On the Ground in Palestine, June 6, 2018
According to Sabeel, Jerusalem, June 7, 2018
An Israeli sniper shot and killed a 21-year-old Palestinian female paramedic, Razan Ashraf al-Najjar, as she was treating injured protesters during the demonstrations along the Gaza border with Israel.
There are hundreds of Palestinian prisoners who are being held under detention by the Israeli state without trial for up to six months (renewable), for ‘security reasons.’ These prisoners, held under ‘administrative detention’, are expected this week to launch a hunger strike against this Israeli policy. Palestinian prisoners held under administrative detention continue their boycott of the law courts as they have lost hope in ever receiving a just hearing in an Israeli court.
On Thursday the 24th of May, three Israeli Supreme Court justices – Noam Sohlberg, Anat Baron and Yael Willner – ruled that the state may demolish the homes of the Palestinian Bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar and transfer its residents forcibly to a different location.
Once again, the United States has vetoed a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israel’s use of force in seeking to stifle protests at the border with Gaza. The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, rejected the Kuwaiti resolution – which sought ‘measures to guarantee the safety and protection’ of Palestinian civilians.
The Israeli government has approved the construction of 2,070 new illegal settlement units in the occupied West Bank. Since U.S. President Donald Trump came to office, Israel has permitted the construction of more than 14,000 settlement units.
This week marks the 51st anniversary of the beginning of Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
From the Middle East Working Group