Death and Birth in Gaza: A Story of a Shepherd

14:59 01/19/2011
Israel considers northern parts of Gaza a war zone.
By Mahmoud El-Yousseph 

When you do not distinguish between combatants and unarmed civilians during war, then you deserve to be named a ‘terrorist.’ It makes no difference what your religion is!

That is exactly what happened thousands of miles away and two days before last Christmas, when Israeli troops shot dead a Palestinian shepherd in the back and injured two others. A 14 year old suffered a serious head injury and another 19 year old was injured in his hand.

The shooting took place in the Northern part of Gaza near the town of Beit Lahia. Israel considered the area a war zone, Palestinians called it home.

An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed the shooting, adding “The soldiers fired warning shot and aimed at the lower body.” Not only was that unprovoked and cold blooded murder, but rather a naked lie by the Israeli spin machine.

It took a quick search on the story to find out what the so-called “most moral army” actually did to the 22 year old Palestinian shepherd, Salamah Abu Hashish. My search reveals shocking and inhumane details. After the Palestinian medics arrived at the seen, they were denied permission by the Israeli soldiers to aid or remove the victims.

A nearby metal scraper was able to move Abu Hashish on the back of his donkey into the Kamal Udwan Hospital in Gaza where he died. Hospital officials said, one bullet went through his kidney.

The sad fact is Abu Hashish’s wife gave birth to their first child the night before, and the couple have not even chosen a name to their child.

He was the 13th Gazan to be killed by Israeli soldiers since last November and the 35 to suffer injuries near the border.

The shooting was condemned by Robert Serry, the UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process. Mr. Serry urged Israel to show “maximum restriant,” andding “I am distressed that incidents such as these continue in the perimeter area of Gaza, and deplore the killing of one apparently unarmed Palestinian civilian and the injuring of a number of others by Israel.”

Despite the UN official appeal, 48 hours later, Israeli troops once again shot a 26-year-old Gaza fisherman twice, once in each foot. He was identified as AZ, and his injures were described by Palestinian medical officials as light. Now you have a young lady who suddenly became a widow with an orphanage to care for and whose child will never know his/her father, a 14 year old boy with his life in the balance and a disabled fisherman who will no longer be able to stand on his feet or help feed his family.

Keep in mind, Israel was able and continues to commit these crimes with our tax-dollars and our government’s total silence. Israel knows exactly who butters her bread! Just when your children abuse their spending money, you will certainly lecture them about how to be responsible and act wisely. Not US officials, though, who are too fearful of Israel to act, even in accordance to their country’s own laws.

It is therefore vital that readers who are incensed by the aforementioned atrocities by Israeli soldiers against unarmed Palestinians to express their concern to the embassy of Israel at our national capitol via email at

Israel should cease its war crimes against Palestinians, obey the rules that the rest of the world’s civilized nations follow and end the illegal and inhumane siege of Gaza.

– Mahmoud El-Yousseph is a retired USAF veteran. He contributed this article to Contact him at:

Death and Birth in Gaza: A Story of a Shepherd.

Israeli tanks take part in fatal Gaza Strip raid


Israeli tanks have entered the northern Gaza Strip, sparking fighting that killed one Palestinian and injured two.

AFP news agency reported that seven tanks had made a limited incursion 200m into Palestinian territory on Tuesday, sparking a shootout with militants.

Other reports suggested armoured vehicles and bulldozers were involved.

Hamas emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Salmiya said Amjad al-Zaanein, 23, had been killed by Israeli tank fire east of Beit Hanoun.

Local Palestinians said the casualties had been collecting stones to recycle into bricks when they came under fire.

Israel’s military has not commented on the reportsd of tank fire, but said Gaza militants had fired four mortar shells at Israel earlier on Tuesday.

Cross-border violence has escalated in recent weeks. Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules the enclave, has appealed for calm, urging other militant factions to stop their attacks on Israel.

It is two years since a war in Gaza which left 1,300 Palestinians and 13 Israelis dead.

BBC News – Israeli tanks take part in fatal Gaza Strip raid.

Life and death in the buffer zone

16 January 2011 | International Solidarity Movement, Vera Macht

Death comes quickly at a place like this. On sunny winter days, when the smell of the night’s rain is still in the air, as if it would have brought some hope for the raped, barren land of Gaza, overrun hundreds of times by Israeli tanks and bulldozers. The land between the foothills of the village of Bait Hanoun and the Israeli border, guarded by watchtowers, soldiers, snipers, helicopters and drones is a land in which death is a regular guest.

