Hasbara Industry: Deconstructing Israel’s Propaganda Machine

June 8, 2023

Israeli soldiers arresting and beating a Palestinian man in the occupied West Bank. (Photo: ActiveStills.org)

By Dr. M. Reza Behnam

Tel Aviv is, however, finding it increasingly difficult to whitewash its entrenched apartheid system and ongoing genocide, especially in light of the openly racist policies and practices of the current right-wing regime cobbled together by its legally-plagued prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Most mornings as I prepare for my run, I tune in to BBC News.  Of late, the newscaster has presented, in sober British fashion, the number of Palestinians killed the night before by the Israeli army in its near-nightly raids on homes and refugee camps in the occupied Palestinian Territories.  When I canvass American news sites to learn more, there is no mention of these atrocities.  The airwaves are replete, however, with news of the Russia-Ukraine war and the death of civilians.

What many Americans won’t hear from these “news” sources is that in 2022, the Israeli army killed more than 170 Palestinian civilians, including 30 children, in the West Bank and East Jerusalem; and that since the start of 2023, Israel’s occupation army has already killed 158 Palestinians, including 26 children.

They won’t hear that Israel controls the lives and resources (access to safe clean water) of approximately 7 million Palestinians, and that Palestinian cities, towns, homes, orchards and businesses have been systematically destroyed and repopulated with upwards of 750,000 illegal Jewish squatters (“settlers”).

They won’t hear of the 56 years of Israeli occupation, dispossession, house demolitions, curfews, checkpoints, walls, blockades, permits, night raids, targeted killings, military courts, administrative detention, thousands of political prisoners, tortured Palestinian children, and 56 years of oppression and humiliation.

The ‘Exceptional’ Treatment

What explains the “exceptional” deferential treatment Israel receives, while other human rights violators are condemned or sanctioned by the United States and its allies?

Much of the explanation has to do with Israel’s powerfully effective state-run public relations industry reliant on myths and duplicity.  Since its establishment in 1948, Israel has successfully created a new illogic of its own; an illogic that has made the illegal seem legal, the immoral appear moral and the undemocratic sound democratic.  It has masterfully marketed a number of myths that have become a part of the political and mainstream media narrative.

From the outset, Israel’s Zionist founders cloaked their true goal of creating a “Greater Israel” —a Jewish state not just in Palestine, but in Jordan, southern Lebanon and the Syrian Golan Heights—in heroic terms.

Fabricated history and tropes about the “good” Israelis developing an unpopulated land, creating agrarian miracles in the desert and reclaiming an historic promised land have become deeply embedded.

In reality, Zionists, like Israel’s first prime minister, polish-born David Ben-Gurion, saw the 1948 United Nations General Assembly partition plan for Palestine as the first step toward future expansion.

Israel’s Colonization Plans

Benny Morris in his book, Righteous Victims, writes that Ben-Gurion in a letter to his son in 1937, framed the Zionist plan for colonizing Palestine:  “No Zionist can forego the smallest portion of the Land of Israel.  [A] Jewish state in part [of Palestine] is not an end, but a beginning….through this we increase our power, and every increase in power facilitates getting hold of the country in its entirety.  Establishing a [small] state….will serve as a very potent lever in our historical effort to redeem the whole country.”

That Israel would have to forcibly transfer and remove the indigenous Palestinian population to realize its colonization plans were erased from the Israeli narrative.

As a consequence of its effective disinformation campaign, many Americans have come to believe that Israel is a democratic, progressive and humane state; a small but brave nation defending itself against “foreign” violence and terrorism.

To realize its “Greater Israel” annexation mission, Israel created another fiction to legitimize its war of choice in 1967.   Although the Six-Day War, which began on June 5, 1967, has proved to be a crucial turning point in the modern history of the Middle East, the Israeli myth of vulnerability and “nation under siege” inventions remain largely unchallenged.

Zionist Mythmakers

Fifty-six years ago, the Israeli air force attacked air bases in Egypt, Syria and Jordan, destroying over 80 percent of their warplanes on the ground.  Israeli troops swiftly occupied Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, the Gaza Strip, the West Bank of Jordan and the Syrian Golan Heights.  According to Israeli government minutes, its attack was not defensive, but a planned preemptive strike.

The Israelis were fully aware of the need to initiate a disinformation campaign alongside their planned first-strike military operations to allay adverse reactions from Washington and other Western powers.

The Israeli myth that the Jewish state was fighting for its physical survival against a more powerful Arab enemy has had a powerful hold on America’s political leaders and the public.  In fact, Arab leaders had no plans to invade Israel and Israel’s leaders knew the war was easily winnable.  The annihilation fallacy has become unassailable dogma in Washington—the “right to defend itself” mantra— has allowed Tel Aviv to continue its illegal annexation of captured Palestinian land.

Zionist mythmakers got busy again in the 1980s.  To counter the criticism it received following its indiscriminate bombing of Lebanon and massacre of Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Beirut in 1982, Israel birthed the Hasbara (“explaining” in Hebrew) Project in 1983.

In that year, the American Jewish Congress sponsored a conference in Jerusalem of top executives, journalists and academics from Israel and the United States, to devise a strategy to resell Israel, cement U.S. economic and military support and make it extremely difficult to critique Israel’s actions.

Hasbara established permanent structures in the United States and Israel to influence how the world, especially Americans, would think about Israel and the Middle East in the future. The talking points they developed are recognizable in current rhetoric; among them:  Israel’s strategic importance to the United States; its physical vulnerability; its shared cultural values with the West; and its desire for peace.  Israel now labels its continuing hasbara propaganda “public diplomacy.”

News organizations, journalists, academics, politicians and entertainers have come to expect pressure if they go outside the level of acceptable discourse established by Israel and its supporters.  Alternative narratives that expose Israel’s abuses are dismissed as anti-Israel or given the feared label of anti-Semitic.  Israeli propagandists have made certain to fuse criticism of the regime—anti-Zionism—to anti-Semitism. The anti-Semitic accusation has proven to be a powerful rhetorical device to shield Israel from fault.  It has destroyed careers and reputations.

Challenging Israeli Myths

The late-Helen Thomas, noted journalist; Norman Finkelstein, prominent Jewish intellectual, political scientist and author; and Fatima Mohammed, 2023 graduate of CUNY law school are among those who have been willing to brave the onslaught of criticism they would inevitably face for “daring” to challenge Israeli myths.

Helen Thomas, national icon and senior White House correspondent for UPI, was forced to end her 57-year career in 2010 because she persisted in publicly questioning U.S. support for Israel.  Thomas later remarked, “You cannot criticize Israel in this country and survive.”

In 2007, DePaul University denied tenure to Norman Finkelstein because of his criticism of Israel.  In his books, Finkelstein claimed that anti-Semitism has been used to stifle critics of Israeli policies toward Palestinians, and that the Holocaust is exploited by some Jewish institutions for their own gain and to cover Israel’s illegal occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.  Because his name had been sullied, Finkelstein was never able to teach again.

Fatima Mohammed, in her recent commencement address to fellow graduates, condemned Israel for perpetuating the Nakba (catastrophe); stating that “our silence is no longer acceptable….Palestine can no longer be the exception to our pursuit of justice.”  Predictably, Mohammed faced immediate public condemnation from U.S. politicians and pro-Israel groups, who have accused her of anti-Semitism, and have called for the university to be defunded over her speech.

In December 2008 and January 2009, as before, Israel marshaled its public relations machine.  This time it was to counter the criticism it was receiving for its massive 22-day bombardment of the Gaza Strip, in which 1,398 Palestinians were killed.

The Israel Project

The Israel Project (TIP), a pro-Israel Washington-based group, hired Frank Luntz, a Republican operative and political strategist, to shore up its image.   Luntz conducted an extensive study to determine how to integrate Israel’s narrative into mainstream media.  His findings were reported in a document titled, “The Israel Project’s 2009 Global Language Dictionary.”

Language from Luntz’s primer, with its scripted discourse for Israeli supporters, has seeped into the thinking, vocabulary and comments of American, Israeli and European politicians, academics and mainstream media.

In his 18-Chapter primer, Luntz coaches Israeli supporters on how to tailor answers for different audiences, outlines what Americans want to hear and what words and phrases to use and to be avoided.  It provides guidance on how to challenge statements from and to feign compassion for Palestinians.  Luntz advises to always emphasize Israel’s desire for peace, although he initially states that it does not really want a peaceful solution.

Supporters are enjoined to give the false impression that the so-called “cycle of violence” has been going on for thousands of years, that both sides are equally at fault and that Palestine-Israel catastrophe is beyond their understanding.  He urges advocates to stress Israel’s need for security, emphasizing that Americans will respond favorably if Israeli civilians are portrayed as the innocent victims of Palestinian “terrorism.”

Luntz states that when Americans are told that Iran supports Hezbollah and Hamas, they will be inclined to be more supportive of Israel.  Therefore, when talking about them to repeatedly say “Iran-backed” Hamas and Hezbollah.

On the rare occasions the mainstream media reports on Israel’s abuses, it conforms to the official lexicon outlined in Luntz’s dictionary.  Israel’s army of occupation, for example, is referred to as “defense” or “security” forces, Zionist colonizers, (squatters), are termed “settlers,” Zionist colonies are called “settlements” or “neighborhoods,” Palestinians “attack,” while Israelis merely “retaliate.”

Normalizing the Abnormal

Among the more glaring fabrications is the characterization of the Israel-Palestine quagmire as a “conflict” between two peoples with equal political and military resources and equal claims; when it is, in reality, a conflict between the colonizer, Israel, and the colonized, Palestinians.

For 75 years, Israeli propaganda has allowed it to be the exception—to flout international norms and laws with impunity.  Because of the myths, Israel has been extremely influential in determining U.S. policy in the Middle East. The country’s unremitting and methodical disinformation campaigns from 1948 to the present have allowed Israel to plant the Zionist flag on Palestinian land and in the hearts and minds of Americans.

Tel Aviv is, however, finding it increasingly difficult to whitewash its entrenched apartheid system and ongoing genocide, especially in light of the openly racist policies and practices of the current right-wing regime cobbled together by its legally-plagued prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.  Israel’s hasbara industry, however, remains undaunted.  TIP folded in 2019 after its funding dried up, but the Democratic Majority for Israel (DMFI) continues to carry on Israel’s hasbara mission.

Israel knows that the narratives it tells itself and the world are apocryphal and the Jewish state, in its present form, is unlawful and unjust.  Hence, in an attempt to make the apocryphal real and the fraudulent legal, Israel continues its ongoing ideological war to normalize the abnormal in Palestine.

– Dr. M. Reza Behnam is a political scientist specializing in the history, politics and governments of the Middle East. He contributed this article to The Palestine Chronicle.

