The YMCA-YWCA Joint Advocacy Initiative issues this bi-weekly newsletter to keep you updated on the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories related to the Israeli occupation.
South Africa withdraws its ambassador to Israel 'with immediate effect'
The South African government today condemned in the strongest terms possible the latest act of violent aggression carried out by the Israeli armed forces along the Gaza border, which has led to the deaths of 52 peaceful protesters against the provocative inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem.
A statement issued by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said, "This latest attack has resulted in scores of other Palestinian citizens reported injured, and the wanton destruction of property."
It added, "Given the indiscriminate and gravity of the latest Israeli attack, the South African government has taken a decision to recall Ambassador Sisa Ngombane with immediate effect until further notice".
Boycott is best response to illegal Israeli killings Ireland and EU complicit in enabling Israel's violations of Palestinian's rights
Today, Palestinians everywhere will commemorate the 1947-1949 Nakba (Arabic for catastrophe) - the ethnic cleansing of the majority of indigenous Palestinians from our homeland and the systematic destruction of hundreds of our villages and towns to establish Israel as an exclusionary state…
To suppress the massive peaceful demonstrations in Gaza, where the majority are Nakba refugees and their descendants, demanding an end to the 12- year-old siege and refugees' rights, Israel has enacted a shoot-to-kill-or-maim policy, killing dozens and injuring thousands, many with live ammunition. The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court has condemned these crimes, while Amnesty International has called on world governments "to impose a comprehensive arms embargo on Israel" as an effective measure of accountability.
68 Gazans have died while Israel's High Court deliberates if it's legal to kill them
The Israeli army has shot and killed 68 unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza while the Israeli High Court deliberates whether or not it is legal to shoot unarmed civilian protesters who pose no threat to human life. That number has likely gone up in the time since this article was published.
When a handful of human rights groups filed an urgent petition to the High Court on April 15, demanding that it strike down the army's open-fire regulations that authorize shooting unarmed civilians just because of their proximity to the Gaza border fence, army snipers had already gunned down 33 unarmed protesters in the Great Return March, including three minors.
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