Shaban Karmout Shaban lays in the morgue Shaban lays in the morgueBut despite all that, the 65-year-old Shaban Karmout probably had something like hope when he woke up on that winter morning. His house is in the 300 meter wide strip of land in the so-called buffer zone. He built his house 40 years ago, in 1971, when Gaza was already occupied by Israel, and yet he thought to have a future there for himself and his family. Shaban began to plant fruits, his land was full of palms and trees, lemon, orange, clementine and almond trees were growing there. He had a good life.

But in 2003, just at the time of the almond harvest, the Israeli bulldozers came in the middle of the night. It took them three hours to raze the work of 30 years to the ground. Since the Israeli attack in 2009, he could no longer live there, the buffer zone had become too dangerous, where his home was, which has now been declared a closed combat zone by Israel. He had since lived in a small rented concrete house in the middle of the refugee camp near Bait Hanoun, in Jabalia, cramped in a tiny apartment with his large family.

He went back to his land, every morning, and worked there until the evening. He and his family had to make a living from something, after all. And so this morning, in the morning of the 10th January 2011, he woke up with hope, around 4 o’clock, and left for his fields. Full of hope he was because he and his neighbors had recently received a new well, their old one had been destroyed by an Israeli tank incursion. The Italian NGO GVC had built the well, it was financed by the Italian government.

On that day he was visited by an employee of the organization, to see how his situation had improved. She had an interview with him, and he asked her to come into the house, as it would be not safe outside. As she left, he advised her to rather take a short cut, you never know. He told her that he himself still had to go into the garden once more to tie his donkey. The NGO worker had just reached the village of Bait Hanoun, as three shots fell. One hit Shaban in the neck, two others in the upper part of his body. He was dead on the spot.
“It’s like a nightmare,” the Italian said, stunned. “I will never see him again. From here to the morgue in two hours. ”

In the interview that he gave shortly before his death, he told me about the unbearable situation in which he had been living. “It felt as if someone had ripped out my heart,” he described the night in which he lost all his land under the blades of eight bulldozers. And he told how he and the farmers from the neighbor fields had risked planting yet again, you have to make a living from something after all, and had grown wheat. When it was ready to be harvested, it was burned down by the Israeli army. And he told how he and the farmers from the neighboring fields yet again had the courage to plant, the children have to eat something after all, and tried to grow wheat. When the workers went to the field to sow, they were fired upon by Israeli soldiers.

What he now makes his living from, he was asked. “I collect stones and wood, and I grow some crops in my garden,” he replied. Crops, for which he had recently gotten water, thanks to a donation of a well from the Italian government. Shaban therefore probably looked somewhat optimistically into the future, the well could have restored the income from his garden to him. This was his only income since it had become too dangerous for him to enter his fields. “At any time the Israeli bulldozers can come again to destroy my house, you never know what they do next,” he said. Whether he isn’t afraid to be there, the employee of the NGO asked him. “No, I don’t mind the shooting too much,” he replied. “Even if something happens to me, humans can only die once. And only God knows when I am going to die.”

His nephew, Mohammed Karmout, stood a bit apart from the morgue. “The Israelis know my uncle very well,” he says quietly. “He’s there every day, and the whole area is monitored by cameras and drones. They know he lives there.”
And so it is quite doubtful that only God alone knew that Shaban would die at that day, while he was tying his donkey, by three shots in his upper body.

Shaban Karmout is the third civilian being shot dead in the buffer zone in the last month. At Christmas, the Shepherd Salama Abu Hashish, 20 years old, died by a shot in the back while he was tending his sheep. Since the beginning of last year, about a hundred workers and farmers have been shot by Israeli snipers in the buffer zone, 13 of them died.

Source: International Solidarity Movement

Life and death in the buffer zone at PS.HADNEWS.COM.

Medical sources confirm: Two Palestinians killed at the hands of IOF troops

[ 06/01/2011 – 10:30 AM ]


GAZA, (PIC)– Palestinian medical teams on Thursday retrieved the bodies of two Palestinians who were killed at the hands of the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) east of Jabalia refugee camp to the north of the Gaza Strip.

Adham Abu Salmiya, the spokesman for the medical services, told the PIC that the medical teams managed to evacuate the bodies after many attempts that started in the early morning hours, adding that they were killed Wednesday night.

He said that the bodies were carried to hospital but could not be identified yet.

IOF command earlier said that its soldiers fired at two Palestinians for approaching the security fence surrounding the Strip, claiming that they were trying to plant an explosive device.

A Hebrew website, for its part, said that one of them was killed and the other injured in the shooting.

Medical sources confirm: Two Palestinians killed at the hands of IOF troops.