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Israeli Human Rights Violations in Palestine (Weekly Update 25 – 31 May 2023)

 June 1, 2023

Violation of right to life and bodily integrity

2 Palestinians were killed, and 23 others, including 3 children, were wounded, while dozens of others suffocated and sustained bruises in Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF)’s attacks in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). Details are as follows:

On 26 May 2023, the Israeli authorities announced the killing of ‘Alaa Khalil Qaysiyah (25) from Hebron, allegedly after Qaysiyah attempted to carry out a stabbing attack inside the “Tineh Amorim” settlement established on the lands of Al-Dhahiriya village.

On 29 May 2023, Ashraf Al-Sheikh Ibrahim (37), an officer in the Palestinian Intelligence Service, was killed, and 5 others were wounded during armed clashes with IOF during the latter’s incursion into Jenin. During which, one of IOF’s military vehicles attacked and pushed an ambulance belonging to Al-Hayat Ambulance Center near Al-Razi Hospital in central Jenin, crashing into two other vehicles and inflicting damage to them. Before their withdrawal, IOF arrested 6 Palestinians.

Meanwhile, those injured were victims of excessive use of force that accompanied IOF incursions into cities and villages, or suppression of peaceful protests organized by Palestinian civilians.

On 25 May 2023, 14 Palestinians, including two children, were injured during clashes with IOF after the latter’s widescale incursion accompanied by 70 military vehicles and backed by Yamam Special Units, 6 bulldozers and a helicopter in ‘Aqabat Jaber refugee camp, south of Jericho. The incursion included the closure of all main and subsidiary streets with sand berms, and widescale raids of around 40 houses, after blowing up some of their doors and searching their contents. Before their withdrawal, IOF arrested 14 Palestinians.

On 26 May 2023, 2 Palestinians were shot with rubber bullets during IOF’s suppression of Kafr Qaddum weekly peaceful protest against settlements in northern Qalqilya.

On 28 May 2023, 2 Palestinians, including a child, were injured, and another was arrested, during clashes with IOF at the eastern entrance to Al-Mughayyir village, northeast of Ramallah, noting that the entrance was closed before with sand berms.

In the Gaza Strip, 3 IOF shootings were reported on agricultural lands in eastern Gaza Strip, while 2 shootings were reported on fishing boats off the Gaza western Gaza shores.

So far in 2023, IOF attacks killed 155 Palestinians, including 77 civilians; amongst them 24 children and 6 women, and the rest were members of the Palestinian armed groups, including 2 children, 7 killed by settlers, and two died in Israeli prisons. Meanwhile, 661 Palestinians, including 103 children, 25 women and 12 journalists, were injured in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Land razing, demolitions, notices and settlement

IOF demolished 4 houses, parts of another house, and 5 facilities in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Details are as follows:

On 26 May 2023, IOF gave demolition notices to 2 barracks used as livestock barns in Ithna village in Hebron, under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area (C).

On 27 May 2023, IOF forced ‘AbdulHaleem Al-Shaloudi to demolish the roof of his 20-sqm kitchen in Silwarn, East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

On the same day, IOF forced Zaid Al-Salaymeh to demolish his 60-sqm under-construction apartment in Wadi Qaddum neighborhood in East Jerusalem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

On 29 May 2023, IOF demolished a 150-sqm livestock farm, west of Bethlehem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

On the same day, IOF dismantled a 20-sqm a commercial kiosk/stall in Al-Walaja village, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

Also, IOF forced Isaac Al-Hroub to demolish a 70-sqm well and a 3-sqm bathroom of bricks on his land near the annexation wall, west of Deir Samet village in Hebron.

IOF demolished a 200-sqm under-construction house belonging to Ibrahim ‘Ayesh in Artas village, south of Bethlehem, under the pretext of unlicensed construction.

In addition, IOF demolished a 150-sqm house belonging to Nasser Nassar in the airport land, east of Jericho.

On 31 May 2023, IOF handed 18 cease-construction notices in northwestern Deir Ballut village, west of Salfit, including 12 notices to 13 houses, 5 to agricultural rooms, and one to a commercial facility, under the pretext of unlicensed construction in Area (C).

Since the beginning of 2023, IOF have made 88 families homeless, a total of 557 persons, including 112 women and 252 children. This was the outcome of IOF demolition of 95 houses; 22 were forcibly self-demolished by their owners and 10 were demolished on grounds of collective punishment. IOF also demolished 83 other civilian objects, razed other property, and delivered dozens of notices of demolition and cease-construction in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

Settler-attacks and retaliatory acts

Settlers carried out 7 attacks on Palestinians and their property in the West Bank, injuring 11 Palestinians, cutting trees, and burning crops. Details are as follows:

On 26 May 2023, settlers, protected by IOF, threw stones at 5 Palestinians, including a child, and injured them in Sidr area between Turmusaya and A-Mughayer villages in Ramallah. The attack also included burning agricultural crops, 5 civilian vehicles and smashing the windows of 3 vehicles.

On 27 May 2023, settlers, protected by IOF, wounded a Palestinian during their raid into Al-Qaboun and Ras Al-Teen squares, east of Al-Mughayer town in Ramallah. The settlers and IOF raided homes and assaulted citizens through obstructing and searching them.

On the same day, 5 Palestinians, including a man with his wife and daughter, were injured and bruised as settlers assaulted them during the latter’s attack on their land in Bidya, west of Salfit.

On 28 May 2023, settlers cut 18 trees in their attack on Palestinians’ lands in Al-Laban Al-Sharqiya village in Nablus.

On 29 May 2023, settlers brought caravans and heavy equipment, including excavators, bulldozers, and trucks. The settlers placed the caravans in “Homesh” settlement, which is established on the lands of Silat al-Harthiya village, south of Jenin, and Burqa village, north of Nablus. This came upon IOF’s recent decision to return to the settlement, and the settlers announced the establishment of a religious school in the settlement. It is noteworthy that Homesh settlement was evacuated in 2005 as part of IOF’s redeployment plan, during which the Gaza Strip settlements were also completely evacuated along with 4 settlements in Jenin. Recently, the Israeli government has decided to return the settlers to those settlements.

On the same day, settlers set fire to a plot of land planted with wheat and barley in Deir Dabwan village, east of Ramallah, burning 15 dunums.

On 30 May 2023, settlers from “Homesh” settlement, which is established on the village lands of Jenin and Nablus, in the northern West Bank, attacked a house with stones in the Burqa village, north of Nablus, and smashed the rear window of the house owner’s vehicle.

Since the beginning of the year, settlers have conducted at least 214 attacks against Palestinian civilians and their property. As a result, 7 Palestinians were killed, and dozens of others were injured; most of them due to being beaten and thrown with stones. Also, dozens of houses, vehicles and civilian facilities were set ablaze.

IOF incursions and arrests of Palestinian civilians

IOF carried out 157 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem. Those incursions included raids and searches of civilian houses and facilities and establishment of checkpoints. During those incursions, 81 Palestinians were arrested, including a child. In the Gaza Strip, IOF carried out two limited incursions into eastern Rafah on 29 May 2023, and eastern Khan Yunis on 31 May 2023.

So far in 2023, IOF have conducted 4,241 incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, during which 2,446 Palestinians were arrested, including 25 women and 285 children.  Also, IOF arrested 34 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip including 12 fishermen and 19 infiltrators into Israel, and 3 travelers at Erez Crossing. IOF also conducted 12 incursions.

Israeli closure, restrictions on freedom of movement, and collective punishment:

Israeli occupation maintains its illegal and inhuman 16-year closure on the Gaza Strip. Details available in PCHR’s monthly-update in the Gaza crossings.

In the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, IOF continue to impose restrictions on the freedom of movement. On top of its 110 permanent checkpoints, IOF established 97 temporary military checkpoints in the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem, and arrested 2 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

So far in 2023, IOF have established 2,526 temporary military checkpoints and arrested 124 Palestinians at those checkpoints.

Israeli Oppression against Palestinians in West Bank, Al-Quds Proceeds

June 5, 2023

Israeli occupation forces during a night raid in the occupied West Bank (September 6, 2022 / photo by The Jerusalem Post).

Israeli occupation’s oppression proceeds in several areas across the West Bank and Al-Quds, with Palestinian people confronting the aggression with all possible means.

Occupation forces arrested a large number of Palestinians during raids across the West Bank and Al-Quds in the early hours of Monday.

At dawn on Monday, Israeli occupation forces (IOF) stormed homes during a brutal raid in Al-Mughayyir village, near Ramallah, where it arrested 15 young men and injured many others, including a teenager.

The Palestinian Detainees’ Committee said IOF used excessive force while searching the homes and ransacking them, causing damage.

9 other Palestinians were arrested in several raids in towns near Jericho and Bethlehem.

Meanwhile, the IOF continued, for the 20th day in a row, to impose a siege on Al-Mughayyir village. Occupation forces have been since last month blocking the village’s two entrances, prohibiting residents from entering or leaving it. Al-Mughayyir is frequently targeted by illegal Jewish settlers and IOF.

On the other hand, incursions by Zionist settlers proceeded. Palestinian media reported dozens of settlers, backed by IOF, storming the holy compound in occupied Al-Quds.

Earlier on Sunday, Barqa town, near Nablus, was subjected to brutal attacks by Israeli settlers, who were backed by IOF. Dozens of Palestinians were injured as masked Zionist settlers attacked Palestinian houses and vehicles.

The settlers came from Homesh, a nearby Israeli settlement outpost which was recently revived at orders from hard-right Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich and rogue Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, after it had been evacuated in 2005.

Palestinian Red Crescent reported that nearly 60 Palestinians were injured as they were confronting the colonial Israeli settlers who were backed by well-armed Israeli soldiers.

Source: Palestinian media (Translated and edited by Al-Manar English Website)

More Than 40 Palestinians Injured In ‘Israeli’ Raid on Nablus

May 30, 2023

By Staff, Agencies

The ‘Israeli’ occupation forces stormed a refugee camp on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Nablus on Tuesday, injuring more than 40 Palestinians, local media reported.

Some 46 Palestinians were treated for wounds during the raid on the Askar refugee camp which took place in the predawn hours of Tuesday morning, said Ahmad Jibril, the head of the Emergency and Ambulance Department at the Palestinian Red Crescent Society.

The report added that 44 of the injured Palestinians suffered tear gas inhalation.

Palestinian security sources said a large unit of ‘Israeli’ occupation forces broke into the family house of Hasan Qatanani and mapped it out before a planned demolition.

Qatanani was martyred by the Zionist forces earlier this month. The ‘Israeli’ occupation military claimed that he was responsible for the April shooting attack in the Jordan Valley which killed three Zionist settlers.

During the raid, the sources said, the ‘Israeli’ soldiers also broke into several other houses and measured the home of Palestinian martyr Hussam Saleem.

He had allegedly planned and directed a shooting operation by the Nablus-based Palestinian resistance group Lions’ Den that killed a Zionist soldier in the northern West Bank last October.

