemorate Nakba anniversary in order
to prevent any expected clashes with Israeli forces.
Clashes Take Place In Different Parts Of Occupied Jerusalem
Saturday May 16, 2015 13:12 by IMEMC & Agencies
As thousands of Palestinians marked, on Friday, the 67th anniversary
of the Palestinian Nakba, Israeli soldiers resorted to the excessive use
of force against the protesters, causing dozens of injuries.
The Palestinians held protesters, starting on Friday afternoon,
in different parts of the occupied city, and the West Bank.
protesters affirmed national Palestinian unity, and ongoing struggle
against the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
protesters marched in various alleys and streets in the Old City of
occupied Jerusalem, challenging the soldiers who were extensively
deployed in an attempt to stop the procession.
place with the soldiers in Ras al-‘Amoud area, one of the most prominent
gates of the Old City, after the soldiers used excessive forces against
In addition, hundreds marched in Jabal al-Mokabber
neighborhood, southeast of occupied Jerusalem marking the Nakba of 1948,
and chanted against the ongoing Israeli occupation and aggression,
including Israel’s illegal policies of home demolitions. Several mild
injuries were reported.
Hundreds also marked the Nakba in Ras
al-‘Amoud area, in Silwan town, south of the al-Aqsa Mosque, and
commemorated the death of a local child, Milad ‘Ayyash, who was killed
by army fire in 2011.
The Follow-Up Committee in the al-‘Eesawiyya
town, south of the Al-Asa Mosque, said the soldiers fired dozens of gas
bombs, firebombs, and rubber-coated metal bullets on Palestinian
The Committee added that 15 Palestinians were shot
by rubber-coated metal bullets, while dozens suffered the effects of
tear gas inhalation. Local youths used fireworks to target military
jeeps, and hurled stones and empty bottles.
Clashes also too
place near the main entrance of the Shu’fat refugee camp, in the center
The Israeli Police issued a statement revealing the
three Border Guard officers have been injured, in the Suwwana
neighborhood, on Friday at night.
In addition, at least ten
Palestinians were injured in clashes that took place with the soldiers
on the northern entrance of the ar-Ram town, north of occupied
Jerusalem, and were moved to local medical centers.
clashes took place in Bir Nibala town, west of Jerusalem.
addition, soldiers invaded the main entrance area of the Qalandia
refugee camp, north of Jerusalem, kidnapped several Palestinians, and
installed a roadblock on the Jaba’-Qalandia road, northeast of
Four Palestinians shot by Israeli fire in Gaza for marching
in Nakba anniversary
May 16, 2015, GAZA, (PIC)--
Three Palestinians were shot and injured by Israeli live fire Friday
afternoon to the east of Gaza city, while another one was shot east of
Israeli forces opened their machine gun fire towards
dozens of Palestinians who marched in Gaza city and Khan Younis marking
the 67th anniversary of the Palestinians Nakba (catastrophe) local
Three people were transferred to hospital as they
suffered moderate injuries after being shot during the peaceful march in
Shejaiya neighborhood in Gaza city, while the fourth injured was taken
to Nasser hospital in Khan Younis.
The Israeli heavy live fire
prevented the protesters' progress into the occupied territories, the
Friday's armed attack came as part of the Israeli
repeated violations to the ceasefire agreement reached on Aug 26, 2014
to end Israel's brutal aggression on Gaza.
Dozens Injured In Silwad And Betunia, Near Ramallah
Saturday May 16, 2015 10:11 by IMEMC & Agencies
Israeli occupation soldiers invaded, on Friday afternoon, Silwad and
Betunia towns, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, and attacked
dozens of Palestinians marking the Nakba Day.
The Palestine TV
has reported that several military vehicles invaded the southern area of
Silwad town, and clashed with dozens of local youths.
Israeli occupation soldiers fired dozens of gas bombs, concussion
grenades, rubber-coated metal bullets, and several rounds of live
Medical sources said ten Palestinians suffered the
effects of tear gas inhalation, and received treatment by local medics.
During the clashes, a number of youths hurled Molotov cocktails
on the invading soldiers, while the army also fired the “Tutu” live
ammunition on the protestors.
The Tutu live rounds cause larger
bodily harm, and were outlawed by an Israeli court in 2001, but the army
continued to use them.
Israeli sources said a number of soldiers
were mildly injured during the clashes with local youths in the town,
while a few soldiers received treatment for the effects of tear gas
inhalation, after the protestors managed to throw back some of the gas
bombs fired at them.
In addition, clashes took place in Betunia
nearby town, after the soldiers invaded it, and attacked local
protesters marking the Nakba, and marking the first anniversary of the
death of Nadim Nuwwara and Mohammad Abu Thaher, who were killed by
Israeli army fire, on May 15 2014.