The First Demo Victim of 2011 | Murdered by Israel ‘s Inhumane Occupation Forces | Jawahar Abu Rahmah [This page will be continuously updated about the events]

Photo from Friday’s protest in Bil’in. (Photo: Hamde Abu Rahme)

Jawahir Abu Rahmah, 36 year old woman from Bil’in

Published 01/01/2011 11:41

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) – A Palestinian woman died Saturday morning after suffering intense tear-gas inhalation during an anti-wall rally in Bil’in on Friday, medics said.

Palestinian medical sources in Ramallah said 36-year-old Jawahir Abu Rahmah, from Bil’in, died at Ramallah medical compound. Abu Rahmah inhaled large amounts of tear gas fired by Israeli forces who forcibly dispersed a non-violent rally protesting the separation wall.

The local popular committee said doctors fought through the night to save Abu Rahmah’s life. She was diagnosed as suffering from poisoning caused by the active ingredient in the tear-gas, and did not respond to treatment, the committee said in a statement.

“We are shocked and furious for Israel’s brutality, which once again cost the life of a peaceful demonstrator. Israel’s lethal and inhumane response to our struggle will not pass. In the dawn of a new decade, it is time for the world to ask Israel for accountability and to bring about an end to the occupation,” said committee member Mohammed Khatib.

Abu Rahmah’s brother Bassem was killed in April 2009 by a tear gas canister fired at his chest by an Israeli soldier during a village demonstration.

Friday’s rally was attended by Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad. Organizers said more than 1,000 demonstrators attended the final protest of the year calling for an end to Israel’s land confiscations.

Israeli forces met the protest with tear-gas canisters, hitting one teenager in the face and sending him to hospital. Military officials said they were unaware of injuries, and that around 250 participated in the protest.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said the area was declared a closed military zone in advance of the protest “in an effort to prevent an escalation of the violent and illegal riot” that the village hosts weekly.

Bil’in protester dies after inhaling tear gas.

بلعين توحد الفصائل الفلسطينية في ذكرى انطلاقة الثورة الفلسطينية السادسة والاربعين

في المسيرة المركزية لهدم الجدار بالرغم من الطوق الامني على القرية

وإصابة أربعة مواطنين بجروح واعتقال صحفية اسرائيلية والعشرات بالاختناق الشديد

بلعين- رام الله: اصيب اليوم اربعة مواطنين بجروح والعشرات بحالات الاختناق الشديد نتيجة استنشاقهم للغاز المسيل للدموع جراء المواجهات التي جرت في قرية بلعين إلى جانب نشطاء سلام ومتضامنين أجانب، واعتقال صحفية اسرائيلية ، في ذكرى انطلاق الثورة الفلسطينية السادسة والاربعين.

وشارك في المسيرة دولة رئيس الوزراء د. سلام فياض، والاخ جمال زقوت مستشار رئيس الوزراء، ولويزا مورجنتيني نائب رئيس البرلمان الاوروبي سابقا ، والاخ سلطان ابو العينين عضو اللجنة المركزية لحركة فتح ، وأعضاء المجلس التشريعي، الرفيق قيس ابو ليلى، والرفيقة خالدة جرار، ود. واصل ابو يوسف الامين العام لجبهة التحرير الفلسطينية، والرفيق رمزي رباح عضو المكتب السياسي للجبهة الديمقراطية لتحرير فلسطين، والرفيق هشام أبوريا عضو المكتب السياسي لجبهة التحرير الفلسطينية، واعضاء اللجنة المركزية للجبهة اليمقراطية، الرفيق ابراهيم ذويب، والرفيق احمد علي، والاخ احمد عساف الناطق الرسمي لحركة فتح، والاستاذ الدكتور حسن السلوادي عميد البحث العلمي في جامعة القدس المفتوحة، وعبدالمنعم وهدان مساعد مفوض التعبئة والتنظيم ، وحسن فرج مسؤول ملف الشبية في التعبئة والتنظيم ، وكوادر وعناصر حركة فتح، والجبهة الشعبية، وجبهة النضال الشعبي الفلسطيني، والجبهة الديمقراطية، وفدا، وجبهة التحرير الفلسطينية، وأهالي قرية بلعين ، إلى جانب العشرات من نشطاء سلام إسرائيليين ومتضامنين أجانب.

واقيم مهرجان خطابي تحدث فيه دولة رئيس الوزراء د. سلام فياض، والاخ سلطان ابو العينين عضو اللجنة المركزية لحركة فتح، ود. واصل ابو يوسف عضو اللجنة التنفيذية، والرفيق قيس ابو ليلى، والرفيقة خالدة جرار، ولويزة مورجنتيني وجميعهم اشادوا بالمقاومة الشعبية وتجربة بلعين في المقاومة الشعبية، واختيار بلعين لانطلاق فعاليات انطلاقة الثورة الفلسطينية كان لها مدلولاتها على اهمية المقاومة الشعبية السلمية ضد الاستيطان والجدار.