The regime razes Palestinian homes to punish the family of those who allegedly carried out operations against its occupation forces.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs [OCHA] calls the practice “collective punishment” of Palestinians. The UN agency deems the practice “illegal under international law.”

Additionally, on Tuesday, the occupation forces raided the Nur Shams refugee camp, near the West Bank city of Tulkarm, sparking confrontations with Palestinian resistance fighters.

The ‘Israeli’ military said one of its soldiers was moderately hurt by shrapnel after an explosive device was detonated.

Tensions have been running high in the occupied West Bank over the past year, with the ‘Israeli’ occupation military conducting violent raids under the pretext of detaining what it calls “wanted” Palestinians.

As a result of these attacks, at least 112 Palestinians have lost their lives and many others have been kidnapped.

10 European Countries Urge Israel to Halt Demolition of Palestinian Homes

May 28, 2023

Israeli demolition policy in Palestine saw an increase in recent months. (Photo: ActiveStills.org)

The statement called on “Israel, as the occupying power, to halt all confiscations and demolitions and to give unimpeded access to humanitarian organizations in the occupied West Bank including East Jerusalem.”

Ten European countries have urged Israel to halt its policy of home demolitions and confiscation of Palestinian properties in the occupied West Bank, Anadolu news Agency reported.

The call came in a joint statement issued on Friday by the consulates general of Belgium, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, the UK, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland and the Office of the European Union Representative to the West Bank and Gaza.

The statement called on “Israel, as the occupying power, to halt all confiscations and demolitions and to give unimpeded access to humanitarian organizations in the occupied West Bank including East Jerusalem.”

EU Slams Israel’s Demolition of Donor-Funded School near Bethlehem

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It also urged Tel Aviv to “return or compensate for all humanitarian items funded by the consortium of donors,” in reference to Israel’s demolition of buildings funded by the European Union since 2015 estimated at 1,291,000 euros ($1,385,300).

The 10 countries “strongly condemned the recent demolition of the donor-funded school in Jubbet Adh Dhib” and expressed “their grave concern about the threatened demolition of another 57 schools in the West Bank.”

Israel widely uses the pretext of a lack of construction permits to demolish Palestinian homes, especially in Area C, which is under the Israeli army’s control.


Israeli Aggression on Gaza Strip, May 2023 (Daily Update: 13 May 2023),

2 Palestinians Killed, and 10 Houses and 1 Apartment Bombed in Israeli Airstrikes on Gaza Strip, Death Toll Rises to 33, including 4 Women and 6 Children

Ref: 56/2023

Date: 13 May 2023

Time: 15:30 GMT

The Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) continue their widescale aggression on the Gaza Strip, which began at dawn on Tuesday, 09 May 2023. After the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) issued a previous press release, IOF warplanes conducted more airstrikes on residential houses, agricultural lands, sites of the Palestinian armed groups, and others. As a result, 2 members of the Palestinian armed groups were killed, and other Palestinians were wounded. Thus, the death toll since the Israeli aggression started has risen to 33, including 15 civilians, amongst them 6 children and 4 women. According to the Ministry of Health (MOH), the number of injuries has risen to 147, including 48 children, 26 women and 10 elderlies. Also, 10 residential houses and a residential apartment were destroyed in Israeli airstrikes, bringing the number of targeted houses and apartments to 24, including 22 completely destroyed. Moreover, a hospital and a healthcare center sustained damage due to nearby airstrikes.

This comes at a time the humanitarian crisis and disruption of public life exacerbate, as schools have been closed and fishing at Gaza Sear has been suspended for the fourth consecutive day, leaving 3500 fishermen without a source of income. Also, due to closure of crossings, movement of Gaza imports and exports has stopped, including the entry of fuel needed for the operation of Gaza Power Plant that is about to run out, forcing the Plant’s administration to turn off one of the three turbines to prolong its working hours and implying that the plant will totally shut down within 72 hours.

The following are the most significant developments:

12 May 2023

At 14:15: IOF warplanes bombed and completely destroyed Sameer Taha’s 2-storey house of 3 apartments in Jablia.

Around the same time, IOF warplanes launched 2 missiles at Ahmed al-Hashash’s asbestos house in northern Rafah. As a result, al-Hashash’s house was completely destroyed in addition to 3 other asbestos houses while a person was injured. 

At 15:55: IOF warplanes bombed and completely destroyed Kamal Abu Tair’s 3-storey house of 5 apartments in ‘Abasan al-Kabira, east of Khan Yunis.

At 16:20: Eyad al-‘Abed al-Hasani (51), a commander of Al-Quds Brigades, and his Deputy, Mohammed Waleed ‘Abed al-‘Aal (33) were killed in an Israeli airstrike on a residential apartment on the 5th floor of a building in al-Nasser neighborhood in western Gaza City. As a result, the apartment was destroyed and 5 Palestinians, including 2 children, were injured. IOF announced that IOF and Shin Bet (Shabak) killed in a joint targeted operation Eyad al-Hasani, head of the Palestinian Islamic ‘s (PIJ) operations unit at, along with another operative.

Around the same time, IOF warplanes launched 2 missiles at Hussain Ma’rouf’s 3-storey house of 4 apartments in Beit Lahia, destroying it completely. 

At 20:30: IOF warplanes bombed and completely destroyed a 5-storey house belonging to Mohammad Yassin in Al-Zaytoun neighborhood.

At 20:35: IOF warplanes launched two missiles at a house belonging to Yehya Abo ‘Obeid behind the southern side of Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir Al-Balah.  As a result, the house was completely destroyed while the Hospital sustained partial damage as well as the Ministry of Health (MOH)’s Ambulance and Emergency building, that is 100 meters away from it. Also, 10 Palestinians, including 2 children and 4 women, were injured; among them three were injured inside the hospital, including an ill child.

Moreover, as a result of recurrent airstrikes on nearby lands, MOH’s Muscat Primary HealthCare Center sustained partial damage.  The Center is comprised of 2 floors and a basement on an area of 1500 sqm and houses other departments including South Central Ambulance Department serving the Rafah and Khan Yunis areas and is located in Gizan Al-Najjar area. MOH has also announced the evacuation of the ambulance station and referring all its services to Nasser Medical Complex, following the damage inflicted to the Center and breakdown of the communications network.

13 May 2022:

At 01:30: IOF warplanes bombed a 3-storey house belonging to Salim Hasan Abu Al-‘Ata in eastern Shuja’iyya neighborhood, east of Gaza, extensively destroying two floors, and injuring one person.

At 03:00: IOF warplanes bombed and completely destroyed a 5-storey house belonging to Hazem Muhanna on Yarmouk Street, north of Gaza City.

At 10:05: IOF warplanes launched 2 missiles at a 3-storey house belonging to Faraj Banat housing 3 apartments near Beit Lahiya roundabout. As a result, 2 women were injured, and the house was completely destroyed.

At 11:45: IOF warplanes launched two missiles at a 3-storey house belonging to Al-Za’anin family and housing 6 apartments in Beit Hanoun. As a result, the house was completely destroyed.

PCHR strongly condemns the ongoing Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip and warns of any further losses of civilian life and damage to civilian property, urging the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to take serious action into the situation of Palestine.

PCHR reiterates its call upon the High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention to fulfil their obligations as per Common Article 1 of the Convention, “undertake to respect and to ensure respect for the present Convention in all circumstances,” and their obligations under Article 146 of the same Conventions, i.e., to hold accountable persons accused of committing grave breaches of the Convention.

PCHR calls on the ICC Prosecutor to issue a public statement condemning the ongoing Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip and expedite his investigation into the situation in Palestine.

Ref: 54/2023

Date: 13 May 2023

Time: 08:30 GMT

The Gaza Strip has been under attack for the fifth consecutive day in the context of a military operation launched by the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on 9 May 2023. Innocent civilians have been killed and wounded, and civilian objects, including civilian houses and apartments, have been targeted and destroyed by Israeli airstrikes. 

According to the documentation by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), as of the time writing this paper, more than 31 Palestinian have been killed, including 15 civilians, amongst them 6 children and 4 women, and more than 100 Palestinians have been wounded. In addition, 30 civilian buildings have been completely destroyed and over 100 have been partially destroyed. The Israeli occupation authorities have also decided to collectively punish 2 million Palestinians in the Strip by closing the two main crossings in the Strip Beit Hanoun (Erez) crossing and Karem Abu Salem (Kerem Shalom) crossing further deteriorating the humanitarian conditions in the Strip.

PCHR monitors with great concern the silence of the International Criminal Court Prosecutor over the crimes committed by the IOF against the Palestinian people in the context of its illegal occupation in Palestine. Thus far, the ICC prosecutor has not issued any public statement regarding Palestine since assuming office.

PCHR calls on the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Mr. Karim Khan to issue a public statement condemning Israel’s crimes in an effort to contribute to the seizing of the ongoing aggression, during which apparent war crimes and crimes against humanity continue to be committed, and obligating Israel to respect international human rights and humanitarian law, including the principles of distinction, proportionality, and military necessity.

While PCHR is aware of Mr. Karim Khan’s stance of opposing public statements in the context of Palestine, as he publicly stated in a meeting during the Assembly of State parties with non-governmental organizations in December 2022, PCHR calls on Mr. Karim Khan to reverse this policy, and prioritize the situation in Palestine  due to the scale and enormity of the crimes that have been and still being committed, and issue a public statement immediately.

While preventative public statements might not necessarily achieve the wanted goal, they have proved to have worked before and can deter Israeli practices that may contribute to the ongoing crimes against humanity and war crimes. For example, when former ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda issued a preventative statement regarding the planned forced eviction of the Bedouin community of Khan Al-Ahmar in the West Bank, the then-Israeli Foreign Minister confirmed that Israel did not evict Khan al-Ahmar out of concerns of an ICC investigation. This unequivocally shows that such preventive statements can provide sufficient deterrence.

The lack of accountability, including the non-issuance of preventive statements for the repeated crimes against the Palestinian people, means the granting of immunity to those who practice war crimes and encourages the commission of further crimes and violations against the Palestinian people. More civilians are expected to be killed and wounded and more civilian objects are expected to be targeted by the IOF if the Israeli military operation in the Strip continues. 

This is not the first time that Israel committed apparent war crimes and crimes against humanity in the context of its military operations against the Strip. Previous operations including, Operation Cast Lead (2008-200), Operation Protective Edge (2014), and Operation Guardian of the Walls (2021), prove clearly that there is a systematic pattern by the IOF in targeting civilians and civilian objects. As the Prosecutor is clearly aware of the crimes that could have been committed in the context of this military operation due the evidence of previous operations, he should have issued a preventative statement warning of the commission of violations which may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity when the Israeli authorities announced the start of this operation.

