Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Rocket fire between Israel and Hamas continues while “Day of Rage” activists call for international sanctions on Israel

By Lynda Franken - August 09, 2014
Section: [Main News] [Life under Occupation]
Tags: [Gaza] [Operation Protective Edge]

Collapsed minaret in Gaza City | AFP

'Operation Protective Edge’ enters its 31st day today whilst ceasefire talks between Israeli and Palestinian delegations continue in the Egyptian capital Cairo. Both parties refuse to speak to each other directly so Egyptian diplomats are acting as mediators for the negotiations. 

Al Jazeera reports that “both sides are saying the door is not closed.” Nevertheless, rockets were fired by both sides this morning.

Israeli air strikes hit the Al-Qassam mosque in Nusairat refugee camp, killing three Palestinians. One of the victims is senior Hamas official Moaaz Zaid. Another two people were killed when an Israeli air strike targeted a motorbike in Al-Maghazi camp, says Nuseirat spokesperson Ashraf al-Qudra.

One rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in the Eshkol area this morning. No casualties were reported.  

Clashes in the West Bank

Clashes broke out at several demonstrations held in cities and villages across the West Bank on Friday. 

20-year-old Ahmad Mohammad al-Qatari was killed by Israeli life fire in a demonstration near the Israeli settlement of Psagot. Al-Qatari, resident of Al-Amari refugee camp near Ramallah, was shot in the chest and declared dead at arrival in the Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah. 

Ma’an News Agency reports that “masked gunmen had opened fire at Psagot settlement earlier, without any injuries being reported.”

Another young Palestinian man died Saturday morning after he sustained severe injuries during a protest in Hebron on Friday. Nader Idriss, in his forties, died Saturday morning from his wounds at Hebron’s Al-Mizan hospital, medics announced. Clashes erupted in Hebron after the news came out. 

“Day of Rage”
The Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions Movement called for a worldwide “Day of Rage” today. A call for individuals to “take to the streets (…) with a united demand for sanctions on Israel,” was issued on the BDS website last Wednesday.

The movement calls on participants across the world to boycott Israeli products, occupy Israeli embassies and publically challenge any Israeli official that shows support for the current operation in Gaza.  

The call was signed by a number of Palestinian organizations including the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Union, the University Teachers’ Association in Palestine and the General Union of Palestinian Women. 

On Twitter, #GazaDayOfRage shows worldwide support for the campaign. Demonstrations were held in South-Africa, the United States and several European countries. In Melbourne, Australia, a group of activists covered the Department of Foreign Affairs office with names of the dead as part of the 'Day of Rage’.

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