ورفع المشاركون في المسيرة ، الأعلام الفلسطينية، وأعلام الفصائل الفلسطينية، والشعارات المنددة بسياسة الاحتلال الاستيطانية، ويافطات تشيد بانطلاقة الثورة الفلسطينية.

وجاب المتظاهرون شوارع القرية وهم يرددون الهتافات الوطنية، الداعية إلى الوحدة ونبذ الخلافات، والمؤكدة على ضرورة التمسك بالثوابت الفلسطينية، ومقاومة الاحتلال وإطلاق سراح جميع الأسرى، والحرية لفلسطين وردّدوا هتافات تندّد بالعدوان على القدس ، وسياسة الابعاد والترحيل.

وتوجهت المسيرة نحو الجدار، حيث كانت قوة عسكرية ضخمة جدا من جيش الاحتلال الإسرائيلي بانتظار المسيرة، وقد عملت حاجز ووضعت اسلاك شائكة في الطريق، ووضعت اعداد كبيرة جدا من الجنود على طول مسار الجدار، وبالقرب من الحاجز عملت حاجز كبير من جنود الاحتلال مدججين بالذخيرة، وقبل وصول المتظاهرين من الحاجز، قام الجيش بإطلاق قنابل الصوت والرصاص المعدني المغلف بالمطاط والقنابل الغازية نحوهم من جميع الاتجاهات، ورش الماء الكريهة الممزوجة برائحة الظربان، مما أدى إلى إصابة حماد عاصي (46 عام) بقنبلة غاز بالوجه نقل الى مجمع فلسطين الطبي في رام الله وحالته حرجة، وجواهر ابورحمة (37 عام) باختناق شديد نتيجة الغاز واغمي عليها ونقلت الى المشفى، وعلي صالح الخطيب (19 عام) بقنبلة غاز بالكتف، وسليمان خطاب(19عام) بقنبلة غاز بالصدر، والعشرات بحالات الاختناق الشديد، واعتقال سيلان دلال (23عام) صحفية اسرائيلية.

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Video of the demo where she was killed:

Video of the demo where her brother Bassem Abu Rahmah was killed

Jawaher Abu Rahmah was the sister of Bil’in activist, Bassem Abu Rahmah, who was shot dead with a high velocity tear-gas projectile during a demonstration in the village on April 17th, 2009

The Funeral of Jawaher Abu Rahmah

Jawahar Abu Rahmah being laid to rest in bilin right now

Adeed abu rahmah leading calls in bil’in right now

Photos of Jawahar Abu Rahmah on posters throughout bilin

The funeral of Jawahar Abu Rahmah happening now in bilin

Funeral now in bilin

She is laid to rest next to her brother in bil’in

The grave of Jawahar Abu Rahmah in bilin


Video of the Funeral of Shaheeda Jawahar Abu Rahma

Created 2011-01-01 11:08 Jan 01, 2011

Jawaher Abu Rahmah, 36, was evacuated to the Ramallah hospital yesterday after inhaling massive amounts of tear-gas during the weekly protest in Bil’in, and died of poisoning this morning. Abu Rahmah was the sister of Bassem Abu Rahmah who was also killed during a peaceful protest in Bil’in on April 17th, 2010.

Doctors at the Ramallah hospital fought for Jawaher Abu Rahmah’s life all night at the Ramallah Hospital, but were unable to save her life. Abu Rahmah suffered from severe asphyxiation caused by tear-gas inhalation yesterday in Bil’in, and was evacuated to the Ramallah hospital unconscious. She was diagnosed as suffering from poisoning caused by the active ingredient in the tear-gas, and did not respond to treatment.

Jawaher Abu Rahmah was the sister of Bil’in activist, Bassem Abu Rahmah, who was shot dead with a high velocity tear-gas projectile during a demonstration in the village on April 17th, 2009.

Announcement of Demo in Tel Aviv

Demo to protest death of Bil’in’s Jawahar Abu Rahmah, 7.30 pm tonight in front of the Ministry of Defense (Kirya) in TLV.