In addition, PCHR calls on the ICC Prosecutor to expedite his investigation into the situation in Palestine. More than two years have passed since the former ICC Prosecutor Ms. Fatou Bensouda, opened an investigation in Palestine and eight years since the opening of a preliminary examination. Mr. Karim Khan is yet to take any action with regards to the investigation in Palestine other than his announcement that he intends to visit Palestine during 2023. As victims’ representatives, PCHR is yet to receive any communication from the Office of the Prosecutor concerning the investigation in Palestine since Mr. Karim Khan assumed office. The delay in taking practical steps is questionable given that the Palestine is amongst the most well-legally documented conflicts in the world.

At the same time, PCHR has been monitoring Mr. Karim Khan’s conduct in other situations, especially Ukraine. In less than a year, Mr. Karim Khan opened an investigation and issued arrest warrants for Russian perpetrators suspected of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ukraine. He has also been very active in his media activity conducting numerous media interviews and issuing public statements on the Court’s website and twitter with regards to the situation in Ukraine.

PCHR believes that this is extremely important not only for the ICC but for the whole international criminal justice system. At the same time, it is also crucial that the same level of attention, activity, and resources is applied to other situations including, Palestine, to avoid perceptions of selectivity and politicization. Victims should not be competing for justice and double standards should not have a place in justice.

Israeli Oppression in Palestine Proceeds as Resistance Affirms Readiness

 May 24, 2023

Israeli occupation forces during a raid in the West Bank (photo from December 2022).

Early Wednesday morning, Israeli occupation forces initiated a widespread campaign of arrests in various areas throughout the occupied West Bank. The campaign, which included confrontations, clashes, and arrests, targeted multiple towns and neighborhoods.

In the town of Jaba, south of Jenin, the occupation forces arrested brothers, Karam and Hakim Al-Hodhod, after storming their family home. In the same area, they also arrested Ahmed Abu Aziz and his father, Muhammad Abu Aziz. Clashes between resistance fighters and the occupation forces occurred during the raid

Further arrests were made in occupied Al-Quds, where Adam Ghaith, Saleh al-Hadra, Aysar Abu Sbeitan from Al-Tur, and Ayham al-Salaymeh from Ras al-Amud were arrested after having their homes raided and ransacked.

In Ramallah, young men clashed with the occupation forces in the Jalazoun refugee camp

In Nablus, the occupation forces arrested Khalil Abu Ghadeeb and Bahaa Al-Tayyan from their homes while resistance fighters fired on the occupation forces during their withdrawal from the Al-Maajin neighborhood.

Palestinian sources reported that warning sirens sounded in Nour Shams camp in Tulkarem, indicating an impending occupation force raid.

Additionally, occupation forces stormed Za’tara, where they tampered with the contents of homes belonging to citizens, Raafat Nayef Al-Wahsh, Youssef Al-Bo, and Fadi Battah, before withdrawing without making any arrests.

Palestinian resistance pledges to continue with response

The Palestinian resistance movement in the Gaza Strip confirmed that the resistance will continue until the expulsion of the occupation and the liberation of Palestine and its return to its Arab and Islamic embrace.

The movement also stressed, in a statement, the need for the unity of our people on the program of resistance and adherence to rights and constants. The unity of our people on the choice of resistance is a prerequisite for achieving victory.

IOF Demolish Land in occupied Jerusalem

Palestinian-owned land was leveled and a wall was demolished in the town of Sur Baher, belonging to the Amira family, by the Israeli Occupation Forces. They also detained four young men from the same area of occupied Jerusalem.

IOF Damages Commercial Shop Contents

The contents of a commercial shop in the al-Jalazone refugee camp in Ramallah were damaged by the Israeli Occupation Forces, and money was stolen.

Nakahle: Martyred Commanders Immediately Replaced
Earlier on Tuesday, the Secretary-General of Islamic Jihad, Ziad Nakhale, confirmed the group’s readiness to confront Israeli attacks. He revealed that the group’s commanders who were martyred during the Israeli aggression on Gaza earlier this month have already been replaced.

Nakhale maintained that the group holds rockets that can reach any area of occupied Palestine and that rockets fired at occupied territories during “Operation Revenge of the Free” were homemade and manufactured by the group’s military wing, Al-Quds Brigades. Six Al-Quds Brigades commanders were assassinated during the Israeli aggression on Gaza.

Source: Palestinian and Israeli media (translated and edited by Al-Manar English Website)

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Gazans flock to border in defiance of ‘Flag March’, IOF injure several

May 18 2023

Source: Agencies + Al Mayadeen

Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades target an illegal settlement with heavy gunfire.

Gazans raise Palestinian flags in protest of the so-called Israeli “Flag March”, on May 18, 2023 (Shehab agency)

By Al Mayadeen English 

Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades – Beit Ummar Rapid Response Group in occupied Al-Khalil – confirmed that it targeted the “Karmei Tzur” illegal settlement with heavy gunfire, adding that its Resistance fighters safely withdrew from the scene.

On Thursday evening, the Israeli Channel 12 reported that Israeli occupation forces arrested a 29-year-old Palestinian youth from Ramallah, under the pretext of attempting to carry out a shooting operation in occupied Al-Quds with an M16 weapon.

Earlier today, a 14-year-old Palestinian child was wounded in the foot and shoulder by Israeli occupation gunfire in the Aida refugee camp in occupied Beit Lahm.

According to local sources, Israeli occupation forces opened fire at a child who was in the Al-Muftah area at the eastern entrance to the Aida camp, where an event to commemorate the Palestinian Nakba was being organized.

In the Gaza Strip, thousands of Palestinians flocked to the Separation Wall on the Gaza border in defiance of the so-called Israeli “Flag March” in occupied Al-Quds.

Israeli occupation forces fired a barrage of gas bombs at protesters and journalists at the Malaka refugee camp, east of Gaza.

Al Mayadeen correspondent said four Palestinians were injured, one with live bullets and three with gas bombs, as a result of Israeli occupation attacks.

Khaled Al-Batsh, a Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) Movement official, told Al Mayadeen, “We assure the Israelis that the battle over Al Quds is still ongoing, and this constitutes an Israeli failure over the past 75 years to enforce a different identity or any sort of sovereignty over Al-Quds.” 

Illegal Israeli settlers organized on Thursday the so-called Israeli “Flag March”, while Al Mayadeen correspondent confirmed that Israeli Police Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir took part in the provocative march.

The settlers waved Israeli occupation flags and chanted racist slogans in Bab Al-Amoud Square, one of the most famous gates of the Old City, while Palestinians raised the Palestinian flag, in defiance of the provocative march.

Our correspondent highlighted that illegal Israeli settlers participating in the “Flag March” chanted racist slogans, calling for burning Palestinian villages and cities and forcibly expelling their residents.

In addition, Israeli occupation forces beat many Palestinian citizens and prevented the press from approaching the march’s location, where settlers planned to perform the so-called “Flag Dance”.

Israeli settlers celebrated during their “Flag March” while assaulting #Palestinians.

Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank raised the #Palestinian flag in defiance of the Israeli provocative march.

Israeli police fired a barrage of gas bombs at protesters and journalists at… pic.twitter.com/kZ3NnnFoKk— Al Mayadeen English (@MayadeenEnglish) May 18, 2023

Al Mayadeen correspondent said Israeli occupation forces arrested eight Palestinians, including a woman, for the mere reason of raising the Palestinian flag in occupied Al-Quds.

The head of the political bureau of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, pointed out that the Israeli entity’s mobilization from north to south to provide protection for the so-called “Flag March” reflects the fragility the entity is experiencing at the security level.

In a press statement, Haniyeh said “the Palestinian flag, which flies over our land, consolidates the identity of the homeland and its legitimate owners.”

The Hamas leader affirmed that the chapters of confrontation with the Israeli continue, and the Palestinian people will settle the account with the occupation only when the land of Palestine is liberated.

Haniyeh pointed out that the complete closure of the Old City in Al-Quds reflects the Israeli settlers’ fear of the steadfastness of the Palestinian people, stressing that what is happening now illustrates the nature of the struggle, in its religious and national dimensions.

The Palestinian Resistance factions considered the so-called “Flag March” a failed attempt by the Israeli occupation to impose its control over the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, calling for confronting the plans that target the city of Al-Quds and its sanctities.

In a joint statement, the factions stressed that the aggression targeting Al-Aqsa and Al-Quds requires an escalation of Resistance action and a great popular movement to thwart the malicious plans of the occupation.

This year’s march is taking place just days after the Israeli occupation launched an aggression on the Gaza Strip, which resulted in the martyrdom of 33 Palestinians, almost a third of whom were children and women.

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IOF storm several West Bank cities, shoot dead Palestinian youth

May 15, 2023

Source: Al Mayadeen Net + Agencies

By Al Mayadeen English 

Israeli occupation forces storm the Al-Masaken Al-Shaabiyah neighborhood and the vicinity of the Askar refugee camp.

Martyr Saleh Sabra, who was murdered today by occupation forces.

Palestinian websites confirmed the martyrdom of Palestinian youth Saleh Sabra after he was shot dead by Israeli occupation forces during their attempt to storm the Askar refugee camp, east of Nablus in the occupied West Bank.

The Israeli occupation forces stormed the Al-Masaken Al-Shaabiyah neighborhood and the vicinity of the Askar refugee camp.

Local Palestinian sources reported that two Palestinian youths were injured, one of them seriously, as a result of Israeli occupation gunfire.

Other sources reported that Palestinian Resistance fighters confronted the Israeli occupation forces and opened fire on them in the vicinity of Askar camp and in the Al-Masaken Al-Shaabiyah neighborhood.

In the same context, confrontations erupted in Beit Kahil, northwest of occupied Al-Khalil, in the West Bank, after occupation forces stormed the town.

The occupation forces also stormed the Aqabat Jaber refugee camp in the city of Areeha, and the Silat Al-Harithiya area, west of Jenin, and arrested two young men from their homes.

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Gaza Aggression in Day 5: Palestinian Rockets Rain down in ‘Israel’ as Strikes Continue

May 13, 2023

Palestinian media reported two houses being hit by Israeli strikes in central Gaza, with Israeli occupation claiming they were sites belonging to Islamic Jihad resistance movement.

“Fighter jets and drones carried out a series of strikes against Palestinian Islamic Jihad sites in the Gaza Strip over the last few hours,” the occupation army said in a statement.

“No Agreement on Temporary Ceasefire”

On the other hand, spokesperson for the Palestinian Islamic Jihad resistance group said no agreement has been reached on a temporary ceasefire.

“We have not reached an agreement regarding a temporary ceasefire [mediated by] Egypt, the talks are continuing,” the spokesman tells the Al-Araby news network, according to the Ynet news site.

“Israel wants quiet in exchange for quiet, without committing to an end to the targeted killings,” the spokesman added.

2 Martyrs in West Bank’s Nablus

Elsewhere in the West Bank, two Palestinians were martyred and many others were injured in a brutal Israeli raid on Balata refugee camp in Nablus city.