The soldiers fired dozens of
gas bombs, in addition to rubber-coated metal bullets and live rounds,
while local youths hurled stones and empty bottles on the soldiers;
several Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.
Local protesters also burnt Israeli flags, and said, “The
Palestinians will never abandon their legitimate rights of liberation
and independence in their homeland.”
Scores Injured as Bil’in Marks Palestinian Nakba
Saturday May 16, 2015 02:23 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News
The Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements in Bil’in
village, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, has reported that
Israeli occupation soldiers have attacked the weekly protest, firing
dozens of gas bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets.
This week’s protest marks May 15, the Palestinian Nakba Day when
Israel was established in the historic land of Palestine after massive
expulsion of the indigenous population and the destruction of hundreds
of villages and towns.
The Popular Committee said that locals,
accompanied by Israeli and International peace activists, marched from
the center of the village towards Palestinian orchards, isolated by
the Wall and illegal Israeli settlements.
marched nonviolently, carrying Palestinian flags, and black flags
commemorating the Nakba, chanted and sang for Palestinian unity,
liberation, independence, and the Right of Return of all refugees.
They also chanted for the ongoing popular resistance against the
Israeli occupation and its illegal colonies, and for the release of all
The soldiers intercepted the protest firing
dozens of gas bombs and rubber-coated metal bullets, and invaded and
western area of Bil’in.
They also chased the protesters through
olive orchards, and in between homes in the village while firing more
gas bombs, also targeting local homes with them.
said that dozens of residents, Israeli and international peace
activists, suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.
bombs also set fire to a number of olive trees belonging to the
villagers, while residents rushed to contain the fire.
Injuries Reported as Soldiers Attack Nil’in’s Weekly Protest
Saturday May 16, 2015 02:07 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News
More than 1,200 Palestinians, accompanied by Israeli and
international peace activists, marched in the weekly protest in Ni’lin
village on Friday, near the central West Bank city of Ramallah, marking
the 67th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (May 15 1948). Five
Palestinians were shot, and dozens more suffered the effects of tear gas
The Popular Committee against the Wall and Settlements in Ni’lin has
reported that the protesters, including representatives of Palestine
Liberation Organization (PLO), various other political factions, as well
as representatives of National Committee of Commemorating the Nakba, the
Global Campaign to Return to Palestine, the Right to Land Coalition, the
Coordination Committee against the Wall, marched along with Israeli and
international activist, starting at noon in the center of the village.
The Nakba Commemoration started in the village with a speech by the
head of the Ni’lin Village Council, Nader al-Khawaja, who welcomed both
Palestinians and activists, including those who came from different
cities, towns and refugee camps across the occupied West Bank, and
especially the villagers living close to illegal Israeli settlements.
Al-Khawaja saluted the residents of Ni’lin and their determination
to continue their legitimate struggle against the apartheid wall and
colonies which isolate them from their orchards.
He added that
Ni’lin has been holding the ongoing protest against the wall and
settlements for eight consecutive years, now, embracing their
steadfastness and determination to defend their lands despite the
ongoing Israeli violations and excessive use of force by the soldiers.
It is worth mentioning that the soldiers detained Palestinians
coming from Hebron, Bethlehem and Salfit to participate in this week’s
protest marking the Palestinian Nakba of 1948.
The Imam of Ni’lin
said in a speech, following noon prayers in the center of the village,
that Ni’lin and its ongoing nonviolent popular resistance, has become a
symbol of the national struggle against the occupation, and a symbol for
He added that the Nakba of 1948 did not just
happen and end, as it is ongoing, while refugees continue to suffer, and
Palestinians continue to be targeted by Israel's illegal occupation and
The imam called for national unity among all
factions, among the Palestinian people, so that the struggle can
continue until liberation and independence, and until achieving the
Right of Return of all refugees.
The procession then took off
from the southern area of the village heading towards the
Annexation Wall and the settlements that were illegally built on
Palestinian lands, while the residents chanted in demand of their
legitimate Palestinian rights.
Israeli occupation soldiers used
excessive force against the protesters, firing rubber-coated metal
bullets and dozens of gas bombs, wounding five Palestinians, while
dozens suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation. The gas bombs also
set fired to
olive orchards and
farmlands, the only source of livelihood for literally hundreds of
The Popular Committee against the Wall in Ni’lin said
that the soldiers installed roadblocks oat the entrances of the village
over the past week, in an attempt to isolate it and prevent residents
from reaching it to participate in the protest, and even installed
surveillance cameras on the main road and main entrance of the village.
It added that dozens of Israeli occupation soldiers were also
deployed near the second roadblock, installed by the army near
Palestinian orchards belonging to villages of Ni’lin and several nearby
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