Arrest in tel aviv in solidarity with bilin [About 8:35 PM Palestinian Time]

Police violence is starting tel aviv demo about the murder in bilin [About 8:24 PM Palestinian Time]

Photo of roadblock in tel aviv. It growing now [8:48 PM Palestinian Time]


Photo in tel aviv now [8:50 PM Palestinian Time]

Sitting in the road chanting ‘police state!’ In tel aviv

Still on the road in tel aviv. ‘This is what democracy looks like!’ [ About 9:22 PM Palestinian Time]

Israeli flag with blood on it in tel aviv protest. We block the road. [ About 9:33 PM Palestinian Time]

This is what we have left of israeli democracy. Right here

Photo of the bil’in victim with tel aviv in the background.




Live tweets from Ibnezra

For live tweets at the Demo in Tel Aviv follow @Ibnezra at Twitter or click here for an overview

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السلطة الفلسطينية تعتبر استشهاد فلسطينية بالغاز المسيل للدموع “جريمة حرب اسرائيلية”

Report from Bil’in and meeting Jawaher Abu Rahmah | Mondoweiss

Bil’in protester dies after exposure to tear gas shot by IDF By Amira Hass and Anshel Pfeffer | Ha’ Aaretz

Palestinian tear gas death is ‘war crime’

Palestinians vow revenge following protestor’s death | Y-Net News Israel,7340,L-4007379,00.html

Protester Killed By Israeli Tear Gas in Bil’in | Joseph Dana

Israeli Forces Kill Female Protester in Bil’in | Popular Struggle Coordination Committee

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Palestinian anti-barrier protester dies of injuries

Palestinian anti-barrier protester dies of injuries | Monster # Critics

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Palestinian woman gassed at protest dies: hospital | Gulf News

The death of Jawaher Abu-Rahma | Ramallah Online

Palestinians say woman killed by tear gas in Bilin protest | Big News Network

Palestinians say woman killed by tear gas in Bilin protest

انّا للہ و انّا الیه راجعون

May Allah Subhana wa Ta’ ala grant the Shaheeda Jawahar Abu Rahmah Jannatul Firdaus, and ease it for her family, loved ones and anyone around her. Allahumma Ameen ya Rabbil Alameen. ‘ Inna Lillahi wa ‘ Inna ‘ Ilayhi Raj’ in, Allahu Akbar

ISM Gaza Strip: Israel attacks Rafah as Palestinian death-toll approaches 300

ISM Gaza Strip: Israel attacks Rafah as Palestinian death-toll approaches 300:

“28th December 2008 – Israeli air-strikes on the Palestinian city of Rafah in Gaza.”

Related News Item:
Two People Killed as Smuggling Tunnels Destroyed in Renewed Israeli Air Raids
Source: IMEMC
Date: Sunday December 28, 2008 19:15

Renewed Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip this evening resulted in the death of two people, and the injury of at least twenty others, medics and witnesses reported.

Israeli warplanes this afternoon raided the Egyptian-Palestinian border lines in the southern Gaza Strip, destroying scores of underground tunnels used by Palestinians to bring in essential goods that a prolonged Israeli closure has made scarce.

Medics said that pillars of smoke filled the sky as some of the tunnels that were hit had been used to bring in gasoline from nearby Egypt. Many of the people on the border line with Egypt escaped the fire to the Egyptian side of the border, witnesses said. Witnesses added that Egyptian security personnel opened fire towards the crowds, causing the many Palestinians to be injured.

Also, Israel sealed off the Rafah crossing terminal following the incidents, after it was reopened yesterday to let wounded cross. A few hours later, Israeli warplanes attacked three other targets; a Hamas-run security post, a car and an apartment. Witnesses in Gaza city said that the attacks hit the post and an apartment in the Tal-Alhawa neighborhood, while the third attack struck a car on the outskirts of the Nuseirat Refugee camp in central Gaza.

Commander of the Gaza region in the Israeli Army, Moshe Livy, was quoted by Israeli media sources saying that the army operations in Gaza will continue without a specific timetable. He added that the operations are aimed to undermine the infrastructure of the Hamas party in Gaza in order to stop what he called “firing homemade rockets from Gaza into nearby Israeli towns.” Meanwhile, medics said that for the past couple of days Israeli attacks on Gaza have claimed the lives of about 292 Palestinians and have wounded more than 1000 others, including 180 critically.



YouTube – ISM Gaza Strip: Israel attacks Rafah as Palestinian death-toll approaches 300.

The Martyred

A list of the names of the Martyred can be found here | Palestine Center for Human Rights


The body of one-year-old baby Farah Al-Helo is seen as she lies on the body of her uncle Mohammad Al-helo, killed by an Israeli tank shell, on January 5, 2009 at the mortuary of Al-Shifa hospital, Gaza City. Israel is intensifying its wide-scale ground assault against the Gaza Strip in an effort to put an end to Hamas rocket attacks against the Jewish State.





































































































































انّا للہ و انّا الیه راجعون