Palestinian Red Crescent medical service said two Palestinians were martyred during clashes with Israeli occupation forces (IOF), adding that its medics were denied access by the IOF.

In clips published by Palestinian media, gunfire can be heard across the camp.

Islamic Jihad Commander Martyred

Earlier on Friday, Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad, pronounced martyrdom of one of its senior commanders, Iyad Al-Hasani (Abu Anas), who was targeted by an Israeli strike.

Hasani Islamic Jihad
Iyad Al-Hasani (Abu Anas), senior Islamic Jihad commander who was assassinated by Israeli occupation (May 12, 2023).

Al-Hasani was said to be the head of Al-Quds Brigades operations. Reports suggested that he was responsible for coordenation between Al-Quds Brigades and Al-Qassam Brigades of Hamas resistance movement.

Al-Hasani is the sixth Islamic Jihad commander martyred since the start of  the ongoing Israeli aggression on Gaza on Tuesday (May 9).

Source: Palestinian and Israeli media (translated and edited by Al-Manar English Website)

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Every Parent in Gaza Lives with The Fear of Losing A Child at Any Moment

May 12, 2023

By Issam A. Adwan | MEE

The air hung heavy as an overwhelming sense of dread permeated my bedroom and a feeling of unease crawled over my skin. At around 2 am [23.00 GMT] on Tuesday, 9 May, the violent shaking from the bombing outside woke me up.

I checked my phone and my worst fears were confirmed when I saw the news that the ‘Israeli’ military was once again attacking Gaza. My area in particular was in grave danger of becoming the next target of ‘Israeli’ warplanes.

As a journalist myself, I took to Twitter to let the world know what was happening.

‘Israel’s’ fighter jets returned, performing their lethal dance above our heads. Over the past 16 years, the sound of jets hovering above, drones buzzing, and bombs exploding over buildings have served as a constant reminder of how precarious life is in Gaza.

After hearing reports of the targeted killing of several Palestinian Islamic Jihad [PIJ] commanders in Gaza, many people began to fear that another war was imminent.

Yesterday’s horrifying statistics are an indication of the escalating violence. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, ‘Israeli’ air strikes in the early morning hours claimed the lives of 15 Palestinians, including four women and four children.

Among the casualties was a prominent dentist, Dr. Jamal Khaswan, who served as chairman of the board of Al-Wafaa Hospital, his wife Mervat, and their 20-year-old son Youssef, a medical student.

The family was killed when the ceiling of their home collapsed as they slept. As reported by Reuters, Dr. Khaswan was “known for offering free treatment to poor families”.

The tragedy of killing people dedicated to healing and compassion further underscores the senseless nature of ‘Israel’s’ violence.

At least 20 others were wounded in the recent attack, with many in critical condition. These numbers are expected to rise as the air strikes persist and rescue teams continue to search through the rubble.

I thought about the previous wars in 2008-2009; 2012; 2014; 2021; and 2022 and the memories of innocent lives lost, including children and women.

I’ve always known that the uncertainty of life in Gaza is a heavy burden for a parent, and the fear of losing a child at any moment is a constant nightmare. But it was after my daughter Sarah was born nearly a year ago that what I knew in the abstract became ever more real.

As a parent, facing these wars and dealing with their aftermath can feel debilitating. When I look into my child’s eyes, I can’t help but feel the weight of our situation, wondering what her future will hold or if she will even have one; if her hopes and dreams will be replaced with fear and loss, grief and trauma.

Tension hangs heavy in the night air as the sounds of explosions reverberate throughout the area. All over Gaza, parents are huddled tightly together with their children, doing their best to protect them and assure them they will be okay despite knowing in their hearts that there is no guarantee.

With each new attack, the specter of death draws closer, casting a pall over our lives and the dreams we hold dear for our children.

The recently published heartbreaking scenes and images of innocent children killed in their sleep are a stark reminder of the fragility of life in Gaza. My heart aches for the children whose laughter has been silenced forever – children like Mayar Ezz el-Din, 11, her brother, Ali, eight, and Hajar al-Bahtini, five.

Family members of Mayar and Ali shared on social media that, a few hours before the children’s deaths, they had spent hours on Monday evening choosing the perfect outfits for their school trip the next morning and chattering endlessly about the adventures that await them and their friends.

They went to bed early after planning every detail for their field trip – a special day that includes visits to historical sites in Gaza, the zoo, and dining at a restaurant – which children look forward to all year. For Mayar, Ali, and their surviving classmates, this day never came.

Their friends, whose parents hesitated to tell them why their school trip was cancelled, are now left to grapple with this unbearable loss. The mother of Tuqa, a close friend of Mayar, shared on Facebook the devastation her daughter felt at the news, describing her “heartbreak” as a “pain she will never overcome.”

As I experienced myself over the course of several wars on Gaza, the children must now find solace in the memories of their friends – Mayar’s infectious laughter and the way her eyes sparkled with curiosity and mischief. As they walk through the now-empty hallways, they will feel the haunting absence of their friend’s smile and the warmth she brought to their lives.

The school trip the siblings were looking forward to will forever be a cruel reminder of dreams unfulfilled. Mayar and Ali’s expressions of joy, memorialized in the photos circulating online, signify a beacon of light in the dark shadows of war. Such images are not only now etched in the hearts of their teachers and friends, but all who value Palestinian life.

The reality of parenthood in a war-torn place like Gaza means a constant struggle between hope and despair. Yet, death, to us, feels easier than imagining that your child could be next.

Every day, we are confronted with the grim proof of our fractured existence: the bombed-out buildings, the makeshift hospitals, and the shattered lives of our friends and neighbors.

In the quiet moments between the chaos, I watch my infant sleep, her chest rising and falling with each gentle breath. I marvel at her innocence and her capacity for joy and wonder in a world that has shown the children of Palestine so little kindness.

As I look into my child’s eyes, I see a flicker of the dreams she carries within her: dreams of a life free from the constant threat of violence, of a world where she can grow and thrive without fear.

These tragedies pierce my heart like a dagger, and the pain never really goes away. I can’t help but put myself in the shoes of parents forced to bury their children, whose hopes, dreams, and laughter were snuffed out by the inhumane mechanisms of war.

Feeling this causes me a great deal of emotional distress, often oscillating between anger, sadness, and a profound feeling of helplessness.

For a refugee like me, whose grandfathers were among those who escaped death in the destroyed town of Barbara [now a part of Ashkelon], the continued bombings are a sobering reminder that the Nakba is not over.

As we mark 75 years of the Nakba this month, we recognize that the catastrophe of losing our homeland in 1948 continues to shape our lives and our ongoing fight for justice.

But even in the face of overwhelming adversity, when the weight of our circumstances threatens to crush us beneath its oppressive force, we will teach our children the importance of love, compassion, and resilience, and instill in them the values that will help them not only survive but also thrive.

As a father, a Gazan, and a human being, I refuse to let the darkness of ‘Israel’s’ aggression extinguish the light of hope that burns within me. I will continue to dream, hope, and work towards a better future for my child and for all the children of Gaza.

And though the path ahead may be fraught with danger and uncertainty, I will walk it with my head held high, my heart filled with love, and my eyes fixed firmly on the horizon, where the promise of a new dawn awaits us – or at least, awaits our children.

That’s what every parent would say.

Buckling under the Weight of Surprise: ‘Israel’s’ Persistent Dilemma with Eroding Deterrence 

May 12, 2023

Ali Haidar, Al-Akhbar Newspaper

“Israel’s” most recent aggression against the Gaza Strip exposed the unexpected effects of a decision by the Palestinian resistance not to respond immediately and mechanically to the assassination of three Al-Quds Brigades leaders. The military and political establishments in Tel Aviv appeared confused by the new, unprecedented tactic adopted by the resistance.

When Israel wanted to restore the image of its deterrence, which had been eroded by the resistance, it chose the weaker arena (AFP)

Meanwhile, developments in the field did not follow “Israel’s” script that formed the basis of its decision to carry out the assassinations. Instead, southern “Israeli” settlements and its entire coastline up to Tel Aviv were gripped by a state of terror. Tel Aviv had opened its bomb shelters earlier in the week. 

The “calm” that followed the operation quickly turned into pressure on the “Israeli” population and political leadership. It gave way to confusion at the official level about how to address the situation.

If “Israeli” politicians instructed settlers to leave their shelters and carry on with their daily routines, they risked exposing them to a sudden missile strike that could have serious repercussions. On the other hand, if they recommended staying in the shelters and extending the hindrance to daily life without missiles being fired, they would have to answer questions about the time frame.

The enemy leadership feared that this would continue until Flag March, which is held on the anniversary of the occupation of Al-Quds in 1967, and according to the “Israeli” calendar falls on May 18.

Tel Aviv’s assessment of how to end this purgatory situation led to the conclusion that it was necessary to put a stop to the resistance’s success in garnering moral, political, and economic gains due to the state of widespread paralysis in “Israel”, without firing a single missile.

Hence, the decision to resume raids on the Gaza Strip, which prompted the resistance to respond with missiles that targeted Tel Aviv and its surrounding areas.

This constituted a practical acknowledgment on the part of the “Israeli” leadership that the calm in the aftermath of the assassination was a new tactic aimed at keeping “Israel” in a state of alert and paralysis prior to a Palestinian response.

The messages of the Palestinian response

The statement issued by the Joint Operations Room revealed that the response, Operation Revenge of the Free, was an expression of all the factions.

As such, the enemy’s attempt to create a rift between the factions was thwarted. The missiles fired by the Al-Quds Brigades are also a demonstration of its ability to limit the consequences of the martyrdom of three of its most important military leaders while executing an organized military response. It refuted the theory that the delayed response is the result of confusion, emptiness, and the disruption of the command and control system.

Furthermore, the missiles reaching Tel Aviv and its surroundings dispelled any illusions about the deterrent effects of the assassination, given that every assassination of a political or military leader aims first to punish and deter the targeted person and the party to which he belongs and then to send a message to the rest that they are in the crosshairs if they continue to resist.

However, the response in the direction of Tel Aviv, which constitutes a transgression of the traditional ceiling confined to the settlements of the Gaza envelope, demonstrated the strength of the resistance’s determination and willpower. These are key factors that the enemy should read well, as they contribute to establishing concepts and estimates while abolishing others.

In any case, it’s important to remember that “Israel”, which by certain standards constitutes a regional power with its technological, military, and destructive capabilities chose the weaker arena, namely the Gaza Strip, to restore the image of its deterrence that had been eroded by the resistance.

It deliberately limited its targeting to the Al-Quds Brigades for a variety of reasons, including an attempt to neutralize Hamas on the ground.

However, “Israel’s” long-term goal, according to Netanyahu’s former national security adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat is to “disarm the resistance and neutralize it at the security level and for the Gaza Strip to be under the control of a strong entity that recognizes ‘Israel’.”

If this goal, as Ben-Shabbat also acknowledges, is “unrealistic” in light of the existing equation, then “‘Israel’ has two options in dealing with security challenges,” each of which carries its share of risks for the entity.

The first is the occupation of the Gaza Strip and the replacement of the government through a broad and deep military operation that has direct and indirect exorbitant costs and an unclear time frame. Complicating things further is the fact that there is no other party that can assume leadership and govern the territory.

The second option is known as the “rounds”. It involves maintaining calm through deterrence achieved during numerous rounds of fighting while making an effort to reduce the duration of each round. It also includes the use of pressure tools and incentives during the days of calm, which increase the cost of losing and make attacks on “Israel” useless. This is the approach adopted by Tel Aviv at the current stage, and it is not expected to change after this round of fighting.

Ben-Shabbat admits that this strategy’s weak link stems from the fact that “the calm that prevails in the aftermath of each round will always be temporary and fragile.”

The overview of the situation presented by Netanyahu’s former adviser is a tacit acknowledgment of “Israel’s” strategic failure in dealing with the resistance in Gaza and its narrow options. In other words, Tel Aviv is compelled to adopt a risk management policy and choose the least dangerous one.

This in itself is a strategic achievement for the resistance and its supporters because it imposes equations on “Israel” that were not part of the mindset of its former and current leaders. Instead, it creates a reality that robs the entity of any sense of security while paralyzing daily life.

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 الخميس 11 أيار 2023

علي حيدر

كشف العدوان الإسرائيلي أمس على قطاع غزة، مفاعيل مفاجأة عدم الردّ الفوري والتلقائي من قِبل المقاومة على عملية اغتيال ثلاثة قادة من «سرايا القدس». بدا المستويان الأمني والسياسي مرتبكَين بفعل «التكتيك» الجديد، غير المسبوق، الذي اتّبعته المقاومة. إذ لم تتوالَ التطورات الميدانية وفق السيناريو الذي شكّل مُنطلقاً لقرار الاغتيال، ما أدى إلى انتشار حالة من الرعب في مستوطنات الجنوب، وصولاً إلى تل أبيب التي فتحت ملاجئها منذ أول من أمس. وتحوّل «الهدوء» الذي أعقب العملية، إلى عامل ضغط على المستويَين الشعبي والسياسي في إسرائيل، منتجاً حالة حيرة لدى المستوى الرسمي حول كيفية التعامل معه: فإن أعطى الأخير تعليماته بخروج المستوطنين من ملاجئهم بهدف مواصلة حياتهم الروتينية، فهو سيجعلهم عُرضة لقصف صاروخي مفاجئ يتسبّب بنتائج خطيرة؛ وإن أوصاهم بالبقاء في ملاجئهم، واستمرّت حالة التعطيل حتى من دون إطلاق الصواريخ، وقع تحت وطأة السؤال عن المدى الزمني لهذه الحال. وتخوّفت قيادة العدو من أن يستمرّ ذلك إلى يوم «مسيرة الأعلام»، التي تقام في ذكرى احتلال القدس عام 1967، وفق التقويم العبري، والتي تصادف الخميس المقبل.

عندما أرادت إسرائيل ترميم صورة ردعها الذي تآكل بفعل المقاومة، عمدت إلى اختيار الساحة الأضعف (أ ف ب)

في ضوء ما تَقدّم، أجرت أجهزة العدو «تقدير موقف» حول كيفية إنهاء هذه الحالة «البرزخية»، وخلصت إلى ضرورة وضع حدّ لنجاح المقاومة في جبي أثمان معنوية وسياسية واقتصادية بفعل حالة الشلل الواسع في الكيان، من دون إطلاق أي صاروخ. ومن هنا، أتى القرار باستئناف الغارات على القطاع، والذي دفع المقاومة إلى الردّ الصاروخي الذي طاول تل أبيب ومحيطها. وشكّل ذلك إقراراً عملياً بأن قيادة العدو تدرك بأن الهدوء الذي ساد في أعقاب عملية الاغتيال، لم يكن سوى تكتيك جديد، هدفه إبقاء إسرائيل في حالة من الاستنفار والشلل، قبل أن يأتي الردّ الفلسطيني.

رسائل الردّ الفلسطيني

كشف البيان الصادر عن «غرفة العمليات المشتركة» أن الردّ الذي حمل اسم «ثأر الأحرار»، أتى تعبيراً عن إرادة كافة الفصائل التي تتشكّل منها الغرفة. وبذلك، أُحبطت محاولة العدو إحداث شرخ بين الفصائل. كما أظهرت «سرايا القدس»، من خلال ردّها الصاروخي، قدرتها على احتواء نتائج استشهاد ثلاثة من أهمّ قادتها العسكريين، واستطاعت تنفيذ رد عسكري منظّم، وأسقطت «النظرية» القائلة إن تأخر الردّ عائد إلى الإرباك والفراغ وتعطّل منظومة القيادة والسيطرة. كذلك، فإن وصول الصواريخ إلى تل أبيب وجوارها، بدّد أيّ أوهام تتعلّق بالمفاعيل الردعية لعملية الاغتيال، على اعتبار أن كلّ اغتيال لقائد سياسي أو عسكري، يهدف أولاً إلى معاقبة الشخص المستهدف والجهة التي ينتمي إليها، وردعها، ومن ثمّ إيصال رسالة إلى بقيّة الأحياء بأنهم على المهداف، إن واصلوا خيار المقاومة. لكن الردّ في اتجاه تل أبيب ومحيطها، والذي يشكّل تجاوزاً للسقف التقليدي المنحصر بمستوطنات «غلاف غزة»، جلّى قوة التصميم وصلابة الإرادة لدى المقاومة، في ما يمثّل العنصر الأهمّ في المشهد، والذي ينبغي أن يقرأه العدو جيداً، كونه يساهم في التأسيس لمفاهيم وتقديرات، وإسقاط أخرى.

الرد أتى تعبيراً عن إرادة كافة الفصائل التي تتشكّل منها «الغرفة المشتركة»

على أيّ حال، فإن الحقيقة التي ينبغي أن تبقى حاضرة، هي أن إسرائيل التي تشكّل بمعايير معينة «دولة» إقليمية عظمى بقدراتها التكنولوجية والعسكرية والتدميرية، عندما أرادت ترميم صورة ردعها الذي تآكل بفعل المقاومة، عمدت إلى اختيار الساحة الأضعف، أي قطاع غزة، بفعل صعوبة الظروف هناك. وتعمّدت أن يقتصر استهدافها على «سرايا القدس»، لأسباب متنوّعة، من ضمنها محاولة تحييد حركة «حماس» ميدانياً. على أن هدف إسرائيل بعيد المدى، بحسب مستشار نتنياهو السابق لشؤون الأمن القومي، مئير بن شبات، هو «نزع سلاح المقاومة، وتحييده أمنياً، وأن يكون قطاع غزة تحت سيطرة كيان قوي يعترف بإسرائيل». وإن كان هذا الهدف، كما يقرّ بن شبات أيضاً، «غير واقعي»، في ظلّ المعادلة القائمة، فإن «أمام إسرائيل خيارَين في التعامل مع التحديات الأمنية»، ينطوي كلّ منهما على مخاطر بالنسبة للكيان، وهما:
الأول، احتلال قطاع غزة، واستبدال الحكومة من خلال عملية عسكرية واسعة وعميقة، تكلفتها المباشرة وغير المباشرة باهظة، ومدّتها غير واضحة، فضلاً عن أنه لا يوجد طرف آخر يمكنه تولّي زمام القيادة والحكم هناك.
والثاني، هو الخيار المعروف باسم «الجولات»، أي الحفاظ على الهدوء عن طريق الردع الذي يتحقّق في جولات القتال، مع بذل جهد لتقليل مدّة كلّ «جولة»، واستخدام أدوات الضغط والحوافز في أيام الهدوء، ما سيزيد من تكلفة الخسارة، ويجعل الهجمات على إسرائيل «غير مجدية»، وهذا هو النهج الذي تتعبه تل أبيب في هذه المرحلة، ولا يُتوقّع أن يتغير حتى بعد الجولة الحالية.
ويعترف بن شبات بأن نقطة ضعف هذه الاستراتيجية، تنبع من كون «الهدوء الذي يسود في أعقاب كلّ جولة، سيكون دائماً مؤقّتاً وهشاً». ومن الواضح أن صورة الوضع التي قدّمها مستشار نتنياهو السابق، ليست إلا نتيجة إقرار بفشل إسرائيل الاستراتيجي في التعامل مع المقاومة في القطاع وضيق خياراتها، وهو ما يضطّرها إلى اعتماد سياسة «إدارة المخاطر» القائمة على قاعدة اختيار الأقلّ خطورة. وهذا بحدّ ذاته إنجاز استراتيجي للمقاومة ومن يدعمها، حيث استطاعت أن تفرض على كيان العدو معادلات ما كانت تخطر على بال قادته السابقين واللاحقين، وتؤسّس لواقع أثبت أنه قادر على أن يسلب الكيان الشعور بالأمن، وأن يشلّ فيه حركة الحياة.


ورد في عدد السبت الماضي من «الأخبار» تحت عنوان: السلطة تتحضّر لقمة أمنية جديدة | تل أبيب لرام الله: الغاز مقابل مقارعة المقاومة، أن القمة المقبلة سيحضرها مستشار الرئيس محمود عباس، أحمد الخالدي، والصواب: مجدي الخالدي؛ فاقتضى التوضيح.

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Al-Quds Brigades announces martyrdom of Commander Iyad Al-Hassani Who is martyr Al-Hassani, Al-Quds Brigades Operations Unit Commander?

12 May 2023

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

Palestinian martyr Iyad Al-Hassani (Abu Anas)

By Al Mayadeen English 

The Israeli occupation cowardly assassinates a sixth Al-Quds Brigades commander since the start of the aggression against the Gaza Strip.

On the fourth day of the Israeli occupation aggression against the Gaza Strip, Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement (PIJ), mourned on Friday Iyad Al-Hassani (Abu Anas), a member of its Military Council and Commander of the Brigades Operations Unit, who was martyred in a cowardly Israeli assassination in Al-Nasr neighborhood, in the west of Gaza City.

A PIJ source told Al Mayadeen that the crime of assassinating the leaders of Al-Quds Brigades “will backfire sending terror across the enemy and defeating its security and army.”

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza announced the arrival of three martyrs and 10 injured at Al-Shifa Hospital, east of Khan Yunis, following an Israeli occupation strike that targeted a residential apartment in Bani Suheila, in the southern Strip.

According to the Ministry of Health, the number of Palestinians killed as a result of the ongoing Israeli occupation aggression against Gaza rose to 33 martyrs, including six Resistance leaders, and 111 injured.

Since the start of the aggression on Tuesday, the Israeli occupation assassinated Al-Quds Brigades commanders Jihad Ghannam, Khalil Al-Bahtini, Tarek Ezzedine, Ali Hassan Ghali, Ahmad Abu Daqqa, and recently Iyad Al-Hassani.

Earlier today, the Brigades declared that the Palestinian Resistance delivered a ‘concentrated’ rocket strike on occupied Al-Quds, “Tel Aviv”, and illegal Israeli settlements in response to Israeli occupation forces’ assassination of PIJ military commanders and their ongoing aggression on Gaza.

On Thursday, Al-Quds Brigades Spokesperson Abu Hamza stressed during a televised speech that “assassinating our senior officials and freedom fighters will only bolster our will to fight against the enemy.”

PIJ senior official Khamis Al-Haitham also underlined that the Israeli occupation’s assassination would not go unanswered, as all options are on the table for the Palestinian Resistance.

In the same context, the spokesperson for the Israeli occupation army had announced that about 866 rockets were fired from Gaza toward “Israel” since the beginning of the Israeli aggression, confirming the death of an illegal settler and the wounding of 15 others in a Resistance rocket firing that targeted the illegal settlement of “Rehovot”.

Who is martyr Al-Hassani, Al-Quds Brigades Operations Unit Commander?

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

Palestinian martyr Iyad Al-Hassani (Abu Anas)

By Al Mayadeen English 

Martyr Iyad Al-Hassani is one of the most prominent leaders of Al-Quds Brigades and one of the most wanted Resistance leaders by the Israeli occupation.

Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) movement, mourned Iyad Al-Hassani (Abu Anas), a member of its Military Council and Commander of the Brigades Operations Unit, who was martyred in a cowardly Israeli assassination in Al-Nasr neighborhood, in the west of Gaza City.

The Joint Operations Room of the Resistance Factions, Hamas, Al-Mujahideen movement, National Resistance Brigades, Al-Nasser Salaheddine Brigades, Fatah and Al-Ahrar movements also mourned the martyr, stressing that the crimes of the Israeli occupation will not stop the Palestinian people’s Resistance and unity.

Who is martyr Al-Hassani that the Israeli occupation assassinated on Friday? And what role did he play in the Resistance?

Al-Hassani joined the PIJ early on after it was founded in the 1980s. He is one of the most prominent leaders of Al-Quds Brigades and one of the most wanted Resistance leaders by the Israeli occupation, for more than 26 years.

The martyr is one of those who supervised martyrdom operations against the Israeli occupation in occupied Palestinian cities under the PIJ’s former military wing (Qasam) and is the commander behind a series of other resistance operations during the second Palestinian Intifada.

Al-Hassani is considered one of the founders of (Qasam) and one of the most wanted by the Israeli occupation forces, due to his great role in planning martyrdom operations inside illegal Israeli settlements during Al-Aqsa Intifada.

One of the most prominent operations that the martyr supervised was the “Beit Lid operation, which resulted in the death of 22 Israelis and the wounding of 63 others, including 20 seriously.

Read more: Al-Quds Brigades Spox: PIJ will never abandon resistance – Exclusive

Al-Hassani was one of the masterminds of the Beit Lid double operation, which is one of the most prominent PIJ operations carried out by Anwar Sukkar (Al-Shujaiya) and Salah Shaker (Rafah), on January 22, 1995, that targeted a gathering of Israeli occupation soldiers at the Beit Lid crossroads.

Yedioth Ahronoth described it as “the most severe operations that targeted the Israeli army inside the Green Line.”

Al-Hassani has been the commander of Al-Quds Brigades’ Operations Unit for years. He played a crucial role in confronting Israeli occupation aggression against the Gaza Strip and the rocket firing toward “Israel” during the past years.

In a previous statement made on April 2022, the martyr said there is complete readiness to confront new developments, pointing to a new phase launched by the heroes of Operation Freedom Tunnel and the Jenin Brigade.

During a PIJ meeting held in the city of Rafah, Al-Hassani said the military leadership is satisfied with the readiness of Al-Quds Brigades for all possible scenarios and to surprise the enemy. He also touched on the Resistance situation in the occupied West Bank.

It is noteworthy that since the start of the aggression on Tuesday, the Israeli occupation assassinated Al-Quds Brigades commanders Jihad Ghannam, Khalil Al-Bahtini, Tarek Ezzedine, Ali Hassan Ghali, Ahmad Abu Daqqa, and recently Iyad Al-Hassani.

Al-Quds Brigades unveils Buraq 85, threatens IOF: Your Sling is useless

Earlier on Friday, Al-Quds Brigades threatened the Israeli occupation through a video it published, titled: “Your sling will not do you any good,” in reference to “Israel’s” David’s Sling anti-missile system that was used for the first time to intercept Palestinian Resistance rockets fired from the Gaza Strip toward “Tel Aviv”.

In the video, Al-Quds Brigades presented the features of the Buraq-85 rocket, which was manufactured by its fighters in 2019 and has a range of 85 kilometers.

The PIJ warned that more strikes will hit the enemy’s depth in response to targeting and destroying civilian houses.

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Heavy Missile Fire from Gaza Causes Death, Injuries and Massive Destruction in Tel Aviv, Other Israeli Settlements

 May 11, 2023

Palestinian Resistance strikes Tel Aviv

A new era in the history of the Zionist entity has started. Thursday, May 11, 2023 will be ever remembered sorrowfully by the Israelis because it refers to the date which records the first death in Tel Aviv caused by a missile fire.

A building in the Rehovot settlement in southern Tel Aviv was directly hit, which left one death and 13 injuries and caused a massive destruction.

The Israeli occupation army announced that more than 800 missiles have been fired from Gaza since the beginning of the operation termed by the Palestinian Resistance as the “Revenge of the Free”.

Zionist media outlet indicated that 15 buildings have so far been directly hit by the Palestinian rockets, indicating that the number of injuries among the Zionist settlers has neared 30.

It is worth noting that the military censorship in the Zionist media has prevented the media outlets from circulating the footage of the destruction caused by the Palestinian missile fire at Tel Aviv, Sderot, Ashkelon, Ashdod, and other cities and settlements. In this regard, three buildings in Sderot were directly hit by the Palestinian missiles.

Missiles over Sderot

The Zionist PM Benjamin Netanyahu chaired a security consultations session after ordering the settlers to listen to the instructions of the “home front” commander who predicted battle would take several days.

Zionist PM Benjamin Netanyahu

Meanwhile, the Zionist media continued circulating news about an imminent ceasefire, claiming that Egyptian intelligence minister will meet the Islamic Jihad Chief Zioad Nakhala in Beirut.

The Israeli media also alleged that the United States has started an endeavor to reach a ceasefire after getting fed up with the escalation.

Palestinian Resistance: Assassination Policy Will Fail

The Joint Operations Chamber of the Palestinian Resistance Factions as well as the spokesman of the Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement, Abu Hamza issued a statement which confirms the assassination policy will fail and acts of resistance will continue confronting the Zionist aggression on Gaza.

The military media department of Al-Quds Brigades also circulated a new video that displays its readiness to fire more missiles at the Zionist settlements, ending the video with the Quranic expression “army to be drowned” in Arabic and Hebrew.

Islamic Jihad mourned Thursday martyr commander Ahmad Abu Dakka who was assassinated by the Israeli enemy late Thursday in Khan Younis.

Martyr Ahmad Abu Dakka

An Israeli drone attack on two apartments in Khan Younis had killed the Islamic Jihad Commander Ali Hzsan Ghali who was the top rocket commander. In an official statement, the Al-Quds Brigades expressed their profound grief over the loss of martyr leader Ali Hassan Ghali, widely known as Abu Muhammad. Martyr Ghali, a prominent member of the military council and the esteemed chief of the rocketry unit, tragically fell victim to a deceitful Zionist assassination in Khan Yunis, located in southern Gaza. The statement also acknowledged the presence of other devout martyrs who were martyred alongside him.

Ali Hasan Ghali, Islamic Jihad rocket commander who was assassinated by Israeli occupation (Thursday, May 11, 2023)

Zionist Enemy Kills More Civilians in Gaza

The Zionist warplanes continued raiding the various sites and positions in Gaza, targeting Shujaia, Deir Al-Balah, Bet Lahia and other areas in the blockaded Strip.

Among the targets was the Al-Agha family’s residence in the Al-Qarara region, which was completely demolished by the airstrikes. Another house, owned by the Al-Masry family, suffered a similar fate in the northern Gaza Strip.

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Sources to Al Mayadeen: ‘Israel’ seeks ceasefire, Resistance steadfast

10 May 2023

Source: Al Mayadeen Net

By Al Mayadeen English 

Sources from the Palestinian Resistance factions’ joint operations room confirm to Al Mayadeen that the Resistance is ready for long-term confrontations and warned of expanding the ring of fire if required.

Israeli Iron Dome anti-missile system fires to intercept a rocket launched from the Gaza Strip towards Occupied Palestinian territories, near “Sderot” Settlement, Gaza envelope, Occupied Palestine, Wednesday, May 10, 2023. (AP)

Sources in the Palestinian Resistance factions’ joint operations room told Al Mayadeen, on Wednesday, that “the occupation pressed through various mediators to push for a ceasefire,” noting that “the resistance remained steadfast in its demand for a clear [Israeli] commitment to stopping the assassinations policy.”

The sources also expressed the Resistance’s “readiness to fight for the longest time period yet and to expand the ring of fire if necessary.”

In this regard, the Political Affairs expert Ahmed Abed Al-Rahman told Al Mayadeen, “The [Palestinian Islamic] Jihad movement was subjected to tremendous pressure regarding the ceasefire negotiations, but the movement’s leadership rejected all of these pressures.”

Abed Al-Rahman further added that “the resistance’s response to the aggression came in 3 phases, starting at noon and ending at 9:00 p.m. with a half-ton Badr rocket.”

He explained that “the rockets launched by the Al-Quds Brigades at nine o’clock targeted occupied Askalan, and were loaded with explosive warheads weighing half a ton.”

Israeli media quoted a senior official involved in the negotiations as saying, “There are difficulties in implementing a ceasefire.”

The Israeli media reported that “the knot in the negotiations is the Islamic Jihad’s request that Israel commits to stopping the assassinations.”

Israeli media also quoted an Israeli forces spokesman who said that 469 rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip until 9:30, claiming that 153 were intercepted.

In the context, sources in the resistance confirmed to Al Mayadeen that “in the event that the enemy does not adhere to the conditions of the resistance, the decision will be to go toward expanding the ring of fire.”

The sources further noted that the recent bombing of “Tel Aviv”, Beer Al-Seba, and other occupied cities and settlements came to confirm that there is no truce except on the terms of the resistance.

In turn, Talal Abu Zarifa, a member of the political bureau of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said, “The Palestinian resistance cannot surrender to what the occupation wants,” adding that “the Israeli occupation committed a crime,” and that “it must pay the price for that.”

Moreover, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine affirmed that “the renewed Zionist aggression on Gaza is an integral part of the open war,” and praised the Resistance for confronting the aggression on Gaza and responding to it unified.

Simultaneously, Israeli media reported that there was non-stop rocket firing against the Gaza envelope settlements, following the joint statement of the Occupation government Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Israeli Minister of Security, Yoav Gallant.

During his statement, Galant reported that about 400 rockets were fired at “Israel,” while the Israeli media reported that “100 rockets were fired at Israel in the last hour.”

The Palestinian Resistance continues to launch rocket barrages towards the occupied Palestinian territories according to the Al Mayadeen correspondent which reported the firing of successive barrages of rockets from Gaza.

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Palestinian Resistance Terms Operation “Revenge of the Free”: Hundreds of Missiles Fired at Israeli Settlements

May 10, 2023

Palestinian missiles

The Joint Operations Chamber of the Palestinian Resistance Factions issued on Wednesday a statement, announcing the response to the Zionist aggression on Gaza and terming the operation as the “Revenge of the Free”.

The statement indicated that hundreds of missiles targeted the enemy’s sites and settlements in Gaza vicinity and reached even Tel Aviv, in response to the crime of assassinating Al-Quds Brigades commanders Jihad Al-Ghannam, Khalil Al-Bahtini, and Tariq Ezz Al-Din. It also underlined the barbaric and treacherous bombing of civilian homes, which also left a number of innocent civilian martyrs.

The Joint Operations Chamber stressed that any Israeli attack on the civilians houses and assassination of Palestinian men will be forcefully confronted, adding that the enemy will witness black days if it continues its aggression.

The statement pointed out that the Palestinian resistance is ready to face all the Israeli actions, adding that the factions will remain unified on all fronts to defend the nation.

Joint Operations Chamber of the Palestinian Resistance Factions

The Palestinian resistance fired on Wednesday over 300 missiles at the Zionist occupation’s cities and settlements in Gaza vicinity and Central Palestine as the Israeli enemy continued its aggression on the Strip.

The Palestinian missiles hit Sderot , Ashkelon, Ahsdod, Tel Aviv, Gush Dan, Givatim, and Ramat Gan, causing 11 Israeli injuries.

Israeli media said that 100 rockets were launched at Zionist settlements from Gaza within one hour.

Sirens were sounded across the Zionist settlements, pushing the settlers to enter the shelters.

The following video shows Zionist settlements rushing into shelters:

According to media reports, flights were disrupted at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.

Missile fire burns farms in the Zionist settlement of Ashkelon:

Zionist PM Benjamin Netanyahu will hold security consultations at 18:00 as Israeli officials have confirmed response to Palestinian missile fire.

Israeli warplanes continued striking various sites in Gaza Strip as Palestinian resistance fired more missiles, according to A-Manar TV.

Palestinian health ministry stated that the Israeli aggression since early Tuesday has left 19 martyrs and 38 injured.

Palestinian and Israeli media reported on Wednesday that Israeli warplanes have launched a series of strikes in Khan Younes, south of the Gaza strip and in the besieged enclave’s north, killing at least one Palestinian and seriously injuring another. Israeli Channel 13 then announced that the occupation army “has started a wide-scale offensive in Gaza.”

The strikes prompted the Palestinian resistance to fire dozens of rockets at the occupied territories. Israeli media reported at least 40 rockets were launched with 9 being intercepted by the Iron Dome Israeli defense system.

Rockets sirens sounded in Ashkelon, Sderot and several settlements bordering Gaza, videos circulated on social media showed.

Meanwhile, Palestinian sources reported that the rockets launched on Wednesday has nothing to do with the revenge over martyrdom of three Islamic Jihad resistance movement – Jihad Ghannam, Tareq Ezzeddine and Khalil Al-Bahitini. The sources said that Wednesday’s rockets are just retaliatory attack following the Israeli strikes.

Southern Settlements in Full Paralysis

Earlier on Wednesday, Israeli commentators voiced concerns over the delay in the resistance revenge, with several analysts saying that the occupation regime, especially the southern settlements, have been observing a full paralysis.

Israeli Channel 13’s Or Heller commented on the Israeli anticipation: “Israeli has been waiting for the Gaza retaliation for 20 hours. This is the first time that the battle is handled by this patience and calm.”

The channel also reported that Ashkelon “has turned to be a city of ghosts as settlers headed to shelters.”

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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Gaza resistance pummels Israel, threatens to fight ‘for longest period of time’

May 10 2023

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Israeli warplanes have continued to bombard dozens of locations in the Gaza Strip, leaving several civilians dead

Hundreds of Palestinian rockets continued to rain down on Israeli settlements and cities on 10 May, sending settlers fleeing for bomb shelters and causing significant damage to buildings in the settlements of Ashkelon and Sderot.

According to Israeli officials, at least 469 rockets have been fired so far from the Gaza Strip by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) resistance group. Reports from the besieged enclave claim the resistance has also fired several missiles.

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Israel’s missile defense systems reportedly intercepted 153 of the rockets fired, while 107 fell inside Gaza.

In response, Israeli jets have been conducting airstrikes across Gaza, killing at least four Palestinians, bringing the death toll in two days of Israeli bombardment to 21 – including two Palestinians killed in the West Bank.

Several women and children are among the dead, and at least 64 Palestinians have been wounded.

The crossfire continued despite Egyptian media reports of a “ceasefire” earlier in the day.

As the situation escalated during the night, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant spoke with his US counterpart and expressed the army’s “readiness for every operational scenario, including a prolonged campaign and multi-front challenges.”

The rockets from Gaza began flying early on Wednesday in retaliation for Israel’s assassination of three PIJ commanders on Tuesday during an unprovoked attack that also killed several civilians.

“We have hit Islamic Jihad with the most significant blow it has ever suffered,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday about the brutal airstrikes, boasting that the PIJ commanders and their sleeping families were killed “in two seconds in the middle of the night.”

“The campaign is not over,” Netanyahu added.

Speaking to Al-Mayadeen, PIJ sources said that Israeli authorities “pushed through various mediations to beg for a cease-fire” in the wake of resistance attacks that reached all the way to Tel Aviv and occupied Jerusalem.

“The resistance adhered to its position of a clear commitment to stopping the assassinations,” the PIJ added, stressing their “readiness to fight for the longest period of time and to expand the circle of fire if necessary.”

Palestinian sources told Al Jazeera that the ceasefire talks failed after Israel refused to agree to stop the targeted assassinations.

Earlier in the day, other resistance factions joined the PIJ to release a statement saying, “Targeting civilian homes and assassinating our men and heroes is a red line that will be confronted with full force.”

“The resistance is ready for all options, and if the occupation persists with its aggression … dark days await it,” the statement provided to Al Jazeera continued.

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40 aircraft used in targeted aggression on Gaza: Israeli Media

May 09, 2023

Source: Al Mayadeen Net+Agencies

By Al Mayadeen English 

Israeli media reveals that “Israel” informed the United States of its planned aggression on Gaza.

A residential building that was targeted by the Israeli occupation in the Gaza Strip at dawn Tuesday (Quds Network)

The Israeli occupation Army Radio revealed that 40 planes, helicopters, and drones participated in the assassinations and attacks against the Gaza Strip Tuesday morning.

The Israeli media outlet indicated that the aggression on Gaza was scheduled for last Tuesday, but was postponed so that it could be executed under better conditions.

Israeli media reported that prior to the aggression which was approved last weekend, Israeli occupation Foreign Minister Eli Cohen spoke with his US counterpart Antony Blinken.

Israeli Channel 7 indicated that “Israel” informed the United States about the planned aggression on Gaza, adding that Israeli occupation Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will hold a cabinet meeting Tuesday evening to discuss developments.

In the same context, the head of the political bureau of Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, underlined that the assassination of the leaders in this “treacherous” aggression will not achieve security for the Israeli occupation.

In a statement, Haniyeh considered that the enemy miscalculated the situation and will pay the price for its crime, as the assassination of the Palestinian Resistance leaders will prompt even more acts of resistance.

Palestinian Legislative Council holds ‘Israel’ responsible for repercussions

On its part, the Presidency of the Palestinian Legislative Council held the Israeli occupation and its “fascist” government fully responsible for the repercussions of its criminal aggression on the Gaza Strip.

The presidency pointed out in a statement that Israeli aggression constitutes a full-fledged war crime that requires immediate punishment, calling on international organizations to assume their responsibility and cease their double standards toward the crimes of the occupation.

At dawn Tuesday, the Israeli occupation targeted several areas in the Gaza Strip, including the homes of leaders in the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement (PIJ), which resulted in the martyrdom of 13 people, including children and women, in addition to at least 20 injuries.

Al Mayadeen’s correspondent in Gaza confirmed the martyrdom of the commander of the southern region in the Al-Quds Brigades and the secretary of its military council, Jihad Ghannam, along with his wife during the Israeli occupation’s aggression on the city of Rafah.

Our correspondent also confirmed that the Israeli occupation’s airstrike also targeted PIJ spokesperson Tarek Ezzedine’s house, before it was confirmed that the official had been martyred.

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Al Mayadeen’s correspondent in Gaza also confirmed the martyrdom of Khalil Al-Bahtini, a member of the Military Council in the Al-Quds Brigades and the commander of the northern region in the Gaza Strip.

The Al-Quds Brigades, the PIJ’s military wing, mourned its leaders who were martyred in the Israeli aggression, underlining that their martyrdom will further strengthen the resistance’s determination.

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Young Palestinian Man Buries His Murdered Fiancée a Month Before Wedding (VIDEO)

May 9, 2023

The fiancé of Dania Adas, stands at her body and recites the Holy Qur’an. (Photo: via Social Media)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff

A video clip showed touching scenes of a young Palestinian man’s farewell to his fiancée, who was killed in the Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, a month before their wedding date.

A picture of the young man, the fiancé of Dania Adas, was spread across social media platforms as he stood at her body and recited the Holy Qur’an. 

Other footage showed him crying in agony and looking at her body, which was wrapped in a white shroud instead of a wedding dress. 

Adas’s uncle published a picture of her fiancé as he bid her farewell on Facebook and wrote,

“He reads the Qur’an for the soul of his fiancée, the martyr Dania Adas, my sister’s daughter, who was supposed to give him the hand of his bride a month from now. May Allah grant you patience.”

Ensaf Habib wrote, 

“What did he mutter to her before her final resting place? Did he tell her about his wish to see her in a white dress in the hereafter? Did he tell her how much he longed for their life together in the marital nest and under one roof! Perhaps he admonished her for why she let go of his hand .. “ 

Wael Abu Omar commented, 

“The (Israeli) occupation planes and missiles turned the white dress of joy into a white shroud. God’s mercy.”

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